By Mike Tagliere Fri, Apr 28th 11:47pm EDT
The Seahawks have selected wide receiver Amara Darboh with the No. 106 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: Darboh is an interesting player, but one who doesn't figure to contribute right away to a Seahawks team that always seems to be in contention. He's a possession style wide receiver who reminds us a little bit of Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa. He'll battle with Paul Richardson in order to take over Jermaine Kearse's position in the starting lineup. He's not on the fantasy radar right now.
By Mike Tagliere Fri, Apr 28th 11:42pm EDT
The Steelers have selected running back James Conner with the No. 105 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: He'll come in and back up Le'Veon Bell immediately, and because of that, he'll have late-round value even in redraft leagues. The Steelers offensive line clears holes and is among the best in the league. If Bell were to miss any time at all, Conner would step in and be a fill-in RB1 in fantasy. He's going to be known for running through people, rather than running around them. He's a tough man to bring down, both literally and figuratively.
By Mike Tagliere Fri, Apr 28th 11:39pm EDT
The 49ers selected quarterback C.J. Beathard with the No. 104 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: This seems like a reach, as the Giants were able to snag Davis Webb roughly a dozen picks before this. Beathard isn't going to start right away, and he doesn't possess any special talents that would indicate he's a future franchise quarterback. Look for the 49ers to draft a quarterback next year, or at the very least go after Kirk Cousins in free agency.
By Mike Tagliere Fri, Apr 28th 11:05pm EDT
The Giants have selected quarterback Davis Webb with the No. 87 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: The Giants have been rumored to have been looking for Eli Manning's eventual replacement, and Webb could turn out to be one of the better values in this draft. Many talked about there not being a true first-round talent among the quarterbacks, but the Giants got him towards the end of the third-round. Webb isn't flashy, but he's a very solid pocket passer who does almost everything you'd want him to. With the weapons in New York, Webb is set up for success. He'll be a great late-round pick in dynasty leagues.
By Mike Tagliere Fri, Apr 28th 10:59pm EDT
The Texans have selected running back D'Onta Foreman with the No. 89 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: This is a real threat to Lamar Miller, who was very mediocre last year. Right out of the gate, Foreman should share touches with Miller on first and second downs, with Miller getting most of the third-down work. Foreman can break a run for 80 yards at any time, something that Miller just didn't bring to the table last year. It just might be the case that Miller is better as a timeshare running back. Similar to Derrick Henry last year, Foreman will be waiting for his opportunity to shine. He's worth a late-round flier in redraft leagues right away.
By Mike Tagliere Fri, Apr 28th 10:47pm EDT
The Chiefs have selected running back Kareem Hunt with the No. 86 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: This isn't quite the killer to Spencer Ware's value like some were expecting. Instead, he'll add depth behind Ware. There are shades of Frank Gore to Hunt's game, but he doesn't stay quite as low as Gore does. It'll take some time to refine his skills, and Andy Reid is known to be the running back guru, so there's definitely potential here. He's just a handcuff in redraft, but due to his landing spot, he's got plenty of appeal in dynasty.
By Mike Tagliere Fri, Apr 28th 10:41pm EDT
The Tamps Bay Buccaneers have selected wide receiver Chris Godwin with the No. 84 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: It's gotten to the point where it's overkill for the Bucs offense, as they can only fit so many players on the field at once. DeSean Jackson is going to be 31 years old this year and he doesn't play the slot, which means that Godwin may not contribute immediately. It's a shame, too, because Godwin looks to be one of the most NFL-ready wide receivers, as he put on a show at the NFL Combine. He's a name to target in dynasty formats, but stay far away in redraft.
By Mike Tagliere Fri, Apr 28th 10:35pm EDT
The Broncos have selected wide receiver Carlos Henderson with the No. 82 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: It was definitely a position of need for them, as they have almost no depth behind Demaryius Thomas who is going to turn 30 this year, and Emmanuel Sanders who already turned 30 this year. Henderson isn't your prototypical No. 1 wide receiver at just 5'11", but he's a monster after the catch. He reminds us of Golden Tate a little bit, and he may be asked to play the slot almost immediately. He's a late-round pick if anything, but we'd recommend that you let someone else take in redraft leagues. This was a smart football move by the Broncos, though.
By Mike Tagliere Fri, Apr 28th 10:25pm EDT
The Jets have selected wide receiver ArDarius Stewart with the No. 79 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: Quite possibly the most underrated wide receiver in this draft, Stewart is going to make an impact in the NFL. He's able to be used all over the field, including lining up in the backfield, in the slot, on the outside, and can even throw the ball well if you want him to. The way he runs after the catch reminds us of Steve Smith, as you'll almost never see him run out of bounds. Stewart will play for the Jets in 2017, but similar to how it was at Alabama, his quarterback will hold him back from being great. He's a fine pick in dynasty leagues, however.
By Mike Tagliere Fri, Apr 28th 10:07pm EDT
The Titans have selected wide receiver Taywan Taylor with the No. 72 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: It's the second wide receiver in three rounds for the Titans, and it's a good one. Taylor is a player who can do it all, play inside or outside, and he has deceptive speed. While it didn't show up on his 40-yard dash, his game speed is fantastic. Adding him to the arsenal of Corey Davis, Rishard Matthews, and Delanie Walker, the Titans have fulfilled their promise to get Marcus Mariota plenty of weapons. Taylor likely isn't going to be a major fantasy factor in year one, simply because the Titans still have the ground-and-pound going with Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry. This was a great football move, even if it doesn't translate to fantasy right away.
