With the season now unofficially over, it's time to (yet again) start thinking ahead. We already know that there will be coaching and possibly GM changes. We've discussed possible targets in previous posts. This post is to highlight the top offensive playmakers out there that way we can start to wrap our minds around which type of skill position players we want.
When you take a look at the top teams in the league right now (Saints, Chiefs, Rams, Pats, Steelers, etc.) what do they all have in common? Superstars on offense. Yes, the Enunwa/Anderson combo is young and promising. However, I will take every single one of the backs and receivers on those teams ahead of our guys right now. The way that the league is going, we NEED talent on offense; guys that can take the top off a defense on any given play.
Here is my midseason watchlist of offensive playmakers:
Current NFL FAs:
Le'Veon Bell (RB, Steelers): No further explanation needed, we've covered more than enough on him throughout this forum.
Tevin Coleman (RB, Falcons): If we don't want to spend big on Bell, Coleman is the next best back out there and will come at a much cheaper cost. He has the same chip on his shoulder as Bell, as he will want to prove his value to the league as a number one option, but doesn't have an injury history or off field drama.
John Brown (WR, Ravens): John Brown seems to get better and better each year. He was once just a speedster deep threat, but has turned himself into an all-around receiver. In a light free agency class for receivers, he's one of the best options.
Quincy Enunwa (WR, Jets): Literally all of our receivers will be free agents. Q is the only one I want to keep. He is one of the few people on this team who actually looks like he wants to be out there each week. Him and Sam have already developed chemistry, which should be able to blossom given a new coach and a full offseason to work together.
N'Keal Harry (WR, Arizona St): There are several first round receiver prospects in this year's draft. I really like all of them. In my opinion, Harry is separating himself from the pack as the top option. He fits the mold of a number one receiver. He has one of the best catch radiuses I've seen from a prospect in a long time. He's got superstar potential written all over him.
DK Metcalf (WR, Ole Miss): Everything that I just said for Harry, copy and paste it down here as well. The only concern with Metcalf is the neck injury that put him out for the year, but if he makes a full recovery, he is without a doubt worth a first round pick.
Marquise "Hollywood" Brown (WR, Oklahoma): Brown is the complete opposite of Harry and Metcalf. He's half their size and twice as fast. If you're looking for a homerun hitter like the likes of Tyreek Hill, Antonio Brown and Brandin Cooks, here you go. Brown is one of the fastest and most electrifying players in the country. The best thing I like about him though is the improvement as a receiver and route runner from last year to this year.
AJ Brown (WR, Ole Miss): Brown basically plays the same role that Enunwa does for us. He works best in the slot and is a house call threat every time he touches the ball. He's widely regarded as the top receiver prospect and I believe has recently become Ole Miss's all time leading receiver. He's got the best resume.
Damien Harris (RB, Alabama): Harris is the best running back in this year's draft without question. Put on the tape and you'll see why. He's shown NFL qualities since he was a freshman. He has outstanding vision, can bounce off tackles and is a willing blocker and receiver. The best part about him though is that he's received far fewer carries in his college career than any standard rookie. He's a bright prospect with absolutely no wear and tear.
Comment below with which skill position players and hopeful superstars you want to see in NY next year!