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2020 Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft, Five Rounds With Commentary (from the 1.05 Spot)

Air Date:
July 19, 2020

For a 12 day stretch/series, I’m going to do a five round Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft from each of the #1-12 spots and publish them one each day with some basic commentary – just to show the direction I’ve been seeing/advising on 2020 Dynasty Rookie Drafts.

Of course, my primary goal in the 2020 DRD is to trade my 1st-round pick for a king’s ransom or just a better existing player or packaging up the later 1st-round pick (#3 or 4-12) + player that I want to deal away in exchange for a bigger player I’m desiring. Be that as it may…with this exercise I’m just going to go through and make my picks as if I have to and I’ll explain why.

Many/most of the mock DRDs will look similar after round #1, I assume, but we’ll see. I’ll be using FantasyPros’s mock draft tool and thus working with their ‘expert rankings’ + system for mocks.

My plan in each pick scenario is basically…

1st-round plan = best available (if you’re forcing me to pick), but I’m not really interested in the prospects (for now/2020 valuation) after the 1.02 pick (so, disliking 1.03/1.04 on)…after CEH and Jon Taylor go, I could care less about this 2020 DRD, in as far as making picks.  

I’ll be making picks mostly on a ‘best available’ basis, and I’ll explain why/what I did what I did when I make the pick.

2nd-round plan = Bryan Edwards is my main target, but he’ll be gone after #17-20 in most DRDs. I will likely/potentially pick Edwards late 1st-round in many instances if I fear/know I won’t get him 2nd-round…depends on what is left at the later 1st-round spots.

I’m also eyeing Zack Moss and Josh Kelley as options after Edwards, especially where I own Devin Singletary (as I do, a lot). Chase Claypool is my fallback 2nd-round pick (whom I love, but don’t like his value vs. trading out of the 2nd-round…I can go get Claypool in October or Jan. 2021).

3rd-round plan = I really despise the draft from here on in, but not so much if Moss or Kelley, or Chase Claypool falls to me (as is happening more and more with Claypool). I am looking at flyers like Justin Herbert, Lynn Bowden, or mostly Devin Duvernay (whom I love but HATE this landing spot). I could go Jalen Hurts as well…he’s the one guy from here on if he HAS to start…he’s a ‘1’ at his position (QB1).

4th-round plan = More flyers…my favorites are Jalen Hurts, or I might go Joe Reed as a WR prospect who might convert to RB, and his RB physical profile is sweet.

5th-round plan = Joe Reed is great. I could also take a flyer on RBs like Mike Warren, James Robinson, and Raymond Calais. Robinson is growing on me especially where I have Leonard Fournette investment.

6th-round plan = Usually, always available is TE Colby Parkinson…unless you play in a league with other FFM/CFMers.

With that base plan, let’s let ‘er rip and go through 12 mock DRDs in 12 days…


  

2020 Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft, Five Rounds With Commentary (from the 1.05 Spot)

 

1st-Round (pick 1.05)

Going from pick #5…which means the further from 1.02 I get, the more I hate to make a 1st-round pick. However, my default hope is J.K. Dobbins…a talented RB in a great spot with Baltimore IF/WHEN he becomes the starter over Mark Ingram. Sadly, that could be in 2-3 seasons. But if something happens to the aging Ingram…boom, Dobbins is a strong RB1.5 with upside. The main RB for Baltimore is going to do fine behind Lamar…like Ingram did last season.

 

1.1 C. Edwards-Helaire

1.2 Jonathan Taylor

1.3 CeeDee Lamb

1.4 D'Andre Swift

1.5 J.K. Dobbins

1.6 Cam Akers

1.7 Jerry Jeudy

1.8 Joe Burrow

1.9 Henry Ruggs III

1.10 Justin Jefferson

1.11 Jalen Reagor

1.12 Ke'Shawn Vaughn

 

 

2nd-Round (pick 2.05)

We’re inching towards the time Bryan Edwards isn’t going to be here with my second pick, but not yet…not this time. I go Edwards. Hayden Hurst makes sense here too for those who can select existing players/non-rookies and have some need for a TE over taking more young WR depth gambles. We can trade for Edwards later…after the draft or in October, etc.

