Let’s take a quick peak at the upcoming 2014 NFL draft, and it’s potential fantasy football impact. We will be using the mock drafts provided by the guys at CBS Sports for this article, and rather than focus specifically on the way a guy fits onto a team, we’ll look more at the player’s potential first year impact, and occasionally sprinkle in some if he ends up here notes.
First off a look at our top 5 potential year one fantasy contributors in this year’s class. We’ve put these guys in order of how we like them, but understand that there is a great chance an unknown ends up the best rookie, and one or two of these guys have absolutely no fantasy impact. It happens every single year.
1. Sammy Watkins – We feel like Watkins ends up in Atlanta, Tampa or Detroit. If it’s Detroit, his upside is a WR2, possibly a high end WR2/Low End WR1 by week 6. The bottom line is he is the most skilled position player in the draft.
2. Blake Bortles – We love Bortles, he’s got that Andrew Luck completeness to his game, and while he may not end up being Luck, if he goes #1 to Houston he’s got the potential to be Fantasy Relevant in year 1.
3. Marquise Lee – We like Lee slightly more than Evans thanks to Cordarrelle Patterson’s late season emergence. With the rise of bigger DB’s in the league opens up the opportunity for a speed receive resurgence.
4. Mike Evans – Evans put up huge numbers with Johnny Football, and is favored to land in Baltimore. Wherever he goes he’s got the skillset to contribute from day one, and the size to be a legitimate red zone threat.
5. Lache Seastrunk – Seastrunk is one of those guys that will quietly creep up draft boards during his workouts. He put up huge numbers at Baylor, but is only 5-9. He’ll run in the low 4.3 range, and could be a playmaker on the right roster. He’s our favorite RB in the draft.
Some guys who will be late round picks to UFA, but are worth keeping an eye on: Jeremy Gallon, Andre Williams, C.J. Fiedorowicz, L’Damian Washington, James Wilder JR.