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: Stephen Hill vs LaMichael James.
Wide receiver Stephen Hill was the 11th pick of the second round to the New York Jets, while the San Francisco 49ers drafted running back LaMichael James 18 picks later, with the 29th pick of the second round.
Why vote for Hill?
Hill is a raw and somewhat inexperienced receiver, but he offers a rare combination of size (6'4", 215lbs) and speed (4.3 40 yard dash) that is so highly coveted by NFL teams. His athleticism naturally makes him an explosive playmaker. With quarterback Mark Sanchez failing to step up last year, and the offseason addition of Tim Tebow, the Jets could be looking to go back to what took them to back-to-back AFC championship games, the power run game. Hill was in an extremely run heavy offense in college, but still managed to put up an amazing 820 yards from just 29 receptions, which is quite frankly ridiculous. His ability as a blocker should help him see the field for the Jets, and watch out for that 4.3 speed running past defensive backs as he catches the deep ball over the top.
More after the jump.
Why vote against Hill?
The problem Hill faces is learning to run NFL quality routes. In college his offense was all about the run, with very simple passing game and route tree. Hill hardly ran anything outside of a go, post or corner route. In the NFL, he'll have to learn to run digs, daggers, outs among many other routes. If he's slow to pick these up, or doesn't run them well enough to sell a defender, then he won't see the field. Lucky for Hill, he has Darrelle Revis to practice against every day.
Why vote for James?
James is another explosive guy. He has the speed and playmaking ability to take any given play to the house. He has good enough hands that he can be a threat coming out of the backfield, giving fantasy owners double the chance of him making plays. He also flirted with the return game in his last year at Oregon, which could be another option for the 49ers should they require it. To give you some perspective on just how explosive he is, he ran for 1805 yards, averaging 7.3 yards per carry in his last season in college. He topped that off with 18 touchdowns. That's a great deal of fantasy points right there!
Why vote against James?
His size is always going to play into it. He's listed at 5'8", 194lbs. Add in the fact he's up against Frank Gore, Brandon Jacobs and Kendall Hunter for playing time and he'll probably be limited to a third down back role at best. Even then, in short yardage situations, coach Harbaugh loves to make a statement and run the ball for the first down. This could severely limit his playing time and touches.