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NFL Draft Fantasy Recap: Round 4

By Doug Orth | 4/26/20 |

Joshua Kelley

4.06 – RB Joshua Kelley, Chargers

Kelley joins Justin Jackson as a highly productive college runner in the backfield behind new starter Austin Ekeler. The UCLA product surprised with 4.49 speed at the NFL Combine and only fumbled three times on 454 carries over the last two seasons. Kelley didn't see a lot of work in the passing game, but Bruins HC Chip Kelly admitted that the only reason that was the case in that he was doing his best to give his workhorse a bit of rest. For fantasy purposes, he's the perfect add to the Chargers in that he has the potential to be a productive NFL runner but is unlikely to push Ekeler or Jackson for work when everyone is healthy.

Where should I expect him to go in my rookie drafts? 4.05. He's my 14th-ranked rookie running back.

4.09 - TE Harrison Bryant, Browns

Height/Weight: 6' 5"/243
College: Florida Atlantic
NFL Comp: Mark Andrews

Byrant was my top-ranked tight end of the five I studied in-depth. When he is on his game, he looked every bit like the "Gronk of Conference USA" that league personnel labeled him as from time to time. To that end, he is among the best in this draft class (at tight end) at forcing missed tackles (12 in 2019, per Pro Football Focus) and contested catches (13). On the flip side, he was credited with eight drops on 73 catchable throws last season. He has a great chance of being a value pick in the draft after his combine numbers (4.73, 32.5 vertical, 9' 2" broad, 7.41 three-cone) suggested he is an average athlete at 6-5 and 243 pounds.

The tape suggests that he could have been a bit nervous in Indy, as he was the Owls' preferred option in the slot, quite capable of getting open all day on slants and posts and very difficult to bring down after the catch at times. Much like Andrews, it would be wise if his new team focuses on his contributions in the passing game while bringing him along as a blocker. Unfortunately, he lands in a situation where he'll be stuck behind Austin Hooper and David Njoku for the foreseeable future.

Where should I expect him to go in my rookie drafts? 4.08. He's my third-ranked rookie tight end.

4.14 - RB Lamical Perine, Jets

Perine never ran for 1000 yards for Florida, but his stellar showing at the Senior Bowl had to open the eyes of Jets' personnel. At 5' 11" and 216 pounds, he has the size to hold up to a fairly heavy workload and he runs with the authority, as Pro Football Focus credited him with averaging 3.7 yards of his 5.1 YPC this season coming after contact. With so little behind Le'Veon Bell at running back on the depth chart, Perine has a realistic shot of being the handcuff of choice in New York.

Where should I expect him to go in my rookie drafts? 4.06. He's my 15th-ranked rookie running back.

4.18 - RB Anthony McFarland, Steelers

McFarland is the latest in the line of running backs in this draft who find a soft landing spot in terms of a potentially meaningful role as a complementary back early in their career but lack the overall game to put much immediate heat on the starter. He does have a decent albeit unlikely chance of emerging as the starter down the road, however, especially if the Steelers choose not to extend James Conner at the end of the season. McFarland boasts 4.4 speed, giving the Pittsburgh backfield an element of explosiveness it didn't have. The problem with McFarland is that he is a bit more straight-line for a 208-pounder and has dealt with his fair share of injuries. Nevertheless, he should be able to give Jaylen Samuels and Benny Snell a run for their money as Conner's handcuff if he can stay healthy.

Where should I expect him to go in my rookie drafts? 3.12. He's my 11th-ranked rookie running back.

4.36 - WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, Redskins

Height/Weight: 6' 4"/223
College: Liberty
NFL Comp: Brandon Coleman

Outside of sporting a 3.5-inch advantage in the vertical jump, Gandy-Golden and Coleman are remarkably similar in terms of their combine measurements. It shows up on the field as well, as both players boast a huge catch radius but are not as physical as one would expect from big-framed players with significant strength (22 reps of 225 pounds, in the rookie's case).

Gandy-Golden can be a load to bring down on occasion (as Buffalo found out last season), as Pro Football Focus credited him with at least 15 broken tackles in each of the last two seasons. PFF also charted him with 78 deep targets over the last two seasons - nine more than any other receiver in college football - and that will likely be how Washington will try to get the most out of him as well. While he was able to win at the short, intermediate and deep levels in college, he just doesn't appear to have the twitch to be much more than a deep-ball and/or red zone specialist anytime soon.

Where should I expect him to go in my rookie drafts? 3.07. He's my 19th-ranked rookie receiver.

4.38 - RB Deejay Dallas, Seahawks

The Seahawks were almost obligated to take a running back in this draft with Chris Carson (hip) and Rashaad Penny (knee) uncertain for the start of next season. The 217-pound out of "The U" is just the kind of back one would expect Seattle to be interested in, as he runs with great balance and good power. An added bonus: he is one of the best in this draft class in terms of pass pro. It's unlikely he has much long-term value, but the aforementioned injury situations means Dallas only has to beat out Travis Homer (and maybe C.J. Prosise) if the Carson and Penny aren't ready to start the season.

Where should I expect him to go in my rookie drafts? 4.07. He's my 16th-ranked rookie running back.

Doug Orth has written for FF Today since 2006 and been featured in USA Today's Fantasy Football Preview magazine since 2010. He hosted USA Today's hour-long, pre-kickoff fantasy football internet chat every Sunday in 2012-13 and appears as a guest analyst on a number of national sports radio shows, including Sirius XM's "Fantasy Drive". Doug is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.