The 2015 NFL Draft is finally in the books. Its time to focus on mini-camps, training camps and fantasy football. A few prospects found homes that feature a ton of fantasy potential for this season. These rookies enter high performing offenses with spots for them to step into immediately.
The Philadelphia Eagles used the 20th overall pick to select Nelson Agholor out of the University of Southern California. Agholor is a precise route runner with more athleticism that some may think. He has an opportunity in his rookie season to not only produce but produce well. While he may not be a wide receiver one in his rookie season he should be able to be a fringe wide receiver two or flex option most weeks with big time upside. While guys like Kevin White and Amari Cooper have the potential to impact this season, Agholor may be my favorite combination of talent and opportunity.
The Atlanta Falcons took Tevin Coleman out of University of Indiana in round 3. While i’m not sold on Coleman as an every down back with elite upside, the potential for fantasy relevance is definitely there. Not only can Coleman utilize his tremendous speed on the Georgia Dome turf, but his ability to impact the passing game will be a welcomed addition. Steven Jackson is at the end of his career, Jacquizz Rodgers is now in Chicago and Devonta Freeman left a lot to be desired last season. Coleman has the opportunity to steal the reigns and produce.
Like Coleman, David Johnson has the potential to be an impact performer next season. He offers two things that should allow him to be successful at the next level; speed and catching ability. Johnson showed the ability to continue to make plays in the passing game at Northern Iowa. With space he can perform well and should get a shot with the Cardinals.
Ty Montgomery is guy who can make tremendous plays with the ball in his hands, but can have issues getting it there. If there is any situation where he will be given the opportunity, its with the Packers. Aaron Rodgers will put the ball where it needs to be almost every time. Montgomery has the ability to utilized in reverses and screens. He can also line up in a variety of spots including out wide, in the slot and behind the quarterback. He has the ability to supplant Devante Adams, who was inconsistent at best during his rookie season.
Jaelen Strong was one of my favorite wide receiver prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft. He has a ton of talent, great hands and can control his body with the best wideouts in the league. He heads to Houston where a void left by Andre Johnson’s departure gives Strong a fantastic opportunity to perform early and often. The quarterback is a bit of an issue, but he spent his college career catching passes from worse options.