Bryan Edwards – University of South Carolina – 6’3” 212 lbs. – November 13, 1998 (21 years old)

  • Tall receiver who plays bigger than his 212 weigh in. 
  • Likely goes higher in the draft if he doesn’t break his foot while preparing for the combine. 
  • Doesn’t waste time, gets off the line quickly.
  • Good breaks inside and out.
  • Seems comfortable with press coverage.
  • Uses hard jab step to throw off DBs at the line. Keeps them guessing throughout the game.
  • Does a good job of selling the route and timing his breaks. 
  • Has the long speed to maintain separation.
  • Please, blog, may I have some more?

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Antonio Gibson – University of Memphis – 6’0″ 228 lbs. – June 23, 1998 (21 years old) 

  • Combo RB/WR that also returns kicks and punts. 
  • Ridiculous top end speed and acceleration that is also coupled with a physical running style with the ball in his hands. 
  • Exciting play maker that can take any touch to the house. 
  • Can just run by DBs, don’t let him catch you flat footed.
  • Please, blog, may I have some more?

Tamaurice “Tee” Higgins – Clemson University – 6’4″ 216 lbs. – January 18, 1999 (21 years old)

  • Tall, physical receiver that can go up and over DBs. High points the ball well.
  • Uses his hands well on contested throws to clear out the defender.

Here’s Higgins abusing a Syracuse DB. Yes, it’s an undersized ‘Cuse DB, but you get the point, Tee is tall and can reach up over guys for the ball.

Please, blog, may I have some more?

Clyde Edwards-Helaire – Louisiana State University – 5’7″ 207 lbs. – April 11, 1999 (21 years old)

  • Short area agility is the standout feature for Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
  • Ability to fake or jump laterally helps him avoid tacklers and in route running.
  • Neither acceleration nor top speed is overly impressive, but can use his tools to set guys up and make them miss. 
  • Uses blocks downfield and sees the cut back lanes open up.
  • Times where he will put his head down when running the interior and run into the back of his lineman.
  • Please, blog, may I have some more?

Henry Ruggs III – University of Alabama – 5’11” 188 lbs. – January 24, 1999 (21 years old)

SPEED, and not with Keanu. Ruggs can absolutely fly. Lace up his PF Flyers and let’s go baby! Ain’t no Dawgs catching him.
Absolutely a terror when he is working short crosses and slants. Anything that allows him to pull away and get into open space.
Does a good job working parallel or back to the QB when working on the intermediate or deeper crosses.
Breaks aren’t overly sharp on slants. Can get delayed in his route trying to shake defender at the line.

Please, blog, may I have some more?

Justin Jefferson – Louisiana State University – 6’1″ 202 lbs. – January 16, 1999 (21 years old)

  • Instinctual downfield threat. 
  • Good fake step to get past DBs. 
  • Times his acceleration well to create separation. 
  • Locates the ball well in the air and great body control to adjust.
  • Uses hands well and times his body adjustment to clear space at the point of reception.
  • Please, blog, may I have some more?

Laviska Shenault Jr. – University of Colorado – 6’1″ 227 lbs. – 10/5/1998 (21 years old)

  • Can shake defenders at the line with moves or physicality. 
  • Understands where to sit against zone coverage. Will take advantage of loose coverage by sitting down quickly and then using his ability to make yards after the catch.
  • Route running will require some refinement.
    • Doesn’t get to his spots at times.
    • Had a difficult time creating separation against tougher corners.
    • Speed doesn’t flash in short and intermediate routes like it does down the field.
  • Something in his running style looks awkward at times. Upright, arms kind of lock into position at his side, and doesn’t look fluid in shorter areas.
  • Occasions where he doesn’t time his route to be able to body the defender to go up and fight for it. Some of his timing issues could be fixed by a more accurate and on time QB at the pro level.
  • Please, blog, may I have some more?

The draft won’t take place in Vegas, and there are conflicting reports out there about whether it will be suspended or not. Regardless, now is as good a time as any to try and get some more profiles out. 

Jalen Reagor – Texas Christian University – 5’11” 206 lbs. – 1/1/99 (21 years old)

Inconsistent quarterback play and the emergence of Taye Barber cut into his workload in his junior season, but Reagor brings an impressive open field ability and glimpses of greatness.

  • Good long speed and strong initial burst can put corners in a chasing position early. 
  • Got work on sweeps and screens to get the ball in his hands and let him work.
  • Ability to take well defended screens and burst outside for 10+ yards and a first down. 
  • Worked on kick off and punt returns. Averaged 20.8 yards per punt return his junior year and the touchdown you see below. 
  • Please, blog, may I have some more?

The tight end position is similar to QB in fantasy, in the sense that only an elite player really turns tides for your team. Most TE production is replaceable week in and week out. In 2019 the top 7 tight ends ranged between 16.6 and 13.6 in PPR points per game before a 1.3PPG gap to TE 8. The elite tier was even more dramatic in 2018 when the top 2 TEs averaged 3 PPG more than TE3.

Because of this, in most leagues the TE position is an afterthought on draft day. In dynasty rookie drafts it is difficult to know how to value a TE because 1) they take a while to develop for fantasy and 2) they are so often replaceable compared to other positions. If you are going to take a rookie TE, it better be in an attempt to land a whale.

Please, blog, may I have some more?

Cam Akers – Florida St. – 5’10” 217 lbs. – 6/22/99 (20 years old)

Fair warning up front, I’m a ‘Noles fan. And yes, it’s been a terrible few years. For the duration of Akers time at FSU, the Seminoles were a mess from scheme to play calling to the offensive line, and just general motivation. However, Akers was one of the few bright spots of these teams. He doesn’t have the highest top end speed or the best acceleration, but he brings a combination of balanced running with explosive play ability along with a natural receiving ability. Donkey Teeth recently ranked Akers #18 overall in his top 20 dynasty running back rankings and Alfred ranked him #4 among rookie running backs in his post combine running back rankings. Here’s what I saw from Akers in my film review:

Please, blog, may I have some more?