NFL Draft fantasy football analysis: Round 1

      May 8, 2014 @ 21:20:26 PDT

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11) OT Taylor Lewan, Tennessee Titans

Fantasy football analysis: Lewan has a nasty streak about him and may play swing tackle. He could compete with Michael Oher on the right side before likely taking over for Michael Roos at left tackle. Roos' contract expires after the year, and the team hasn't been in contact with him about a new deal.

12) WR Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants

Fantasy football analysis: An excellent route runner, the sure-handed Beckham is electric and dangerous playmaker. He could be a Week 1 contributor for the Giants, whose offense needs another reliable weapon. You have to presume Victor Cruz will still get his, so does Beckham cut into Rueben Randle's targets? That is debatable. Does it matter if Eli Manning cannot stay vertical long enough to complete a pass? That, too, is debatable. Beckham should be a fantasy-relevant receiver out of the gates, but knowing when to start him could create headaches for fantasy owners. Wait for his defined role to develop before making a firm valuation.

13) DT Aaron Donald, St. Louis Rams

Fantasy football analysis: St. Louis' front seven is just nasty. Donald makes the fourth first-round defensive line selection for the Rams since 2008's pick of DE Chris Long. I expect the undersized but penetrating Donald to rotate as a rookie with Kendall Langford but have minimal fantasy value in IDP leagues. His addition won't hurt what was the No. 2 fantasy D in the league last year.

14) CB Kyle Fuller, Chicago Bears

Fantasy football analysis: Year 1 fantasy value? Nah, you can look elsewhere, but Fuller is the future of Chicago's defensive backfield. He probably will see time in sub packages and as a rotational player, assuming cornerbacks Charles Tillman (33) and Tim Jennings (31 in December) can stay healthy. The Bears fantasy defense should be at or near the top of your list in all formats, regardless of Fuller entering the fray. He has no tangible IDP worth entering fantasy drafts.

15) ILB Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh Steelers

WR Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants

Fantasy football analysis: Super rangy, with a commonly redlined tachometer, the undersize Shazier will move to inside linebacker. He is a tackle machine and weaves through traffic with the best of them. However, being only 237 pounds could be a problem in some situations. Given his intensity, he gets the benefit of the doubt from me. I see a Week 1 starter with legitimate IDP value in his rookie season. The Steelers' fantasy defense is largely undraftable (DT2 only) and continues to live off their name value alone.

16) OT Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys

Fantasy football analysis: Jerry Jones must have recalled that his best Cowboys teams played behind that monster offensive line in the 1990s. Martin will compete for a starting guard spot in 2014 but move to right tackle down the line. He is an extremely gifted player and shouldn't have a problem bettering this front five when he gets a shot. An improved offensive line can only help QB Tony Romo's chances of staying healthy.

17) LB C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens

Fantasy football analysis: This pick shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. Mosley is a heady player with all of the potential in the world. Consider him a viable IDP pick if he earns a starting job, which is very likely. Mosley could be a stud in tackle-heavy scoring formats. Baltimore's team defense is inching closer to fantasy respectability once again and is worthy of a borderline DT1 draft pick.

18) FS Calvin Pryor, New York Jets

Fantasy football analysis: New York has a good one here. Pryor is pretty much a lock to start at free safety in Week 1 and is a draftable fantasy option in IDP leagues. New York's team D is a flier in deep leagues until they can do more to take away the ball (12 total last year).

19) OT Ja'Wuan James, Miami Dolphins

Fantasy football analysis: James is penciled in as the starter at right tackle. The Dolphins expect him to combine with free-agent prize left tackle Branden Albert to improve one of the worst lines (58 sacks allowed) in the league from a year ago. This will go a long way in helping QB Ryan Tannehill turn the corner in his third season.

20) WR Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints

Fantasy football analysis: Measuring only 5-foot-10, 189 pounds, Cooks is a nice complement to the taller TE Jimmy Graham and WR Marques Colston. Cooks, a blistering speedster, should see designed plays -- bubble screens, slants, etc. -- to put him in space and take advantage of his game-breaking ability. His fantasy value is modest, simply because he will have to learn Sean Payton's complex system. Think WR4/WR5 territory.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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