Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Pre-Draft

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The NFL Draft will get underway this Thursday and fantasy owners will know where the top rookies in the 2016 class will be playing. Until then we have to judge these rookie based upon skills, college production, and general ideas where they could potentially land. Below is the pre-draft dynasty rookie rankings.

Overall Rank Player Position School Positional Rank
1 Ezekiel Elliot Running Back Ohio State RB 1
2 Laquon Treadwell Wide Reciever Ole Miss WR 1
3 Josh Doctoson Wide Reciever TCU WR 2
4 Michael Thomas Wide Reciever Ohio State WR 3
5 Will Fuller Wide Reciever Notre Dame WR 4
6 Corey Coleman Wide Receiver Baylor WR 5
7 Kenneth Dixon Running Back Lousiana Tech RB 2
8 Leonte Carroo Wide Reciever Rutgers WR 6
9 Derrick Henry Running Back Alabama RB 3
10 Pharoh Cooper Wide Reciever South Carolina WR 7
11 Sterling Sheppard Wide Reciever Oklahoma WR 8
12 Tajae Sharpe Wide Reciever Temple WR 9
13 Devontae Booker Running Back Utah RB 4
14 Alex Collins Running Back Arkansas RB 5
15 CJ Prosise Running Back Notre Dame RB 6
16 Jordan Howard Running Back Indiana RB 7
17 Jonathan WIlliams Running Back Arkansas RB 8
18 Paul Perkins Running Back UCLA RB 9
19 Malcom Mitchell Wide Reciever Georgia WR 10
20 Keyarris Garrett Wide Reciever Tulsa WR 11
21 Charone Peak Wide Reciever Clemson WR 12
22 Kelvin Taylor Running Back Florida RB 10
23 Braxton Miller Wide Reciever Ohio State WR 13
24 Tyler Boyd Wide Reciever Pittsburgh WR 14
25 Rishard Higgins Wide Reciever Colorado State WR 15
26 Jared Goff Quarterback California QB 1
27 Demarcus Robinson Wide Reciever Florida WR 16
28 Wendell Smallwood Running Back West Virginia RB 11
29 Hunter Henry Tight End Arkansas TE 1
30 Carson Wentz Quarterback North Dakota St. QB 2
31 Kenny Lawler Wide Reciever California WR 17
32 Mike Thomas Wide Reciever Southern Miss WR 18
33 Josh Fergeson Running Back Illinois RB 12
34 Byron Marshall Wide Reciever Oregon WR 19
35 Roger Lewis Wide Reciever Bowling Green WR 20
36 Aaron Burbridge Wide Reciever Michigan State WR 21
37 Aaron Green Running Back TCU RB 13
38 Jerrell Adams Tight End South Carolina TE 2
39 Vernon Adams Quarterback Oregon QB 3
40 Tyler Higbee Tight End Western Kentucky TE 3
41 Peyton Barber Running Back Auburn RB 14
42 Jhurrell Pressley Running Back New Mexico RB 15
43 Geronimo Allison Wide Receiver Illinois WR 22
44 Keith Marshall Running Back Georgia RB 16
45 Marshaun Coprich Running Back Illinois State RB 17
46 Jordan Payton Wide Receiver UCLA WR 23
47 Daniel Braverman Wide Reciever Western Michigan WR 24
48 Paxton Lynch Quarterback Memphis QB 4
49 Cardale Jones Quarterback Ohio State QB 5
50 Connor Cook Quarterback Michigan State QB 6

 

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Baylor Corey Coleman

Rod Aydelotte – Associated Press

Why Corey Coleman is fifth among wide receivers

Everyone is in love with Corey Coleman and for the right reasons. He is an impressive athlete that can run quality routes, explodes out of breaks and shows poise at the catch point. However making him the top wide receiver or two in this class seems unrealistic to me. Laquon Treadwell is tops at the position. Some may want to knock him for being a poor athlete because of straight line speed displayed in is 4.63 40 yard dash. However his skills as a pass catcher are incredible and continues to make plays in contested situations. He also displays an ability to get open between quality route running and body positioning.

Josh Doctson also sits above Coleman for me for many of the same reasons. He is the best receiver in this class at the catch point. He has an incredible skill to get into position and continually come down with the ball. He has the red zone ability of players like A.J. Green and Dez Bryant. He had double-digit touchdowns in his final two season with the Horned Frogs. He also was a yardage monster racking up an impressive 1,327 in his final season. If he ends up going in the mid to late first round range his projected in he could easily be a fantasy stud in year one.

Everyone’s favorite guy to poke holes in, Michael Thomas checks in at number three for me. He had a slow start to his career at Ohio State including a year Fork Union Military Academy after his freshman season with the Buckeyes. He definitely had some maturing to do both on and off the field. His final two seasons put his skills on full display producing 1,580 yards and 18 touchdowns. He is a smooth route runner who understands body positioning. He will likely be in the late first round to early second round discussion for the NFL Draft. The right home cements him as a top 5 rookie pick for me.

Lastly Will Fuller sits right in front of Coleman prior to the draft. He was a guy I went back and forth on more than any other. Some may look at his as a one trick pony of sorts but I think he can be so much more. I think his deep ball skills are exceptional. He has the speed and route running to get consistently open. He racked up 2,352 yards and 29 touchdowns over his final two seasons. His skills were on full display this past season with Malik Zaire and Deshone Kizer under center. By far the best quarterbacks he has played with during his college career. At worst Fuller is Torrey Smith but his best could be much better than that.

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