2019 Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft Round 1

Contributed by: Jim Day
Last Updated: May 10, 2019 10:54 AM


 

Now that the NFL Draft is over dynasty rookie drafts will really start to pick up steam and while there are plenty of rankings out there, we wanted something more. So we invited 11 knowledgeable people to join our own Jim Day in putting together a dynasty rookie mock and get input from the drafters as to why they made their draft selections.

This mock is set up like a real 12-team, six-round dynasty rookie draft, with each team getting the same pick number in each round. It is set for PPR scoring, and all rookies were eligible to be drafted.
 

We will put these out one round each day from Monday through Thursday and then rounds five and six on Friday.

We were very lucky to get some very smart people to draft with us and here is a list of the participants.
 

Participants:

Andy Singleton - Independent Contractor & ExpandTheBoxscore.com (@PeoplezPen)

Bob Harris - FootballDiehards.com senior editor and Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio host (@footballdiehard)

Bob Lung - Big Guy Fantasy Sports (@bob_lung)

Corey Parson - Elite Fantasy and The Athletic (@TheFantasyExec )

Dwain McFarland -Contributor at Fighting Chance Fantasy & Matt Waldman's RSP  (@dwainmcfarland)

Frank Stampfl - Host of FNTSY Sports Radio Network and writer for RotoExperts (@Roto_Frank)

Jim Day – Co-Director of FFChamps and FNTSY Host (@Fantasytaz)

Joe Pisapia- the author of the best-selling Fantasy Football Black Book Series, Host of the Black Book Podcast and contributor to Fantrax (@JoePisapia17)

Joe Gallina - Host at FNTSY Radio, Staff Writer for Fantasy Alarm (@joegallina)

Mike Blewitt - Host at FNTSY Radio (@MikeBlewitt

Shane P. Hallam - Dynasty and Devy Analyst for Fakepigskin.com (@ShanePHallam)

Sigmund Bloom - Footballguys.com (@SigmundBloom)


Monday Round One : Tuesday Round Two : Wednesday Round Three : Thursday Round Four : Friday Rounds Five & Six

Now let's get right into Round One:

1.01 Josh Jacobs RB Oakland Raiders – Frank Stampfl

Josh Jacobs vs. David Montgomery is a tough call for rookie dynasty drafters. As great as Montgomery can be, Tarik Cohen isn't going anywhere. Jacobs should become a workhorse this season and for many years to come. Yes, he never amassed more than 120 carries in any of his collegiate seasons, but I think that makes him more durable for the long term future. He's a three-down back in the making. 

1.02 N'Keal Harry WR New England Patriots – Andy Singleton

I actually debated this one for a moment and had to really ponder if I felt like this was an immediate opportunity for him, or to be viewed as long term. At the end of the day though, he was my pre-draft #1 overall on my Big Board, so overthinking it seemed futile. 

1.03 David Montgomery RB Chicago Bears – Joe Gallina

Montgomery is an elusive back, who generates yards after contact and can also be a factor in the Bears passing game. He'll get some early-down work to start the season and will likely eventually have an increased role in the Bears offense as head coach Matt Nagy develops creative ways to use him alongside multi-faceted Tarik Cohen and newly signed Mike Davis. Montgomery and Cohen are the future of the Bears backfield and will provide an effective one-two punch by seasons end and for the near future as well.

1.04 Parris Campbell WR Indianapolis Colts – Joe Pisapia

I think Paris Campbell has a shot to be an immediate impact Fantasy player out of the slot for the Colts this year. He has zero pressure on him, an elite QB, and a role in the offense (as long as he shows himself well in camp). He could be a really nice second half PPR WR as the season rolls along and he gets more comfortable in the offense.

1.05 TJ Hockenson TE Detroit Lions – Jim Day

I was really hoping that Campbell would fall to me here as I love his landing spot, but of course Joe snuck him right out from under me. With Parris gone it was really a no brainer for me to go Hockenson, even though I don't love his landing spot. I have to expect that they will find ways to use him in this offense because he is just too good not to and they have a lot of draft capital invested in him.

