Searching for this years Phillip Lindsay: UDFA Mock Draft 2.0
Searching for this years Phillip Lindsay is a difficult task. It is so difficult, that we had to follow up with a second round, as there were still more candidates to touch on. I enlisted the help of two of FFStatistics brightest minds to join me in a mock draft of UDFA. The two names I immediately zeroed in on are none other than workhorse David Willsey, and the man known only as DraftGenius. We will once again be alternating picks with DraftGenius getting picks 2.01, 2.04, 2.07, and 2.10. David will be picking out of slots 2.02, 2.05, 2.08, and 2.11. I will take the remaining four picks.
Making an impact as an undrafted free agent is usually all about landing spot. UDFAs get to choose from the various offers they receive. As such, many of the most intriguing names land in situations with depth chart based opportunities. All of the names listed here, despite being the second round of our UDFA mock draft, have a chance to make a lasting dynasty impact. Some may open the season on different teams, but these are some of the most talented UDFAs who have a chance to crack their teams final 53.
UDFA Mock Draft Round Two
2.01 – Penny Hart (WR – IND)
Hart is an interesting case. He was thought of as a combine snub but followed that up with a 4.63 40 at his pro day. That speed may not be that big of a deal if you are 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds. However, Hart is just 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds. He was productive in college and posted over 1,000 yards receiving as a true freshman and as a redshirt sophomore. However, he saw his market share drop as a junior. He has the talent to make the team as a fifth or sixth receiver and could shine if Deon Cain cannot get back up to speed. Fellow UDFA Ashton Dulin may be getting more love, but it is Hart, who is more NFL ready. A natural receiver with good separation skills, Hart could become a fantasy mainstay if he can build a rapport with Andrew Luck.
2.02 – Bruce Anderson (RB – TB)
Bruce Anderson is an interesting running back. On one hand, he was not thought highly enough of to be drafted, and may not even make the team. On the other, he seems to have landed in the ideal situation. He is arguably the best fit on the roster for Bruce Arians’ offense and has only questionable talents to beat out for the starting job. Anderson could run away with the job during the preseason and is currently a steal at his ADP of 306. A tough runner who has impressed beat writers with his natural hands, Anderson is a name to remember for those who participate in deeper leagues. He should be on the radar in the late rounds of rookie drafts.
2.03 – DaMarkus Lodge (WR – TB)
Lodge mysteriously went undrafted despite being productive in one of the most talented wide receiver rooms in college football. He is a prospect with some warts who may be a tad scheme specific, as far as it pertains to reaching his potential. Bruce Arians’ offense is one of the schemes he can shine in. Lodge is going to make his living downfield and on 50/50 balls. He has decent 4.55 speed and can operate along the sidelines due to his great body control. His hands need to become more consistent, but he looks to be in line for the deep receiver role if Breshad Perriman falters once again. Lodge is more of a high upside bench stash as we wait to learn if he will even make the team.
2.04 – Anthony Johnson (WR – TB)
Anthony Johnson seems to have chosen the perfect wide receiver room to join. The Buffalo star wisely chose the team with the weakest wide receiver depth chart, and as such he has a chance to open the season as the team’s number three receiver. There is plenty of competition, but Johnson projects as the most talented receiver on the roster behind Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and the Breshad Perriman that came out of college. Johnson could find himself ascending the depth chart this offseason, and should make some major waves once the preseason begins. Johnson simply has too much talent to be treated as your run of the mill UDFA addition. If he were drafted by the Bucs he would be a consensus WR 3/4. As Phillip Lindsay no doubt proved, it would be unwise to let draft status blind you.
2.05 – Alex Barnes (RB – TEN)
Alex Barnes tore up the NFL Combine, but his game tape left much to be desired. As such he was a UDFA. With no draft stock to mention it is likely that he will not have the opportunity to compete for a starting role. Landing on the Titans means he is likely at least a year away from true fantasy relevance. However, he remains an upside bench or taxi squad stash. Barnes is a powerful runner with solid tackle breaking ability who piled up 745 yards after contact in 2018. Some time with an NFL running backs coach coupled with the ability to learn behind Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis should do him well. If he lands a weekly role he could become a flex option as soon as this season. Barnes should become a factor down the stretch.
