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The NFL Draft can have a big impact on player values. In dynasty leagues, additional competition or support from the NFL Draft can have an impact on a player’s dynasty outlook. This article focuses on six running backs who benefitted from the NFL Draft.
J.K. Dobbins is a big beneficiary of the NFL Draft. The Ravens traded Marquise Brown for the 23rd pick. Then the Ravens traded down two spots and selected the first Center off the board Tyler Linderbaum, and did not address the receiver position or the running back position. This could signal a shift back towards a more run-heavy approach after leading the league in passing dropbacks in 2022. Gus Edwards also comes out unscathed from competition in an offseason where Baltimore flirted with the likes of Melvin Gordon III.
Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert are in a potential committee for Miami at the running back position. Both were added in the offseason and did not receive additional competition in the NFL Draft. Edmonds was guaranteed 6.1 million dollars in his two-year deal compared to 1 million dollars in guaranteed money on Mostert’s one-year deal. Edmonds should be given the opportunity to start in 2022, but Mostert has familiarity with Head Coach Mike McDaniel from their time together in San Francisco.
The Eagles did not address the running back position in the draft or in free agency, which should give Miles Sanders the opportunity to start the season. Sanders started his career with two top 24 seasonal finishes before finishing as RB42 in only 12 games in 2021. Sanders has averaged 4.6 touches per game through three seasons and is available well into the RB3 range of the position.
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