2nd & 3rd Round Rookie Reactions

Round 2

Brandon: #5 (37 OVR) Buffalo Bills - Zay Jones
This was a fantastic pick for the Bills on the second day of the draft. Adding Jones will pay off dividends early and often as the Bills WR Corp grew from 1 to 2. Zay Jones might have played for a college who saw mediocre competition but that didn't stop Zay from showing what he is capable of. He is a WR you can lineup anywhere on the field and make the defense guess rather than anticipate. His impressive combine numbers gave his stock and boost and his selection to the Bills boosts his fantasy value as well. Even if Watkins can't stay on the field Jones could develop into the WR1 the Bills need to lock it down if Watkins were to miss time. In rookie drafts I would be considering him as high as the 1.10. Redraft, he could be a very serviceable WR3 / FLEX option in a good matchup, but that's also relaying on Tyrod Taylor to get him the ball.

Anthony: #8 (40 OVR) Carolina Panthers- Curtis Samuel
It appears that things just got a little more interesting in Carolina. With the selection of Curtis Samuel, Carolina has used their first two picks on talented offensive weapons, both of whom offer a diverse skill set. At first glance, the drafting of Samuel nodes well for how he Panthers feel about McCaffrey, since Samuel projects mainly as a slot receiver, a role which many thought McCaffrey would fill. This leads me to believe they view McCaffrey as a running back, not just a receiver who can run if need be. This pick also boosts Cam’s value as it gives him another weapon in the receiving game, and will allow the offense to employ different personnel packages to keep the defense guessing. A package with both Samuel and McCaffrey in the backfield, either running routes or perhaps even a variation on the triple offense? Sign me up! A four wide single tight end formation with Cam in the shotgun with McCaffrey and Samuel in the slots? Yes please! As for Samuel, he is a very talented athlete, with 4.3 40 speed who physically compares favorably to Randall Cobb, but he is a raw and inexperienced route runner. With that in mind I don't envision him lining up on every snap, so I think he should be largely ignored in redraft save for deep PPR leagues and a late round high upside picks in dynasty startups. In dynasty rookie drafts, like Samuel as a top of the 2nd round pick, as he is a talented athlete that has the potential to evolve into an outstanding slot receiver.

Brandon: #9 (41 OVR) Minnesota Vikings - Dalvin Cook
Well isn't this all kinds of what the f***? For fantasy this is kind of a downer for one of the most hyped and interesting backs in the class. His combine and pro day showing were lackluster, but I more and more believe that you can trust the tape more than grown man running around in spandex. When I was in school, I used to be a terrible test taker, but when doing things in real life I'm usually fine. This could be the case for Cooks bad showing during those "tests" or it could be bullshit. Either way, if you draft Cook in dynasty you may be waiting for Murray to lose the job, get injured, or get traded. Even then you would have to deal with the horrendous O-Line the Vikings have trotting out right now. Dalvin's fantasy stock takes a hit in rookie drafts and in redraft leagues. Rookie drafts he is still worth a mid rounder but you will need to be patient.

Anthony: #12 (44 OVR) L.A. Rams- Gerald Everett
Man, Tyler Higbee was so close to becoming a thing. While the selection of Everett doesn't necessarily kill Higbee’s chances, it definitely hurts his long term value. The Rams chose Everett with their first pick of the draft, showing me that new head coach Sean McVay doesn't think very highly of the Jeff Fisher holdover. McVay utilized the tight end a lot in Washington, perhaps you've heard of Jordan Reed. Everett projects as a similar player, an undersized tight end who is more of a pure receiver than an in line blocker. Washington ran more 3 tight end sets as any other team last season, and McVay seems to be hopeful to build the same type of offense around second year quarterback Jerrod Goff. Everett is a raw inexperienced player, who will need time to refine his route running skills, so I am ignoring him in redraft and most likely dynasty startups. In rookie drafts, he should be a late 2nd/3rd round pick with good upside as McVay was able to turn the talented but raw Jordan Reed into an elite fantasy tight end. His value is linked directly to Jared Goff at the moment though so I'm not going to invest a lot into that hope.

Brandon: #13 (45 OVR) Chicago Bears - Adam Shaheen
So the Bears pick came to the board........ yeah that's about it. Adam Shaheen coming from the smaller school of Ashland shows potential as a pass catching tight end with huge size and good athleticism. Even though he is big the largest knock on him seems to be his blocking ability. He will most likely right behind Miller for a year and then the Bears will know whether they want to resign Miller, or hand Shaheen the torch at the TE position. As far as dynasty goes there isn't a lot of interest here, late 3rd or 4th. Plenty of other guys to take fliers on. Not relevant in redraft.

Anthony: #16 (48 OVR) Cincinnati Bengals- Joe Mixon
Damn, Jeremy Hill was fun while it lasted huh? Maybe not, but the second half of his rookie season was pretty damn awesome. He’ll always have that. The drafting of the talented Joe Mixon, all his terrible character questions aside, puts the final death nail on Hill’s long term value. I'm only going to talk about Joe Mixon the football player, trust me I'm just as appalled by his off the field actions as you are. Mixon might very well be the best talent running back talent in this class, one that would have no doubt gone in the first round if not for the character concerns. An unholy mix of Le'veon Bell’s patience and receiving ability and Ezekiel Elliott’s athletic profile, I wouldn't be shocked if Mixon is one of the best running backs in the league on day 1. In redraft leagues, he should be drafted as a top tier RB2 with RB1 upside, and is worth at least a 3rd round pick in dynasty startups when you get below the top established players and are staring at the likes of Latavius Murray and Tevin Coleman. There's no doubt in my mind that Mixon will be the starting running back to open the Bengals season as he's a better and more complete player than both Hill and Bernard. In rookie startups, Mixon should be in the conversation as the number one pick, since he's just as talented as Fournette and McCaffrey, and only Corey Davis can make the case as having the better landing spot.

Brandon:  #20 (52 OVR) Cleveland Browns - DeShone Kizer
I am no way shape or form a Browns fan but I could not be more proud of the way they've handled this draft. They may have missed out on "their guy" in Trubiskey, but Kizer can be a great project for Hue to develop into what one would hope to be a very promising future QB in the NFL. He has a strong arm and confidence for days, along with a good college career. Kizer is an intriguing dynasty prospect for rookie drafts, I would consider him as a mid to late second round pick to a team that may be steady at the QB position but needs to plan for the future. Redraft leagues can scoop him off the wire the week he gets the starting job, if that even happens this year. If you can all join me in saying, Cleveland..... don't ruin this one!

Anthony: #30 (62 OVR) Pittsburgh Steelers- JuJu Smith-Schuster
Just what Pittsburgh needed, another talented receiver. Anyone that buys into age-adjusted production loves JuJu as he will only turn 21 during the season and was 19 during his breakout 2015 campaign at USC. Despite his age, JuJu is a pro-ready wide receiver who was able to win 50-50 balls and is dynamic after the catch. However, JuJu struggled to create separation in college as Matt Harmon’s Perception Reception shows just a 62.7% success rate against man coverage, a mark that puts him below the 33 percentile. Some scouts also question Juju’s focus since he disappeared from games more than his talent should allow. The landing spot in Pittsburgh is decent, though he’ll struggle to gain targets now that Martavis Bryant was reinstated, which could lead to further lack of concentration. He should be ignored in redraft leagues and most dynasty dynasty startups in my opinion and I wouldn't touch him beforehe 2nd round of any rookie draft. Pittsburgh has been very proficient at evaluating wide receiver talent however so I'd be lying if I said this selection didn't make me question my evaluation of him.

Round 3

Brandon: #3 (67 OVR) New Orleans Saints - Alvin Kamara
First Adrian Peterson comes to the party, then Alvin Kamara busts on the scene fashionably late to potentially put the hypothetical nail in Mark Ingrams coffin. Alvin Kamara is a great pass catching back who is quick and can create his own space. The waters are murky with two vets and Cadet in his way, but from a dynasty outlook, I'm thinking by the time AP & Ingrams time is done in New Orleans, Kamara can be the guy after developing his size and in between the tackles running.

Anthony: #5 (69 OVR) LA Rams- Cooper Kupp
Another Los Angeles pick, another receiving weapon. It's almost as if Sean McVay realizes, unlike his predecessor, that you need to invest in offensive weapons in order for your quarterback to succeed. While Kupp isn't going to wow anyone with his athletic measurable, he did post an 88th percentile Agility score which will help him in the quick, underneath routes that he will be asked to run in the slot. McVay helped Jamison Crowder advance from a low level prospect into an absolute force and he should hope to do the same with Kupp. In redraft leagues and anything but deep startup dynasties I'm not going to draft Kupp, instead opting to grab him off the waiver wire if he begins to make an impact. In dynasty rookie drafts, Kupp grades as a third round pick for me, and is a player I wouldn't mind having on my taxi squad in PPR formats.

Brandon: #8 (72 OVR) Tennessee Titans - Taywan Taylor
Taylor is a wide receiver prospect I was rather eager to see where he would be drafted. If you told me he would be joining fellow rookie WR Corey Davis in Tennessee, I would tell you that Mariota has been officially spoiled. Taylor is a great addition with good size, exceptional speed, and great quickness. Taylor can play both outside and in the slot but I believe he will excel on the inside. Now his fantasy value may be a little iffy in redraft leagues as a potential FLEX and flier of the late rounds, but if you invest in him in dynasty I believe he pays off the investment in the mid second round. Rishard Matthews is the Veteran WR on staff but this offense is bound to move forward through the duo of Davis and Taylor, watch out, because the TItans are coming.

