Welcome back to the offseason! If you are draft-obsessed like some of us, the early offseason is one of the most fun and enriching parts of the football calendar. This year I have put together a very preliminary Bloom 100 to give y’all an idea of the rookie draft landscape now that the underclassmen have declared and the all-star games have been played. The final pre-draft 100 in April will look very different than this one, as I have hundreds of hours of film-watching to put in, not to mention learning about this class from a 30,000-foot level. My feelings about this year’s class will certainly change as I dig in, although I already have a few pet players emerging in my mind’s eye. I have barely scratched the surface on defensive prospects and I haven’t started to dig deep on offense yet. Consider this an introduction to this year’s class more than an early rookie draft guide. I'll be updating this document as my studies continue. It should be valuable for gauging rough value of the rookie picks you are holding when evaluating early trade offers.
The Bloom 100 is ranked with the following type of dynasty fantasy football league in mind:
- Full IDP lineups including DT and CB
- PPR, start 3 WR
- Deep lineups and rosters
Of course, depending on your league scoring and settings, the placement of some positions can change, but the tier breaks and rankings within position should be good to use across all league formats.
A few notes on this year’s class:
- There are five (or more) quarterbacks who will get a chance to start, but position value is dropping in start 1 QB leagues and their slots here reflect that
- The running back class is as good or better than last year and we will get 10+ core contributors again
- The wide receiver class is chock full of strong to solid #2 wide receiver or role players, but lacks ceiling and only has a few players who could project as a #1 in a best case scenario.
- The tight end class isn’t nearly as top heavy or deep as last year’s, but it’s not below average
- This class could yield 3-5 or more every down foundation off-ball linebackers at a time when that kind of player is getting harder to find in IDP dynasty leagues
- The EDGE class is below average and could inflate the draft value of players at the position, and overinflate their IDP rookie value
1. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State - Remember how much more the 1.1 was worth than the 1.2 in 2016? Repeat that approach to rookie drafts this year, although the gap between 1.1 and 1.2 is closing. I might have paid 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4 for the pick a few months ago, but now 1.2 and 1.3 seems closer to his value. The VBD added by the other top running backs still probably won't approach Barkley. because of his receiving ability. He’s a running back prospect on the level of Ezekiel Elliott, Todd Gurley, LaDainian Tomlinson, or Adrian Peterson, with a median outcome of Matt Forte or Curtis Martin He won’t leave the field and he will be drafted to be the centerpiece of his offense. He does lack a penchant for physical clashes and using his mass to push the pile, but still won't drop out of the top seven of the draft in any scenario.
**The gap between 1.1 and 1.2 (or even 1.5) is closing. If you are aiming to trade down from 1.1 to 1.2, do it before the draft**
2. Derrius Guice, RB, LSU - Guice is a powerful back with good feet and speed. Like former teammate Leonard Fournette, he’s a better receiver than his reputation would have you believe. He has a true workhorse mentality and runs hot and angry from the first snap to the last. He isn't in Barkley's galaxy as a pure NFL prospect, but will likely land in a better offense. His stock has been trending up and he could go as high as #13 to Washington. There are some that believe that 2016 Guice is close to Barkley's equal.
3. Ronald Jones II, RB, USC - Jones is the home run hitter of the 2018 running back class with electric acceleration and suddenness. He doesn’t have the frame of a 300-carry back, but breaks a ton of tackles nonetheless. Think of him as Jamaal Charles without the heavy passing game usage, but with room to grow as a receiver with a foundation of good natural hands. I won't argue with him at #2. He rehabilitated his status after coming up gimpy at the combine with a good pro day workout. The gap between 1.3 and 1.5 is tiny, so trade down if you can.
4. Sony Michel, RB, Georgia - Michel was a late bloomer who might have gotten himself into the top 50 of the draft with his strong finish during the college football playoff. He has the hands and matchup quickness to be immediately deployed in a similar way to Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara, and his acceleration gets him into the open field in a hurry. I see Detroit Lions era Reggie Bush when I watch Michel. Michel, like Jones, could be the third running back in the first round.
5. Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia - Chubb is a classic between the tackles back who will fit well on a power running team, but likely be lifted on passing downs, which limits his long-term fantasy upside. He has a surprising top gear out of a less than graceful stride that can be reminiscent of Marshawn Lynch. At the combine, Chubb showed that he got most of his elite athleticism back after a serious knee injury. Getting one of Chubb, Michel, or Jones is making 1.5 worth just as much as it was last year when it would have gotten you Cook in a lot of drafts.
**There is a clear dropoff from the top five running backs to the WR1 tier, although landing spot will pull some of the wide receivers and second tier backs closer to the value of the Top 5, and perhaps knock down a back in the 1.3-1.5 tier.**
**The WR1 tier is close enough that destination will be everything in sorting them out. This also indicates that early-mid 2nds might get you a wide receiver that cost a first pre-draft**
6. Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis - Miller doesn’t quite a fifth gear to separate deep in the pros, and he doesn’t have the big frame of a #1, but he has the suddenness and change of speed in his routes and ball skills/body control to be on the Emmanuel Sanders-Antonio Brown axis. He has a foot issue that teams will look at closely before deciding whether to take him early on the second day, but has shown out as 100% healthy and the risk factor is getting smaller. With that, he has moved up to WR1 on my board.
7. Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia - Smith is undersized for a traditional off-ball linebacker, but his intensity, smarts, quickness and speed will more than offset that, not to mention that the game is changing to make linebackers like Smith more valuable. His range and focus combination is very rare. Mainstay scoring linebackers are getting more scarce in IDP leagues, so I don't see it as a reach to take Smith in the second half of the first, especially if you get two points per tackle.
8. Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU - Sutton can make plays downfield and in the air, and he is aggressive after the catch. There’s still room to grow as a route runner, but the arrow is pointing up. Sutton has the size to be a primary NFL target, but he isn’t especially fast for a big receiver and his hands and technique playing the ball can be erratic. He does have elite lateral agility (regardless of size), and I'm becoming more convinced that quarterback play and double teams kept us from seeing the best of Sutton on Saturdays. He could end up being the Dez Bryant replacement in Dallas. Sutton is boom/bust bet.
9. Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama - Ridley is one of the best prospects in a class that doesn't have many players with true #1 upside in their range of outcomes. He’s got deep speed and the ability to create separation with route running, but he isn’t going to add value with wins on jump balls or by breaking or eluding tackles after the catch. He’s an easy evaluation because he plays very fast, but under control a la Brandin Cooks. His leaps and short shuttle were underwhelming at the combine could take some of the shine off of his draft stock. His buzz has cooled off, but he still projects as a strong second wide receiver a la the Greg Jennings comparison that Matt Harmon and others have made
10. James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State - Washington is built more like a running back and it helps his game after the catch, but he also has a knack for getting vertical and definitely has a wide receiver wingspan and reliable hands. He doesn't win over the whole route tree, but he's a big play specialist. As long as he's paired with a quarterback that throws downfield with accuracy and boldness, Washington will pay off in the second half of the first.
11. Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame - St. Brown is tall with good speed for a long strider and he is more sudden in his routes than you’d expect for someone his body type. His game has room to grow and his ceiling is as high as any receiver in this class. He was a lot better with DeShone Kizer in 2016 and has drawn Martavis Bryant comparisons.
12. Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M - Kirk has the change of speed, fluidity, and run after catch skills to be a productive slot receiver in the NFL, but he might not translate as an outside receiver or vertical threat. He's still one of the safest wide receiver picks in this class. Destination is key for his fantasy value and he'll likely move to the top or bottom of the thick first tier of wide receivers.
13. D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland - Moore has running back thickness and game after the catch, but I'm not sure how he translates on the outside in the NFL. He is likely to go higher than this in most rookie drafts after a combine that had him coming in taller and faster than some expected, with outstanding leaps and lateral agility results. He's very young and was very productive despite poor quarterback play. I'm open to moving him up if he lands with a good quarterback, but I doubt I'll be taking him in any rookie drafts.
14. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville - Jackson is my #1 ranked quarterback because of his Vick-esque running ability and the hope that the team that drafts him will do so because they will embrace his running threat dimension and craft a passing offense around his strengths and weaknesses as a passer. Jackson didn't run or test at the combine, but we know his athleticism is special. He has been controlling his draft process and is likely to end up with a team that he personally approves. Settling in as the most valuable quarterback in fantasy football is absolutely in Jackson's range of outcomes and we might be overthinking it having him outside of the top 6-8.
15. Keke Coutee, WR, Texas Tech - Coutee has some of the best straight line speed and ability after the catch in this class, but he’s still raw and mostly untested as a route runner coming out of Texas Tech’s spread offense. He can be a zone beater and catch passes out of the backfield in addition to being a deep threat. You won't have to spend a pick this high to get Coutee, reserve a third.
**Any of the second tier of backs could be tabbed for 200-250 touches right away and project as future starters. If opportunity is clear and situation is good, they will move up in the first round**
16. John Kelly, RB, Tennessee - If you could put Kelly’s fire and footwork in a faster/quicker package, you might have an NFL feature back, but he is not a special back physically. Kelly is still versatile, with ability as a pass blocker and receiver, and is the type to outperform expectations in the NFL. Think Duke Johnson, or as Jonah Tuls used as a comparison, Ahmad Bradshaw.
17. Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State - Penny wastes no energy getting downhill, but is still processing in his peripheral vision and making small adjustments to find hidden holes. He always runs with urgency, which generates force at impact in the fashion of Mark Ingram. Penny’s pass blocking is an adventure at best, but he’s a functional receiver who can even split out wide at times. He’ll be a core contributor at his peak. He can easily be worth a first in the right spot.
18. Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn - Johnson is a tough back with a great stiff arm, vision, and a LeVeon Bell style combination of patience and burst. He lacks true long speed. He’ll fit best on a team that runs a lot out of the shotgun. He’s a natural receiver, more than adequate pass blocker and could be a three-down back. He didn't run at the combine, but his leaps were excellent and his lateral agility results were more than adequate. Johnson is probably going to go on the second day and could be tabbed as a future three-down back so this might be underestimating his value.
19. Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon - Freeman is a big back, but he has good feet and can be elusive in the open field with better than expected long speed for his size. He is a functional pass catcher, but his pass blocking skills might not be good enough to be a three-down back. Freeman had a great combine and showed a return to 2016 levels of athleticism, which is impressive at his size.
20. Auden Tate, WR, Florida State - Tate is somewhere on the Devin Funchess-Plaxico Burress axis with his long limbs, leap timing, and ball skills. He’s not a freak athlete and tested slow a la Funchess, but Tate is young and raw and has a ceiling to match anyone in this class. He could fall to the third day in this deep wide receiver class and present value in rookie drafts.
21. Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech - Edmunds has a special combination of size, speed, awareness, and agility. He’ll be a high first-round pick and instant NFL starter. He was as freakish as expected at the combine with size, length and speed in concert that few in the NFL can match. He isn't as safe a pick as Smith, but his fantasy ceiling is almost as high.
22. Nyheim Hines, RB, NC State - Hines isn’t built to be a workhorse, but his compact build, balance, speed, and combativeness make him a big play threat. He’ll contribute as a returner and receiver and fits in the Chris Thompson role at the next level, with some extra size to do more as an inside runner. The NFL is moving towards embracing players like Hines and he has some application as a wide receiver. He'll be a target in most of my drafts.
**A Note on Tight Ends: At least will move up significantly when the Saints take him**
23. Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State - Gesicki is long with good speed for a tight end and he is smooth getting to the ball in flight, but his game lacks physical edge. He’ll be fine as long as his team understands he is one-dimensional, because he has the dimension we care about in fantasy. Think of Zach Ertz with better physical gifts, but sometimes lacking play that matches the measureables. He'll probably be overdrafted in both the NFL and rookie drafts because of that combine.
24. Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State - Vander Esch is a dream linebacker prospect with size, one on one coverage ability, sure tackling, and instincts. He has durability questions and teams will wonder if he is worth a high pick with a limited track record of success, but he can fill with strength in short yardage and turn and run with athletic tight ends, a rare combination. He had a very strong combine across the board and projects as three-down backer. He's trending towards the Top 20, and like Edmunds, we probably haven't seen nearly the best of him yet.
25. Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State - Goedert has all the makings of a receiving tight end that is a primary target in his NFL offense, we just need to see if his combination of size, speed, ball skills, and route running will translate against better competition, and that is something we've been denied to date because of the injury he suffered at the Senior Bowl. He has a Jimmy Graham style game at the catch point.
26. Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State - Chubb isn’t the classic twitchy/bendy edge rusher, instead he has size, hand usage, burst and strength to beat his man. He has some versatility and should be a top 2-6 overall pick. His place on this list for your league will depend on your scoring system and lineups. He wasn't a freak at the combine, but still stands out in a weak edge class.
27. Derwin James, S, Florida State - James is a do-everything safety that teams love to build around. He can play linebacker in sub packages and plays well whether he’s close or far from the line of scrimmage.
28. DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State - Hamilton is a precise technician in his routes and at the catch point, and he was a prolific producer in a program not known for their wide receiver development. He shows more giddyup on tape than you would expect and will be a key cog in his NFL pass offense as long as he cleans up his drops issues. Hamilton didn't run at the combine, but otherwise solidified his status as a quick and explosive enough wide receiver to translate his technical prowess to Sundays.
29. Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State - Gallup is a good all-around receiver with intense focus, and fundamental route-running, ball skills, and prowess after the catch be an excellent #2 receiver. His combine results were middle of the road, but more than good enough with the core skills he has displayed. Think Michael Crabtree.
30. Dante Pettis, WR, Washington - Pettis is a prolific punt returner, and he’s a smooth route runner with good hands and deceptive speed. He might be close to the borderline of NFL starter with his late bloomer profile as a receiver and finesse game. Pettis could be the latest "big slot" to lead his team in receiving and has a chance to become what Jordan Matthews promised but didn't quite turn into in the NFL.
31. Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming - Allen can make plays that no other quarterback in this class (and few in the NFL) can make and he can fail on plays many quarterbacks that won’t ever sniff an NFL roster can make routinely. His spot on the post-draft 100 will hinge on the quality of his offensive coaching staff and organization. He had surprising three-cone and broad jump numbers at the combine to give evidence of excellent all-around athleticism for a big quarterback. He'll add rushing numbers and score to enhance a fantasy ceiling that will come with more bust risk than the other top quarterbacks.
32. D.J. Chark, WR, LSU - Chark has some length and speed, but he is not a good route runner and he doesn't usually make clean plays on the ball. He's a longer Devery Henderson. He'll go early in the draft after a great draft season performance, but I won't take him at ADP unless he lands in a great pass offense. He's the type of player I want to put lower in this ranking, but I know his draft slot alone will get him a ton of opportunity.
33. Richie James, WR, Middle Tennessee State - James 2017 was marred by an ankle injury, but in his first two seasons he was a prolific producer. His quickness, speed, instincts to create separation and get yards after the catch, and overall edge and combativeness should allow him to overcome being small for an NFL wide receiver.
34. Deon Cain, WR, Clemson - The latest in a long line of Clemson wideouts to hit the pros, Cain has size, speed, and athleticism, but the consistency and core skills are a work in progress. He could go on the second day and is part of a large group of wide receivers whose ceiling might have been concealed by bad quarterback play in 2017.
35. Mark Walton, RB, Miami-Florida - Walton has dual-threat capability (including excellent pass blocking) and he has been a big play back despite the lack of true long speed, thanks to his patience, vision, and lateral agility. He’s another that isn’t built for 300+ touches, but is also coming into the league at a time when teams are ready to carve big roles for backs of his type. He didn't run fast at the combine, but that doesn't hurt his NFL value.
36. Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State - Ballage has the size and measurables to be an NFL starting running back, and he’s very advanced as a receiver, but lacking skill as a runner. He was mired in an RBBC during his senior year, but teams may look at what Kenyan Drake developed into for Miami and see the same path for Ballage.
37. Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA - Rosen has the best skillset as a pocket passer in this class, and with the right surroundings, could be the most valuable quarterback in dynasty leagues. If the perception of character questions around him causes him to fall in the draft, he could move up on this list.
38. Sam Darnold, QB, USC - Darnold is more a high floor/low ceiling prospect for fantasy, and maybe the best bet to go in the top five among the first-round quarterback prospects. He could move up if he avoids Cleveland. He has to take better care of the ball, but makes some scintillating plays outside of structure.
39. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma - Like so many other Sooner offensive skill players, it’s not easy to get a handle how he will perform in the NFL because the Oklahoma offense isn’t a great simulation of a pro offense or what a pro quarterback has to do to defeat NFL defenses. He has enough running ability, creativity, and accuracy to be very intriguing if he falls to the back half of the first round and be groomed behind an established quarterback.
40. Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida - Callaway's breaks in his routes and acceleration are sudden and he has deep threat speed, with an outstanding 4.41 40 at the combine. He knows how to create after the catch with his strong return skills. He has some character questions with a sexual assault accusation and suspension in the past. His ceiling is up there with players in the 6-15 range, but he comes with a lot more risk.
41. Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina - Hurst is a natural receiver, big, and athletic, and can threaten as a downfield receiving tight end. He’s also old for a rookie and not a technician. He should be drafted to be his team’s long-term receiving tight end.
42. Simmie Cobbs, WR, Indiana - Cobbs isn’t a burner, but he has outstanding size and ball skills, and will be a red zone weapon. He’ll be a quarterback’s best friend on throws into tight coverage. Cobbs didn't run fast at the combine, but had surprisingly good agility results for a big receiver.
43. Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma - Andrews used to be a wide receiver, and it shows in his hands, ball skills, and play after the catch. He's sluggish out of the blocks and in his breaks, but he displayed the speed at the combine to be a dangerous downfield receiving tight end.
44. Jester Weah, WR, Pitt - Weah is 6’2” 213 and that combines with strength and determination to help him break a lot of tackles. He has a second gear and explosive, uncanny ability to get to balls that few other receivers in this class can get to, and even have the balance to stay up after making the circus catch. He has a knack for the big play at the big moment, but his production and play can be inconsistent. His leaps and straight line speed are top-end for a prospect his size.
45. Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama - Scarborough is massive can do a decent impression of Derrick Henry, who he replaced at Alabama, but durability is a concern and he is only a middle class version of the Titans likely feature back next season, although he showed good speed and explosion at the combine.
46. Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama - Evans is athletic, violent and he has an NFL inside linebacker frame. He can also rush the passer, but might not be as ready for pass coverage in the NFL as some of the other highly ranked linebackers.
47. Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State - Wilson has bloodlines as the son of a former NFL receiver, and he has length and vertical speed. He’s not much of a threat to create after the catch and could project as more of a #3 than a starter at the next level. He didn't display blazing straight line speed at the combine, but otherwise showed well for himself.
48. TreQuan Smith, WR, Central Florida - Smith is a big, power receiver with game in the air, speed to be a downfield threat and better than expected suddenness in his routes, but he needs to be more consistent catching the ball to unlock his potential. Smith quietly measured in with good length and explosion at the combine.
49. Javon Wims, WR, Georgia - Wims isn’t going to run away from anybody, but his size, hands, ball skills, and ability to win 50/50 balls will translate. Wims showed decent speed and lateral agility for a big receiver at the combine.
50. Jake Wieneke, WR, South Dakota State - Wieneke is huge and knows how to win in the air. He has a second gear to get open downfield and demonstrates the ball skills to finish. There's a little question about translation from a small school level, but I like Weineke more than some of the more heralded big wide receivers in this class.
51. Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana - Thomas is more of a projection as an NFL tight end than the other top tight end prospects, but the talent and dedication is there for him to maximize his two-way game and become one of the best in this class. He flashed wide receiver ball skills and body control, with plus speed for a tight end at his best.
52. Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State - Lazard has size, toughness, and some game above the rim, but he isn’t going to outrun or out quick NFL corners and will have to make a living on contested balls. Lazard was among the faster and more explosive wide receivers at the combine, and mentioned a possible to move to tight end, which would greatly enhance his fantasy value.
53. Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama - Harrison is a classic big body safety that shows up in run support and generally brings the lumber. He might have to adjust and become better playing laterally and backwards if teams can force him into one-on-one coverage duties.
54. J’Mon Moore, WR, Missouri - Moore has springy athleticism and NFL size and he knows how to create separation. He should translate as a mismatch player on the outside, but needs a more complete game as a route runner to be starting material. He posted rare lateral agility for a long receiver at the combine.
55. Trey Quinn, WR, SMU - Quinn’s combination of size, quicks, hands, body control, and production will get him drafted on the second or third day. He could be an excellent complement in a great pass offense. His combine was solid across the board, with one of the biggest pairs of hands in this class.
56. Chase Edmonds, RB, Fordham - Edmonds was on pace to be the all-time leading FCS before getting hurt this year. He is elusive and a good receiver at a reported 5’9” 205. After a strong combine, he has a good chance to be drafted as a James White type with an instant role in the passing game.
57. Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa - Fountain has good size, speed, and leaping ability, and his ball skills at the catch point will encourage his quarterback to throw him open. He had a great Shrine Game week and was the offensive MVP of the game, answering some questions about his ability to hang after playing at a small school. He was a combine snub, so we're waiting until his pro day for his athletic testing numbers.
58. Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa - Jewell won't be among the top linebackers in terms of speed, but he makes up for it with motor, awareness, recognition, and discipline. He does better in coverage than some more athletically gifted linebackers in this class. He was surprisingly agile at the combine with a three-cone time among the best in the class.
59. Ito Smith, RB, Southern Miss - Smith is another mighty mite back, but he has a strong lower body and runs with efficiency and urgency. He’s a good receiver and physical blocker, so he could outperform the limited role backs of his size tend to fill in the NFL. Smith was another prominent combine snub, so we'll watch his pro day closely.
60. Korey Robertson, WR, Southern Miss - Robertson will make his living winning at the catch point, but he also plays strong and focused. He doesn’t have overwhelming size, but is solidly built, and he doesn’t have top-end speed or twitchiness, but has a good sense of timing. Robertson had a solid but unexceptional combine showing with good enough speed and explosion for his somewhat thick build.
61. Byron Pringle, WR, Kansas State - Pringle is a big play receiver with very sharp movements to naturally create separation, but he was plagued by drops. He’s also old for a rookie and has some character questions, but was one of the faster wide receivers at the combine.
62. Deontay Burnett, WR, USC - Burnett has good game when the play breaks down, and he is shifty and skilled enough to be a slot receiver in the NFL, but he doesn’t have appear to have long speed to make up for his slight frame when it comes to bottom line NFL production. Burnett didn't work out at the combine, so we're waiting for his pro day.
63. Marcell Ateman, WR, Oklahoma State - Ateman’s size, strength, and jumpball skills make him a good player on fades in the red zone and winner at the catch point. He lacks speed and twitchiness, so whether he’s a role player or a solid #2 is yet to be seen. Ateman was agile for a big receiver, but didn't run as fast or jump as high as some expected at the combine.
64. Jaleel Scott, WR, New Mexico State - Scott has exceptional NFL size and enough speed/quickness to be a solid route runner, but sometimes loses ball he should win because he isn't aggressive enough. Scott was fast enough for a big receiver, but his lateral agility was among the bottom of the wide receiver class at the combine.
65. Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UT-San Antonio - Davenport is a bit raw coming from UTSA, but he can stand up and be a very productive edge rusher from a 3-4 OLB position, and his ceiling is sky high. His combine did nothing to dispel the notion of an elite ceiling.
66. Lorenzo Carter, OLB, Georgia - Carter is still raw, but his combination of length, speed, and explosion gives a team a lot to work with. He's comfortable playing in space, too. He could be a fantasy factor as a 3-4 OLB. He dazzled at the combine, putting up testing numbers that show elite upside.
