Disclaimer: I have hardly watched any tape yet, so at this point, my interest in these rookies is mostly based on looking at depth charts.
Rashee Rice - WR, Kansas City Chiefs, Round 2 / Pick 55
His QB is Patrick Mahomes. There is no clear #1 WR on the Chiefs’ roster. And they picked him in round 2. Why don’t we hear more about Rice?
Nathaniel ‘Tank’ Dell - WR, Houston Texans, 3/69
The Texans could become a decent team in 1-2 years. They have no established WR room hierarchy. I see some potential for this 3rd round pick.
Kendre Miller - RB, New Orleans Saints, 3/71
Kamara’s days are counted. Jamaal Williams doesn’t profile as a long-term solution. Miller has a serious chance to establish himself here. From what I saw of him, he’s a well-rounded RB with good pass catching skills.
Jalin Hyatt - WR, New York Giants, 3/73
The Giants made no secret of being after a WR. They couldn’t get one of the top guys, so they picked Hyatt in round 3. He may not have been their preferred choice. But since the Giants have no clear WR1, Hyatt has a good chance to claim that role. He looks fast, has good hands and seems to know what to do in the red zone.
Josh Downs - WR, Indianapolis Colts, 3/79
I don’t think we will see a lot of Downs in his rookie season. But he could break out along with Anthony Richardson in 2024. Certainly one of the better WR stashes.
Tyjae Spears - RB, Tennessee Titans, 3/81
Derrick Henry’s days are counted. And I never saw Hassan Haskins as his potential successor. I’m not saying that Spears will be, but at least he has a chance.
Tre Tucker - WR, Las Vegas Raiders, 3/100
The Raiders have a crowded WR room, but none of them profiles as a long-term leader. Tucker could find himself in an intriguing situation in 2024, though we don’t know who his QB will be then.
Roschon Johnson - RB, Chicago Bears, 4/115
I usually stay away from 4th round (or later) RBs. And from RBs playing behind rushing QBs. Still, Johnson is not in the worst situation here, as the Bears have no clear RB1.
Jake Haener - QB, New Orleans Saints, 4/127
A good late round stash for SFLEX leagues. Carr probably won’t be around for too long, so there is at least some potential.
Stetson Bennett - QB, Los Angeles Rams, 4/128
This one is even more intriguing. The Rams have no one behind Matt Stafford, who has a scary recent injury history and could hang up the cleats any day. Bennett is a QB I’d definitely try to stash in SFLEX leagues.