2017 NFL Draft: Live Fantasy Recap (Rounds 4-7)
The third and final day of the 2017 NFL Draft (Rounds 4-7) begins Saturday at 12 p.m. ET. Television coverage continues on ESPN and the NFL Network.
Here at 4for4, I am taking the baton from Senior Editor John Paulsen, who covered Round 1 on Thursday and Rounds 2-3 on Friday. I will be updating this page with analysis of the fantasy implications of each skill position pick. Since opportunity is crucial for a rookie, we assign a grade for each, given the player's opportunity for playing time in 2017.
Don’t get too excited about this crop of mid- to late-round rookies. While there may be a couple of players selected today who will beat the odds and prove valuable in 2017 fantasy football leagues, the odds are stacked heavily against them. Still, every year there seem to be a few late-round picks that find a way to contribute, so it's worthwhile to pay attention to the third day of the draft.
4.03 - Jaguars - WR Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma
Westbrook has tremendous speed to go with a physicality after the catch despite his lean frame. He could stand to get stronger in an NFL conditioning program, but he should be a threat as a slot receiver and also on special teams. He has a running back mentality with the ball in his hands. Character concerns are an issue with domestic violence charges in his past, but he has the talent to contribute if he can keep his nose clean.
Not only do the Jaguars already have good receivers on the outside, they also have depth at the position with Rashad Greene and Marqise Lee. Westbrook may win a job as a returner, but even in an offense that racks up late game fantasy numbers, it'll be hard for him to make a difference on such a crowded depth chart.
4.07 - Washington - RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma
Perine is a bulldozer when he gets a head of steam going and is one of the strongest running backs in this draft. He put up 30 reps on the bench press at the combine and punishes would-be tacklers. He’s had some issues with his ankles that could be concerning for him, but he flashes the ability to be a three-down back with advanced pass-blocking skills for a young player and soft hands. Perine isn’t going to be a downfield threat and won’t ever be a guy who threatens teams with his speed, but his size and natural running instincts should make him a starter somewhere in the league.
For a Day 3 pick, Perine couldn't have a better opportunity to contribute. With rumors of Matt Jones possibly being on the trade block, Perine has a legit chance to win the starting role early on. He'll have to beat out Rob Kelley, who had an adequate season as a rookie, but Chris Thompson is best-suited for a supporting role and no one on the depth chart has established themselves as a legitimate lead back. Perine isn't certain to earn a job, but he'll be given every opportunity to earn playing time in camp. If he wins the job, Washington has enough punch on offense to land Perine in the middle rounds of most fantasy drafts.
4.10 - Rams - WR Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M
Reynolds is a long, lean strider who tracks the ball well downfield and fights for jump balls. He has a lot of potential as a big receiver with a wide catch radius who can play in the red zone and also be a tremendous vertical threat. Reynolds needs to add some bulk in order to take full advantage of his long frame, but he has a lot of upside and could develop into a WR1 in the right system. He’s still a project at this point.
The Rams are still struggling on offense as quarterback Jared Goff develops, but as far as available snaps go, Reynolds couldn't have landed in a better spot. Cooper Kupp was taken in the third round, and he'll be given every opportunity to earn a job, but Reynolds offers a different skill set and has a chance to contribute. The chances of Reynolds becoming a steady fantasy producer early on are slim in that offense, but without a legitimate WR1 on the roster, it's worth keeping Reynolds in the back of your mind, especially in dynasty formats.
4.12 - Eagles - WR Mack Hollins, North Carolina
Hollins is coming off a collarbone injury last season but demonstrates exceptional speed for his 6-foot-4 frame and was used primarily as a deep threat at North Carolina. Hollins tracks the ball well and gets to his top speed in a hurry. He doesn’t have elite straight-line speed, but with his size and leaping ability, he stretches the field anyway. While underused at UNC, it’s likely that some team will fall in love with Hollins’ measurables and give him an opportunity to contribute early. He’d do best in a downfield passing scheme as the second or third option.
Hollins is likely a developmental prospect for Philly as they have a crowded depth chart after the acquisitions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in the offseason. He has an uphill battle to earn a roster spot or playing time as a rookie.
4.13 - Bears - RB Tarik Cohen, North Carolina A&T
Nicknamed “The Human Joystick,” Cohen is a wildly elusive runner who scored 30 rushing touchdowns over his final two seasons at NC A&T. Cohen’s diminutive 5-foot-6 size will make durability a concern at the next level, but there’s no questioning his natural running skills and his 4.42 40-yard-dash speed. His ability to stop-and-start on a dime and his natural ability in the passing game might help him earn a job as a playmaker. He will need to be more patient as a runner, as he takes too many negative plays trying to go for the home run every time he touches the ball. Cohen is a unique talent who could thrive in the right system.
Athletic Comparables: La’Rod Stephens-Howling, Darren Sproles
Cohen has little to no chance of earning a starting role in Chicago, but that's not really his game anyway. Chicago doesn't have a shifty third-down back on the roster, so there may be room for Cohen to earn a job early on and contribute in the passing game and as a true change-of-pace option behind Jordan Howard. Because he offers a different skill set than Jeremy Langford or Ka'Deem Carey, he has more of an opportunity to earn playing time. That being said, half-a-dozen touches a game is probably the most you can expect from him, and the offense could struggle as they break in Mike Glennon and Mitch Trubisky at the QB position.
