Jonathan Cyprien


As Friday comes to an end, day 2 of the 2013 NFL Draft that included rounds 2 and 3 is complete.  If you didn’t know that the NFL has turned into a passing league then you’d have that figured out by now with the amount of defensive backs taken in day 2, there have been 17 selected on Friday to be exact.  I’ll take a look at the top 25 IDP’s who I believe will provide immediate impact or your attention come draft day as a handful of them landed in great spots for them to succeed in the world of IDP. 

  1. ARTHUR BROWN, LB – RAVENS: couldn’t believe my eyes when the defending champs landed arguably the best LB in the draft.  Looks like they found their replacement for Ray Lewis.  Brown couldn’t have landed in a better spot, should easily reach the 100 total tackle mark and then some.  He’s a strong bet to be a solid LB2.
  2. JONTHAN CYPRIEN, DB – JAGUARS: you can put Cyprien as 1b from day 2, absolutely great landing spot for Cyprien.  The starting FS job should be his and should be battling Vaccaro on who’ll put up the better numbers.  Solid DB2 with DB1 potential, yes you better get on the Cyprien train. 
  3. Manti Te’o, LB – CHARGERS: Te’o gets a fresh start in San Diego, will compliment Butler just fine.  His instincts and improved coverage ability will only help Manti.  Surrounded by an improving front 7, Te’o should thrive.  Will be battling Butler for tackles though but should be enough to go around.  Strong LB3 with LB2 upside, especially with Butler’s injury history could vault Te’o higher.
  4. Kiko Alonso, LB – BILLS: loved Kiko’s potential as he has great combination of speed and size.  The Bills have a solid young LB corps, which all will contribute in IDP world.  Alonso is a solid compliment to Sheppard inside with Bradham outside.  Alonso’s coverage skills make him even more valuable.  Valued at a LB3 with LB2 upside, Bradham is the one you want with Kiko right behind.
  5. Sio Moore, LB – RAIDERS: explosive athlete that can play any LB spot and the Raiders don’t exactly have a set LB corps to throw on the field; so Moore can and will easily step in and be a factor.  I can see him at the OLB spot though, letting his pass rush ability be his strength for this defense.  I expect him to be a day 1 starter – LB3 currently.
  6. Kevin Minter, LB – CARDINALS: not flashy but he gets the job done, with Washington out for the first 4 games of the season Minter could easily step in and get early playing time.  Lack of coverage ability could hurt him though as it’ll force him to be just a 2-down LB.  As season progresses I believe he’ll eventually beat out Brinkley to man the inside with Washington. LB4 value with slight upside to LB3, especially if he turns into a 3-down LB.
  7. J.J. Wilcox, DB – COWBOYS: Dallas needed a safety and they got a solid one who can become their starter.  Strength is in the box playing against the run, liability is deep coverage.  If he starts he can rack up tackles since he’ll be around the ball often.  DB3 is current value & can turn out into a solid dynasty pickup.
  8. DJ Swearinger, DB – TEXANS: Swearinger lands in a great spot, also doesn’t hurt to be playing alongside Ed Reed.  DJ should be playing near the box, as he can cover TE’s as well. Has the versatility to play anywhere in the secondary and will thrive.  Solid DB2 value if he becomes the day 1 starter with Ed Reed. 
  9. Jamie Collins, LB – PATRIOTS: explosive pass rusher that gives NEP options & help.  Could line up across Chandler Jones but NEP now has solid options to pair with Hightower and Ninkovich. Would love to see Collins get snaps early and could be a serious sleeper.  LB4 with LB3 upside.
  10. Jamar Taylor, DB – DOLPHINS: will be a day 1 starter as Miami needs secondary help.  Their front 7 should give the secondary a ton of help though as they attack the QB.  Taylor is solid off-man or on press will definitely get the opportunity to put up numbers.  DB3 value with upside.
  11. TJ McDonald, DB – RAMS: needs to work on tackling angles and will get significant time at free safety as STL poses little to no competition.  McDonald is lucky to have Cortland and Janoris as his CB’s, could allow him to attack other areas because their section of the field could be blanketed.  Has the potential to be a solid, borderline DB2 but I see him as a DB3 currently.
