2015 NFL Draft Fantasy Live Blog, Day 2
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11:21 P.M.: We wrap things up with four defensive players in a row – DT Xavier Cooper (96) to Cleveland 96, DE Geneo Grissom (97) to New England, CB Steven Nelson (98) to Kansas City, and LB Paul Dawson (99) to Cincinnati. Cooper and Grisson don’t figure to be fantasy relevant, but Nelson has potential and Dawson is a straight up stud. Nelson checks in at just 5’10”, 197lbs, but plays very physical and is a strong tackler. He’s the only corner in this year’s draft to not miss a tackle last season. He figures to have an initial subpackage role and is someone to keep an eye on in dynasty formats. Dawson excelled in all three phases of the game at the collegiate level. He led all linebackers with a 23.3% run stop percentage, though did miss 17 tackles. He was also strong in coverage with opposing quarterbacks posting a 50.7 QB rating when throwing into his coverage. Dawson also racked up 26 QB pressures on 96 pass rush snaps. He enters an interesting situation in Cincinnati with Vontaze Burfict coming off microfracture surgery and underachievers Emmanuel Lamur and Rey Malauagu also on the roster. It wouldn’t shock us at all of Dawson emerges as a three-down starter in his rookie season.
11:12 P.M.: The Packers and Redskins made a pair of head-scratching picks late in the second round. Green Bay went with wideout Ty Montgomery and Washington followed with running back Matt Jones. Montgomery might be better as a running back. He’s pedestrian across the board as a receiver and blocker, ran a 4.55 40 and stands 5-11, 221 pounds. He’s buried behind Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams in Green Bay. Jones rated out poorly as a rusher, receiver and blocker last year. He’s a big man at 6-2, 235 pounds, but simply not very good. He’s unlikely to emerge into a replacement for Roy Helu and is no threat to Alfred Morris.
11:05 P.M.: We’re coming down the home stretch, and the Colts just got themselves a steal at pick 93 in DE Henry Anderson out of Standford. Arguably the best pass rushing interior lineman in this year’s class, Anderson generated the most QB pressures (57) out of draft-eligible 3-4 defensive ends in 2014. But he’s also a capable run defender, finishing second amond 3-4 defensive ends in both run stop percentage. With Kendall Langford currently atop the depth chart, there’s a strong chance Anderson could see significant time in his rookie season. Unfortunately, for fantasy purposes, he’s more of a traditional 3-4 defensive end. That means the classic high floor/low ceiling combination.
11:00 P.M.: A few more names off the board as we round out the third round. The Steelers added Sammie Coates at wide receiver. Tailback David Johnson heads to the Cardinals. The Rams brought in competition for Nick Foles and Austin Davis by snatching up Sean Mannion. The Bengals (Tyler Kroft) and Broncos (Jeff Heuerman) added tight end depth.
-Coates has 4.43 wheels, is a good blocker and is big-time playmaker, but he struggled with drops at Auburn. He’ll compete with Markus Wheaton for reps behind Martavis Bryant and Antonio Brown
-Johnson was an odd pick for Arizona because he’s best-utilized on receiving downs. Andre Ellington already owns that job. If anything, this is good news for Ellington as he figures to stay involved on early downs. Expect a committee here.
-Kroft was not very good as a receiver in limited action last year, but was terrific as a run blocker. He fills Jermaine Gresham’s blocking shoes, leaving Tyler Eifert to catch passes.
-Heuerman is a decent blocker, but wasn’t impressive as a pass-catcher at Ohio State last season. He’ll compete with Owen Daniels, Virgil Green and James Casey for snaps in Denver.
