NFC Draft Grades: Fantasy Impacts
• 27- Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
• 84- Kareem Martin, DE, UNC
• 91- John Brown, WR, Pittsburg State
• 120- Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech
• 160- Ed Stinson, DE, Alabama
• 196- Walt Powell, WR, Murray State
Deone Bucannon was a bit of a reach with the 27th pick, but I like him and think he can have an immediate impact on the Cardinal D. Their whole draft is pretty much high risk/high reward guys. Niklas has upside, but at the same time may never be better than Housler or Carlson (better players were available at pick 52). Kareem Martin is interesting (I like the pick) and he has a lot of upside. Josh Brown is nothing to write home about and neither is Walt Powell; I don't see them being notable contributors on the Arizona depth chart. Logan Thomas is a freak athlete once believed to be a future top 10 pick, but just never put it all together. He has freakish size and speed, but just quite frankly wasn't a very good QB. Ed Stinson is good system fit and could potentially add depth. I would have liked to see a team as good as the Arizona Cardinals go with some safer picks that could help them make a playoff run this year.
Very little fantasy impact in this draft for Arizona. Bucannon could be a sleeper in IDP leagues. You could take a flyer on Brown or Thomas as deep sleepers in dynasty leagues, but don't expect any immediate impact this upcoming season out of this draft for Arizona.
• 6- Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
• 37- Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
• 68- Dez Southward, DB, Wisconsin
• 139- Prince Shembo, OLB, Notre Dame
• 147- Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue
• 168- Marquis Spruill, OLB, Syracuse
• 253- Yawin Smallwood, MLB, Connecticut
• 255- Tyler Starr, OLB, South Dakota
Jake Matthews was a great pick and will immediately improve the Atlanta offense. Hageman is a great athlete and can make an impact on Atlanta (who need all the help they can get on that D-Line). They couldn't stop the run or rush the passer last year. I believe they should have gone Kony Ealy, but Hageman is a solid pick-up. Southward was a bit of a head scratcher that high, but again not a bad player. I love the Devonta Freeman pick. A lot of very good running backs fell a long way this year. They ended with a slew of mediocre linebackers and a corner. Prince Shembo has the most potential, but not so sure any of those guys make an immediate impact.
Expect the Falcons offense to be more productive with Matthews on the line. I have a feeling they won't have a top 10 pick next season. Devonta Freeman has value in dynasty rookie drafts, and I wouldn't be surprised if he starts making an impact this season. Freeman is player to keep an eye on. Hageman's athleticism could give him some value at DT in IDP leagues.
• 60- Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
• 92- Trai Turner, G, LSU
• 128- Tre Boston, S, North Carolina
• 148- Benne Benwikere, CB, San Jose State
• 204- Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford
Everyone knew the Panthers had to take a wide receiver in the first round, and boy did they get a good one. Benjamin is a big bodied WR coming off a National Championship winning touchdown catch. The scary thing is he's not a finished product and has room for improvement. Kony Ealy is a first round talent and the second best DE in this draft. I would take him over players like Anthony Barr who went 9th overall. Unbelievable that Ealy fell to them at pick 60. Turner is another great value pick at 92. He has potential to crack the Panthers' front five in the near future. They also added some depth to the secondary and grabbed a RB with their last pick.
Kelvin Benjamin immediately becomes the Panthers' #1 WR and I would not be surprised to see him as the top rookie WR in this draft. He is a huge target and Cam can throw him open whenever he needs. Watch out for Ealy in IDP leagues. With all the talent around him, offenses can't key in on him and he could have a big year. Don't expect anything out of Gaffney as there's a good chance he won't even make the final roster.
