Green Bay added a running game and a possible sleeper at receiver. Chicago reached in round one. Detroit filled some needs with nine draft picks and Minnesota drafted three players in the first round. Lets take a look at how the teams did and What impact they may have on fantasy rosters.
In the first round the Bears selected Kyle long from Oregon. Brother of Rams Chris Long, I don’t expect Kyle to have a good career. Long overaged for a rookie. He’s considered immature and a reach for the first round. I think he’s goes the way of Gabe Carimi…
Jon Bostic was taken in round two. He’s an athletic linebacker who should take over the spot Brian Urlacher held for so long.
The Bears next pick wasn’t until the fourth round. Khaseem Green from Rutgers who should see the field in his rookie year. He’s a leader and does everything well.
Jordan Mills from Louisiana Tech is an offensive lineman who will try to make the team. Chances of playing time are decent with a poor Chicago front.
The Bears then grabbed Cornelius Washington from Georgia. Washington is a very athletic pass rusher who will find himself on the field in Passing situations. He was a steal in the sixth.
Marquess Wilson was drafted in the seventh. He would have gone a day earlier if he didn’t have some character issues during his college career. He’s got good height at 6’3” and is someone to keep an eye on. Brandon Marshall clearly is the go to guy out there. Wilson could end up as a major factor in the Bears offense if injuries occur which they always do in the NFL. I wouldn’t draft him unless he has a big time pre-season. Otherwise keep him on your watch list.
The Bears defense is still draftable and is a decent option yet again.
Detroit took the older but super athletic Ezikiel Ansah from BYU fifth overall. Ansah is newer to the game of football. He has a ton of raw ability and is a true boom or bust player. He played a bunch of positions and could be moved around at the next level.
In round two Darius Slay, cornerback from Mississippi State should help a very thin defensive backfield.
Detroit took Larry Worford from Kentucky in the third. Worford has been very dominant at times. His weight is the issue. If he can keep that in check he should have a great career.
Devin Taylor from South Carolina went in the fourth. Taylor slide a bit but could start day one for the lions. End is another thin spot. The 6’6” Taylor needs to get a bit stronger and bigger but should hold his own early.
After taking a punter in the fifth. The Lions drafted wide receiver Corey Fuller from Virginia Tech. He’s fast with solid hands and could have value in late rounds of drafts with deep benches and 14 plus teams in the league. Another guy to keep tabs on this coming August.
Theo Reddick was the next pick for the Lions. He’s a runningback who wasn’t the main focus at Notre Dame. Played receiver for a couple of years and isn’t particularly fast. I wouldn’t draft Reddick as he may not make the roster.
Michael Williams from Alabama was taken in the seventh. He’s a massive tight end who will be used mostly in blocking formations. He most likely wont have any fantasy value.
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay went defense late in round one with the selection of Datone Jones from UCLA. He’s got great size and strength and will start this season.
As a surprise to many, Eddie Lacy lasted until late in the second. I’d take Lacy in the fourth or fifth round. Green Bay hasn’t had a good runningback in quite a while. He has a good blend is speed and power. Master of the spin move. Beware of his health and keep a close watch on his progress.
The Packers had three selections in the fourth. They grabbed two Offensive lineman who could help this season. The other pick was Jonathan Franklin. Franklin will get carries this year and should be drafted. I’d look to take him in the seventh or eight round. He may end up being the better option when it counts down the stretch between the two Packers backs. Franklin has solid speed and good enough size.
With two picks in the fifth and one in the sixth the Packers went defense.
Another intriguing prospect is Charles Johnson from Grand Vally State. (Featured in Photo)He has the potential to be a major steal for your fantasy draft. With a great blend of size and speed, Johnson could break out in Green Bay’s pass happy attack. With so many in front of him on the depth chart, Draft Johnson in the last round. When camp breaks Johnson should be the fourth option. If injuries hit, his value will only go up.
Kevin Dorsey went with the next selection. I feel he has less of a chance to impact his team and yours. But he’s a name to know.
Minnesota had three picks in the late part of round one. All three picks were from the SEC. Sharrif Floyd is a big defensive tackle who sho start this year. Xavier Rhodes is a big corner from Florida Sate. He will start his rookie year also. Minnesota is a defense to own and both players will help. The final pick in the first was Cordarrelle Patterson from Tennessee. Patterson has a ton of athleticism. He has most value in leagues that use return stats. He will be a factor in special teams. I expect him to fill a role similar to Percy Harvin. Patterson will run, catch and return. I wouldn’t jump on him until mid rounds. He had one year of SEC production. Patterson’s receiving numbers weren’t eye-popping. His route running needs work. I expect the Vikes to find ways to get the ball in his hands.
The next pick wasn’t until the fourth. The rest of the way the Vikings went defense and offensive line. With a punter mixed in. I love the Vikings defense. Patterson will help in leagues that use all-around stats.