2016 Draft Watch List

It’s never too early to look ahead to the 2013 draft, so here is a list of player to keep an eye on this fall. You can actually place bets on the draft, so if you’re looking for a reliable betting site head on over to bestbettingwebsites.org.uk for more information.

Note: Only Seniors listed. We will be adding a Junior Watch List very soon.

Defensive Ends

Alex Okafor, Texas

Dion Jordan, Oregon

John Simon, Ohio State

Devin Taylor, South Carolina

Margus Hunt, SMU

Jesse Williams, Alabama (3-4 DE)

 

Defensive Tackles

Star Lotulelei, Utah

Kawann Short, Purdue

Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

Jordan Hill, Penn State

Sylvester Williams, North Carolina

John Jenkins, Georgia

 

Outside Linebackers

Gerald Hodges, Penn State

Kenny Tate, Maryland (Safety?)

Khaseem Green, Rutgers

 

Rush ‘Backer

Brandon Jenkins, Florida State

Chase Thomas, Stanford

Sean Porter, Texas A&M

 

Inside Linebackers

Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

Niko Johnson, Alabama

Shane Skov, Stanford

Kevin Reddick, North Carolina

Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech

Will Compton, Nebraska

 

Cornerbacks

Jonathan Banks, Mississippi State

Johnny Adams, Michigan State

Branden Smith, Georgia

Greg Reid, Florida State

Demontre Hurst, Oklahoma

Jordan Poyer, Oregon State

 

Safeties

TJ McDonald, USC

Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

Robert Lester, Alabama

Baccari Rambo, Georgia

Ray Ray Armstrong, Miami

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Seattle Wide Receivers Situation

Last Thursday the Seahawks finally cut wide receiver Mike Williams. It was a move I expected all offseason, but now that it’s final, and I have updated my rankings. Williams was an afterthought in my rankings, so the other receivers didn’t get much of a boost from me. However, the dynasty outlook on these receivers has definitely gone up.

 

To calculate my rankings, I use a series of spreadsheets I created last year. I call it the “Bahner Fantasy Projection”, or BFP. I take into account many different factors that don’t directly affect fantasy points, but definitely have an indirect impact. I’ll get more into this in my first rankings list.

 

Before Williams was cut, in standard scoring formats I had Sidney Rice as WR-28 (132.00 pts.), Doug Baldwin WR-50 (96.00 pts.), Golden Tate WR-56 (76.80 pts.) and Ben Obamanu WR-95 (56.40 pts.). Rice, Baldwin and Tate should all be on rosters in most standards leagues, but Obamanu likely won’t be of much value without some injuries. After the Williams cut, I have Rice as WR-28 (132.00 pts.), Baldwin WR-42 (102.00 pts.), Tate WR-54 (85.60 pts.) and Obamanu WR-85 (61.20 pts.). It didn’t make a major difference, but they did gain some value. I would expect at least one of these receivers to move up my rankings even further once I’ve been able to see some training camp coverage and preseason games.

 

Now in his third year, Golden Tate has a great opportunity to snag a permanent

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Seniors (Class of 2013 NFL Draft)

Early Round:

Johnny Adams – CB

Johnny Adams is one of the top cornerbacks in college football.

Adams was named first-team All-Big Ten for the 2011 season. He starred in Michigan State’s defensive backfield as the team’s boundary corner, where he recorded 51 total stops (4.0 TFL), three sacks, six pass breakups, and three interceptions. His ability to shut down opposing teams’ top receivers has earned him a spot on Phil Steele’s pre-season All-American team heading into his final season in East Lansing. Despite just average size, Adams is a physical cornerback who is very difficult for receivers to separate from. Solid in deep coverage, you seldom see him get burned over the top. The Spartans utilize a lot of press-bail coverage, giving Adams the opportunity to display his great speed and ability to turn and run with receivers downfield. He also shows good awareness, reading the quarterback’s eyes, and excellent plant-and-drive quickness to jump routes. Timing and ball skills are what separate Adams from a number of quality cornerback prospects. He possesses a combination of athleticism, physicality, and soft hands (may see the field as part of the offense in 2012) that will cause opposing quarterbacks to think twice before throwing the ball in his direction.

