2017 NFL Draft First Round IDP Reactions

Well ladies and gentlemen; that time has come where mocks can go to rest and we anticipate who are team(s) will be drafting as we’ve come to the start of the 2017 NFL Draft.  Whether you’re watching it or following the draft who you’d want your favorite team to draft and/or you’re following for fantasy purposes; well who we kidding – it’s all about fantasy (right?)

If that wasn’t an entertaining first round of the 2017 NFL Draft then what’s missing? From the IDP perspective though it kinda owned the entire first round as 19 of 32 picks were defensive players.  I’m here to give my thoughts on the landing spots and who you should be excited for as rookie drafts approach in our dynasty leagues.

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(1) CLE: MYLES GARRETT (DE) – this shouldn’t be a surprise and Garrett will be a centerpiece on a Browns defense that has the look of improving in the right direction.  He doesn’t (or shouldn’t) lose his DE tag on MFL as that’s the position he’ll play.  You should be looking forward to taking him towards the early 3rd in rookie drafts; could go as high as mid-2nd though so if that’s too rich for you; you won’t lose sleep.  Think Garrett’s IDP ceiling is ’13 Robert Quinn and floor is Justin Smith. 

(3) SF: SOLOMON THOMAS (DE) – wonder where they’ll play Solomon, at first I saw DE but I can see Buckner, Arik and Solomon rotating – moreso Buckner/Solomon rotating inside & outside, nonetheless Solomon brings versatility.  He will easily out produce Arik in IDP and should be on par with Buckner, one thing to keep in mind is that Buckner is the lone SF DL to score over 100 points last year and the next closet to him was Dial (DT) with 48 points; 48!?! So there’s definitely room for Solomon to eat.  Ceiling: Leonard Williams / Floor: Michael Bennett

(6) NYJ: JAMAL ADAMS (DB) – absolutely love this selection, Adams will make an immediate impact and I have a feeling he’s going to find his way into my top 10 dynasty rankings (it’ll be finalized once draft is over).  Not much competition for tackles from LB to DB’s in NYJ so it’ll be the Adams show for the foreseeable future; can play all over and will be the playmaker the defense needs.  Look to target him early 3rd in rookie drafts; I’d definitely want Adams on my team.  Ceiling: Reshad Jones / Floor: Barry Church 

(13) ARI: HAASON REDDICK (LB) – now this is an interesting pick, slated to play ILB (new position) so there’ll be growing pains that we’ll have to deal with but if you like his talent, you’re going to have to target him in the 3rd (could even go late 2nd) in rookie drafts.  I want too see what ARI has planned for him though; he’ll definitely learn under Dansby (that’s good) and they’ll have a solid rotation with Dansby/Deone and Reddick (who can also roll out to OLB if needed).  Ceiling: Jamie Collins / Floor: Anthony Barr 

(14) PHI: DEREK BARNETT (DE) – Eagles get an added pass rusher to go along with Graham & Cox.  With the off-season addition of Chris Long and there’s also Vinny Curry – wouldnt be surprised if Barnett gets eased in with a rotation; subbing in on passing downs but should contribute with his opportunity.  You can look forward to grabbing Barnett early 4th in rookie drafts; potential to have DE2 value.  Ceiling: Cam Jordan / Floor: Jerry Hughes 

(15) IND: MALIK HOOKER (DB) – Hooker and Geathers will make a fine safety tandem; with that being said Hooker’s IDP appeal became much less appealing.  As Geathers will be up in the box; expect Hooker to protect the back end therefore limiting some opportunities for him (tackle wise) but his playmaking could vault him in the top of the second tier.  Ceiling: Kurt Coleman / Floor: Earl Thomas 

(17) WAS: JONATHAN ALLEN (DL) – well look at this, Redskins actually care about their DL and got some serious talent there.  They so desperately needed a chaos creator on that line and that’s what Allen will bring; whether he’s stopping the run or getting after the QB.  Should contribute early and often in tackles and a handful of sacks.  Ceiling: Ndamukong Suh / Floor: Damon Harrison (tackle eater) 

