Draft Analysis
By Sigmund Bloom and Jene Bramel
April 30th, 2012

In the wake of the 2012 NFL draft, we offer a quick team-by-team recap of the weekend's fantasy impact. Our Sigmund Bloom reports on the offense, while Jene Bramel handles the defensive side of the ball.

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Arizona Cardinals

13. WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
80. DB - Jamell Fleming, Oklahoma
112. T - Bobby Massie, Mississippi
151. T - Senio Kelemete, Washington
177. DB - Justin Bethel, Presbyterian
185. QB - Ryan Lindley, San Diego State
221. T - Nate Potter, Boise State

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Michael Floyd could start from day one and be a good late sleeper pick this year with WR2/WR3 upside because defenses will focus on Larry Fitzgerald. QB play is as much a risk as Floyd's youth. Ryan Lindley has a big arm, but he probably won't fare much better than John Skelton if he gets a shot.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Cornerback Jamell Fleming is big and physical but has issues with consistency. He'll get a chance to compete to start opposite Patrick Peterson and could be a find under the rookie corner rule if and when he does.


Atlanta Falcons

55. C - Peter Konz, Wisconsin
91. T - Lamar Holmes, Southern Mississippi
157. RB - Bradie Ewing, Wisconsin
164. DE - Jonathan Massaquoi, Troy
192. DB - Charles Mitchell, Mississippi State
249. DT - Travian Robertson, South Carolina

Bloom's Look at the Offense: The Falcons didn't draft any skill players, but they did add the draft's best center, which is good news for Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, and Jacquizz Rodgers.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Small school standout Jonathan Massaquoi (Troy) won't see many snaps early in his career behind John Abraham, Ray Edwards and Kroy Biermann, but he has upside as a situational rusher who could develop into more in future seasons.


Baltimore Ravens

35. LB - Courtney Upshaw, Alabama
60. T - Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State
84. RB - Bernard Pierce, Temple
98. G - Gino Gradkowski, Delaware
130. DB - Christian Thompson, South Carolina State
169. DB - Asa Jackson, Cal Poly
198. WR - Tommy Streeter, Miami (FL)
236. DE - Deangelo Tyson, Georgia

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Bernard Pierce was drafted pretty high for a backup RB, but that's probably all he'll be in the NFL. He could have sporadic injury value. Tommy Streeter is a size/speed prospect who has inconsistent hands and execution.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Courtney Upshaw fell into the Ravens' lap at the top of the second round and should soon pick up where Jarret Johnson left off. Paul Kruger may keep Upshaw from an every-down role early in the season, but he could develop into a near-elite fantasy 3-4 OLB. Christian Thompson generated some buzz as a FS with size in recent weeks and John Harbaugh praised his physical play this weekend. Bernard Pollard and Ed Reed are entrenched as starters, but Thompson deserves watch list mention in deeper leagues.


Buffalo Bills

10. DB - Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina
41. T - Cordy Glenn, Georgia
69. WR - T.J. Graham, North Carolina State
105. LB - Nigel Bradham, Florida State
124. DB - Ron Brooks, LSU
144. T - Zebrie Sanders, Florida State
147. LB - Tank Carder, TCU
178. G - Mark Asper, Oregon
251. K - John Potter, Western Michigan

Bloom's Look at the Offense: T.J. Graham is more of a track star playing football than a football player. The Bills overdrafted him. Cordy Glenn should help Ryan Fitzpatrick long-term, maybe even this year.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Stephon Gilmore will start at one corner spot soon. With what appears to be a defensive line full of impact players and a strong safety group to smooth out his inconsistencies, Gilmore could be a CB1 if he grows into a better run support player. Nigel Bradham and Tank Carder had supporters in the draft community, but won't be more than developmental depth players on the Bills' current depth chart.


Carolina Panthers

9. LB - Luke Kuechly, Boston College
40. T - Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State (TX)
103. DE - Frank Alexander, Oklahoma
104. WR - Joe Adams, Arkansas
143. DB - Josh Norman, Coastal Carolina
207. P - Brad Nortman, Wisconsin
216. DB - D.J. Campbell, California

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Joe Adams is one of the most sudden wide receivers in the draft and his speed is underrated. His spotty hands may limit to a role as a No. 3 long term.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Luke Kuechly joins a deep group of linebackers here. The Panthers haven't yet committed to an alignment, but sliding Jon Beason out to WLB and installing Kuechly as the every-down MLB seems the most likely outcome. James Anderson should have an edge on Thomas Davis - though Davis' rehab is reportedly going well - for the other OLB job. Kuechly has LB2+ upside in the middle, and only slightly less if he starts outside. Frank Alexander was inconsistent on tape but reportedly a favorite of the coaching staff; he'll be a situational pass rusher for now. Josh Norman was a hot name after the East-West Shrine Game and could work his way up the depth chart at corner quickly.


