2020 New England Patriots Mock Draft

Round 1: pick 23 AJ Epenesa EDGE IOWA

Iowa edge AJ Epenesa

The Tom Brady-less Patriots have a busy draft night ahead of them, but i would imagine the top 4 QBs will be off the board here. So lets look at their other losses this off-season.

The first one that pops up is Kyle-Van Noy. The heart and soul of the 2018 Superbowl champions.

The left side of the rush will include high motor speed rusher Chase Winovich, last years 3rd round pick out of Michigan. Epenesa is not a speed rusher, but he could remind Bill Belichick of one of his former players (Trey Flowers) who left New England for a monster deal in Detroit the spring prior. Epenesa is a blend of power, length, technique and heavy hands and has the versatility to rush from the inside as well which is the perfect pairing for Winovich. While he started the 2019 season slowly, Epenesa closed the season rather strongly with eight sacks and four forced fumbles over his final five games. This is the pick.

Round 3: pick 87 Brycen Hopkins TE PURDUE

Purdue TE Brycen Hopkins

The first unreplacable hole on the Patriots roster is the one quarterback Tom Brady left behind. The other is the one left by future first ballot hall of famer Rob Gronkowski.

Hopkins is an athletic receiving tight end with the potential to be a high-volume U tight end at the next level. While he’s a work in progress as a blocker, his speed, body control and route-running abilities should see him be high in command in a class that doesn’t have a lot of top-end talent at his position. I expect him to fall off the board shortly after Cole Kmet, and Adam Trautman does.

Round 3: pick 98Jake Fromm QB Georgia

Georgia QB Jake Fromm

Jake Fromm has saw his draft stock drop in a big way over this past calendar year, but that does not mean the right team won’t be calling his name on day 2. I can’t think of a better fit than the New England Patriots, & here’s why:

He’s hardly ever going to put the ball in jeopardy, which is nice but comes at the cost of a lot of chunk plays down the field. Does that concern Josh McDaniels and his offense? No. He’s sharp in the red zone and does do well to read and key zone defenders to ID and anticipate where to throw. Willing to eat sacks and won’t panic under duress. Fromm has New England written all over him.

Round 3: pick 100Jordan Elliott DT Missouri

Missouri DT Jordan Elliott

Nick Cassario & Bill Belichick have addressed the departed vacancies left by Tom Brady, Kyle Van Noy, Rob Gronkowski. Here’s where he goes after one left by Danny Shelton.

Elliott is a player who performed at his best during his final season. Has some impressive reps defending the run where he’s able to anchor at the point of attack and fight for his gap. Has some slippery moments shooting gaps and rushing the passer where he’s able to generate some penetration. A player that needs needs some discipline coaching? Ha. Look no further. Elliott looks to have a strong core because he isn’t overly thick in his lowers and he doesn’t play with good leverage yet is still often able to stay in his gap. Has experience two-gaping from a variety of alignments. While he often creates the scenarios on account of his poor play speed, Elliott does well to work his hands and compete to clear his pads.

Round 4: pick 125Albert Okwuegbunam TE Missouri

Missouri TE Albert Okwuegbunam

Seven months ago, Okwuegbunam looked like a slam dunk first round pick and the first tight end off the board, that is no longer the case.

Okwuegbunam shows good overall athleticism and versatility for the position. In the run game he is good due to his willingness to come off the ball and strike. He demonstrates good technique as an inline blocker and keeps his hands inside. In the passing game he has aligned inline, at “H”, and even flexed out as an “F”. He shows good speed when running seams and other deep routes in the passing game. He demonstrates good toughness to catch the football when contact is imminent. He demonstrates good tracking ability when the ball is in the air. He also displays good, natural hands and rarely allows the ball into his frame. He projects to be a better blocker than pass catcher as of right now, but the Patriots 3rd round pick Brycen Hopkins is totally opposite which makes the duo all the more interesting. Belichick also done something similar in 2010 when he picked Rob Gronkowski & Aaron Hernandez in round 2 & round 5.

Round 5: pick 172Trevis Gipson EDGE

Tulsa EDGE Trevis Gipson

These later picks we’ll make shorter and more to the point.

A developmental player whose athleticism jumps off the screen. He’ll need time to grow into the player scouts believe he one day can be. New England can wait on that after taking AJ Epenesa in the 1st round & Chase Winovich in last years draft.

Round 6: pick 195Tyre Phillips OL Mississippi State

Mississippi State OL Tyre Phillips

Belichick and crew do their best work in the later rounds with offensive lineman from lesser known schools. But they go with a SEC-west OT here.

Round 6: pick 204Jake Hanson OL Oregon

Oregon OL Jake Hanson

Hanson is a smooth mover who utilizes foot quickness and step frequency to work and adjust his angles in space effectively. He’s fairly mobile and light on his feet effectively pivots and peels back against his momentum to contest gap shooters in his area. Light on his feet to climb to the second level and release. High IQ with good communication at the line of scrimmage. Something the Patriots look for.

Round 6: pick 212 James Proche WR SMU

SMU WR James Proche

There were reports out of New England last month that Patriot scouts were gushing over SMU’s WR James Proche, here’s why:

Proche has wicked hands. Can stick a high velocity ball in its tracks and make one handed receptions outside of his frame. Effective catching at elevation, digging balls out of the dirty, flipping to back shoulder balls his track, adjust, and snag is a delightful process to watch. Nifty athlete with quick feet and a smooth gear shift. Does well to manipulate route stems with variable speeds and is able to win leverage at the top of his route with head fakes and fleet foot work.

