Top 5 Rookies Landing Spots

Top 5 Rookies Landing Spots

Top 5 Rookie Landing Spots

Throughout the whole off-season we rank our top rookies at each position respectively. Some rank players higher based on skill or effort, while others rank off pure potential. Come draft time we have to take a whole new variable into consideration, landing spot.

Landing spot could take somebody has highly ranked as Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, and torpedo his value by putting him on the Baltimore Ravens. (Sorry too soon?) Or it could skyrocket somebody’s value as high as Mecole Hardman with Kansas City Chiefs, a 1st round rookie draft selection.

In this article I will take a look at the top 5 rookie landing spots. I take a lot into consideration like, potential playing time, coaching staff, talent around him, and team prestige.

#1

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Josh Jacobs

Oakland Raiders general manager Mike Mayock has already deemed Josh Jacobs as a three-down back.

He has all the tools to be a three-down back. The running ability, pass catching ability and most importantly the pass blocking ability. Jacobs’ former college head coach Nick Saban recently said, “Josh was everything that we ever wanted him to be.” He also compared him to Julio Jones, saying that both of them have similar work ethic.

Jacobs will be slotted in as the Raiders RB1 instantly, especially with veteran running back Isaiah Crowell going down with a torn achilles. Being head coach Jon Gruden’s RB1 hasn’t always turned into fantasy relevance though:

Looking at that list, nobody’s talent even comes close to what Jacobs will bring to the Raiders offense. I expect Jacobs to finish the season as a top 10 PPR running back.

#2

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Kyler Murray

Could Murray have gone to a better situation than the Arizona Cardinals? I don’t think so.

Everybody knows about the his well documented past with freshly hired head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Kingsbury has been trying to make Murray his quarterback since he was NCAA eligible. He finally got his chance to do so with the #1 overall pick, selecting Murray.

Murray was only a one-year starter at Oklahoma University, having to sit behind former #1 overall pick Baker Mayfield. But when Murray got his chance, he took the NCAA by storm, taking home the prestigious Heisman Trophy.

Kyler is projected to be the only fantasy relevant quarterback week 1 with the like of Daniel Jones, Drew Lock and Dwayne Haskins behind veterans in training camp. Kyler has been sitting atop the depth chart since his name was called April 25th.

Murray will look to make an instant impact on an offense that supplied him with weapons already on the roster and throughout the draft.

#3

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D.K. Metcalf

There was a match made in heaven with the combination of Russell Wilson’s deep ball accuracy and D.K. Metcalf’s 4.33 40 time.

I could not have thought of a better landing spot for Metcalf than the Seattle Seahawks. Yes, I know they are the most run heavy team in football. But they are not paying Wilson 40 million a year to hand the ball off. I project them to take a step forward in the passing game this year.

Metcalf will primarily play on the outside, so slot receiver Doug Baldwin’s health isn’t going to affect his playing time. A story came out after the draft saying the Baldwin might have played his last snap in the NFL due to injuries.

Metcalf will look to make a strong impact immediately with the Seahawks receiving room look pretty depleted.

#4

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Parris Campbell

Fill in whichever receiver was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts.

Campbell was already a receiver on the radar of everybody in the fantasy community because of his speed and pedigree at Ohio State University. The Colts have a team full of pass catching threats. T.Y. Hilton, one of the best deep threat receivers in the league. Eric Ebron and Devin Funchess for contested balls in the red zone.

And that leaves Campbell to do what he does best. Use his superhuman speed to run by defenders on slants, screens and crossing routes. Campbell will be the ultimate boom or bust player, but he will have plenty of booms.

#5

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N’Keal Harry

Is there anything better than being Tom Brady’s WR1?

Probably not. Harry’s situation is pure gold. Usually getting drafted by the New England Patriots‘ offense means strength by numbers. But not in their receiver room. They lost Rob Gronkowski, Cordarrelle Patterson, Chris Hogan and Josh Gordon. That left an obscene amount of targets to be distributed, 223.

Harry will need to perfect the Patriots hell of a playbook. Rookies have gotten chewed up and spat out of that system because they cannot get the playbook down. Head coach Bill Belichick believes in him enough to use a 1st round pick on him.

I think Harry will be a force to be reckoned with this season and for years to come. Well, as long as Tom Brady is his quarterback.

Summary

  1. Josh Jacobs
  2. Kyler Murray
  3. D.K. Metcalf
  4. Parris Campbell
  5. N’Keal Harry

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