The DFW 2016 NFL Rookie Fantasy Football GuideDFW is proud to release the 2016 edition of The Warehouse 2016 NFL Rookie Fantasy Football Guide: 122 players, 52,012 words and 100+ hours of research and analysis boiled down for your NFL draft day enjoyment, with a ton of information and analysis distilled for dynasty rookie and 2016 redraft domination. The guide includes: key notes for every player on their background, main statistics, strengths and weaknesses, and a synopsis of their Combine performance, their draft location (or location if signed as a free agent) with 2016 Outlook. You will find this to be an extremely valuable source of information and a super enjoyable read, get the guide as part of your DFW Insider Membership by signing up here. Please enjoy! [Please note that we are releasing new rookies daily and adding them to this centralized database of players and updates will happen again after the NFL draft]





* In Alphabetical Order


DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: TE Jerell Adams

TE Jerell Adams – Senior / 6-5 / 247 – SOUTH CAROLINA

  • Has long arms and can pluck balls out of the air with his size
  • Surprisingly fast for an athlete his size (long-strider)
  • Fast enough to run effective seam routes and split safeties when defense lines up in a Cover 2
  • Hard to bring down with the ball in his hands and has an impressive array of spins and jukes in his arsenal
  • Can effectively line up next to a tackle, off-set or split out
  • Utilizes his size and build to “box out” defenders, applying his basketball skills
  • Creates good separation on his breaks and provides his QB with a large catch radius
  • Not overly-productive at South Carolina (just 2.4 receptions per game) and not heavily featured in the offense
  • Struggles running routes and tends to run too upright causing cuts to be less crisp than desired
  • Would benefit from adding bulk and strength to better compete in the NFL
  • Hands are average, but still tends to drop catchable passes too often (had five drops in 2015 to just receptions)
  • Doesn’t appear to have the flexibility to adjust to poorly thrown balls
  • Has drawn Ladarius Green comparisons
  • Four-star recruit out of high school where he also excelled at point-forward on the basketball team and Adams played multiple positions for the football team (QB, TE, LB, DE, P)Only one season as a full-time WR and only compiled 26 receptions (has three years of experience as a collegiate quarterback, potentially providing additional value in the NFL)
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Every year at least one player puts together a Combine performance that makes everyone take a second look at everything they thought they knew going in. In 2015, Adams falls into that category. Adams had the fastest Forty time among TEs (4.64 seconds) and placed highly in the Vertical Jump (32.5”, seventh), Broad Jump (117”, sixth), Three-Cone Drill (7.05 seconds, seventh), 20-Yard Shuttle (4.31 seconds, fifth) and 60-Yard Shuttle (11.52 seconds, fourth). According to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr., Adams may push his way into the latter part of the first round as a result of his Combine performance, saying, “teams who had maybe a third-round grade on him will start looking at him as more of an option at the end of Round 1.”
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 6th Round (6.09), New York Giants
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: It will be interesting to see how the Giants are planning to utilize Adams because while listed as a TE, Adams played more like an oversized slot receiver at South Carolina.  Adams enters the season behind Will Tye and Larry Donnell at TE, but could find himself on the field in obvious passing situations in the slot.  He has a nice blend of size and athleticism, but may be relegated to a very part-time role this season.  Eli Manning likes to throw to his TEs, so Adams could carry long-term value, but for the foreseeable future Adams is a stash and see what happens for dynasty leaguers.





DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: TE Hunter Henry

TE Hunter Henry – Junior / 6-5 / 250 – ARKANSAS

  • Henry enters the NFL as the 2015 John Mackey Award Winner as the nation’s top Tight End
  • Not only widely considered best TE prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft but the best prospect to come out in several years
  • Prototypical TE size and has a frame capable of putting on more muscle
  • Sure hands — Henry had zero drops in 2015
  • Above average route runner and Henry reads coverages well, effective at finding open holes in zone coverages
  • Can work all three levels of the field and is particularly effective as a deep threat as a tight end (Henry averaged a big-time 14.3 yards per reception on 116 receptions at Arkansas)
  • Experienced playing in a Pro-style offense at Arkansas
  • Can play in all game situations (block for running plays, passing plays, two-minute, red zone) and should be a player that can stay on the field
  • Potential mismatch as Henry is too fast for most linebackers and Henry can split out wide and has a size advantage against defensive backs
  • Can be a bit upright in breaks on routes and will sometimes round off turns instead of cutting sharply
  • Has good (not great) run blocking skills (doesn’t get a ton of push) but Henry has a wide base to direct defenders and is a willing blocker
  • Hunter is an Arkansas legacy as his father, Mark, was an offensive lineman for the team from 1987–1991
  • Will draw Jason Witten comparisons (including from Henry himself who says he models his game after Witten)
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Henry did not participate in most drills at the Combine. He did 13 reps on the Bench Press at 225, which was a poor showing. Henry, however, did perform well at his Pro Day including running the Forty-Yard Dash in 4.68 seconds, which would have been the 2nd-best time at the Combine among tight ends. He also redeemed himself by putting up 21 reps on the Bench Press. Henry was overall very impressive at his Pro-day. Hunter has a solid chance to be a 1st round pick in this year’s NFL Draft (and with how important the tight end position in the NFL it would be a surprise if he isn’t a draft day premium target for several teams).
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD




DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: TE Tyler Higbee

TE Tyler Higbee – Redshirt Senior / 6-6 / 249 – WESTERN KENTUCKY

  • Has great a combination of length, speed and hands — Higbee is a legit higher-end small school NFL prospect (and could go as high as the 3rd or 4th rounds)
  • Very solid athleticism and a fluid route-runner
  • Good acceleration out of his breaks
  • Smart player, capable of running a full route tree
  • Averaged a healthy 15.5 yards per catch over his college career
  • A former wide receiver, Higbee would be a fantasy-friendly option as he will be move tight-end option in the NFL
  • After switching to tight end, Higbee added on bulk in college (roughly 60 lbs) but didn’t lost his athleticism and big-play potential
  • Has big 10-1/4” hands and catches the ball well (just one drop in 2015)
  • Scored 8 TDs in 2015 despite playing in just nine games — Higbee scored a touchdown once every 4.9 receptions in college
  • Physical after the catch and will fight for extra yards, often dragging defenders for extra yards
  • A converted wide receiver, Higbee is not an elite blocker and will need to improve in this area at the next level
  • Note — Higbee is coming off a knee injury that forced him to miss five of his final seven games in his senior season as well as prohibiting Higbee from competing at the Combine
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Higbee’s upside will be evident as he will almost certainly command a premium in the NFL Draft despite coming from a small school, missing significant time in senior season and being able to participate in almost none of the usual pre-draft analysis. Recovering from a knee injury, Higbee pulled himself out of the Senior Bow, wasn’t able to participate in any of the Combine drills, and was limited in his Pro Day. Nonetheless, it was a highly-attended Pro Day at Western Kentucky as 30 teams sent representatives to see Higbee and quarterback Brandon Doughty.
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD




DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: TE Austin Hooper

TE Austin Hooper – Redshirt Sohpomore/ 6-4 / 254 – STANFORD

  • Long and lanky and also from Stanford, Hooper will draw Coby Fleener comparisons
  • Well-rounded prospect that does a little bit of everything well
  • Shows good quickness down the seam
  • Big enough and strong enough to be a good in-line blocker but can move away from the line of scrimmage as a move receiver
  • Athletic, and Hooper shows tremendous hand­-eye coordination and possesses soft hands
  • Strong runner with the ball in his hands and can carry defenders
  • Lacks suddenness and elite acceleration
  • Will need to improve as a blocker at the next level and Hooper has the frame to add ten pounds of muscle
  • Needs to improve concentration and dropped too many passes in college (an estimated 11 percent drop-rate)
  • Good developmental tight end with upside, Hooper may however need a few years of seasoning before being able to start at the next level (especially with only two year of starting college experience)
  • Finalist for the 2015 John Mackey Award
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Despite two years of college eligibility, Hooper did his due diligence and was given a 3rd round draft grade (especially in what is considered a relatively weak tight end class) and then he declared himself eligible for the 2016 NFL draft. He’s done nothing but impress in off-season workouts and interviews and some project Hooper could be a late 2nd round target by some team. Hooper impressed in his route running and catching ability in Combine drills, and except for the Vertical Jump, Hooper’s Combine numbers were better than Maxx Williams produced last year (and he went in the 2nd round). Hooper had a solid 4.72 time in the Forty at the Combine and dropped that to 4.65 at the Stanford Pro Day. Hooper also measured in with big 10 -5/8” hands.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 3rd Round (3.18), Atlanta Falcons
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Hooper lands in a great spot and gets selected as the second tight end off the board. His main competition is Jacob Tamme , but he is 31 years old and in the final year of his contract. Hooper will likely serve as a reserve this season and get included in red zone packages, but he should be the team’s starter in 2017 and may snag that job at some point here this season.





DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: TE David Morgan

TE David Morgan – Senior / 6-4 / 262 – TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO

