The Bills added Oregon State WR Isaiah Hodgins in the 6th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. This is 1 of our favorite sleepers in the 2020 WR class. Hodgins goes 6’4 and 210 pounds with 82nd percentile arm length. He ran a 4.61-second 40-yard dash at the Combine but registered a 64th percentile vertical, 74th percentile broad jump and 74th percentile short shuttle. Hodgins is a long, lanky receiver who wins at the catch point. He also has some of the best hands in this WR class, dropping just 1.7% of his catchable targets over the past 3 seasons. Hodgins broke out as a sophomore in 2018, leading the Beavers with 59 catches and 876 yards. Then he posted a big 86-1,171-13 line this past year, finishing top 18 in the country in all 3 marks. His 2.69 yards per route run ranked 13th among 30 of this year’s top WR prospects. Hodgins joins fellow rookie Gabriel Davis behind Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley on Buffalo’s WR depth chart. Consider him a deep dynasty stash.
The Ravens added SMU WR James Proche in the 6th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more productive receiver over the past 2 seasons. Proche hauled in 93 balls for 1,199 yards and 12 TDs as a junior in 2018 and then racked up 111 catches, 1,225 yards and 15 scores last year. He tied LSU’s Justin Jefferson for most catches in the country, ranked 13th in receiving yards and finished 4th in receiving TDs. Proche has experience playing both outside and in the slot. And he has some of the most reliable hands in this WR class, dropping only 9 of 312 catchable targets (2.9%) for his career. The knocks against Proche: He faced lower-level competition in the American Conference, is on the small side at 5’11, 201 pounds and is already 23 years old.
The Browns selected Michigan WR Donovan Peoples-Jones in the 6th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. DPJ was a major disappointment for Big Blue. The 5-star recruit totaled just 103 catches, 1,327 yards and 14 TDs across 3 years on campus. In his defense, he dealt with crappy QB play. Michigan ranked 111th, 80th and 50th in passing yards per game the last 3 seasons. Peoples-Jones turned heads with his Combine performance: a 4.48-second 40 time and 44.5-inch vertical at 6’2 and 212 pounds. He earned a 99th percentile SPARQ score. And you see flashes of that athleticism on tape. Peoples-Jones waited a long time to hear his name called, though, and will have to battle for #3 WR duties in Cleveland behind Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry. He’s just a deep dynasty stash.
The Bills selected Georgia QB Jake Fromm in the 5th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Fromm’s tape won’t ‘wow’ you. He’s 6’2, 219 pounds with a below-average arm and bottom-barrel athleticism (22nd percentile SPARQ score). But all he did was win at Georgia. Fromm replaced the injured Jacob Eason early in his 2017 freshman campaign and never relinquished the starting job. He ended up starting 42 games over the past 3 years, compiling a 35-7 record. Fromm leaves the Bulldogs with a career 63% completion rate, 8.4 yards per attempt and 78-to-18 TD:INT ratio. But the fact that he set career lows in completion rate (60.8%) and yards per attempt (7.4) this past season is troubling. Fromm’s 68% adjusted completion rate ranked just 88th among draft-eligible QBs. He’ll battle for the backup job behind Josh Allen in Buffalo.
The Lions selected Wisconsin WR Quintez Cephus in the 5th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Cephus trudged to a 4.73-second 40 time at the Combine, although he did post above-average marks in the vertical and broad jumps at 6’1 and 202 pounds. He’s obviously not going to win with athleticism as a pro, but Cephus does a lot of little things well. He can beat press coverage, is an advanced route runner and is strong in contested situations. Cephus missed the entire 2018 season after being accused of sexual assault. He was later acquitted of those charges and returned to Wisconsin to post a 59-901-7 line this past year. Cephus tallied nice market shares, and his 3.1 yards per route run ranked 5th among 30 of this year’s top WR prospects. He figures to battle with Geronimo Allison for the #4 WR job in Detroit this season behind Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola. But all 4 of those guys are currently scheduled to hit free agency next offseason.
The Jaguars added Texas WR Collin Johnson in the 5th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Johnson is an intriguing prospect: a 6’6, 220-pounder with plus ball skills. He posted a 54-765-2 line as a sophomore and then went for 68-985-7 as a junior. But he struggled with a lingering hamstring injury this past year, finishing with 38 catches for 559 yards and 3 scores in 7 games. Johnson was unable to work out at the Combine due to a hip injury, and scouts wonder if he’s athletic enough to make it in the NFL. He joins D.J. Chark, Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley and fellow rookie Laviska Shenault in Jacksonville.
The 49ers have traded WR Marquise Goodwin to the Eagles. Goodwin has had trouble staying on the field throughout his NFL career and played in just 20 games over the past 2 seasons. He's a big-play threat when healthy, averaging 16.6 yards per catch for his career. Goodwin figures to be a rotational player at best in Philadelphia, which would leave him short of fantasy value. But he could be a slight boost for QB Carson Wentz.
