Post NFL Draft, 4-Round Rookie Mock Draft

Apr 27, 2020
Post NFL Draft, 4-Round Rookie Mock Draft

For those who were riveted by a socially distant NFL Draft, there is a lot to unpack after a long weekend! Our third edition of the rookie mocks occurs after the NFL Draft and features the 4for4 team. We went four rounds once again and focused on PPR, 1QB leagues with no tight end premium. This iteration includes Kevin Zatloukal, Greg Smith, Eric Moody, George Kritikos, Chris Allen, and Nick Whalen. I will provide commentary along with the initial reactions of the drafters themselves. Let’s get to it!


4for4 Rankings: Dynasty | Never-too-Early Redraft


Round 1 (Picks 1-6)

Picks 1-6
Pick
Drafter Player Position College Team NFL Team Round Pick Age Height Weight
1.01 Kevin Jonathan Taylor RB Wisconsin Colts 2 9 21.3 5-10 1/4 226
1.02 Greg Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB LSU Chiefs 1 32 21.1 5-7 1/4 207
1.03 Eric Cam Akers RB Florida State Rams 2 20 20.9 5-10 3/8 217
1.04 George J.K. Dobbins RB Ohio State Ravens 2 23 21.4 5-9 1/2 209
1.05 Chris D'Andre Swift RB Georgia Lions 2 3 21.3 5-8 1/4 212
1.06 Nick CeeDee Lamb WR Oklahoma Cowboys 1 17 21.1 6-1 5/8 198

1.01 - Jonathan Taylor, RB, Colts

Previous 1.01 - D’Andre Swift (twice)

Kevin: “The top three RBs (JT, CEH, DS) could go in any order, I think. All have a good landing spot but some competition. I'll stick with the one who scores the highest in my model.”

Taylor is my 1.01 choice as well. The landing spot has him working with one of the best offensive lines in football and an overall offense that should help limit the number of players in the box. He will get all the work he can handle, but may be slowplayed into the pass game with Nyheim Hines still around.

1.02 - Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Chiefs

Previous 1.02 - Jonathan Taylor (twice)

Greg: “Draft capital matters, and the first running back selected in the NFL Draft was Clyde-Edwards Helaire. The cherry on top of CEH's draft capital sundae is landing in the NFL's most explosive offense, with a Chiefs team who oh-by-the-way are the reigning Super Bowl champs. A true dual-threat, CEH topped 1400 yards rushing and broke his school's record for receptions by a running back with 55 in his final season at LSU. Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid should have little trouble translating Edwards-Helaire's dynamic athleticism into fantasy stardom.”

CEH is talented and gets a prime landing spot with a first round selection. He does make a jump from the late-first round to a top three draft pick. My concerns arise when looking at his blocking limitations, which may impact his ability to consistently be on the field for passing situations. For now, we should trust the Chiefs but it could bubble up if Patrick Mahomes takes a few too many hits.

1.03 - Cam Akers, RB, Rams

Previous 1.03 - CeeDee Lamb (twice)

Eric: “The Rams selection of Akers with the No. 52 overall pick in the NFL Draft indirectly tells you everything you need to know about the Rams mindset. Los Angeles is not completely sold on Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown as the franchise looks to replace Todd Gurley’s production. Akers is a three-down option whose 3.91 yards after contact according to Pro Football Focus, was the best of all running backs in this year’s draft class.”

Akers is lower on my rankings, but understand that everyone will rank these top-five running backs differently. The team fit is a mixed bag with a good offense but a bad offensive line. Akers is also still a raw talent learning the position so he may not have the instant impact of other running backs in this class.

1.04 - J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ravens

Previous 1.04 - Jerry Jeudy (twice)

George: “Dobbins and Swift were close for me pre-draft but the Baltimore landing spot is ideal. Mark Ingram is on a contract year and Dobbins has all the tools to be a three down back soon.”

Another running back who may take a year to see his full potential, Dobbins has a great landing spot on an elite offense looking to run the football. Don’t let him slip out of the top five.

