Complete updated dynasty wide receiver rankings can be found here.
- Top five has a slightly different order with Dez Bryant and Julio Jones the same at the top but Antonio Brown now third with A.J. Green and Demaryius Thomas behind them.
- This year’s rookie class includes several fine options including Amari Cooper at 15; Kevin White at 18; DeVante Parker at 20; Nelson Algholor at 27; Dorial Green-Beckham at 29; Breshad Perriman at 30; Jaelen Strong at 44; Philip Dorsett at 51; Tyler Lockett at 58; and Devin Funchess at 60.
- Notable drops include Justin Blackmon from 47th to 59th, no doubt thanks to the news that the Jags are ready to cut ties with him; and Terrance Williams from 51st to 63rd, primarily to the improvement of slot-man Cole Beasley.
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Complete updated dynasty tight end rankings here.
- The top five remains the same with Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Travis Kelce, Julius Thomas, and Greg Olsen.
- The rookies entering the list include Ravens tight end Maxx Williams at 14th and Clive Walford at 29.
- The biggest riser this month is Jimmy Graham’s replacement, Josh Hill, to 25th from 30th.
- The biggest drops this month include Tim Wright from 25th to 32nd and Luke Willson from 32nd to 37th.
Complete updated dynasty quarterback rankings can be found here.
- Top five remains the same with Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, and Matt Stafford.
- Top rookies entering the list include Jameis Winston at 16 and Marcus Mariota at 17. Both are high-end QB2 options and even better in 2QB leagues.
- Several other quarterbacks had big drops thanks to the entry of the rookies above including Nick Foles from 16th to 20th; Robert Griffin from 20th to 26th; Brock Osweiler from 32nd to 36th; Matt Cassel from 33rd to 37th; and Luke McCown from 34th to 38th.
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It’s been less than a week since the NFL Draft started but we already have an idea at which rookies you should target. We did a 12-team, offense-only rookie mock draft. Below are the results:
- 1st overall pick – Todd Gurley – RB – St. Louis Rams – Todd Gurley is the only prospect with generational talent and he’ll get the carries needed to justify this selection. The offensive line is a question but imagine Adrian Peterson in 2012. He didn’t need one and neither will Gurley.
- 2nd overall pick – Kevin White – WR – Chicago Bears – White has the size and credentials to be a WR1 and will start immediately. He enters a better situation than fellow rookie receiver Amari Cooper and should immediately have 1,000 yard seasons.
- 3rd overall pick – Melvin Gordon – RB – San Diego Chargers – Elite skills everywhere minus the size of a Gurley. The Charles comparisons are lazy but probably accurate here. And there is NO competition from day one. Just an overall clean prospect going to a great situation.
- 4th overall pick – Amari Cooper – WR – Oakland Raiders – Just 21 when the season starts, Cooper was the consensus top receiver in college last year and followed it up with a great combine including a sub-4.4 40-time. Doesn’t have the best situation but should overcome that.
- 5th overall pick – DeVante Parker – WR – Miami Dolphins – Assuming the medical stuff checks out on the foot, he’s an excellent receiver with a chance to be a day one starter. Reminds me of Crabtree pre-achillies injury.
- 6th overall pick – Nelson Algholor – WR – Philadelphia Eagles – The heir apparent to Jeremy Maclin, Algholor is a crisp route runner and can return punts which just add to his versatility. If you’re a believe in Chip Kelly, you’ll love Algholor.
- 7th overall pick – Jameis Winston – QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – I’m as scared by the qbs as anyone but st this point in the first its worth it. Offensive line permitting, he can accumulate stats his first year.
- 8th overall pick – Ameer Abdullah – RB – Detroit Lions – His low center of gravity coupled with his career 5.5 YPC figures to translate to the NFL. He also enters a good situation with only the pedestrian Joique Bell ahead of him for early-down duty.
- 9th overall pick – Marcus Mariota – QB – Tennessee Titans – Assuming he’s the starter from day one, he’s worth drafting at the end of the first round of this rookie mock draft.
- 10th overall pick – T.J. Yeldon – RB – Jacksonville Jaguars – Yeldon has the size and experience to be a three-down back and is drawing comparisons to a poor man’s Arian Foster. He has little-to-no competition in Jacksonville and should start right away.
- 11th overall pick – Maxx Williams – TE – Baltimore Ravens – The only TE guaranteed to start from day one. Joe Flacco will love him and make the targets readily available.
- 12th overall pick – Breshad Perriman – WR – Baltimore Ravens – The arrival of offensive coordinator Marc Trestman coupled with the lack of competition creates a golden opportunity for Perriman. He takes over Torrey Smith’s spot immediately and will love Joe Flacco’s big arm.
Complete updated dynasty running back rankings can be found here.
- It’s been awhile since the last look at dynasty running backs so a lot has changed. LeSean McCoy was unseated as the top dynasty running back by Le’Veon Bell. After him are familiar faces in Eddie Lacy and Jamaal Charles. An old face in a new place is DeMarco Murray at four with McCoy at five. The rest of the top ten includes veterans Marshawn Lynch at six and Matt Forte at eight. Meanwhile, newcomers Jeremy Hill (seventh); C.J. Anderson (ninth); and Lamar Miller (10th) enter the mix.
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With the last pick of the first round, the Patriots drafted defensive tackle Malcolm Brown.
After the departure of Vince Wilfork, the Patriots needed depth on the interior and got it in Brown. He possesses a lot of power and was productive enough to lead the team in sacks as a tackle. He may not start immediately in New England but he should be a run stopper for the Patriots for many years to come.
In IDP leagues, Brown won’t be an asset but, if he replicates what Wilfork, did, he’ll make everyone around him on the defense better.
With the 31st overall pick, the Saints drafted linebacker Stephone Anthony.
Anthony has a big frame for an inside linebacker but proved he could come through at the combine. Could take the starting job immediately after the Saints cut Curtis Lofton. If so, he’ll be the first defensive player taken in dynasty IDP leagues where he should rack up the tackles in the middle while defending the pass.
With the 30th overall pick, the Packers drafted safety Damarious Randall.
After drafting safety last year with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Packers go back to the well with Randall. He racked up the tackles in college while showing excellent coverage skills. For IDP leagues, Randall could be the first rookie DB off the board and should have more value in big play leagues.
With the 29th overall pick, the Colts drafted receiver Phillip Dorsett.
Dorsett joins a crowded receiving corps in Indianapolis while projecting similarly to one of them. His speed and size remind people of T.Y. Hilton along with his big play ability, averaging over 25 yards per catch over the last three years.
It’ll be interesting to see who starts for Indy alongside Hilton as they have second-year receiver Donte Moncrief, who came on strong towards the end of last year, along with veteran Andre Johnson. Dorsett could be a good value in rookie drafts, not being drafted as highly as the other first round receivers but still being part of a highly productive offense and the only one left in a few years.