Senior Bowl Accepted Invites

Senior Bowl

Every year the premier senior talent meets in Mobile for the Senior Bowl. The invites are flying out right now as the top seniors around are accepting the trip. So far there have been 41 accepted invites to the 2015 game. Here are the projection for the teams of each accepted Senior Bowl invite:


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Shane Carden, East Carolina
David Johnson, Northern Iowa
Jeremy Langford, Michigan State
Dres Anderson, Utah
Vince Mayle, Washington State
Justin Hardy, East Carolina
Nick Boyle, Delaware
E.J. Bibbs, Iowa State
T.J. Clemmings, Pittsburgh

Nate Orchard, Utah
Alvin “Bud” Dupree, Kentucky
Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville
Louis Trinca-Pasat, Iowa
Carl Davis, Iowa
Mike Hull, Penn State
Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest
Eric Rowe, Utah
Quinten Rollins, Miami (Ohio)
Adrian Amos, Penn State
Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
Joe Cardona, Navy


Jamison Crowder, Duke
Ty Montgomery, Stanford
Jake Fisher, Oregon
Robert Myers, Tennessee State
Laken Tomlinson, Duke
Reese Dismukes, Auburn
Hroniss Grasu, Oregon

Geneo Grissom, Oklahoma
Trey Flowers, Arkansas
Owamagbe Odighizuwa, UCLA
Preston Smith, Mississippi State
Grady Jarrett, Clemson
Joey Mbu, Houston
Gabe Wright, Auburn
Stephone Anthony, Clemson
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregonifo
D’Joun Smith, Florida Atlantic
Senquez Golson, Ole Miss
Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss
Jaquiski Tartt, Samford

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College Football Playoff Race

The College Football Playoff Debate is heating up. With only three weeks to go in the season, the playoffs should include four of these seven contenders. Here are my current rankings of the top 7 contenders:


1. Alabama (9-1)Alabama Crimson Tide

What they have going for them: Alabama has looked like the best team recently with a 59-0 win against A&M, a win at LSU and against Mississippi State. Their one loss was a close game in Oxford against the 8th ranked Ole Miss Rebels. Based on the eye test, leading the SEC and a big win against Mississippi State makes Alabama the top team.

What they have against them: Alabama currently only has one top 25 victory. This past weekend wasn’t a great weekend for Alabama past opponents. LSU lost to Arkansas and Texas A&M lost to Missouri. However, if they win out they will have wins against Auburn and the SEC East which should give them the Resume they need to be the number one team

What they have left: Vs. Western Carolina, Vs. Auburn, SEC Championship

Oregon Ducks

2. Oregon (9-1)

What they have going for them: They have three top 25 wins and probably one of the most impressive resumes around. Currently Oregon has taken down the teams ranked 10th, 11th and 20th. Their only loss was a close one against 15th ranked Arizona. Oregon has also been playing extremely well since the October 2nd loss with an average victory of 21.6 points.

What they have against them: Oregon really doesn’t have a signature win. They have a lot of good wins, but the lack of a signature win separates Alabama from Oregon. The SEC in my opinion has been a better conference this year then the Pac 12 also.

What they have left: Vs. Colorado, At Oregon State, Pac-12 Championship

Florida State

3. Florida St. (10-0)

What they have going for them: They’re undefeated. Florida State has found a way to win every game they have been in. They have played some decent teams with wins against Notre Dame, Clemson, Louisville and Miami. It looks like they will run away with the ACC Championship.

What they have against them: They do not have a win over a top 25 team. The non-conference win against Oklahoma State looks even worse now that they are 5-5. With this soft schedule, they haven’t looked impressive in their victories. If it was only about going undefeated Marshall would be a top 4 team. Florida State is in the top four because they are undefeated, but one loss I believe would eliminate them from playoff contention.

What they have left: Vs. Boston College, Vs. Florida, ACC Championship

tcu logo4. TCU (9-1)

What they have going for them: TCU has an impressive resume this season. So far they have two wins against top 25 teams Kansas State and Oklahoma. Their one loss was a close one against Baylor in Waco. If they win out it looks like they will be Co-Champions of the Big 12.

What they have against them: They stay in the top four, despite their struggle to beat a bad Kansas team. Even though they still won, it does keep the distance between them and Mississippi State much smaller. If they do end up Co-Champions with Baylor the committee will most likely look at Baylor as the champions.

What they have left: At Texas, Vs. Iowa State

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Mississippi state5. Mississippi State (9-1)

What they have going for them: They are a one loss SEC West team whose only loss was to a very good Alabama team. They have a quality win over Auburn and could get another quality win in the Egg Bowl over Ole Miss. Mississippi State passes the eye test too with Dak Prescott and a very good defense.

What they have against them: Just like Alabama they currently have only one win against a top 25 opponent. However, they are not in position to play in the SEC championship. With one of the criteria the committee looks at being conference champions, it could leave Mississippi State out of the top four teams. Right now they are on the fringe with their resume, but there is a possibility they get pushed out by a conference champion.

What they have left: Vs. Vanderbilt, At Ole Miss

Baylor Logo6. Baylor (8-1)

What they have going for them: Baylor has two impressive victories against Oklahoma and TCU. The win against TCU means if they win out they will be looked at by the committee as the Big 12 champions. Other than their one loss Baylor has looked pretty impressive winning at an average of 34.5 points per game. Baylor still has Kansas State left which would give them another impressive victory.

What they have against them: They have one bad loss to West Virginia where they were beaten by 14 points. Baylor also has had a very soft non-conference schedule playing SMU, Northwestern State and Buffalo. The main thing that will hold them back is a combination of the weak schedule and loss to West Virginia.

What they have left: Vs. Oklahoma State, At Texas Tech, Vs. Kansas State

ohio state7. Ohio State (9-1)

What they have going for them: Ohio State has played much better since the loss to Virginia Tech. JT Barrett has improved throughout the season which has led to their 8 game winning streak. They also have a solid win at East Lansing over Michigan State. Right now it looks like they are in line to be in the Big Ten championship against Wisconsin.

What they have against them: An early loss against a bad Virginia Tech (5-5) team at home is their killer. They also only have the one signature win against Michigan State on their resume and  The Big 10 is not as strong as the other major conferences so their soft schedule plays against them. They will need to have an impressive finish to the season to be in that final four.

