DFF Draft Coverage: Anthony Schwartz to the Browns

Anthony Schwartz | Auburn                  6’0” 186 lbs.                  10/5/2020 (Age 20)

Anthony Schwartz was drafted 91st overall by the Cleveland Browns, becoming the 15th wide receiver and 91st overall player in the 2021 NFL Draft.

COLLEGE PRODUCTION

Year School   Class   Pos   G   Rec   Yds   Avg   TD  
2018 Auburn FR WR 12 22 357 16.2 2
2019 Auburn SO WR 11 41 440 10.7 1
2020 Auburn JR WR 10 54 636 11.8 3
Career   33 117 1433 12.9 6

Anthony Schwartz was a modest producer at Auburn. He did not produce a “breakout” until 20 years old as a Junior with a  28.2% dominator rating (45th percentile). Anthony Schwartz did compete with good players while in college. As a freshman, Schwartz played with New York Giant Darius Slayton, and he shared the field with NFL talent Seth Williams his entire career. From a production profile perspective, Anthony Schwartz doesn’t have anyone drooling but his numbers could definitely be worse.

On the field, Schwartz found success at Auburn on deep throws, designed WR runs, and catch and run scenarios. Anthony Schwartz has the speed to run by nearly anyone and can turn a short throw into a long gain. This former Auburn Tiger has the athletic ability most people can only dream of. He is not a polished receiver and wins almost purely with speed and quickness. If Schwartz can add some refinement and nuance to his game he can be an extremely dangerous weapon in the NFL.

ATHLETIC TESTING

This is where Anthony Schwartz makes his money. Schwartz has legitimate track speed. In his lone season on the Auburn Track Team in 2019, Schwartz was 6th in the SEC Championship in the 100m with a time of 10.21 and won the Bob Pollock Invitational in the 60m with a blazing time of 6.65. In 2021 Anthony Schwartz brought his speed to the Auburn Pro Day, running a 4.26 40 yard dash. Schwartz can call himself the fastest man in the 2021 Draft.

DRAFT ANALYSIS 

Anthony Schwartz was drafted 91st overall by the CLE Browns, becoming the 15th wide receiver and 91st overall player in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Rapid Reaction to Draft Capital: Above Average

This is a win for Schwartz. Falling to Day 3 is often a death sentence for fantasy success.

Rapid Reaction to Landing Spot: – Below Average

Schwartz will battle with Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones for the WR3 spot in CLE.

FANTASY INSIGHTS

I do not expect Anthony Schwartz to ever be the alpha on his team, but with his skill set, he does not need a large target share to be productive. Due to this explosiveness, he only needs a few touches to a game to make a big impact. However, because he is likely never going to command a ton of targets he will more than like struggle to be a consistent producer for your fantasy team. I would view him as a boom or bust guy you can plug into the back of your lineup if needed. I view him as a 3rd round pick in rookie drafts with high upside, but also a low floor.

For the 2021 season, Schwartz’s likely role is rotational WR3 in CLE. However with Rashard Higgins a free agent after the 2021 season, Anthony Schwartz could be the clear WR3 in 2022 if he outperforms Donovan Peoples-Jones. The opportunity could then improve further with Jarvis Landry a free agent after the 2022 season. However, nothing is stopping the Browns from adding more WRs, so projecting future situations is a risky game.

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cchurchill

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