I have the 28th overall pick and am looking at a couple of defensive players: Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, Calvin Pryor, or Louis Nix. But, Blake Bortles and Paul Richardson are still on the board and QB2 and depth at WR are a need. I don’t pick again until the 48th overall pick. Thoughts?
First the defensive players. Neither safety is an elite prospect in the Eric Berry-mold so I think you’re ok to pass on them here and believe you could snag one with that next pick. Nix is a defensive tackle who won’t put up a ton of sacks and won’t be a factor in dynasty.
Looking at offense, I just don’t see the value in Richardson. He’s currently fifth on the depth chart of a run-heavy team. He’s also coming off major knee injuries in 2011 and 2012.
I’d take Bortles if he’s still there. Yes, he’s the most raw of this years quarterback class but he has the size and smarts to be a dynasty asset. It’s very possible he sees little-to-no action this year but you figure he’s on a long leash in Jacksonville after investing that high of a pick in him. They also surrounded him with talent at the receiver position which will ease some of the growing pains.
In conclusion, quarterback is a premium position in real life and in dynasty leagues. Getting someone potentially as good as Bortles is a steal at 28.
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