Amr Gabr examines the Jonathan Taylor disconnect between fantasy owners and NFL GMs. Were the armchair experts right all along? And what does this mean for his chances to join the truly elite in 2021?
Fantasy and draft Twitter collectively had few questions about Wisconsin star Jonathan Taylor as he headed into the 2020 NFL draft. The consensus RB1 was often considered the next great RB prospect, and RotoViz agreed. Shawn Siegele raved about his perfect score of 100 in the RB Prospect Lab. It’s not surprising to see Taylor set the standard when you consider his 4.38 forty at 223 pounds and the back-to-back 2,000-yard seasons to finish off his collegiate career.
But as we find out every year, draft and fantasy Twitter doesn’t draft these players. NFL GMs do.
Fumbling concerns and pass-catching work led to a draft-night fall. Taylor ended up as the third running back drafted, and not to an ideal landing spot. With presumed starter Marlon Mack coming off a 1,000-yard season, Taylor’s selection had many early drafters displeased with the overall outcome.
Fortunately, that wasn’t the end of the story.