FantasySports.org » NFL Draft http://fantasysports.org A site dedicated to people who enjoy playing fantasy sports Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:25:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.6 Going Deep with Rookie Jordan Roberts http://fantasysports.org/going-deep-with-rookie-josh-roberts/ http://fantasysports.org/going-deep-with-rookie-josh-roberts/#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 13:24:52 +0000 http://www.fantasysports.org/?p=1934 After one year with limited playing time at West Virginia, running back Jordan Roberts opted for a college career at the University of Charleston. Roberts thrived at Charleston, as he did in high school. He earned all-state honors at both quarterback and running back as a junior and senior in high school in Yawkey, West ...

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jordan-robertsAfter one year with limited playing time at West Virginia, running back Jordan Roberts opted for a college career at the University of Charleston. Roberts thrived at Charleston, as he did in high school. He earned all-state honors at both quarterback and running back as a junior and senior in high school in Yawkey, West Virginia, and earned a spot on two different All-American lists in college.

He currently holds nine records at the University of Charleston, including two NCAA Division II  – records for most yards in one quarter (190) and in one half (273). In the same game where he broke those two records, he scored five touchdowns, despite playing only one series in the second half.

As a running back, receiver out of the backfield, and returner, he totaled 4,918 total yards in his three seasons with Charleston, 4,441 of which came in his junior and senior years. He scored on one out of every 11 carries and averaged 6.36 yards per carry in his career. Oh, and did I mention he also blocked two punts in his senior season? 

He measured up to 5’10″ and 222 lbs. pre-draft. He also recorded a 40-yard dash time of 4.49 seconds (same as new Packers running back Johnathan Franklin), a 38 -inch vertical (only two running backs were better at the NFL combine), and a 127-inch broad jump (good for second behind only Michael Ford).

He’s the running back with the most upside in this undrafted rookie class, and he’ll get his first shot to make an NFL team under Andy Reid with the Kansas City Chiefs at their rookie camp.

Christian Hardy (CH): Through the process, did the Chiefs show interest in you before they decided to have you in for rookie camp?

Jordan Roberts (JR): Actually, I didn’t have any visits or private workouts, or anything like that. At my pro day at Fairmount State there was a bunch of scouts there, and the Chiefs were one of them. I didn’t speak with them, but I had a pretty good workout, so that probably added to it. Right before the draft, probably the week before, the Chiefs called me and they wanted to know some information for their records. They were interested.

CH: When you had your Pro Day at Fairmount State, how many teams do you think were talking to you?\

JR: The Chiefs didn’t talk to me, but there were eight or so teams at my pro day. My college didn’t have a pro day, so I went to Fairmount State’s pro day in West Virginia. I had  bunch of scouts there who talked to me from lots of teams.

[It's worth noting here that the Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles and especially the Cleveland Browns showed the most interest in Roberts early on in the draft process.]

CH: How did you find out that you were a Chief?

JR: Right after the draft, about 30 minutes after the draft, they called me and they asked me if I had signed with anybody yet, and I told them that I hadn’t. They said ‘Do you want to be a Kansas City Chief?’ I said, ‘I’d love to be a Kansas City Chief.’ They said ‘That’s great because our general manager and Andy Reid love you.’ So it was good to hear that.

CH: Have you talked to anyone else from the Chiefs organization since then?

JR: That call and [Monday] I got a call from [Chiefs Player Development Assistant] B.J. Stabler. He wanted to know my middle name and my address, all that type of stuff. He wanted to know what the closest airport to me was, and I told him ‘Yeager Airport’, which is in Charleston, West Virginia, and he said that they were going to fly me out on May 9 and they’d pay for everything, put me up in a place and pay for all of my expenses.

CH: When you got the call, were you with your family? Who were you with?

JR: Actually I wasn’t. I don’t have real good cell phone reception at my house, so I planned, during the draft, to stay with my girlfriend. She goes to the University of Charleston right now. I stayed in her apartment. I was waiting tog et some calls, so I didn’t want to not have reception when I got that important call.

CH: When you get the call, you’re with your girlfriend, what’s your reaction?

JR: Oh I was pumped. I was so excited. To know that I was going to get an opportunity with the Kansas City Chiefs. Now I’ve got to make the most of it.

CH: I was thinking about this: Have you ever been to Kansas City?

JR: No, I haven’t.

CH: In college you did everything. You threw the ball, ran the ball, caught the ball. Do you think you can be that same type of player at the next level?

