There will be a lot written over the next two months on the depth and long-term potential of this year's NFL Draft quarterback class. The primary headlines will be that it lacks "immediate starters", that it's not "top heavy" and there are a plethora of developmental options. These are all subjectively true but only time will tell. For now it'll be an ongoing subjective discussion around who looks the part and who will be out of the league in a year or two. What's interesting though is unlike recent years, there is some depth to traditional pro style Quarterbacks and intriguing athletic spread offense Quarterbacks. I wrote about and listed those that surprised or disappointed at the combine earlier today. Jon Gruden also published an synopsis of the top 7 prospects after the top 2 (Goff & Wentz).
My way too early prediction is we'll see 3 QB's selected in round 1 (Wentz @2, Goff @7 and Lynch in the 20's), then a handful of guys selected in rounds 3-5 (Cook, Hackenberg, Kessler, Prescott, Hogan among this group) who will be selected to be developmental backup types in the near term. What everybody agrees with is outside of Goff, none of these QB's should be expected to contribute in '16.
ESPN writer, Mike Clay, has posted a top 100 fantasy rookies for 2016 list. It's more than a bit premature and too heavily weighted to the WR position this year. Simply put the receiver position is overrated, there are no size/speed freaks (think Julio Jones, Calvin Johnson, DThomas types), and few guys who project to even be featured, go-to receivers in the NFL. There are plenty of talented guys who will contribute, and a few will become great in time but it's a year where guys with glaring weaknesses (eg Will Fuller's hands) who get selected in the first round because the top of the position is weaker than it's been in several years.
This year will be above average at the RB position, and down the road, 2 or 3 years from now, the QB position will eventually bare out to being strong. Relative to the past three years though this WR class is below average at best.
An interesting stat was published by ESPN today that looked at the shooting percentages over the past decade for all NBA players with at leasts 25 shot attempts in the final 5 seconds of the 4th quarter or OT with the score either tied or to win the game. LeBron sat in second to last place, connecting on less than 11% (10.6%) of those attempts. That's insanely bad but oh well. Stephen Curry didn't qualify (only 19 such attempts in his 7 year career but he would be in the top tier with 6 makes in those 19 attempts).
After last nights "killer" finish and instaclassic game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors, the legend of Stephen Curry continues to grow. There will be plenty of pieces on the performance itself and how the Warriors are now likely to break the all-time single season win total. The point that needs to be made though is not only is Curry breaking records (2 in this game, 3's in a single game and total 3's in a single season) but he's breaking hearts in crunch time. Defeating an opponents will; voiding an opponents effort at the conclusion of a hard fought battle defines a true "killer".
There's a lot more basketball to be played in the '15-'16 season and ultimately championships are all that matter. But the past season and three quarters of Steph Curry have shown this is a special person, ascending to a level of play we've never seen before. And if you don't agree with me, let me reference arguably one of the three best players of the past 40 years to back me up.
.@StephenCurry30 has a chance to be the greatest player we've ever seen, if he plays at this level for the next 4-5yrs!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) February 28, 2016
The Football Outsiders, the group that does some incredible moneyball style analysis on the NFL, aggregated the draft report cards from a bunch of the expert pundits from ESPN, CBS Sportsline, Yahoo Sports and others. It's a comprehensive list and pretty good to review.
NFL.com published an article on the top 10 impacted veterans following the NFL draft. The list is far from exhaustive but is a good example of some of the things that the annual addition of talent does to fantasy leagues each year.