NFL Draft 2015- Rookie Skill Position Picks and Undrafted Free Agents

The 80th NFL draft was completed over three days between 30th April – 2 May 2015. In the past it’s been rare for rookies (other than perhaps RBs) to make a significant impact in re-draft leagues such as the EFFL. However, last year’s crop of rookie WRs bucked that trend. We don’t want you lagging behind so to enable you to keep up to date we’ll have a position by position breakdown of the players drafted and a quick summary of the current industry outlook for the player. I’ll also include a list of the current (13th May) undrafted free agents with teams.

Quarterbacks

Selection Name Team Outlook and Fantasy Draft ADP
1(1) Jameis Winston Buccaneers The best QB in the draft is going to a situation where he’ll have the opportunities and weapons to have immediate success. So how good is that success going to be? The best ever rookie QB season was the 366 pts posted by Cam Newton and that will be out of Winston’s reach as Tampa Bay weren’t the no1 pick by accident. A more conservative outlook is probably around 200-150 range.
1(2) Marcus Mariota Titans The experts feel this isn’t a great fit and to be fair to them Ken Whisenhunt hasn’t been the greatest developer of rookie qbs. On a positive note Mariota is a good player, but the weapons in Tennessee aren’t wonderful. Expect a modest 150-100 point output.
3(75) Garrett Grayson Saints not draftable
3(89) Sean Mannion Rams not draftable
4(103) Bryce Petty Jets not draftable
5(147) Brett Hundley Packers not draftable
7(250) Trevor Siemian Broncos not draftable
udfa() Shane Carden Bears not draftable
udfa() Jerry Lovelocke Ravens not draftable
udfa() Jake Walters Jaguars not draftable
udfa() Bryan Bennett Colts not draftable
udfa() Cody Fajardo Raiders not draftable
udfa() Cole Stoudt Chargers not draftable
udfa() Connor Halliday Washington not draftable- retired at rookie mini camp
udfa() Dylan Thompson 49ers not draftable
udfa() Jake Heaps Jets not draftable
udfa() Anthony Boone Lions not draftable
udfa() Taylor Heinike Vikings not draftable
udfa() Jameill Showers Cowboys not draftable

