Kiper's Keepers: Long-term picks

Nick Foles, Robert Turbin, T.Y. Hilton could pay dividends beyond 2012

Originally Published: August 27, 2012
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider
FolesAndrew Weber/US PresswireNick Foles has shown that he could be a serviceable fill-in if Michael Vick goes down.

Many of you have already drafted fantasy teams for 2012, but if you're in keeper leagues or just keeping an eye out for sleepers you want to stash away for years to come, there's a lot of value to whom you'll see below.

I was asked to pick out rookies who won't be starting early in 2012 but could emerge later, or in years to come. You won't see a first-round pick on this list unless we're talking about guys drafted without a clear line to a starting spot.

Their spots here are no guarantee for future success, but if you're building toward the future, they could warrant a pickup.


Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles: Andy Reid has a knack for marketing his backup quarterbacks and, in several cases, flipping them. I wouldn't consider Donovan McNabb an obvious case, but if you include him, A.J. Feeley and Kevin Kolb, that's three times Reid has flipped his likely No. 2 quarterback headed into a season for a package built around a second-round pick. So is Foles next in line? I don't think so. Foles could be Michael Vick's heir in Philly. He has the smarts, anticipation and plenty of arm to operate the system favored by Reid and Marty Mornhinweg. Perhaps it'll be Vick headed elsewhere in a year or two if Foles progresses in a backup role.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst