Projecting the 2017 Rookie Draft First Round and Where They Fit in the Dynasty Top 100
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Recently I published my midseason dynasty rankings, looking at the top 50 in Part 1 and 51 to 100 in Part 2. Many leagues currently have a moratorium on trades, but others have no such limitations. Our evaluations of players likely to go in the 2017 NFL draft are obviously preliminary, but making informed trades requires some sense of future value. In Part 3, I’ll provide my initial first-round projection for next summer’s rookie drafts and also slot them into the top 100. Evaluators have many different methodologies for projecting players. We will revisit and expand on our draft research this offseason, but my WR evaluations largely rest on final season market share, breakout age, draft status, and whether a player declared early. RB evaluations are based on receiving ability, speed, and draft status. I follow the work of respected draft experts on many sites to get a sense of where players might go in upcoming drafts. (One good example is a recent piece by SI’s Chris Burke that seemed to reflect both scouting opinion and on-field results.) Obviously many unknowns exist at this time.