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My exploration of the 2015 NFL rookie draft class with my dynasty fantasy eyes continues with my top nine receivers.  A second article featuring my next nine wide outs will be out in the next couple DGBof days.  These rankings show my thoughts of their first two to four years in the league:

1)            Amari Cooper, Oakland

This wide out runs the smoothest routes and should get the most targets over the next few seasons over any other receiver in his draft class.  The Oakland defense is improving, but the Raiders will be in their share of shootouts.

2)            Breshad Perriman, Baltimore

He steps into the Torrey Smith role from day one. His quarterback, Joe Flacco, throws the best deep ball in the league, Perriman’s specialty.  Steve Smith is not the same player he was and the Ravens did not make huge improvements in the run game, so there should be plenty of touches available. Read More »

My review of the NFL Draft continues with my dynasty fantasy rankings of the first year running backs.  I am trying to consider their value two to four years down the road along with what they couldmel do year one.  Here are my thoughts:

1) Todd Gurley, St. Louis

He is the most explosive, physical runner in his class.  His knee issue might be a concern, but if you are a non-contending team, this should be your selection.  Gurley could sit out the first six games of the season, then again ask yourself, will it matter in a year?

2) Melvin Gordon, San Diego

Former Wisconsin running backs are usually inflated due to their dominant offensive lines.  Gordon is more explosive than most, has good foot speed, and can catch the ball out of the backfield.  This runner will start from day one and not look back. 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 »

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 »

As the NFL Draft is quickly approaching, here are a few running backs that won’t go early that might have some fantasy value down the road.  One of those is Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford.  I jlangfordwatched three of his games against Purdue, Ohio State, and in state rival Michigan to get a better viewpoint of the skills and attributes he can bring to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

RB Jeremy Langford, Michigan State, 6’ 208 lbs.

Cons: The runner is more smooth than physical, which works well in the Big Ten, but not as well in the NFL.  He only has decent vision and didn’t always find the running lane quickly.  Many times the back bounced the play outside when cornered.  Langford has good straight ahead speed which is evident with his 4.42 timed forty, but struggles to move laterally. I thought he had average leg drive, which makes less than effective in short yardage situations.  Langford usually gets what his offensive line blocks for him.  Read More »

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