Dynasty Draft season is in full swing and, for most leagues, that means its Rookie Draft Season. But what rookies should you be looking to take in the first round? 3CoSports takes a stab at naming the top ten rookies in this year’s class. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments!
The unquestioned RB1 of the 2019 Draft class, Jacobs enters a favorable situation where he will immediately be able to make an impact. With Carr and the passing game keeping defenses honest, an improving O-Line, and no real competition for the workhorse role, Jacobs is a worthy No.1 pick. Think of him as a high end RB2 in 2019 with the potential for more based on the success of the Raiders offense.
2. N’Keal Harry
For teams looking to go with a WR with their first pick, N’Keal Harry is the pick for three simple reasons. 1: He does everything well. He can use his body, speed, and athletic ability to make the catch and plays after the catch. 2: He lands on a historically great offensive team that will give him plenty of targets and Red Zone receptions. 3: If Belichick believes in his talent enough to make him the first Wide Receiver drafted Round 1 in the Belichick/Brady Era, who are we to doubt him?
3. Deebo Samuel
Samuel enters a crowded 49ers Receiver group that, despite all the talent, does not have a clear WR1. Kittle is going to command his targets and Samuel will have to battle RBs for targets as well, but none of them can make something out of nothing like Samuel can. If you want to see some tape, check out him making the entire Clemson defense look inept as he takes 15 yard gain and makes it a 30+ gain. With Jimmy Garappollo at the helm, Samuel will have a good QB for years to come and should be a force to be reckoned with in a couple of years.
4. Marquise Brown
Brown would have been higher had he landed on any team but the Ravens. This was the fear of many analysts heading into the draft and it was a fear that materialized. Brown is fast, shifty, and explosive, but he is best used in an offense that can get him the ball deep. That isn’t something that will happen often with the run oriented Ravens and Lamar Jackson still struggles with the deep ball. Still, his talent is too much to ignore and he is still a Top 5 prospect.
5. David Montgomery
There goes the Mike Davis hype train. Montgomery was one of the best RB prospects heading into the draft and he landed in a perfect situation for his skill set. Like Howard, Montgomery is a powerful back that fits well in a power run scheme. He grinds and can be counted on to get the short yards. Still, he is more elusive than Howard with softer hands and better pass protection skills. This is exactly what Matt Nagy wants in a RB and the reason why Howard is now in an Eagles uniform instead of a Bears one. There is no doubt that Montgomery can be an immediate contributor and provide 1st and 2nd down value for the Bears and fantasy owners while Tarik Cohen retains his swiss knife role.
6. Mecole Hardman
What a perfect landing spot for the Speedster. With Tyreek Hill most likely gone from KC soon, Mecole Hardman will take on the deep threat role for one of the most explosive offenses in the league. It’d be foolish to expect Hardman to be Tyreek Hill, especially in his first couple of years. His route tree is not as polished as Hill’s and Watkins/Kelce will swallow up a lot of targets. But he will have a lot more value as he develops and receives targets from the MVP. In Dynasty leagues, owners can wait for Hardman to develop a rapport with Mahomes and reap the benefits for years to come.
7. D.K Metcalf
While his Draft Day tumble was concerning, Metcalf landed in the perfect situation. With Baldwin retired and with no other true Red Zone threat, Metcalf will be counted on to produce early in his NFL career. Metcalf has gained a reputation as a great athlete with little route running prowess. This reputation is selling Metcalf short as he made a habit of beating press coverage in college by using his body to position himself against the cornerback. While his 3 Co(ne) time may have worried some, he showed enough hip flexibility in college where he can still develop as a route runner. With Russell Wilson throwing him the ball, he very well may exceed his expectations and prove that his Draft Day tumble was a mistake. In this offense, he’ll be used to his strengths, namely in the Red Zone and for 50/50 balls deep. He can be an immediate contributor and should be considered in the middle and latter stages of Round 1.
8. Parris Campbell
Could Parris Campbell be the eventual heir to T.Y Hilton? Draft pundits seem to think so, which is why he is going in the First Round of most Rookie Drafts. But is he worth that price. The answer is: absolutely. Andrew Luck automatically makes that offense worth investing in and Campbell does compare favorably to Hilton. He’s faster than Hilton (4.31 40) and is just as shifty if not shiftier than the 29 year old Hilton. He’s extremely dangerous on shallow routes and can turn a 5 yard gain into a 70 yard gain, easily. This is the type of receiver Andrew Luck can grow to trust and, if he does, Campbell has 4 years plus of fantasy relevance at the minimum. He’s well worth the first round price and will be a staple in fantasy teams for years to come. Whether that process begins this year or next will be decided soon.
9. Miles Sanders
Miles Sanders enters a crowded backfield in Philadelphia. We all know that DOug Pederson can’t help himself when it comes to a RBBC, so why is Sanders ranked so high? He is easily the most talented back in this RBBC. After backing up Saquon Barkley for two years, SAnders took his opportunity and ran with it in 2018, amassing 1,284 yards on a 5.8 YPC, making Penn State look like they hadn’t missed a beat without Saquon. To make things even better, 845 of those yards were after contact. The man is hard to bring down. If and when Sanders gets the ball often, he will be a force.
10. A.J Brown
Another receiver who ended up in an awful situation. Marcus MAriota has made Corey Davis look like an underwhelming NFL receiver for 3 years, and there is no reason to believe anything will be different for AJ Brown. He will be competing with the aforementioned Davis, Adam Humphries, Delanie Walker, and Marcus Mariota’s inadequacy in order to be relevant. His landing spot should make drafters extremely hesitant to pull the trigger on him and there are better options available in the first round. AJ Brown is a late first or early second round pick in all rookie drafts.