1.05 - D'Andre Swift, RB, Lions

Previous 1.05 - J.K. Dobbins, Cam Akers

Chris: “RB looks to drop off right after this so I could see either RB or one of the first tier WRs going here (CD, JJ, JR). Not as clear of a landing spot as the others, but you can see immediate production in his rookie season alongside Kerryon Johnson.”

Swift has been the top selection in the other two mocks here at 4for4 but he falls a bit due to landing spot mostly. Kerryon Johnson is good when healthy, but an early second round pick is good evidence that Swift will get every chance. Expect good receiving production early with potential for much more if Johnson is hurt or just outright beaten for the position.

1.06 - CeeDee Lamb, WR, Cowboys

Previous 1.06 - Cam Akers, JK Dobbins

Nick: “The situation is better than people think. They lack a TE threat and he's paired with a very good QB, who is also young. Michael Gallup gets affected the most here and Amari Cooper's contract is only guaranteed for 2 years.”

Nick brings up good points regarding the Cowboys wide receiver situation and the lack of depth for Dak Prescott to throw to. Lamb is very talented and gets to learn on an elite offense. There's very little not to like and he belongs in the initial tier of wide receivers.

Round 1 (Picks 7-12)

Picks 7-12
Pick
Drafter Player Position College Team NFL Team Round Pick Age Height Weight
1.07 Kevin Jerry Jeudy WR Alabama Broncos 1 15 21.0 6-1 193
1.08 Greg Justin Jefferson WR LSU Vikings 1 22 20.9 6-1 1/4 202
1.09 Eric Jalen Reagor WR TCU Eagles 1 21 21.3 5-10 5/8 206
1.10 George Tee Higgins WR Clemson Bengals 2 1 21.3 6-3 5/8 216
1.11 Chris Henry Ruggs WR Alabama Raiders 1 12 21.3 5-11 188
1.12 Nick Michael Pittman WR USC Colts 2 10 22.6 6-4 223

1.07 - Jerry Jeudy, WR, Broncos

Previous 1.07 - Tee Higgins (twice)

Kevin: “No need to get cute. Generational talent at WR. Best route runner. Probably shouldn't be sitting here at 1.07”

A slight tumble here, as Jeudy is easily a top-six pick but the glut of running backs may push him down here more than his talent would suggest. He gets to work across from a great complement in Courtland Sutton but it will be Drew Lock’s progression that determines Jeudy’s early ceiling.

1.08 - Justin Jefferson, WR, Vikings

Previous 1.08 - Laviska Shenault, Jalen Reagor

Greg: “Justin Jefferson isn't my favorite wide receiver prospect, but Minnesota might be the ideal landing spot. Earlier this offseason, the Vikings shipped out their top player from 2019 in targets per game (Stefon Diggs), leaving Adam Thielen as Jefferson's only legitimate competition for looks. If Thielen's 2019 injury issues flare up again in 2020, Jefferson could lead the team in targets by default.”

I’m still a little scared of Jefferson. He was barely on college radars before exploding in 2019 at LSU. One hit wonders with a shaky athletic past are not ideal. That said, the Vikings seem to believe and he has clear opportunity to contribute and play in a role that’s tailor-made for him.

1.09 - Jalen Reagor, WR, Eagles

Previous 1.09 - Clyde Edwards-Helaire (twice)

Eric: “Reagor was selected by the Eagles 21st overall to provide a shot of adrenaline to a group of Philadelphia receivers that finished 31st last season with a dismal 1,647 receiving yards. Quarterback Carson Wentz finished last season ranked 10th in deep-ball passing. He only completed 34.8% of those attempts. Reagor caught 14 deep scores over the last seasons at TCU. This ranked third in the FBS. The perception is that Reagor is only a deep threat, but his game film shows you he can do much more. Reagor will have an immediate fantasy impact in 2020.”

Reagor is a nice value here and could take over the top wide receiver role immediately. He has a flimsy depth chart to overtake and could pair with Carson Wentz for the next five years to form one of the better duos in the NFL. Expect him to shift all over the field and provide a dynamic skill set the team has been lacking.

1.10 - Tee Higgins, WR, Bengals

Previous 1.10 - Jalen Reagor, Henry Ruggs

George: “The pairing with fellow rookie Joe Burrow gives Higgins the opportunity to grow with a legitimate franchise level quarterback. He will be their best outside option in the post A.J. Green world.”