4.15 - 49ers - RB Joe Williams, Utah
Williams doesn’t have great size and comes with off-field baggage. He was suspended in 2013 after credit card theft. He transferred to Utah, then abruptly retired last year, before injuries at the position allowed him an opportunity to come back. He was very productive to finish the season, but he’ll need to prove he’s committed to football if he’s going to make an impact in the NFL. Williams does demonstrate excellent speed for the position, so he could find a role as a change-of-pace back. If he can get more consistent catching the ball, he could develop into a good receiving back as well.
With Carlos Hyde and Tim Hightower in the backfield for the 49ers, it's hard to imagine Williams gets much work. He'll need to prove he can keep his nose clean to make the roster over Mike Davis, Kapri Bibbs, and DuJuan Harris. Plus, the 49er offense isn't the best spot for a skill position player to land right now even if there was room on the depth chart for him.
4.21 - Lions - TE Michael Roberts, Toledo
Roberts doesn’t offer much speed to the position, but he’s a mammoth of a player and demonstrates natural receiving ability that could make him an excellent red zone option at the NFL level. He has the size and strength to excel as a blocker but stands too upright and can be overpowered by smaller players as a result. Roberts is a work-in-progress, but if he can become a good blocker, he could wind up with double-digit touchdowns one day as a blocker and red-zone target in the right situation.
With Eric Ebron already entrenched as the starter, Roberts will battle Darren Fells for the TE2 spot on the roster. He may develop and he offers a different skill-set than Ebron, but it's unlikely he makes any kind of a fantasy impact, especially in year one.
4.22 - Bengals - WR Josh Malone, Tennessee
Malone is going to get every chance to shine in the NFL because he’s 6-foot-3 and ran a 4.40 40-yard-dash at the combine. His production was good last season as well. He had 11 touchdowns and 972 yards on 50 receptions for the Volunteers. While he runs hard and can get downfield in a hurry, he hasn’t fully learned to take advantage of his size advantage and doesn’t have a polished route tree. If Malone can disengage quicker and sharpen his breaks then he’ll be a force to be reckoned with at all three levels of the defense.
Malone's opportunity with the Bengals would be better if he wasn't joining a team that just used the ninth pick in the draft on John Ross. Malone will be a developmental prospect who will fight with Cody Core to earn a job as the fifth WR on the depth chart. Because the Bengals have been looking for a legit WR2 for years now, it's possible Malone could earn a job with his skill set, but it's unlikely to happen early on.
4.26 - Eagles - RB Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State
Pumphrey is an undersized back, but was incredibly productive for the Aztecs over the last four years, including gaining 2,133 yards and scoring 17 rushing touchdowns last season! He finished his career with a 62 touchdowns on the ground and he had a dominant performance against California in an early-season upset last year. Pumphrey will need to prove he can be productive in the passing game to make an offensive impact at the next level, and he may be tried out on kickoff returns, even though he did very little returning in college. Ultimately, Pumphrey is a player too talented to completely forget about, but his size will create an uphill battle for him, particularly if he can’t win a job in the return game.
Ryan Mathews and Wendell Smallwood were underwhelming at best last season as lead backs for the Eagles, and Pumphrey was wildly productive in college. Darren Sproles is also getting long in the tooth, but with Sproles likely remaining active in the passing game, the pressure will be off Pumphrey to develop that part of his game in a hurry. With Mathews injury history, Pumphrey has a legit chance to win a starting job early, at least as a two-down back in Philly. Pumphrey will go to a team with an emerging offense and an upgraded offensive line, so if he wins the job, he could be a mid-round fantasy pick.
4.27 - Cowboys - WR Ryan Switzer, North Carolina
Switzer has the agility and short-area explosiveness to develop into a solid NFL slot receiver, but his diminutive 5-foot-8 frame might limit his potential on offense. However, a team will give him an opportunity because of his exceptional vision in the return game. Switzer can make defenders miss and he returned five punts for touchdowns during his four-year career with the Tar Heels. Switzer is coming off an excellent senior season, catching 96 balls for 1,112 yards and a six touchdowns, and was a nice target for Mitch Trubisky. If Switzer finds himself in the right offense where he can go in motion and use his explosiveness to get open, then he has the potential to be a reliable slot receiver. Otherwise, it’ll be his value as a returner that earns him an NFL job.
The Cowboys don't have a legit WR2 on the roster, but they have slot recievers, so Switzer doesn't land in an ideal situation. Additionally, the Cowboys' commitment to the run game makes it unlikely that Switzer excels even if he somehow beats out Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams for playing time.
4.28 - Packers - RB Jamaal Williams, BYU
Williams had some discipline issues – such as underage drinking – but most of his off-field stuff seems like young kid things rather than long-term concerns. He also had knee issues during his time at BYU, but when he was healthy, he demonstrated impressive power and an angry running style that should translate well to the NFL. His aggressive style limits negative plays and offensive linemen will like him because he hits the hole fast and hard. He has only adequate speed and has tightness in his hips, which might make him a two-down player in the NFL, but what he does well should make him at least a committee back early on.
The Packers waited until the fourth round to fill arguably their biggest need, but Williams fits in nicely as a complement to the versatile Ty Montgomery, who shifted from WR to RB last season. Williams in many ways duplicates the skill set of Christine Michael, but with Michael's disappointing output thus far in his career, it'll be a surprise if Williams can't beat him out. Williams is likely to end up on most draft lists as a complementary back in Green Bay and should become a two-down player with about a dozen touches per game. This is one of the best spots for a running back to wind up because of the loss of Eddie Lacy.