Runningbacks

Selection Name Team Outlook
1(10) Todd Gurley Rams The analysts talk about his tough physical running, but when I watch him he looks like Eric Dickerson although nowhere near as smooth (Daniel Jeremiah agrees with me). It’s that upright style that has apparently made him injury prone, but he’s a special back and they don’t come along that often. The big question for re-draft leagues like the EFFL will be if he’s ready to go by the end of the season. He’s worth a flyer, but just don’t get carried away. In MFL redraft leagues he’s going around pick 44 just behind Melvin Gordon III. That’s too high for me. A value pick for him will be around the the 80 mark, but you’ll probably need to squirrel him away for the playoffs.
1(15) Melvin Gordon III Chargers He’ll be the starter and that immediately makes him valuable. He’s currently going at pick 42 in MFL leagues. That seems fair to me and he’s likely to outshine Gurley this season. Don’t be put of by the Wisconsin label, he’s the best back to come out of that program.
2(36) T.J. Yeldon Jaguars Teams give away a lot during the draft and this pick says two things. They’re moving on from Toby Gerhart and secondly the don’t completely trust Denard Robinson to carry the load. He’ll have a chance to start and behind a revamped line he’ll have value….but whoa there! Its still Jacksonville and an ADP at 71 seems a bit high to me. 80-90 seems safer,but hey I’m the bum who was burnt by Gerhart last year!/td>
2(54) Ameer Abdullah Lions A real favourite among some analysts who feel he’s a star in waiting. A smaller back who runs big. He’ll not beat out Joique Bell, but he’ll see work if he can show he can pass block. His current ADP is 103. I’d be cautious here with the competition and an ADP at 180-190 seems safer to me.
3(73) Tevin Coleman Falcons Watch some videos of Tevin Coleman….trust me you’ll enjoy them. Is it translatable to the NFL? Probably not, but he’s loved and loathed equally by analysts. He’ll compete for a starting job with Devonta Freeman. Worth monitoring during the offseason as his boom or bust style may bring fantasy reward. Current ADP is 80 but training camp will give us a clearer picture.
3(77) Duke Johnson Browns He’s a really good back, but the whole situation in Cleveland for RBs just isn’t clear enough. Given how high this pick is it says something about how the Browns feel about Crowell and West and there is a good chance he becomes the #1 early. But, be wary it stinks of RBBC. His ADP is 86, but 90-120 seems more sensible.
3(86) David Johnson Cardinals He’s been brought in as the bigger back compliment to Andre Ellington so we can probably expect a RBBC in Arizona this year. He’s an excellent receiver and that’s always a big plus point for RBs, but he’s not the most dynamic runner. His current ADP is 103 and that’s a fair assessment.
3(95) Matt Jones Redskins A chain mover of a RB. Absolutely necessary in the NFL, but it’ll be a surprise if he beats out Alfred Morris. His current ADP is 159 and as a handcuff for the uninspiring Morris is that really worth it?
4(106) Jeremy Langford Bears More of a depth pick than starter material. He has 3rd down skills, but he’s not likely to see much action because of Forte. His current ADP is 160.
4(108) Jalston Fowler Titans He’s a fullback…..you don’t need him for fantasy.
4(125) Javorius Allen Ravens A very interesting pick. Given the injury history of Justin Forsett it may not be long before we see Allen starting. A worthwhile pick-up and handcuff. His ADP at 140 reflects this.
4(126) Mike Davis 49ers Davis’ position is very similar to Allen, but he’s not half the back he is. His ADP is at 142 and as a backup and handcuff that’s only worth it if you actually believe in the 49ers running game this year.
5(138) David Cobb Titans Personally I think he should beat out the pedestrian Shone Greene and Bishop Sankey for this starting job. His ADP at 93 reflects that hope….but this is Tennessee we’re talking about.
5(149) Jay Ajayi Dolphins Good back, bad knees. The Dolphins don’t think Miller can carry a franchise running load. Londoner Ajayi is worth a punt especially in a good running game, but an ADP at 77 seems a little high to me.
5(155) Karlos Williams Bills A safety to running back convert in college and as you’d expect he’s not quite got the instincts for the position. Very impressive numbers, but expect him to learn his position and rarely see action.
5(168) Michael Burton Lions He’s a fullback…..you don’t need him for fantasy.
5(174) Cameron Artis-Payne Panthers A decent all-round back who may see time later in the year. His current ADP at 176 is probably a little high considering the competition he’ll have for a starting role especially if Jonathan Stewart is injured.
6(205) Josh Robinson Colts A big plodding back who’s unlikely to beat out Gore or Herron. ADP at 176 is reasonable.
6(206) Aaron Ripkowski Packers He’s a fullback…..you don’t need him for fantasy.
7(230) Marcus Murphy Saints A scat-back type. He’ll be useful in the Saints offense, but probably not enough to draft him this year. He’s not being drafted in MFL league.
7(231) Joey Iosefa Buccaneers He’s a fullback…..you don’t need him for fantasy.
7(235) Kenny Hilliard Texans Nephew of ex-NFL RB Dalton Hilliard and a top high school recruit. A power runner, but he just doesn’t have the speed or agility to make it in the NFL.
udfa() Terrence Magee Ravens A camp body
udfa() Terrell Watson Bengals A camp body
udfa() Ross Scheuerman Steelers Julian Edelman mkII?
udfa() Corey Grant Jaguars A special teamer…perhaps kick returner
udfa() Tyler Varga Colts He’s a fullback…..you don’t need him for fantasy.
udfa() Gus Johnson Raiders A camp body
udfa() Akeem Hunt Giants Probably get a chance as a kick returner first.
udfa() Raheem Mostert Eagles Kick returner and special teams standout
udfa() Trey Williams Washington Small back with kick return ability
udfa() Alonzo Harris Packers Big back probably has opportunity to stick as a power runner.
udfa() Dominique Brown Buccaneers A good player who’s work ethic has been questioned….will that change in the NFL?
udfa() Paul Lasike Cardinals New Zealander….but he’s a fullback…..you don’t need him for fantasy.
udfa() Thomas Rawls Seahawks He’s talented enough to be in the NFL, but it’s character concerns that have him in the undrafted section of this list.
udfa() Rod Smith Seahawks Another big back with a lot of mileage for the Seahawks.
udfa() Mark Weisman Bengals He’s a fullback…..you don’t need him for fantasy.
udfa() Ryan Mueller Chargers He’s a fullback…..you don’t need him for fantasy.
udfa() Zach Laskey Rams He’s a fullback…..you don’t need him for fantasy.
udfa() Luke Lundy Browns He’s a fullback…..you don’t need him for fantasy.
udfa() Cameron Stingily Steelers He’s a fullback…..you don’t need him for fantasy.
udfa() Abou Toure Colts A camp body
udfa() Connor Neighbors Titans He’s a fullback…..you don’t need him for fantasy.
udfa() Michael Dyer Raiders A camp body
udfa() Dreamius Smith Chargers A camp body
udfa() Desmond Martin Lions A camp body
udfa() Zach Zenner Lions Dominant small school back.
udfa() John Crockett Packers Chance to make a team as depth.
udfa() Blake Renaud Vikings He’s a fullback…..you don’t need him for fantasy.
udfa() Synjyn Days Cowboys A camp body
udfa() Kenneth Harper Giants A camp body
udfa() Jacquise Lockett Washington A camp body
udfa() Terron Ward Falcons A camp body
udfa() Lee Ward Panthers A camp body
udfa() Brandon Wegher Panthers Older, but talented prospect.
udfa() Malcolm Brown Rams Chance to make a team as depth.
udfa() Terrence Franks Rams A camp body