I have been high on Higgins throughout this process and the early-draft capital and clear team needs to all align. Add in an aging A.J. Green and a young quarterback who has elevated receivers during his college time, and Higgins could become a staple in the annual top-24 fantasy wide receivers.

1.11 - Henry Ruggs, WR, Raiders

Previous 1.11 - Justin Jefferson (twice)

Chris: “Draft capital pushes Ruggs into the conversation, but I've got questions about the whole offense. What about his profile caught Mayock? His deep speed or his ability after the catch? If he's deployed like a deep threat, I worry about him being more of a real-NFL value than fantasy asset. Especially with Carr still at the helm (24th in pass attempts over 10 air yards). My hope is that we hear more about Ruggs 'being used everywhere' and 'they just want to get the ball in his hands' throughout camp.”

Pinpointing a good spot to draft Henry Ruggs is difficult, but this feels about right. The Raiders do not have a top wide receiver and I do believe Ruggs is more than just a deep threat. Unfortunately, a truncated, or abandoned, offseason could impact Ruggs’ rookie season outlook more than most other early round skill position players.

1.12 - Michael Pittman, WR, Colts

Previous 1.12 - Henry Ruggs, Laviska Shenault

Nick: “Pittman was a player I was higher on pre-draft. Getting selected early Round 2 on a team that needs a future WR1 at the position is a great setting for a FF star.”

I agree with Nick on the landing spot and draft capital signal, but I don’t agree that Pittman has star qualities. The Colts need an outside receiver and they get it here, but Pittman is more of a possession option with limited ability to win downfield. He will work well with T.Y. Hilton and previous second-round pick Parris Campbell. There could be some nice volume and a safe PPR floor here.

Round 2 (Picks 1-6)

Picks 1-6
Pick
Drafter Player Position College Team NFL Team Round Pick Age Height Weight
2.01 Kevin Ke'Shawn Vaughn RB Vanderbilt Buccaneers 3 12 23.0 5-9 5/8 214
2.02 Greg Brandon Aiyuk WR Arizona State 49ers 1 25 22.1 5-11 5/8 205
2.03 Eric Joe Burrow QB LSU Bengals 1 1 23.4 6-2 1/2 221
2.04 George Laviska Shenault WR Colorado Jaguars 2 10 21.6 6-0 5/8 220
2.05 Chris Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama Dolphins 1 5 22.2 6-1 218
2.06 Nick Denzel Mims WR Baylor Jets 2 27 22.6 6-2 7/8 207

2.01 - Ke'Shawn Vaughn, RB, Buccaneers

Previous 2.01 - Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Denzel Mims

Kevin: “Top of my second tier of RBs (KV, ZM, AG, DE, AJD), but has the best opportunity of the bunch. (His pass-blocking and pass-catching are top of my mind here.)”

Sexy landing spot has Vaughn back in the late-first to early-second round conversation. He should be able to wedge himself into a role for 2019 with just Ronald Jones and Peyton Barber “in the way”. Vaughn still has some receiving ability questions but has shown potential to do well there along with an innate ability to create yardage, even if breakaway speed isn’t a part of his arsenal.

2.02 - Brandon Aiyuk, WR, 49ers

Previous 2.02 - Tyler Johnson, Eno Benjamin

Greg: “Am I just a 49ers homer, or does Brandon Aiyuk's skill set match perfectly with Kyle Shanahan's penchant for getting the ball to electric playmakers in space? Even if you don't root for San Francisco, you have to love Aiyuk's lack of competition at wide receiver behind Deebo Samuel, with Marquise Goodwin now in Philly and Dante Pettis taking up permanent residence in Shanahan's doghouse.”

Much like Greg, I like this fit. Aiyuk is insanely creative with the ball in his hands and provides Jimmy Garoppolo another receiving option in what was a heavy run-first offense. There is still some rawness to his game but Aiyuk should get involved quickly with an additional role as a return man.