• 14- Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
• 51- Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
• 82- Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
• 117- Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
• 131- Brock Vereen, S, Minnesota
• 183- David Fales, QB, San Jose State
• 191- Patt O'Donnell, P, Miami
• 246- Charles Leno, OT, Boise State
Fuller is a top level corner who many had as the top rated defensive back in the draft. He should make an immediate impact in the Bears secondary. The Bears desperately need help stopping the run and added two DTs with their second and third pick. Ka'Deem Carey has the potential to be a very good running back in this league. I know, I know, it's just a punter, but they added a very good punter at pick 191. Charles Lenois good value at 246.
Fuller could have some impact in IDP leagues as the Bears always tend to get a lot of turnovers. Ka'deem Carey may be a very good pick in dynasty leagues, and a solid handcuff for Matt Forte. If Forte gets hurt, he has potential to be a major factor.
• 16- Zack Martin, OT/G, Notre Dame
• 34- Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
• 119- Anthony Hitchens, OLB, Iowa
• 146- Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh
• 231- Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford
• 238- Will Smith, MLB, Texas Tech
• 248- Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor
• 251- Ken Bishop, DT, Northern Illinois
• 254- Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon
I love the Zack Martin pick. Jerry Jones showed shocking discipline taking the best player over the much flashier pick (Johnny Manziel). I was honestly impressed with Jerry Jones allowing that pick to be made. The Cowboys needed a pass rusher and traded up to get Demarcus Lawrence. Not who I would have taken, but they have the right idea with the pick. The major issue is they have to stop the run and improve the secondary, and they didn't address either area until pick 238. The Cowboys needed a DT and just didn't go get one. They also really could have used secondary help before Ahmad Dixon at pick 248.
No notable players to draft, but Martin could improve the running game and help keep Romo upright and healthy.
• 40- Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
• 76- Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
• 133- Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State
• 136- Larry Webster, DE, Bloomsburg
• 158- Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton
• 189- T.J. Jones, WR, Notre Dame
• 229- Nate Freese, K, Boston College
I love the Ebron pick. That's exactly who I thought would be the perfect fit in Detroit, and is a great second option to Megatron. Although he can't block, so that's why they re-signed Pettigrew. Great pick! After that they did a good job addressing their needs, but went with a lot of players that need to be developed and have bust potential. Van Noy could be very good, but disappointed this season at BYU. I do like the Nevin Lawson pick. He could make an impact at the nickel corner position this year. Reid could also develop into a solid DT. I also don't hate drafting a kicker at pick 229, as there's nothing worse than having a bad kicker.
Ebron immediately becomes a top tier TE. There are a lot of targets in Detroit now, but also plenty of throws to go around. Expect big things this season from Ebron. A must draft in all leagues. In IDP leagues, that D-Line could free up Van Noy to wreak havoc in the backfield. Not a bad sneaky pick if you're looking for an IDP sleeper.
Green Bay Packers
• 21- Ha'sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
• 85- Khyri Thorton, DT, Southern Miss
• 98- Richard Rodgers, TE, California
• 121- Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona State
• 161- Corey Linsley, C, Ohio State
• 176- Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
• 197- Demetri Goodson, CB, Baylor
• 236- Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley State
I was very happy to see Green Bay resist a pass catcher and get defensive help in the first round. Ha Ha has some off the field questions, but has potential to be a great safety. Adams still has some work to do, but in due time will completely replace Jarrett Boykin. I expect him to be better next year than this year. Richard Rodgers has the talent to step in and become the starting TE this year. He is a similar player to Jermichael Finley, let's just hope he can catch the ball. They also added a lot of depth on the defensive side of the ball. I didn't love that they drafted 3 WRs. They could have added some O-Line depth or took a flyer on a raw pass rusher.
Clinton-Dix is a strong pick in IDP leagues at Safety. Expect him to have an immediate impact and add more big plays to the Packers' D. Adams is a must draft in dynasty leagues, but I don't expect too much out of him this year (although he does knock Boykins off your draft board). Rodgers is a sneaky pick at TE. If he earns the starting job, he has the potential to make an impact in a pass happy offense.