Round 6: pick 213 Lynn Bowden WR Kentucky

Kentucky WR Lynn Bowden

Pro football talk posted an article about Bowden a couple of weeks ago calling him the most fascinating prospect in the entire class, and i can’t help but agree.

Bowden has won deep wist post routes and has plenty of linear juice to stack vertically. Does show head fakes on route stems to hold defenders but took a lot of wins at WR vs. soft coverage and needs to add more crispness to release vs. press and firmness to breaks to reach his full potential.

Round 7: pick 230 Michael Pinckney LB Miami

Miami LB Michael Pinckney

Pinckney was one of the more productive linebackers the past two seasons. His torn labrum injury looks to be behind him and with the winning culture in New England Michael can flourish there.

Round 7: pick 241 Stanford Samuels III CB Florida State

Samuels is FSU career leader in interceptions and coming in at 6’2 185 pounds he has great size! With the Patriots trading away and losing some DBs this year in free agency, Stanford is nice option this late into the draft.

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2020 Pittsburgh Steelers Mock Draft

Pick – 49

Alabama IDL Raekwon Davis

Raekwon Davis IDL Alabama

First pick for the Steelers address the hole we have at DT after Hargraves left for FA and signed with the eagles.  Davis is a big man who can stuff the run

Pick – 102

Utah EDGE Bradlee Anae

Bradlee Anae EDGE Utah

Anae has a endless motor and rushes the QB well.  We tagged Dupree but doesnt mean hes here long term.  Plus u can never have to many rushers

Pick – 124

Georgia IOL Solomon Kindley

Solomon Kindley IOL Georgia

We address Guard in Fa but our line is aging.  Kindley can sit and learn and fill in for injuries.  Hes a big man that will excel in our run game

Pick – 135

Michigan State LB Joe Bachie Jr.

Joe Bachie Jr. LB Michigan State

more of a value pick Bachie is a talented middle LB who had some off the field issue.  At this point talent over anything. Could be a steal

Pick – 198

Kentucky WR Lynn Bowden

Lynn Bowden WR Kentucky

Bowden can do it all. Wr, rb, qb.  He has good hands and can be another lethal weapon for our lack luster offense

Pick – 232

Arizona RB J.J. Taylor

J.J. Taylor RB Arizona

Taylor is a change of pace back with Home run speed and good catch ability out of the back field.

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2020 Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft

As we get closer and closer to the April Draft, mocks will change 100 times. The Atlanta Falcons have already made some noise this Offseason by cutting key players(Freeman, Trufant) from their Superbowl run a few seasons ago. Signing Edge Rusher Donte Fowler to a 3 year deal and Running back Todd Gurley to a 1 year deal. But let’s talk the NFL Draft. Atlanta sits at pick 16 with 4 picks in the first 3 rounds, so let’s get into it.

Round 1 #16

SC DT Javon Kinlaw


Javon Kinlaw DT South Carolina

After the Fowler signing ATL doesn’t have to address the edge rusher with their first pick. Kinlaw is a force upfront and having him next to Grady Jarrett spells travesty in the making for QB’s and Running backs.
Another choice at the option should Atlanta choose. CB C.J Henderson, Atlanta released long time Corner Desmond Trufant opening up a hole in their already weak Secondary. CJ has good size coming in at 6’1 200 pounds.
Every draft has a player that slips and this year could it be Auburn DT Derek Brown?? If Brown falls pass Carolina at 9 I would fully expect Atlanta to trade up to grab him.

Round 2 #47

Clemson CB AJ Terrell

A.J Terrell CB Clemson

Atlanta currently has a secondary full of young inexperienced corners but none of which have the resume that AJ Terrell has coming out of Clemson.

Florida LB Jon Greenard

#78 Jon Greenard LB Florida

Even with the Fowler signing Atlanta still needs help getting to the passer and Jon Greenard can absolutely do that recording 9.5 sacks last season while fighting a ankle injury all season for the Gators.


Round 3 #119

LSU TE Thaddeus Moss

Thaddeus Moss TE LSU

If the name sounds familiar it should! Thaddeus is the son of NFL Hall of Famer WR Randy Moss! Even though Atlanta traded for Hayden Hurst and filling the hole Left by Austin Hooper. Atlanta should still look at grabbing Moss because Hurst has never played a full NFL season.

Round 4 #143

Clemson OL John Simpson

John Simpson OL Clemson

After Atlanta took back to back picks in last years draft on offensive line you’d think they would be fine with offensive line, but you would be incorrect.

Round 7 #228

Miami RB DeeJay Dallas

DeeJay Dallas RB Miami

Even with the Gurley signing you can’t fully expect him to play all 17 games at a high level and healthy. Dallas gives Atlanta a change of style back and somebody who’s completely capable of catching the ball out of the backfield.

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2020 NFL Mock Draft v6

What a crazy start to Free Agency!

With no sports going on, I hope this mock will help numb the pain of having no sports to watch. Also before the mock. Everyone here at NFL Draft Blackboard wants and hopes everyone is safe from the craziness in the world and all the good health possible.