What they have left: Vs. Indiana, Vs. Michigan, Big Ten Championship

NFL Draft Fever Big Board

It is getting close to that time of the year again. Here is a quick look at the initial Draft Fever Big Board:

Leonard Williams

  1. Leonard Williams, DT, USC

Williams is an extremely disruptive player on the defensive line with 54 tackles and 4.5 sacks already this year. He does a great job disengaging blockers and finding the ball carrier. At 6’5 and 300 LBS he has the athleticism to be scheme diverse at the next level as a 3-4 DE or a 4-3 DT.

marcus mariota

  1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Has all the tools to be an NFL QB along with his blazing speed. Has a lot stronger arm than people give him credit for. Mariota shows very good poise in the pocket and is a very accurate passer. The question remains how he will adjust to the NFL game coming out of the Oregon offense.

Randy Gregory

  1. Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

The best edge rusher in this draft. Shows a great get off and has the knack of getting to the quarterback. He missed the first few games with a knee injury, but has bounced back well. He is scheme diverse at 6’6’ 245 as a 3-4 OLB or a 4-3 DE.

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Alabama

  1. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

Cooper has everything you want when it comes to a wide receiver. He has great hands and is a great route runner. In Lane Kiffin’s offense he has really shown to be excellent in the open field. He doesn’t have that elite size, but he is an all-around elite wide receiver. Look for Cooper to run a blazing 40 yard dash and be a top ten pick in this year’s draft.

Jameis WInston

  1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

Winston will be one of the most controversial prospects in the draft. On the field though he has all the tools to be an NFL Quarterback. He has great size, accuracy and arm strength. He has poise in the pocket and unbelievable anticipation throwing the ball on time. He does sometimes get in trouble trusting his arm too much and forcing the ball. There are also the off the field questions where his maturity is an issue. It should be interesting where he ends up in May.

Cedric Ogbuehi

  1. Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

It looks like Cedric Ogbuehi is the next Offensive tackle from Texas A&M to be drafted in the first round. Ogbuehi has great feet and is very good in pass protection. He will need to get a little better on the ground game, as sometimes he lacks power at the point of attack. Ogbuehi has struggled a little bit in the past few SEC games, but I think it is too early to drop him as he has all the raw tools to be a starting offensive tackle in the NFL. He has recently been moved back to Right Tackle.

Todd Gurley

  1. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

Gurley is one of the most talented running backs to come out in recent memory. He has the size, speed and playmaking ability to make people miss. He is not only a threat on offense, but in the kick return game as well. Don’t expect the suspension to take a hit to his draft stock. Look for Gurley to be a first round impact running back.

Landon Collins

  1. Landon Collins

He is the complete package at the safety position. Landon Collins comes up and plays the run just as good as any safety in the country. He is a viscous tackler and attacks with speed downfield. In coverage he is a ball hawk with playmaking ability. Look for him to be the first safety drafted this year.

Shane Ray

  1. Shane Ray, OLB, Missouri

He is a freak athlete with great speed and quickness. Ray is a high motor player who has great quickness to get around offensive tackles. Shane Ray is an impact player who currently has 12 sacks on the year. He sometimes struggles to disengage off of blockers and gets moved in the run game. Overall he can be a great pass rusher as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

Brandon Scherff

10. Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

Brandon Scherff reminds me a lot of current Dallas Cowboy Zach Martin from last year. He isn’t as good in pass protection as Martin, but he is an excellent run blocker. Scherff does an excellent job reaching the second level and has an extremely violent punch. He needs to improve in pass protection and more specifically the ability to anchor. This goes along with his lack of balance, but he is the best run blocker in this year’s draft. He could start off his NFL career at guard before moving to tackle.

NFL Fantasy Wide Receiver Review

  1. Calvin Johnson Calvin Johnson, Alan Ball

Johnson is the clear number one fantasy wide receiver in the NFL. He has the most talent and production out of anyone at the wide receiver position to put up high fantasy numbers. Last year he had almost 1500 yards and 12 touchdown, and he wasn’t even fully healthy. Expect big numbers from Megatron this year and don’t be afraid to use a late first round pick on him.

  1. A.J. Green NFL: Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati Bengals

You could go either way between A.J. Green and Demaryius Thomas.  Green is my second rated wide receiver because he is the most targeted wide receiver in the NFL. He is a constant target for Dalton and a very good deep threat. He will have a few down week due to the inconsistency of Dalton, but expect another monster year for Green.

  1. Demaryius Thomas Demaryius Thomas

Thomas had a huge breakout year with Manning’s record breaking year. He finished second in the NFL in receiver fantasy points with over 1400 yards and 14 touchdowns. The question will be how much of a drop off Manning will have from his record breaking year. I don’t believe he will have the same production he did last year as he has two talented receivers around him in Emmanuel Sanders and Wes Welker along with decreased numbers from Manning. He will however finish in the top five in fantasy points out of receivers and have another great year with Peyton as his quarterback.

  1. Julio Jones Julio Jones

Julio Jones was off to a monstrous start to the 2013 season before he got hurt and had to miss the final 11 games. Jones was on pace to be the top fantasy wide receiver last year and would have helped a sluggish Atlanta offense. Julio Jones does have injury concerns as he has struggled to stay on the field all 16 games. Expect a bounce back year for Julio though and be one of the top wide receivers in fantasy.

  1. Dez Bryant  Dez Bryant

Bryant had a great year finishing 7th in fantasy points, and second in touchdowns with 13. He remains Romo’s favorite target, especially in the red zone. Bryant sometimes disappears in the Dallas offense with seven games of single digit fantasy production. Bryant will have to become a little more consistent in the Dallas offense to become an elite wide receiver. However, his talent is there to have another great fantasy year with Romo and the Dallas offense.

  1. Brandon Marshall Brandon Marshall

Marshall has been a tremendous wide receiver for the Chicago Bears the past two years. He has finished as a top five wide receiver in that time and a combined 25 touchdowns. He is a great red zone target and should continue being a very productive wide receiver. A possible negative could be Alshon Jeffery taking away some of his production, but I think the difference will be minor and both will flourish. Under Marc Trestman’s offense expect another great year for Brandon Marshall.

