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Way Too Early 2020 Rookie Mock Draft: 3/3

Round 3 is where the value lies. The @DynastyNerds crew is back to get you ready for draft season.

Here we are with the third and final round of this 1QB mock! Our team at Dynasty Nerds is way too excited about the dynasty off-season, just like you are. This will give you a good idea of the current value of these prospects and the thought process behind each pick. We’ll be releasing three rounds of this mock in three separate articles. Below are the results of the third round and why each writer made their pick. Enjoy!

If you missed round one, you can find it here, and round two can be found here.

3.01 – Zack Moss, RB Utah

Erik Kortz – @ekballer

Credit: Steve C. Wilson

Still so many viable options here at 3.01! There are WRs like speedster KJ Hamler that could be viable NFL starters… Justin Herbert is sitting there, the 3rd best 2020 QB, with all that yummy rushing upside… but I’m going back to the RB well with Zack Moss. I can’t get on board with some of the more gushing scouting reports- I’ve seen him ranked as the RB4- there is a lot to like in his profile. Moss is a big dude and hard to take down, averaging over 6 ypc. The 5th gear isn’t there, but he has some burst to get through holes, and he often-displays top-level contact balance. He reminds me of David Montgomery in that regard and also in terms of his footwork, which has room for improvement. Moss’s pass-catching ability is underrated- it’s often mentioned as a knock against him, but the film shows a guy that catches the ball smoothly, gets upfield and makes guys miss. Oh, did I mention the 1400 yards and 15 TDs?

3.02 – Devy Duvernay, WR Texas

Derek Bosworth – @dynasty_god

Credit: SI.com

Duvernay is one of the most underrated players in the class in my opinion. He possesses all the traits that you look for in your slot receiver. Duvernay has great hands, is durable, and is very good after the catch. His PPR upside is phenomenal. As a senior, he brought in 106 receptions, which was second in the nation to James Proche of SMU. At 5′ 11″, 210 lbs Duvernay uses his body to get positioning and can make contested catches on short routes. While he did not handle a large workload until this year, he has not missed a game in all his 4 years at Texas. Duvernay has the build of a running back and with the ball in his hands, is able to run over defenders with ease. A track star in high school, Duvernay possesses the speed to take any play to the crib. The knocks on him are his versatility because he is not a player that you can split out wide, and as a route runner he has a limited route tree. With my third-round pick, I would be very happy to take Devin Duvernay with the high volume slot receiver upside he possesses.

3.03 – Anthony McFarland Jr., RB Maryland

Doc Mitchell – @ReflipeWThenuz

Credit: WNST.net

The 3rd round for me is all about upside. Few if any remaining RBs offer the same type of upside as Anthony McFarland. The speedster from Maryland has strangely decided to leave school early in a deep RB class. McFarland reminds me of a poor man’s Jamaal Charles. He needs to build up his frame a little so he can better press the middle of the field and not bounce everything outside. Even in a part-time role, he could be dangerous as he can take it to the house on any given play. Do yourself a favor and watch his 2018 tape against Ohio State I promise you’re going to like what you see.

3.04 – Gabriel Davis, WR UCF

Keith Ensminger – @TheSmingDynasty

Credit: TheGameHaus.com

I’ll take a swing on a player who I feel is being overlooked by many thus far – Gabriel Davis out of the University of Central Florida (UCF). He has great size (6’3″), great hands, and crisp routes. He may not “wow” you with his play, but he simply produces, going 72-1241-12 this past season. His stats could have been even better, but he skipped his team’s bowl game in order to stay healthy and prepare for the NFL Draft. As a player who very well could be a day 2 selection according to many early NFL mock draft, Davis, who reminds me of Michael Gallup, is someone who should be on your radar at this late stage.

3.05 – Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR Liberty

Jeff Abercrombie – @thesofascout

Get ready to hear his name a lot this offseason. He’s sitting just behind Tyler Johnson for dominator rating but comes with a discount because he played at Liberty. He actually broke out as a sophomore with at 69/1066/10, but most won’t see that because Liberty was an FCS team at the time. He had 70 catches and 1000 yards at the age of 20 (JR) and eclipsed that this year with 79 and 1396yds. He had 10 TD each season.
Gandy Golden is one aggressive player; he’s rarely getting taken down by his primary defender. Usually, there are 2-3 bodies on the ground around him as he has to be gang tackled to the ground. He’s also a good blocker, helping on screens and outside runs. He is good with the inside slant and makes sure to give himself room on perimeter routes. His game against Syracuse showed that he had a good plan to deal with press-man, a skill not many WRs develop in college. He’s not the smoothest route runner, but he does understand how to attack what the defense is playing. He also uses his long body (6-4″ with a long reach) to snag balls out of the air, especially on a back-shoulder fade. He has pretty reliable hands, with no drops in the several games I watched (NerdHerd members can see him too in the DynastyNerds film room).
Keep tabs on his performance at the senior bowl, and if you hear his name called on day 2 of the draft, don’t be surprised.

