Laquon Treadwell Draft
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1. Laquon Treadwell, Minnesota Vikings
Treadwell gives the Vikings a big, physical receiver. He’ll pair nicely with Stefon Diggs to give Teddy Bridgewater quality young options. Look for Teddy to progress in Year 3 and Treadwell will benefit.
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2. Will Fuller, Houston Texans
Fuller should get all of the benefits of a receiver working opposite of DeAndre Hopkins. As long as Brock Osweiler
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3.Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns
Coleman has a chance to shine right away, in part because of lack of competition for targets from quality options. That said, Coleman does have the athletic ability to turn heads. It isn’t just a volume proposition.
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4. Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins
Doctson gives the Redskins a bigger target to complement DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Unfortunately he’ll have to compete for them, along with Jordan Reed for looks.
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5. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Thomas is a big target that should work nicely with Brandin Cooks. Catching passes from Drew Brees helps his re-draft value.
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Bonus Picks
6. Sterling Shepard, New York Giants
7. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
8. Leonte Carroo, Miami Dolphins
9. Pharoh Cooper, Los Angeles Rams
10. Malcolm Mitchell, New England Patriots
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Ezekiel Elliott Draft
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1. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
Elliott lands in a wonderful spot. In 2014 DeMarco Murray led the way as the Cowboys ran for 2,354 yards on 4.6 yards per carry. He split and struggled in Philly, but the Cowboys still managed to get 1,890 yards on 4.6 ypc from the likes of Darren McFadden and others. Elliott should have no problem turning in a RB2 (or better) worthy rookie campaign.
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2. Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins
Drake will begin as a change-of-pace back for the Dolphins, but could end up surpassing Jay Ajayi on the depth chart.
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3. C.J. Prosise, Seattle Seahawks
Prosise will likely make his impact as a third-down back in 2016. That said, Thomas Rawls and Christine Michael aren’t exactly the caliber of Marshawn Lynch. Prosise could earn additional touches in a potent offense.
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4. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
Henry would be number two with a bullet if the Titans hadn’t brought in Murray. He could still end up as the number two rookie back as Tennessee is looking to play smashmouth football.
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5. Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens
Dixon landed in a good spot with Justin Forsett (30) as his primary competition. It wouldn’t be a reach for Dixon to turn in the second best rookie RB performance and venture into RB3 territory.
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Carson Wentz Draft
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1. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
Goff will get every opportunity to win the starting job for the Rams. New city, low expectations. Good opportunity to get Goff seasoning right away. His weapons are limited in the passing game, but he has a dynamic running back to take some pressure off of him.
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3. Paxton Lynch, Denver Bronco
Lynch has the weapons, which would put him ahead of Goff if he won the starting gig. Unfortunately Mark Sanchez stands in his way. Lynch is the future in Denver. It’s a matter of when that future begins.
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3. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
I would give Wentz the edge over Jared Goff because of the weapons (Jordan Matthews, Zach Ertz, Darren Sproles) at his disposal, but he’ll have to beat out Sam Bradford to make an impact in Year One. That said, Bradford has a checkered durability past.
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4. Christian Hackenberg, New York Jets
Hackenberg will have to get a shot after starting behind Geno Smith and Bryce Petty. Neither are strong options, but Hackenberg isn’t one himself. That said, if he gets the opportunity he does have solid weapons to work with.
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5. Cody Kessler, Cleveland Browns
Kessler isn’t expected to get a shot this year, but with RGIII at the helm, he could end up seeing action. Even if he gets in, he doesn’t have much to work with.
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RG3
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RG3 has certainly been the hot topic this spring. He is a low-risk option for the Cleveland Browns and fantasy football players alike. Griffin’s career has dropped like an anvil since his outstanding rookie season when he looked like the future of the NFL. Can  he resurrect his value with Cleveland?
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Getting away from Washington is a blessing for RG3. If anyone needed a fresh start, it was him.
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RG3 set the world on fire in 2012 throwing for 3,200 yards with 20 touchdowns to five interceptions on a 65.6 completion rate. He also ran for 815 yards and seven touchdowns. Griffin looked like the second coming of Randall Cunningham. Big hits took their toll on Griffin. He never was quite the same. In 2013 Griffin threw for 3,203 games, but his touchdown to interception ratio went to 16:12. He still completed a fair amount of his passes, 60.1 percent to be exact, but his running game took a back seat. Griffin finished with 489 yards and failed to score a rushing touchdown.
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2014 effectively signaled the end of his run with Washington, though he hung around one more year.  Griffin threw for 1,694 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions. He ran for 176 yards and one score. RG3′s yards per carry went from 6.8 to 5.7 to 4.6 in three years. After throwing 20 touchdowns to five picks in his first year he threw 20 touchdowns and 18 picks in the next 22 games.
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Griffin is trying to get things back in order. He is working with QB guru Tom House (see story). Cleveland coach Hue Jackson liked what he saw while the team was pursing RG3. He should have every opportunity to run with the starting job. If he falls on his face in the preseason, you should know that and subsequently avoid him in fantasy drafts.
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RG3 has the upside to return to QB1 form, particularly if Josh Gordon is reinstated. He is a nice option to take a chance on as your QB2. If he gets hurt or struggles you can cut bait.

