Chris Wesseling

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2012 Dynasty Rookie Ranks

Friday, May 04, 2012


Wide Receivers

1. Justin Blackmon, Jaguars
2. Kendall Wright, Titans
3. Michael Floyd, Cardinals
4. Stephen Hill, Jets
5. Alshon Jeffery, Bears
6. Brian Quick, Rams
7. Rueben Randle, Giants
8. A.J. Jenkins, 49ers
9. Chris Givens, Rams
10. Ryan Broyles, Lions
11. Mohamed Sanu, Bengals
12. Greg Childs, Vikings
13. Marvin Jones, Bengals
14. Nick Toon, Saints
15. Tommy Streeter, Ravens
16. DeVier Posey, Texans
17. Juron Criner, Raiders
18. Devon Wylie, Chiefs
19. T.J. Graham, Bills
20. Marvin McNutt, Eagles
21. T.Y. Hilton, Colts
22. Lavon Brazill, Colts
23. B.J. Cunningham, Dolphins
24. Rishard Matthews, Dolphins
25. Danny Coale, Cowboys
26. Joe Adams, Panthers
27. Jarius Wright, Vikings
28. Keshawn Martin, Texans
29. Travis Benjamin, Browns
30. Chris Owusu, 49ers
31. Jordan White, Jets

I’m not buying the pre-draft shop talk that Floyd is every bit as good as Blackmon. What I saw on film convinced me that Blackmon was easily the top receiver in his draft class -- even if he’s not quite on the level of A.J. Green and Julio Jones. If Blaine Gabbert flames out, Blackmon will have another quarterback throwing to him in 2013.

Wright gets the nod over Floyd for the playmaking edge as well as the Larry Fitzgerald roadblock in Arizona. Floyd is going to be no more than the second option in the passing game for at least the next half-decade. Hill, Jeffery, and Quick come down to a matter of preference. Hill’s freakish measurables give him the highest upside. Jeffery may be the most skilled of the group, but he comes with commitment concerns and an upside capped by the presence of Brandon Marshall. Drawing Terrell Owens comparisons from the Rams staff, Quick has the opportunity to step in as Sam Bradford’s go-to receiver.

Randle should step in as the third receiver in New York, but his short- and long-term fantasy potential is a concern with the ultra-productive tandem of Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz locked in as the top two targets. Jenkins has quarterback concerns in San Francisco. It would surprise no one if Givens ends up beating Quick to the punch on the fantasy radar. You could say the same for Jones and Sanu in Cincinnati. Streeter’s measurables make him an ideal roster stash.

Tight Ends

1. Coby Fleener, Colts
2. Ladarius Green, Chargers
3. Adrien Robinson, Giants
4. Michael Egnew, Dolphins
5. Dwayne Allen, Colts
6. Orson Charles, Bengals
7. Evan Rodriguez, Bears
8. Taylor Thompson, Titans

Fleener isn’t in Rob Gronkowski’s class, as many would have you believe, but he’s easily the top fantasy threat among this group. It can only help that he’s been catching passes from Andrew Luck for three years. The Chargers view the athletic Green as Antonio Gates’ successor.

Take a long, hard look at Robinson in your draft’s third round. He’s drawn plenty of comparisons to Jermichael Finley for his build and athleticism, and GM Jerry Reese dubbed him the “JPP of tight ends.”

Egnew tore up the Combine, but there are legit concerns about the converted receiver’s lack of strength and poor blocking. Allen isn’t the receiving threat that Fleener is. Charles is blocked by Jermaine Gresham in the Queen City. Rodriguez is an H-Back type. Thompson is an intriguing project as an athletic converted defensive end.



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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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