|1||Blaine Gabbert||Jacksonville||1||Jake Locker||Tennessee|
|2||Jake Locker||Tennessee||2||Blaine Gabbert||Jacksonville|
|3||Colin Kaepernick||San Francisco||3||Ryan Mallett||New England|
|4||Christian Ponder||Minnesota||4||Andy Dalton||Cincinnati|
|5||Cam Newton||Carolina||5||Christian Ponder||Minnesota|
|6||Andy Dalton||Cincinnati||6||Cam Newton||Carolina|
|7||Ryan Mallett||New England||7||Colin Kaepernick||San Francisco|
|8||Ricky Stanzi||Kansas City||8||Tyrod Taylor||Baltimore|
|9||Tyrod Taylor||Baltimore||9||Ricky Stanzi||Kansas City|
|10||Greg McElroy||NY Jets||10||Greg McElroy||NY Jets|
|11||T.J. Yates||Houston||11||Nathan Enderle||Chicago|
|12||Nathan Enderle||Chicago||12||T.J. Yates||Houston|
|1||Daniel Thomas||Miami||1||Mark Ingram||New Orleans|
|2||Mark Ingram||New Orleans||2||Ryan Williams||Arizona|
|3||Delone Carter||Indianapolis||3||Daniel Thomas||Miami|
|4||Roy Helu||Washington||4||Kendall Hunter||San Francisco|
|5||Shane Vereen||New England||5||Delone Carter||Indianapolis|
|6||Ryan Williams||Arizona||6||Shane Vereen||New England|
|7||Demarco Murray||Dallas||7||Roy Helu||Washington|
|8||Mikel Leshoure||Detroit||8||Mikel Leshoure||Detroit|
|9||Da’Rel Scott||NY Giants||9||Taiwan Jones||Oakland|
|10||Alexander Green||Green Bay||10||Alexander Green||Green Bay|
|11||Stevan Ridley||New England||11||Da’Rel Scott||NY Giants|
|12||Jacquizz Rodgers||Atlanta||12||Jordan Todman||San Diego|
|13||Kendall Hunter||San Francisco||13||Demarco Murray||Dallas|
|14||Anthony Allen||Baltimore||14||Allen Bradford||Tampa Bay|
|15||Taiwan Jones||Oakland||15||Charles Clay||Miami|
|16||Bilal Powell||NY Jets||16||Bilal Powell||NY Jets|
|17||Jordan Todman||San Diego||17||Evan Royster||Washington|
|18||Charles Clay||Miami||18||Baron Batch||Pittsburgh|
|19||Baron Batch||Pittsburgh||19||Stevan Ridley||New England|
|20||Allen Bradford||Tampa Bay||20||Jacquizz Rodgers||Atlanta|
|21||Owen Marecic||Cleveland||21||Johnny White||Buffalo|
|22||Evan Royster||Washington||22||Anthony Sherman||Arizona|
|23||Jamie Harper||Tennessee||23||Owen Marecic||Cleveland|
|24||Jay Finley||Cincinnati||24||Stanley Havili||Philadelphia|
|25||Stanley Havili||Philadelphia||25||Shaun Chapas||Dallas|
|26||Dion Lewis||Philadelphia||26||Dion Lewis||Philadelphia|
|27||Johnny White||Buffalo||27||Jamie Harper||Tennessee|
|28||Shaun Chapas||Dallas||28||Anthony Allen||Baltimore|
|29||Anthony Sherman||Arizona||29||Shane Bannon||Kansas City|
|1||A.J. Green||Cincinnati||1||A.J. Green||Cincinnati|
|2||Greg Little||Cleveland||2||Greg Little||Cleveland|
|3||Julio Jones||Atlanta||3||Leonard Hankerson||Washington|
|4||Titus Young||Detroit||4||Gregory Salas||St. Louis|
|5||Leonard Hankerson||Washington||5||Julio Jones||Atlanta|
|6||Gregory Salas||St. Louis||6||Titus Young||Detroit|
|7||Jonathan Baldwin||Kansas City||7||Austin Pettis||St. Louis|
|8||Vincent Brown||San Diego||8||Randall Cobb||Green Bay|
|9||Randall Cobb||Green Bay||9||Jonathan Baldwin||Kansas City|
|10||Austin Pettis||St. Louis||10||Torrey Smith||Baltimore|
|11||Cecil Shorts||Jacksonville||11||Vincent Brown||San Diego|
|12||Torrey Smith||Baltimore||12||Cecil Shorts||Jacksonville|
|13||Edmond Gates||Miami||13||Edmond Gates||Miami|
|14||Aldrick Robinson||Washington||14||Jerrel Jernigan||NY Giants|
|15||Jerrel Jernigan||NY Giants||15||Ronald Johnson||San Francisco|
|16||Jeremy Kerley||NY Jets||16||Niles Paul||Washington|
|17||Tandon Doss||Baltimore||17||Tandon Doss||Baltimore|
|18||Ryan Whalen||Cincinnati||18||Kealoha Pilares||Carolina|
|19||Kris Durham||Seattle||19||Jeremy Kerley||NY Jets|
|20||Ronald Johnson||San Francisco||20||Denarius Moore||Oakland|
|21||Denarius Moore||Oakland||21||Ryan Whalen||Cincinnati|
|22||Niles Paul||Washington||22||Dwayne Harris||Dallas|
|23||Demarco Sampson||Arizona||23||Kris Durham||Seattle|
|24||David Ausberry||Oakland||24||Aldrick Robinson||Washington|
|25||Dwayne Harris||Dallas||25||Stephen Burton||Minnesota|
|26||Scotty McKnight||NY Jets||26||David Ausberry||Oakland|
|27||Stephen Burton||Minnesota||27||Demarco Sampson||Arizona|
|28||Kealoha Pilares||Carolina||28||Scotty McKnight||NY Jets|
|1||Jordan Cameron||Cleveland||1||Lance Kendricks||St. Louis|
|2||Lance Kendricks||St. Louis||2||Robert Housler||Arizona|
|3||Robert Housler||Arizona||3||Jordan Cameron||Cleveland|
|4||Julius Thomas||Denver||4||Julius Thomas||Denver|
|5||Luke Stocker||Tampa Bay||5||Luke Stocker||Tampa Bay|
