Ratcliffe’s Pre-Draft Top 50 Rookies

Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down his pre-Draft top 50 rookies and gives his thoughts and insights into each player.

| 3 years ago
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Ratcliffe’s Pre-Draft Top 50 Rookies


WatkinsWith the draft less than a week away, I took a detailed look at the rookie landscape and broke down the top 50 prospects in terms of potential future fantasy value.

I expect this list to change a lot after the draft, but based on the present state of things, here’s how I have the top 50 rookies:

Ratcliffe’s Pre-Draft Top 30 IDP Rookies

Rk Player Pos College Comments
1 Sammy Watkins WR Clemson He’s a smaller version of Calvin Johnson and the best fantasy prospect in the 2014 class.
2 Mike Evans WR Texas A&M Almost guaranteed to be the No. 2 pick in rookie drafts regardless of landing spot.
3 Odell Beckham WR LSU Blazing speed, but not much size. Still projects to be a solid long-term fantasy option.
4 Marqise Lee WR USC A very complete receiver, though I see a somewhat limited fantasy ceiling.
5 Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State Tons of speed and has the ability to do a lot of things, though he’s only 5’9″.
6 Allen Robinson WR Penn State Shows up faster in pads than his 4.6 40 time suggests. His decent size will prove an asset in today’s game.
7 Carlos Hyde RB Ohio State He’s not a burner, but in the right situation Hyde could step right in and be a productive fantasy option.
8 Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt He’s raw, but he has the size/speed that you just can’t teach.
9 Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M The most polarizing player in this year’s class. He’s ranked here because his ceiling is the highest among the QBs.
10 Davante Adams WR Fresno State Doesn’t blow you away on film, but he does everything well and could be a solid No. 2 WR in the league.
11 Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville The safest QB in this class, though his ceiling isn’t as high as Manziel’s.
12 Eric Ebron TE North Carolina The Vernon Davis comparisons may be a bit much, but Ebron has the tools to be a TE1.
13 Lache Seastrunk RB Baylor Dynamic and willing to run between the tackles. Hands are a concern.
14 Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State He’s a big-bodied receiver who could move up in the right landing spot.
15 Cody Latimer WR Indiana The more I see, the more I like. Good size/speed combo. Has some sleeper appeal.
16 Tre Mason RB Auburn Nothing Mason does is particularly special, though he could contribute in the right situation.
17 Donte Moncrief WR Mississippi If he only had a QB. Moncrief is one of the more underrated WRs in this year’s deep crop.
18 Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech Basketball background with solid receiver skills. Has the makings of a PPR asset.
19 Isaiah Crowell RB Alabama State Crowell stands out much more than Mason on tape, but his competition wasn’t the SEC. Wouldn’t be surprised if his stock rises after the Draft.
20 Devonta Freeman RB Florida State Not a speed back, but a he’s very complete player who could step right in to a committee.
21 Ka’Deem Carey RB Arizona Lack of speed is a concern, but Carey is a tidy back who can run between the tackles and catch passes out of the backfield.
22 Martavis Bryant WR Clemson Another big and fast receiver. Very high ceiling but closer to his floor at this point.
23 Storm Johnson RB UCF Capable of making one cut and going. Possesses good hands.
24 Bishop Sankey RB Washington Tempted to rank him higher, but he has some holes to his game that he needs to shore up.
25 Charles Sims RB West Virginia Lacks wiggle, but Sims has good straight line speed and solid hands.
26 Blake Bortles QB UCF Not as polished as Bridgewater, and lacks Manziel’s ceiling. Still could be viable long-term fantasy option.
27 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington Massive size, and good hands. Not an elite fantasy prospect, but still on the TE2 radar.
28 Terrance West RB Towson Huge numbers at a Division II school. Not convinced he makes much impact at the pro level.
29 Paul Richardson WR Colorado He’s 175 lbs dripping wet, but Richardson can straight up fly.
30 Jeremy Hill RB LSU Big back who doesn’t particularly stand out at anything. Seems destined for a limited role.
31 Derek Carr QB Fresno State Rocket arm, but concerned about his poise in the pocket. Has some Jay Cutler to his game.
32 Jarvis Landry WR LSU PPR potential, but very limited upside.
33 Jared Abbrederis WR Wisconsin Great route runner, but nothing else about him really jumps off the page.
34 Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame Physically imposing player has gotten poor man’s Gronk comparisons.
35 Andre Williams RB Boston College Good size, though he doesn’t blow you away with any part of his game
36 Robert Herron WR Wyoming Has plenty of speed. Not quite sure he has much else to offer.
37 Brandon Coleman WR Rutgers Stands 6’6″ and has decent speed. Not a very instinctual player.
38 Colt Lyerla TE Oregon Freakish athlete who has a long way to go, but an extremely high ceiling.
39 Henry Josey RB Missouri One of the faster backs in this class. Has the look of a committee back.
40 Marion Grice RB Arizona State Good size, but isn’t going to make anyone miss. Likely destined for a committee.
41 Bruce Ellington WR South Carolina Love his athletic ability, but he’s another receiver closer to his floor at this point
42 James White RB Wisconsin Shifty little back who could move up if the right team selects him.
43 Kevin Norwood WR Alabama Doesn’t blow you away with any aspect of his game, though he has decent size/speed.
44 De’Anthony Thomas RB Oregon Plenty of speed, but has some significant holes in his game. Could wind up with a McCluster-like role.
45 Jeff Janis WR SVSU Big and very fast, but he has an unproven resume that came against mainly Division II competition.
46 Zach Mettenberger QB LSU His ranking could go up if he lands in the right spot.
47 Brett Smith QB Wyoming Looks a little awkward throwing the ball, but he’s very accurate and can run like a deer.
48 Josh Huff WR Oregon A bit of a mystery because we didn’t see much of him in Oregon’s offense.
49 Cody Hoffman WR BYU Big-bodied receiver who isn’t a burner, but could be a solid contributor on an NFL team.
50 Silas Redd RB USC Lacks speed and size, but has decent burst and wiggle. Hasn’t reached his full potential, but don’t know if he ever will.

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Jeff Ratcliffe is the Director of Fantasy at Pro Football Focus. He produces all of our projections and is one of the most accurate rankers in the fantasy industry. Jeff also is the host of our show on SiriusXM fantasy sports radio and is one of the main hosts of our Fantasy Slant podcast.

  • DefenseWinsChampionships

    no idp? :(…where’s the love?

    • Jeff Ratcliffe

      I lagged behind on the IDP film study, but they were released yesterday.