1.06 Mecole Hardman WR Kansas City Chiefs – Sigmund Bloom

This pick is quite simply a bet on Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City offense. Tyreek Hill has almost certainly played his last game as a Chief and Hardman will likely inherit a role with some of the most valuable targets in the league on the other end of Mahomes deep balls, especially on extended plays. Hardman was in my top 20 offensive rookies before the draft, and I floated his name pre-draft as a possible pick to replace Hill.
 

1.07 Miles Sanders RB Philadelphia Eagles – Mike Blewitt

Intriguing options fell to me at 1.07 but, in a dynasty setup, I want the best option at a real impact player. While the Eagles seem comfortable with a RBBC at the moment, having a very athletic #1 option for the long-term seems to be the reason they took Miles Sanders in the second round. While 2019 may not be a breakout, no one will be surprised if he's the lead back in 2020 with Jordan Howard in the final year of his rookie contract.

1.08 Marquise Brown WR Baltimore Ravens – Corey Parson

Hollywood Brown is a versatile playmaker who the Ravens will play all over the field. He will be used on the inside and outside as well as behind the line of scrimmage. Ravens' quarterback Lamar Jackson will need to improve his passing for Hollywood Brown to truly have Fantasy potential in year one. 

1.09 Kyler Murray QB Arizona Cardinals – Bob Lung

I was pleasantly surprised to see Murray fall to me at 1.09 in a rookie draft. He will make an immediate impact for Fantasy purposes this year. The Cardinals did a great job surrounding with a plethora of receivers in the draft to combine with Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, and David Johnson. I believe Murray will be a great dynasty and Best Ball QB in 2019.
 

1.10 Noah Fant TE Denver Broncos – Shane P Hallam

It is rare that a TE goes this high in a non-TE Premium league, but the weakness overall of this class is seen by two TEs going in the Top Ten. Fant is an athletic monster and may be a better Fantasy player than his Iowa counterpart TJ Hockenson. Two major reasons for Fant's success will be Joe Flacco's love of TEs (and Drew Lock showed an equal passion for throwing to TEs,) as well as the offensive coaching staff. TE Coach Wade Harman and offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello worked together under OC Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta where TEs were featured prominently. Look at Shanahan's offense in SF with George Kittle to see the potential. Fant was a better prospect than Kittle coming out and could end up a Top 5 TE, well worth the 1.10.

1.11 Andy Isabella WR Arizona Cardinals – Dwain McFarland

I really wanted Noah Fant and would have traded down in a real draft. Isabella has his doubters in the scouting community, but I like his landing spot with Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury. He brings the typical quickness needed to separate underneath from the slot but also has the speed to push the boundary vertically. That makes him a unique matchup problem that can be protected from press coverage through formation, alignment, and motion. His long-term upside is 150 targets per season in this offense - that doesn't seem likely for the other remaining receivers given their conservative or muddled landing spots.

1.12 Hakeem Butler WR Arizona Cardinals – Bob Harris

According to my friend and renowned draft analysis Matt Waldman, Hakeem Butler is the top wideout in the draft. In fact, according to Waldman, "Butler is the closest thing to Calvin Johnson in this draft. And he's being trained by Megatron. ..." Beyond that, Butler, who can be as solid a threat in the slot as he is on the outside, goes to an Arizona team that just drafted Kyler Murray first overall making it clear they're all in on Kliff Kingsbury's Air Raid offense which will apparently go five wide regularly.

 

The only real surprise might be the fact that two Arizona WRs were drafted in the first round. Bob Harris' pick of Hakeem Butler in the first round might seem a little early to some, but when you don't pick again for 12 picks you have to go out and get the guy you want, and that is what Bob did here. Butler landed in a better spot than Marquise Brown did.

One of the keys from this round and a few of the follow-up rounds is that drafting behind Joe Pisapia is a pain in the ass. He continually took the top player off my pre-draft list and Parris Campbell was just the start of it. I was really hoping that Campbell would fall to me at five because I love where he landed. That being said, TJ Hockenson is not a bad backup plan, although let's hope that Detroit uses him enough to make it pay off.

Make sure to check back on Tuesday for Round Two.



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