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2015 NFL Rookies and Commentary

Key additions made in the NFL Draft

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Original Release: June 14, 2015

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 2015 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 2015 NFL Draft. To help draw a little more attention to NFL rookies with upside in 2015 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 2015.

Significant 2015 NFL Rookies
Pos. Pick Player NFL Team College Height Weight Comment
RB 10   Todd Gurley Rams Georgia 6'1" 222   Once ACL is behind, S-T-U-D.
RB 15   Melvin Gordon Chargers Wisconsin 6'1" 215   Ran for 408 yds vs. Nebraska.
RB 36   T.J. Yeldon Jaguars Alabama 6'1" 226   Durable pounder / JAX's real RB.
RB 54   Ameer Abdullah Lions Nebraska 5'9" 205   Fumble-itis in college / 13 x 4 yrs.
RB 73   Tevin Coleman Falcons Indiana 5'11" 206   1 of 3 BIG10 RB to ever top 2,000.
RB 77   Duke Johnson Browns Miami 5'9" 207   Miami's all-time leading rusher.
RB 86   David Johnson Cardinals Northern Iowa 6'1" 224   Big, athletic, and good hands.
RB 95   Matt Jones Redskins Florida 6'2" 231   Masher once he reaches speed.
RB 106   Jeremy Langford Bears Michigan St. 6'0" 208   Plays fast with good hands.
RB 108   Jalston Fowler Titans Alabama 5'11" 254   Fullback to bolster run game.
RB 125   Javorius Allen Ravens USC 6'0" 221   Doesn't play as big as he looks.
RB 126   Mike Davis 49ers South Carolina 5'9" 217   Pounder, but nothing exceptional.
RB 138   David Cobb Titans Minnesota 5'11" 229   MIN single-season rush record.
RB 149   Jay Ajayi Dolphins Boise St. 6'0" 221   Bone-on-bone knee, but quality.
RB 155   Karlos Williams Bills Florida St. 6'1" 230   Started at DB before switch to RB.
RB 168   Michael Burton Lions Rutgers 5'11" 242   Fullback pass catcher.
RB 174   Cameron Artis-Payne Panthers Auburn 5'10" 212   Stocky & tough; Provides depth.
QB 1   Jameis Winston Buccaneers Florida St. 6'4" 231   Ben Roethlisberger-like.
QB 2   Marcus Mariota Titans Oregon 6'4" 222   TEN all-in with a mobile QB.
QB 75   Garrett Grayson Saints Colorado St. 6'2" 213   Anticipates throws like Brees.
QB 89   Sean Mannion Rams Oregon St. 6'6" 229   4-year starter at Oregon State.
QB 103   Bryce Petty Jets Baylor 6'3" 230   Productive in spread O at Baylor.
QB 147   Brett Hundley Packers UCLA 6'3" 226   Learning behind Rodgers is gift.
WR 4   Amari Cooper Raiders Alabama 6'1" 211   Polished! Will be #1 in OAK.
WR 7   Kevin White Bears West Virginia 6'3" 215   Marshall's gone; White is starter.
WR 14   DeVante Parker Dolphins Louisville 6'3" 209   Biggest wingspan in WR class.
WR 20   Nelson Agholor Eagles USC 6'0" 198   Maclin-like; Great opportunity.
WR 26   Breshad Perriman Ravens Central Florida 6'2" 212   4.24 40-yd dash Torrey Smith 2.0.
WR 29   Phillip Dorsett Colts Miami 5'10" 185   4.27 40-yd dash; Crowded in IND.
WR 37   Devin Smith Jets Ohio St. 6'0" 196   Fast, but buried on Jets roster.
WR 40   Dorial Green-Beckham Titans Missouri 6'5" 237   Randy Moss-like; Often in trouble.
WR 41   Devin Funchess Panthers Michigan 6'4" 232   CAR big target beside Benjamin.
WR 69   Tyler Lockett Seahawks Kansas St. 5'10" 182   Carroll says special teams guy.
WR 70   Jaelen Strong Texans Arizona State 6'2" 217   Shocked w/ 4.44 40-yd. #2 HOU.
WR 76   Chris Conley Chiefs Georgia 6'2" 213   Clear path to starting reps in KC.
WR 87   Sammie Coates Steelers Auburn 6'1" 212   Another deep ball WR in PIT.
WR 94   Ty Montgomery Packers Stanford 6'0" 221   Deep GB WRs make him KR.
WR 105   Jamison Crowder Redskins Duke 5'8" 185   Short special teams player.
WR 107   Justin Hardy Falcons East Carolina 5'10" 192   Should be new Harry Douglas.
WR 123   Vince Mayle Browns Washington St. 6'2" 224   Possession WR = Slow.
WR 132   DeAndre Smelter 49ers Georgia Tech 6'2" 226   December ACL injury @ GT.
WR 139   Rashad Greene Jaguars Florida St. 5'11" 182   Jameis' fave provides depth.
WR 146   Stefon Diggs Vikings Maryland 6'0" 195   Explosive, but not polished.
TE 55   Maxx Williams Ravens Minnesota 6'4" 249   Witten-like; Will be on field often.
TE 68   Clive Walford Raiders Miami 6'4" 251   Versatile, but not elite talent.
TE 85   Tyler Kroft Bengals Rutgers 6'5" 246   WR as senior in High School.
TE 92   Jeff Heuerman Broncos Ohio St. 6'5" 254   Veritcal receiver now w/ Peyton.

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