David Cobb, Tennessee Titans
If you’re drafting Bishop Sankey this year, good luck to you. He was capital-T Terrible last year, when his only real competition was Shonn Greene. Part of the problem was his poor work in pass protection, and now he has a rookie quarterback coming out of a system program, so pass protection will be even more important in 2015. Enter Cobb, who has his own problems — he’s not a jackrabbit-type runner, he won’t catch a lot of passes — but he should offer far more in pass protection, meaning he’ll be on the field more. We know Sankey isn’t good. Cobb? He might be.
I have expended a lot of energy this preseason talking about how we have an aging group of running backs — the group of key guys 29 and older includes Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett, Frank Gore, Rashad Jennings and several others. Here, though, I’m flipping that around. Jackson is 34, which is the curdled-milk stage of most running backs.
Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins — His ADP is WR26 and we have him at WR31. The Dolphins are tricky. With tight end Jordan Cameron around, it’s going to be a little tougher to project who gets the targets between the numbers. Plus, don’t forget about DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills and even Greg Jennings. The inconsistency is a little too scary to take him as a high-end WR3.
Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers — Most of us are fans of Bryant, but we have a couple guys who aren’t ready to ante up for a wide receiver with little experience. He could be an absolute superstar, but you’ll basically have to pay a WR2 price to get him. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has said Bryant won’t start, but it sure sounds like a smokescreen. He’s arguably the most popular pick for breakout receiver. His ADP is WR23 and he’s just WR34 for us. For what it’s worth, WR23 in PPR is really, really high. He may be worth that in standard, though.