Dynasty League Football

2017 NFL Rookie Draft Guide

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Corey Davis
WR, Western Michigan    Drafted 1.5, Titans
Height
6'3"
Weight
209
NFL Prospect Grade
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Post-Draft Summary: Davis was our consensus 1.01 going into the draft and being taken by Tennessee with the fifth overall pick did nothing but solidify that. Davis now joins Randy Moss as the only two MAC receivers ever taken in round one of the NFL Draft.  Davis can run any route on the route tree and is simply built physically and mentally for the NFL. Going to Tennessee to be the true alpha receiver for the developing Marcus Mariota is the icing on the cake. Davis is should go first or second in most rookie drafts.

Pre-Draft Summary: If you want production, you get it with Davis. A four-year starter at Western Michigan, Davis ended his career with 332 catches, 5,285 receiving yards and 52 touchdowns. He is a polished route runner and physically built for the NFL. There are questions about his level of competition but he's squarely in the mix to be the first wideout taken in the NFL Draft and a lock to be one of the most coveted rookies in this year's class. Before you dismiss him because he played in the MAC, consider he posted 52 catches for 701 yards and five touchdowns in nine games against the Big Ten. Davis can flat out play and depending on where he lands, some could even have him as their first ranked rookie overall.

Leonard Fournette
RB, LSU    Drafted 1.4, Jaguars
Height
6'0"
Weight
228
NFL Prospect Grade
0.00
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Post-Draft Summary:  Fournette is really the only player to challenge Davis to be the 1.01 in rookie drafts this year. Dynasty owners have marked their calendars for this year and many have traded pick after pick just to get the chance to land Fournette.   Jacksonville has a suspect offensive line and there were better landing spots out there for Fournette.  Still, seeing him slip out of the top two or three picks in a rookie draft would be pretty surprising. 
Pre-Draft Summary: Dynasty owners have been salivating over the chance to add Fournette for years. Simply put, Fournette is an athletic and physical freak of nature. He boasts a size and speed combination rarely (if ever) seen in a running back. A downhill runner, Fournette punishes would-be tacklers and has the speed to outrun most other defenders in the secondary as well. There are questions about his durability and pass catching ability but Fournette is a near-lock to be a top ten draft pick and will be the first rookie taken off the board in the majority of dynasty rookie drafts this Spring.
Joe Mixon
RB, Oklahoma    Drafted 2.16, Bengals
Height
6'1"
Weight
226
NFL Prospect Grade
0.00
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Age
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Post-Draft Summary: It’s not our place to be your moral compass.  Instead, it’s our duty to share analysis with you and help guide you through your draft.  That being said, we all know Mixon comes with major risk and baggage.  If he didn’t, it’s possible he’d be at the top of this list, not the middle.  On the field, Mixon is tremendous. Mixon is an explosive athlete who could be a dominant force in the NFL.  Taking him here in this draft means you believe any trouble he’s had is all in the past.  He should make Jeremy Hill expendable and form a potent attack with Gio Bernard.  In a draft full of great talent, Mixon may actually be the most gifted player of them all.

Pre-Draft Summary: Undeniably talented. Undeniably controversial.  That pretty much sums up Joe Mixon, who very well could be the most talented running back in this loaded draft class. Unfortunately, the video of him striking a woman surfaced this year and has thrown serious cold water on his draft stock. On the field, Mixon has elite ability as a runner, reciever or return specialist, boasting six touchdowns of 60 yards or longer in his career, which is more than Adrian Peterson had at Oklahoma. The draft slot for Mixon will be of supreme importance this Spring. If he's taken in the first two rounds of the draft, he's a lock for a top five rookie draft pick and some will even take him with the 1.01. Beyond that and the risk starts to mount. Feel lucky?

Christian McCaffrey
RB, Stanford    Drafted 1.8, Panthers
Height
5'11"
Weight
202
NFL Prospect Grade
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Post-Draft Summary:  McCaffrey is simply polarizing. He’s truly one of the most talented and dynamic football players ever to play in college.  Being taken at #8 overall tells us the Panthers will waste no time getting him on the field as well. The challenge here is attempting to project just how the Panthers will use him.  Will he carry the ball 20 times a game and catch 4-5 passes as well?  If so, you can make a case for him at 1.01.  If not, he’s likely a mid-first round pick who will still be super productive as a runner, receiver and special teams returner. One thing we know for sure is you don’t take a running back at #8 in the NFL draft just to keep him on the bench.

