Aug 22, 2008
It’s a big weekend for drafts, so I thought it would be useful to go over some player who have emerged recently as guys we like, for various reasons. I don’t want to go into everyone because that would take all day and it’s covered elsewhere, but there are a few guys jumping off the page.
Here’s a quick look:
Kevin Walter – Caplan’s leading the charge on this one, and I’m completely with him. We really like this guy, and we’re loving him these days now that it’s clear his role is set as the #2. Everyone loves to pick apart predictions, and that’s fine, but when we make them it’s more about potential, and at this time of the year, that’s all we can really look at. So here’s a prediction and comparison. If Andre Johnson is out Andre Davis would have a lot of value, but Walter would be the closest thing to this year’s Wes Welker value-wise in a PPR.
Reggie Williams – Assuming the knee isn’t an issue, of course. We had Williams on the Sirius show last December and he seemed really focused on doing whatever he can to help the team and with his opportunities. The guy did score 10 TDs last year. Well, they could really, really use him right now, and he spoke a lot of how he clicked well with David Garrard. I expect very little from Jerry Porter until proven otherwise, so Williams is jumping off the page as Garrard’s go-to guy. Could be a great value.
Selvin Young – Really like this guy, and at this point it’s just a question of health and being able to hold up. He’s looking better and better in my eyes, and at this point I honestly don’t care what he does (ok, I really do): he’s just a great pick right now based on value and potential. Pick him and sleep like a baby; no matter what happens, you make a good pick.
Jay Cutler and Matt Schaub – Obviously, they’ve been our guys for some time. I seriously challenge anyone to come up with better breakout candidates and values at the position. Again, I could care less what actually happens because if you can’t see their potential and value, then you’ll never see it with anyone.
J.T. O’Sullivan – I’m not trying to start the hype machine, so everyone please relax. But this guy can play a little bit, and there are weapons here. Say what you want about Mike Martz, but I can tell you this for a fact: people in the league and hardcore analysts who study coach’s tape – like our own Greg Cosell – still respect the hell out of this guy. Welders, accountants, and truck drivers may not, but NFL people do.
Maurice Morris – Really like him as a value and depth option. Mike Holmgren knows him well and likes him. Once Julius Jones proves he can’t play, Morris’ role will grow and grow. Compared to what it was expected to be two months ago, it already has, and we haven’t even started yet.
Steve Slaton – Eventually, veterans Ahman Green and Chris Brown will get hurt, and eventually Slaton will carve out a significant role here. He’s not a lead back from all indications, but he could be more than a 3rd down back, too. Makes a lot of sense for a deep backup late.
Ted Ginn – Like the value for this playmaker in the late rounds. He is the #1 wideout and his movement is reminiscent of Marvin Harrison. I do think he’ll need another full season and Chad Henne in and playing at a high level to truly bust out, but we’ll seen am ermegence this year. When in doubt, got for an elite talent, and Ginn is one.
Sidney Rice – We like this guy a lot, he’s a quality player and he could be THE MAN in the red zone for them. There’s not a ton of upside, but we see him as a player who will deliver very respectable numbers and go down as a value.
Zach Miller – Again, so obvious he’s going to catch a ton of passes. I have not idea if anyone else is pushing him but if they aren’t, they’re dumb.
Ben Utecht – I certainly like him and am optimistic, but I have a little I’ll-believe-it-when-I-see it with him because it’s a Bengals and they haven’t thrown to the TE since like Rodney Holman. But given all their issues at WR, he’s looking damn good.
And of course Josh Morgan and Eddie “Royale” (with cheese).