2020 Fantasy Football ROOKIE Mock Draft (Round 1)
Chris Robin https://twitter.com/DetroitBeastie
Another off-season and what a wild one it has been! We’re nearing the start of April and all professional sports are suspended and seasons are in question. So in turn we have a ton of spare time! Spare time means content and discussions! The NFL draft is close and that means rookie mock drafts!
We all have our own opinion. We all have our own research. That’s the beauty of fantasy sports and mock drafting. 2019 was a great draft class. 2020 is even stronger! If you missed it here are my 2020 rookie rankings. https://www.dfscheatsheet.com/2020-nfl-rookie-rankings/nfl/03/
It’s an exciting time in football. There has been a changing of the guard at the quarterback position. The older studs like Brady, Brees and Rivers have had their day. Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson have taken over their respective positions.
This 2020 draft class is filled to the brim with young and hungry guys looking to stake their claim to the throne. This is a very strong class of kids and its loaded with offensive talent. Running backs and wide receivers galore!
If you and your league get together to draft rookies separately then I salute you! It just adds more fun to the process! The more I get into the process the more I see how loaded this 2020 draft class is! This should be fun! Lets go!
1. CeeDee Lamb WR-Okalahoma
I’m not normally a first overall draft pick freak. It has its advantages but it also comes with risk. This season I’m doing all that I can to get the number one overall selection. As you can see I have picked Lamb first overall. The longevity of the WR position compared to a RB is much more sustainable. In this case I’m grabbing Lamb due to his versatile on field ability. CeeDee will blow right be you in press coverage one play then tip toe down the side line the next. He’s a no doubt, can’t miss stud!
2. Jonathan Taylor RB-Wisconsin
The more I’ve looked these kids over the more that I’ve seen the first four or five selections are all about team/personal preference. I’m in Michigan and a Big 10 guy. I’ve seen Taylor play quite a bit. He’s the best pure RB in this draft. 5’10 226 lbs and built to run over and run past you. He’s a massive asset in dynasty leagues that can provide immediate dividends. It’s a perfect combo! If you don’t have the number one pick and still manage to grab Taylor consider that a WIN!
3. Jerry Jeudy WR-Alabama
Jeudy is an elite route running that will make an immediate impact on your team. Keep mind these first four or five guys can literally be interchangeable. That’s the beauty of this draft class. Fantasy football is fantasy football and I don’t mention, “sure things” or “can’t miss” but correct me if I’m wrong. These top five kids are can’t miss. Beat me up in the comments but I’m standing by that! Jerry is a plus pick with the ability to climb up WR rankings by seasons end. Consider him a huge steal if he falls to you here.
4. D’Andre Swift RB-Georgia
Another stud running back from Georgia! Swift can burst through the line, breaking tackles and gain tough yards. Swift produced in the SEC, some of the best defenses in college football. He caught 73 passes for 666 yards and 5 touchdowns. D’Andre is electric, dynamic and quite swift on a football field. Another kid who will an impact from day 1!
5. J.K. Dobbins RB-Ohio State
These top three running backs, including Dobbins are so close that it comes down to personal preference like I had mentioned. J.K. is a legit three down back. Something we don’t see much in the NFL anymore. Running for OSU against some tough Big Ten competition I could see Dobbins finishing 2020 as the best RB from this rookie class.
6. Cam Akers RB-Florida State
Cam has struggled at FSU but not from any wrong doing himself. The Florida State program has struggled in the past few season. Cam is an amazing athlete who runs with power but can also catch passes. If you draft Akers this season he will slot in as an immediate RB2 with the upside to become your teams RB1. What’s shocking to me is he is still learning how to play the running back position. That mixed with poor offensive line play at FSU has some worried about his vision and ability to move downfield. Once he gets to the NFL expect some mild growing pains but a ton of excitement seeing how a real professional team can block around him!
7. Justin Jefferson WR-LSU
Justin is like a magician the way he can separate and get away from coverage. Another kid who will contribute right away I wouldn’t hesitate to draft him at 1.07.
8. Clyde Edwards–Helaine RB-LSU
CEH runs with purpose and power. You know what he’s going to do and where he’s going to go and you can’t stop him anyway. Has the agility to break tackles AND catch passes. What I love about this crop of RB’s is their pass catching abilities. He disappointed at the combine with a 4.6 40 time but when you see the way he runs you understand why.
9. Jalen Reagor WR-TCU
Analytically speaking Reagor is the best WR in the class. He accounted for 20% of TCU’s offensive production. Another kid who didn’t do much at combine, Jalen is a lock for immediate production in the NFL. I’m excited about him and you should too!
10. Tee Higgins WR-Clemson
Tee has great technique and his separation skills are simply amazing. Higgings is big kid (6’3 215lbs) and is a force down field. If Higgins can develop using other parts of the field he can be a definite WR1 stud.
11. Henry Ruggs WR-Alabama
All signs point a negative profile. He wasn’t the best WR on his own team. He didn’t have the best production. So why would we draft Henry in the first round of rookie drafts? He’s able to line up in the slot to create mismatches. He as fast as lightening and has some major work to do in the next level. Not as polished as the men drafted before him but has the potential to run with the best of them. Depending on your specific team needs Ruggs is a nice prospect to stash.
12. Denzel Mims WR-Baylor
Mims absolutely destroyed at the NFL combine. Ranking in the 90th percentile in his 40 yard dash (4.38), speed and burst. We’ve seen him shine on the outside and going deep. Denzel ranked 27th in yards per reception (15.9) and 5th in total touchdowns (28). Mims is athletic and provides an immediate impact for you fantasy team. As the last pick in the first round it’s a no-brainer. Draft Mims!
That’s it for round 1!
During my process of researching and actually writing this all out I noticed a few things. There are 15-20 kids that have an unbelievable ceiling with immense upside. I know “upside” is a fun buzz word in all fantasy outlets but it fits and I’m able to get my point across to you as the reader. This years rookie drafts are going to be loads of fun!
Here is my 2020 rookie rankings if you’d like to double check or make a list! https://www.dfscheatsheet.com/2020-nfl-rookie-rankings/nfl/03/
Thank you for reading! Any questions or comments?
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Hang here for Round 2 this afternoon! What would your round 1 look like?
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