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DYNASTY: Rookie Analysis Draft


4.01 Mark Walton, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (4.12)

Will Weiler: The Bengals got a potential bargain in Mark Walton, who could have easily been snagged a round earlier had his 2017 junior year season at the University of Miami not been cut short due to an ankle injury that ultimately required surgery. Walton does join a crowded backfield in Cincinnati, however, as his path to significant rookie year playing time is currently blocked by Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard being locked in as the Bengals’ respective no. 1 and no. 2 tailbacks. The optimism here comes from the fact Bernard will be a free agent at the end of the 2019 season season, and if Walton can show out in a reserve role, the Bengals will likely feel more comfortable allowing Bernard to seek employment elsewhere at that time. Additionally, while the Bengals have essentially given Mixon a mulligan for his sub-par rookie year numbers by publicly committing to him as their workhorse for 2018, the former 2017 second-round pick needs to significantly improve on his career 3.5 yards-per-carry (YPC) if he plans to retain a stranglehold on the Bengals backfield. Listed at 5’9” with a checkered injury history, Walton may not have the ideal size to completely wrestle away the starting job should the opportunity present itself, though it’s comforting to know he comes from a collegiate program that has a history of producing running backs in which most have gone on to have successful NFL careers when drafted in the fourth round or earlier.

4.02 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers (5.37)

David Olivarez: I’m sure we are all going to love typing this guy’s name all year… I’m buying shares of this Green Bay passing attack and Marquez stands as good a chance as any to get on the field with Aaron Rodgers by Week 1. He’s 6’4″ and ran a 4.37 forty at the NFL combine so even if he’s merely a deep threat, with Aaron Rodgers under center, that could still prove to be quite lucrative given the pick investment here. On film he reminds me a lot of Justin Hunter who was highly touted coming out of Tennessee a few years ago – I think his superior landing spot should give him a better jumping off point for his NFL career if he can get on the field. With 4.37 wheels I’m sure the Green Bay coaching staff will try to get creative.

4.03 Braxton Berrios, WR, New England Patriots (6.36)

David Grey: I am rolling the dice on a potential Wes Welker-lite type receiver who has thrived in the Patriots system. He could turn into a steal or be on the streets when the season opens, but he is worth a roll of the dice in case he turns into the next great Patriots slot receiver.

4.04 Deon Cain, WR, Indianapolis Colts (6.11)

Dish Adams: On a team where outside of T.Y. Hilton no one has been able to step up and keep a receiver roll at all, I have to believe Cain has an opportunity to at least gain some snaps with some performance. He’s a talented receiver who can flourish if he doesn’t have to be the number one guy — which he clearly will not be here. He could be a sneaky slot receiver or he could play the outside on speed routes but he certainly has that winning mentality from Clemson and should see some snaps.

4.05 Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans (4.03)

Mark Chamberlin: Will Fuller has one trick and he does that trick really well but he still only has the one. Coutee also does that trick well, but he can also do a whole lot more. I don’t know if he takes the number two job before 2019 but it will be sooner rather than later. With Deshaun Watson slinging the ball all over the yard, you want a part of that.

4.06 Bo Scarbrough, RB, Dallas Cowboys (7.18)

Lisa London: Scarbrough is a good back, Elliot is a legendary one. If I am grabbing Bo here it’s with the intent to either handcuff the oft troubled Elliot or to eventually package in a trade to the owner of Elliot. Is it cynical, yes, but it’s also the fourth round which is a great time to gamble on conjecture and feels.

4.07 Jaylen Samuels, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (5.28)

Tony Holm: There is no shortage of lottery tickets at this point. I considered a few running backs back in the third round including Bo Scarbrough, Chase Edmonds and Jaylen Samuels. I was targeting the Dallas, Arizona or Pittsburgh ground game and with the Steelers, there seems like there is less padding for depth at the position which helps Samuels’ chances. Fourth round fantasy rookies are all a crap shoot so all I am trying to do is maximize my payout if by some stroke of luck my number comes up.

4.08 J’Mon Moore, WR, Green Bay Packers (4.33)

Jay Devineni: Selected in the fourth round, Moore was the first of three receivers that the Packers picked in the NFL Draft. With Jordy Nelson gone and Randall Cobb entering the final year of his contract, the team is obviously reloading at the position, and any of their rookies could earn a starting job within the next few years. Although Moore is a raw prospect, he displays fluid movement and tremendous athleticism on tape. With a good combination of size and speed, he regularly schooled cornerbacks and shook tacklers on his way to consecutive 1,000-yard seasons at Mizzou. Some scouts are concerned about his 40 time (4.6 seconds) from the Combine, but his film showcases a player who looks much faster in-game. Moore will need to improve his hands and learn a more complex scheme if he wants to be a starter, but the Packers have a knack for developing young receivers. If they can successfully develop Moore, he’ll be a dangerous weapon for the league’s best quarterback.

4.09 Jordan Akins, TE, Houston Texans (3.34)

Michael Carline: At this point in the rookie draft everyone left is a project. The Texans have not had the best history of drafting good tight ends and I think Akins may put an end to that. He is 6’4″ and 250 pounds with very good hands. He is sure to be a redzone threat who has the upside to develop into something special.

4.10 Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals (4.34)

Chase Crampton: As we’re fighting for scraps here, I wouldn’t mind getting Chase Edmonds just due to the fact that Chase has a good chance to beat out Elijhaa Penny as David Johnson‘s handcuff and with David Johnson coming back from such a serious injury, there’s no telling how Johnson will be next season. Edmonds won’t by any chance be an immediate starter, but could be in for some touches to relieve Johnson.

4.11 Auden Tate, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (7.35)

Gary Davenport: This late in a rookie draft every player is essentially a lottery ticket — the longest of long shots. Tate’s no different. His 6-5 frame has the potential to make him a threat in the red zone, but he doesn’t have the straight-line speed to be much of a weapon between the 20s unless his route-running improves.

4.12 Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (7.33)

Jordan Gingery: Jackson will be productive as an immediate complement to Melvin Gordon. As the last pick, Jackson is a worthwhile flier since Melvin Gordon is routinely banged up and less than 100%.


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