Getting Ready for the 2016 NFL Draft

nfldraftThe 2015 NFL draft is officially in the books. Congrats to the Denver Broncos! Peyton Manning, the General, the Sheriff, the future Hall of Famer, threw for 12/22, 123 yards, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. If you haven’t learned already, defense wins championships.

So football is over for the year right? There’s nothing else to talk about NFL related until the season kicks off again in August? Nope! The NFL Draft is about to commence!

The Timeline

Prospective NFL players will be invited to the NFL combine where they will participate in drills and tests that will be helpful for scouts. The NFL Combine will take place February 23-29 in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. While many people have a clear idea of the draft order by position, players can put up impressive or disappoint stats during the NFL Combine that gain the attention of scouts or scare them away.

The NFL draft will start April 28 in Chicago and will last until the 30th.

Notable Quarterbacks

Quarterbacks are always a players to pay attention to leading up to the NFL Draft:

Paxton Lynch

The Cleveland Browns will likely cut Johnny Manziel on March 9th. The question is if they’ll go for Paxton Lynch or the other two quarterbacks on this list. Lynch has proven to be an outstanding quarterback at Memphis and has all the qualities of a pocket passing NFL quarterback. Lynch was the top rated quarterback throughout most of the college football season, but following a poor performing bowl game and a fantastic performance by Jared Goff his draft stock has fallen slightly. Will Cleveland wait and try to get Lynch later? Or do they have their eyes set on Wentz or Goff? This will be one of the top stories leading up to the draft.

Carson Wentz

Wentz was flying under the radar prior to the 2015 season but lit it up at North Dakota State. Carson Wentz is a great all around quarterback with good accuracy, arm strength and mobility. It will be interesting to see his role once he makes it into the NFL. Expect to see him drafted in the middle of the first round, possibly to the Cowboys, 49ers, Bears or Eagles.

Jared Goff

Jared GoffJared Goff has all the tangibles to be a great future NFL quarterback. Jared Goff broke the Pac-12’s single season passing touchdown record this past year with 43 passing touchdowns. That record was previously held by Oregon’s Marcus Mariota with 42 in 2014. Expect to see him drafted in the middle of the first round. If Cleveland doesn’t pick up Goff with their 2nd pick expect to see a mad amount of inter-team trading up to snatch him up.

Will These QBs Be Fantasy Contenders?

Regarding your own draft it’s never too early to start thinking about fantasy football. Fantasy Football Mastermind has a bunch of great tools and information on their website that can be useful prior to draft and throughout the season. Read up on their eye in the sky fantasy scouting reports, depth charts and more.

It will be very interesting to see where these star quarterbacks will end up and if they will be starting quarterbacks. It seems certain at this point that the Cleveland Browns will select a quarterback early on, but who? And will they throw him into the fire or bring in a more seasoned quarterback and let him sit and learn?

One thing we learned in 2015 is that NFL rookies can score big in fantasy. I often forget that Todd Gurley was a rookie this past year and he was the 5th most valuable RB in 2015. There were plenty of other great players like Amari Cooper, Tevin Coleman and Melvin Gordon that all had an immediate impact.

Many players being drafted this year will be on our fantasy football rosters next year. Most notably Laquon Treadwell, Ezekiel Elliott and Corey Coleman.

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