NFL Draft Dynasty Breakdown: Day 3
The final day of the 2014 NFL Draft has come to a close. Teams looked to take some flyers on some guys that may have slipped due to Character concerns, performance inconsistency and injuries. Yet, many of the players with these flaws still possess enough upside to warrant a team giving them a shot. The same could be said for dynasty owners in rookie drafts. Here are the players of interest I think you should take a chance on and the ones to avoid in your upcoming dynasty rookie draft.
(Pick values based on 12 team, 5 round dynasty rookie drafts)
Logan Thomas, ARI: Great upside pick that fits the Bruce Arians system. He has some work to do, but will get some time to learn/develop. Worth a late round flyer.
Tom Savage, HOU: The Texans finally got a quarterback. He should start sooner rather than later. If you need a QB, and have the time/roster room to stash him for a year, he is worth a look late.
Aaron Murray, KC: I don’t see Aaron Murray’s upside as anything higher than what is in front of him, Alex Smith. I would pass on him in drafts.
A.J. McCarron, CIN: A similar player to Andy Dalton that will replace him if Cincinnati decides not to pay him in 2015. Similar to Savage, he is worth a late round pick if you have the need and the roster space to stash him for a year or so.
Zach Mettenberger, TEN: It looks like the Titans may move on from Jake Locker as they didn’t pick up his fifth year option. Mettenberger has plenty of injury and possible character concerns, but could see some playing time in 2015. I would probably pass on him in drafts.
David Fales, CHI: Interesting pick here. We all know that Jay Cutler misses a few games each year. I think he could step in and at LEAST be a similar player to what Josh McCown was last year when Cutler went down. Might be worth a late round pick.
Keith Wenning, BAL: Baltimore had some interest in a backup during the draft. Barring injury to Joe Flacco, I don’t see Wenning getting many starts anytime soon. Pass.
Tajh Boyd, NYJ: Very intriguing pick. The Jets have Michael Vick, Geno Smith and now Tajh Boyd. We all saw what he did in college, but can he somehow learn to do that in the NFL? On potential alone, I think he could be worth a late round consideration, especially if you aren’t sold on Geno Smith.
Garrett Gilbert, STL: This one may fly under the radar. Many predicted the Rams to pick the next replacement for Sam Bradford. Gilbert may have a future with the Rams, but right now I would be a bit hesitant to take him in rookie drafts.
Devonta Freeman, ATL: Looks like Jacquizz Rodgers’ days for the Falcons may be numbered. Freeman is a better version of Rodgers that may take the job over in a year or two. Worth a mid round pick.
Andre Williams, NYG: Won’t catch passes, but is a fantastic traditional RB. Worth at least a mid round pick, but maybe higher despite his situation.
Ka’Deem Carey, CHI: Good player, but I wonder how much usage he will see. Unless Chicago goes to a committee system, It will take an injury to Matt Forte (or Forte leaving town) for Cary to get a real shot. Worth a mid to late round pick.
De’Anthony Thomas, KC: Curious to see how he will be used. Dexter McCluster 2.0? I like him as a player, but with his size and potentially having an undefined role, will most likely make me pass on him in rookie drafts.
James White, NE: We know how the Patriots RBs work in fantasy football. Still though, White is a good pick that has pass catching ability. Worth a mid round rookie pick.
Lorenzo Taliaferro, BAL: Could be worth a look since Ray Rice has off the field concerns and Bernard Pierce isn’t the poster boy for RB health. Mid to late round pick.
Alfred Blue, HOU: A bigger back that could be part of a committee for the Texans. I wasn’t overly impressed with his college tape, and will probably pass on him in drafts.
Lache Seastrunk, WAS: Plenty of upside here. Even though he slid down the draft, he will compete with Roy Helu as the “smaller/quicker” RB that Jay Gruden has used in his offensive system in the past. I think he is worth a second or third round rookie pick.
Marion Grice, SD: One of my favorite players in the draft. Injuries crushed his draft stock. His situation in San Diego doesn’t look great on the surface, but when/if Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead leave, he could see a major role in the offense. Worth a mid round pick.