Pre-Draft Summary: One of the most dynamic and productive players in the history of college football, McCaffrey finds himself as this year's biggest wild card in rookie drafts.  Will he be a true running back?  Will he be used out of the slot? Will he be used simply as a home run hitter?  While some teams may see him as a gadget player in the mold of Reggie Bush, others will see him as the next Brian Westbrook. The landing spot for McCaffrey will huge as a dynasty team using a valuable first round rookie pick will want to be assured McCaffrey will get enough touches to be productive in both reality and fantasy. McCaffrey certainly has the skills to be eletric as indicated by his combine workout but a 5'11, 202 pound running back may not be able to handle the pounding the NFL has in store for him. Time will tell, but McCaffrey is one of the most polarizing prospects we've seen in the last decade.

Dalvin Cook
RB, Florida State    Drafted 2.9, Vikings
Height
5'10"
Weight
210
NFL Prospect Grade
0.00
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Age
25
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Post-Draft Summary: Cook slipped out of the first round of the draft and finally landed with the Vikings at #41 overall.  The drop from Cook stemmed from some character concerns and a combine performance that was borderline awful.  There were better landing spots than Minnesota but Cook has the talent to beat out Latavius Murray relatively quickly and while he won't be running behind a great offensive line and likely sharing carries early in his career, Cook should be off the board in rookie drafts in the first six picks based simply on his talent.

Pre-Draft Summary: A sub-par combine has many scratching their heads on Cook because the game tape you watch shows one of the most talented backs we've ever seen. Strong, explosive and elusive, Cook has the ability to make one cut and take it to the house on every play. He finished with over 1,000 rushing yards in every season at Florida State and broke Warrick Dunn's all-time rushing mark with a whopping 4,464 rushing yards and a school-record 46 touchdowns. Cook needs to improve his blocking ability and there are questions about his durability (he's battled shoulder issues in the past) and the people he surrounds himself with.  But someone who takes a chance on Cook in the top half of a rookie draft could be rewarded with the most productive player in this draft.

Mike Williams
WR, Clemson    Drafted 1.7, Chargers
Height
6'4"
Weight
218
NFL Prospect Grade
0.00
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Age
26
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Post-Draft Summary: Williams is a powerful receiver who thrives on back shoulder throws and is fearless going through the middle.  He will have a lot of competition for targets in Los Angeles early on but he has the tools to be productive early in his career. In the long-term, he has the talent to be a WR1 in dynasty leagues. He thrives on back shoulder throws and while it may take him time to move up the depth chart, he's clearly an eltie talent.

Pre-Draft Summary: Coming back from a serious neck injury, Williams posted a whopping 1,361 receiving yards in 2016, the third-best in Clemson history just behind DeAndre Hopkins (1,405) and Sammy Watkins (1,464). Williams is a physical receiver who can overpower defensive backs and has the toughness to absorb big hits. His ceiling is that of a true WR1 in both reality and fantasy, though he doesn't have blazing speed and still needs refinement in route running ability. With this year's crop of running backs, a dynasty team could get a future star gifted to them in the middle of the first round.  Dynasty owners are certainly hoping he goes to a team where he can develop into an elite pass catcher and number one option like Arizona or Baltimore.

John Ross
WR, Washington    Drafted 1.9, Bengals
Height
5'11"
Weight
188
NFL Prospect Grade
0.00
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25
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Post-Draft Summary: The Bengals surprised just about everyone when they took the speedy Ross at #9 in the NFL Draft.  There are legitimate injury concerns with Ross as he's battled knee injuries throughout his young career.  Still, he has elite speed (remember, he set the combine record) and is extraordinary in the open field. Cincinnati is obviously banking on him being more than just a deep threat and if he can prove to be, he's going to be an amazing complement to AJ Green.  Ross will go in the late first round in rookie drafts and an owner who takes him will be inheriting a player with a monster ceiling and also a low floor.