10:56 P.M.: At the 88th pick, the Vikings select DE Danielle Hunter out of LSU. A physical specimen at 6’5″ and 252lbs., Hunter enters the NFL raw and unpolished. He posted a disappointing 14 QB pressures in 342 pass rush snaps, but did managed 74 total tackles. With Hunter, Mike Zimmer has some intriguing tools to work with. He ran a blazing 4.57 at the Combine. With some work, Hunter could be a productive pro. However, he’s unlikely to be a productive fantasy option in the short-term. Following this pick, the Ravens grabbed DT Carl Davis out of Iowa. A big and physical player, Davis is likely to spend some time behind Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan.
10:45 P.M.: The Eagles grab LB Jordan Hicks from Texas with the 84th pick. Coming off a torn Achilles in 2013, Hicks flew under the radar in the draft process, but is a solid player. He missed just two of 71 tackle opportunities against the Power Five last season, and also performed well in coverage, grading out No. 6 among draft-eligible ILBs. With the Eagles fairly stacked a linebacker, Hicks is unlikely to see much of the field in the short term, but he has the makings of a three-down player in the long-term.
10:39 P.M.: And one more defensive player comes off the board, with the Jets selecting OLB Lorenzo Maudlin of Louisville at No. 82 overall. Though not one of the high profile edge players, Maudlin has good size and figures to help bolster the Jets’ pass rush. That said, Maudlin is off the fantasy radar. Likewise, the Chargers’ selection at the 83rd pick, CB Craig Mager out of Texas State, doesn’t figure to be IDP relevant in 2015.
10:34 P.M.: We just had two defensive players come off the board – CB P.J. Williams (78th) to the Saints, and OLB Eli Harold (79th) to the 49ers. Williams struggled in coverage, yielding six TDs in 2014, but also racked up 83 total tackles last season. He’s a player to keep an eye on with the underwhelming Brandon Brown currently atop the depth chart in New Orleans. Out of Virginia, Harold is one of the better edge players in this year’s draft. Last season, he posted 39 QB pressures on 385 pass rush snaps, converting seven for sacks last season. He’ll join the stable in San Francisco and doesn’t figure to be more than a situational player in 2015. As we were typing this up, CB Alex Carter out of Stanford came off the board at No. 80 to the Lions. He’s a bigger corner with 4.5 speed who steps into a thin depth chart in Detroit. Carter should see situational snaps, but is unlikely to have fantasy value.
10:28 P.M.: Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West dynasty owners are not pleased. With the 13th pick in Round 3, the Browns selected Duke Johnson. One of the more polarizing backs in the draft, Johnson has drawn Chris Johnson and Jamaal Charles comparisons by some, and has been labeled as too small for anything more than a change-of-pace role by others. Johnson stands at 5-9, 207 pounds and ran an underwhelming 4.54 40. He is, however, a strong receiver and shows impressive patience and acceleration as a runner. Cleveland will operate an extremely run-heavy offense, but with Crowell and West in the mix, Johnson will struggle to rack up carries and scoring chances. He projects as a situational, passing-down back, but his fantasy ceiling is very low in this committee.
10:21 P.M.: The Chiefs are revamping their wide receiver unit this offseason. Out is Dwayne Bowe and in are Jeremy Maclin and now, via a third round pick, Chris Conley. The 6-2, 213-pound product out of Georgia has 4.35 wheels and is a good blocker. The latter will help keep him on the field in an offense that revolves around Jamaal Charles’ legs, but he’ll need to cut down on drops. Considering Alex Smith’s conservative play and the presence of target hogs Maclin, Travis Kelce and Charles, Conley is barely worth late-round consideration in redraft leagues.
10:14 P.M.: The future in New Orleans? Garrett Grayson was selected by the Saints in the third round. Grayson may not dress on game day this year (Luke McCown is the favorite for No. 2 duties), but Sean Payton will attempt to groom Grayson into Drew Brees’ eventual replacement. Grayson has a decent arm and good arm strength. He has no value in redraft leagues, but is a worthwhile dynasty stash.
