If the early part of the post-NFL Draft season is any indication, get used to hearing phrases like “this class gets ugly fast”. Well, I know a thing or two about ugly and this class of rookies for dynasty purposes is downright putrid. That said, there is still reason to know the names and more importantly, who falls into each tier for drafting and trading purposes. This will be a look at each tier along with comments around player rankings and outlooks.
Tier one largely didn’t change for me before versus after the draft. Harry and Brown remain my top two options. Both are talented and while Harry has the better situation, Brown is either going to witness Mariota’s ascension first-hand or see a shift towards a new signal caller in 2020. Either way, he wins.
Jacobs walks into a big role right away with a depleted backfield and a new look offense. He can do it all and if you take him first in your rookie draft, I won’t argue. Sanders has a great landing spot and only emerged late in his college career due to a young man named Saquon Barkley.
His new teammate JJ Arcega-Whiteside may have to wait a year but it’s clear that the team is looking to move on from bloated salaries to accommodate Carson Wentz’s upcoming contract extension. JJAW is a big play magnet and I suspect it’ll be hard to keep him off the field.
Tier two is noticeably a large one and it is a mix of bad landing spots, bad draft capital, and middling talent. Metcalf and Samuel both landed in good spots who are looking for primary receivers to pair with their franchise quarterbacks. While their play styles are different, both should fit in well and quickly pay dividends for their fantasy owners.
Hockenson, Campbell, and Fant should also see opportunities to contribute early in their NFL offenses. In the cases of Marquise Brown and Mecole Hardman, the former is dealing with a poor passing offense while the latter is very raw. Both are fast, field stretchers who should eventually fit their teams well.
I suspect Butler becomes Murray’s deep threat and bailout option sooner than later and that could be valuable.
Admittedly, I am lower on Montgomery than most. Cohen is a much better receiver and Montgomery’s ability to break tackles is overrated. Still, opportunity exists and volume is king.
Harris and Henderson are much more talented, but both have significantly worse situations.
Isabella represents the last of who I’m interested in drafting in the first two rounds as a playmaker and someone who could thrive with Kyler Murray.
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Tier three is predicated on a wish and a prayer. Hurd, Smith, and Boykin all have that day 2 draft capital but none of those landing spots have me excited for their immediate fantasy production.
Justice Hill was another athletic, but raw, choice by the Ravens who doesn’t have a clear role yet.
Sternberger, on the other hand, presents a balance of good talent with a great landing spot. All that keeps him from being higher is the position.
Johnson, Singletary, Jennings, and McLaurin do not excite me as talents but each have a landing spot that could present solid production if circumstances break right.
Haskins represents a solid player who should be given plenty of leash to grow with the offense as it will build up around him.
Wharring is a raw, exciting talent who landed on a good offense. He could end up as a top-12 tight end or wash out in three years.
Harmon and Slayton are both interesting players who land in good situations to compete for immediate playing time. They may emerge as the best outside receivers on their NFL teams.
Want a bunch of limited but intriguing running backs? Look no further. Mattison can’t catch but plays behind a brittle starter. Thompson gets an elite landing spot and is athletic, but didn’t even get invited to the NFL Combine (a bad sign). Williams slid to the sixth but I like the player and the landing spot. Love is recovering from injury. Armstead is not exciting but that backfield could become a wide open situation.
Knox lands in a good spot and is raw, but so is that entire offense.
Jones has the draft capital and the leadership believes in him, but do they even last through the season?
Oliver also gets a good landing spot and Foles does like the tight end. But he isn’t Zach Ertz.
Tier five is a complete shot in the dark but does have a few interesting gems. I like Williams but that situation looks tough to overcome with Joe Mixon at the helm.
Fulgham gets overlooked but comes in as a physical receiver who could compete for time in three receiver sets.
Scarlett is an underachiever but that depth chart is thin.
Preston Williams is a top ten talent but personal concerns overshadowed it. The Dolphins are a good landing spot for a depth chart to climb.
Grier is a nice insurance policy for Cam Newton with upside.
Hall supposedly fell out of the draft due to attitude. The Bears need a pure deep threat and he is among the best.
Johnson is uninspiring and buried on that depth chart.
Keep an eye on Pollard. He is dynamic and could become what they were hoping Tavon Austin would be.