The 2014 NFL draft should make IDP dynasty fans excited, as there are tons of good players ready to make an impact on the league. Let's take a look at the Fantasy Football impact of the defensive options from 2014.
IDP Watch List- Round 1
Ryan Shazier - ILB - Ohio St - The Pittsburgh Steelers found their next "Mack" linebacker in the first round of the NFL Draft. Shazier is an immediate starter with LB2 potential, but will most likely end up in LB4 territory. He will likely be selected in the 3rd round of dynasty rookie drafts.
CJ Mosley - ILB - Alabama - The Ravens have a solid playmaker. He will have to fight for the starter spot, but if he wins the job right away, expect LB2 numbers as a rookie. Mosley's ADP will be 3rd round.
Khalil Mack - OLB - Buffalo - Oakland has found a phenomenal athlete at the top of the first round. As a linebacker, Mack is in the LB3-LB4 category right now. If he somehow gets the DE designation, he'd be a top 15 lineman. He'll be a 3rd or 4th round pick in rookie dynasty drafts.
Aaron Donald - DT - Pittsburgh - St. Louis will use Donald as a Geno Atkins-like 3-tech in one of the league’s most lethal pass rushing defensive lines. He's expected to be a top 5 DT, and top 25 overall DL. He'll land in the 4th round of rookie dynasty drafts.
Calvin Pryor - FS - Louisville - The Jets will use him as a thumper who should step right in as the starter and see plenty of time in the box. We expect him to be a top 20 DB right away with top 5 potential long term. He'll be picked in round 4 or 5 of dynasty rookie drafts.
Deone Bucannon - S - Washington St - The Arizona safety is a heavy hitter, and will get playing time right away. Bucannon can make plays sideline to sideline. He'll be a nice SS with top 20 potential in Dyanasty IDP. Expect 5th round ADP.
Jadeveon Clowney - LB - U of So Carolina - With J.J. Watt motivation, Clowney should be a beast. Expect 10+ sacks and 50 tackles from the man. If he is designated at DE in your league, he's a first round pick. As a linebacker his ADP drops to the 3rd round.
Anthony Barr - LB - UCLA - The Vikings used the 9th pick on one of the fastest linebackers in the league. He's likely to start, and will play a hybrid type of position in Zimmer's defense. Expect LB5 stats and a 5th round landing spot in dynasty rookie drafts.
HaHa Clinton-Dix - S - Alabama- The Packers will use Clinton-Dix in center field as free safety, which doesn't produce the stats like a strong safety would. Dix is still worth a look, but don't expect much more than DB4 stats. He will likely be available late in dynasty rookie drafts.
Marcus Smith - LB - Louisville- The Eagles will use Smith as Trent Cole’s replacement, but we may not see that until 2015. Expect Smith to be available late in dynasty rookie drafts, or to go un-drafted until he earns a starter position.
Jason Verrett - CB - TCU - The Chargers are planning to start Verrett, and the aggressive CB has the potential to put up strong IDP production in his rookie season. It's likely he'll be a late round pick in leagues where CBs are required, and a FA in leagues where CBs are not required.
Justin Gilbert - CB - Oklahoma St - The Cleveland Browns will use Gilbert as a starter from day one. He may get balls thrown his way, so expect decent CB numbers as a rookie. His ADP is late in CB required leagues, and undrafted in all other leagues.
Dee Ford - OLB - Auburn - The Chiefs won’t start Ford in year one, but he’ll be groomed to be Tamba Hali’s long-term replacement. He's a stash away candidate if you have the roster space. He'll be available in free agency in 2014.
Dominique Easley - DT - Florida - The Patriots are gambling on Easley to return to his pre-injury form. If he does so, he’ll be a draft steal. Currently, he's not being drafted higher than round 5 in dynasty rookie drafts.
Jimmie Ward - SS - Northern Illinois - Another playmaking safety, but goes to a team that already has solid Safeties. The 49ers may not need him that much in his rookie season, but he should develop into a nice asset down the road. Expect round 5 ADP or free agency for Ward.