Pre-Combine Rookie TE & QB Rankings: Dynasty Perspective
The NFL is evolving away from the traditional tight end and utilizing more move and athletic tight ends, that is good news for this rookie class and dynasty owners. Dynasty owners that are looking for the next Jordan Cameron or Julius Thomas should look no further, this group is filled with mismatch weapons across the board.
- Eric Ebron- Quicker than fast, great initial burst, fluid body control and strong hands. Blocking- Makes good initial contact but needs to be more consistent sustaining blocks. Will create havoc for defensive coordinators around the league.
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins- Natural runner, physical at the point of attack, smooth quickness. Blocking- Explosive, controls LOS and 2nd levels blocks. Should be noted- he has had character issues in the past.
- Jace Amaro- Long arms with an enormous catch radius, deceptive speed and quickness, is a mismatch all over the field. Blocking- Struggles with initial quickness off LOS but due to size he mauls defensive backs down field.
- Richard Rodgers- Smooth strider, routes are fluid, acrobatic, and a pile mover after the catch. Blocking- Inconsistent and passive at times, falls off defenders.
- AC Leonard- Quick twitch athlete, athletic freak, and strong hands. Blocking is a liability, drops head and falls off defenders.
- Xavier Grimble- Natural runner, makes good adjustment on missed throws, plays mean and tough. Blocking- Flashes the ability to dominate run an pass blocking but inconsistent.
- Joe Don Duncan- Soft hands, athletic, good quickness and acceleration, catches the football in traffic. Blocking- Struggles getting leg drive and dosnt have the strength to hold blocks.
- Colt Lyerla- Smooth strider, athletic enough to stretch the field and create a mismatch, good hands. Blocking- Keeps good leverage and maintains contact.
- Arthur Lynch- Methodical, plays mean with a high motor, solid hands. Blocking- Maintains good balance and contact, can get to 2nd level.
- Troy Niklas- Athletic enough to run routes, inconsistent hands and plays with stiff hips. Blocking- Controls LOS and drives feet.
Pre-Combine Rookie QB Rankings: A Dynasty Perspective
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The most crucial part of a NFL roster is the quarterback position, not always the case in dynasty fantasy football. You can make it a priority or you can take advantage of how deep the position is. Either way you should get to know some of the names in this rookie class as I expect them to make a impact for us dynasty owners. I kept this list pretty simple as majority of these prospects will go undrafted in rookie drafts.
- Blake Bortles- Shows great pocket composer, athletic enough to extend plays with his legs, consistent with footwork and delivery, will stand in and take a hit. Struggles with deep ball accuracy and needs to improve his anticipation to give his wide receivers a greater chance to make plays after the catch.
- Teddy Bridgewater- Climbs pocket while using great footwork, short and intermediate accuracy is pin-point, athletic enough to make plays with legs. Deep ball accuracy is a concern.
- Johnny Manziel- Accuracy is sharp, has the ability to extend plays and change direction on a dime. At times he pulls the ball down to soon to run rather then buy time for his receivers to get open.
- Zach Mettenberger- Trunk and footwork is consistent on drop backs, pocket awareness is great, feels a seem and climbs it, great arm strength. Overhead delivery on short routes causes low throws at times, mobility a concern.
- Derek Carr- Average arm strength, throws a great fade route, strong character. Accuracy is erratic missing on wide receiver screen plays at times, throws off back foot under pressure.
- Brett Smith- Average accuracy, good pocket presence, can make plays with his legs, non traditional delivery but doesn’t affect accuracy or velocity. would like him to climb pocket when ends are crashing.
- David Fales- Great anticipation, isn’t afraid of making mistakes, gives his receivers a chance to make plays on the football, keeps feet light in pocket making him allusive in the pocket. Arm strength is a big concern but i think his anticipation makes up for it.
- Jimmy Garoppolo- Quick short release, good mobility and keeps eyes down field when pocket collapses. Inconsistent footwork creates accuracy problems and loses velocity because of it.
- Dustin Vaughan- Accurate and strong arm, climbs pocket even on pressure up the middle- shuffled his feet left then climbed pocket, stands in when hit is coming. Unsure of mobility and would like to see more touch on throws when needed.
- Aaron Murray- Picture perfect delivery and footwork, underrated mobility. Showed ability to bounce back in games where he was rattled early. Mechanics go out the window when pressured, gets rattled.