2019 Dynasty Rookie Draft Picks
Now that the NFL combine is all over with, we can begin to see how dynasty rookie drafts will start to take shape, at least for the first round. Yes, a lot will depend on landing spots. But I am a firm believer on drafting on talent and not as much where these prospects get drafted. Will I be disappointed if the Baltimore Ravens select D.K. Metcalf with the twenty-second overall pick? Probably. I almost liken it to the Corey Davis situation in Tennessee. The stud WR has a ton of talent but so far has been held back by spotty QB play and the ever changing Offensive Coordinator position. Did that stop people from taking him with a top 3 pick in their respective rookie drafts? Absolutely not. Will Corey Davis ever be a top 12 WR? I think he could be.
So that’s where we are right now. Everyone at this time of year wants rankings. Rookie rankings. Dynasty rankings. Dynasty rankings with the rookies included. You name it. Dynasty Football players are hungry beasts and we want as much information as we possibly can. Whether we agree on everything is another story all together. But for this story, let’s focus on a few different things. Number one, talent will always rise to the top. Don’t let a terrible landing spot determine where you will draft a stud. By now, you’ve all heard that 2019 is a fantastic WR and TE class. So let’s start there. N’Keal Harry, D.K. Metcalf, and Hakeem Butler should probably be your top 3 picks in whatever order you like. As I stated before, try to draft for talent, not need. If you’re desperately shallow at the RB position and completely fine at WR, still take one of these guys. Don’t be pressured into taking a player for need. That is what trading is for at a later date. If your league is stagnant or highly inactive, get out! Trades are why we got into dynasty in the first place. Don’t reach for a David Montgomery or Josh Jacobs when there are studs at other positions. Having said that, I feel that both Montgomery and Jacobs did nothing to boost their draft stock. Montgomery was very average at the combine, not finishing in the top 10 of his position at any category with the exception of broad jump (8th). Josh Jacobs was injured so he did not compete in any events and we will all have to wait for his pro day. These two RB’s should still be taken in the 5-8 range.
Finishing up the back half of your first round should again be plentiful with WR’s. AJ Brown (a college teammate of Metcalf) helped boost his stock by looking good at the combine. A very good 40 yd dash time (4.49) along with great hand-eye coordination in receiving drills should firmly put him in the top 6 of rookie drafts. Kelvin Harmon and Marquise Brown, WR’s from NC State and Oklahoma, respectively will still be strong 1st round considerations even though Harmon disappointed at the combine and Brown was dealing with a foot injury and could not compete. Noah Fant, TE from Iowa, will also be a heavy favorite to land in the first round of your rookie draft and not just for the TE premium variety. He was already being talked about as one of the top TE’s in the draft, if not THE top one. He finished with a 4.50 40yd dash, 39.5 inch vertical, and 10’7 broad jump.
Where are all of the RB’s you ask? More than likely, they’ll be at the end of the first round. Players like Darrell Henderson (Memphis), Miles Sanders (Penn St), and Damien Harris (Alabama) will slide somewhere into the 8-12 range of your rookie draft. Not that it’s a bad thing, because many believe that there is some value to be had in the late first and early second rounds. This isn’t as good of a RB class as, say, the last 2 seasons, where first rounds were dominated by this position. But that’s not to say these players can’t be productive in the pros for your team. Henderson ran a 4.49 40yd dash but underwhelmed in other categories, namely hand size, only measuring in at 8 ⅝ inches. Sanders, who also ran a 4.49 40 yd dash, did very well in other events like vertical jump (36”) and 3-cone drill (6.89) and that may be enough to place him in the first round and if he finds himself in a good situation team wise, then look out. Harris showed enough burst in his 40yd dash (4.57) and his leaping ability (37” vertical) to warrant him a spot in the first round and I believe he may be best suited in a committee role in the NFL, so landing spot could help him tremendously.
So I guess the real question is…Are you buying or selling your first round rookie shares this year?
By Jay Upp