The 2017 NFL draft is in the books. There was excitement, disappointment, but overall, a good time. Now we get to look back at where players landed that have a good chance to break out in Fantasy Football. Let’s go!
1. Myles Garret, DE: Browns- The Browns got themselves the best pass rusher in the game. It should pay off right away. They won’t be a top 10 fantasy defense, but they will be fun, and perhaps, a matchup play.
2. Mitch Trubisky, QB: Bears- They traded up and most Bear fans that I know were hugely disappointed. Put aside that, Trubisky will not be fantasy relevant for 2-3 years. /sad trombone.
3. Solomon Thomas, DE: 49ers- San Francisco picked up 2 picks this year, and still got their guy. This will help, but the 49ers are a long way from being fantasy relevant.
4. Leonard Fournette, RB: Jaguars- I was a little surprised that no team moved up to take Fournette. He slid nicely to Jacksonville. Now, can they block enough for him to run? He doesn’t need much. Fournette will no doubt be the #1 rookie RB off the board.
5. Corey Davis, WR: Titans- The Titans surprised me, but it made instant sense. I had him going to San Diego at 7, they took the best WR in the draft. Marcus Mariota already had a break out season last year. I expect Mariota to be a top 5 fantasy QB.
6. Jamal Adams, Safety: Jets- I for one will be keeping an eye on this player, who could have been a 49er or Bear. The Jets get maybe the best DB in this year’s draft. They might be a top 10 D/ST.
7. Mike Williams, WR: Chargers- The Chargers might have been a bit stunned, and settled on the next best wide receiver. Williams is a big strong dude, and if he stays healthy, should put up some good numbers with Rivers throwing the ball.
8. Christian McCaffrey, RB: Panthers- I thought McCaffrey fit in better in more passing offenses such as the Colts, Eagles, or Saints to name a few. That said, the chemistry between him and Cam Newton might be quite dynamic. Teams will not be able to “tee off” on Newton, and Christian will be a tough matchup out of the backfield. I think this puts Cam back in the top 10 QBs.
9. John Ross, WR: Bengals- The mini-run on wide receivers continues. John Ross will no doubt help open things up for AJ Green and Andy Dalton. Ross brings lots of speed (4.22) to the Bengals receiving corps. This should be great for everyone involved in the offense.
10. Patrick Mahoms, QB: Chiefs- Much the same with Trubisky, Mahomes probably won’t see the field for at least a season, if not 2-3. No help here for the 2017 fantasy season.
11. Marshon Lattimore, CB: Saints- The Saints stayed put at 11 and gobbled up possibly the best corner back in this year’s draft. This will greatly help the Saints D/ST.
12. Deshaun Watson, QB: Texans- The third QB off the board just might be the best QB of the bunch, and the first one to get into a game. Watson needs some time, but I feel his game translates best to the NFL. Combined with the Texans defense, and their strong running game, Watson could be a fantasy factor mid to late season.
13. Haasan Reddick, LB: Cardinals- The Cardinals helped their already decent defense become even better. Reddick is a hard working, hard-hitting linebacker that should immediately help in the run game, and possibly with his pass rush as well.
14. Derek Barnett, DE: Eagles- How one of the best pass rushers lasted to #14, I do not know, but I do know Barnett will pay off immediately. Not sure where the Eagles will be for fantasy D/STs, but they will be a lot more fun to watch.
15. Malik Hooker, Safety: Colts- The board didn’t really fall their way. I’m not a big fan of Hooker, mostly due to durability issues. If he stays healthy, could really help the Colts in pass defense. I was hoping the Colts would add one of the top running backs, or maybe even a tight end.
16. Marion Humphrey, CB: Ravens- I thought the Ravens might be in the mix for RB Dalvin Cook, but they stayed on the defensive side of the ball. Arguably, Humphrey was the 2nd highest rated CB in the draft.
17. Jonathan Allen, DE: Redskins- Not a big fan of Allen, and the Redskins have a sketchy track record, especially on defensive draft picks. If he stays healthy, he should contribute in pass defense.
18. Adoree’ Jackson, CB: Titans- Jackson is fast, exciting, and should contribute immediately on special teams, which makes the Titans D/ST something to keep in mind. Definitely not a top 15 D/ST, but will probably be a good matchup play.
19. OJ Howard, TE: Buccaneers- Howard should have went off the board around #10, but the Bills decided to trade down. I would have loved to see Howard with Tyrod Taylor. That being said, Howard paired up with Jameis Winston and Mike Evans should be a potent combo. This raises the value of both Winston and Evans for sure.
20. Garett Boles, OT: Broncos- The Broncos needed to upgrade their offensive line, and did just that with one of the time lineman in the draft. They still have that problem at quarterback, and didn’t rush the ball really well last season.
21. Jarrad Davis, LB: Lions- Davis should help the Lions on defense. That said, the Lions will probably be a middle of the pack D/ST.
22. Charles Harris, Edge: Dolphins- The fighting fish keep bolstering their potent defensive line with the addition of Harris. They should be in the top 20 of fantasy D/STs.
23. Evan Engram, TE: Giants- I thought the Saints would have been a good fit for Engram. This might be the most dynamic TE the Giants have had since Jeremy Shockey. Engram is not as big as the formet Giant, but is quicker and faster. He will no doubt help Eli and even Beckham.
24. Gareon Conley, CB: Raiders- Legal problems aside, the Raiders add a highly rated CB to help out in pass coverage. I had them taking a different CB; the Raiders obviously felt differently.
25. Jabril Peppers, Safety: Browns- The Browns trade down and land one of the best DBs in the draft. Peppers will certainly help out the back end of the Browns defense, and may contribute on special teams. Keep an eye on the Browns D/ST, especially as a matchup option.
26. Takkarist McKinley, DE: Falcons- The Falcons trade up and land one of the more dynamic pass rushers in the draft. While Tak might not have had the numbers, he definitely flashed with his athleticism. Should no doubt help an already decent defense.
27. Tre’davious White, CB: Bills- After passing on loads of talent, the Bills finally pick a decent defensive back. I was hoping the Bills stayed on offense, and helped out Tyrod Taylor, but CB was a need as well.
28. Taco Charlton, DE: Cowboys- Chants of “Taco” rang out in the Buffalo Wild Wings I was patronizing when this pick was made. I thought the ‘Boys might go DB here, but you can’t argue with a pass rusher.
29. David Njoku, TE: Browns- The one thing I thought the Browns would do is be players in round one. They traded down, but then traded back into round 1. They got one of the best tight ends in the 2017 draft. When it’s all said and done, the Browns had a really good first round draft.
30. TJ Watt, Edge: Steelers- I thought Watt might go a little earlier to the Giants, but they got a steal in Evan Engram at #23. Watt should make immediate impact on a defense that needed help rushing the QB.
31. Rueben Foster, LB: 49ers- The 49ers come back into round 1 thanks to the Bears, and select one of the more polarizing players in this year’s draft. Foster has a checkered past, but that edge he has will make him a force on defense. Not sure you want to bring this type of player into a young team, but that is now the problem of the San Francisco 49ers.
32. Ryan Ramczyk, OT: Saints- Lady luck smiled on the Saints, not only dropping the #1 CB; Ramczyk was one of the top ranked offensive lineman as well. He should pay off immediate dividends protecting Drew Brees.
This ends the first round recap for the 2017 fantasy season. Many teams should be getting immediate help from their selections, while others will be waiting a year or two. Overall, the talent in the NFL definitely took a spring forward. Especially with running backs, wide receivers/tight ends, and defensive backs.