OLB Leighton Vander Esch - Dallas Cowboys

6-4, 256Born: 2-9-1997College: Boise StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 19

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Summary

Vander Esch had a wildly productive rookie season and is already among the league's best linebackers. He had 105 solo tackles in spite of sharing time at the start of the season, and playing inside and out. Going forward, he's entrenched as the Cowboys top tackler and will stay on the field in all downs and distances because he's a dynamic cover linebacker. He had seven pass breakups and two interceptions last season. Considering how valuable Vander Esch was in IDP leagues last year in spite of zero sacks and forced fumbles, it's easy to project the second-year stud as a top-5 IDP target. (May 16)

FBG Staff Rankings

OLB Redraft - 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4
Overall Redraft - 2, 2, 3, 3, 4
OLB Dynasty - 3, 2, 3, 7
Overall Dynasty - 6, 6, 13

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2018 DAL 16.0 105.0 38.0 0 0.0 0.0 2.0 7.0 0.0
2019 PROJ-Rudnicki 16.0 100.0 * * * * * * *
2019 PROJ-Norton 16.0 100.0 * * * * * * *

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2@ Washington Redskins
3vs Miami Dolphins
4@ New Orleans Saints
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