IDPwithBEE 1st Round IDP Rookie Report
Ladies and Gentlemen, the 2013 NFL Season has finally arrived. The 1st round of the 2013 NFL Draft has just finished and without any surprises a lot of trades have happened, a Star has fallen in Carolina’s lap; there’s a new Shariff in Minnesota covered by a new set of Rhodes; Detroit drafted their Ansah to help their pass rush and the Browns got Barkevious on us.
There were 18 IDP’s taken in the 1st round last night and this is how I have them ranked entering the 2013 fantasy football season.
- Kenny Vaccaro, DB – NOS: landed in a solid spot, NOS needed to get better & younger at the safety position and they took the best one in the draft. Will take over Roman Harper (from an IDP standpoint Harper has put up solid numbers). So why can’t Vaccaro, should be a solid get in your IDP drafts and has a DB2 value right now.
- Dion Jordan, DL/LB – MIA: Dolphins have landed the most versatile defensive player in the draft; Jordan provides pass rush and coverage ability to help stabilize in what should be a stingy defense. Great compliment across Wake and already saying he could play some LB to cover TE’s, could argue being #1 right now but I think he would’ve nailed #1 had he gone to a 3-4 scheme team. Dion would have to gain LB eligibility first, so currently he’s a DL3 with huge upside.
- Alec Ogletree, LB – STL: love this selection by the Rams who could use some LB help next to all-pro Laurinatis. Fisher can keep Ogletree focused as the Rams continue to build their defense, all the pieces are there (minus safeties). Ogletree will be a day 1 starter and provide immediate impact. Strong LB3 value and great pick for dynasty leagues. Skill set is there; Ogletree poses huge potential, as he should be the 2nd LB taken in IDP drafts from STL.
- Ezekiel Ansah, DL – DET: its no secret that the Lions need to address their pass rush so they took the physically talented Ansah who still needs to develop some techniques but will be able to get to the QB. I expect Zeke to be a day 1 starter (who is his competition anyway?) and although he’ll be inconsistent, you’d want him on your dynasty team as his potential is salivating. Redraft IDP Leagues he’s a solid spot start at the moment. I expect Zeke to flirt with double digit sacks but like JPP he’ll be a nightmare in his 2nd season. IDP Value is DL3.
- Barkevious Mingo, LB – CLE: love the pick by the Browns as they continue to build their pass rush. Mingo has a non-stop motor and brings speed on the edge. My best comparison right now is Aldon Smith’s rookie season, where he’ll play sparingly behind Kruger & Sheard who’ll all command attention that will allow Mingo to run free. Solid dynasty pick if you can afford to stash him on your bench, current value is LB4 with LB3 upside – Mingo has huge potential.
- Eric Reid, DB – SF: looks like SF has found their replacement for Goldson, never expected newly signed Dahl to start anyway. Reid is solid vs the run and can man cover TE’s and he’ll hold down the safety position for years in San Francisco. Consistency is key for Reid, and with the talent on this defense he should be able to roam free. Strong DB3 value with DB2 upside, in fact wouldn’t be surprised if he reached DB2 level mid-season.
- Star Lotulelei, DL – CAR: when your team needs a DT to fill a hole, the best one in the draft falls in your laps. Star is an immerse talent and with an already talented front, Star makes it even more strong. The interior defense of Carolina already improved and you have to ask yourself if opposing teams would want to double team Johnson and Hardy now. Star will wreck havoc from day 1 and holds a solid DL3 value – Ngata-lite.
- Xavier Rhodes, DB – MIN: Vikings have found their replacement for Winfield by drafting Rhodes. Definitely CB1 potential and in IDP world he could hold a DB2 value as the opportunity is there.
- Datone Jones, DL – GBP: it feels like a long time since the Packers have had a solid pass rusher, now they got their bull rusher in Datone who’ll have no problem switching to a 3-4 end. Datone’s presence only helps Perry and Matthews off the edge. IDP Value currently stands as a DL3 but definitely keep an eye on Jones; stash him if you’re able too.
10. Sheldon Richardson, DL – NYJ: Rex Ryan’s forte is defense and with 2 defensive selections in the 1st round, I can say they’re on the right track. Jets needed a pass rush so they got the most explosive interior linemen and his versatility will only help him as he’d be able to move anywhere on the line. IDP Value is a strong DL3, could definitely vault into DL2 territory like his teammate Wilkerson.
11. Matt Elam, DB – BAL: aggressive and a hard hitter, sounds like a BAL Safety to me. Elam needs to work on coverage skills but that’ll come but I’m here to tell you his IDP value and he’s definitely an intriguing pick. Huff’s coverage ability will allow Elam to roam the field, which will boost his value. I look at Elam as a DB3 with DB2 potential, could rack up a bunch of tackles and create a bunch of turnovers on this defense.
12. Jarvis Jones, LB – PIT: had a feeling PIT was looking at Jarvis to replace Harrison, but I still expect Worilds to see the most PT first as this could be a rotational plays amongst them two. Jones specialty is like Harrison; get to the QB as he should have no problem with this aggressive defense. Jarvis holds a LB4 value right now, can be a solid best-ball format LB with a handful of huge weeks from the rookie.
13. Dee Milliner, DB – NYJ: arguably the best CB in the draft and NYJ landed him. Milliner will replace Revis and you can bet he’ll get tested early and often. Opportunity will be there to put up numbers (think Gilmore in BUF last year) but an uptick in tackles. Currently a DB3 – tons of depth at DB.
14. Desmond Trufant, DB – ATL: Falcons got a solid corner in the draft, eventually will become their CB1. Don’t expect earth-shattering numbers but Desmond will be solid, impact probably felt more on the field at first. Holds a DB3 value (think Hayward with the turnover potential) as Trufant is a solid ball hawk and coverage corner.
15. DJ Hayden, DB – OAK: fluid athlete and has the speed to keep up with receivers downfield, will become Oaklands CB1 from day 1. Tons of opportunities could be there for Hayden, as opposing teams will pass all day on OAK, whether they throw to Hayden is the question. D.J can hold his own and could definite surprise from day 1, so he could definitely rise on my rankings but currently I see him as a DB3 like Trufant and Milliner.
16. Bjoern Werner, OLB – IND: will be an OLB in IND therefore I have him labeled as a LB already. A Freeney replacement for sure as he’ll provide the pass rush opposite Mathis. Has the tools to be a double-digit sack player, could see it right away but I think adjusting to OLB will be a tough transition in the beginning (like Mario Williams in HOU) and eventually pan out. LB4 value with LB3 upside would’ve had better value as a DL.
17. Shariff Floyd, DL – MIN: a solid prospect has fallen into Minnesota’s lap and they had to take him. Strengthens the interior as Floyd has a non-stop motor and should have no problem playing alongside Jared Allen and Brian Robison. Minimal value in IDP right now with a DL4.
18. Sylvester Williams, DL – DEN: plays until the whistle stops, can get after the ball carriers and definitely an upgrade inside for DEN who needs a DT. Williams’s impact will be felt on the field more so than your IDP roster, DL4 value.