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Fantasy analysis of Day 3 NFL draft picks

Find out how to value rookies taken on Day 3 of the NFL draft, including running back Kenneth Dixon and wideout Pharoh Cooper. Getty Images

The first two days of the NFL draft were full of intrigue and surprises, especially for fantasy football players.

The third day of the draft provided the depth players that teams need to field a roster every week, but these picks can also provide value picks for fantasy players who identify unheralded rookies poised to thrive in beneficial situations.

Which sleeper wideout has upside? Which quarterback should you target in your dynasty league? Which running back could jump up the depth chart? Mike Clay breaks down the fantasy impact of selections made on Day 3 of the 2016 NFL Draft


Fourth round

100. Connor Cook, QB, Oakland Raiders

Although Oakland traded up for Cook, let's be clear that the rookie is no threat to emerging Derek Carr. The former Spartan is big (6 feet, 4 inches tall, 217 pounds), but has a pedestrian arm, isn't accurate, and won't add much with his legs. He'll compete with Matt McGloin for backup duties in Oakland and has the long-term outlook as a No. 2 QB or spot starter.


107. Chris Moore, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Following an injury-plagued 2015, the Ravens have been adding offensive skill position players this offseason. Long-armed Moore stands 6-1, 206 pounds and showed well in most combine drills. At Cincinnati Moore worked as deep threat, having posted an 18.7 average depth of target last season. Moore is versatile enough to play in the slot and on the perimeter, but he'll be blocked in 2016 by at least Steve Smith, Breshad Perriman, Mike Wallace and Kamar Aiken. Armed with return skills, expect his main rookie-season contributions to come on special teams.


110. Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles Rams

My No. 2 ranked tight end, Higbee has some off-field concerns, but is a very intriguing fantasy prospect. He's a hefty 6-6, 249 pounds and arguably the top receiving tight end in this class. He has big hands, is quick, is a quality route runner and will do damage after the catch. The ex-wide receiver slots in behind Lance Kendricks in Los Angeles and, although he won't be fantasy relevant as a rookie, he'll certainly be busy in the team's run-heavy scheme. Long term, Higbee is well worth stashing in dynasty leagues. He has TE1 upside.


112. Malcolm Mitchell, WR, New England Patriots

The Patriots badly needed an injection of youth at the wide receiver position, and Mitchell gives them exactly that. Set to turn 24 later this year, 198-pound wideout stands 6 feet tall, and is older than most of his counterparts, but sports 4.45 wheels, has big hands and long arms. In terms of landing spot, there aren't many better than New England. Mitchell will compete with an underwhelming cast that includes Chris Hogan, Nate Washington and Keshawn Martin for snaps in 2016. He's worth a late-round flier simply because of the landing spot, although New England has an ugly resume when it comes to developing draft picks at wide receiver.


114. Ricardo Louis, WR, Cleveland Browns

An interesting size/speed prospect, Louis stands 6-2, weighs 215 pounds and sports 4.43 wheels. His 132-inch broad jump was best among wide receivers who attended the combine. He also showed well in the vertical and and bench press. Built a like a running back, Louis figures to get a few carries and may help out as a returner. Although versatile, Louis isn't an especially good receiver and has questionable hands. He figures to eventually settle in as a depth player, but Cleveland's ugly wide receiver situation figures to mean plenty of offensive snaps as a rookie.


117. Pharoh Cooper, WR, Los Angeles Rams

One of the draft's most explosive receivers, Cooper has drawn Randall Cobb comparisons. He is 5-foot-11, 203 pounds and just turned 21 years old. He wasn't particularly impressive at the combine, but didn't run any speed/quickness drills. Another offensive playmaker in the mold of new teammate Tavon Austin, Cooper will work as a receiver, ball carrier and punt returner. He caught 66 passes and averaged a hefty 8.0 yards after the catch at South Carolina last year. Considering Los Angeles' weak wide receiver unit, expect Cooper to start out as the team's slot receiver and returner.


119. Tyler Ervin, RB, Houston Texans

Continuing their near-complete offensive overhaul, the Texans added Ervin as a complement to Lamar Miller. A combine standout, Ervin ran a 4.41 40-yard dash and posted the second-best vertical and broad jumps among running backs. A terrific receiver and shifty/tough runner, the 5-foot-10, 192-pound Ervin projects as a committee back at the NFL level. He'll be the Miller handcuff to own in 2016.


