Archive for Prospect Power Rankings

2017 NFL Draft Prospect Power Rankings: Top 5 Running Backs (Multiple 1st Rounders? & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The 2016 NFL Draft is barely in our rearview mirror, but that’s not going to stop anyone from looking ahead to 2017 is it?  The running back draft class has the chance to be historic, with one lock for the first round and a few others who could join him.  Obviously a lot can happen between now and then (injuries, players opting to stay in school, off the field issues, etc.), but let’s kick off our rankings (which will be updated consistently throughout the year):

1) Leonard Fournette – LSU
After an impressive freshman year (187 carries for 1,034 yards and 10 TD), Fournette was fully unleashed in his sophomore campaign and made a statement:

  • Rushing – 300 carries for 1,953 yards (6.5 YPC) and 22 TD
  • Receiving – 19 catches for 253 yards and 1 TD

Listed at 6’1″ and 230 lbs., he certainly backed up the hype bestowed upon him when he initially signed at LSU.  If Ezekiel Elliot was selected fourth overall, it’s not unthinkable that Fournette is selected even earlier than that.  He’s been compared to Adrian Peterson and could conceivably be the premier talent in the upcoming draft class. Read more

2016 NFL Draft: Top 5 Tight End Prospects: It’s A One Man Show…

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It generally takes tight ends a year or two to get acclimated to life in the NFL, so the top options generally don’t make much of an impact in Year 1 (or even in Year 2).  It’s something we need to know, but it doesn’t mean that there aren’t some intriguing names who could either buck the trend or develop into top flight options before long.  Who are the top names to watch?  Let’s take a look:

1) Hunter Henry – Arkansas
He’s emerged as the premier option at the position, having posted an impressive line as a Junior (51 receptions, 739 yards, 3 TD) and the potential to develop into a true weapon in the NFL. Of course the fact that he’s not simply a pass catcher helps his cause, as per the following quote from Walter Football: Read more

2016 NFL Draft: Top 5 Running Back Prospects: Two Names Rise Above The Rest

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

For a long time drafting a running back in the first round became taboo, but that trend was bucked in 2015 when Todd Gurley (10th) and Melvin Gordon (15th) were selected.  Could it happen in back-to-back years?  Who are the best candidates (and who are the best running backs overall)?  Let’s take a look (* indicates an underclassman):

Tier 1
1) Ezekiel Elliot – Ohio State *

November 14 (at Illinois) – 27 carries, 181 yards, 2 TD
2015 – 1,425 yards (6.5 YPC), 16 TD; 24 receptions, 169 yards

The numbers are obviously highly impressive, as he’s proven to be a workhorse with 20+ carries seven times this season.  He’s also proven more than capable as a receiver and has scored at least 1 TD in all but one game.  He may be your “old school” back, wearing down defenses and then exploding as the game moves along.  As Bill Landis of The Cleveland Plain Dealer (click here for the article) recently wrote: Read more

2016 NFL Draft: Top 5 Quarterback Prospects: Paxton Lynch Separating From Pack & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are still months away from the NFL Draft, but we are starting to get some clarity as to who the premier players are.  When it comes to quarterback there’s a clear divide between the top options and everyone else, and things could separate even further as we get closer to the draft.  Who’s the top option?  How are things shaping up?  Let’s take a look at our current Top 5 options:

Tier 1
1. Paxton Lynch – Memphis

November 7 (vs. Navy) – 26-42 (61.9%), 305 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
2015 Season – 226-327 (69.1%), 3,014, 19 TD, 2 INT

There may not be a prospect who has seen a bigger rise than Lynch thus far this season.  While he’s coming off his first loss of the season, it’s hard to find fault as he’s now thrown for 300+ yards in eight consecutive games and continues to take care of the football.  The hype has certainly been building in recent days, as evidenced by this quote: Read more

NFL Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 NFL Offensive Prospects For 2016 (Goff #1 & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Who could be the next wave of NFL superstars?  It’s not always easy to predict who is going to take their performance from the college game and thrive at the next level (or who is necessarily going to forego their senior season to instead play on Sunday’s), but we can tell who has the most potential.  Remember this isn’t the order that we think they are going to be drafted, but the potential impact they bring to the table.  Who currently sits atop our rankings for 2015? Let’s take a look:

1) Jared Goff – QB – California
This Week – 33-45, 390 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT

Potential franchise quarterbacks are hard to find, but right now Goff is looking like he has the potential to develop into one.  He’s thrown for at least 3 TD in four of his five games, with 15 TD vs. 4 INT, and has four 300+ yard games.  Those numbers alone would garner a lot of attention, but he’s also completed over 70% of his passes four times (70.2% on the season) and he’s not simply dumping the ball off with a yards per attempt of 9.16.  As of right now he’s looking like the obvious choice for #1 overall. Read more