While the team here at Dynasty Nerds brought you a ‘Way Too Early 1QB Rookie Mock’ earlier this year, we all know that so much can change following the NFL Combine. With that in mind, we circled the Dynasty Nerds’ wagons once again to bring you our Post-Combine rookie mock drafts for both Superflex and one quarterback leagues.
3.01 – Hunter Bryant, TE Washington
Dylan Thomas – @dkthom2018
I believe I’m just going the best available player here. Justin Herbert seems interesting considering he’s likely going to get top ten draft capital, but I don’t value QBs highly in a single QB league. I also like some sleeper WRs like Devin Duvernay and Antonio Gandy-Golden. I think the choice really comes to grabbing the best tight end in this class. It’s a tie between Cole Kmet and Hunter Bryant for me. I think Kmet will get the better draft capital, but Hunter Bryant will be the better player for fantasy. If Kmet gets drafted in the first round, this pick would probably be him. However, Hunter Bryant is solid value here.
Bryant reminds me of Jordan Reed. Both are explosive and blazing fast on film but under-delivered at the combine running a 4.7 or worse 40-Yard-Dash. Reed has a significantly better agility score, but Bryant has a Breakout Age in the 82nd percentile. Bryant demonstrated solid athleticism. He also benched the second-most reps at the combine, showing he has the strength to learn to block at the next level. He broke out during his third season, but he’s such a young TE prospect it doesn’t worry me. His game translates perfectly to what the modern NFL is looking for in a “move” tight end. He’s a mismatch nightmare for linebackers but will be scheme dependent to shine at the next level. If his team schemes around him, he can be the next healthy Evan Engram on the field.
3.02 – K.J. Hamler, WR Penn State
Gage Bridgford – @GbridgfordNFL
K.J. Hamler doesn’t get the publicity that a lot of the other top guys in this class, and he came in a little smaller than you would have liked at the combine. Despite all of that, I’m not bothered. I’m getting a plus athlete that has wheels to burn, and I love aiming for high ceilings at the end of rookie drafts. I also want to aim for WR’s that are young with a lot of time ahead of them. He won’t turn 21 until July, which makes him extremely young with a lot of room to grow. I think that Hamler can be the better version of what Tavon Austin was supposed to be. He’s got a ton of juice and versatility. Given the right landing spot, he can contribute early on.
3.03 – Rico Dowdle, RB South Carolina
Jared Wackerly – @jaredwackerlyff
Rico Dowdle is one of the most explosive running backs after that top tier of guys. He’s a guy I will be eyeing to add in the third round of rookie drafts. He’s flying under the radar right now because of his lack of production last year, only rushing for 498 yards. Dowdle split time with Tavien Feaster at South Carolina last season. He’s a do-it-all running back that will get you 4-5 yards when you need it. Dowdle posted a 4.54 in the 40 yards dash, but his broad jump and vertical were in the 92nd and 86th percentiles historically amongst running backs. That should tell you how explosive of an athlete he is. I suggest you pencil this guy in on a post-it note and keep it with you for your drafts. He’s a sleeper!
3.04 – Anthony McFarland Jr, RB Maryland
Matthew Mitchell – @ReflipeWThenuz
Anthony McFarland seems to be the elite level RB prospect everybody wants to ignore. He is routinely chided as being too small for an every-down workload. However, he measured in at nearly the same size as Dobbins and blazed a 4.44 40. McFarland struggled through an injury-hampered final season at College Park after shining as a redshirt freshman. Don’t let his detractors fool you. This kid has immense potential in the right situation at the next level. His pass protection could use some work, and he may bounce it outside a bit too much but give him a crease, and he will take it to the house. I am more than happy to score a player with his type of upside at this point in the draft. Do yourself a favor and watch his freshman highlights against Ohio State, I promise you’re going to like what you see.
3.05 – Lamical Perine, RB Florida
Nate Christian – @NFLDraftDynasty
There’s some late-round talent in this year’s running back crop. Lamical Perine is who I’m hanging my hat on this year. Perine was responsible for a TD every 15.6 touches, which puts him at the elite end of this year’s prospects. He’s been productive in all aspects of the Florida offense with 11 total touchdowns (6 rush, 5 rec) in 2019 and looks to be a true 3-down back at the next level. Draft capital will be crucial for Lamical Perine if he winds up as half of a committee backfield in his rookie year, then he could immediately produce and become a relevant flex. If he struggles to find playing time in his first year, remember, in dynasty, we’re looking for “Talent > Opportunity” in the long-run.
