1.  
WR  CIN
Rec
81
Rec Yds
1120
Rec TD
7
Rec Avg
13.8
Rush Att
0
Rush Yds
0
Rush TD
0
Rush Avg
0.0
Coming off a huge year at LSU — 126-84-1,780-20 — with 21.2 YPC and 14.1 YPT, Chase opted out in 2020, but it didn’t seem to cost him. In fact, he boosted his stock at his pro day with a 4.38 40, 41-inch vertical and 11-foot broad jump. The Bengals drafted him fifth overall, pairing Chase with his former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. At 6-0, 201, Chase has only average size, but he’s bigger and heavier than most burners, and his athleticism will present a problem for cornerbacks tasked with checking him downfield. Don’t expect a massive target share out of the gate, however, as the 6-4, 215-pound Tee Higgins had a strong rookie year in 2020, and slot-man Tyler Boyd will see his looks. Still, the Bengals have no reliable tight ends, so they could rank top-five in cumulative WR targets for a third straight year under head coach Zac Taylor. Burrow, with whom Chase already has an excellent rapport, is expected to be ready for the start of the year.
2.  
RB  JAX
Rush Att
165
Rush Yds
726
Rush TD
4
Rush Avg
4.4
Rec
52
Rec Yds
489
Rec TD
2
Rec Avg
9.4
There's very little not to like about Etienne. An explosive runner with sprinter's speed in the open field, the Clemson product routinely made college defenders look like young children chasing after their older brother, as he scampered past, around and through whoever was in his path. He showed great patience and vision in waiting for holes to develop, and his power and agility in traffic led to big plays even when he seemed to be bottled up, drawing comparisons to Alvin Kamara in the process. Etienne also developed into a capable receiver, and he showed both ability and enthusiasm as a pass protector, a rarity for most running backs coming out of college. In terms of his rookie season, Etienne's role is more of a concern than his skill set, after he was picked 25th overall by a team that already had a quality starter in the backfield. James Robinson had 1,070 rushing yards, 344 receiving yards and 10 total touchdowns in 14 games last season, so he figures to maintain a significant role even if Etienne makes a strong impression out of the gate. On the other hand, it won't come as any big surprise if the rookie takes over the lead role at some point, as his ability in the open field arguably makes him a better fit for the type of spread-out offense that head coach Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell are building for quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
3.  
QB  JAX
Pass Att
601
Pass Yds
4380
Pass TD
34
Pass Int
11
YPA
7.3
Rush Att
41
Rush Yds
221
Rush TD
2
Rush Avg
5.4
The NFL has waited for Lawrence since he led Clemson to the national championship in 2018 as a true freshman. To hear scouts, coaches, GMs, media and the hype train tell it, Lawrence can't miss. The top pick in this year's draft seemingly has few flaws. At 6-6, he has prototypical size for a quarterback, and while he didn't run the 40 at his pro day, he's a dual-threat athlete who is elusive on the move. He has the arm strength, touch and accuracy to make throws at each level and "throws receivers open" with excellent ball placement on short and intermediate passes. Lawrence is noted for being mechanically sound, and his vision, poise under pressure and leadership are near universally praised. About the only criticisms — mild criticisms — are that his accuracy is very good but not elite and his delivery can get long. Will Lawrence live up to the immense hype? From a fantasy perspective, it's easily worth the risk to find out. He'll start from Day 1 in Urban Meyer's new regime in Jacksonville, which all but guarantees 550 attempts. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will call plays, and while he doesn't necessarily scream innovator, the Jags have plenty of talent around Lawrence in running back James Robinson and wideouts DJ Chark, Laviska Shenault and Marvin Jones, who played with Bevell in Detroit. Plus, the Jags used their second pick of the first round on Lawrence's Clemson teammate Travis Etienne. Lawrence is similarly mobile as the quarterbacks Meyer's collegiate teams always relied on, which should offer a base of rushing stats. If the hype proves accurate, Lawrence will outperform his late-round ADP, and if he pops, like, say, Justin Herbert (QB9 last season), he could be a top-5 fantasy QB.
4.  
TE  ATL
Rec
78
Rec Yds
898
Rec TD
6
Rec Avg
11.5
Rush Att
0
Rush Yds
0
Rush TD
0
Rush Avg
0.0
The term "generational prospect" is thrown around too often, but Pitts is the rare case where few argue with that assessment. His 43-770-12 receiving line in an eight-game junior season at Florida was as good as it gets in terms of per-game production from a tight end, a position where even the future NFL stars don't always put up big numbers in college. Pitts also had an impressive sophomore year that included a team-high 54 receptions, and his pro day workout surpassed even the lofty expectations. At 6-6, 245, Pitts put up the fastest 40 time (4.44 seconds) and broad jump (129 inches) among tight ends in this year's draft class. The Falcons saw enough to take him fourth overall, arguably passing up their best chance to find Matt Ryan's successor. Regardless of how that works out from a franchise standpoint, it means Pitts will start his career catching passes from a veteran QB who has a 10-year streak topping 4,000 passing yards, with an average of 4,571 in that stretch. Hayden Hurst still might be the nominal Week 1 starter, but his disappointing 2020 opens the door for Pitts to be Atlanta's top pass catcher at tight end, a role that should come with steady targets after the team traded Julio Jones to Tennessee. While avoiding rookie tight ends might be a good rule in general, a prospect like Pitts is the reason we leave room for exceptions.
5.  
WR  MIA
Rec
68
Rec Yds
958
Rec TD
6
Rec Avg
14.1
Rush Att
0
Rush Yds
0
Rush TD
0
Rush Avg
0.0
Waddle’s final season at Alabama was cut short due to a dislocated ankle, but prior to the injury he had 567 yards and four scores in his first four games. He returned for a brief appearance in the College Football Playoff title game, catching three passes for 34 yards, but then opted against working out at a pro day. At 5-10, 180, Waddle is small, and while he wasn’t timed in the 40, the GPS data apparently showed he was the fastest receiver in the country. His lack of size could be an issue as it has been for players like DeSean Jackson and Marquise Brown, but keep in mind Tyreek Hill and Antonio Brown are also of similar frames. Waddle will take his talents to Miami after the Dolphins drafted him sixth overall, reuniting him with former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Waddle will see targets right away, but he’ll have to compete with veteran DeVante Parker and free-agent acquisition Will Fuller.
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