10:08 P.M.: Addressing a position of need, the Giants snag edge player Owa Odighizuwa out of UCLA with the 74th pick. Fast (4.62 40 time) and explosive (39″ vertical), Odighizuwa recorded a pressure on 10.8% of his pass rush snaps and converted eight of his 56 pressures for sacks last season. With a thin depth chart opposite Jason Pierre-Paul, Odighizuwa has the potential to step right into the Giants pass rush rotation. Better yet, he’s all but guaranteed a DE designation for fantasy purposes. While he’ll be a rotational player initially, Odighizuwa has an intriguing dynasty profile.
10:04 P.M.:The Falcons finally landed a tailback, selecting Tevin Coleman early in the third round. One of the speediest incoming rookies, Coleman ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at his Pro Day and had 29 15-plus yard runs last year. At 6’1/206, he’s not an overly intimidating specimen, but holds his own as blocker. Coleman is a big-play machine with three-down upside, but will need to improve as a receiver. He’ll share the Atlanta backfield with Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith this season, but will play a big role in a strong offense. He’s a borderline RB2 option.
10:00 P.M.: It took a bit longer than expected, but Jaelen Strong is finally off the board. He heads to Houston via the sixth pick of the third round. The Texans traded up for Strong, surrendering DeVier Posey to the Jets in the deal. Strong, an Arizona State product, sports a 6-4, 217 frame and has 4.44 wheels. He’ll settle in as short-to-mid-range target for Ryan Mallett or Brian Hoyer, assuming he can fend off Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington for the No. 2 job opposite DeAndre Hopkins. Of course, this is a run-first offense that won’t score very often through the air. Strong is a WR5.
9:55 P.M.: The Raiders pounced on tight end Clive Walford in the third round. Although Maxx Williams is easily the top two-way rookie tight end, Walford isn’t too far behind as a fantasy prospect. The two rookies are the nearly the exact same size and ran identical 40 times. As is the case for most rookie tight ends, and especially in Oakland, Walford won’t be on the fantasy radar as a rookie. Mychal Rivera is the team’s primary passing-down back, but is a poor blocker. Lee Smith was signed during the offseason to block. Walford settles in third on the depth chart for now, but will chip in on passing downs. He’s a solid dynasty prospect, but can be ignored in redraft.
9:50 P.M.: Considering how dominant he was at the collegiate level last season, it’s somewhat surprising that Tyler Lockett made it to the third round. Essentially a replacement for Golden Tate, it’s a nice get for Seattle, but not a good landing spot for Lockett. He’s on the frail side at 5-11, 182 pounds, but sports 4.4 wheels and is an exceptional deep down field and as a returner. A T.Y. Hilton/Kenny Stills type, Lockett has a chance to play significant snaps on passing downs in wide receiver-needy Seattle, but he’s never going to score a lot of touchdowns and the Seahawks rely heavily on their running game. Lockett is a worthwhile WR5 out of the gate, but WR3 is his ceiling over the short term.
9:35 P.M.: With the No. 62 pick, the Packers select DB Quentin Groves out of Miami (Ohio). That’s back-to-back defensive backs for the Packers in this draft. Groves excelled in 2014 after playing four years of college basketball. Not a burner at 4.57, but he’s a versatile player, much like their previous selection, Demarious Randall. It’s not quite clear what the Packers plan to do in their secondary, so we’re going to need to hit the snooze button on Groves for the time being. This pick was followed up by Seattle selection DE Frank Clark out of Michigan 63rd overall. Clark was dismissed from the football team back in November following a domestic violence arrest. Round 2 concluded with the Pats taking S Jordan Richards out of Stanford. We’ve been down the second-round safety road with New England before. Richard’s is not likely to be a factor in 2015. Indy opened the third round with D’Joun Smith out of FAU. He figures to be a situational player for Chuck Pagano’s defense.
