I’m going to be looking at the fantasy repercussions of the 2013 Draft and giving out a few grades and rankings. The grades mostly focus on fantasy-relevant positions, but I’ll also be examining overall positional value and strategy. It goes without saying that there’s an informational gap between what the teams have at their disposal and what I have. On the other hand, the great thing about being an outsider is that the informational gap often runs the other direction as well.
No. 12 Seattle Seahawks Grade: B
John Schneider is vying with Thomas Dimitroff to be considered the NFL’s top young rock star at GM. While many elite organizations are reluctant to dabble in the free agent and trade markets, Schneider has added Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, Zach Miller, and Marshawn Lynch.
Schneider will also be an interesting case going forward because while a lot of his early picks have been mildly underwhelming – Russell Okung, Golden Tate, James Carpenter, Bruce Irvin – he’s crushed the middle rounds since taking over in 2010. Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman were both nabbed in Round 5, while Russell Wilson was the home run third-rounder who should put the Seahawks in play for the next 10-15 Super Bowls.
Is missing early (relatively speaking) and dominating late a sustainable profile?
Frequent readers probably know what I think of the Christine Michael selection. An Agility Score freak, Michael is the one back in this class who seems physically capable of becoming a star. Whether he has the maturity and mindset to do so is another question, but there are some parallels between Michael and Arian Foster. Many probably see his landing spot as fantasy purgatory, but Skittles may not be long for the roster. He’s awfully expensive and has a pesky DUI trial looming.
The selection of Chris Harper isn’t necessarily bad, just kind of odd. The Seahawks could use a red zone threat, and though he’s big, Harper only caught three of the 16 scores tossed by Collin Klein last season. Nine guys with better Dominator Ratings were drafted after him. Marcus Davis is a superior size/speed/production product who went undrafted. Harper doesn’t make much of a target in dynasty leagues.
The rest of the draft seems a little bland. If you’ve got a sleeper pick out of this bunch to be the 2013 Richard Sherman, toss it in the comments.