The IDP Dude breaks down the last nine rounds of his all IDP mock draft and digs deeper to explain his picks
Continuing with my IDP mock draft series, I’m picking up where I left off in part 1 where I discussed my picks in rounds 1-9. In rounds 10-18 I will continue to discuss the reasoning behind each of my picks. As in any draft, it’s easy to grab some rankings and work your way down the list. For this, I wanted to dig a little deeper to explain why or perhaps why I didn’t draft a certain player. I hope you find this useful and maybe it will introduce you to a new draft philosophy that helps your roster overall.
Draft setup: 10 Teams – 2 DL, 3 LB, 2 DB, 1 Flex, 10 Bench
Current roster through the first 9 rounds heading into the 10th.
1 Flex – Kiko Alonso
1 Bench – Karl Joseph
Round 10, Pick 92: DL – Kenny Clark, Green Bay Packers
There is a lot to love about Clark, especially in round ten. He finished the year as the overall 22nd overall DL in IDP leagues despite playing only 12 full games in 2018. Clark was on pace to finish 7th overall amongst DL in FP/G before suffering an elbow injury which eventually landed him on the IR missing the last three games of the season. One of the more dominant interior linemen in the NFL and still just 23 years old, I expect more of the same from a healthy Clark in 2019.
#Packers DT Kenny Clark… 3rd most snaps on defense this season. Always showing up on film… Now starting to add up in the stat sheet!
— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) November 14, 2018
Round 11, Pick 109: LB – Kenny Young, Baltimore Ravens
Apparently, I wanted another Kenny on my team in this IDP mock draft. With 109 players off the board, I was looking for some linebacker depth and Young jumped out to me as the most “he could be great” linebacker on the board. With C.J. Mosley gone, Young steps into a promising role to help fill the void. At this point in the draft, I was willing to take my shot with Young instead of other linebackers like Benardrick McKinney, Jayon Brown, Rashaan Evans and Oren Burks. It’s not that I don’t like those guys, I just think Young has the opportunity to outproduce them by a tier and be a viable every week started in IDP lineups.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 24, 2018
Round 12, Pick 112: DL – Jonathan Allen, Washington Redskins
Allen was in my top 20 articles and I don’t see him falling out in 2019. After bouncing back from an injury-filled rookie year in 2017, he was pretty much everything you want in a pass rusher and could potentially see a lot of time on the field with the Redskins struggling offense. He’s good enough to be a DL2 in most IDP leagues so the value here at pick 112 and have him as my DL4 is a steal.
Tomorrow I'll be looking at Jonathan Allen's development in his rookie season with the #Redskins. I think 2019 will be a HUGE year for him!
– Eagles run pin-pull outside zone
– Sheds two blocks w/ good lateral agility + hands
– Makes tackle by sidelinepic.twitter.com/YF2ODsYz44
— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) September 3, 2018
Round 13, Pick 129: DB – Minkah Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins
This move was purely a dynasty grab as the situation is still cloudy in Miami with T.J. McDonald and Reshad Jones on the roster. Fitzpatrick is a gifted playmaker who is just waiting for his opportunity to make things happen on the field. I’m willing to take a grab and stash in round 13 when all your doing now is searching for high upside depth and sleepers!
Minkah Fitzpatrick takes it back for six!
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) December 16, 2018
Round 14, Pick 132: DL – Marcus Davenport, New Orleans Saints
Selected 14th overall in the 2018 draft, Davenport had to compete for playing time but, with Okafor gone, I love his opportunity opposite Cameron Jordan. There is a reason the Saints moved up in the draft to snag him, and he’ll get to showcase that reason in 2019. Love this pick in the 14th round.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 29, 2018
Round 15, Pick 149: DB/LB – Kyzir White, Los Angeles Chargers
White was off to a pretty good start in 2018 before going down with a season-ending injury. He’s been forgotten since the injury occurred so early in the season, but the promise he showed as a safety/linebacker hybrid has me pumped for some more in 2019. It’s unclear at this point how the depth chart will look but there is no reason to doubt White’s ability to produce DB3 numbers or better. I’m also looking at this from a dynasty perspective and White should be one of the building blocks for the Chargers defense for years to come.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) September 16, 2018
Unlike most, I like to grab my sleepers or high upside / low floor players before the last couple of rounds. With those out of the way the next three picks are purely for depth, so let’s breeze through them.
Round 16, Pick 152: LB – Danny Trevathan, Chicago Bears
Very consistent above average IDP production from Danny when he’s healthy. You can’t ask for any more than that if your team catches the injury bug or you need to survive a bye week apocalypse.
Round 17, Pick 169: LB – Preston Brown, Cincinnati Bengals
Vontaze Burfict is gone and the Bengals just signed Brown to a three-year extension and is arguably the best linebacker they have. Another above average IDP producer who can rack up the tackles in the middle of the field when he’s healthy. I like the value of this pick in the 17th round, especially if you look at the other players taken around this pick.
Round 18, Pick 171: LB – Shaq Thompson, Carolina Panthers
With Thomas Davis finally gone, can Shaq finally seize the moment? Another depth piece for my team for the most part, but there is always that glimmer of hope we’ve expected from Shaq. This is a make-or-break year as Thompson works for a new contract this season and he’ll either ball out or fall out by the end of 2019.
In the end, I’m in love with my team. My linebacker core is awesome, my linemen are above average with good upside and my defensive backs are above average with a good amount of upside. As I mentioned before, typically linebackers produce the most IDP points for you so that is where I like to focus when building my squad.
If you liked this article, be on the lookout for more mock draft articles from me and the other dudes here at The IDP Guys throughout the offseason!