|6||Kyle Rudolph||Minnesota||6||D.J. Williams||Green Bay|
|7||D.J. Williams||Green Bay||7||Kyle Rudolph||Minnesota|
|8||Virgil Green||Denver||8||Charles Clay||Miami|
|9||Richard Gordon||Oakland||9||Virgil Green||Denver|
|10||Daniel Hardy||Tampa Bay||10||Richard Gordon||Oakland|
|11||Lee Smith||New England||11||Daniel Hardy||Tampa Bay|
Chris May 3rd, 2011
Tags: 2011 Rankings
General Manager – Buddy Nix 2009-present (10-22)
CEO – Russ Brandon 2009-present (GM 2008 7-9)
OVERALL – 17-31
A once proud organization, the Buffalo Bills have fallen into mediocrity as of late. Their highlight in the last 10 years was the Drew Bledsoe era in which the team went 8-8, 6-10 & 9-7. The team has struggled to find consistency mainly because after they reached (and traded up) to draft JP Losman in 2004 they have been very gun-shy to draft a quarterback.
The thing that has really killed the Bills is inconsistency on draft day. Nix & Brandon have built an average offensive line that should get better in the last 3 drafts (Demetrius Bell LT 2008 7th round, Eric Wood RG 2009 1st round & Andy Levitre LG 2009 2nd round). Outside of that, it’s hard to find much to get excited about, but I’ll try. The team drafted Steve Johnson in the 7th round in 2008 and he greatly exceeded the wide receiver they selected in the 2nd round of 2008 James Hardy. To be fair, the Bills weren’t the only team to be intoxicated by a 6’6 WR who ran a 4.47 40. Just the same, the questions surrounding Hardy’s work ethic were present even before he was drafted. The team also acquired Jairus Byrd who has turned into an excellent safety, nickle cornerback Leodis McKelvin and dime corner Reggie Corner. The problem with McKelvin is that I’m sure the team expected much more when they spent a 1st round pick on him in 2008.
Onto the grim part of our assessment, the 2010 draft at this point can only be seen as an unmitigated disaster. Starting off with CJ Spiller when the team already had Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch. Even if the team hadn’t been switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 this was a questionable pick. We keep on mentioning it, but we need to really drive it home. When a team switches from a 4-3 to a 3-4 or vice versa a radical overhaul of defensive personnel is oftentimes needed. You could use your entire draft board and still not plus all of the holes. So when the Bills seemingly switched back to a 4-3 halfway through the season, we were not surprised.
Spiller was a large disappointment and yet, he was still the teams best player from the 2010 class BY FAR. Torell Troup, Alex Carrington, Marcus Easley, Ed Wang, Arthur Moats, Danny Batten, Levi Brown and Kyle Calloway all gave the team next to nothing last year (though we can thank Arthur Moats for ridding us of Brett Favre). We are going to have to revisit this draft in the coming years, but this may be one of the weakest drafts we’ve measured over the last 10 years. The 2009 & 2008 drafts only fared slightly better.
The Bills need a spark, some had projected them to take Tim Tebow last year, but experts decried this as a massive reach. The sad thing is that Tebow would have been a much better alternative to CJ Spiller.
It would appear the Bills are locked into Von Miller at #3 overall and would appear to be going QB in round 2. If the Quarterback they draft in round 2 does not have a strong arm, stay far far away. The wind in Buffalo can wreak havoc on a weak armed QB. For now, it’s hard not to like Miller regardless of where he goes, but the current Bills administration does not have a fantastic track record with their 1st round picks. CJ Spiller, Aaron Maybin & Leodis McKelvin have all been disappointments compared to the value that could have been had with the Bills drafting in a high position in round one, so it might not to be wise to rank Miller as the #1 rookie IDP if he’s in a Bills uniform next year.
We’ll keep you appraised of any potential Steve Johnson’s that the Bills get in the 2011 draft, but for now things do not look good for the future fantasy prospects of the Bills.
The one sleeper that we can try to get excited about is WR Marcus Easley from UConn, we liked him coming into this year, but coming off a serious knee injury, Easley may not get to show off his skills until late in this season or the 2012 season.