  1. Jordy Nelson Jordy Nelson

Jordy has been Aaron Rodgers top wide receiver for the past few seasons and has been extremely productive. What hurt his production last year was the absence of Aaron Rodgers for half of the season. Although with the numbers Jordy put up when Rodgers played the entire game, he was projected for the season to finish as a top three wide receiver. That is elite production over names like Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green and Dez Bryant. Jordy Nelson is a solid wide receiver who should see a spike in production with Green Bay going to the hurry up offense and Aaron Rodgers being back. You can take Jordy Nelson and know you are getting a legitimate number one wide receiver.

  1. Antonio Brown  Pittsburgh Steelers v Philadelphia Eagles

Brown enjoyed an incredible breakout year with 110 catches and almost 1500 yards, almost doubling his production from the year before. He continues this year as the number one wide receiver for Ben Roethlisberger as he will try to replicate last year’s production. Emmanuel Sanders is also gone this year so look for his targets to possibly even increase. Brown is definitely a number one receiver this year despite not having the big name.

  1. Alshon Jeffery Alshon Jeffery

After a disappointing rookie season, Alshon Jeffery
had a breakout year finishing in the top ten in fantasy points for wide receivers. He has fit well in Marc Trestman’s offense stretching the field as a deep threat and shows a great ability to go up for jump balls. He will also explode for a great game every once in a while as he had over 200 yards twice last year. Still, Jeffery is not the top wide receiver on his, team so that hurts him a little in production. However, expect another good year from Alshon Jeffery and you can trust him as a good number one wide receiver.

10. Randall Cobb Randall Cobb

Last year was supposed to be Cobb’s breakout year, however that ended quickly after his injury five games into the season. He had a few productive games going over 100 yards and a touchdown against the 49ers and the Redskins. In a contract year, look for this to be Cobb’s breakout year. He should get a lot of receptions running out of the slot and with Green Bay’s new hurry up offense. The downside is he could fail to produce up to number one wide receiver standards that we’ve come to expect from him. Take him as a fringe number one wide receiver as a guy with elite upside.

11. Vincent Jackson Vincent Jackson

The wide receiver position starts to dip a little bit right here with Vincent Jackson. Jackson has all the tools of a number one fantasy receiver, but his situation and consistency makes him a fringe number one wide receiver. He was incredibly inconsistent last year having three over 20 point games, but also having five games scoring 3 points or less. A lot of that has to do with the quarterback. Picking Vincent Jackson comes with a lot of risk, but the upside is there if there quarterback Josh McCown can be productive and reliable.

12. Andre Johnson Andre Johnson

Johnson is still a very productive wide receiver despite not having a reliable quarterback and entering his 12th season in the NFL. Andre Johnson remains a very good wide receiver and the clear number one for the Texans. However, he put up a lot of inconsistent weeks due to lackluster quarterback play. Now the Texans have Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback, but it is still up in the air how productive they can be together. That will be the risk when taking Johnson and whether he can be consistent week in and week out.

13. Keenan Allen Keenan Allen

Keenan Allen had a very good rookie year becoming one of Phillip Rivers’s favorite targets. Look for Allen to take another step towards being a top ten wide receiver in his second year. He must become a bigger part of the offense though if he wants to become a number one wide receiver. Out of the top twenty fantasy wide receivers last year, Keenan Allen had the least amount of targets.  Hopefully Keenan Allen can build off of last year’s rookie season and become a reliable fantasy wide receiver.

14. Pierre Garcon Pierre Garcon

Only one player last year had at least five catches ever single game last year. No it wasn’t A.J. Green, Demaryius Thomas or Megatron… it was Pierre Garcon. Garcon is highly underrated in fantasy football as a consistant weekly option. He won’t put any 2-3 point dud weeks as he his always in the game plan. He isn’t a deep threat, but he can be very successful with the number of receptions he gets. Look for the addition of Desean Jackson to help Pierre Garcon get open and more receiving yards. He should be looked at as a top 15 wide receiver and a top 10 wide receiver in PPR leagues.

15. Desean Jackson Desean Jackson

Desean Jackson is a very good deep threat at the wide receiver position for the Redskins. This is a weapon that Robert Griffin III has not had during his NFL career. If RGIII can get back to his rookie form, look for Desean Jackson to have a great year. The risk with Desean Jackson is that he and RGIII do not have the deep threat chemistry and he struggles. It is a major risk/reward with Desean Jackson because he did finish as a top ten wide receiver last year. However, RGIII reliability is still in question which would make Desean Jackson inconsistent if the quarterback struggles.

NFL Fantasy Running Back Review

Adrian Peterson

  1. Adrian Peterson

Peterson is the most talented running back in the league. He has consistently produced great fantasy numbers since he has gotten in the league and had another good year last year despite getting injured. He is the Minnesota Vikings offense right now so expect a lot of carries this year. He isn’t as big of a factor in the passing game as Jamaal Charles or Lesean McCoy, but he will give you consistent rushing stats with a lot of touchdowns. He is definitely worth the number one pick in your fantasy draft.

Jamaal Charles

  1. Jamaal Charles

Charles won a lot of fantasy playoff games this past year with his five touchdown performance against the Raiders. He finished as the highest scoring running back in the league last year and if you end up with him in your fantasy draft this year, expect another great season. He is the number one option in the air and on the ground in Andy Reid’s offense Last year he had 70 catches and 259 carries not to mention he was targeted in the passing game 104 times. Jamaal Charles has been an explosive back since he came to the league, take him early and know you got one of the elite fantasy backs this year.

Lesean McCoy

  1. Lesean McCoy

McCoy had a breakout year in Chip Kelly’s first season as he finished with the second most fantasy points out of running backs and easily had the most rushing yards out of any back. This year the Eagles hope to continue having their explosive offense and Lesean McCoy will take the lead role. The main reason I have Jamaal Charles above McCoy is the question of how much of an impact Darren Sproles will have on McCoy’s production. Sproles is an excellent receiver out of the backfield and McCoy could see a decrease in touches this year. Nonetheless Lesean McCoy remains a premier fantasy option and one of the young running back stars in this league.

Matt Forte

  1. Matt Forte

A lot of people say that there are three elite fantasy running backs this year, however I believe Forte should be in this category of elite running backs.  He finished third in fantasy points for running backs last year and is a major factor in the receiving game. Last season Forte had more receptions than McCoy and Charles, it is an undervalued facet of his game. Forte to me is an elite fantasy back option, what keeps him a little bit behind the other three is the receivers Chicago has along with the great passing game. Still if you get Forte in your fantasy draft, know you have an elite fantasy running back you can rely on week after week.

