In this series, I’ll be taking a look at several rookies with an average draft position (ADP) in the 4th round or later in rookie drafts based on the multiple real-life and mocks drafts I’ve been in this off-season. I’ll do my best to break down why I believe they’re a tremendous value at their current ADPs and why they’ll have an opportunity to outperform other players drafted ahead of them.
One of my favorite later round rookie picks in dynasty drafts this year is Ravens rookie wide receiver, Jaleel Scott. A senior out of New Mexico State, Scott brings unique size and underrated speed to the Ravens receiving corps. CBS’s Chris Trapasso put together a nice collection of videos to show some of Scott’s best assets and his potential as a top receiver in the NFL. I would highly recommend checking those clips out if you’re unfamiliar with Scott’s body of work. You can also see Scott’s profile by Lance Zierlein as part of his NFL Draft and Combine Profile.
Among the first things you’ll notice when watching Scott is his length. I’ve often referred to him as an albatross with first baseman mitts for hands. Looking at his measurables, courtesy of mockdraftable, you’ll see he has a massive, 98th-percentile wingspan of 81.25 inches and a set of 87th-percentile, 10-inch hands (the NFL officially has his hands at 10.25 if you’re into that sort of thing). At nearly 6’5” with 33.5-inch arms, he’s already an instant red zone threat as soon as he steps on an NFL field. You can’t coach size, and Scott has size.
Taking a look at his playerprofiler metrics, you’ll see that although his 4.56 forty-yard-dash time is not inspiring on its own, when adjusted for his height and weight, Scott has an 86th-percentile-speed score. Not that it is shocking given his aforementioned length, but Scott also posts an above average catch radius as well.
I’d be doing the universe a disservice if I don’t share the biggest highlight-reel catch of Scott’s collegiate career, so by popular demand here it is:
As far as competition is concerned, the Ravens went under a complete overhaul at the position this off-season. They brought in Michael Crabtree, John Brown, and Willie Snead via free agency this year. In addition to Scott, the team also drafted Jordan Lasley at receiver and tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews. The entire receiving corps if full of new faces. As far as familiarity is concerned, everyone will be on equal footing looking to build chemistry with Joe Flacco.
Even if Scott doesn’t secure a prominent role right away, there is a chance that could be a positive. Especially regarding his long-term dynasty potential for fantasy football. With fellow rookie Lamar Jackson toiling behind Flacco, it would be beneficial to get as many reps as possible on the second team alongside his future QB. If they can build some chemistry off the field now, the sky’s the limit if the duo can develop together. It can’t hurt to develop a solid relationship with the quarterback of the future.