4.29 - Steelers - QB Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee
Dobbs is a smart and athletic quarterback whose dual-threat abilities helped him make plays in both the running and the passing game. Dobbs lacks elite arm strength, but can make the throws necessary to succeed in the NFL and throws well on the run. When he takes his time and sees the field well, he can be deadly accurate throwing the ball down the field. He will need to learn how to step up in the pocket if he’s going to be accurate on short and intermediate throws, and time will tell if his adjustment from a spread offense at Tennessee will be a smooth transition, but he has enough upside to become a quality starter if he gets time to develop.
4.33 - Chiefs - WR Jehu Chesson, Michigan
Chesson looked like he had some star potential in limited work in 2015, but a knee injury at the end of the year took a while to recover and he looked less explosive last season. Chesson looks the part of a legit WR1. He uses his 6-foot-3 frame well, plays tough over the middle, and has enough speed to be a vertical threat. He also attacks the ball and can adjust to erratic ball placement – a necessity at Michigan last season. Chesson looked like he lost a step following the knee injury, but his medical looks good right now and he had a nice combine workout. If he can get back to his 2015 form, he’s a high upside player with WR1 potential.
Chesson gives the Chiefs a skill set they don't currently have on the roster which gives him a pretty good chance to earn a role early on. Kansas City has tons of speed, but Chesson's size and talent should give him an opportunity to challenge Chris Conley for a starting role on the outside. The Chiefs focus on running the ball and throwing short passes however, which may limit the number of targets available to Chesson, even if he wins a WR2 job opposite Jeremy Maclin.
Gallman has good size and willingness to run up the middle, but he doesn’t have breakaway speed and runs upright, which could lead to durability issues in the future. He was very productive in 2015 with 1,527 yards and 13 touchdowns, and caught 65 balls in three years, demonstrating potential three-down ability. Gallman runs strong but doesn’t run with great balance and can seem out-of-control at times.
Gallman offers the Giants inside running, which is something they lacked a season ago. He'll have to beat out last year's Day 3 pick Paul Perkins, who flashed ability last year, but this is one of the few spots in the NFL where the RB position should be legitimately an open competition. Gallman needs to develop as a runner and get stronger in his legs to help his balance - he has tremendous upper body strength - but he probably has higher upside than Perkins does and offers more potential in the passing game as well. Watch the camp battle, because if Gallman beats out Perkins, he'll be worth mid-round consideration in most leagues.
4.35 - Jets - WR Chad Hansen, California
Hansen was a consistent target for quarterback Davis Webb at Cal last season, catching 92 passes despite missing two games with an ankle injury. Hansen is a smart player who is always working downfield to get open and help out his quarterback, and he has very good hands when he has a solid release. Hansen can get bogged down in press coverage and hasn’t learned how to use his 6-foot-2 frame to wall off defenders yet, making it unlikely that he becomes a consistent deep threat. However, if he sticks to short and intermediate routes, he has the savvy and work ethic to develop into a solid WR2 in the right scheme.
Hansen joins ArDarius Stewart as part of the Jets' draft class, and he'll have an opportunity to fight for the WR2 spot opposite Eric Decker this year. However, the Jets are staring down the barrel of a Josh McCown season at QB, making it hard to get too excited about any pass-catcher that arrives there outside of Decker.
4.37 - Colts - RB Marlon Mack, South Florida
Mack had three straight 1000-plus yard seasons for the Bulls, and he caught 28 passes last year as well. Mack has a nice blend of physicality and speed and he has excellent elusiveness in the backfield. Mack continuously makes something out of nothing, although that same characteristic can get him in trouble sometimes and result in long, negative plays. Mack will be best served in a complementary role in the NFL where he can use his explosiveness in space and not get bogged down by defensive tackles in the middle of the defense.
Mack offers some change-of-pace capabilities for the Colts, who will still likely lean on Frank Gore as their primary back next season. Mack is more talented than Josh Ferguson and more versatile than Robert Turbin, which should give him a leg up on winning the backup role in Indianapolis, but as long as Gore is still there, Mack will have limited touches. He's an interesting dynasty stash however, with Gore turning 34 in May.
Butt’s draft stock dropped after tearing his ACL in the Orange Bowl, but he has excellent hands and does a great job finding soft spots in the zone. He also does a great job sticking with a play and helping to bail out his quarterback. He caught 46 passes last season for 546 yards and is fearless running through traffic in the middle of the field. Butt lacks elite speed or explosiveness and he’s not an accomplished blocker, which may limit how many snaps he sees as a rookie. Right now, he’s not strong enough to stay inline against tough linebackers, he can get swallowed by bigger defenders in coverage, and he doesn’t have enough explosion off the line to line up in the slot. If he’s brought along slowly as a blocker, he has long-term upside as a block and release option in the passing game to continue being a safety valve for the quarterback.
Athletic Comparable: Austin Hooper
Virgil Green wasn't the answer in Denver last season, so if Butt's knee checks out and he's healthy enough to play, it wouldn't be surprising to see him win the starting TE position as a rookie. However, coming off an injury, with elite WR targets already in place and a bad quarterback situation in Denver, it's hard to get too excited about Butt's potential as a rookie. He's a dynasty stash option in most leagues, with high long-term upside and limited short-term potential.
5.02 - 49ers - TE George Kittle, Iowa
Kittle is a raw talent with limited production, but he demonstrates elite speed for the position with natural receiving skills. Kittle will need to develop as a football player, but his physical skills and his explosiveness off the line will have offensive coordinators intrigued by his potential. Kittle shows a strong desire to compete and seems to have the acumen and willingness to develop into a good blocker, but currently offers very little in that department. Kittle is an intriguing prospect with high upside if given the time to learn.