• 9- Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
• 72- Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
• 96- Jerrick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern
• 145- David Yankey, G, Stanford
• 182- Antone Exum, DB, Virginia Tech
• 184- Kendall James, CB, Maine
• 220- Shamar Stephen, DT, Connecticut
• 223- Brandon Watts, LB, Georgia Tech
• 225- Jabari Price, CB, North Carolina
This was a case of good pick / bad pick for the Vikings, but they got a lot of great value. I did not like the Anthony Barr pick at all. I believe it was the worst pick of the top 20. However, to come back and steal the best QB in the draft at 32 was a tremendous decision. Crichton was also a solid value at 72. Yankey and Exum were steals where they were picked. I don't like the Jerrick McKinnon pick, but they got solid depth on the defensive side of the ball late.
Teddy Bridgewater will have a major fantasy impact, not only for himself but for his receivers. I expect Cordarrelle Patterson to be a breakout star this year, don't be afraid to reach for him. Barr could have an IDP impact as could Crichton and Exum on a much smaller level. Mckinon is nothing more than a potential handcuff that may not perform even if Peterson goes down.
New Orleans Saints
• 58- Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
• 126- Khairi Fortt, OLB, California
• 167- Vinnie Sunseri, S, Alabama
• 169- Ronald Powell, OLB, Florida
• 202- Tavon Rooks, OT, Kansas State
I wouldn't advise trading up for a WR in this particular draft. With that said, Cooks is so good and a perfect fit. He can replace Lance Moore and he is about 20 times better. Still, they lost a 3rd round pick to get him. Jean-Baptiste makes a lot of sense for this defense. They also added some defensive depth after that. Some upside, but nothing spectacular.
Cooks is an immediate star in this league. He should be drafted in all formats.
New York Giants
• 43- Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
• 73- Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse
• 113- Andre Wiliams, RB, Boston College
• 152- Nat Berhe, S, San Diego State
• 174- Devon Kennard, OLB, Southern California
• 187- Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame
Odell Beckham has the potential to be a great player in this league. He is a can't miss star. Richburg was a solid pick to help sure up the line. Bromley has a good shot to get in the Giants' rotation on the line as well. I love the Andre Williams pick. He is a great back that fell further than he should have and is a great pick for the Giants. I don't see the rest of their draft doing too much anytime soon.
Odell Beckham is going to be a star in this league and should be drafted in all formats. Andre Williams right now is the best running back for the Giants. He is a must draft in dynasty leagues and a strong sleeper in all other formats.
• 26- Marcus Smith, DE/OLB, Louisville
• 86- Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
• 101- Jaylen Watkins, CB, Philadelphia Eagles
• 141- Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon
• 162- Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
• 224- Beau Allen, DT, Wisconsin
Marcus Smith is a very good player, but was a bit of a stretch that high. I love Jordan Matthews and I really like Huff too. I would have liked to see them go Corner before they picked up a second WR though. They picked up a few solid defensive players later in the draft, but I would have liked to see them do more to really improve that D.
Matthews and Huff could both have an impact on that offense. Matthews could be the top receiver in Philly this season and should be drafted in all formats. Huff is a nice sleeper in dynasty leagues. Marcus Smith can immediately have a big time impact in IDP leagues.
St Louis Rams
• 2- Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
• 13- Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
• 41- Lamarcus Joyner, S/CB, Florida State
• 75- Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
• 110- Maurice Alexander, S, Utah State
• 188- E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri
• 214- Garrett Gilbert, QB, SMU
• 226- Mitchell Van Dyk, OT, Portland State
• 241- Christian Bryant, S, Ohio State
• 249- Michael Sam, DE, Missouri
• 250- Demetrius Rhaney, C, Tennessee State
If there are winners and losers in the draft then the Rams won. Just top to bottom great players. They drafted a tremendous OT in Robinson, and now may have the scariest D-Line in the NFL by adding Aaron Donald. Lamarcus Joyner can be an immediate player in that secondary. Mason is a great running back. They also added great depth with their other picks. Getting the SEC defensive player of the year at pick 249 is great value. Sam slipped due to his sexual preference, but who Sam kisses goodnight has no effect on how he plays football. He improved on a poor combine at his pro-day, and has a high motor and is a good football player. Only reason they don't get an A+ is because I would have liked to see them grab a WR.
