We are less than two weeks away from the Wrestlemania of the NFL offseason, the NFL Draft. With the draft being so close, we begin to have a clear picture of what team’s are thinking, which means more accurate mock drafts.
Dropping mock drafts are always helpful, but the mock drafts that help the fantasy players the most? Seven-round mock drafts.
The mock drafts of the seven-round type are few and far between, especially on ESPN. Their draft analyst Jordan Reid decided to give us one. His mock features a ton of fantasy-relevant picks, and in a series starting with the quarterbacks, we plan on grading the fantasy value in them.
To round out the positions, we are breaking down the tight ends. While there are 17 selected, only three I would expect to have fantasy relevance. The three we will be looking at all have one thing in common: they will be the day one starter on their respective teams. Two of the three have great quarterbacks throwing to them, which doesn’t hurt matters.
Why not head to the great white north, well, almost that far north, and see someone who could help Aaron Rodgers right away from this rookie tight end class.
Trey McBride to the Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers hasn’t had a good, consistent weapon at the TE position since Jermichael Finley. Trey McBride would fix that immediately. They have Robert Tonyan on the roster for one more year after resigning him this offseason which is fine. TEs don’t typically produce in rookie seasons, outside of a few outliers, so giving McBride a year to get comfortable works for all parties. I love the landing spot for the long term; don’t look for an immediate reward on investment.
Jelani Woods to the Cincinnati Bengals
The departure of C.J. Uzomah leaves former second-round pick Drew Sample and new signing Hayden Hurst. Neither of those options excites me, nor should they excite anyone. Adding the uber-athletic Jelani Woods is a fantastic move. He has the athleticism and blocking ability to earn meaningful reps right away. The learning curve may be a little bit for the former Virginia Cavalier, but I am all in on this landing spot for Woods, as it may be the best in this rookie TE class.
Greg Dulcich to the New York Giants
The Giants lose Evan Engram this offseason, and this may be his exact clone in Greg Dulcich going to them. Similar play style, size, and honestly, is set to be in a similar dual TE, receiver type role. He plays in-line and off-line as a TE, allowing Brian Daboll to be flexible with him and thus helps Daniel Jones in his last chance. If the team moves on from Jones, that doesn’t scare me off of Dulcich, and he can help whoever they have under center for years to come.
All three of these are fantastic landing spots for a rookie TE class. There are 14 more who were drafted in Jordan Reid’s mock draft for ESPN. You can check those out there, as there are some with fantasy impact. The majority will be drafted to serve as backups and have to develop a little before they are expected to produce. Be sure to take note of the landing spots above in case these play out this way, easy way to look back and have instant analysis from us at Dynasty Nerds!
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