2019 Football Draft Kit: Rookies to Watch
2019 Football Draft Kit: Rookies to Watch

This article is part of our Football Draft Kit series.

This year's rookie class features a number of players who could make a fantasy impact in 2019. Here's a breakdown of the rookies to target.

QUARTERBACK

Kyler Murray, Cardinals 
5-10 / 207 / Oklahoma / 1st Round (1st Overall)

The Heisman Trophy winner has a rare blend of arm talent, polish and athleticism. His 11.6 YPA in 2018 was the highest in the NCAA since 2009, and his skill combined with his fit within Kliff Kingsbury's NFL version of the air raid make him the clear No. 1 rookie quarterback. Murray has the escapability he'll need to survive behind Arizona's line, but he's not a run-first quarterback. He should develop into a viable fantasy starter by midseason, if not sooner, though it's possible his stature is somewhat of a hindrance. Fade at your own risk.  

Dwayne Haskins, Redskins 
6-3 / 231 / Ohio State / 1st (15th)

Haskins is the most talented quarterback on the Washington roster, but Case Keenum's polish and experience might delay the rookie's debut. Once Haskins takes over, he'll have to clean up his footwork and adjust to moving through his progressions. His lack of mobility could be an issue, especially if the Redskins offensive line is riddled by injuries again. But when Haskins has time and is in rhythm, he's an accurate passer (70.0 completion percentage in 2018) with good arm strength. Haskins is entering a well-designed system, but there will be growing pains before he's a reliable fantasy asset.  

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