Welcome to NFL Draft week! Months of rumors, mock drafts and predictions will come down to Thursday night. From a fantasy perspective, this draft has the potential to produce multiple legitimate contributors right away. As a result, it’s only right that I BRKDWN the ideal landing spots for some of the top prospects.
Kyle Pitts — Atlanta Falcons
Rumors have been flying for weeks about what exactly Atlanta will do with the No. 4 overall pick. We know they’re listening to trade offers, but their price tag is likely too high for any potential suitors. As a result, I think they’ll stay at No. 4. With Matt Ryan under contract through 2023, it doesn’t make much sense to draft a quarterback this high either. This leaves them with a couple of options, and superstar Florida tight end Kyle Pitts seems like the perfect fit. The Falcons got back-to-back PPR TE6 finishes out of Austin Hooper and a top-10 finish out of Hayden Hurst last year. Just imagine what they could do with an elite talent like Pitts in that high-octane offense.
Ja’Marr Chase — Miami Dolphins
This is an interesting one, because I could absolutely see Miami opting for one of Tua Tagovailoa’s former teammates in Jaylen Waddle or DeVonta Smith. However, if Chase is still on the board at No. 6, I don’t see Miami passing up on the best receiver in the draft. The LSU product was dominant in his sophomore season, racking up 84 catches for 1,740 and 20 total touchdowns. The Dolphins’ offense was stagnant at times last season, and Chase can step in immediately as the No. 1 option they desperately need.
Justin Fields — New England Patriots
Will the Patriots actually trade up for a quarterback in the first round? The unthinkable has actually become the probable, at least according to the latest rumors swirling around New England. Bill Belichick built a strong core of weapons on offense this offseason, paying up for the deadly tight end duo of Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith while picking up two solid receivers in Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne. OC Josh McDaniels would be able to utilize all of Fields’ potential, through the air and on the ground. This is about as perfect of a match as you’ll get.
DeVonta Smith — Detroit Lions
Similarly to Miami, I assume that Detroit will take the best receiver available when their pick comes around Thursday night. It’s no secret that the Lions are in full rebuild mode, trading away franchise cornerstone Matthew Stafford and losing Kenny Golladay to the Giants this offseason. Golladay’s departure leaves a massive hole that Smith could easily step into as Jared Goff’s new favorite target (yes, T.J. Hockenson will still have a great season, I’m not forgetting about him). Both Smith and Chase could be due for huge rookie seasons if they land in Miami and Detroit.
Najee Harris — Pittsburgh Steelers
This one makes way too much sense. The traditionally run-dominant Steelers (who just happen to have a vacancy at running back) select the best back in college football last season. Harris is coming off back-to-back 1,200+ yard seasons in Alabama, including an incredible 26-touchdown campaign last year. He would slide right into the high-end RB2/low-end RB1 discussion with the Steelers.