Our forum has been loaded with questions recently about moving 2010 rookie draft picks for picks in 2011. It’s easy to take a guess and say “my #8 is surely worth a perceived top 5 in 2011.” Well, is it? The only way to make an educated guess is to, well, make an educated guess. At DLF, we do our best to prepare you for the future and give you unique and original content. With that in mind, here’s our first rookie mock draft for 2011. Use this as a general resource when you consider future decisions. Many of you will have offers coming soon in regards to your 2010 #1 picks. You’ll want to have a general idea of what’s going to be available next year to accurately judge the value of a trade.
As it stands now, next year’s fantasy draft stands to be WR gold. The consensus top pick will likely be a RB in Mark Ingram of Alabama. His resume speaks for itself and if you don’t know who he is, you really need to spend more time here. However, we’re likely going to have three elite WRs in AJ Green of Georgia, Julio Jones of Alabama and Michael Floyd of Notre Dame. Sprinkle some QBs in there and you have the making of a relatively solid draft, but one that could be remembered years later for its future WR stars.
- Mark Ingram RB ALA
The Heisman trophy winner put up 1,658 yards and 17 TDs last year in the SEC. That’s not bad.
NFL Size Comparison: Emmitt Smith
- Ryan Williams RB VT
His first season was monstrous with 1,655 yards and 21 TDs. After a redshirt, he’ll likely be available in 2011.
NFL Size Comparison: DeAngelo Williams
- Evan Royster RB PSU
Royster made a good call by going back to school. Another year in Happy Valley will do him some wonders and help him get back to double digit TDs.
NFL Size Comparison: Ryan Grant
- AJ Green WR UGA
He’s 6’4” and averaged 16.2 ypc in his first two seasons in the SEC. Any questions? Green could easily crack the top 2 or 3 next year.
NFL Size Comparison: Larry Fitzgerald
- Julio Jones WR ALA
Jones took a little step back last year, but his 73-yard TD against LSU last year shows what he can do when given a little bit of space. Expect his numbers to improve with defenses focused on Ingram.
NFL Size Comparison: Brandon Marshall (just a little slimmer)
- Kendall Hunter RB OKST
A foot injury cost Hunter a chance at 2010 greatness. His durability and size will be questioned heavily. A bounce back season could vault him into the top 5.
NFL Size Comparison: Warrick Dunn
- Jake Locker QB WAS
As a longtime Husky season ticket holder, I know enough about Locker. In fact, his High School team beat mine in the State Title game a few years back. Locker possesses ridiculous athletic ability, but another year in a pro style offense will help build on his deficiencies in accuracy. He’s still a major project, so his progression will be watched closely next year.
NFL Size Comparison: Steve Young
- Michael Floyd WR ND
Compiling 800 yards in 7 games will get you noticed. Being visibly better than Golden Tate will get you drafted.
NFL Size Comparison: Andre Johnson
- Jonathan Baldwin WR PITT
It would be nice to have Dion Lewis from Pitt this year, but Baldwin will do. At 6’5”, he’s got a fabulous size / speed combination. Look for him to improve on an 1,100 yard season.
NFL Size Comparison: Plaxico Burress (without the gun wielding sweats)
- Ryan Mallett QB ARK
The former Michigan Wolverine made a good call to return to school and will challenge both Locker and Luck to be the first QB off the board. If you need to know nothing else right now, consider that Mallett is 6’6” with an absolute cannon for an arm. Al Davis on line one!
Size Comparison: The Jolly Green Giant
Andrew Luck QB STAN
Noel Devine RB WVA
Jacquizz Rodgers RB OSU
Terrance Toliver WR LSU
Jamie Harper RB CLEM
DeMarco Murray RB OKLA
So, plan your future wisely. If you’re a team short on WRs, next year is the year to position yourself with multiple first round picks. If you’re a team skinny on RBs, I’d stand pat and make some reaches in 2010. While much can change and player values on this list are sure to dip or spike, it’s important to know what’s in the deck before you deal.
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