June 12, 2024

Then and Now – Post 2024 NFL Draft Rankings

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Post 2024 NFL Draft Rankings

The time has come to hold myself accountable for my draft process. I have watched far more film than I would like to admit. The Scouting Combine and pre-draft processes are complete. The NFL Draft has happened, and now here we are. So let’s go through what I saw on film, then before the draft.

The “Then” and the “Now” are what we know post-draft and landing spots. There is no question about it — draft capital and placement are key to the process. It was a fun process to put it into article form this year.

We will go through each position group and talk about all the information I’m about to give you. You can find all the draft picks and where they went here. First, let’s start with the quarterbacks.

Then and Now – Post 2024 NFL Draft Rankings

Quarterback

[one-third-first]January/February Film Rankings
1. Caleb Williams
2. Jayden Daniels
3. Drake Maye
4. Michael Penix Jr.
5. J.J. McCarthy
6. Michael Pratt
7. Jordan Travis
8. Bo Nix
10. Spencer Rattler
11. Sam Hartman[/one-third-first]
[one-third]Pre-Draft/Combine Rankings
1. Caleb Williams
2. Jayden Daniels
3. Drake Maye
4. J.J. McCarthy
5. Michael Penix Jr.
6. Bo Nix
7. Spencer Rattler
8. Jordan Travis
9. Michael Pratt
10. Sam Hartman[/one-third]
[one-third]Post-Draft Rookie Rankings
1. Caleb Williams
2. Jayden Daniels
3. J.J. McCarthy
4. Drake Maye
5. Bo Nix
6. Michael Penix Jr
7. Spencer Rattler
8. Jordan Travis
9. Michael Pratt
10. Devin Leary[/one-third]

 

This may be the position group that was the most chalk throughout the whole process. Post draft, J.J. McCarthy climbs ahead of Drake Maye, but only because of his established weapons. The Vikings will wait for McCarthy to grow. They don’t have to grow with him like the Patriots do with  Maye and his new WR core. But we will talk about them later.

Caleb Williams slots in at #1 and hasn’t moved from there the entire draft process. I had to put Bo Nix ahead of Michael Penix Jr solely based on the landing spot. Nix can be the Week 1 starter coming into this upcoming year, and Penix will only be if there is an injury. While Penix (and McCarthy, for that matter) have been weapons, Nix gets the nod for even being in the Denver QB1 discussion.

Four other quarterbacks were drafted. They were Spencer Rattler, Jordan Travis, Michael Pratt, and Joe Milton. As you can see from the lists, they were all ranked accordingly. Milton is off the list, but I put Devin Leary on. I like Leary’s playstyle in the Baltimore offense more than Milton’s in New England. The landing spot alone is why, if it were flipped, Milton would be on the list.

I like Spencer Rattler backing up Derek Carr. I love Jordan Travis in New York. Michael Pratt in Green Bay isn’t ideal, but, Jordan Love has his prove-it (again) year now. As long as Love doesn’t get hurt, it’s his job. But Pratt and Love play similarly. The Packers will trust Pratt in the offense if Love does get hurt.

All in all, as stated above, this position group throughout the process was pretty chalk. You know what wasn’t chalk and was all over the board? Running Backs…………..

 

Running Back

[one-third-first]January/February Film Rankings
1. Braelon Allen
2. Jonathon Brooks
3. Trey Benson
4. MarShawn Lloyd
5. Bucky Irving
6. Blake Corum
7. Jase McClellan
8. Audric Estime
9. Will Shipley
10. Rasheen Ali[/one-third-first]
[one-third]Pre-Draft/Combine Rankings
1. Trey Benson
2. Jonathon Brooks
3. MarShawn Lloyd
4. Braelon Allen
5. Blake Corum
6. Will Shipley
7. Bucky Irving
8. Audric Estime
9. Kimani Vidal
10. Jase McClellan[/one-third]
[one-third]Post-Draft Rookie Rankings
1. Johnathon Brooks
2. Trey Benson
3. Blake Corum
4. Jaylen Wright
5. Bucky Irving
6. Will Shipley
7. Ray Davis
8. MarShawn Lloyd
9. Tyrone Tracy Jr.
10. Kimani Vidal[/one-third]

 

 

I don’t think I will ever forgive the New York Jets for crushing the stock of my guys, Braelon Allen and Isaiah Davis. Throughout the whole process, I was big on Allen, though I am well aware that big running backs are a thing of the past. I couldn’t get past this guy’s abilities and age. Now, being drafted to the New York Jets to compete with Israel Abanikanda and Isaiah Davis for the BACKUP role? I’m out.

