Now that both of the rookie drafts in my dynasty leagues are underway, I thought it would be a good time to rehash those early rookie rankings posted after the conclusion of the NFL Draft.

A few things have changed since then. First, most of the post-draft hype has worn off. A guy like Jeremy Maclin, who had a surge in hype on draft day, is coming back down to earth — even though he did not move in my rankings. Where exactly will he fit in on the Philly offense? Is he too much like DeSean Jackson to make a legitimate impact during the next few seasons?

A few others have slowly crawled up the charts. Tight end Travis Beckum appears to be one of the better values at his position. He will be a reliable pass-catcher for Eli Manning over the middle of the field and Kevin Boss is more of a blocker than threat in the passing game. Shonn Greene has not overtaken any of the top three – Beanie Wells, Knowshon Moreno and Donald Brown – but I think confidence in him is improving with the end of the Thomas Jones era in sight.

Not much has changed on the quarterback front. Matt Stafford and Mark Sanchez remain the front-runners in a relatively shallow class. Pat White has overtaken Josh Freeman in response to the Dolphins claim that they will give him a shot to win the quarterback job down the road. Add that in with the multitude of opportunities he should get this season in the team’s Wildcat formation and that gives White enough of a bump to surpass Freeman.

Freeman, meanwhile, appears to be on the slow track to the starting job in Tampa.


1. Matt Stafford, Lions
2. Mark Sanchez, Jets
3. Pat White, Dolphins
4. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers
5. Nate Davis, 49ers
6. Tom Brandstater, Broncos
7. Mike Teel, Seahawks
8. Rhett Bomar, Giants
9. Keith Null, Rams
10. Stephen McGhee, Cowboys

Running backs

1. Chris Wells, Cardinals
2. Knowshon Moreno, Broncos
3. Donald Brown, Colts
4. Shonn Greene, Jets
5. LeSean McCoy, Eagles
6. Andre Brown, Giants
7. Rashad Jennings, Jaguars
8. James Davis, Browns
9. Glen Coffee, 49ers
10. Cedric Peerman, Ravens
11. Gartrell Johnson, Chargers
12. Bernard Scott, Bengals
13. Javon Ringer, Titans
14. Herb Donaldson, Saints
15. P.J. Hill, Saints

Wide receivers

1. Michael Crabtree, 49ers
2. Percy Harvin, Vikings
3. Hakeem Nicks, Giants
4. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles
5. Kenny Britt, Titans
6. Brian Robiskie, Browns
7. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders
8. Juaquin Iglesias, Bears
9. Ramses Barden, Giants
10. Brandon Tate, Patriots
11. Jarrett Dillard, Jaguars
12. Mike Thomas, Jaguars
13. Mike Wallace, Steelers
14. Austin Collie, Colts
15. Mohamed Massaquoi, Browns

Tight ends

1. Jared Cook, Titans
2. Travis Beckum, Giants
3. Brandon Pettigrew, Lions
4. Shawn Nelson, Bills
5. Cornelius Ingram, Eagles
6. Chase Coffman, Bengals

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