Happy Tuesday, everybody! Many of you might not realize this, but the Tim Tebow press conference ended just six minutes ago. Tebow and the Jets beat the record for longest press conference by a backup quarterback, breaking Vince Ferragamo‘s previous mark from 1980.
But enough about that. On Tuesday, our Marc Sessler wrote a story for Around the League where he laid out four scenarios for the Cleveland Browns at the No. 4 spot in next month’s NFL draft. Today, I’ll break down the fantasy impact of the first three scenarios.
Savvy? Let’s get started, then.
The Browns draft Richardson: This would obviously be a nice boost with Trent Richardson as the feature back in Cleveland, but it would also have a ripple effect on teams like Tampa Bay and Cincinnati. The Bucs are reportedly very high on Richardson, and if the Browns land him, Tampa Bay will stick with LeGarrette Blount. Richardson has been rumored to fall down to the Bengals at No. 17, which would crush the value of BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who is currently a solid RB2 option in most fantasy leagues. Richardson to Cleveland leaves us with the potential for another true featured running back, which is something fantasy owners are starving for.
The Browns draft Blackmon: Ask Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton how much of an impact a big-bodied receiver can have on a passing attack. As a result, Justin Blackmon will have instant fantasy appeal regardless of the team that drafts him. He would benefit Colt McCoy on the gridiron, but the quarterback’s fantasy value would still languish as a low-end No. 2 QB. However, Greg Little could become a sleeper next season with Blackmon drawing the opposing team’s No. 1 cornerback. I’m not sure Blackmon could help Little catch the ball, though. Seriously, Little did have a case of the dropsies last year.
The Browns draft Tannehill: Hard to imagine this scenario playing out, especially since Brandon Weeden should be available for the Browns later in the draft. Ryan Tannehill would have little to no value with the Browns, as he would hardly be an upgrade over McCoy at this point. Don’t expect this to happen. Let the Dolphins panic and draft this guy. (And for the record, Tannehill would have no value with the Dolphins, either.)
My guess is that the Browns will try to put pressure on the Bucs and St. Louis FC to move up for Richardson and Blackmon, in order to move down to take CB Morris Claiborne. The team would then address their offensive needs with the No. 22 and No. 36 picks.
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