Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans
While the addition of A.J. Brown will do nothing for the Corey Davis truthers, it will no doubt help Mariota. Brown averaged 80 receptions, 1,295 yards, and 9.5 touchdowns line his final two seasons at Ole Miss. Along with the free agency addition of Adam Humphries, he now has the strongest cast of wide receivers since he entered the league. The Titans have invested the 1.05 (Davis), 2.19 (Brown) and $36 million (Humphries) in the wide receiver position. Humprhies and Davis both exceeded 800 yards receiving in 2019, and now it’s up to Mariota to at the very least to maintain that production. In a contract season, it’s imperative Mariota stays healthy and utilize the weapons at his disposal. With a cap hit of $21 million in 2019 if Mariota can’t produce with the weapons provided he could be looking for employment elsewhere in 2020.
Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks
Even with the rumored impending retirement of Doug Baldwin Wilson still had a good weekend. Adding jumbo sized D.K. Metcalf to the snack sized Tyler Lockett gives Wilson field-stretching weapons of all sizes. While Metcalf may have underproduced in college and dealt with numerous injuries he’s still an intriguing prospect. Metcalf’s speed and ability to go up and get the ball is tailor-made for Wilson’s scrambling ability and we could see more than a few deep bombs go his way.
Later in the draft, the Seahawks also added Gary Jennings, who could step in immediately to play out of the slot if Baldwin is forced to retire due to his numerous injuries. Travis Homer who totaled 37 receptions his final two seasons at Miami, was also added to the roster and can play the role C.J. Prosise could never stay on the field to play.
Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals
Some guys have all the luck. Not only was Murray the number one overall pick in the NFL Draft, but the Cardinals also provided him with a plethora of weapons to take the field with. With Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, and David Johnson already in the fold, Arizona added an entire fleet of wide receivers to the team during the draft. Andy Isabella boasts 4.31 speed and dominated while at UMass. Isabella is a little undersized but should be able to play on the outside as well as the slot, and should allow for some interesting packages with the athletically similar Kirk.
In the fourth round, Hakeem Butler fell to the Cardinals. Butler provides a huge target with his 6’5″ 227 lb frame and tremendous speed with a 97th percentile speed score. Though Butler lost some shine as the draft process moved forward he still is a player with a rare combination of size and speed. KeeSean Johnson is another receiver who many in the dynasty community were higher on at the start of the draft process fell out of favor. While he’s not physically imposing he did produce well while at Fresno State. To round out the offensive skill players added Arizona added Caleb Wilson a receiving tight end with 4.51 speed with the final pick of the draft.
Josh Rosen – Miami Dolphins
After a terrible rookie season in Arizona, it was clear changes would need to be made in order for Rosen to succeed. When Kliff Kingsbury was hired as the head coach that was a good start. But Rosen doesn’t fit the offensive system that Kingsbury likes to run and rather than force a square peg into a round hole the Cardinals decided it best to draft Murray and trade Rosen. In the long run, this decision is what’s best for Rosen. It allows him a fresh start with an organization that will run their offense to his strengths.
Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles
For the first time since Wentz has been an Eagle, he has a legitimate running back at his disposal. While Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, and Darren Sproles are nice role players they are not starting running backs. Miles Sanders doesn’t provide the receiving ability of Darren Sproles but he does offer the three down ability that Sproles lacked. Having a running back to dump the ball off to on second and short is something Wentz hasn’t possessed in the past. Perhaps having Sanders will convince Wentz to stop taking off and running or holding on to the ball too long trying to make a big play and limit the number of hits he takes, thus keeping him healthy. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is unlikely to make much of an impact in his rookie season, though with his size and leaping ability he could be an end zone weapon immediately. What Arcega-Whiteside provides is insurance for the future. With Wentz’s rookie contract about to expire, he’ll soon sign one of the most lucrative contracts in the NFL. While that’s great for Wentz on a personal level it will force the Eagles to make some tough decisions regarding veterans on their roster. One of Wentz’s favorite targets, Alshon Jeffery, is on the books for the sixth highest salary at the wide receiver position in 2020. Jeffery has played well in his two seasons with Philadelphia but not enough to justify that salary. If the Eagles are forced to part ways with Jeffery, Arcega-Whiteside is a player with a similar play style who could step into his role.
Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore seemed particularly adverse to allowing Jackson to throw the ball in 2018. In seven starts, he averaged just 23 pass attempts per game. Running the ball 17 times a game is not the path to a long career for an NFL quarterback.
It seems the Baltimore coaching staff agreed and decided to give Jackson some weapons to throw the ball to. Marquise Brown has game-changing speed and can take any reception for a touchdown. You can almost imagine Brown streaking down the sideline while Jackson scrambles out of trouble and unloads a 60-yard strike to him. In the third round, the Ravens added Notre Dame’s Miles Boykin whose put on an electric performance at the NFL Combine. At 6’4″ 220 lbs. Boykin has incredible size and his 4.42 speed also gives you visions of long catch and run plays with Jackson. The addition of running back Justice Hill in the fourth round gives Jackson another receiving option out of the backfield along with free agent addition Mark Ingram. Almost as important as the players is the thought process behind the selections. Investing high draft capital in wide receivers signals that the Ravens are going to trust Jackson to throw much more going forward.
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