By: Jamison Betz @JamisonB56
Top 10 Pre-Draft Dynasty Rookie Rankings
1. SAQUON BARKLEY, RB PENN STATE
What really needs to be said about Barkley? He is everything a running back needy team is looking for. He has a chance to score every time he touches the ball. PPR format users should be salivating at the chance at adding him to their roster. In his final year at Penn State he totaled 1271 yards and 18 TD’s on the ground, while gaining 632 yards and 3 TD’s through the air.
2. DERRIUS GUICE, RB LSU
Guice is a prototypical NFL running back, he is built like a well-tuned diesel truck. He will be a 3 down back in the NFL, even though throughout his college career he hasn’t been much of a receiving threat. Last year Guice totaled 1251 yards and 12 TD’s on the ground and 2 TD’s through the air.
3. COURTLAND SUTTON, WR SMU
Sutton is a big framed, physical type WR teams are looking for in today’s NFL. He can come in right away and be the number one receiver for a team. Sutton put together back-to-back seasons of a 1000 yards and 10 TD’s.
4. CALVIN RIDLEY, WR ALABAMA
Ridley is known for his crisp routes and explosive play ability, but also for his small frame. He doesn’t have the stats that some other top tier WR’s may have in this draft, but this is because Alabama features a ground in pound type offense. In the right system Ridley could become a solid WR2.
5. JAMES WASHINGTON, WR OKST
James is another well-built WR with great speed and burst. He is great at tracking the ball in the area which is why he was a great deep threat in college. He will be a great WR2 sooner rather than later. Last year he totaled 1158 yards and 9 TD’s in only 10 games.
6. RONALD JONES II, RB USC
The Ronald Jones hype train is at almost full speed. He is predicated to destroy the NFL Combine, which will keep the hype train rolling. Jones totaled 1550 yards and 19 TD’s at USC last year. He may not be a big back but he doesn’t shy away from contact. He has a chance to take it to the house every time he touches the ball.
7. SONY MICHEL, RB GEORGIA
If you watched the National Championship game it was easy to see why so many are high on Sony. He is smaller than his teammate, Nick Chubb, but he is far more explosive. Sony is an excellent receiving back as well. One main thing that may scare teams away from him is his injury history, which is almost worse than Chubb’s.
8. NICK CHUBB, RB GEORGIA
As mentioned above, Chubb was teammate of Sony’s at Georgia. Together they made a nice 1-2 punch in the backfield. Chubb is as thick of a RB as there is, but he still shows nice burst through the hole. He may not be a homerun hitter, but he will be a solid 1st and 2nd down back in the NFL given the right system.
9. CHRISTIAN KIRK, WR TEXS A&M
Kirk may not be listed as high on other boards because of his average stats in his final year at A&M, but given a good QB in the NFL could make a big difference for him. He played with inconsistent QB play for much of his career, but his talent still shined through. He is also a solid special teams’ player, capable of taking a few kicks back for touchdowns. Kirk could be a solid WR-2 very early in his career.
10. RASHAAD PENNY, RB SDSU
Rashaad Penny probably would have won the Heisman if he played at a bigger school, his stats were that good. Penny is a good size back with plenty of power and burst to break away from tacklers in the NFL. He demonstrated his abilities at the Senior Bowl over the weekend by running well and scoring a 73-yard TD through the air.
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