Pre-Draft Summary: If you like speed, you'll love John Ross. Not only did he set the combine record for the 40 with a 4.22, Ross showed amazing speed on game days as he posted 1,150 receiving yards on 81 catches (14.2 average) for the Washington Huskies this season. The question with Ross is simple.  At 5'11 and 190 pounds, is he destined to be the next DeSean Jackson or the next Antonio Brown? There are concerns about his history of knee injuries as well, making Ross a risky pick in this year's rookie draft. Will he be a one trick pony or find a way to become a Brandin Cooks-type of player who can do a little more than take the top off a defense?

OJ Howard
TE, Alabama    Drafted 1.19, Buccaneers
Height
6'6"
Weight
251
NFL Prospect Grade
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Age
26
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Post-Draft Summary: Howard was expected to go as highly as #4 overall in the draft but fell due to teams addressing other needs. Tampa was thrilled to get him at #19 and he should thrive in a growing offense that's extremely young.  Howard should eventually be a TE1 in dynasty leagues but it's going to take time for him to develop and push Cameron Brate to the curb.  Howard should be off the board in the top eight in rookie drafts and owners will need to be patient with him. If they are, you could have a no-brainer tight end to start for the foreseeable future.

Pre-Draft Summary: If you look strictly at statistics, you won't be wowed by Howard's prodcution at Alabama. After all, there are lot of tight ends who could post a 38/602/2 line in a season. However, when you look at his situation and realize the Crimson Tide simply didn't use (or need) him as much as they could have, things start to make sense.  Howard is a physical specimen with ability we haven't seen physically in a tight end since the likes of Eric Ebron. Fantasy owners will hope Howard's career starts better than Ebron's but they may both have the pedigree of being a top ten pick in common here shortly - that's how high scouts are on Howard.  This year's draft has a few elite tight ends and Howard will squarely be in the mix to be the first one off the board in both reality and fantasy.

Kareem Hunt
RB, Toledo    Drafted 3.22, Chiefs
Height
5'11"
Weight
216
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Post-Draft Summary: Hunt, Alvin Kamara, Samaje Perine and a few others are all lumped together as the "next" group of running backs after Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook.  Hunt seems to be the most popular pick of the group and it's not hard to see why.  Hunt is a talented runner and lands in a situation on a good team where he has a legitimate chance to start.  He's likely more talented than any other back on the Kansas City roster and will pay benefits early and often in fantasy and reality if he can pick up the offense quickly.  We like him in the late first or early second round of rookie drafts.

Pre-Draft Summary: After a rocky 2015 season, Hunt bounced back last season with 1,475 rushing yards and ten touchdowns, while adding 41 catches for another 403 yards and a score for the Toledo Rockets.  He's the school's all-time leading rusher (edging out former NFL player Chester Taylor) and is very adept at breaking tackles and getting yards other backs can't. Hunt is a very intriguing prospect and could be a steal if he lands in a great situation. While not as powerful as Fournette or as polished as Cook, he won't cost nearly as much in a rookie draft and could prove to be a bargain. Remember, this is a player who was a star at the Senior Bowl with 118 yards on just 15 carries.

David Njoku
TE,    Drafted 1.29, Browns
Height
6'4"
Weight
246
NFL Prospect Grade
0.00
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Age
24
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Post-Draft Summary: The Browns did a great job of maneuvering around the first round of the draft with their bounty of picks and ended up with Njoku at #29.  They also dropped Gary Barnidge, paving the way for Njoku to start from day one.  He'll need to work on his blocking and is still very raw, Njoku has amazing athleticism and a skill-set that could truly make him an elite option at a position that has very few of them. He's not as safe a pick as OJ Howard but could actually end up being a better producer in fantasy if the Browns (big if) can ever figure out their quarterback situation.

Pre-Draft Summary: Miami has produced a host of great tight ends in the past, including Jeremy Shockey, Kellen Winslow II and Greg Olsen. Njoku should be the next Hurricane to hit it big in the NFL.  An incredibly athletic tight end who stands at 6'4" and 246 pounds, Njoku has the size and speed to be a matchup nightmare for opponents. He's still a work in progress but he has as high a ceiling as any tight end in what looks to be a stacked draft class.  Njoku has the look of a second round selection in dynasty leagues.

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