With that said here is the first mock Post Free Agency:
*no trades in mock currently *

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1. Bengals: Joe Burrow – QB LSU

2. Redskins: Chase Young  – DE Ohio State

Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons

3. Lions: Isaiah Simmons – LB Clemson
– I have had Okudah here for ages and still believe he is in play, especially after the Slay trade. However they signed 2 Corner in FA so maybe they decide to look at one of the most intriguing players in this draft. Simmons can go sideline to sideline and do it all. Be a huge piece to this defense

4. Giants: Jedrick Wills – OT Alabama

Oregon QB Justin Herbert

5. Miami: Justin Herbert – QB Oregon
– After months of saying Tua will be the pick here I am throwing a small curveball here.  Tua and Miami had a weird interview at the combine that could leave some wondering if maybe they are not on the Tua Hype.  Miami has made some moves and still need a QB and if it’s not Tua, is it Herbert?

6. Chargers: Tua Tagovailoa – QB Alabama
– Miami passes on Tua and lands in the Chargers Lap.  Chargers have not addressed QB in FA and are primed to select on here at 6 (or trade up)  Chargers have done some work in free agency to sure up the right side of there O-Line…the blindside to a left QB like Tua.  Something to think about in regards to this pick.

7. Panthers: Jeffrey Okudah  – CB Ohio State

Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs

8. Cardinals: Tristan Wirfs – OT Iowa
– Cardinals went out and traded for Nuk so WR here at 8 seems more than unlikely now.  Wirfs is an athlete tackle that can play all over the line. He can plug in at RT to start, securing the O-Line for young Kyler Murray

9. Jaguars: Derrick Brown – DT Auburn

10. Browns: Mekhi Becton – OT Louisville

11 Jets: Andrew Thomas  – OT Georiga
– This pick was tough for me. Jets did some work in FA on the O-Line but still believe protecting Darnold is Priority #1 here.  In a deep wr class, you can still get weapons for Darnold in Day 2, but one of those top WR are sure in play here at 11.

12. Raiders: CeeDee Lamb – WR Oklahoma

Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy

13. 49’ers: Jerry Jeudy – WR Alabama
– San Francisco obtained this pick by trading Armstead to the Colts.  DT is a possibility here to replace the piece they trade. But there DL is still pretty stacked.  Deebo showed to he a true assets at WR but he is one man. They need another weapon on the outside for Jimmy G, to throw the ball to.

14. Bucs: Javon Kinlaw – DT South Carolina

15. Broncos: Henry Ruggs III – WR Alabama

16. Falcons: CJ Henderson  – CB Florida
– Falcons signed Fowler at Edge this offseason making it a less glaring need here at 16. At the same time they released there starting CB Trufant as well.  CB might be Priority #1 now.

17. Cowboys: Xavier McKinney  – S Alabama

LSU DE K’Lavon Chaisson

18. Dolphins: K’Lavon Chaisson – Edge  LSU
– dolphins did sign some pass rusher in FA but Chaisson is to talented to pass up and you can never have enough pass rushers in this pass heavy league

19. Raiders: Kristian Fulton  – CB LSU

20. Jaguars: Grant Delpit – S LSU

21. Eagles: Justin Jefferson – WR LSU

22. Vikings: Damon Arnette – CB Ohio State

Utah State Jordan Love

23. Patriots: Jordan Love – QB Utah State
– the Brady ERA has ended in Foxborough, but does that mean they stop winning?  Belichick is a mastermind whether you love him or Hate him. Do they believe in last years 4th rounder Stidum?  Love is considered one of the Best QBs in this class. After a rough 2019 year, I feel better about him in the 2nd round but realistically hes going in the 1st.  Belichick might have his new QB of the future

24. Saints: Denzel Mims – WR Baylor

25. Vikings: Laviska Shenault – WR Colorado
– Vikings trade Diggs to the Bill’s for there first.  They address 2 big needs here late first.  They got there corner a few picks ago, now they grab a talent WR to replace Diggs who can do it all as a player

26. Dolphins: Josh Jones – OT Houston

27. Seahawks: AJ Epensa – Edge Iowa

LSU LB Patrick Queen

28. Ravens: Patrick Queen – LB LSU

29. Titans: Yetur Gross-Matos – Edge Penn State

Clemson WR Tee Higgins

30. Packers: Tee Higgins – WR Clemson

31. 49’ers: Jeffrey Gladney – CB TCU

32. Chiefs: Cesar Ruiz  – C Michigan

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2020 NFL Mock Draft v5

What a wild turn things have taken since our last mock! We’re on the verge of a national quarantine while the trades have been flying! Which makes our mocks even more fun! In the grand scheme of things football and sports can wait. Our families and friends comes first.

We’re in a unique position here to still write content and share our ideas! I take that responsibility very serious! Please enjoy our latest 2020 NFL Mock Draft!

This time brought to you by Ben Anderson! Ben and David Reed keep going back forth with dueling Mocks! It’s like a heavyweight fight! Enjoy!

1. Bengals – QB Joe Burrow

LSU QB Joe Burrow


2. Redskins- DE Chase Young

OSU DE Chase Young


3. Lions- CB Jeffery Okudah

With Darrius Slay Being moved it opens a hole in the secondary for Detroit to grab the best Corner in this draft


4. Giants- OT Mekhi Becton

Alabama OT Jedrick Willis

5. Dolphins- OT Jedrick Willis

Many people want/expect Miami to take QB here (AKA Tua) but it doesn’t seem like Tua wants to play in Miami, so it a change of plans may be in the works

ORE QB Justin Herbert

6. Chargers-QB Justin Herbert
7. Panthers- LB/S Isiah Simmons
8. Cardinals-OT Tristan Wirfs

Alabama QB Tua Tagovalioa

9. Jaguars- QB Tua Tagovailoa

Jacksonville was A reputation of taking the best player available on the board even if it’s not what they’re looking for at the time. If Tua Falls id fully expect them to grab him.

