NFL Draft Round 2 Instant Dynasty Reaction
33 Green Bay Packers — Kevin King — Montgomery lives to see another day with the Packers going defense here with DB Kevin King.
34 Jacksonville Jaguars (acquired via trade) — Cam Robinson — 6’6″ 320 pounds of offensive line goodness for Fournette and Bortles. Originally projected as a 1st rounder Jacksonville fills an immediate need with Robinson. The Jags are doing everything they can to help Blake Bortles with the selection of a potential franchise running back in the first round and Cam Robinson to upgrade the offensive line.
37 Buffalo Bills (acquired via trade) Zay Jones — Can Tyrod Taylor support two fantasy relevant wide receivers? It’ll be interesting to see how the Bills utilize Jones. Jones production in college was superb, but as the stats from Sports Reference show that production was accrued on an insane amount of catches with minimal yards per reception and a minuscule TD percentage.
40 Carolina Panters — Curtis Samuel — A Cam Newtown bounce back season looks like a foregone conclusion at this point. After adding an excellent running back, who might be a better receiver than running back, in the 1st round they snag the ultimate weapon in Samuel. I can already imagine Cam taking the snap with Samuel, and McCaffrey lined up to either side of him in the backfield. Maybe they split both out wide, perhaps one in the slot and one out wide. One in the slot another in the backfield. There is no limit as to what an offensive coordinator can do with these two playmakers on the field on the same time. I can not wait to see the Panthers offense in action over the next few seasons.
Samuel and McCaffrey may steal touches from one another, and this may lower McCaffrey in my rookie ranks. I’ll dig a bit deeper into that in the coming days.
41 Minnesota — Dalvin Cook — So how those Jerick McKinnon shares treating you right about now? Interesting that Cook goes to the Vikings when they just signed Latavius Murray and still had the aforementioned McKinnon. I see Cook having a ton of receptions next season playing with Sam Bradford. Bradford is a very cautious QB, and I can see a lot of dump-offs in Cooks future. I like this spot for Cook; he is a more talented and more complete pack then Murray and McKinnon.
If you’ve already held your rookie drafts I’d see if the Cooks owner is down on him and try to buy low. Based on my unofficial scanning of Dynasty Twitter not too many seem enamored with this landing spot. Remember this is Dynasty Football, play the long game. Cook is the most talented running back, by far, in Minnesota. Though he may share the backfield in 2017 come 2018 he should be the primary RB.
44 Los Angeles — Rams — Gerald Everett — Damn it I had such hopes for Tyler Higbee. Well maybe not high exactly, but I had some hope for him at least. Jared Goff has to be ecstatic to have an excellent receiving option in Everett. In most draft classes Everett would have been the 1st or 2nd Tight end off the board.
45 Chicago Bears -Adam Shaheen — The small school behemoth is going to be a matchup nightmare. 6’6″ 278 pounds with a speed score in the 80th percentile. Leading up to the draft there were rumblings that Shaheen could go as early as the 2nd round and those rumblings were spot on. Dion Sims I hardly knew ye. Because Ashland isn’t a widely known program, I’ve shared some highlights of Shaheen below.
48 Cincinnati Bengals — Joe Mixon — I hoped that Mixon wouldn’t end up with the Bengals. I don’t want him anywhere near Adam Jones.
I’ve gone back and forth and still am not 100% sure how I feel about this landing spot. Jeremy Hill, though not particularly good, does have an innate ability for scoring touchdowns. In fact, that may be Jeremy Hills only discernable skill. Mixon is not a strong goal line runner, to begin with, so I can see him lose goal line carries to Hill. On the other hand, Mixon is infinitely more talented than Hill and you can not even compare their receiving skills(Mixon is a shit ton better in case you weren’t aware)
On the other hand, Mixon is infinitely more talented than Hill and you can not even compare their receiving skills (Mixon is a shit ton better in case you weren’t aware). Hill is an unrestricted free agent after the 2017 season, and there’s nothing to suggest that the Bengals have any inclination of resigning him. Which leaves only Gio Bernard to deal with. I’ve long beat the drum for Bernard but I’m willing to admit he’s not the same talent that Mixon is. After much consternation, I like this landing spot.
52 Cleveland Browns — Deshone Kizer — Cody Kessler has himself competition. Kizer makes some iffy decisions, but he does have a great arm and is perhaps the best running Quarterback in this draft. The Browns didn’t have to invest as heavily as the other teams that traded to select their future franchise QBs and may have ended up with the most talented QB in this class. The Browns would be best served to let Kizer sit for a year and let him refine his decision making in practice.
62 Pittsburgh Steelers — JuJu Smith-Schuster — The draft process has not been kind to Smith-Schuster. A devy darling since his breakout as an 18-year-old, the last several months have found many draftniks and fantasy analysts locating multiple flaws in his game. Reverse his Sophomore and Junior seasons and Smith-Schuster would be in the conversation for the 1.01 in rookie drafts. He put over 1400 yards in his Sophomore season, had to deal with terrible QB play in to start his Junior season and his stats understandably suffered.
At best Smith-Schuster is the 4th option in the receiving game behind Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, and Martavis Bryant for the 2017 season. That said, Bell and Bryant might already be suspended by the time you read this. Even if both make it through the 2017 season clean, Bell can test free-agency and Bryant may be cut (negligible cap hit) after the season anyway. If and when Bell and Bryant depart Smith-Schuster becomes the WR2 in a potent Pittsburgh offense.
Pittsburgh’s draft history at the WR position is outstanding, notwithstanding Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates(though Coates did play last season with multiple broken fingers, which does cause a bit of trouble when attempting to catch a football). I’m buying on Smith-Schuster. I see a clear path to a viable fantasy starter and a player with the talent and pedigree to take advantage.
Thanks for reading along, stayed tuned for our take on Round 3! Feel free to comment below or give me a holler on the Twitter box @DFF_Shane.
Originally published at dynastyfootballfactory.com on April 29, 2017.