126. Demarcus Robinson, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

One of the top boom/bust prospects at wide receiver in this draft, Robinson is a name to watch. The former Florida Gator stands 6-1, 203 pounds, with long arms and terrific short-area quickness. On the negative side, he has four suspensions on his collegiate resume, his 4.59 40-yard dash underwhelmed and he needs to improve his hands and route running. Robinson is only 21 years old and, if he keeps his head on straight, has a ceiling similar to that of Mike Wallace. He'll spend the offseason competing with Albert Wilson, Chris Conley and Rod Streater for work behind Jeremy Maclin.


134. Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens

My No. 3 rated running back, Dixon shockingly fell all the way to the fourth round. It's a nice get for Baltimore, as the ex-Louisiana Tech star is a solid runner, a good blocker and an outstanding receiver. The elusive Dixon will need to overcome fumbling issues and very well could cap out in a Charles Sims-like third down role, but he has the tools needed to emerge into a three-down back. This has the looks of a steal for Baltimore. Dixon will spend 2016 competing with inferior Buck Allen and Lorenzo Taliaferro for snaps behind injury-plagued Justin Forsett. It's possible Dixon makes a few starts as a rookie, but he's unlikely to truly break out until 2017.


135. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys

A big, running quarterback, Prescott is a conservative, but efficient passer with big hands. Last season alone, he carried the ball 160 times for 588 yards and 10 touchdowns. Prescott is an interesting two-way prospect and very well could emerge into Alex Smith-like production at the pro level. The Cowboys will develop him behind Tony Romo this season.


136. Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos

Denver re-signed both C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman, but that didn't stop them from spending a fourth-round pick on Booker. Capable as both a rusher and receiver, Booker has three-down upside at the pro level. He stands 5-11, 219 pounds and showed his strength with 22 bench reps at the combine. On the negative side, Booker isn't particularly fast, has durability concerns and is a bit older than his counterparts (he turns 24 this year). The downhill runner shouldn't be an immediate threat to underrated Anderson, but should blow past Hillman for backup duties. He's worth a late-round flier.


139. Cardale Jones, QB, Buffalo Bills

Jones joins Buffalo as a project and potential successor to 2015 breakout player Tyrod Taylor. Jones stands 6-5, 253 pounds and impressed with a 36-inch vertical at the combine. He showed good accuracy at Ohio State and has a huge arm. A similar prospect to JaMarcus Russell, Jones could be under center as early as 2017 if Taylor isn't re-signed after this season.


Fifth round

140. Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee Titans

Sharpe, who paced the FBS with 111 receptions last season, supplies the Titans with some addition wide receiver depth after they drafted Dorial Green-Beckham last year and added Rishard Matthews via free agency. As a rookie, Sharpe will slot in behind that duo, as well as, contract year player Kendall Wright and likely one (or both) of Harry Douglas and Justin Hunter. Sharpe has small hands, but only dropped three passes last season. He's tall (6-foot-2), but skinny (194 pounds) and a good athlete. Sharpe failed to impress at the combine, but he's a potential No. 2 or 3 option in Tennessee in 2017.


143. Deandre Washington, RB, Oakland Raiders

It's hard to get overly excited about fifth-round picks, but Washington has an opportunity to play a significant role in Oakland's emerging offense. Latavius Murray was overworked last season (he handled 75 percent of the team's designed runs) and, although he was competent, Oakland make it clear they wanted to bring in a complement -- if not competition -- for Murray. Washington is short and wide at 5-8, 204 pounds. He dominated the bench press and short shuttle at the combine and posted a 4.49 40 yard dash. He's a terrific rusher and receiver, and figures to help out as a returner. Washington enjoyed a dominant 2015 at Texas Tech, averaging 6.4 yards per carry, while converting a prospect-best 82 percent of third down attempts. Over 20 percent of his carries went for at least 10 yards. Murray remains Oakland's No. 1 back, but Washington is sure to chip away at his touches. He's well worth a late-round flier.


