Bryan collects interesting facts and figures to highlight the downside of some of Dynasty Football favorite prospects. Jordon wonders what happened to Al Qaeda while Bryan fantasizes about Indian sex positions. Join us as we talk Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans and much more in this Fantasy Football epic and hilarious adventure.
Players in the NFL seem drawn to trouble with the law. Join us and quiz yourself! How often are players arrested? Who is the most arrested player in the NFL? What team produces the most criminals? Then we talk the greatest nicknames for NFL Players and Serial Killers.
Finally, we hit on the Fantasy Football value of the NFL’s resident bad boys. Josh Gordon, Martavis Bryant, Brandon Marshall, Marshawn Lynch and Terrell Owens. You don’t want to miss this one.
Jordon and Bryan challenge each other to a classic game of “Warhead Chicken” while looking into their crystal balls for the outcomes of the 2018 NFL Season. Sour Candy, A destructive cat, and ridiculous football information. What could possibly go wrong?
The Year is 2123. The Human Population has been wiped out by Nuclear War, Famine, and a new virus known as Super Herpies.
Two men survive and talk about Fantasy Football events that took place over 100 years ago to pass the time. In this episode, the survivors discuss their Top 24 Dynasty Football Wide Receivers.
Tune in as they discuss the most polarizing players. Who sits on the Iron Throne, and who sucks d**k in the bathhouse.
Finally, the guys unveil a never before game entitled Ty or T.Y.
Check out the @PodcastNutt’s Full Top 24 Dynasty Wideout Rankings Below
@PodcastNutt's Top 24 Dynasty Football WR's
|1||DeAndre Hopkins||Houston Texans||June 6, 1992||25.99|
|2||Antonio Brown||Pittsburgh Steelers||July 10, 1988||29.89|
|3||Odell Beckham Jr.||New York Giants||November 5, 1992||25.57|
|4||Keenan Allen||LA Chargers||April 27, 1992||26.09|
|5||Julio Jones||Atlanta Falcons||February 8, 1989||29.31|
|6||Mike Evans||Tampa Bay Buccanneers||August 21, 1993||24.78|
|7||Michael Thomas||New Orleans Saints||March 3, 1993||25.24|
|8||Allen Robinson||Chicago Bears||August 24, 1993||24.77|
|9||Brandin Cooks||LA Rams||September 25, 1993||24.68|
|10||Stefon Diggs||Minnesota Vikings||November 29, 1993||24.50|
|11||Amari Cooper||Oakland Raiders||June 17, 1994||23.96|
|12||JuJu Smith-Schuster||Pittsburgh Steelers||November 22, 1996||21.525|
|13||Davante Adams||Green Bay Packers||December 24, 1992||25.44|
|14||T.Y. Hilton||Indianapolis Colts||November 14, 1989||28.55|
|15||Alshon Jeffery||Philadelphia Eagles||February 14, 1990||28.30|
|16||Doug Baldwin||Seattle Seahawks||September 21, 1988||29.69|
|17||AJ Green||Cincinnati Bengals||July 31, 1988||29.84|
|18||Corey Davis||Tennessee Titans||January 11, 1995||23.39|
|19||Adam Thielen||Minnesota Vikings||August 22, 1990||27.78|
|20||Martavis Bryant||Oakland Raiders||December 20, 1991||26.45|
|21||Marquis Goodwin||San Francisco 49ers||November 19, 1990||27.53|
|22||Randall Cobb||Green Bay Packers||August 22, 1990||27.78|
|23||Tyreek Hill||Kansas City Chiefs||March 1, 1994||24.25|
|24||Quincy Enunwa||New York Jets||May 31, 1992||26.00|
|25||Josh Gordon||Cleveland Browns||April 13, 1991||27.13|
|26||Jarvis Landry||Cleveland Browns||November 28, 1992||25.51|
|27||Josh Doctson||Washington Redskins||December 3, 1992||25.49|
In this episode, Jordon very poorly describes the hottest movies of the last decade. Then Jordon challenges Bryan to a riveting game of “Speak English”. Bryan must correctly navigate the slang and lingo of the teams located in the AFC East while they dish out hot takes about the division’s future.
