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Pre-Combine NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: No. 40 to No. 31

Over the last two months we’ve been working diligently to provide you, the readers, with as much actionable information as possible regarding the 2019 NFL Draft class. We’ve profiled over 40 prospects, providing the key advanced stats to know for each player and highlighting the strengths and weaknesses in their profiles.

What follows will be my initial set of rankings of the prospects we’ve written up. Click on the names for more detail. If you notice someone missing, don’t worry. We’ll continue providing content up to and beyond the draft in April. If you have any comments or questions regarding these rankings, feel free to hit me up on twitter at @jhoover9787.

Check out the complete rankings as they become available:

No. 40 – Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

Jones is being hyped as a potential first-round pick in April’s draft but I have serious concerns about his outlook. He’s one of 56 college QBs since 2000 with a career passer rating of 125 or less on at least 1,000 attempts. Of that group, Derek Anderson and Josh Freeman are the only two with a QB2 or better season to their name. Jones will likely need premier draft position to become fantasy viable.

No. 39 – A.J. Ouelette, RB, Ohio

Ouelette is an older prospect from a smaller school so he’s fighting a bit of an uphill battle. But he does have two 1,000 yard rushing seasons to his name and has shown the ability to be a plus pass-catcher. His combine (if invited) or pro-day workouts will be key.

No. 38 – Dawson Knox, TE, Mississippi

Knox, a converted high-school QB, has just 39 career receptions and zero touchdowns on his resume. But with a 4.59 forty yard dash and 37-inch vertical at 250 pounds, he could easily be a combine star. If he runs well between now and the draft, expect his stock to rise.

No. 37 – Cody Thompson, WR, Toledo

As a redshirt senior, Thompson is old for a WR prospect. He’s also battled injuries for a good chunk of his college career. But he’s also been wildly productive when healthy as one of just eight WRs since 2014 with at least 3,000 yards receiving and 30 TDs.

No. 36 – Oadree Ollison, RB, Pittsburgh

In Ollison’s two seasons as the unquestioned starter (2015 and 2018) he amassed over 2,300 yards rushing and 22 TDs. In 2016 and 2017 he barely eclipsed 500 yards rushing combined. Ollison will need strong athletic testing to convince NFL front offices of his future viability.

No. 35 – Mike Weber, RB, Ohio State

Despite finishing second on the team in rushing attempts as a redshirt freshman in 2016 behind QB J.T. Barrett, Weber still finished with a solid 182-1,096-8 rushing line. He also averaged 1.4 receptions per game over the course of his career. His metric profile isn’t great but a strong combine could salvage his draft outlook.

No. 34 – Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford

Primed for a boost from Stanford’s history of producing NFL tight ends, Smith enters the 2019 draft cycle as a potential riser. A career 70-1,049-7 receiving line in 20 games is solid, and according to scouts he profiles as a “big possession receiver in a TE’s body.”

No. 33 – Issac Nauta, TE, Georgia

Nauta doesn’t have eye-popping stats (67-902-8 in 32 career games) but his elite recruiting pedigree could give him a leg up come draft time. Scouts note his solid size, strength, and speed, all important characteristics for TEs making the jump from college to the NFL.

No. 32 – Tyre Brady, WR, Marshall

Set to finish his rookie season at age 24, Brady’s age is a major red flag based on historical data. But as one of just five college WRs since 2017 with back-to-back seasons of at least 60-800-8, his production is noteworthy. Brady is another prospect who would benefit greatly from strong athletic testing results over the next few weeks.

No. 31 – Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

Campbell doesn’t fare well based solely on the production metrics we rely on here at RotoViz but his elite testing results from high school point to a potential riser after the combine. Campbell might be viewed as a position-less prospect by some front offices which could depress his draft position. But if he gets drafted earlier than we expect, he’ll be worth a closer look.

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