NFL Draft Day 2 Round 2 IDP Reactions

Eric Kendricks

I’d like to think that day two of the NFL Draft is sort of like the day after Christmas sale — you know you can get players that may provide round one value but at a cheaper cost. As the second and third round of the NFL Draft come to an end, there where a bunch of values and a bunch of perfect landing spots for IDPs and I’m here to help ease your mind some, whether it’s who to take or who to shy away from, let’s take a look shall we. (Starting off with the 2nd round first, 3rd round in follow up article)

2.01 – Giants:  Landon Collins (SS) – the Giants traded up for Collins (who some thought he was a 1st rounder) but he’s not that great in coverage and plays better in the box. I mentioned it would be interesting if whomever drafts him converts him to WILL LB ala Alec Ogletree-ish where you could get the best out of Landon. Collins definitely fills a need for the Giants though as they continue to rebuild their secondary, and can succeed here as long as Spags limits Collins’ coverage assignments. I can see Landon becoming a pretty solid DB2 option. He has little to no competition in the secondary to battle for tackles.  IDP Forecast: 80-90 tackles, 3-5 sacks (IDP Profile: Bernard Pollard)

2.03 – Raiders: Mario Edwards Jr. (DE/OLB) – Mario is a power end, and seemed to see his hype rise days leading up to the draft. But is it really just all hype and Raiders made a mistake? Staying focused will be key for Mario as he should contribute on this Raiders defense that’s slowly being built right. You can have someone else take him on draft day or pick up on waivers, you’ll find better. IDP Forecast: 30-40 tackles, 5-7 sacks (IDP Profile: Jeremy Mincey)

2.06 – Redskins: Preston Smith (DE/OLB) – This is who I’d thought the Raiders would actually take. Preston brings the same capabilities to the field as Mario Edwards and is better at it. He moves well for his size and this move doesn’t bode well for those who figured Trent Murphy was going to provide any impact this season. I can see Preston starting day one opposite Kerrigan but in a semi-split with Murphy. IDP Forecast: 55-60 tackles, 5-7 sacks (IDP Profile:  Tamba Hali)

2.07 – Bears: Eddie Goldman (DT) – Bears get a solid pick here in the 2nd, he’s going to eat up ball carriers at NT and provides solid strength and good movement. Goldman provides depth behind Jay Ratliff and definitely an IDP you can leave on the waiver wire. IDP Forecast: 25-35 tackles, 2-3 sacks (IDP Profile: Phil Taylor)

2.10 – Falcons:  Jalen Collins (CB) – Collins fits the build for Quinn’s defense. He’s a tall corner and has the skill set to be an all-around CB. He’ll be competing with Robert Alford for starting job opposite Trufant, and I can see Collins winning that battle while Alford takes care of the slot WRs instead.  Targeting a DB is a wild-card in IDP and I’d only target Collins in CB-required leagues for depth, otherwise just another one of those DB’s you can stream. IDP Forecast: 50-60 tackles, 4-5 interceptions, 10 pass deflections (IDP Profile:  Byron Maxwell)

2.11 – Texans: Benardick McKinney (LB) – The Texans traded up for McKinney, that’s already a good sign that he’s going to start from day one next to Cushing (if healthy). Lots of folks are saying he’s a 2-down thumper, which is true, but I envision him as a 3-down LB that can hold his ground against TEs and RBs coming out on the flat. Either way, McKinney landed in a good spot to provide immediate impact. If Cushing gets injured again, talk about a huge boost in value for McKinney. So I’d definitely target him in your rookie drafts (3rd or 4th LB taken).  IDP Forecast: 80-90 tackles, 3 sacks (IDP Profile: David Harris)

2.12 – Saints: Hau’Oli Kikaha (OLB) – Saints are re-loading that defense quite nicely in this draft, if anything happens to Galette with his off-field incident, they have a replacement if not another edge rusher. Kikaha has made a living of getting in the backfield, brings a high motor and is a relentless playmaker. IDP Forecast: 40-50 tackles, 7-10 sacks (IDP Profile:  Clay Matthews)

2.13 – Vikings: Eric Kendricks (LB) – the Vikings have just been gifted arguably the best ILB in this year’s draft, I’m still confused on how Kendricks wasn’t taken in the first round (looking at you Green Bay) but like I said at the top, the second day is like the day after Christmas sale. The Vikings went shopping on day two and found value with Kendricks who’ll immediately become the starting MLB; a position they’ve desperately needed since ever since. Between Stephone and Kendricks, it’s real close at the top and it’ll be like debating between Lavonte or Kuechly.  I’d definitely target Kendricks in all leagues as he has a top 10 ceiling.  IDP Forecast: 100-115 tackles, 3 sacks (IDP Profile: C.J. Mosley)

2.14 – 49ers: Jaquiski Tartt (SS) – athletic and a power hitter, but couldn’t have landed in a worse spot to contribute in the IDP world. Tartt is probably Bethea’s replacement down the line, both sort of mirror image one another with their playing style. If I have the roster space or able to place in Taxi Squad, I’d definitely hold onto Tartt as it could pay off in 2016. IDP Forecast:  50-60 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 sacks (IDP Profile: Kam Chancellor) <// when he gets a starting role

