The NFL draft has been deemed a success for the league after the draft was moved to Philadelphia and became more of an event than it has ever been for thousands of fans attending the outdoor draft. A Fantasy Alarm MLB lineup is always fun to set, but it is difficult not to feel a little twinge of excitement as the NFL season draws a little closer and new rookies are drafted from the ranks of college football to bring their skills to Sunday afternoons; for fantasy owners the chance has finally arrived to start researching the rookies and how they are expected to perform when the Fall arrives and the NFL season once again begins.
It is always tempting for fantasy owners to make the decision to add a rookie from the first round to their team, but the 2017 draft threw up a few surprises that may complicate matters for many owners. A good example was the decision by the Cleveland Browns to ignore the talents of North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and instead make an excellent number one overall pick in the form of defensive end Myles Garrett. Fantasy Alarm team owners should question whether Garrett is the best defensive end taken in the first round? Jonathan Allen was eventually drafted by Washington at 17, but if the team can manage the arthritis affecting Allen’s shoulders he could prove to be the leading choice of the 2017 draft and make an immediate impact.
Whenever a draft comes around most people look at what the Cleveland Browns will do with their picks that are usually in the top five, but their choice of Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer at number 52 could prove successful if their trade for the Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler proves a bust. Another choice that shocked many was the decision of the Jacksonville Jaguars to draft LSU running back Leonard Fournette at number four when the perceived wisdom states running backs are never drafted before round two as many are consistently available.