3.06 – Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR Michigan
Marvin Elequin – @FF_MarvinE
After declaring early for the NFL draft, there were several questions about Donovan Peoples-Jones’ lack of production at Michigan and his ability to transition into the NFL. However, his combine performance helped alleviate some of those concerns. DPJ recorded the highest vertical jump at 44.5 inches and the longest broad jump at 139 inches. Also, he ran a respectable 4.48 40-yard dash. Looking at his advanced metrics, he scored a 106.7 Height Adjusted Speed Score (86th percentile) and 145.2 Burst Score (99th percentile).
In short, DPJ is a supreme athlete which was inherently visible throughout his college career. He excels after contact, has elite ball tracking skills, and outstanding body control in the air. In addition, in his last two seasons with the Wolverines, he scored 14 TDs on only 81 receptions (scoring every 5.8 receptions). However, despite having an impressive athletic profile, DPJ is far from a complete WR prospect. He was very inconsistent and failed to record a single 100-yard receiving game throughout his career. His college and combine performance project him to be a dangerous red-zone weapon with the ability to make plays in the open field.
3.07 – Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR Liberty
Dom Johnson – @domffl
Antonio Gandy-Golden is one of my favorite late-round sleepers. He has excellent physical strength and the size needed to bully DB’s. He routinely makes spectacular grabs and is nearly unbeatable at contested catches. AGG showed his strengths at the 2019 Senior Bowl drills. This small school stud might be NFL gold if he lands with the right team. He’s a red-zone mismatch nightmare waiting to happen. Give me that high-TD upside with a 3rd round pick.
3.08 – A.J. Dillon, RB Boston College
Joel Verzosa – @jverzosa2
Not quite a sleeper alert! Since the combine, Dillon has been getting some more much-deserved hype. On tape you’ll see a powerful one-cut runner with top-end speed to kill. Dillon runs with power through wraps and demonstrates good contact balance and leg drive. He isn’t going to make groups of players miss like Cam Akers, but when he finds the hole, he’s hard to bring down and hard to catch in pursuit. Realistically Dillon could see a surge up draft boards if he goes to a coveted Chiefs landing spot and should move up your draft board if he goes to a team with solid line play like he had in college.
3.09 – Eno Benjamin, RB Arizona State
Matthew Bruening – @SportsfanaticMB
Eno Benjamin is a running back many are overlooking. Had he come out in 2019, he would have been toward the top of the draft class. He had a down 2019 season with Arizona State, which has hurt his stock. However, he had a good combine and showed flashes of brilliance when you turn in his tape. Benjamin is an RB who I think could be a workhorse depending on his landing spot. Regardless he will be a great backup and, in my opinion, a possible high-end RB3 for fantasy.
3.10 – Joshua Kelley, RB UCLA
Jordan Rains – @50shadesofdrunk
With this pick, I was essentially filling out my roster. Joshua Kelley rushed for 2,301 yards, recorded 38 receptions, and 264 receiving yards over his junior and senior year at UCLA. When you watch the film, Kelley doesn’t pop off the screen the way some of the better backs in this class do, but he showed himself capable in college and with the right landing spot and situation could see opportunities in the NFL. You don’t always have to be a special talent to be a high-quality fantasy football asset. Sometimes being just a guy in the right place at the right time is enough. Kelley’s draft capital will further shed light on how NFL teams view him. He could go up or down the draft board moving forward, but I was happy to roster him here.
3.11 – Cole Kmet, TE Notre Dame
Keith Ensminger – @TheSmingDynasty
Dynasty industry pre-draft mocks are quite obviously subject to change once we learn landing spot and draft capital next month, but at this point in our “too early” mock, I’m excited to get my top-ranked tight end in Cole Kmet. I’m shooting for positional upside this late, so I’d much rather take a shot on my TE1 than an RB or WR with likely shoulder-shrugging draft capital. Justin Herbert was also a consideration here for the same reason, even if I’m not as high on him as many others.
Kmet put to bed any doubts about his athleticism at the combine, performing comparably to last year’s dynasty tight end darling, T.J. Hockenson. I expect him to be a day two choice and quite possibly be the first tight end off the board in the NFL Draft. Kmet will join the long line of Notre Dame tight ends like Mark Bavaro, Kyle Rudolph, and Tyler Eifert to be successful professionals.
3.12 – Devin Duvernay, WR Texas
Brian Shacochis – @DynastyTools
With all the talk about how deep this draft is, the proof is on display here. Getting a player like Duvernay at 3.12 is both a realistic possibility and a screaming value (somehow simultaneously). Duvernay put up a ridiculous 106-1386-9 stat line this season, and while his senior breakout will worry some dynasty owners, the context can help curb the concern. Duvernay was miscast as an outside receiver until his senior season when he moved into the slot and exploded with prolific production. His 4.39 time in the 40 showcases his blazing YAC ability, and if he lands in a reasonably good situation with round 4 or higher draft capital, I’ll be thrilled to snag him in this range.
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