HOUSTON TEXANS PICKS: DAVIS MILLS, QB- STANFORD (PICK 67)/ NICO COLLINS, WR- MICHIGAN WOLVERINES (PICK 89)/ BREVIN JORDAN, TE- MIAMI HURRICANES (PICK 147)
WINNERS: DAVIS MILLS, QB/ NICO COLLINS, WR/ BREVIN JORDAN, TE
Davis Mills goes to a team with a realistic chance to get some playing time in Year 1. He’s a Day 2 QB with some upside and probably a better pro prospect than Kyle Trask. I think Mills would have benefited more from being brought along super slow, but for fantasy purposes, he’s a nice sleeper pick in the second round of rookie drafts, in super-flex leagues.
Nico Collins comes to the Texans and has an outside shot to play with Deshaun Watson, but could get a nice amount of targets. I believe he can beat out Keke Coutee and Randall Cobb, eventually.
Brevin Jordan bombed his pro day and finds himself in a position to get targets his rookie year. He couldn’t ask for more.
LOSERS: TYROD TAYLOR, QB/ ISAIAH COULTER, WR
Tyrod now has some competition and isn’t the clear cut ER option at QB anymore.
Isaiah Coulter gets buried on the depth chart and they didn’t want to play him last year in a WR emergency. Sweet dreams.
BALTIMORE RAVENS PICK: BRANDON STEPHENS, CB- SOUTHERN METHODIST (PICK 104)
WINNER: MARK ANDREWS, TE
They didn’t take another TE for the first time in Ravens history. Huge win for Mark.
BUFFALO BILLS PICK: SPENCER BROWN, OT (PICK 93)- NORTHERN IOWA
WINNERS: ZACK MOSS, RB AND DEVIN SINGLETARY, RB
They avoided any stiff competition and eventually will have a freak athlete in front of them. As I already stated in my Round 1 article, Singletary has reportedly been training his tail off in the offseason. Bills may give him another shot as one half of a two-headed teddy bear.
Dawson Knox, TE was believed to be replaced by either Zack Ertz, TE from Philadelphia or via the 2021 draft. Neither happened and he’s poised for a big 3rd year breakout at the TE position. This is a hot take but I’m not backing down. Buy now if you can.
*Sleeper heads up on Marquez Stevenson, the WR from Houston. He’s a special teams player Year 1 at best, but if he can develop as a route runner he could have John Brown type of value.
CLEVELAND BROWNS PICK: ANTHONY SCHWARTZ, WR- AUBURN (PICK 91)
WINNER: ANTHONY SCHWARTZ, WR/ RASHAAD HIGGINS, WR
I think this is a good landing spot for both Schwartz and Higgins. I don’t think Higgins is going to lose many snaps in year one to Anthony due to his rawness. He has work to do in ball tracking and route running and he will most likely be redshirted his rookie season. The Browns are a good organization that I trust. If he puts in the work (he has worked his tail off so far) he can progress into a truly special playmaker. As for Higgins, you get another year of a starting WR on a good offense that should have a little trade value this year.
DENVER BRONCOS PICK: QUINN MEINERZ, C- WIS. WHITEWATER (PICK 35)/ BARON BROWNING, LB- OSU (PICK 42)/ SETH WILLIAMS (PICK 219)
WINNERS: TIM PATRICK, WR/ KJ HAMLER, WR
Patrick and Hamler are set to duke it out in training camp over No. 3 duties. They did add Seth Williams, WR from Auburn, but I don’t expect him to beat either of these guys.
GREEN BAY PACKERS PICK: AMARI RODGERS, WR- CLEMSON (PICK 85)
WINNERS: AARON RODGERS, QB/ JORDAN LOVE, QB
I have no clue if Aaron is bluffing or not but Amari is a nice addition to this squad. He’s as explosive as it gets and should give Adams some relief on his opposite side. He can break tackles with his compact side and the kid has a serious extra gear he uses to trick defenses.