(21) DET: JARRAD DAVIS (LB) – questionable pick for the Lions but I get it.  Lions need a thumper in the middle; an aggressive attacker and that’s what Jarrad brings – physicality.  If he can make impacts in coverage he could easily get an every down role in DET as they have a lack of anyone putting on the field in passing situations at the moment; think if Davis has an impressive camp that job is his.  Jarrad should be going late 3rd/early 4th in drafts but could rise into early 3rd.  There’s some IDP appeal here BUT I’m shying away until DET clears the air on their LB situation.  Ceiling: Lawrence Timmons / Floor: Justin Durant 

(22) MIA: CHARLES HARRIS (DE) – Harris is so quick off the snap, he’s going to help the pass rush immediately.  He does have to work on improving his game against the run; so we can expect him to be in on passing downs to get after the QB.  Would target Harris for depth with the potential to hit DE2 value.  Ceiling: Cliff Avirl / Floor: Yannick Ngakoue 

(25) CLE: JABRILL PEPPERS (DB) – now, I don’t think Peppers is a 1st round talent but I’m not an NFL GM so there’s that.  I’m intrigued on the possibilities on who CLE plans to role Peppers out there; will he be their swiss knife and line up everywhere? use him in the box more often than not? rush the QB off the edge? As much as I’m against this I got a feeling Peppers is out to prove any doubters wrong, if CLE has a role for him where he’s going to be productive; there’s going to be some IDP appeal.  Off his name alone Peppers will probably go in the 3rd round of rookie drafts; I’d take a chance on him in the 4th or 5th.  Ceiling: Kam Chancellor 

(26) ATL: TAKKARIST MCKINLEY (DE) – will contribute immediately to the Falcons pass rush, makes a solid duo with Beasley.  We can expect McKinley to more than likely get/keep the DE tag while Beasley maintains the LB tag.  He has some flexibility; has a solid get-off the snap will fit the defensive scheme just fine.  Only concern (of course) is McKinley’s health but if his recovery is fine (he was drafted in the 1st; so ATL must know he’ll be ok).  Ceiling: Everson Griffen / Floor: Michael Bennett 

(28) DAL: TACO CHARLTON (DE) – will step in immediately and make an impact that is vastly needed on this DL.  Taco could ease the pain what was Randy Gregory; will be up against some tough competition (OL wise) but he could very well be in the top 5 of rookie DE scoring at the end of the season.  Taco won’t put up mind-blowing numbers but having a ceiling of Carlos Dunlap with a floor of Michael Johnson could be ok.  

(30) PIT: TJ WATT (LB) – developmental project here for the Steelers although he’s not as raw as Dupree when he came in.  Guess the Steelers will continue to draft OLB’s until one hits? James Harrison isn’t going to play forever; so hopefully Watt learns and applies.  As far as IDP is concerned I say “No Thanks” to Watt; you can draft him if you want but he won’t be on any of my target lists (even in deep leagues).  Ceiling: tough to say but potentially super saiyan Kerrigan (if all the pieces come together – i mean that athleticism gotta pay off; right?) 

(31) SF: RUEBEN FOSTER (LB) – arguably the steal of the draft; the Niners have landed the top LB prospect at PICK THIRTY ONE! with his sideline to sideline speed and aggressive play, he’d have no problem fitting him and contributing right away.  Foster is a savage on the field; he’s going to create chaos and what better LB to put next to Bowman than Foster? or even learn from to be a successor; Bowman’s injuries are hurting his career.  At this moment; Foster remains my LB1 and overall top IDP of the rookies and won’t be surprised if he goes mid-2nd – he’s going to rack up a lot of tackles.  Ceiling: Vontaze Burfict / Floor: CJ Mosley 


stay tuned for Rounds 2 and 3 as the rest of the draft – I can’t wait.

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