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Broncos add Heuerman

Draft Sharks - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 19:09

The Broncos selected TE Jeff Heuerman in the 3rd round.  He didn't put up noteworthy numbers at Ohio St., but scouts believe he can develop into a more productive pass-catcher at the next level.  Heuerman is a 6'5, 254-pounder who can stretch the seam and high point the football.  Denver is an intriguing landing spot with HC Gary Kubiak, who loves getting his TEs involved in the passing game.  Of course, the Broncos already have Owen Daniels and Virgil Green.

Mannion goes to St. Louis

Draft Sharks - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 19:04

The Rams selected QB Sean Mannion in the 3rd round of the 2015 NFL Draft.  A 4-year starter in Oregon State's pro-style offense, Mannion is regarded as 1 of the smartest players in this year's draft class.  He also has NFL size at 6'6 and 229 pounds.  But he has mediocre arm strength and struggles mightily when pressured.  We wouldn't consider Mannion a threat to QB Nick Foles' starting job in 2015.  We'll see if he can develop into a future starter for a team desperate for an answer at the position.

Steelers add Coates

Draft Sharks - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 18:59

The Steelers plucked WR Sammie Coates in the 3rd round of the 2015 NFL Draft.  There's no doubting this guy's physical profile.  Coates goes 6'1, 212 pounds with 4.4 speed and a 41-inch vertical.  He can certainly get downfield, averaging over 20 yards per catch in the SEC.  But Coates' route running, ball tracking and hands all need work.  He's a developmental prospect who won't be higher than 4th on Pittsburgh's depth chart this season.

Johnson heads to Arizona

Draft Sharks - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 18:55

The Cardinals added RB David Johnson in the 3rd round of the 2015 NFL Draft.  The Northern Iowa product blew up the Combine with a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, 41.5-inch vertical and 127-inch broad at 6'1 and 224 pounds.  Johnson doesn't play that big or fast, though, too often ceding to 1st contact.  Where he excels is in the passing game, racking up 141 catches over 4 college seasons.  That's make him an iffy fit with the Cardinals, who already have a plus pass-catching back in Andre Ellington.  Arizona probably sees Johnson as capable of stepping into a short-yardage role.

Bengals add Kroft

Draft Sharks - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 18:49

The Bengals made Rutgers' Tyler Kroft the 3rd TE off the board by taking him with the 85th overall pick.  The 6'5, 246-pounder is an above-average athlete who can contribute as both a pass-catcher and blocker.  It's unclear exactly how he fits in Cincinnati alongside TE Tyler Eifert, though.  Kroft is a poor bet to make a 2015 fantasy football impact and is only a deep stash in dynasty leagues.

Chargers add Perryman

Draft Sharks - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 18:47

The Chargers picked ILB Denzel Perryman in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. San Diego already has Donald Butler and Manti Te'o in place, but both have had trouble staying healthy and Butler has disappointed even when healthy. Perryman doesn't carry much initial fantasy intrigue but looks OK as a long-term IDP target. We're not excited about his landing spot, and San Diego might well view him as a 2-down player.

Eagles go get Rowe

Draft Sharks - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 18:44

The Eagles moved up to get DB Eric Rowe in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. Rowe projects as either a CB or a S in the NFL, both of which could fill needs for Philadelphia. Rowe tallied just 3 INTs over 4 seasons at Utah but racked up 36 passes defensed. He'll carry some IDP upside but isn't too exciting for dynasty rookie drafts.

Vikings get Kendricks

Draft Sharks - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 18:39

The Vikings somewhat surprisingly got LB Eric Kendricks well into Round 2 of the NFL Draft on Friday night. The most surprising part was that 2 other ILBs preceded him off the board. Many draft evaluators ranked Kendricks tops among inside guys. In Minnesota, he projects as the starting MLB and a 3-down player. Kendricks tallied 5 INTs and 10 sacks over his career, which says a bit about his versatility. Chad Greenway is getting older and hasn't been a terrific coverage LB. He could be looking at more 2-down duty going forward, which would chip away at his IDP value. Don't be surprised if Greenway checks in 3rd among Vikings LBs when our 2015 IDP rankings arrive.

Johnson joins crowded Browns backfield

Draft Sharks - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 18:28

The Browns added RB Duke Johnson to their backfield in the 3rd round.  The Miami product is a smallish 5'9 and 207 pounds and dealt with injuries over his final 2 college seasons.  But he's lightning quick and 1 of the best pass-catching backs in this class, racking up 38 catches, 421 yards and 3 TDs this past season.  Johnson joins Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West in a crowded Browns backfield.  The rookie is most likely to serve as a change-of-pace back at least for 2015.

Saints grab Kikaha

Draft Sharks - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 18:28

The Saints picked OLB Hau'Oli Kikaha in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. The former Washington Husky put up huge pass-rushing numbers in college, including 32 sacks over his final 2 seasons. The knock on him is that he lacks strength, and Kikaha also tore his left ACL twice. If he can stay healthy, though, the upside is immense. He makes for an interesting late IDP target in dynasty rookie drafts and looks like a nice move for a Saints D that ranked 25th in sacks last season.

Conley lands in Kansas City

Draft Sharks - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 18:22

The Chiefs selected WR Chris Conley in the 3rd round of the 2015 NFL Draft.  He didn't put up big college numbers in Georgia's run-heavy offense, but Conley blew up the Combine with a 4.35-second 40, 45-inch vertical and 139-inch broad.  His tape shows a guy who's more than just a freak athlete.  Conley creates separation and has excellent ball skills.  Unfortunately, landing with the Chiefs and ultra-conservative QB Alex Smith is not ideal.  At least Conley doesn't have much competition for a starting job opposite Jeremy Maclin.