JR: I’m going to do whatever the coaches tell me to do. Just do whatever I can do to contribute and help the Chiefs hopefully win a Super Bowl. I want to get in there and work my tail off and do everything I can. If they need running backs, special teamers, kick returners, kickoffs, punt block … anywhere they need me.

CH: So you’re going into Kansas City without a preference of what you’re playing?

JR: I don’t particularly care where I play. I want to contribute and make the team and help the team out and win games. Contribute and help the organization.

CH: When you decide to transfer from West Virginia to Charleston after a year, what made you make that decision?

JR: I just felt like I had a better opportunity at the University of Charleston. I didn’t look back after that. I made the most of my opportunities of Charleston.

CH: Looking back, are you happy with your decision to transfer?

JR: Yeah. I wouldn’t look back at it. I’m glad I made that decision.

CH: What’s something that you think you need to improve on to succeed at the next level?

JR: As a rookie, most rookies are new to the system. So I’m just going to have to learn fast and play fast. I just need to study my playbook as much as I can, be mentally prepared and be as physically prepared as I can be as well. I think as a running back, this past season, I improved upon it, but I think a lot of the time, I wasn’t as patient of a runner as I could have been. Sometimes I would just get the ball and go instead of waiting for my blocks to develop. Sometimes I would get impatient and try to make things happen on my own instead of waiting on my blockers. I think I can improve upon that.

CH: As far as your skill set, who do you think you would compare yourself to?

JR: I’m not exactly sure who I compare to. I’ve been asked this a couple of times. My favorite running back is Marshall Faulk. He’s a really versatile player and I think, being a versatile running back who can catch the ball and run the ball, we compare well. I don’t think he was a kick-off returner, but I think I can do that as well, or play Wildcat quarterback, if they need me to. Just do whatever the team needs me to do to win games. I think that’s who I most compare to, just based off of my versatility. Plus, we both wear number 28.

CH: Lots of players coming out of small school and doing big things. Does that give you more confidence going in?

JR: I’ve got a chip on my shoulder, I’m just trying to prove to the coaches that I can play at the next level and contribute. I’m just trying to help the Chiefs organization win games. I got a lot of determination and drive to achieve my dream. You know, this has been my dream ever since I was a little kid to play in the NFL.

CH: Have you ever played fantasy football?

JR: Yeah, back a long time ago.  I don’t even remember (how I did), it’s been so long.

CH: As a kid what kind of sports were you into? When did you get into football?

JR: I started playing football when I was nine years old. My first year, they didn’t play me at running back, they played me on kickoff  return. I ran back around 15 kickoff returns. I played defensive end on defense. All through my career I’ve played everything except offensive line. I’m open to playing anything to help the Chiefs out, wherever they need me, just trying to win game s and contribute to the success of the organization.

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You can follow Jordan on Twitter, @JRoberts1stPick. He’ll start his NFL journey on May 9, as he’ll me make his first ever trip to Kansas City  to join the Chiefs in hopes of making the final roster.

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2013 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings – 1st Edition http://fantasysports.org/2013-fantasy-football-rookie-rankings-1st-edition/ http://fantasysports.org/2013-fantasy-football-rookie-rankings-1st-edition/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 08:30:24 +0000 http://www.fantasysports.org/?p=1918 Day Two of the NFL draft brought great joy to fantasy football owners everywhere. After a disappointing Day One, where only two or three players – all of which are wide receivers –  really stand out as possible impact players were drafted, Day Two generated the majority of the rookie class that fantasy owners will ...

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Day Two of the NFL draft brought great joy to fantasy football owners everywhere. After a disappointing Day One, where only two or three players – all of which are wide receivers –  really stand out as possible impact players were drafted, Day Two generated the majority of the rookie class that fantasy owners will be drafting this season.

The second and third rounds brought Geno Smith to the Jets, Justin Hunter to the Titans, Giovani Bernard to the Bengals, Le’Veon Bell to the Steelers, Montee Ball to the Packers, Eddie Lacy to the Packers, and Keenan Allen to the Chargers. And that’s only scratching the surface.

Let’s take a look at some of the top rookies prior to training camps, where we’ll really find the role of these players in their respective systems. Keep in mind that these are only for the 2013-14 season, so the situation they’ve been drafted into plays a huge role in where they’re ranked, if you’re a dynasty owner you should disregard that fact and base your own rankings purely on skill.

1. Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams - Austin should immediately take over the Rams’ slot receiver position, while Brian Quick and Chris Givens run on the outside and Jared Cook takes reps all over the field. You can expect a good amount of targets for Austin this season. If the Rams get the ball in his hands, he’ll make plays. That’s why he was the first receiver off the board last week.tavon-austin

2. Johnathan Franklin, RB, Green Bay Packers - Although Lacy was drafted higher, Franklin will receiver more starts in 2013. He’s the better running back in more ways than one. While Lacy is fully expected to take goal line carries, Franklin will be used as pass-catcher out of the backfield. Also, although Franklin was drafted two round later than Lacy, who has question marks surrounding his recent big toe infusion, Packers GM Ted Thompson favored Franklin enough to not only draft another running back, but trade up for him. Franklin was a star in college without the all-star offensive line that opened up gaping holes for Lacy. I think Franklin is the better running back, and by the end of the  year everyone around the league will know it.

3. Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos - Ball was one of the most productive backs we’ve ever seen at the college level. He rushed for 5,410 yards and scored 83 times at Winsconsin. Willis McGahee, coming off an MCL injury, will turn 32-years-old this coming year, and it’s obvious that the Broncos are ready to take the next step forward in their backfield. Knowshon Moreno, who has also had knee issues in his past, isn’t expected to be the guy. Ronnie Hillman, who Denver drafted last season, can’t carry a large workload, and even if he does stick, he isn’t a threat to Ball.

4. Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals - Bernard is coming into this season to be the complement to BenJarvus Green-Ellis, but he’s the second best running back in this class full of talent. Bernard should be expected to touch the ball 10-15 times a game early on, and up to 20 a game as the season progresses and coaches get a glimpse at just hot good Bernard really is. With a great mix of balance, speed, and incredible vision, he could very well become the best running back in this class.giovani-bernard

5. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers - Bell was the second running back off the board after Bernard went to the Bengals earlier in the second round. With only Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer in Pittsburgh, the Steelers were on the lookout for their running back of the future. Dwyer is now on the trade block and Redman isn’t a threat to Bell. It’s Bell’s job to lose.

6. Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers - I wouldn’t be surprised if Lacy matches Franklin’s numbers, but I don’t think he’s going to be everything he was talked up to be. He will likely get goal line carries, so if you draft him, that’s something to look forward to.

7. DeAndre “Nuk” Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans - While I still like Lestar Jean, and was hoping that 2013 would be his year, Hopkins was a great pick for the Texans. He should make an immediate impact with his new team, starting opposite of Andre Johnson. His great route-running and Andre-Johnson-like hands are what made Nuk a first-round pick.

8. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings - Same situation as Tavon Austin. If Christian Ponder gets the ball in Patterson’s hands, he is going to make plays. At this point, though, he’s a college player. He’s not pro ready. He needs to make some big jumps before he becomes a legit receiver, but he certainly could cause havoc for some defenses, just like Percy Harvin did.

9. Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis Rams - Stacy very well could win the running back job in St. Louis. Either Daryl Richardson or Isaiah Pead will serve as good complements to Stacy, who is built to be a starting running back in the NFL, or at least more so than Richardson or Pead.

10. E.J. Manuel, QB, Buffalo Bills - Will take the starting job in Buffalo like nothing. I had him number one on my quarterback board going into the draft, over Geno Smith. He also has better job security and targets than Smith. Manuel is my guy if I’m drafting a rookie quarterback.

11. Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals - It’s a toss-up in the Cardinals back field right now. Any four of Beanie Wells, Ryan Williams, rookie Stepfan Taylor (seen later in this article), and Ellington could win this job. However, with the Cardinals offensive life, I don’t expect any of them to stand out. None will have substantial fantasy value and not much upside, as the putrid offensive tackles will limit the talent that this backfield has.

12. Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas Cowboys - Randle will serve as a quality complement to Cowboys’ started Demarco Murray, who has had trouble staying healthy in his first two seasons in the NFL. Randle could even find himself starting a couple of games if Murray misses time. Randle is 100 percent expected to be the No. 2 running back in Dallas.joseph-randle

13. Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers - Wheaton has some upside. I’m going to limit expectations until camp, but he could be outstanding on a team that’s lacking a true No. 1 WR talent right now. When I asked Shane Hallam, president of Draft TV, how he though Wheaton will fare in the NFL, he replied with: “I love Wheaton, I think he will be tremendous.” If Shane loves him, so should you.

14. Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans - Another great pick for the Titans here. Hunter is a legit threat at any position and, in my opinion, has the best chance of any receiver in this class to become a true number one receiver. Not only does Hunter have a good chance if Britt doesn’t shape up his act, but Britt will have to stay focused on football if he wants to keep his spot. It’s a win-win for the entire Tennessee offense.

15. Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers -Allen compares to Anquan Boldin well. He has solid hands, but lacks definitive speed that will separate him from the pack. He’s also coming off of a knee injury that kept him out of the combine, which was also the reason for his fall out of the first round. If he’s healthy, he’ll make an impact, especially with a weak group of wide receivers. He’s a big target that plays even bigger. He’ll be on the field a lot for the Chargers, which is all you can ask out of a rookie on your fantasy team.

16. Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo Bills – Woods and undrafted wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers should battle for the starting spot across from Stevie Johnson. Woods is extremely flashy. With his 40-yard dash in the 4.4 range, he was an All-State track start in high school. He has long arms a a wide range. He also runs clean routes, getting in and out of his breaks quickly and swiftly. I don’t see Rogers having a chance against Woods, who was my number three wide receiver in this draft.

17. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs - Yes, the Chiefs have both Antony Fasano and Tony Moeaki. However, at this point in his career, Anthony Fasano is no longer a threat as a receiver, and Moeaki doesnt get off the line like he did before he tore his ACL in 2011. Kelce should be the primary target out of the three tight ends.

18. Stedman Bailey, WR, St. Louis Rams - The Rams traded down in the first round and picked up a third-round pick in which they found Bailey. Bailey is more quick than he is fast. He’s extremely quick in breaks and shot patterns, which really stands out on tape. However, Bailey will have to fight hard for playing time. Chris Givens’ starting spot is all but locked down, so he’ll have to battle Brian Quick  for the second outside spot.

19. Aaron Dobson, WR, New England Patriots - The Patriots need outside wide receivers, and Dobson, out of Marshall, is going to be that guy. Dobson can play the “X” in two wide receiver sets and can make all of the plays you want him to. He’s going to be on the field a lot. Greg Cosell of NFL Films wrote that Dobson drew some similarities to Larry Fitzgerald in the way he can go up and get the ball and control his body. That’s not too shabby. Another rookie, Josh Boyce, another perimeter receiver, could compete with Dobson for snaps.aaron-dobson

20. Stepfan Taylor, RB, Arizona Cardinals - We don’t know much about Taylor’s role with the Cardinals at this point. Word out of Cardinals camp when the time comes will benefit everyone, but Taylor likely won’t be a draftable running back.

21. Aaron Mellette, WR, Baltimore Ravens - Mellette is a mid-round prospect who fell all the way to the seventh for reasons beyond me. He’s everything you want in a receiver. Great size, hands, movement, athleticism. Despite his small school background, he knows the position and is smooth in and out of breaks and makes the best of every foot movement. Mellette has a chance to be a star in the NFL, especially with the opportunity he will be given right off the bat to win a starting job with the Super Bowl Champions.

22. Geno Smith, QB, New York Jets - Everyone at this point is expecting Smith to win the starting the quarterback job over Mark Sanchez for the Jets. Those two should battle it out in training camp, as if it actually matters to your fantasy team.

23. Knile Davis, RB, Kansas City Chiefs - Davis should be the second back behind Jamaal Charles on the Chiefs roster. At 227 pounds, he ran a 4.37 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. That’s speed right there. If he can hold on to the ball, which he had some trouble with in college, he’ll be a great complement to Charles.

24. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles - Ertz is a pass-catcher, and that’s what he’ll come in and do. This guy can get down the field and get open at a pace that almost unmatched or his size. He won’t be asked to block much, because he’s simply not very good at it. Ertz should be the No. 1 tight end over Brent Celek coming into the season.

25. Denard Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars - It looks crazy. I know, but the Jaguars drafted him with a vision in mind. At least I hope they did. He can do it all, and could get more run while Justin Blackmon is suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season.

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The skill positions are deep this season. If you’re in a dynasty, you want picks this year if you can get them. There’s not one wide receiver I particularly don’t like out of this class, and lots of running backs have landed in favorable situations. There’s lots of very good rookies to be had this season for you fantasy owners this season, so don’t be scared to pull the trigger.

I hope you enjoyed my first fantasy football blog, something that I’ll be doing daily on random topics from around the NFL, whatever it may be. Tomorrow I’ll be interviewing former Charleston running back Jordan Roberts, who will be travelling from Charleston to Kansas City to join their rookie camp in about a week.

If you have an idea for a topic I should write about, feel free to email me at cshardy@att.net or shoot me a tweet. I’m certainly open to any recommendations that you might have for me. See you all tomorrow!

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