The 2015 NFL Draft did not offer the fireworks I was hoping for.
Chip Kelly this offseason. pic.twitter.com/cRVsxsStCg
— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) May 1, 2015
Compared to the 2014 NFL Draft, this was quite tame.
For the most part, teams filled needs, and we didn’t wait to see how early a team would reach for a player like Johnny Manziel.
While there weren’t too many surprises, we did gain a better insight on how some of the rookies in our 2015 Fantasy Football leagues will fair.
We still need to get through training camp and the preseason, but here are my kneejerk reactions to Round 1 of the 2015 NFL Draft.
2015 NFL Draft Reactions
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
— JennaLaineBucs (@JennaLaineBucs) May 1, 2015
Analysis: There weren’t any surprises here, and I love Winston’s value in 2015 Fantasy Football leagues. Not only does he have Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins to throw the ball to, Doug Martin and Charles Sims can really help him out as pass-catching backs. Winston will have the benefit of facing a soft NFC South six times, and that’s not a bad way to start a rookie season. I think he will finish just outside the top 10 for quarterbacks in 2015.
2. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Marioata, QB, Oregon
RIP Marcus Mariota’s NFL career. — Tom Brady’s Ego (@TomBradysEgo) May 1, 2015
Analysis: Despite all the exciting possibilities, the Mariota ended up in Tennessee. This was smart for the Titans, as there was no way that Zach Mettenberger was the future of the organization. For Fantasy, I would have loved to see Mariota reuinte with Chip Kelly, but that wasn’t meant to be. Mariota is not on my radar for 2015 Fantasy leagues.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dante Fowler Jr., DE, Florida
4. Oakland Raiders: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, and James Jones. Nice little trio for Derek Carr. #Raiders
— Kirk Morrison (@kirkmorrison) May 1, 2015
Analysis: I thought Kevin White would go here, but I think the Raiders wanted a receiver that the brass perceived as more polished. Carr isn’t afraid to throw the ball, and I think Cooper is a top-20 Fantasy contender in his first year.
5. Washington Redskins: Brandon Scherff, G, Iowa
6. New York Jets: Leonard Williams, DL, USC
Analysis: The Jets’ defense will be very expensive to own in Fantasy leagues this season.
7. Chicago Bears: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
Analysis: This is a tough spot to consider the Fantasy value of White next season. I’m not sure how he will mix with Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte receives a ton of receiving yards and Jay Cutler may have a meltdown at any moment. Talented guy, but tough to judge his Fantasy potential in Chicago.
8. Atlanta Falcons: Vic Beasley, DE Clemson
9. New York Giants: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
10. St. Louis Rams: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
— theScore (@theScore) May 1, 2015
Analysis: I still don’t understand what the Rams are doing on offense, but they landed the best back in the draft. If you plan on drafting Gurley, I’d be prepared to be a little frustrated with Tre Mason, Benny Cunningham and Zac Stacy cutting into his shares.
11. Minnesota Vikings: Tre Waynes, CB, Michigan State
12. Cleveland Browns: Danny Shelton, DL, Washington
13. New Orleans Saints: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
14. Miami Dolphins: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
Analysis: I called Tannehill a sleeper on a recent podcast with the So-Called Fantasy Experts. I guess the secret is out now.
15. San Diego Chargers: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
Scouts have compared Melvin Gordon to Jamaal Charles. Now both play in AFC West with SD and KC.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 1, 2015
Analysis: With how things worked out, I like Gordon better than Gurley for next season. More opportunities.
16. Houston Texans: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
17. San Francisco 49ers: Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon
18. Kansas City Chiefs: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
19. Cleveland Browns: Cameron Erving, C, Florida State
20. Philadelphia Eagles: Nelson Agholor, WR, USC
The mad scientist is at it again. Chip Kelly brings in USC star Nelson Agholor to run in his high-tempo offense pic.twitter.com/8UsdXbRRfY
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 1, 2015
So we didn’t see Kelly work any magic to bring in Mariota, but he brings in an interesting option for Fantasy writers to dissect. I think Jordan Matthews’ value takes a big hit.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Cedric Ogbuehu, OT, Texas A&M
22. Pittsburgh Steelers: Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky
23. Denver Broncos: Shane Ray, DE, Missouri
24. Arizona Cardinals: D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
25. Carolina Panthers: Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington
26. Baltimore Ravens: Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF
— CSN Ravens (@CSNRavens) May 1, 2015
Analysis: I was pretty shocked the Ravens went with a WR here, but I love it for Fantasy Football. Expect Torrey Smith-like numbers in Year 1.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
28. Detroit Lions: Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke
29. Indianapolis Colts: Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami
Colts now have three legit 4.4 guys in TY Hilton, Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett for Andrew Luck, plus the TEs. Gotta block for ’em tho.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 1, 2015
Analysis: If you were still debating between Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers, I think Luck just won.
30. Green Bay Packers: Damarious Randall, FS, Arizona State
31. New Orleans Saints: Stephone Anthony, LB, Clemson
32. New England Patriots: Malcom Brown, DL, Texas
Make sure to check back with the So-Called Fantasy Experts for our reaction to the rest of the NFL Draft.
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