Monday, July 19, 2010

2nd Year Studs, Rookies and Sleepers

1. Shonn Greene: RB, NY Jets
Great offensive line and surrounded by a lot of offensive talent means he’ll get plenty of yards and scores.

2. Hakeem Nicks: WR, NY Giants
His hands, routes, and size make him a QBs dream

3. Mike Wallace: WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
The only reason he’s 3 on this list is QB situation is a bit shaky until Ben comes back. Otherwise he’s 1 on this list.

4. Percy Harvin: WR, Minnesota Vikings
Harvin is an all around athlete making him dangerous as a receiver, returner, and even in wildcat situations.

5. (tie)Mark Sanchez QB, NY Jets/Matthew Stafford, QB Detroit Lions
Both rookies showed why they were top picks. Sanchez is lucky to have a ton of talent around him and as long as he’s a game manager he’ll have the opportunity to put up great numbers with one of the best O-lines and great position players in Cotchery, Holmes, Edwards, Greene, Tomlinson and Keller.

Stafford doesn’t have the talent surrounding him that Sanchez does, but Detroit had a good offseason and draft adding pieces around him. He showed a lot of composure through a bumpy rookie season, but he has Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson, a solid TE in Tony Scheffler and Jahvid Best should be an upgrade at RB.

Rookies/Sleepers to watch
These are some rookies to keep your eye on in the draft. They’re worth picking up in mid to late rounds or off the wire, but they should be impact players this year.

1. Dexter McCluster Athlete, Kansas City Chiefs
It’s hard to know where they’ll play McCluster. He’s lightening quick, strong, and can play running back, wide receiver, QB in wildcat formations, and is a dangerous return man. With Todd Haley’s creativity he can do a lot with someone with McCluster’s skills.

2. Ryan Matthews: RB, San Diego Chargers
Matthews will be the rookie of the year. Chargers moved up in the draft to get him and many experts had him as the top rated RB in the draft. He’s a complete back and will play on the best team in a weak AFC West.

3. Dez Bryant: WR, Dallas Cowboys
Move over Roy Williams-you’re about to ride the pine. Bryant has legit size, good speed, and will tandem with Miles Austin to make Dallas the NFC East’s best offensive team.

Some sleepers...

1. Early Doucet: WR, Arizona Cardinals
Doucet will take over for Boldin in Arizona’s offense. With Larry Fitzgerald getting smothered, look for Doucet to get open and have a breakout year.

2. Jamal Charles: RB, Kansas City Chiefs
He’s a very loud sleeper the way he finished off his season, but I can see some people taking Justin Forsett or Reggie Bush ahead of him, which would be a mistake.

3. Louis Murphy: WR, Oakland Raiders
With a competent QB behind center look for Murphy to have a breakout year for the Raiders.

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