Mon, May 17th 10:09am EDT
By Adam Koffler
Former Washington Football Team DE Ryan Kerrigan announced on Instagram that he’s signing with the Philadelphia Eagles. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Kerrigan stays in the NFC East and joins the Eagles after racking up 95.5 sacks in 10 seasons in Washington. This is a very nice veteran pickup for an Eagles team that was lacking depth on the defensive front.
Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Philadelphia Eagles have claimed former Lions RB Kerryon Johnson on Friday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Johnson ends up in Philadelphia after being waived by the Lions on Thursday. He will join a crowded Eagles backfield that includes Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Jordan Howard, and Kenneth Gainwell. The 23-year-old was unproductive in 2020, logging 52 carries for 181 rushing yards (3.5 YPC) along with 19 receptions on 26 targets for 187 receiving yards and three total touchdowns. Johnson was limited to 18 games in his first two seasons with the Lions and will compete for a spot on the Eagles RB depth chart. Kerryon is currently 72nd among all running backs in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.
Fri, Apr 30th 10:50pm EDT
By Matthew MacKay
The San Francisco 49ers have selected RB Trey Sermon with the No. 88 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: Ohio State RB Trey Sermon is the latest addition to the revamped San Francisco offense, following the selections of QB Trey Lance and G Aaron Banks. The 49ers traded up with the Rams to secure the big-bodied running back. The 22-year old Sermon, a transfer from Oklahoma, was dominating at the end of the 2020 season for the Buckeyes, rattling off over 600 yards and four touchdowns in a three-game stretch, including a win over Clemson in the College Football Playoff. He suffered a shoulder injury to impede his dominance on the field but he will have ample opportunity to thrive under Kyle Shanahan and the motion-heavy run-centric offense he deploys. Injuries are of some concern but a deep running back room that includes Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson Jr., and JaMychal Hasty will allow him to maintain fresh legs and hopefully avoid any future setbacks. Sermon's patient running style is reminiscent of Le'Veon Bell but he also has elite one-cut, north and south running ability and holds quite a bit of value in upcoming rookie dynasty drafts.
Fri, Apr 30th 9:12pm EDT
By Brad Camara
The Carolina Panthers have selected WR Terrace Marshall Jr. with the No. 59 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. (Source: Connor Hughes on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Marshall is a field stretcher and gives the Panthers another speedster. He will join Robby Anderson and DJ Moore to give newly acquired QB Sam Darnold another offensive weapon. The LSU product can play inside/outside and will reunite with Panthers OC Joe Brady. Marshall Jr. caught 94 of 136 targets for 1,402 yards and 23 touchdowns in his final two seasons with the Tigers. The 20-year-old WR is a stud when healthy, but dropped in the 2021 NFL Draft due to injury concerns. Marshall Jr. should play a key role in the Panthers right away in 2021.
The Los Angeles Rams have selected wide receiver Tutu Atwell with the No. 57 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: The Louisville product is known for his "field-tilting" speed, but many scouts have serious concerns over his size. Atwell will team up with fellow speedster DeSean Jackson in LA, which should make this offense incredibly fun to watch. Of course, Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods will continue soaking up targets in the middle of the field.
Fri, Apr 30th 9:00pm EDT
By Matthew MacKay
The Seattle Seahawks have selected D'Wayne Eskridge with the No. 56 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: The Seahawks will add more speed alongside Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf in their wide receiving corps, selecting Western Michigan WR D'Wayne Eskridge. Eskridge has home-run playmaking ability due to his background as a 100 and 200-meter sprinter in high school. The 24-year old switched to a receiver from running back, which always bodes well for the vision of a receiver who has experience looking for running lanes out of the backfield. If Russell Wilson can get better offensive line play in 2021, expect Eskridge to become a WR3/Flex option in PPR formats as the season progresses.
Fri, Apr 30th 8:23pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma
The Arizona Cardinals have selected wide receiver Rondale Moore with the No. 49 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Fantasy Impact: Moore is a short-but-compact receiver with explosive quickness and good burst. It should be a fantastic fit with Kliff Kingsbury in Arizona, though it's worth noting that Moore didn't display the same athleticism the past two years that he did as a freshman. He'll compete to play in four-wide sets as a rookie.
The Denver Broncos have selected RB Javonte Williams with the No. 35 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Broncos traded with the Falcons to select North Carolina RB Javonte Williams. Denver traded the 40th and the 114th pick to the Falcons in exchange for the 35th and 219th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Williams is an incredibly strong runner and an effective pass catcher. He rushed for 1,140 yards and 19 touchdowns while hauling in 25 receptions for 305 yards and three touchdowns in his final season in North Carolina. Williams will compete with veteran RB Melvin Gordon for the Broncos primary RB role.
The New York Jets have selected wide receiver Elijah Moore with the No. 34 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. (Source: Connor Hughes on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Jets add a physical slot receiver to a wide receiver room that now has its arrow pointing up. A room of Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, Denzel Mims, and possibly Jamison Crowder is a vast improvement on what the Jets trotted out in 2020. Moore should be one of the more prolific rookies once he gets on the field and is the favorite to be starting in the slot role before the year is over. New York gets a steal in someone who was widely discussed as a potential first round pick. A threat every time the ball is in his hands, Moore could become a special player for the Jets.
Thu, Apr 29th 11:12pm EDT
By Mike Maher
The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Najee Harris with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Harris and the Steelers were linked to each other throughout the draft process, and the fit makes perfect sense. Harris is big, physical, and well-rounded, and the Steelers have an obvious and immediate need at the position. He is likely to be one of the first picks off the board in rookie-only dynasty leagues this offseason.
The New York Giants have selected Kadarius Toney with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. (Source: Zack Rosenblatt, NJ.com)
Fantasy Impact: The Giants were originally set to pick at No. 11 but traded back with the Chicago Bears, who moved up to take quarterback Justin Fields. They improved their wide receiver corps already this offseason by adding Kenny Golladay, and now they add another playmaker for young quarterback Daniel Jones in Toney.