2.15 – Eagles: Eric Rowe (DB) – Rowe brings versatility to the Eagles secondary, he’ll line up at safety or corner. He must improve his play-making abilities though to contribute in multiple categories, and possibly see the field more. Rowe is definitely not a must-target in drafts but in a secondary that needs all the help they can get, Rowe is worth keeping an eye on because if he moves to safety his value slightly increases. IDP Forecast: 50-60 tackles, 2 interceptions, 8 pass deflections (IDP Profile:  Captain Munnerlyn)

2.16 – Chargers: Denzel Perryman (LB) – a bunch of analysts pegged Perryman with the most upside amongst the LB corps. He’s a tone setter and will bring the fire to the defense that is much needed. The ILB play has been very uninspiring lately and Perryman can change that in San Diego. Perryman has the tools to be a 3-down linebacker and will get every chance to be one. If he gets the nod to start right out of camp, he will put up impressive numbers and even lead the team in tackles is not out of the question.  IDP Forecast:  80-90 tackles, 2-3 interceptions, 3 sacks (IDP Profile:  Nigel Bradham)

2.18 – Bills: Ronald Darby (CB) – Darby will bring explosiveness and speed to the Bills secondary, he’s also a physical corner and should thrive under Rex Ryan’s defensive scheme. He could outshine Corey Graham or Stephone Gilmore during camp and earn his snaps, but also wouldn’t bet against it and he’ll see the field in nickel packages. As deep as the DB field is, he’s worth to keep an eye on if you’re a streamer as he could provide impressive numbers if he gets the snaps.  IDP Forecast:  45-55 tackles, 4 interceptions, 9 pass deflections (IDP Profile:  Joe Haden)

2.19 – Browns: Nate Orchard (OLB) – the Browns traded up for Orchard, who’ll bring high effort and does well when converting speed to power. He’s another one of the edge rushers who lived in the backfield and this could move could push Mingo to take a big step, otherwise – adios.  On the other hand, this move could also mean he’ll replace Kruger when his time is up but either way the Browns like him otherwise why trade up?  IDP Forecast:  50-55 tackles, 6-8 sacks (IDP Profile:  Lamaar Woodley)

2.20 – Dolphins: Jordan Phillips (DT) – Phillips has some quick feet but needs to be focused to be a contributor. He’s pretty stout against the run and will definitely have an easy life lining up next to Suh, Wake and Vernon as it’s going to be tough to run against the Dolphins. But Jordan is one you can leave on the waiver wire even in DT-required leagues, with limited upside and better options to roll with. Sorry, JP.  IDP Forecast:  30-40 tackles, 2-3 sacks (IDP Profile:  Glenn Dorsey)

2.24 – Steelers: Senquez Golson (CB) – Steelers continue to revamp their defense and bring in a solid corner in the draft. Golson is a ball hawk and very instinctive, and should step in right away as at least the CB2. He has some IDP appeal in CB-required leagues, and could jump right on the scene, but expect inconsistency.  IDP Forecast:  55-60 tackles, 3 interceptions, 10-12 pass deflections (IDP Profile:  Alterraun Verner)

2.26 – Cardinals: Markus Golden (OLB) – strong-side rusher, smart off the edge as well. Overshadowed by fellow college teammate Shane Ray, but Golden holds his own and can contribute immediately for the Cardinals as they’re in dire need of pass rushers. He’ll probably rotate with Okafor and Martin at the very least, but will be one to leave on the waivers.  IDP Forecast: 35-40 tackles, 4-5 sacks (IDP Profile: Pernell McPhee)

2.28 – Cowboys: Randy Gregory (DE/OLB) – yes, Gregory had off-field issues, which explains his fall but if he didn’t then the Cowboys just got a top 10 talent in round two. If he stays focused and focuses on his hunger to prove everyone wrong, he’s going to wreck havoc and has the upside to lead the rookies in sacks. With DeMarcus Lawrence and Greg Hardy aboard, the Cowboys have a enticing pass rush and with Hardy expected to miss most of the season; Gregory has a shot to see the field early and often. If he’s listed as a DE (DL) in MFL or whomever your host site is, definitely put Gregory on your target list.  IDP Forecast: 35-50 tackles 8-11 sacks (IDP Profile:  Charles Johnson)

2.30 – Packers: Quinten Rollins (CB) – raw and athletic former basketball player turned into cornerback, from what I saw on tape Rollins had swift hip movement and speed.  He can become a solid ball-hawking CB and he attacks the ball well. The Packers have a gone the route of building up the secondary once again, and in due time – Rollins will emerge as one of the top corners for the Pack.  IDP Forecast: 45-50 tackles, 3 interceptions, 9-11 pass deflections (IDP Profile:  Antonio Cromartie)

2.31 – Seahawks: Frank Clark (DE) – to keep it short and simple, he has the talent (disruptive pass rusher) but he comes with baggage and was kicked off Michigan. Can he turn it around or has he turned it around and ready to change his life? Leave him on the waiver though as he’ll see little time in the defensive rotation, unless an injury occurs.  IDP Forecast:  20-25 tackles, 3-4 sacks (IDP Profile: Chris Long)

2.32 – Patriots: Jordan Richards (DB) – Jordan brings versatility and is a physical DB, just what the Patriots like. With the lost of Revis and Browner, they’re going to need all the help they can get in the secondary and although I don’t expect Jordan to contribute right away, you never know.  IDP Forecast:  35-40 tackles, 2 interceptions, 8 pass deflections (IDP Profile: Leonard Johnson)

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