2.03 - Joe Burrow, QB, Bengals

Previous 2.03 - A.J. Dillon, Bryan Edwards

Eric: “Burrow landed in a great situation with the Bengals. He has an arsenal of skill position players including Joe Mixon, A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, John Ross, and second-round draft pick Tee Higgins. The Bengals offensive line is a legitimate concern. The unit gave up 48 sacks and ranked 27th in Pro Football Focus’ pass-blocking grades and 31st in run blocking. The Bengals did draft offensive tackle Hakeem Adeniji in the sixth round which will help. Playcalling could help cover up some of Cincinnati’s warts on the offensive this season. Regardless, Burrow’s supporting cast immediately places him on the QB2 radar in nearly all formats.”

I still prefer Tua Tagovailoa, but the Bengals did well to keep Green and add Higgins for Burrow’s rookie season. He should get every opportunity to succeed here but as Eric alludes to, the offensive line could force the team to be a bit more conservative until they shore up that deficiency. There could be real growth between years one and two that present a buying window for those who miss out on drafting him this year.

2.04 - Laviska Shenault, WR, Jaguars

Previous 2.04 - Brandon Aiyuk (twice)

George: “The landing spot is not my favorite, but the skill set fits well as a complement to D.J. Chark. He should be able to jump right in and contribute underneath and break a few big runs.”

I will die on the Shenault hill. He is a great player who fits well on a team that won’t throw enough to make him an immediate starting asset. That means potentially waiting a year to unlock his capabilities but this is already a good value for him so no reason to pass and try to trade for him next offseason.

2.05 - Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Dolphins

Previous 2.05 - Michael Pittman, Tua Tagovailoa

Chris: “The only question at this point is when he starts. Drills and videos of simulated movements with medical experts weighing in won't do much if he's starting to feel more pain in Week 10. Regardless, he's in a great situation with Miami. Three of their first four picks included him and two offensive linemen plus they've added Breida via trade. Good units on both sides of the ball to build around him.”

I love the way they approached the draft to fortify the offense for Tua. Even if he takes half a season to take the field, his situation is looking ripe for an immediate impact. Don’t forget, the Dolphins have multiple firsts in the 2021 NFL Draft as well so more help could be on the way.

2.06 - Denzel Mims, WR, Jets

Previous 2.06 - Antonio Gandy-Golden, Zack Moss

Nick: “Mims goes to a team without a true WR1, lacks good WR talent, lacks good TE talent and an over the hill RB. Sam Darnold is young and talented. Mims is big, athletic and has good skills. Adam Gase won't be there next year.”

Mims saw a bit of an NFL Draft fall but the Jets were a needy team all too happy to scoop him up. He should replace Robby Anderson pretty quickly and has more upside than the former Jet to provide a vertical option with room to grow. The only sticking point is the overall Jets offense is still a work in progress so this isn’t going to be a huge immediate return even if he gets the starting role right away.

Round 2 (Picks 7-12)

Picks 7-12
Pick
Drafter Player Position College Team NFL Team Round Pick Age Height Weight
2.07 Kevin Antonio Gibson RB Memphis Redskins 3 22 21.9 6-0 3/8 228
2.08 Greg Chase Claypool WR Notre Dame Steelers 2 17 21.8 6-4 1/4 238
2.09 Eric Van Jefferson WR Florida Rams 2 25 23.8 6-1 1/2 200
2.10 George Bryan Edwards WR South Carolina Raiders 3 17 21.5 6-2 3/4 212
2.11 Chris Zack Moss RB Utah Bills 3 22 22.4 5-9 3/8 223
2.12 Nick Cole Kmet TE Notre Dame Bears 2 11 21.1 6-5 3/4 262

2.07 - Antonio Gibson, RB?,Redskins

Previous 2.07 - Zack Moss, Antonio Gandy-Golden

Kevin: “Moss would be the safe pick, for me, here. But Gibson's upside is much higher. Since both players have a reasonable chance of never being useful in fantasy, I'm going upside.”

Gibson gets a question mark regarding his position because he may play all over the field. He can be a slot receiver, play out wide, or in the backfield. There are questions around his ability to run the football with just 44 career carries. Washington needs playmakers and he fits that bill.

