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Now that the NFL Draft is behind us and rookie drafts have begun everywhere.  Here are my initial rankings of the first year quarterbacks and tight ends.  I didn’t go extremely deep, only five maxxwquarterbacks and five tight ends that have more defined roles or easy to determine situations. Keep in mind there should be better situations in the 2016 draft class.  Here are my rankings and some quick thoughts:

Quarterbacks

1)      Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay

The quarterback has a lot of talented weapons, the ability to run his offensive coordinator’s playbook, but his offensive line needs a lot of work.  The change to Charles Sims could mean a more spread offense based on quick reads.  Hopefully you won’t need to start him other than a bye week in year one.

2)      Marcus Mariota, Tennessee

The former spread quarterback has his work cut out for him.  The Titan running game is not a strong one and although Tennessee acquired a few talented receivers in the draft, no one is a superstar.  If troubled Dorial Green-Beckham pans out, the rest might come into place.   How much of Mariota’s college plays get integrated into the offense, could determine early success. Read More »

After the third and final day of the NFL Draft, there were still fireworks left to muddy up the Jets quarterback situation, the Ravens backfield, and add intrigue to the Miami backfield.  I am taking a Draftquick look at some of the fantasy relevant players unearthed this past Saturday.  Players get listed in the order they were selected:

QB Bryce Petty, NYJ

The former Baylor signal caller did not adapt well to taking snaps under center in Mobile.  He is plenty athletic with a strong arm, but has sloppy footwork and is quite inaccurate.

WR Jamison Crowder, Washington

Duke’s “little engine that could” is more quick than fast and is a slot/return guy only.  He is not physical enough to play the outside.  I’m not sure if he will see the field in year one. Read More »

After the second day of the NFL Draft, fantasy dynasty owners now have more questions than answers concerning the Titans receiving corps, and the Lions and Browns running back roles.  I will maxxtake a quick review of what occurred and how it looks like it will affect your dynasty teams.  Players got listed in the order of selection in the NFL Draft:

2nd round

S Landon Collins, NYG

This physical player will be an instant impact player as the starter day one of mini-camps.  Collins should see plenty of tackle opportunities in the running and passing games with a not so impressive linebacker corps.

RB TJ Yeldon, Jacksonville

He is a quick footed runner, who can be a three down back for the Jaguars.  The back has good balance, sees the field well, moves great laterally, and has a nose for the end zone. Read More »

With the first day of the NFL Draft completed, there are a few complicated positional situations, the Jets defensive front three, the Rams backfield, and the Colts receiving corps.  Here are some of Draftmy quick observations after five hours of sleep, done in order of selection:

QB Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay

The local signal caller gets a great target situation with Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and Doug Martin/Charles Sims.  The problem is their offensive line situation is not in the best shape.  With the Bucs defense a bit on the weak side, there should be plenty of opportunities for offensive production for Winston.  He is in a great situation to produce from year one on.

QB Marcus Mariota, Tennessee

The Titans went with the only other feasible starting quarterback from day one.  Ken Whisenhunt has gotten the most from his quarterbacks, so this should be no different.  Delanie Walker and Kendall Wright should see an immediate uptick to their fantasy value.  The mobile Mariota might help create space for second year back Bishop Sankey.  I’m not as enthusiastic about his situation for his first two seasons. Read More »

dresaMy last 2015 pre-draft scouting report is on the late round wide receiving prospect, Dres Anderson.  This Utah Ute is the son of former NFL wide out Flipper Anderson and had his college career unfortunately cut short by a knee injury in October 2014.  I reviewed three of his available games against Arizona State, UCLA, and Stanford to get a clearer feel for what skills and attributes he brings to the next level.  These are my observations:

WR Dres Anderson, Utah, 6′ 1″ 187 lbs.

Cons: The first thing that jumps out on the screen is his skinny legs, while appearing quite fast in his college tape, Anderson doesn’t appear to have much leg strength.  He had issues breaking tackles and seems to lack the physicality needed to play on the line of scrimmage.  The receiver might be best suited to play in the slot where he can get a free release or at least have the room to create space since he has little wiggle to his game. Read More »

One of the biggest 2015 NFL Draft risers on the linebacker front in my eyes has been Mississippi State’s Benardrick McKinney.  While this year’s class is full of edge defenders, McKinney is more benardrickmsuited to be a strong side inside backer or simply a “SAM” who will spend a lot of his time taking on blockers in the run game and defending the pass against tight ends.  I watched five of his 2014 games against UAB, Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M, and Kentucky to get a better idea of the skills and talents that he will bring to the next level.  This is what I saw:

LB Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State, 6′ 4″ 246 lbs.

