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Why waste any time, right?
As the third day of the NFL Draft continues to unfold, I was joined by our own Ryan McDowell and Ray Garvin as we performed a “Knee Jerk Reaction” instant analysis mock draft. The 2020 class is highlighted by some amazing and deep wide receiver talent and some running backs who promise to be difference makers in dynasty leagues. I’ll highlight each pick as we go and post each of the two rounds separately as we make picks based on our instant reaction to live and unfolding NFL Draft.
If you missed round one, check it out here.
2.01 = Michael Pittman, Jr. WR IND
Pre-Draft Rookie ADP = 21
Pittman is going to be a popular pick late in round one or early in round two and it makes sense. While he’s not the fastest player in the draft, he’s plenty physical and gives the Colts a bona fide option across from TY Hilton, who hasn’t exactly been reliable the past couple of seasons. The Colts are quietly building a really nice offense and Pittman is in position for early success. He could easily outplay some of the receivers taken ahead of him.
2.02 = Denzel Mims, WR NYJ
Pre-Draft Rookie ADP = 11
The Jets passed on some of the higher rated receivers and had Mims fall right into their laps. If you’re looking for a rookie landing in a great situation for early playing time, it’s hard to find one better than Mims. With Breshad Perriman at the top of the depth chart, there’s a gaping hole on the depth chart for solid receivers and Mims has a really high upside. He is an athletic freak and raw as a receiver, but he has great upside and that’s perfect for a second round selection.
2.03 = Laviska Shenault, Jr. WR JAX
Pre-Draft Rookie ADP = 13
No receiver has seen their value fluctuate more over the past two years than Shenault, who shows both explosive ability and maddening inconsistency. If the “real” Shenault shows up, he could give a serious boost to a Jacksonville team that has simply struggled mightily to come up with a pair of quality receivers since the days of Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith. With DJ Chark entrenched as one quality option and Dede Westbrook struggling to be a consistent force, the table is set for Shenault and he should have a legitimate chance for early career production. He has a low floor, but also a really high ceiling.
2.04 = Brandon Aiyuk, WR SF
Pre-Draft Rookie ADP = 20
The 49ers lack of weapons was exposed in the Super Bowl and they really needed to find a playmaker in this draft. They did just that with the elusive and explosive Aiyuk out of Arizona State. The 49ers doubled down on Aiyuk today by sending Marquise Goodwin to the Eagles as well. Aiyuk should fit well with last year’s dynamo in the form of Deebo Samuel. Aiyuk likely won’t be a WR1 for the 49ers, but he’s going to make some explosive plays in the open field and should be a solid addition to a dynasty roster.
2.05 = Joe Burrow, QB CIN
Pre-Draft Rookie ADP = 15
Quarterbacks just aren’t as valuable in 1QB leagues and this late selection certainly isn’t a reflection of Burrow’s lack of talent. He should be a very productive NFL and fantasy starter and the Bengals seem poised to surround him with solid weapons. The addition of Tee Higgins is a good start and Burrow makes for a solid target in round two if you need a safe option at the quarterback position on your dynasty roster.
2.06 = Bryan Edwards, WR LV
Pre-Draft Rookie ADP = 18
Edwards ended up being the 16th wide receiver taken and third taken by the Raiders in the 2020 NFL Draft. Still, he was productive in the SEC against the Nation’s best defenses and landed on a roster intent on completely overhauling their receiving corps. Edwards is a high upside player, but one you’re going to have to likely exhibit some patience with. Still, he has sneaky value in round two.
2.07 = Tua Tagovailoa, QB MIA
Pre-Draft Rookie ADP = 17
Sure, there are some concerns about his long-term health. However, there are no other quarterbacks in this class with the pure upside of Tua. If you’re looking to take a swing and hit a home run at the position, this is clearly your best chance to do so. You’ll likely need to wait a year to see what he can do, but it’s going to be exciting to watch him develop.
2.08 = Anthony McFarland, RB PIT
Pre-Draft Rookie ADP = 33
This is the point in the draft where you take some chances and hope to find lightning in a bottle. Few players are going to give you a better chance at that than McFarland, who has limited experience but serious upside. With James Conner, Jaylen Samuels and Benny Snell on the roster, it’s a loaded running back room in Pittsburgh. However, Conner simply cannot stay healthy, Samuels isn’t a three down option and Snell didn’t exactly set the world on fire last season. McFarland is a dice roll here, but it’s a calculated one that could hit big – you just have to hope you don’t crap out.
2.09 = Zack Moss, RB BUF
Pre-Draft Rookie ADP = 14
Moss has a skill set that should fit perfectly in Buffalo – a cold weather team that can pound the football. The cousin of former Miami standouts Santana and Sinorice Moss, Zack should help form a nice 1-2 punch with Devin Singletary and could at the very least produce some nice goal line scoring chances next season. If Singletary was to miss time, the Bills aren’t exactly brimming with options, either. Moss is a good fit in Buffalo and would make a nice fit for dynasty rosters in round two as well.
2.10 = Justin Herbert, QB LAC
Pre-Draft Rookie ADP = 22
You can easily argue Herbert landed in the best situation for any quarterback this year. After all, it’s a nice little luxury to have the likes of Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Hunter Henry to throw to and the ability to learn behind Tyrod Taylor until you’re ready. There are questions about Herbert’s leadership ability, but we’re deep into the second round here and there are simply no sure things.
2.11 = Lynn Bowden, WR LV
Pre-Draft Rookie ADP = 34
Speaking of home run chances, you have to love Bowden. It sounds like the Raiders are going to use him at running back and in the slot, boosting his value in the process. This kid is a pure playmaker and while it’s fair to wonder just how Las Vegas can utilize his talents, it’s also clear they’re not just going to pigeon-hole him into one position. The versatility of Bowden is really enticing at the end of round two and even though he has a low floor as a swiss army knife the Raiders could fail to sharpen, the potential is clearly there.
2.12 = Darrynton Evans, RB TEN
Pre-Draft Rookie ADP = 36
The Titans will go as far as Derrick Henry takes them. However, they really needed to add a pass catching back after souring on Dion Lewis. Henry is on the franchise tag and it’s fair to wonder what happens after this season, though. In addition, there should be touches for Evans next season and he’s shown some real ability. At the end of round two, it’s time for calculated darts and you’d look sober if you threw this one.