Chris April 24th, 2011
|Blaine Gabbert||QB||6’43/8″||234||Missouri||1||4||Has the arm strength, accuracy and accuracy to deserve a top rating. Appreciate the throws he makes on the move. Dynasty Value QB – super attitude and work ethic, a leader|
|Ryan Mallett||QB||6’6¾”||253||Arkansas||2||5||Right next to Mr. Gabbert, arm is there, touch and accuracy above average, will need better coaching to reach potential, needs development. Requires patience and a organization that knows how to compete.|
|Cam Newton||QB||6’5″||248||Auburn||3||1||His athleticism and arm performance is what is looked for in a franchise QB, needs careful development to become a teams go to guy. Will he work hard enough?|
|Christian Ponder||QB||6’2″||229||Florida State||4||6||The QB with Pro Style experience, reads defenses in a snap, makes the right decisions, played hurt, good arm , proved a point he is ready to play. Several teams will rate him higher because he is a true battler.|
|Jake Locker||QB||6’2½”||231||Washington||5||7||A top athlete, has all the physical traits desired, moves great, seems to do best when a play breaks down and stops thinking, needs work on the mental game during plays. Watch the team that drafts him to ensure the QB and Training staff Is an effective , proven group.|
|Colin Kaepernick||QB||6’45/8″||233||Nevada||6||2||A big boom – bust pick, with right staff could be a star, arm strength is there, has showed mental toughness, now has to show same vs. NFL defenses, more raw than talked about but extremely coachable.|
|Andy Dalton||QB||6’2″||215||TCU||7||3||He pressed a lot in college trying to make a plays when they were not there, a deep threat QB, has to get comfy running an NFL offense vs. the wild and crazy spread he ran effectively in college, he will go higher than most talk about because of his mental approach to the game, will fight for wins.|
|Greg McElroy||QB||6’17/8″||220||Alabama||9||9||His field awareness, smarts in the huddle and film room are strengths have him as a solid prospect, needs to prove he can improve arm strength, very mature, proven winner.|
|Nathan Enderle||QB||6’41/8″||240||Idaho||10a||Very accurate on intermediate routes, very sart , nice arc on touch passes, fade routes, great size, attacks the defense in the right spot, will need a good coaching staff|
|Ricky Stanzi||QB||6’43/8″||223||Iowa||10||10||Fast Delivery, improving his pocket awareness, once he does not recognize the defense his accuracy suffers, Size is what you want, smooth delivery|
|Adam Froman||QB||6’5″||219||Louisville||8||60% completion passer, arm strength and accuracy places him high, ability to read defenses is strong, on the move up boards, some durability concerns, in play decision making way above average, his touch drop passes over receivers shoulders into their hands are very accurate.|
|Mike Hartline||QB||6’5″||207||Kentucky||11||HAS THE SIZE AND PHYSICL TOOLS THAT WILL PUT HIM ON A TEAM, HAS OFF FIELD ISSUES AND NEEDS TO WORK HARDER AT GAME – WILL LIKLEY MAKE IT|
|Jerrod Johnson||QB||6’51/8″||251||Texas A&M||12||2009 YEAR WAS NICE, 2010 WAS A DISASTER, ATHLETIC, GOOD PASSER, ACCURACY AND FOOTWORK LACKING|
|Scott Tolzien||QB||6’2″||209||Wisconsin||13||GAME MANGER, ACCURATE, GOOD PLAY AWARENESS, NEEDS TO GET STRONGER|
|Tyrod Taylor||QB||6’0¾”||216||Virginia Tech||14||GREAT ATHLETE, AWESOME ATTITUDE, BIG PLAY MAKER IN RIGHT SYSTEM – MAYBE NOT A QB|
|Pat Devlin||QB||6’33/8″||225||Delaware||15||8||ABOVE AVERAGE ABILITY TO DROP BALL IN THE RIGHT PLACE, NEEDS WORKS ON CONSISTENCY FOR PASS ACCURACY ON INTERMEDIATE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD THROWS, CAN READ DEFENSES AND ADJSUT|
|T.J. Yates||QB||6’35/8″||221||North Carolina||16|
|Taylor Potts||QB||6’4″||220||Texas Tech||18|
|Ryan Colburn||QB||6’3″||218||Fresno State||19|
