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2016 NFL Rookies and Commentary

Key additions made in the NFL Draft

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Original Release: June 5, 2016

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 2016 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 2016 NFL Draft. To help draw a little more attention to NFL rookies with upside in 2016 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 2016.

Significant 2016 NFL Rookies
Pos. Pick Player NFL Team College Height Weight Comment
RB 4   Ezekiel Elliott Cowboys Ohio St. 6'0" 225   Pro ready and behind great O-line.
RB 45   Derrick Henry Titans Alabama 6'3" 247   Big, but sharing with DeMarco.
RB 73   Kenyan Drake Dolphins Alabama 6'1" 210   Ajayi injury can open door for talent.
RB 90   C.J. Prosise Seahawks Notre Dame 6'0" 220   Still learning at RB; HUGE upside.
RB 119   Tyler Ervin Texans San Jose St. 5'10" 192   4.41s 40, but buried as returner.
RB 134   Kenneth Dixon Ravens Louisiana Tech 5'10" 215   Good receiver & has 72 rush TDs.
RB 136   Devontae Booker Broncos Utah 5'11" 219   #1 option behind injury prone C.J.
RB 143   DeAndre Washington Raiders Texas Tech 5'8" 204   Small, but explosive. 3rd down RB.
RB 149   Paul Perkins Giants UCLA 5'10" 208   Crowded in NY, but he's explosive.
RB 150   Jordan Howard Bears Indiana 6'0" 230   UAB stopped. He didn't. Workhorse.
RB 153   Wendell Smallwood Eagles West Virginia 5'10" 208   If Mathews misses time, Boom.
RB 156   Jonathan Williams Bills Arkansas 5'11" 220   Injuries caused slip. Has skills.
RB 171   Alex Collins Seahawks Arkansas 5'10" 217   Could fill bruising role if called in.
RB 176   Andy Janovich Broncos Nebraska 6'1" 238   FB, but better runner than most.
RB 182   Keenan Reynolds Ravens Navy 5'11" 205   Option QB, 78 rushing TDs.
RB 197   Dan Vitale Buccaneers Northwestern 6'1" 239   H-back James Casey-like player.
RB 198   Derek Watt Chargers Wisconsin 6'2" 236   Brother of J.J.; FB that is versatile.
RB 211   Kelvin Taylor 49ers Florida 5'10" 207   Fred's son with proven production.
RB 216   Darius Jackson Cowboys Eastern Michigan 6'0" 221   Great metrics, but poor production.
RB 236   Dwayne Washington Lions Washington 6'2" 226   Big, fast, but hasn't done on field.
RB 237   Daniel Lasco Saints California 6'0" 209   Fast, but crowded backfield in NO.
RB 242   Keith Marshall Redskins Georgia 5'11" 219   4.3s 40 behind Gurley. Big Threat.
RB 247   Zac Brooks Seahawks Clemson 6'1" 200   No production, has measurables.
QB 1   Jared Goff Rams California 6'4" 215   16/20 bad passing years w/Fisher.
QB 2   Carson Wentz Eagles North Dakota St. 6'5" 237   Adjustment from NDS to NFL.
QB 26   Paxton Lynch Broncos Memphis 6'7" 244   Ability to scramble in Kubiak's O.
QB 51   Christian Hackenberg Jets Penn St. 6'4" 223   Sacked 101 times in 3 years.
QB 91   Jacoby Brissett Patriots N.C. State 6'4" 231   If Brady's suspended, could play.
QB 93   Cody Kessler Browns USC 6'1" 220   USC career leader completion %.
QB 100   Connor Cook Raiders Michigan St. 6'4" 217   Leadership concerns.
QB 135   Dak Prescott Cowboys Mississippi St. 6'2" 226   Tebow #'s; Romo is Mr. Glass.
QB 139   Cardale Jones Bills Ohio St. 6'5" 253   Big OSU National Champ QB.
QB 162   Kevin Hogan Chiefs Stanford 6'3" 218   Andrew Luck successor at Stanford.
QB 187   Nate Sudfeld Redskins Indiana 6'6" 234   Career backup at best.
QB 191   Jake Rudock Lions Michigan 6'3" 207   Jim Harbaugh showed he can play.
QB 201   Brandon Allen Jaguars Arkansas 6'1" 217   Completion % got better 50, 56, 66!
QB 207   Jeff Driskel 49ers Louisiana Tech 6'4" 234   Ability to run offense is SF.