GA OT Andrew Thomas

10. Browns- OT Andrew Thomas

OU WR CeeDee Lamb

11. Jets-WR CeeDee Lamb
12. Raiders-WR Henry Ruggs

FLA CB CJ Henderson

13. 49ers- CB CJ Henderson

Sam Fran didn’t make this move for a reason the need some help in the secondary and CJ would be a massive up grade.

AUB DT Derrick Brown

14. Buccaneers- DT Derrick Brown

Slips and Falls happen in every draft wouldn’t surprise me one bit. Tampa could land a long term staple for years.

Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy

15. Broncos- WR Jerry Jeudy
16. Falcons-DT Javon Kinlaw
17. Cowboys-S Xavier McKinney

Utah St. QB Jordan Love

18. Dolphins- QB Jordan Love

Miami gets a QB. Many people have compared love to Keapernick and if he plays like he has Miami May have their guy

LSU CB Kristian Fulton

19. Raiders- CB Kristian Fulton
20. Jaguars- DE/OLB K’Lavon Chaisson
21. Eagles- S Grant Delpit
22. Vikings- WR Justin Jefferson
23. Patriots-Yetur Gross-Matos
24. Saints-LB Kennth Murray
25. Vikings- DT Ross Blacklock

GA RB D’Andrew Swift

26. Dolphins- RB D’Andre Swift
27. Seahawks- OT Josh Jones
28. Ravens- LB Patrick Queen
29. Titans- DE AJ Epenesa
30. Packers- WR Denzel Mims

Clemson WR Tee Higgins

31. 49ers- WR Tee Higgins
32. Chiefs- CB Jeff Gladney

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2020 NFL Mock Draft v4

We are now under 50 days till draft day! free agency opens soon which will be throwing a wrench into mocking and make things much more interesting

This will be my last mock until after Free Agency hits and makes pictures a bit easier.

I am not going to mock any trades at the moment.  Currently, the Washington Redskins hold the biggest wildcard in the draft right now.

1. Bengals: Joe Burrow – QB LSU

2. Redskins: Chase Young  – DE Ohio State
– Washington can change the whole draft depending what they do here.  If they trade out of here.  Hopefully it happens before the draft. I dont believe the Tua rumors to Washington right now and believe they stay with Young as the selection

3. Lions: Jeffrey Okudah – CB Ohio State
– another tough pick, but if it’s true they shop Slay this Offseason, they have to select Okudah to be there next physical press cover corner

4. Giants: Jedrick Wills – OT Alabama
– Simmons is a strong option here at LB but they need to protect Danny Dimes. Now which tackle?  I still likes Wills slightly better than Wirfs but you can make an arguement with any of the 4 OT in the class here

5. Miami: Tua Tagovailoa  – QB Alabama

6. Chargers: Justin Herbert – QB Oregon

7. Panthers: Derrick Brown – DT Aubrun

8. Cardinals: Tristan Wirfs – OT Iowa
– They signed DJ Fluker back but there line is still an Issue. Wirfs can play RT or Guard if needed and sure up the line for Murray. 

9. Jaguars: Isaiah Simmons – LB Oklahoma

10. Browns: Mekhi Becton – OT Louisville

11. Jets: Andrew Thomas – OT Georgia
– WR could easily be the pick here, with no real threat at the position, and this could be a clear spot where FA  changes my selection.   If they focus on OLine in FA Lamb or Jeudy is an easy choice then

12. Raiders: CeeDee Lamb – WR Oklahoma

13. Colts: Jerry Jeudy – WR Alabama

14. Buccaneers: Javon Kinlaw – DT South Carolina

15. Broncos: Henry Ruggs III – WR Alabama

16. Falcons: K’Lavon Chaisson – Edge LSU

17. Cowboys: Xavier McKinney – S Alabama
– this pick is going to be saftey or Corner. Both needs for the team and with 2 excellent options at Saftey and Henderson at CB available. This will come down more rumors as to what the team is leaning towards draft day

18. Miami: A.J Epenesa – Edge Iowa

19 Raiders: Kenneth Murray – LB Oklahoma

20. Jaguar: C.J. Henderson  – CB Florida

21. Eagles: Justin Jefferson – WR LSU

22. Bills: Denzel Mims – WR Baylor
– Mims has been a rising name after an impressive senior bowl and then really impressed at the comine. He brings good size and speed to the WR core here at Buffalo

23. Patriots: Patrick Queen – LB LSU

24.  Saints: Laviska Shenault Jr – WR Colorado

25. Vikings: Jeff Gladney – CB TCU

26. Miami: Jonathan Taylor – RB Wisconsin
– I’d be naive to think a RB wont go in the First and would rather place a OT here but they can address OT early 2nd round. I am placing Taylor here after an impressive combine and going off the hype, though he is not my top RB personally.

27. Seattle: Josh Jones – OT Houston

28. Ravens: Neville Gallimore – DT Oklahoma

29. Titans: Yetur Gross-Matos – Edge  Penn State

30. Packers: Jalen Reagor – WR TCU

31. 49ers: Grant Delpit – S LSU

32. Chiefs: Cesar Ruiz – IOL Michigan

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A Little Support Goes a Long Way!

