Only five wide receivers have finished inside the top-13 at the position in four of the past five seasons. The entire list: Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Michael Thomas, DeAndre Hopkins, and Cooks. Brown remains without a team (though he’s been working out with several NFL quarterbacks). The other three will cost you a first or second-round pick.
It’s early but Cooks has been the 39th receiver off the board, according to BestBall10s. He’s going in the 9-10th round in an area where Detroit’s Marvin Jones, Pittsburgh’s Diontae Johnson, and Denver’s Jerry Jeudy are being selected. Cooks comes with risk (new system, injury history, etc), though if he’s your third WR, the upside is worthwhile. I wouldn’t be surprised if his ADP rises as drafts near.
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- Carlos Hyde recently inked a one-year deal with the Seahawks, though John Clayton reports that the running back had better offers elsewhere, including the Texans. Hyde turning down Houston’s multi-year offer prompted the club to acquire David Johnson from Arizona.
- The arrival of Hyde is making Chris Carson undervalued, ESPN’s Matthew Berry explains. Berry believes Hyde joining Seattle is more about the team’s concern with Rashad Penny than anything to do with Carson’s ability. Carson is the 20th running back off the board in early fantasy drafts, going in the fifth round of 10 team leagues.
- Buccaneers rookie running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn, who was drafted in the third round, is someone to keep an eye on. “Ke will play a long time, in my opinion,” his coach at Vanderbilt, Derek Mason told ESPN. “He’s different and he has that same chip as Richard Sherman. His drive is big, but his love and IQ for the game is special. He will be fun to watch. Had no fumbles in two years, and a ton of touchdowns.”