With the NFL draft done and dusted for another year, let’s dig into some of the veteran risers post draft.
The Eagles traded for AJ Brown during the draft to bolster their receiving core. An A+ weapon for the eagles when they decide to throw the ball (not much in recent times). The Eagles also did not add to the QB room cementing Jalen Hurts as the guy for 2022. Wheels up in Philly.
The Jets added WR Garrett Wilson and RB Breece Hall early in the draft, which should only make the offense better overall. There is still a risk here, but Wilson showed us enough down the stretch for optimism. Expect a jump from Wilson in year 2.
The Texans added John Metchie to the WR room and Dameon Pierce at RB. They did not add a QB to the room, again giving confidence that they have their guy, at least for now. It’s a young group of skill players (apart from Cooks), but Texans sure seem like they have a plan to develop their year 2 starter along with everyone else.
Other QB risers – Kyler Murray, Jameis Winston, Jared Goff
Green Bay added WRs Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs in this draft, however neither are target hogs. Aaron Jones had an increased target share during the games that Davante Adams was out of the line-up last year and I expect that trend continues in 2022.
Miami chose not to invest in the RB position in the draft meaning they are going into the season with Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert and Myles Gaskin. Feels like this is Chase’s job to lose, on an offense that has stepped up massively in the offseason so far, with a change in head coach also.
J.K. Dobbins/Gus Edwards
Baltimore avoided adding any of the dangerous running backs in this draft which should speak volumes of the health of both Dobbins and Gus. I like both at ADP or slightly higher in this heavy run first offense. Trading away Hollywood Brown only amplifies the desire for the Ravens to run.
Other RB risers – Miles Sanders, David Montgomery, Travis Etienne
Mike Williams/Josh Palmer
Williams got his money this offseason and the Chargers did not add anyone to the WR room during this draft. It will likely be Allen, Williams and Palmer in 3WR sets with one of the true young studs at QB for the next few years. I like this situation for all involved a lot.
AJ Brown left town in the middle of the middle of the first round leaving a gaping hole at WR in the Titans offense. Yes they replaced him with Treylon Burks pretty much immediately, however it will likely be Woods as the trusty vet who will gain Tannehill’s trust right off the bat (once his injury heals up). I’ll be keeping an eye on his recovery this offseason very closely and looking to add for cheap on contending teams. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine being another sneaky winner here.
The whole fantasy community kept an eye on the Bills when on the clock during the first two days Would they add one of the top WRs or RBs in this draft? They choose to go James Cook in round 2 and then added Khalil Shakir in round 5 meaning they are going to give Gabe a fair shot at the WR2 spot in Buffalo.
Other WR risers – Brandon Aiyuk, Brandin Cooks, Michael Pittman
Velus Jones was selected on day 2 for the Bears and may see the field in 3 WR sets early in 2022. A WR tandem of Mooney and Pringle probably means that Fields will be looking for his TE a lot this year. A young TE with a clear path to playing time with limited competition for targets with a young and upcoming QB (hopefully) – Yes please.
There was no one added of note at TE and/or at WR or RB to scare me off the Irv Smith breakout in 2022. With Kirk coming back and no clear number 3 WR in my opinion, I want all the Irv Smith I can get. Oh, also Tyler Conklin has left for the Jets – Yes please.
I like that the Chargers paid and gave Everett a 2-year deal prior to the draft and then did nothing to scare me off him as a late round flier at T. In dynasty he is young enough at the position to revive his career. Donald Parham is the other TE worth watching in this offense.
Other TE risers – Noah Fant, Austin Hooper, Hayden Hurst
Which player on here did you think rose the most? Let us know!
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