Day 2 of the NFL Draft is in the books and DFW has your fantasy football and dynasty coverage of every skill-position player added to the NFL! That’s 2 more QBs, 6 more RBs, 8 more WRs (depending on how the Panthers designate Devin Funchess) and the first 4 TEs coming off the board. Here we go — enjoy!
2.04 Jacksonville Jaguars – RB TJ Yeldon, Alabama
The Jags take another stab at stabilizing the RB position as they nab TJ Yeldon as the 3rd running back selected in the 2015 Draft. Yeldon seems like a great fit here in a young offense, which will boast a 2nd-year quarterback and 2nd-year starting receivers, and now a young rookie buck, to go along with Julius Thomas at tight end. It’s a remarkable turnover in the offense in two years time. There is zero standing in the way of Yeldon having a huge role in the offense. It is a definite and massive hit to any Denard Robinson dynasty owners out there (although the Jags drafting a legitimate starting running back shouldn’t have been a surprise). Expect Robinson to be relegated to a change-of-pace/3rd-down role and Toby Gerhart will be relegated to the bench where he belongbs.
2.05 New York Jets – WR Devin Smith, Ohio State
The Jets didn’t go the RB route, as some analysts expected before the pick, and instead land one of the most effective deep threats in this class. Devin Smith creates an interesting receiving corps for Geno Smith and company as he comes in as the deep threat to go with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. The Jets finally have some legitimate receiving weapons, plus adding in Jace Amaro who was drafted in the 2nd round last year. Time will tell if Smith is versatile enough to make a major impact outside of the occasional long ball. Geno is running out of excuses as well — unless he is already out and it is Ryan Fitzpatrick who will start. Mike Cagna doubts Smith will be very consistent week-to-week both in real life and fantasy football early in his career.
2.8 Tennessee Titans – WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Oklahoma
Shots fired — the Titans go for the extreme boom or bust pick here and pair Marcus Mariota with Dorial Green-Beckham. DGB is a size-speed freak, as has been repeatedly documented. BUT, the comparisons early-on to Calvin Johnson were and continue to be extremely flawed and DGB’s character issues can not be overlooked. At his best, his comps are to Kelvin Benjamin albeit with hundreds of pounds of baggage strapped to his back. He MAY just be the most talented WR in this class. What he IS, however, is a raw, immature player whose multiple bad decisions off the field led to his dismissal from Missouri. As a result, he hasn’t played in a football game in over a year; a fact that did nothing to improve is raw route-running or inconsistent ability to play up to his size. As Mike Cagna says, “I know I’m in the minority as several fantasy analysts, including many of my colleagues here at DFW, have DGB as a Top-5 pick in rookie drafts, and he has a chance to earn a substantial role for the Titans right way, but I implore you to reconsider investing that high of a pick on this classic boom or bust prospect. There are plenty of other talented players in this draft class. Learn from the lessons of Josh Gordon and Justin Blackmon.” If (and it is a HUGE IF) Tennessee can get him on track and focused, he may be a major steal. That takes a lot of faith from them, and it will take a lot of faith from fantasy owners to bet on DGB too.
2.09 Carolina Panthers – WR Devin Funchess, Michigan
The Panthers are hell-bent on creating the largest skill position group known to man and double-down on big WRs with suspect hands. Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess will be huge size mismatches on the outside for defensive coordinators to deal with, but Cam and Panthers fans everywhere will be left holding their breaths waiting to see if either of them will come down with the ball on a consistent basis. The one major fit though is Cam Newton constantly throws the ball too high to receivers, and having these tall receivers with long arms has to help. Funchess steps into a void across from Benjamin and should be on the field a lot immediately.
2.22 Detroit Lions – RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
The Lions needed a versatile runner to complement bruiser Joique Bell and, after beefing up the middle of their line yesterday Ameer Abdullah enters into an excellent situation. He is likely the ideal fit for what they wanted Reggie Bush to be and he offers a lot more than Theo Riddick does. This pick is a major value both in the “real” draft and in fantasy drafts. Though he will likely be in a RBBC, Abdullah should have a lot of opportunity to succeed. Abdullah will be a perfect compliment to Bell in Detroit and certainly could push to start although expect a split between the two (nonetheless this is a hit to Bell’s dynasty value but this was to be expected coming out of the draft). Abdullah has amazing lateral agility in the open field to make defenders miss and decent power for a back his size.
2.23 Baltimore Ravens – TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota
The Ravens needed a tight end after the injury to Dennis Pitta and the departure of Owen Daniels, and they traded up to make sure they landed Maxx Williams, as the first tight end selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. Williams is the best pass catcher among this class of TEs. Just pop in the tape and you’ll see WR-caliber catches including one-handed grabs, and sideline toe-taps. Rookie tight ends historically struggle in the NFL but Williams immediately becomes an attractive talent when you consider his raw talent and the fondness Joe Flacco has shown for his tight end in the past. Look for Williams him to be a hot commodity in dynasty rookie drafts for owners looking for value at tight end.
