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NFL Draft Coverage

According to Mike Garofolo of NFL Network, Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson did not miss a court date on Wednesday and that there is no longer a warrant for his arrest. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Garafolo is reporting that it was a clerical error by the courthouse and that his court date isn't until July 19th. This is all according to Ed O'Donnell, the attorney for Anderson. It seems like Anderson is out of trouble for the foreseeable future, but this dark cloud isn't going to get away from the league. With Anderson's history, expect the league to take a long look into this incident with a police officer and potentially hand down a suspension. If you're drafting early for a start-up dynasty league, you should slightly lower Anderson on your draft board.


The Ravens select New Mexico WR Jaleel Scott 132nd overall.

Fantasy Impact: The Ravens' wide receiver depth chart is crowded after they added three wideouts in free agency while retaining Breshad Periman. However, Scott isn't a play-now player and will benefit from the time to develop. If anything, he'll be a jump ball specialist in the red zone early in his NFL career.


The Cardinals have selected Ford RB Chase Edmonds 134th overall.

Fantasy Impact: A small-statured running back, Edmonds could come to Arizona and compete with Elijah Penny and D.J. Foster for the RB2 spot behind David Johnson. However, he is more likely to be a -4-to-6 touch change of pace back since Johnson is a three-down asset.


The Cowboys select Standard TE Dalton Schultz 137th overall.

Fantasy Impact: In the wake of Jason Witten's sudden retirement, the Cowboys had a void at tight end. And while they employ Rico Gathers, whom the team is very high on, it wouldn't hurt for them to add another body to compete. Barring a veteran addition like Antonio Gates or Gary Barnidge, the Cowboys' TE1 spot is wide open.


With the 131st pick in the NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage.

Fantasy Impact: At 6'2", 228 pounds, Ballage is a big running back, but he also showed good speed throughout his college career and ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. He joins a running back room in Miami that is returning Kenyan Drake from last season and added Frank Gore in free agency. Neither one of those backs are considered true number one options, with Gore being 35 years-old and Drake showing inconsistent production over his first couple years in the league, but Ballage will not be handed the starting job, either.


The Atlanta Falcons have selected Southern Miss RB Ito Smith 126th overall.

Fantasy Impact: Smith was a projected late round day three pick. However, the Falcons reached for him in the fourth as he fits Steve Sarkisian's system. He is a strong receiver out of the backfield. Smith won't draw redraft fantasy interest early in his career.


With the 123rd pick in the NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected Notre Dame tight end Durham Smythe.

Fantasy Impact: Smythe is the second tight end taken by the Dolphins in the 2018 NFL Draft, as they selected Penn State's Mike Gesicki in the second round. After the Julius Thomas experiment went poorly in Miami, they are obviously stocking up on young talent in order to get some production out of the position. Smythe is a big-bodied tight end at 6'5" and more than 250 pounds, and his role will likely be primarily as a blocking tight end in the NFL.


The Broncos select Penn State WR DaeSean Hamilton 113th overall.

Fantasy Impact: Hamilton is the second wideout the Broncos selected in this year's draft. They took Courtland Sutton in the second. The Broncos are clearly poised to get younger on the offensive side of the ball while building for the future. With Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas both at the age of 30, one or both could be on the move in the next year. Still, as long as they are employed along with Sutton, I don't expect an immediate impact from Hamilton.


The Bengals select Miami (FL) RB Mark Walton 112th overall.

Fantasy Impact: After letting Jeremy Hill leave via free agency, the Bengals had an opening behind Joe Mixon and Gio Bernard. Walton should fill the gap at running back but I don't see him garnering any immediate fantasy relevancy with Mixon and Bernard healthy. Walton could be a 5-to-8 touch per game asset early-on.


The Giants select Richmond QB Kyle Lauletta with the 108th overall pick.

Fantasy Impact: Coming into the draft, many thought the Giants would add a QB early to perhaps succeed Eli Manning. However, they elected to go ahead and upgrade RB with Saquon Barkley and finally addressed quarterback in the fourth with Lauletta. With another unknown in Davis Webb lingering on the roster, look for one of the two to emerge as Manning's immediate backup. And unless the Giants totally fall apart like last season, I doubt we see either one of them takes a meaningful snap in 2018.


The Browns select Florida WR Antonio Callaway 105th overall.