Sam Darnold is supposedly the best Quarterback talent to enter the league since Andrew Luck, but does he start week 1? Where does Teddy Bridgewater fit into the equation? We talk the offseason additions of Isiaiah Crowell and how he effects the running game outlook. Plus we details our favorite sleeper hiding in the New York receiving core.
Tom Brady isn’t attending OTAs, but should fans panic? It may look like the end of the Brady-Belicheck Dynasty, but their story is far from over. Is Sony Michel the Alvin Kamara of the 2018 Draft? Bryan goes bold and predicts a RB1 season for his favorite rookie running back without the last name Barkley. Plus, we tell you why Chris Hogan should be acquired at all costs in your Dynasty Leagues
How long can AJ McCarron hold off Josh Allen? Shady McCody has been a force to be reckoned with in the league for quite some time, but is the end on the horizon. Can Zay Jones succeed despite his major breakdown? Why in the world did the Bills trade for Kelvin Benjamin? We share this and tell you why Chris Ivory may be worth a flyer.
In a division full of developing young talent, the Dolphins choose to be stagnant. What does Tannehill under center mean for the receivers in Miami? DeVante Parker has been a passenger on the hype trains for quite some time, but will he ever take the next step into a legitmate NFL threat? We also discuss the homecoming for Frank Gore, and ask the hardest question ever. Just how Kenyan is Kenyan Drake?
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I’m a simple man. I like beer, sports and not overpaying in my rookie drafts. This year there is a cluster of wide-outs at the top of the class and none of them have managed to separate from the pack. So when I am on the clock and all the top tier running backs are off the board and those pass catchers are staring me in the face I do what any sane man would do- trade back and let other people make the choice for me. Somehow James Washington always ends up in my lap.
So far I have picked up James Washington in one superflex rookie draft and one auction draft (draft position and dollar value listed below). He seems to be undervalued in most circles and seems to be considered at the bottom of that top tier. However when I look at his situation compared to other prospects I would not be surprised if he becomes one of the more successful of the group.
Landing in Pittsburgh he has joined one of the most prolific passing attacks in the league. With Martavius being shipped off to Oakland it seems apparent that Washington will slide into the third wide receiver spot. I think he compliments Juju well since he is more of a down field threat and is going to be matched up against defenders that will probably be much less talented than him. Of course AB is still top dog in Pittsburgh, but this offense has a chance to be special this year and in years to come. With AB turning 30 next month and Bell’s uncertainty, the changing of the guard in Pittsburgh might be sooner than we care to admit.
When I look at the wide-outs that are consistently going before Washington I am not convinced they will have more success. Courtland Sutton ends up immediately slotted behind DT and Sanders (and possibly Carlos Henderson if he can get back on track) on an offense led by the always under impressing Case Keenum. D.J. Moore has a chance to produce in Carolina, but I am on record saying that I think he is overvalued and does not fit the kind of receiver that has excelled with Cam Newton (aka: big receivers). Calvin Ridley lands on an offense that fell off the rails in Atlanta after Kyle Shanahan left for the 49ers job. Christian Kirk and Anthony Miller are two guys I was impressed with but both are joining teams with unproven quarterbacks at the helm and offenses that are coming off of lackluster 2017 seasons.
All this being said I am not convinced that any or all of these pass catchers will end up busting or becoming fantasy relevant. James Washington has just as good a chance (if not better) than some or all of the other top tier guys to succeed. So if you are like me and aren’t sold on any of these top tier pass catchers trade back and take a guy who you can get for a lot cheaper than these other prospects.
P.S. FWIW I was able to snag Washington with pick 2.11 in a 12 team superflex rookie draft. All the above mentioned WRs were taken before him as well as Dante Pettis and Michael Gallup. In my superflex auction I was able to grab Washington for $134 while Sutton went for $221, Ridley went for $256 and Kirk went for $180. Value is to be had here my friends!
The Seattle Seahawks sent Rashaad Penny’s Dynasty Football value skyrocketing after they selected him with the 27th pick in the 1st round of 2018’s NFL Draft. Rashaad Penny made a name for himself after recording a ridiculous senior season at San Diego State University. During that year, he logged a whopping 2248 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns on 289 carries. Now it would seem that the sky is the limit for Penny.