3.04 Oakland Raiders – TE Clive Walford, Miami
After a lengthy drought of skill-position players drafted, the Raiders nab the second tight end off the board in Miami’s Clive Walford. With it, the Raiders add another pass-catching weapon to Derek Carr’s arsenal. You have to absolutely love how the Raiders have added elite receiving talent in this year’s draft for their new franchise quarterback. Walford will give Carr a nice target in the middle and up the seams to go along with Amari Cooper. Walford flat out has the size and speed to do damage when he releases into pass routes. Mychal Rivera’s draft stock takes a huge hit and probably can be released in dynasty leagues.
3.05 Seattle Seahawks – WR Tyler Lockett Kansas State
The Seahawks traded three extra picks to jump up and get their guy here in Tyler Lockett. They desperately needed an upgrade at WR and Lockett gives them a polished route runner who Jamie Will believes will step in instantly to contribute: “He seems like exactly the kind of player who can thrive with Russell Wilson as he is a cerebral player who will make the most of plays, especially when Wilson buys time with his legs.” Mike Cagna agrees and says, “This kid is one of my favorite players in the draft – he may be undersized (5’10” 182), but he plays much bigger than that.” Constantly open during film study, Lockett is one of the best route-runners in this class and plays up to his 4.4 speed. Don’t make the mistake of overlooking Lockett because of his size for if you do you’ll end up kicking yourself in the end. Lockett could be for Seattle what Percy Harvin never was.
3.06 Houston Texans – WR Jaelen Strong. Arizona State
The slide for Jaelen Strong finally ends with him joining the Houston Texans. The Texans saw the value on the board (many mock drafts including one here at DFW had Strong going in the second-half of the first round). He steps into a situation where he could find playing time early opposite DeAndre Hopkins, although the team does have veterans Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington who bring a lot of NFL experience in terms of Strong’s path to starting as a rookie – then again, Shorts can’t stay healthy and Washington is past his prime. Strong offers very good height and bulk (6’2″ 217) for the WR position with rare speed (4.44) for a man that size. However, he didn’t always play up to that speed in college. Strong lives up to his name with an ability to out-muscle, out-work and out-jump defenders in contested battles. Despite slipping to the 3rd round, Strong is still worth an early pick in rookie drafts and he will be a solid later-round flyer in redrafts. Remember though too, in Houston you are looking at a run-first team with Brian Hoyer under center.
3.09 Atlanta Falcons – RB Tevin Coleman, Indiana
Tevin Coleman may have had to wait until the 3rd round to come off the board, but he lands in a great spot for instant impact. We love this pick both for the Falcons and for Coleman. Devonta Freeman is best suited for a complimentary role, and Coleman is a true home-run hitter every time he touches the ball. Coleman is tailor-made speed for the Georgia Dome turf and the Falcons needed a true threat in the backfield after two years of an older and plodding Steven Jackson. Coleman, like Ameer Abdullah in Detroit, steps into a money situation where he could make a major impact from day one. Coleman likely will split carries initially with Freeman, but it is not out of the question that he could seize control of the job before Week 1. What Coleman was able to do at Indiana last year playing half the season with a broken bone in his foot was nothing short of amazing. Whether it’s dynasty or redraft, don’t forget about this guy when your draft rolls around.
3.11 New Orleans Saints – QB Garrett Grayson, Colorado State
After 73 picks, another QB has finally come off the board. The Saints selected Garrett Grayson as the heir apparent to an aging Drew Brees. Grayson has the physical tools to play in the NFL and he arguably steps into a perfect situation where he can learn from one of the best at the position as well as one of the best offensive coaches. It is way too early now to say he will succeed at a high level once Brees moves on, but he will have a chance to make his mark in a few years.
3.12 Kansas City Chiefs – WR Chris Conley, Georgia
Although he didn’t have a lot of production for the Bulldogs, Chris Conley jumped onto the national radar with a standout Combine performance which elevated his status into the 3rd round of the NFL Draft. The Chiefs get perhaps the best overall athlete in this class though he is a raw and didn’t often play to his explosive measurables at Georgia. That could have been a sign of poor quarterback play after Aaron Murray’s knee injury, or it could be a sign that Conley is just a workout warrior. Either way, Conley provides drool-inducing physical upside and enters a situation where he will likely get an early chance to play significant time opposite Jeremy Maclin. It’s a horrible landing spot though really to maximize of his skills as Alex Smith simply does not often look to wide receivers and when he does he doesn’t throw the ball deep. Conley is worth a gamble in dynasty drafts and he has talent to develop into a much better pro than college player. However, you likely will need to be patient with him on your roster.
