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Each year are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the NFL Draft; the 2017 NFL Draft is no different. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for junior running back Jeremy McNichols, Boise State Broncos.

RB-Jeremy McNichols, Boise State  5’9” 214 lbs.

This junior back had a very successful college career scoring 44 touchdowns, rushing for over 3200 yards along with over a hundred catches for close to 1100 receiving yards. The Broncos have produced two successful NFL backs in the last five years with Doug Martin and Jay Ajayi, can McNichols make it three? Because I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, let’s break down what I saw in the six games I reviewed of the junior play maker: 2016 contests versus Baylor, UNLV, BYU, Wyoming, Utah State, and Washington State. Most of these videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. Here are my thoughts: Read More »

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This former Louisiana Tech back has the NFL Draft and fantasy worlds scrambling for more info.  Perhaps interest was originally piqued by the NCAA all-time rushing touchdown leader chase kdixonthat Dixon had with Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds?  However, there is more to the story than his 72 trips to the end zone.  I reviewed his games against Western Kentucky, Arkansas State, Illinois (2014), Oklahoma (2014), Marshall (2014), and his Senior Bowl game along with televised practices to get a better idea of his skill set.

RB-Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech 5′ 10″ 215 lbs.  Read More »

Many of us dynasty diehards are in the middle of rookie drafts or we have just completed them, here is a weekly article about the trends that are occurring on myfantasyleague.com fantasy football tjyeldrookie drafts.  This the second part of a three-part series, because most leagues complete their rookie drafts before those long summer days that get filled with vacations, outside chores and activities.  As always, my thoughts get based on dynasty PPR leagues with sacks being worth 2.5 times that a tackle is worth.

 Just right: TJ Yeldon, Jacksonville running back (average draft spot 1.06)

Despite what some fantasy pundits believe, this is still a running back centric game.  It is a huge shame that most runners have such a limited shelf life.  Yeldon has little competition for playing time, is a red zone threat,  and just as active in the passing game.  I took him at the 1.05 in a dynasty league where I desperately needed RB talent.
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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 »

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 »

Now that some pro days occurred and I’ve gotten the chance to watch more film.  Here is a quick updated list with my thoughts of this dynasty fantasy football draft class.  These rankings are very fluid and will get adjustedDraft again before April 30th. 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 »

Another running back that is receiving a lot of attention for the 2015 NFL Draft and dynasty/rookie drafts is Boise State’s Jay Ajayi. When you look past his colorful locks, and the blue field that hejaya plays his home games on, what do you have?  Answer..an extremely talented runner who is superior to the muscle hamster aka Doug Martin in every way.  I reviewed six of his games to learn more about the skills he brings to the NFL:  Ole Miss, Colorado State, Air Force, Nevada, Wyoming, and Fresno State.

RB Jay Ajayi, Boise State 6’ 0” 221 lbs.

Cons: The runner tucks the ball under the same arm (the left) and does not adjust it to his right arm when running to the right.  This may seem like a small criticism, but ball security is a major concern in the NFL.  Improving your chances for the pigskin to go out-of-bounds if it gets separated from the back’s body could be the difference in winning or losing a game.  In that same theme, Ajayi has great, soft hands, but still makes half of his receptions trapping the ball in his body.  NFL defenders love to knock the “rock” out of runner’s hands to scoop it up for themselves.  Read More »

Now that the NFL Combine is over, the fantasy community is all about the rankings.  Here is a quick list with my initial thoughts of this dynasty fantasy football draft class.  My rankings are very fluid and could change Draftdramatically before April 30th.  This is a minimalist list that will get more meat on it in later versions.

Quarterbacks

1. Jameis Winston, Florida State

2. Marcus Mariota, Oregon Read More »

It’s Day Two in Indianapolis and the day every dynasty owner loves the most..the offensive skill player day!  Remember we are getting a small glimpse into what each player brings to the next level, scoutingcombinenot the holy grail.  Here are some players that stood out to me during this day:

RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

The powerful running back looked smooth in drills showing off his loose hips and good hands.  He ran a slower forty than thought at 4.60.

WR Nelson Agholor, USC

He had a great gauntlet drill, catching passes in stride with his soft, attacking hands.  Agholor ran a solid 4.42 forty time, but his day ended early due to a dislocated finger. Read More »

It’s that time of year when I turn my focus to the college bowl games to gain insight. I will do my best to find some draft eligible players that could improve your dynasty teams. This article intends tojayajayi start conversations and encourage continued thought throughout the entire draft process. These are my observations based on the bowl games, unless otherwise indicated. There will be much more in-depth, thought-provoking discussions later in the offseason. I am listing these players alphabetically.

RB-Jay Ajayi, Boise State- The young runner had an impressive first half rushing for over 100 yards and scoring three rushing touchdowns.  On his first carry of the game, the back exploded past the line of scrimmage for a 56 yard touchdown run with no one within 15 yards of him at the end of the run. He has great quickness, gets small in the hole, and uses excellent vision.  While watching the game, I heard an interesting stat that Ajayi had the most touches in the FBS this college season. The runner was comfortable running both inside and outside, but is built more like an outside slasher back. He reads his blocks well, uses stiff-arms and an occasional spin move, and keep his legs churning until the whistle sounds while falling forward.  Read More »