Marshawn Lynch

  1. Marshawn Lynch

Lynch had a great year last year finishing fourth in fantasy points. Lynch gets the benefit of playing for a team that runs it more than any other team in the NFL along with being a major goal line running back as seen by his league leading 12 Touchdown runs. A downside of Lynch is the possible emergence of Christine Michael and Robert Turbin. The Seahawks will most likely decrease the amount of carries Lynch gets and give the backups a bigger role in the offense. Another downside of Lynch’s game that keeps him from being elite is he has a limited role in the passing game. To be considered elite in my opinion, you have to be explosive receiver out of the backfield as well as on the ground to get maximize production. Even with these fall backs Lynch is a solid fantasy option in the first round due to his explosiveness on the ground as well as being a running back that will have a lot of touchdowns this year.


  1. Eddie Lacy

Lacy had a great rookie year finishing 6th in fantasy points for running backs despite getting injured throughout the year. Expect an even bigger year for this Alabama Running back as Green Bay looks to up the tempo up to having more plays throughout the game. Lacy also had to go half of last season with Aaron Rodgers being out of the lineup, leading to having to run against eight and nine man fronts. The Packers have also came out and said that Lacy should have a bigger role in the passing game. However, there is always an injury risk with Lacy as he is a very violent runner. Lacy should have a very good year playing for one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL and have an increase in touchdowns. Eddie Lacy definitely warrants a first round pick as a very good number one running back for your fantasy team.

Arian Foster

  1. Arian Foster

It seems like ages ago when he was elite fantasy running back, however when he has been healthy he’s been very good. Last year Foster missed major time, but when he did play he averaged a very good 4.5 yards per carry.  The risk with picking Foster is if he will stay healthy as he has failed to do so the past two seasons. Foster also plays on a very offensively challenged Texans team right now and will have to consistently run against eight man boxes. The upside though is a top five fantasy back if he stays healthy and is able to return to his 2011 form.

St. Louis Rams v Dallas Cowboys

  1. Demarco Murray

Murray has had some great fantasy production in the past. He finished ninth out of fantasy running backs last year, despite missing time. Jason Garrett has a history of throwing the ball a little too much and not sticking with the ground game. Murray, like Foster, has a history of getting injured during the year.  Murray is a first round running back who will provide great production, there is an injury risk when taking Murray though.

Doug Martin

  1. Doug Martin

At this point in fantasy rankings, the running back position begins to decline. After a great rookie season, Martin struggled a little bit at the beginning and his season ended early after a season ending injury. Doug Martin is back healthy this year and it is still to be determined if he will return to be the running back he was in his rookie year. If he is, he can have top five fantasy running back production. Martin is a risk to take in the first round, but could yield a big reward if he returns to rookie form.

Leveon Bell

10. Le’Veon Bell

Last year Bell had a pretty good rookie year. He never really exploded for any big games, but would put up at least 9-12 points a week. Le’Veon Bell is a big running back the Steelers like to use near the goal line. He is also used quite a bit in the passing game as seen by his 45 catches despite missing the first four games. Look for Bell to take a step up in yards and touchdown production as a reliable low end number one running back.

alfred Morris

11. Alfred Morris

Morris is a back that will be very productive on the ground game. Last year he was third in the NFL in rushing yards. However the problems come in with the backup running backs getting his goal line touches. He still finished with a good 7 touchdowns, but that could have been more if he didn’t have running backs like Roy Helu stealing his goal line carries. Alfred Morris will also provide no additional yardage in the receiving game. In the entirety of last year, Morris totaled 9 catches for 78 yards. Morris is a non-factor in the receiving game, so you must only rely on his rushing stats. Morris is still a very reliable low end number one running back who will give you plenty of rushing yards and a touchdown every now and then.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs St. Louis Rams

12. Zac Stacy

I am a little lower on my outlook of Zac Stacy than a lot of people. Stacy had a surprisingly good rookie year as a low round pick out of Vanderbilt. When starting the Rams leaned heavily on giving the ball to Stacy, getting the ball between 25-30 times per game. However, Stacy at times was an ineffective runner averaging only 3 yards a carry some games. I believe the Rams will not lean as heavy on Stacy this year as seen with their second round selection of Tre Mason. Stacy will still be the top back, but will not get nearly the touches as last year. Look for Stacy to be a good number two running back as he will keep his fantasy numbers high being the goal line back.

Reggie Bush

13. Reggie Bush

Bush proved last year that he is still as explosive a running back as ever. Despite missing some time due to injury, Bush still finished with over a 1000 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving. Bush has a major role in the Detroit offense and can have some weeks where he really produces. The downside is his touchdown production will never be high due to Joique Bell getting the goal line carries. He also is a major injury risk as he does have a tendency almost every year to get hurt. He has shown the ability though to be a good low end number one running back when healthy and I believe he is an excellent 2nd round pick.

Ryan Matthews

14. Ryan Matthews

Matthews had a pretty good fantasy year finishing 10th in fantasy points out of running backs. He did it mostly on the ground with over 1250 yards and 6 touchdowns. He had a limited role in the passing game last year with newly signed Danny Woodhead, so expect to see the same role as last year. Matthews is also an injury risk, suffering a high ankle injury last year with an injury. If he is able to stay healthy, expect good rushing numbers and fantasy points from the one time first round pick.

Montee Ball

15. Montee Ball

Some people at the start of last year assumed Montee Ball would come in and be the top running back for the Broncos. However, Knowshon Moreno had a breakout year and finished fifth in fantasy points for running backs. With Knowshon gone, Montee Ball is now in position to be the top runner for the Broncos. Ball was a very good goal line running back in college and most likely will take that role over with Moreno gone. Ball really hasn’t showed the ability to be in the top 15 for running backs, but with the high powered offense expect Ball to have a lot of touchdowns and high fantasy production.

NFL Fantasy QB Review

Peyton Manning
1. Peyton Manning
Expect another great season from him. I don’t think he can repeat last season’s numbers, but has the offensive weapons to be the top quarterback again. He has Emmanuel Sanders now who was very productive in Pittsburgh. He joins Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas as quality pass catchers in Denver. In terms of where to pick him, I’d say lower first round. I’m not passing on an elite fantasy running back for him. The only exception may be if your league counts passing touchdowns as 6 points, then he has the ability to win your league for him and should be chosen top 5.