|Mark Ingram||RB||5’91/8″||215||Alabama||1||1||VISION , BALNCE, STRENGTH, PROTECTS HIS QB, 3 DOWN BACK , EASILY TOP PROSPECT|
|Demarco Murray||RB||5’115/8″||213||Oklahoma||6||2||GAME BREAKER, RECEIVER HANDS, UNDERSTANDS PASS PROTECTIOM, SOME DURABILITY CONCERNS|
|Shane Vereen||RB||5’87/8″||203||California||11||3||VERY GOOD RECEIVER OUT OF THE BACKFIELD, GREAT FIT FOR ZONE BLOCKING TEAM, GETS THRU TRAFFIC QUICKLY|
|T Jones||RB||8||4||SPEED AND WIGGLE OFF THE CHARTS. HAS SUPERB FELL FOR OPEN LANES, ELECTRIC, WILL BE OVERDRAFTED IN FANTASY LEAGUES|
|Kendall Hunter||RB||5’7¼”||199||Oklahoma State||9||5||RUNS THRU TACKLES, FINDS A HOLE AND GETS TO IT, GOOD PLASS BLOCKING , LITTLE RECEIVING EXPERIENCE|
|Daniel Thomas||RB||6’0¼”||230||Kansas State||5||6||VERY VERSATILE, WILL NOT GO DOWN ON FIRST CONTACT, RUNS ROUTES LIKE A POLISHED RECEIVER, MOVING UP|
|Delone Carter||RB||5’85/8″||225||Syracuse||4||7||HARD RUNNER WITH LEGS TO MOVE TACKLERS, GREAT FIELD VISION, NEEDS TO DEVELOP SOME MOVES|
|Roy Helu||RB||5’11½”||219||Nebraska||7||8||EYES ANTIPATE TACKLERS AND HAS ABOVE AVERAGE ABILITY TO MAKE HTEM MISS, RAW, TALENTED, COACHABLE|
|Ryan Williams||RB||5’93/8″||212||Virginia Tech||2||9||VERY GOOD PASS PROTECTOR, GREAT ROUTE RUNNER, CAN BREAK LONG RUNS, CAN MAKE FOLKS MISS, NEEDS TO STAY HEALTHY|
|Mikel Leshoure||RB||5’115/8″||227||Illinois||3||10||DRIVES TO A HOLE, DRIVES THRU THE HOLE, NEEDS TO DEVELOP PASS PROTECTING SKILLS AND PASS CATCHING SKILLS, WILL LIMIT HIS USE IN YEAR 1 AND 2|
|Jordan Todman||RB||5’87/8″||203||Connecticut||10||SIZE LIMITING HIM, GREAT FOR A ROLE IN A 3RD DOWN PASS CATCHING BACK|
|Dion Lewis||RB||5’65/8″||193||Pittsburgh||12||SHOULDER INJURY COST HIM A LOT OF TOUCHES AND PRODUCTION IN 2010, HARD RUNNER, NEEDS TO DEVELOP PLAY INTINCTS|
|Derrick Locke||RB||5’8¼”||188||Kentucky||13||FAST , POLISHED RECEIVNG THREAT, LIKLEY WILL LINE UP IN SLOT AND NOT AS A RB|
|Jacquizz Rodgers||RB||5’57/8″||196||Oregon State||14||SIZE IS A BIG DRAWBACK, EXCELLENT IN THE OPEN FIELD, GREAT HANDS|
|Da’Rel Scott||RB||5’11”||211||Maryland||15||WILL FIND A HOME AS A COMPLIMENTARY BACK, NICE HANDS, GOOD BLOCKING, WORKS HARD,|
|Bilal Powell||RB||5’10½”||207||Louisville||16||BREAKS TACKLES, GOOD ON FIELD VISION, ONE YEAR WONDER SO FAR, STRONG, WILL FIND A HOME|
|Graig Cooper||RB||5’10”||205||Miami (FL)||17||CAME BACK FORM KNEE INJURY IN 2010 NEEDS ANOTHER YEAR, VERY NICE SLEEPER DRAFT HIM IN DEEP DYNASTYS|
|John Clay||RB||6’0½”||230||Wisconsin||18||POWER BACK WITH GOOD SIZE, GOOD ATTITUDE, NEEDS TO GET STRONGER|
|Johnny White||RB||5’97/8″||209||North Carolina||19|
|Vailala Taua||RB||5’9½”||213||Nevada||20||PERFORMED HIS JOB, NICE ALL AROUND PLAYER, GRREAT WORK ETHIC, A COMPACT PLAYER – “RICE LIKE” !!|
|A.J. Green||WR||6’35/8″||211||Georgia||1||1||AWESOME ATHLETE WITH BALL SKILLS THAT NO ONE CAN TOUCH – MAKES THE CATCH AS LONG AS THE BALL IS CLOSE – CAN GET OFF LINE CLEAN, BECAME A GOOD BLOCKER IN 2010 – NEEDS SOME WORK IN RUNNING CRISP ROUTES, WILL BE AN IMPACT IN YEAR 1|
|Julio Jones||WR||6’2¾”||220||Alabama||2||2||YAC VERY TOUGH AS HE IS SO PHYSICAL, WILL PROVIDE A BUMP UP IN PERFORMANCE TO ANY RUNNING GAME – EXCELLENT BLOCKER – RB AND QB WIL BE VERY HAPPY TO HAVE|
|Leonard Hankerson||WR||6’1½”||209||Miami (FL)||4||3||I FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM RIGHT AWAY – WILL BE A FANTASY STUD IN RIGHT SYSTEM – STRONG – A MAULING FIGHT FOR SPACE AND BALL GUY – PERFORMED WITH ISSUES AT QB WILL NEED TO LEARN TO BEAT NFL CALIBER JAMS|
|Titus Young||WR||5’113/8″||174||Boise State||6||4||FOR TEAMS LOOKING FOR THE BIG PLAY GUY – QUICK – NOT JUST FAST – WILL NEED TO WORK ON JAMS – WATCH AND U WILL THINK SLOT ALL DAY – NEEDS TO WORK HARDER – HIS SPEED AND SKILS CARRIED HIM TO THIS POINT NOT HIS HARD WORK|
