Originally published at: http://rotoviz.com/2018/05/7-veteran-losers-from-the-nfl-draft/
Not everyone came out of the NFL Draft with their dynasty and re-draft value intact. While there were a number of veteran players who are winners in the wake of the big event, several others saw their value take a hit.
This article lists Cameron Meredith as one of the biggest losers from the NFL Draft due to Tre'Quan Smith's addition in the 3rd round.
This is very interesting position to take so it would be great to hear your insights on two things:
1) Apart from weight and breakout age, what else does UCF's Smith bring to the table that would enable him to earn snaps at Meredith's expense ?
2) Here are two pre-draft Measurables followed by these two WR's second NFL season:
Player A: 6’1”/214, 4.57 40-time, 1.62 10-yd, 36” vertical, 4.50 shuttle, 6.83 three-cone
Player B: 6’3”/207, 4.49 40-time, 1.51 10-yd, 39” vertical, 4.12 shuttle, 6.71 three-cone
Player A 2nd season: 4.8 rec., 75.6 yards, 0.38 TDs per game with a 59.8% catch rate (on targets),
Player B 2nd season : 5.0 rec., 69.7 yards, 0.33 TDs per game with a 67.4% catch rate (on targets)
Player A is DeAndre Hopkins in 2014, his second 'breakout' year... Player B is Cameron Meredith in 2016. Thrust into a starting role in week 5, Meredith went on to have four 100+ yard games in those last 12 weeks - coincidentally the same number as Hopkins, only in 4 fewer starts.
All to say, even assuming Cameron Meredith comes back at 80%+ health, is this really a fair to include Meredith on this list? Especially given the 10th WR + FBS draft stock of the incoming rookie ?
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this! Thanks
“Between the rookie, Jeremy Hill, and Mike Gillislee, the majority of their two-down work is now spoken for.“
I don’t understand how this can be stated so conclusively when he already relegated Gillislee to a healthy scratch and Hill has an uphill battle to make the roster.
Drafting a 1st RD RB isn’t great for Burkhead, but his point per game last year returned value for a 7th rounder. His ADP will naturally drop. Who’s to say there won’t be rookie struggles with the Pats complicated O.
Burkhead is a buy for me. Worst case I think you break even on a 8-10 RD pick.