During the draft @DFF_Shane , @FatAdamSchefter and @DFF_JamesH shared the highlights after each round concluded. Just in case you missed it for some unknown reason or wanted to just read over our thoughts again, below are those reviews in one combined article for you.
1.02 Chicago Bears – Mitchell Trubisky – Well that escalated quickly. The Bears gave up a pretty penny to move up and pick Mitchell Trubisky. To move up 1 pick, 1 pick!!! They gave up a 3rd and 4th in 2017 and an additional 2018 3rd round pick. At first blush, it is a massive overpay, but maybe details will trickle out later of further compensation going back to the Bears. Here’s hoping if you bought Mike Glennon, you did so cheaply. You don’t burn the 2nd pick in the draft on a player if you plan to sit the guy long term.
At best Glennon probably gives you one season of being a starter, and then he’s a cap casualty or has his contract massively restructured so he can ride the bench behind Trubisky. You’ve read the reports on Trubisky, probably should have stayed an additional year in college for his development but it’s hard to argue with his choice on a personal level. Assuming Kevin White can stay on the field and Cameron Meredith continues last season’s ascension Trubisky finds himself in a nice situation once he’s ready to start in 2018.
— NFL (@NFL) April 28, 2017
1.04 Jacksonville Jaguars – Leonard Fournette – This was a landing spot that started to come into focus for Fournette as the draft neared. The Jaguars don’t seem to have the same concerns that many Dynasty Footballers do with Fournette. Going back about a year ago, most of us expected Fournette would be the 1.01 in Dynasty rookie drafts. Along the way, questions about Fournette’s durability, his inability to create on his own, lack of receiving chops, etc., knocked him from that 1.01 perch. Now that Fournette is a top 5 NFL Draft pick does he move back into that 1.01 slot for you?
1.05 Tennessee Titans – Corey Davis – There was a lot of talk lately that Davis was dropping in the draft due to being unable to work out at the combine or his Pro Day due to his ankle injury. So much for that, I guess. The small school superstar has easily been the consensus first receiver off the board in rookie drafts, and this does nothing to hurt that value. Just a perfect landing spot for Davis. There’s no competition for the WR1 role on the Titans, sorry Rishard Matthews. Paired with 23-year-old Marcus Mariota Corey Davis could not have asked for more than this.
Davis is as complete of a wide receiver as you can be coming from the college game. He’s great route runner with excellent hands who has the prototypical size for a WR1. Davis is able to split out wide or line up in the slot.
Last season, Corey Davis ran 28.2% of his routes from the slot, but saw 46.7% of his targets there.
— Scott Barrett (@ScottBarrettDFB) March 21, 2017
1.07 Los Angeles Chargers – Mike Williams – Hate this for Tyrell Williams, Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry, Dontrelle Inman, Travis Benjamin and Mike Williams. In the short-term Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin, or perhaps Dontrelle Inman and Hunter Henry are hurt most by this. There’s a lot of mouths to feed in the LA Chargers offense, even with the inevitable Keenan Allen freak injury. Antonio Gates has in fact not retired either it appears. Forget to mention that Melvin Gordon also has some receiving chops too; he had 41 catches last season after 33 in his rookie season. Inman was just re-upped this off-season, Allen resigned the off-season before that, Henry is coming off an impressive rookie season.
For argument’s sake, let’s say that Antonio Gates retires, Travis Benjamin is asked to leave LA after the 2017 season and Keenan Allen is forced to retire due to a freak blimp accident. Philip Rivers would be going into his age 37 season, and there’s a better than none chance that the Chargers are going to need a QB, which is never optimal for an offense. Just take a look at this off-season as evidenced when Matt Barkley, Mike Glennon, and Brian Hoyer were the “prized” QB free-agents.
Some owners like to draft talent over situation; others prefer situation over talent. Any way you look it nothing has broken Williams way since the end of the college season. Legitimate questions have been raised about William’s overall talent, and now his situation is pretty awful as well. It will be real interesting to see how far Williams falls down rookie draft boards now.
