The DFFL is months away, keepers have not been declared, nor has the draft order been decided. Players rise and fall as conference championships are decided, bowl games are played and the NFL holds their rookie combine. More players may enter the draft, while others may choose to return for another year of college football. If the season were to end today here is what we may see from the incoming rookies:
1- Beach Bum –
Beach Bum hold the first pick in the 2nd annual DFFL rookie/FA draft. With rising stars Cam Newton and RGIII already in place it seems potential NFL top pick Teddy Bridgewater wont be in play. Beach Bum has both potential and questions at the RB and WR positions. We expect Beach Bum to select the best non-QB available.
Selection – WR Sammy Watkins Clemson
Watkins is 6-1 and 210lbs WR out of Clemson. . He has been described as having the prototypical blend of height, weight and top-end speed. Watkins has big play ability with a 2nd gear that allows him to separate from defenders. Watkins needs to show improvement in his physicality and toughness to be a star in the NFL. However, he has the physical tools to be a top WR1 for years to come.
NFL comparison- A shorter AJ Green
2- Unicorns and Glitter
U&G acquired Mush’s first round pick in an early season trade for Marques Colston. This high powered offense features fantasy superstar TE Jimmy Graham, Matthew Stafford and a trio of top 10 RB’s. What clearly is lacking for this team is a legitimate WR1. This pick should put U&G in the position to acquire one of the draft’s top pass catchers.
Selection- WR Marques Lee USC
USC’s Lee is a track star WR who plays faster than his 4.47 40 time would suggest. He has outstanding play making skills, and features break away speed with elusive moves. Lee is similar in size (6foot, 195) to Sammy Watkins but is slighter in build and lacks size and strength to separate from defenders. Lee’s intangibles are reportedly off the charts which helps him profile as a future WR1.
NFL comparison- A taller, more consistent DeSean Jackson
3- Drugged Llamas
The Llamas somehow managed to finish the season 5-8 after inheriting what was easily the league’s worst team. Rookie RB Le’Veon Bell is keystone for this rebuilding team. QB Matt Ryan was acquired in a late season trade, but has never really taken the step forward to become an elite QB. Now seems to be the time for the Llamas to get their QB of the future
Selection QB- Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Bridgewater is in the running to be the first pick in the NFL draft after showing steady progression into college’s best QB over the last 3 years. He has the elite decision-making and accuracy skills to pick a defense apart. Bridgewater has NFL QB size at 6-3, 220lbs, and has shown the ability to scramble and run when needed. Depending on where he lands, Bridgewater has the ability to make an immediate impact.
NFL comparison- Andrew Luck
4- Puny Team
The league’s best bad team. Puny team features two top ten backs in McCoy and Alfred Morris. They also are set at QB with Aaron Rodgers backed up by Jay Cutler, assuming both stay healthy., Puny team really needs a WR to step up and play at a high level. This years draft should have their solution.
Selection- WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
Evans is a physical nightmare for college corners. He’s 6-4 220, and getting stronger. He lacks ideal speed, running a 4.60, but plays faster in pads. Evan knows how to use his size and strength to fight for the ball. Johnny Football’s favorite target will immediately become a red-zone threat on Sundays. Only his lack of top end speed and separation will prevent him from being a superstar in the NFL.
NFL comparison- Vincent Jackson
5-Rice n Greens
Rice and Greens are fronted by their namesakes, emerging QB Russell Wilson, and the resurrected Knowshon Moreno. Wilson is backed-up by Ben Roethlisberger who has been solid in 2013 but both can be unreliable at times. While needs may be greater elsewhere, locking up another young QB makes sense with this pick.
Selection Johnny Manziel Texas A&M
Johnny Football, the 2012 Heisman Winner, has earned a ton of negative attention for his off-field lifestyle and on-field antics. What seems to be forgotten is the kid can play. He hasn’t seen ESPN’s TOP 10 as much this season but he has improved as a pocket passer. Manziel is as elusive as they come, but needs to show the ability to play under control.
NFL comparison- Ceiling-Russell Wilson, Floor- living in his parent’s basement
6- Greased up Deaf Guy
GUDG enters the draft looking to add to his young core talent. He already has two of the best young Qbs in the league in Kaepernick and Luck, along with top rookie RB Eddie Lacy. GUDG has viable options at RB with young speedster Ellington, a now healthy Andre Brown, and bounce back candidate Stevan Ridley. His receiving corps could use some help with a rookie added to the mix.
Selection- WR Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt
Matthews has prototypical size at 6foot3 200lbs and is strong for an WR , but lacks ideal playmaking speed. He is a pass catching magnet who has stayed under the radar by playing at Vandy. Matthews is an ideal possession receiver with upside to be more.
NFL comparison- Jordy Nelson
7- Megatron vs. Optimus Peterson-
MVOP has been a hard luck loser this year, finishing with the 2nd most points scored, but failing to reach the .500 mark. AP and Murray are one of the top RB combos in the league and this team features 3 top 10 WRS. With 4, yes 4, back-up QBS on this roster it appears that MVOP will be taking advantage of a deep QB class.