Writing has always been my outlet. My heart has always been into writing. When it comes to DFS I will always choose writing.

Helping others and supporting fantasy sports writers is also at the top of my list. As of late I’ve come across some hate and disrespect. You may ask yourself, “who is this guy?” Fair enough and I’m with you. I’m not a big fish. Just a guy who enjoys sharing his process and methods in terms of daily fantasy sports.

I’ve long thought what would happen if we all shared and supported one another? How much farther could we go? I get it, the world isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. We’re dealing with real money and real human emotions.

My writing and article agenda started from a never ending quest for content. More is better right? So I though! As it stands now there are so many sites, groups and pages popping up all over the internet. I feel as if everyone is jostling around and jockeying for position. Rightfully so but at what cost?

My content is no way the end all be all. I’m open for criticism and critique. Being humble and accepting help goes a long way. We all have our own way but we all have our own egos to deal with too. I never imagined a happy ending here where everyone comes together, hugs and shares content.

What I’m asking is for you to be more open. What’s the harm in sharing a kids DFS content? We all have to start somewhere right? Trust me, I know all about the hard work that goes into building a site, a brand or an active DFS community. These pages or groups that look down on other content will fail. It will be their downfall. I’m not talking about the Top Flights or GoingFor2’s of the world. I’m talking about all these smaller pop up Facebook groups or Twitter DFS startups.

Again, “who am I?” My name is Chris and I enjoy fantasy sports content. I don’t care where it comes from or who writes it. Good content will always find a way. Listen, I’m not trying to be self righteous or arrogant. It’s quite the opposite. There is room for all of us. I’m not looking to ruffle feathers or start fights. Just trying to share my opinion and hoping it sticks.

Take a chance! Write an article! Comment on someone else’s! Reach out for help! In closing, take a chance! Be open minded and help support others. I see no other outcome but success.

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2020 NFL Running Back Prospects

D’Andre Swift – Georgia   5-9 215    Grade: 2nd round  Projected 1st or 2nd round

Pros:
– Shows good physical play
– Great burst to hit 2nd level Fast
– Good open field runner
– Strong stiff arm/Juke/Hurdle moves
– Smart and patient runner
– Shows good vision
– He is a natural Athlete
– Good hands and runs good fluid routes
– Willing to block

Cons:
– Failed to score more while given more opportunities in 2019. Is this a sign of lack of power in short yardage field?
– Never used as a work horse at Georgia, can he handle a full load at the next level
– Has dealt with some soft tissue injuries in the past.

Overall:
– Swift is a great athletic runner with the ability to do it all at the next level.  Chances are good that he will be the first running back off the board and probably somewhere late 1st round.   He shows great ability to hit the hole and go and be a huge threat in the open field.  The ability as a pass catcher and show he can block will make teams really want to pursue him as a 3 down back.

J.K Dobbins – Ohio State   5-10  217   Grade: 2nd Round   Projected: 1st or 2nd Round

Pros:
– Athletic ability
– Explosive and has a strong burst/acceleration
– Shows Great Balance and agility to change directions at any time
– Vision
– Shows good Football Instincts
– Tough and will pick up the hard yards/Strong runner
– Speed to break away
– Good Receiver

Cons:
– Can improve as a blocker
– Could look to create more yards with small holes
– 2018 was considered a down year in production (still over a 1000 rush yards in timeshare). Dealt with some weight issues

Overall:
– Dobbins might be my favorite back in the draft class.  He is an explosive runner with speed and power.  He looks the part as an every down back at the next level.  He shows he can catch the ball and keeps improving in all areas.  If he can show he can block and improve there he will become a true 3 down back I project he can be.

Jonathan Taylor – Wisconsin  5-11  219   Graded: 2nd round    Projected: 1st or 2nd Round

Pros:
– Natural Runner
– Vision
– Strong runner who can handle a heavy work load
– Has the ability to hit the hole and speed to take it on the outside (fits any scheme)
– He is hard to tackle

Cons:
– Usage – over 900 Carries in his 3 year career at Wisconsin
– Ball Security – 18 fumbles  15 were lost in 41 games
– Receiving ability – Not a natural catcher

Overall:
– Taylor is a great Running back prospect who might be the most natural runner in the draft class. The only part that sets his below the first two prospect is his 3 glaring cons.    The usage can sometimes be overstated, though he was averaging over 300 carries a year, if he keeps his body right and stays healthy, this could never become an issue but worth pointing out.   The biggest issue is the ball security.  You cannot put the ball on the ground and he does to frequently.  He showed more ability to catch in 2019, than he has in the other 2 years but it didn’t look natural, he can do it but you can tell he has to hyper focus on it and doesn’t come naturally like others.   I wouldn’t expect him to be a back that will catch 40 some balls like we see now in the NFL and could cause for some split time with a better 3rd down receiving back on a team.

Clyde Edward-Helaire – LSU  5-8  210   Graded 2nd Round  Projected 2nd or 3rd round

Pros:
– Compact, low center of gravity. Shows great balance and ability to bounce of tackles
– Vision
– Light on his feet/good jukes,cuts and acceleration
– Shows willingness and potential to be a good blocker
– Good hands
– Picks up tough yards

Cons:
– Potential is there to be a good blocker but needs to show it,  was used more as a receiver than a blocker in those situations
– Shows quick acceleration to get to top speed fast but lacks elite long speed ( no 3rd gear)
– 1 year wonder who benefited from one of the most prolific offenses in college football history?

Overall:
– There is a lot to love about CEH here.  He is like a new version of MJD.   His ability to catch the ball and show quick acceleration in and out of his cuts is really impressive.  The way he is built is also great to handle a strong workload, allowing him to pick up yards in short yardage situations and cut through holes for big chunks.   A team day 2 who needs 3 down running back will be getting someone they can count on and hopefully continue to duplicate his 2019 LSU production at the NFL Level.

Zack Moss – Utah    5-10  220    Grade: 3rd round   Projected: 2nd to 4th round

Pros:
– Good vision
– Good burst
– Maintains speed through cuts and has good lower level power
– Loose hips to create angles.
– Good body control
– Quick feel
– Picks up tough yards
– Strong/tough to bring down/ will lower shoulder and run over defender
– Good hands for screen game/check downs against LB’s

Cons:
– Lacks elite speed
– Improve more as a blocker
– Over 800 career touches
– Not a quick twitch athlete

Overall:
– I really like moss as a prospect. He kind of reminds me of Kareem Hunt when he came out.  Moss is good at almost everything as a running back but nothing great or overly special.  He can sometimes be overlooked but in the end you are wowed by how productive he actually was.  I think a team will be getting a good back who can do it all but maybe undervalued or not respected as much as he should till he starts to hurt defenses.  

Cam Akers – Florida State   5-11   212    Grade: 3rd round Projected: 2nd to 4th round

Pros:
– Shows a good speed power combo
– Thick lower half to generate power from
– Natural feet/can navigate the line and hit the holes
– Smooth hips for quick cuts
– Finishes runs with good effort

Cons:
– Try’s too much to make something happen and results in negative plays
– Needs to trust his vision more and take what’s given to him
– Balance can be thrown off trying too hard to make something happen
– Ball security
– Passing game/Hands?

Overall:
There is a lot to like about Akers with his power and speed combo.  Akers can be his own worst enemy trying to make plays when they are not there.  Not every play has to be a big play.  Take the 2 or 3 yards the defense gives you and play another down and do let that positive play result in a tackle for a loss.   Akers will need to show at combine/pro day that he has natural hands and can catch the ball, since it was not part of his game much at Florida State. 

Eno Benjamin – Arizona State  5-9  195   Grade: 3rd round   Projected: 2nd to 4th Round

Pros:
– Great vision for a zone scheme
– Passing game/screens he is deadly
– Creates space
– Strong cut and burst and quickness

Cons:
– Overthinks the holes and misses them for no gain
– Runs with a high pad level at times
– Pass protection is weak
– Lacks power for short yardage
– Quick burst but lacks elite speed
– Can he do more of the route tree?

Overall:
– Benjamin is a skilled 3rd down back who can make strong cuts and pick up chunks of yards fast.    He is not the Homerun hitter you would hope he be but he is a real threat with the ball in his hands in space.  He lacks the strength to be an every down back, but can help a team mid rounds who needs a good complement 3rd down RB

Lamical Perine – Florida    5-11  211  Grade: 3rd to 4th Round  Projected: 3rd to 4th Round

Pros:
– Hits the hole well
– Shows good burst
– Good pad level at contact/keeps legs moving
– If he has space he can be fast (straight line speed)
– Competitive and tough
– Okay hands for screen game

Cons:
– Lacks elusiveness in open field
– Not a twitch athlete
– Continue to improve as a blocker
– Could be more powerful/ has the build to develop more power to his game

Overall:
– Perine has the potential to develop into a good back at the next level.   He needs to continue to build his power to be the most effective at the next level since he is not the greatest athlete in open space.   If he improves as a blocker and shows he can be reliable in the pass game, he can become a starter for a team.

Anthony McFarland – Maryland   5-9  200    Grade: 3rd    Projected:  3rd to 4th

Pros:
– Elite Acceleration
– Footwork to create space
– Cut and stop and go ability
– Good Vision/Balance
– Good Low level of Gravity
– Competitive runner and shows willingness to run someone over

Cons:
– Can fail to create yards when the line gives him little to work with.
– Not the best for short yardage back
– Pass protection
– Receiving skills?  Is it he can’t catch or not used at Maryland
– Ankle injury in 2019 hurt his production

Overall:
– McFarland is a fun prospect to watch.   He is fast with good vision, burst and ability to cut and go.  I like his willingness to run someone over if he needs to but lacks the strength to be a bell cow.  If he can show he can catch the ball well, team will fall in love with what he can bring to the table as a overall threat on the field

Ke’Shawn Vaughn – Vanderbilt   5-10  205    Grade: 4th Round   Projected: 3rd to 5th Round

Pros:
– Compact and strong Base
– Physical between the tackle runner
– Downhill runner who runs with aggression
– Can catch the check down well

Cons:
– Not a dynamic athlete
– Lacks Elusiveness
– Average Speed

Overall:
– Vaughn presents as a 2 down back at the next level who works best between the tackles and picks up tough yards.  He will be limited at what he can do in the NFL because he lacks Elusiveness and being a dynamic athlete.   He can be a good mid round option for a team that needs a more between the tackle, short yardage option.