149. Paul Perkins, RB, New York Giants

Rashad Jennings finished 2015 strong, but he's 31 years old. Behind him, Shane Vereen is a passing-down specialist and Andre Williams has been horrid. Enter UCLA's Perkins, who stands 5-10, 208 pounds, is elusive and good after contact. He's a good receiver, but needs work as a blocker. Likely a committee back, Perkins may not have the size to hold up as a three-down back. He figures to start behind both Jennings and Vereen, but is an injury away from fantasy relevance.


150. Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears

If you've followed my work this offseason, you know I've been hard on Jeremy Langford for what was a deceptively terrible rookie season. He was worst in NFL running against base defenses, dropped a ton of passes and struggled as a blocker. Quite simply, barring major offseason improvements, he's not the answer in Chicago. That being said, Langford is obviously a name you should avoid in the early rounds of your draft. Instead, wait until the later rounds and select his new handcuff, Howard. My No. 4 rated back, Howard is a huge 6-0, 230 pounds. He'll do most of his damage between the tackles and after initial contact. Howard is unlikely to contribute much as a receiver, but similar to Alfred Morris or Michael Turner, he'll be busy on early downs and near the goal line. You can bet Howard will be on my radar on 2016 fantasy drafts.


153. Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

The running back run continues with Smallwood to the Eagles. A dominant producer at West Virginia, Smallwood averaged 6.4 yards per carry last season, recorded a first down on 32 percent of his runs (second best among backs at the combine), ran for zero or negative yards on 11 percent of his attempts (fifth), managed five or more yards on 51 percent of his carries (first), and registered 10 or more yards on 25 percent of his tries (first). There are concerns about Smallwood's potential as a power runner and blocker, but he's fast and a good receiver. Smallwood figures to be a reserve out of the gate in 2016, but Ryan Mathews has durability concerns and Darren Sproles turns 33 this year. He's not the worst player to stash on your bench.


154. Jordan Payton, WR, Cleveland Browns

The Browns aren't messing around at wide receiver today. After selecting Ricardo Louis 114th overall, they added Seth Devalve at 138 and Payton at 154. Devalve is a WR/TE hybrid who stands 6-3, 244 pounds. He wasn't at the combine, but ran a 4.75 40-yard dash and is a bit of a project. Payton is 6-1, 207 and ran a 4.47 40-yard dash at the combine. He's not particularly quick or a great athlete, which limits his ability to create separation. Payton caught a hefty 78 passes at UCLA last season. The rookies will compete with the likes of Brian Hartline, Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel for work in Cleveland this year.


162. Kevin Hogan, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs added some depth at quarterback with Hogan. He didn't throw very often in Stanford's run-heavy scheme but was productive when called upon. A good athlete who will make his mark as an efficient passer and rushing threat, Hogan will compete with Aaron Murray and Tyler Bray for backup duties behind Alex Smith.


163. Trevor Davis, WR, Green Bay Packers

A combine star, Davis posted a 4.42 40-yard dash, 6.60 three-cone, 10.94 60-yard shuttle and 38.5 vertical. All are terrific numbers. The ex-long jumper and sprinter figures to settle in as a return man and situational offensive weapon. He'll have more real life than fantasy value.


165. Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

Hill is on the small side at 5-10 and 185 pounds and sports 4.4 wheels. He played at West Alabama last season after being dismissed by Oklahoma State. He's unlikely to make much of an offensive impact this season, but will compete with the likes of Rod Streater, Demarcus Robinson and Mike Williams for snaps and/or a roster spot.


171. Alex Collins, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Once believed to be a top-five running back prospect, Collins' stock seemed to fall after a rough showing at the combine. He stands 5-10, weighs 217 pounds, and is quick and shifty. He has done very little as a receiver and needs work with ball security and blocking. Seattle's running back overhaul continues, with Collins joining fellow rookie C.J. Prosise, 2015 standout Thomas Rawls and journeyman Christine Michael.


172. Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns

The Browns entered the draft intent on upgrading at wide receiver. Mission accomplished. After adding Corey Coleman, Ricardo Louis, Jordan Payton and WR/TE hybrid Seth Devalve, Cleveland scooped up Higgins. After a dominant 2014 campaign, Higgins' production dipped last year, but he still managed a 75-1,062-8 line. Higgins has excellent hands and is a terrific all-around receiver/playmaker. Higgins is on the lean side at 6-1 and 196 pounds, and he underwhelmed at the combine, but there's a lot to like about the explosive 21-year-old. It's possible that he'll emerge as the starter opposite Coleman this year.


