By: The Breakdown Contributors
We've already showed you how the draft played out, now here's the thought process behind the picks.
So just to preface my draft, I really don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t have any strategies, and when I did this I hadn’t looked a single player ranking list until my first pick. That being said, I’m satisfied with my picks. I’m getting a lot quizzical looks about taking Demarco third overall, but it makes so much sense. The Eagles basically have no QB, but a collection of washups that peaked in college (I’m exaggerating to prove my point). They have a solid O-line, and without a solid passing game their RB's are really going to benefit. My favorite pick by far is Tom “GOAT” Brady in the 10th round. I already had a plus QB in Luck (Round 3), but I will happily trade Luck after Brady’s suspension is either vacated or served out. This isn’t an original thought, but whenever Brady is back, he is going to play with the same fire that we saw following the Week 4 loss to KC. That Brady was scary, and the NFL awoke that beast again.
I was pretty happy with how this draft turned out especially considering that I picked 7th. I picked Antonio Brown round 1 choosing to go with the top WR instead of RB6. Marshawn was a nice surprise at pick 10 and I have high hopes for Forsett in a PPR league in Marc Trestman’s system that includes a heavy dose of passes to his RBs. I drafted Olsen a bit early as I had him as the last consistent tight end on the board. I could definitely see Andre Ellington having a breakout year if he stays healthy. He has started off well recently before succumbing to injuries. I’m also looking forward to Dorial Green-Beckham. He is a freak of nature and has the potential to put up Odell Beckham Jr. numbers if everything clicks in Tennessee.
1st round: Aaron Rodgers--- Yes I know it is uncommon to pick a quarterback in the first round, and I was the only the only person to pick a quarterback in the first round, but Rodgers just seemed like someone I couldn't pass up on. Rodgers led the league in fantasy points last year with 342, which meant he averaged 21.4 points per game last year in a season in which he threw 38 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. I figured I might as well take the best player available and that is why I took Rodgers.
2nd round: Calvin Johnson---- This was an easy pick for me. Megaton has not had a season where he hasn't received for 1,000 yards since 2009. He is the toughest wideout to cover at 6"5 240 with a 4.35 40 yard dash. Johnson is simply a freak and he was the safest wide receiver pick when you consider his size, speed, and consistency.
3rd round: Jimmy Graham----- Graham was the best tight end available in the third round after Gronkowski was picked by Scott In the second round. Personally, I've never had a truly dominant tight end in fantasy football so this year I wanted to change that. I think that Graham will have a huge year in Seattle this year with Russell Wilson and a lot of focus on their running game with Marshawn Lynch. Graham has been a touchdown machine the past few seasons in New Orleans, getting 16 in 2013 and 10 last year, and I predict that will continue this year and that is why I couldn't pass up on him.
Other exciting picks: Deandre Hopkins--- I'm really excited about Hopkins' potential this year for Houston. He's came out of Clemson a couple years ago and last year he put up 1,210 yards and 6 touchdowns. Now, with Andre Johnson in Indianapolis, Hopkins will be the number one receiver in Houston and he will get a ton of targets. I think he will have a big year so that's why I took him as my number 2 wide receiver.
New York Jets Defense/ST----- With the additions of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, along with the fact that they have the best defensive line in the league, the Jets defense was too good to pass up on. The Jets lead the league in sacks last year with 47 and they also drafted defensive tackle Leonard Williams out of USC to add to that defensive line. I know they lost Sheldon Richardson, but they will still dominate. Now, with that dominant secondary, the D-line will have more time to get pressure so they should put up a lot of fantasy points this year.
Last: Orgel and Kyle (Tie)
As far as the 1st and 3rd rounds, I was shocked and pleasantly surprised that both Charles (6) and Hill (22) fell that far. With my second pick, I had a tough choice between Julio and Gronk, and ultimately went with Gronk; however, I was hoping to grab either Jeffrey or Hilton for my number one WR in the 4th round until Lynch decided otherwise. So I preceded to take three straight WR’s after taking none the first three rounds.
Generally speaking, things went according to plan all the way through the 11th round except for a couple things here and there (Joey taking Foster a round earlier than I hoped even though he forgot Foster was a person until Varoun took Alfred Blue). I wasn’t planning on drafting Gio, but after I had Hill and Gio was there, I decided there wasn’t much downside especially if the Bengals backfield would somehow switch back favoring Gio. From the 12th on there isn’t much to be said, but I do like the upside of Sankey as a 14th round pick.
Well...I was happy until Benjamin tore his ACL. Its a lose-lose because it affects not only my #1 WR but also hurts my QB Newton. To update what I have done since: I picked up both Devin Funchess and Ryan Tannehill for David Johnson and Michael Floyd.
Winner: Lynch, Orgel close 2nd
From the 8-spot I was thrilled to be able to grab C. J. Anderson in the first. He cemented himself as the starter and I’m excited to see him this year especially considering the Broncos might want to take more pressure off Peyton. I felt I took Beckham a little early, but there was no way he was falling to my next pick and he was the top WR available so I grabbed him at 9. Going into the draft I was going to try to go RB-WR-WR-WR, and it worked out with my next two picks.
After that I needed to get high-upside RB’s who could become weekly starters. Gordon, Murray, Hyde, and Martin are all interchangeable until one becomes the leader of the pack, so all I need to solidify my lineup is for one to breakout.
I was last to take a QB and TE and that was also the plan going in. I grabbed Brees and Eli a few rounds later, I had my eyes on Newton but Scott grabbed him earlier than I was comfortable with. I’m really excited about getting Eddie Royal when I did, he has a lot of potential this year in Chicago. At tight end, Tyler Eifert stood out to me, I probably reached a little, but I’m ok with how it worked out. Also Jordan Reed could be great if (big “if”) he stays healthy because Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul are done for the year. Defense and Kicker last, as always, because it’s super hard predict defense and they pretty much all score the same.