Below you will find Fantasy Football Analysis on the 2016 NFL Draft (as the 2016 NFL Draft unfolds). The draft results/draft tracker is also mixed in below. Enjoy all of the fantasy football takes we’ve attached, and be sure to comment below!
(Write-ups in order of being selected)
1.01 – Rams: Jared Goff | QB CAL
Jared Goff is 6-4, he is good in the pocket, has good feet, and he has been highly-ranked amongst this 2016 draft class for a while, unlike Wentz. I am not quite sure that Goff has top 5QB upside in fantasy, but I won’t rule out 5-10 ability in time. If the Rams force him onto the field too early, it could turn out badly for the passer. No QB in this draft is absolutely ready to start at that next level, but he has solid upside.
1.02 – Eagles: Carson Wentz | QB North Dakota St.
Carson Wentz wasn’t ranked inside the top two overall all off-season, he has been kinda a quick riser on draft boards heading into April. He is tall at 6-5, he weighs 237 pounds, he has a good arm, he can run, and he is accurate. The size and talent is there, climbing draft boards late, unlike Jared Goff, doesn’t concern me… the offense he walks into is pretty solid and it has nice weapons in Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz. Despite the quick rising on draft boards, I think Wentz has as good shot as Goff at becoming a top 5-10 fantasy QB. He also has cold weather experience, although he played in a dome, which isn’t quite Philly cold. But, at least he has cold weather experience. I like his future, but as I said above, no QB in this class feels totally 2016-ready.
3 – Chargers: Joey Bosa DE Ohio St.
1.04 – Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott | RB Ohio State
What a great landing spot for Ezekiel Elliott. It’s also a fantastic spot for those fantasy owners planning to own the soon-to-be fantasy stud. The offensive line in Dallas is ideal, and this runner can play on all four downs. He could be the next Emmitt Smith (minus the longevity), so it’s kind of fitting he lands in Dallas. This landing spot could have him finishing inside the top 5-10 for fantasy football running backs in 2016 (and of course beyond). He should be locked into the 1.01 rookie-only draft selection in any draft, and in dynasty, he should be valued near a top 10-12 overall player (yes, already!). He’s a great character guy as well. Get ready for huge 2016 numbers!
5 – Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey CB Florida St.
6 – Ravens: Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
7 – 49ers: DeForest Buckner DE Oregon
8 – Titans: Jack Conklin OT Michigan St.
9 – Bears: Leonard Floyd OLB Georgia
10 – Giants: Eli Apple CB Ohio St.
11 – Bucs: Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida
12 – Saints: Sheldon Rankins DE Louisville
13 – Dolphins: Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss
14 – Raiders: Karl Joseph S West Virginia
1.15 – Browns: Corey Coleman | WR Baylor
Corey Coleman is fast, however, he is a bit raw to be in a situation where there isn’t a ton of stability at both wide receiver and quarterback. He has a 40.5-inch vertical, but is not a great route runner, but he is great at going and getting a football. He needs to work on his route running and he needs the Browns to surprise at a few positions in order for him to be able to develop quickly.
16 – Lions: Taylor Decker OT Ohio St.
17 – Falcons: Keanu Neal S Florida
18 – Colts: Ryan Kelly C Alabama
19 – Bills: Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
20 – Jets: Darron Lee OLB Ohio St.
1.21 – Texans: Will Fuller | WR Notre Dame
Will Fuller struggles with drops, but he is a big-play receiver that is a true deep threat with his 4.32 forty speed. He finds the end zone very, very well, and plugging him into an offense where defenses are going to be ultra-focused on doubling DeAndre Hopkins is a recipe for success for Fuller. To be honest, I would have loved to see Doctson or Treadwell here instead, but that’s just speaking from a football perspective. In the end, since both Doctson and Treadwell will likely be better fantasy football prospects, it’s better they go to a team where they have a shot at being their team’s No. 1 wide receiver. So, in summary, it’s tough to say if Fuller will ever be a huge fantasy player, but his presence helps Hopkins a lot in 2016 (and beyond).
1.22 – Redskins: Josh Doctson | WR TCU
This was great value, as Josh Doctson is arguably the best wide receiver in this 2016 NFL Draft Class. He has a 41-inch vertical, which is the best in this draft, and he averaged 16.8 yards-per-catch last season. At 6-2, 202 pounds, he can go up and get a football as good, if not better, than any wide receiver in this draft class, and he has a real opportunity in Washington, as he and Kirk Cousins can develop together.
