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 quarterbacks 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:
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.