Today we'll analyze the fantasy football impact of the second half of the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. This year there were whopping 20 defensive players selected, so we split the round into parts 1 and 2, this see part 1 here. OK, Let's find out what to expect from these young players.
Denzel Perryman - LB - Chargers - The former Miami Hurricane was selected to be a big presence for San Diego in the middle of the field. Perryman, an explosive thumper, may struggle on passing downs in the pros, but could develop into a dominant run stopper. We expect Perryman to be available until the 4th or 5th round of Dynasty Rookie Drafts.
Ronald Darby - CB - Bills - The Florida State alum has world class speed (4.38 40) and athleticism (41.5 inch vertical). Darby has shown the instincts to play off coverage and the athleticism to play press as well. Darby will not be a factor early in his career playing more of a nickel role, so expect him to be available on waivers in all leagues.
Nate Orchard - DE/LB - Browns - Cleveland decided to roll the dice on the 6'3", 250 pound Orchard in the middle of the 2nd round. Orchard could be a star pass rusher, but is below average against the run. If he can develop some more counter moves, he could be a steal in this draft. If not, he may be nothing more than a situational pass rusher. As a defensive lineman he has value, but as a linebacker, we expect him to be on dynasty league waivers in 2015.
Jordan Phillips - NT - Dolphins - The Oklahoma star has first-round ability all over him. He can dominate at the point of attack and can control the run game. Some question his character, which is why he slid out of the first round. Phillips only has value in DT required leagues. If you are in one of those leagues, Phillips is a nice sleeper and could be worth a late round pick.
Senquez Golson - CB - Steelers - The former Mississippi star has the ball skills and instincts to be an outstanding cornerback in the NFL. Additionally, Golson will be starting for the Steelers from day one, and NFL QBs will test him, which gives him some immediate value in CB required leagues. Use a late round pick on him in CB leagues.
Markus Golden - DE/LB - Cardinals - Golden had an excellent year for Mizzouri in 2014, but showed stiffness and very little explosion at the combine. Right now, it looks like Arizona is going to try Golden out at WLB, which could be a nice fit for him. We don't see him as a roster worthy player as a backup, but keep an eye on how the Cardinals LBs shake out. If Golden wins the job, he'll have plenty of value.
Randy Gregory - DE - Cowboys - The Nebraska alum was a key story in the 2015 NFL draft, sliding from a early first round pick down to 28th in the second round, due to off the field transgressions (failed drug test). That said, Gregory has an incredibly high ceiling, and as a defensive end, his value increases even more. Dallas is in need of pass rushing, so Gregory will get his shot early in his career. We expect Gregory to be, at worst, a 3rd round pick in most dynasty fantasy drafts.
Quinten Rollins - CB - Packers - The former basketball star switched to football for one year at the end of his college career, and showed excellent ball skills for such a raw player. With more work on technique and discipline, Rollins has the tools to become a solid NFL starter. Green Bay will not put him on the field to start his career, which will help him gain confidence, but not value in FF leagues. Expect Rollins to be a free agent in 2015 IDP leagues.
Frank Clark - DE - Seahawks - The former Michigan starter, Clark offers plenty of upside if he can get his head on straight. Unfortunately, the Defensive End was kicked off the Wolverines in November for multiple problems including domestic violence and home invasion. Seattle is an excellent landing spot for Clark as Bruce Irvin is likely to move on after this season. So, if you have roster space, Clark could be a sneaky sleeper in a year or two.
Jordan Richards - SS - Patriots - Richards was projected as a later round pick in the NFL Draft, so there are some doubts he'll be able to make plays in the NFL, but the Patriots are good at developing smart players (which Richards is) into contributors. We don't see much upside for Richards and he'll be on waivers in nearly all dynasty IDP leagues.