The Broncos lost Danny Trevathan, a key linebacker, to the Chicago Bears this off-season. Therefore, with Von Miller signed to a long term deal and Brandan Marshall entrenched as a starter, the Broncos decided Todd Davis was the guy to replace Trevathan in the middle.
*Todd Davis – He is a 24-year old small school star (Sacramento State) who impressed coaches with his intensity early in his career. Now working with Wade Phillips, Davis has a real shot to start for the defending champions, as well as make some major waves in the IDP world.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs linebackers consist of long-in-the-tooth veterans, the youngest of which is a six-year veteran coming off of a knee injury (Justin Houstin). Even though it would be tough to find sleeper value in KC, there will be plenty of openings in the Chiefs line-up soon, if not this year. One guy to consider coming through the ranks is Ramik Wilson.
*Ramik Wilson – He was drafted last year out of Georgia in the 4th round of the NFL Draft. The former Bulldog spent 2015 learning the system and playing special teams, but now with only Josh Mauga ahead of him on the depth chart, look for Wilson to make his way into the line-up sometime this season, with upside of starting as early as week one.
The Raiders have spent a boatload of money upgrading their outside linebackers over the past two years, with both Malcolm Smith and Bruce Irving received huge contracts to play for Oakland. However, the LB people don’t know about is Ben Heeney, who could be a true steal in IDP formats this season.
*Ben Heaney – He finished 2015 with a flourish, producing 35 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a forced fumble over his last 7 games. Heeney is an athletic beast as well, posting one of, if not the top performance of any linebacker in the 2015 draft. In Oakland, Heeney is considered the favorite to start at MLB, which will mean plenty of production right away.
San Diego Chargers
Much like the Pittsburgh and Houston, Sand Diego has 1st and 2nd round picks set at every position in their starting linebacker core. Te’o, Perryman, Ingram, and Attaochu are all young and talented, so someone new cracking the Chargers starting line-up might be challenging. If anyone is up to the challenge, it’s Josh Perry.
*Josh Perry –He is a big dude, coming in at 6’4” and 255 pounds. The guy carries a thumper mentality to the NFL and is coming from a top program Ohio State where he played well. Considering his size, speed, and pedigree, I suspect Perry will find a way to make plays on Sundays in the near future, if not with San Diego, then another franchise.