6. Tony Romo
- Dallas picked up athletic left tackle of the future Tyron Smith
to pair with an already stellar Doug Free
, who is expected to be re-signed once the lockout is lifted. A once-declining offensive line could turn into a strength for the next few seasons. In Dez Bryant
, Miles Austin
, Jason Witten
and a pair of dangerous pass-catching backs, Romo's weapons rival those of any QB in the league.
7. Aaron Rodgers
- GM Ted Thompson reloaded after his first Super Bowl, picking up left tackle of the future Derek Sherrod
, slot receiver of the future Randall Cobb
, and passing-down back of the future Alex Green
. Already the most coveted Dynasty QB, Rodgers' long-term value has taken on added stability.
8. Ryan Fitzpatrick
- The "Amish Rifle" is locked in as Buffalo's starting QB and team leader
following the team's vote of confidence in passing up a half-dozen promising signal-callers in the early rounds of the draft. While the Bills figure to address the position with a strong QB class in 2012, Fitzpatrick should carry solid QB2 value throughout the 2011 season.
9. John Beck
- The "Offseason of John Beck
" jump-started the week after the draft when coach Mike Shanahan implied that he'd be perfectly happy to enter the 2011 season with the former second-round flop as his starter. The "Rexy and Becksy
" phenomenon reached its apogee in mid-May with an Adam Schefter report that Beck would enter training camp atop the depth chart. While I have zero in faith in Beck's ability to succeed as even a stop-gap NFL starter, Shanahan's recent history as the pass-heaviest play-caller in the league
at least presents a hypothetical opportunity for QB2 value while the Redskins "Suck for Luck."
10. Sam Bradford
- Bradford's TD rate should climb steadily
under pass-happy offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who has worked wonders with Tom Brady
, Matt Cassel
, and Kyle Orton
. McDaniels hand-picked "Joker" tight end Lance Kendricks
and receivers Austin Pettis
and Greg Salas
in the second through fourth rounds to install his 2010 Patriots-style offense, which bodes well for an increase in offensive production. Bradford finished second only to Peyton Manning
and Drew Brees
in pass attempts last season. With improved offensive lines / ground attacks in Indy and New Orleans, Bradford could easily leap-frog both veterans to the No. 1 spot this season.Bonus: LeGarrette Blount
- Like Steven Jackson
with the Rams, Blount fought off speculation
that the Bucs would draft a back who could steal snaps from the jump. Sixth-rounder Allen Bradford
is a decent prospect, but he's more of a pure backup type rather than an immediate threat to Blount's value. As long as the Bucs don't pursue a timeshare back in free agency, Blount should be locked in as a Top-25 Dynasty RB.
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