2.08 - Chase Claypool, WR?, Steelers

Previous 2.08 - KJ Hamler, Michael Pittman

Greg: “Time and time again, the Steelers have proven they know what they're doing when evaluating receivers. So when they spend a second-rounder on a 6'4" 238-lb. leviathan who blazed a 4.42-second 40-yard dash at the combine like Chase Claypool, I pay attention.”

Claypool saw a meteoric rise with that Combine performance but is he a wide receiver or a tight end? Regardless, the Steelers have a deep group of unproven wide receivers outside of JuJu Smith-Schuster so the depth chart is wide open.

2.09 - Van Jefferson, WR, Rams

Previous 2.09 - Bryan Edwards, KeShawn Vaughn

Eric: “Jefferson doesn’t have eye-popping statistics or athleticism like some of his peers in this year’s draft. He’s one of the best route runners in this year’s class with a gift for working around press coverage. Jefferson will have a chance to compete for the spot vacated by Brandin Cooks. His biggest competition will be Josh Reynolds. One scenario that could limit Jefferson’s opportunities in 2020 is if the Rams leverage more two-tight end sets. The spotlight could shine on him shortly considering Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp’s contracts.”

Eric lays out the Rams potential depth chart options well here. It is a gamble to assume Jefferson walks into a Cooks role but it’s a possibility. Be patient here as the team is creative offensively but loaded with weapons for now. Jefferson is polished and could contribute early, especially if Kupp struggles with health once again.

2.10 - Bryan Edwards, WR, Raiders

Previous 2.10 - Joe Burrow, Tyler Johnson

George: “He should pair with Ruggs to provide a big option for jump ball situations including the red zone. Edwards broke out early in college and showed plenty of potential at South Carolina.”

The Raiders invested heavily at wide receiver and Edwards was seen as a first round NFL pick at one point. That upside hasn’t gone away but he did plateau towards the end of his college career. He could inherit a starting role quickly if he gets off to a fast start at camp.

2.11 - Zack Moss, RB, Bills

Previous 2.11 - Albert Okwuegbunam, AJ Dillon

Chris: “Moss' profile seems to fit with what Buffalo wants to do on offense having a complement to Singletary. Gore had the most redzone rushing attempts for the Bills in 2019 (Singletary was third behind Allen). The athleticism might not be there for Moss, but he'll likely see the money touches required for fantasy relevance.”

Like Chris, I believe Moss has a role on this offense even as the presumed 1B option at running back. Singletary isn’t a power runner and is best suited to have his touches limited to around 15 per game. That’s where Moss can come in to provide short yardage and goal line help and could be in the 10 touch range as soon as this season.

2.12 - Cole Kmet, TE, Bears

Previous 2.12 - Tua Tagovailoa, Joe Burrow

Nick: “With the talent pool drying up, I turned to draft capital. Kmet is a mid-second round pick on a team with only one player dominating targets. Kmet was the top drafted TE by a mile and will get many opportunities in Chicago.”

This was a peculiar pick for the Bears when they had other needs, but Kmet was my top-rated tight end for fantasy purposes. Most tight ends need two to three years to really contribute and that’s no exception here. This selection is not for the shallow benches or dynasty players looking to churn their roster consistently.

Round 3

Round 3, Picks 1-12
Pick
Drafter Player Position College Team NFL Team Round Pick Age Height Weight
3.01 Kevin Lynn Bowden WR Kentucky Raiders 3 16 22.6 5-10 5/8 204
3.02 Greg Darrynton Evans RB Appalachian State Titans 3 29 21.8 5-10 203
3.03 Eric Adam Trautman TE Dayton Saints 3 41 23.2 6-5 255
3.04 George KJ Hamler WR Penn State Broncos 2 14 20.8 5-8 5/8 178
3.05 Chris A.J. Dillon RB Boston College Packers 2 30 22.0 6-0 3/8 247
3.06 Nick Anthony McFarland RB Maryland Steelers 4 18 22.2 5-8 1/8 208
3.07 Kevin Antonio Gandy-Golden WR Liberty Redskins 4 36 22.1 6-4 223
3.08 Greg Justin Herbert QB Oregon Chargers 1 6 22.1 6-6 1/4 236
3.09 Eric Devin Duvernay WR Texas Ravens 3 28 22.6 5-10 1/2 200
3.10 George Devin Asiasi TE UCLA Patriots 3 27 22.7 6-3 257
3.11 Chris Joshua Kelley RB UCLA Chargers 4 6 22.4 5-10 5/8 212
3.12 Nick Tyler Johnson WR Minnesota Buccaneers 5 16 21.7 6-1 3/8 206

3.01 - Lynn Bowden, WR?, Raiders

Previous 3.01 - Justin Herbert

Kevin: “Ruggs seems more likely to help the production of his teammates than be a top fantasy producer himself, so I think one of Edwards and Bowden has a good chance to succeed. Happy to take the cheaper one here (he actually scores higher in my model also).”

