Josh Stock | Nov 11, 2018 | 0
NFC East 2018 IDP Outlook: Change My Mind!
The NFC East is a mixed bag of IDP talent, though you’d expect with the super bowl champs in this division there would be some elite IDP options, though I don’t know that I’d agree with that reasoning.
The Giants have one of my favorite IDP safeties currently in Landon Collins, a player you’ll see go consistently early in drafts as he is a monster in the secondary. Across from Collins are a few unknown commodities in Curtis Riley and/or Sean Chandler (depending on which wins the starting job). At this point, if I were drafting I’d take a wait and see approach and focus my resources on getting Collins instead.
JPP is down in Tampa but a lineman that will sneak under the radar is Damon Harrison, he holds down the middle of that defensive line and since coming to New York has averaged over 70 total tackles which isn’t bad, especially if you are in a league where you have to start a DT and DE. In this 3-4 scheme, you have rookie BJ Hill and Dalvin Tomlinson on the outsides of Harrison, and both are young and there is potential value to be had their.
Alec Ogletree coming over from LA is a really intriguing move, I’ve always been a fan of the player and his ability, and will get you 90+ tackles with some possible sack and interception upside. BJ Goodson is slated to be the other starting inside backer, so keep your eye on him as a possible sneaky playable LB, as well as Kareem Martin who is the SAM at this time. Olivier Vernon, being on the weak side should be able to use that talent to cause some trouble and get some decent sack numbers, though it’s buyer beware with him already fighting an injury.
In Dallas, you have some talent in Demarcus Lawrence, and then a ton of question marks in Taco Charlton, Tyrone Crawford, and Dorance Armstrong. The Linebackers have a ton of talent as well with Sean Lee, Jaylon Smith, and Leighton Vander Esch, though with Smith and Lee injury concerns will always be a part of their story.
The secondary is the part of this team that I really just don’t have the best feelings about. Your starting corners are Byron Jones and Chidobe Awuzie, and your safeties are Xavier Woods and the best kicker you’ve never heard of in Jeff Heath. As a U of M guy, I love me some Jourdan Lewis, and he had decent enough numbers in his rookie year but I just don’t know if there are enough snaps to help him grow on the 54 total tackles and an INT he had last year. Anthony Brown, who’s slated to be their Nickelback might get you just as good a value as Lewis at a cheaper price.
- Demarcus Lawrence
- Jaylon Smith
- Leighton Vander Esch
- Sean Lee (Would be #2 on my list if he didn’t get hurt so much when he plays though he’s a beast)
- Xavier Woods
- Taco Charlton
- Jeff Heath
Washington has some really stellar linebackers in Zach Brown, Mason Foster, Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan, and they are all guys I’ve looked to have for the right price. Brown gives you tons of tackles but not a big sack or INT guy so just be aware of that when you get him.
Da’Ron Payne is a nose tackle that I have added on my taxi squads everywhere I can get him, as I like his game and how it can translate to this team. Washington has put a lot into their line and it shows with talent like Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis or even newly acquired Caleb Brantley, again all guys I’d be ok with trying to have if the price is reasonable.
In the secondary, Josh Norman may be the biggest name but DJ Swearinger is the tops in my opinion. Washington’s safety group really intrigues me, as I’ve taken fliers and stashed Troy Apke, Montae Nicholson or Deshazor Everett if I can.
Last but certainly not least the Super Bowl Champion Eagles don’t really excite me on defense but have some solid pieces that will probably be depth on your teams later in drafts. Along the line, Derek Barnett and Brandon Graham should give decent value and maybe even Fletcher Cox but I’d steer clear of Ngata at his age.
Jordan Hicks and Nathan Gerry should bring solid numbers in, especially with Kendricks gone from that group, and I have no problem drafting Malcolm Jenkins and McLeod as backup Safeties later in my IDP drafts if they are available.