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Dynasty Rookie Draft Advice: Trey Benson, Blake Corum, Isaac Guerendo (Fantasy Football)

Dynasty Rookie Draft Advice: Trey Benson, Blake Corum, Isaac Guerendo (Fantasy Football)

The fantasy football season has come to an end, but that doesn’t mean the NFL stops. It’s time to start getting excited for the 2024 NFL Draft. Dynasty fantasy football managers and redraft players alike can dive into the upcoming class of fantasy football rookies to prepare for the 2024 NFL season. We’ll take a look at players to know from the 2024 NFL Draft class.

2024 Dynasty Fantasy Football Guide

Dynasty Rookie Draft Prospects

Trey Benson (Florida State)

Stats:

  • 2023 (minimum 100 carries, 20 targets)
    • Yards after contact per attempt: 55th
    • Breakaway percentage: 10th
    • PFF elusive rating: 42nd
    • Yards per route run: 27th
  • 2021 (minimum 100 carries, 20 targets)
    • Yards after contact per attempt: 6th
    • Breakaway percentage: 3rd
    • PFF elusive rating: 1st
    • Yards per route run: 1.15 (only 15 targets*)

Scouting report:

  • Benson wins with leg drive and build-up speed with home run ability (4.39 40-yard dash) once he gets into the second level of a defense. Benson’s burst is average overall, but he showed more juice immediately after the handoff in 2022 versus 2023. I expect his short area agility numbers to be ok but not amazing and his 10-yard split to be average.
  • Benson has no problem fighting for extra yards after first contact with his powerful legs. He can shed arm tackles with ease as he always keeps his legs churning. He’s a more linear runner with the ability to juke defenders in the second level once he’s built up some steam.
  • Benson can get in trouble behind the line of scrimmage when he’s forced to string multiple moves together to avoid defenders as his burst comes into question. Overall, he has decent vision and follows his blocks well, but Benson can hesitate at times when his gap is plugged, and he’s forced to run the quick math of other options around him. Benson is more willing to barrel forward and take what a defense gives him rather than try to bounce a run outside, even when bouncing the run is the best course of action. He’s a tough interior runner where his power shows up, but he’ll miss cutback opportunities in the second level.
  • Benson’s ability to handle a heavy workload should be questioned despite his size. His frame would suggest that he should be able to, but he hasn’t had more than 156 carries over the last two seasons and logged only one game in that period with at least 20 carries.
  • Benson is a screen or chip and check-down option only in the passing game. He was tasked with the occasional angle route, but overall, he’s a functional but not outstanding receiving threat.

Player Comp: Ryan Mathews

Blake Corum (Michigan)

Stats:

  • 2023 (minimum 100 carries, 20 targets)
    • Yards after contact per attempt: 151st
    • Breakaway percentage: 104th
    • PFF elusive rating: 152nd
    • Yards per route run: 0.87 (only 18 targets*)
  • 2022 (minimum 100 carries, 20 targets)
    • Yards after contact per attempt: 50th
    • Breakaway percentage: 50th
    • PFF elusive rating: 40th
    • Yards per route run: 0.59 (only 11 targets*)
  • 2021 (minimum 100 carries, 20 targets)
    • Yards after contact per attempt: 24th
    • Breakaway percentage: 21st
    • PFF elusive rating: 7th
    • Yards per route run: 70th

Scouting report:

  • Corum’s 2021 film and, to an extent, his 2022 film are worlds different than his 2023 game film. In his second season at Michigan, he was an explosive runner with juice for days. A downhill pinball that excelled with vision, strong leg drive, decisiveness, and creativity in the second level. Corum’s burst was solid, and he displayed the ability to jump cut at will, create broken tackles, and change the angles for incoming defenders. While his long speed has never been fantastic (numerous runs where he was caught from behind), his immediate burst and vision would propel him into the second level in the blink of an eye.
  • This all takes us to 2023 when it has been rumored that he had dealt with injuries for much of the season. The decisiveness, immediate downhill running style, strong vision, and patience allowing his blocks to set up in front of him were all there. The problem is that his burst was compromised, and on many runs, he was simply getting what was blocked. Corum didn’t display the nibbles of a decent second gear that he had in 2021-2022. He still maximized his abilities with good footwork and vision, but the ability to create extra yards on his own was absent. In nine of his 15 games played in 2023, Corum failed to generate more than two missed tackles forced or at least 2.4 Yards after contact per attempt. If he can regain more of his former burst, Corum could handle the early down role for a committee backfield in the NFL.
  • Corum is a functional checkdown option in the passing game only. He should garner some passing down snaps in the NFL based on his pass-blocking ability, not so much his route-running chops. Corum didn’t allow any sacks at Michigan while giving up only three hurries in 111 pass-blocking snaps.

Player Comp: Frank Gore

Isaac Guerendo (Louisville)

Stats:

  • 2023 (minimum 100 carries, 20 targets)
    • Yards after contact per attempt: 14th
    • Breakaway percentage: 18th
    • PFF elusive rating: 40th
    • Yards per route run: 10th

Scouting report:

  • An upright rusher, Guerendo is a linear runner with an average burst and home run speed. If he gets into the open field, he can take it to the house. His pad level can get him into trouble at the point of contact. He’s not a pile pushing back despite his size because of his pad level. He can get lit up at the point of contact and carries near the goal line. If he can tweak his running style, he could unlock more power to finish his runs.
  • With his upright running style, he isn’t the most fluid mover laterally. He will deploy the occasional jump cut, but his lateral skills are more limited. He should be deployed in a gap-heavy scheme, and just ask him to hit the hole and get downhill.
  • With limited playing time until 2023, towards the end of the 2023 season, Guerendo started playing with more confidence. Instead of blindly following his blocks into clogged running lanes, he began to free-lance some and utilize his speed to his advantage. He started bouncing the occasional run outside and utilizing his 4.3 wheels.
  • Guerendo was a reliable check-down option in college, securing 87.5% of his targets. He displays soft hands and adjusts to throws outside his frame easily. He will likely never be a top-shelf route runner because of his tight hips, but there’s more pass-game upside here than we have seen so far. His size/speed combination plays better as a receiver in space. Once he gets going, he can be tough to corral.

Player Comp: Rachaad White without the route running chops

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