9:14 P.M.: Randy Gregory’s much discussed slide is finally over. The Cowboys selected the defensive end out of Nebraska with the 60th pick. This is great value for a Cowboys team starving for talent on the edge, though it obviously comes with significant risk after Gregory failed the Combine drug test. Oozing with upside, Gregory led all draft-eligible edge players last season with 50 QB pressures, and was the No. 3 most-productive edge players. While he still has some rounding out to do, Gregory should see significant snaps in his rookie season and will be in the DL3 conversation.
9:04 P.M.: At No. 56 the Steelers went with CB Senquez Golson out of Ole’ Miss. Nothing really to see here for fantasy purposes. Golson is a smaller cover corner who doesn’t figure to make much of a fantasy impact. The Cards followed this pick with edge player Markus Golden out of Missouri at No. 58. A lower profile prospect than teammate Shane Ray, Golden had 10 sacks last season. In Arizona, Golden will get the OLB designation and doesn’t figure to be on the fantasy radar in 2015. Keep your eye on him in big play dynasty leagues.
8:55 P.M.: Easily the top rookie tight end, Williams is strong as both a receiver and blocker, which will allow him an every-down role at the NFL level. Like Jason Witten, Williams figures to spend plenty of passing downs in the slot. Rookie tight ends rarely provide fantasy value, but with Dennis Pitta’s (hip) career in jeopardy and Baltimore weak with wide receiver depth, Williams may need to play a significant role this season. He’s not a player to expect much from in 2015, but he’s worth a stash in deeper leagues, especially if Pitta doesn’t return.
8:50 P.M.: Finally, an offensive skill position player. The Lions “replaced” Reggie Bush by selecting Ameer Abdullah in the second round. Abdullah is a bit on the lean side (5’10/205) and struggles with blocking, but he’s exceptional as both a runner and receiver (zero drops last year). He seems destined for a career as a committee back, but like a Gio Bernard or Andre Ellington, Abdullah figures to eventually carve out a situational role that can allow RB2 production. In the meantime, he’ll settle in as a complementary back to Joique Bell and do serious damage on passing downs. He’s a RB2 sleeper in PPR formats, but best-viewed as a flex in all formats. Abdullah will also help out as a returner.
8:44 P.M.: The defensive players just keep coming. The Browns grabbed edge player Nate Orchard at No. 51, and Miami grabbed DT Jordan Phillips with the 52nd pick. Mike Pettine replaced the departed Jabaal Sheard with Orchard out of Utah. Last season, Orchard finished tied for the most sacks in the FBS (18.5), and only four draft-eligible 4-3 DEs had more QB pressures (55). He joins the Browns edge rotation along with Paul Kruger and Kiki Mingo, which means Orchard doesn’t offer much short-term IDP value. … Coming out of Texas, Phillips checks in at a mammoth 6’5″, 329lbs. He’s not likely to rack up sacks, as he only generated 22 QB pressures in 2014. Phillips is closer to Terrance Knighton than he is to Dontari Poe for fantasy purposes.
8:40 P.M.: At No. 50, the Bills go with CB Ronald Derby out of Florida State. While we rated his teammate P.J. Williams higher in for fantasy purposes, Darby comes off the board first. Last season, he posted 43 tackles and 3 passes defensed. He joins a Bills team that is fairly well-stocked at defensive back with Leodis McKelvin, Stephon Gilmore, and Corey Graham already in house. Darby is unlikely to see anything more than a situational role in 2015.
8:28 P.M.: That’s a defensive player in each of the last seven picks. The Chargers select former Miami LB Denzel Perryman at No. 48. This is an intriguing pick, as it indicates a lack of confidence in either Donald Butler or Manti Te’o. While that’s not clear just yet, what is clear is Perryman’s ability on the field. One of the better run defenders in the FBS, Perryman posted a run stop on 11.2% of his snaps last season. At this point, it’s tough to project Perryman’s short-term fantasy value. However, we’re going to keep our ear to the ground to find out what San Diego plans to do at the linebacker position.