Selection- UCLA QB Brett Hundley.
Hundley is the QB we like the best in this draft. He is 6foot3 230 lbs, and reportedly still getting stronger and thicker. He has tremendous arm strength, and mobility. His delivery is similar to Matthew Stafford’s and could use refinement, but he reportedly is a hard worker and should make the adjustments to become am exciting NFL QB.
NFL comparison- Colin Kaepernick; less athleteic, but a better passer
8- Kittons Mittons
KM finished the season 7-6 with Rob Gronkowski injured or banged up for most the year. KM’s lack of a run game has been well documented, but with Zac Stacy emerging at mid-season, KM is one RB away from a complete team. Tom Brady along with Two top 4 WRs and two rookies WR with tons of potential allow KM can stretch a little for the best RB in the draft.
Selection- RB Carlos Hyde Ohio State
Hyde isn’t considered an NFL 1st round talent like the names mentioned above. However, he is gaining scouts attention and moving up draft boards. Hyde isn’t as physical as his 6foot 240lb frame suggests and his 4.6 in the 40 isn’t ideal. He is still a very good back with good vision. If he can put past, off the field, issues behind him he should be solid RB2 in the NFL.
NFL Comparison- a less physical Eddie Lacy.
9- Touchdown Mafia-
The reigning Heath Shuler division champion has relied heavily on Peyton Manning to beat his opponents. He has 3 solid options at WR in Bryant, Welker and White (when healthy.) His RB combo of Gore and Foster, with Ben Tate handcuffed , are productive on a weekly basis. Although TD Mafia could use some youth at WR or RB, EJ Manuel isn’t a guy you want to rely on if Peyton goes down. We think he uses this QB rich draft to solidify his long term situation at QB.
Selection- QB Blake Bortles Central Florida
Bortles has been jumping up draft boards and some scouting services view him as the #2 QB in this year’s draft. Bortles is 6foot 4 230lbs and moves well for his size. He has good arm strength and reads the field very well. Scouting reports indicate that he has the leadership skills and the “it factor,” to be a special NFL QB.
NFL comparison- Andrew Luck, to a lesser degree
10- Breaking Bradshaw
BB is headlined by Marshawn Lynch, who’s Beast Mode can win the commish a game almost single-handedly. Gio Bernard has emerged as a legit RB2 with RB1 potential. BB’s Wrs are lacking. Eric Decker is excellent when he is the flavor of the week in Denver. Harry Douglas has been a find, but will take a backseat to Julio Jones and Roddy White next season. The QB situation for BB is aging, but productive.
Selection- WR- Allen Robinson– Penn State
Robinson is 6-3 205 lbs giving him ideal size at the WR position. His official 40 time is listed at 4.54 but has the ability to make defenders miss. He has excellent ball skills, body control and leaping ability to make him a good red zone threat. He reportedly is a team leader with a high football IQ. He needs to work on getting stronger to ensure ball security.
NFL comparison- Roddy White
11- Unicorns and Glitter
U&G’s 2nd pick in the first round, their own pick. U&G may look to take a QB, should one slide, as Nick Foles is still somewhat unproven. Their WR group is still a concern and they should look to strengthen that position with this pick.
Selection- Kelvin Benjamin FSU
Benjamin is another physical receiver, similar to Mike Evan. Benjamin is 6foot5 240lbs. Benjamin is still developing at the position but has TE size with WR speed. His upside is tremendous, but his overall lack of speed limits his value. Benjamin may find himself playing the TE position in certain systems. This may enhance or diminish his value.
NFL Comparison- Vincent Jackson
12- The Muscle Hampsters–
The Muscle Hampsters are a juggernaut of a team, when healthy. CJ Spiller and Doug Martin both have RB1 ability but need to stay healthy. Drew Brees is one of the best Qbs in the history of the league. Josh Gordon has emerged as a play maker, while Vincent Jackson has only slipped due to poor QB play. The Hampsters will be looking for depth with this pick.
Selection- Lache Seastrunk – Baylor
Seastrucnk has some character issues that may be read flags, hurting his draft value. He is, however, an excellent combination of power and speed. He is a thick 5-10 210lbs and runs trough arm tackles with a low center of gravity. He has elite speed and acceleration with an extra gear to run away from defenders.
NFL Comparison- Doug Martin… or Maurice Clarett
Others to consider:
TE- Eric Ebron North Carlina
TE- Jace Amaro Texas Tech
TE Austin-Seferian-Jenkins Washington
QB-Derek Carr Fresno State
QB- AJ McCarron Alabama
QB- Logan Thomas Virgina Tech
RB- Charles Sims West Virgina
RB- Ka’Deem Carey Arizona
RB- De’Anthony Thomas Oregon
WR-Robert Herron Wyoming
WR- Jeff Janis SaginawValley State
WR- Tevin Reese Baylor