Athletic Comparable: Dustin Keller
Kittle offers a lot more upside than the other TE's on the San Francisco roster, but he's not ready to play immediately in a big way and may take a couple of years to work his way into a starting role. The 49ers also have huge questions at the QB position, making any pass-catcher in that offense a risky proposition.
5.06 - Jets - TE Jordan Leggett, Clemson
Leggett has the measurables you look for in a dynamic receiving tight end. His 6-foot-5 frame is imposing for defenders and he catches the ball well. He showed up big against Alabama in the National Championship game with seven catches and 95 yards, and he was a nice safety valve for Deshaun Watson the last two years. Leggett has been labeled with a questionable motor, but if the right coach can motivate him, he has the size and strength to develop into a good blocker as well as an excellent receiver. Leggett is an upside player with natural receiving ability.
Much like Kittle in San Francisoc, Leggett will go to a team without an established starter at the TE position, but with a very shaky QB situation. Leggett is probably more ready to play than most TEs are as rookies, and he demonstrates excellent receiving ability, but he's unlikely to make a big impact early, even if he beats out Braedon Bowman and Austin Seferian-Jenkins for a starting role.
5.09 - Bengals - K Jake Elliott, Memphis
Elliott made every kick inside 30 yards during his career at Memphis, and while he lacks elite leg strength, he has just enough pop to make it as a pro. He was wildly consistent in college and never missed an extra point. Elliott may need to prove he can be consistent enough on kickoffs to last in the NFL, but his accuracy should allow him to find a home somewhere.
The Bengals brought soccer-style kicker Jonathan Brown in this off-season to compete with journeyman Randy Bullock, who finished last season as the primary kicker for Cincinnati. Elliott should have every opportunity to win the job and as a fifth round pick, the Bengals will be hoping he beats out the incumbents. The Bengals were tied for ninth in the league last year in field goal attempts, making Elliott a viable option if he wins the job.
5.10 – Washington - TE Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas
Considering Sprinkle’s exceptional size and athleticism, it’s surprising that he only had 60 catches and 769 yards in two years as a starter. Part of that could be the offense he was a part of, but expectations were higher for a 6-foot-5 player with 4.69 speed. Sprinkle comes with some off-field baggage as he was caught shoplifting at Belk, leading to his suspension during the Belk Bowl, which may mean he has some maturity concerns to work through. Sprinkle is a developmental prospect with excellent measurables.
Athletic Comparables: Marqueis Gray, Xavier Grimble
Sprinkle may find himself on the practice squad as a rookie. He has tremendous ability, but Washington already has Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Niles Paul, and Derek Carrier at the position making it unlikely he finds a role early on. He's a project.
5.12 - Falcons - RB Brian Hill, Wyoming
Hill was very productive at Wyoming with 1,860 yards and 22 touchdowns last season for the Cowboys. Hill offers good size at the position and ran better at the combine – 4.54 40-yard-dash – than expected. He run with a sense of urgency which can sometimes be a detriment to the blockers in front of him, but he has the desire to be a strong inside runner in the NFL. Hill needs to work on his patience and vision to be more than a backup in the league.
Hill has a little more power than the incumbent backs on the Atlanta roster, but with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman firmly entrenched in their roles, it's unlikely that Hill makes much of an impact. He could turn into a handcuff or short-yardage back, but that seems like his ceiling.
5.18 - Bucs - RB Jeremy McNichols, Boise State
Versatility will be the reason McNichols makes an impact on offense at the NFL level. He’s a quality runner with very good vision and a lot of short-area explosiveness to help defenders miss. He demonstrates agility in a crowded backfield as well, but he doesn’t break a ton of tackles and will go down too easily at times. McNichols caught 103 balls in his three years at Boise State and he was an occasional kick returner as well, so he’ll be counted on to contribute in multiple facets of the game as a pro.
McNichols has a chance to contribute on special teams in Tampa Bay, but with Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims already on the roster, he'll have a hard time getting change-of-pace work behind Doug Martin. McNichols might be more capable of filling in should Martin get hurt or suspended for some reason, but handcuff and returner duties might be the most you can expect from him as a rookie.
5.22 - Eagles - WR Shelton Gibson, West Virginia
Gibson led the Mountaineers in receiving last season, but he still only had 951 yards and eight touchdowns, and his best games came against Youngstown State, Kansas, and Iowa State. He disappeared in the Russel Athletic Bowl and doesn’t show a lot of toughness off the line or working in the middle of the field. Gibson’s playing speed is fantastic however, as he often blows by defenders and once he gets into stride, he can down field in a hurry. If he can learn to be anything other than just a field-stretcher, he could develop into a solid WR2.
Gibson goes to an already crowded Eagle receiving corps, where Mack Hollins has already been drafted. Gibson is going to have to win a job in the return game to make an impact because fourth or fifth on the depth chart seems like the best case scenario for him, if he makes the roster at all.
5.27 – Vikings – WR Rodney Adams, South Florida
Adams has excellent speed and explodes off the line. He’s an excellent downfield threat and demonstrates shiftiness in his routes, which could make him a long-term slot receiver in the NFL. He should contribute right away in the return game wherever he’s drafted with a chance to develop into a WR3 if given the opportunity.
Adams has a very good chance of winning the kick return job in Minnesota after the departure of Cordarrelle Patterson in free agency, but fourth seems about as high as he can realistically reach on the WR depth chart with Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Laquon Treadwell on the roster.