QB 223   Brandon Doughty Dolphins Western Kentucky 6'3" 213   Back-to-back C-USA MVP.
WR 15   Corey Coleman Browns Baylor 5'11" 194   Biletnikoff Award winner & 4.37s 40.
WR 21   Will Fuller Texans Notre Dame 6'0" 186   4.32s 40 & Notre Dame MVP.
WR 22   Josh Doctson Redskins TCU 6'2" 202   Playmaker and #1 WR mentality.
WR 23   Laquon Treadwell Vikings Mississippi 6'2" 221   Big wingspan & big in big games.
WR 40   Sterling Shepard Giants Oklahoma 5'10" 194   Great opportunity beside ODBJ.
WR 47   Michael Thomas Saints Ohio St. 6'3" 212   Keyshawn Johnson's nephew.
WR 55   Tyler Boyd Bengals Pittsburgh 6'1" 197   Opposite A.J. Green could produce.
WR 85   Braxton Miller Texans Ohio St. 6'1" 201   OSU QB switched to WR as senior.
WR 86   Leonte Carroo Dolphins Rutgers 6'0" 211   19.7 yards per catch at Rutgers.
WR 107   Chris Moore Ravens Cincinnati 6'1" 206   Vertical only WR.
WR 112   Malcolm Mitchell Patriots Georgia 6'0" 198   Injuries caused slip. Can impress.
WR 114   Ricardo Louis Browns Auburn 6'2" 215   Raw WR with lots to work on.
WR 117   Pharoh Cooper Rams South Carolina 5'11" 203   Consistent WR for Gamecocks.
WR 126   Demarcus Robinson Chiefs Florida 6'1" 203   Lots of character issues with FL.
WR 140   Tajae Sharpe Titans Massachusetts 6'2" 194   Most productive WR out of UMass.
WR 154   Jordan Payton Browns UCLA 6'1" 207   UCLA career reception leader.
WR 163   Trevor Davis Packers California 6'1" 188   Returner and track star 2 schools.
WR 165   Tyreek Hill Chiefs West Alabama 5'10" 185   Troubled track star will start as KR.
WR 172   Rashard Higgins Browns Colorado St. 6'1" 196   Top producer WR '14. Lost OC '15.
WR 180   Moritz Boehringer Vikings German League 6'4" 227   No competition in Germany. (4.43s)
WR 186   Jakeem Grant Dolphins Texas Tech 5'6" 165   Smurf sized, but explosive!
WR 192   Kolby Listenbee Bills TCU 6'0" 197   1 trick pony, buy good trick @ 4.35s.
WR 199   Cody Core Bengals Mississippi 6'3" 205   Good size and speed, will stick.
WR 206   Mike Thomas Rams Southern Miss 6'1" 200   Works hard to make up for ability.
WR 213   Aaron Burbridge 49ers Michigan St. 6'0" 206   Slot receiver good in middle of field.
WR 225   Devin Lucien Patriots Arizona State 6'2" 195   UCLA to ASU & overcame injuries.
WR 229   Demarcus Ayers Steelers Houston 5'9" 182   Raw talent but will return kicks.
WR 230   Daniel Braverman Bears Western Michigan 5'10" 177   Small slot receiver good fit for NE.
WR 238   Devin Fuller Falcons UCLA 6'0" 194   Sub 4.4s 40, but no production.
WR 241   Charone Peake Jets Clemson 6'2" 209   Big wingspan, speed, but not prod.
WR 243   Kenny Lawler Seahawks California 6'2" 203   Jared Goff's top target & wingspan.
TE 35   Hunter Henry Chargers Arkansas 6'5" 250   Ideal size NFL TE & Mackey Award.
TE 81   Austin Hooper Falcons Stanford 6'4" 254   TE door open in ATL.
TE 94   Nick Vannett Seahawks Ohio St. 6'6" 257   Huge wingspan balanced TE.
TE 110   Tyler Higbee Rams Western Kentucky 6'6" 249   Former WR that still filling out.
TE 138   Seth Devalve Browns Princeton 6'4" 245   Former WR, but sturdy and thick.
TE 177   Temarrick Hemingway Rams South Carolina St. 6'5" 244   Speed & size, but poor conference.
TE 184   Jerell Adams Giants South Carolina 6'5" 247   His lack of hands is bad for fantasy.
TE 188   David Morgan Vikings Texas-San Antonio 6'4" 262   Solid TE, doesn't project as special.
TE 217   Rico Gathers Cowboys Baylor 6'6" 273   Former basketball player & HUGE.
TE 231   Thomas Duarte Dolphins UCLA 6'2" 231   Small move TE, but hands & speed.
TE 252   Beau Sandland Panthers Montana St. 6'4" 253   Big catch radius& former hurricane.

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