Chicago Bears

19. DE - Shea McClellin, Boise State
45. WR - Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
79. DB - Brandon Hardin, Oregon State
111. TE - Evan Rodriguez, Temple
184. DB - Isaiah Frey, Nevada
220. DB - Greg McCoy, TCU

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Alshon Jeffery is a less dynamic Sidney Rice, but that could mesh well with Jay Cutler. He'll be a good late sleeper pick this year unless Johnny Knox has a miraculous recovery. Evan Rodriguez is a poor man's Aaron Hernandez who could outproduce Kellen Davis and have sleeper value in time.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Shea McClellin rose up draft boards after showing a versatile blend of linebacker skills and pass rush ability. The Bears are planning to rotate him with Israel Idonije at LDE and use him heavily in subpackages. He's not an anchor strong side end, but that role could support DL2 value (or better) in time. No stranger to mid-round safety prospects, the Bears brought in yet another in Brandon Hardin. Durability is a major concern, but Hardin has the size and ability to impact box scores if he earns full time snaps.


Cincinnati Bengals

17. DB - Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama
27. G - Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin
53. DT - Devon Still, Penn State
83. WR - Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers
93. DT - Brandon Thompson, Clemson
116. TE - Orson Charles, Georgia
156. DB - Shaun Prater, Iowa
166. WR - Marvin Jones, California
167. DB - George Iloka, Boise State
191. RB - Dan Herron, Ohio State

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Kevin Zeitler will help the power running game more than the passing game. Orson Charles has a future as a joker TE in this offense, but he hurts Jermaine Gresham as much as creates fantasy value of his own. Mohamed Sanu is bigger and tougher after the catch, but Marvin Jones is faster, more athletic, and more polished and he should be the favorite to win the No. 2 job even though Sanu was drafted first. Still, the No. 2 job for Cincinnati isn't worth that much. Dan "Boom" Herron will be lucky to make the roster.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Dre Kirkpatrick fits the profile of a strong fantasy corner: Physical, willing to play the run, with good zone instincts and ball skills. He's a good fit for Mike Zimmer's scheme and could be a DB3/CB2+ quickly. Devon Still and Brandon Thompson are talented DTs, but aren't likely to see enough snaps to hold meaningful fantasy value. George Iloka was thought to be a possible second or third round pick at one point, but couldn't maintain his pre-draft momentum through the combine. There are snaps to be had in Cincinnati's safety group, however, and Iloka should be on watch lists alongside Robert Sands. UDFA Vontaze Burfict will have to be much more impressive in camp than he was on tape, at the combine and off the field, but with Rey Maualuga struggling in the middle, he could have a chance to stick on the roster or practice squad here.


Cleveland Browns

3. RB - Trent Richardson, Alabama
22. QB - Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
37. T - Mitchell Schwartz, California
87. DT - John Hughes, Cincinnati
100. WR - Travis Benjamin, Miami (FL)
120. LB - James-Michael Johnson, Nevada
160. G - Ryan Miller, Colorado
204. LB - Emmanuel Acho, Texas
205. DT - Billy Winn, Boise State
245. DB - Trevin Wade, Arizona
247. TE - Brad Smelley, Alabama

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Trent Richardson is an instant RB2 with uberstud RB1 upside. Brandon Weeden should start very early, but he might not be ready. He only has fantasy backup QB upside long-term. Mitchell Schwartz is a massive upgrade at right tackle and should help give Weeden a fighting chance. Travis Benjamin is fast, quick, and tough with good instincts, but he's small. He still might be the second-best wide receiver on the team.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: James-Michael Johnson has the talent to develop into an every-down WLB alongside D'Qwell Jackson, but he won't be an immediate fantasy option. Billy Winn didn't have a great Senior Bowl week, but could have some upside as a situational pass rushing defensive tackle.