|Jonathan Baldwin||WR||6’43/8″||228||Pittsburgh||3||5||SUPERB ATHLETE – DOMINATING BLOCKER, OUTMUSCLES COVERAGE AT LINE AND WHEN BALL NEAR IN AIR – COMES DOWN WITH BALL, THE GAP BETWEEN HIM AND THE TOP GUYS WILL NARROW IN 2-3 YEARS|
|Edmund Gates||WR||5’11¾”||192||Abilene Christian||5||6||SPEED GUY – GREAT ALL AROUND ATHLETE – BASKETBALL PLAYER – MORE OF A DRAFT AND SAY WOW IN 2 YEARS GUY –|
|Torrey Smith||WR||6’07/8″||204||Maryland||8||7||HE IS THE DEEP THREAT A LOT OF TEAMS NEED WITH KILLER OVER THE TOP SPEED GREAT WORK ATTITUDE – FIGHTS FOR BALL – GETS CLEAN AWAY AT LOS|
|Greg Little||WR||6’2½”||231||North Carolina||10||8||WAS A RB, YAC SPECIALIST,FIGHTS FOR AND GETS THE BALL,SUSPENDED IN 2010, ATTITUDE PLAYER WHO WANTS THE BALL, A PERSONALITY TRAIT THAT GETS YOU YARDS IN NFL|
|Jerrel Jernigan||WR||5’87/8″||185||Troy||11||9||SLOT RECVR WHO WILL BE COVETED, BEATS JAM AND GTS AWAY CLEAN, ROOM TO IMPROVE ON ROUTE RUNNING, EXPECT TO SEE A LOT OF TIME AS A ROOKIE|
|Gregory Salas||WR||6’11/8″||210||Hawaii||7||10||PURE PASS CATCHER – POLISHED ROUTE RUNNER – TRAFFIC FIGHTER – #2 VERY GOOD ROLE – SLOT – GOOD BLOCKER|
|Austin Pettis||WR||6’25/8″||209||Boise State||9||TOUGH PLAYER, KNOWS THE GAME , RED ZONE PERFORMER, GREAT HANDS, ROOM FOR DEVELOPMENT|
|Tandon Doss||WR||6’2″||201||Indiana||12||GREAT CUT BACK RUNNER AFTER THE CATCH, FRAME YET TO FILL OUT, 6’3″ – CATCH AND RUN GUY|
|Niles Paul||WR||6’07/8″||224||Nebraska||13||VERY GOOD AT BEATING JAM, VERY EXPERIENCE ROUTE RUNNER, BETTER SECOND GEAR, HAS HAD SOME OFF FIELD ISSUES DROPPING HIM, SOME SUPRISING DROPS, HAS SOME NICE OPEN FIELD MOVES|
|Randall Cobb||WR||5’10¼”||191||Kentucky||14||RECVR. RETURNER, PASSER, GREAT CHARACTER GUY. VERY GOOD ROUTES, GOOD BLOCKER, VERY TOUGH & EDGY PLAYER|
|Vincent Brown||WR||5’11”||184||San Diego State||15||NICE UPSIDE, TOUGH PLAYER WHO KNOWS HOW TO GET OPEN, AVOID BIG HITS AND CATCH IN TRAFFIC|
|Dwayne Harris||WR||5’103/8″||203||East Carolina||16||COVERTED QB, ALL AROUND ATHLETE, HANDS, AND ABILITY TO FIND OPEN SEAMS , RAW WITH NICE UPSIDE WITH GOOD POSTION COACH|
|Jeremy Kerley||WR||5’9½”||189||TCU||17||IN 3 YEARS DON’T BE SURPRISED IF HE IS RANKED WITH TOP 3 – PROVIDED THE RIGHT TEAM AND COACH GET HIM, SMALL BUT A SLOT MONSTOR IN THE MAKING, GREAT MOVES ON TIMED PASSES, NEEDS TRAINIGN TO GET FASTER AND STRONGER|
|Ricardo Lockette||WR||6’21/8″||211||Fort Valley State||17|
|Denarius Moore||WR||5’115/8″||194||Tennessee||18||THE TURNOVER AT COACHING (3 IN 3 YEARS) SLOWED HIM DOWN, ADD POOR QB PLAY, GOOD AT HIS ROUTES, NEEDS WEIGHT TRAINING TO BUILD BODY, NCE HANDS AND GREAT FIELD AWARENESS|
|Cecil Shorts||WR||5’11¾”||205||Mount Union||19|
|Terrence Toliver||WR||6’3½”||212||LSU||19||GOOD SPEED, GREAT HANDS, BUT OCCASIONLY A LOSS OF CONCENTRATION AND SOME BAD DROPS, CAN RUN DEEP OR THE INTERMEDIATE ROUTES, WATCH OIF A STRONG PROVEN WR COACH GETS HIM – DECENT FRANCHIE UPSIDE|
|Darvin Adams||WR||6’21/8″||190||Auburn||20||LIKE KERLEY IN 2-3 YEARS YOU COULD FIND HIM IN THE TOP 7 OF THIS GROUP, HAS THE ATTRIBUTE NEEDS THE HARD WORK AND TRAINING TO BRING OUT HIS SKILLS, NEEDS WEIGHT TRAINING, GREAT MOVES TO GET OPEN, GRET BALL FIGHTING KILLS,|
|Dane Sanzenbacher||WR||5’113/8″||182||Ohio State||21|
|Mark Dell||WR||6’0¼”||193||Michigan State||24|
|Detron Lewis||WR||5’11”||211||Texas Tech||25|
|Lester Jean||WR||6’3″||215||Florida Atlantic||27|
|DeAndre Brown||WR||6’55/8″||233||Southern Miss||30|
|Tori Gurley||WR||6’41/8″||216||South Carolina||31|
|Stephen Burton||WR||6’13/8″||221||West Texas A&M||34|
|Orenthal Murdock||WR||5’10½”||197||Fort Hays State||36|
|Jockee Sanders||WR||5’61/8″||181||West Virginia||39|
|Owen Spencer||WR||6’17/8″||195||North Carolina State||40|
|Marshall Williams||WR||6’0¾”||188||Wake Forest||39|
|Jarvis Williams||WR||6’3½”||218||North Carolina State||40|
