April has arrived! The snow is almost gone, the birds are returning, and the long winter is just about over (or just about the begin!!). This also means that the 2019 NFL Draft is very quickly approaching. The combine is over and the pro days are currently happening.
The pre-draft rankings for rookies are starting to solidify a little bit. The team these players land on will of course have some impact on their overall dynasty value, especially in the short term, but knowing where your favorites stack up now, especially if you are a believer in long term value, can give you an added edge in trade talks.
To help you out, I gathered some of DLF’s finest to do a run through of how the first three rounds might look.
The rules for this mock draft were pretty simple:
- Three rounds with 12 teams
- PPR scoring with standard lineups (not superflex, not TE premium, etc)
- Drafters were told to assume they had a balanced team with no glaring team needs
- No trades were allowed
With that in mind, let’s get on with the show!
1.01 – N’Keal Harry, WR Arizona State
Pete’s Thoughts – Harry stands out as my 1.01 in a 1QB league. He posted a 4.54-second 40-yard dash and has one of the best Breakout Ages of any of the top receivers. Harry produced strong numbers on the Sun Devils with poor quarterback play. Landing spot could change this view but until the NFL draft, Harry is my 1.01.
My Thoughts – I agree with Pete on this one. Prior to the combine, I had Harry and DK Metcalf as a toss up at the top slot and was probably leaning a bit towards Metcalf. However, Metcalf really struggled in the agility drills at the combine, which is a concern for his ability to turn into an excellent route runner. This just might give Harry the lead.
While Harry didn’t participate in the agility drills at the combine, his film does show some great agility for someone his size. For now, he has the slight edge in my book.