Wide Receivers

Selection Name Team Outlook
1(4) Amari Cooper Raiders Current ADP between 31 and 87. Made some very average Alabama QBs look NFL ready.
1(7) Kevin White Bears Current ADP between 33 and 89. One year wonder, but should do well with Cutler
1(14) DeVante Parker Dolphins Current ADP between 44 and 118. Mixed reception from analysts who feel he’ll struggle to get off line of scrimmage. Welcome to the AFC East!
1(20) Nelson Agholor Eagles Current ADP between 58 and 175. Value has shot up since going to the Eagles where logic says he’ll get opportunities to shine.
1(26) Breshad Perriman Ravens Current ADP between 53 and 174. Great deep threat and joining one of the best deep passers in the NFL…..has drop issues.
1(29) Phillip Dorsett Colts Current ADP between 88 and 219. No doubting the talent but, the wide ranging ADP says everything. Will he have opportunities in a crowded Colt WR stable never mind passing game?
2(37) Devin Smith Jets Current ADP between 173 and 276. Deep threat with scary speed. A pick for next year.
2(40) Dorial Green-Beckham Titans Current ADP between 62 and 123. Talent and potential, but hasn’t played football for a year.
2(41) Devin Funchess Panthers Current ADP between 112 and 190. Should do well with Newton, but will have to share red zone opportunities with Kelvin Benjamin.
3(69) Tyler Lockett Seahawks Current ADP between 146 and 252. Tiny but elusive receiver. Will probably get spot action and kick return opportunities.
3(70) Jaelen Strong Texans Current ADP between 85 and 166. Should start early in his career, but DeAndre Hopkins is #1 in Houston and poor QB play should limit his potential.
3(76) Chris Conley Chiefs Current ADP between 182 and 242. I like Conley….and he’s part of a complete overhaul of a joke WR corp.
3(87) Sammie Coates Steelers Current ADP between 137 and 202. Needs a lot of development and given the WR talent in Pittsburgh he shouldn’t feel too much pressure to start.
3(94) Ty Montgomery Packers Current ADP around 140. A return specialist who’ll be introduced slowly to the offense. Doubts about his skill as a receiver might not matter as he’s catching passes from Aaron Rodgers.
4(105) Jamison Crowder Washington Current ADP around 351. Small wide receiver.
4(107) Justin Hardy Falcons Current ADP between 185 and 278. Small wide receiver, likely to replace Harry Douglas.
4(123) Vince Mayle Browns Current ADP around 327. Raw prospect who probably shouldn’t contribute this year. Expect the Browns to have him starting, struggling and failing by week 3.
4(132) DeAndre Smelter 49ers Current ADP around 324. Suffered ACL before draft. Very good prospect if he recovers.
5(139) Rashad Greene Jaguars Current ADP between 214 and 284.
5(146) Stefon Diggs Vikings Current ADP between 179 and 245.
5(156) Tony Lippett Dolphins Current ADP around 400.
5(159) J.J. Nelson Cardinals Current ADP around 700.
5(162) Kenny Bell Buccaneers Current ADP between 277 and 299.
5(175) Keith Mumphery Texans Current ADP around 702.
6(184) Kaelin Clay Buccaneers Current ADP around 492.
6(186) Geremy Davis Giants Current ADP around 515.
6(187) Evan Spencer Redskins Current ADP around 791.
6(201) Bud Sasser Rams Current ADP around 764.
6(204) Darren Waller Ravens Current ADP around 263.
7(220) Neal Sterling Jaguars Current ADP around 794.
7(221) Andre Debose Raiders Current ADP around 518.
7(233) Da’Ron Brown Chiefs Current ADP around 464.
7(234) Dezmin Lewis Bills Current ADP around 659.
