The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft included a few potential impact makers, including one player in Trent Richardson that could quickly become a fantasy star. So what did the second and third rounds have to offer? Here's a look at all the offensive skill position players taken on Friday night.
Brian Quick, WR, Rams (No. 33): Quick, a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder out of Appalachian State, is a former basketball standout who should have a chance to see a prominent role in St. Louis right out of the gate. He's a player to watch in training camp, especially in an offense that doesn't have a true No. 1 wideout on its roster. In a best-case scenario, Quick could be worth a late-round flier in drafts.
Coby Fleener, TE, Colts (No. 34): Fantasy owners looking for a potential rookie sleeper at the tight end position should look no further than Fleener. A pure pass catcher, he'll be re-united with his collegiate quarterback, Andrew Luck, so there's no concern about rapport. Fleener will be worth a middle- to late-round look as a potential No. 2 fantasy tight end with upside.
Stephen Hill, WR, Jets (No. 43): The Jets don't have much at wide receiver after Santonio Holmes, so Hill is in a good spot from an opportunities perspective. But despite his long-term upside, the Georgia Tech product could need a season of pro experience before he makes an impact in fantasy leagues. If he actually wins a starting role, Hill could be worth a late-round flier in 2012.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears (No. 45): With Johnny Knox's (back surgery) status for next season in serious question, Jeffery has a legitimate chance to start opposite Brandon Marshall in his first NFL season. While there has been some concern about his weight after a disappointing final collegiate season, Jeffery could have some late-round flier value in deeper fantasy leagues.
Isaiah Pead, RB, Rams (No. 50): Pead, compared to Jamaal Charles by NFL Films expert Greg Cosell, will come in and become a change-of-pace back for Steven Jackson. The Cincinnati product is also the favorite to be Jackson's handcuff in fantasy land. That makes him worth a late-round look for Jackson owners and an interesting long-term option for those owners in dynasty formats.
Ryan Broyles, WR, Lions (No. 54): The Lions are absolutely loaded at receiver, so Broyles was more of a long-term luxury selection in the second round. He's also coming off a torn ACL, suffered back in November, so he could be hard-pressed to make much of an impact in his rookie season. That is, as long as Calvin Johnson isn't the next victim of the dreaded Madden curse.
Brock Osweiler, QB, Broncos (No. 57): We have a quarterback controversy in Denver! OK, not really. Osweiler is a long-term project and the potential replacement for Peyton Manning at some point in the future, so his fantasy appeal is strictly limited to dynasty leagues. Of course, the trend of second-round quarterbacks failing to produce at the NFL level is something to consider.
LaMichael James, RB, Oregon (No. 61): The 49ers have ridiculous backfield depth behind Frank Gore, as Kendall Hunter, Brandon Jacobs (assuming he makes the roster) and James are all in the mix. The Oregon product is a Darren Sproles-type runner and could be a change-of-pace option for coach Jim Harbaugh. He doesn't figure to make a real fantasy impact, though.
Rueben Randle, WR, Giants (No. 63): With Mario Manningham now in San Francisco, Randle will have a legitimate chance to earn the third spot on the Giants depth chart during training camp. With that said, he will have to beat out Ramses Barden and Jerrel Jernigan before fantasy owners should even consider him with a late-round flier. Don't expect a huge impact.