The draft has come and gone, and most fantasy football players are combing through sites and publications to get news on all the new rookies. What many don’t consider is how the draft has affected some of the current players in the NFL.
With the labor troubles going on, counting on free-agency additions is going to prove to be very difficult this season. While we expect a deal shortly before the season, there’s no guarantee. When you add this unique situation to the mix, some existing players were some clear losers over draft weekend.
Ryan Torain, RB WAS
Roy Helu Jr. is in town, and we now have a clear running back competition.
Donovan McNabb, QB WAS
Kevin Kolb, QB PHI
Much like McNabb, the best time to be moved for Kolb would have been draft day. Rumors are swirling that the Eagles have a deal in place for a first-round pick in 2012. We’ll see.
Jahvid Best, RB DET
The Lions brought in Mikel Leshoure, and that makes for a cloudy committee situation in the Motor City.
Ryan Grant, RB GB
As if Grant needed more competition with Starks around, the Packers drafted Alex Green. Super.
Chris Wells, RB ARI
With the addition of Ryan Williams, the Cardinals have made it clear they’ve given up on him as their featured back.
Tarvaris Jackson, QB MIN
With Ponder in the fold, Jackson will be finding a new zip code.
Jimmy Clausen, QB CAR
Amazing the Panthers gave up on him after just one season. We still like his long term chances though.
Visanthe Shiancoe, TE MIN
Kyle Rudolph is sure to eat into his touches.
David Garrard, QB JAX
He’s been put on notice now that Gabbert is in the fold. His inconsistency sealed his fate in Jacksonville.
Reggie Bush, RB NO
Bush will likely be packing his bags now that Mark Ingram is the new big thing in the Big Easy.
Pierre Thomas, RB NO
We wonder if he’d like to reconsider signing that contract now. While he got a modest payday, he lost a ton of playing time with the drafting of Ingram.
Danny Woodhead, RB NE
Shane Vereen is simply a better version of Danny Woodhead—he’s like Woodhead 2.0.
Fred Jackson, RB BUF
Johnny White could be stealing touches away in a quick hurry from the aging Jackson.
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