It’s Getting 2012 NFL Drafty In Here
April 29, 2012 | Chet
The 2012 NFL Draft is el dunski and we have some guys out there worth monitoring. You already know about Luck, RG III and T-Rich, but who else should we keep an eye on? Well, more than what I have below here, but here’s a quick look at some of them:
David Wilson: Wilson and Bradshaw are similar in size and skills and will most likely share carries. Like Bradshaw he does have some injury concerns so I see a split in touches to try keeping both healthy. As long as Bradshaw is healthy he should still be the lead back, but takes a hit with this pick.
Doug Martin: The Bucs got two good backs in the draft which pretty much means they have soured on Blount. Unless Blount is traded (which I’ve heard no rumors of) they will most likely share early down work while Martin will automatically get the passing downs. But Martin could prove himself good enough to become the every down guy.
Kendall Wright: I love this pick for the Titans at least in fantasy impact. Wright has a ton of talent and should beat out Washington, Williams, and Hawkins eventually. But Kenny Britt and Jared Cook aren’t going anywhere which in the short-term makes Wright mostly a dynasty pick at this point, but gives Locker a nice boost.
Justin Blackmon: Blaine Gabbert has a good wide receiver now but unfortunately Justin Blackmon doesn’t have a good quarterback. His talent level is high enough that you’ll want to draft him in dynasty leagues no doubt, but you’ll have to wait for production.
Coby Fleener: Fleener really couldn’t ask for a better spot to land than Indianapolis where he’ll be teamed back up with his old teammate Andrew Luck. He’ll be high on my list of tight ends this season.
Alshon Jeffery: With Johnny Knox hurt and Devin Hester not very good the Bears needed a receiver to play opposite Brandon Marshall and it looks like they got him. Jeffery should quickly become the #2 receiver in Chicago and with the underrated Earl Bennett in the slot and Matt Forte catching passes out of the backfield, Jay Cutler’s stock is rising. Now if they would have just got some offensive lineman.
Rueben Randle: R and R fell in the draft all the way to 63rd after being projected to go much higher. He should quickly become the Giants #3 receiver and in that offense a #3 receiver can put up decent numbers.
LaMichael James: The 49ers running back situation is a little odd right now with Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, Brandon Jacobs, and Anthony Dixon all in the mix it’s hard to see where the speedy James will fit, but he’ll be shoe-horned in.
Brian Quick: Quick will quickly become a starter for the Rams who really don’t have an outside threat at wide receiver except for Alexander who has a fake knee.
Kirk Cousins: The Redskins needed a quarterback and they went for and got their man in the 4th round. Wait, I’m getting something over the wire. The Redskins already drafted a quarterback? Ok, ok. #2 overall you say? Wow. Heisman trophy winner? Interesting. Ok, so Cousins will just be a backup while Rex Grossman and John Beck go shop their elite wares to some other suckers.
Stephen Hill: The Jets new Al Davis inspired pick has a ton of raw skill and Rex Ryan says he will get a chance to start this season. He’ll help stretch the field, but it’s hard to trust Sanchez to consistently get him the ball.If he can hone his talent, his upside is as a #1 receiver.
Chris Polk: His shoulder issues kept him from being drafted but the Philadelphia Eagles signed him and as long as he can stay healthy there’s a decent chance he could be LeSean McCoy’s backup and a nice stash in dynasty leagues.
Marvin Jones: The Bengals may have got someone to line up opposite A.J. Green with Jones. All signs point to him being an NFL caliber player with upside to be special. With Benjarvus Green-Ellis at running back the Bengals passing game is going to need to excel and Jones could benefit.
Chris Rainey: The Steelers will most likely use Rainey in the return game, but could also line him up in the slot and in the backfield. With Mendenhall possibly missing a chunk of the season Rainey could see some action early. He is just another weapon for Roethlisberger on an offense full of receiving weapons. The Steelers also beefed up their O-line and I’ll be beefing up Big Ben’s projections.
DeVier Posey: The sleeper status of Jacoby Jones has finally hit the bricks with DeVier Posey and Keshawn Martin in the fold. I actually see Martin as the guy with more upside, but Posey will most likely get the chance to start.
Michael Smith: The Bucs grabbed Utah State running back Smith with the 212th pick. He’ll be behind Blount and Martin, but has a lot of ability and is worth monitoring in dynasty.