Both head coach Pete Carroll and General Manager John Schneider have referred to Penny as a “Three-Down Back”, which has the mouths of Fantasy Football players everywhere salivating. The Seahawks had a glaring hole at the running back position last year, with nearly all their backfield options underperforming or suffering injuries. Many believe that Penny provide an answer and restore life to a running game that has failed to find any footing since the faux retirement of Marshawn Lynch.
Personally, I don’t buy it. I think Rashaad Penny will be one of the biggest 2018 Fantasy Football disappointments. Over the coming months, expect hype to build and glowing reports from training camp. His ADP is certain to soar, and he’s already at the point where he’ll struggle to return on the investment. Allow me to tell you why.
Reason 1: Statistics Sow False Belief
To begin, Rashaad Penny’s statistics are nothing more than a drop in the bucket. He may be a great player, but you really can use his stats to support that claim. You only need to look back one year to see that his stats look more like a trend than the outlier. Donnel Pumphrey led the SDSU backfield through the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons before surrendering the lead job to Penny. In those seasons, Pumphrey was a statistical phenom. He scored at least 17 touchdowns in all three years, and rushed for 1800, 1600, and 2100 yards respectively.
Clearly, Penny and Pumphrey are talented running backs, but San Diego State schemes, coaching, and conference competition contribute heavily to their impressive, yet inflated stats. Looking back at both Penny’s and Pumphrey’s film, it’s easy to see that they had a lot of room to work with due to excellent offensive line play. Neither of them was really asked to grind out tough yardage or faced much backfield pressure. Which leads me to my next point.
Reason 2: Seattle’s Offensive Line is Among the NFL’s Worst
Of the 32 teams in the National Football League, Pro Football Focus ranked Seattle’s Offensive Front at 27th or 6th worst in the league. Seattle’s O-Line problems have been well documented. If Russell Wilson wasn’t a Harry Houdini level escape artist, I doubt they would have been able to squeak out a winning record like they did.
Enter Rashaad Penny. A player who feasted off the success of his lineman. His vision is good and Russell Wilson will keep defenses honest, but I foresee some major growing pains for the beginning of Penny’s career. I wouldn’t expect to see Penny flirt with the same numbers that Kamara, Hunt, or McCaffrey racked up last year. Mostly because of this last reason.
Reason 3: “Three-Down Back” does not equal “Bellcow”!
Although Pete Carroll said that they viewed Penny as a three down back, I think many people are blowing it out of proportion. I think we should be taking it a little more literally.
Penny is a running back that has more utility than other comparable players they likely considered selecting. Seattle would likely use the term Two-Down back to refer to other running backs they considered such as Nick Chubb and Derrius Guice. They ultimately decided to draft Rashaad Penny because he has a Three-down skillset. Personally, if that’s what the Seahawks wanted I would have gone Ronald Jones, but the finer points of this article don’t change much even in that alternate reality. The Seahawks are saying they CAN use him all three downs, not that they WILL use him all three downs.
My final point here is that Penny won’t be handed a bellcow workload immediately. There are other backs on the roster that could step up or take reps from him. Chris Carson flashed when healthy last season. It’s hard to say he won’t at least be a factor this year. C.J. Prosise boasts a very similar athletic profile to Penny. If he can managed his ankle injuries, he’s a superior receiving option. The one thing that really is playing in Penny’s favor is his draft stock. However, as we all know, sometimes that’s enough to win you the job.
In the end, you need to ask yourself if Penny is really the right man for the job. We’ve seen a slew of running backs fail to find any success in Seattle since Lynch’s departure. Lacy, Rawls, McKissic, Prosise, Michael, Turbin, Davis and even Alex Collins. He failed in Seattle, but came up big for the Ravens in Baltimore.
Do we add Penny to the list or is he the one to break the cycle?
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The Indianapolis Colts 2018 Season expectations can be summed up with one question. Will Andrew Luck be healthy?