Sixth round

177. Temarrick Hemingway, TE, Los Angeles Rams

At 6-5 and 244 pounds, Hemingway ran a position-best 6.88 three-cone at the combine, but he isn't a particularly good receiver and has a long way to go as a blocker. He's obviously quick and may contribute down the seam, but he needs to improve as a route runner and must decrease drops.


180. Moritz Boehringer, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Badly in need of help at wide receiver, the Vikings added Laquon Treadwell in the first round and followed up with cult hero Boehringer in the sixth. A ridiculous size/speed freak, the former German Football League star stands 6-4, weighs 227 pounds, ran a 4.43 40-yard dash, and dominated agility drills. A boom/bust prospect, Boehringer has very little football experience but seemingly has all the tools. He figures to start out buried on the Minnesota depth chart, but he's a name worth holding in dynasty leagues. The upside here is massive.


182. Keenan Reynolds , WR, Baltimore Ravens

A converted quarterback, Reynolds racked up 1,373 yards and 24 touchdowns on 265 carries at Navy last year. He figures to work as more of an offensive weapon than a pure tailback. Expect carries, targets and even the occasional passing attempt. Reynolds is unlikely to generate much fantasy value.


184. Jerell Adams , WR New York Giants

With Larry Donnell recovering from a serious injury and Will Tye unproven, tight end was a need for the Giants. They filled the hole with Adams, who surprisingly fell all the way to the sixth round. Adams stands 6-foot-5, weighs 247 pounds and topped all tight ends at the combine with a 4.64 40-yard dash. A good receiver and a terrific run blocker, Adams has three-down potential. Fantasy relevance is unlikely in 2016, but Adams could eventually surge into an every-down role in a good offense. Don't let the late-round selection fool you -- he's worth the stash in dynasty.


186. Jakeem Grant , WR, Miami Dolphins

At 5-6 and 160 pounds, Grant is as tiny as they come, but he had a highly productive career at Texas Tech. Grant caught 90 passes for 1,268 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. His post-catch production was off the charts -- he averaged 9.9 yards after the catch. Grant will slide in as a depth receiver and potential returner in Miami.


192. Kolby Listenbee, WR Buffalo Bills

A Combine standout, Listenbee ran a 4.35 40-yard dash, which was second best among wide receivers. He showed off his athleticism with a strong vertical, bench press and broad jump. Standing 6 feet tall, and weighing 197 pounds, Listenbee is undersized, but has good ball skills and can stretch the field. Buffalo is among the league's weakest teams in terms of wide receiver depth, so the former TCU star has a chance to play a lot as a rookie. Of course, that may not mean a lot in the Bills' run-heavy scheme. He's worth nothing more than a late-round flier.


207. Jeff Driskel, QB, San Francisco 49ers

It appears Colin Kaepernick (or maybe Blaine Gabbert) will be the 49ers' Week 1 starter, but Driskel is a name to watch as a future starter in San Francisco. A top-5 passer in this class, Driskel flamed out at Florida, but bounced back in a big way at Louisiana Tech last year. He's 6-4, 234 pounds and a terrific athlete. His 4.56 40-yard dash and 122-inch broad jump were best among quarterbacks at the Combine. Driskel has a good arm and adds values with his rushing ability, but accuracy is the big concern. He's a name to monitor in dynasty leagues, and actually could make a few starts in 2016 if Kaepernick fails to rebound.


211. Kelvin Taylor, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Fred's son is a shifty 5-10, 207-pound scat back out of Florida. He wasn't a very efficient runner last season, having averaged 4.0 yards per carry. Taylor showed poorly at the Combine, which obviously hurt his draft stock quite a bit. Undersized, Taylor is unlikely to help much as a blocker, and has little experience as a receiver. He's unlikely to make a significant impact in San Francisco this season.


213. Aaron Burbridge, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Burbridge is a strong possession receiver who figures to settle into a Jason Avant-like "big slot" role at the pro level. He isn't very fast or big (6-0, 206). The landing spot is nice, however, as the 49ers are weak with depth at the position.