- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
After several years of nary a running back being chosen in the first round of the NFL draft, two of them found their way onto the stage on the prized opening night Thursday. Georgia’s Todd Gurley landed with the St. Louis Rams at No. 10, which was quite the surprise because the franchise employs a promising, young running back chosen in the third round of the preceding draft, while the San Diego Chargers, with no viable starting running back on the roster, traded up to select Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon at No. 15. Which rookie is better? Well, most everyone will say Gurley. He’s big, fast, powerful, a special option. And in dynasty formats, I agree he’s clearly the one to target. For 2015, however, Gordon is the safer choice, and the one I’d consider a RB2 possibility.
Eric Karabell recaps the first round of the NFL draft for fantasy purposes, including being high on Melvin Gordon but being cautious with all rookies.