3.13 Cleveland Browns – RB Duke Johnson, Miami
Sure, let’s just add another back into the stew that is the Cleveland backfield. Apparently Cleveland plans to run the wishbone and ground and pound it’s way to 40 plus carries a game. It’s a terrible landing spot for a talented RB that will have to compete with last year’s 3rd rounder Terrance West and undrafted surprise Isaiah Crowell. Where Duke Johnson fits into the Browns’ rotation is a major mystery but the one saving grace for Johnson is that he is by far the best weapon of the three as a receiver and should immediately claim the 3rd-down role. With his explosive ability and knack for making defenders miss he could carve out a decent workload as a runner as well. Regardless, there’s no way around the fact that all three runners value took a hit with this draft pick. Bummer.
3.21 Cincinnati Bengals – TE Tyler Kroft, Rutgers
Tyler Kroft goes to the Bengals and should fill the spot previously held by Jermaine Gresham. However, he will be behind Tyler Eifert, the former 1st round pick on the depth chart. At 6’5″, Kroft has a good frame but will need to fill out some at the next level and arguably could have used an extra year for development in college. Ultimately Kroft may be a bit of a tweener and looks more like a bulked-up receiver.
3.22 Arizona Cardinals – RB David Johnson, Northern Iowa
David Johnson lands in a prime spot with only Andre Ellington standing in his way for not only playing time, but to be a bellcow running back for the Cardinals. As Rotoworld says in its blurb, “That this is whom Arizona picked to bolster its backfield suggests Andre Ellington will return as the team’s lead ball carrier.” We could not disagree more. Johnson is a fantastic sleeper and has the size to be the lead carrier who the Cardinals smartly waited to draft in the 3rd round of a very deep running back class (Rotoworld could not be missing the mark more on this one). At worst, Johnson will instantly play thunder to Andre Ellington’s lighting. Aside from Ellington, who has a huge rap sheet of injuries, there is nothing standing in Johnson’s way on the Cardinals’ roster. Johnson placed in the Top-5 among RBs in the Forty, Bench Press and 10-Yard-Split and Top-2 in the Vertical, Broad and 3-Cone drills at this year’s Combine. Additionally, Johnson is also an excellent receiver. Johnson is an excellent sleeper pick in dynasty drafts.
3.23 Pittsburgh Steelers – WR Sammie Coates, Auburn
It’s perhaps fitting that the Steelers selected Sammie Coates because he’s the 2015 version of Darius Heyward-Bey, a player the Steelers also employ. Coates is big and fast, but he couldn’t catch a cold. Coates has a long way to go with his hands before he has any chance to be fantasy relevant. We think it’s best to let someone else roll the dice on that ever happening as “Coates had some of the worst ball skills I’ve ever seen on tape this side of Stephen Hill”, says Mike Cagna. Steelers have a solid history of developing WRs though so perhaps there may be some hope and Coates certainly looks the part of an NFL stud with a build that has been likened to Terrell Owens in shorts. Especially with the talent in the Steelers’ receiving corps, Coates offers no 2015 fantasy value.
3.25 St. Louis Rams – QB Sean Mannion, Oregon State
Sean Mannion has prototypical size and then some at 6’6″and experience operating a pro-style offense, but that’s where the positives seem to end. Mannion regressed badly as a senior and he tends to get flustered when pressured and struggles to adjust when his primary receiver is covered. Mannion does though display a strong arm and has the ability to make every throw and he holds the Pac-12 record for career passing yards (13,600) and he set the Pac-12 record for single-season passing yards in 2013 (4,662). Still, we question whether he’ll ever be more than a backup at the NFL level. Nick Foles fantasy stock as a starter comes out of this draft likely well in tact for 2015.
3.28 Denver Broncos – TE Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State
Jeff Heuerman is raw, but lands in a good situation for a TE. Gary Kubiak’s offense has long favored the position and Heuerman and could develop after a year or two of seasoning. Unfortunately, Peyton Manning will be long gone by then. Heuerman was more of a blocking tight end for the Buckeyes and he is extremely strong – Heuerman was the owner of an OSU team-best 33 bench press reps of 225 pounds last year.
3.30 Green Bay Packers – WR Ty Montgomery, Stanford
Ty Montgomery is more athlete than wide receiver at this point and lands in a situation where he’ll be buried on the depth chart behind Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams with little hope of climbing the ranks anytime soon barring injury. Special teams will be his meal ticket early in his career.
3.31 Washington Redskins – RB Matt Jones, Florida
Matt Jones is a big back that acts as a battering ram and just lowers his head and plows forward. His poor vision makes it unlikely he’ll ever be more than a complimentary back at the next level, but he may carve out a role as a goal line back – think Benjarvus Green-Ellis.