3.02 - Darrynton Evans, RB, Titans

Previous 3.02 - Antonio Gibson

Greg: “I'm surprised Darrynton Evans lasted this long, regardless of being stuck behind Derrick Henry in Tennessee. Evans is already the better receiver, which gives him an immediate path to playing time, and Henry's contract is set to expire after this season. A lot can happen between now and then, but Evans has to be the current favorite to start in the Titans' backfield in 2021, and that's a gamble I'll gladly take at 3.02.”

3.03 - Adam Trautman, TE, Saints

Previous 3.03 - Anthony McFarland

Eric: “Trautman became the first Dayton football player drafted in 43 years and the highest-drafted player from the Pioneer Football League. He was Pro Football Focus’ highest-graded tight end last season. Trautman’s 27 plays of 15 or more yards during the 2019 season were the second most of any tight end in all of PFF’s charted college seasons. Trautman’s very good generating yards after the catch and has a frame to win 50-50 balls. He’s very comparable to George Kittle. Saints head coach Sean Payton in his post-draft interview on Friday praised Trautman’s blocking and mentioned that he could be “dominant” as an inline tight end. He’s walking into a tight end-friendly scheme in New Orleans. Trautman should be one of the top three tight ends selected in rookie drafts.”

3.04 - KJ Hamler, WR, Broncos

Previous 3.04 - KJ Hamler

George: “Don't love Hamler as I feel he is undersized and is going to struggle for consistent targets. That said, he was drafted highly, is the clear slot option, and is explosive enough to carve out a role at some point.”

3.05 - A.J. Dillon, RB, Packers

Previous 3.05 - Chase Claypool

Chris: “Early-reaction reports suggested Packers want to adopt a run-first offense. Dillon's size and speed would be a nice complement to Jones' agility/versatility. A bizarre move for a team with Aaron Rodgers, but Dillon is in a good spot with both Jones and Williams scheduled to be FA after the 2020 season.”

3.06 - Anthony McFarland, RB, Steelers

Previous 3.06 - Cole Kmet

Nick: “Pittsburgh was rumored to be a RB spot early in the draft because James Conner hasn't been healthy and may not be the long term option. McFarland has an injury history as well, but he also produces big plays and catches the football well. He could be a sneaky sleeper in this RB class.”

3.07 - Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Redskins

Previous 3.07 - Donovan Peoples-Jones

Kevin: “Incredible production, albeit at a very small school. These players have traditionally been undervalued. He's definitely worth a pick in the 3rd round.”

3.08 - Justin Herbert, QB, Chargers

Previous 3.08 - Lynn Bowden

Greg: “As much as I'm skeptical about Justin Herbert's talent and long-term outlook, the Chargers are a great environment for him to grow comfortable with the NFL. Tyrod Taylor is the perfect expendable bridge quarterback to afford Herbert time to get up to speed. And once Herbert is ready, he gets to throw to Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Hunter Henry.”

3.09 - Devin Duvernay, WR, Ravens

Previous 3.09 - Albert Okwuegbunam

Eric: “Devin Duvernay was an excellent draft pick by the Ravens and is someone to target in dynasty. In 2019, he had 106 receptions for 1,386 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Duvernay is in a great situation in Baltimore with dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson who is coming off a historic season. He played primarily out of the slot at Texas and is a solid route runner who can create yards after the catch. Duvernay is less of a project than Miles Boykin and is a prime position to become the Ravens’ No. 3 target in the passing game behind Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews. He could make an impact right away. The Ravens have surrounded Jackson receiving weapons with exceptionally good play speed. This is important because his receivers and running backs finished 27th in target separation on passes beyond the line of scrimmage according to Player Profiler. Duvernay is someone to target in the third or fourth round of your rookie draft.”

3.10 - Devin Asiasi, TE, Patriots

Previous 3.10 - Hunter Bryant

George: “I'll take a chance here on the first tight end selected to the Patriots. He has some work to do with blocking and maintaining peak physical condition, but he's a seam breaking receiving option who shows the effort to improve and be a solid starter.”

3.11 - Joshua Kelley, RB, Chargers

Previous 3.11 - Devin Duvernay

Chris: “Kelley had back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons at UCLA, but limited usage in the passing game. He has a path to relevance through immediately battling Justin Jackson for the RB2 spot as Jackson has missed games due to injury both seasons since he entered the NFL.”

3.12 - Tyler Johnson, WR, Buccaneers

Previous 3.12 - Darrynton Evans

Nick: “Johnson is a good route runner, but a below average athlete. He's competing with lots of target hogs in Tampa Bay. This late, I'll gamble on his route running and ball skills.”

It feels like there are lots of shots taken here but half of these players were selected on Day 1 or Day 2, which should make drafters feel a little better about their prospects of sticking around for a few seasons. Players like McFarland and Dillon feel like good gambles of year two production as potential feature backs while Duvernay, Asiasi, and Johnson could all fill a role on their respective offenses right away. There’s something for everyone here and every position should have a few options during this round.

Round 4

Round 4, Picks 1-12
Pick
Drafter Player Position College Team NFL Team Round Pick Age Height Weight
4.01 Kevin Lamical Perine RB Florida Jets 4 14 22.3 5-10 3/4 216
4.02 Greg DeeJay Dallas RB Miami Seahawks 4 38 21.6 5-10 1/8 217
4.03 Eric John Hightower WR Boise State Eagles 5 23 23.9 6-1 1/2 189
4.04 George Collin Johnson WR Texas Jaguars 5 20 22.6 6-5 5/8 222
4.05 Chris Eno Benjamin RB Arizona State Cardinals 7 8 21.1 5-8 7/8 207
4.06 Nick Brycen Hopkins TE Purdue Rams 4 30 23.1 6-3 7/8 245
4.07 Kevin Malcolm Perry WR Navy Dolphins 7 32 N/A 5-9 186
4.08 Greg Donovan Peoples-Jones WR Michigan Browns 6 8 21.2 6-1 5/8 212
4.09 Eric Darnell Mooney WR Tulane Bears 5 28 22.5 5-10 176
4.10 George Quintez Cephus WR Wisconsin Lions 5 21 22.1 6-0 7/8 202
4.11 Chris Gabriel Davis WR UCF Bills 4 22 21.1 6-2 216
4.12 Nick Dalton Keene TE Virginia Tech Patriots 3 37 21.3 6-4 253

4.01 - Lamical Perine, RB, Jets

Previous 4.01 - Brycen Hopkins

Kevin: “My model doesn't like this RB, but we're running out of drafted RBs and he's the best one left. The landing spot is also quite good once LeVeon moves on.”

4.02 - DeeJay Dallas, RB, Seahawks

Previous 4.02 - Isaiah Hodgins

Greg: “When it comes to running backs, the Seahawks definitely have a type. DeeJay Dallas is the next in their long line of grinders with average athleticism, but his ability to play on any given down makes him a threat to contribute immediately for Seattle, especially if health problems for Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny persist.”

4.03 - John Hightower, WR, Eagles

Previous 4.03 - Jordan Love

Eric: “The Eagles wanted to get faster offensively and the addition of John Hightower is another example of that. In his two seasons at Boise State, Hightower finished with 82 receptions for 1,447 receiving yards and 14 receiving touchdowns. When you consider his role as a returner, Hightower accumulated 2,606 all-purpose yards in two seasons. He’s not as polished as some of the other wide receivers in the 2020 class and struggles with ball tracking and contested catches, but Hightower is in a great situation with the Eagles to develop as a professional. Carson Wentz still finished as the QB12 despite the Eagles' lack of receiving threats due to injuries to DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery. The Philadelphia front office has corrected that by surrounding him with multiple vertical receivers heading into the 2020 season.”