The Bucs selected Minnesota WR Tyler Johnson in the 5th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Johnson was a monster college producer. He easily led a bad Gophers passing offense in catches (35), yards (677) and TDs (7) as a sophomore in 2017. Then he busted out for a big 78-1,169-12 line the following year, ranking top 21 nationally in all 3 categories. Johnson set new career highs across the board in 2019 with 86 catches, 1,318 yards and 13 TDs. He accounted for 41% of Minnesota’s receptions, 40% of the receiving yards and 42% of the TDs. No WR garnered a higher receiving grade from Pro Football Focus in 2019. Johnson isn’t a high-end athlete but does enough to create separation on short and intermediate routes. He’s excellent in contested situations. And he has experience playing both outside and in the slot. Johnson should have a good shot to win the #3 WR job in Tampa Bay this season, with Scott Miller and Justin Watson as his competition. But even then, he’d struggle for targets behind Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski.
The 49ers have traded RB Matt Breida to the Dolphins in exchange for a 5th-round pick. Breida has been excellent for the 49ers over the past 3 seasons, averaging 5.0 yards per carry and 8.4 yards per catch. This past year, he ranked 21st in Pro Football Focus' rushing grades among 45 RBs with 100+ carries. Breida was a victim of the numbers game in a packed 49ers backfield but will find plenty of opportunity in Miami, where Jordan Howard resides atop the depth chart. Expect some sort of committee attack in 2020, but Breida's explosiveness and pass-catching ability might make him the more valuable fantasy asset.
The Seahawks added Miami RB DeeJay Dallas in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Dallas actually opened his college career at WR before moving to RB midway through his freshman campaign. A committee back over the past 2 seasons, Dallas totaled 224 carries for 1,310 yards (5.8 YPC) and 14 TDs. He did set career highs across the board in 2019 with 115 carries, 693 yards, 6.0 yards per carry and 8 TDs. His 14 receptions and 140 receiving yards were also personal bests. Dallas’ WR background gives him some intrigue, but he still looks like a fantasy long shot. He joins a crowded backfield in Seattle alongside Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, Travis Homer and C.J. Prosise — although Carson and Penny are both recovering from serious injuries.
The Redskins added Liberty WR Antonio Gandy-Golden in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Gandy-Golden dominated his lower-level competition over the past 2 seasons, posting 71-1,037-10 and 79-1,396-10 lines. He also showed well at the Combine, registering a 57th percentile SPARQ score at 6’4 and 223 pounds. Gandy-Golden struggled against tougher defenses, though. He totaled 8 catches, 98 yards and 1 TD in 2 games against Virginia and mustered only 22 scoreless yards vs. Auburn. So it’s fair to question how he’ll hold up against professional CBs. He’ll find plenty of opportunity in Washington, though, where Terry McLaurin is the only WR locked into a role.
The Rams added Purdue TE Brycen Hopkins in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Hopkins is coming off an 830-yard, 7-TD redshirt senior season, ranking 5th in yards per route run among 18 of this year’s top WR prospects. The 6’3, 257-pounder ran a 4.73-second 40-yard dash at the Combine and averaged a big 15.0 yards per catch in college. Hopkins is a bad blocker and dropped 14.5% of his catchable targets over the past 4 years. But he has enough playmaking ability to become a fantasy factor down the road. Hopkins joins Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett in Los Angeles and is an extreme long shot for 2020 fantasy value. Higbee is signed through 2023, but Everett is set to hit free agency next offseason.
The Bills added Central Florida WR Gabriel Davis in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Davis was a downfield dynamo last year, averaging 17.2 yards per catch and ranking 4th among all draft-eligible WRs in receptions (16) and yards (620) on targets 20+ yards downfield. There’s not much else to Davis’ game right now — but he just turned 21 earlier this month and goes 6’2, 216 pounds. He’s an intriguing project for the Bills and could eventually replace John Brown, who’s 30 and signed through 2021.
The Steelers selected Maryland RB Anthony McFarland in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Watch McFarland’s 298-yard, 2-TD dismantling of Ohio State back in 2018 and you’d think he’s 1 of the top backs in this class. That was part of an impressive redshirt freshman season that saw him tally 1,034 yards on 7.9 yards per carry. 39 of his 131 carries went for 10+ yards that year. McFarland took a colossal step back this past season, though, battling through a high-ankle sprain and totaling just 614 yards on 114 carries (5.4 YPC). He’s also fairly inexperienced in the passing game, with only 24 catches across the past 2 years. But McFarland’s flashes are exciting. And the 5’8, 208-pounder confirmed his big-play ability with a 4.44-second 40 time at the Combine. He’s an intriguing addition to Pittsburgh’s backfield alongside James Conner, Benny Snell and Jaylen Samuels.