5.28 - Bills - QB Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh
A smart player with pinpoint accuracy and advanced technique for a college player, Peterman excels at delivering the ball quickly from the pocket and can get his feet set quickly before his release. He lacks pro level arm strength and the ball floats in the air a bit, which means he’ll have to learn the speed of NFL defenses before he makes an impact. Peterman was a productive starter for the Panthers, throwing 47 touchdowns to only 15 interceptions over two years as a starter. He played exceptionally well in a thrilling victory over Clemson last year, throwing five touchdowns. He should be able to adapt quickly to the NFL game, but his lack of arm strength may limit his upside. He’s likely to be a very good backup, with some starting potential.
The Bills have a crowded depth chart but are looking for a long-term starter after an uneven season from Tyrod Taylor. Peterman is much more likely to earn a job as a backup for the Bills than he is to wrestle away the starting job, but with a new coaching staff comes new opportunities, and Peterman brings accuracy and football accumen to the position. If he does manage to win a starting job, he might become a streaming option at some point during the season, given the weapons he has to work with in Buffalo.
5.29 - Broncos - WR Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia
McKenzie is only 5-foot-7, but he’s shifty, ran a 4.42 40-yard-dash at the combine, and returned five points and one kick for touchdowns in his three years as a Bulldog. McKenzie runs with the confidence of a player half his size and can be a dynamic player in the return game immediately. His small size makes it hard to imagine he’ll make much of an impact on offense, but a creative offensive coordinator will find ways to get him the ball in space. He’ll make a roster as a return specialist though, and any offensive production should be considered unexpected.
McKenzie is the second WR the Broncos have drafted for an offense that already features two very good receivers. The Broncos are likely looking for help out of the slot an in the return game, but even if McKenzie wins a job on offense, the QB situation in Denver makes it hard to think he'll make a fantasy impact.
5.31 - Falcons - TE Eric Saubert, Drake
Saubert is big and strong and he had 10 touchdowns last season for Bulldogs. He has slightly above average speed for the tight end position and played well at the East-West Shrine Game, putting him on a lot of draft boards. Saubert still needs to learn how to position his body against athletic defenders, but he has the size and ability to become a seam stretcher and a red zone target for a team that has the time to develop him. It’ll be a big jump from Drake to the NFL, and he won’t be able to out-muscle guys at the pro level in the same way he did in college.
Austin Hooper is the future at the TE position for Atlanta, which will limit Saubert's potential in the Falcon's offense, but with Jacob Tamme still unsigned, Saubert could push Levine Toilolo for TE2 looks. Saubert doesn't offer much as a blocker, so it may be a long learning curve for him to beat out the incumbents.
5.32 - Packers - WR DeAngelo Yancey, Purdue
Yancey has good size and tracks the ball well downfield, but lacks top-level speed, which could make it hard for him to find space at the next level. Yancey flashes the ability to be a sure-handed, physical player, but dropped too many balls and will have an uphill battle to become a consistent NFL player. He may have suffered a bit from a poor team around him at Purdue, but he’s a long-term development project who will be fighting to stay on a roster long enough to develop.
Athletic Comparable: Kenny Britt
Yancey doesn't offer much versatility, so the Packers must think he can develop into a long-term WR2 option. With Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Davante Adams already on the roster - not to mention Ty Montgomery and Jeff Janis - it's hard to imagine Yancey finding a spot in the rotation. He's a likely practice squad candidate.
5.34 - 49ers - WR Trent Taylor, Louisiana Tech
Taylor has excellent hands and runs with good vision after the catch but lacks the size and speed that teams look for, even in a slot receiver. Taylor could become a contributor on special teams, but his small size and limited explosiveness may make it difficult for him to ever develop into an offensive threat. A creative offensive coordinator might be able to get him the ball in space, but he’s a long shot to make a roster.
Taylor will compete hard in San Francisco, but he has similar skills to Bruce Ellington and Jeremy Kerley, who are already on the roster. He could win a job as a punt returner and might beat out Ellington due to health concerns, but even if he plays in sub-packages on offense, the QB situation for the 49ers makes it unlikely that Taylor makes much of an impact.
5.36 - Cardinals - RB T.J. Logan, North Carolina
Logan demonstrated exceptional speed at the combine, clocking in at 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He was used in a timeshare at UNC, and was effective as a pass catcher and also in the return game. Logan will fit best in a similar role in the NFL, where he should contribute early on special teams while he fights for offensive touches. Logan is a home run hitter who is always looking for the big play and has a chance to earn early playing time in the right situation.
Athletic Comparables: Antone Smith, Steve Slaton
Arizona might be thinking of Logan as a change-of-pace option or a special teams option, but it seems unlikely that he'll make much of an impact sitting behind David Johnson and Andre Ellington. It's likely that Logan makes the roster instead of bringing back Chris Johnson, but barring an injury, he isn't going to get many touches behind two talented and versatile backs.
5.39 - Packers - RB Aaron Jones, UTEP
Jones was very productive at UTEP last season, rushing for 1,773 yards on 229 carries and scoring 17 touchdowns. He also showed some versatility, catching 28 balls and another three scores last season. Jones had a great combine, showing explosiveness and more speed than the tape shows. He’ll need to prove he can make the jump from a smaller school to the pros and he had an ankle injury two years ago, but he demonstrates natural running skills and exceptional balance at the position, which could help him earn a roster spot.
I would like Jones' opportunity more if the Packers hadn't taken Jamaal Williams in the 4th round, but Jones is an interesting prospect for Green Bay. He was great at a small school and tested well at the combine, and there should be an opportunity to win a job in the Green Bay backfield. He'll have to content with Jamaal Williams and Christine Michael for change-of-pace work with Ty Montgomery, but Jones could be the most talented of the three contenders. Watch this camp battle.