7(238) Mario Alford Bengals Current ADP around 419.
7(245) Tre McBride Titans Current ADP between 213 and 279.
udfa() Cameron Meredith Bears not draftable
udfa() Levi Norwood Bears not draftable
udfa() Andre Davis Bills not draftable
udfa() Christion Jones Dolphins not draftable
udfa() Nigel King Dolphins not draftable
udfa() Devin Gardner Patriots not draftable
udfa() Chris Harper Patriots not draftable
udfa() DeAndre Carter Ravens not draftable
udfa() Cam Worthy Ravens not draftable
udfa() Jake Kumerow Bengals Son of former NFL 1st round pick Eric Kumerow.
udfa() Tyler Murphy Steelers not draftable
udfa() Eli Rogers Steelers not draftable
udfa() Quan Bray Colts not draftable
udfa() Ezekiel Ruffin Colts not draftable
udfa() Matt Miller Broncos not draftable
udfa() Jordan Taylor Broncos not draftable
udfa() Josh Harper Raiders not draftable
udfa() Milton Williams Raiders not draftable
udfa() Titus Davis Chargers not draftable
udfa() Tyrell Williams Chargers not draftable
udfa() Demetrious Wilson Chargers not draftable
udfa() Rasheed Bailey Eagles not draftable
udfa() Devante Davis Eagles not draftable
udfa() John Harris Eagles not draftable
udfa() Reggie Bell Washington not draftable
udfa() Tony Jones Washington not draftable
udfa() Tyler Rutenbeck Washington not draftable
udfa() Javess Blue Packers not draftable
udfa() Adrian Coxson Packers not draftable
udfa() Jimmy Hunt Packers not draftable
udfa() Ricky Collins Packers not draftable
udfa() Larry Pinkard Packers not draftable
udfa() Marquez Clark Falcons not draftable
udfa() Joshua Stangby Falcons not draftable
udfa() Shane Wynn Falcons not draftable
udfa() R J Harris Saints not draftable
udfa() Malcolme Kennedy Saints not draftable
udfa() Rannell Hall Buccaneers not draftable
udfa() Josh Reese Buccaneers not draftable
udfa() Trevor Harman Cardinals not draftable
udfa() Damond Powell Cardinals not draftable
udfa() Jaxon Shipley Cardinals not draftable
udfa() Isiah Ferguson Rams not draftable
udfa() Bradley Marquez Rams not draftable
udfa() Tyler Slavin Rams not draftable
udfa() Dres Anderson 49ers not draftable
udfa() Isaac Blakeney 49ers not draftable
udfa() DiAndre Campbell 49ers not draftable
udfa() Darius Davis 49ers not draftable
udfa() DeAndrew White 49ers not draftable
udfa() Austin Hill Seahawks not draftable
udfa() Paul Browning Browns not draftable
udfa() Darius Jennings Browns not draftable
udfa() Chandler Worthy Texans not draftable
udfa() Kasey Closs Jaguars not draftable
udfa() Deon Long Titans not draftable
udfa() Andrew Turzilli Titans not draftable
udfa() Kenny Cook Chiefs not draftable
udfa() Donatella Luckett Chiefs not draftable
udfa() Austin Willis Raiders not draftable
udfa() Tony Pierson Bears not draftable
udfa() Vernon Johnson Lions not draftable
udfa() Erik Lora Lions not draftable
udfa() Jared Haggins Lions not draftable
udfa() Davaris Daniels Vikings not draftable
udfa() Isaac Fruechte Vikings not draftable
udfa() Jordan Leslie Vikings not draftable
udfa() Gavin Lutman Vikings not draftable
udfa() George Farmer Cowboys not draftable
udfa() Antwan Goodley Cowboys not draftable
udfa() Nick Harwell Cowboys not draftable
udfa() Lucky Whitehead Cowboys not draftable
udfa() Deontay Greenberry Cowboys not draftable
udfa() Quinton Dunbar Washington not draftable
udfa() Damiere Byrd Panthers not draftable
udfa() Donteea Dye Buccaneers not draftable
udfa() Adam Humpries Buccaneers not draftable

