Calvin Ridley – Alabama
6’1″ 190 lbs
Calvin Ridley has been a well known name in dynasty circles for a while, but winning a national championships gets you household recognition, especially after hauling in a late touchdown on 4th and seven.
Mark Walton – Miami
RB 5’10” 188 lbs
Injuries are a thorn in the side of evaluators, especially when it comes to a back as potentially explosive as Mark Walton. Walton’s 2017 came to an end in October when he underwent surgery to repair his right ankle.
Kerryon Johnson – Auburn
RB 6’0″ 212 lbs
When comparisons of Le’veon Bell are being thrown around, there is an extra level of scrutiny that goes into a film evaluation; that’s something Kerryon Johnson is going to have to live with throughout the draft process.
Royce Freeman – Oregon
RB 5’11” 229 lbs
Royce Freeman has been on the radar of dynasty owners since posting a 1,300 yard season as a freshman in 2014. Although a junior-year knee injury tempered expectations, Freeman put up solid numbers again at Oregon in 2017.
DJ Chark – LSU
WR 6’3″ 199
The program at LSU presents a fairly unique set of challenges for wide receiver evaluations; DJ Chark had just 66 career catches in the run-centric Tigers’ offense. In order to reach a conclusion on Chark, there has to be a fair amount of imagination, extrapolation, and projection involved.
Anthony Miller – Memphis
WR 5’11” 200 lbs
Unheralded. That’s the first word that comes to mind to describe Memphis wideout Anthony Miller. He was not heavily recruited out of high school and continues to be lost among this underwhelming class of receivers.
Samaje Perine – Oklahoma
RB 5’11” 237lbs
Perine was in a unique situation in Oklahoma; he split touches with Joe Mixon, one of the most dynamic backs in the 2017 class. He played the compact, inside runner and saw some goal line work, but it’s difficult to tell whether he was limited to this role because of talent around him or his own ability.
D’Onta Foreman – Texas RB 6’1″ 246lbs
D’Onta Foreman is another banger dropped into this year’s class of RBs. He is big (6’1 245) and physical, running mostly between the tackles. He has times where he looks lost in pass protection, but I don’t foresee him being asked to do much in the passing game at the next level. Foreman is not classically fast, but does pick up speed through the hole deceptively well. He won’t break away from the defense, but builds inertia fast enough to produce some chunk runs.
James Conner – Pittsburgh RB 6’2″ 240lbs
James Conner is immense. He looks like a middle linebacker carrying the ball, and he hits like one too, initiating contact at the end of runs. He is primarily a downhill/ north/south runner, and although Conner can catch the ball a little out of the backfield, he needs to be moving forward at the catch point to be productive.