Thursday, July 16, 2015

2015 NFL Draft - Round 3 - Fantasy Football Impact - Defense

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Today we'll analyze the fantasy football impact of the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.  There are plenty of high upside players in round three, let's find out what to expect from these young guys.

D'Joun Smith - CB - Colts - He's a plus athlete with good quickness. No significant value in IDP Dynasty leagues.

Owa Odighizuwa - DE - Giants - The former UCLA Bruin has a shredded physique with very little body fat. He plays strong at the point of attack with a strong lower body. With Jason Pierre-Paul in doubt, Odighizuwa may get his chances early. Expect him to be selected in the middle to late rounds of many IDP Dynasty drafts.

P. J. Williams - CB - Saints- Williams measurables are excellent. He'll be in competition for nickel snaps, but won't have immediate impact in IDP fantasy football. 

Eli Harold - LB - 49ers - Harold was expected to be a first or second round pick, but slipped into the middle of the 3rd for the 49ers. As an outside linebacker, he will not provide much in terms of fantasy value, but he has the skills to become a contributor in the NFL. He'd be roster worthy if he takes over for Aldon Smith in the future. 

Alex Carter  - CB - Lions - Carter is a Stanford Alum who plays a physical style at cornerback. He is at his best when able to see plays develop.  He'll be solid depth for Detroit, but will not be selected in dynasty fantasy IDP drafts.

Lorenzo Mauldin - LB - Jets - The Jets selected another front seven defensive player, going with Mauldin out of Louisville.  Known for his strong mental makeup, Mauldin is expected to check all of the character boxes. Unfortunately, we don't see much fantasy football value here.

Craig Mager - CB - Chargers - Mager has 4.44 speed and plays with a high motor. Going to San Diego will help him develop without much pressure right away. We don't expect him to be a factor in fantasy football early in his career. 

Jordan Hicks - LB - Eagles - The Texas Longhorns star will live in the film room and has all the necessary skills to stick in the NFL. In Philadelphia, an injury will likely be the only way he'll see significant time on the field. Keep an eye on him if the Eagles have LB injury problems early in 2015.

Danielle Hunter - DE - Vikings - Hunter is a project for the Vikings.  There is no doubt he's a physical specimen with considerable upside, but he is not ready for the NFL. He still has to learn how to play football. If you have space on the bench, he may be a nice stash for 2-3 years from now.

Carl Davis - DT - Ravens - Davis is a big, strong guy from Iowa. He's been selected to help sure up the DT position left behind by Haloti Ngata.  If Davis can get his overall production to match his talent and traits, he'll have a long NFL career. If you need to start a DT, he's roster worthy, otherwise not.

Henry Anderson - DE - Colts - The Colts selected Anderson to help sure up their defensive line and he'll fit the bill nicely. Anderson will likely be a rotation player at first, but would become an every down player when he bulks up. He likely won't get selected in Dynasty Rookie drafts, but could be a nice stash in deep leagues.

Xavier Cooper - DT - Browns - The former Washington State stud, selected by the Browns, will have minimal immediate value as a rotational defensive tackle, but if he develops, will eventually have a shot to become a starter. At this time, he doesn't deserve an IDP roster spot.

Geneo Grissom - DE/LB - Patriots - Grissom is a raw player who has some learning to do. However, he is an athlete, is versatile, is smart, and fits New England. At LB, he has less value than at DE, so he'll be a waiver option in 2015. 

Steven Nelson - CB - Chiefs - The Chiefs used their 1st, and this 3rd round pick on CBs to bolster the back of their defense. Nelson is an aggressive, physical player in run support who can also limit yards after catch underneath.  We don't see much value for him in dynasty IDP drafts at this point.

Paul Dawson - LB - Bengals - Dawson is a flyer pick, typical of the Bengals to make.  The kid is an early round player without question, but you don't have to dig around very hard to realize his personal character is a major issue. If he can get his life figured out, he'll be a high level player in the NFL. He will be a waiver option in most dynasty IDP leagues.

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