8:28 P.M.: Chip Kelly may not have been able to trade up to get Marcus Mariota, but he did managed to move up to get another one of his guys – DB Eric Rowe out of Utah at pick 47. This move address a big need in Philly, as the Eagles fielded one of the league’s worst secondaries over the last two seasons. Rowe was a monster at the Combine, finishing as a top performer in seven categories. He didn’t post huge tackle numbers (CFF has him with 49 solo, 6 assist), but did post seven PDs and an INT. Rowe projects as an immediate starter and offers the versatility to keep him on the field for all three downs. He’s squarely on the fantasy radar in CB-required leagues, and makes for one of the better DB dynasty prospects in this draft.
8:22 P.M.: And we have a five-bagger for the IDP folks. With the 46th pick the 49ers select DB Jaquiski Tartt out of Samford. San Francisco also selected a defensive back in the early rounds last year in Jimmie Ward and in 2013 with Eric Reid. A small schooler, Tartt was a prolific tackler at the collegiate level, racking up 277 total tackles. He has good size at 6’1″ and ran 4.53 at the Combine. This move could spell the end of Eric Reid’s time on the fantasy radar, though San Francisco could also grooming a potential replacement for veteran Antoine Bethea. Tartt isn’t likely to offer redraft value in 2015, but dynasty owners should keep an eye on him.
8:17 P.M.: Defense! This time it’s the Vikings snagging Eric Kendricks out of UCLA with the 45th pick. This marks the second year in a row the Vikings selected a Bruins linebacker. Our top-ranked IDP pre-draft, Kendricks was an extremely productive tackler at the collegiate level. He also excelled in coverage allowing 0.92 yards per snap. With Audio Cole atop the depth chart in the middle, Kendricks will have no problem taking the starting job in the middle. A true three-down player, it will be nearly impossible for the Vikings to keep him off the field. This is a great landing spot for Kendricks. He remains our top rookie IDP, and slots in as an LB3 with LB2 upside in redraft leagues.
8:12 P.M.: Three in a row on the defensive side of the ball. With the 44th pick, the Saints grabbed edge player Hau’oli Kikaha out of Washington. Kikaha was a beast over the last two season with 32 sacks and 40 tackles for a loss. He does have an injury history with two torn ACLs. Kikaha may be limited to a situational role in his rookie season, and his long-term fantasy value is limited provided he gets the OLB designation.
8:07 P.M.: The trades are fast and furious right now, as the Texans just traded up to the 43rd spot to select LB Benardrick McKinney out of Mississippi State. This pick addresses a position of need for Houston, as the Texans relied on a patchwork linebacker corps last season with Brian Cushing slow to recover from injury. McKinney has prototype size for the position, but he enters the league with questions surrounding his ability to stay on the field for all three downs. Initially, we project McKinney as a two-down player, though this could certainly change as we get into the preseason.
8:04 P.M.: With the 42nd pick, the Falcons went with CB Jalen Collins out of LSU. Only a 10-game starter in college, Collins slipped out of the first round. He’s on the bigger size for a corner at 6’1″, 203lbs. Last season, opposing receivers caught just 40.9% of passes thrown into Collins’ coverage. Like Trae Waynes, who was selected in the first round, Collins produced minimal tackles in 2014 on a per snap basis. He’s unlikely to make much of a fantasy impact in his rookie season.
8:00 P.M.: Two more wide receivers off the board here in Round 2. The Titans selected Dorial Green-Beckham and the Panthers followed with Devin Funchess. Green-Beckham stands at 6-5, 237 pounds. He ran a sub-4.5 40 and projects as a Plaxico Burress-esque deep threat at the pro level. There are obvious off-the-field concerns here after DGB was booted off the Missouri squad following the 2013 season. He sat out all of 2014. DGB has a massive ceiling, especially in the touchdown department, but his 2015 stock rides on Marcus Mariota’s development. DGB will be a boom/bust fantasy play in deeper leagues. Meanwhile, Carolina selected “borderline” tight end Funchess. He stands 6-foot-5, 232 and projects as a Marques Colston-like slot/possession target. DGB and Funchess are already two of the biggest wideouts in the NFL and slot in No. 2 on their respective depth charts. They are unlikely to make a massive rookie-season impact, but are worth a bench spot.