Dallas Cowboys

6. DB - Morris Claiborne, LSU
81. DE - Tyrone Crawford, Boise State
113. LB - Kyle Wilber, Wake Forest
135. DB - Matt Johnson, Eastern Washington
152. WR - Danny Coale, Virginia Tech
186. TE - James Hanna, Oklahoma
222. LB - Caleb McSurdy, Montana

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Danny Coale has some Jordy Nelson qualities to his game and could be the Cowboys No. 3 WR very early in his career. James Hanna has intriguing speed, but he is a long-term project at TE when to comes to running routes.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: The Cowboys sniped Morris Claiborne and he should see playing time immediately. With veteran Brandon Carr on the opposite side, Claiborne should be tested often. If he improves against the run and can pad his tackle stats, he could be elite as long as teams continue to throw at him. Tyrone Crawford will struggle to impress statistically, but could be a matchup starter at 3-4 DE. Kyle Wilbur is a developmental rush OLB prospect that won't have value until 2013 or later and only in big play leagues. Matt Johnson isn't elite but could threaten for snaps at safety sometime in the next two seasons.


Denver Broncos

36. DT - Derek Wolfe, Cincinnati
57. QB - Brock Osweiler, Arizona State
67. RB - Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State
101. DB - Omar Bolden, Arizona State
108. C - Philip Blake, Baylor
137. DT - Malik Jackson, Tennessee
188. LB - Danny Trevathan, Kentucky

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Brock Osweiler is the QB of the future behind Peyton Manning. He is big and athletic with good feet, but his release point is that of a much shorter QB and his downfield accuracy is poor. Ronnie Hillman is back with live legs and a workhorse mentality, even if he doesn't have the typical size of an NFL starter. He's a terrific sleeper for your bench this year, with RB2 upside long term.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Derek Wolfe was a surprise to observers who felt the Broncos needed more of an anchor DT, but Wolfe is a solid football player and could become a matchup DT2. Malik Jackson fell to the fifth round, but could earn more playing time than expected with a thin Denver DE group.


Detroit Lions

23. T - Riley Reiff, Iowa
54. WR - Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
85. DB - Dwight Bentley, Louisiana-Lafayette
125. LB - Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma
138. LB - Tahir Whitehead, Temple
148. DB - Chris Greenwood, Albion
196. DB - Jonte Green, New Mexico State
223. LB - Travis Lewis, Oklahoma

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Ryan Broyles suffered an ACL tear during the 2011 season, but he ran in the 4.5s recently at a workout, and that was enough for the Lions, who take a WR in the second round for the second straight year. He has WR2/WR3 PPR upside as soon as he supplants Nate Burleson. Riley Reiff will help keep Matthew Stafford upright and he'll open holes for whoever is running the ball.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Ronnell Lewis could contribute quickly as a situational pass rusher, but it's a stretch to expect every-down, all-around DE snaps in the next two seasons. Travis Lewis fell to the seventh round after a disappointing 40 time that didn't match his tape. Lewis will develop as an OLB and could surprise if the depth chart turns his way due to injury.


Green Bay Packers

28. DE - Nick Perry, USC
51. DT - Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
62. DB - Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt
132. DT - Mike Daniels, Iowa
133. DB - Jeron McMillian, Maine
163. LB - Terrell Manning, North Carolina State
241. T - Andrew Datko, Florida State
243. QB - B.J. Coleman, Tennessee-Chattanooga

Bloom's Look at the Offense: B.J. Coleman could follow in Matt Flynn's footsteps. He is bigger and has a better arm than Graham Harrell, so Coleman could push him to backup Aaron Rodgers sooner than later. The Packers also signed supersleeper size/speed/ups WR Dale Moss as an undrafted free agent - he's a name to remember.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Some saw Nick Perry as a 4-3 LDE, but he'll fit well opposite Clay Matthews with the Packers. His elite first step will make him a potential LB3 in big play leagues and he could be more if he transitions to OLB well. Jerel Worthy's best fit was felt to be as a penetrating 3-technique DT, but the Packers loved his potential as a 3-4 DE. If he can rush well enough to put up 4-6 sacks, he'll be worth a roster spot as a matchup DL3. Casey Hayward will compete as a nickel corner, but could also be a consideration to play safety. Terrell Manning was a college playmaker, but needs seasoning. He'll provide depth at ILB, but belongs on deep developmental watch lists.


Houston Texans

26. DE - Whitney Mercilus, Illinois
68. WR - Devier Posey, Ohio State
76. G - Brandon Brooks, Miami (OH)
99. C - Ben Jones, Georgia
121. WR - Keshawn Martin, Michigan State
126. DT - Jared Crick, Nebraska
161. K - Randy Bullock, Texas A&M
195. T - Nick Mondek, Purdue

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Brandon Brooks is an athletic behemoth of a guard who should help soothe the pain of the losses on the offensive line long-term. The Texans took two WRs - DeVier Posey, who is a less than dynamic athletic, but fearless over the middle and in the air - and Keshawn Martin, a feisty slot receiver who has a little Antonio Brown to his game, Think Posey as Austin Pettis and Martin as Greg Salas with hands in terms of last year's Rams draft.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Whitney Mercilus joins Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed at OLB. Mercilus won't unseat Reed immediately, but could see more than a situational role by 2013. Jared Crick has first round talent, but durability worries pushed him to the fourth round. He won't be as dynamic as JJ Watt, but it won't be surprising to see him earn consideration as a matchup DL3 or better at some point in his career.


