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Topic: NFL Draft RB Sleepers: Da'rel Scott and Delone Carter
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 04/20/11 06:53
Usually, fantasy football fanatics look at the NFL Draft with a keen eye on the running back position as that is where you find the greatest immediate impact players. I recently posted my 2011 NFL Draft Preview for the Running Backs and while there are a slew of quality role players, I think there are likely only 1, and maybe 2 guys who could come out of this class and become feature type RB's in the NFL.
 
While many like Alabama's Mark Ingram, I think Illinois' Mikel Leshoure is the best bet for placing in the top 20 RB's of the 2011 fantasy football rankings. Leshoure just has the better all around size and skill set to be a true workhorse.
 
While I went over 10 RB's in my draft preview, there are a couple of other intriguing names I didn't include. Maryland's Da'rel Scott is an intriguing runner with great speed (4.34 in the 40 yard dash) and decent size (5'11", 211 lbs). NFL teams are always looking for game-breaking RB's and Scott can fill that bill. He needs to prove his detractors wrong about his toughness and perceived lack of power despite having enough size to be more aggressive and less tentative when running between the tackles. Even if those concerns are warranted, in a committee situation Scott could be very effective.
 
Another guy I am curious to see where he goes is Syracuse's Delone Carter. At 5'9, 224 lbs, Carter offers compact size and exceptional lower body power in a mold similar to Maurice Jones-Drew. He's not as fast as MJD, nor is he nearly as accomplished a receiver out of the backfield, but he is a tough runner who breaks tackles and has agility to slide thru holes. We've seen many shorter RB's who succeed because of their lower center of gravity and when you can also have one who has the weight to take the pounding it bears taking notice. It makes it harder to bring them down to ground. Carter could actually become a complete RB if he gets better at pass protecting and receiving.
 
Neither Scott nor Carter is likely to be selected until the last day of the draft but that doesn't mean you shouldn't pay attention to them. Finding those rookie RB's who are in the right place at the right time, is how you discern which guys could be the next great fantasy football sleepers at the position.
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 Throwball Heroes_118522
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Post Date: 04/20/11 09:32
I do agree it is the RB position that sees the quickest returns when it comes to drafting rookies. Even then we must take heed and throw caution against the wind. Unlike a QB, I think you can slot a rookie RB in a good offensive team and see that player flourish. Last year SD's Ryan Mathews could have been an impact player, but was a let down due to injuries. I base that off what Mike Tolbert did.

Jahvid Best is another player who did get off on the right foot in the first few games, putting up BIG points, but came crashing back to the turf with some lackluster performances and ongoing injuries.

I think we could see similar fates of some of the rookie RBs this year, depending on the team they go to. There are some teams in need of RB and the chance of being an impact sort of player is there. It will be interesting to see how some of the RBs fall when the draft begins.
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