Every year there are players that are huge free agent pick ups or late round draft steals. Last year Alvin Kamara finished top 5 in fantasy points and if you were the lucky one to snag him before your friends, your team saw a big boost in production.
Other players to achieve this feat were Deshaun Watson when healthy, Adam Thielen, Marvin Jones Jr. and not even kidding, the Jags Defense.
Here are a look at some potential late round picks you’ll want to snag before your draft night is over.
David Njoku – TE (Browns)
Rank on ESPN: 120
Njoku will see a major upgrade at Quarterback this year on the Browns as DeShone Kizer is now on the Packers and Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield fight for the starting job.
The additions of Jarvis Landry, Carlos Hyde and a full season of Josh Gordon will help this offense really move the ball this year. Not to mention we could see Dez Bryant in Cleveland as well. This could end up helping Njoku as all defenses will be focused on stopping the highly touted WR’s.
Njoku saw 8 red zone targets last year which ranked him 7th for all TE’s. Now that this team will get more red zone opportunities, Njoku should see more Touchdowns.
Patrick Mahomes – QB (Chiefs)
Rank on ESPN: 134
Mahomes is taking over the Kansas City offense in just his second year in the league. Nothing much has changed to the Chief’s offense other than QB and they added Sammy Watkins. Alex Smith finished 4th in points at Quarterback last season and he would get criticized often for his conservative playstyle.
With the weapons Mahomes will have on offense, it would be surprising to see him have a bad year. In his one start to end the regular season, Mahomes threw for 284 yards and 1 touchdown in a win over the Broncos. There are a few young QB’s people will be going for at the end of the draft but I would make sure I got my hands on Mahomes.
Mike Williams – WR (Chargers)
Rank on ESPN: 146
The former 7th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft missed a significant amount of last season due to a back injury. Even when he was active he was very limited for those games.
With his best game at only 5 catches and 38 yards, some might be more intrigued to take a rookie WR like Christian Kirk. However, Williams was a top 10 pick for a reason and has been dominating this preseason with the Chargers.
After Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin are nothing special. Williams could see himself at WR2 before too long.
Mike Wallace – WR (Eagles)
Rank on ESPN: 159
Like I said before, at the end of the draft you are more likely to take a high ceiling guy. However when I did that last year, I missed out on Adam Thielen (ranked 9th among PPR WRs) and took Corey Coleman (ranked 92nd) instead.
Mike Wallace has had a successful career in the NFL and just moved to the defending Super Bowl Champions. The Eagles love spreading the ball around, and Wallace has been a deep threat his whole career. He is 32 years old, but we’ve seen aging receivers still dominate the league.