  12. Jon Bostic, LB – BEARS: NFL Starter potential is physical and has a solid burst sideline to sideline.  Highest LB CHI has drafted since, well you guessed it, Brian Urlacher.  Eventual replacement, yes and he could play sparingly in the beginning as Williams and Anderson get their time in.  Soon as he snatches up the starting gig though, Bostic could rack up numbers.  LB4 with LB3 upside.
  13. Tyrann Mathieu, DB – CARDINALS: will move to free safety where he can let his playmaking skills do some work.  If he can keep his head straight, Mathieu can excel and should be the Cardinals KR as Peterson is the PR.  His playmaking ability alone makes Mathieu intriguing, the potential is there.  DB3 with upside and if in a return yardage league move him up to DB2.
  14. Tank Carradine, DL/OLB – 49ers: lands in a great situation and on a great defensive team.  Doesn’t have to be rushed back as he can continue to recover and get stronger, definitely worth a stash in your dynasty league, could also be eventual replacement for Justin Smith.  If he stays at DL, when healthy & gets snaps he’s a DL2 with upside but right now, DL3/LB4.
  15. David Amerson, DB – REDSKINS: if Redskins can get 2011 Amerson back, they’ve found a good thing.  Eventually he’d move to safety though as it’ll be better suited to his strengths and Redskins have a glaring need at safety.  DB4 with DB3 upside, especially if he moves to safety.
  16. Darius Slay, DB – LIONS: will be competing for starting spot opposite Houston.  Has been overshadowed by college teammate Banks but Slay holds his own and has solid height.  Should get a bunch of pass deflections and will do fine on his side of the field.  DB3
  17. Damontre Moore, DL – GIANTS: rotational play at best entering this season as he’ll sit behind JPP and Tuck.  DL4 with DL3 upside if he starts or gets ample snaps his way, but I’d leave him alone for now.
  18. Johnathan Banks, DB – BUCS: will compete for starting job opposite Revis, but if Revis isn’t right in time Banks could get an early nod to start with Eric Wright.  Small upside right now, definitely a DB3.
  19. Margus Hunt, DL – BENGALS: yes, Margus is a freak of an athlete but is still very raw in technique and is already playing behind a very talented front in CIN.  Getting playing time will be tough, but it could also help Margus as he’ll continue his development.  DL4, unless an injury to Johnson or Dunlap happens and Hunt gets snaps (DL3).
  20. Corey Lemonier, LB – 49ers: could probably sit and learn in his first year since he’s behind a bunch of talented pass rushers.  He’s the future of this defense on the outside with Aldon and Tank.  LB5 with upside to LB3/4 when he gets the snaps.
  21. Dwayne Gratz, DB – JAGUARS:  will be battling for a starting spot as Jaguars need all the help they can get in the secondary.  Solid press corner and will have his opportunities.  DB4 with DB3 upside.
  22. Blidi Wreh Wilson, DB – TITANS:  plays well in run support and the eventual CB2 for Tennessee; especially if Verner or McCourty leave. Titan CB’s are known for putting up numbers too, so until he lands that starting gig he’ll stay here.  But, if he does start you can bump him up some and has solid DB2 value, if he doesn’t start yet move him down to a DB3 with upside.
  23. Zaviar Gooden, LB – TITANS:  already will be playing behind a talented and young LB corps, Gooden couldn’t have landed in a worse situation.  He does bring speed to the outside but will have to fight for playing time.  On the plus side, the LB’s ahead of him do like to get injured and TEN lacked depth in that department so things could turn around.  LB4 with LB3 upside when he gets the snaps.
  24. Leon McFadden, DB – BROWNS:  perfect complement to Haden, but could move to slot CB where he could be better off.  Either way, not a ton of IDP value here at the moment.  DB4
  25. Shawn Williams, DB – BENGALS:  wasn’t the safety I thought Bengals would draft but Shawn isn’t too bad.  Probably won’t make an impact just yet, more so on special teams.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he surprised us though and gets his snaps.  DB4 with DB3 upside.

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