We here at Mocking the Draft put together a bracket to match up the top 32 rookie quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends drafted in April. Put simply, it's a NCAA tournament style bracket to help us decide which rookie will score the most fantasy points this coming season. If you want to see the updated bracket with the results of the first round, click here. Today's match up: Justin Blackmon vs Coby Fleener.
Now this is an interesting one. Blackmon sailed past quarterback Nick Foles in the first round while Fleener edged out Rueben Randle to get to this match up.
Why vote for Blackmon?
Blackmon is the wide receiver, typically they see more balls thrown their way than tight ends do. Blackmon could easily come in and be the Jaguars number one or two receiver from week one. With Maurice Jones-Drew holding out, the Jaguars could have to shift their focus to their passing game on the shoulders of Blaine Gabbart (yes, I did just say that...). If Jones-drew does hold out into the season (which I see as unlikely), then the Jags receivers should see the ball more than last year; where top receiver Mike Thomas had just 44 receptions.
More after the jump.
Why vote against Blackmon?
Blackmon made a really stupid decision and is paying the price for getting caught driving under the influence. Generally first time offenders get treatment and probation, but in this case the judge could rule for jail time. Either way, Blackmon will likely miss some practice time at the least while he sorts this out, which will see him fall behind in the pecking order. I also still think the Jags and Jones-drew will sort something out. They've been too reliant on him in recent years not to have him this season. He'll be back and I expect him to be taking touches away from all the receivers, including Blackmon.
Why vote for Fleener?
Fleener is actually one of the few rookies that has an advantage over the veterans at this point. Due to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, first overall pick Andrew Luck has been unable to attend minicamps and OTA's with the veterans. But Fleener has been in Indianapolis. He has an advantage because he has been playing with Luck for years in college, so their timing will already be down and ready to go week one, where as the vets won't have caught anything from Luck until now. As Luck works to catch up on lost time, Fleener could be his favored target.
Why vote against Fleener?
He is still a tight end, which on paper should receive less targets then a number one or two receiver. His blocking skills still need improvement if he's to sell defenses on play-action fakes, where he could see the majority of his receptions. Plus, we all know how much Luck likes to run the ball, which will take away from Fleener's receptions.