Aaron Rodgers
2. Aaron Rodgers
Before he got hurt he was on track to be right there with the top quarterbacks in fantasy. He is one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL and continues to put up great stats. With great wide receivers in Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb there’s no question he can still put up his 2011 NFL MVP season. He has the talent to be right up there with Peyton Manning so getting him in the second round instead of investing a first round pick is a good spot for him.

Drew Brees
3. Drew Brees
The last three seasons Drew Brees has posted at least 5,000 yards and 39 touchdowns. It is more likely he will continue putting up these types of stats under Sean Payton’s offense and with Jimmy Graham as his top target. Along with Graham, he has decent receivers in Marques Colston, Kenny Stills, Robert Meachum and newcomer Brandin Cooks. Brees is an elite fantasy quarterback worthy of a pick in the second round.

Matthew Stafford
4. Matthew Stafford
We are out of the elite category now, but Stafford really is not a bad option as a starting fantasy quarterback. He was given some new weapons this off season in Golden Tate and Eric Ebron who should help take some of the pressure off Calvin Johnson. Stafford throws as much as anyone in the league and is always a candidate to put up huge yards. He does however have a few occasional bad games where he forces the ball and throws a high amount of interceptions. This is evident from the last four games of the year finishing with 2 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. There is a defiant buyer beware on Stafford and is in that second tier group of fantasy quarterbacks. He does have a ton of upside given his 2011 season with over 5,000 yards and 41 touchdowns.

Andrew Luck
5. Andrew Luck
Can Andrew Luck make a leap into being an elite fantasy quarterback? The signs look good heading into his third season as the starter for the Colts. Last year he finished fourth out of fantasy quarterbacks even without his top wide receiver, Reggie Wayne, for half the year. This year he has a young emerging wide receiving core around him to help him become a very good fantasy starter. A concern is whether he can get his passing touchdowns up from just 23 last year. I don’t think he becomes elite, but he is a very consistent starter week to week.

Cam Newton
6. Cam Newton
Cam Newton had a great fantasy year last year finishing third among quarterbacks in fantasy points. Part of this came due to him putting the most points out of any quarterback on the ground with 585 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns. So why did I drop him in this year’s fantasy rankings? Look around at his supporting cast. Last year he had an alright wide receiving core with Steve Smith, Brandon Lafell and Ted Ginn. Now not one of those wide receivers is still with the team, and the projected starters are Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant and rookie Kelvin Benjamin. The Panthers do have a good tight end in Greg Olsen, but this cast will make it tough for Cam to be productive. If you want an example, look what a bad supporting cast did to Tom Brady’s numbers last year. It is a huge question mark what kind of numbers Cam can put up, but his talent gives him top 5 fantasy quarterback potential.

Philadelphia Eagles v Oakland Raiders
7. Nick Foles
One of the riskier picks of this year’s fantasy draft is Foles. Nick Foles broke out in 2014 second half of the year and was definitely a present if you were lucky to pick him off the waiver wire. With such a small sampling though the obvious concern is if he can keep that production up. That’s not the only concern… there is also the loss of Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin’s health is still up in question. However, 27 touchdowns and two interceptions in a little over half a season is tough to ignore. He was even more productive than Peyton Manning the second half of the year. The upside is top three fantasy quarterback, the downside is he doesn’t have the weapons to produce the same stats and he’s a fringe fantasy starter. I personally expect Foles to continue producing and end up a solid fantasy starter in Chip Kelly’s offense.

Russell Wilson
8. Russell Wilson
Wilson is an extremely talented quarterback through the air and on the ground. He finished last year as the 8th highest scoring fantasy quarterback and that’s where I put him in my rankings. The problem with Russell Wilson actually has nothing to do with him, the Seahawks do not throw the ball very often as he has one of the least pass attempts in the league. With Wilson you do get a consistent performer who will throw a couple touchdowns a game and get yards on the ground. If the Seahawks decide to open it up a little more in his third season as the starter, Wilson will have some serious fantasy potential. However, if they stay with the same type of play calling look for him to produce the same numbers and be limited in his fantasy production.

Colin Kapernick
9. Colin Kaepernick
Kapernick could be set for a big year in fantasy after getting a new contract this off season. He has Michael Crabtree healthy, Anquan Boldin back for another season and the 49ers acquired Steve Johnson this off season. Not to mention he has one of the top tight ends in the game in Vernon Davis. Kaepernick had a nice end of the year after a slow start and finished with the 9th most fantasy points out of the quarterbacks. With Kaepernick you’ll have to take the good with the bad as he is a little inconsistent. However if he plays like he did from week 11 to the end of the season last year, you will have yourself a top five fantasy quarterback.

at Georgia Dome on November 27, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.
10. Matt Ryan
Last year was a tough year for Matt Ryan. You had a shaky offensive line, the loss of Julio Jones, the injury problems of Roddy White and a lack of a running game without Steven Jackson. If you look at Matt Ryan’s production when he did have Julio Jones, he was one of the top quarterbacks around. After he lost Julio Jones, his stats became a little inconsistent. He did put up similar yardage to his great 2012 season, but the touchdowns were down. Expect a comeback year with Matt Ryan and his touchdowns to increase with his offensive weapons back.

Tony Romo
11. Tony Romo
Tony Romo gets quite a bit of criticism and some of it is deserved, but when it comes to fantasy football he’s a starter. The problem is many people transfer this criticism over to fantasy football and he goes lower than he is supposed to. The past three seasons, Romo has finished as a top ten fantasy quarterback. He also has a top wide receiver target in Dez Bryant, a very good safety net in Jason Witten, and a running game with Demarco Murray. Not to mention a poor defense that will require the Cowboys to win by throwing and scoring a lot of points. The only question mark I see with Romo that could cause him to fall out of the top ten fantasy quarterback producers is his health and age. After back surgery this off season and turning 34 it is only a matter of time before Romo’s stats start to decline. For right now, Romo is a low end fantasy starter.