3.06 – Justin Herbert, QB Oregon

Jared Wackerly – @JaredWackerlyFF

Credit: SI.com

Herbert has an extremely high ceiling. He’s a mobile athlete at 6’6″ with a cannon for an arm. If he can get more consistent with his feet, I think he could be very very good. His mechanics are a bit inconsistent which leads to some wild throws. When his feet are set, he can make some tight-window throws you only see from the best in the game. He’ll also need to clean up some of his mental mistakes too. The game moves at a much faster pace in the NFL, and if he can’t learn to be more decisive with his reads things could go downhill fast.

3.07 – Hunter Bryant, TE Washington

Tristan Cook – @tristancook_

Image credits: Elaine Thompson

I am a little surprised that no TEs have been taken yet, and while Bryant might not be the top TE for everyone, I think he has the best chance at being a game-breaking TE in this class. I would be very happy to get him at this point in a rookie draft. I think Bryant can be a mismatch at the NFL level and I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes a big impact in his rookie year

3.08 – Brandon Aiyuk, WR Arizona St.

Brian Shacochis – @DynastyTools

Well, that worked out smashingly for me. I was considering Aiyuk at 2.08, so to grab him at 3.08 feels like a potential steal. Aiyuk has ample size at 6-1/206, and he’s got speed to burn. He exploded as a senior during his second season in Tempe, arriving after a JUCO All-American campaign. Aiyuk emerged from N’Keal Harry’s shadow in 2019 to post a 65-1192-8 stat line. If he blazes the combine stopwatches, as expected, his buzz and stock will continue to soar.

3.09 – Warren Jackson, WR Colorado St.

Matt Breunig – @SportsfanaticMB

Giving full transparency with this pick I wanted Brandon Aiyuk and was going to draft Kylin Hill before he announced he was returning to school. So why did I end up drafting Warren Jackson? Much like Hodgins, Jackson is underrated. Jackson is 6’6 219 LBs and has good speed for his size. He excels at contested catches and is dangerous once the ball is in his hands. He hasn’t declared yet but I expect he will. If Jackson attends to the combine he should ace most of the test and jump up most ranks.

3.10 – Cole Kmet, TE Notre Dame

Nick Young – @Nick0629Nick

Kmet is, in my opinion, the best TE in this draft class. He has the ability to be a Swiss Army knife for any team that takes him. With the ability to line up in the slot or out wide Kmet will present match up problems for defenses from day one. While he is inexperienced due to being a two sport athlete, he has the ability to contribute right away and will be a starter for years to come.

3.11 – Lynn Bowden Jr., WR Kentucky

Garret Price – @DynastyPrice

You would be hard-pressed to find a more versatile player than Lynn Bowden Jr. He played QB often for the Wildcats this season while also rushing for 1,400 yards. Despite his success at both of those positions, his most likely position at the next level is WR. I do believe that his landing will be massive. If Bowden gets to partner with a creative play-caller then he could be an absolute steal this late in the draft.

3.12 – Denzel Mims, WR Baylor

Nathan Bourque – @DynstyDadStache

If you watched any Baylor games this past year, it was obvious who the bears were trying to get the ball to at all times: Denzel Mims. Unfortunately, due to mediocre quarterback play and a lack of other weapons to take some pressure off of Mims, this didn’t translate into the monster season he could have had (granted, 1000+ yards and 12 TDs is definitely not irrelevant). It’s easy enough to forget that at just 19 years old, Mims managed to rack up over a thousand yards and 8 TDs on a one-win 2017 Baylor team. If not for senior transfer Jalen Hurd coming in and stealing the show as an RB/WR hybrid in 2018, Mims’s profile would look a lot better. But for the price grabbing him at the absolute end of the third round, Mims is a prime example of the incredible depth of this incoming class.

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