Dynasty Impact: Perhaps the most obvious positional need in this draft, the Dolphins picked a player in James that could start right away. His strength is in the pass game so Tannehill’s stock should go up. The extra protection should help anyone catching a pass from Tannehill including Mike Wallace and Charles Clay. Could play both the right or left tackle position.
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- Colts tight end Dwayne Allen jumped up a bit. I’m guessing it has more to do with fellow Colts tight end Colby Fleener‘s ability to take the starting job after Allen’s injury and run with it. Allen has more upside.
- Dolphins tight end Charles Clay continues to move up as he was one of the few bright spots on the Dolphins offense this year. That team has many holes but Clay gives them some stability at the position.
- Two rookies enter the rankings – Oakland’s Mychal Rivera and Seattle’s Luke Willson. Both played sparingly this year but showed flashes of ability. They’ll be playing for starting jobs in 2014 so now is the time to snag them.
- Meanwhile, Seattle’s incumbent tight end, Zach Miller, continues to drop, likely because of the small chance he has of coming back to Seattle. Miller appears to be at the end of the line.
- Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez continues to drop but until those retirement papers are filed, I’m expecting Gonzalez back next year.
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- No changes in the top 11.
- The big risers this month were Dennis Pitta (15), returning from injury, and Ladarius Green (17), who was more involved in the San Diego game plan late in the season. Both are young and good and should be even higher heading in to 2014.
- The big fallers were Jermichael Finley (14), with questions lingering on how soon he’ll return, and Tony Gonzalez (24), who swears this is it. I’ll believe it when I see it.
- Youngsters Charles Clay (37) and Tim Wright (29) enter the list thanks to injuries on their teams giving them an opportunity. Wright has more of a chance at sticking around with no clear answer in Tampa.