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Some dynasty players may think this is the quietest time of the year.  Do not let that be you!  Use this time to get a leg up on your competition by starting your own rookie scouting.  First I am no “expert” but I am getting my first impressions on players.  Small differences may make the difference between drafting LeSean McCoy and Chris “Beanie” Wells.

My top 5 QBs as of 1/15/11

1. Blaine Gabbert – he reminds me of a cross between Freeman and Fitzpatrick (athletic and likes to throw the ball)

2. Ryan Mallett– he is very much in the Drew Bledsoe mold (big, strong, and accurate without a lot of movement)

3. Jake Locker– he reminds me of Trent Green (athletic, but sometimes lets the game get away from him)

4. Cam Newton– he is a more accurate JaMarcus Russell with more leadership skills (can throw down the field and has some of Vince Young’s wiggle)

5. Christian Ponder– he reminds me of a less athletic Rich Gannon (may have a good couple years after seasoning, but will not be a constant pro)

My top 10 RBs as of 1/15/11

1. Mark Ingram– he runs a bit upright like Mendenhall, but has good wiggle and vision (can take over games)

2. Mikel Leshore– he is very smooth like Moreno, but physically looks like Mendenhall (could have an E. James type of career)

3. Daniel Thomas– also smooth, but reminded me of Shawn Alexander/Darren McFadden (not a real physical guy, however is good in space and can get small when needed)

4. Dion Lewis and 5. Ryan Williams– both RBs reminded me of LeSean McCoy as they are not huge physically, but have wiggle and vision (slight edge to Lewis as his decrease in production was due carries shared and not health)

6. Jordan Todman– slight guy who reminds me of Justin Forsett and Warrick Dunn (runs hard for every carry, but may not have the size to be a fulltime feature back)

7. DeMarco Murray– has been dinged in his career, but reminds me a lot of “Caddy” Williams (great hands and makes things happen in the open field, might be a great 3rd down/change of pace guy not so much a feature back)

8. Delone Carter– this back is a brick house, ran with power behind his pads similar to an Earl Campbell and upright like Eddie George (big and physical but may wear down later in the season)

9. Roy Helu, Jr– he reminded me of Fred Jackson, good vision and ran with authority (doesn’t do anything outstanding, but does everything well enough)

10. Jacquizz Rodgers– another slight RB who may project into more of a playmaker aka Brad Smith or Josh Cribbs

I expect these initial thoughts to expand and change once I see more game film and watch the combine.  Use these comparisons with other great fantasy focused insight such as Joe Everett, Shane P Hallam, Matt Waldman, Cecil Lammey, among others.  Don’t be afraid to put in the research time yourself.

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