6.04 - Jets - RB Elijah McGuire, UL Lafayette
McGuire is a versatile back who rushed for 1,127 yards as a senior last year and caught 129 balls in four years at Louisiana-Lafayette. He has natural receiving skills and showed good speed at the combine. McGuire needs to get stronger and stay healthy as a pro, but he has the ability to be a quality third-down back early on. A pro conditioning program and some discipline running inside could turn him into an every down back and an intriguing long term prospect.
Athletic Comparable: Charles Sims
The Jets already have Matt Forte and Bilal Powell on the roster, and they provide the same skill sets that McGuire brings to the table. With the age of the two incumbents, McGuire has a great chance of becoming a long-term starter for the Jets, but he's likely a developmental player at this point and won't be much of a factor as a rookie.
6.08 - Panthers - FB Alexander Armah, West Georgia
Armah is an interesting prospect with the potential to play multiple positions at the next level. He played both offense and defense in college and he has the toughness to help out on special teams right away. If a team grabs him and intends to use him as a fullback, he has the size and strength to block in the backfield as well as line up as an H-Back who moves into position to chip a DE. Armah will be a project, but he has the ability to help in multiple phases of the game.
Athletic Comparable: Owen Marecic
There's room on the Panthers for a lead blocker, but even if Armah ends up playing fullback for the Panthers it seems unlikely that he'll get the ball very often. He may even play defense. He has some long-term potential as a short-yardage specialist, but we won't know how the Panthers want to use him until he works his way through camp.
6.17 - Vikings - TE Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech
A former receiver, Hodges is still learning the position but has tremendous size and speed to create matchups at the next level. He offers nothing as a blocker, though his 6-foot-7 frame might mean he can develop that skill. As a tremendous athlete who can stretch the seam and win jump balls in the red zone and downfield, he’s more likely to line up in multiple spots as a pro to take advantage of mismatches. Hodges is still learning how to run routes and is still more of a prospect than a product, but he has tremendous upside for a team that can develop him.
Hodges has a chance to play multiple roles for the Vikings as he demonstrates enough versatility to play in the slot or even line up outside, but on a team with Kyle Rudolph, Adam Thielen, and Stefon Diggs, it's going to be hard for Hodges to make an early impact. He should win a job as a TE2 for the team though and may have some long term potential because of his abilities as a receiver.
6.19 - Broncos - RB De’Angelo Henderson, Coastal Carolina
Henderson is only 5-foot-7, but he’s thickly built with strong legs that help him break through would-be tacklers. He ran a 4.48 40-yard-dash and never stops competing with the ball in his hands. Henderson shows adequate hands but receiving and pass protection are not strengths for him. He was very productive for Coastal Carolina, rushing for 2,880 yards and 36 touchdowns over his final two seasons. He has the potential to develop into a solid starting back in the NFL if he can overcome the jump from Coastal Carolina to the pros.
Athletic Comparables: Maurice Jones-Drew
Henderson will have to compete with Devontae Booker and C.J. Anderson for a role on the offense, which doesn't bode well for the fiesty back from Coastal Carolina. However, Booker and Anderson have both been underwhelming at times when given the opportunity to be lead backs, so you can't rule out the possibility of Henderson blowing away the coaching staff in camp. Watch the battle and monitor the depth chart throughout the pre-season, but it's still not likely that he gets higher than third on the depth chart.
Rogers plays with a rare blend of determination and skill. He’s not the biggest and not the faster player to line up in the backfield, but he runs angry and looks for contact. He flashes advanced take-on skills as a blocker and has good enough hands to succeed as an outlet option in the NFL. He caught 24 passes last year and runs like a bowling ball straight downfield once he gets his hands on the rock.
Rogers has a pretty good chance of winning the starting fullback job for the Rams and becoming a short-yardage specialist who catches passes. Aside from touchdown only leagues, it's hard to imagine Rogers will make a big fantasy impact, but he's going to be a good football player and might help Todd Gurley find more space.
6.25 - Washington - WR Robert Davis, Georgia State
Davis is a long, athletic receiver who ran a 4.44 40-yard-dash and demonstrated exceptional ball skills at Georgia State. His combine workout catapulted him into draft consideration after most scouts questioned the level of competition he faced in college. Davis looks the part and gets off the line well. He also runs well after the catch. He sees the field well and has exceptional lateral quickness considering his 6-foot-3 frame. Davis has the potential to turn into a legit WR1 at the next level and if he’d gone to a school like Alabama and produce the way he did at Georgia State, he would’ve been a first round pick.
Washington signed Terrelle Pryor this offseason and drafted Josh Doctson in the first round a year ago, so Davis will figure to be at least third in the pecking order as an outside threat. Plus, Jamison Crowder and Jordan Reed eat up a lot of targets as well. Still, long-term potential is high for Davis who has all the physical skills you look for in an elite WR. Expect this to be a development season for Davis, but he has as much upside as anyone this late in the draft, especially for an offense that threw for the second-most passing yards in the NFL last season.
6.32 - Lions - QB Brad Kaaya, Miami
Kaaya is one of the more widely contested prospects at the quarterback position this year. Some view him as a backup at best, with late Day 3 potential, while others see him as an early Day 2 prospect with a high upside. One thing is for certain, Kaaya has glaring weaknesses and impressive strengths. He lacks elite zip on the ball, but places it flawlessly, so he can overcome a lack of strength with accuracy. He lacks bulk, but stands 6-foot-4 and looks impressive in a clean pocket. He struggles against the rush, but played brilliantly at times last year, including in a one-sided victory over West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl. If Kaaya can get a bit stronger in an NFL conditioning program and learn not to stare down pass rushers, he could be an elite starter. If he can’t, then his future may be as a solid backup in a timing based scheme.
