Top 10 Dynasty Rookies (Post-Combine)
With the NFL Combine wrapping up today, I wanted to check back in with my Top 10 Dynasty Rookie rankings. Some guys rose up the ranks and some guys fell, but overall it didn't change all that much. These will of course change after the NFL draft and I will definitely tweak them more in the coming days and weeks after Pro Day results become available and after just more analysis in general. As a reminder, these are fantasy football rankings, not NFL rankings. Just because I have one player ranked higher than another doesn't mean I think that player is a better NFL player.
Jonathan Taylor: I knew he would test well, but he tested even better than I anticipated. He put up combine numbers similar to Saquon Barkley and has to be the 1.01 pick pre-draft. He feels like a combination of Barkley and Melvin Gordan. His main knocks are that he has an insane amount of usage, fumbling issues and that he has always had probably the best offensive lines in the country creating holes for him. He likely won't have that luxury afforded to him in the NFL. As for his usage, I wrote in my last rookie rankings how he has only 60 less college touches than Alvin Kamara has college + pro touches. So I think his career could be shortened due to that, but in dynasty I'm only looking about three years out anyway, so he will be fine.
D'Andre Swift: He actually tested better than I thought. It's only because Taylor tested so well that he actually dropped. A lot of analysts will have Swift as the best back in this draft class and I won't put up much of an argument. They are easily my favorites right now and only landing spot will dictate who should end up as the 1.01.
Cam Akers: Akers put up really good numbers in the 40-yard dash (4.47) and the vertical leap (35.5 inches), which shot him up my board. He has good size and was very productive with a bad offensive line, and I think any situation he lands in will likely be better than what he was dealing with at Florida State.
J.K. Dobbins: He only dropped for me due to lack of participation. He did show a lot of strength putting up 23 bench press reps, but I will want to see how his Pro Day numbers look before deciding if I want to move him back up.
CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy: Both players put up respectable numbers, not great. The only reason they dropped is getting jumped by Cam Akers in my rankings.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire: I mentioned in my last rookie post how he reminds me of Devonta Freeman. He still does....only slower, which isn't great. His 4.6 40-time is not what you want to see out of a 5'7" 207 pound running back, but he did test very well in the vertical leap (39.5 inches). I anticipate him trying his luck at the 40 again during his Pro Day.
Jalen Reagor: He didn't time as well as was anticipated. Some said he might challenge John Ross's 40-time record. He didn't do that, but he put up a respectable 4.47. He also put up a pretty sub-par 3-cone drill, but so did D.K. Metcalf last year and it didn't really matter. He did however put up monster numbers in the vertical leap (42 inches) and the broad jump (138 inches). Overall he tested as a very athletic wide receiver prospect and we already know he is one of the most versatile in this class, so he got a slight bump.
Tee Higgins: He blamed lack of time training between the National Title Game and the NFL Combine, and I'm fine with that. He only dropped one spot because Reagor did so well.
Justin Jefferson: He was close to making my Top 10 list last week, but just missed. This week his good combine numbers pushed him ahead of Laviska Shenault.