By Mike Tagliere Fri, Apr 28th 9:57pm EDT
The Rams have selected wide receiver Cooper Kupp with the No. 69 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: The pick of Kupp is a bit surprising with Chris Godwin still on the board, but it's not a bad pick considering what they'll ask him to do. The Rams will be able to build quarterback Jared Goff's confidence with high percentage throws to both Kupp and free agent acquisition Robert Woods over the middle of the field. He might turn out to be a bye-week replacement in fantasy, as Woods isn't the worst competition for targets. It's difficult to take a player like him, though, as he has a very limited ceiling in fantasy.
By Mike Tagliere Fri, Apr 28th 9:48pm EDT
The Saints have selected running back Alvin Kamara with the No. 67 pick in the NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: This is a brutal blow to the fantasy value of both Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram, but more-so Ingram. Kamara is going to offer so much in the Saints offense, as he reminds us of Jamaal Charles, who would've been a natural in Sean Payton's fast-paced offense. With Peterson coming in to steal goal-line carries and Kamara coming in to steal most of the passing down work, it's fair to wonder if Ingram will even be an RB2 at this point. Kamara will be worth a late-round flier pick in redraft leagues, and is a mid-to-late first round pick in dynasty leagues.
By Mike Tagliere Fri, Apr 28th 9:28pm EDT
The Steelers have selected wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster with the No. 62 overall selection in the NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: Smith-Schuster joins the most talented wide receiving corps in the NFL, with both Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant already in the starting lineup. Smith-Schuster is a phenomenal talent himself and is just 20 years old. There are going to be some growing pains with him, but he joins a top-five offense in terms of points per game. While it's unclear how long Ben Roethlisberger is going to play, Smith-Schuster is locked in as a first-round dynasty pick.
By Mike Tagliere Fri, Apr 28th 8:49pm EDT
The Browns have selected quarterback DeShone Kizer with the No. 52 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: It's an unknown whether or not the Browns view him as their immediate starter, though we'd suspect it's Cody Kessler's job to start the season. Kizer doesn't lack confidence, as he recently said he can be the best quarterback in football. It's a great upside pick by the Browns who didn't have to spend massive capital in order to get him. There are some traits of Kizer's game that remind us of Ben Roethlisberger, but there is still plenty of maturing that needs to happen before he takes the field.
By Mike Tagliere Fri, Apr 28th 8:34pm EDT
The Bengals have selected running back Joe Mixon with the No. 48 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: This move has major fantasy implications, as Mixon's talent has never been in question. He's a true three-down back who I've given comparisons to a poor man's Le'Veon Bell. The only way to overcome the negative media storm that is coming the Bengals way is to put him on the field and let his play do the talking. If Mixon is indeed pronounced the starter, he's a low-end RB2/high-end flex player because Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard aren't going to just disappear.
By Mike Tagliere Fri, Apr 28th 8:26pm EDT
The Bears have selected tight end Adam Shaheen with the No. 45 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: Tight end was somewhat of a need for the Bears, but their secondary has some major flaws. Dubbed as "Baby Gronk" due to his massive size/speed combo, Shaheen is a favorite among analysts and should be one of Mitch Trubisky's future weapons. Similar to any tight end not drafted in the first round, Shaheen likely isn't going to be a fantasy factor in his rookie season.
By Mike Tagliere Fri, Apr 28th 8:19pm EDT
The Rams have selected tight end Gerald Everett with the No. 44 pick in the NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: This was a move that was necessary for the Rams, as they had basically zero depth behind last year's rookie Tyler Higbee. While Everett may one day be a solid player, he's not going to make a big impact right away. He's the No. 2 tight end on a team that will be lucky to throw for 25 touchdowns. He's only someone you'd want to target in dynasty, though he is tied to Jared Goff for the foreseeable future.
By Mike Tagliere Fri, Apr 28th 8:00pm EDT
The Vikings traded up into the No. 41 overall pick in order to draft running back Dalvin Cook.
Fantasy Impact: This one is a head-scratcher. The Vikings just paid Latavius Murray a lot of money in free agency, and have Jerick McKinnon to spell him in the passing game. It's going to be Cook's job, as Murray has been underwhelming over the last few years, and McKinnon never quite lived up to expectations. The frustrating part is that all three of them will be used, creating an ugly timeshare for fantasy football. Cook is going to be a low-end RB2 if he starts right out of the gate, but lacks the upside he would've had in Philadelphia.
By Mike Tagliere Fri, Apr 28th 7:55pm EDT
The Panthers have selected hybrid running back/wide receiver Curtis Samuel with the No. 40 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: The Panthers are stacking up playmakers, but it's now to the point where we don't necessarily know where they'll line up on the field. It seemed as if Christian McCaffrey would line up in the slot at times, but Samuel projects to play the slot for them now. It's going to create plenty of headaches for opposing defenses, but it's also going to create plenty of headaches for fantasy owners. This is going to put even more of a dent into McCaffrey's upside in the future.
By Mike Tagliere Fri, Apr 28th 7:47pm EDT
The Chargers have selected offensive guard Forrest Lamp with the No. 38 pick in the NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: What a value for the Chargers, who have had one of the worst offensive lines in football during the entire Philip Rivers era. Lamp will slide into the starting lineup immediately and will clear running lanes for Melvin Gordon, who appears to have the backfield to himself. He's shaping up to be a rock-solid RB1 in 2017.
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