With Round 1 of the 2015 NFL Draft behind us, we can now put to rest the “what if” scenarios and rumors surrounding some of the future Fantasy Football stars.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) May 1, 2015
Make sure to check out our reactions to Round 1, so you can see what we think are some of the biggest names to focus on in 2015 Fantasy Football leagues. If you like finding rookie sleepers, Round 2 & 3 in the 2015 NFL Draft will have a few players you may want to put on your draft board.
Without further ado, here are the knee-jerk reactions to the 2015 NFL Draft.
2015 NFL Draft: Round 2
Jacksonville Jaguars: T.J. Yeldon, RB
#Jaguars running backs coach Kelly Skipper was impressed by T.J. Yeldon’s knowledge of pass protection assignments during his visit to Jax.
— Chad Cushnir (@CushCam) May 2, 2015
Analysis: Yeldon put up a 4.61 40-yard dash time, and since he doesn’t have blazing speed, he’s been knocked for his power. He has value for the simple fact that he will be the starting back, with limited interruption from Toby Gerhart or Denard Robinson. It looks like Yeldon is going at the end of the 12th Round in mock drafts on FantasyFootballCalculator.com, which isn’t a bad spot to land a RB2. I think he will jump up in drafts earlier than that as the season gets closer, however, but most of the attention will be on Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley.
New York Jets: Devin Smith, WR
Analysis: Geno Smith‘s stock is immediately boosted with the addition of Smith. Drawing comparisons to DeSean Jackson, Smith is a burner who will open things up for the Jets down the field. Now with Erick Decker, Brandon Marshall, Smith and Jace Amaro, this is the do-or-die year for the Jets’ 24-year old quarterback.No more excuses. In terms of Fantasy Football, I think G.Smith benefits more than D.Smith.
Tennessee Titans: Dorial Green-Beckham, WR
The Titans select Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham… think Kelvin Benjamin in terms of size. Lots of off-field baggage though.
— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) May 1, 2015
Analysis: The Titans made an investment for Marcus Mariota, but I’m not sure it will be enough to make either player Fantasy relevant. I have the feeling that Mariota will rely more on Delanie Walker than any of his receivers, and the running game is still a mess. A poor running game will put more pressure on Mariota. Green-Beckham will be hyped up before your 2015 Fantasy Football draft, but I don’t see him receiving enough opportunities for success.
Carolina Panthers: Devin Funchess, WR/TE
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) May 2, 2015
Analysis: Historically, it only appears two pass catchers can have Fantasy relevance with Cam Newton. Normally that combo was Steve Smith Sr. and Greg Olsen, but now Smith Sr. is replaced by Kelvin Benjamin. For actual football purposes, I like that the Panthers added another option for Newton.
Detroit Lions: Ameer, Abdullah
The Detroit Lions select Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah with the 54th pick. Plays like these are why he was drafted. http://t.co/nrfBFgKG7r
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 2, 2015
Analysis: I’ve never been a huge fan of Joique Bell, but I think the season will start with a committee approach. After that, however, I think Abdullah will take the wheel as the main back in Detroit.
Baltimore Ravens: Maxx Williams, TE
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) May 2, 2015
Analysis:I’m surprised the Ravens are going so heavy on offense in this draft, but the organization knows how to tweak a team to optimize results. Dennis Pitta hauled in 61 receptions for 669 yards and seven touchdowns the year the Ravens won the Super Bowl, so Williams should be able to build a nice rapport with Joe Flacco. Williams may not be serviceable in year one, but he has some upside.
2015 NFL Draft: Round 3
Oakland Raiders: Clive Wallford, TE
New Raiders TE Clive Walford averaged 3.26 Yards Per Route Run, No. 1 among draft-eligible tight ends
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 2, 2015
Analysis: The Raiders just added another weapon for Derek Carr. Don’t place too much focus on rookie tight ends, however. This is a pick meant to help Carr develop for the long term.