Joshua Kelley – UCLA  5-11  215    Grade: 3rd to 4th Round   Projected: 3rd to 5th Round

Pros:
– Tough inside runner with good vision
– Balance and power
– Patient runner
– Vision
– Shows ability to catch but wasn’t asked too at UCLA

Cons:
– He did not fit well in Chip Kellys offense at UCLA but was still productive, but could be more productive in the right scheme.  Not a Con on him as much but worth noting
– Lacks elite Speed
– When there is no holes, he can become heavy footed
– Could improve as a blocker

Overall:
– Kelley is a good inside runner who has the frame to build his bulk and strength to it.  He is patient to find the holes and hit them hard.  He shows the ability to be an option on 3rd down passing catch.    He lacks speed to make plays on the outside and will not be a home run threat. He will need to continue to improve as a blocker to have a bigger role at the next level.

J.J Taylor – Arizona   5-6   185    Grade: 3rd to 4th Round   Projected: 3rd to 5th Round

Pros:
– Good athlete
– Dynamic and explosive
– Vision/Footwork/Instincts
– Plant and Go
– Runs tough between the tackles
– Tough to cover and shows good hands

Cons:
– Runs hard but lacks size and strength to be a bell cow
– Pass protection
– Short yardage

Overall:
– Taylor is a like Sproles.  A home run threat with the ball in his hands whose small and tiny who can get lost running behind tackles.   He will be a nightmare to cover as a Linebacker or Safety.  He will be a great 3rd down back for a team that utilizes his potential.  He lacks size to be an every down back or goal line threat but can take the ball the distance at any time.

AJ Dillion – Boston College  6-0  250   Graded: 4th Round   Projected: 3rd to 5th Round

Pros:
– Powerful runner who picks up tough yards
– Shows good Durability for his run style
– Good balance running North and South
– Good blocker with room to improve more
– Hard to tackle

Cons:
– Lacks Speed and quickness
– Not the best receiving threat
– Struggles to get to the outside on runs

Overall:
Dillion is a 2 down, short yardage back who will wear out a defense late in game. He will be tough to stop at the goal-line as well.  His lack of speed and overall athletic ability will have him drop.   He will need to improve as a pass catcher to get more playing time. He be a great complement piece to a team with a starter but need a more bruiser style back late in games.

Article and opinions by David Reed

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Slamming Doors in the 9th

I want to discuss closers and what all they bring to your fantasy teams. Who’ll you want, who’ll you’ll want to get rid of, and sleepers.

Guys you want to have


Aroldis Chapman: New York Yankees
Will Smith: Atlanta Braves
Roberto Osuna: Houston Astros
Brad Hand: Cleveland Indians
Kirby Yates: San Diego Padres


Josh Hader: Milwaukee Brewers 2.62 ERA, 37 Saves, 138 strike outs, 61 Gs 75.2 IP. Josh has been one of the best RPs in the game since being traded to Milwaukee in 2017. As a left handed arm, he’s been nothing but spectacular…striking hitters out at a high clip (12.8,15.8,and 16.4 per 9). At 25-years old expect this kid to continue on being one of the best closers in baseball.


Middle of pack Closing Options


Alex Colome: Chicago White Sox
Raisel Iglesias: Cincinnati Reds
Sean Doolittle: Washington Nationals
Hector Neris: Philadelphia Phillies
Edwin Diaz: New York Mets
Brandon Workman: Boston Red Sox
Ian Kennedy: Kansas City Royals

Guys you want in deep leagues


Taylor Rodgers: Minnesota Twins
Jose Leclerc: Texas Rangers
Hansel Robles: Los Angeles Angels
Joe Jimenez: Detroit Tigers
Giovanni Gallegos: St Louis Cardinals
Keone Kela: Pittsburgh Pirates
Scott Oberg: Colorado Rockies

Guys you want to stay away from!


Kenley Jensen: Los Angeles Dodgers
Craig Kimbrel
Mark Melancon: Atlanta Braves
Ken Giles: Toronto Blue Jays 1.87 ERA, 23 Saves, 83 Strike outs, 53 games, 53 IP. The stuff is there for Giles it’s his ability to stay healthy that’s the problem.

Sleeper candidates


Blake Treinen: Los Angeles Dodgers
Mychal Givens: Baltimore Orioles
Shaun Anderson: San Francisco Giants
Archie Bradley: Arizona Diamondbacks
Nick Anderson: Tamp Bay Rays


Liam Hendriks: Oakland A’s 1.80 ERA, 25 Saves,124 Strike outs, 75 Games, 85 IP. The once prized prospect for the Twins entered into bust territory but once he got he got moved to the bullpen he’s been a completely different guy. Liam was a force in the Oakland bullpen last season striking out a career high 13.1 batters per 9 innings.

I’ll statistics and information is brought to you by. FanGraphs, FantasyPros, and Baseball Reference.

Written by Ben AndersonTwitter Handle @Bennieboy26

2020 MLB Mock Draft (Round 5)

What sets fantasy baseball aside for me is all the strategy that goes in. Some owners like crafty veterans while other want young prospects. There is no right way! It’s your team! You’re able to build it how you want!

I’m asking you all now to please get involved in a dynasty start up. I’m not trying to push my ideals on anyone but I promise you’ll thank me later! The excitement that builds inside of me this time of year can only be explained as Christmas 1989 and getting my first Nintendo. Only this time you get to relive that excitement over and over.