 

2.1 Denzel Mims

2.2 M. Pittman

2.3 Tee Higgins

2.4 L. Shenault

2.5 Bryan Edwards

2.6 Tua Tagovailoa

2.7 A.J. Dillon

2.8 Antonio Gibson

2.9 Brandon Aiyuk

2.10 Zack Moss

2.11 A. McFarland

2.12 Cole Kmet

 

 

3rd-Round (pick 3.05)

My choice of Devin Duvernay, Joshua Kelley, or…if you are thin at QB depth, Justin Herbert isn’t crazy here.

I default to Kelley/the RB hoping he earns the split right away with Ekeler (Anthony Lynn craves a split backfield).

 

3.1 Chase Claypool

3.2 Lynn Bowden Jr.

3.3 KJ Hamler

3.4 Darrynton Evans

3.5 Joshua Kelley

3.6 Justin Herbert

3.7 Van Jefferson

3.8 Jalen Hurts

3.9 Devin Duvernay

3.10 Quintez Cephus

3.11 Adam Trautman

3.12 Jordan Love

 

 

4th-Round (pick 4.05)

I’m in that no man’s land here with Jalen Hurts gone. I usually go Joe Reed in this instance…hoping he hits as a Deebo Samuel-like shocker. I’m not sure how I feel with the all-Chargers options…Kelley, considered Herbert, and now Reed. Anthony Lynn is not good for offense, in general.

 

4.1 Jacob Eason

4.2 Tyler Johnson

4.3 A. Gandy-Golden

4.4 Eno Benjamin

4.5 Joe Reed

4.6 Devin Asiasi

4.7 Lamical Perine

4.8 D. Peoples-Jones

4.9 DeeJay Dallas

4.10 Albert Okwuegbunam

4.11 Gabriel Davis

4.12 Thaddeus Moss

 

 

5th-Round (pick 5.05)

And, we’ll end with another reach…a reach for potentially something very good/great – TE Colby Parkinson.

 

5.1 Harrison Bryant

5.2 James Proche

5.3 Brycen Hopkins

5.4 Isaiah Hodgins

5.5 Colby Parkinson

5.6 Dalton Keene

5.7 K.J. Hill

5.8 Hunter Bryant

5.9 Darnell Mooney

5.10 Jake Fromm

5.11 James Robinson

5.12 Collin Johnson

 

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Draft Picks

1.1 C. Edwards-Helaire

1.2 Jonathan Taylor

1.3 CeeDee Lamb

1.4 D'Andre Swift

1.5 J.K. Dobbins

1.6 Cam Akers

1.7 Jerry Jeudy

1.8 Joe Burrow

1.9 Henry Ruggs III

1.10 Justin Jefferson

1.11 Jalen Reagor

1.12 Ke'Shawn Vaughn

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2.1 Denzel Mims

2.2 M. Pittman

2.3 Tee Higgins

2.4 L. Shenault

2.5 Bryan Edwards

2.6 Tua Tagovailoa

2.7 A.J. Dillon

2.8 Antonio Gibson

2.9 Brandon Aiyuk

2.10 Zack Moss

2.11 A. McFarland

2.12 Cole Kmet

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3.1 Chase Claypool

3.2 Lynn Bowden Jr.

3.3 KJ Hamler

3.4 Darrynton Evans

3.5 Joshua Kelley

3.6 Justin Herbert

3.7 Van Jefferson

3.8 Jalen Hurts

3.9 Devin Duvernay

3.10 Quintez Cephus

3.11 Adam Trautman

3.12 Jordan Love

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4.1 Jacob Eason

4.2 Tyler Johnson

4.3 A. Gandy-Golden

4.4 Eno Benjamin

4.5 Joe Reed

4.6 Devin Asiasi

4.7 Lamical Perine

4.8 D. Peoples-Jones

4.9 DeeJay Dallas

4.10 Albert Okwuegbunam

4.11 Gabriel Davis

4.12 Thaddeus Moss

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5.1 Harrison Bryant

5.2 James Proche

5.3 Brycen Hopkins

5.4 Isaiah Hodgins

5.5 Colby Parkinson

5.6 Dalton Keene

5.7 K.J. Hill

5.8 Hunter Bryant

5.9 Darnell Mooney

5.10 Jake Fromm

5.11 James Robinson

5.12 Collin Johnson

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R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football Metrics, and a football projections analyst and writer for Fantasy Football Metrics. 

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