The NFL Combine is old news now, we are inching toward the NFL Draft which is the second most important draft for those that partake in fantasy football. I would like to present five players who will be day three picks in the NFL Draft that will be dynasty late round sleeper picks in your upcoming drafts.
Dynasty Late Round Sleepers
Josh Adams – Running Back – Notre Dame
Notre Dame held their Pro Day on March 22nd and the guys to watch going into it were Equanimeous St. Brown, Quenton Nelson, and Mike McGlinchey and they did not disappoint. The newest player to emerge is Josh Adams who vaulted himself up draft boards thanks to his strong showing.
Ran the 40 in 4.48s, that would have been the 5th fastest at the combine, his 122-inch broad jump would have been tied for fifth best, his three-cone time of 6.75s would have been the fastest at the combine and his 60 yard shuttle time of 11.31s would have been the second fastest. He’s 6’2″ and 213 pounds so if you like your running backs a bit on the thicker side, he might not be the guy for you.
Let’s take a look at what he did in college, for his career at Notre Dame, 3,201 yards on 480 carries, that is a 6.7 average per carry, and 20 touchdowns in three years. He added another 41 catches for 336 yards and 2 more touchdowns receiving. He runs well between the tackles, he runs well outside the tackles, and he showed his speed and agility at his pro day. Like most rookie running backs, landing spot will be crucial but Adams will succeed in the NFL where ever he ends up.
Allen Lazard – Wide Receiver – Iowa State
Let’s play a little comparison game using college stats and combine results:
|Height||Weight||40||Bench Press||Vertical||Broad Jump||Catches||Yards||TD’s|
Player A is Allen Lazard, Player B is Courtland Sutton. Sutton is being discussed as one of the best wide receivers in this incoming class, why isn’t Lazard? That’s not a hypothetical, I would genuinely like to know. I can’t make a stronger case for Lazard than what the table above, he compares very favorably to one of, if not the best WR of the 2018 class. Lazard will more than likely be a day three pick in the NFL Draft and more than likely a third or fourth round rookie pick in dynasty drafts, do not hesitate to draft him.
Akrum Wadley – Running Back – Iowa
Take a guess at how many running backs rushed for over 1,00 yards in 2016 and in 2017? Would you have guessed 15? Would you have guessed the Akrum Wadley is one of those 15? Me neither, but here we are with one of those players. For his career, he ran for 2,872 yards on 536 carries, scoring 28 touchdowns on the ground. Adding another 71 catches for 761 yards and 7 more touchdowns.
He measures a bit on the smaller side at 5’10” and 194 pounds but he proved at Iowa in 2017 he can handle a full workload, amassing 252 carries, 16th overall in college football last year. He did participate in the NFL Combine to mixed results, he would have finished in the top ten in the 40 with a time of 4.54s. He only completed two other events, the bench press, and vertical jump.
He will look to improve on his results at his Pro Day on March 25th, so keep an eye out for updated numbers. A good showing at his Pro Day could vault him further up draft boards but his history at Iowa as a runner and a pass catcher gives him a very good chance of being successful in the NFL.
Keke Coutee – Wide Receiver – Texas Tech
As I write this, Keke Coutee is participating in his Pro Day and more than likely adding to what was an impressive 2017. Starting with 2017 stats, he caught 93 balls for 1,429 yards and 10 touchdowns. The yardage was good for 4th overall in college football last year and the 93 receptions were good for 6th overall. He also returned kicks and punts in 2017, which is where he will make an immediate impact in the NFL.
He was a full participant at the combine and showed off his great speed by running the 40 in 4.43s and the 20-yard shuttle in 4.15s, good for fifth fastest in both categories.
The rest of his combine results left a lot to be desired but we’ve seen that that kind of speed gets you a shot in the NFL. He is another player that will benefit from a strong pro day but expect to see Keke Coutee on Sunday doing what he does best, catching a lot of passes and running by defenders.
Tre’Quan Smith – Wide Receiver – UCF
The best receiver on the only undefeated team in 2017. Smith led the nation with 114 receptions, was 11th in the nation with 1,171 yards and tied for third in the nation with 13 touchdowns. He was a full participant at the NFL Combine with a mixed showing.
He finished 9th in 40 with a time of 4.49s, 5th in the vertical with a 37.5-inch leap, and 2nd in the broad jump with a 130-inch jump. Mix that with his 6’2″, 210-pound frame, you have an athletic wide receiver who can elevate above defensive backs and the breakaway speed to outrun defenders.
UCF has their Pro Day March 29th and he will be the star of the show. Tre’quan Smith has a bright future in the NFL and he will be a great addition to any fantasy football team.