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. You're welcome to go back and see the original post here Today's match up: Brian Quick vs Dwayne Allen.
Brian Quick was the first pick of the second round to the St. Louis Rams to be Sam Bradford's go-to guy. Dwayne Allen was selected by the Colts with the first pick of the third round, to give first overall pick Andrew Luck a second tight end to target alongside Coby Fleener.
Why vote for Quick?
As I said with Chris Givens match up, the Rams are desperate for someone to step up and be Bradford's go-to guy. Quick was drafted with that intention. With last year's leading receiver, Brandon Lloyd, no longer on the roster, there should be an open competition for playing time. Quick has a much better chance than Givens to win significant playing time early on in his rookie year, potentially even as a starter. If he can win that role, Bradford can certainly get him the ball.
More after the jump.
Why vote against Quick?
While the Rams addressed on of their biggest needs, finding Bradford some targets, they failed to ensure that he his protected up front. 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.
Why vote for Allen?
New Colts quarterback Andrew Luck LOVES his tight ends. With Fleener drafted in the second round, look for him to get all the attention from defensive coordinators, leaving Allen to fly under the radar. He's a big target, runs solid routes and is hard to bring down. This makes him a big candidate for yards after the catch, and a big red zone target, both of which are music to fantasy owners ears.
Why vote against Allen?
Allen is likely to be the second tight end on the depth chart, behind only Fleener. He'll have to improve his blocking to see the field in two tight end formations. When he's on the field, he's unlikely to be the primary read, meaning defenses will have to have Reggie Wayne, Fleener and others covered before Allen is targeted.
Let us know who you voted for and why in the comments. Tomorrow's match up: Coby Fleener vs Rueben Randle