With the NFL Draft ending on Saturday, it is officially time to get started on your draft prep. Many dynasty leagues will be holding their rookie drafts in the upcoming weeks. Lets take a look at how you should expect the first round of your rookie draft to unfold.
This rookie draft is for dynasty teams. It does not indicate their value for a redraft league in next year.
1. Sammy Watkins WR: Buffalo Bills- This is a no-brainer choice for the first overall selection. Watkins is the only slam dunk player in this year's rookie class. While some may be concerned with EJ Manuel as his quarterback, I have a feeling Watkins will put up WR1 numbers for years to come.
2. Mike Evans WR: Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Mike Evans is not far behind Watkins in being the number one wide receiver in this years draft class, some scouts even had him ranked ahead of Watkins. Evans ends up in a nice system with Vincent Jackson to help mentor him.
3. Bishop Sankey RB: Tennessee Titans- In today's age of fantasy football you could always use a running back who is guaranteed carries. Sankey shows the most promise as he landed in Tennessee where Chris Johnson just left. It also helps that Shonn Greene is the other running back on the roster. Sankey was one of the best running backs in college and compares nicely to Giovanni Bernard of the Bengals.
4. Brandin Cooks WR: New Orleans Saints- Cooks ends up on a team that has Drew Brees throwing him the ball and where Darren Sproles just left. The Saints will find ways to get the 4.3/40 Cooks the ball in space and let his speed do the work. He caught 128 balls last year at Oregon State, and in game tape, showed he his not afraid to go across the middle. While he will not put up consistent numbers next year, his future is bright in the "Big Easy".
5. Odell Beckham WR: New York Giants- The Giants had a horrendous year last year offensively and decided to shake things up on the wide receiver core in the off-season. Hakeem Nicks is no longer on the team, and drafted Beckham out of LSU. Beckham was compared to Reggie Wayne during the draft circuit. He will have the opportunity to turn into a playmaker with the help of pass-happy Eli Manning. Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle will take some of the pressure off of Beckham.
6. Eric Ebron TE: Detroit Lions- This may seem early for a tight end in a rookie draft, but Ebron has drawn great praise in his pass catching abilities. There are very few studs at the tight end position, therefore if your fantasy team has a weakness at tight end it may be worth it to take the risk on Ebron. He has all the tools to become a true stud at the position. While you might not see any progress in year one, that is the beauty of dynasty leagues he will have time to develop and become that Jimmy Graham-esque you want him to be. 7. Kelvin Benjamin WR: Carolina Panthers- As you can see it was a wide receiver heavy draft this year. Benjamin who played on the National Championship winning Florida State team this year, showed some flashes of greatness during his time in Florida. The Panthers desperately need some wide receiver help, therefore he will get the opportunity to produce early in his career.
8. Jeremy Hill RB; Cincinnati Bengals- The Bengals have shown that Giovanni Bernard will be their pass catching back, therefore Hill has the chance to become the full-time rusher. BenJarvus Green-Ellis is a solid rusher, but he will rarely break a big one. I think Hill has the chance to overtake him and contribute to the Bengals rushing attack this year and most certainly down the road.
9. Johnny Manziel QB: Cleveland Browns- The Browns organization already came out this week and said that Johnny Football is the back-up, but come on, how long do you think that is going to last. Now while people may question Manziel's ability to win NFL games, you should not question his ability to score fantasy points. Manziel will get points in the air and on the ground.
10. Jordan Matthews WR: Philadelphia Eagles- Everyone knew that Philadelphia would have to take a wide receiver to replace the shoes of DeSean Jackson, and they got a stud in Jordan Matthews. The Eagles offense needed a big body receiver who was able to go up and high point balls, while also being able to out run defensive backs. In Matthews, they got both of those. Matthews has even stated that he has never been caught from behind. Chip Kelly must love the confidence. If you are able to draft Matthews this late in the first round, you should feel extra confident as well. 11. Terence West RB: Cleveland Browns- West had a solid career in college scoring 83 times for the Towson Tigers and ending up in Cleveland where all that stands in your way is an always-injured Ben Tate. The chances are promising.
12. Blake Bortles QB: Jacksonville Jaguars- If you are drafting this late in the first round, you probably already have a solid team and you can look towards the future. Bortles seems to be the prototypical NFL quarterback, but seems to lack the great arm strength. It will be interesting to see what Jacksonville does with Bortles this year, but a year or two to learn the system will not hurt Bortles at all. If you have the opportunity to draft Bortles and keep him on taxi-squad for a couple years the pick may pay off down the road.