The Giants, Cowboys, Eagles, and Redskins finished 2nd, 5th, 12th, and 19th, respectively, in points allowed last season. These four teams went into the 2017 draft looking to increase their stopping power even further, selecting 21 defenders with their 34 combined picks.
This influx of talent will have a definitive ripple effect on the division, as 10 of these 21 defenders were “blue chip” players, taken in the top-100. In fact, New York is the only team in the division who didn’t commit all three of their top-100 picks to their defense.
This ripple effect will also impact your dynasty rosters. When teams select players in the top-100, they expect a return on investment sooner, rather than later. Some of the veterans who were contributors to your teams last year may find themselves in a timeshare, or worse, out of a job this season. Let’s run through the rosters of these four franchises and find out whose IDP fortunes could be changing.
The Redskins had the best draft in the division, landing three potential starters with their first three picks. They paid extra attention to their secondary, picking up two cornerbacks, and a pair of safeties with hybrid potential. Yet, Washington’s biggest prize was acquiring a player many suspected would be taken in the top-5, without having to move from their original draft slot, at pick 17.
1.17 – Jonathan Allen – DT, Alabama
2.17 – Ryan Anderson – OLB, Alabama
3.17 – Fabian Moreau – CB, UCLA
4.17 – Montae Nicholson – S, Michigan State
7.12 – Josh Harvey-Clemons – S, Louisville
7.17 – Joshua Holsey – CB, Auburn
Winners – Ryan Kerrigan