McKinney goes to Texans

Draft Sharks - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 18:19

The Texans traded up in Round 2 to draft LB Benardrick McKinney, who brings terrific size and tested great at the Scouting Combine. The problem -- at least as far as we're concerned -- is that McKinney doesn't look like that guy on tape. He's slow to the ball and doesn't appear very instinctive. Perhaps the Texas A&M scheme limited, but we're not excited about McKinney's IDP prospects. Initially, he also might need to fight Brian Cushing for 3-down duties. Don't expect McKinney to land very high in our dynasty rookie rankings.

Raiders add Walford

Draft Sharks - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 17:53

The Raiders picked up TE Clive Walford in the early 3rd round of the 2015 NFL Draft.  Walford racked up 44 catches for 676 yards and 7 TDs for Miami this past season.  He's a smooth athlete who did a lot of damage from the slot and out wide in college.  And his 4.35% drop rate was 5th best among TEs with 40+ targets this past season, according to Pro Football Focus.  Walford is more talented than incumbent starter Mychal Rivera and should eventually take over as Oakland's starter.  He joins WR Amari Cooper to give the Raiders an intriguing, young pass-catching duo.

Giants jump up for Collins

Draft Sharks - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 17:51

The Giants traded up to the top spot in Round 2 for S Landon Collins on Friday night. Collins spent most of draft season as the top S on the board but wound up going after Damarious Randall joined the Packers. Collins should step right away into a defense that has moved on from all of last year's starting safeties: Antrel Rolle, Quintin Demps and Stevie Brown. Collins put up 103 tackles as a senior, snagged 5 INTs over his final 2 years and tallied 13 pass breakups over that span. He looks like a nice IDP prospect who might project to starter range in our 2015 IDP rankings.

Cowboys snag Gregory

Draft Sharks - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 17:25

The Cowboys finally stopped DE Randy Gregory's slide by taking him in the 2nd round with the 60th overall pick. Gregory's failed drug test at the Scouting Combine was the big headline, but NFL.com reported that many around the league worried about Gregory's "ability to handle the mental rigors of professional football." We'll see how things go on that front, but there's no denying the talent Gregory brings. Some called him a top-5 player. Dallas presents an immediate need after DE Greg Hardy's 10-game suspension, and landing in a 4-3 D undeniably boosts Gregory's IDP value. He could be a fantasy football factor right away and looks quite intriguing for dynasty rookie drafts.

Williams lands in Baltimore

Draft Sharks - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 17:04

The Ravens traded up to select TE Maxx Williams with the 55th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.  The Minnesota product didn't put up big college numbers on a run-heavy offense, but he's a 6'4, 249-pounder with above average athleticism.  Williams has a huge catch radius and velcro hands.  Baltimore is an ideal landing spot.  TE Dennis Pitta's career is in jeopardy after 2 major hip injuries, and TE Crockett Gillmore is more of a blocker.  Williams could immediately step in as the lead pass-catching TE in new OC Marc Trestman's offense.  We'd only consider him a spot starter for 2015, but there's plenty of long-term upside here.

Abdullah joins Lions backfield

Draft Sharks - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 16:59

The Lions snatched up RB Ameer Abdullah with the 54th pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.  The Nebraska product topped 1,600 rushing yards in each of the past 2 seasons while averaging a combined 6.1 yards per carry.  Abdullah goes just 5'9, 205 pounds and ran a 4.6-second 40 time at the Combine.  But he crushed the other drills and profiles as a more athletic Gio Bernard.  Adbullah's biggest issues are his ball security and pass protection -- 2 traits that can be improved.  He joins a Lions backfield that features Joique Bell as the early-down runner and Theo Riddick as the passing-down back.  Abdullah could finish with more total touches than both guys this season.

Panthers select Funchess

Draft Sharks - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 16:02

The Panthers traded up 16 spots to select WR Devin Funchess with the 41st pick of the draft.  This is a head-scratcher because Funchess is very similar to Kelvin Benjamin in playing style.  He's a big body at 6'4 and 232 pounds with a 38.5-inch vertical and can win 50-50 balls.  But Funchess doesn't play as physically as he should, displays very little burst and has inconsistent hands.  He totaled scored just 15 TDs in 3 college seasons.  The good news is that he has a clear path to a starting job opposite Benjamin in Carolina.  At worst, he should become a viable red-zone weapon.

Green-Beckham heads to Tennessee

Draft Sharks - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 15:55

The Titans nabbed WR Dorial Green-Beckham with the 40th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.  He joins QB Marcus Mariota on a re-tooled Tennessee offense.  DGB comes with tons of off-field issues and didn't play at all last season.  But this guy has as much upside as any WR in this class.  Green-Beckham goes 6’5, 237 pounds with 4.49 speed. That’s the same height as Bucs WR Mike Evans, 6 pounds heavier and .04 seconds faster.  Green-Beckham can get down field and is dominant on contests catches.  We'll see how much rust he has to shake off, but he's capable of quickly earning a significant role with the Titans.  Green-Beckham and Justin Hunter figure to battle for a starting job opposite Kendall Wright.

Jets add Smith

Draft Sharks - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 15:37

The Jets added WR Devin Smith with the 37th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.  One of the best deep-ball weapons to enter the league in recent memory, Smith averaged 28.2 yards per catch this past season.  That included 17 catches, 754 yards and 10 TDs on targets 20+ yards downfield.  Smith boasts 4.4 speed with NFL-ready ball tracking and body control.  New York isn't the best landing spot, though.  He'll be the #3 WR at best in 2015 behind Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall.  And the Jets still have a big question mark at QB with Geno Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick currently atop the depth chart.