1.08 Carolina Panthers – Christian McCaffrey – I wasn’t quite sure how to feel when the McCaffrey to the Panthers pick was initially announced. I think I may be coming around on this landing spot for McCaffrey though. Looking at the two games Jon Stewart missed last year, Fozzy Whitaker totaled 14 receptions and 120 yards. It’s a small sample size I know, but still interesting. With Ted Ginn and his splash plays, not to mention his 95 targets, now in NOLA McCaffrey is easily the most explosive player in the Panthers offense.
McCaffrey might be a part of the dreaded RBBC next season, but between his slight usage in the rushing game and heavy usage in the passing game, he could still be highly productive in his rookie season. With the expenditure of a top 10 pick, you have to assume that the Panthers didn’t draft McCaffrey to be a role or committee player and instead plan to feature him in their offense.
1.09 Cincinnati Bengals – John Ross – John Ross is more than just speed, and he’ll need to show those other attributes with Andy Dalton as his QB.
1.10 Kansas City Chiefs (acquired via trade with Buffalo Bills) – Patrick Mahomes – Excellent landing spot for Mahomes. Presumably, he’ll get to sit a year or two and be given every opportunity to correct some of the flaws that worry so many. He has a cannon for an arm, great escapability and the sky really may be the limit if he solidifies his fundamentals.
1.12 Houston Texans (acquired via trade with Cleveland Browns) – Deshaun Watson – After seeing Trubisky and Mahomes go off the board the Texans decided they needed to move up and attempt to find their franchise QB. You may have heard Watson doesn’t have great ball velocity, so there’s that. Pop Quiz, can anyone tell me what Joe Montana’s or Tom Brady’s ball velocity was coming into the league? I’m genuinely curious. Watson goes to a team where he’ll have a legitimate shot at being a week 1 starter. With DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Lamar Miller, and C.J. Fiedorowicz Watson may have a legitimate shot to be a low-end QB1 next year if he wins that starting role with the Texans.
1.14 Philadelphia Eagles – Please Lord let it be Joe Mixon – Sad sad sad emoji eagle face
1.19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OJ Howard – Jameis Winston likes throwing to his Tight end in the red-zone.
Though Howard didn’t produce gaudy touchdown numbers in college, only scoring 7 total in his college career. I’d expect that to change now being paired with Winston.
2.01 Green Bay Packers – Kevin King – Montgomery lives to see another day with the Packers going defense here with DB Kevin King.
2.02 Jacksonville Jaguars (acquired via trade) – Cam Robinson – 6’6″ 320 pounds of offensive line goodness for Fournette and Bortles. Originally projected as a 1st rounder Jacksonville fills an immediate need with Robinson. The Jags are doing everything they can to help Blake Bortles with the selection of a potential franchise running back in the first round and Cam Robinson to upgrade the offensive line.
2.05 Buffalo Bills (acquired via trade) Zay Jones – Can Tyrod Taylor support two fantasy relevant wide receivers? It’ll be interesting to see how the Bills utilize Jones. Jones production in college was superb, but as the stats from Sports Reference show that production was accrued on an insane amount of catches with minimal yards per reception and a minuscule TD percentage.
2.08 Carolina Panters – Curtis Samuel – A Cam Newtown bounce back season looks like a foregone conclusion at this point. After adding an excellent running back, who might be a better receiver than running back, in the 1st round they snag the ultimate weapon in Samuel. I can already imagine Cam taking the snap with Samuel, and McCaffrey lined up to either side of him in the backfield. Maybe they split both out wide, perhaps one in the slot and one out wide. One in the slot another in the backfield. There is no limit as to what an offensive coordinator can do with these two playmakers on the field on the same time. I can not wait to see the Panthers offense in action over the next few seasons.
Samuel and McCaffrey may steal touches from one another, and this may lower McCaffrey in my rookie ranks. I’ll dig a bit deeper into that in the coming days.
