Searching for this years Phillip Lindsay: UDFA Mock Draft
Searching for this years Phillip Lindsay is no small task. With that in mind, I enlisted the help of two of FFStatistics brightest minds to join me in a UDFA mock draft. The two names I tabbed are none other than workhorse David Willsey, and the man known only as DraftGenius. We will be alternating picks with DraftGenius getting picks 1.01, 1.04, 1.07, and 1.10. David will be picking out of slots 1.02, 1.05, 1.08, and 1.11. I will take the remaining four picks.
Making an impact as an undrafted free agent is all about landing spot. Luckily for them, many UDFAs receive multiple offers and get to choose a team that they feel best suits them. This was an interesting thought exercise that suggested that it is far more likely we see a breakout from a UDFA receiver than it is from a running back. Let’s take a look at how the UDFA mock draft played out.
UDFA Mock Draft:
1.01 – Emmanuel Hall
Emmanuel Hall is a talented wide receiver that mysteriously went undrafted. Reports of concerns regarding his recurring soft tissue injuries seem to have caused the slip. When on the field, Hall has great speed and can help dictate coverages. He reportedly had offers from more than 20 teams. Hall turned down more money to sign with a Bears coaching staff he felt comfortable with. He had sports hernia surgery this summer. He should, however, be ready for the preseason. A downfield threat who makes the most of his opportunities, his 506 deep receiving yards placed him second in the SEC, while his 4.14 yards per route run led it, and placed him third in the FBS. Hall has the talent to become a starter in three-wide sets to open the season. For a deeper analysis of Hall, check out our fantasy scouting report here.
1.02 – Preston Williams
Preston Williams is a talented wide receiver who saw his already tenuous draft stock take a major hit with a poor pro day performance. Barred from the combine for two related off-field incidents, the Colorado State star could make a major impact on a Miami Dolphins team desperate for a true number one wideout. With Ryan Fitzpatrick currently slated to open the season as the starter, Williams could soar his way into the WR3 conversation. He has a WR2 ceiling if FitzMagic spends the whole season under center. For a deeper analysis of Williams, check out our fantasy scouting report here.
1.03 – James Williams
Despite being cut from what looked like a potentially great situation in Kansas City, James Williams should latch on somewhere else in short order. He is a bit of a specialist, but as James White has no doubt proven, there is still room for these types of players in the NFL. He has the type of skillset to thrive on most NFL teams. Because of this, he may actually find a landing spot where he will have even greater upside than he presented in Kansas City. With my other targets likely to be available at my later picks I opted for the fantasy-friendly Williams here.
1.04 – Devine Ozigbo
Ozigbo landed in a tremendous spot for long-term dynasty value. Latavius Murray is nearing the end of his shelf life as a useful rotation back, and Ozigbo should eventually pass him on the depth chart in New Orleans. Ozigbo averaged an impressive 4.52 yards after contact per carry in 2018 while posting 700 total. He is a tough power runner with some move the pile ability. It will likely take him at least a year to wrestle the job from Murray, but he should do his best Mark Ingram impression once he does. For a deeper analysis of Devine, check out our fantasy scouting report here.
1.05 – Emmanuel Butler
Emmanuel Butler looks to be a great fit in a wide-open New Orleans Saints receiver depth chart behind Michael Thomas. Ted Ginn Jr. continues to age, Cameron Meredith cannot seem to return to full health, Tre’Quan Smith has yet to show any semblance of consistency, and Rishard Matthews destroyed his own fantasy value last season after requesting his release from Tennessee.
Flying a bit under the radar due to a down 2018, and a lost 2017, Butler has an opportunity to make an impact as a rookie if he can quickly grasp the playbook. A 6’3 playmaker Butler could become the outside complement to Michael Thomas if Smith cannot get it going this year. He can also see the field in three-wide sets if he ascends to at least third on the depth chart. Butler is an intriguing dynasty stash that owners should remember at the backend of their drafts or as a priority free agent.
1.06 – Karan Higdon
Karan Higdon is a talented running back from Michigan who could turn some heads with a strong preseason. While he is not a standout in any one particular area, he is the type of talent who could find himself as the starter in Houston if D’Onta Foreman stumbles again. Higdon has great vision and moves well in the open field. These are skill sets that help him make an impact in both the running and passing games. Higdon posted an impressive 719 yards after contact in 2018.