As long as Breece Hall is in that lineup, he is the workhorse and the only running back with the Jets you need. For that, Allen falls off the top ten board, and while Isaiah Davis was sniffing it, he never achieves that status. I will be watching and rooting for them to prove everyone wrong, though!

Two guys were never on the list but made it post-draft — Ray Davis and Tyrone Tracy Jr. Landing spot was key for them. They were fourth and fifth-round picks, but their landing spots are ones not to ignore. Ray Davis landed in a great spot to back up James Cook with Damien Harris retiring because of injury. Buffalo needed an RB2 and found one that could fit the same mold as Harris.

Tyrone Tracy lands in New York as a Giant. Saquon Barkley is out, so they bring in Devin Singletary and have Gary Brightwell. While fifth-round capital usually means a project, it is the only running back the Giants got, meaning they wanted him. I would expect him to compete for the RB1 role with Devin Singletary immediately.

Bucky Irving got a decent landing spot in Tampa Bay to move him up the list. MarShawn Lloyd arguably did not.  Lloyd moves down the list. Jonathon Brooks and Trey Benson are the top two guys and were in the top three throughout the process. Their landing spots were excellent. They will both be competing for significant roles in Carolina and Arizona.

I see Kimani Vidal beating out JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards. He stays on the list instead of adding Isaac Guerendo. This is based solely on that fact, regardless of draft capital. Guerendo had a decent running back draft pick (fourth round, pick 29), but he will be the clear backup to Christian McCaffery.

Jaylen Wright also finally cracked the list. He skyrocketed because of the landing spot — the track star goes to the track meet. He is a perfect fit in Miami but will compete with snaps, so I had to keep him in the middle of the standings. While running backs were all over the board, let’s go back to a position I feel I did pretty well at, wide receiver…

 

Wide Receiver

[one-third-first]January/February Film Rankings
1. Marvin Harrison Jr.
2. Malik Nabers
3. Rome Odunze
4. Xavier Worthy
5. Troy Franklin
6. Brian Thomas Jr.
7. Adonai Mitchell
8. Keon Coleman
9. Ladd McConkey
10. Jalen McMillan[/one-third-first]
[one-third]Pre-Draft/Combine Rankings
1. Marvin Harrison Jr.
2. Malik Nabers
3. Rome Odunze
4. Brian Thomas Jr.
5. Xavier Worthy
6. Adonai Mitchell
7. Ladd McConkey
8. Troy Franklin
9. Keon Coleman
10. Xavier Legette[/one-third]
[one-third]Post-Draft Rookie Rankings
1. Marvin Harrison Jr.
2. Rome Odunze
3. Malik Nabers
4. Xavier Worthy
5. Brian Thomas Jr
6. Ladd McConkey
7. Keon Coleman
8. Adonai Mitchell
9. Xavier Legette
10. Ricky Pearsall[/one-third]

 

Honestly, the top five mostly stay the same. Marvin Harrison Jr went to the spot we all wanted him to to solidify his WR1. Rome Odunze moves up because he gets Caleb Williams, while Malik Nabers gets Daniel Jones. Still, Nabers will be at least the WR2, while Rome will be WR3 on a team with DJ Moore and Keenan Allen. Yet, Odunze gets the nod.

Xavier Worthy goes above Brian Thomas Jr. just because of the landing spot. I like Thomas’s spot, but Worthy to the Chiefs is what we always wanted. Even with Hollywood Brown and Rashee Rice there, Worthy provides the “Swiss army knife” traits lacked for a few years.