Indianapolis Colts

1. QB - Andrew Luck, Stanford
34. TE - Coby Fleener, Stanford
64. TE - Dwayne Allen, Clemson
92. WR - T.Y. Hilton, Florida International
136. DT - Josh Chapman, Alabama
170. RB - Vick Ballard, Mississippi State
206. WR - LaVon Brazill, Ohio
208. T - Justin Anderson, Georgia
214. DE - Tim Fugger, Vanderbilt
253. QB - Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Andrew Luck is an instant borderline QB1 with top five upside, and soon. That's because the Colts used the rest of his first draft to surround him with weapons: Coby Fleener, who can be a Todd Heap style weapon downfield, which gives him low-end TE1 upside, and potentially this year, Dwayne Allen, an Alge Crumpler style tight end, whose upside is limited by Fleener, and TY Hilton, a burner of a slot receiver who helps Luck's stock and has Jacoby Ford potential. Vick Ballard is a Tashard Choice average jack of all trades RB at best. LaVon Brazill is a very underrated WR with good hands, strength, and speed. He could surprise and push to start early in his career, assuming Austin Collie and Coby Fleener work the slot.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Josh Chapman should be an anchor NT for the Colts' new 3-4 front when he returns to full health. What's most notable about the Indianapolis draft is that they didn't look to improve their ILB group and took only one development rush OLB prospect. That's great news for both Pat Angerer and Kavell Conner inside and should mean that Robert Mathis stays on the field every down at SOLB.


Jacksonville Jaguars

5. WR - Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
38. DE - Andre Branch, Clemson
70. P - Bryan Anger, California
142. LB - Brandon Marshall, Nevada
176. DB - Mike Harris, Florida State
228. DT - Jeris Pendleton, Ashland

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Justin Blackmon is an Anquan Boldin/Brandon Marshall type of receiver - plays bigger and faster than his frame and mostly threatens after the catch. Jacksonville is one of the worst places he could have landed, but he is still worth a mid-round pick as a WR3 this year, with long-term WR2, or maybe even WR1 upside - assuming the Jags QB situation eventually gets on track.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Andre Branch has some technique issues, but is a talented all-around player that can handle 4-3 DE responsibilities. There are lots of snaps immediately available on the Jaguars' depth chart. If you're searching for this year's Jabaal Sheard, Branch is the most likely candidate.


Kansas City Chiefs

11. DT - Dontari Poe, Memphis
44. T - Jeff Allen, Illinois
74. T - Donald Stephenson, Oklahoma
107. WR - Devon Wylie, Fresno State
146. DB - DeQuan Menzie, Alabama
182. RB - Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M
218. DT - Jerome Long, San Diego State
238. WR - Junior Hemingway, Michigan

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Devon Wylie truly is a Wes Welker-type of WR - with speed. Health concerns dogged his draft stock, but if Dwayne Bowe moves on, Scott Pioli knows what a Welker clone can do with Matt Cassel from their time together in New England. Cyrus Gray is better than a typical sixth-round RB pick, but his potential doesn't kick in until Peyton Hillis moves on, likely next year. Junior Hemingway is a poor man's Alshon Jeffery. If Jonathan Baldwin continues to get in fights with his teammates, he could be a nice deep sleeper in dynasty leagues.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: There are legitimate questions about whether Dontari Poe can succeed as an anchor NT. He'll have to answer those questions and more to have fantasy value in this role. DeQuan Menzie has a shot to earn nickel corner snaps and quickly.


