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: Alshon Jeffery vs Brock Osweiler.
Why vote for Jeffery?
At this point last year, Jeffery was one of the highest rated receivers in all of college football. His 6'4" height and catching ability caught the eye of many scouts, leading to suggestions he could have been a top 15 pick. 12 months later, and we know the outcome. Jeffery fell to the second round, but that's not all due to a lack of talent. His body and size gives him a highly desired ability that you just can't teach all receivers, the ability to go up and grab a ball away from a defender. With running back Matt Forte not happy with his contract situation, and no fully established depth chart at receiver behind newly acquired Brandon Marshall, Jeffery could see the field in a pass-friendly offense.
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Why vote against Jeffery?
While there is no fully established depth chart behind Marshall, they do have guys that will likely see playtime before Jeffery in Johnny Know and Earl Bennett. I expect those three to be their top three guys at least going into the season, if all are healthy. It's hard to see the Bears going to four receiver sets given the inability of their offensive line to sufficiently protect quarterback Jay Cutler. I expect they'll look to keep at least 6 guys in to protect, if not seven, meaning Jeffery's play time could be limited.
Why vote for Osweiler?
It's hard to see Osweiler scoring much, if any fantasy points this year. He was drafted to be groomed behind Peyton Manning for the next few years until Manning retires and he's ready to take the reigns. No rookie is going to beat out Manning, especially in Manning's own system. The only chance Osweiler has of seeing the field is if he wins the back up job and Manning's neck injury reoccurs, which isn't totally out of the equation.
Why vote against Osweiler?
He was drafted to be a back up for the next few years. If the Bronco's best case scenario plays out, Osweiler won't see the field until Manning retires, which means he cant score any fantasy points. There's a chance Manning's injury flares up, but I would expect the Bears to either turn to incumbent back up Caleb Hanie, or put Osweiler in with a very run heavy attack.
Let us know who you voted for and why in the comments below. Tomorrows match up: Isaiah Pead vs Ryan Broyles.