Wide Receiver Prospect Athleticism: Big Noise, Little Signal

The single most overrated day in the NFL Offseason, by NFL General Managers and Dynasty leaguers alike is the NFL Scouting Combine. Inevitably, nearly everyone over-reacts to the standout performances, especially when they are not accompanied by strong college production. We know that athleticism is important for running backs, but does it matter as much for wide receivers?

Parris Campbell recorded 14.6 yards per reception in his junior season, and just 11.8 in his final year at Ohio State, indicating that he is unlikely to be a deep ball threat at the next level, despite a 4.31-second (100th-percentile) 40-yard dash. Campbell, unfortunately, looks like he may best be used as a gadget player (a la Tavon Austin or former teammate Curtis Samuel).


3 Players Who NFL Free Agency By Default

There are many teams, after the first and possibly second wave of NFL free agency, that on paper are much better than they were at the end of last season. But there are a host of players who should feel like they have “won” free agency thanks to a lack of activity by their team.

Washington coach Jay Gruden has already talked up Trey Quinn and believes that he could be a candidate to replace Jamison Crowder as the team’s primary slot receiver. Quinn will have to show that he can stay healthy for a long period of time, but he is now a defacto starter.


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The Cleveland Browns won this off-season in a way we have never seen before, they are all-in and so are dynasty owners. Now is not the time to chase Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham, instead try to find value in the under-the-radar winners of NFL free agency.

Jamison Crowder is the perfect slot receiver to solve Sam Darnold’s glaring lack of a check-down option, if he can return to his healthy 2017 level where he averaged 2.07 (No. 7) yards of Target Separation despite seeing an average Target Distance of 6.9 (No. 67).


Why this NFL Draft quarterback class is sneaky-exciting

This year’s quarterback class doesn’t have the surefire prospects that 2018 did with Mayfield and Darnold. But guys like Murray have tantalizing upside and there’s plenty of interesting depth even as you move down the draft board.

Jarrett Stidham is another guy with experience against SEC competition. Stidham was very efficient in his time with Auburn, posting a 9.6 YPA. Age-adjusting Stidham’s production also grades him favorably, as his Breakout Age was just 19.1 years.


Why the running back prospects in the NFL Draft stink

There’s no doubt that on the whole, this NFL Draft running back class is a disappointment to say the least. While running backs should be targeted early in dynasty league rookie drafts, 2019 is the exception to the rule. After failing to be the leading rusher on his own team each of the three seasons he played, Josh Jacobs exemplifies weakness with this RB draft class.

Elijah Holyfield is a prospect many film evaluators were excited about due to his propensity to break tackles. But there was little doubt as to why he was trucking defenders instead of outrunning them after he rumbled his way to just a 4.78 40-Yard Dash. 

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D.K. Metcalf’s fit in Buffalo just makes so much sense. Blessed with a cannon for a right arm, Bills quarterback Josh Allen just flat out loves to throw the ball deep. He averaged 5.4 deep ball attempts per game last season, a rate only exceeded by Patrick Mahomes and Joe Flacco.

Daniel Jeremiah wrote prior to the Combine that he thought T.J. Hockenson was the “safest player” in the whole draft, and Hockenson’s Combine performance did little to disabuse him from this notion. Hockenson was another winner from the Combine and could be the answer to the Texans tight end woes that have plagued them throughout the O’Brien era.


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Best comparable to Tyler Lockett, T.Y. Hilton, and Santonio Holmes, Andy Isabella melted faces at the NFL Scouting Combine flashing next level speed, burst, and agility. Look for Isabella to be selected on Day 2 of the NFL Draft.

Meanwhile, Riley Ridley’s athletic profile compares most closely to Gehrig Dieter (!). A darling of NFL film grinders, Ridley may still be selected as early as the second round on name value alone, however, his chances for success in the NFL remain low.