Expect improvement (and hopefully health) from Bradford this season. Tre Mason is a handcuff and sleeper in dynasty drafts. Stacy is the man in St. Louis, but don't sleep too long on Mason (he can be special). Aaron Donald has an immediate impact in IDP leagues.
San Francisco 49ers
• 30- Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
• 70- Marcus Martin, C, USC
• 77- Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin
• 100- Brandon Thomas, OT, Clemson
• 106- Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
• 129- Dontae Johnson, CB, N.C. State
• 150- Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida
• 170- Keith Reaser, CB, Florida Atlantic
• 180- Kenneth Acker, CB, SMU
• 243- Kaleb Ramsey, DE, Boston College
• 245- Trey Millard, FB, Oklahoma
I don't love the Jimmie Ward pick in the first, but it isn't a bad pick. The Niners had a lot of picks and drafted a lot of talent, but I'm not so sure they attacked their needs like they could have. Hyde is a great running back, but not sure it was really a pressing need that high in the draft. I really like what they did with their O-Line and in that division they're going to need it. I'm not high on Ellington and think their front seven won't improve much from this draft. I do like what they did in their secondary, but would have liked to see them go corner a bit earlier.
Carlos Hyde is a solid dynasty pick, but most likely won't have a major impact this season. Gore is the back and now Lattimore is healthy, I'm not sure how they all fit in. Ward can have some IDP impact. With Crabtree, Boldin, Stevie Johnson, and VD don't expect much from Ellington anytime soon.
• 64- Justin Britt, OT, Missouri
• 108- Cassius Marsh, DE, UCLA
• 123- Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama
• 132- Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB, Boston College
• 172- Jimmy Staten, DT, Middle Tennessee State
• 199- Garrett Scott, OT, Marshall
• 208- Eric Pinkins, S, San Diego State
• 227- Kiero Small, FB, Arkansas
I don't know what the Seahawks were thinking with those first two picks. They are both injury prone and big time reaches. The Richardson pick was AWFUL. They should have drafted Allen Robinson as the perfect replacement for the sure handed Golden Tate. Marsh is a solid player, but not so sure he was a need. Kevin Norwood could be a good player. They added some depth on the O-Line and defense, but that's about it. I would have liked to see them add a Corner as well. A fullback is always a nice value grab at the end of a draft.
Richardson and Norwood are both dynasty sleepers. I believe Norwood is the better pick.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
• 69- Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia
• 143- Kadeem Edwards, OG, Tennessee State
• 149- Kevin Pamphile, OT, Purdue
• 18- Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
The Bucs started the draft by grabbing the best offensive player in the draft. Then they added another BIG weapon in Austin Seferian-Jenkins. That is a big offense with Evans, V-Jax, and Seferian-Jenkins. They added some RB depth and I love that they addressed the O-Line with the rest of their picks. They didn't have a lot of picks, but they made the most of the picks they did have.
Mike Evans is a big time talent and should be drafted in all leagues. Seferian-Jenkins is a late round sleeper at TE. Charles Sims could be a deep sleeper in dynasty leagues.
• 47- Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford
• 66- Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
• 78- Spencer Long, G, Nebraska
• 102- Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
• 142- Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane
• 186- Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
• 217- Ted Bolser, TE, Indiana
• 228- Zach Hocker, K, Arkansas
They get a little break because the reason they don't have a first round pick is RG3. Murphy is a solid value and I really like Morgan Moses. After that, I don't really see anything special.
Seastrunk could be a very deep sleeper in dynasty leagues. I see nothing of value besides that.