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1.1 @seahawksdan8: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Roquan, or LB1 as I like to call him, in this rookie class, would be my top IDP choice in rookie drafts and will be unless he lands someplace terrible. In most mocks he looks to be going to one of the Bay Area teams and San Francisco or Oakland would both be good landing spots for him.
1.2 @kered_eel: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
1.3 @sportstrucker: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
A good combo of size and athleticism. Sets and holds the edge, he’s a major disruptor who is able to get into the gap and drive. He’s considered the best player in this draft by many.
1.4 @onthegoal_line: Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
Love the Earl Thomas vibe I get from him as a big play eraser. His film suggests he was a step ahead on every play at the college level, so I’m excited to see him in the pros. His combine only solidified the incredible athleticism he’s shown for years on a team of freakish athletes. He’s a lock for the top 10 and should play immediately.
1.5 @nateclever8: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
Stud LB that will be a starter day one. Mad speed and talent. Will be a tackling machine. I see him as easy first rounder and likely the 2nd or 3rd Linebacker off the board.
1.6 @josh444444: Derwin James, S, Florida State
An extremely versatile safety with athleticism for days. For fantasy purposes, I would love to see him go to a scheme where he will play SS or the trendy undersized WILL LB spot. He is a sure tackler and has plenty of speed to cover running backs and tight ends. Also blitzes well, so for leagues where sacks and tackles-for-loss get premium scoring, he will be a very useful safety.
1.7 @DFF_JohnIDP: Lorenzo Carter, LB, Georgia
This OLB has shot up my board. In big play scoring, you’ll want to take note. He can get down and nasty off the line or standing up. He will make noise this season!
1.8 @fulst_rosto: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
1.9 @DFF_DWin: Marcus Davenport, UTSA, DE
He’s a raw prospect but has an extremely high ceiling. Considered by many to be the 2nd best DE in this draft, he showed his potential at the Senior Bowl and did well at both the combine and his pro-day. As with any prospect, landing spot is key, but he should be a nice addition to any team.
1.10 @DFF_Cog: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
Love the value of getting Harrison here. I honestly view him and Roquan Smith as the safest IDP players of the class. His closing speed and his ability to battle in coverage versus bigger pass catchers will ensure him many snaps as a rookie. Getting Harrison outside of pick 1.04 is insane.
1.11 @ONUtyjo: Shaun Dion Hamilton, LB, Alabama
Drafting at the end of the first round with most of the big names off the board, I’ll shoot for some upside. Hamilton showed very good range before injuries and has demonstrated coverage skills that would allow him to stay on the field on all three downs. He’s a smart, versatile player that could’ve been a first-round pick if healthy.
1.12 @Dingas4: Harold Landry, Edge, Boston College
Landry is best suited as a 3-4 OLB with a premium on size and speed. The value here was just too great to pass up at this point even though I wanted to go with Genard Avery here, I couldn’t pass on Landry at 1.12.
2.01 @seahawksdan8: Arden Key, Edge, LSU
Time will tell if this is a steal or a complete waste of a pick. I’m willing to gamble on Key and hope he can fight through his injuries and red flags.
2.02 @kered_eel: Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State
2.03 @sportstrucker: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
Jefferson has a long, athletic frame and a second gear when in pursuit. Has man cover talent, can reroute TEs, and can blitz. He won the high school Butkus award and was the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the year in 2015. Finished this year with 110 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss and 4 sacks.
2.04 @onthegoal_line: Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
A great tackler with above-average athleticism. He seems like he will be undervalued in the NFL Draft and will wind up big a steal for a franchise, much like Chris Borland was for the 49ers before his early retirement. I love how quickly he diagnosis a play and those smarts will get him on the field sooner rather than later.
2.05 @nateclever8: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
2.06 @josh444444: Fred Warner, LB, BYU
Very productive college LB that started for 4 years at BYU. Sure tackler with above-average instincts in run support. Has pretty good ball skills for an LB when in coverage.
2.07 @DFF_JohnIDP: Genard Avery, LB, Memphis
Impressive speed and great instincts make him valuable to a 4-3 defense at either the weak or strong side. He is a strong tackler who knows how to get to the ball carrier quickly. The one knock is his coverage, but he showed enough for me to believe he can get coached up and become a three-down player.