Anthony: #15 (79 OVR) New York Jets- ArDarius Stewart
The Jets might not have a quarterback on their roster worth a damn, but that's not stopping them from adding to their receiving corp. After losing Brandon Marshall this offseason, the Jets needed an influx of talent even though Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa showed flashes last season. At 6’1 and 205 pounds, Stewart has nice size that you look for in an outside receiver. I worry about his ability to run precise routes and his hands need some work but he proved at Alabama that he has a hard nosed mentality and isn't afraid to get physical. Stewart can be dynamic with the ball in his hands though he rarely created separation on his own, instead relying on designed screens and bubble passes. In redraft I'm avoiding Stewart, as is the case with most Jets WRs. In dynasty rookie drafts he's worth a third round flier, though I think it will be a year or two before he is possibly useable.

Brandon: #18 (82 OVR) Denver Broncos - Carlos Henderson
Carlos Henderson is an interesting and exciting pick for the Broncos. Though he may not have a quarterback that is capable of utilizing his speed down the stretch, but there is potential here for long term and short term fantasy value. Thomas and Sanders may be in the way, but Henderson doesn't have a large mountain to climb to become the WR3 for the Broncos. Henderson is a dynasty asset that I would target as early as the early 2nd round, because once the Broncos develop a good QB that can spread the ball around, Henderson is a dangerous weapon.

Anthony: #20 (84 OVR) Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Chris Godwin
Good golly Ms Molly the Tampa Bay passing attack is going to be scary as hell in 2017 and beyond. Chris Godwin falling to the Bucs in Round 3 is one of my favorite steals of the draft, maybe second only to another Buccaneer’s steal in OJ Howard. Godwin is one of my favorite receivers in the draft, and I had him in the same tier as Clemson’s Mike Williams who went number 7 overall. Godwin was outstanding in college, posting a ridiculous 85.7 contested catch conversion rate, the highest since Matt Harmon began recording college player. Godwin also ran a 4.42 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine, proving he has the necessary speed to beat defenders downfield. Godwin is ready to play in the NFL day one, and could line up opposite Mike Evans in 3 wide receiver sets allowing DeSean Jackson to play his most dangerous role out of the slot. Jackson also has a sketchy injury history, so there's a decent chance that Godwin could become Winston’s number 2 receiver at various points throughout the season. Even if Jackson doesn't get hurt, Godwin is still worth a late look in deep redraft leagues since the Bucs could have enough passing volume as efficiency to sustain three wide receivers. In rookie drafts, I'd be looking at Godwin between picks 8 and 12 taking him behind the big four running backs and big three receivers and in the same tier as David Njoku, Evan Engram and OJ Howard. Hopefully his falling to the third round will make people sour on him so he'll fall in rookie drafts and the believers can reap the reward.

Anthony: #22 (86 OVR) Kansas City Chiefs- Kareem Hunt
While most Spencer Ware dynasty owners probably aren't concerned about the Chiefs taking Kareem Hunt in the third round, they should be. Hunt showed great vision and balance in college, and led all MAC running backs in his sophomore season despite missing 3 games with an ankle injury. Ware broke down at the tail end of last season, and West showed that he just isn't good at football, so i think there is a path to a consierable amount of playing time for the rooki. In redraft leagues, Hunt should be a high value handcuff to Ware to open the season. In dynasty rookie drafts, I'd be looking at Hunt at the tail end of the 1st round as i'm not the biggest Ware fan but I love running backs in the Andy Reid's offense. Injuries are his only real concerns and he has the ability to usurp Ware on the depth char in 2018 and a starting running back on an Andy Reid offense always has value.

Brandon: #23 (87 OVR) New York Giants - Davis Webb
Is Davis Webb the successor to Eli Manning? We shall see. This Quarterback class is full of interesting projects and Webb is no exception. He has the potential to develop into a pro system and eventually take over the helm in New York. He has shown durability issues and inconsistencies passing, but he has prototypical size for an NFL QB and great arm strength. His fantasy value in dynasty rests on his development. I would be targeting Webb in the late 3rd round and not at all in redraft.

Brandon: #25 (89 OVR) Houston Texans - D'onta Foreman
You should know that I am not the biggest fan of Foreman. He has been injured almost every year in some capacity, he has difficulty holding onto the ball, 6 fumbles in the year he won the Doak Walker award. He might have been force fed the ball in Texas which resulted in him rushing for the second most yards in school history. Having said all that, a lot can be said for him landing in Houston behind Lamar Miller. He has to develop as a pass catcher and blocking to become a true 3 down back in the NFL, but for the time being he can come right in to tout the rock when Miller needs a break. Fantasy value is interesting having a good running back in front of him, so his stock takes a hit. In redraft he could easily become the primary handcuff to Lamar Miller, but before I make any investment I need to see improvement.

Brandon DePouw and Anthony Reimer are writers and contributors for FLAFFL House. Find them on Twitter @bdepouw09 & @reimeras and on Fantasy Life App @bdepoo & @mrmeseeks.