Mr. Luck underwent shoulder surgery back in January of 2017 to take care of a shoulder condition. The Superstar Quarterback had apparently been managing this issue since September of 2015. Although the initial prognosis stated that Luck would be fully recovered in 6 months, 16 months has now passed. The Colts made several statements throughout the year, that they expected Luck to play at some point. But all for not, Andrew Luck missed the entire 2017 season.
Entering the 2018 season, most are optimistic regarding Luck’s return. On the other hand, The Colts’ front office and coaching staff frequently displayed the same level of optimism when suggesting Luck would play in 2017. As such, the intelligent Dynasty Football player must take all news, reports, and speculation regarding Andrew Luck’s condition with a grain of a salt. Even if Luck does start Week 1, there’s no guarantees that he will be the same elite level player that we saw before his hiatus.
In other words, Dynasty and Fantasy Football gamers need to be prepared for another Jacoby Brissett led season. Brissett was passable in starts, but does not hold a candle to Andrew Luck.
In addition to that, The Colts boast perhaps one of the worst receiving cores in the NFL. There are almost no established receiving threats behind All-Star T.Y. Hilton. Mediocre NFL talents Ryan Grant and Chester Rogers are currently penciled in for the other two starting receiving jobs. They’ll offer little to no value in Fantasy Football. Expect Deon Cain or Daurice Fountain to compete for snaps before the end of the year.
With such uncertainy at the Quarterback position, the best place to look for value in this offense is at Running Back.
With Gore departing for Miami, there is a big hole to fill in the Colts’ backfield. There are several veterans currently on the roster who will be looking to claim that spot, but there are also some exciting rookies in the backfield who are looking to make a name for themselves.
There are several favorites to take the lead role, so let’s break them down.
The early favorite to be top dog for the Colts, Mack was an intriguing prospect in the 2017 draft and found relative success in his first campaign. Marlon Mack offers value as a runner, but really shines as a pass catcher. He amassed 583 all purpose yardage and 3 touchdowns as a second option to Frank Gore. He could be a top end running back in 2018 given a heavy workload with his skill set. In PPR formats, Marlon Mack could be a potential league winner.
Unfortunately, Marlon Mack is also recovering from shoulder surgery. He’s expected to miss Mini-Camp and OTAs, which could hurt his chances to start. The Colts also spent draft picks on both Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins, suggesting that Marlon Mack is not a “bellcow” in their eyes. Ultimately, the time away from OTAs and Mini-camp could provide an opportunity for one of the rookies to run away with the job. When healthy, I would expect Mack to at least be involved as a third-down/passing back. His ADP is currently skyrocketing as the de facto starter in the backfield, so it may already be too late to buy a ticket for this train.
The Colts selection with the 4th pick in the 4th round of the NFL Draft, Nyheim Hines stands in a 5’8” and 198 lbs. He bolstered his draft stock by blazing his way to a 4.38 forty-yard dash time at this year’s combine. He’s a home threat anytime he has the ball in his hands. Hines is a dynamic athlete that looks to contribute immediately on Special Teams. He was used frequently as a receiver both out of the backfield and in the slot while at NC State, and could bring a unique skill set to the Colts Offense.
On the other hand, Hines lacks ideal size for the position. Running backs of his stature do not typically find success in the NFL, and Hines doesn’t have the explosiveness of players like Darren Sproles or Tarik Cohen. His game also lacks many vital skills and nuances of the position. He’s an incredible athlete but is not a great running back or football player. He has poor vision out of the backfield, he is impatient as a runner, and is not very quick considering how fast he is. Aside from being a little bit faster, Hines fails to bring anything significant to the table that Marlon Mack doesn’t already possess.
One of my favorite prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft, Jordan Wilkins out of Ole Miss stands in at 6’1” and 216 pounds. He was selected by the Colts with the 32nd pick in the 5th round of the NFL Draft, and finds himself in a position to immediately make an impact. Despite his size, Wilkins is not a traditional “thumper” or “grinder” when it comes to running. Wilkins is a tremendous interior runner due to his great vision, outstanding burst, and impressive agility. He hits holes hard and with authority. He uses his excellent footwork and unbelievable balance to stay on his feet through contact. His patience and football IQ allowed him to rack up a 7.1 yards per carry average even against the stout SEC defenses.
