By: Gary VanDyke II (Twitter: @HBogart27)
FFD260 IDPs: Primed 4.5; Second & Third Year Linebackers
Part TWO of the IDPs: Primed 4.0; Second & Third Year Linerbackers. The first part of this article can be seen here! This article ended up being so jammed pack with information that we split it into two parts. Enjoy!
NYJ Darron Lee: 2nd year
As an Ohio State fan, this one is rough for me to “take” on. I want to believe he will be top notch as soon as this year, but realistically I don’t think he reaches that tier. I’m also torn on the idea if I sit and wait to see this year out or to sell his hype while it is very high right now. He struggled last year on the field and didn’t show anything proof positive to me that I should gamble on him. If he fails to take that step upwards then I could be missing out on getting value at its peak. I’m selling now and not taking the risk. All I need is an interested trade partner who will give me his hyped value.
BUF Reggie Ragland: 2nd year
A complete hold and see here this year. Maybe the top notch player we strive to find. I know Brown is being touted as the MLB, but I have a hunch Ragland will get his shot to shine soon enough. If he doesn’t fit the Bills system I’d sure think someone will make the trade for him and Buffalo would be willing to recoup their loses in any case. Hold him and your breath. If I do trade him it is for great value.
CIN Nick Vigil: 2nd year
A possible MLB down the road if Minter out prices himself for Cincinnati next off season. For this year he is slated to see the SLB and odds are only a 2 down thumper. With Burfict being the top notch guy on that defense it’s hard to imagine anyone unseating him. Can’t see his value ever being higher than it is right now and I’m trading this player now. Maybe adding him and another player or pick for that upgrade for this year could happen..
BAL Kamalei Correa: 2nd year
A popular pick up this year because of how Zach Orr topped the charts with tackles and Correa seems to be his replacement. I’m avoiding him for now. I want to see it happen on the field first. He struggled his rookie season and I’m not even 100% sure he’ll be a week one starter. If you got him I’d advise a trade as soon as possible. He played out of control last season and as we all know Orr was able to beat him out for the starter’s job. The chances he has been able to do a complete 360 is kind of hard to imagine. If Orr was still able to be in Baltimore we wouldn’t be talking about him here. As an added note, his camp reports are positive. Best of luck.
JAC Myles Jack: 2nd year
One of those few linebackers from the 2016 class that came into the league gimpy from a college injury. Jack tore his anterior meniscus three games into his junior season. Used in sparing ways in his rookie year he is slated to take over the MLB spot this season. His potential is a top notch guy, his 2017 season is a hold or buy if you can. We just might be talking about trading some of the other players on this list for him this time next year.
LAC Denzel Perryman: 3rd year
With a scheme change for the Chargers Defense, you would have to think he is capable of becoming relevant and earning his status from his rookie hype as the future of the Chargers. I’m not buying it, he is on the trade block. He was outplayed his rookie season by Manti Te’o, that is not good. Last year he basically was by rookie Jatavis Brown and wire add on Korey Toomer. Perryman flashes about as much as he doesn’t for me here. If I’m going to be wrong and he is going to step up, let it be on the other guy’s roster.
LAC Jatavis Brown: 2nd year
Looks the part when he was on the field last year. On the smaller side so needs to learn to protect himself and play safer so he can go all season. His “upside” is 100% worth holding onto for this season to see where he lands after a complete year as a true starter. Simple enough, he can be that top notch guy.
If I’ve overlooked someone you’d like to hear my “take” on feel free to let me know at my twitter account @HBogart27 or email me at email@example.com.