7:47 P.M.: The transition to a 3-4 is on in Chicago, as the Bears selected DT Eddie Goldman out of Florida State with the 39th pick. Goldman is a big boy at 6’4″ and 336lbs. He graded out well against the run in college, but doesn’t figure to be much of a factor as a pass rusher. Goldman only managed 25 QB pressures in 2014. He also finished No. 20 out of 27 qualifying draft-eligible 3-4 DEs in pass rush productivity. Goldman isn’t likely to be a fantasy relevant player in the short term.
7:41 P.M.: Washington found their replacement for Brian Orakpo, selecting edge player Preston Smith out of Mississippi State at No. 38 overall. In Smith, the Redskins get big size at 6’5″ and 271lbs. But he’s not just all show. Smith can get after the quarterback. Last season he racked up 45 QB pressures on 339 pass rush snaps (13.3%). He also posted an impressive 4.74 40 time at the Combine. Unfortunately, this landing spot isn’t the best for Smith’s fantasy stock. He’s all but guaranteed to get the OLB designation. Like Orakpo in his time with Washington, Smith is likely to be on the fringes of the fantasy radar in balanced scoring formats.
7:36 P.M.: The Rex Ryan era is over in New York. Chan Gailey loves three-plus wide receiver sets and he’s added a pair of game-changers to his stable this offseason. New York used the fifth pick in Round 2 on Devin Smith. He slots in third on the depth chart behind Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall. Smith is 6-1, 196 pounds and sports 4.42 wheels. A superstar deep threat, Smith is often compared to DeSean Jackson and Torrey Smith. His rookie-year fantasy appeal won’t be as high as other rookie wideouts because of the presence of Decker and Marshall, as well as, the Jets’ underwhelming quarterback situation. He’s bench material.
7:29 P.M.: The Jaguars needed a running back and they got it done on Friday night. The third back selected in the 2015 NFL Draft is TJ Yeldon. The big man stands at 6’1/226 and overcomes 4.61 wheels with power and elusiveness. He immediately takes over as Jacksonville’s lead back. Denard Robinson slides into a change of pace role, Toby Gerhart to H-Back. Storm Johnson and Bernard Pierce will compete for scraps. Touchdowns won’t be easy to find, barring big improvement from Blake Bortles, but Yeldon is a candidate for 250 carries. He’s in the RB2 mix, but takes a slight hit in PPR.
7:24 P.M.: With the 35th pick the Raiders select Mario Edwards out of Florida State. Many mocked Leonard Williams to Oakland, but the Raiders passed up the USC end in favor of Amari Cooper. In Edwards, Oakland gets an edge player who is capable of kicking inside in subpackage situations. Think poor man’s Justin Tuck. Edwards is still closer to his floor than he is to his ceiling. Last season, he managed to convert just two of his 31 QB pressures for sacks, and recorded a pressure on a lackluster 8.1% of his pass rush snaps. At this point, it’s tough to project much redraft fantasy value for Edwards. He’s really only worth a late-round flier in deep dynasty leagues.
7:09 P.M.: And we’re off! The Giants traded up to the No. 33 spot, giving up the 40th overall pick along with their fourth- and seventh-round picks to the Titans. New York selects DB Landon Collins out of Alabama. It was a bit of surprise that Collins lasted to Day 2, but the pick makes a ton of sense given the present state of the Giants’ secondary. Collins projects to be an immediate starter and offers an intriguing fantasy profile, as he’s likely see snaps as a nickel linebacker. He slots in as an upside DB2.
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