Welcome to the 2018 NFL Draft Review. Most sites prefer to discuss the “winners and losers” of the draft. However, what did those individuals really win? Conversely, what did they really lose? Any current player really didn’t “win” or “lose” based upon a draft. The draft does not change his win/loss record. It only changes his chances of future success and if they were diminished or improved.
And suppose a player was projected to go late first round, but he is selected in the Top 10? He “won” because he’s going to make more money now. But he also went to a theoretically weaker team, making him more likely to be a “loser.”
Winning and losing assumes the outcome is over. But injuries, personnel changes, and other fluid variables make terms like won or lost superfluous.
If I absolutely had to choose a loser, it would be Rsuperfluous The NFL did everything it could do to prevent Goodell from being booed. Goodell could go to the podium only so many times accompanied by a feel good story like a kid recovering from disease. I am sure that someone figured if he was joined at the podium in Dallas with Cowboy legends Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, and Jason Witten, Goodel would not be booed.
I will try to stop laughing. Let’s move on to the Fantasy relevant players who saw their stock change the most due to this year’s draft.
2018 NFL Draft Review
QBs Whose Chances Of Success Were Bolstered
Eli Manning, New York Giants
First the obvious. Despite the second pick overall in a draft loaded with QB talent, the Giants opted to pass on any of the first round quarterbacks. Instead, they gave Eli another weapon in Saquon Barkley, who will not only ease Manning’s burden but will also provide another explosive target in the passing game. But wait, we are not done! With their second pick, the Giants selected OL Will Hernandez, who is an absolute mauler. Manning, however, was not the only QB to his chances of success this year bolstered.
Mitch Trubisky, Chicago Bears
Trubisky also joins Manning on that list. I think the Chicago Bears had one of the strongest drafts this year. While their first-round pick, Roquan Smith, is an absolute stud, a linebacker pick is not going to do much for Trubisky. However, the Bears used their next two picks to grab OL James Daniels and WR Anthony Miller.
With the departure of Josh Sitton this offseason, the Bears OL had a massive hole in it, and that was after Trubisky was sacked an NFC-worst 8.1% on his dropbacks. Many projected Daniels to be taken late in the first round and is a future Pro-Bowler. He should be an instant starter.
Anthony Miller, meanwhile, gives the Bears a pretty lethal pair of receivers. I mentioned reasons to like him last week, but Miller’s route-running and quickness should compliment the larger sized Allen Robinson on the other side.
RBs Whose Chances Of Success Were Bolstered
Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts
With Frank Gore no longer with the Colts, Mack stands to see a ton of carries this year. Many suspected that Indy would spend some draft capital on a running back. They did, but it was not until the fourth round when the Colts selected change-of-pace back Nyheim Hines and then Jordan Wilkins, who has been described as a finesse back who can block.
Expect Mack to see nearly 20 touches a game, including the goal-line carries. Quenton Nelson, whom many believe to be the best guard prospect since Zack Martin, was the Colts first pick. With him leading the way, expect Mack to cross the stripe often.
QBs Whose Chances Of Success Were Holstered
Tyrod Taylor, Cleveland Browns & Josh McCown, New York Jets
Both of these players were expected to be joined by top of the draft quarterback picks. However, given the mediocre (and yes, I’m being nice) draft reputations of these two franchises, nothing was for sure. Instead, both teams got the quarterbacks they wanted.
That’s not to say that either Taylor or McCown will see more time on the field than the bench. And it’s a shame given that both quarterbacks have provided plenty of value to their Fantasy owners over the years. Yet the chances of sustained success of either of these quarterbacks with their current team just dropped.
WR Whose Chances Of Success Were Holstered
Mohammed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons
Okay, maybe I’m a winner here because I was so sick of the Sanu love the last few years. While some considered it a bit of a luxury pick, the Falcons made Calvin Ridley their first-round pick. Ridley is one of the fastest wide receivers in this draft and will very quickly be taking targets away from Sanu. Ridley may or may not have a big year. Sanu, however, will have a lesser one.
RBs Whose Chances Of Success Were Holstered
Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos
At first glance, it looked like Devontae Booker was going to be the lead dog in Denver. C.J. Anderson was released on April 16. But then the Broncos took Royce Freeman in the second round. Freeman set school records in rushing yards (5,621), touchdowns (64) and YPC (5.94) at Oregon. But he’s not only a rushing threat, he can catch as well.
He had 79 career receptions at 10.3 yards per catch. Freeman does not necessarily excel in any one area, but is proficient in many. Denver GM John Elway has already said he expects Freeman to play first and second down. Elway called Freeman a “thumper” and is expecting big things out of Freeman.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) April 28, 2018
Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I’d like to give myself credit for predicting it, but I won’t. We all knew Barber’s time as lead back would be short lived. The Bucs second pick, Ronald Jones, brings explosiveness to their backfield. He finished second amongst draft-eligible backs in forced missed tackles and averaged over six yards per carry. Expect Jones to see a lot of first and second down snaps.
However, Barber should continue to see passing down snaps. Jones only caught 32 passes in 40 games and his blitz pickups needs improvement. But the likely fall from atop the depth chart to passing down back is a vast one. Barber is one of many whom if you had a choice of either bolster or holster, we’d have to describe his chances of success due to the draft as being holstered.
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