|1.||Ezekiel Elliott||RB||Ohio State|
|4.||Laquon Treadwell||WR||Ole Miss|
1. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
The devaluation of running backs in the NFL has gone too far. The pendulum started to swing back with Todd Gurley going 10th overall last season, and it’s easy to argue Elliott is the better prospect. He’s not coming off an ACL tear and is superior in all facets of the pass game. That’s key when we are projecting immediate fantasy production, as game-flow independent backs who catch 3-4 passes per game are invaluable on DraftKings, with full point PPR scoring.
2. Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Coleman may go overlooked because he measured in below prototype (5-foot-11, 194 pounds, 9-inch hands), but he has drawn Antonio Brown and Steve Smith comparisons as a player that is both excellent in the YAC (yards after catch) department and taking the top off defenses. Coleman, who won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top wideout in 2015, ran a blazing 4.38 at his Pro Day.
3. Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
Doctson looks like the most explosive athlete among the top-10 wide receiver prospects in this class. He led the group in both vertical (41 inches) and broad jump (131 inches), and ran a 4.50 at 6’2/202. The short-area quicks are also there, as evidenced by Doctson’s elite 4.08 20-yard shuttle and 11.06 60-yard shuttle. He will get better as he adds strength but already profiles as a red-zone threat thanks to the size and leaping ability.
4. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
Over the last five years, 29 different WRs have finished a season in the top-10 in DraftKings points per game. Among those, 89 percent ran faster than 4.60, 78 percent had at least a 120-inch broad jump and 84 percent posted at least a 35-inch vertical. Laquon Treadwell recorded 4.63, 117-inch broad and 33-inch vertical. On top of those concerns, Treadwell only accounted for 25.7 percent of Ole Miss’ receptions, 26.4 percent of the receiving yards and 31.4 percent of the touchdowns. College market share for wide receivers has proven to be a strong indicator of NFL success.
5. Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
It’s not necessarily optimal, but NFL coaches love to use big backs at the goal-line. Henry, who measured 6’3/247 and benched 225 pounds at the Combine, is certainly that. The 2015 Heisman Trophy winner (2,219 yards, 28 TDs as a junior) is also an explosive athlete, as evidenced by very strong numbers in the forty (4.54), vertical (37 inches), broad jump (130 inches) and 60-yard shuttle (11.50 seconds). Look for him to land as the thunder half of a committee backfield right away.
|6.||Will Fuller||WR||Notre Dame|
|7.||Kenneth Dixon||RB||Louisiana Tech|
|8.||Michael Thomas||WR||Ohio State|
6. Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
In fantasy football, we like guys who make big plays and score touchdowns. Fuller, who scored 14 touchdowns and averaged 20.3 yards per reception for the Irish last season, fits the bill there. His vertical excellence showed up big at the Combine, where he ran a blazing 4.32 – second-best among all players (Georgia RB Keith Marshall clocked 4.31). The 6’0/186 Fuller has drawn comps to Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders and Phillip Dorsett.
7. Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
The concerns with Dixon are 802 NCAA carries, sub-par competition while playing in the WAC/CUSA and pass protection liabilities. The good news is he’s an excellent route-runner and catcher of the football, has a nose for the end zone (87 NCAA touchdowns) and is very quick around defenders (6.97 3-cone time). Dixon will likely end up as a Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead or Gio Bernard-esque change-of-pace back, but we all know that role’s value is steadily increasing in today’s NFL.
8. Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
Thomas is not an explosive athlete, but he brings excellent size to the table. The nephew of Keyshawn Johnson measured in at 6’3/212 with massive 10.5-inch hands. In a best-case scenario, Thomas would be a Michael Crabtree kind of possession receiver who doesn’t drop anything in his big catch radius and scores touchdowns in the red-zone. Thomas has also drawn comps to Stevie Johnson and his uncle, Keyshawn Johnson.
9. Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
It’s not a death sentence to be under six-feet tall and 200 pounds. In fact, 34.5 percent of the receivers who have finished in the top-10 in DraftKings points per game over the last five years have been under 6-feet and 38.0 percent have been under 200 pounds. The key is to fit in a scheme as a high-volume slot receiver and movable chess piece, a la Randall Cobb or Julian Edelman. Shepard (5’10/194) showed signs of being able to do just that as he went 86-1,288-11 as a senior while flashing precise route-running chops.
10. Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA
Perkins isn’t going to wow anyone with his middling size (5’10/208) and athleticism, but he was incredibly difficult to bring down at the college level, forcing 85 missed tackles on 265 touches (via PFF). Perkins’ ability to make violent cuts and get upfield will give him a chance at a committee role right out of the gate in the NFL – even if he isn’t selected until Round 3 or 4.