RankPlayerPos.AgeSchoolPro TeamBase DefenseSean KirbyBruce KimbroughJay LeistenSkinny
1Eric KendricksILB23UCLAMIN4-3111Likely the MLB between Barr and Greenway, hopefully Zimmer finds a way to keep all 3 on the field for 3 downs.
2Stephone AnthonyILB23ClemsonNO3-4222Anthony made a Herculean climb up draft boards and lands in a Curtis Lofton-sized void in NO.
3Paul DawsonOLB22TCUCIN4-3434All signs point to Burfict missing time early in 2015, giving Dawson a chance to put his foot in the door.
4Shaq ThompsonLB/S21WashingtonCAR4-3573Landing in CAR doesn't solve Thompson's position uncertainty. He's unlikely to break out at LB befor Thomas Davis steps down.
5Benardrick McKinneyILB22Mississippi StateHOU3-4357McKinney is likely the ILB to own in HOU immediately, as Cushing hasn't been an every-down player.
6Denzel PerrymanILB21Miami (Fla.)SD3-4648An elite run stopper, coverage deficiencies may make him a two-down thumper.
7Jake RyanILB23MichiganGB3-4769GB had a big need at ILB and only picked up Ryan, who isn't the likeliest rookie to earn a 3-down role.
8Alvin "Bud" DupreeOLB22KentuckyPIT3-411105The Steelers have a new freakishly fast and explosive 269 lb OLB. Good for them, but not necessarily IDP.
9Ramik WilsonILB22GeorgiaKC3-48812Landing in KC certainly increases the Wilson's chance of becoming a significant IDP at the ILB position.
10Jordan HicksOLB23TexasPHI3-491210Hicks will need more than good intangibles and athleticism to pass Kendricks/Alonso/Ryans on PHI's depth chart.
11Kwon AlexanderOLB20LSUTBTampa 210913Profiling more as a 4-3 OLB, Alexander might have a hard time climbing TB's depth chart.
12Shane RayOLB22MissouriDEN3-4136The speedy undersized pass rusher is likely to start in a rotational role.
13Eli HaroldOLBVirginiaSF3-4151111Harold is an athletic pass rusher, who checks all the measurable boxes, but is an 3-4 OLB.
14Nate OrchardOLB22UtahCLE3-41414Another edge rusher who will be lost to a 3-4 scheme.
15Damien WilsonILB22MinnesotaDALTampa 2141518Wilson has some depth chart climbing to do, but it's at least concievable he could do so in DAL.
16Ben HeeneyILBKansasOAK4-3121619Oakland created a real log jam at LB this off-season and Heeney is unlikely to surpass Lofton, Moore, Mack and others.
17Lorenzo MauldinOLB22LouisvilleNYJ3-41816A 3-4 OLB, and not an elite one, will be hard to draft in fantasy.
18Bryce HagerILB23BaylorSTL4-31317The Rams traded up to 224 for Hager, but he's unlikely to make waves behind Ogletree and Laurinaitis.
19Taiwan JonesILB21Michigan StateNYJ3-415A Shrine game stud, Jones is a run stuffer with good burst.