1.23 – Vikings: Laquon Treadwell | WR Ole Miss
Can become the WR1 in Minnesota, no question. He is actually a great fit for Teddy Bridgewater and his style, but will Treadwell ever see enough balls to be a fantasy WR1? Tough to say. He isn’t super fast, as his combine time knocked him down to 1.23… he was once considered a top 5 overall pick in this draft, so this is quite a fall due to speed concerns. Keep in mind that Terrell Owens and Anquan Boldin ran slow forty times and became elite receivers in the NFL. However, a slow time is a concern, and if you run slow, you have to run premium routes like Anquan Boldin and catch footballs like Anquan Boldin to be elite. I think Treadwell can, and this is a good spot for him to develop in. His college leg injury is another concern, but he is a young guy, he should be fine.
24 – Bengals: William Jackson III CB Houston
25 – Steelers: Artie Burns CB Miami
1.26 – Broncos: Paxton Lynch | QB Memphis
This was a smart trade up by Denver, as Paxton Lynch has near as much upside, if not as much, as either of the two QBs that just went at 1.01 and 1.02 (Wentz and Goff). Denver now has their future passer. He has great size 6-7 and he is 244 pounds. He can run, he has good feet given his size. This is amazing news for Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders owners from a dynasty perspective, because Lynch feels solid. Just know that he could take a year or so to get into the offense. And, even if he is forced to start at some point this upcoming season, he could take a year or two to produce consistently. He is not extremely NFL ready and not quite ready to command that Denver offense.
27 – Packers: Kenny Clark DT UCLA
28 – 49ers: Joshua Garnett G Stanford
30 – Cardinals: Robert Nkemdiche DT Ole Miss
31 – Panthers: Vernon Butler DT Louisiana Tech
32 – Seahawks: Germain Ifedi OT Texas A&M
1(32) Browns – Ogbah, Emmanuel DE
2(33) Titans – Dodd, Kevin DE
3(34) Cowboys – Smith, Jaylon OLB
4(35) Chargers – Henry, Hunter TE
Solid situation for a relatively decent talent.
5(36) Jaguars (From Ravens) – Jack, Myles OLB
6(37) Chiefs (From 49ers) – Jones, Chris DT
7(38) Dolphins (From Ravens through Jaguars) – Howard, Xavien CB
8(39) Buccaneers – Spence, Noah DE
9(40) Giants – Shepard, Sterling WR
I don’t see elite here, but time will tell.
10(41) Bills (From Bears) – Ragland, Reggie ILB
11(42) Ravens (From Dolphins) – Correa, Kamalei DE
12(43) Titans (From Eagles through Rams) – Johnson, Austin NT
13(44) Raiders – Ward, Jihad DE
14(45) Titans (From Rams) – Henry, Derrick RB
This is an awful spot for the big guy, at least for 2016 and maybe a year (or two) after that. DeMarco Murray is the starter, and my guess is that Henry would have a very, very short career if ever given 10+ carries per game on a consistent basis. The guy has time to change my mind before Week 1, but I see this draft selection as a buy-low opportunity for those wanting to take a chance on DeMarco Murray.
15(46) Lions – Robinson, A’Shawn DT
16(47) Saints – Thomas, Michael WR
Solid situation, at least for the next couple of years.
17(48) Packers (From Colts) – Spriggs, Jason T
18(49) Seahawks (From Bears through Bills) – Reed, Jarran DT
19(50) Texans (From Falcons) – Martin, Nick OG
20(51) Jets – Hackenberg, Christian QB
Decent situation, but he is by no means a lock to ever be a top 12 fantasy QB.
21(52) Falcons (From Texans) – Jones, Deion OLB
22(53) Redskins – Cravens, Su’a OLB
23(54) Vikings – Alexander, Mackensie CB
24(55) Bengals – Boyd, Tyler WR
I don’t see elite in this kid, not yet. Things can change and players can grow a lot in the pros. Time will tell.
25(56) Bears (From Seahawks) – Whitehair, Cody OG
26(57) Colts (From Packers) – Green, T.J. FS
27(58) Steelers – Davis, Sean CB
28(59) Buccaneers (From Chiefs) – Aguayo, Roberto K
29(60) Patriots – Jones, Cyrus CB
30(61) Saints (From Patriots through Cardinals) – Bell, Vonn FS
31(62) Panthers – Bradberry, James CB
32(63) Broncos – Gotsis, Adam DT