|Kyle Rudolph||TE||6’61/8″||259||Notre Dame||1||1||RECEIVER HANDS AND RUNS SMOOTH ROUTES, KNOWS HOW TO FIND HOLE IN COVERAGE, HAMSTRING INJURY AS JR WAS BAD,|
|Virgil Green||TE||6’33/8″||249||Nevada||2||6||CONVERTED WR, VERY RAW TALENT WITH ROOM TO IMPROVE, HIS ATHLETICISM IS EYE CATCHING BUT HE NEEDS A GOOD FIT IN COACHING|
|D.J Williams||TE||6’21/8″||245||Arkansas||3||4||VERY SOFT HANDS A RECEIVER FIRST – VERY GOOD BLOCKER, MIGHT BE A FULL TIME H-BACK GETTING A LOT OF LOOKS|
|Luke Stocker||TE||6’4¾”||258||Tennessee||4||5||6-5, BIG TARGET – STRONG, TOUGH BLOCKER, NEEDS TO WORK HARD, ,WILL GOBBLE UP YARDAGE ONCE IN THE FREE|
|Julius Thomas||TE||6’45/8″||246||Portland State||5||3||4 YEARS AT PORTLAND STATE AS A BASKETBALL PLAYER, THEN A WALK ON TO THE FOOTBALL TEAM, EAST WEST SHRINE GAME CAST THE LIGHT ON HIM, CAN CATCH ALMOST BLIND, NEEDS A PATIENT TEAM AND MUST LEARN TO BLOCK|
|Robert Housler||TE||6’53/8″||248||Florida Atlantic||6||10||VERY QUICK OFF THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE, SIZE IS FOR AN NFL RECEIVING TE, SPEED IS ABOVE AVERAGE, HIS HANDS ARE SO GOOD HE COULD BE THE THIRD TE CALLED|
|Lance Kendricks||TE||6’27/8″||243||Wisconsin||7||2||GREAT SOFT HANDS, EFFORTLESSLY FINDS OPEN SPOTS IN COVERAGE, DECENT CHIP BLOCKER, LIKLEY A TE WHO WILL ALWAYS LINE UP WIDE , HENCE IF DRAFTED BY AN OFFENSE UTILIZE THE TE GRAB HIM|
|Jordan Cameron||TE||6’5¼”||254||USC||8||8||ANOTHER CONVERTED BASKETBALL PLAYER, PLAYED WR AND TE IN COLLEGE, CAN CREATE SPACE BETWEEN HIMSELF AND COVERAGE, NICE SPEED, UN KNOWN HOW GOOD AND STRONG HE CAN BECOME AS ONLY PLAYED ONE YEAR, ONCE HE BULKS UP SHOULD BE A GOOD BLOCKER|
|Weslye Saunders||TE||6’51/8″||270||South Carolina||8||7||DRAFT INELIGIBLE – A KEY FREE AGENT SIGNING – ALL AROUND TE – BEAST OF A BLOCKER AND CAN CATCH|
|Lee Smith||TE||6’5¾”||266||Marshall||9||9||A GOOD YAC RECEVIER, VERY GOOD HANDS, SPENT A LOT OF TIME LINED UP WIDE, VERY CAPABLE OF BEATING THE JAM, NEEDS TO IMPROVE RAW ROUTE RUNNING,|
|Cameron Graham||TE||6’31/8″||244||Louisville||10||A VERY CAPABLE ROUTE RUNNER ACROSS THE MIDDLE, BLOCKING AND DEFEATING THE JAM IMPROVED IN 2010, HAS TO LEARN HOW GET HIMSELF CLEAR FROM DEFENDER.|
|Schuylar Oordt||TE||6’5¾”||261||Northern Iowa||11||TERRIBLE BLOCKER, OK – THROW HIM THE BALL, NICE HANDS|
|Charlie Gantt||TE||6’4″||252||Michigan State||12||RECEIVING AND BLOCKING SKILLS, NEEDS SPEED AND STRENGHT|
|Kyle Adams||TE||6’45/8″||250||Purdue||13||GOOD HANDS AND POLISHED ROUTE RUNNER|
|Weslye Saunders||TE||6’5″||272||South Caroline||14||WILL NOT BE DRAFTED – IN ELEGIBELE BUT A KEY POST DRAFT FREE AGENT SIGNING, ALL AROUND TE|
|Joe Torchia||TE||6’53/8″||258||Virginia||15||GREAT TEAM LEADER, VERY GOOD BLOCKER, STEADY RECEIVER, NEEDS TO DEVELOP ATHLETICISM|
|Mike McNeill||TE||6’3¾”||232||Nebraska||16||A SLOT – SPLIT WIDE TE – COULD CATCH IN WITH RIGHT SCHEME|
|Zack Pianalto||TE||6’3¼”||256||North Carolina||17||BROKEN LEG ENDED HIS YEAR AFTER 6 GAMES – HAD 30 CATCHES|
|Allen Reisner||TE||6’2¼”||248||Iowa||18||SHOULD BE HIGHER, GOOD COACHES WILL GET MORE OUT OF HIM|
|Preston Dial||TE||6’21/8″||238||Alabama||19||TEAM PLAYER, NEVER ASKED TO DEVELOP PASS CATCHING, GOOD DEVELOP|
|Andre Smith||TE||6’4½”||269||Virginia Tech||20||ALL AROUND TE, GOOD BLOCKER, GOOD EFFORT, STUDENT OF THE GMAE|
Bob April 24th, 2011
Bob April 24th, 2011
Heisman Winner & Future Fantasy Production
Fantasy General Managers are preparing for drafts, at least in their heads, as we near the NFL draft. This year a hot topic is the potential for Cam Newton to be a stud fantasy quarterback in the future. I have graded the Heisman winners since 1974 in a table below. Winners were given a rating of HIT, OK, SO-SO or BUST. I gave the winners from 2007 thru 2010 a To Be Decided (TBD) for now.
