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4-Round 2019 Mock Draft and Fantasy Implications: Round Three

Devin Singletary Dynasty Rookie

Who doesn’t love mock drafts?  Well, it’s officially the end of #MockDraftSZN and I have my final mock of 2019 ready to roll.  However, this isn’t like any mock draft you’ve seen. This is the third installment of a four round mock draft focuses solely on the fantasy prospects and what their specific landing spots mean for immediate and future value.  There were no trades factored in. *Disclaimer: When I say standard, I don’t mean 0 PPR, I mean non-superflex.*

Round 3, Pick 66: Pittsburgh Steelers select Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic

Singletary was getting LeSean McCoy comps earlier in the draft process, and I do see the similarities in playing style though Singletary is significantly shorter.  Coming in at 5’7”, 200 pounds Singletary possesses the skills to be a three-down back as he is no slouch in the blocking nor pass catching department. His combine numbers (4.66 40) seems to have dropped his stock a little, but I think he’s a perfect fit with Pittsburgh, though it likely won’t amount to much immediate fantasy value.  With James Conner and Jaylen Samuels already leading the way for the Steelers, this is not what you call a dream scenario for Singletary barring any injuries. If the former Owl falls to Pittsburgh, he becomes a very valuable handcuff. Draft him wherever you took James Conner as Bell’s handcuff in 2017.

Round 3, Pick 68: New York Jets select Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia

Sam Darnold needs another weapon at receiver.  With the depth chart currently looking like Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and Jamison Crowder, there’s room for another warm body.  The Jets seem hesitant, and rightfully so, to sign Anderson long-term with his off-field issues and neither Enunwa nor Crowder have shown the ability to stay healthy.  In steps Calvin’s little brother, Riley Ridley. Ridley isn’t what you would call a physical freak like some of the aforementioned names, but he’s a strong, precise route runner who has the ability to create some separation as well as make contested catches.  He could be a very useful weapon for the rising sophomore Darnold. Ridley would need to earn his playing time at first, but there’s WR2-3 upside here. He’s probably worth a late-2nd, early-3rd but could end up being a steal there.

Round 3, Pick 69: Jacksonville Jaguars select Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State

With Leonard Fournette’s future in question, and the Jaguars only replacing TJ Yeldon with Alfred Blue, there is room for another talented back in that backfield.  Fournette hasn’t shown the ability to stay healthy having been dinged up by multiple injuries over his first two seasons and Blue is just a guy. Justice Hill is a PERFECT fit for Jacksonville.  Being compared to Phillip Lindsay as an undersized, shifty but hard runner, Hill could immediately step into a complementary role in Jacksonville and could shoulder the load should Fournette miss time.  He ran a 4.40 40 at the combine, and is dangerous in the open field. I really like this landing spot, and Hill becomes a 2nd rounder and a potential ‘my guy’ for me.

Round 3, Pick 70: Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma

When I was preparing for the 2018 running back class, Rodney Anderson was a guy I really liked.  Unfortunately, he did not declare for the 2018 draft and then was only able to play in two games for the Sooners this past season due to season-ending knee injury.  His draft stock unfortunately tumbled, albeit he was averaging 10.8 YPC on 11 totes. Anderson has injury history, but he has elite size, vision, and is no slouch in the passing game.  In 2017, his sophomore season, he carried the rock 188 times for 1,161 yards (6.2 YPC) along with 17 catches for 281 yards (16.5 avg) and 5 touchdowns. In the third round, Anderson is a low-risk, high reward play for the Bucs if you consider the fact that he could be a 3-down back for the team this season barring health.  This landing spot catapults Anderson into my top-5 at the position, and I would spend a late first on him.

Round 3, Pick 71: Denver Broncos select Josh Oliver, TE, San Jose State

Admittedly, I don’t know much about Oliver but he has great size (6’5”, 250) and ran a 4.63 at the combine.  He has an advanced route tree and his blocking is well regarded. The Broncos have been swinging and missing at the tight end position just as long as they have been swinging and missing at the quarterback position.  At least they can fix one of those with Josh Oliver. I think there’s a bunch of upside with Oliver. He could go undrafted in your rookie drafts if they’re four rounds or fewer, so snatch him off waivers and throw him on your taxi squad.

Round 3, Pick 74: Buffalo Bills select Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State

I wouldn’t necessarily love this with the Bills now all of a sudden having a relatively crowded receiver room, but I do like McLaurin’s speed and route running.  He has the straight line speed (4.35 40), but his acceleration doesn’t necessarily match the top-end speed. I could be nit-picking here, but I just hate this landing spot.  If he goes somewhere more favorable, grab him in the 2nd or early 3rd round.

