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2013 NFL Rookies and Commentary

Key additions made in the NFL Draft

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Original Release: July 1, 2013

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 2013 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 2013 NFL Draft. To help draw a little more attention to NFL rookies with upside in 2013 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 2013.

Significant 2013 NFL Rookies
Pos. Pick Player NFL Team College Height Weight Comment
RB 37   Giovani Bernard Cincinnati North Carolina 5'8" 202   Good hands / runs with patience
RB 48   Le'Veon Bell Pittsburgh Michigan State 6'1" 230   Perfect fit for Steelers
RB 58   Montee Ball Denver Wisconsin 5'10" 214   83 total TDs - set FBS record
RB 61   Eddie Lacy Green Bay Alabama 5'11" 231   Workhorse three-down back
RB 62   Christine Michael Seattle Texas A&M 5'10" 220   Strong north-south runner
RB 96   Knile Davis Kansas City Arkansas 5'10" 227   Fast, strong, & inconsistent
RB 125   Johnathan Franklin Green Bay UCLA 5'10" 205   Adds depth & insurance to Lacy
RB 130   Kyle Juszczyk Baltimore Harvard 6'1" 248   FB that can play H-back
RB 131   Marcus Lattimore San Francisco South Carolina 5'11" 221   Recovering from horrific injury
RB 140   Stepfan Taylor Arizona Stanford 5'9" 214   Versatile, but lacks speed
RB 151   Joseph Randle Dallas Oklahoma State 6'0" 204   Power with nose for end zone
RB 154   Chris Thompson Washington Florida State 5'7" 192   Shifty and can return kicks
RB 160   Zac Stacy St. Louis Vanderbilt 5'8" 216   2 Time All-SEC... at Vanderbilt!
RB 164   Mike Gillislee Miami Florida 5'11" 208   Downhill runner with low mileage
RB 181   Latavius Murray Oakland Central Florida 6'2" 223   Huge back that ran a 4.38 sec 40
RB 182   Kenjon Barner Carolina Oregon 5'9" 196   Good hands but unpolished
RB 187   Andre Ellington Arizona Clemson 5'9" 199   Undersized inside runner
RB 189   Mike James Tampa Bay Miami 5'10" 223   Balanced back but not elite
RB 190   Rex Burkhead Cincinnati Nebraska 5'10" 214   RBBC type back that adds depth
RB 194   Spencer Ware Seattle LSU 5'10" 228   Punishing back with power
RB 199   Riddick Theo Detroit Notre Dame 5'10" 201   Can play both RB and WR
QB 16   E.J. Manuel Buffalo Florida State 6'5" 237   Mobile with strong arm
QB 39   Geno Smith New York Jets West Virginia 6'2" 218   WIP with star potential
QB 73   Mike Glennon Tampa Bay N.C. State 6'7" 225   Cannon for an arm
QB 98   Matt Barkley Philadelphia USC 6'2" 227   HC Chip Kelly couldn't pass up
QB 112   Tyler Wilson Oakland Arkansas 6'2" 215   Tough as nails / natural leader
QB 115   Landry Jones Pittsburgh Oklahoma 6'4" 225   Struggles under pressure
WR 8   Tavon Austin St. Louis West Virginia 5'8" 174   Skills to be big-time playmaker
WR 27   DeAndre Hopkins Houston Clemson 6'1" 214   Clemson record 18 TDs in 2012
WR 29   Cordarrelle Patterson Minnesota Tennessee 6'2" 216   Talented, but raw & needs work
WR 34   Justin Hunter Tennessee Tennessee 6'4" 196   Tentative from torn ACL in 2011
WR 41   Robert Woods Buffalo USC 6'0" 201   Pac-12 record 111 rec. in 2011
WR 59   Aaron Dobson New England Marshall 6'3" 210   Best WR at Marshall since Moss
WR 74   Terrance Williams Dallas Baylor 6'2" 208   Good size but lacks speed
WR 76   Keenan Allen San Diego California 6'2" 206   1st Team All-Pac 12
WR 78   Marquise Goodwin Buffalo Texas 5'9" 183   Short, but 4.27 sec 40 yd time
WR 79   Markus Wheaton Pittsburgh Oregon State 5'11" 189   Yet another short WR in PIT
WR 92   Stedman Bailey St. Louis West Virginia 5'10" 193   Joins teammate T. Austin in STL
WR 101   Ace Sanders Jacksonville South Carolina 5'7" 173   WR and kick returner
WR 102   Josh Boyce New England TCU 5'11" 206   High school teammate of RGIII
WR 123   Chris Harper Seattle Kansas State 6'1" 229   Adds to physicality in SEA
WR 135   Denard Robinson Jacksonville Michigan 5'10" 199   QB turned WR
WR 144   Kenny Stills New Orleans Oklahoma 6'0" 194   Entered Draft as Junior
WR 171   Corey Fuller Detroit Virginia Tech 6'2" 204   Fast with good ability to cut
WR 174   Ryan Swope Arizona Texas A&M 6'0" 205   Plays slower 40 time (4.34)
WR 186   Justin Brown Pittsburgh Oklahoma 6'3" 209   Big frame but slow for WR
WR 195   Alan Bonner Houston Jacksonville St. 5'10" 193   Punt returner and WR
WR 196   Cobi Hamilton Cincinnati Arkansas 6'2" 212   90 rec & 1,335 yards as Sr.
TE 21   Tyler Eifert Cincinnati Notre Dame 6'6" 251   Excellent pass catching TE
TE 35   Zach Ertz Philadelphia Stanford 6'5" 249   Top rated TE recruit in HS
TE 47   Gavin Escobar Dallas San Diego St. 6'6" 254   Will learn from Witten
TE 55   Vance McDonald San Francisco Rice 6'4" 267   Redzone threat with strength
TE 63   Travis Kelce Kansas City Cincinnati 6'5" 255   Strong run blocker & receiver
TE 85   Jordan Reed Washington Florida 6'2" 236   Entered NFL draft as a Junior

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