More than a full month has come and gone since the 2022 NFL Draft, and teams have a better understanding of their depth charts. With certain players having a tough time finding playing time, it is important to focus on the players that benefited from the draft and how they project for dynasty purposes.
The jury remains out on the Philadelphia Eagles, and their trust of Jalen Hurts as their starter of the future, but he did receive quite a bit of help during the offseason.
First, the acquisition of AJ Brown from the Tennessee Titans gives Hurts his alpha WR1 and pairs him with DeVonta Smith and Dallas Goedert to form a trio of excellent pass catchers. While Brown will command the fair share of attention, this move is best for Smith, freeing up more work for him and giving him a real shot at ascending the dynasty wide receiver ladder into high-WR2 territory.
The underrated aspect of this class for the Eagles was their lack of attention paid to the quarterback group. As weak of a class as it was, they had plenty of chances to grab one of the top guys that fell throughout Round 3 to try and push Hurts. Having passed on these options shows that they are at least willing to give Hurts one more season to prove his worth as this team’s starting quarterback, but with two first-round selections next draft in a year with a superb quarterback class, the pressure is still on.
It’s no secret that Zach Wilson’s rookie campaign had quite a few bumps, but the New York Jets are still committed to the BYU product.
Having selected OSU wide receiver Garrett Wilson in the first round and ISU running back Breece Hall in the second, this offense has a clearer identity. Plus, with Tyler Conklin and CJ Uzomah brought in for tight end depth, Zach Wilson has plenty of high-upside targets.
Elijah Moore’s sophomore season will be an intriguing dynasty topic to track, but all signs point to him and Zach Wilson expanding their relationship. A sophomore breakout campaign is not out of the question.
After his breakout playoff game against the Chiefs, Gabriel Davis looks to be the perfect WR2 option for Josh Allen, even with some community skepticism.
Stefon Diggs is going nowhere as the WR1, but with no substantial capital used on a wide receiver, Cole Beasley out of the picture, and Jameson Crowder the closest competitor, Davis has quite the cushy role in Buffalo’s offense.
Is it fair to say that Davis has had quite the rollercoaster of an offseason for dynasty stock? Absolutely. But as training camp draws closer, it is evident that his role will be a substantial one this year, and he should be an offseason target if looking for a build-around piece with high upside.
First-round wide receivers typically have solid shelf lives for dynasty purposes, but when drafted into a run-first offense, their ceilings can be a bit tempered.
However, for Rashod Bateman’s sake, the trade of Hollywood Brown to the Cardinals opened up a WR1 target share for him. Plus, with the Ravens prioritizing tight ends over wide receivers in the draft, it is the Bateman show at this point.
Should Bateman be a lock for 100+ targets and 1,000+ yards? On paper, all signs point to that. But with the Ravens still trying to figure out their offensive identity and create a healthy blend of run/pass, Bateman’s role will be quite fluid through the first quarter of the season.
Cole Kmet & Darnell Mooney
Grouping both the TE1 and WR1 together for the Chicago Bears work, seeing as how both players benefited from the draft strategy that Chicago took in the draft. Prioritizing defense over offensive depth opens the door for both players to set career watermarks in offensive involvement, which is great news for dynasty rosters.
Kmet has been the clear-cut top tight end on this roster for some time, but last year’s 17.7% target share should be seen as a surpassable mark heading into ‘22. The first full year of Justin Fields at the helm should boost Kmet’s floor and make him a sleeper for a top-12 tight end finish at year’s end.
Mooney excelled next to Allen Robinson and company last year (even if Robinson didn’t get a ton of work), and his relationship with Fields is the farthest along for all Chicago wide receivers. As Byron Pringle and Equanimeous St. Brown look to fill the WR2 and WR3 roles, Mooney is a clear level or four above them, making him a big-time buy this offseason with tremendous upside.
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