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With the 2016 NFL Draft right around the corner, dynasty fantasy IDP owners need to separate the wheat from the chaff.  A big topic of discussion is former Eastern Kentucky/Ohio State nspencedefender, Noah Spence.  He has a lot of athleticism, but has a serious substance abuse problem.  I reviewed his 2015 Eastern Kentucky games against Valparaiso, Kentucky, and NC State, along with his 2013 Ohio State games versus Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, and California to get a better feel what skills and attributes this young man brings to the next level.  These are my thoughts:

DE/OLB-Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky 6′ 2″ 251 lbs. Read More »

The 2016 NFL Draft has defenders of all shapes and sizes.  Every so often comes along a player could have played a few decades ago; that guy is former Bama backer Reggie Ragland.  His physical, rraglandno-nonsense style will translate to the modern-day game as well.  I reviewed his 2015 performances against Wisconsin, Georgia, Texas A&M, Clemson, and his Senior Bowl game and practices to get a better understanding of the skill set this young backer will bring to the next level.  This is what I saw:

LB-Reggie Ragland, Alabama 6′ 1″ 247 lbs. Read More »

NFL defensive schemes and roles are changing to accommodate more versatile, explosive players like Arizona’s hybrid Deone Bucannon and LA’s Mark Barron.  Likewise in the 2016 NFL scravensDraft, there is an exciting play maker with NFL blood lines (related to Jordan Cameron, Manti Te’o, and former Bengals great David Fulcher) that has some similarities to those hybrid players, former Trojan defender Su’a Cravens.  I reviewed his 2015 games against Washington, Stanford, California, Notre Dame, and his 2014 game against Nebraska to get a better idea of the skills and attributes this young man will bring to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

S/LB-Su’a Cravens, USC 6′ 1″ 226 lbs. Read More »

In the 2016 NFL Draft rookie class, the defensive line/pass rusher corps is full of possibilities.  One of the most exciting of those said players is former Oklahoma State Cowboy defender Emmanueleogbah Ogbah. The junior averaged just under a sack a game this past season (12.5 sacks in 13 games), forced three fumbles, had 42 tackles and 21 assists.  I reviewed his 2015 games against Central Michigan, Ole Miss, Baylor, and Kansas State to see what skills and attributes this play maker will bring to the next level.  These are my findings after that tape study:

DE/OLB- Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State 6′ 4″ 273 lbs. Read More »

The 2016 NFL Draft is closing in and there are so many tremendous defensive players yet to discuss.  One of the best defenders is former Clemson Shaq Lawson who certainly turned heads duringslawson this year’s national championship game against Alabama with two sacks and four total tackles.  I reviewed that game along with his 2015 games against Notre Dame, North Carolina, Florida State, NC State, and Miami to get a better feel of the skills and attributes that this disruptive, potential superstar bring to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

DE/OLB-Shaq Lawson, Clemson 6′ 3″ 269 lbs. Read More »

The 2016 NFL Draft is almost here and one of the most tragic stories is that of former Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith.  The backer appeared to all but secured himself  a sure top ten selectionjsmith with his tremendous athleticism; however in the last game of his college career in a bowl game against rival Ohio State, he tore his ACL and MCL.  I’m no doctor, so let’s concentrate what shows up on his college tape.  After reviewing his 2015 games against Ohio State, Texas, U Mass, USC, and Clemson, it was clear that the talented young rookie has the required skills to play at the next level. These are my thoughts:

LB-Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame 6′ 2″ 223 lbs. Read More »

For the past few seasons, Ohio State got rewarded with dominate play makers.  With the 2016 NFL Draft approaching, most of the Buckeye defense decided to migrate to the NFL and one of theirdlee biggest pieces is linebacker Darron Lee.  He reminds many people of the Steelers weak side backer Ryan Shazier with whom they share a school and amazing athleticism.  I reviewed several of Lee’s 2015 games against Michigan State, Notre Dame, Hawaii, and the last two Michigan contests to get a better feel for what this young man brings skills and attribute-wise to the next level.  These are my thoughts:

LB-Darron Lee, Ohio State, 6′ 1″ 232 lbs. Read More »

The 2016 NFL Draft is less than a month away and one of the top defensive prospects is former Ohio State defensive end, Joey Bosa.  He has good defensive blood lines as both his father, John jbosaBosa, and uncle, Eric Kumerow, got drafted by an NFL team in the first round.  They were both selected at the 16th slot (1987 and 1988, respectively), but were out of the league within four years.  While this is a different generation, does this impact Joey Bosa’s usefulness to fantasy owners?   I reviewed five of his 2015 games against Notre Dame, Rutgers, Michigan, Michigan State, and Indiana to get a better feel of what skills and attributes this young man will bring to the next level.  These are my thoughts:

DE-Joey Bosa, Ohio State 6′ 5″ 269 lbs.  Read More »

The 2016 NFL Draft is almost here.  We are less than a month away and I believe it is better to have your rankings set before the influences of a player’s landing spots infect judgement.mjack

Here are a few lists broken down by defensive positions. Check out yesterday’s post for offensive rankings.

Linebackers

  1. Myles Jack, UCLA
  2. Darron Lee, Ohio State
  3. Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky (could also get listed at DE)
  4. Reggie Ragland, Alabama
  5. Leonard Floyd, Georgia
  6.  Jordan Jenkins, Georgia
  7. Kamalei Correa, Boise State
  8. Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame (would be #1 if didn’t suffer ACL injury)
  9. Kentrell Brothers, Missouri
  10. Tyler Matakevich, Temple
  11. Josh Perry, Ohio State
  12. Antonio Morrison, Florida

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One of the biggest 2016 NFL Draft stories is the recovery of superstar UCLA linebacker Myles Jack.  He was a natural force as a running back early on and as a linebacker his entire healthy career mjackfor the Bruins.  In early reports from UCLA pro days, it seems Jack is getting back to form in time to make an impact in the 2016 NFL season.  I reviewed three of his 2015 games against Virginia, BYU, and UNLV along with two of his 2014 games against  USC, and Kansas State to get a good idea of what skills and attributes he brings to the next level.  Here is what I saw:

LB-Myles Jack, UCLA, 6′ 1″ 245 lbs. Read More »

The NFL Combine gives dynasty fantasy football fans their first glimpse on whether a player can translate college production into relevant fantasy points.  There weren’t any major spoilers combinerevealed, but some players impressed (stock up) while many stayed the same or failed to make a good impression (stock down).  Please remember the NFL Combine has already committed to tweaking their events to better translate to the game of football, instead of being about the highly measured 40 yard runs and 225 lb. bench presses.  Here are my initial thoughts:  Read More »