NFL Draft Day 2 Round 3 IDP Reactions

Going to continue on with round 3 now, this is like the “I woke up too late, time to hit those afternoon sales” type deals here.  There’s quite a few value picks in the third that I really like and could provide immediate impact, but majority of these picks are for special teams and depth filled with upside and potential to contribute later in the year.

3.01 – Colts: D’Joun Smith (CB) – doesn’t have ideal size but he’s fast and quick, he’ll be able to line up against the slot WR’s.  Smith is looking like he’ll be in sub packages, more special teams though.  Don’t worry about drafting Smith in your draft.  IDP Forecast:  35-40 tackles 1-2 interceptions 5-7 pass deflections. (IDP Profile:  Sterling Moore)

3.10 – Giants: Owa Odighizuwa (DE) – absolutely love this pick by the Giants, I figured Owa would go sooner than this but what a gift for NYG.  He has some previous medical concerns (hips) but his tape speaks for itself, stellar athlete, quick and gets in the backfield.  Will compete for snaps early as he’ll battle it out between Ayers and Moore.  Another sleeper pick to lead the rookies in sacks, and wouldn’t be surprised if he lands the starting job after camp is over.  IDP Forecast:  40-50 tackles 8-11 sacks (IDP Profile:  Cameron Jordan) 

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3.14 – Saints: PJ Williams (CB) – questionable off-field issues but if he can put that behind him and play ball, the Saints got a solid corner.  Has the skill-set to be a starter and will definitely benefit from learning under Keenan Lewis, sadly not on radar to be drafted in IDP leagues.  IDP Forecast:  45-55 tackles 3-4 interceptions 9 pass deflections. (IDP Profile:  Jimmy Smith)

3.15 – 49ers: Eli Harold (OLB) – Harold brings quality and depth to an OLB corps that includes Aldon Smith, Aaron Lynch and Corey Lemonier.  Still has room to grow, early contributor for special teams.  Could be worth a look in deep leagues with deep rosters, besides that – let someone else draft him.  IDP Forecast:  30-40 tackles 4 sacks (IDP Profile: O’Brien Schofield)

3.16 – Lions: Alex Carter (CB) – Lions get some athletic help in the secondary, what may help boost Carter’s value is if Lions convert him to FS.  IDP Forecast (if moved to safety): 60-65 tackles 4 interceptions 9 pass deflections (IDP Profile: Micah Hyde)

3.18 – Jets: Lorenzo Mauldin (OLB) – plays with an edge, powerful and will find his way into the backfield.  Jets get another edge rusher to rotate to get some fresh legs on the field.  IDP Forecast: 45-50 tackles 4-6 sacks (IDP Profile: Derrick Morgan)

3.19 – Chargers: Craig Mager (CB) – has solid short area burst for underneath routes and good ball skills, will earn some playing time early and often.  IDP Forecast: 25-30 tackles 2 interceptions 5-8 pass deflections (IDP Profile: Sam Shields)

3.20 – Eagles: Jordan Hicks (LB) – now the Eagles are loaded at ILB with Kiko, Mychal, Demeco and Brad.  There’s an odd man out there and sadly that’s Mychal (Eagles want to trade him) and if that happens Hicks becomes an interesting look as he has better coverage skills than Ryans and Jones, and is very competitive.  Definitely worth a taxi squad stash or worth keeping on your radar if you don’t have a taxi squad.  IDP Forecast:  40-50 tackles 2 interceptions (IDP Profile: Sean Weatherspoon)

3.24 – Vikings: Danielle Hunter (DE) – Vikings get a project here, Hunter is still raw and needs development but he has high effort and can get into the backfield, one thing that’ll limit his snaps as well is his run defense needs to improve.  IDP Forecast: 20-25 tackles 2-4 sacks (IDP Profile: DaMontre Moore)

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3.26 – Ravens: Carl Davis (DT) – Ravens get a steal in the 3rd round, I thought Davis would be taken in the first or mid-second.  Davis is explosive and quick off his feet but needs to be consistent as it’s learned he can take off some plays but in Baltimore, that will change and he’ll bring a high motor.  I’m expecting Davis to compete for snaps right away, if not he’s Upshaw’s replacement.  IDP Forecast: 30-35 tackles 3-4 sacks (IDP Profile:  Randy Starks)

3.29 – Colts: Henry Anderson (DE) – Colts finally address a defensive need and take Anderson.  He fits their scheme for sure, can explode in the backfield and uses his hands pretty well to disengage blocks.  He’s NFL ready and should be in competition for snaps with Werner and Walden, I don’t see him taking much of anything away from Newsome/Mathis though.  IDP Forecast: 25 tackles 2 sacks (IDP Profile: Trent Murphy/Jared Odrick)

3.32 –  Browns: Xavier Cooper (DT) – Cooper is raw and a project, has good strength and penetration into the backfield is there.  Waiver Wire fodder.  IDP Forecast: 15-20 tackles 1 sack (IDP Profile: Corey Peters)

3.33 – Patriots: Geneo Grissom (DE) – Grissom played all over the defensive line while at Oklahoma, he’ll bring versatility to the Patriots and you know they’ll get the best out of him.  IDP Forecast: 20-25 tackles 2-4 sacks (IDP Profile: Alex Okafor)

3.34 – Chiefs: Steven Nelson (CB) – if you’ve been following the draft, one of the biggest things for Nelson is he’s 1 of 2 CB’s in NCAA to never miss a tackle.  Chiefs pick up another solid CB to go with Peters and Gaines, I don’t expect too see Smith here much longer.  IDP Forecast: 35-40 tackles 3 interceptions 8-10 pass deflections (IDP Profile: Kareem Jackson) 

3.35 – Bengals: Paul Dawson (LB) – what better place to go for Dawson than Cincy? Lot of question marks on Dawson entering the draft but if you watch his tape it’s clear this guy can play football.  He’s versatile enough to play either WLB or MLB, don’t let his size fool you – Sean Lee or Chris Borland anyone?  He excels in coverage and that’s what can help him see the field early and often in Cincy.  As bad as the injuries where last season for the Bengals at the LB spot, Dawson shall see the field and get his snaps in by at least week five.  Once he gets a starting nod, he’ll be battling Burfict for team lead in tackles and has intriguing LB2 upside.  IDP Forecast (once he starts): 90-100 tackles 3 sacks 3 interceptions (IDP Profile: Vontaze Burfict) 



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