Miami Dolphins

8. QB - Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
42. T - Jonathan Martin, Stanford
72. DE - Olivier Vernon, Miami (FL)
78. TE - Michael Egnew, Missouri
97. RB - Lamar Miller, Miami (FL)
155. LB - Josh Kaddu, Oregon
183. WR - B.J. Cunningham, Michigan State
215. DT - Kheeston Randall, Texas
227. WR - Rishard Matthews, Nevada

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Ryan Tannehill will take more time to hit his stride than Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, but he has almost as much fantasy potential. He has a less exciting supporting cast than the 1-2 picks in the draft, but he also has his college coach running the offense, and the guy who oversaw Aaron Rodgers development running his team. Jonathan Martin is an instant right tackle upgrade, which only helps Tannehill. Michael Egnew was a reach and has a long way to go as a route runner to turn his physical gifts into production. He's only a deep dynasty sleeper. Lamar Miller is a speedy slasher of a back who has long-term RB2 upside, but is buried right now in Miami. BJ Cunningham is a big, rugged possession receiver and Rishard Matthews is craftier, speedier No. 2 type. They could battle for a starting job soon if camp goes well.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: There was no consensus on Olivier Vernon in the scouting community; some felt he had strong upside as a 4-3 DE, others disagreed. The depth chart is thin, however, and Vernon could see lots of snaps early in his career if he plays to his ceiling as an edge rusher. Josh Kaddu won't have any fantasy value this year, but could be the heir apparent to Kevin Burnett at WLB in the longer term.


Minnesota Vikings

4. T - Matt Kalil, USC
29. DB - Harrison Smith, Notre Dame
66. DB - Josh Robinson, Central Florida
118. WR - Jarius Wright, Arkansas
128. RB - Rhett Ellison, USC
134. WR - Greg Childs, Arkansas
139. DB - Robert Blanton, Notre Dame
175. K - Blair Walsh, Georgia
210. LB - Audie Cole, North Carolina State
219. DE - Trevor Guyton, California

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Matt Kalil isn't a power run blocker, but he'll help Christian Ponder have time to look downfield, and he'll also help Ponder's durability issues by keeping him upright. Jarius Wright projects as a slot receiver, but Percy Harvin already has that role perfected. Greg Childs is the more exciting fantasy prospect of the Arkansas receivers long-term. He is a big receiver who should benefit from single coverage if he can come all the way back from his patellar tear in his knee.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: The Vikings have cycled through unimpressive talents at safety for the past few seasons. Smith isn't an elite all-around safety, but he's can play both run and pass effectively and should earn a full time role quickly. When he does, he'll hold at least DB3 value. Josh Robinson has starting talent and could see lots of snaps early. Audie Cole plummeted to the seventh round, likely because his strong measurables don't usually show up on tape. But Chad Greenway is the only Vikings' linebacker signed after 2012. Cole could earn enough playing time to be fantasy relevant by default in 2013.


New England Patriots

21. DE - Chandler Jones, Syracuse
25. LB - Dont'a Hightower, Alabama
48. DB - Tavon Wilson, Illinois
90. DE - Jake Bequette, Arkansas
197. DB - Nate Ebner, Ohio State
224. DB - Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska
235. WR - Jeremy Ebert, Northwestern

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Jeremy Ebert, the Patriots only offensive skill pick, is a reliable, but limited upside receiver who could be one to watch if Wes Welker is only with the team for one more year.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower are strong talents, but it's tough to figure out how Bill Belichick plans to use them. Jones will most likely play a situational Elephant type role early on, but could bulk up into a 3-4 DE or develop into an all-around 3-4 LOLB. His fantasy upside may be capped as a marginal LB3/4 unless he plays full time as an Elephant and holds a DE classification, in which case he could hit a DE2+ ceiling. Hightower probably slots into the SLB/nickel rusher role that Rob Ninkovich has been playing rather than a full time 3-4 OLB role. His fantasy upside is likely limited as well. Tavon Wilson was a shocking mid-second round pick, but it likely means Belichick has a sizable role carved out for him at safety. He's risky, but could be worth rostering as a DB3.


New Orleans Saints

89. DE - Akiem Hicks, Regina
122. WR - Nick Toon, Wisconsin
162. DB - Corey White, Samford
179. G - Andrew Tiller, Syracuse
234. T - Marcel Jones, Nebraska

Bloom's Look at the Offense: The Saints didn't pick until the third round. They only took one offensive skill player - Nick Toon (yes son, of former Jet WR Al) who projects as a solid No. 2 wide receiver at best, which is the No. 4 receiver in the Saints offense.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Akiem Hicks has consistency issues and isn't enough of a penetrating defensive tackle to hold much fantasy value.


New York Giants

32. RB - David Wilson, Virginia Tech
63. WR - Rueben Randle, LSU
94. DB - Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
127. TE - Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati
131. T - Brandon Mosley, Auburn
201. T - Matt McCants, Alabama-Birmingham
239. DT - Markus Kuhn, North Carolina State

Bloom's Look at the Offense: David Wilson can be a 1A with Ahmad Bradshaw instantly, and if Bradshaw's foot issues act up, Wilson could be a fantasy RB2 as soon as this year. Rueben Randle could have marginal redraft fantasy value unless Victor Cruz or Hakeem Nicks get banged up. Long-term Randle is a stash for patient owners in dynasty leagues.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Jayron Hosley has some attractive traits for a fantasy corner, but he's buried on the depth chart in New York for now.


