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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 shallowest positions in this year’s draft is at safety.  My top player is Alabama’s Landon Collins who might be the only one taken within the first two rounds of the NFL Draft, and might be landoncthe only safety worth drafting for your dynasty teams.  I reviewed three of his games against Florida, Mississippi State, and Auburn to get a handle of the skills and attributes he brings to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

S Landon Collins, Alabama, 6’ 228 lbs.

Cons: At his current weight of 228 pounds, he might be a little too bulky and muscle-bound to play either safety position in the NFL.  Collins will most likely play the strong safety position due to his physical style of play.  The defender gets very hands in pass coverage and can over-react to fakes on occasion.  He does make quite a few tackles on his back.  While it is great that he continues to play even when on the ground, Collins needs to keep better balance and shed blockers a bit quicker to get to the ball carrier. Read More »

Sometimes with dynasty leagues, the idea of ranking rookie defensive backs is quite silly. More often than not, it is the opportunity that decides their value. NFL teams that have great scoring offenses usually give defensive backs morepryor2 chances to make plays as the other team is playing behind and will be less conservative with the pigskin. This is my top ten pre-draft assessments of the defensive backs by talent and football IQ.

1.Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

This safety is the hardest hitter in his class. He reads the field well with excellent vision and gets himself in the best spot to make plays. Pryor uses his physicality and seems to be a bit of a head hunter. He isn’t smooth in coverage and can fall for multiple move fakes. If Pryor ends up with a team that has weak linebackers, he might lead his team in tackles. Read More »

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Join Shane P. Hallam and I as we discuss 2012 draft eligible wide receivers, and defensive backs. We will get his thoughts on what impact these players could have on your fantasy teams and what to watch for during bowl games.  This is for dynasty players and draftniks alike.  Listen live here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dynasty-blitz/2011/12/13/dynasty-blitz-podcast-wshanephallam-of-draftcountdown  or download later.