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NFL Draft Round Two: Four Selections to Root For

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Day one was a blast, but with only five receivers and one tight end being selected in round one, there’s still a lot of fantasy relevance to be had this weekend.  Without wasting time in the intro, let’s get to four selections to root for tonight that could be real life fits that would have fantasy implications.

Pick 35: Cleveland selects Davante Adams

Cleveland was by far the most exciting team last night, moving all around the draft in a similar fashion as if Kevin Costner was running the show. Not only did they snag an extra first next season in moving down with Buffalo, but they also essentially turned the ghost of Trent Richardson into Johnny Manziel.

Manziel is a strong fit in Cleveland, attached to two young, high end options in Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron while being under the tutelage of an offensive coordinator whose system is conducive for mobile quarterbacks. I’ve already projected what his impact could mean for the passing game in fantasy, but Manziel is good to go in our fake game as a fantasy quarterback. Let me cook up a quick 16 game projection for him based a lot of that information we used in projecting the receivers, because it’s tasty.

Player

Att

Comp

%

Yards

TD

INT

Att

Yds

TD

FF Pts.

Johnny Manziel

472.3

292.6

62.0%

3505.4

21.5

10.4

94.0

554.6

4.7

277.6

 

Cleveland shouldn’t rest their laurels on offense yet, though.  They should be ecstatic when looking at the remaining wide receivers left to begin day two as possibilities to pair with Manziel and what they already have in house.  Last season Greg Little was given 99 targets in the passing game and lived up to his name, generating a miniscule 12.6 fantasy points for Cleveland quarterbacks., hauling in a lowly 41 percent of those receptions.

The two best choices for replacing him are Marqise Lee, Allen Robinson and Adams. Lee probably is best suited for playing in a conventional offense with high volume, so it’s hard to see Cleveland as an ideal fit. Robinson is very similar Gordon in terms of everything, so that pairing would create a devastating set of athletes on the field at all times. Instead, I say Adams because he does one thing better than any receiver in this class, and Ryan Rouillard knows it as well, score touchdowns in the red zone.

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The current group of pass catchers in Cleveland have totaled a paltry 22 percent red zone target conversion rate so far in the NFL. Adams is an instant solution in a problem area. Oh yeah, he also has added big play ability as well.

Pick 37: Atlanta selects Jace Amaro

Atlanta has given multiple reports that Levine Toilolo will be the starting tight end this season, and James Todd wants to make sure he’s on your radar, but I can’t help myself in connecting the dots here. Toilolo is really a one trick tight end, and it’s because he plays on stilts (he’s 6’8”). But he’s a lumberer who can’t eat up yardage, something Amaro is excellent at.

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Tony Gonzalez accounted for 20 percent of all the targets and 20 percent of all the passing yardage since he joined the Falcons, and is now he’s enjoying sitting on his couch. Ryan has used TG as more than just a red zone binky however, and Amaro would be a deadly add to their offense while Toilolo can play in short yardage still.

Pick 39: Jacksonville selects Allen Robinson

I know you’re thinking that Jacksonville would be the death nail for Robinson, but the opportunity is ripe. Now that the Jaguars have gotten themselves a handful of Blake Bortles, they better not leave him out to dry by not giving him weapons. With Justin Blackmon suspended indefinitely still, here’s what the Jags have for Bortles to work with at receiver.

PlayerCareer Rec.YdsTDWeight
Cecil Shorts123178611202
Ace Sanders514841178
Mike Brown324462200
Tandon Doss264281205
Kerry Taylor222291200
Stephen Williams91010208
Jeremy Ebert3180195
Lamaar Thomas2310185
Chad Bumphis000202

 

Collectively, those seven guys have totaled 16 career touchdowns and have an average weight of 197 pounds. Shorts is the only semi-threat they have without Blackmon and he’s best suited to be a complimentary piece in the passing game. He’ll also be 27 years old without a 1K receiving season yet, making him a poor investment long term for the franchise since receivers have generally broken out by his age already.

The Jaguars have a prime opportunity to land a first round talent with their second round pick. Robinson would instantly be streamlined into a healthy number of targets and would be afforded chemistry growth with Bortles that could pay massive dynasty dividends down the road.

Pick 43: New York Giants select Austin Seferian-Jenkins

The Giants have added a lot of bodies to their secondary and offensive line so far this offseason, but they still have a hole at tight end. The only tight ends on their roster today are Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells. They’ve also got a big time problem with production in the red zone.

In 2013, the Giants were dead last in the league with eight passing touchdowns in the red zone. New York receivers converted those eight scores on 59 passing targets, which was the lowest percentage in the league as a group.  They added fast riser Odell Beckham in round one, but he’s only going to help them get to the red zone, not cap off drives with scores. Leading receiver Victor Cruz has converted just nine of 41 career red zone targets as well, so there’s a need.

Jenkins is tied for the most red zone touchdowns scored in college out of any tight end in this class with Gator Hoskins.  He’s now reportedly healthy and fast as well, so see the impact he could have on the Giants’ passing game in terms of producing points on the scoreboard.

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Robinson only had 50 career targets in college total, so his charts are a little misleading.  Randle was good in college near the paint and has been in the NFL so far as well in a small sample (four for 12). Jenkins could very be the best tight end sleeper in fantasy drafts, and landing in New York would help facilitate him getting there.

 

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