The Bloom 100 Update
By Sigmund Bloom
May 11, 2010

MOVING UP

Dexter McCluster, WR, KC - Something about McCluster in the KC offense just clicks for me. His exceptional quicks will get him open consistently and KC will make an effort to get the ball in his hands. The last player we rejected because he was too small was DeSean Jackson. I knocked Percy Harvin down few notches because he didn't have a true position. No it is not outrageous to compare McCluster to these two, just roll the tape. He has pulled ahead of the top tier TEs and second tier LBs on my board. I wouldn't blame you for taking him over Bradford in 12 team leagues.

Mike Williams, WR, TB - I didn't give enough value to the fact that the Bucs have so much confidence in Williams (or so little in Michael Clayton, Maurice Stovall, and Reggie Brown) that a starting job is basically his to lose. He has the big frame and TD track record to be a red zone force. The instant playing time is very valuable in such a weak second tier of offensive skill players, and he should be considered in the early second round once McCluster and the top TEs are gone.

Jimmy Graham, TE, NO - Like Williams, Graham is straight "swing for the fences" pick, not for the risk averse, but the fantasy potential for a pass-catching TE in the Saints offense is explosive. I would take him at or above Rob Gronkowski at this point, and consider him in the early second in TE premium leagues.

James Starks, RB, GB - Starks is another boom/bust pick that I didn't give enough credit to in my initial rankings. He's a second day talent even though he went on the third day, Starks is just coming off an injury that cost him a season. The possibility that he impresses the staff enough to get a legitimate chance to start next year when Ryan Grant's salary becomes exorbitant is enough to take him in the late second round.

Fendi Onobun, TE, STL - Onobun is exactly the kind of player you want to take in the fourth round after most of the surer things or high ceiling talents have been snapped up. He's a basketball convert project, but his smooth athleticism translates to being a pass-catching TE on a team without a #1 or arguably a #2 TE.

Mike Kafka, QB, PHI - Kafka was probably ranked very close to Colt McCoy on most teams boards (if not ahead of him), and he's being developed in a better system for fantasy QBs. He belongs in that third QB tier with McCoy and John Skelton, not down with long shots like Dan LeFevour and Jonathan Crompton.

Tony Moeaki, TE, KC - Perhaps I underestimated Moeaki's upside if he can healthy, low-end TE1 numbers could be in his reach in Kansas City's offense because Matt Cassel isn't much of a downfield thrower. He belongs in the third TE tier with Onobun, Ed Dickson, and Garrett Graham.

Jeremy Williams, WR, SD - Williams curious fall off the draft board is explained now by the news that he has a torn labrum. He is a good hands, tight route-running WR with good enough speed and size, and he could easily win the #5 job in San Diego. The upside of the passing offense plus the contract situation with the current WRs on the roster makes Williams a great last-round gamble in deep drafts.

Antonio Brown, WR, PIT - I'll admit that I just overlooked Brown in previous versions of the 100. He's a gritty, fast receiver with great instincts after the catch, and the Steelers are likely to have openings in the starting lineup and slot receiver roles very soon. He should stick and maybe even get on the field this year. He's worth stashing late in deep drafts.

Anthony Dixon, RB, SF - Dixon's landing spot seemed grim at first, with Frank Gore entrenched and 2009 third-round pick Glen Coffee in between Dixon and playing time, but I think Dixon is better than Coffee, and the 49ers may well be preparing for life without Gore in 2012. In between now and then, Dixon can situate himself as the best back on the roster if the 49ers don't take one high in the next two drafts. He should be drafted in the third round, maybe even late second if you own Gore.

Pat Angerer, LB, IND - I gave this second-rounder short shrift in my post-draft rankings because his way to the two three-down roles is clogged by Gary Brackett and Clint Session, but Brackett is getting closer to the drop-off, and in the meantime Angerer can be a high value backup at both positions while he sits on your practice squad. He belongs in the top developmental LB tier with Sergio Kindle and Jason Worilds.

MOVING DOWN

Colt McCoy, QB, CLE - Let's face it, the Browns didn't even really plan on drafting McCoy, even in the third round. They'll take a franchise QB in next year's draft, and McCoy will be groomed in his natural NFL role - backup QB. I would take him with the developmental QBs like John Skelton and Mike Kafka, not the guys who are the hopes of their organizations like Tim Tebow and Jimmy Clausen.

Taylor Price, WR, NE - I have no issue with Price's game, and you have to love the fact that he's in a Tom Brady passing offense, but he fits more as a secondary target, and probably won't be a big play option like Brandon Tate or a potential PPR wonder like Julian Edelman. He belongs at the top of the third tier with other very good talents in mediocre situations like Jordan Shipley and Andre Roberts. Good thing is, Price is often lasting to the third in my drafts, so you should still be able to get him at his new ranking.

Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR - It's just hard for me to envision a scenario where LaFell is anything more than good fantasy depth, and I also believe that Armanti Edwards was very close to LaFell on the Panthers board based on what they gave up to get him. LaFell is going in the second round, and I wouldn't take him until the third, and only after options like Damian Williams and Mardy Gilyard are gone.

Joe McKnight, RB, NYJ - McKnight is a solid player, no doubt, but I am underwhelmed enough by his game that I was not finding him to be an attractive option, even in the fourth round of rookie drafts. He belongs in that no man's land of RBs after Starks and Dixon that consists of developmental players, regardless of the position.

Brandon Spikes, WR, NE - Spikes second-round status and college football stature are impressive, but I just can't see how he'll make a fantasy impact next to Jerod Mayo, that is even if he can overcome very slow foot speed for an NFL LB. I wouldn't take him until fellow second round LBs like Kindle and Worilds are coming off the board.

Joe Webb, WR, MIN - A film review revealed that Webb isn't quite as fluid or athletic as his measureables indicate, so he falls to the long-shot development WR tier with guys like Riley Cooper, David Gettis, Marcus Easley, and Dorin Dickerson.

Chris Brown, RB, DEN - You get cut this early, you fall out of the 100, it's pretty simple.

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