Tyler Gaffney, CAR: While Carolina has about 29 RBs on its roster, none have really proven to be productive consistently. Gaffney has a shot to make an impact, but it may take a year. I would consider him in the late rounds.
Storm Johnson, JAC: Love the pick. Johnson is a good player in a good situation. He will compete with Jordan Todman for the backup role to Toby Gerhart. I think he will make the team and is worth a mid to late round pick.
Jalen Saunders, NYJ: Smaller receiver with some serious speed. Has some big play potential, but also has some one trick pony potential. I may consider him in the mid to late rounds.
Bruce Ellington, SF: I love Ellington as a player, but the situation is so crowded in San Francisco. If you have the roster space to stash him, he is worth a mid round pick. Otherwise, I would probably pass on him.
Shaq Evans, NYJ: A “do it all” type of receiver, but I wonder what his fantasy upside will be. Probably worth a look in the mid to late rounds.
Martavis Bryant, PIT: Big, speedy deep threat, which is something the Steelers don’t have. This is a real boom or bust pick. I think I would roll the dice and look to take him in round two.
Kevin Norwood, SEA: Solid player, but the situation isn’t ideal. Plenty of receivers in Seattle, not to mention they are a run oriented offense. I’ll pass on Norwood.
Ryan Grant, WAS: A sleeper of sorts. Washington has DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and not too much else at the position. I would take a shot in the mid rounds on Grant.
Devin Street, DAL: Pretty good player and situation. Needs to develop some, but could see time as the WR3 in Dallas with time. I would probably target him later in the draft.
Jared Abbrederis, GB: Good player in a fantastic situation. However, there are some real medical concerns. I’ll let someone else draft him.
Robert Herron, TB: More weapons for the Bucs. Herron will probably be the slot receiver, but plays bigger than his size. Worth a mid round pick in my opinion.
T.J. Jones, DET: Never hurts to have another receiver in the pass happy Detroit offense. Jones isn’t flashy but is good. I would reach a bit to about round three on him.
Matt Hazel, MIA: Great small school prospect. The situation isn’t the greatest, but i would still take a look at him as a late round flyer.
Walter Powell, ARI: Didn’t have him on my draft board. Probably will pass on him.
Quincy Enunwa, NYJ: Great blocker, and all around good player. Yet ANOTHER weapon for the Jets. I think he has a good future in the league, but not sure what his fantasy upside is. Worth a late round consideration.
Michael Campanaro, BAL: Baltimore traded back into the draft after its final pick to take him, which obviously says something about how highly they value him. Even with Steve and Torrey Smith, Baltimore needed WR depth. I may look at him in the late rounds.
Jeff Janis, GB: The Packers take another weapon for Aaron Rodgers. Could take a few years, but Green Bay has shown great ability to evaluate receiving talent. Worth a look in the later rounds.
James Wright, CIN: I’ll be honest; I didn’t have him on my draft board. Regardless, the Bengals have plenty of receivers right now and I’m not sure he will see much playing time. I’ll pass.
Tevin Reese, SD: The Baylor receivers have had a good track record in the NFL over the past few years and I think it continues with Reese. It may take a year or so, but the Chargers don’t have much at the position outside of Keenan Allen. I would look at him in the third or fourth round.
Jeremy Gallon, NE: Great pick for the Pats. Anybody that has Tom Brady throwing the ball to them is worth a pick in a rookie draft. I would roll the dice in the third or fourth round on Gallon.
Arthur Lynch, MIA: Curious to see how he will be used. Will he replace Charles Clay and/or Dion Sims? I will probably pass on him.
Ted Bolser, WAS: More of a blocker. Good situation though as he will likely be the backup to the injury plagued Jordan Reed. I’ll still probably pass on drafting him.
Rob Blanchflower, PIT: Great pass catcher, but not very athletic and doesn’t block well. Will probably see some red zone looks early, but will need some time to develop. I would take him in the later rounds.