The 2019 NFL season is fast approaching and IDP Dude breaks down his top 10 defensive ends to own in IDP
10. Trey Flowers, Detroit Lions
Coming over from New England and recently activated from the Lions PUP list, it’s go time in Detroit. After a remarkable season with the Patriots, Flower ranked 2nd among all edge rushers with 78 pressures in 2018. According to PFF, Flowers was the third highest-graded edge defender in the NFL last season and I don’t expect that to change much in 2019. With perhaps more help on the opposite end and on the line, there should be no reason (besides health) you should doubt this stud to put up another great season.
Adding in his postseason performance, Trey Flowers actually ranked 2nd among all edge defenders with 78 pressures last season. pic.twitter.com/NwdSb9Xomu
— PFF (@PFF) March 11, 2019
9. Melvin Ingram III, Los Angeles Chargers
The biggest obstacle for Ingram is keeping Joey Bosa healthy. Nearly impossible to double team them both, Ingram has been a stud when Bosa is on the field. Finishing in the top 10 among defensive ends in 2018 for QB pressures, I expect Ingram to hit that mark again for the 4th straight year in 2019. With or without Melvin Gordon, the Chargers are capable of putting up a lot of points leaving plenty of opportunities for their defensive line to get after opposing quarterbacks all season long. Read more about Ingram from our writer Jason Abbey.
Melvin Ingram III had another Pro-Bowl year for the #Chargers as he ranked top-10 in QB pressures among EDs for the 3rd straight season (64).@MelvinIngram earned the 5th-highest grade on the LAC defense (71.9). pic.twitter.com/vtLNilQ0hf
— PFF LA Chargers (@PFF_Chargers) February 20, 2019
8. Jadeveon Clowney, Houston Texans
Simply put, Clowney had his best year yet in 2018 and is looking to get paid. Currently in the middle of a holdout and the rumored to get traded, there is certainly some risk to be had drafting Clowney before the season starts. The best thing going for IDP owners right now is that he finally received the DE tag on many sites. Those in dynasty leagues rejoice and those who drafted him as a linebacker hit the lotto. I don’t expect the holdout to make it into the season. Clowney will in fact get paid or traded to a team willing to dish out the big bucks for a franchise player who should have many great years ahead.
Jadeveon Clowney had a career year in 2018 pic.twitter.com/flFAKdAJbm
— PFF (@PFF) January 19, 2019
7. Frank Clark, Kansas City Chiefs
The former Seahawk is taking his skills to Kansas City who have put together one of if not the best defensive lines in the NFL. It was reported by Clark himself that he played hurt for most of the 2018 season and felt he was at 60% with his shoulder. If this dude could muster up 14 sacks on a bum shoulder I expect ridiculous things from him in 2019. The chiefs should be putting up a ton of points on the board and Clark will be there to terrorize opposing quarterbacks all year long.
Frank Clark's annual pressure numbers – and ranks among edge defenders. pic.twitter.com/O6f33LzWOA
— PFF (@PFF) April 23, 2019
6. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
After a few injury-ridden seasons, Watt returned with a vengeance in 2018. Putting up an eye popping 16 sacks, 7 forced fumbles and 61 combined tackles Watt finally looked like himself again. Perhaps the best stat was that he played all 16 games. Now entering his 9th season and at the age of 30, we should get a few more years of great production. Having Clowney there to take some pressure off will certainly help his cause. With Clowney gone it might be difficult for Watt to repeat his 2018 performance this upcoming season.
That J.J. Watt guy continues to do big things and he led the Texans defense in overall grade and pass-rush grade in 2018 pic.twitter.com/hQFpDOcP0r
— PFF (@PFF) May 23, 2019
5. Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints
There is something smooth about the way Cam plays the game. It might be his long flowing blonde dreds or maybe the fact that he was just 1 of 6 defenders in the NFL that led his team in pressures and run stops in 2018. Either way I expect Jordan who just signed a 3 year extension to be among the best in the game in 2019 with an emerging talent on the opposite end in Marcus Davenport.
Cameron Jordan has been ELITE for New Orleans during the PFF era! pic.twitter.com/LHZYKyaiFl
— PFF (@PFF) June 14, 2019
4. DeMarcus Lawrence, Dallas Cowboys
Fresh off a $105 million dollar deal the now under contract Cowboy is recovering from off-season surgery and hopes to be back by week 1. Even if he misses a game or two, Lawrence’s production on the field can make up for the lost games without question. If he slips in your draft due to injury concerns, take advantage of the discount and enjoy the fruits of his labor while making your opponents cry.
Demarcus Lawrence has dominated over the past two seasons. pic.twitter.com/X8HPjZVgXz
— PFF (@PFF) April 6, 2019
3. Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers
There is no question that Bosa is one of the best at bringing the heat. What’s in question however is his ability to stay healthy. If I didn’t have doubts, Bosa would be my number one so choose your risk / reward battle wisely when drafting your DE1 in 2019. I’ll leave it at that. Read more about Bosa from our writer Jason Abbey.
Joey Bosa won 30.0% of his 3rd-down pass-rushes – ranking 2nd among all defensive players last season. pic.twitter.com/XwVgA8bz1u
— PFF (@PFF) April 3, 2019
2. Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings
It might be those purple jerseys but there is something about Hunter that almost landed him at the top spot. 34 sacks over the last 3 years and coming off 14.5 sacks with 72 combined tackles 2018 campaign, wow. He’s on that purple people eater vibe and I’m digging it. I shouldn’t need to convince you on Hunter so if you get sniped on Bosa, Donald, and Garrett in your draft just sit back and relax when Hunter is still available.
Danielle Hunter proved once again to be a force for the Vikings pic.twitter.com/xlosxrpv7i
— PFF (@PFF) February 22, 2019
1. Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns
It wouldn’t surprise me if Garrett led the league in drawing holding penalties this year. With a stacked offense that should be able to put up a lot of points and a stacked line that shouldn’t have any trouble getting after the passer, Garrett is my bet to lead the league in sacks this year. Do you know what 3 year old T-Rex does? He eats and that’s what Garrett will do his 3rd year in the NFL. Get you some.
Myles Garrett has put forth a near-elite two-year grade in his time in the NFL so far pic.twitter.com/5ZvBJ4Itd9
— PFF (@PFF) May 19, 2019