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Last off-season I wrote about how my son had competed on the same national youth track circuit as Bryce Love, affording me the ability to pass on my impressions of Love’s character from our interactions (he is an individual of high character btw.)

 

Now, one of my son’s direct competitors from the same region (Missouri Valley) and age group is slated to hit the big stage…S/LB hybrid, Isaiah Simmons of Clemson. While many of you would draft this kid for your IDP squads based on his stats alone, I wanted to point out, Simmons is also an individual who exudes sportsmanship and extremely high character. Draft away!!! *looking forward to watching Simmons on Monday night in the Championship.

 

Side note: another one of my son’s direct/age competitors on the youth circuit as well as HS is, Quincy Hall. Winner of the 2019 D1 National Outdoor 400m Hurdles and the 2019 Outdoor SEC 400m. Hall is a favorite to make the Olympic team in both events at the next Olympic Trials. *can’t say the same about his character from back in the day, but based on his interviews, he seems to have grown into a better person over time.

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How would you rank this years LB class in itself - now, after the draft - and how would you rank them in the overall LB Ranking for dynasty purposes.

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23 minutes ago, thebadferret said:

How would you rank this years LB class in itself - now, after the draft - and how would you rank them in the overall LB Ranking for dynasty purposes.

 

i see simmons at the devin bush / devin white level of LB, and i'd choose simmons over the other two because he plays on the worse defense: simmons will be busy. we saw devin bush off to a great start last year, and then as the steelers defense grew better and better bush's numbers went down. 

drafting depends on your team's needs and timeframe. jordyn brooks might be a longer-term stash, but patrick queen should have an immediate impact. @FollowTheLeader will help to sort this year's troupe out. but i'd suggest this key point: there are linebackers on your waiver wire who are close to the level of this year's first / second rounders (excepting simmons in my opinion). takitaki, okereke.

 

 

Pick Overall Team LB Posn. School
1 8 Arizona Cardinals Isaiah Simmons  LB Clemson
1 20 Jacksonville Jaguars K'Lavon Chaisson  LB LSU
1 23 Los Angeles Chargers Kenneth Murray  LB Oklahoma
1 27 Seattle Seahawks Jordyn Brooks  LB Texas Tech
1 28 Baltimore Ravens Patrick Queen  LB LSU
2 60 New England Patriots Josh Uche  OLB Michigan
2 63 Kansas City Chiefs Willie Gay  ILB Mississippi State
3 65 Cincinnati Bengals Logan Wilson  ILB Wyoming
3 67 Detroit Lions Julian Okwara  OLB Notre Dame
3 74 New Orleans Saints Zack Baun  OLB Wisconsin
3 84 Los Angeles Rams Terrell Lewis  OLB Alabama
3 87 New England Patriots Anfernee Jennings  OLB Alabama
3 90 Houston Texans Jonathan Greenard  OLB Florida
3* 97 Cleveland Browns Jacob Phillips  ILB LSU
3* 98 Baltimore Ravens Malik Harrison  ILB Ohio State
3* 100 Las Vegas Raiders Tanner Muse  ILB Clemson
3* 102 Pittsburgh Steelers Alex Highsmith  OLB Charlotte
3* 103 Philadelphia Eagles Davion Taylor  OLB Colorado
4 107 Cincinnati Bengals Akeem Davis-Gaither  OLB Appalachian State
4 119 Atlanta Falcons Mykal Walker  ILB Fresno State
4 132 Minnesota Vikings Troy Dye  LB Oregon
4* 140 Jacksonville Jaguars Shaquille Quarterman  LB Miami (FL)
5 155 Chicago Bears Trevis Gipson  OLB Tulsa
5 162 Washington Redskins Khaleke Hudson  OLB Michigan
5 175 Green Bay Packers Kamal Martin  LB Minnesota
5* 178 Denver Broncos Justin Strnad  LB Wake Forest
6 183 New York Giants Cam Brown  LB Penn State
6 196 Philadelphia Eagles Shaun Bradley  LB Temple
6 202 Arizona Cardinals Evan Weaver  ILB California
6 204 New England Patriots Cassh Maluia  LB Wyoming
6* 213 Indianapolis Colts Jordan Glasgow  OLB Michigan
7 215 Cincinnati Bengals Markus Bailey  LB Purdue
7 218 New York Giants Carter Coughlin  OLB Minnesota
7 233 Philadelphia Eagles Casey Toohill  OLB Stanford
7 234 Los Angeles Rams Clay Johnston  LB Baylor
7 238 New York Giants T. J. Brunson  OLB South Carolina
7 241 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Chapelle Russell  OLB Temple
7* 249 Minnesota Vikings Brian Cole II  OLB Mississippi State
7* 255 New York Giants Tae Crowder  LB Georgia
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Thanks for the add, @Sack Exchange 😎

I’ve already participated in 1 rookie draft that included IDPs and I focused on the 3 obvious stars, in order: DL CYoung, S/LB ISimmons and LB Patrick Queen. CYoung went mid second and I took ISimmons at 2:09 and PQueen at 2:10. These 3 are the top tier overall, as well as at their respective positions. I view Simmons with LB1 potential in AZ, as he has some play makers around him, so it may take a bit (Baker will now be limited moving forward), and Queen in Bal is LB1 $, day1.

Seem too be more good edge/rush defenders in this draft than MLB/WLB/ILB.

I had hoped Simmons would be designated a S by the NFL, while playing a hybrid LB/S role, but oh well. LB WGay of KC and LWilson Cin went basically in the 4th, followed by Murray, Brooks, Baun and the NE LBs. Really lite on IDPs in that league.

 

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On 5/1/2020 at 9:25 AM, Sack Exchange said:

i'd suggest this key point: there are linebackers on your waiver wire who are close to the level of this year's first / second rounders (excepting simmons in my opinion). takitaki, okereke

 

I’ll 2nd Okereke and add: AJohnson Den and DGreenlaw

*and add Queens name alongside Simmons. 

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25 minutes ago, FollowTheLeader said:

 

I’ll 2nd Okereke and add: AJohnson Den and DGreenlaw

*and add Queens name alongside Simmons. 

 

problem with Greenlaw is, he was scooped late-season up by everyone who dropped Kwiatkowski. Greenlaw does not seem to be available in any of my leagues... but AJ Johnson is everywhere :)                  ...agreed regarding Queen: he's someone to target in the draft.

but still talking LBs available on the waiver wire, i remain hopeful for Mack Wilson, Germaine Pratt, and Jahlani Tavai, in addition to Takitaki and Okereke. all are young. they were either drafted and dropped by leaguemates, or in Tavai's case went to IR (and was possibly stashed there). not suggesting that LBs are the new TEs (where it takes 2+ years to develop), but opportunities are opening. and in a draft class so deep in WR and RB, i am not targeting any LBs save simmons and queen. last year i went IDP-heavy in dynasty. this year, offense-heavy seems the move, at least for my teams.

and then there are the veterans on the waiver wire: Jarrad Davis, Kwiatkowski, Whitney Mercilus. davis was a 2nd round dynasty pick several years ago and he never produced. if my bench is large enough, and none of those young guys are out there, i'd pick up davis and let him sit for the season. still, very disappointing player. maybe it's better to have a talented hopeful WR instead of davis sitting on the bench (auden tate, enunwa). Kwiatkowski was poised for something, but didn't really happen. now he's playing with corey littleton... not sure if there's room for him to get any action. probably not. out of the three veterans, i like the way mercilus played. some great hits. but i'd prefer those under-used sophomores over the older vets.

 

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I am targeting Murray and Queen. I want tackles and I think both will play on inside. 

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