Bloom 100 Part 2
By Sigmund Bloom
April 18th, 2012

Another year, another Bloom 100... This year looks much deeper at wide receiver and running back than last year, and it has the best pair of elite QB prospect since Manning-Leaf. Linebacker looks better than last year, too. Those of you sitting on a lot of 2012 rookie picks should be very pleased with your haul. Obviously, these rankings will change with destination and the revealing of their actual draft stock in the NFL's eyes, but this represents my early take on the top 100 fantasy football rookies in leagues with these considerations:

  • PPR scoring
  • Full IDP lineups including CB and DT broken out
  • Start 3 WRs
  • In general, the Bloom 100 is designed for deep dynasty leagues, but is in no way a "one size fits all" ranking. Your particular league size, lineups, or scoring can change the landscape, as can your team needs or the relative perceived trade value of positions in your league. Let's get down to brass tacks (here are the first 50):

    51. Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin - Toon has good bloodlines and great feet in his routes. He is a fluid athlete and mostly sure-handed. In the right offense, he could be a very productive No. 2 receiver.

    52. Lavon Brazill, WR, Ohio - Brazill is an underrated talent and another Matt Waldman find. He can sky, but also has good strength and surprising speed. His routes are smooth and he projects a terrific late-round sleeper pick.

    53. Jewel Hampton, RB, Southern Illinois - Hampton runs downhill with a nice short stride for quick change of direction and low pad level for yards after contact. He's a Cecil Lammey favorite.

    54. Chris Owusu, WR, Stanford - Owusu may fall well into the third day because concerns about his three concussions, but he is fast and can extend to create a large catch radius. Owusu creates separation with ease by changing speeds in his routes and he's tough. I'll take on the risk of his head injuries to add the talent.

    55. Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin - Wilson may fall farther than he should in the draft because of his height, but be patient. He'll get his shot and could pay off big.

    56. Mark Barron, S, Alabama - The turnover at safety is so continuous that it feels like a prospect needs to be potentially elite to merit a pick over potential with a higher risk or lower hit rate at the offensive skill positions. Barron should be a startable fantasy safety, but I can't get excited about that before the fourth or fifth round when I can add third-day rookie safeties with a decent chance of hitting off of the waiver wire.

    57. Brandon Bolden, RB, Mississippi - Bolden is a good boom/bust late RB pick. He has a great NFL RB frame and he looks fast and athletic compared to SEC defenses, which is a very good thing. He was never really a workhorse back for Ole Miss, but he did show a nose for the end zone.

    58. B.J. Cunningham, WR, Michigan State - Cunningham is a lot like Juron Criner. A wide receiver who isn't especially quick or fast, but is strong, stubborn and can route crisp routes. He plays bigger than his 6'1" frame and could become a solid number two.

    59. Demorio Davis, LB, Arkansas State - I'm a little worried about Davis' trouble shedding blocks, but he plays with great range, movement, and vision. He can also drop into coverage, making him a great sleeper LB to target later.

    60. Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa - McNutt is big wide receiver who is fast enough to get downfield and inspired enough to make the acrobatic catch. He could be a Malcom Floyd-esque sleeper with the right team.

    61. Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan - White is a gritty wide receiver who makes catches in traffic, but his lack of speed and burst might relegate him to a Jason Avant kind of role in the NFL.

    62. Bobby Rainey, RB, Western Kentucky - Rainey is a speedy compact back who can change direction easily. Think of him as Darren Sproles with less elusiveness and burst. He could impress if he ever gets the ball because of injury, but he'll likely be viewed as a role playing back at first. Along with Brazill, a player Matt Waldman was raving about to me months ago.

    63. Danny Coale, WR, Virginia Tech - Coale is a hard-nosed speedy receiver who plays all out. He is probably a No. 3/4 at the next level, but he could endear himself to his QB and be a productive No. 2 in a best case scenario.

    64. Terrell Manning, LB, NC State - Manning is a natural blitzer and could be among the league's leading sack LBs that don't play 3-4 OLB. He moves well and covers a lot of ground, but he's not that formidable in run defense. Still, he has LB3/LB4 upside.

    65. Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU - He should be a startable corner as a rookie and has the physical aggressive game to stay there for most of his career. A safe investment.

    66. Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri - Egnew has the physical attributes to be a nice H-back/slot TE type who will be used mainly get up the field and present some speed/quickness mismatches for LBs. Destination could move him up at least 10-20 spots.

    67. B.J. Coleman, QB, UT-Chattanooga - Coleman has a higher ceiling than many QBs drafted before him, and he's more worthy of a late-round QB stash pick. He hangs in the pocket well and has NFL size and an NFL arm.

    68. Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State - It's hard to get excited about defensive tackles in fantasy leagues, but Cox has potential to be one of the very best. He'll be a penetrator who even occasionally lines up at DE. He'll even get some tackle moving like a giant linebacker in the flat or in space.

    69. Harrison Smith, SS, Notre Dame - Smith can flow to the running play like a linebacker. He can make plays as a blitzer and hang in man coverage. He should be drafted to start and could be worth as much as Barron.

    70. Travis Benjamin, WR, Miami-Florida - Benjamin got lost in the shuffle at Miami, he flashed NFL quality speed, ups, and elusiveness at his best. He plays with more strength than his small frame would indicate. The raw playmaking ability is a nice lottery ticket late.

    71. Toney Clemons, WR, Colorado - Clemons is a fluid athlete with a long frame and good speed. He's got a my ball mentality and he gets after it as a blocker. If he can learn to harness his physical gifts mastering the route tree, he could be a keeper.