I strongly suggest you stay away from Cam Newton, but jump all over Mark Ingram – pay the price to get him, let me explain why. There have been 16 Quarterback’s who won since 1974 and in my rating only Carson Palmer played as a franchise fantasy QB. That is a 6.25% success rate, given that number alone you will find me steering very wide of Cam Newton.
If we move to the Running Back position, you will see that 16 players won the Heisman. Looking at the 16 Running Backs who won, I gave 6 a grade as a hit, a 37.5% success rate. Ring me up an Mark Ingram fan, not only do I like what we have seen in workouts, but the table supports his chances. The Heisman is overdue to deliver a RB hit.
|Position||Heisman Winners||Bob’s Fantasy Rating||Year|
Bob March 26th, 2011
Are you targeting a young NFL TE born in Goldsboro, North Carolina? If you are, be prepared to spend an early pick to get him. I don’t think you will see a second year player with 29 receptions in his rookie campaign jump up draft boards like this kid will this year.
Let’s just put it out there, this is Antonio Gates’s fault. If Mr. Gates did not have games in which he blows up, we would not search every year to land the next clone. Jimmy Graham’s college career is a basketball career. He played basketball for Miami from 2005 thru 2009 on a scholarship, and double majored. He returned to Miami to attend graduate classes and played TE. He posted 17 receptions for 213 yards. He displayed all the athleticism needed to get a drafted in round three by the New Orleans Saints.
His 4.50 forty yard dash time, and his limited blocking ability, make him all the more attractive to perspective fantasy General Managers, he is a pass catching threat period. So we all, well most of us, had him on our short list, particularly in dynasty leagues last year. Some General Managers dropped him during cuts, believing they could sneak him back aboard come July or August. Then the Saints let Jeremy Shockey go, and BAM! Jimmy’s stock began a new climb.
If you have some doubts or reservations, let me share some recent draft activity in the Jim Day Draftmaster Leagues. In 11 newly drafted leagues here are the slots Mr. Graham was selected:
So, my suggestion for draft day strategy, hype Jimmy Graham and get a General Manager to select him early. There are ample great value Tight Ends sliding late in off season mock drafts. Kellen Winslow, Owen Daniels, and Greg Olsen are all great picks later than Graham. Additionally, last year disappointments Dustin Keller and Brent Celek should bounce back very strongly in 2011.
Bob March 26th, 2011
If you missed it earlier this week we covered the buy lows for the off-season. Here are players who we would look to sell while they’re hot.
Michael Vick QB PHI – If you’re in a dynasty or keeper league and Vick is on your roster, the chances are that you paid little no nothing for him and you now have the opportunity to get a premium value in return for him. Vick was fantastic this year, but still only he only managed to play 11 games. His style, his age and the Eagles weakness at o-line aren’t helping his chances to repeat his success next year. If you watched the Eagles play this year, Vick took some big hits and with his small frame, it’ll be tough for him to continue to take those kind of violent shots. Teams will now have an entire off-season to figure out how they will defend against Vick. The fact that this was by far Vick’s best season and his track record would indicate that it would probably be in your best interest to get as much as you can for him and help your team in other areas.
Ahmad Bradshaw RB NYG – Bradshaw’s contract is up and has had two ankle surgeries since the season ended. If you look at the numbers Bradshaw had a very good season, but although his scoring was great, he had fumbling issues and there were several times when the Giants coaching staff did not trust him to be on the field. There has been a lot of positive buzz coming out of the Giants camp for Danny Ware. Whether this is positioning for a contract negotiation or if the Giants genuinely like Ware remains to be seen, but for the fumbling issues alone, Bradshaw is risky going forward.
Dwayne Bowe WR KC – He was hurt in the playoffs and not targeted a single time, but that’s not why we’re recommending selling high on Bowe. He had a career year, but his schedule gets considerably tougher next year the Chiefs home opponents are Denver, Oakland, San Diego, Buffalo, Miami, Pittsburgh, Green Bay & Minnesota. On the road they’ll see Denver, Oakland, San Diego, New England, New York (Jets), Indianapolis, Chicago & Detroit. Bowe has the talent to have a good year with this schedule, but it will be a very tough task to repeat his success of this year. The other factor here is our trust level with Matt Cassell being able to succeed against these opponents. Kansas City will have to find a much better WR2 or Dexter McCluster will really have to step up in order for Bowe to meet expectations in the coming season.
