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Now onto discussing the 2015 Draft defensive linemen that usually provide the constant pass rush and get to occupy blockers to keep their linebacker corps clean.  As a general rule, it is better to OOgrab defensive linemen that play in 4-3 schemes (JJ Watt is the exception).  The reason is that in a 4-3 defense, the d-line will face less double teams and get the opportunity to stunt more (change gaps to cause confusion on the offensive line) giving them more shots at the quarterback and ball carriers.  Here are my thoughts on these rookie defenders:

1)  Vic Beasley, Atlanta

Right now he is a defensive end, tomorrow he could be a linebacker.  Beasley creates pressure well as a pass rusher, but needs some work against the run.  The defender is full of energy/talent and should raise the entire Falcons defense a notch. Read More »

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My glance around the 2015 NFL Draft continues with a glimpse into the heart and soul of defenses everywhere aka the linebackers.  Unlike the offensive skill players, some defenders rise and fall benardrickmdepending on the scheme that they play in.  Their athletic skill is important, but so is the role they will get featured in. Here are my thoughts:

1) Eric Kendricks, Minnesota

Although he is a little short for an inside backer, Kendricks is ultra-athletic and will get to play along his college linebacker.  It looks like he will play MLB and should be able to flow freely to the ball carrier. Read More »

The exploration of the 2015 NFL rookie wide receiver class with my dynasty fantasy eyes continues with my tenth thru eighteenth selections. Many of these players might not have a great year one, sopdiddy good thing that I am projecting out their first two to four years in the league when I rank them:

10) Phillip Dorsett, Indianapolis

Much of his immediate value gets tied into TY Hilton.  In dynasty, if Hilton doesn’t re-sign with the Colts, your fantasy team got Andrew Luck’s deep threat for a deep discount.  Andre Johnson is not a young man, so even if Hilton stays, there is still room for Dorsett especially in leagues that award return yardage or that have taxi squads that allow you to stash him for a year. Read More »

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 »

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 »