AFC Draft Grades: Fantasy Impacts
• 17- C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
• 48- Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
• 79- Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State
• 99- Crockett Gilmore, TE, Colorado State
• 134- Brent Urban, DT, Virginia
• 138- Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Coastal Carolina
• 175- John Urschel, G, Penn State
• 194- Keith Wenning, QB, Ball State
• 218- Mike Campanaro
Mosley is a great young LB who will most likely be immediately inserted into the starting line-up. Due to a failed drug test, Timmy Jernigan fell to them in the 2nd round. I love this pick up. These two quickly improve the Ravens front seven. It is a little concerning the Ravens drafted an inside linebacker and a safety so high, however, after drafting Brown and Elam in last year's draft. Pick 79 should have been a WR. They could really have used a receiver in the very deep draft. Brent Urban was also a solid pick-up, but will most likely have a limited role, at least in the immediate future.
I don't see much fantasy impact in this draft for the Ravens at all. Maybe grab Lorenzo Taliaferro in dynasty leagues, and hope Ray Rice continues to rapidly decline. Mosley could be a nice pick-up in IDP leagues.
• 44- Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
• 73- Preston Brown, MLB, Louisville
• 109- Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke
• 153- Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor
• 221- Randell Johnson, OLB, Florida Atlantic
• 237- Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami
The Bills drafted a great player in Sammy Watkins, but gave up way too much to get him. However, they drafted three offensive linemen that can make an immediate impact for the Bills. Kouandjio and Henderson both have first round talent, but slipped due to different reasons. Kouandjio has health issues due to his knee, and Henderson is a great talent that underachieved due to laziness and off field issues. All their defensive picks are average at best.
Sammy Watkins is an immediate impact player. Expect him to make big plays as Manuel's number one target. I also wouldn't be surprised to see him getting involved on some running plays. All the O-Line help could also help everyone on that offense.
• 24- Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
• 55- Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
• 88- Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia
• 111- Russell Bodine, C, North Carolina
• 164- AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
• 212- Marquis Flowers, OLB, Arizona
• 239- James Wright, WR, LSU
Dennard was great value at pick 24 and I don't think many thought he would fall that far. However, Jeremy Hill (who has shown flashes of greatness) was not the best RB available and may not be the greatest fit. With a history of violent crimes and off the field issues, Cincy may not be the best fit for a troubled player like himself. I would have liked to see him fall into a more stable organization with veteran leadership. AJ McCarron is a great value pick and has the potential to be a very good QB should Andy Dalton not work out or get injured.
Jeremy Hill could have decent value, he will most likely take Green-Ellis' workload and be a solid handcuff to Gio Bernard. Dennard could have some value in IDP leagues if he earns the starting job, but I wouldn't bank on him. AJ McCarron could be a deep sleeper in dynasty leagues, but nothing more right now.
• 8- Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
• 35- Joel Bitonio, OT/G, Nevada
• 71- Christian Kirksey, LB, Iowa
• 127- Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
The Browns have homeless men on the street making picks for them and it shows. The Browns passed on Watkins and Evans and traded back with their top pick. They knew they were taking a QB and knew Gordon was facing a yearlong suspension, yet they didn't get their new QB a weapon. Not only did they not get a WR in the first, they opted for an offensive tackle and linebacker with their next two picks. With highly paid O-linemen like Mack and Thomas (and an all-around strong defense), they didn't exactly address their needs. Gilbert is a very good player, but with Haden and Skine at the corner, they weren't exactly desperate for a corner. There is no excuse for taking Kirksey over a WR. Manziel already has bust potential and now is given no weapons. The only thing that kept the Browns from having a lower grade is the fact that I love the Terrance West pick; don't be surprised if by the end of the year, he's the Browns' top RB.
I don't expect too much out of Manziel, but he will be a starter QB so he has some value. His running could really help his fantasy value. Also Gilbert will most likely start and could have some IDP value. The big fantasy player here is Terrance West. The bottom line is Ben Tate isn't that good, and is also injury prone. West is a must draft in dynasty leagues, and a handcuff in all others. Expect West to be the Browns' top back no later than 2015.
• 31- Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
• 95- Michael Schofield, OT, Michigan
• 156-. Lamin Barrow, MLB, LSU
• 207- Matt Paradis, C, Boise State
• 242- Corey Nelson, LB, Oklahoma
I would have liked to see the Broncos grab an O-Lineman in the first round, but Roby is a very good player. Always good to see a Peyton Manning "coached" team go defense first. Latimer is a very good player who should not have fallen that far. I'm not so sure they needed a WR after adding Emanuel Sanders, but it is good value. Although I question the direction they went, I do like the players they decided to take. Schofield and Barrow can also add solid much needed depth.
Don't expect too much out of Latimer this year. He will most likely be the 6th or 7th option on the offense. But he's a guy I would pick up in dynasty leagues. He's highly talented, and who knows? Maybe he climbs that stacked Broncos depth chart.
• Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
• 33- Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA
• 65- C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
• 83. Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
• 135. Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh
• 177. Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Alabama
• 181. Alfred Blue, RB, LSU
• 211. Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn
• 216. Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt
• 256. Lonnie Ballentine, S, Memphis
Jadeveon Clowney was the top player in this draft and pairing him with J.J. Watt is a terrifying thought for offensive coordinators throughout the NFL. They got a great guard at pick 33 in Su'a-Filo and tremendous value in Louis-Nix at pick 83. They added a back-up tight end they hope competes for the starting job. Added a lot of solid defensive depth deep in the draft. I also really like the idea of taking Auburns full back Jay Prosch. The one glaring hole the Texans did not address is the QB position. Tom Savage is not good and will never be a good starting QB. They were better off not even taking a QB and getting a much better player at pick 135. The only thing keeping them from the top grade is the QB position.
Clowney is an obvious must own in IDP leagues. Also Alfred Blue could be a sneaky handcuff or dynasty pick. Remember Arian Foster went undrafted and is coming off serious back surgery. Nix could also have some IDP value on that ridiculous D-Line. Don't draft Tom Savage in any league. No matter how much playing time he is given, he's not good.
• 59- Jack Mewhort, G/OT, Ohio State
• 90- Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
• 166- Jonathan Newsome, DE, Ball State
• 203- Andrew Jackson, MLB, Western Kentucky
• 232- John Ulrick, OT, Georgia State
Why is the Indy grade so low, you ask? Because their first pick became massive disappointment Trent Richardson. When Jack Mewhort is your first pick, you are lucky to get a + after the D. However Moncrief is a steal at pick 90 and I'm shocked he fell that far. After that they added a few players that may never crack the starting line-up. At the end of the day bad trades in the regular season hindered their draft.
Moncrief should immediately step in as the Lucks' third option, and could climb depending on how Reggie Wayne comes back off injury. A must draft in dynasty leagues and a sleeper pick in all others.
• 39- Marqise Lee, WR, USC
• 61- Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
• 93- Brandon Linder, G, Miami
• 114- Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
• 144- Telvin Smith, LB, Florida State
• 159- Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas
• 205- Luke Bowanko, C, Virginia
• 222- Storm Johnson, RB, UCF
I'm not a Blake Bortles fan, but the Jags needed a QB and obviously got the one they felt was the best fit. I really didn't like the Marqise Lee pick because I liked Allen Robinson, but since they came back around and got Robinson, no harm no foul. They added a lot of solid players with decent upside from pick 63 to 205. Storm Johnson at pick 222 is ridiculous value, and will be their future starting RB.
A lot of fantasy impact in the Jags draft. Bortles will be the starter sooner rather than later, and the biggest winner from that is second year player Ace Sanders. He is the perfect guy to catch a screen and take it a long way. This won't be the last time I say this. If you are looking for a good sleeper: DRAFT ACE SANDERS. Lee and Robinson both have a lot of fantasy potential. I believe Robinson will become the more consistent option, and a much better PPR option. Lee has more flash, but Robinson may be the most dependable WR in this draft. I would draft Robinson in all formats, while Lee is also a sleeper option in all formats. Also, Storm Johnson will take that starting job for Toby Gerhart by 2015. Johnson is a great sleeper pick in dynasty leagues and a handcuff in all other leagues. He could be in a split back role this season.
Kansas City Chiefs
• 23- Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
• 87- Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice
• 124- De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
• 163- Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
• 193- Zach Fulton, G, Tennessee
• 200- Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff, OT, McGill
Dee ford was a stretch at pick 23. I don't love the pick and would have liked to see them take a much better player. Gaines is a decent pick (not great though), but I doubt he sees the field too often this season. Thomas has some potential in an Andy Reid offense, and I like the risk on Aaron Murray. Both players are high risk/high reward, but I like their upside. All in all a lackluster draft for the Chiefs. They really should have addressed the WR position as well.
I see very little fantasy impact from this draft. Thomas and Murray could be deep sleepers in dynasty leagues, but that's about it. Maybe take a late flyer on Ford in IDP leagues.
• 19- Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee
• 63- Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
• 67- Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State
• 125- Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty
• 155- Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia
• 171- Jordan Tripp, LB, Montana
• 190- Matt Hazel, WR, Coastal Carolina
• 234- Terrence Fede, DE, Marist
I really like what the Dolphins tried to do in this draft; I just don't love the players they chose to take. James was a stretch at 19. I believe the perfect scenario would have been swapped with the Steelers and get Zack Martin, Pitt could still get Shazier at 19. With the next three picks they could have grabbed OT Moses from Virginia, WR Moncrief from Ole Miss or even Bryant from Clemson and Stanford guard Yankey. I do like the TE Lynch as a value pick, although it's not really a need position. Jordan Tripp was a steal with a lot of potential and could crack the starting line-up in the future. Although I don't love the choices, they did manage to get value with every pick. They did also address a disastrous offensive line.
Expect Dolphins RBs and Tannehill to improve this season with an upgraded O-Line. Landry could be a nice little sleeper moving the chains if Wallace can take the top off the defense this year. A must draft in dynasty leagues and sleeper in all other formats.
