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NFL Draft Fantasy Recap: Round 5

NFL Draft 5.06 DAL - WR Devin Street

The all-time leading receiver at Pitt, Street fell behind record-breaking freshman standout Tyler Boyd as a senior. However, as a 6-4 chain mover, Street makes sense as a nice complement to the field-stretching Terrance Williams and the game-breaking Dez Bryant. Street is highly unlikely to ever become a fantasy standout, but doesn't face a lot of resistance for the third or fourth receiver job in Dallas and could be worth a fourth-round flyer in rookie drafts.

5.23 KC - QB Aaron Murray

Very, very interesting selection here. Alex Smith is in the final year of his contract and doesn't offer a ton of huge upside while Tyler Bray and Chase Daniel may struggle to ever be anything more than backups. Murray has drawn loose comparisons to Drew Brees in part because of his size (6-0) and anticipation, but he is a potential upgrade to Bray and Daniel in the long run. Murray offers no redraft value because he should begin 2014 as the clear QB3 in Kansas City, but he is polished enough to overtake Daniel by 2015 and be a starter - albeit a low-end one - in the NFL by then.

5.24 CIN - QB A.J. McCarron

This pick will generate a lot of talk as a potential starter in 2015, but McCarron brings about the same things to the table as Andy Dalton did a few years ago out of TCU - a heady, proven "winner" at the college level who possibly benefited from the wealth of talent he had around him. More than anything, McCarron's selection gives the Bengals a capable player to fall back on in the short term in case Cincinnati and Dalton cannot agree to a long-term contract. Dalton will almost undoubtedly have a long leash as a starter in 2014 and McCarron offers no redraft value as a result, but the forward-thinking owner might see the two-time national champion signal-caller as a player capable of putting up serviceable fantasy QB2 numbers if Dalton moves on in 2015.

5.36 GB - WR Jared Abbredris

On a run-heavy Wisconsin team, Abbredris somehow managed to post 78 catches in his final season and looked good doing so. Abbredris is an former walk-on and average athlete, but he carved up Ohio State first-round CB Bradley Roby in their 2013 meeting and generally made the big play just about every time the Badgers needed one over the last three seasons. Abbredris has a history of concussions, but lands in a wonderful situation for his long-term fantasy potential and will likely battle fellow rookie Davante Adams for WR4 duties, which has typically been a place for surprising fantasy value in recent seasons with the Packers. Jarrett Boykin is locked into WR3 duties for now and Adams is the best talent of the three, but Abbredris has the chance to be a dependable, chain-moving receiver for a few years in the NFL and become a low-end fantasy option if a plethora of injuries strike the Green Bay receiving corps.

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Doug Orth has written for FF Today since 2006 and appeared in USA Today’s Fantasy Football Preview magazine in 2010 and 2011. He is also the host of USA Today’s hour-long, pre-kickoff fantasy football internet chat every Sunday. Doug regularly appears as a fantasy football analyst on Sirius XM’s “Fantasy Drive” and for 106.7 The Fan (WJFK – Washington, D.C). He is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.