  • UTSA’s first-ever All-American (2015)
  • Exceptional strength — Morgan is a very willing and dominant blocker
  • Shields defenders well effectively using his body when catching passes
  • Has good hands and will extend to catch the ball (Morgan is plenty capable of making difficult catches and he catches passes well in traffic )
  • Runs clean, precise routes (looks a little like Jason Witten on the field in terms of build, although not as tall)
  • Morgan is capable of lining up all over the field and while he played mainly at inline tight end Morgan also had some work at wing back, full back and split out wide
  • Solid all around skills and gives 110% every play
  • Played a lot of slot for Texas-San Antonio in 2015
  • Lacks elite speed
  • Didn’t have a ton of receiving stats which likely hurt him Morgan in the 2015 John Mackey Award voting (and many felt he should have received a top eight invitation)
  • Not a lot of tape or experience against elite programs but Morgan played well against Arizona in 2015 including 9 receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown
  • Broke his leg in 2012 and missed the season
  • Slightly-aged, Morgan will be a 23-year-old rookie
  • Especially coming from a small school, Morgan is a major 2016 NFL draft sleeper
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Morgan no doubt was a must-watch out of the tight end group by many NFL GMs as he is a strong sleeper with limited tape against top-notch competition. Morgan did have a very slow Forty-Time — he was actually the only timed-tight end to fail to crack 5 seconds. Still, Morgan crushed the Combine. Morgan was the strongest tight end with 29 reps on the Bench Press, easily the best among tight ends (the 2nd-closest was Beau Sandland with 23 reps and the tight ends averaged 17.5 excluding Morgan for comparison). Morgan measured in with big 10.5” hands. Morgan also showed his ability to change directions phenomenally–well for a man his size with an outstanding 6.93-second time in the Three-Cone drill and a strong time in the Short Shuttle as well. Despite his small-school pedigree, Morgan is probably a lock to come off the board by the end of the 4th round.
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD





DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: TE Nick Vannett

TE Nick Vannett – Senior / 6-6 / 257 – OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

  • Has ideal size to be an every-down NFL TE
  • Has long arms and large hands (10-inches), giving him a large catch radius
  • Vannett’s size and strength allow him to catch contested passes more often than not
  • Runs well enough to create separation early and is unafraid to take hits when making plays over the middle
  • Runs crisp routes, especially routes with quick cuts
  • Effective run blocker, maintaining a good base and moving his feet well
  • Regularly finds holes in zone coverage and gives his QB a nice target
  • Can line up in multiple positions (inline, slot, wide)
  • Was underused at Ohio State, potentially negatively affecting his draft stock (Vannett leaves OSU with just 55 receptions in four seasons)
  • Needs work creating separation late in routes by using his hands
  • Although an adequate blocker, would benefit from added toughness at the point of attack and too often will waits on DEs and OLBs when asked to block versus bringing the fight to them
  • Legs provide easy targets for secondary to chop down, limiting his run after catch ability
  • Four-star recruit out of high school
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Vannett put together a solid Combine, excelling in the 20- and 60-Yard Shuttles (4.2 and 11.5 seconds, respectively, 2nd-among TEs). Vannett also performed well in the catching portions, showing good hands and not dropping a pass in the Gauntlet Drill. Vannett has moved into the conversation among who should be the first tight end drafted, with some claiming his versatility and blocking ability will put him in the mix despite his limited stats in college and how he was used on an Ohio State team stacked with offensive-skill position player talent. Look for Vannett to be selected in the early middle rounds of the NFL Draft.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 3rd round. 94th overall by the Seattle Seahawks
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Too often we as fantasy owners get jaded by tight ends. Yes, Vannett was a 3rd round pick, but he won’t be fantasy relevant. Not only will he be playing behind Jimmy Graham and Luke Willson, but Vannett projects to be more of a blocking tight end in the pros. Based on opportunity alone, he’s a nice player to keep an eye on, but don’t expect a ton of production from the former Buckeye.





DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: TE Bryce Williams

TE Bryce Williams – Senior / 6-6 / 257 – EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

  • Prolific scorer — Williams scored 13 TDs in college, a touchdown one out of every 7.4 receptions
  • Offers a wide catch radius and has a “basketball player build”
  • More of a pass-catcher than blocker (Williams played a lot out of the slot at ECU)
  • Played some fullback initially in his sophomore and junior seasons and didn’t make the full-time switch to tight end until his senior season
  • Smart player who is adept at finding the soft spot in zone coverages
  • Demonstrates very good hands and Williams gets good marks for his success at ECU despite relatively weak quarterback play
  • Catches the ball well in stride
  • Plenty capable of making contested catches
  • Limited tape against elite competition but Williams had a 9/83/1 game at Florida in 2015
  • More of a long-strider with built-up speed and limited movement and change-of-direction skills, and Williams is a little sluggish off the line of scrimmage which may dampen his ability to get separation in the NFL
  • Ran a limited route tree in college
  • Not super shifty in open space as a runner and Williams lacks fluid movement, but he runs hard with the ball in his hands and can be tough to bring down
  • Not an elite blocker which will likely ding his draft stock some
  • Joined ECU as a walk-on after beginning his collegiate career at Marshall (where he made the team also as a walk-on in 2011)
  • Became the first East Carolina player to be selected to the John Mackey Award Watch List (nation’s top tight end) prior to the 2015 season
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Williams had some sleeper appeal heading into the Senior Bowl and Combine but he no doubt has slipped to the later rounds of the NFL Draft. Williams had a rough Senior Bowl week with several drops (although that was not a major issue at ECU). His Combine performance though was not pretty as Williams was one of the bottom performers among tight ends on most of the drills. His Forty-Time was slow (4.94 seconds) as was his 10-Yard Split, Vertical Jump, Broad Jump and all the quickness drills — Williams was in fact last among tight ends in the 3-Cone, Short Shuttle and 60-Yard Shuttle.
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD