With the NFL draft done and dusted for another year, let’s dig into some of the veteran fallers post-draft. If you missed my veteran risers article, read that after this!
The Titans not only gave away Tannehill’s number 1 receiver, but they also traded up in the 3rd to grab Malik Willis. Granted it is not top draft capital, I believe it is just enough to put Tannehill on notice. Gentle pressure applied.
With no premier additions to the receiving core, it is very much status quo for fields. It feels as if Chicago could have helped the 2nd year QB with some weapons in this draft.
Kenny Pickett taken 20th overall will probably have the leg up on the starting job in Pittsburgh. Trubisky will be up against it from the moment camp begins vs the 1st round local boy.
Oher QB fallers – Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield, Carson Wentz
Brian Robinson joins Gibson and McKissick in Washington. We know McKissic has his role on lock so Gibson really didn’t need someone challenging the goal line work. I’m not saying Robinson walks into that role, but he sure could. It’s enough to make me nervous.
Kenneth Walker walks into the 1st and 2nd down role in Seattle in my opinion after selecting him in the 2nd round of the draft. The league winner Rashaad Penny story last year was excellent and provided dynasty owners with the perfect ammunition to sell. He was the clearest sell high this offseason, hope you cashed in.
Ah, 4th round running backs. Carter had some juice, but really did not show enough durability to the coaching staff that he could carry the load or be the guy. The trade up to jump the Texans for Breece Hall means they mean business here. Carter may keep a 3rd down role, however Wilson rarely checked down last year which won’t help.
Other RB fallers- Josh Jacobs, Damien Harris, Elijah Mitchell
Offseason rumours of trouble in camp, along with another small quick receiver drafted in round 2 (Wan’Dale Robinson), likely means Toney is beginning to be an afterthought for the G-men. Where there is smoke there is fire.
AJ Brown will become the true stud in Philly (£100m contract and all) and there really isn’t enough passing volume for 2 WR twos. I would need to see a change in the offensive philosophy from the Eagles, or maybe a change at QB next year, to get excited again about Devonta Smooth.
Pickens has true alpha WR1 ability. He seems to be a perfect fit for Pittsburgh and now gives them 3 outstanding WRs, each with their own traits of course. Claypool will continue to be the downfield receiver, but Pickens hurts him along with a rookie QB who may be a little reluctant to let it fly.
Other WR fallers – Michael Gallup, DJ Chark, MVS
I think Cleveland were over the moon when they grabbed David Bell in the 3rd. Perfect compliment to Amari Cooper but it means more target competition for David Ndjoku on a team that wants to run run run. The Watson addition helped him, Amari and Bell additions haven’t, and I also like the confidence they have in Harrison Bryant in 2 TE sets.
Speaking of a run run run team, Philly not only want to do that as it led them to be successful last year, but have added AJ Brown to the receiving core. He dropped a tier for me in dynasty.
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Big Mo now has Kylen Gransen and Jelani Woods in his TE room. Matt Ryan is an upgrade at QB, but he will have to fight off some young and very competent competition this offseason if he is going to win that spot outright.
Other TE fallers – CJ Uzomah, Albert O, Logan Thomas
Which player on here did you think fell the most? Let us know!
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