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Team: New England Patriots
Dynasty Summary: Injuries have derailed what was a promising collegiate career. After multiple surgeries, the average sized receiver still managed to run a 4.45 forty but seems to lost some explosion out of his breaks. Big hands help his cause but they just don’t show up on tape enough to warrant excitement. In the right drafted situation, Mitchell could sneak into the third round of rookie drafts, or fall to the fourth or beyond.
Team: Washington Redskins
Dynasty Summary: Those looking for immense upside and willing to accept an equal level of risk should look no further than Marshall. Another back from this class with good size and a build for the NFL. Following an ACL tear in 2013, Marshall never seemed to get back on track and appeared to some of his agility on the field. However, at his pro day, he wowed attendees by turning in a 4.31 forty. He made a curious decision to declare for the NFL rather than come back for a final year at Georgia, but this was likely due to the presence of backfield mate Nick Chubb. If his knee is truly healthy and he finds his way to a drafted situation that will allow for early field time, he’s a back that could well outplay his late-second, early-third, fantasy selection.
Team: Miami Dolphins
Dynasty Summary: Drake has as many doubters as he does supporters. He possesses good size and legitimate 4.45 speed. In fact, his tape speed shows a faster game than his timed speed would indicate. He fought through numerous injuries during his collegiate career leading many to believe that he’ll do so again in the NFL. His lateral agility and hip swivel are on display with every touch and he’s a threat with the ball in his hands. Drake often relies on his speed and agility, failing to let plays develop in front of him. He looks to be a better role player in a running back by committee than a lead back.
Team: Cleveland Browns
School: Colorado St
Dynasty Summary: ‘Hollywood’ Higgins needed a good NFL Combine showing to vault himself in the rankings and instead he turned in a disappointing performance almost across the board. A 4.64 forty was slower than expected and a 32″ vertical for a lighter weight 6’1″ player didn’t display the lower body explosion that many were hoping to see. He’s a bit lazy in his route running but does have some urgency into and out of his breaks. He’s an elite hands catcher, showing the ability to naturally, and fully, extend to the ball to secure the catch before getting it into his body. He uses his body well and elicits enough excitement on the field to raise his ceiling. He’s a player that shows far better on tape than his Combine numbers suggest. He’ll be an early third, late second round selection in fantasy.
Team: Philadelphia Eagles
School: North Dakota St
Dynasty Summary: Ultra productive at North Dakota State, the big question for 2016 remains: just how good can Carson Wentz be? When watching Wentz play, it easy to see why many believe he has it all. A closer looks finds a five year player at a smaller college against lesser competition and a total of 23 games as a starter. There’s little question Wentz will be selected as one of the top two selection during the NFL draft solely on passing the eye test in many categories. Prototypical size, arm strength, good mobility, relatively smooth mechanics and leadership all come together to transcend the risk of a quarterback with little experience against top competition. The risk is just as real in fantasy as well. Look for Wentz to come off the board in the second round of fantasy drafts.
Team: Buffalo Bills
Dynasty Summary: While the 2016 class of running backs lacks clear separation outside of Ezekiell Elliot, what it does have is good size across the board. Williams is another back with ideal NFL size. He’s a downhill back who squares his shoulders early and is a determined runner through the line of scrimmage, willing to lower his shoulder to run through, or over, would be tacklers. He does tend to bounce his runs outside on occasion and while he does have decent agility, he doesn’t have the acceleration or speed to exploit the sidelines in the NFL. Look to select Williams late in the second round. If he falls to the third round, consider yourself lucky.
Team: Seattle Seahawks
Dynasty Summary: Collins continues to fly under the radar, largely due to average agility and speed scores. On tape, he’s an aggressive and shifty runner, just as able to exploit a crease as he is going heads up and lowering a shoulder versus a would-be tackler, though both skills are far from elite. His size and bulk are ideal for the physical punishment and rigors of the NFL game and he can produce well in space. Collins won’t wow anyone with his game but as a late second, early third, round selection, he does possess intriguing upside at the position.
Team: Denver Broncos
Dynasty Summary: In a year with no elite quarterback prospects, Lynch has fallen behind both Jared Goff and Carson Wentz for top quarterback honors. Arguably, Lynch has just as much upside as these other two names as all three are very different players. Lynch has satisfactory arm strength, efficient mobility and a commanding 6’7″ figure. His mechanics and reads are inconsistent but he possesses the leadership, intelligence and intangibles to be a starter early in his career. For fantasy owners in need of a quarterback, while others fight for the rights to Goff and Wentz late in the first round or early in the second round, you could be well rewarded by waiting until the late second round or third round should he fall.
Team: Los Angeles Rams
School: Southern Miss
Dynasty Summary: Thomas isn’t well known in draft circles and he’ll likely fall in fantasy drafts as well. Despite possessing great size for a receiver prospect and being the nephew of Keyshawn Johnson, Thomas’ upside and floor are uncertain. He does snatch the ball well and uses his size well off the line of scrimmage. He has massive hands (10.5″) but doesn’t display the catch radius his hand size would suggest. He’s a bit of a sleepy player that has all the tools to excel in the NFL but he’s a wildcard in every sense of the word. He’ll be a great late round flyer in fantasy, perhaps in the fourth round of rookie drafts depending on drafted situation.
Team: New York Jets
Dynasty Summary: Peake carries excellent size-speed dynamic and if not for inconsistent hands and lack of productivity, largely due to a torn ACL in early 2013, he’d be much higher up draft boards than he is today. An extremely long receiver with smaller than average hands, he never quite put it all together at Clemson. His vertical leap was sub-par but he makes up for it with long arms and the ability to use his body for leverage during high-point opportunities. When he was on the feild, his lack of production was chiefly due to the existence of both Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins. Well developed lower body for size, with great leg drive but a bit stiff into and out of breaks. His 4.45 forty time suggests intriguing upside if he can put it all together.