LOSERS: MARQUEZ VALDEZ-SCANTLING, WR/ ALLEN LAZARD, WR /EQUANIMIOUS ST. BROWN, WR
I believe St. Brown is about to be released by the Packers. Not even worth a taxi squad slot in my opinion. I’m sure Lazard and Valdez-Scantling will mix in when Amari gets up to speed, but these guys have all underwhelmed. Amari will get a couple of shots to hop them all on the depth chart.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS PICKS: JOSH PALMER, WR- TENNESSEE (PICK 77)/ TRE MCKITTY, TE- GEORGIA (PICK 97)
WINNERS: JUSTIN HERBERT, QB/JOSH PALMER, WR AND TRE MCKITTY, TE
Both get great draft capital and end up on a team with either an aging TE or a WR corps that he can win third place in. Herbert gets two weapons in the top three rounds. I don’t believe this affects the WR or TE room this upcoming year so you have time to sell players you believe may be affected, possibly.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS PICK: RHAMONDRE STEVENSON, RB- ALABAMA (PICK 120)
LOSERS: Shockingly the New England Patriots selected an Alabama player. What are the odds? The New England backfield is a mess and adding another RB is a fantasy football torture method. They usually use all of their RBs at some point. I am trying to avoid this team at all costs.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS PICK: IAN BOOK, QB- NOTRE DAME (PICK 133)
WINNERS: IAN BOOK, QB
The kid is going to be a project and could never see the field in all honesty. He has problems with ball placement, reads, arm strength, etc. He does not challenge Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill in the next two years.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES PICK: KENNETH GAINWELL, RB- MEMPHIS (PICK 15O)
WINNER: JALEN HURTS, QB
Hurts gets another weapon.
LOSER: JORDAN HOWARD, RB
He may see some short yardage opportunities at times, but he seems like the odd man out.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS PICK: TREY SERMON, RB- OSU (PICK 88)/ELIJAH MITCHELL, RB- RAGIN CAJUNS (PICK 194)
LOSER: ELIJAH MITCHELL, RB/ TREY SERMON, RB
Trey Sermon is in a big-time committee to start the year and are we certain he’s better than Raheem Mostert or Justin Wilson?
Mitchell is buried behind Sermon, Mostert, and company. I had high hopes for Mitchell as a sleeper, but he has a long way to go to get even five carries in a game at this point. He may end up on their practice squad. Yuck.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS PICK: D’WAYNE ESKRIDGE, WR- WESTERN MICHIGAN (PICK 56)
WINNER: D’WAYNE ESKRIDGE, WR
This pick was considered a reach and I feel like he won the lottery. He’s third in pecking order behind only DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. I doubt they burned a second-rounder for him to only return kicks. There’s a negative vibe going on about Eskridge currently and in this draft class, I am willing to burn a late second on him for his explosive play. If he develops into a good route runner we may have something. The kid can fly!
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS PICK: JAELON DARDEN, WR- NORTH TEXAS (PICK 129)
LOSERS: Another public execution, but this time it’s a 2 for 1. So long to WR Scotty Miller and WR Tyler Johnson, you will be missed. Tampa Bay’s bottom three WRs are probably better than some team’s top 3. YIKES
WINNER: MIKE DAVIS, RB
The No. 12 PPR RB went unscathed throughout the draft. Big win if you held onto him so far. I am personally fielding offers for him in case of a free agency signing, but don’t short yourself.
WINNER: MYLES GASKIN, RB
He could be in the RB2 conversation easily this year. Another waiver wire gem that survived the 2021 NFL draft. Same deal as Mike Davis from Atlanta with late FA signings possible. Try to see if you can sell him high.
*Deep sleeper heads up on Frank Darby who played WR at Arizona State. If the Falcons trade Julio his value will sky rocket with rookie hype and perceived upside.
CAROLINA PANTHERS PICK: CHUBA HUBBARD, RB- OKLAHOMA STATE (PICK 126)
WINNER: CHRISTIAN MCCAFFERY, RB
The dude finally has a capable back behind him so he can get some much-needed, high-quality, H20. They were running (and throwing) him into an early grave.
DETROIT LIONS PICK: AMON RA ST. BROWN (ARSB), WR- USC (PICK 112)
WINNERS: JARED GOFF, QB/ ARSB, WR
I think ARSB can challenge for the slot immediately in Detroit and that would be a nice target for Jared Goff underneath. ARSB is a WR that a QB will trust to come down with the ball and can make some incredible catches on the sidelines. A true security blanket type who can move the chains for this entire offense.
LOSERS: QUINTEZ CEPHUS, WR/ BRESHAD PERRIMAN, WR
Cephus was a fifth-rounder in the 2020 draft while ARSB is a fourth-rounder in this class. The Lions did use Cephus on the outside when Golladay was hurt last year, but ARSB is projected as a pure slot player. Breshad Perriman is a journeyman WR, and could be the odd man out here. With another talented WR these guys could eat into each other’s snaps, depending how ARSB performs.
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