Kaaya has long term development potential to be a great starting QB in the NFL, but he'll learn behind Matt Stafford for at least the next four years. Expect him to compete for the backup job this year.
7.01 - Vikings - WR Stacy Coley, Miami
Coley had nine touchdown catches last year for the Hurricanes and was a big play target for quarterback Brad Kaaya. He plays fast and can get downfield in a hurry but doesn’t run an advanced route tree and isn’t a very willing blocker downfield. He may find a role in the NFL as a slot receiver and return specialist, but could end up being a one-trick pony, which could limit his ability to stick on a roster.
Coley is the second potential returner that the Vikings have taken on Day 3 to this point, and it seems unlikely that both he and Rodney Adams find a role in the offense. Coley is likely a long-shot to make the roster.
7.06 - Browns - Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State
Gonzalez hit 23-of-25 kicks last season, including 7-of-9 over 50 yards. Gonzalez increased his range and leg strength over the course of his college career and looks like he has the ability to continue to get better as a pro. He wasn’t as consistent throughout his career as Jake Elliott of Memphis, but had a dominant senior season and definitely has more range.
Gonzalez has a great chance to beat out Cody Parkey for the kicking job in Cleveland, but the Browns were 25th in the league last year in field goal attempts and there's no reason to think they're offense is going to be significantly better this year.
7.08 - Seahawks - WR David Moore, East Central (OK)
Moore got on the draft radar when he ran a 4.43 40-yard-dash at his pro day, but he’s a small school prospect who will need to make a big jump from East Central to the NFL. Moore has long legs and the athleticism to develop into a deep threat, and he has enough physicality in his running style to gain yards after the catch and break tackles. Moore is a largely unknown prospect but his measurables will give him a chance to earn a roster spot.
Athletic Comparable: Chris Moore
The Seahawks are swinging for the fences here with the small-school Moore. The Seahawks have Tyler Lockett, Doug Baldwin, and Jermaine Kearse on the roster already, and they drafted Amara Darboh in the third round, making it hard to imagine Moore makes the roser as a rookie. He's a practice squad player most likely.
7.15 - Panthers - K Harrison Butker, Georgia Tech
Butker has a strong leg and should create a lot of touchbacks in the NFL. He also is steady on short-distance kicks. He made all 46 extra point tries last season, in addition to going 17-of-18 on field goal attempts. Butker showed some clutch capabilities, making four field goals in the TaxSlayer Bowl, helping Georgia Tech beat Kentucky, and he’s a former soccer player with good athleticism.
The Panthers can save $3.25 million off their cap this season by cutting incumbent starter Graham Gano, which makes it likely that Butker wins the job. Butker would then have the opportunity to kick for an offense that finished fifth in field goal attempts last season and added playmakers in the first two days of the draft. It couldn't be a better situation for a strong-legged kicker.
7.19 - Dolphins - WR Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech
Ford didn’t have a very good combine, which probably dropped his draft stock a bit, but he plays faster than he times and shows shiftiness and explosion coming out of his breaks. Ford is a heady receiver who should be able to use his field vision to find soft spots in the defense and could develop into a very solid WR2, with the versatility to run vertically. He tracks the ball well and will attack the ball in the air. Ford is going to need to prove his lack of top-end speed won’t be a problem for him against NFL competition, but he has natural receiver skills and is a hard worker.
The Dolphins re-signed Kenny Stills and already have Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker, so it's going to be hard for Ford to find playing time in Miami, but none of the Dolphins have shown true WR1 ability on the outside, so it's possible Ford will be given a chance to compete. He's likely to be fighting for a roster spot though, and probably won't see the field much as a rookie.
7.20 - Packers - RB Devante Mays, Utah State
Mays is built like a bowling ball, but he reportedly ran a 4.5 40-yard-dash, which might make him an intriguing option for a team looking for a power back. Mays offers nothing as a receiver, but he runs with all his weight behind him and seems to amp up when facing contact. He won’t be arm-tackled and will be one of the strongest running backs in football if he makes a roster.
Athletic Comparables: LeGarrette Blount
Mays is the third back the Packers have taken on Day 3, each offering a little different skill set. I like Mays' chances of making the roster because he could play a little fullback for the team as well, but he's most likely going to be battling for a roster spot. The Packers need a running back so they've drafted three guys and they'll let them battle it out. Mays' name is worth knowing, but as a seventh round pick, his chances of making an early impact are low compared to the other contenders, and he's more likely to miss the final cut than to be a viable fantasy option.
Brown is a strong, physical receiver who ran poorly at the combine, putting into question whether or not he has the speed to gain separation at the next level. He didn’t have a lot of production for the Buckeyes, but he has a 6-foot-2 frame and plays with a nastiness that carries over into his run blocking. He’ll likely get a chance to use his competitiveness to earn a spot in camp, but he’ll have an uphill battle to prove that he has enough athleticism and receiving skills to stick in the NFL.
Brown is a long shot to make the roster, but he's in a good spot from a development perspective to learn from Dez Bryant, another physical receiver. Still, unless Brown shows an extra gear in camp that we didn't know he had, it's going to be an uphill battle for him to make the final 53, and an even bigger battle for him to get meaningful playing time in Dallas.
Not many people offer the size and ruggedness of Williams, who is pushing 260 pounds at 5-foot-10. Williams blocked primarily last season and that should be his primary role as a pro as well. Williams isn’t going to offer a lot of versatility, but he demonstrates the ability to be an exceptional lead blocker and help out in the running game immediately.