Ben Watson TE CLE – This is more of a commentary on the strength entire TE position. Dallas Clark would be a player I would say to sell, but his value isn’t all that high right now. Watson just had a good season, but has been inconsistent throughout his career. If the drop fairy visits him, as it did several times in New England, the Browns will loose trust in him. We can also only hope that the Browns will seriously address the weapons that Colt McCoy has at his disposal for 2011.
Dwight Freeney DL IND – In big play leagues Freeney has been consistently good (save for 2006 and 2007), but his tackle numbers have been horrendous during that stretch. His career high in tackles came in his rookie year with 41 and he has not eclipsed 29 tackles in the last 5 years. Good IDP defensive ends at least supply their owners with some tackles in weeks when they can’t get to the quarterback to give us at least some kind of scoring, but Freeney has never shown the capacity to be able to do that. He is a big name that can fetch you a good price who is overvalued as a fantasy player. He is yet another example of a guy who is a much better NFL player than he is a fantasy football player.
Brian Urlacher LB CHI – Another player who’s name may fetch you more value than what he is worth. Urlacher had his highest tackle output of the last 4 years and will be 33 at the beginning of next year. You always want to sell on a player a year too early rather than a year to late and Urlacher is a good example of that. The Bears number 1 priority this off-season is too improve their offensive line, if they succeed in doing so, this may actually hurt Urlacher’s numbers. If the offensive line improves than it will result in longer more sustained drives for the Bears keeping Urlacher on the sidelines.
Donte Whitner S BUF – Defensive backs are perhaps the most fickle position in the league. Whitner had 140 tackles last year after only having 57 in 2009 and 61 in 2008. If the Bills defense improves even a little bit, then running backs won’t be breaking into the secondary nearly as much and Whitner’s tackle numbers will return to earth.
Chris February 5th, 2011
After watching the tape of the East West Shrine game several times, the thing that was most apparent was how poor the play of the quarterbacks was. Of course, the offensive line wasn’t exactly doing them any favors. Whether is was the superior ability of the defensive line or the ability of the offensive line itself the skill position players had to really work for the yardage they got. Let’s take a look at what we came away with about a few players from the game.
Scott Tolzein QB Wisconsin – For an experienced QB from a good system, it was shocking to watch Tolzein hold onto the ball too long and being careless with it. In his defense his offensive line was getting annihilated by the east. It’s hard to imagine him being on a NFL roster for long if he looks anything like he did on Saturday.
Pat Devlin QB Delaware – Didn’t come away looking great. He waited too long on a few passes, he had to be disappointed in his showing after having some good buzz from his week of practice.
Delone Carter RB Syracuse – With Alex Green hogging all the buzz from the week of practice, Carter’s time to shine came on Saturday. He was not afraid to initiate contact and got faster as his runs progressed down the field. He did well avoiding losses with the play calling requiring him to run outside of the tackles. I would have loved to have seen what he could have done on a few runs up the middle. His huge legs give him an excellent base and leverage on defenders.
Evan Royster RB Penn State – After earning the wrath of the Penn State coaching staff for coming into the year overweight, Royster looked very thin. He danced a bit and ran side to side too much, but was efficient when given the ball. He will need to work on varying his speed and waiting for his blocks to be set up in order to succeed in the NFL.
Graig Cooper RB Miami – After coming off a knee injury in 2009, Cooper had a down year, but looked fast. He was perhaps most impressive on a 2 yard run when he was caught in the backfield, but made a great cutback and turned the run into positive yardage. He’s a late round prospect who may be undervalued due to the injury to keep an eye on.
Alex Green RB Hawaii – He ran hard and was widely praised, but people seem to be forgetting that he was credited with 2 fumbles. On the first play of the game he was stripped cleanly by Greggory Lloyd II and later had a bad exchange with the QB. Pass protection and fumble-itis can kill a promising rookie running back, we need to watch reports from whoever he lands with to ensure he’s working on his ball security.
Ryan Whalen WR Stanford – Coaches were raving about him during the week and he did not disappoint when it came to game time. He was negatively impacted by the poor QB play, but ran good routes and should have ended up with a lot more than the 3 catches he had. He looks like he could be a very nice slot WR in the right situation.
Marvin Austin DT North Carolina – Austin was the best player on the field. He was virtually unblockable and his quickness was unbelievable for a player with his size. He was sidelined for the entire 2010 season due to a NCAA suspension for taking a payment from an agent, but did not look rusty at all.
Justin Trattou DE/LB Florida – Trattou was constantly pressuring the West QBs and looked fast, but needs to transition to a 3-4 OLB due to his size. He is a late round prospect that needs to be monitored. If he is able to transition to OLB he could really help a teams pass rush.
Akeem Dent LB Georgia – Dent’s recognition and pursuit was excellent all day. He ruined several screens that the West team tried to fool him on. His instincts really made him stand apart from the opposition.
Dontay Moch OLB Nevada – Moch boasted that he once ran a 4.08 40 and looked very fast and was a matchup problem, but was exploited in the run game. He was a DE at Nevada and only weighs 229. If he hooks up with a team with a good strength and conditioning program he is an interesting sleeper to monitor and could end up being a nice pass rushing specialist. He did look solid a few times in coverage, but will need to continue to work on this area to be an every down player.
Shiloh Keo SS Idaho – Keo was flying around the ball and made a few plays, but what stood out was his attitude. He was as fired up about an all star game as you possibly could be. He really appeared to enjoy being in the thick of plays and was not afraid to take on blockers.
Chris January 26th, 2011