Adams has the ability to be a starting cornerback in the NFL. He needs to add strength to battle with more physical receivers, both at the line in press coverage and when fighting for the ball in the air. He is also an …

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Prospect Notes: Knile Davis

Knile Davis RB, Arkansas 6’1” 226 lbs.

  •  Loves the edge of the defense, can stick his foot in the ground and get up field
  • Tremendous athlete for a 6-foot-1, 226 pound runner
  • Finishes his carries with physicality
  • Flashes burst in the trash
  • Elusive, but a north/south type runner
  • Would fit well in professional zone blocking schemes, one cut guy
  • Catches the ball well out of the backfield
  • Arkansas moved him around, lined up at H-back on occasion/made it a point to get him on the edge
  • Overall a balanced runner
  • Has a tendency to go down on first contact, doesn’t drag defenders
  • Inconsistent vision
  • Shows the ability to be a consistent pick-up blocker, not a bone crusher, but a technician
  • Blocks rushers from “inside-out”

 

After missing 2011, Knile Davis is a target of discussion coming into 2012 for NFL Draft and college football fans. Playing in Arkansas’ loaded offense it’s somewhat difficult to stand out, but for Davis it wasn’t a problem. The 6-foot-1, 226 pound ball carrier immediately catches the eye with his north and south running style. Arkansas used Davis all over the backfield, and Davis responded when they did. He’s not a game changer who’s a threat to score every play or from anywhere on the field, but if he sees a lane, he’ll explode through it. Davis is fully capable of popping off 10-15 yard runs against NFL defenses. The feature NFL back is almost dead, but Davis could be a valuable part of a …

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NFL Draft Sleeper: Dayne Crist

Four plus years ago, Dayne Crist was a hotshot quarterback recruit being wooed by then-Notre Dame Head Coach Charlie Weis. Crist was handpicked by Weis to run his pro-style offense, but Weis’ departure after the 2009 season left Crist to be square-pegged into new Head Coach Brian Kelly’s spread offense. Crist is a natural pocket passer and though Kelly enjoys throwing the ball around the field, he also believes strongly in using the quarterback as a running threat and that did not mesh with Crist’s skill set.

Dayne Crist has one last year to showcase his NFL skill set.

After 10 starts and some very difficult moments, Crist finished his fourth season at Notre Dame with a degree and a decision to transfer for his last year of eligibility. As he was searching for schools, Weis took the head coaching job at Kansas, and it only seemed natural that Crist re-unite with his former coach.

It’s not an easy task for either Crist or Weis to succeed with a woeful Kansas team, but it could be one last push for Crist to put himself back on NFL radars. After Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen was drafted in the second round by the Carolina Panthers in 2010, it was conventional thought that his backup, Crist, was a better NFL prospect. Clausen had outstanding numbers his last two seasons in South Bend, but Crist brought the size and arm strength that is coveted by NFL teams. Now after his being miscast in …

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Draft Watch List

1.  Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck   QB   Stanford

The Colts make official what was presumed from the moment it was announced that they would be picking #1 overall.  With Peyton Manning off to Denver, Andrew Luck becomes the new face of the Colts franchise.  While a complete roster overhaul is likely to come with its share of growing pains for Luck and the Colts offense early on, there is no doubt that he is the player around which to begin Indy’s rebuilding project.  Luck steps in as the team’s starting quarterback from day one with the hope of leading the Colts back to prominence in the AFC, and ultimately back to the Super Bowl.

 

2.  Washington Redskins – Robert Griffin III   QB   Baylor

There are many who think Robert Griffin III is the top quarterback prospect in the 2012 class.  Whether or not that is the case, the Redskins are elated to have this talented leader as the new captain of the ship in Washington.  While their will be a steep learning curve going from Baylor’s spread offense to Mike Shanahan’s modified West Coast offense, there is no doubt that Griffin possesses the intellect, physical tools, and passing ability to be a star signal-caller in the NFL.

 

3.  Cleveland Browns – Trent Richardson   HB   Alabama

Fearing that Tampa Bay would make a deal to move ahead of them, the Browns trade their #4, #118, #139, and #211 selections to the Vikings to ensure that Trent Richardson would land …

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