Green Bay Packers 2020 Fantasy Football Rookie Roundup

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The 2020 NFL Draft is in the books, and that means it’s time for us to fully turn our attention to the 2020 NFL season and fantasy football. While COVID-19 means we can’t guarantee an NFL season, our league mates want us to be on our heels, unprepared for the season. Never you fear, Football Absurdity is here to cover all of the 78 fantasy football eligible players drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft. Keep in mind, most of these guys won’t get selected in your draft, but you’ll want to know these 2020 NFL draftees when your fantasy football draft comes around. We’ve already gone through the NFC West, NFC East, the Bears, and the Lions. Let’s continue on with one of the most baffling 2020 NFL Drafts: the Green Bay Packers.

On paper, the Green Bay Packers drafted three fantasy football eligible players: a quarterback, a running back, and a tight end. In practice, however, did they actually draft anyone worth mentioning in your 2020 fantasy football drafts? Jordan Love backs up one of the best QBs of all time, A.J. Dillon enters a rotation, and Josiah Deguara is a rookie tight end. And we all know how that goes. Regardless, let’s take a look at the newest Green Bay Packers and break down their viability for 2020 fantasy football redraft leagues.

FULL GREEN BAY PACKERS DRAFT RESULTS
Rd Pick Player Pos School
1 26 Jordan Love QB Utah St
2 30 A.J. Dillon RB Boston College
3 30 Josiah Deguara TE Cincinnati
5 29 Kamal Martin ILB Minnesota
6 13 Jon Runyan OT Michigan
6 29 Jake Hanson C Oregon
6 30 Simon Stepaniak OG Indiana
7 22 Vernon Scott S TCU
7 28 Jonathan Garvin DE Miami

 

Round 1, Pick 26: Jordan Love, Quarterback, Utah State (6’4” 224 lbs)
40-yd Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone 20-yd shuttle 60-yd shuttle
4.74s (u) 35.5 in 118.0 in 7.21s 4.52s

Courtesy: NFL.com, (u) = unofficial.

Depth Chart:
QB1        Aaron Rodgers
QB2        Jordan Love
QB3        Tim Boyle
TALENT

Jordan Love is a high-ceiling, low-floor prospect who needs a good amount of seasoning before he starts at the NFL level. So, all in all, drafting him to sit behind Aaron Rodgers is a good call for the Packers. The last time they did something like that, it worked out pretty well for them. He’s an athletic guy who needs to tuck and run coached out of him, in order to succeed. Love loves to throw on the run, but he doesn’t have the arm strength and mechanics for it and balls die on him a lot.

Love doesn’t see ghosts in the pocket, but he does make some seriously boneheaded decisions (some that make you wonder if the linebackers or rotating safeties were rocking a Predator technology that made them invisible). His eyes aren’t that great, but he has a lot of raw talent outside of his brain. I want to graciously call him “a less athletic Colin Kaepernick with a worse arm” but NFL.com cuts to the chase and compares him to Blake Bortles.

2020 OPPORTUNITY

He’s Aaron Rodgers’ backup. Don’t overthink this.

2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK

See above.

TALENT:
OPPORTUNITY:
2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK:
Round 2, Pick 30: A.J. Dillon, Running Back, Boston College (6’0” 247)
40-yd Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone 20-yd shuttle 60-yd shuttle
4.53s (u) 23 reps 41.0 in 131.0 in 7.19s

Courtesy: NFL.com, (u) = unofficial.

Depth Chart:
RB1        Aaron Jones
RB2        A.J. Dillon
RB3        Jamaal Williams
TALENT

Best-case scenario, the Packers just drafted Matt LaFleur his new Derrick Henry. Absolute best-case scenario. Did they need Derrick Henry? Probably not. But, they think they have a Henry with Dillon. To me, he needs to be just 10% more of what he is, and he can hit greatness. A new move, a bit more speed or some coached-up vision, and he’s among the league’s best.

He’s nearly 250 but takes hits like he’s a missed meal away from dropping into the 190s. Dillon sheds arm tackles just fine, but he doesn’t do much to shed tackles or churn for extra yards. No 250-pound back should go down by a defender desperately clawing at his shoulder pad (N.C. State). Ideally, he plays as a superpowered Brandon Jacobs to Aaron Jones’ Ahmad Bradshaw.

That having been said, if he gets some runway, he can really make defenders make business decisions. None of this is disqualifying, and his development could have the Packers ending up with a monster. The Packers, with LeFleur, are the best situation to overcome his deficiencies to maximize his fantasy football potential.

Also, he doesn’t catch passes. Like, at all. He had 21 receptions in 35 career games for Boston College. Still, Derrick Henry doesn’t catch passes, and he’s a beast. Dillon could fit the same way.

2020 OPPORTUNITY

It’s highly unlikely that the Packers usurp Aaron Jones as their RB1 going into this year. This draft pick likely has more to do with 2021 and beyond. Still, I think that Dillon gets a lot of run in his rookie year, at least enough to make it hell on earth for Aaron Jones owners.

2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK

He’s going to get goal-line packages for him, and he’ll probably walk away with seven or eight carries a game. Enough, given his skill set, to make it worthwhile as a DFS punt, but not enough to warrant owning him in most fantasy football redraft leagues. But, as with all running backs, that’s subject to injuries up the depth chart. Should he get an opportunity to shine, he could only look back to see the devastation he left in his wake en route to the end zone, a la Derrick Henry.

TALENT:
OPPORTUNITY:
2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK:
Josiah Deguara, Tight End/Fullback, Cincinnati (6’2″ 242 lbs)
40-yd Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone 20-yd shuttle 60-yd shuttle
4.72s (u) 25 reps 3.5 in 115.0 in 7.15s 4.35s

Courtesy: NFL.com, (u) = unofficial.

Depth Chart:
TE1         Jace Sternberger
TE2         Josiah Deguara
TE3         Marcedes Lewis
TALENT

The real question with Deguara is if he is a tight end or a fullback in the NFL. Or, if he’s somewhere in the middle. At 6’2” 242, he would be a little on the small side for tight ends, who are usually a couple of inches taller. He’s also a little tall for a tight end. It leads me to believe he’s part of the versatility revolution in the NFL. He’s a true chess piece for Matt LaFleur, who shows that he’s no dummy when it comes to league trends.

Deguara has some good route running and pass-catching traits. He’s a versatile move TE, for example: in his first three snaps against UCLA he was inline, the left wide receiver, and in the slot. He is smooth with his hands and routes, and good and somewhat fast with the ball. He gets himself open and finds the good spots in zones. Deguara also checks a lot of boxes across the board without anything he does exceptionally well or excitingly. In short: he’s a jack of all trades, master of none and that should have a long career in the NFL and could turn into a PPR machine down the line if they decide to give him targets.

2020 OPPORTUNITY

Whenever I think about Josiah Deguara, I keep coming back to this tweet:

I keep remembering that Matt LaFleur studied at the feet of Kyle Shanahan, and I’m reminded that Kyle Shanahan ran the ball down Matt LaFleur’s throat with Kyle Juszczyk leading the way for Raheem Mostert in the NFC Championship Game. The more I think about Deguara, the more I’m relieved an heir apparent to Juice Check exists in this league.

2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK

[standard rookie tight end warnings go here]

TALENT:
OPPORTUNITY:
2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK:
For more 2020 NFL Draft coverage, check out these:

Arizona Cardinals Rookie Roundup
Fantasy Football Fallout: 2020 NFL Draft Round One
Football Absurdity Podcast: First Round Recap

 

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