2014 NFL Draft – Fantasy Impact
Houston Texans: No. 1, DE, Jadeveon Clowney; No. 33, G, Xavier Su’a-Filo; No. 65, TE, C.J. Fiedorowicz; No. 83, DT, Louis Nix; No. 135, QB, Tom Savage; No. 177, DE, Jeoffrey Pagan; No. 181, RB, Alfred Blue; No. 211, FB, Jay Prosch; No. 216, CB, Andre Hal; No. 256 (Mr. Irrelevant), S, Lonnie Ballentine
The Houston Texans beefed up in this years draft! They made it a priority to add talent on both the offensive and defensive lines. In addition, they didn’t let the pressure to trade out of the #1 spot sway them from selecting the best football player in this years draft. The Watt and Clowney combination should be fun to watch! Nix could have been a steal at the 83rd pick. This guy held legit 1st round consideration and should contribute immediately. Last season, the Texans defense was not a good fantasy option. They only had 2 Defensive TDs and ranked very low in turnovers. They should be much improved in 2014, but don’t bite too hard on the Clowney impact come September… the Texans defense will begin the season as a #2 fantasy unit with upside. Turnovers will come when this defense starts getting to the QB. If they can do this early on, their stock will greatly increase. These additions are just what the doctor ordered for a potentially explosive offense such as the Texans.
Impact Player – Jadeveon Clowney DE
Leading up to the draft there was a ton of talk about how the Texans would move down, or should move down, to address other needs. Then after all of that, Houston made Clowney their #1 overall selection. What does this mean for the Texans? They’ll compete for the absolute best pass rush in the NFL. JJ Watt – Beast, Clowney – Beast… the Texans should dominate in 3rd and long situations. Clowney is pegged to work as an outside linebacker.
Houston Texans Draft Grade A
Baltimore Ravens: No. 17, LB, C.J. Mosley; No. 48, DT, Timmy Jernigan; No. 79, S, Terrence Brooks; No. 99, TE, Crockett Gilmore; No. 134, DE, Brent Urban; No. 138, RB, Lorenzo Taliaferro; No. 176, G, John Urschel; No. 194, QB, Keith Wenning; No. 218, WR, Michael Campanaro
The Baltimore Ravens had an agenda going into this years draft, and that agenda was “defense.” The Mosley, Jernigan and Brooks selection added playmaker talent to three defensive areas. Mosley was a force at Alabama and is a great fit for a team like the Ravens, who covets their LBs. Jernigan and Brooks just won a BCS National Championship with FSU, and should see plenty of action their rookie years with the Ravens. The Baltimore Ravens Defense is locked and reloaded. This was a fantastic draft for the Ravens.
Impact Player – Crockett Gilmore TE
The Ravens did very well in this years draft; they loaded up on defensive, and they selected a potential steal in TE Crockett Gilmore. This 6’6″ 265lb TE could be a gamebreaker for the Ravens. Baltimore is down with the TE Movement, as they’ve shown by running plenty of 2 TE sets and targeting the big guys to move the chains. Keep an eye on Crockett and how he does in camp. NFL Teams are looking for the next “Jimmy Graham,” so fantasy owners should be too.
Baltimore Ravens Draft Grade A+
St. Louis Rams: No. 2, OT, Greg Robinson; No. 13, DT, Aaron Donald; No. 41, CB, Lamarcus Joyner; No. 75, RB, Tre Mason; No. 110, S, Maurice Alexander; No. 188, CB, E.J. Gaines; No. 214, QB, Garrett Gilbert; No. 226, OT, Mitchell Van Dyk; No. 241, S, C.B. Bryant; No. 249, DE, Michael Sam; No. 250, C, Demetrius Rhaney
For all intents and purposes, it is reported that the Saint Louis Rams had a phenomenal draft. OT Greg Robinson is a monster a 6’5″ 320lbs. He’ll play immediately and no doubt will see success in the NFL. The Rams also added talent to the defense with Donald and Joyner. Though Tre Mason and Garrett Gilbert won’t scare many NFL Defenses. I like the Rams draft for a team in rebuilding mode, but I think they missed on an explosive offensive weapon that they desperately need. More specifically, a true alpha receiving threat. The Michael Sam hoopla will prove to be a folly.
Impact Player – Greg Robinson OT
There’s no doubt about it, Robinson is huge asset for the Rams, their future, and for Sam Bradford. There are many that would argue that Robinson is the most NFL Ready player in the draft. His presence should increase the upside Zac Stacy, who ran hard last year on his way to a 1,000 yard / 7 TD season.
Saint Louis Draft Grade B+
Atlanta Falcons: No. 6, OT Jake Matthews; No. 37, DT, Ra’Shede Hageman; No. 68, S, Dezmen Southward; No. 103, RB, Devonta Freeman; No. 139, LB, Prince Shembo; No. 147, CB, Ricardo Allen; No. 168, LB, Marcus Spruill; No. 253, LB, Yawin Smallwood; No. 255, LB, Tyler Starr
Atlanta’s draft was much like St. Louis’s draft, they landed a potential superstar offensive lineman and the rest are fill-in / development players. The big difference though, is Atlanta has the receiving threats that St. Louis does not. Atlanta made it a priority to select defensive plays after taking Matthews… as they should have. The Falcons Defense allowed over 6,000 p/r yards last season. 7 Rookie defenders will suite up for the Falcons training camps soon and they’re hoping a couple can step up as every day starters. Devonta Freeman surprised a few folks, as his skill set is much like that of Quiz Rodgers.
Impact Player – Jake Matthews OT
Jake Matthews is pretty much NFL Royalty. The Falcons should enjoy both the “on the field” and “off the field” success that Jake Matthews brings to the table. More time in the pocket for Matt Ryan can only mean good things to come.
Atlanta Draft Grade A-
Jacksonville Jaguars: No. 3, QB, Blake Bortles; No. 39, WR, Marqise Lee; No. 61, WR, Allen Robinson; No. 93, G, Brandon Linder; No. 114, CB, Aaron Colvin; No. 144, LB, Telvin Smith; No. 159, LB, Chris Smith; No. 205, C, Luke Bowanko; No. 222, RB, Storm Johnson
The Jags got their man! Blake Bortles appears to have been the Jags man all along. At 6’5″, scrappy and hard to bring down, Bortles reminds many of Ben Roethlisberger. Bortles is not expected to play right out of the gate, but he’ll surely take the wheel by season’s end. In addition to a new QB, the Jags also drafted two very promising WRs in Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson. It appears the Jags will be sporting a retooled offense this fall. Keep an eye out for a breakout player, but don’t be drafting these guys on your fantasy teams without merit.
Impact Player – Marqise Lee WR
Lee can flat our run. He’s proven to be dynamic after the catch. But, he has had a history of nagging injuries and some scouts think he’s not built to take the hits. Nevertheless, he’s a burner and can make defenders miss. Blackmon is suspended indefinitely, so the Jags will be looking to their young receivers to put points on the board.
Jacksonville Draft Grade B