NFL Draft Day 3 (Rounds 4-7) IDP Reactions

Jake Ryan

DAY 3 IMPACT IDP’s

The day has finally arrived, day three of the NFL draft, which is the last and final day before camp begins.  I like to call day three “Black Friday” without the crazy customers, but more so cheap prices for quality products (players).  There have been a bunch of IDP’s taken from rounds 4 thru 7 and I’m going to pin out those who have a shot at contributing for your IDP team this season,  and there’ll be some that are dynasty stashes.

4.02 – Patriots: Trey Flowers (DE) – he sites that the movie “The Waterboy” taught him to go crazy on the field, and by all means Patriots would love that.  Trey is a disruptor in the backfield more than a pass rusher, and he’s pretty solid at the point of attack.  He has some serious competition on the depth chart to get any meaningful snaps, Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Jabaal Sheard, Dominique Easley, Malcom Brown, and Michael Buchanan.  IDP Forecast: 20-25 tackles 1-2 sacks (IDP Profile: Kendall Reyes)

4.05 – Jaguars: James Sample (FS) – Sample was such a good value pick for the Jaguars as they potentially got a day 1 starter.  He brings strength and range to the secondary and has all the tools to thrive.  His only competition for the starting spot is Sergio Brown, there’s a chance.  IDP Forecast:  50-60 tackles 3-4 interceptions 8 pass deflections (IDP Profile: Antrel Rolle)

4.10 – Colts: Clayton Geathers (SS) – The Colts got their box safety right here, he’s big, physical and explosive in the box.  Needs to improve on awareness and is very limited in coverage, but has a chance to start as the Colts defense needs all the playmakers it can get.  IDP Forecast: 70-80 tackles 3-4 sacks (IDP Profile: Donte Whitner)

4.14 – Lions: Gabe Wright (DT) – Gabe has explosive power and a quick first step off the ball.  He mainly played in rotation in college so the question would be can he handle a full work load, and if so how would that affect his performance?  I don’t see him getting a full workload at all in Detroit; he’ll at best be in rotation with Walker.  Gabe could sneak up in DT required leagues racking up tackles.  IDP Forecast:  35-42 tackles 1-3 sacks (IDP Profile: Corey Peters)

4.16Browns: Ibraheim Campbell (FS) Ibraheim is a hard hitter and disruptive force in the run defense, also has the range to play FS.  He’ll get snaps at both safety positions, he succeeded more in the box and with the depth they have you’d think Browns would deploy Campbell onto the field more often than not.  He could be the possible replacement for Whitner down the line, so right now he’ll provide depth with a chance to get meaningful snaps in.  IDP Forecast: 50-55 tackles 3 sacks 3 interceptions (IDP Profile: Morgan Burnett)

4.17 – Cardinals: Rodney Gunter (DT) – Rodney brings versatility to the Cardinals defensive front, he’s able to play DT or DE, and better suited for rotational snaps.  He’d be able to play DE on run downs and move inside in nickel packages.  Cardinals need all the help they can get on that front line, someone is going to have to draw attention away from Calais.  IDP Forecast: 30-35 tackles 2-3 sacks (IDP Profile: Jason Jones)

4.19 – Chiefs: Ramik Wilson (LB) – Chiefs go ahead and get their versatile LB, Ramik can play either outside or inside and that’s what the Chiefs need after losing all-pro Derrick Johnson, they also need youth at the position.  Ramik is a tackling machine and solid against the run, looking early on as a 2-down ‘backer until he can improve in coverage.  He’s worth keeping an eye on because if anything happens to Johnson again, Wilson get’s a boost.  IDP Forecast:  60-70 tackles 2-4 sacks (IDP Profile: Thomas Davis)

4.23 – Ravens: Za’Darius Smith (DE) - Ravens bring in a high character player that does the dirty work, he’s a pretty good pass rusher and could be used like McPhee.  IDP Forecast: 40-45 tackles 5-6 sacks (IDP Profile: Pernell McPhee)

4.25 – Bucs: Kwon Alexander (LB) - led LSU in tackles, he’s smart and plays fast.  Has the ability to cover ground fast and an ideal WIL LB for the Bucs, but could also squeeze in some Strong-side snaps as he’ll go into a camp battle with Danny Lansanah.  I’m expecting Lansanah to own that position, at least this season so Kwon will remain a solid dynasty stash for me.  He should be really cheap on draft day for you, if he takes over anyone at any point in the season – could he be this year’s Telvin Smith? lot of folks said Telvin was raw and needed development, same with Kwon but look what happened once Telvin took the field.  IDP Forecast: 50-55 tackles 2 interceptions (IDP Profile: Sean Weatherspoon)