2.06 – Antoine Wesley (WR – BAL)
A former hoops player with natural ball skills, Wesley will need to pack on the pounds to beat press consistently. He has proven himself downfield and in 50/50 situations. Wesley led the nation in 30+ yard plays and was third in total receiving yards. He appears to be a lock to make the roster with very little proven talent ahead of him on the depth chart. Surprisingly elusive and athletic for his body type, Wesley saw 628 of his 1,410 yards come after the catch. Wesley could become a top tier red zone weapon once his body fills out.
2.07 – Felton Davis (WR – KC)
Felton Davis is an intriguing receiver from Michigan State. Knocked out of draft consideration due to a torn Achilles that prevented him from running the 40, Davis could make an impact for the Kansas City Chiefs. While some of his shine has worn off now that Tyreek Hill seems to have avoided long term ramifications from his latest off-field transgressions, he can still earn himself an immediate role. The Chiefs depth chart is relatively wide open behind Hill, Sammy Watkins, and Mecole Hardman. Davis is a big bodied, long-striding receiver who can shine in the Chiefs offense. If he can regain his pre-injury form he can become a weapon on all three levels of the field. He has flashed great hands. Davis can become a key cog underneath due to his top-notch route running skills.
2.08 – Damarea Crockett (RB – HOU)
Damarea Crockett found himself a great situation. With nothing but question marks ahead of him on the Houston Texans depth chart, he has a chance to make a rookie impact. He projects as a committee back who will be used as a grinder. However, if he finds himself in a volume role he can return low end RB2 value. The opinion is split on him due to average game tape, but he has a chance to shine in the high powered offense the Texans possess.
2.09 – David Sills (WR – BUF)
David Sills is a big bodied receiver with good ball skills. Sills made his living bailing out Will Grier on poor throws. Recruited as a quarterback, Sills has great football smarts. With his big game experience, Sills could quickly become a trusted asset for sophomore Josh Allen. Sills is a little raw but could make an impact as soon as this season for the Buffalo Bills.
2.10 – Brett Rypien (QB – DEN)
Brett Rypien is an intriguing selection. Depending on what you think of Drew Lock, Rypien may have an interesting future. Lock has shown significant upside, but Rypien, despite being a much poorer prospect may become the more efficient passer. He likely needs a few years of development, but Rypien has a chance to flash in an offense with two young studs in Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton. He has some scattershot tape in which he floated numerous passes. However, it is clear that he has NFL arm talent and could transform into an effective spot starter. His ceiling is a high-end backup, but don’t be surprised to see him make some starts before the end of his first contract. Rypien is a high upside taxi squad stash in super-flex formats.
2.11 – A.J. Richardson (WR – ARI)
A talented receiver who played with Brett Rypien and Alexander Mattison at Boise State, Richardson landed in an interesting spot for fantasy value. Coach Kliff Kingsbury reshaped his entire wide receiver room in one draft which means Richardson is joining Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler, and KeeSean Johnson in what is now a loaded depth chart. The Cardinals will carry six receivers, but Richardson will be in a fight for the final spot. Poor athletic testing sank his draft stock, but his tape shows a receiver who could shine in the four and five wide sets Kingsbury will inevitably deploy. He will see a major dynasty value boost when Fitzgerald retires.
2.12 – Keelan Doss (WR – OAK)
Keelan Doss landed in a very intriguing situation. A high upside receiver who had a pectoral injury that prevented him from training for his athletic testing, Doss could climb the depth chart in Oakland. Being able to learn from Antonio Brown is going to do wonders for his career arc. Compared to Keenan Allen by Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy, Doss has also drawn comparisons to Cooper Kupp. Doss is a tough receiver who can bang both inside and out. There are scenarios where Doss ends up third on the Raiders depth chart as soon as this season. His $50,000 signing bonus confirms it. Doss is an intriguing late round rookie draft selection who may be able to be stolen via post draft waivers. Remember his name. That wraps up round two of our 2019 UDFA mock draft.