2.09 Minnesota – Dalvin Cook – So how those Jerick McKinnon shares treating you right about now? Interesting that Cook goes to the Vikings when they just signed Latavius Murray and still had the aforementioned McKinnon. I see Cook having a ton of receptions next season playing with Sam Bradford. Bradford is a very cautious QB, and I can see a lot of dump-offs in Cooks future. I like this spot for Cook; he is a more talented and more complete pack then Murray and McKinnon.
If you’ve already held your rookie drafts I’d see if the Cooks owner is down on him and try to buy low. Based on my unofficial scanning of Dynasty Twitter not too many seem enamored with this landing spot. Remember this is Dynasty Football, play the long game. Cook is the most talented running back, by far, in Minnesota. Though he may share the backfield in 2017 come 2018 he should be the primary RB.
2.12 Los Angeles – Rams – Gerald Everett – Damn it I had such hopes for Tyler Higbee. Well maybe not high exactly, but I had some hope for him at least. Jared Goff has to be ecstatic to have an excellent receiving option in Everett. In most draft classes Everett would have been the 1st or 2nd Tight end off the board.
2.13 Chicago Bears -Adam Shaheen – The small school behemoth is going to be a matchup nightmare. 6’6″ 278 pounds with a speed score in the 80th percentile. Leading up to the draft there were rumblings that Shaheen could go as early as the 2nd round and those rumblings were spot on. Dion Sims I hardly knew ye. Because Ashland isn’t a widely known program, I’ve shared some highlights of Shaheen below.
2.16 Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Mixon – I hoped that Mixon wouldn’t end up with the Bengals. I don’t want him anywhere near Adam Jones.
I’ve gone back and forth and still am not 100% sure how I feel about this landing spot. Jeremy Hill, though not particularly good, does have an innate ability for scoring touchdowns. In fact, that may be Jeremy Hills only discernable skill. Mixon is not a strong goal line runner, to begin with, so I can see him lose goal line carries to Hill. On the other hand, Mixon is infinitely more talented than Hill and you can not even compare their receiving skills(Mixon is a shit ton better in case you weren’t aware)
On the other hand, Mixon is infinitely more talented than Hill and you can not even compare their receiving skills (Mixon is a shit ton better in case you weren’t aware). Hill is an unrestricted free agent after the 2017 season, and there’s nothing to suggest that the Bengals have any inclination of resigning him. Which leaves only Gio Bernard to deal with. I’ve long beat the drum for Bernard but I’m willing to admit he’s not the same talent that Mixon is. After much consternation, I like this landing spot.
2.20 Cleveland Browns – Deshone Kizer – Cody Kessler has himself competition. Kizer makes some iffy decisions, but he does have a great arm and is perhaps the best running Quarterback in this draft. The Browns didn’t have to invest as heavily as the other teams that traded to select their future franchise QBs and may have ended up with the most talented QB in this class. The Browns would be best served to let Kizer sit for a year and let him refine his decision making in practice.
2.30 Pittsburgh Steelers – JuJu Smith-Schuster – The draft process has not been kind to Smith-Schuster. A devy darling since his breakout as an 18-year-old, the last several months have found many draftniks and fantasy analysts locating multiple flaws in his game. Reverse his Sophomore and Junior seasons and Smith-Schuster would be in the conversation for the 1.01 in rookie drafts. He put over 1400 yards in his Sophomore season, had to deal with terrible QB play in to start his Junior season and his stats understandably suffered.
At best Smith-Schuster is the 4th option in the receiving game behind Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, and Martavis Bryant for the 2017 season. That said, Bell and Bryant might already be suspended by the time you read this. Even if both make it through the 2017 season clean, Bell can test free-agency and Bryant may be cut (negligible cap hit) after the season anyway. If and when Bell and Bryant depart Smith-Schuster becomes the WR2 in a potent Pittsburgh offense.
Pittsburgh’s draft history at the WR position is outstanding, notwithstanding Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates(though Coates did play last season with multiple broken fingers, which does cause a bit of trouble when attempting to catch a football). I’m buying on Smith-Schuster. I see a clear path to a viable fantasy starter and a player with the talent and pedigree to take advantage.