We all find our own way in terms of fantasy sports. There is no wrong way! Build how you want and build to maximize your enjoyment.

What I’m going to bring you this time around is a 14 team mixed league mock draft. 5×5 rotisserie scoring format. Which means, batting average, home runs, RBI’s, stolen bases and runs for hitters. Wins, saves, ERA, strikeouts and WHIP for pitchers.

ROUND 5

57. Victor Robles OF-Washington Nationals

I have seen a lot about the importance of steals heading into this season. This mock draft is 5X5 categories league. Steals are important! Victor has speed no doubt! His pop is what scares me. Can he maintain that BA he upped in the second half of last season? His speed is elite and at only 23 I’m buying into his plate judgment! The upside here is just too much to pass!

58. Clayton Kershaw SP-Los Angeles Dodgers

We all know the name. He’s around 2,500 innings pitched packed onto that arm. He made fewer than 30 starts for the 4th season in a row. Spent time on the IL too. His velocity has fallen and he’s throwing his secondary stuff more often. He had a lower than usual BABIP and his strand rate was the highest in the NL. I get it, we all know the Dodgers are managing his load and giving him extra rest when needed. He’s still a top notch pitcher. Just not that stud #1 overall guy anymore.

59. Whit Merrifield 2B-Kansas City Royals

Second base is weak this season and Whit is a rock solid option. The steals were cut in half. From 45 to 20 last season. 20ish should be the new normal for Whit moving forward. He set career highs in runs, hits and triples. His BA remained steady all season and he been durable the last few years. I’d be happy to have him in the 5th round!

60. Lucas Giolito SP-Chicago White Sox

Finally showed us that breakout we all heard about from his prospect days! Plus the strikeouts are awesome! His second half fade was him just being tired. Which I like cause we can get him cheaper. All the red flags and the home runs in gave up in the second half can all be blamed on exhaustion. I wont list them but the Sox signed Yasmani Grandal, Gio is only going to get better! Buy, buy BUY!

61. Keston Hiura 2B-Milwaukee Brewers

I’m shocked he’s going so late. In other mock drafts this has been his spot. Are people worried about his health? He has a .938 OPS as a rookie and his bat-to-ball skills mixed with 25+ HR’s makes my mouth water. Lets not forget double digit steals and a BA of .270. I’d be shocked if he fell this far in your real life draft. Just a heads up!

62. Josh Bell 1B-Pittsburgh Pirates

As I said in Goldy’s little bio first base gets mediocre very fast. Bell has only hit 20 homeruns once in his career. Then he went deep 37 times last season and it came out of nowhere. 77 extra base-hits which is 30 more then any other season. So its safe to have doubts going into the 2020 season. I’m a fan of his far as baseball is concerned but let someone else draft him for fantasy purposes. Sorry Josh.

63. Eloy Jimenez OF-Chicago White Sox

Power and average! Are you ready for an even better season? 31 homers as a rookie in his age-23 season makes for a fantastic debut! His OPS of .828 was better than Goldy, Realmuto AND Hoskins! His BA is going to get better and 100+ RBI isn’t a dream. Last time you’ll be able to draft him this late EVER.

64. Luis Severino SP-New York Yankees

His 2019 was ruined by injuries. At least he finished strong. Should be able to grab him here which will wind up being a massive discount!

65. Tommy Pham OF-San Diego Padres

The Padres have made some awesome moves! They are going for it! Has a big ground ball rate and that caps his power. His plate discipline and speed is where its at. 25 HR, 75 RBI and 20 steals is realistic. Plus he makes the kids around him better. San Diego hit a home run with this one!

66. Max Muncy 1B-Los Angeles Dodgers

This one is going to be short and sweet. 30-90 potential with 1B/2B/3B eligibility. That LA roster is stacked top to bottom.

67. Carlos Correa SS-Houston Astros

His health remains my biggest issue. His fly ball rate has increased each season since 2016 which is a good sign! He’s a good hitter on good team but I’m not buying much of him. He’s also playing for a new contract, keep that in mind!

68. Chris Paddack SP-San Diego Padres

Chris should be the teams Opening Day starter. Meaning, he’s the guy! He pounds the strike zone with mid-90s gas and a filthy change up. The Padres never let Paddack top 100 pitches in a game and they shut him in September. Who are we to judge? Guess what? This season all bets are off! Kid gloves are off and the sheriff will top 200 innings and 200+ kids. A star is born!

69. Bo Bichette SS-Toronto Blue Jays

Bo didn’t have a ton of plate appearances last season which is fine! We can get him cheap before the breakout! .270 AVG 30 HR/80 R and in 15-20 SB is a legit with Bo in 2020. Will wind up being a better all around ball player then Vlad in Toronto. Yeah I said it!

70. Joey Gallo OF-Texas Rangers

Batting average has been weak spot. Was well on his way to a career season before the injury. What I noticed is his ISO was higher then ever while he raised his BA to a solid number, for him. His BABIP was extremely high and his K rate rose. He lead the AL in OPS for some time which is nice. Two things here.
1. Due to the injury you may be able to get him cheap.
2. Everyone knows this could be his career season and he’s expensive.
It’s your job to figure that out before or during your draft. Spoiler, drafting him is the right move!

Thank you for reading! Any questions or comments?

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Hang here for Round 6 tomorrow! What would your round 1 look like?

How about round 6? Who are some players who think should wind up in round 6? Let me know in the comments!

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