The Senior Bowl is one of the best places to evaluate NFL draft talent for your upcoming dynasty rookie drafts. There are always stand-outs in practice and the game that end up rising in the draft and making a difference for NFL teams. In 2016 Noah Spence dominated both in practice and the game and showed that on the field he would be a force. His rookie year he had 5.5 sacks for Tampa Bay and looks to have cemented his starting position going into his second season. 2017 is no different and here we are in Senior Bowl week seeing several standouts worth talking about for dynasty league rookie drafts. Here are a few guys that are rising up my board:
- Cooper Kupp, WR – He played at Eastern Washington and put up video game type numbers. He had 1,700 yards and 17 TDs his senior season and at 6’2″ and 215 lbs. or so has the size and skill to be a WR1 in dynasty leagues. Really, the biggest knock on him is the competition he played against, which is what the Senior Bowl is all about. In SB practices Kupp has displayed all of the traits you look for in a WR and has done so against top notch competition. Mike Tanier from Bleacher Report notes, “Kupp could develop into a productive starter with some big-play capability.” My guess is that Kupp will be somewhat under the radar when rookie drafts roll around and will not be a top 10 pick necessarily with such a deep RB class and D1 WRs like Mike Williams and Juju Smith-Schuster with far more notoriety in college. EXPLOIT this if you can. See how things shake out at the combine and draft and if things go his way, take him in the low first, early second round.
- O.J. Howard, TE – There are not many years where I suggest you take a TE in the first round of your rookie draft. This year may be one of them though. Howard has been called the best player on the field at Senior Bowl practices and again, if the combine and draft are good to him he will cement himself as a first round dynasty rookie pick. Where he goes in that first round will depend on need and desire of your fellow owners, but if you can snag him in the low first between 7-11 in a 12 team league, you would do very well for yourself.
- Haasan Reddick, LB – For those IDP fans in the crowd, Haasan Reddick was this year’s Noah Spence. While he plays a different position (rush linebacker or ILB) than Spence, the outcome was the same. He dominated practices and despite coming from Temple showed people that he has the athleticism and the skills to be a high second round or even late first round pick. From and IDP perspective, it will really matter where he goes. He played end and rush LB at Temple but was moved inside for Senior Bowl practices. If he’s drafted as an end in a 4-3 defense that would be good and put him as a low 3rd/early 4th rounder in rookie drafts. If he’s put into a 3-4 or 4-3 defense as an ILB or MLB respectively, that would inch him up into a solid 3rd rounder.