Jared Cook
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Jared Cook is an big, athletic tight end that has been full of promise, but has yet to truly break out. The 6’5, 254 pound tight end has never had a quarterback of Aaron Rodgers throwing the ball to him…until now.
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Cook’s last five seasons:
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2011: 49 catches, 759 yards, 3 touchdowns
2012: 44 catches, 523 yards, 4 touchdowns
2013:  51 catches, 671 yards, 5 touchdowns
2014: 52 catches, 634 yards, 3 touchdowns
2015: 39 catches, 481 yards, 0 touchdowns
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Cook’s 12.3 yards per catch last year ranked only behind Gronk, Greg Olsen, Gary Barnidge, Zach Miller, Jimmy Graham and Crocket Gillmore at the tight end position. His career average is 12.8 yards per catch. Richard Rodgers catch 58 passes last year for Green Bay for 510 yards and eight touchdowns. Rodgers averaged just 8.8 yards per catch. Cook will be used to take advantage of the middle of the field.
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Cook, who will turn 29 next month, has a chance to deliver TE1 numbers. He’s certainly an intriguing option.

2016 NFL Mock Draft

24 March 2016


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Here’s the Lester’s Legends 2016 NFL Mock Draft.
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1. Tennessee Titans – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
2. Cleveland Browns – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
3. San Diego Chargers – Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State
4. Dallas Cowboys – Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
6. Baltimore Ravens – DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
7. San Francisco 49ers – Jared Goff, QB, Cal
8. Philadelphia Eagles- Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
10. New York Giants – Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
11. Chicago Bears – Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
12. New Orleans Saints – Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
13. Miami Dolphins – William Jackson, CB, Houston
14. Oakland Raiders – Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
15. Los Angeles Rams – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
16. Detroit Lions – Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
17. Atlanta Falcons – Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia
18. Indianapolis Colts – Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
19. Buffalo Bills – Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
20. New York Jets – Noah Spence, OLB, Eastern Kentucky
21. Washington Redskins – Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
22. Houston Texans – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
23. Minnesota Vikings – Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
26. Seattle Seahawks – Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
27. Green Bay Packers – A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
28. Kansas City Chiefs – Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
29. Arizona Cardinals – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
30. Carolina Panthers – Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
31. Denver Broncos – Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

Alfred Morris
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Alfred Morris is staying within the NFC East as he leaves the Washington Redskins to handle lead back duties for the Dallas Cowboys.
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Morris had 751 yards and one touchdown last year to go along with 10 catches for 55 yards.
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In his first three years Morris ran for 1,610 yards and 13 touchdowns, 1,275 yards and 7 touchdowns and 1,074 yards and 8 touchdowns. Morris only has 47 receptions in four seasons for 365 yards so don’t expect him to take on a more dynamic role, but he should still be able to pound the ball with a great offensive line.
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Despite his decline each season Morris is just 27. He’ll share the load with Darren McFadden, but Morris’ presence should mean fewer carries for McFadden, though he should remain active in the passing game.
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Morris could be a RB3 or RB4 with upside if McFadden lives up to his injury prone history.

Martellus Bennett
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Tom Brady got a new toy. Martellus Bennett was brought in to pair with Rob Gronkowski to give Brady two big, athletic red zone targets. He’ll also give defensive coordinator fits.
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Bennett caught 53 passes for 439 last year as he dealt with injuries, but in 2014 he had 90 catches for 916 yards. Bennett has averaged 65.8 catches over the past four seasons.
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Gronk had 72 catches for 1,176 yards and 11 touchdowns last year.
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The last time the Patriots had an embarrassment of riches at tight end was 2012 when Gronk had 790 yards and 11 touchdowns and Aaron Hernandez had 483 yards and five touchdowns. In 2011 Gronk had 1,3327 yards and 17 touchdowns while Hernandez had 910 yards and seven touchdowns. The addition shouldn’t hurt Julian Edelman. In 2011 Wes Welker had 1,569 yards and nine touchdowns despite the monster season by Gronk and Hernandez. Brady shined that year with 5,235 yards and 39 touchdowns.
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Gronkowski should remain the premier tight end in the league and Bennett is a high-end TE1. The Patriots offense should be as deadly as ever.

Coby Fleener
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For the most part the free agent signings  thus far won’t have major fantasy implications. The quarterback market and wide receiver market are soft. The running back and tight end markets have a little more intrigue. One potentially exciting signing is Coby Fleener going to New Orleans.
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Fleener caught 54 passes last year with 491 yards and three touchdowns. It marks the third straight season of at least 50 catches for Fleener. In 2013 he snagged 52 passes for 608 yards and in 2014 he caught 51 for 774 yards and eight touchdowns.
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Fleener’s production has been limited over the years because of Dwayne Allen’s presence. In New Orleans he’ll get a chance to play more snaps and secure more targets. Plus, Drew Brees has a history of making stars out of tight ends.
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Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham have been two of the most prolific tight ends with Brees. Ben Watson set career highs last year with 74 catches for 825 yards and  six touchdowns despite turning 35 in December. Fleener will be 28 and entering his prime. He is very much on the TE1 radar.

Matt Forte
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Busy first day of NFL free agent action.
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Brock Osweiler, QB, Houston Texans – My expectations are for Brock to flop for Houston. He’ll help DeAndre Hopkins, but he’s a low-end QB2 at best.
Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets – Forte is a nice replacement for Chris Ivory. He should remain in the RB1 mix.
Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars – We spoke about him earlier, but this move makes little sense with T.J. Yeldon entering his second year. Hurts both values.
Lamar Miller, RB, Houston – Miller has every opportunity to remain a fantasy force. He’ll also be in the RB1 mix. Nice fit for Miller.
Travis Benjamin, WR, San Diego Chargers – Gets upgrade at QB. Nice landing spot. Should be on the WR3 or WR4 radar.
Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions – Nice landing spot as Megatron retired. He’ll pair with Golden Tate for a solid 1-2 punch with TE Eric Ebron picking up some slack as well. WR3 material.
Ladarius Green, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers – Nice option to replace the retired Heath Miller. TE1 potential with Big Ben.
Ben Watson, TE, Baltimore Ravens – Leaving Drew Brees will hurt his value. TE2 at best.


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