Tight Ends

Selection Name Team Outlook
2(55) Maxx Williams Ravens Current ADP between 122 and 132. It’s tough for rookie TEs to succeed immediately and despite the great situation Williams finds himself in don’t expect too much. That ADP of 10th round seems fair to me.
3(68) Clive Walford Raiders Current ADP between 207 and 234.
3(85) Tyler Kroft Bengals Good player and will have opportunities especially with Eiferts continued injury problems, but probably not draftable
3(92) Jeff Heuerman Broncos Good pass catching TE. Probably not draftable
4(117) Blake Bell 49ers not draftable
5(143) MyCole Pruitt Vikings not draftable
5(157) C.J. Uzomah Bengals not draftable
5(160) Jesse James Steelers not draftable
5(171) Nick Boyle Ravens not draftable
5(173) James O’Shaughnessy Chiefs not draftable
6(194) Nick O’Leary Bills not draftable
6(195) Malcolm Johnson Browns not draftable
6(198) Randall Telfer Browns not draftable
6(202) A.J. Derby Patriots not draftable
6(213) Kennard Backman Packers not draftable
7(229) Ben Koyack Jaguars not draftable
7(246) Geoff Swaim Cowboys not draftable
7(254) Rory Anderson 49ers not draftable
7(256) Gerald Christian Cardinals not draftable
udfa() Brian Vogler Bears not draftable
udfa() Clay Burton Bills not draftable
udfa() Wes Saxton Jets not draftable
udfa() Matt Lengel Bengals not draftable
udfa() Cameron Clear Steelers not draftable
udfa() Connor Hamlett Jaguars not draftable
udfa() Jean Sifrin Colts not draftable
udfa() Justin Sinz Colts not draftable
udfa() Gabe Holmes Raiders not draftable
udfa() Eric Frohnapel Chargers not draftable
udfa() Brian Parker Chargers not draftable
udfa() Matt LaCosse Giants not draftable
udfa() Andrew Gleichert Eagles not draftable
udfa() Eric Tomlinson Eagles not draftable
udfa() Justin Tukes Eagles not draftable
udfa() Devin Mahina Washington not draftable
udfa() Mitchell Henry Packers not draftable
udfa() Beau Gardner Falcons not draftable
udfa() Harold Spears Saints not draftable
udfa() Jack Tabb Saints not draftable
udfa() Gannon Sinclair Cardinals not draftable
udfa() Emmanuel Bibbs Browns not draftable
udfa() Kevin Haplea Browns not draftable
udfa() Khari Lee Texans not draftable
udfa() Mike McFarland Texans not draftable
udfa() Tim Semisch Dolphins not draftable
udfa() Manasseh Garner Chiefs not draftable
udfa() Casey Pierce Lions not draftable
udfa() Ray Hamilton Cowboys not draftable
udfa() Will Tye Giants not draftable

Placekickers

Selection Name Team Outlook
udfa() Andrew Franks Dolphins Camp body
udfa() Tom Obarski Bengals Camp body
udfa() Josh Lembo Chargers Camp body
udfa() Ty Long Washington Camp body
udfa() Jeremiah Detmer Bears Camp body
udfa() Justin Manton Ravens Camp body
udfa() Mike Meyer Titans Camp body
udfa() Kyle Brindza Lions Camp body
udfa() Kip Smith Eagles Camp body
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