It’s been two weeks since the NFL draft was completed and fantasy drafts have been in full swing ever since. In this article, I want to take a look at and break down what I have been seeing in the data I have collected to date. I have compiled a spreadsheet to track all the completed IDP rookie drafts that I can find. As of today, I have 30 league drafts entered and there has been some interesting information that I would like to pass along to you for any upcoming drafts you might have
Once again here are my monthly rankings for IDP devy fantasy leagues. This is my overall composite rankings for college only, Campus to Canton, redraft and devy limited leagues. These rankings are put together for fantasy football and are my current assessments. They will change as I watch more film and games. Hopefully, this list can help guide you to a championship(s) and better prepare you for your NFL leagues.
Now that the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft has concluded, I want to look at the values of all the defensive players, their landing spots, and what that could mean for us fantasy owners. How do they fit the team that drafted them? What kind of talent do they have around them? Will they make an impact right away or will they need time to find their role on the team? I’ll break all this down for you and get you ready for your fantasy drafts.
The biggest name still on the market for the cornerbacks has to be Logan Ryan. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round, as the 83rd selection overall of the 2013 NFL Draft. Ryan spent the first four seasons of his career with the Patriots before he hit free agency and signed with the Tennessee Titans.
The biggest name still on the market for the defensive side, has to be Jadeveon Clowney. He was the first overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, made by the Houston Texans. Clowney spent five seasons with Houston, where he improved each season and became a perfect complementary piece, opposite star J.J. Watt.
One of the more intriguing names left on the market for me was Derek Wolfe, who just agreed to terms with Baltimore Ravens a few days ago. Interestingly enough they signed Wolfe just days after Michael Brockers had issues with his physical, who they had signed earlier. Baltimore has been aggressively looking to overhaul its defensive line, as they have added Calais Campbell and tried to add Brockers.
One of the bigger names left on the market, Damarious Randall, just agreed to terms with the Las Vegas Raiders a few days ago. Unhappy with their veteran leadership and play at the safety position, they signed Randall to a one-year prove-it deal. There are no official numbers yet, but I would expect them to be team-friendly, and it’s been reported at $3.25 million.
One of the bigger names left on the market, Adrian Clayborn, just signed with the Cleveland Browns, a few days ago. The Browns signed the former Atlanta Falcon to a two year, $5.75 million deal. Not an expensive signing, but a decent deal for Clayborn, and a team-friendly signing for the Browns. The deal will take the veteran defensive end through his age 33 season.
#1 JR, LB, Micah Parsons, Penn State
Parsons led the team in tackles as a true freshman (82) and wasn’t a full-time starter. A year later he was that starter and led the team again (109) while becoming a complete impact linebacker. Along with his 109 tackles, he added 14 tackles for a loss, five sacks, four forced fumbles, and five pass breakups.
This trade has the star power, the first round pick involved and was a bit of surprise to a lot of us. The San Francisco 49ers traded star stud defensive tackle, DeForest Buckner, and in return, they would receive the Colts’ 2020 first round pick (13th overall). A big trade for both, with both getting impact pieces for their teams.
One team that addressed a need was the Los Angeles Chargers, who looked to upgrade and improve their cornerback group, signing Chris Harris Jr. They have veteran Casey Hayward on one side and super talented Swiss army knife, Desmond King covering the slot, but they need to improve their third corner of the group.
What a crazy first day of the legal tampering period, where teams can work deals with free agents, but they can’t become official until Wednesday. One of the best free agents signing in my opinion so far is the Philadelphia Eagles offer to defensive tackle Javon Hargrave. They will sign him to a three year, $39 million deal when free agency officially opens on Wednesday.
The Oregon Ducks have one of the best up and coming defenses in college football. Even losing such a high caliber player such as senior linebacker Troy Dye to the NFL Draft, the cupboard is far from bare in Eugene. The Ducks have some super talented young pieces that they will build around and keep them in the hunt, for not only a PAC-12 Championship each year but a BCS Playoff spot as well. Let’s take a look at the stars that will carry this team over the next two to three years.
While McCourty may be getting a little long in the tooth at age 32, there is no overlooking the value of his experience. It’s been rumored the past couple of seasons, and he himself admitted that the thought of retiring had crossed his mind, but he still feels like he can play at a high level and can still impact a team.
The top free-agent prize in the cornerback group is without a doubt, seven-year veteran Logan Ryan, His career can be told in two parts and both prove why he’ll be the most sought after corner in free agency. Ryan’s career began in New England, where the Patriots drafted him in the third round with the 83rd overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft. He would spend four seasons with the empire, playing in all sixty-four games, while becoming one of the league’s best tackling and coverage corners.
I truly believe the Rams have to resign Littleton. They have some youth behind him, but it is uncertain and unproven youth. Littleton went undrafted out of Washington and has developed into one of the league’s best linebackers. He went from a two year backup for the Rams, to a two-year starter, with a Pro-Bowl selection in 2018. He’s their most accomplished and talented linebacking option.
Chris Jones is not only the top prize free agent interior defensive lineman but he is one of the top 10 overall defensive free agents. At age 25 he is among the youngest free agents but there are quite a few in this group. However, none of them are as talented or have the impact that Jones has had. Then when you consider that IDL is a highly coveted position by NFL teams, it takes his value to another level.