2.08 @fulst_rosto: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
The Huskies Junior is an intimidating specimen at 6-foot, 5-inches tall and 340 pounds yet is surprisingly light-footed, even lining up on the edge for The Huskies. Boasting a 96th percentile score on the bench press at the combine showcased his impressive strength, posting measurables comparable to D.Poe, H.Nagata, and L.Joseph. However, Vea is still raw, but with plenty of talent that requires further coaching to become a star at the next level.
2.09 @DFF_DWIN: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
There was a lot of concern after he was sent home from Combine with a heart flutter, but he was recently cleared by University of Michigan doctors. Now with a clean bill of health, he reclaims his spot as the top DT in this draft.
2.10 @DFF_Cog: Tegray Scales, LB, Indiana
The dude just does his job. As fantasy owners, we strive to put a consistent product on the field every week. In the right situation, Scales can be a rock solid model of consistency. He is a hard-nosed, blue-collar worker who already anticipates like a pro. Not sure why he is getting little to no love currently.
2.11 @ONUtyjo: Jack Cichy, LB, Wisconsin
After taking Shaun Dion Hamilton in the first Ill double down with another likely top 30 pick outside of health issues. He checked out medically at the combine and showed very strong athleticism at his pro day (didn’t run the 40). His outstanding instincts paired with his athleticism make him an easy pick for me here.
2.12 @Dingas4: Christian Sam, LB, Arizona State
First off, I’m very upset the Avery love has come to this as I watched him go off the board at pick 2.07. I was hoping he’d be available here, but luckily the LB I had ranked right behind him is still on the board for me. This kid is fun to watch and has everything you want in an every-down ‘backer.
3.01 @seahawksdan8: Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCF
Shaquem Griffin is a football player. A lot of publicity has been made of his disability, but he plays fast, wraps up ball carriers and caught more balls at the combine than just about the entire linebacking group combined. I’d love for the Seahawks to draft him and reunite him with his brother Shaquill.
3.02 @kered_eel: Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia
3.03 @sportstrucker: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Edge, Oklahoma
He is a sack artist using both speed and power to get to the QB or behind the line. A little undersized, but he uses his low center of gravity to get past the blockers. He had 76 tackles, 17.5 tackles for a loss, 8 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 2 pass breakups in his senior year. I Love guys that produce.
3.04 @onthegoal_line: Quin Blanding, S, Virginia
The theme for Blanding is that he was a tackling machine for Virginia. That will translate to the league and make for a good/great hybrid S/LB. He reads plays quickly and attacks, very smart on the field.
3.05 @nateclever8: Uchenna Nwosu, LB, USC
3.06 @josh444444: Josh Sweat, edge, FSU
He’s a great athlete dripping with upside, but he needs to find a way to unlock it a little. Seems like he might be thinking too much on the field, but if he can get into a scheme that lets him play fast he could be a monster. I see him as an OLB in a 3-4.
3.07 @DFF_JohnIDP: Dorance Armstrong, DE, Kansas
I expect he gets drafted as an OLB in a 3-4 defense on draft day. He is a solid pass rusher with some nice bend to get around the edge and into the face of opposing QBs. The talent he has should grow with NFL level coaching, and I think he will be an asset on every down.
3.08 @fulst_rosto: Azeem Victor, LB, Washington
3.09 @DFF_DWIN: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
I have been high on Jackson as a big playmaker for some time now and continue to believe that. While corners, in general, don’t score a lot of fantasy points, his ball hawk playmaking ability is hard to ignore.
3.10 @DFF_Cog: Siran Neal, DB, Jacksonville State
Neal is an explosive hitter, and he has real-time game speed. His 4.56 40-time, 7.0 3-cone and 40.5 vertical tell me he can hold up in the box. I can’t wait to see him explode onto the NFL scene. I don’t believe he is scheme dependents either. Give him a helmet, tell him to kill the carrier and results will follow.
3.11 @ONUtyjo: Justin Reid, S, Stanford
A versatile safety, he should be what teams are looking for at the strong safety position in the modern game. Can play in the box and can more than hold his own in coverage. Testing showed very good athleticism, and he’s a smart football player too. Projecting to be a 1st/2nd round pick, should be able to see the field early.
3.12 @Dingas4: Jerome Baker, OLB, Ohio State
Here’s a guy I’ve had as high as my 5th ranked LB and as low as 12. I’m going to bet on upside here to close out the draft.
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