Fantasy Impact: Callaway is a steal in the fourth round. He fell around due to failing a pre-combine drug test. However, he has an outstanding skill set and comes highly touted by Antonio Brown. He is a project player for a Browns team seemingly loading up on upside offensive firepower in the 2018 draft.


The Colts select NC State RB Nyheim Hines 104th overall.

Fantasy Impact: The Colts filled a need at running back with the Hines pick. However, Hines is not an RB1 in the NFL due to his 5'8, 198-pound stature. He's better suited as an RB2/ PPR back for a team like the Colts, who could ultimately give the starting nod to Marlon Mack, Christine Michael or Robert Turbin on early downs unless they address the position with a veteran free agent like DeMarco Murray moving forward.


The Texans select Texas Tech WR Keke Coutee 103rd overall.

Fantasy Impact: Although the Texans are solid at wide receiver -- they employ DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller on the outside -- they have question marks at the slot -- Bruce Ellington is an injury risk and Braxton Miller hasn't made the transition a promising one. Coutee can immediately line up in the slot and pay dividends and will most certainly push Ellington and more so Miler for the job. Strong in the return game, Coutee should also push Miller there too. Coutee could quietly make an impact in PPR leagues in 2018.


The Panthers have selected Indiana TE Ian Thomas 101st overall.

Fantasy Impact: Although Greg Olsen signed a two-year extension with the Panthers, Jason Witten did the same with Dallas and then surprisingly announced his retirement to the broadcasting booth. While I don't expect the same from Olsen now, its also not out of the realm of possibility. Carolina also lost Ed Dickson in free agency, leaving a gaping hole at tight end. Targeting Daniels here is a smart move. He is the best tight end remaining on the board and is a plus downfield blocker who fits Carolina's scheme well. He should draw immediate dynasty consideration, much like Jonnu Smith's scenario last year behind Delanie Walker.


The New Orleans Saints have selected UCF WR Tre'Quan Smith with the 91st overall pick.

Fantasy Impact: Smith will join an already loaded Saints WR corps led by Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn, Cameron Meredith and Brandon Coleman. He's a project player. He has the speed but not the explosiveness and experts question his route-running ability. He is also deemed an excellent downfield blocker. While Smith could eventually work his way up the depth chart, he may have to wait a year.


The Dallas Cowboys have selected Colorado State WR Michael Gallup 81st overall.

Fantasy Impact: The Cowboys addressed a position of dire need since releasing Dez Bryant a few weeks ago by drafting Gallup. Viewed a "poor man's" D.J. Moore, Gallup will add explosiveness and speed with the ability to create separation to a Cowboys wide receiver corps that was desperately lacking those attributes since Bryant's regression in the past three seasons.


The Broncos have selected Oregon RB Royce Freeman with the 71st overall pick.

Fantasy Impact: The Broncos are upgrading their offense around Case Keenum. Not only did they finally add a young playmaker at wide receiver in Courtland Sutton, but they also added Freeman, who will likely compete for immediate playing time as their RB1 or RB2. Let's face it, Devontae Booker is not the answer, the job is Freeman's for the taking.


The Giants have selected North Carlina State DT B.J. Hill with the 69th overall pick.

Fantasy Impact: The reported knock on Hill is that he is not a playmaker, but is more of a banger on the inside. This pick makes a lot of sense for the Giants as they will now have to contend with Jay Ajayi, Ezekial Elliott and Derrius Guice at least six times a year collectively. While Hill is quick off the line of scrimmage, he's a project player with average upside.


The Browns have selected Miami DE Chad Thomas with the 67th overall pick.

Fantasy Impact: The Browns added another pass rusher to a young and budding unit led by Myles Garrett. After passing on Bradley Chubb on day-one, Thomas will come to the Browns with 11 career sacks and who is a player who plays in the backfield. He also looks the part with his quickness and size. Look for Thomas to open his career as a rotational pass rusher for the Browns.


The Raiders have selected North Carolina A&T T Brandon Parker with the 65th overall pick.

Fantasy Impact: The Raiders have begun to revamp their once dominant offensive line by addressing the tackle position with two of their early picks in this draft. While Kolton Miller will be the immediate impact player, the raw and underdeveloped Parker will play in spot duty until he begins to translate into an every-week starter as his career progresses.