Tom Brady
12. Tom Brady
It may surprise you how low I have Tom Brady, but let me explain. First let’s start with the Patriots, there is a clear lack of quality wide receivers on the roster. Danny Amendola can’t stay healthy, Julian Edelman is not a number one wide receiver and the rest of the wide receivers are way too young and inexperienced to be counted on. Gronkowski is great, but he hasn’t made it through an entire season since 2011. Now let’s move on to Tom Brady himself. Since 2011 Tom Brady’s yards, touchdowns, completion percentage and quarterback rating have declined each year. He’s not getting any younger either at 36. Point is Tom Brady is not the elite fantasy quarterback that he used to be. That being said he is still a very good quarterback who will give you about the same numbers he put up last year where he finished 13th for fantasy quarterbacks and possibly a little bit higher if Gronk stays healthy all year. Buyer beware though, he’s getting older and someone in your draft will take him higher just off name recognition. If you pick him know you are getting a lower end fantasy starter.

Phillip Rivers
13. Phillip Rivers
Phillip Rivers had a breakout this past year, finishing 6th in points for quarterbacks. Part of the reason for this boom in production is the emergence of Keenan Allen. Along with Keenan Allen, the tight end play has been outstanding with ready to breakout star Ladarius Green and of course the all-time great Antonio Gates. Phillip Rivers has continued to limit his interceptions while increasing his touchdown production. The risk is that the year before he was the 21st fantasy quarterback. So was last year’s breakout year just a fluke or has Phillip Rivers turned it around and ready to be a weekly fantasy starter.

14. Robert Griffin III
Fantasy owners that drafted RGIII had to be disappointed. He had his fair share of quality games, but overall a disappointing season with just 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He will have a chance to turn it around with Desean Jackson coming from Philadelphia and Pierre Garcon returning. He will also have Jordan Reed coming back from injury which should give him a good tight end option. However, it is tough to trust his health and whether he will get back to rookie form. He takes a few too many hits and relies on his legs too often. There is a chance he can come back and be a top ten quarterback again with new deep threat Desean Jackson, but I’d much rather spend a high pick on a quarterback that is going to be consistent and healthy.

Jay Cutler
15. Jay Cutler
As far as fantasy production goes, Jay Cutler is actually pretty consistent. In every game that Jay Cutler finished, he had at least one touchdown and double digit fantasy points. He did struggle to stay healthy, but was having a very good year outside of that. Part of the reason is his offensive weapons and a very improved offensive line. Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall may be the best 1-2 punch at the wide receiver position. They also have a good red zone target with tight end Martellus Bennett. Jay Cutler has the potential to be a top ten fantasy quarterback with the offensive weapons around him and his strong arm. It is just a question if he can be consistent all season and stay healthy. He has never played a full 16 game season in Chicago or thrown for over 27 touchdowns. This could be the year he breaks out.

Ben Roethlesberger
16. Ben Roethlisberger
For being 16th on this list, Ben Roethlisberger really is a great top end backup option. He finished 12th in fantasy points last year and was very consistent almost the entire year. He had a pretty good year with new number one wide receiver Antonio Brown. However, this off season he lost his number two wide receiver in Emmanual Sanders. If he can continue off last season where he stayed healthy and threw the most touchdowns for him since 2007, you should have yourself a very good backup or fringe fantasy starter.

Andy Dalton
17. Andy Dalton
Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and… Andy Dalton? Yes that’s right, Andy Dalton finished as the fifth highest scoring quarterback last year. However he played incredibly inconsistent this past season. He had four games with scoring single digits and also three games with over 30 points. He had a career high in touchdowns and interceptions, if he can cut down the interceptions and become more consistent look for him to be a viable starting fantasy option this year. He does have a lot of talent around him as his top wide receiver AJ Green is unbelievable along with Marvin Jones who had a career year. The tight end position is stacked also with Tyler Eifert in his second year and Jermaine Gresham still there. Andy Dalton could make a fantasy owner very happy if he can cut down on the turnovers. His struggles at times throughout the season causes me to hesitate to draft him as my top quarterback, but his ability to put up big numbers makes him have upside as a possible every week fantasy starter.

Josh McCown
18. Josh McCown
Josh McCown is the wildcard at the quarterback position. He did a great job replacing Cutler when he was out with an injury and put up some very good numbers while in. Now he has moved on to Tampa Bay as he will be taking the starting role with some talented players around him. He has very similar wide receivers in Tampa Bay like he did in Chicago with two big targets in Vincent Jackson and newcomer Mike Evans. They also have Doug Martin coming back from injury to take some of the pressure of McCown. However, it is very risky to trust a 35 year old quarterback whose track record before this has been mediocre at best. It’s a risk taking McCown, but if you can get him late enough it could pay off if he continues of his breakout year from last year. Last year could also be a bit of a fluke and he could possibly continue the same struggles he had earlier in his year. Personally, I think he will be a fringe fantasy starter, but the risk is too great to take him high.

Eli Manning
19. Eli Manning

Last year was a nightmare year for fantasy owners that drafted Eli Manning. 18 touchdowns and 27 interceptions are definitely not the stats of a fantasy starter and he will have to turn that around to have any consideration of starting. He has the help from new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who was the old quarterbacks coach for the Green Bay Packers. They have focused on short, quicker passes in the new offense. McAdoo’s goal for Eli Manning was to be at a 70% completion percentage this year which would be a dramatic increase from his 57% completion percentage this past year. Eli could still get back to form and have a comeback year with this offense. Just look at the breakout year Phillip Rivers had this past season with Mike McCoy’s new offense. With talented wide receivers Victor Cruz, Reuben Randle and newcomer Odell Becham Jr. around him, expect a bit of a bounce back year for Eli.

Joe Flacco
20. Joe Flacco

Flacco was another player, along with Eli Manning, who had a down year. Flacco threw a career high 22 interceptions after never throwing more than 12 in his career and only finished with 19 touchdowns. Part of this had to do with the lack of a run game with Ray Rice having a down year. Flacco also had to deal with a shaky offensive line and losing his top wide receiver in Anquan Boldin. Honestly Joe Flacco has never been a fantasy superstar and at most has been a solid backup. There’s not much upside in picking Flacco other than him getting back to his normal numbers and being a solid fantasy backup.

NFL First Round Analysis

  1. Houston TexansClowney

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Houston took the best player in the draft when they took Clowney. He can be an instant impact player if he puts in the effort. Clowney possses the size, speed and strength to be a great defensive lineman, but at times can struggle taking on blocks. The Texans have a very talented defensive line now with JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney is the ultimate boom or bust prospect, but has all the talent to be succsessful.

