NFL Post Draft Analysis: Whose Cards Got a Bump? – With all seven rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft in the books, there were very few surprises. Outside of a couple of minor trades, the draft stuck pretty much to script. That said, several players drew renewed or newly found interest from collectors as a result of their selection.
Many players, whose cards were trading in the single digits, prior to the draft, saw double and even triple digit percentage increases for the prices of their trading cards. Here is a look at a few players that saw an increase in the secondary market value of their key, pre-rookie autographed cards immediately following the draft.
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Dante Fowler Jr, OLB – University of Florida
Jaguars – 1st Round, 3rd Overall
One of the most dominant linebackers in his draft class, Fowler is impressive in size, speed and technique. He had 15 tackles for a loss, 17 quarterback hurries and 8.5 sacks for the Gators in 2014. The fact that the Jaguars used such a high pick on a defensive rookie speaks volumes to his perceived value to the team.
Leonard Williams, DE – USC
New York Jets – 1st Round, 6th Overall
Williams, another defensive star in the making, is seen by the Jets as the future anchor of their defensive line. Williams excels at every aspect of the game. He had 80 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, one interception and forced three fumbles during 2014 season.
Kevin White, WR – West Virginia
Chicago Bears – 1st Round, 7th Overall
With the Bears trading Brandon Marshall in the offseason and Martellus Bennett being a hold, White’s selection may have been more out of desperate need than desire. However, there is no denying his ability. White had a sensational season in 2014 with 109 receptions and 1,447 receiving yards, finishing third and sixth, respectively, in the nation.
Trae Waynes, CB – Michigan State
Minnesota Vikings – 1st Round, 11th Overall
Waynes was the first defensive secondary personnel selected in the draft and for good reason. As a junior in the 2014 season, he had tallied three interceptions, eight pass breakups and finished sixth on the team with 46 tackles.