A.J. Brown

Fantasy Projections for Top NFL Draft Prospects

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It's about that time of the year to start projecting landing spots for the 2019 NFL Draft. With that comes the inevitable linkage to how these guys can possibly help your fantasy team when the next regular season rolls around. While this is more of a draft for defensive talent, there are still some guys that'll likely wind up on fantasy rosters next season.

5. Kyler Murray, QB - Oklahoma

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Murray's athleticism alone will likely have him taken in the first round. Most mock drafts have him heading to the Miami Dolphins, which is interesting considering they already failed with one mobile quarterback, Ryan Tannehill. Regardless, if we're looking for someone who can rack up the passing and rushing yards, this is a decent bet. A lot has been made of the lack of Murray's size, but it's that athleticism that is appealing above all for fantasy purposes. 

4. Noah Fant, TE - Iowa

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Fant has a ton of athletic upside, posting a 41-inch vertical during the spring training sessions. He does need to improve on blocking, but we don't get fantasy points for that. Catching passes is his bread-and-butter skillset, and despite not having a ton of receptions, Fant has found the end zone 18 times over his last two seasons at Iowa. 

3. Dwayne Haskins, QB - Ohio State

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Haskins is projected by most mock drafts to be heading to the New York Giants. However, with the quarterback position being such a point of emphasis for most teams, you can expect there to be at least some type of chatter with teams moving ahead of the G-Men in order to claim Haskins' services. Even if it's not the Giants, he should be starting somewhere next season and we can't necessarily say that about any of the other quarterbacks in this class. Haskins did lead all of college football with 50 touchdown passes last season. 

2. Hakeem Butler, WR - Iowa State

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When you look at the receiving stats for Iowa State  last season, it's Butler and then a bunch of other guys. In fact, he had 901 more receiving yards than the guy who came in second. Butler is 6-foot-6, which makes him a  nightmare for opposing defensive backs. That was evident over these last two season as he racked up a combined 101 catches for 2,105 yards and 16 touchdowns. 

1. A.J. Brown, WR - Ole Miss

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In order to be fantasy-relevant, a player has to actually be on the field. That's an advantage that Brown has over some of these quarterbacks. There are only 32 of those starting spots in the NFL, while wide receivers have a much better opportunity of making an impact. Brown isn't just here at No. 1 because he's a non-quarterback skill player, though. He did have 85 catches for 1,320 yards and six touchdowns last season. That comes after a year of posting 75 catches for 1,252 and 12 touchdowns in 2017. 

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