Dynasty Impact: The Vikings trade up to get their quarterback in Bridgewater. On tape, Bridgewater looked like a top five pick but dropped thanks to a disastrous pro day. That didn’t deter the Vikings where he could step in and start immediately. With Adrian Peterson and Cordarrelle Patterson, he’ll have the tools to be the top quarterback taken in dynasty rookie drafts.
Dynasty Impact: Ward is a well-rounded safety that can help against the run and pass. Has great hands that could rack up interceptions in IDP leagues. Undersized but has a great motor. However, there’s no place for him now with Antoine Bethea and Eric Reid manning both safety positions. Won’t have much of an IDP effect his first year.
Dynasty Impact: Vince Wilfork is getting older and Easley has the hands and motor to contend. Doesn’t have ideal size but can overcome that with his explosiveness. Could be a Geno Atkins-type that draws attention away from ends Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones. Those two will benefit more than one can expect from Easley. Also has injury concerns that he will have to overcome.
Dynasty Impact: A big target for Cam Newton, Benjamin still needs some polish but could be a huge asset for Carolina who needed a receiver in the worst way. If Benjamin’s hands can hold up, he can give Newton a target he’s never had, especially in the red zone. Probably won’t provide an immediate impact but could be a valuable dynasty receiver down the road.
Dynasty Impact: Quick and athletic as a pass rusher off the edge. Could be a Barkevious Mingo-type for the Eagles who learns and gains experience in year one before being let loose in year two. Has good height but could bulk up. Joins an experience (old) team that needs to win now. Dynasty impact should be minimal until he can prove he can get to the quarterback in the NFL.
Dynasty Impact: Dennard has good size and speed and the Bengals got him at a good value. Has good anticipation and instincts, which could lead to an above average number of passes defended but still won’t have much of an impact in IDP leagues. Should help the rest of the Bengals defense in forcing more pressure and could bump up IDP players like Carlos Dunlap.
Dynasty Impact: Ford joins an underrated Chiefs defense and will add a ton of speed. But speed may be it as he only clocks in at 6′ 2″ and 250-pounds. He may be better suited as an outside linebacker in the pros. Will be a specialist and probably won’t be any higher than a LB3/4 in IDP dynasty leagues.