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2014 NFL Rookies and Commentary

Key additions made in the NFL Draft

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Original Release: July 1, 2014

With a new NFL season brings fresh faces in the form of NFL rookies. Nothing seems to generate more excitement in the fantasy football world than the sight of college headliners bringing their game to the NFL. But be sure to proceed with caution, as the adjustment to the NFL can be a slow one, and most NFL rookies bring considerable risk to the table for your fantasy football draft. Having said that, there are always a few rookies that break through to fantasy relevance, some developing into big time fantasy factors (See our NFL Rookie Fantasy Football Draft Strategy article to help stack the fantasy odds in your favor). Before you can start putting together any kind of NFL rookie draft strategy together, you need to know who the meaningful, new faces are to the 2014 fantasy landscape at the key fantasy positions of RB, QB, WR, and TE.

With that in mind, the Docs have compiled a handy list highlighting significant NFL rookies taken in the 2014 NFL Draft. To help draw a little more attention to NFL rookies with upside in 2014 to be an impact fantasy football player, we have highlighted those players with a yellow background; however, all players on this list have the potential to emerge depending on how the season unfolds. The NFL Team, college, and height & weight of each NFL rookie is listed, as well as a brief comment providing some additional insight for each player.

Table Key:
Yellow Background - NFL rookies with upside and breakout potential for 2014.

Significant 2014 NFL Rookies
Pos. Pick Player NFL Team College Height Weight Comment
RB 54   Bishop Sankey Tennessee Washington 5'10" 209   RB Corey Dillon v 2.0
RB 55   Jeremy Hill Cincinnati LSU 6'1" 238   Never fumbled in college
RB 57   Carlos Hyde San Francisco Ohio State 6'0" 235   Goal-line runner
RB 69   Charles Sims Tampa Bay West Virginia 6'0" 214   Explosive with great hands
RB 75   Tre Mason St. Louis Auburn 5'8" 207   RB MJD v 2.0. Bowling ball
RB 94   Terrance West Cleveland Towson 5'10" 225   Set NCAA FCS rushing mark
RB 96   Jerick McKinnon Minnesota GA Southern 5'9" 208   Strong and fast. Gerhart who?
RB 97   Dri Archer Pittsburgh Kent State 5'8" 173   4.26 sec 40 yard dash!
RB 103   Devonta Freeman Atlanta Florida State 5'8" 206   Plan B to SJax
RB 113   Andre Williams New York Giants Boston College 5'11" 230   Rushed for 2,177 yds in 2013
RB 117   Ka'Deem Carey Chicago Arizona 5'10" 207   Power and hard to bring down
RB 124   De'Anthony Thomas Kansas City Oregon 5'8" 176   Homerun speed & kick returner
RB 130   James White New England Wisconsin 5'10" 206   Shifty, three-down type RB
RB 138   Lorenzo Taliaferro Baltimore Coastal Car 6'0" 226   Between tackles runner
RB 181   Alfred Blue Houston LSU 6'2" 222   Brings the hammer
RB 186   Lache Seastrunk Washington Baylor 5'9" 200   Needs work pass catching
QB 3   Blake Bortles Jacksonville UCF 6'5" 237   Needs time to develop
QB 22   Johnny Manziel Cleveland Texas A&M 6'0" 210   Lightning in a bottle
QB 32   Teddy Bridgewater Minnesota Louisville 6'2" 210   Model QB and teammate
QB 36   Derek Carr Oakland Fresno State 6'3" 214   Brought Schaub in as mentor
QB 62   Jimmy Garoppolo New England Eastern IL 6'2" 225   Tough as nails / natural leader
QB 120   Logan Thomas Arizona Virgina Tech 6'6" 250   Hoping for Daunte Culpepper
QB 135   Tom Savage Houston Pittsburgh 6'4" 228   Classic pocket passer
QB 163   Aaron Murray Kansas City Georgia 6'1" 207   Quick release and mobile
QB 164   A.J. McCarron Cincinnati Alabama 6'3" 220   36-4 record in college
QB 178   Zach Mettenberger Tennessee LSU 6'5" 244   NFL OC Cam Cameron @ LSU
WR 4   Sammy Watkins Buffalo Clemson 6'1" 211   Skills to be big-time playmaker
WR 7   Mike Evans Tampa Bay Texas A&M 6'5" 231   Size gave SEC DB's fits
WR 12   Odell Beckham New York Giants LSU 5'11" 198   Shifty WR who also returns punts
WR 20   Brandin Cooks New Orleans Oregon State 5'10" 189   Dangerous after catch ability
WR 28   Kelvin Benjamin Carolina Florida State 6'5" 240   One year wonder at FSU
WR 39   Marqise Lee Jacksonville USC 6'0" 192   Sure 1st rounder in 2013
WR 42   Jordan Matthews Philadelphia Vanderbilt 6'3" 212   Player to watch w/ size & speed
WR 45   Paul Richardson Seattle Colorado 6'0" 183   Plugs gap left by Golden Tate
WR 53   Devante Adams Green Bay Fresno State 6'1" 216   Trying to fill James Jones shoes
WR 56   Cody Latimer Denver Indiana 6'2" 215   Peyton Manning's type of WR
WR 61   Allen Robinson Jacksonville Penn State 6'3" 210   Led Big 10 in rec & yrds (2x)
WR 63   Jarvis Landry Miami LSU 5'11" 202   Can play outside and in slot
WR 86   Josh Huff Philadelphia Oregon 5'11" 211   Reunites with HC Chip Kelly
WR 90   Donte Moncrief Indianapolis Miss State 6'2" 221   Deep threat WR
WR 91   John Brown Arizona Pitt State 5'11" 179   WR and kick return threat
WR 104   Jalen Saunders New York Jets Oklahoma 5'9" 164   Undersized but quick
WR 106   Bruce Ellington San Francisco South Carolina 5'9" 197   Best shot is kick returner
WR 115   Shaq Evans New York Jets UCLA 6'1" 213   Can have alligator arms
WR 118   Martavis Bryant Pittsburgh Clemson 6'4" 211   Injury prone WR and KR
WR 123   Kevin Norwood Seattle Alabama 6'2" 199   Quiet college career
WR 142   Ryan Grant Washington Tulane 6'0" 193   Problems getting jammed at line
WR 146   Devin Street Dallas Pittsburgh 6'3" 200   Track star in High School
TE 10   Eric Ebron Detroit UNC 6'4" 250   Big plans for Ebron in DET
TE 38   A. Seferian-Jenkins Tampa Bay Washington 6'5" 262   Played basketball for UW
TE 49   Jace Amaro New York Jets Texas Tech 6'5" 265   Set FBS record for TE rec yds
TE 52   Troy Niklas Arizona Notre Dame 6'6" 270   Brought in to block
TE 65   C.J. Fiedorowicz Houston Iowa 6'6" 265   Unknown x-factor and gamble

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