Seattle Seahawks: Tyler Lockett, WR
Analysis: The only reason I’m weary of Lockett is because of the addition of Jimmy Graham, as well as the fact that no receiver on Seattle has recorded over 1,000 receiving yards in Russell Wilson’s career, or scored more than seven touchdowns. Having said that, Seattle is great in finding value during drafts, and since the team did trade up to land Lockett, the brass must see something in him. He may not be consistent from week to week, but I wouldn’t mind having him on my bench to see what he can do next season.
Houston Texans: Jaelen Strong, WR
Jaelen Strong FINALLY finds a home — Houston. Great catch by the Texans. His size will hurt many. Quality 1-2 punch (Hopkins) for Mallett.
— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) May 2, 2015
Analysis: This should boost DeAndre Hopkins‘ value. He was pretty much the lone threat with Andre Johnson leaving town, but now Hopkins will have a chance to be a top-15 receiver. Strong should have a decent rookie NFL season, but don’t expect too much in Fantasy leagues. This is now Hopkins’ team.
Atlanta Falcons: Tevin Coleman, RB
Initial Falcons RB Tevin Coleman projection: 215 carries, 895 yards, 8 TD, 22 receptions, 180 yards, 1 TD (RB2)
— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) May 2, 2015
Analysis: If you put too much stock into Devonta Freeman last year, don’t be afraid to take a chance on Coleman this year. He’s been compared to Darren McFadden, and we all know what McFadden can do when healthy.
New Orleans Saints: Garrett Grayson, QB
Early 2015 Saints QB Garrett Grayson projection: 0/0-0-0-0, 3 kneels, -4 yards
— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) May 2, 2015
Analysis: As long as he is behind Drew Brees, Grayson isn’t even worth talking about in 2015 Fantasy Football leagues.
Kansas City Chiefs: Chris Conley, WR
Mr. @evansilva notes physical freak WR Chris Conley has “all the tools to become a dangerous vertical stretcher.” Alex Smith tho.
— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) May 2, 2015
Analysis: If Alex Smith does throw a pass to a wide receiver, it’s going to Jeremy Maclin.
Cleveland Browns: Duke Johnson, RB
National media heaping praise on the pick of Duke Johnson – Ray Farmer wants competition…he will have it in the RB room!
— Nathan Zegura (@NathanZegura) May 2, 2015
Analysis: I like this move for the Browns, and I think Johnson is a value this late in Round 3. The hot hand will get the ball between Johnson, Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell.
Cincinnati Bengals: Tyler Kroft, TE
Analysis: You’re not drafting rookie tight ends. You’re also probably not drafting Tyler Eiftert anymore either.
Arizona Cardinals: David Johnson, RB
Cards complement Ellington with David Johnson http://t.co/Dk2xux7fDf
— Rotoworld Football (@Rotoworld_FB) May 2, 2015
Analysis: Johnson is a bigger back that Andre Ellington, but he was also a former receiver, and is heavily involved in the passing attack. I think Ellington would benefit from more of a bruiser like Jeremy Hill, so I’m not sure how this committee is going to work.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Sammie Coates, WR
Analysis: When was the last time two receivers on the Steelers were Fantasy relevant at the same time?
St. Louis Rams: Sean Mannion, QB
— Jon Moore (@TheCFX) May 2, 2015
Analysis: May find work if Nick Foles is injured.
Denver Broncos: Jeff Heuerman, TE
Had Heuerman at No. 93 in my top 100 …#Broncos took him at No. 92…they also like Oklahoma’s Blake Bell plenty, but crowded at TE now.
— Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) May 2, 2015
Analysis: If you want to own a tight end on the Broncos, go for Owen Daniels.
Green Bay Packers: Ty Montgomery
Analysis: Still waiting for Davante Adams to emerge……
Washington Redskins: Matt Jones, RB
1 team viewed him as the draft’s top back. For real RT @AroundTheNFL: With the 95th pick, Washington Redskins select running back Matt Jones
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 2, 2015
Analysis: The good news for Alfred Morris is that Jones doesn’t catch passes either. The bad news is that Jones is a bulldozer, and he will be gunning for Morris’ job on Day 1. Keep an eye on this guy.
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