2016 NFL Draft Round Two: IDP OUTLOOK

Myles Jack

Here we are as we enter day two of the 2016 NFL Draft (Rounds 2 & 3) and I must say there’s been a lot of defense flying off the board.  I will take a look at some of the IDP’s that got drafted in round two, see if they’re IDP outlook is promising and there’ll be a bunch of CB’s being drafted now until round seven that’ll be left on waivers and that’s ok because they’re a dime a dozen more times than not; but I will look into a few that I think will provide value for you.

Noah Spence

ROUND TWO IDP OUTLOOK

(32) Browns: EMMANUEL OGBAH (DE):  excellent pick for the Browns as they add another solid piece to their defense.  Ogbah is one of the best pass rushers in this draft, should be battling for a starting DE job this off-season and poses some serious DL2 (Top 20) potential, the future for the Browns is Ogbah and Cooper.  I’d be looking to draft Ogbah somewhere in the 3rd round of drafts but if he falls into the 4th, maybe even 5th – better jump on it.

(33) Titans: KEVIN DODD (OLB): another rookie I like entering the draft, I like this fit somewhat and I know Dodd needs some development to do so Titans sorta work out for him as he’ll be an edge rusher behind Orakpo & Morgan.  Dodd is solid against there run, will need to improve his pass rushing skills to become a 3-down LB and we can expect that heading into 2017 (at least).  With the switch to LB he does lose some IDP value since he’s considered a DE in MFL; for now.  If you have a taxi squad he’s worth stashing there until he develops; got to be patient with guys like this but his versatility is intriguing.

(34) Cowboys: JAYLON SMITH (LB):  arguably the best LB in this class (if healthy) but he’s not and has fallen but landed in one of the better places.  I saw on twitter that the doctor who worked on his knee is right there in Dallas, so that’s a good sign.  His skill set is well worth the wait and worth the high risk/high reward he brings; if it pans out then Cowboys have found their franchise LB to pair with Lee for the foreseeable future.  I would target Jaylon in the 2nd round of rookie drafts and stash him.

(36) Jaguars: MYLES JACK (LB):  one of my draft crushes finally got drafted, the Jaguars are stacking that defense and Jack is a playmaker.  He’s improving his run defense while already being the best coverage LB in the class and should be an every down LB in no time.  His real life draft stock has fallen but in IDP leagues I’m still taking him late 1st-early 2nd and with confidence, if Jack can only play 5 great years then I want Jack for those 5 years; he’s going to be so good.

(37) Chiefs: CHRIS JONES (DT):  possibly the steal of the draft (in reality) but it works for IDP too, posted the second highest pass rush grade in the nation per PFF and still has room for improvement.  Jones brings some power & explosiveness to the KCC defensive line and should have no problem seeing the field early and often.  Jones has top 12 DT potential in DT leagues but I’ll pass in DL leagues unless it’s a deep league and I can spare a roster spot for him for depth.

(39) Bucs: NOAH SPENCE (DE):  The IDP Gods have heard our cry and Spence is going to a team that’ll utilize him as a 4-3 DE because it’ll be a total bummer had he gone to a 3-4 scheme to be an OLB.  Arguably the purest pass rusher in the draft but comes with “off-field concerns” but I’m one to believe he’ll be just fine and will excel.  He still needs work against the run but will be great as a situational pass rusher and there’s nobody on TBB DL that’s a better pass rusher than Spence so I’m confident he’ll see the field a bunch of times.  I’m definitely targeting Spence in the 3rd round and he could even fall to the 4th, good value.

(41) Bills: REGGIE RAGLAND (LB):  with the departure of Bradham; the underwhelming ILB unit in BUF got an upgrade by trading up to get Ragland.  He is stout in the run game, not quick but will get to the ball, able to rush the passer and should have no problem being a 3-down LB in BUF.  Ragland going to play the “David Harris” role for Rex and that’ll be a tackle machine spot, Ragland has some intriguing top 20 upside and well worth a 2nd round pick in your rookie draft.

(42) Ravens: KAMALEI CORRERA (LB):  The Ravens have quietly rebuilt their defense for now & the future; which is bright.  Correra comes in as the potential Suggs replacement and like Za’Darius last year should see snaps here and there unless an injury occurs.  Will have to work on improving his run defense but can definitely put pressure on the QB, also like Za’Darius owners last year I’d be targeting Correra anywhere from late 4th to mid-5th and stash him; you’re going to like his potential.

(43) Titans: AUSTIN JOHNSON (DT):  improving pass rusher, good run defender and should make life easier for Jurrell Casey as that DL needed some help up front.  Should be eating up tackles, think Damon Harrison-type that’ll make him a popular DT to target in DT leagues.

(44) Raiders: JIHAD WARD (DE):  Ward is a developmental project that’ll take at least a year before he’ll get unleashed.  Has some upside but for now pass, I’d only target if I could stash and it’s big rosters.

