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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 here, 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.
JJ Nelson had a really rough 2016. pic.twitter.com/zjZuF1Bvck
— Jonathan Kinsley (@Brickwallblitz) April 17, 2017
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.
This draft is the gift that keeps on giving. We are now done with Round 3 and still have some tremendous players still waiting to be picked. Tomorrow can only bring more confusion, good picks, bad picks and questionable trades. Although, the main highlight of today was Drew Pearson’s WWE-esque winding up of all Philadelphia Eagles fans. (http://nesn.com/2017/04/drew-pearson-trolls-eagles-fans-with-hilarious-cowboys-draft-pick-reveal/) Watch this, and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. (Unless you are an Eagles fan of course)
Watch this, and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. (Unless you are an Eagles fan of course)
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