New York Jets

16. DE - Quinton Coples, North Carolina
43. WR - Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech
77. LB - Demario Davis, Arkansas State
187. DB - Josh Bush, Wake Forest
202. RB - Terrance Ganaway, Baylor
203. G - Robert T. Griffin, Baylor
242. DB - Antonio Allen, South Carolina
244. WR - Jordan White, Western Michigan

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Stephen Hill lands on one of the worse passing teams in the league, but remember that Tim Tebow made fellow Georgia size/speed raw WR a fantasy force at times last season. Terrance Ganaway isn't a very talented back, but neither is Shonn Greene, so if he makes the roster, remember his name. Same with Jordan White, who is a lunchpail WR in the Hines Ward mold.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Quinton Coples will play 3-4 DE for Rex Ryan and likely kick inside to DT on nickel downs. His fantasy upside is dependent on how well he defends the run early and how consistent he rushes the passer in subpackages. He'll be a boom-bust fantasy play and he's likely to be more inconsistent in this scheme than not. Unless you followed us on Twitter or read our IDP Forum, you may not have heard anything about Demario Davis before the draft. An attacking, athletic and physical linebacker, Davis is a great fit for Ryan's scheme. He'll start out as a subpackage player most likely, but has the tools to quickly take over an every-down ILB role alongside David Harris. He carries some risk, but has LB2 upside. Josh Bush and Antonio Allen are intriguing fits for the Jets' secondary. Neither are likely to play soon, but both warrant a spot on watch lists.


Oakland Raiders

95. G - Tony Bergstrom, Utah
129. LB - Miles Burris, San Diego State
158. DE - Jack Crawford, Penn State
168. WR - Juron Criner, Arizona
189. DE - Christo Bilukidi, Georgia State
230. LB - Nathan Stupar, Penn State

Bloom's Look at the Offense: The Raiders didn't have a pick until the end of the third round. The only skill player they took was WR Juron Criner, who is a big possession receiver and was productive in college. In Oakland, he'll probably just a be a No. 3/No. 4 WR.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Miles Burris and Jack Crawford are rotational players and unlikely to have any fantasy impact in the short and long term.


Philadelphia Eagles

12. DT - Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State
46. LB - Mychal Kendricks, California
59. DE - Vinny Curry, Marshall
88. QB - Nick Foles, Arizona
123. DB - Brandon Boykin, Georgia
153. T - Dennis Kelly, Purdue
194. WR - Marvin McNutt, Iowa
200. G - Brandon Washington, Miami (FL)
229. RB - Bryce Brown, Kansas State

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Marvin McNutt is a better big wide receiver than Riley Cooper, making him a candidate to be a long term No. 3 and red zone weapon in Philadelphia. Nick Foles could be the backup QB in a year or two, and even get a shot at the starting job, but his upside is very limited. Bryce Brown was once the best RB prospect in the country, but at this point, he's just a deep dynasty flyer like many UDFAs. Chris Polk, a 2nd-3rd round level pick who fell out of the draft because of medical concerns, is a much better RB prospect than Brown.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: The Eagles killed this draft. Fletcher Cox is a versatile, dynamic defensive lineman who could put up DT1 numbers immediately and could be a top 5 DL in this class. Mychal Kendricks will compete to start at SLB, but should easily win an every-down OLB job soon. His upside is capped on the strong-side, but there's LB3+ value here. Vinny Curry won't see huge snap counts in this crowded DL unit, but his situational value and long term upside is tremendous. With the league trending toward spread sets more and more, nickel corners can sometimes have every-week fantasy value. Brandon Boykin will play the run and make plays in the slot; he's the right kind of player to take a risk on if he flashes early.


