Top 10 IDP Camp Battles
6. Philadelphia Eagles safeties: Earl Wolff & Kurt Coleman & Pat Chung & Kenny Phillips & Nate Allen Three years ago, Chung had his best IDP season with the New England Patriots. He was among the best IDP safeties that year, but after missing 12 games over his last two seasons, he must re-establish himself as a strong safety in Philly. The Eagles are still trying to iron out both safety positions after adding Chung and Kenny Phillips via free agency. Phillips also battled injuries last season, but appears to have the early lead to start at free safety. Coleman was very productive in 2012 with 105 tackles and has a fair shot to retake his old job.
7. Cleveland Browns outside linebacker: Barkevious Mingo & Jabaal Sheard
It would take a very special summer from Mingo to unseat Sheard. The Browns pumped up their pass rush by adding Paul Kruger from the Baltimore Ravens and the starting spot opposite him may become a bit of a rotation. Mingo is a pass-rushing specialist, yet Sheard actually led Cleveland with 7.0 sacks last season. The knock on Mingo leading up to the draft was that he didn't have the chops to play against the run, so he may need time to marinate on the bench before becoming a full-time starter. For now, Sheard has the inside track over the rookie.
8. Cincinnati Bengals defensive end: Carlos Dunlap & Margus Hunt
While a lot of attention is given to Andy Dalton and A.J. Green regarding Cincinnati's resurgence (they did make the playoffs after all), the Bengals' defense deserves a lot of credit as well. Cincy finished 2012 with 51.0 sacks, third-best overall up from fifth in 2011. Between Geno Atkins and Michael Johnson, their defensive line is stacked for years to come. Dunlap contributed 6.0 sacks, yet has a weak grasp on the starting role. Look for this to ultimately become a rotation given Hunt's lack of football experience. The 6'8" rookie is a matchup nightmare one-on-one, so he might surprise later in the season once he gets his feet wet.
9. Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker: Erik Walden & Bjoern Werner
Walden should now be infamous to NFL fans after being used and abused by Colin Kaepernick in the postseason. Green Bay quietly allowed Walden to hit the free agent market after his disappointing 2012 season. Werner joins the Colts as a bit of a tweener; he can play a bit of 4-3 end or 3-4 OLB if the Colts opt to switch up their base formations. If Werner is listed in your league as a LB, his value is very limited given he isn't a pure speed rusher; he also shouldn't be expected to accumulate many tackles given the Colts' defensive scheme. Regardless, Werner is young and worth keeping an eye on since the Colts desperately need to revamp their pass rush.
10. Washington Redskins free safety: Reed Doughty & Baccari Rambo & Phillip Thomas
The nation's capital was home to one of the NFL's worst pass defenses. The Skins allowed 282 pass yards per game, third-most of any team. A steady procession to safety Brandon Meriweather hurt their secondary, forcing Madieu Williams into a lot of playing time. Williams is now gone after a very poor season, and Washington must find a replacement. Rambo is the early favorite and began training camp as the team's starting free safety. Doughty may be the incumbent, but defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has already told the press he expects Thomas or Rambo to win the job. The Skins are battling with injuries to their defensive line which may force an extra safety in the box, making Rambo a potential deep sleeper in IDP formats.