(46) Lions: A’SHAWN ROBINSON (DT):  lacks any sort of pass rush but has the ability to collapse the pocket and stop the run, will make Ziggy’s life easier for sure.  Only worth looking at in DT leagues; otherwise – nah.

(49) Seahawks: JARRAN REED (DT):  arguably the best interior run defender in the draft, disrupts running lanes and has no problem shedding blocks to make plays.  The Seahawks use a rotation on their frontline and they needed to get younger at the interior; Reed can definitely wreck some havoc with Jordan Hill but like Hill only has base/run downs value, so great player on the field but I’m going to pass in IDP leagues.

(52) Falcons: DEION JONES (LB):  Jones brings speed and athleticism to one of the worst LB units in the league so this will be a welcoming sight.  Not an exciting player though, misses a bunch of tackles but with little to no depth on Atlanta, I expect Jones to compete for a starting job in the off-season so keep him on your radar as he could make a sneaky good 3rd/4th round pick.

(53) Redskins: SU’A CRAVENS (LB/S):  What Redskins will do with Cravens I’m not sure, he’s not suited to play OLB in their 3-4, could possibly move to WIL at ILB where he can use his safety instincts when dropping back into zone coverage (man to man is not good for him), and although not afraid to get in contact he’ll get pushed around if he plays the edge.  There’s a chance he actually moves to safety in WAS because they don’t have anybody there (really) but all together I’m shying away from Cravens in IDP leagues but if you want him you’d probably have to spend your late 3rd on him.

(54) Vikings: MACKENSIE ALEXANDER (CB):  a strong man to man cover corner that is able to keep up with shifty receivers.  Would need to improve in zone coverage but he can do that this off-season, it helps he’ll be playing with Xavier Rhodes & Harrison Smith.  I expect Mackensie to put up Darby type numbers in MIN, I believe he’s going to win a starting job and get many opportunities because opposing QB’s won’t target Xavier.  In CB leagues I’d go as high as a mid-3rd for Alexander (not crazy) but I’ll gladly use my 4th on him.

(58) Steelers: SEAN DAVIS (DB): sorta reminded me of Devin McCourty being that he can play both FS and CB, has the traits to do so but iffy production on the field.  Davis will probably start off as a CB in PIT and could thrive there IDP wise, if Antwon Blake & Cortez Allen, can put up top 12 numbers – Sean Davis can.  I’ll be using my late 4th or early 5th to take him in drafts (rookie drafts).

(60) Patriots: CYRUS JONES (CB):  probably one of the better CB’s in the draft that’s good at run stoppage, he’ll be competing for slot CB duties with Ryan/Butler outside but if an injury happens to either, Jones gets an uptick.

(61) Saints: VONN BELL (DB):  Bell brings coverage ability to a NOS secondary that desperately needs it. With Rafael Bush gone, Byrd having a hard time staying healthy & on the decline and Vaccaro having yet to play up to his potential on a consistent basis; Bell has all the opportunity in the world to take advantage and earn a starting gig or a prominent role.  Vonn is going to be a sneaky value pick in the 4th round of rookie drafts.

Vonn Bell

ROUND 3 NOTABLES

Browns: CARL NASSIB (DE): a disruptor, should compete for nickel duties (DL3 potential)

Jaguars: YANNICK NGAKOUE (DE/LB): nickel specialist early on, has burst to get around edge, if he gets DE tag then I like his IDP appeal a lot better than a LB tag.

Ravens: BRONSON KAUFUSI (DE): love this fit, big body and will get in the rotation early on to wreck havoc on opposing QB’s plus Jernigan isn’t all that.  Some intriguing 4th round appeal here, definitely use your 5th on him.

Giants: DARIAN THOMPSON (DB): complete safety, will get beat though at times but will allow Landon to play in the box more.  Will be competing with Mykkele for starting FS duties in New York; should be able to grab him early 5th.

Bears: JONATHAN BULLARD (DL): will probably play DE in CHI, that’s fine.  He’s one of the best run stoppers in this class and his pass rushing techniques should continue to develop, Bullard is versatile as well as he can move inside or outside.  Brings some much needed athleticism up front for the Bears as they’re rebuilding this defense.

Raiders: SHILIQUE CALHOUN (DE): going to be a sub package end early on, definitely a better backup for Edwards now while Ward develops.  Calhoun is a pass rush specialist that could thrive in a William Hayes-type role, intriguing 4th round pick plus if he has a good off-season and Edwards has a setback, Calhoun could earn some early starter snaps (bonus).

Packers: KYLER FACKRELL (LB):  possibly Peppers replacement once he hangs it up (if ever), but Fackrell brings some upside at the edge and ability to rack up a bunch of tackles.  Definitely worth targeting as your 5th or 6th LB in big leagues.

Broncos: JUSTIN SIMMONS (DB):  one of the better cover safeties in the draft and Broncos lost Burton, so enter his replacement.  Simmons can definitely have some IDP appeal, probably in the DB3/4 range but he’ll do more covering than playing in the box (Ward) in Denver.

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