Pittsburgh Steelers

24. G - David DeCastro, Stanford
56. T - Mike Adams, Ohio State
86. LB - Sean Spence, Miami (FL)
109. DT - Alameda Ta'amu, Washington
159. RB - Chris Rainey, Florida
231. WR - Toney Clemons, Colorado
240. TE - David Paulson, Oregon
246. DB - Terrence Frederick, Texas A&M
248. T - Kelvin Beachum, SMU

Bloom's Look at the Offense: DeCastro and Adams will help Ben Roethlisberger immensely. The Steelers finally addressed the offensive line early in the draft and got the best guard prospect and one of the best left tackle prospects who will be a good right tackle too. Chris Rainey is probably just a gimmick player, but he could be a Jacoby Ford type for Pittsburgh in time. Toney Clemons is a project WR the Steelers liked and had in for a visit. He's got good size, speed, strength, and physicality, but Clemons needs to work on his route running. David Paulson is another player the Steelers had in for a visit and liked, but he is just a role player in the pass offense.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Sean Spence isn't an immediately obvious fit as an ILB in a 3-4 front. But the same could once have been said about Lawrence Timmons. Spence may only be a subpackage player early in his career, but could grow and develop into an every-down ILB worth a roster spot. Alameda Ta'amu could start if Casey Hampton isn't recovered from last year's injury, but isn't likely to have much fantasy value.


San Diego Chargers

18. DE - Melvin Ingram, South Carolina
49. DT - Kendall Reyes, Connecticut
73. DB - Brandon Taylor, LSU
110. TE - Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette
149. G - Johnnie Troutman, Penn State
226. C - David Molk, Michigan
250. RB - Edwin Baker, Michigan State

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Ladarius Green is a very intriguing size/speed heir to Antonio Gates. He doesn't have the natural ball skills of Jimmy Graham, but he's almost as physically talented. He could be a big time fantasy TE in the future if he develops well. Edwin Baker is a compact, hard-nosed back like fellow Spartan Javon Ringer. If Ryan Mathews can't stay healthy, he could have temporary value - assuming he makes the team.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Melvin Ingram is the type of 3-4 OLB prospect that could hold LB2 or better value in any scoring system. Brandon Taylor has good upside as an interchangeable safety prospect that should start next to Eric Weddle in time. Kendall Reyes is a promising and versatile 3-4 DE capable of moving inside on passing downs, but isn't likely to be dynamic enough to be worthy of a roster spot in fantasy leagues.


San Francisco 49ers

30. WR - A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
61. RB - LaMichael James, Oregon
117. G - Joe Looney, Wake Forest
165. LB - Darius Fleming, Notre Dame
180. DB - Trent Robinson, Michigan State
199. C - Jason Slowey, Western Oregon
237. DE - Cam Johnson, Virginia

Bloom's Look at the Offense: A.J. Jenkins is a nice smooth, speedy No. 2 receiver, but he's not worth a first-round pick and he might not ever be more than fantasy depth in this so-so pass offense with a QB who doesn't throw to his wideouts. LaMichael James will fall somewhere between Darren Sproles and Dexter McCluster, I'm guessing closer to McCluster. UDFA WR Chris Owusu is a good talent, but he fell out of the draft because of concerns about multiple concussions.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Neither Trenton Robinson nor Cam Johnson is an elite talent, but both could carve out situational roles. Unfortunately, the current depth chart isn't likely to give them more opportunity than that.


Seattle Seahawks

15. DE - Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
47. LB - Bobby Wagner, Utah State
75. QB - Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
106. RB - Robert Turbin, Utah State
114. DT - Jaye Howard, Florida
154. LB - Korey Toomer, Idaho
172. DB - Jeremy Lane, Northwestern State (LA)
181. DB - Winston Guy, Kentucky
225. DE - J.R. Sweezy, North Carolina State
232. DE - Greg Scruggs, Louisville

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Russell Wilson has high-end fantasy backup QB upside, and he could challenge for the job early in his career if Matt Flynn flops. Robert Turbin is a similar back to Marshawn Lynch, but he doesn't run behind his pads and create great power as well as Lynch. He'll only have value if Lynch goes down and he's not a top-notch developmental prospect in my eyes.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Set aside the discussion over whether taking a situational edge rusher is a wise use of a draft pick in the middle of the first round. If Irvin fulfills his potential, he'll have situational fantasy value in fantasy leagues and could develop into a 700+ snap player if Chris Clemons moves on after the season ends. Bobby Wagner isn't a prototypical ILB but capable of playing the middle and strong enough in coverage to hold onto an every-down role. There are unresolved issues before projecting Wagner into that role (Barrett Ruud is currently expected to start at MLB, K.J. Wright could be moved back inside if the team sees Wagner as a better fit outside, there are no guarantees Wagner will win a nickel job), but he'll have LB2+ value if he does cement himself as an every-down MLB.