  1. St. Louis Ramsgreg robinson

Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

Robinson can help the Rams offensive line right away at guard or right tackle. He has amazing raw traits with his size and athleticism and is absolutely great in the run game. The plan can then be for the Rams to develop him into a franchise left tackle with his great tools. He still needs to develop his pass protection, but he can come in right away and be a great run blocker.  The worst case scenario is he is a really good guard at the next level.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguarsblake bortles

Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

The first surprise of the draft, the Jaguars just put the franchise on Blake Bortles right arm. They are a lot higher on Bortles than I am as I wouldn’t pick him until late first round. Bortles has an ok arm, but it can sometimes float in the air on longer throws. He also forces the ball into coverage at times and can be inaccurate with his deep ball. However, he does have good size and has shown at times the ability to drive the ball in a hole in coverage. I believe Bortles will not be ready to start right away and will have a lot of developing to do to be a quality starter. He could be a good starter at the next level, but he could also not develop and be a Blaine Gabbert type quarterback.

  1. Buffalo Bills (From Cleveland)Watkins

Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

Buffalo traded a lot to get Watkins, but Buffalo gets a playmaking wide receiver that they’ve been lacking. Sammy Watkins is the best receiver in the draft with his speed, great route running ability, and great after the catch ability. What separates him from Evans is his ability to separate with crisp routes. It is a lot to give a first round pick next year, but they do get a very talented wide receiver to add with Robert Woods and Mike Williams. I like who Buffalo picked, however I have never been a fan of giving up a future first round pick.

  1. Oakland Raiderskhalil-mack

Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

Khalil Mack is one of my favorite players in this draft. Mack has great pass rush ability and can beat you with his speed or strength. He can also drop into coverage and has a nose for the football. Khalil Mack can instantly help Oakland’s pass rush and defense in their rebuilding effort. I like the Raiders pick of taking the best player available.

  1. Atlanta FalconsJake Matthews

Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

The Falcons fit a need with an extremely talented offensive tackle. Jake Matthews is one of the safest picks in the draft and gives the Falcons a franchise left tackle along with their franchise quarterback. Matthews is very good technique wise and has good strength in run blocking. Another strength is Matthews great feet and kick slide in pass protection. The Falcons made a focus to keep Matt Ryan protected and upright to get the ball to his playmakers.

  1. Tampa Bay BuccaneersAuburn v Texas A&M

Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

The Bucs got a very talented receiver to pair with Vincent Jackson. Mike Evans is a big and fast wide receiver with great hands. He is a little bit raw of a route runner, but has a ton of potential to be a top wide receiver at the next level. He is an offensive weapon that can help out Josh McCown and their offense improve from an average year last year.

  1. Cleveland Browns (From Minnesota)Justin Gilbert

Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.

The Cleveland Browns traded up to get their guy in Justin Gilbert. He is a very talented cornerback with all the tools to be great at the next level. He is very fast and can run with any wide receiver. I question his change of direction and he was not my top cornerback, but he does have a lot of potential.

  1. Minnesota Vikings (From Cleveland from Buffalo)anthony barr

Anthony Barr, DE, UCLA

The Vikings get a quality pass rusher to make up for the loss of Jared Allen. He is a raw talent, but has the potential to be a very good defensive end. I thought of him more as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but he has the frame to play defensive end in a 4-3 defense. The Vikings also pick up a 5th round selection for moving back a pick. They can pair Everson Griffin and Anthony Barr as their future pass rushers.

10. Detroit LionsEric Ebron

Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

I really like this selection as a way to take away extra coverage from Calvin Johnson. Eric Ebron has 4.5 speed, great open field running ability and is an underrated blocker. Ebron has the potential to make a Vernon Davis type of impact with his outstanding speed and receiving ability down the field. The Lions have crossed off a need of adding another receiving weapon.

11. Tennessee TitansNCAA Football: Cowboys Classic-Alabama vs Michigan

Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

The Titans pick a quality offensive tackle that could be a good starter for them. Taylor Lewan sometimes gets lazy in technique, but has major upside with athleticism and strength. Lewan has a nasty streak and will improve an offensive line that added Chance Warmack last year. Tennessee may have one of the most talented offensive lines with the addition of Lewan and Michael Oher. I had Zack Martin as the higher rated tackle, but Lewan was very close.

12. New York Giantsodell beckham

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

Odell Beckham comes in to the Giants as a replacement for Hakeem Nicks. The Giants need to get their offense back in a rhythm and Beckham can help as a really good wide receiver. Odell is a good route runner with excellent after the catch running ability. He was very productive at LSU at receiver and also at returner. I liked Aaron Donald here as an excellent value and to help from the losses of Linval Joseph and Justin Tuck.

13. St. Louis Ramsaaron donald

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

A very talented interior lineman, Aaron Donald makes the Rams have a star studded defensive lineman with Robert Quinn and Chris Long. I believe Donald is talented enough to come start right away on this defensive line. Aaron Donald did everything right in the draft process, he excelled at the senior bowl, combine, and interviews. Really thought this was a spot the Rams would sure up the safety position with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, but Aaron Donald is a very talented three technique.

14. Chicago Bearsfuller

Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

Chicago has aging cornerbacks with Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings so this was definitely a team need. Fuller was my top ranked cornerback and has all the tools you look for in a corner. He is a physical corner which Chicago likes and excels in man and zone coverage. He is not an elite athlete, but has good speed and plays tight coverage on his wide receiver. Ha Ha could have also been the selection with them struggling in the safety position, but the Bears did still improve the secondary with a very talented cornerback.

15. Pittsburgh SteelersRyan Shazier

Ryan Shazier, ILB, Ohio St.

The Pittsburgh Steelers put a point of emphasis on adding to their linebacking core. Ryan Shazier is a very athletic linebacker running the forty in 4.38. He can step in and be a good inside linebacker for the Steelers along with Lawrence Timmons. I thought of him more as a 4-3 weakside outside linebacker, but he did spend some time at Ohio State in the middle. I still question how good he will be taking on blocks and I believe C.J. Mosley was the better pick. Shazier is still a very talented player and will have the opportunity to play right away.

