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AFC North IDP Draft Review

I looked at each team’s IDP drafts and how it will affect the players already on the team. I’m not going to spend time discussing picks who likely won’t make the team or whose ceilings are to be a Special Team contributor. That usually means any EDGE drafted after R3 and any LB or Safety drafted after R4.

Baltimore Ravens

4.18    Anthony Averett        SCB        Alabama

4.22    Kenny Young        3-4 ILB        UCLA

6.16    Deshon Elliott        FS        Texas

7.20    Zach Sieler            3-4 DE        Ferris State

Averett is a slot CB. Brandon Carr, Jimmy Smith, and R1 sophomore Marlon Humphrey formed a solid group before the drafting of Averett. Averett gives them more depth in the slot.

Young hasn’t got a lot of buzz but could be productive from the start. All he has to do is beat out former UDFA Patrick Onwuasor to start at ILB next to CJ Mosley. Keep in mind. It is the role Zach Orr was very productive in before his career-ending injury. It is why there was so much hype for Kamalei Correa before last season.

Cincinnati Bengals

2.22    Jessie Bates        FS        Wake Forest

3.13    Sam Hubbard        4-3 DE        Ohio State

3.14    Malik Jefferson        WILL        Texas

5.14    Davontae Harris        CB        Illinois State

5.21    Andrew Brown        4-3 DT        Virginia

5.33    Darius Phillips        CB        Western Michigan

Bates should be the starter at FS by the end of the season. He’s a ballhawk, but Cincinnati hasn’t had productive IDP safeties for a while. I’m going to let someone else draft Bates. He’s low on my list of rookie safeties.

Hubbard is interesting. He had a sub-7.0 second 3-cone which is the best way to judge EDGE players from the combine. He dropped in the draft though. Either pre-draft perceptions of him were off or that Pro Day 40-time was blown out of proportion. The depth chart isn’t exactly kind to Hubbard. Right now, he’s behind Carlos Dunlap, Michael Johnson, R3 sophomore Jordan Willis and R4 sophomore Carl Lawson. Both Dunlap and Johnson will be UFAs after the season. I wouldn’t expect them to move on from Dunlap, who will turn 30 in February. I would be amazed if Johnson, who turns 32 in February, is on the roster in 2019 though (It wouldn’t shock me if Johnson were let go before this season). Hubbard could earn snaps rushing the passer from the interior in sub packages relatively early. R3 EDGE rule in effect.

Jefferson is backing up Vontaze Burfict at WILL. Burfict has missed 28 games over the last four seasons. Breaking News: Burfict is already suspended for the first four games in 2018. More Breaking News: The sun rose in the east this morning. Even More Breaking News: Water continues to be wet. Jefferson will get on the field and should be productive whenever Burfict is out.

Harris deserves a very short mention. He could play CB or S. That’s worth keeping an eye on in case of injuries forced him onto the field.

Cleveland Browns

1.04    Denzel Ward        CB        Ohio State

3.03    Chad Thomas        4-3 DE        Miami

5.13    Genard Avery        MIKE        Memphis

6.14    Simeon Thomas        DB        Louisiana-Lafayette

Ward will start immediately at CB. He should be a top 3 rookie CB. Use him for a year, then trade him away to someone for whatever you can get, as he’s good enough he could become a shutdown and QBs will start to avoid him.

R3 EDGE rule applies for Thomas. He’ll likely be the DE3. Everyone ahead of him on the line has some pretty impressive draft capital so the only chance he becomes a starter any time soon is injury or if he blows up. He’s stashable if you’ve got deep rosters.

Ward will start immediately at CB. He should be a top 3 rookie CB. Use him for a year, then trade him away to someone for whatever you can get, as he’s good enough he could become a shutdown and QBs will start to avoid him.

R3 EDGE rule applies for Thomas. He’ll likely be the DE3. Everyone ahead of him on the line has some pretty impressive draft capital so the only chance he becomes a starter any time soon is injury or if he blows up. He’s stashable if you’ve got deep rosters.

Avery got a lot of hype pre-draft. Cleveland isn’t the best landing spot, but he’s still an OLB target. Keep in mind, Joe Schobert has been a one-year wonder to this point. Don’t get your hopes up too much though. Schobert is only in his 3rd year and has more draft capital. I wouldn’t even give Avery a 25% chance of overtaking Schobert. Also, before you go over the moon for Avery or any other R5 LB, keep in mind the LBs who were drafted in R5 last year, Blair Brown (who is ticketed for a 2-down MIKE role this season), Jayon Brown (the Titans spent R1, and R2 picks on LB this year), Anthony Walker Jr. (the Colts spent an R2 pick on LB this year), Matt Milano (the Bills spent an R1 pick on LB this year), Marquel Lee (the Raiders just signed 489-year-old Derrick Johnson), and Ukeme Eligwe (KC spent an R3 pick on LB this year).

Pittsburgh Steelers

1.28    Terrell Edmunds        SS/ILB        Virginia Tech

5.11    Marcus Allen        SS/ILB        Penn State

7.28    Joshua Frazier        3-4 IDL    Alabama

In an exciting twist where Pittsburgh already had two SSs in recently signed Morgan Burnett and former R2 Sean Davis. They decided to add two more in the draft. Last year’s starting FS Mike Mitchell is still unemployed. There have already been stories that both Burnett and Davis will play single high. Most of the rest of the league had a lower draft grade on Edmunds, but that doesn’t matter because Pittsburgh thought he was worth an R1 pick. So they’re going to use him. He’s at his most active near the line of scrimmage which is a valuable trait to have for IDP safeties. Edmunds should be a good pickup in rookie drafts.

Allen may be worth a stash too, even though he’s the 4th SS on the depth chart. At ILB, Pittsburgh is rolling with Jon Bostic, Vince Williams, and Tyler Matakevich in Ryan Shazier’s absence. Everyone was convinced they would replace Williams in 2017’s draft. Bostic signed to a very cheap deal for a starter. There’s already been speculation that either Edmunds or Allen could play ILB in sub packages.

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bglaser

I'm a reacher. My wife is a settler. Architect by day. Writer @DFF_IDP. Follow me on Twitter @Ben_Glaser. #DynastyFootball #DFFArmy #IDP

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