3.02 San Francisco 49ers – Ahkello Witherspoon – This is a sensible pick. Witherspoon was part of a strong Colorado defense last season, and he played his part in their success. He was tied for second last season with 20 passes defended and had a completion percentage of 26.5. 49ers secondary is underwhelming, so Witherspoon should slot straight in and start making plays from week 1. Try not to expect too much from him, as he may defend passes well, but he only managed to put up three interceptions in 143 targets in his time at Colorado.
3.03 New Orleans Saints – Alvin Kamara – I was looking forward to seeing where Kamara was going to land. Now he has landed here; I am underwhelmed. In the short term, he is probably slotting in as a pass-catching back due to the Saints signing of Adrian Peterson. Long term, he could provide more value, AP is getting on and won’t be around for many more seasons. Still though, with Peterson’s injury history, I am comfortable drafting Kamara in the hope that he may become their out and out starter shortly.
3.05 Los Angeles Rams – Cooper Kupp – Is Cooper Kupp the answer to the Rams needs? Their wide receiver group needed help, Tavon Austin is not a WR1. Kupp showed a lot of promise on the red field of Eastern Washington and put up ridiculous numbers. Granted, that was against college FCS defences and not NFL defences – but I feel that Kupp can use his big size and helpful situation to translate to the NFL well. He is a player to look at when you get to your fantasy draft this season as he should slot straight in as the Rams WR1.
3.08 Tennessee Titans – Taywan Taylor – I challenge you to list the Titans depth chart at WR accurately. They now have Corey Davis, Rishard Matthews, Tajae Sharp and Taywan Taylor. This could be a receiving group that rivals anybody in the NFL. As fantasy football goes though, there are now a lot of mouths to feed in Tennessee. Davis simply has to be the outright WR1 for them, he is the most talented of the group and should gel well with Mariota. We saw the promise that Matthews showed last season which he will be looking to build on, then we can’t forget Delanie Walker, Demarco Murray, and Derrick Henry. This is starting to seem like a superb offense. As fantasy goes, it ‘s hard to see Taylor putting up big fantasy numbers shortly, but the Titans still have an incredibly talented receiver in Taywan Taylor.
3.14 Baltimore Ravens – Tim Williams – NEWSFLASH! The Ravens have drafted a strong linebacker. As an OLB, Williams should be Terrell Suggs eventual replacement. He has been given a huge opportunity here as 34-year-old Suggs is steadily on the decline but is still a huge leader in the Ravens locker room. Williams is a really strong pass rusher and having Suggs as his mentor, he should be terrifying QBs fairly soon. Keep an eye on him in your IDP leagues!
3.15 New York Jets – ArDarius Stewart – I have very little to say about Stewart. Is he an upgrade from Quincy Enunwa or Eric Decker? I am not so sure. Given that and the horrendous QB situation at the Jets, I would be avoiding drafting him in any fantasy leagues.
Hi folks Shane here! Ignore James, I think Stewart is already the second-best receiver on the Jets roster.
3.18 Denver Broncos – Carlos Henderson – This is a nice pick. I get that they already have Thomas and Sanders (plus, there may still be a Cody Latimer truther out there), but Henderson adds something different. Not only is he a strong receiver, but he is also a fairly stout kick returner. He is extremely shifty when running routes and has strong hands. How does this help him for fantasy? Well, it doesn’t. Whether it is Siemian or Lynch throwing the ball for Denver next season, Thomas will still be the WR1 in Denver for the near future (he is still only 29). He could be a reasonable pick in deeper leagues, he is likely to be a WR2/3 but is a Thomas or Sanders injury away from being extremely fantasy relevant.
3.20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Chris Godwin – Don’t look for big rookie numbers next season. Godwin feels like a year 3 breakout to me
3.21 New England Patriots – Derek Rivers – I can think of a couple of guys here at DFF that will be over the moon with Rivers landing spot. The Patriots were good last year; they are better this year. Rivers will fit in well with Dont’a Hightower and Rob Ninkovich, but the latter is 33 years old and coming towards the end of his career. Rivers is the perfect guy to replace him in the Patriots defense. Short term, you may not see much from Rivers in fantasy points. Long term he will be a stud in your IDP leagues.
