Dynasty leagues represent a great challenge.
In these types of leagues, where you draft with an eye towards the future, you get your chance to play a real-life GM. You basically keep your whole team from the previous year and then draft rookies, just as real teams do (with a few other wrinkles thrown into the mix).
So, when drafting from a rookie pool for dynasty leagues, you better do your homework and analyze the incoming prospects with a fine-tooth comb or you will be behind the curve in these leagues.
In any case, the 2012 NFL Draft class should provide dynasty league owners with a bumper crop of rookies to choose from. In this slideshow, I will do a mock draft of what an ordinary dynasty league draft should look like this year.
After the Colts finally released Peyton Manning, it has now made way for Indianapolis to draft their next quarterback of the future in Luck.
Luck, who is often compared to John Elway and the person he may be replacing in Indianapolis, seems destined for greatness. Luck has the arm, strength and instincts to be an immediate contributor.
Luck’s job also got a lot easier when Reggie Wayne recently re-signed with the Colts. Luck should do just fine with Wayne and Austin Collie as his targets.
Without hesitation, Luck should be the No. 1 pick in dynasty league drafts.
With the Redskins paying a king’s ransom to get the No. 2 pick, it’s all but certain that they will select the Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor.
There should be little competition for Griffin III in Washington. While the weapons on Washington are not ideal (even if they did sign Pierre Garcon), Griffin III can and will make plays.
Griffin III can be considered a poor-man’s Cam Newton, as Griffin, too, can make plays with his arm and his legs.
High among draft boards, Richardson without a doubt will be the first running back taken in next month’s NFL Draft.
While Richardson skipped the combine, his stock is still at an all-time high.
Richardson has the body, speed and skills to make an immediate impact as soon as next year. Remember, running back is the position where the transition from the college game to the pros is the smoothest.
With the seasons that Julio Jones and A.J. Green just had, it has made rookie receivers like Blackmon a much more valuable commodity in dynasty leagues.
Blessed with great hands and above-average athleticism, Blackmon has all the tools to have an impact in the NFL much the same way Jones and Green did.
In fact, don’t be surprised if Blackmon has an even more productive season than Jones or Green. He’s that good.
Although his college career at Notre Dame was a bit nondescript, Floyd just oozes talent and has the intangibles to make a mark in the NFL.
While Floyd has had his off-the-field issues, you can’t deny the physical traits he possesses. Floyd’s game should easily translate from college to the pros.
Floyd is equipped with great hands, speed and strength, plus he has all the skills you want in a wide receiver.
It may be a while after Trent Richardson is selected that we see another running back go off the board. However, that doesn’t mean second-tier running backs like Wilson can’t help your dynasty squads.
Wilson is one of those running backs who could be had in the middle rounds of the NFL Draft, but who will have increased fantasy value when next season begins.
Wilson has the speed and elusiveness to contribute as a change-of-pace back. Depending on where he’s drafted, Wilson may have a hard time getting a full-time starting gig. But Wilson should play himself into a timeshare and get enough carries to have value.
Wilson may have his ups and downs in his rookie campaign, but his long-term value is what makes him an intriguing selection in dynasty leagues.
While he only started for the Hurricanes for one year, Miller still made an indelible impression among NFL scouts.
Miller has great burst out of the backfield and has shifty moves in the open field. If Miller can harness his limitless potential, the sky will remain the limit for this gifted running back.
Like Wilson, Miller will need to adjust to the speed of the NFL game, but in a few years he can be one of the league’s biggest stars.
While he is No. 3 in the pecking order of franchise quarterbacks in this year’s draft, that doesn’t mean Tannehill is chopped liver.
The four-year senior out of Texas A&M is a traditional pocket passer. At 6'4" and 221 pounds, Tannehill has both the size and strength to make a seamless transition. While he may have to sit initially (depending on which team selects him), he has the know-how to make an impact if given the chance.
Teams in need of a burner with deep speed should look no further than Wright.
Wright is a blazing-fast receiver who also has the skills to make an impact in the NFL right away. Wright will be an outstanding slot receiver (not to mention an awesome kick returner), and he’ll be able to make plays right away.
Although not blessed with the greatest of speed, Sanu has the size and strength to makes waves in the NFL.
Sanu is a lot like vintage Hines Ward. That is, he is not gifted athletically but compensates for it by being physically strong and elusive.
While he may be drafted outside of the first two rounds in April’s NFL Draft, Sanu is a sleeper to keep an eye on.
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