Round 3, Pick 78: Miami Dolphins select Tyree Jackson, QB, Buffalo

Tyree Jackson is so interesting.  The Buffalo product is 6’7”, 250 pounds and ran a 4.59 40 at the combine in March.  He’s been more or less labeled as a “project”/backup type QB but in my opinion, he’s the perfect pick for Miami in the 3rd round.  Miami is clearly rebuilding, they have Ryan Fitzpatrick as their current starting quarterback. This is a low-risk, potentially high-reward play if Jackson can develop into a starting asset.  Miami isn’t going to compete this year, and were reportedly interested in the 2020 QB class. If Jackson works out, they still have over a dozen picks in the 2020 draft while still being armed with about $120MM in cap space as well.  Grab Jackson off waivers and stash on taxi in standard leagues, but it would be an interesting call in superflex leagues. It would just depend on you believing in FitzMagic.

Round 3, Pick 79: Atlanta Falcons select Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

The other Alabama running back product in the draft.  Harris is above average at just about everything, but doesn’t necessarily excel at anything.  He’s got great size (5’10”, 215) and ran a 4.57 at the combine. His vision, balance and ability to fight for extra yards should keep in the league for a long time.  With Tevin Coleman heading out west to San Francisco, there is a void in the Atlanta backfield. The Falcons were among the league’s worst in rushing in 2018 as Devonta Freeman hit the IR early in the season with Coleman and Ito Smith unable to really get much going all year long.  Freeman’s health has been suspect the last couple years since signing his mega extension so there is an immediate need in Atlanta. If Freeman goes down, it would be Harris’ backfield to lose as Ito just isn’t an every down type of back. Harris becomes incredibly valuable at this landing spot and probably a 2nd-round selection.

Round 3, Pick 81: Minnesota Vikings select Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State

Here’s another disastrous landing spot that makes sense on the football side of things, as opposed to the fantasy side of things.  The Vikings have two receivers making a large sum of cash, with Laquon Treadwell heading into the final season of his rookie deal. (If the Vikings pick up that fifth year, they’re out of their mind).  The third receiver option is lacking thereof (Treadwell, Chad Beebe) so why not supplement that with another rookie contract? Harmon’s a good player, but this landing spot would muddle his value into a handcuff type with the occasional blow up game unless Sean McVay all of a sudden is running the Vikings offense.  I’ve seen Harmon ranked all over the place, so that tells me he is extremely landing spot dependent. Don’t reach for this type of pick.

Round 3, Pick 85: Baltimore Ravens select Miles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame

Boykin, the former FIghting Irish (is that how you say that?), had a great combine.  Standing at 6’3.5”, 220 with nearly 10” hands, Boykin ran a 4.42 40 with a combine-best 6.77 3-cone drill and finished runner-up in the short suttle with a 4.07.  He also peppered in a 43.5” vertical for good measure. All of these physical traits can be seen, at times, on tape (there are a ton of contested catches, which is good) which shows that Boykin has the makings of a really solid NFL receiver.  Though not an ideal landing spot, Boykin should immediately step into the Baltimore offense as the top target. How much fantasy value can that be with Lamar Jackson under center though? If Lamar Jackson develops the passing ability, and Boykin falls due to this landing spot, this could be one of the ultimate value picks in your rookie drafts.  That Baltimore spot will scare the majority of dynasty owners away.

Round 3, Pick 91: Los Angeles Chargers select Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State

I dunno, I just thought it would be fun to mock a guy from San Diego State to the San Diego Chargers of  Los Angeles. There is a wide open opportunity to backup Hunter Henry, and the Chargers have been known to use two-TE sets from time to time.  He would lack standalone value with Henry in the mix.

Round 3, Pick 95: New York Giants select Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia

Mecole Hardman would be a work in progress for New York as they prepare for a new era with Haskins under center and Odell Beckham Jr. out of the picture.  Hardman, who ran a 4.33 40 at the combine, lacks elite size (5’10”, 190, 9” hands) and has only been playing receiver for two years. He seems to rely too much right now on his athleticism, but could theoretically develop into a dangerous Tyler Lockett or Tyreek Hill type.  If the Giants could get him involved in screens and jet sweeps, he could be a dangerous fantasy asset. He’s too much of a project for me to dump significant draft capital, but I would spend a 3rd rounder on him.

Round 3, Pick 97: New England Patriots select Ryan Finley, QB, NC State

Tom Brady can’t play forever… right?  Ryan Finley’s best attributes are his accuray and his intelligence, but he did run a 4.73 40 at the combine, which isn’t terrible.  He could be the perfect guy to learn from Brady for a couple seasons… assuming he does play until he’s 45 or so like he says. He would be worth a stash on a taxi squad but it wouldn’t be worth spending significant draft capital on.

I hope you’re enjoying the series!  There is just one installment left as we are just one day away from the first day of the 2019 NFL Draft.  For up to the minute analysis and coverage, find me on Twitter @JailbreakScreen.

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