3.22 Kansas City Chiefs – Kareem Hunt – In my opinion, this is the Chiefs starting running back in week 1. I don’t believe the Chiefs ever saw Spencer Ware or Charcandrick West as the successor to Jamaal Charles; they were there to back him up. Now they have Hunt; he could be the answer. As PFF note, he is up there above McCaffrey and Fournette on his elusive. He is a shifty runner and was terrific at Toledo both as a runner and as a receiver. I can’t see any reason why Hunt won’t be the Chiefs ‘every down back’ next season, he is one to look for in your fantasy drafts.
3.25 Houston Texans – D’Onta Foreman – What is it about Texas teams having a rookie QB and RB in the same season? Dallas last season were terrific with Prescott and Elliott. This year, Houston will be as good with Watson and Foreman. I saw some critics questioning his breakaway speed, this to me is nonsense. Watch his highlights then come back and tell me that he lacks speed.
His one downside would be his lack of use in the passing game at Texas. If he works on this in the preseason, he is a solid favorite to take Lamar Miller’s job as the starter. If not, then he only has to wait until week 3 for the inevitable Miller injury.
3.32 Detriot Lions – Kenny Golladay – Golladay is a player I’m targeting in the 3rd or 4th round of rookie drafts. The Lions just drafted him in the 3rd round in the real draft. Golladay has the combination of size, 6’4″ 218 pounds and speed, 91st percentile speed score, that we fantasy players drool over.
3.33 Miami Dolphins – Cordrea Tankersley – He is not just Cordrea Tankersley. He is ‘National Championship winner – Cordrea Tankersley.’ Xavien Howard and Byron Maxwell are a strong enough pair to start at CB for the Dolphins, but Tankersley will slot in and compliment these well. My one issue is his lack of experience. In his first two seasons, he spent most of his time playing on special teams at Clemson. It was in the 2016 season where he shone, breaking up 11 passes and hauling in 4 interceptions. He could put up some numbers in IDP leagues, but I won’t be in a huge rush to draft him.
3.34 Arizona Cardinals – Chad Williams – Williams is an interesting pick. There is every chance that this year is Larry Fitzgerald’s last year. Every year now we seem to be discussing his possible retirement, now he has got to 33, it has to be soon.
The Cardinals do have JJ Nelson on the books who didn’t exactly set the league alight last year and after that, you are looking at John Brown and Jaron Brown. Neither of which can seem to stay healthy. Enter Chad Williams. The 6’1 receiver from Grambling State could be a future stud in Arizona if he can stay away from the ‘devils herb.’ If he stays clean, he will be a strong receiver for years to come for the Cardinals.
3.41 Pittsburgh Steelers – James Conner – I’m not sure what I think of this. Obviously, Le’Veon Bell is the outright starter, and it isn’t even close, but who is the backup? De’Angelo Williams is probably looking at retirement soon, so it is between him and Conner to be the backup running back for the near future. Fighting to become the starting running back pales in comparison to what Conner has already been through. Conner clearly has the heart and the battle in him, so he will be up for the challenge at pushing for reps in Pittsburgh’s high power offense. As fantasy football goes, he may be worth stashing in the event of a Bell injury.
4.03 Jaguars – Dede Westbrook – This will be a huge steal if Dede can play his cards right and take advantage of an offense that lacked big plays.
4.05 Bears – Eddie Jackson – Maybe a decent late round IDP pick that could get you some big ball hawk games with his nose for turnovers. Also, needs to bring more fire into his tackling.
4.07 Redskins – Samaje Perine – Will get work on the goal line almost immediately in Washington. Some say he is only a banger and doesn’t have the burst to be an every down back. I think his play speed is faster than his 4.6 40 yard dash time indicates.
