With the 2016 NFL Draft quickly approaching, many analysts have done mock drafts, predicting which players will end up on which teams. Plenty of speculation has occurred, and the Rams and the Eagles have made moves to seemingly lock in the first two picks of the draft.
While it is clear that anything can happen and teams can certainly make a move to get to the spot they want to get the guy they want, it's not that easy. What is easy is coming up with a mix of fantasy and reality: creating a situation where the rookie may have the best chance at success. Here is a look at where the top offensive rookies may end up, and in some cases, where they ideally (in a fantasy owner's world) would land:
Jared Goff, QB
Goff is being touted as the most NFL-ready quarterback in the draft, and all signs point to the Los Angeles Rams taking him with the first pick. The Rams very clearly wanted the first pick, as they paid a big price to Titans to get it. Hopefully it pays off for Los Angeles. The main knock against Goff is accuracy. The problem with the Rams is while quarterback is certainly a need, Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt and Brian Quick are the team's top three wide receivers. No matter how good Goff is, he needs good receivers to help him out, and the Rams are lacking in that department. An ideal place for him would be somewhere like Denver. It's not going to happen, but it would be nice.
Carson Wentz, QB
If the Rams do, in fact, take Goff, that leaves the Eagles with Wentz at No. 2. Philadelphia does still have Sam Bradford, but Wentz may not be NFL-ready just yet. The Eagles are likely looking at taking Wentz to be their quarterback of the future and spend a year under Bradford, learning the system. It's not a bad plan as Wentz could certainly benefit from a year of experience in the NFL without the pressure of being the starter. If Philadelphia doesn't take him, another contender may be Cleveland, which also is in the hunt for a quarterback. The best fit for Wentz may actually be Philadelphia.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB
Elliott is the top running back in a draft that is lacking a lot of solid talent at the position, at least for the immediate future. He has the potential to be a three-down back, and he has proven he can handle a significant workload, at least at the college level. Rumors are that Elliott will end up in Miami (No. 13 overall pick), which seems like a decent fit. Lamar Miller is gone, and by the way the Dolphins have gone after other running backs, they are not trusting Jay Ajayi with a full workload. The worry here is how poorly they used Miller last year. But a new coaching staff has come in, and perhaps they will utilize a running back better. Ideally, Elliot will end up with a team that will use him as its feature back. It's possible Miami is that team, but somewhere like Dallas would be even better.
Derrick Henry, RB
The scouting reports on Henry all see him as a bigger back who can carry the load, but is more effective pushing his way through. He doesn't have good hands and would work best in an offense that also has a pass-catching option to come in and share the workload. While many teams appear to be all set with running back, a decent fit for him would be somewhere like San Francisco. He and injury-prone Carlos Hyde could both lead the backfield, as each has different strengths. Henry has the potential to make a fantasy impact in 2016, but it depends on where he lands.
Laquon Treadwell, WR
Everyone seems to be knocking Treadwell's 40-yard dash time. While a 4.63 isn't exactly quick, it's how he plays in a game that really matters. He also is just over a year removed from a devastating lower leg injury that ended his 2014 season. Comparisons have been made to DeAndre Hopkins or Anquan Boldin, both of whom aren't the fastest guys on the field, but are excellent NFL receivers. Treadwell has the potential to be a solid WR, but he needs to find a team that will work with him and give him that opportunity. Ideally, he'll be on a team with a veteran quarterback, such as the New Orleans Saints. While Brandon Coleman didn't amount to much in his rookie year, Treadwell could easily overtake Willie Snead on the depth chart.
Will Fuller, WR
Fuller has the makings of becoming an asset to an NFL team, but does have his flaws as well. The scouting report doesn't see him as a volume receiver, which would knock him down a notch in PPR leagues, regardless of what team he ends up on. Fuller has potential to be an outside receiver, playing a role similar to the one DeVante Parker played for Miami toward the end of the 2015 season. Kansas City is lacking in the receiver department and that might be a good fit for him. The Chiefs already have Jeremy Maclin, so Fuller would complement him. While Maclin can be an outside receiver as well, he is best utilized as a volume receiver with Alex Smith at quarterback.
Corey Coleman, WR
Coleman is a wide receiver with speed and some concern over drops. Scouts also point out his height (5-11) as a flaw, however, John Brown and Jarvis Landry are also shorter than six foot tall and seem to be doing just fine. His size is very comparable to Landry, so that shouldn't be a huge sticking point. He would be a great complementary receiver to a team that already has a solid No. 1 guy. A nice landing spot for Coleman would be Cincinnati. Playing opposite A.J. Green, with Andy Dalton getting him the ball would give Coleman WR4 fantasy value heading into the season. Also note that Coleman had value on special teams returning punts, for those that get fantasy points for return yards. He'll likely take on that role in the NFL as well.
Josh Doctson, WR
While Doctson isn't as flashy or polished as some of the other receivers in the draft, does have decent size (6-2), which does help. He is only 202 pounds, which scouts think is too slight for a receiver with his skill set and size. He projects to have a learning rookie season, but could be a solid WR2 for fantasy by his sophomore year. This is dependent on which team takes him, however. If he can get on a team where comes in as the third or fourth receiver to get experience in the NFL, he can work his way up to the No. 2 spot on the team. Imagine him on a team like Carolina. Let Ted Ginn Jr. have this season with Doctson filling in, but then let Doctson fill that role, teaming with Kelvin Benjamin to give the Panthers a potentially potent one-two punch.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.