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: Ryan Tannehill vs Brian Quick.
Tannehill actually tied 49 votes a piece with ravens rookie running back Bernard Pierce in the first round, but I broke the deadlock and voted for Tannehill. Quick found it much easier to get past Colts tight end Dwayne Allen.
Why vote for Tannehill?
The Dolphins aren't going to rush him, but it sounds like he'll see some time sooner rather than later. His offensive coordinator in Miami was his head coach in college, so he should pick up the offense fairly quickly; giving him an advantage over other rookie quarterbacks. Tannehill thrives on the timing, out and comeback routes, they are fairly save completions if he can get his timing down with receivers. That should help him lay a safe base from which to build the rest of the offense upon.
More after the jump.
Why vote against Tannehill?
While the indications point to Tannehill seeing time at some point this year, there is a possible scenario that he might not see the field at all. The Dolphins have said they aren't going to rush him, and if they get off to a decent start without him, they may let him sit for the majority of the year. That would kill any fantasy value.
Why vote for Quick?
Early word from St. Louis is that Quick has impressed so far, He's all signed and ready to focus on becoming that number one target that Sam Bradford needs. He's a little raw in places, but Bradford is good enough to work through that and help him out. Quick will get a legit shot at starting in camp, and if he continues to impress, he might just get it. Then his fantasy possibilities are encouraging.
Why vote against Quick?
I'm going to steal the summary from the first round for this part because it still stands true. In Bradford's rookie year, he saw some protection up front, and managed to lead the Rams to a 7-9 season despite a below average receiving corps. But last year, he found it hard to stay upright and get a throw off. If this remains the case this year, it won't matter who is at receiver.