The next four receivers, you could argue, could all be six, based on preference. Ladd McConkey to the Chargers is great because they don’t have much there. Keon Coleman gets Josh Allen. Adonai Mitchell and Xavier Legette will be in WR2/WR3 roles edging out McConkey and Coleman above them.

Ricky Pearsall goes above Jalen McMillan and Troy Franklin, and this is based strictly on draft capital. I like the landing spots for McMillan and Franklin better. They may play before Pearsall (unless a trade happens), but first-round capital is important. While my analysis through with wide receiver has been great, my tight end analysis leaves something to be forgotten…

Tight End

[one-third-first]January/February Film Rankings
1. Brock Bowers
2. Ja’Tavion Sanders
3. Dallin Holker
4. Jaheim Bell
5. Brevyn Spann-Ford
6. Ben Sinnott
7. Erick All
8. Cade Stover
9. Theo Johnson
10. Trey Knox[/one-third-first]
[one-third]Pre-Draft/Combine Rankings
1. Brock Bowers
2. Ja’Tavion Sanders
3. Erick All
4. Cade Stover
5. Theo Johnson
6. Ben Sinnott
7. Brevyn Spann-Ford
8. Jaheim Bell
9. Dallin Holker
10. Trey Knox[/one-third]
[one-third]Post-Draft Rookie Rankings
1. Brock Bowers
2. Ben Sinnott
3. Ja’Tavion Sanders
4. Theo Johnson
5. Erick All
6. AJ Barner
7. Cade Stover
8. Jared Wiley
9.
Tip Reiman
10. Jaheim Bell[/one-third]

 

I will be the first to say it, I whiffed. The tight ends I like and the tight ends the NFL likes are very different. I like the bigger guys that I know can block and show athleticism but it’s not the focal point. The biggest example of this is George Kittle. While he has refined his whole game, guys like Dallin Holker and Brevyn Spann-Ford have a chance to prove it.

In regards to the top 10 list? They fully fall off being an undrafted free agent (UDFA). That goes for Trey Knox too. Hockenson is hurt, and there is no real athleticism behind him. Knox with the Vikings could be interesting.

Ben Sinnott was the big winner. Getting the draft capital as a day two pick and going to Washington — who needs tight end help — Sinnott goes from the middle of the list to the top. I could be convinced he is the top TE in the class because of the landing spot for Brock Bowers.

The Raiders took the best player available, even though it wasn’t a position of need. Even so, he still tops the list. Ja’Tavion Sanders, Theo Johnson, and Erick All round out my top five because of landing spots. They were all drafted and had a chance to start right away.

The other five all have the draft capital but have to work a little harder to see playing time. For fantasy purposes, though, they all have value in the later rounds of rookie drafts. There are roads to them being starters, except for Tip Reiman.

Jaheim Bell, Jared Wiley, AJ Barner, and Cade Stover all have guys in front of them that could fall out of good graces. I know Dalton Schultz just got an extension, but that hasn’t stopped players from getting cut before. Tip Reiman will not surpass Trey McBride, but I do see him with a higher snap count right away.

This is because he is such a good blocker. With that, McBride could benefit from those slip routes. He could make some catches on third and three when he is wide open after blocking the first few seconds of the play.


There we have it. My Post 2024 NFL Draft Rankings. This was a fun ride, and we learned about many prospects along the way. We learned that running backs are still disrespected and that I know nothing about what the NFL wants for tight ends. I feel good at wide receiver every year, but I will be excited to do this again with a quarterback class that isn’t as strong.

The top 10 lists are done, and the rookie content is finally finished. It is now rookie draft season. Time to turn to the strategies and options for startup and orphan dynasties. Buckle up — it is the official offseason!

If you want to see more on some of these players and their fantasy impact, you can find their Dynasty Rookie Impact articles here:

[one-fourth-first]Jayden Daniels
Xavier Worthy[/one-fourth-first]
[one-fourth]Drake Maye
Brock Bowers[/one-fourth]
[one-fourth]Xavier Legette
Jonathon Brooks[/one-fourth]
[one-fourth]Ladd McConkey
MarShawn Lloyd[/one-fourth]