Punch Drunk Wonderland

My Ideal 2014 All IDP Team

We’re only two weeks into camp, so I understand it’s a bit premature. However, this is the time for projection and conjecture. Two of my favorite things. We’ve looked at Offseason IDP RankingsLinebackersDefensive Backs, and Rookies. Now it’s time to lay it all out and put together the dream team. If I were putting together an ALL IDP Team today, here’s who I would target. Keep in mind this is a “Dream Team” since landing all of these guys on one roster would be impossible.

Defensive Tackles

Geno Atkins (DT, Cincinnati Bengals)

Geno tends to still be the #1 ranked defensive tackle going into 2014 despite the fact that his production was down last season. Missing 7 games will do that. At the end of the day, he is the most complete interior lineman in the league. In all IDP mocks Atkins is coming off the board in the early 5th round.

Dontari Poe (DT, Kansas City Chiefts)

Poe really emerged in 2013 as a top tier defensive tackle. He compiled 51 tackles and 4.5 sacks, and plugged up the middle just as he’s supposed to. Look for him to continue to be a real force in the middle on a top flight defense in 2014.

Sleeper:  Aaron Donald (DT, St. Louis Rams)

The Rams’ defense is going to be one of the strongest units in the league in 2014, and Donald is in a great position to make a big rookie impact. That defense has needed an elite defensive tackle to round things out, and Donald is just that guy. He’s a physical freak with all of the tools to be a playmaker in the middle. Look for him to be a household name as far as defensive interior linemen go for years to come. Somebody’s knockin’, Geno.

Defensive Ends

J.J. Watt (DE, Houston Texans)

As long as things don’t get weird Watt is going to be the best defensive end you can get. The weirdness in question is if somehow he starts getting listed as an OLB in the 3-4 defense that Romeo Crennel is going to try to install. He’s cream of the crop when classified as an end, but it will get a little muddy if he’s a linebacker. I’m assuming defensive end, and he’s the best of the best.

Robert Quinn (DE, St. Louis Rams)

Speaking of best, meet 1b. Robert Quinn is entering his fourth NFL season and he’s primed to dominate in 2014. He was a monster in 2013 with 57 tackles and 19 sacks, and the sky’s the limit. He’s a pass rush force on an elite defense. There isn’t much more you could ask for in terms of potential.

Sleeper: Everson Griffen (DE, Minnesota Vikings)

Exit Jaren Allen, enter Everson Griffen. Now entering his fifth NFL season, Griffen is likely going to get the best opportunity to be the every down right end for the Vikings. I love Griffen and I expect he could have a very nice 2014 season.  He’s definitely one of the best under-the-radar DE pickups you could hope for as he’s going late in the 10th rounds of all IDP mocks.

Linebackers

Lavonte David (LB, Tampa Bay Bucs)

No brainer. Look at the numbers. If you want to field a team of elite linebackers, just grab a guy from the 2012 class. They were monsters. David has tallied 284 tackles, 8 sacks, 6 interceptions, and 14 passes defensed in his first two NFL seasons.

Vontaze Burfict (LB, Cincinnati Bengals)

2012. Remember that. In two seasons Burfict has piled up 295 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 interception, and 10 passes defensed. I smell Defensive Player of the Year….

Luke Kuechly (LB, Carolina Panthers)

Get the theme yet? Kuechly, drafted in 2012, was Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2012 and Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. He’s amassed 311 tackles, 3 sacks, 6 interceptions, and 15 passes defensed in his first two seasons. Monster in the middle on a tough defense.

Bobby Wagner (LB, Seattle Seahawks)

Reigning Super Bowl Champ and member of the 2012 Linebacker Class, Wagner should be good for another solid season on a solid defense.  He’s good for 120+ tackles and has big play potential. Can’t go wrong here.

Sleeper: Kevin Minter (LB, Arizona Cardinals)

In his second year and in a situation primed for opportunity, Minter is a very nice breakout candidate for 2014.

Cornerbacks

Charles Tillman (CB, Chicago Bears)

He may be getting up in age, but Peanut is hands down the best corner in the league. The Cornerback position is so hard to predict in terms of fantasy production, but Tillman has always been consistent. He’s got to have another year or two in the tank and he’s playing in a division that will give him opportunities to make big plays.

DeAngelo Hall (CB, Washington Redskins)

Call it my “Old Guys CB Crew”. I’m ok with it. Fantasy production at the corner position is fairly random, so I’ll take the guys that have been consistent producers for years. Hall is getting long in the tooth, but he showed in 2013 that he still has plenty in the tank.

Prince Amukamara (CB, New York Giants)

Amukamara is likely a convenient product of circumstance, but the production doesn’t lie. 85 tackles in 2013 for a corner is excellent. He may not be the sexy pick, but providence of circumstance prevails. He’s in a tough division that will give him opportunities to make plays, and he has the skills to do it.

Sleeper:  Desmond Trufant (CB, Atlanta Falcons)

This kid is my favorite young CB in league. He was graded out by Pro Football Focus as one of the top 8 CBs of 2013, and there’s no reason to think he won’t take a huge leap in his second season.

Safeties

Harrison Smith (S, Minnesota Vikings)

Smith’s 2013 season was cut short, but he’s still the top strong safety out there. He hasn’t quite lived up to the potential yet, but he showed in 2012 that he can be an elite safety in the NFL. If he can stay healthy, he should be good for well over 100 tackles and has big play potential in 2014.

Morgan Burnett (S, Green Bay Packers)

Burnett has been dinged up recently, but he’s as good as it gets in terms of consistency. Nearly 100 tackles in 13 games for 2013 is impressive. He’ll be good for 100+ tackles year in and year out.

Eric Weddle (S, San Diego Chargers)

Like reliability? Look at Weddle’s numbers. He’s been between 80 and 120 tackles for the last six seasons, and he hasn’t missed a game since 2009. Weddle is a safety that comes out and does the job and performs at a high level week in and week out.  I’ll take him all day for the consistency.

Sleeper: Johnathan Cyprien (C, Jacksonville Jaguars)

Ok, he’s not really a sleeper. But, he’s a second year player that stands to really rise up to the top of the elite class in 2014. Last season he piled up 102 tackles with a sack and an interception. Look for him to build on that and become part of the conversation of elite NFL safeties.

K. Smelser About K. Smelser
Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...

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