4.12 Eagles – Mack Hollins – Coming in at 6’4” and 220 lbs. Mr. Hollins made some not too shabby plays at North Carolina. Using his frame to lean on smaller corners, Carson Wentz may lean on him in the red zone like Mitch Trubisky did. Hollins is a special team’s ace also, which will get him on the field more.
4.15 49ers – Joe Williams – If this kid can cut down on the turnovers I think he could become the steal of this round. This year’s Jordan Howard? His speed and wiggle will get him noticed by John Lynch, and he will be a dynasty stash star!
4.28 Packers – Jamaal Williams – Built like Tarzan, plays like a rhino. He is an old fashioned basher between the tackles, which Green Bay needs. He missed three games last year and still put up solid numbers.
4.37 Colts – Marlon Mack – I am a huge USF fan and been to plenty of their games in Tampa, but I never got to a game with their all-time leading rusher in Mr. Mack. I am biased, and I think he will be a tremendous asset in Indy soon.
5.01 Broncos (From Browns) – Jake Butt- What a steal this late for John Elway and the Broncos. If he comes back fully from his ACL surgery, then the Denver faithful will have an NFL caliber tight end who can improve the passing and running game.
5.02 49ers – George Kittle – I was thankful to get to interview Mr. Kittle, and it was a blast! The best blocking tight end in the draft, but don’t count him out in the passing game because he told me he would be a TD maker in the NFL! Draft & Stash.
5.17 Colts – Anthony Walker Jr. – He fell farther than I would have thought. He can fit inside and could end up being a productive chess piece in the 3-4 in Indy.
5.19 Bills – Matt Milano – He has value as a 4-3 OLB or a 3-4 WILL linebacker. He has all the hard-hitting skills you want from a Boston College linebacker.
5.27 Vikings – Rodney Adams – Field stretcher with 4.4 speed, which was needed when Diggs got injured last year. Will make the team with special teams/returner play.
5.28 Bills – Nathan Peterman – Best QB steal of the draft, in my humble opinion. Can play in crap weather? Check. Has experience in a pro system? Check. Played great against Clemson? Check. Stash this man in 2 QB leagues!
5.39 Packers – Aaron Jones – Solid running back. Can catch and run and had many, many plays past 40 yards last year.
6.01 Browns – Caleb Brantley – Wow, my Browns got a gem here if he can stay out of trouble. Mr. Brantley can play the three-technique and has the explosion to play the nose. Besides the off field issue’s I see a compact frame and play style of Aaron Donald.
6.07 Cowboys – Xavier Woods – One of @SlizzDigital John Schepps safeties crushes, landed in a perfect place. He is versatile, hard hitting and can play the pass and will be an excellent roaming enforcer for Dallas.
6.17 Vikings – Bucky Hodges – Has the ability and size to be a red-zone monster on a team lacking in that department. He reminds me of a stouter Devin Funchess.
6.25 Redskins – Robert Davis – Taxi squad stash. If the Skins coaching staff can improve his route running and finer points of his game, then there could be big time production in his future.
6.32 Lions – Brad Kaaya – “Bye Felicia” The son of Felicia from the movie “Friday”, Brad was raised to play QB. He will become Stafford’s backup right away. Has the size but needs to have more velocity on his throws and a little better accuracy.
7.05 Buccaneers – Stevie Tu’iklolavatu – A rotational stop gap player that reminds me of…. myself coming out of high school. Got to give some love to the DT’s! I like him more than a lot of DT’s drafted before him. Violent hands and playing style will get him more playing time. Love “Big Stevie!”
7.12 Redskins – Josh Harvey-Clemons – One of the bigger safeties I have ever seen. He is a freak and can cover a lot of ground. Great value pick for the Redskins. He will be on a lot of IDP taxi squads, HANDS OFF!
7.19 Dolphins – Isaiah Ford – The biggest draft drop of this year in my opinion. He needs to add bulk to handle the rigors of making an NFL roster. If he does, I could see him as a WR4 with upside.
7.35 Broncos – Chad Kelly – I would bet my half burnt, John Elway soiled with some unidentified substance rookie card that Kelly wins Denver’s third-string QB spot. (Wink)