Day 2 of the NFL draft at Radio City music hall was comparable to finding a treasure map that actually led to a treasure chest — a treasure chest filled with dynasty gold. 26 skill positions player were selected in rounds 2 and 3, causing a significant amount of dynasty implications. Let’s dive into dynasty quick takes covering all 26 players drafted using a gambling exercise with initial thoughts on whether they improved (over), reduced (under), or held steady (push) within the dynasty stock market.
WR, Cody Latimer- Broncos (56th overall)
Over– Uber talented receiver with a polished skill set landing in an offense coming off a record setting year in 2013…need I say more? Latimer should work his way up as the 4th receiver on the depth chart and battle Emmanual Sanders for starting snaps. Sanders has a history of foot injuries so this is a great opportunity for Latimer.
WR, Jordan Matthews- Eagles (42nd overall)
Over– With the Eagles moving on from Desean Jackson, wide receiver became a clear need which was addressed Friday night. Matthews gets the opportunity to display his speed in the Eagles high powered offense. Chip Kelly plans to use Matthews in a slot capacity. Matthews struggles getting separation, but Kelly’s system will be a great fit for masking his deficiencies.
WR, Davante Adams- Packers (53rd overall)
Over– Adams will fill the previous role that James Jones played in stretching the field; this is a clear upgrade for Green Bay. Adams has some developing to do with respect to his route tree but his 50/50 ball skills will go a long way in earning trust from Aaron Rodgers.
WR, Allen Robinson & Marquise Lee- Jaguars (61st & 39th overall)
Over– Its apparent the Jaguars are preparing for life without Justin Blackmon. Add the recent concussion concerns of Cecil Shorts and bringing in additional talent makes sense. Robinson is a bit raw but his ceiling is very high. Lee should look to play the role as a chain mover. Both Robinson and Lee will grow with fellow rookie Blake Bortles in hopes to create a dynamic offense for the long haul. I give a small bump to Robinson when comparing the two.
WR, Donte Moncrief- Colts (90th overall)
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Over– This was a tough sell at first glance; Moncrief is buried below what is thought to be a crowed depth chart and will require a bit of patience from dynasty owners. Hakeem Nicks signed a one year deal while Reggie Wayne is aging and coming off of knee surgery. The future looks bright for Andrew Luck when paired with a receiving corps of TY Hilton, Da’Rick Rodgers, and Moncrief.
TE, Austin Seferian-Jenkins-Buccaners (38th overall)
Over– The new southern Bears: size, size, and more size. One thing is certain – there will be no struggles inside the 20 yard line. “ASJ” is athletic enough to play as a spread TE and can move inline and help out the running game. Josh McCown should demonstrate a fearless mentality when targeting ASJ, however, I would expect a few less redzone targets for Mike Evans.
TE, Jace Amaro- Jets (49th overall)
Over– Amaro will present a mismatch nightmare while supporting Micheal Vick or Geno Smith. Amaro can also be used as a possession receiver. The Jets have long awaited a play making TE like Amaro.
TE, Richard Rodgers- Packers(98th overall)
Over– With only Andrew Quarles and Brandon Bostick on the roster Rodgers should get a clear opportunity to compete for playing time throughout the offseason, I have no doubt Rodgers can work his way past Quarless. Rodgers and Bostick will be the camp battle to watch.
RB, Bishop Sankey- Titans (54th overall)
Over– Sankey will have the opportunity to step in on day one and make an instant impact. With only Shonn Greene in his way for first and second down work, this is a no brainier. Dexter McCluster may impact third downs or passing situations and is a situation to monitor.
RB, Terrance West- Browns (94th overall)
Over– West is a perfect fit for the zone scheme as he runs downhill with good toughness. Ben Tate has proven to be brittle. With uncertainty around his health and ability to carry a full time role, West instantly becomes a top handcuff investment. Tate also isn’t guaranteed any money in 2015, so his opportunity may come early.
RB, Carlos Hyde- 49ers (57th overall)
Over– With Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter set to hit the free agent market in 2015, Hyde becomes and intriguing dynasty stash with the ability to spell Gore for limited production in 2014. I foresee Hyde and Marcus Lattimore becoming a RBBC in 2015.
WR, Josh Huff- Eagles (86th overall)
Over– Reunited with Chip Kelly, Huff is versatile and will be used as another chess piece. He couldn’t have landed in a more familiar spot. With Maclin on a one year deal, this situation is intriguing.
RB, Jeremy Hill- Bengals (55th overall)
Over– Hill will make an instant impact. Look for him to plow his way into playing time along side second year RB Giovanni Bernard. He is a downhill runner with no a no-nonsense style and has a similar skill-set to the Law Firm.
WR, Jarvis Landry- Dolphins (63rd overall)
Push– Landry has a similar skill set to one Brian Hartline – he’s a chain mover. Rugged and dependable should make an impact but that may take an injury of some sort.
WR, Paul Richardson- Seahawks (45th overall)
Push– With Golden Tate moving on to Detroit and with the recent injuries to Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin, Seattle taking a wide receiver seemed inevitable. Richardson can stretch the field, and he lands in a creative offense. Having said that, he will need to prove he is deserving of playing time. At only 170lbs, I’d recommend he puts on some weight (but not too much) as his game is predicated on speed.
RB/WR, Dri Archer- Steelers (97th overall)
Push– If Todd Haley can get creative with the way he uses Archer, primarily getting him into space, then this draft selection makes sense. With limited depth aside from Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount in the backfield, Archer will get a chance to be a change of pace RB and that could mean good things. Monitor the situation.
RB, Charles Sims- Buccaneers (68th overall)
Under– Sims landed in a crowded backfield with Mike James and Bobby Rainey showing they can be serviceable. Sims provides a clear handcuff to Doug Martin and will be good for Martin’s longevity, but I don’t see much outside of that.
RB, Tre Mason- Rams(75th overall)
Under– Zac Stacy owners should take pause with this selection. Mason will start off as a change of pace back, but I can foresee him getting the opportunity for a full time role in one or two years. This landing spot kills his short term value and the possibility of any long term value might be squashed by Stacy.
TE, Troy Niklas- Cardinals (52 overall)
Under– Many draftniks had Niklas as the 4th ranked Tight End, and that is how he was drafted. Most “experts” feel the sky is the limit for his potential. If you’re a believer in his skill-set, then certainly monitor the situation. From my standpoint, I see Niklas playing the role of Health Miller in a Bruce Arians offense by helping out in redzone situations while making an impact in the run game.
QB, Derek Carr- Raiders (36th overall)
Under– The Raiders get their QB of the future. Matt Schaub will be the day-one starter, but if Oakland fans see any resemblance of the 2013 Schaub, Carr’s name will be the hot name around the franchise. The offensive line worries me if Carr is forced into action early, but if he can grow by holding the clip-board then we should see success.
WR, Josh Brown- Cardinals (91st overall)
RB, Jerrick Mckinnon- Vikings (96th overall)
TE, Crokett Gilmore- Ravens (99th overall)
TE, C.J Fiedorowicz- Texans (65th overall)
QB, Jimmy Garoppolo- Patriots (62nd overall)
Reminder- these are initial quick takes. Fakepigskin.com and company will dive deeper into each prospects situation and what the bigger implications will be. Stay tuned for more in depth coverage of all the rookies drafted this weekend.