Last week I covered the Big Four at quarterback – Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, Anthony Richardson and Will Levis – but this week, we’ll be switching gears to wide receivers and running backs. Let’s dive in and take a look at my best possible landing spots from a fantasy football perspective. (Landing spots will not be repeated because that’s just boring and lacks creativity.)
Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
Best possible landing spot: Buffalo Bills, No. 27 (and possibly higher)
There have been rumblings about the Bills trading up in the first round, and I can see why: Robinson is one of the best running back prospects in years, and Buffalo remains pretty weak at the RB position. The Bills did add Damien Harris this offseason, but he’s injury-prone and simply not a WOW player. Bijan is the exact opposite: He might be the WOW player in this particular draft class. If you put him with Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs, the offensive possibilities are endless. Robinson would easily be a top-five pick in fantasy football under these circumstances.
Jordan Addison, WR, USC
Best possible landing spot: Detroit Lions, No. 18
With Jameson Williams suspended for the first six games of the season and Quintez Cephus released – both due to gambling violations – the Lions are gonna be lookin’ to keep their high-flying offense flowing. OC Ben Johnson likes a lot of fun toys to play with, so Addison would appear to be a match on both ends of the equation. With Johnson, Jared Goff, D’Andre Swift, David Montgomery and Amon-Ra St. Brown, Addison would have plenty of space to roam and get comfortable at the NFL level. Defenses would not be doubling him out the gate on this team.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
Best possible landing spot: Minnesota Vikings, No. 23
With Adam Thielen now a member of the Carolina Panthers, the door is open for another wide receiver in Minnesota. This is a pretty stable offensive situation to be born into, with Kirk Cousins’ steady play at the quarterback position and Justin Jefferson drawing one double-team after another out wide. If the Vikings can keep Dalvin Cook healthy, they’ll have plenty of offensive balance here. This would bring Smith-Njigba into a winning situation where he won’t be looked at as the second coming of the messiah (Vikes already have that in Jefferson). “JSN” could arrive in Minnesota, loose and comfortable.
Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
Best possible landing spot: Cincinnati Bengals, No. 28
Tyler Boyd’s better years are behind him, so Cincinnati could be on the lookout for its next No. 3 option at the wide receiver position. Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins will do the heavy lifting at WR, but Hyatt could be a great Dynasty value, comin’ along for the ride. It’s very easy to develop quickly at the NFL level when you have Joe Burrow delivering the ball accurately and on time. Hyatt could pick things up really quickly in Cincy.
Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama
Best possible landing spot: Los Angeles Rams, No. 36
Cam Akers always ends up butting heads with the Rams’ organization, and he hasn’t been all that impressive on the field anyway. In Los Angeles, Gibbs would come into a “last hurrah” situation, one where Sean McVay and Matthew Stafford are looking to prove that they still have something left in the tank as a QB-coach duo. We know McVay is one of the best coaches in the game, so this would be a great opportunity for Gibbs to come in and learn some high-level stuff. Also, he would have a very quick path to carries and an extensive overall workload.
Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
Best possible landing spot: Indianapolis Colts, No. 35
With offensive-minded Shane Steichen running the show in Indy now, Johnston would step into a program looking to feed its primary playmakers. Jonathan Taylor and Michael Pittman Jr. would kick things off as the alpha dogs on the squad, but Johnston could swim in their wakes on the way to sneaky fantasy production. You have Gardner Minshew as a solid placeholder quarterback here, with a first-round selection ready to come in and impress. This would be a highly optimistic situation for Johnston out of the gate.
Enjoy the NFL Draft this week with your family and friends!
John Frascella is a published sports author who has been covering the NFL for 19 years. Follow him on Twitter @LegendSports7 for all things fantasy football, basketball and baseball throughout the year.