Devy Stock Market: Devy Mock Draft, Round Two

Nathan Powell

For this week’s Devy Stock Market, the DLF team conducted a devy mock draft to get a pulse on the top valued players in college football right now. Players eligible for the 2020 NFL draft were not eligible for this mock, only players in the 2021-2022 class. The draft was conducted on our Slack channel and the only rules were individuals could not make back-to-back picks and they could make a maximum of three picks per round.

Round one of the mock can be found here. Read on for round two!

2.01 Garrett Wilson, WR Ohio State (Dwight Peebles)

2.02 Justin Fields, QB Ohio State (Tan Ho)

Round two starts off with a pair of Buckeyes. Wilson is a highly-touted freshman who hasn’t quite popped yet. Wilson was the number six wide receiver in his recruiting class, per Rivals. He does have three receiving touchdowns on the season as well as a 52-yard punt return, but it is likely Wilson will be more of a featured part of the offense in 2020.

Fields was the second quarterback off the board in this mock, following Trevor Lawrence at 1.11. While Lawrence has struggled to live up to his off-season expectations, Fields has thrived in his new home at Ohio State. Fields had an impress 10.5 A/YA in a limited role at Georgia, and he has improved upon that in his starter role at Ohio State with 11.3, good for 17th all-time, only trailing Joe Burrow this season. Fields sports a 24-1 touchdown-interception ratio with his high A/YA. He is also a rushing threat with 587 rushing yards over his first two collegiate seasons. In a superflex format, he would undoubtedly be valued as a top-five player between the 2021-2022 classes.

2.03 Jerrion Ealy, RB Ole Miss (Kyle Holden)

2.04 Zamir White, RB Georgia (Nathan Powell)

2.05 Jermar Jefferson, RB Oregon State (Austin DeWitt)

The next three picks were a trio of running backs, two of which come from the SEC. Ealy was the number five ranked running back in the 2019 recruiting class, and unlike some of the freshman taken before him in this mock, Ealy has produced in year one for Ole Miss. Ealy has two 95-rushing-yards-or-more performances with 428 rushing yards and a 6.9 yards per carry on the season. He had a season-high of 14 carries against Auburn last week and will continue to see an increased role as the season goes on and will be the team’s locked-in RB1 in 2020. With flashes as a freshman, Ealy will be a favorite in devy leagues where he isn’t owned yet.

White had his true freshman season end before it started with a torn ACL. As a redshirt freshman, White has produced as the teams RB2 behind D’Andre Swift. White had 40 or more rushing yards in four of his first five games, but his role has been more limited in the last two weeks with only one carry in each game. White is averaging 6.2 yards per carry on limited work. When Swift leaves for the NFL in 2020, White is likely to step into the team’s RB1 role, or at least more of a timeshare than he currently has behind Swift.

Jefferson was one of the most productive freshmen in 2018 with 1,380 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. In 2019, he has battled injuries throughout the season, but he has played well when fully healthy. In his three games with 16 or more carries, Jefferson has 375 rushing yards with a 5.3 yards per carry. If Jefferson continues to battle injuries, his perceived lack of production could make him a good value as a buy low or as a target in devy drafts for leagues where he isn’t owned.

2.06 Joe Ngata, WR Clemson (TheFFGhost)

2.07 Brevin Jordan, TE Miami (Ray Garvin)

2.08 Sage Surratt, WR Wake Forest (Joseph Nammour)

Next up is a trio of ACC pass-catchers. The NFL is littered with former Clemson wide receivers and Ngata looks like he will be another one along with teammates Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins. Ngata is being used sparingly in his freshman season behind Ross and Higgins, but he is being used in the return game, showing Clemson wants to get him involved somehow. Ngata was ranked the number five wide receiver in the 2019 recruiting class and will get more of an opportunity on offense in 2020 with Higgins NFL-bound.

Jordan was the first tight end selected in this mock draft, and for good reason. Freshman production at the position is usually minimal, but Jordan did show flashes in 2018 with three games of five catches or more and four receiving touchdowns. He has been more productive in 2019 with 495 receiving yards and 14.1 yards per catch, including 48 receiving yards or more in five of nine games, averaging 77.1 yards per game in those five games. Jordan will be the first tight end taken in most leagues where he is unowned.

Surratt has been one of the breakout stars of devy fantasy football this season. I was surprised to see him fall this far in the mock draft. 6’3”, 215-pound wideout had a good freshman season behind Greg Dortch on the depth chart with 581 receiving yards and 14.2 yards per catch. With Dortch gone, Surratt has stepped into the WR1 role with 948 receiving yards and nine touchdowns with a 15.3 yards per catch. Surratt is unowned outside of the deepest devy leagues and will be a popular pick this off-season.

2.09 Kenny Gainwell, RB Memphis (Ray Garvin)

2.10 Trey Sanders, RB Alabama (Dwight Peebles)

2.11 Terrace Marshall, WR LSU (Nathan Powell)

2.12 Master Teague, RB Ohio State (Joseph Nammour)

Gainwell had a limited role in the Memphis offense in true freshman season behind Darrell Henderson and Patrick Taylor. Gainwell had 143 total yards on only four carries and six catches. With only four games, he was granted a redshirt season. In 2019, Henderson is in the NFL and Taylor has been out since week one, giving the keys to the backfield to Gainwell. He has taken advantage of the opportunity with 1,067 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, along with being heavily involved in the passing game with 36 catches for 453 receiving yards. Gainwell’s production as the Memphis RB1 will make him one of the top non-power-five players in devy drafts next off-season.

Sanders will miss his entire true freshman season with a foot injury. He was the top-ranked running back in his recruiting class in 2019 and he will likely see a big role in the 2020 Alabama offense with Najee Harris likely NFL-bound. Missing his entire freshman season could make Sanders an under-the-radar buy in devy leagues.

Marshall has faced some injuries while his teammates Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson have put up big numbers throughout the season. Prior to his injury, Marshall had a very productive first four games of the season, averaging five catches for 76 receiving yards and 1.5 touchdowns. Marshall is a nice buy right now while everyone swoons over Joe Burrow, Chase and Jefferson.

The mock rounds out with another player I didn’t expect to fall as far as he did in Master Teague. Teague is currently the RB2 for Ohio State behind JK Dobbins, but he has shown plenty to earn the RB1 role when Dobbins leaves for the NFL after this season. Teague is averaging 6.8 yards per carry in 2019, along with three games of 90 yards or more as the teams RB2. Even with Dobbins ahead of him, Teague is averaging 10.75 carries per game, showing they want to get him the ball as often as possible. Teague will get a full season as the RB1 in a Justin Fields offense, which is sure to produce big numbers and put Teague in a position to be highly drafted in the 2021 NFL draft.

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