    72. Laron Byrd, WR, Miami-Florida - The array of talent in Miami's passing game was impressive. Byrd is a big wide receiver with good speed and sharp smooth routes. He displays some toughness and like his teammates, makes NFL quality plays.

    73. Evan Rodriguez, FB/TE. Temple - Rodriguez is a good enough blocker that Temple used him as a lead in their running game on some plays, and he can split out wide or rip the seam as a tight end. He could be doomed to languish in a James Casey role, and he's not as talented as Casey.

    74. Keshawn Martin, WR, Michigan State - Martin is part of this mini-tier of wide receivers with something to offer in the NFL, but maybe not enough to start. He's a crafty quick receiver with some game in the air, but he's very likely a slot receiver in the pros. A return yardage league value pick.

    75. T.J. Graham, WR, NC State - Graham has speed to burn, but he is probably only a role-playing WR. He is worth more in return yardage leagues.

    76. Stephon GIlmore, CB, South Carolina - Gilmore has the talent to make big plays and the lapses to keep QBs throwing at him a lot. Worth a late pick if he is likely to start from day one on his new team.

    77. Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama - Kirkpatrick is physical with a shutdown corner mindset and like Gilmore, he's worth a late pick if he is drafted by a team with a hole at corner.

    78. Junior Hemingway, WR, Michigan - Hemingway is the discount Alshon Jeffery. He's a jump-ball specialist who has deceptive speed at times but doesn't get great separation.

    79. Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami-Florida - The discount Stephen Hill. The speed to change a defense's coverage and the length to make a defensive back powerless to defend him are both there. The hands are consistently inconsistent, but with the right QB, he could be productive.

    80. Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina - Jones is a big, fluid athlete that looks like he should fit in at the next level, but his game lacks edge and aggressive corners will probably eat him up.

    81. Patrick Edwards, WR, Houston - Edwards was ultra-productive and his speed will translate, but he is probably going to play a similar role to Harry Douglas, which is no recipe for consistent fantasy relevance.

    82. Shea McClellin, LB, Boise State - McClellin won't ever be a sack artist, but he could compile LB3/LB4 stats with hustle, especially if he's lining up with a sack artist on the other side of the defense.

    83. Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC - If Perry is drafted as a DE, move him up at least 10-20 spots. As a linebacker, his run defense deficiency makes him harder to like.

    84. Edwin Baker, RB, Michigan State - Baker is a physical compact back always runs hard just like former Spartan back Javon Ringer and Cincinnati Bengal Benjarvus Green-Ellis. He'll have to catch on as a late-round/PFA backup, but he might be able to get the job done if his number is called.

    85. Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas - Wright's decent speed and quicks made him productive in college, but he is limited to the slot at the next level, and there's nothing special about his game, especially after the catch.

    86. Ryan Lindley, QB, San Diego State - Lindley has a big arm, but I'm not seeing enough natural accuracy, zip, or pocket presence to classify him as more than a project QB.

    87. Sean Spence, LB, Miami-Florida - Spence is undersized, but he plays with enough intensity to overcome that shortcoming. He could be a three-down linebacker with enough range and playmaking ability to start in 3 LB leagues.

    88. Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State - The measureables are there, and he'll be drafted as a starter, but I'm not seeing the tools translating on the field. His instincts and motor are inconsistent, but he's worth a late round rookie pick as an LB stash.

    89. James-Michael Johnson, LB, Nevada - Like Wagner, Johnson's instincts and movement just looked ok at best, and at a lower level of competition. He'll need work to live up to current expectations.

    90. Tim Benford, WR, Tennessee Tech - Benford is no sure thing to get drafted, but he's fast and strong after the catch and he can get open. I'll be monitoring him.

    91. Cody Pearcy, WR, Huntingdon - He's only 161 pounds and played division III football, but Pearcy's short shuttle, vertical, and 40 time at his pro day would have among the best at the combine in the last 10 years. He's a fun longshot to monitor.

    92. Nick Foles, QB, Arizona - I'm not a huge fan of Foles, but I see the pocket presence and movement along with the zip on the ball to at least be a backup NFL QB. He has few fans, so he could be there as a no-risk free agent pickup.

    93. Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State - I'm not enamored with Cousins game at all, but the team that drafts him will be. He could have value simply as a “guy in line to start". He looks like a pro in his drop, set and throw, but his ball just hangs out there. Career backup/ No. 3. Someone else will want him way before you should.

    94. Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State - Another of the QB trio with only theoretical value, Osweiler is big and athletic, but there's not much more there to like. He could be drafted as a QB of the future, but I wouldn't spend a pick on the inconsistent thrower.

    95. DeAngelo Peterson, TE, LSU - Peterson looks the part in a vacuum, but he hasn't been able to produce. He could be a similar player to Orson Charles if he is developed well.

    96. Antonio Allen, S, South Carolina - Allen is a physical safety who has a lot of experience getting to the play in the running game from the rover position with the Gamecocks. He is worth stashing on the practice squad.

    97. Keenan Robinson, LB, Texas - Robinson is a versatile LB who can stay on the field and play multiple roles. He's not going to rack up the numbers, but he projects a potential three-down starter.

    98. Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma - Lewis moves pretty well for a linebacker stout enough to consistently fight through blocks, and he's a great tackler. He's not a big play LB, but he could be a starter and provide decent fantasy depth.

    99. Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor- Ganaway is a big back with speed, but I don't the lateral agility and footwork to be more than a Jackie Battle journeyman. He'll go earliest than I would take him in every draft.

    100. James Hanna, TE, Oklahoma - A tight end who can run faster than a lot of wide receivers is worth stashing in very deep leagues, but Hanna is still very raw in the passing game.

    As always, thanks for reading. Questions, comments and suggestions are always welcome to bloom@footballguys.com.

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