The biggest worry about Wilkins game is that he doesn’t use his size. He doesn’t break many tackles, and often looks to avoid contact rather than power through it. His average yardage after contact did leave a lot to be desired. He’s also not as dynamic in space as Hines or Mack. He has good hands, but won’t likely see much passing game action. Wilkins’ skill set reminds me a lot of Jordan Howard, and I firmly believe he make starts at some point in 2018.
The Others (Christine Michael, Robert Turbin)
It seems like just when you were certain that he had disappeared into irrelevance, Christine Michael worms his way back into an NFL Roster with a hole at running back. We’ve seen him flop spectacularly when given chances with the Seahawks, Cowboys, and Packers. We can likely add the Colts to the list when he gets cut before Week 1.
Robert Turbin could also see himself cut week 1 if the Colts get more than expected from Wilkins and Hines, but most likely he’ll stick around as a veteran backup to whomever claims the starting job. Turbin has always been barely effective enough to hang on a roster, and I wouldn’t expect him to flip the script now.
In conclusion, I believe Jordan Wilkins eventually show cases his superior between the tackles ability and earns the nod for most first and second down situations. I’d expect Mack to remain a factor in the passing game and could offer quality PPR value as long as he’s healthy. If Mack is on the field, then Hines probably only see action on Special Teams. Jordan Wilkins is currently available in the first round of most dynasty football rookie drafts. Go get yourself a stud!
Section I: Mr. Rodger’s Neighborhood
To say that 2017 was a down year for the Green Bay Packers would be a sore understatement. Since Head Coach Mike McCarthy took over in 2006, here’s how the Packers seasons have played out with their Post-Season results in parenthesis.
2006: 8-8 (Missed Playoffs)
2007: 13-3 (Lost Conference Championship)
2008: 6-10 (Missed Playoffs)
2009: 11-5 (Lost Wild Card)
2010: 10-6 (Won Super Bowl)
2011: 15-1 (Lost Divisional Round)
2012: 11-5 (Lost Divisional Round)
2013: 8-7-1 (Lost Wild Card)
2014: 12-4 (Lost Conference Championship)
2015: 10-6 (Lost Divisional Round)
2016: 10-6 (Lost Conference Championship)
2017: 7-9 (Missed Playoffs)
Whether you realized it or not, The Green Bay Packers have been a nearly guaranteed playoff team throughout Aaron Rodgers career, and 2017 broke an 8-year playoff streak for the cheese heads.
This, of course, happened because the future Hall of Famer wasn’t on the field. Rodgers started only 7 games in 2017 before suffering a collarbone injury. Brett Hundley found himself filling extremely over sized shoes and failed to lead the team to anything beyond mediocrity.
Fast forward to the 2018 offseason. Aaron Rodgers is healthy, but the 2018 offseason appears to have not been a good one for the former MVP. Tensions have been heating up between Rodgers and the Packers Front Office team, which seems to boil down to a couple substantial moves; The dismissal of former Quarterback Coach Alex Van Pelt, and the release of veteran receiving threat Jordy Nelson. Rodgers has stated that he was not consulted in either of these decisions, which is understandably frustrating.
These tensions may seem like traditional offseason noise, but this could end ugly for The Pack. Aaron Rodgers is only under contract for two more seasons, with his deal expiring at the end of the 2019 season. Much like the Patriots have managed to do with Tom Brady, the Packers are certainly lobbying for Rodgers to take a team-friendly contract extension with the promise of higher quality personnel around him and increased chances at championships.
Herein lies the problem. The only way that deal gets done is if Rodgers is happy. After seeing the interest, money, and guarantees that Kirk Cousins received on the open market, Rodgers could easily be tempted to test the waters for himself. I don’t think you need me to tell you that he would be the biggest player to ever hit the market.
