Dante Pettis – Washington
WR 6’0″ 196 lbs
If Dante Pettis was a meal, he’d be a cheese pizza; he’s comfortable, safe, and nondescript. He’s not a player whose skillset is worth hating, but after 8 plus games-worth of film, there’s not much I love either.
Courtland Sutton – SMU
WR 6’4″ 215 lbs
Cortland Sutton has been near the top of the last two receiver classes, opting to return last season to SMU. An extra year of seasoning may have backfired in terms of Sutton’s draft stock, but it is definitely providing a bright spot for dynasty drafters.
Auden Tate – Florida State
WR 6’4″ 225 lbs
Tall, physical receivers leave an evaluator prone to wild dream sequences about Calvin Johnson-type production. I generally try to avoid getting caught up in too much projection, but the 6’4″ Auden Tate is straight out of central-casting.
Christian Kirk – Texas A&M
WR 5’11 200 lbs
The immediate reaction to watching Christian Kirk’s tape is to be underwhelmed; there’s not an aspect of his game that is exceptional. And that’s ok.
DJ Moore – Maryland
WR 5’10” 215 lbs
Moore seems to be a darling of this year’s receiving crop, drawing many comparisons to players like Golden Tate. (And like Tate, landing spot will be critical to Moore’s success.)
James Washington – Oklahoma State
WR 5’11” 205
The two biggest things working against James Washington are psychological. He doesn’t fit within the parameters of a traditional wide receiver build, and he wears number 28. (This sounds crazy, but there were people pointing out the “lack of explosiveness” of the number 45 when Michael Jordan returned from retirement; we attach a style and persona to numbers that colors our perception.) 28 is not a wide receiver.
Nick Chubb – Georgia
RB 5’10” 220 lbs
Entering 2015, Nick Chubb was at the top of Devy draft boards everywhere. Two seasons and one horrific knee injury later, Chubb is ascending back up the running back rankings.
Rashaad Penny – San Diego State
RB 5’11” 220 lbs
If you were hoping to steal Rashaad Penny late in your rookie draft, it appears that the secret is out after the Senior Bowl. Luckily, he seems like a prime candidate to be picked apart in the weeks between the combine and the draft.
John Kelly – Tennessee
RB 5’9″ 205
Every year, there is a player who sneaks up on you; this year, that under-the-radar player is John Kelly. Well, at least he WAS under-the-radar…
Sony Michel – Georgia
RB 5’11” 222 lbs
The Sony Michel bandwagon filled up and started rolling after the National Championship game against Alabama, but the signs that he is special were there all season.
At 5’11” and 220 pounds, it’s easy to get caught up in expecting another powerful, bruising Georgia running back; that’s not who Michel is. He’s better.