The Colts selected Washington QB Jacob Eason in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Eason looks the part. He’s 6’6, 231 pounds and might just have the biggest arm of anyone in this year’s QB class. But his accuracy comes and goes, and he struggles under pressure. “He’s the prototypical bust,” an anonymous scout told The Athletic’s Bob McGinn. “He’s big and he’s tall and he’s pretty lookin’. He can throw it through a brick wall. But knowing how to play the position, having poise, mental processing … it’s just not there.” A big-time high school recruit, Eason started as a true freshman at Georgia back in 2016, completing 55% of his passes, averaging 6.6 yards per attempt and tossing 16 TDs vs. 8 INTs. After hurting his knee early in the 2017 season, he lost the starting job to Jake Fromm. Eason then transferred to Washington, where he threw for 3,132 yards, 23 TDs and 8 INTs on a 64% completion rate and 7.7 yards per attempt this past year. He ranked just 22nd among draft-eligible QBs in Pro Football Focus’ adjusted completion rate and 2nd-to-last in passing grade under pressure. Eason needs development and will get it in Indianapolis, where he'll sit behind Philip Rivers for at least 2020.
The Jets added Florida RB La'Mical Perine in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Nothing stands out with Perine’s rushing numbers over his 4 years with the Gators. He never topped 136 carries or 826 yards in a season and averaged 5.0 yards per carry for his career. But he did haul in 72 balls, including 40 this past season. Perine also has good size at 5’11, 216 pounds and earned a solid 51st percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. He’ll battle for snaps behind Le’Veon Bell this season. Bell is signed through 2022, although the Jets can get out of his deal with $4 million in dead cap after this year.
The Broncos selected Missouri TE Albert Okwuegbunam in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Albert O brings a freaky combination of size and speed. The 6’5, 258-pounder blazed a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at the Combine. His 127.0 Speed Score is 3rd best among all TEs since 2000 — notably ahead of guys like Evan Engram, O.J. Howard and Noah Fant. Okwuegbunam disappointed with a 23-306-6 line without QB Drew Lock last year. But he tallied 415 yards and a 11 scores as a true freshman in 2017 and then caught 43 balls for 466 yards and 6 scores in 2018. Okwuegbunam missed 5 games over the last 2 seasons with shoulder injuries and looks a bit straight-linish on tape. But that size-speed combo makes him an intriguing fantasy prospect. He reunites with Lock in Denver and, alongside Noah Fant, gives the Broncos the fastest TE duo in the league.
The Browns selected Florida Atlantic TE Harrison Bryant in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Bryant improved his numbers each year at Florida Atlantic, culminating in a big 65-1,004-7 line in 2019. He faced lower-level competition for the most part — but he did catch 6 balls for 79 yards vs. Ohio State this past season. That game included a nice grab when lined up outside against 1st-round Lions CB Jeff Okudah. Bryant’s 3.04 yards per route run in 2019 was best among 18 of this year’s top TE prospects. He’s also considered a solid blocker. Bryant disappointed at the Combine with a 15th percentile SPARQ score but looks more athletic on tape. This is a rough landing spot, though, after Cleveland just handed TE Austin Hooper a big contract in free agency. TE David Njoku is also still on the roster, but perhaps he’s on the outs.
The Chargers added UCLA RB Joshua Kelley in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Kelley was a workhorse for the Bruins over the past 2 seasons, tallying rushing lines of 225-1,243-12 and 229-1,060-12. He averaged a mediocre 5.1 yards per carry, though, and doesn’t look like anything special on tape. Kelley ranked 17th among 21 of this year’s top RBs prospects in Pro Football Focus’ 2019 rushing grades and dead last in Elusive Rating. The 5’11, 212-pounder did test reasonably well at the Combine, posting a 4.49-second 40 time and a 6.95-second 3-cone. He finished with a 47th percentile SPARQ score. We heard one scout compare Kelley to the Packers’ Jamaal Williams. He’ll compete with Justin Jackson for ‘big-back’ duties behind Austin Ekeler in Los Angeles.
Washington RB Bryce Love is still working to rehab the knee in which he tore the ACL to end his college career. “Bryce is still going through his rehab process, and we’ll get into that once we start getting ready to report, whenever that is,” HC Ron Rivera told The Athletic. “But he is going through his rehab program right now, and he’s progressing daily." Love didn't play at all as a rookie, and it sounds like his status for 2020 remains uncertain. Of course, the team's Round 3 selection of RB Antonio Gibson will not help available opportunity even if Love does prove ready by the fall. The former Stanford RB is no more than a deep dynasty stash at this point.
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