Big Board Showdown: Defensive Draft Strategy

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Should you grab a top Defensive Player?

This is a very solid and deep defensive draft class, headlined by all-world prospect Chase Young. Our Big Board Showdown game will task you with drafting four defensive players and you can choose to put a fifth defender in your Flex spot.

Chase Young — Ohio State — Projected R1, P2

Young is a freak. Compared to Joey and Nick Bosa, he is a better prospect coming out of college. Power, Speed, Relentlessness. He’s got it all.

Jeffrey Okudah — Ohio State — Projected R1, P3

Great man coverage skills and beyond fast. Good ball skills. One of the better cornerback prospects to come out in the past five years. Projects as a future Pro Bowler.

Isaiah Simmons — Clemson — Projected R1, P4

Ridiculously versatile and instinctive. Could play any position on defense. Can cover any offensive position and has great vision. He’s got all of the tools.

Derrick Brown — Auburn — Projected R1, P7

Brown is a really good athlete for his size. He is scheme and positionally flexible. Moreover, is he ridiculously competitive.

Javon Kinlaw — South Carolina — Projected R1, P9

Absolutely a freak coming off of the ball. He will intimidate offensive lineman. He has a ton of power and will get to the QB. He has a high motor and always follows the football.

CJ Henderson — Florida — Projected R1, P16

Henderson is probably the best man coverage cornerback in the draft. He has outstanding body control and quick feet. Very fluid and efficient with his movements.

Kristian Fulton — LSU — Projected R1, P17

Fulton is great in man coverage. Very competitive and attacks the football. Rarely allows separation and has great awareness.

K’Lavon Chaisson — LSU — Projected R1, P19

One of the most explosive players in the draft on either side of the ball. Chaisson can be used in very creative ways on the defensive line or at linebacker. Absolutely relentless motor.

Kenneth Murray — Oklahoma — Projected R1, P20

Murray is a tough player who plays with urgency and has great range. Can make tackles from anywhere on the field.

Playing the Waiting Game…

Here are the other defenders we project to be selected within the first two rounds of the NFL Draft:

  • AJ Epenesa — Iowa — Projected R1, P24
  • Jeff Gladney — TCU — Projected R1, P27
  • Xavier McKinney — Alabama — Projected R1, P28
  • Yetur Gross-Matos — Penn State — Projected R1, P31
  • Trevon Diggs — Alabama — Projected R1, P32
  • Patrick Queen — LSU — Projected R2, P3
  • A.J. Terrell — Clemson — Projected R2, P4
  • Ross Blacklock — TCU — Projected R2, P5
  • Jaylon Johnson — Utah — Projected R2, P6
  • Julian Okwara — Notre Dame — Projected R2, P7
  • Antoine Winfield Jr. — Minnesota — Projected R2, P8
  • Noah Igbinoghene — Auburn — Projected R2, P10
  • Damon Arnette — Ohio State — Projected R2, P14
  • Justin Madubuike — Texas A&M — Projected R2, P15
  • Jeremy China — Southern Illinois — Projected R2, P19
  • Marlon Davidson — Auburn — Projected R2, P21
  • Jordan Brooks — Texas Tech — Projected R2, P22
  • Grant Delpit — LSU — Projected R2, P26
  • Cameron Dantzler — Mississippi State — Projected R2, P28
  • Ashtyn Davis — California — Projected R2, P32

Strategy

If you’re in a position in Big Board Showdown to draft Young, Okudah or Simmons early, I would probably take one of them. After that, I would consider waiting for defensive players.

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