At this point in my ideal draft, I would have drafted two wide receivers and one running back through the first three rounds of a 10 team PPR league. The 4th round can pretty much be whatever you make it. You could take a QB (though there are better value picks later), a good tight end, or another running back or wide receiver. Here are my likes and dislikes for what round 4 should look like.
Who I Like:
In my previous article I talked about how I like Amari Cooper in the 3rd round. In this round I like fellow WR Michael Crabtree. He has had his issues with drops last season, but he will continue to be Carr’s favorite target especially in the red zone where he received the 3rd most red zone targets in the NFL. He remains on the right side of 30 and he has remained fairly healthy the past 3 seasons playing in 16 games each season. Ever since landing in Oakland he had received over 140 targets. For being drafted in the 4th round, he is a bargain.
Pro Football Focus ranked the Browns offensive line number 2 in all of football. They signed key free agents that will help the run game. Even with a sub par offensive line last season, Crowell led all running backs in breakaway percentage meaning that he had the greatest percentage of his yards on runs 15+ yards. He had 16 breakaway runs last season. Now with an improved line he has even more opportunity to break off long runs. He will continue to get goal line looks as Duke Johnson will serve as a 3rd down receiving back. The receiving aspect of Crowell’s game is his only downfall.
Who I Don’t Like:
McCaffery will likely ease into his role. We have seen him impress so far by making a fool out of Kuechley, but he was used heavily over the years at Stanford. He will lose goal line carries to Stewart, but I think that working will Stewart will bode well for McCaffery in the future. He will not have a full work load and he will not get goal line carries. His upside is that he will have a lot of receptions out of the backfield, but he is more of a late 5th round or early 6th round pick.
He is a force when on the field, but his injuries are not worth the 4th round risk. He will be incredibly inconsistent, so if you do draft him, make sure to draft another TE for when Reed gets injured. He is 27 years old and his body has taken a beating. High risk high reward player.
Other Players I Like:
Alshon Jeffery (will be Wentz’s top target and entering the prime age of 27. Will receive plenty of targets.)
Travis Kelce (Nothing has changed. 4th most targets among TEs and 6th most red zone targets among TEs)
Other Players I Don’t Like:
Carlos Hyde (Struggled in YAC and continues to be injured. Also has competition behind him in Tim Hightower)