USA Today Sports. Pictured: D.K. Metcalf, Miles Sanders, Parris Campbell
- Matthew Freedman analyzes the fantasy football fits for every second- and third-pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, from WR D.K. Metcalf to RB Miles Sanders and more.
And just like that, we’re already onto the final day of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Before things wrap in Nashville, let’s breakdown Day 2. I analyzed the fantasy football outlooks for every skill position player drafted in the second and third rounds, featuring an NFL comp from the past 20 years for Picks No. 33-64.
Pick No. 36: Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers
- Height: 5’11” | Weight: 214 pounds
- 40-yard dash: 4.48 seconds
- School: South Carolina | Class: Redshirt Senior | 2019 age: 23
People who like watching football and breaking down tape tend to like Samuel quite a bit, and it makes sense: He was one of the most exciting players in college football over the past three years. He’s a fun guy to watch.
Of course, in order to be watched, he needs to be on the field. And that’s not one of his strengths. Not once in his five years at South Carolina did he play every game on the schedule.Throughout his career, he dealt with a never-ending series of leg injuries.
He comes with legitimate injury concerns. But when healthy, the dude can play.
Built like a running back, he exhibited good athleticism at the combine. And in college he contributed in a multitude of ways for the Gamecocks: For his career, he had 154 yards rushing and seven touchdowns on 25 carries, and on special teams he averaged 29.0 yards per kick return and scored another four touchdowns on kickoffs. He’s a legitimate all-around weapon.
And as a receiver, Samuel has good route-running chops and after-the-catch tenacity, and he can play both out wide and in the slot. He’s not the type of receiver who takes over games and imposes his will on defensive backs, and he still needs to refine his technique, but as a contributor he can do pretty much anything asked of him.
His landing spot in San Francisco is intriguing. With his size and athleticism, Deebo is quite similar to former 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon, a longtime favorite of head coach Kyle Shanahan, and it’s probable that Deebo will receive a significant portion of the targets vacated by Pierre Garcon’s departure this offseason.
But second-year second-rounder Dante Pettis will likely play ahead of Deebo, and speedster Marquise Goodwin is sure to get his targets, to say nothing of the dominant George Kittle at tight end. Deebo has potential with the 49ers, but I won’t be counting on him as a rookie.
In rookie dynasty drafts, I could see Deebo getting some Round 1 hype because he was the No. 3 receiver off the board in the NFL draft — and he might actually settle into the bottom of the round whenever I finalize my rankings — but he feels like a Round 2 receiver.
Entering the draft, there was nothing exceptional about him as a prospect. Leaving the draft, there’s nothing special about his landing spot. That sounds like the type of guy into whom I don’t want to invest Round 1 draft capital.
NFL Comp: Leonte Carroo with less production but more versatility