Athletic Comparable: John Conner
The Jaguars signed Tommy Bohannon, so it's surprising they went after a blocking fullback, but even if Williams makes the roster, his role will be to open up lanes for Leonard Fournette, not to carry the ball himself.
Muhammad is a shifty back with 4.4 speed but a small frame that might make it hard for him to make an impact as a pro. He averaged 24.3 yards per kick return last season for the Golden Bears however, which might be his best chance of making an NFL roster. Muhammad has excellent speed and short area quickness and doesn’t shy away from contact, but his diminutive size could lead to durability issues. He was part of a committee in college.
Athletic Comparable: La’Rod Stephens-Howling
Muhammad adds a speed element to the Titan offense, which is something they're not currently getting with DeMarco Murray and Derek Henry, but his real test will be if he can wrestle away a return job. The Titans went into this draft looking for playmakers and the shifty Muhammad will be given every opportunity to prove he can add a dynamic element to the offense. Muhammad has a good chance to make the roster, but he's unlikely to see more than a handful of snaps per game with the quality of backs ahead of him on the depth chart.
Hood is a big back who gets stronger as the game wears on and can be hard to tackle once he gets a head of steam going downhill. Hood shared time with T.J. Logan at UNC and he’s likely to contend for a two-down role at the NFL level as well. Hood adds position versatility as a pass blocker or even as a fullback because of his size and strength, and he may find a role covering kicks as well.
Athletic Comparable: Juwan Thompson
Hood will likely be used more as a blocker or a short-yardage back for the Raiders, limiting his fantasy potential. He has a chance to become a goal line back, making him worth noting in touchdown-only leagues, but if he makes the roster, it's more likely that he'll be a blocker.
Dupre needs a little more strength on his frame, but he’s a long receiver with excellent hands who had a propensity for making tough catches for the Tigers. Dupre is knocked for his lack of top end speed, but he tracks the ball well downfield and would thrive with a quarterback who can extend plays. He may struggle to get off the line as a pro if he ends up in a timing based scheme, but Dupre’s size and natural receiving ability make him an interesting prospect.
Dupre might have more talent than the Packer's 5th round pick, DeAngelo Yancey, but he'll face the same obstacles finding playing time on a crowded depth chart. The Packers are likely looking at Dupre's size and development potential, but it'll be a longshot for him to find the field this year, barring injury issues.
7.31 - Seahawks - RB Christopher Carson, Oklahoma State
Carson checks all the boxes physically, but doesn’t run with any suddenness or agility and struggled with injuries and a lack of big-play potential in college. Carson is a bruiser though and could carve out a limited role as an inside rusher at the NFL level. He enjoys contact in the middle of a defense and will attack defenders. If he can get his pad level lower and look to deflect instead of absorb contact on inside runs, he could make a roster.
Athletic Comparable: Mikel Leshoure
Add Carson to the mix of running backs that are going to be vying for roster spots in Seattle. Carson matches the physical mold that Seattle looks for in a back, but there's no reason to expect he'll earn a spot above Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise, or Alex Collins, making his chances of making the final roster slim.
7.33 - Bengals - TE Mason Schreck, Buffalo
Schreck emerged for Buffalo last season, catching 59 balls for 651 yards and four touchdowns after limited work in the passing game his first three seasons. He has good size and shows some physicality off the line, even though he lacks straight line speed and explosiveness. He uses his hands well and might find a role somewhere as a developmental project with red zone and in line blocking potential.
Athletic Comparables: Zach Sudfeld
Schreck will be battling Ryan Hewitt, Tyler Kroft, and C.J. Uzomah for a roster spot behind Tyler Eifert in Cincinnati. While it's possible he makes the final 53, it's unlikely he climbs high enough on the depth chart to be relevant.
7.34 - Browns - RB Matthew Dayes, North Carolina State
Dayes was a productive back for the Wolfpack, demonstrating above average vision and excellent decisiveness attacking the hole. He runs with power and had productive games against Clemson, Florida State and North Carolina last year. Dayes doesn’t measure well, as he’s undersized for an every-down back and lacks the speed to be a real playmaker at the next level. He does seem to identify coverage at an advanced level, which might help him earn a job as a third-down back.
Dayes isn't as talented a runner as Isaiah Crowell, and he isn't as dynamic as Duke Johnson, so it's hard to believe that he'll make much of an impact in Cleveland. He has natural running skills that should allow him to make the roster, but barring an injury, it's unlikely he sees any significant playing time.
7.35 - Broncos - QB Chad Kelly, Ole Miss
Kelly has a very good arm but has red flags around the rest of his game. On strictly arm talent alone, Kelly has first round ability, as he drives the ball down the field with precision and accuracy, and he also throws well on the run and on short and intermediate throws. He has a gunner’s mentality and believes he can fit the ball into tight windows – which he often can! Unfortunately, he doesn’t check any of the other boxes. The nephew of former Bills great Jim Kelly, Chad has had off-field issues including a bar fight, and he has limited size and doesn’t feel the pocket well, struggling greatly against any kind of rush. He plays hurried when the game gets tough, making big mistakes at key moments, and he is often too quick to scramble. Kelly has starter upside, but he seems just as likely to wash out of the league.
Kelly will be battling for a roster spot, but his considerable arm talent had to be interesting to John Elway. Kelly has a better opportunity than most 7th round quarterbacks because Trevor Siemian wasn't successful last year and Paxton Lynch struggled in limited opportunities as well. He'll need to beat out Austin Davis for the QB3 spot, but if he does, don't be surprised if he ends up getting a start at some point this year when Siemian and Lynch struggle. Unfortunately, the practice squad seems just as likely of an outcome for Kelly.