1.07 – Ashton Dulin
Mr. Market Share himself Ashton Dulin found himself a tremendous landing spot as an undrafted free agent. Dulin was a division two standout who impressed NFL evaluators enough to earn an NFL Combine invite. The Colts added talented wide receivers, Parris Campbell and Devin Funchess, this offseason, but still seem to have openings at WR4, WR5, and at WR6 if they choose to keep six. Deon Cain is expected to man one of those slots which leave Dulin, Penny Hart, Chester Rogers, and Zach Pascal to battle it out for the remaining two spots.
Dulin has intriguing upside, but also provides value as a return man, increasing the likelihood he makes the team. Dulin always had the talent to make an impact in the NFL. Landing with Andrew Luck on a team in need of wide receivers means he could very well become a Malone success story once he adjusts to the game speed of the NFL.
1.08 Olamide Zaccaheus
Olamide not only has one of the best names in the NFL, but he has the speed to burn. A likely gadget player at the NFL level, Olamide was insanely productive during his college career. He will likely settle in as a player who sees touches both as a receiver and out of the backfield on sweeps. He does not have the most natural hands but was productive at Virginia regardless. Landing in an offense with Matt Ryan gives Olamide sky-high upside.
He will likely be a rotational player but could be employed similarly to how Taylor Gabriel was as a member of the Falcons. Long-term he could develop into the team’s number three receiver behind Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. Mohamed Sanu’s dead cap hit of $1.8 million makes it likely he is no longer with the team in 2020, as the team can save $6.5 million in space. Olamide makes for a low risk, high upside stash.
1.09 – Jakobi Meyers
When the New England Patriots draft a player recruited as a quarterback you pay attention. Meyers converted to wideout after a redshirt season in which he also suffered a knee injury. Meyers profiles as a slot who can use his baseball background to make incredible catches. If you are looking for evidence of this consider that he tied heralded contested catch winner JJ Arcega-Whiteside’s with 18. He is definitely going to have some learning to do in order to beat press coverage consistently but will have three of the best teachers possible in Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, and Bill Belichick. Meyers can become a fantasy star within the next couple of years.
1.10 – Greg Dortch
Greg Dortch has flown somewhat under the radar since being signed as a UDFA by the New York Jets. His immediate path to playing time seems blocked as the Jets just signed Jamison Crowder during free agency, However, Crowder has battled injuries over the past few years and will now have a talented slot only receiver breathing down his neck. Dortch is billed at 5-foot-7 and 173 pounds, but that did not stop him from hauling in 89 receptions, 1,048 yards, and eight touchdowns this past season for Wake Forest.
Once he starts to emerge there is a high likelihood he forces Crowder to the outside. Dortch has good separation skills and is dynamic in the open field, skills that should quickly endear him to Adam Gase who had a similar weapon in Albert Wilson in Miami. Dortch can become a household name in PPR leagues once he becomes Sam Darnold’s full-time slot receiver.
1.11 – Stanley Morgan Jr.
Based on talent, Stanley Morgan Jr. should be gifted snaps as a rookie. He landed on a Cincinnati Bengals team devoid of any proven talent behind their top two wideouts and could find himself starting in three-wide sets this season if John Ross continues to disappoint. Top ten in the country in deep receiving yards, Morgan has the route running skills to win downfield. Morgan could join the flex conversation as early as this season and is an excellent pick at this point of our UDFA mock draft.
1.12 – Lil’Jordan Humphrey
Lil’Jordan Humphrey dropped himself right out of the draft with an incredibly poor 40 time. Game speed trumps track speed, but he was not exactly a burner on film either. What he was, was a big bodied receiver capable of dominating from the slot. Think a move tight end who you never ask to block. Landing in New Orleans with Drew Brees and Sean Payton, in what for all intents and purposes is a wide open depth chart behind Michael Thomas, is a dream scenario for Humphrey.
The Saints are no strangers to keeping undrafted free agent wide receivers on their 53-man roster. Humphrey was a big play threat whenever he was on the field despite his lack of straight-line speed. He placed second in the nation with 37 plays over 20 yards. Humphrey amassed over 1,000 yards from the slot and also doubles as an excellent red-zone weapon. Much like Butler, Humphrey has the tools and opportunity to make a lasting impact in dynasty leagues. That wraps up our 2019 UDFA mock draft.