The 2018 timeline also supports my wild conspiracy theory. There were reports around the beginning of March that the Packers and Rodgers were close to finalizing his contract extension. Since Kirk Cousins finally inked his deal on March 13th, there’s been almost no news surrounding Rodgers’ extension. Leading this individual to question if
The Packers have time to get the deal done, but this is something to consider when buying assets in the Green Bay offense. For nearly a decade we have been mindlessly buying assets in Green Bay because Aaron Rodgers can turn even fat slobs like Eddie Lacy into stars. Like we saw last year, when he’s not there it’s a whole different ball game.
Section II: Hello, Neighbor!
Even if Rodgers is wearing different colors in 2020, don’t expect his last two seasons in Green Bay to be any less prolific because of it. If Rodgers stays on the field, The Packers will be an elite offense, a playoff lock, and a Super Bowl contender.
With Jordy Nelson now calling Oakland his home, there’s a big opportunity in the Green Bay offense for the player who has the balls to claim it. In 2016, Rodgers led Nelson and Adams to 14 (1st) and 12 (T-2nd) touchdowns respectively.
Before you completely cream your pants about these Rookie Receivers I’m about to mention, we should all bear in mind that Jimmy Graham was brought in during the offseason and offers a lot more receiving ability than anybody else Rodgers has worked with at the position. He looks to be a big threat, especially in the end zone. There is also a possibility that the spot in the starting lineup that appears available could be taken by “running back” Ty Montgomery. He was initially drafted as a wide receiver and doesn’t seem to be durable enough to make it as an NFL running back. If Montgomery doesn’t switch positions, then The Packers would be foolish not to utilize him in the passing game as a third down back or a slot option.
Geronimo Allison also looks to be in the mix. He signed a one year deal this offseason as a restricted free agent and has shown big play ability Week 3 of 2017 and in 2016. However, when his big performances are taken into consideration along with his athletic profile and pre-NFL career, his successful games seem much more like outliers than an indication of future success. If Green Bay had confidence in Allison, why use three draft picks on the wide receiver position?
Here’s the picks that Green Bay used on receiver in the 2018 Draft.
Round 4 Pick 33 – J’Mon Moore, WR-Missouri
Round 5 Pick 37 – Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR-USF
Round 6 Pick 33 – Equanimeous St. Brown, WR-Notre Dame
Let’s look at each of Green Bay’s newest toys. Starting with their first selection.
2017 Stats: 60 Rec/1017 yds/10 TDs
2016 Stats: 62 Rec/1012 yds/8 TDs
All three of these guys are Size/Speed Demons, but J’Mon Moore seems to pocess the least juice out of the three. What he lacks in long speed, however, he makes up for with quickness, explosiveness, and strength. He’s a very fluid route runner, and flashes big play ability both at the catch point and after the catch. He’s tremendous at tracking the deep ball and has elite vertical ball skills. He posted the fourth best Vertical Jump at the combine, and has shown he can make spectacular plays at the college level. After the catch, J’Mon Moore possesses both strength, and incredible agility as a ball runner.
All things said, he does have a lot of room to grow. His game could use refinement, and most would say he’s a very raw prospect. Moore also struggled with focus drops and there are questions about his maturity as a competitor. This guy was one of my favorite prospects entering the draft, and it’s hard not to like him a little more as Green Bay’s first receiver selection.
2017 Stats: 53 Rec/879 yds/6 TDs
2016 Stats: 22 Rec/415 yds/5 TDs
Perhaps one of the most intriguing players in this draft class, Valdes-Scantling brings a unique skill set to the table. He had the ideal size for the position with his 6’4” height and 206 lbs., but he also ran a mouthwatering 4.37 time at the combine. I’m sure the Packers coaching staff are sure the sky is the limit if they can refine some more elements of MVS’ game. Admittedly, the QB play at USF was terrible and Valdes-Scantling could become a lethal combo with Rodgers supplying him the deep ball.
There are some glaring shortcomings in Valdes-Scantling’s game that can’t be ignored. The biggest issue for me is his frequent use of body catching. This along with his small hands and less than stellar tracking skills results in a fair number of drops. He also fails to work back to the ball and doesn’t have much “twitch” in his routes to fool opposing corners. I think if Green Bay is looking for immediate wideout help, they probably won’t get it from MVS.
