NFL Draft Day One IDP Reactions

Christmas has arrived for football fanatics and IDP fantasy football addicts all across the world, that moment when all the mock drafts can be deleted or put away because ladies and gentlemen it’s draft day. The 2015 NFL Draft finally began last night and it wasn’t as dramatic as social media built it up. There was little movement and only a handful of surprising picks. The cream of the crop, the defensive players, is where I’m going to provide some insight on their impact with their new teams, so let’s take a look.

1.03: Jaguars: Dante Fowler Jr. (DE) – He should step right in as the LDE and bring the heat on opposing QBs. The AFC South better start game-planning on Fowler. The downfall here is as a rookie, he could share time with veteran Chris Clemons, but on the other hand that could also benefit him learning from Clemons as well.  Right now he’s my #1 DL in IDP and I could see him put up 45-55 tackles and 5-9 sacks, definitely a must own in dynasty. (IDP Profile: Carlos Dunlap)

1.06: Jets: Leonard Williams (DE) – arguably the top prospect in this year’s draft and he fell to the Jets, who already have a stout duo in Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson. Add Williams to this group and it could mirror the Rams as the best D-Line in the league. If Jets trade Wilkerson and address other needs, Leonard’s value rises some, but I’d still like to find out where the other DEs land in the draft first. IDP Forecast: 35-50 tackles 3-6 sacks. (IDP Profile: Dwan Edwards)

1.08 Falcons: Vic Beasley (DE/OLB) – I love this landing spot for Beasley. The Falcons are in desperate need for a pass rusher and they get an explosive one in Beasley. He’ll provide immediate impact on his new team and the defense shall feed off his energy. I’d gladly snag him after Fowler in dynasty leagues. IDP Forecast:  50-65 tackles, 7-10 sacks DL2 upside or LB3 upside (IDP Profile:  Aldon Smith)

1.11 Vikings: Trae Waynes (CB) – brings speed and physicality to the Vikings secondary, add in Rhodes to the picture and the Vikings have a young duo who like to press. He could be all over the field, blitzing the QB or running stride for stride with some of the speedy WRs. IDP Forecast:  55-70 tackles, 1-3 sacks, 2-4 interceptions 7-12 pass deflections. (IDP Profile: Brandon Flowers)

1.12 Browns: Danny Shelton (DT) – after losing Phil Taylor, it seemed a no-brainer for CLE to snag Danny Shelton. Lot of comparisons to Haloti but let’s be honest, nobody is going to be Haloti, so we’ll let Shelton be Shelton. He’s a force inside and will be a welcoming sight for the Browns defensive line. He’ll be their run stuffer. IDP Forecast:  30-45 tackles, 2-4 sacks.  (IDP Profile: Bennie Logan)

1.16 Texans: Kevin Johnson (CB) – what a solid get for the Houston Texans as they just built a strong secondary. Johnson is a complete CB and will be a nice pairing with Jonathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson. Add in A.J. Bouye to the mix and that’s four starting caliber corners that the Texans can throw on the field.  It’s no secret that Johnson will be Texans’ franchise corner after Joseph and that makes things intriguing from an IDP view. IDP Forecast: 50-60 tackles, 2-5 interceptions, 8-14 pass deflections (IDP Profile: Chris Harris)

1.17 49ers: Arik Armstead (DT) – clearly the successor to Justin Smith as the 49ers continue to rebuild and reload on the defensive side of the ball. For IDP purposes, it’s a hit or miss with Armstead and definitely not a “must have” but in DT-required leagues he’ll be one to keep an eye on for sure. IDP Forecast: 35-45 tackles, 2-5 sacks (IDP Profile: Kendall Langford)

1.18 Chiefs: Marcus Peters (CB) – the Chiefs needed a shutdown corner, that’s what they got. He’ll step in right away and contribute. The Chiefs have another promising CB in Phillip Gaines so they’re set up for the future. IDP Forecast: 60-70 tackles, 1-3 sacks, 4-6 interceptions, 13 pass deflections. (IDP Profile: Desmond Trufant)

1.22 Steelers: Alvin “Bud” Dupree (OLB) – what a steal for the Steelers. Dupree is very athletic and should be in rotation with Harrison and Moats, so say goodbye to Jarvis Jones. This is one of the better landing spots for Dupree, IDP-wise, and with Shazier at the inside the Steelers are building their defense from the middle out once again. IDP Forecast: 45-55 tackles, 7-9 sacks (IDP Profile: Brian Orakpo)

1.23 Broncos: Shane Ray (DE/OLB) – When you want your guy, you go get him and it seemed obvious that Ray was the Broncos’ guy. He could need surgery for his foot, but when he’s healthy he should be in rotation whether it’s behind Ware or Wolfe. Wade Phillips can get the best out of Ray as an edge rusher but he will still be a mediocre IDP player. IDP Forecast: 30-40 tackles, 3-6 sacks (IDP Profile:  Willie Young)

1.25 Panthers: Shaq Thompson (LB) – with a surprise pick, the Panthers have chosen their successor at the WILL. This move could also move Davis to strong-side, which would clear the path for Shaq at weak-side and Kuechly in the middle. Regardless of the talent around him, there’s enough to go around and Shaq’s versatility will be key. He’s going to put up numbers and I wouldn’t be too worried. Target him in dynasty. IDP Forecast:  75-85 tackles 2 sacks 3 interceptions. (IDP Profile: Alec Ogletree)

1.27 Cowboys: Byron Jones (CB) – Jones brings a ton of athleticism to a secondary in need. He’s going to excel in man-to-man coverage and has the skill set to play in the cover-2 scheme that the Cowboys run. He’ll be a good target in CB-required leagues, poses CB2 potential and flirts with CB1 if and when he becomes the #1 in Dallas. IDP Forecast: 60-65 tackles, 4-5 interceptions, 12 pass deflections. (IDP Profile: Darius Slay)

1.30 Packers: Damarious Randall (FS) – a pick that was quite puzzling as Eric Kendricks was staring right at Ted Thompson, but Packers fans know to trust Ted, right? Anyway, this seemed puzzling because they already have a rising FS in Clinton-Dix (whom they took last year) and if they let him play CB as well then they just have another Micah Hyde. IDP Forecast: 40-45 tackles, 3 interceptions. (IDP Profile:  Micah Hyde)

1.31 Saints: Stephone Anthony (LB) – this is my favorite pick of the entire first round. A golden opportunity arises for Anthony as he landed in a prime spot to rack up numbers. Anthony definitely has 3-down potential (if he’s not already classified as one) and Saints are in need of a physical tone setter. If the draft ended today, Anthony would be my clear cut #1 rookie IDP to grab, so much oozing potential here. IDP Forecast: 95-115 tackles, 2-4 sacks. (IDP Profile:  Daryl Washington)

1.32 Patriots: Malcom Brown (DT) – this pick makes sense more for game days than your IDP roster, both he and Easley will form a nice 1-2 punch as Brown will look to get in the backfield often and create havoc. If anything happens to Easley in the off-season or his recovery has a set back, then Brown takes a jump and vaults into IDP targets in DT-required leagues. IDP Forecast: 35-40 tackles, 4-5 sacks (IDP Profile: Sen’Derrick Marks)


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