St. Louis Rams

14. DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
33. WR - Brian Quick, Appalachian State
39. DB - Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama
50. RB - Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati
65. DB - Trumaine Johnson, Montana
96. WR - Chris Givens, Wake Forest
150. T - Rokevious Watkins, South Carolina
171. K - Greg Zuerlein, Missouri Western
209. LB - Aaron Brown, Hawaii
252. RB - Daryl Richardson, Abilene Christian

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Brian Quick has more raw athleticism, size and upside, but Chris Givens is a fast, polished receiver. Both could start this year and are worth late-round flyers in redraft and early second-round picks in rookie dynasty drafts. Isaiah Pead was drafted to be the heir to Steven Jackson, and he'll be the first quality handcuff to Jackson in redraft leagues that the Rams have had for ages. He still looks like a committee back at best to me.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Michael Brockers isn't likely to generate enough pass rush stats to be an every-week fantasy starter but he could be successful enough as a penetrating run defender to hold value in tackle-heavy leagues that use DTs as a separate lineup requirement. Janoris Jenkins may not play the run well enough to be a rookie corner rule target. Trumaine Johnson is blocked on the corner and safety depth charts, but belongs on deep developmental watch lists.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

7. DB - Mark Barron, Alabama
31. RB - Doug Martin, Boise State
58. LB - Lavonte David, Nebraska
140. LB - Najee Goode, West Virginia
174. DB - Keith Tandy, West Virginia
212. RB - Michael Smith, Utah State
233. TE - Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Doug Martin is going to get every shot to be the workhorse for this team as LeGarrette Blount is not favored by the new regime. He's not as talented as Trent Richardson, but he could be almost as productive and he's a solid RB2 pick in the 4th or 5th this year, not to mention as top 5 pick in dynasty rookie drafts. Michael Smith is a speed back who will probably just be a role player and Drake Dunsmore is a deep sleeper Owen Daniels type in deep dynasty TE premium leagues.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Mark Barron and Lavonte David should both be full time players immediately. Both are great fits in the new Bucs' 4-3 front. Barron could quickly jump into the near-elite DB tier behind a suspect tackling linebacking unit. David is arguably already the best linebacker on the roster and should win an every-down job right away. Expect him to be a high floor fantasy option with LB2 upside.


Tennessee Titans

20. WR - Kendall Wright, Baylor
52. LB - Zach Brown, North Carolina
82. DT - Mike Martin, Michigan
115. DB - Coty Sensabaugh, Clemson
145. TE - Taylor Thompson, SMU
190. DB - Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State
211. DE - Scott Solomon, Rice

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Kendall Wright is a Santonio Holmes type who has a bright future, but he's blocked by Nate Washington for this year. In dynasty rookie drafts, he's a terrific mid-first pick. Watch out for converted DE to TE Taylor Thompson, who is the closest thing to Rob Gronkowski in this year's draft class.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Mike Mayock isn't alone in expressing concerns about Zach Brown's willingness to take on a block, shed and make a tackle. But he's athletic and very capable in coverage. Will Witherspoon is well on the downside of his career, leaving Brown an open door to transition into the starting WLB role soon. Given the questions about how consistently he'll tackle, Brown's range of fantasy expectations is wide. There's LB2 upside here, but it's likely he'll bring lots of weekly variance with it. Mike Martin could be a depth DT prospect; he's better in pass rush than his scouting report might suggest. Late rounder Markelle Martin could be a late bloomer and become a fantasy option in 2013 if the Titans can improve his recognition skills and angles enough to trust him at safety.


Washington Redskins

2. QB - Robert Griffin III, Baylor
71. G - Josh Leribeus, SMU
102. QB - Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
119. LB - Keenan Robinson, Texas
141. G - Adam Gettis, Iowa
173. RB - Alfred Morris, Florida Atlantic
193. T - Tom Compton, South Dakota
213. DB - Richard Crawford, SMU
217. DB - Jordan Bernstine, Iowa

Bloom's Look at the Offense: Robert Griffin III isn't going to sneak up on anyone in fantasy drafts this year because of what Cam Newton did. Like Newton, he has the upside to be instantly elite in fantasy leagues. Kirk Cousins is worth stashing in deep leagues because the Redskins will probably try to trade him to a QB-needy team in two or three years (Raiders reportedly liked him a lot). Alfred Morris is the latest Olandis Gary/Mike Anderson type for Mike Shanahan, keep an eye on how he does in camp. Watch UDFA Lennon Creer's reports too.

Bramel's Look at the Defense: Keenan Robinson isn't a sideline-to-sideline talent, but his coverage skills are good and he's instinctive. The Redskins have said they'll use him inside and he's talented enough to become the every-down SILB next to Perry Riley in time.

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