Equanimeous St. Brown
2017 Stats: 33 Rec/515 yds/4 TDs
2016 Stats: 58 Rec/961 yds/9 TDs
Equanimeous St. Brown was a much loved wideout prospect by most of the Dynasty Football community before the draft. Many thought that he would be a late 2nd or early 3rd round selection, but were certainly shocked when he almost fell into the seventh round. St. Brown’s biggest strength, much like MVS, is his size/speed combo. After standing in at 6’5” and clocking a 4.48 40-yard dash at the 2018 combine, many fell in love with his upside and the potential mismatch he could create. I initially was optimistic about how he would transition to the pros, but after deeper research I started to hate him as a prospect.
St. Browns positives are obvious. Tall, Long limbs, fast, quick feet, and dependable hands. The negatives to his game are more subtle, but big once you spot them. The biggest issue is that he struggles mightily against tough man/press coverage. He’s easily pushed off his routes and struggles to create separation because of his sloppy route running is sloppy. He also makes very little use of his size, and almost never leaves his feet for a ball. You will not see me drafting Equanimeous Trenton Imhotep St. Brown in any of my leagues, and I’d advise you do the same.
To recap, I think the Packers took the receivers in the proper order. I’d target J’Mon Moore in my rookie drafts and look to avoid St. Brown at all costs. Valdes-Scantling has a lot of upside and could make a great flier selection in your third or fourth round.
Be sure to listen to the latest episode of Jet Set Dynasty Football for more reactions to the landing spots of our 2018 NFL Draft Class.
Day 2 was a doozy. We had a busy second round for skill positions followed by a relatively quiet third round. That being said let’s take a look at what players are left on the board heading into the final day of the draft.
John Kelly, Tennessee- A consensus early second round rookie pick Kelly is still on the board. Historically we know that draft position does not matter to running backs nearly as much as WRs or QBs but it is worth noting he is still here heading into Day 3. A bigger back with natural pass catching ability but questions regarding vision, he could still find a nice landing spot in the fourth or fifth round. Any later than that I am officially worrying about his NFL value.
Kalen Ballage, Arizona St- Another RB you are seeing go consistently in the second round of rookie drafts but hasn’t been selected yet this weekend. A big back that has good vision but may not use his size to his advantage coming from a school not known for pushing out NFL talent still has a chance to find a nice home. Again if he slips past the fifth round is where I start questioning his status as a second round pick.
Josh Adams, Notre Dame- Full disclosure: I am a life long Notre Dame fan. I try to keep it out of my evaluations but sometimes it is hard (that’s what she said). A Heisman candidate who benefited from being behind one of the best offensive lines in the country, I am not surprised he slipped to the final day but sometimes NFL evaluators can be blinded to college stats and big time size and speed. Adams is another guy that may have questionable vision between the tackles but I like as a third round RB choice in rookie drafts because of his size and big time speed. Keep an eye on him tomorrow.
Equanimeous St. Brown, Notre Dame- Did I spell his name right? Honestly who cares. ESB is the highest touted WR prospect left on the board. Labeled as a project wideout with amazing intangibles, it is somewhat surprising he has lasted this long. After all there have been prospects taken higher with much less upside. If he lands in a spot where he can develop and learn I think he could be a rare late round steal at the WR position. His fall has probably pushed him out of the second round of rookie drafts but if you can grab him in the early third he has as good a chance as any other player there to make an impact on your roster. He could end up being a Dorial Green Beckham but it is better to take the risk on high ceiling players in the third round or later in rookie drafts that could end up surprising. FWIW: The big difference between him and DGB is intelligence. DGB was a knucklehead and ESB is an intelligent multilingual prospect with a good head on his shoulders. If anyone can figure it out from the final day of the draft it will be him.
I was going to write about Antonio Callaway here (and I suppose technically I am) but he is not a surprise faller for me. Rumors are failing a drug test at the combine could be the final nail is his weed laced coffin. I think he gets taken as a seventh round flyer at worst based on his talent but I am not investing more than a late third round pick in him. He has a ton of barriers to overcome and he may be more concerned with getting high on his own than rising through the rookie ranks. See if he lands somewhere far away from Florida.