4.04 - Collin Johnson, WR, Jaguars

Previous 4.04 - KJ Hill

George: “The giant receiver has a precarious landing spot but he is a unique prospect for the team. His towering presence will provide a legitimate jump ball and red-zone option and be a situational option for the team.”

4.05 - Eno Benjamin, RB, Cardinals

Previous 4.05 - Lamical Perine

Chris: “Another team with a clear type of RB they want to deploy on the field. Eno had 55 targets his final season which would add some more versatility to ARI's RB room. With only Edmonds as his likely competition, he should have a path to some work his rookie season.”

4.06 - Brycen Hopkins, TE, Rams

Previous 4.06 - Jacob Eason

Nick: “I just missed on Eno Benjamin here, but I'll settle for my TE1 before the draft. Hopkins has legit receiving ability for a TE, but he's in a crowded TE room with Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett.”

4.07 - Malcolm Perry, WR?, Dolphins

Previous 4.07 - Van Jefferson

Kevin: “My models are presumably confused about this guy because of all the positions he played. Nonetheless, he's the only guy this late that pops in the model. Worth a try in the fourth round.”

4.08 - Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Browns

Previous 4.08 - Adam Trautman

Greg: “Donovan Peoples-Jones is the only wideout Cleveland drafted this year, and the team's No. 3 receiver role behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry is up for grabs. The amount of volume we might expect for the WR3 in Kevin Stefanski's offense isn't inspiring, but injury or trade of a starter could speed an ascent to fantasy relevance for Peoples-Jones. The big question is whether or not DPJ can walk that sort of path to production. His special teams acumen and combine measurables tell us he has the necessary athletic gifts, so why couldn't he produce consistently at the college level? You have to make devil's advocate cases in the fourth round of a rookie draft, and in defense of Peoples-Jones, you've never heard of the quarterbacks he played with at Michigan. Maybe playing with Baker Mayfield plus the wake-up call of falling to the sixth round can push Peoples-Jones to surprise us in the NFL.”

4.09 - Darnell Mooney, WR, Bears

Previous 4.09 - Joe Reed

Eric: “Mooney ran a 4.38, 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine which tied for third among wide receivers. He has the speed to punish defense downfield. Mooney’s a great fit for a Bears offense that desperately needed to fill the vacuum left by the release of Taylor Gabriel in February. His speed can create opportunities for other Chicago receivers. Mooney may have a small frame, but he offset this with his very good route running ability. He’s someone to target near the end of your rookie draft.”

4.10 - Quintez Cephus, WR, Lions

Previous 4.10 - Quintez Cephus

George: “The Lions depth chart at wide receiver is pretty sparse and Cephus has the profile of a possession receiver with sure hands. The basketball background gives him sneaky athleticism in terms of catch radius (38.5 inch vertical) and should be a good fit with Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones.”

4.11 - Gabriel Davis, WR, Bills

Previous 4.11 - Gabriel Davis

Chris: “Diggs' contract goes through '23, but both Brown and Beasley are 30+ with lesser cap hits after the upcoming season. His speed and ability as a deep threat would match well with Josh Allen. Davis also did some training with Brandon Marshall (both went to UCF) and Marshall noted his route acumen in the red zone. At 6'2", Davis could turn into an easy target for Allen, but will need to work his way into the three-wide set that's already in place.”

4.12 - Dalton Keene, TE, Patriots

Previous 4.12 - DeeJay Dallas

Nick: “This pick is made strictly based on draft capital and Bill Belichick has a history of thriving TE's. Keene's a third-round pick on a team that is lacking pass catchers.”

The most notable omission here is Jordan Love, the first round quarterback who went to the Packers. It was clear that drafters in this mock were not keen on sitting on a quarterback, a position with minimal relevance for depth in start one quarterback leagues. The freefalls of Donovan Peoples-Jones and Eno Benjamin in the NFL Draft had clear dynasty ramifications as well as both were second round locks earlier this offseason. The depth at wide receiver in this NFL Draft shows up here as well with seven going in this round.

Hopefully, this helps dynasty players going through their early rookie drafts. Good luck!

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