For every dynasty owner, the month of April is the most exciting time. The eligible draftees had all their workouts and the game tape broken down. Now, we are all waiting for their NFL destinations to be decided. I have previously warned that talent is more important than location, but it is never the only consideration. Since this is a pre-draft evaluation, this analysis is strictly based on talent. I am breaking down my top 50 dynasty rookie fantasy players and today I am starting with 41-50:
41. QB Kirk Cousins - He is pocket passer that has a decent arm, good vision, and throws with a good touch on the ball. Cousins will be a very good backup quarterback and may develop into more in time. I'm not seeing the Andy Dalton comparison of a guy who can get drafted in the second round and lead his team to playoffs.
42. DE Whitney Mercilus - He is a physical nightmare with good power and a very quick first step. Mercilus does not find the ball well and his technique disengaging blockers needs to be coached up. With a good defensive line coach, he could increase his opportunity to be a difference maker.
43. TE Orson Charles - He is more of an over-sized wide receiver who gets off the line well. Charles has good game speed and can get separation quickly, but doesn't run disciplined routes. His recent DUI and slowness running the 40 on his home track (timed between 4.7 and 4.88) cause me pause to rank him higher than this.
44. WR DeVier Posey - He has good hands and can contort his body well to make the difficult catches. Posey isn't a physical receiver as he cannot get off press coverage well, so the offensive scheme must create separation for him. He doesn't run tight routes and he is more of an athlete than a technician.
45. WR Devon Wylie - He ran a very quick 4.39 40. His NFL team needs to get him the ball in space and watch him wiggle around making defenders miss. Wylie does tend to round off his routes so he may struggle in a precise passing route based offense. He can also add a dimension in the return game.
46. RB Cyrus Gray - He ran well by running a 4.47 40 at the combine. Gray appears to be fully recovered from a stress fracture in his shoulder he suffered late last year. Gray is not a powerful runner as he is a more of quick twitch back. He reminds me of 49er Kendall Hunter as both suffer from their legs going dead on contact. He is more of a reserve running back who could surprise due to injury during the year.
47. RB Ronnie Hillman - He seems to have a lot of talent, but has not mastered the art of playing running back. Hillman has a small frame and even smaller lower body. He has good speed, but can be knocked off-balance and is not a real physical zero to four gap runner. I think Hillman could be a good 3rd down back to start who may surprise with some seasoning.
48. TE Chase Ford - I admit I was impressed with him at the East/West Shrine game. He is a big physical TE (6' 6" 245 lbs), but is not overly fast or quick. Ford makes catches between several defenders and can rumbled down the field for long gains. With only 16 receptions in two years with the Hurricanes, he is a raw prospect; however, we have seen raw prospects at the tight end position excel. Ford is worth a shot here.
49. OLB Audie Cole - He is a very scheme dependent LB who needs to be more physical. Cole has played both ILB and OLB, but would be best as an 4-3 OLB as he can flow to the ball when most of the traffic is blocked for him. He also can be effective covering receivers for short amounts of time, but does not have the long-term speed to cover the athletic Aaron Hernandez type of tight ends for long.
50. WR Nick Toon - He has trouble getting separation against good college corner backs. Toon has good hands, but looks like a #3 possession WR that may grow into a #2 WR role in time. He reminds me of an Earl Bennett type player, a good pass catcher that shields defenders off the ball, and could look good in a pass heavy offense.