The NFC West made a lot of moves in this year’s draft. The entire division took four offensive skill players in the top 100 picks – those four players could shake up the dynasty landscape within a few years. Let’s look at what these teams did in the draft and analyze how these picks could affect your dynasty team this year and beyond.
Los Angeles Rams
John Kelly, RB Tennessee (Round 6, Pick 176)
The Rams spent most of their picks adding talent to their defensive and their offensive line. In the sixth round, they decided to take a stab on John Kelly, the running back from Tennessee. Going into the draft, a lot of draft analysts pegged Kelly as one of the top running backs in this class. It makes some sense as he does an exceptional job at catching the ball out of the backfield and making plays in the open field.
The catch here, is his landing spot is less than desirable because Todd Gurley will be the Rams’ workhorse running back for the foreseeable future. The Rams’ running back situation may not be as horrible as it sounds for Kelly, though. Outside of Gurley, the talent at running back is limited at best. The roster is loaded with late-round players like Kelly, so there’s a chance he works his way up the roster to be the team’s main backup running back.
Due to him being a sixth round pick, I’m not overly optimistic about his future but I’m still willing to stash him on my taxi squad for a year to see what happens. He’s a player I wouldn’t mind holding for a while in deeper leagues just to see if he can put anything together. Simply put, he’s a good talent in a bad situation.