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Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals
This one is obvious as Murray went #1 overall in a good landing spot with Josh Rosen getting dealt to Miami, the starting job is Murray’s to lose. Because of his height he will continue to be a polarizing prospect but the potential here is undeniable. If Kliff Kingsbury allows Murray to be a threat with his legs, we could be looking at a top-10 QB in his rookie year. Even if we project him at closer to his floor, I don’t think 3500 combined yards and 20+ TDs are out of the question. He is 1.01 in SuperFlex Rookie Drafts and he should be a 1st round pick even in standard Rookie Drafts as well.
Josh Jacobs – Oakland Raiders
This landing spot is as much about opportunity as anything else, though Jacobs does possess some skills. The Raiders have Doug Martin, Jalen Richards, and fantasy sleeper Chris Warren on the roster. Not exactly an inspiring group. Enter Jacobs who despite never being a feature back in college should push for 200+ touches. Jacobs is a combination of power and solid lateral ability – Pro Football Focus ranked him 7th in elusive rating – and he can catch the ball out of the backfield. With Marshawn Lynch gone and nothing more than replacement level players in the fold, Jacobs couldn’t have landed in a better spot.
Mecole Hardman – Kansas City Chiefs
I detested this pick when it was made because of who else was available, but when Kansas City trades up to take a receiver, you take notice of the landing spot. With Tyreek Hill looking iffy at best to play football again, the Chiefs picked a similar player in Hardman to potentially fill the void. A 4.3 burner who averaged 16.1 YPC in college, Hardman is a nightmare to defend in the open field. He fits the Chiefs’ offense perfectly as Andy Reid can scheme ways to get him the ball while he develops more as a receiver. He is also a terrific return man if you play in leagues that award points for that and playing with Patrick Mahomes bumps his stock significantly.
Parris Campbell – Indianapolis Colts
Unlike some of his 1st Round counterparts (namely Marquise Brown), Parris Campbell has a terrific landing spot. Despite a limited route tree at Ohio State and some questionable drops, Campbell will likely flash as a rookie but its his blowup potential as he progresses through his career that should excite fantasy owners. He will be more of a threat than the plodding Devin Funchess as his 4.33 speed will play up on the Lucas Oil turf. Having Andrew Luck to throw him the ball and T.Y. Hilton as a mentor only improves his outlook.
D.K. Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks
This might have been the best pick of the 1st two rounds from an offensive standpoint considering the landing spot. What do you do when you sign your franchise quarterback to the richest deal in league history? You get him a 6’3, 228 pound war machine who runs a 4.3 40-yard dash with the last pick in Round 2. Metcalf has holes in his game and there is some risk here, but the ceiling is massive, especially if Doug Baldwin’s career is over. Metcalf will have ample opportunity to see playing time and this is exactly the type of move Pete Carroll tends to hit out of the park. If you didn’t see the interaction between Carroll and Metcalf, it is worth your time to watch it.
David Montgomery – Chicago Bears
The Bears filled a huge need with pick #73 and dunked on everyone when they took David Montgomery. This landing spot effectively ended the relevance of Mike Davis in Chicago and shot Montgomery to the top of Rookie Draft boards. Montgomery is an excellent runner between the tackles so he should be a fine complement to jitterbug Tarik Cohen. Montgomery can also catch the ball out of the backfield and is underrated in pass protection so he won’t necessarily need to come off the field on 3rd Down. Matt Nagy is one of the more creative offensive minds in the league so I would imagine there will be plenty of formations with Cohen and Montgomery both in the game. Big time dynasty buy.
Dawson Knox – Buffalo Bills
Our very own Sean Lannigan pointed this one out in Slack this morning and the more I looked at it, the more I agree. Knox played in an Ole Miss offense that was loaded at wide receiver so there wasn’t a huge target share available to him. He caught just 15 passes last year but they went for an eye-popping 18 yards per catch. His combine agility numbers were impressive and he ran a 4.58 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. Knox is one of those under the radar sneaky stashes that is probably available for cheap (or nothing) in your leagues. When Sean talks, I (usually) listen. Stash him with confidence.
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