4.30 – Packers: Jake Ryan (LB) - The Packers finally get their other ILB, Ryan is another versatile LB that will go from OLB to ILB.  He’s a true downhill LB and is comfortable dropping back into coverage, so really he’s going to be a complete LB huh? Early potential for 3-down role unless Barrington takes it and runs with it.  Look for Ryan to be this year’s Avery Williamson, but sooner – which could mean you’d have to draft Jake a little earlier.  He’d be a solid LB4/LB5 for your roster and a bye week filler.  IDP Forecast: 95-110 tackles 3-4 sacks (IDP Profile: Lawrence Timmons)

4.36 – Bengals: Marcus Hardison (DE) - Bengals get younger on the front line and get a versatile one at that.  Need to wonder how the development of Hunt and Clarke are going with this pick, Gilberry isn’t going to be there for long and how will Johnson perform after his bust season in Tampa? The good thing here is Hardison can also play DT and move inside, he could very well be a Peko replacement (which is needed) and he also led ASU in sacks as well with 10, lot of potential here.  IDP Forecast: 30-35 tackles 4 sacks (IDP Profile: Derrick Shelby)

5.01 – Falcons: Grady Jarrett (DT) - natural NT and has the talent to anchor the defensive line, brings a high motor and is disruptive – just what the Falcons desperately need.  He should step in right away and start contributing.  IDP Forecast: 35-40 tackles 2-3 sacks (IDP Profile: Nick Fairley)

5.04 – Raiders: Ben Heeney (LB) - I thought this was a steal for the Raiders, Heeney is a great athlete, has some speed and attacks the offense but at times takes bad angles in which will hurt him if he doesn’t develop better instincts.  He adds depth to the Raiders LB corps and possibly the replacement for Lofton in a year or two.  Should be a fun camp battle or at least camp showing for Heeney as he could push some of the LB’s on roster.  IDP Forecast: 40-50 tackles 2-3 sacks (IDP Profile: Paul Posluszny)

5.05 – Redskins: Martrell Spaight (LB) - sleeper pick right here for the Redskins, remember when they took Keenan Robinson to be the successor for London Fletcher, well Spaight is about to be the Perry Riley successor.  Right now he’ll provide depth with Will Compton, and could eventually supplant him and be the main backup.  He’s still raw but plays fast and attacks the ball carrier, in the near future he’s going to be a full-time contributor.  IDP Forecast: 45-50 tackles 2 sacks (IDP Profile: Jerrell Freeman)

5.17 – Chargers: Kyle Emanuel (OLB) - with the departures of Johnson and Freeney, Chargers needed depth on the edge and got a good one in Emanuel.  He’s a hard hitter and a go getta after the QB, racked up 19.5 sacks last year.  Has the motor and skill-set to succeed and will be productive, should be able to steal some snaps as he’ll be in competition with Law and Tourek.  IDP Forecast: 40 tackles 7 sacks (IDP Profile: Clay Matthews)

6.04 – Jaguars: Michael Bennett (DT) – undersized but can wreck havoc, will penetrate and put pressure in the backfield.  With Marks still recovering from his knee injury, Bennett could get some snaps early on and make an impact.  Definitely keep an eye on Bennett this off-season in DT required leagues.  IDP Forecast: 35 tackles 3 sacks (IDP Profile: BJ Raji)

6.21 – Bengals: Derron Smith (FS) - Bengals go get some quality depth as Derron was a 4-year starter at Fresno.  He could contend for snaps if anything happens to Nelson/Iloka, and he’s an upgrade over Shawn Williams.  IDP Forecast: 40-45 tackles 1-2 interceptions 4-5 pass deflections (IDP Profile: Hussain Abdullah)

6.31 – Colts: Amarlo Herrera (LB) - Colts may have found their replacement for D’Qwell or Jerrell (whomever goes) for the future, not as athletic as his teammate (Ramik Wilson) but he’s a good leader and was very productive at the collegiate level.  He’s going to battle Nate Irving for back-up duty at ILB.  Definitely worth keeping an eye on and worth a stash in deeper leagues (taxi squad).  IDP Forecast: 30 tackles 2 sacks (IDP Profile: Daryl Smith)

7.02 – Browns: Hayes Pullard (LB) - Pullard is a hard worker and a hard hitter, leads by example and could very well be Dansby’s successor in the near future.  Lock up Pullard as a dynasty stash right now, the future is there for the Browns at ILB with Kirksey and Pullard.  IDP Forecast: 45-50 tackles 2 sacks (IDP Profile: Justin Durant)

7.22 – Steelers: Gerod Holliman (FS) - right now their FS is Mike Mitchell, Holliman will take over that job sooner than later even though he doesn’t have ideal speed for a FS.  He makes up for that by having the ability to cover, he’s a ball hawk – dude had 14 interceptions last year.  If he develops a mean streak of becoming a hard hitter, he could cause problems for opposing offenses.  IDP Forecast: 55-60 tackles 4-5 interceptions 7 pass deflections (IDP Profile: Rahim Moore)

 

 

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