67. Jordan Lasley, WR, UCLA - Lasley has a second gear, the ability to climb the ladder and snag the high pass, and creativity after the catch. He also is prone to too many drops and it could be his undoing in the NFL. He didn't stand out in a good or bad way at the combine.
68. Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State - The Buckeyes have been on quite the run in producing good pros in the secondary. Ward is next in line. He scalded the 40 and measured at 5'10 7/8 at the combine to help offset questions about being undersized and keep him atop the board at corner.
69. Jaylen Samuels, RB, NC State - Samuels projects as a do-everything RB/H-Back/Fullback. In the right offense, he could have a role that equals some fantasy relevance in PPR leagues. Samuels displayed good speed, explosion, and quickness for his size at the combine.
70. Dylan Cantrell, WR, Texas Tech - Cantrell had an outstanding combine, with top-end explosion and quickness to go with top-end size at the position, and his outstanding blocking skills should allow him to settle into a potentially production slot/H-back role.
71. Justin Watson, WR, Penn - Watson has the size and natural receiving ability to have a shot in the NFL, but he’ll have to prove his athleticism that stood out in the Ivy League can hang on Sundays. Watson wasn't invited to the combine.
72. Jordan Wilkins, RB, Ole Miss - Wilkins was productive in the tough SEC this year. He showed the size, vision, and footwork to hang, but will have to work his way up a depth chart. Wilkins didn't run at the combine because of a hamstring issue.
73. Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern - Jackson was a productive workhorse and has a lot of bounce in his cuts, but he is undersized and probably a below average athlete in draft prospect terms. He could stick as a third running back. Jackson was among the most explosive and quickest backs at the combine.
74. Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State - Leonard might have been passed over 5-10 years ago, but safety/linebacker tweeners are now just linebackers in the big nickel/pass happy NFL. He has the speed and fluid athleticism to be a three-down linebacker. His lack of bulk isn’t as important in this new era. He wasn't able to test at he combine after suffering a hamstring injury.
75. Steve Ishmael, WR, Syracuse - The all-time receiving yards leader at my alma mater will have a limited application in the pros, but he is solidly built with deceptive speed and outstanding ball skills and ball tracking downfield. He might lack the bend and suddenness in the route tree to be a starter, but he can contribute in the NFL. Ishmael wasn't invited to the combine.
76. Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame - Adams is big and has long speed when he has room to operate, but he’ll need a very good offensive line to maximize his ability, and his height and upright style detract from his natural power. He is a functional receiver. Adams will have value, but might not be the best back on his roster in the NFL because he lacks wiggle, light feet, and the ability to create on his own. Adams didn't run at the combine.
77. Darren Carrington II, WR, Utah - I see the size, athleticism and game when the ball is in flight to get Carrington into the draft, but he’s a rudimentary route runner in NFL terms and has character questions. Carrington was invited to the combine, but didn't run. He did look good in the drills and tested well in the broad and vertical.
78. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, South Florida - The combination of size/length and fluid athleticism could have Valdes-Scantling vaulting up draft boards as teams get a closer look at him. His sub-4.4 40 at 6'4" 206 got a lot of attention at the combine.
79. Sam Mentkowski, WR, Wisconsin-Oshkosh - Mentkowski is a tiny school receiver, but had top end measureables and production, and on film he's one of the most precise route runners in this class.
80. Steven Dunbar, WR, Houston - Dunbar has a long frame, good hands and ball skills, and he runs quality routes. He projects as a possession receiver, but could gobble up targets in the right role.
81. Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa - Wadley doesn’t have the top-end size, speed, or overall athleticism to project as more than a role player, but he could be a solid backup and contributor in the passing game. Wadley's speed at the combine was only adequate for an undersized back.
82. Roc Thomas, RB, Jacksonville State - The Auburn transfer has speed and elusiveness and still plays with a physical edge. He’s the one of the best small-school sleeper backs in this class. Thomas's 40 time at the combine was slightly disappointing.
83. Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas - Jefferson is a prototype in terms of size, athleticism and edge. He can still unlock a lot of potential with more refinement, but he’ll likely go on the second day because of his traits and high ceiling. Jefferson was as fast as explosive as expected at the combine.
84. Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama - Fitzpatrick is a special prospect who can affect the game in many ways. He has a nose for the ball and plays the game with rare intensity. He’ll line up all over the defense, but might not show up big on the stat sheet.
85. Tyler Conklin, TE, Central Michigan - Conklin has the basketball background we love at tight end and lined up at wide receiver at times in college. He had an excellent combine and should be drafted to help the passing game.
86. Phillip Lindsay, RB, Colorado - Lindsay is severely undersized, but makes up for it with a very well-rounded skillset and oversized competitiveness. His instincts, vision, and feet will keep him in consideration to be drafted and make a roster, and he could be an interesting player in a spread offense. Lindsay wasn't invited to the combine.
87. Vita Vea, DT, Washington - Defensive tackle required leagues will want to know Vea’s name. He gets a lot of Haloti Ngata comparisons. His combination of size, strength, and a mean streak is something out of a nightmare.
88. Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan - Hurst is a gap penetrator and could have enough rush potential to be a top of the line fantasy defensive tackle. Unfortunately, a heart condition was discovered at the combine and his future is up to the doctors right now.
89. Martez Carter, RB, Grambling State - Think of Carter as a middle class Tarik Cohen. He’s short, but thickly-built and sudden, with receiving ability. He lacks Cohen’s urgency and tackle breaking ability. Carter was not invited to the combine.
90. Jordan Akins, TE, Central Florida - Akins has speed that puts him among the best tight ends in this class to project as a downfield threat on Sundays and he has the snap in his routes to add separation. Akins was invited to the combine, but didn't work out because of a hamstring issue.
91. Chris Herndon, TE, Miami-Florida - Herndon has tight end size, but he was used mostly on screens - displaying the ability to elude or take on tacklers. He could project to be a downfield threat in the NFL with work. Herndon was invited, but did not work out at the combine as a leg issue heals.
92. Chris Warren, RB, Texas - Warren is massive and has some receiving ability. He might project as an H-back that rarely touches the ball, but he could also be a short-yardage and game finisher as a runner who adds value in the passing game.
93. Jeff Badet, WR, Oklahoma - Badet had a scalding performance at his pro day with a 4.27 40, 39.5 vertical and 10'11" broad jump, which could get him into the third day of the draft despite not being invited to the combine.
94. Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State - Rudolph has limitations, but could project as an NFL starter and fantasy contributor, with supporting cast and opportunity being crucial to his value.
95. Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville - Alexander should be a first-round NFL pick and instant fantasy factor under the rookie corner rule. He's a physical corner with excellent ball skills and underrated straight line speed.
96. Vyncint Smith, Limestone - Smith ran a 4.36 40 and put a 39.5 vertical on the board with a 6'3" 195 pound frame, which is surely going to get the NFL's attention in the late rounds. He is a small school project, but one that projects as a deep threat with ability to create after the catch.
97. Ralph Webb, RB, Vanderbilt - Webb is undersized and not a special athlete in any way, but he knows how to get the most of what he’s got, to the tune of breaking Zac Stacy’s Vanderbilt all-time rushing record and finishing as the #6 all-time rusher in SEC history. Webb didn't get a combine invite.
98. Jarvion Franklin, RB, Western Michigan - Franklin looked somewhat ordinary to me on first glance, but his combination of size, ruggedness and productivity will deserve a second look and could get him drafted. Franklin was underwhelming at the combine aside from an excellent three-cone time.
99. Robert Foster, WR, Alabama - Foster has blistering speed and the NFL may decide he was grossly underutilized at Alabama with a larger role awaiting him in the pros. Foster's 4.41 40 and good agility test times suggest there's more there than what the Crimson Tide got out of him.
100. Braxton Berrios, WR, Miami-Florida - Berrios is another in a long line of classic slot receivers with toughness, to work the middle of the field, but it's uncertain whether he's quick and sudden enough to create separation on Sundays. He didn't work out at the combine because of a chest injury.