16. Dallas Cowboyszack martin

Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

This became the most interesting pick in the draft, would the Cowboys take Manziel or pass? I believe the Cowboys made the smart decision and took a good player to help them now. Zack Martin was one of my favorite tackles in the draft and I think can be a great player at guard or right tackle right away. It wasn’t defense, but my biggest criticism of the Cowboys a few years ago was how they didn’t invest high draft picks in offensive lineman. Now they have taken an offensive lineman in the first round for three of the past four drafts and the first two have worked out well for them. Look for Zack Martin to start right away at one of the guard spots and eventually move to right tackle with Tyron Smith on the left.

17. Baltimore Ravenscj mosley

C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

The Ravens got a great player with the 17th overall pick in the draft. C.J. Mosley captained the Crimson Tide defense and showed the ability to fly all over the field. He shows good instincts and can move well through traffic. If Arthur Brown develops along with Mosley, the Ravens will have two solid inside linebackers in their 3-4 defense.

18. New York Jetscalvin pryor

Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

The Jets took a Rex Ryan type of player in Calvin Pryor. Pryor is best known for being a hard hitter, but also has good coverage skills. The Jets were alright at safety beforehand with Antonio Allen and Dawan Landry, but it now becomes a position of strength. It was a little surprising that they didn’t go with an offensive weapon like Brandin Cooks, but I believe Pryor will be a good hard-hitting safety at the next level.

19. Miami DolphinsJa'Wuan James

JaWuan James, OT, Tennessee

This was the first big surprise for me as I didn’t have a first round grade on JaWuan James. He is a good offensive tackle with good feet as he played on the right side, but I didn’t see him going until the second round. He’s not a dominant run blocker, but could still be a good tackle. The Dolphins filled a major position of need as they’ll look for him to fill in on the Right Tackle spot.

20. New Orleans Saints (From Arizona)Brandin-Cooks

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon St.

The Saints picked a very exciting player with Brandin Cooks. Cooks has elite after the catch ability with his quickness and 4.33 speed. He also has great ball skills and attacks the ball despite his height. The Saints do not have a player on their roster with the speed and quickness of Cooks and he should be an excellent weapon for Drew Brees.


Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

The Packers did a great job here filling a major need with a major talent. After a season where the Packers safeties did not have one interception, Ha Ha can come in right away as a ball hawk safety. The Packers have not had a safety like Ha Ha since Nick Collins. He should come in and start right away with his coverage skills and instincts to find the ball.

22. Cleveland Browns (From Philadelphia)Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

After a long slide into the late first round, Manziel is a Cleveland Brown. It remains to be seen whether Manziel can be a franchise quarterback given all his questions coming out. He has the arm strength and accuracy to be a good NFL quarterback, but does he have the durability and decision making to be successful at this level. He will also have to understand he can’t out run the defenders in the NFL. He is the ultimate boom or bust NFL quarterback.

23. Kansas City Chiefsdee ford

Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn

The Chiefs get a quality outside linebacker that can be a pass rushing specialist his first year. He does just an ok job against the run, but can really bend around the corner when rushing the quarterback. Dee Ford adds depth behind two talented outside linebackers of Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.

24. Cincinnati BengalsDarqueze Dennard

Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.

The Bengals have to be ecstatic that Dennard fell to them with the 24th pick. Darqueze is a talented corner who helps the Bengals get younger at the position currently with Terrance Newman and Leon Hall starting. Dennard stays tight to his wide receiver in man coverage and is very physical. He may not have the best speed, but he remains a good man cornerback who can develop into a good starter.

25. San Diego ChargersNCAA Football: Texas Christian at Oklahoma

Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

The Chargers also needed cornerback help and capitalized by picking Verrett. Jason Verrett is a very physical corner with good speed and movement skills. He has everything you want in a cornerback except his size. The Chargers filled a need with this talented cornerback.

26. Philadelphia Eagles (From Cleveland)marcus smith

Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville

Philadelphia needed to add another pass rusher with aging Trent Cole and attempted to fill the need with Marcus Smith. I think this pick is ok but I would have preferred a few other players instead of my 54th rated player in Marcus Smith. Smith is a very talented pass rusher, but can struggle to hold up in the run. It should be interesting if he could develop behind Trent Cole as the Eagles next pass rusher.

27. Arizona Cardinals (From New Orleans)deone bucannon

Deone Bucannon, S, Washington St.

The Cardinals had their eye set on Bucannon and decided that 20 was too rich to take him. So they traded back and got a very hard hitting safety for their defense. Safety was a position of need and they must have preferred him to Ha Ha trading down from their twentieth position. He sometimes doesn’t take the best angles and can get caught in coverage, but overall a very good player. With the safety class not being that deep it was important for the Cardinals to get their safety now.

28. Carolina Pantherskelvin Benjamin

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida St.

The Panthers picked their biggest need, but it was surprising they took Benjamin over Marqise Lee. Benjamin is a much bigger project and has inconsistent hands. The Panthers went with the upside, but Benjamin may be pushed into action with the Panthers wide receiver depth being very thin.

29. New England Patriotsdominique-easley

Dominique Easley, DT, Florida

A huge injury risk, the Patriots took a chance in the first round on Dominique Easley to solve their aging defensive line. Easley has torn both of his ACLs and missed most of last year due to the tear. When healthy Easley is a great interior pass rusher and disruptor. The Patriots took a huge risk with Easley’s injury history.

30. San Francisco 49ersJimmie ward

Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois

The 49ers needed nickel back coverage help and may have found the perfect fit with Ward. Ward can line up at corner or safety and is a good tackler with ball skills. He played safety in college and is closer to cornerback size than safety.  Look for Ward to possibly have an impact early on.

31. Denver BroncosBradley Roby

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio St.

Roby has all the tools you look for in a corner: Good Feet, Fast, quick change of direction, and has good height. However he did not play up to his potential at Ohio State and had quite a few mental lapses in coverage. He also is a bit of a character risk being suspended the first few games at Ohio State. However he the Broncos got him in a good spot late in the first round and they can develop him to fix a need at cornerback.

32. Minnesota Vikings (From Seattle)teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

A great move by the Vikings moving up into the first round and pick my top quarterback in the draft. I believe Teddy Bridgewater is the most ready to play quarterback in the draft with his high football IQ and tools. To add to that he has a good arm and accuracy. A bad pro day caused Teddy Bridgewater to fall in the draft, but I’ll take the three years of good tape over one bad pro day. I believe the Vikings got a steal at the end of the first round.