Wednesday, May 28, 2014

2014 NFL Draft - Round 2 & 3 - IDP Fantasy Football Impact

The 2014 NFL draft, 2nd & 3rd round defenders, should make IDP dynasty fans excited, as there are a bunch of good players ready to make an impact. Let's take a look at the Fantasy Football impact of the day two picks from 2014.

IDP Watch List- Rounds 2 & 3

Demarcus Lawrence - DE - Boise State - The former Bronco is now a Cowboy, and Dallas got what most consider Lawrence's pass-rushing ability among the best in this year's class. Expect him to be selected in the 4th-5th round in most dynasty rookie leagues.

Kony Ealy - DE - Missouri - The Carolina Panthers selected the ex-Tiger for depth in their defensive line. Ealy is a big, athletic, ascending, pass-rush talent with the size, burst and flexibility to produce in the NFL. He won't get much PT in 2014, but could have solid sleeper potential in the future. He'll be a late round selection in fantasy dynasty rookie drafts.

RaShede Hageman - DE - Minnesota - The Golden Gophers star is a classic boom or bust option. He will play often for the Falcons, who lack playmakers on the D-line, but will Hageman's motor be a factor. If he is considered a DE he has more fantasy value but he could also be an outstanding DT. We don't see him being drafted in most fantasy dynasty rookie drafts, but is a flyer option.

Kyle Van Noy - OLB - BYU - The Detroit Lions selected the BYU prospect. Van Noy has unique ability to play up the field, laterally or in reverse, but does not project as a three down LB at this time. He'll be available late in most fantasy rookie dynasty drafts.

Timmy Jernigan - DE - Florida State - The former Seminole is a slightly undersized, stoutly built, country-strong run stopper. He'll play for Baltimore and will fit solidly in their rotation as a 3-4 DE. Jernigan doesn't have a whole lot of fantasy value, so expect him to be a free agent in 2014.

Lamarcus Joyner - CB - Florida St - The St. Louis Rams selected this galvanizing leader for the national champion Florida St. Seminoles, to be a contributor at nickel corner or safety. Joyner is not expected to earn every down snaps as a rookie, so he'll be available as a free agent in most dynasty fantasy leagues.

Jeremiah Attaochu - OLB - Georgia Tech - The San Diego Chargers selected Attaochu to eventually become a long-term starter at OLB given his pass-rush ability, motor and makeup. The Georgia Tech alum will have to start his career behind Dwight Freeney, which will likely make it difficult to get on the field as a rookie, but the kid has long term value. Expect Attaochu to be a free agent in 2014 dynasty leagues.

Stanley Jean-Baptise - CB - Nebraska - The former Cornhusker is a converted receiver, and at 6'3" offers the New Orleans Saints some interesting skills to mold. Jean-Baptise is green, and will likely be a developmental candidate, but don't expect much production from the guy any time soon. Free agency is where you'll find him this year.

Christian Kirksey - LB - Iowa - The ex-Hawkeye was selected by the Cleveland Browns to play inside linebacker. Kirksey has players ahead of him on the depth chart but will stand out on special teams. As a reserve, he has little value in fantasy this year so he'll be a free agent in 2014.

Scott Crichton - DE - Oregon State - The former Beaver is slotted to play defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings. Crichton shows flashes and power with solid potential as a 4-3 defensive end. It could require patience, but he may be worth a gamble since there are snaps available in the wake of Jared Allen's departure. Crichton should be available late in most dynasty rookie drafts.

Preston Brown - ILB - Louisville - The Louisville product is a classic Mike Linebacker, which are very valuable in fantasy. He'll have to earn his way to playing time, but if he does, he'll be a solid option at LB. Expect him to be a late round pick in dynasty fantasy leagues.

Chris Borland - LB - Wisconsin - The Wisconsin alum is an instinctive tackling machine who will have to overcome physical limitations to establish himself. The 49ers may need Borland to step in and contribute early if Bowman has to miss time, so expect the former Badger to be selected late in dynasty rookie drafts.

Dezmen Southward - FS - Wisconsin - Another former Badger, Southward was picked by the Atlanta Falcons as a size-speed prospect who is still learning positional nuances. Southward will not be selected in fantasy rookie drafts in most cases.

Will Clarke - DE - West Virginia - The ex-Mountaneer was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals as a solid depth option. Clarke will have to make significant strides with his technique and improve his run defense in order to move up the charts. Clarke will be a free agent in 2014 dynasty leagues.

Jay Bromley - DT - Syracuse - The Syracuse product will play in the New York Giants scheme as a big, two-down, run stuffer. If he performs well, Bromley could take over for Linval Joseph as the starter for the Giants. The kid is the 3rd or 4th best DT in this draft, but not valuable in fantasy if you are not required to start Tackles.

Kareem Martin - DE - North Carolina - The UNC alum was selected by the Arizona Cardinals as a possible heir apparent to Calais Campbell. At 6-foot-6, he wins with length and could be a nice stash down the road. If you have the roster space, he'll be available late in most rookie dynasty drafts.

Terrence Brooks - FS - Florida State - The Baltimore Ravens selected the Seminole safety as a possible starting option in center field. Brooks is a hybrid safety who can run and blitz well. If he wins the starting job, Brooks could be a nice sleeper in some leagues. He'll be available late in most dynasty rookie drafts.

Will Sutton - DT - Arizona State - The ASU stud was selected by the Chicago Bears to fill a need on the Defensive line.  Sutton is a back-to-back Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and was a team captain in college. He's likely to be a free agent in 2014.

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