Over the next twenty days, leading up to the 2017 NFL Combine, we’ll be introducing you to some of the top prospects that make up the incoming rookie class, most of whom will be on display in Indianapolis later this month.
The 20/20 series began last year as a way to quickly introduce the top twenty rookies with an array of basic facts about each player. If you have closely followed college football over the past few years, these might serve as a refresher and if you’re strictly an NFL fan scrambling to learn about these players, this series will allow you to quickly make up ground on your leaguemates.
In most years, and especially this year, the list of relevant draft prospects is larger than just twenty players and because of that, we begin the series today with a few players who just missed our list. In general, these are players who could be targeted late in the second round and into the third round of dynasty rookie drafts.
Deshaun Watson, QB Clemson
6’3”, 188 lbs.
21 years old
Most fantasy footballers consider Watson to be the top quarterback in the class and for good reason. As a two-time Heisman finalist and after appearing in back-to-back National Championship games, including upsetting the Crimson Tide last month, Watson did everything asked of him on the college field. While he could be the top quarterback in both the NFL Draft and rookie drafts, that still keeps him outside of the first round and possibly the second round, too. Dynasty players simply don’t place much value on the quarterback position right now, so even the big name doesn’t give Watson much value.
Isaiah Ford, WR Virginia Tech
6’1”, 174 lbs.
21 years old
Ford has been one of the top targets in the Hokies offense throughout his college career. While he is slightly undersized, Ford often displayed an ability to make difficult contested catches and has good enough speed. While he set multiple receiving records at Virginia Tech he has always been an underrated player in devy leagues and it seems that will continue into the NFL. If he does in fact fall outside of the top twenty dynasty rookie picks, he’ll be an excellent value.
Elijah Hood, RB North Carolina
5’11”, 221 lbs.
20 years old