New England Patriots
• 29- Dom Easley, DT, Florida
• 105- Bryan Stork, C, Florida State
• 130- James White, RB, Wisconsin
• 140- Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford
• 179- Jon Halapio, G, Florida
• 198- Zach Moore, DE, Concordia
• 206- Jemea Thomas, CB, Georgia Tech
• 244- Jeremy Gallon, WR, Michigan
Dom Easley is not a bad player, but a bit of a reach and has serious questions about his health. They added some depth on the O-Line and decent value on defense, but I really don't love anything they did. It is hard to question a team that hasn't lost seven games in over a decade, but it is my job and I will not blindly follow.
There is no one worth drafting on your fantasy team in this draft.
New York Jets
• 18- Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
• 80- Dexter McDougle, CB, Maryland
• 104- Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma
• 115- Shaq Evans, WR, UCLA
• 137- Dakota Dozier, OT, Furman
• 154- Jeremiah George, MLB, Iowa State
• 195- Brandon Dixon, CB, Northwest Missouri State
• 209- Quincy Enunwa, WR, Nebraska
• 210- IK Enemkpali, DE, Louisiana Tech
• 213- Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
• 233- Trevor Reilly, OLB, Utah
Pryor has the potential to be great Safety and Amaro was great value (dropped to 49). After that, I would have liked to have seen them trade up in a few spots with all those picks. They could have really gone quality over quantity at the WR and CB positions. I believe Shaq Evans will be the most productive WR they drafted. Dakota Dozier could make it into the rotation on the Jets O-Line soon. The Jets will still have coverage issues, and Geno Smith didn't really get any great weapons to throw to.
Amaro should have an immediate impact, and is worth a late pick in all leagues and a must draft in dynasty leagues. Pryor should make a big time impact right away in IDP leagues. If I was going to take one of these WRs, I'd take a shot on Shaq Evans as a deep sleeper. Evans and Saunders are both sleepers in dynasty leagues.
• 5- Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
• 81- Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State
• 107- Justin Ellis, DT, Louisiana Tech
• 116- Keith McGill, CB, Utah
• 219- Travis Carrie, CB, Ohio
• 235- Shelby Harris, DE, Illinois State
• 247- Jonathan Dowling, S, Western Kentucky
I like the Mack pick and Carr could very well be the second best QB in this draft class. I understand the Raiders have a ton of holes to fill pretty much everywhere, but to add no offensive weapons to a team that desperately needs them is a very questionable decision. They added a pretty good guard in Jackson and a few decent defensive players later in the draft, but no stand outs.
Mack can be an immediate IDP star. Aside from that, only Derek Carr in dynasty leagues can make an impact any time soon.
• 15- Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
• 46- Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
• 97- Dri Archer, RB, Kent State
• 118- Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
• 157- Shaquille Richardson, CB, Arizona
• 173- Wesley Johnson, OT, Vanderbilt
• 192- Jordan Zumwalt, LB, UCLA
• 215- Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee
• 230- Rob Blanchflower, TE, Massachusetts
I don't love the Shazier pick that high, but he is a good fit for that defense. The Steelers got a lot of great value throughout this draft and went with almost all upside guys. Tuitt was a solid pick at 46 and Bryant was a great pick at 118. After that, they drafted all high upside guys. Richardson, Johnson, and McCullers all have a good chance to one day become starters, but I don't love the Dri Archer pick. They have much more pressing needs with that much talent on the board at pick 97.
Bryant is a really strong sleeper, so I wouldn't be surprised to see him make an impact almost immediately. Shazier and Tuitt could both have an immediate impact in IDP leagues, but Shazier the much stronger pick. I'd stay away from Dri Archer in all formats with Bell and Blount on that roster.
San Diego Chargers
• 25. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
• 50- Jerimiah Attaochu, LB, Georgia Tech
• 89- Chris Watt, G, Notre Dame
• 165. Ryan Carrethers, NT, Arkansas State
• 201. Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State
• 240. Tevin Reese, WR, Baylor
They did what they could with limited picks. Verrett could be a very good corner, and Attaochu has a lot of value at pick 50. I don't particularly love any of their other picks. Grice could be solid if he gets playing time, while Reese has an outside shot to get some playing time. Carrethers could be a solid player. Lackluster draft overall.
Verrett and Attaochu could be sleepers in IDP leagues, and Grice is a deep sleeper in dynasty leagues.
• 11- Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
• 112- DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State
• 122- Marqueston Huff, CB, Wyoming
• 151- Avery Williamson, MLB, Kentucky
• 178- Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
Lewan is a nasty tackle for a team that desperately needed to address the O-Line. Bishop Sankey is probably the most well rounded weapon in this draft. Jones was a great value at pick 112, and I like the depth they added late. Huff has a shot to get playing time. I like that they didn't reach for a QB. I don't like Mettenberger, but I'd rather take a bad QB later than early (especially when he has just as much potential as the rest of them).
Bishop Sankey immediately becomes a high ranked RB. He should be drafted, and drafted high in all formats. He may be ELITE in PPR leagues.