The second and third rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft concluded Friday night, so we’re getting closer to seeing what all 32 rosters will look like this summer. While we didn’t see many running backs going off the board on Day 2, there were a lot of offensive skill position players going off the board, many of whom will be on the fantasy radar in new drafts, dynasty leagues, or both.
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Here’s my first look at each of those players and what we might expect from them in the short and long term.
34. New York Jets: Elijah Moore, WR, Mississippi
Moore was considered a first-round talent, but Gang Green placed him near the top of Round 2. He is coming off an impressive 2020 campaign to produce great totals despite playing in just eight games before choosing not to prepare to. the 2021 NFL Draft. His 86 receptions and 1,193 receiving yards ranked second in the nation among wide receivers, behind only Devonta Smith (who played in five more games). A slot machine at Ole Miss, his presence in the pass attack could spell the end of Jamison Crowder’s time in New York. Moore could be worth a last-round shuttlecock in the 2021 rework leagues.
35. Denver Broncos (trade with Falcons): Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina
The Broncos traded to sign Williams, who appears to be the star of the future. He is coming off a monster final season with the Tar Heels, producing more than 1,100 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground while averaging more than seven yards per carry. He will likely start the season behind Melvin Gordon and will likely be on a committee as a rookie, but could push for more work in the second half. I would consider it a flexible option with the potential to become the second runner. Also, keep in mind that Gordon is entering the final year of his contract, so Williams will be the lead man in 2022.
49. Arizona Cardinals: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
Moore is considered a wild card at wide receiver. He played in just seven games in his last two seasons with the Boilermakers due to injuries. His best college season came in 2018 when he produced 114 receptions, 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns and also rushed 21 times for 213 yards. It’s a great fit for the Cardinals offense, but this is better real football than a short-term fantasy football move. With DeAndre Hopkins, AJ Green, Christian Kirk and Andy Isabella in the mix, the goals won’t be easy.
55. Pittsburgh Steelers: Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State
Freiermuth, nicknamed “Baby Gronk” due to his similar abilities to Rob Gronkowski, can be a playmaker on the next level. He scored eight touchdowns as a freshman and found the end zone 15 times in his first 25 games at Penn State. He was also tough to knock down his final full season, breaking nine tackles on his 43 receptions. Freiermuth won’t immediately hit a crowded Steelers pass attack, so don’t look to call him by name in the newsrooms. Instead, it will be a good dynasty stash with future advantages.
56. Seattle Seahawks: D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan
During his time at Western Michigan, Eskridge scored great totals, averaging more than 18 yards per catch. He’s not a great wide receiver at 5-foot-9, 190-pounds, though, and he’ll be hard-pressed to make a rookie hit behind DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. It won’t be on the new writing’s radar, but it could sneak into some dynasty drafts next season.
57. Los Angeles Rams: Tutu Atwell, WR, Louisville
Atwell was solid as the Cardinals’ best slot receiver in 2019, posting nearly 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s not a great receiver at 5-foot-8, 155 pounds though, and Atwell won’t make an impact as a rookie with Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Van Jefferson and DeSean Jackson ahead of him on the Rams’ crowded depth chart. . .
59. Carolina Panthers (trade with Browns): Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
Last season, Marshall averaged more than 100 yards per game and posted double-digit touchdowns as the Tigers’ leading wide receiver before opting out. He was considered a viable first-round player and Marshall landed in a good spot with the Panthers. The offense has many targets available with the loss of Curtis Samuel, but Marshall will be no better than third in the ranking behind DJ Moore and Robby Anderson. He won’t get his name mentioned in most new drafts, but Marshall will be a blocked dynasty pick.
64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
Trask is a true pocket-sized passer (6ft 5in) and produced great totals in his final college season. He will be groomed as the eventual replacement for Tom Brady, but could play another two or three seasons before his Hall of Fame career is over. Trask will have value in the dynasty leagues, but that’s it for 2021.
66. Minnesota Vikings (Jets trade): Kellen Mond, QB, Vikings
Mond is an interesting fantasy prospect because of his running skills, having racked up more than 1,600 rushing yards during his time at Texas A&M. However, how soon will he get a chance to start the NFL, since Kirk Cousins still has two more years on his contract with the Vikings. He would give Mond a belated chance as a draft and save him in dynasty leagues.
67. Houston Texans: Davis Mills, QB, Stanford
Mills received some comments as a potential first round entering the draft, but landed in Round 2 for the Texans. The pick is curious as Houston’s first pick in the draft, and no one knows if Deshaun Watson will be with the team in 2021 (or beyond). However, you have to assume that the Texans are at least hedging their bets on his return. Mills could be an interesting dynasty pick depending on Watson’s state of play.
77. Los Angeles Chargers: Josh Palmer, WR, Tennessee
Palmer didn’t put up big numbers on a poor Tennessee pass attack, but he has good size, hands and a competitive receiver. The Chargers have no wide receiver blocks behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, and catching passes from a good young quarterback like Justin Herbert makes Palmer a player to watch in camp.
81. Miami Dolphins: Hunter Long, TE, Boston College
Long is coming off an impressive 2020 that saw him lead all tight ends in goals (89) and receptions (57), while also ranking second behind Kyle Pitts in yards (685). However, he didn’t land in a great place from a fantasy perspective, as the Dolphins have Mike Gesicki and plenty of mouths to feed on the passing attack. It will have no value to rewrite.
82. Washington football team: Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina
Brown recorded more than 1,000 yards in each of his last two seasons with the Tar Heels, during which time he scored 20 touchdowns. He will compete for a supporting role in Washington’s passing attack as a rookie. Yet Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, and Logan Thomas are locked into prominent roles. Brown will be a stash of the 2021 dynasty.
83. Carolina Panthers (trade with Bears): Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame
Tremble’s college stats don’t go off the page at all, as he finished his two seasons with the Fighting Irish with just 35 receptions in 19 games. He played behind Cole Kmet as a freshman and was used as a rotating player last year. However, Tremble is athletic and his blocking skills are excellent. The Panthers also lack a number one tight end, making Tremble a player at least worth monitoring during training camp.
85. Green Bay Packers (trade with Titans): Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson
Is the selection of Rodgers an attempt to make amends with Aaron Rodgers? Who knows truth? Regardless, he’s comparable to Randall Cobb in terms of his size and skill set. He’s unlikely to have an impact in the first year though, and who knows if Aaron will even be with the Packers next season. Most likely, Amari is limited to the dynasty league draws.
88. San Francisco 49ers (trade with Rams): Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State
Sermon finished last season tied for 10th in broken tackles among running backs, and he will enter the NFL on fresh legs. Between three seasons with the Oklahoma Sooners and one with the Buckeyes, Sermon never had more than 164 carries. He’ll compete with Jeffery Wilson Jr. and Wayne Gallman for touches behind Raheem Mostert as a rookie, but Sermon could win a bigger role down the stretch. Playing on coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense is a huge advantage, so I would expect Sermon to be worth some belated redraft that could be a real advantage in the long run.
89. Houston Texans (trade with Panthers): Nico Collins, WR, Michigan
Collins opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but racked up nearly 20 yards per catch in 2019.The Texans have a mix of wide receivers behind Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb, but Collins isn’t on the radar. of fantasy redesign.
91. Cleveland Browns (trade with Saints): Anthony Schwartz, WR, Auburn
Schwartz is a sprinter who needs to work as a receiver. There is no fancy appeal here.
97. Los Angeles Chargers (compensatory pick): Tre McKitty, TE, Georgia
McKitty did very little on stat sheets in college, but Jared Cook will turn 34 this season.
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