Cons: The first thing I noticed is that he lacks fluidity.  This is evident with his stiff hips and his difficulty moving laterally quickly.  The backer moves quite well north and south though.  McKinney often gets outmaneuvered by quick footed backs and receivers.   His upright stance (which affects his balance) impedes his ability to shed blockers and keep them away from his body.  The linebacker has a bad habit of diving low in space to bring down a ball carrier in desperation.  I found him to be more instinctual than having a strong foundation in film watching as he guesses a lot. Read More »

This year’s draft is full of lesser known wide receiver prospects.  Today I will be discussing Washington State’s Vince Mayle, whom I got to see at the Senior Bowl game and practices.  He is one of the vincembiggest players at his position standing at 6’ 2” 224 lbs. and while he ran a disappointing 4.67 forty time at the NFL Combine, he certainly deserves a second look.  I reviewed four of his games against Utah, Rutgers, Oregon, and Washington to get a better idea of what he brings to the next level skill-wise.  Here are my thoughts:

WR Vince Mayle, Washington State, 6’ 2” 224 lbs.

Cons: The first time I got to see him was in Mobile and his practices varied from day-to-day.  He would perform well on one drill looking amazing and then appear flat the rest of the practice.  Mayle has a bad habit of letting the ball into his body instead of going out and attacking it.  If a wide out allows the pigskin to come to him, it can rattle around or get swiped out by a defender.  The receiver was out-muscled by smaller defensive backs (even though he rarely faced press coverage on the line) and suffered a few concentration lapses.  Read More »

Now that all pro days are in the books and I’ve gotten the chance to watch everyone on the list.  Here is this quick updated list with my thoughts of this dynasty fantasy football draft class.  These rankings are very fluid and will get adjusted after the NFL Draft is overDraft. Any rankings in italics are upgrades.

Quarterbacks

1. Jameis Winston, Florida State

2. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

3. Brett Hundley, UCLA

4. Bryce Petty, Baylor

5. Garrett Grayson, Colorado State

6. Shane Carden, East Carolina

Running backs

1. Todd Gurley, Georgia

2. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin Read More »

The NFL narrative gets re-written every year about a Cinderella team or player overcoming great odds to becoming the best.  One of those draft stories includes wide receiver Tre McBride, who tremcaccording to reports held his own during the Shrine Game practices, but seemed a bit overwhelmed when it came to the game on NFLN.  As there is not a lot of film on him, I viewed his game against Richmond and some of his game highlight compilations to get a better feel for what skills and attributes this young man brings in the next level.  This is what I saw:

WR Tre McBride, William and Mary, 6′ 210 lbs. 

Cons: Obviously coming from a smaller school, the receiver is quite raw in a lot of areas, including his route running.  This isn’t to say that with NFL coaching he won’t perform, but the skills are not there yet.  I thought he seemed stiff-hipped making cuts, but has the necessary burst to get away from most defenders in the open field.  McBride lined up mostly in the slot, because he had some issues getting off the line of scrimmage.  The wide out did get roughed up by physical corners, but has the power and strength to deal with that as evident with his run blocking. Read More »

With the new Terminator movie coming out this summer, I got reminded of the rocked up, beastly former Yale running back, Tyler Varga.  He impressed me during the Senior Bowl Week by being tvargaseffective as both a fullback and a half back.  I decided to watch some of his film against Army and Harvard to get a better idea of what he brings to the NFL.  This is what I saw:

RB Tyler Varga, Yale, 5’ 11” 222 lbs.

Cons: The first thing that jumps out is that he is an upright runner, who needs to lower his shoulders and become a battering ram versus a traditional back. He isn’t the fastest of prospects as he only ran a 4.64 at his college pro day (didn’t run at Combine due to bone spurs in his ankle).  This lack of speed will probably force him into a hybrid FB/RB role in the NFL.  Varga has decent hands, but lets the ball get into his body too much, instead of snaring it in the air.  Read More »

The 2015 NFL Draft has a lot of unique defenders that can play multiple positions and the next one I want to discuss is Utah’s defensive back Eric Rowe.  He played his first three seasons as a safety eroweand then switched to corner back his senior season.  While watching him, one can see that the defender never left his physical style behind when he moved to corner.  I reviewed four of his games against Michigan, Washington State, UCLA, and Arizona to get a better feel for what the young man brings to the next level.  Here is what I saw:

CB/S Eric Rowe, Utah 6’ 1” 205 lbs.

Cons:  The defender still moves more like a safety than a corner.  What I mean by that is he shows stiff hips changing directions (this is very evident as it leaves him open to get beat deep when Rowe gets forced to open himself up quickly).  The corner gets very handsy in coverage and it will depend on the officiating staff to decide if penalties will get called on him from game to game.  He sometimes tackles too high and can get off-balance trying to shoulder block ball carriers down, instead of wrapping up. Rowe shows a tendency to play the man and not the ball, so if a receiver with great rapport with his quarterback might take him by surprise if he is looking for a sign that the ball is arriving. Read More »

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