28 Responses to “Developing Assets: Looking Ahead”

  1. Ryan McDowell says:

    Just realized I omitted Carlos Hyde from the 2014 rookie rankings list. I now think he’s being valued as a 1st round rookie pick, so I’d slot him between 8-12.

  2. Yeahhhhh boyyyy says:

    83 catches, 1343 yards, 10 tds. Mostly all with a true freshman qb on a not very good team. What does Paul Richardson have to do to get some love around here? He may not be 6’3 but the kid has great ability, game breaking speed. Positive hands. Seems to get open and held his own against some pretty decent defenses. What’s the kid got to do?

    • Ryan McDowell says:

      I like what I’ve seen from Richardson, though I admit I haven’t watched him as much as some others. He’s part of a very deep WR class this year and I could see him ending up in the 2nd round (of both NFL draft and dynasty rookie drafts).

  3. VinegarBend says:

    Have the 1.04 and 1.12 and am stacked at WR. Was planning on going RB-RB with both picks but doubt Gordon makes it to me. Maybe Seastrunk and Hyde?

    • Ariakis says:

      I have 1.04 and a late 1st myself curious to see who falls. I prefer RB but this year the value appears to be WR.

    • Ryan McDowell says:

      I think those top 5 are so close, it will be interesting to see who separates themselves from the rest over the next few months. As of now, I’d expect Evans and Lache to be the end of the top tier, so I’d take Lache at 4. At 12, you should have some very good options. At RB, you are looking at possibilities like Hyde, Hill, Carey and Sankey. At this point, I like Hyde best of that group.

  4. Mike says:

    Is DGB omitted from the devy draft? Or missed the cut?

    • Ryan McDowell says:

      Nope, sadly I just forgot him. Just as he was a big riser on the overall WR list, I would have him moving well up the devy list too, probably somewhere around 1.05.

      Thanks for the reminder!

  5. Jeff says:

    I have the 1.01 in my league and have a stock of young WR I’m hoping will break out in the next year or two. Those are Woods, Rogers, Hunter, Marvin Jones. What I REALLY need is a stud RB1. But Watkins may be too good to pass up. Depending on landing spot though, do Hyde/Gordon/Seastrunk have potential to be worth a 1.01 pick?

    • Corey says:

      I always draft for ability over situation/need. Look back at the AJ Green Julio Jones draft, where everyone knew those two were going to be better but everyone drafted Mark Ingram 1.01 because of the need at RB. Assuming nothing changes at the combine, I think you should take Watkins or trade your pick for a RB with upside

      • Steve R says:

        Agree with Corey. Typically best to draft talent or trade pick for need/ might be able to trade down as well….

      • Glen says:

        Is Watkins as good as Jones or Green? I have the 1.02 and the team ahead of me is drafting Bridgewater or RB. I need WR1 talent as I have some young guys (T Smith, Randle, Dobson, Broyles and Brazill) that are just not there yet and may never get to WR1 level. They are young and play on good teams with good QB situations. But none of them are difference makers.

        • Ryan McDowell says:

          I like that group. Randle and Dobson will both be on my buys list this off-season.

          As for Watkins, I’d be glad to get him at 2, though I’m not sure he’ll be as good as Jones/Green. I do see him being valued very highly, very quickly. Expect many to rank him as a top 10 WR from day 1.

    • Ryan McDowell says:

      I agree with Corey as well. Despite their talent, you can’t count on rookies to produce right away and because of that drafting for need should be avoided. I’d take the most talented player, which I think is Watkins. I do think Gordon is very close though, so if drafted into an ideal spot, I could see him going 1.01 in many drafts.

  6. markimus prime says:

    Gosh this is a stacked WR year…from what I’ve seen from Kelvin Benjamin he is a man among boys out there. Big sleeper in my opinion we’ll see what team he goes to!

    • Ryan McDowell says:

      Benjamin is impressive and he seems to be gaining some steam in draft circles. The WR class is so deep. Some great options will be found even in the 3rd rounds of rookie drafts.

  7. Robbie says:

    I have the top three picks in 2014 and probably 1.06 as well based on the final standings. I’ve got some good young talent at WR (Hilton, Hunter, Jeffrey, Terrance Williams) and some vets in Amendola, and Stevie Johnson. I’m pretty thin at RB as I traded away Foster for my 1st rounders. What would you do if you were me:

    – Pick Watkins, Lee, and Evans and hope Gordon or Seastrunk fall to me at 1.06?
    – Pick Watkins, Evans, and Gordon and settle for Matthews, Robinson or Adams?

    • Ryan McDowell says:

      I think I’d go with your favorite 2 WRs and Gordon. At 6, you’ll still get a very good prospect like one of the WRs you mention.

  8. DJB says:

    I’m most interested in how fast Hyde runs the 40 yarder. If he runs slow he’s going to drop like a rock. But at his massive size, if he runs a solid 40 yarder he is going to skyrocket.

    Thanks again for this article!

  9. RS says:

    I’ve seen a number of big boards lately that have Evans as the first WR taken. Do you think in Fantasy terms that means he should be the first WR drafted? Or will he really be the 1.01 next year? I have to think Watkins speed makes him more enticing in the fantasy world.

    • DJB says:

      Personally I think Watkins is the better talent and more often than not talent wins over situation. Let’s say the Bills take Evans, and a few picks later Watkins goes to one of Pittsburgh or even falls to the Ravens. To me the better talent is also going to the better situation which to me is a no brainer when it comes to setting my draft chart.

      But to be honest, until the combine is over as well as the actual NFL draft, I think it’s too early to make call like that, all you can do right now is base your rankings off talent alone with no other considerations involved at this point (i.e draft position, or situation etc).

    • WD69 says:

      Watkins is the #1 WR and it’s not even close!

  10. lahwee says:

    First post .. just bought a membership. An article for players to watch in the upcoming college football bowl games to watch would be great, players who are entering the draft … Thanks

  11. btfndguy says:

    Melvin Gordon says he is returning to Wisconsin for 2014. Too bad. I was considering him as the #1 pick in our draft.

  12. BigD says:

    wheres blake bortles info at. I’ve seen some mock drafts as of late, that have him going #4 overall to the raiders????? what are your thoughts on him. what I’ve read is great size and arm strength, good pocket presence, and nfl ready????

  13. WD69 says:

    Current lineup is MCoy at RB. My receivers are: Decker, Floyd and Wright. Backup RB is Lamar Miller. Positions are 1 RB, 2 WR, then flex Rb or Wr. Should I feel like I have to draft a running back? I have picks 1, 9, 15/16. I feel like I should draft Watkins #1 then best available RB at 9? Then what should I do at pick 15/16?

  14. WD69 says:

    I would love to join a Dynasty league, anyone have any open slots?

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