While the NFL world preps for the NFL draft, some dynasty fantasy football leagues already find themselves drafting. So far, the general consensus sees former Texas running back Bijan Robinson going first overall, followed by a number of quarterbacks.
The Case for Bijan
Having a work horse running back in the NFL is becoming harder and harder for fantasy owners. With the league moving to more pass heavy offenses and with teams using a plethora of running backs in a more balanced offense, having a true number 1 running back can really set a team apart.
At the University of Texas, Bijan proved to be one of the most dynamic players in college football. Over his collegiate career, Robinson averaged over 6 yards a carry and scored more touchdowns (33) than games played (31).
With his name expected to be called at some point during the first round, Robinson should become the featured back for whatever team grabs him in the draft.
The biggest argument against Bijan would be selecting any of the highly talented quarterbacks coming in this year"s draft class. While Hendon Hooker and Will Levis could eventually emerge as the true gem of the class, the following three quarterbacks are expected to hear their names early on draft night. As a result, they"ve got the best chance of starting early in their NFL careers.
The biggest concern around Young has been the frequent discussions about his size. While some small quarterbacks have made it, the chances of a player his statue finding success are (for lack of a better term) small.
Despite his size, Young is the most accomplished of the passers in this year"s draft and his accolades from his time at Alabama speak for themselves. Currently, the popular rumor is Young goes one overall to Carolina.
At Ohio State, Stroud showed the ability to lead a pro style offense, dominating the Big 10 by throwing to the likes of Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Marvin Harrison Jr. At the NFL combine, Stroud put on quite a show leaving NFL talent evaluators giddy with excitement.
Despite the accolades, some concerns remain around Stroud"s mobility and how well he can preform without being surrounded by multiple first round wide receivers.
Perhaps the most polarizing prospect, Anthony Richardson combines a lack of collegiate production (when compared to his counterparts) with an insane athletic profile.
Richardson at times seems like he could be a better throwing Cam Newton but the risk is quite high. Richardson has the biggest potential learning curve and could see himself on the bench to start the year.
The Safe Pick
If your team needs a quarterback, it"ll be hard to pass on one of these arms. However, with the risk associated with each, passing on Bijan could be a huge mistake. Furthermore, with next year"s draft class being led by the talented Caleb Williams and Drake Maye seen as safer picks, it looks like it will be wise to wait one more year for your quarterback.
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