Rounds 4-7 took place Saturday and while these rounds don’t get nearly the attention of Thursday night or Friday, they can be just as important. Just ask Dallas who drafted Dak Prescott in the fourth round and of course the Patriots made the greatest sixth round pick ever in 2000 taking Tom Brady. Let’s see if there’s some diamonds in the rough from these rounds who could make a fantasy impact immediately in their rookie season.
Samaje Perine, Pick 114, Washington Redskins – A quick glance at Saturday’s selections and it could be Perine who makes the biggest fantasy impact this season. The Redskins are reportedly shopping chronic fumbler Matt Jones and while Rob Kelly had a modicum of success it’s not like the Redskins are married to him. Perine is a bigger back capable of handling first and second down duties and then allowing Chris Thompson to maintain his third-down role. If Perine impresses during camp, it’s possible he gets 10-15 carries as soon as Week 1.
Jamaal Williams, Pick 134, Green Bay Packers – Williams should carve out a role immediately complementing Ty Montgomery as the “in-between-the-tackles” runner as the more physical running back between the two. Williams’ off the field incidents pale in comparison to other rookies and he’s not considered at-risk from that perspective. The Packers would be wise to use Williams instantly as Montgomery doesn’t appear to be a workhorse capable of handling 20-plus touches per game. In PPR formats Williams will lose some value as his role likely won’t be to catch many balls out of the backfield. Still, an impressive camp should get him carries immediately in the Packer offense.
Ryan Switzer, Pick 143, Dallas Cowboys – This was the first offensive player taken by the Cowboys and as stated they did pretty well in the fourth round last season. It’s almost too easy to compare Switzer to Cole Beasley but that’s pretty much the type of player he is. Where Switzer could make an immediate impact is in the return game adding value to the Dallas defense/special teams in fantasy. The all-time receiving leader at North Carolina, Switzer had seven career punt returns for a touchdown, one short of the national record.
Jake Butt, Pick 145, Denver Broncos – One of the stories surrounding Butt was that he will collect $543,000 from a loss-of-value insurance policy by dropping to the first pick of the fifth round. The policy kicked in during the middle of the third round and paid Butt every time there was a pick up until he went off the board. By playing in the Orange Bowl and tearing his ACL its estimated Butt lost around $2 million in guaranteed money from getting drafted in a higher spot. Nevertheless, Butt lands in Denver and could find himself in two-tight end sets opposite Virgil Green provided he’s fully recovered from knee surgery.
DeAngelo Yancey, Pick 175, Green Bay Packers – Yancey is seen as something of a project but his ability to stretch the field and be a big-play threat could work with that Aaron Rodgers guy. Yancey could compete for the fourth wide receiver spot and be a home run play on third down. Yancey will need to work on his separation as well as his route running to play at the next level and earn the trust of Rodgers.