The Dynasty Football Factory IDP team conducted a rookie IDP only mock draft back in early February, and now with the combine in the rearview mirror and player pro-days and the draft looming in the distance, our experts and some fellow IDP heads took another crack at this years top defensive rookie talents in their 2nd mock draft of the off-season.
1.1 @_PeteLaw – Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Roquan Smith is an absolute beast. He measured in at 6’1” and 236-pounds at the NFL Combine. While at Georgia, Smith won the Butkus award and helped lead the Bulldogs to National Championship game appearance. Smith ran a 4.51-forty at the combine after he himself estimated he could post a 4.5-second 40-Yard Dash he hoped he could drop near the 4.4 range. Not only does Smith possess the game-changing speed to stay with pass catchers in coverage but don’t forget the power that he possesses to hit with soul-crushing force. Smith turned it up in the College Playoffs, and all of his talents were on display as he diagnosed the pass to Bo Scarbrough, looped around the attempted pick and delivered a huge hit on Scarbrough stopping him in his tracks. Big time tackle machine and player.
1.2 @seahawksdan8 – Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State
I was hoping for Roquan Smith to come to me at 1.02, but Bradley Chubb will be a very nice addition to the DE spot on any IDP roster. Chubb crushed the combine and will be doing the same to QBs on Sundays this fall.
1.3 @DFF_IDP– Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
Robo LB who has the speed and ability to dominate the middle for a defense. He will stay on the field for all 3-downs and adds a nice bonus as a good pass rusher. Fantasy points will come in a variety of ways for Evans.
1.4 @kered_eel – Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
Just 19 years old, an athletic, versatile LB who can play in coverage, tackle and get after the quarterback.
1.5 @sportstrucker – Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
He has great instincts and ball skills. Can play either Safety or Corner. Plays like a centerfielder as the deep safety and reads plays well and helps cornerbacks in coverage. Makes plays on the ball. Should be great at covering elite tight ends in the NFL. He also has good open field tackling abilities to prevent big runs.
1.6 @onthegoal_line – Derwin James, S, Florida State
The term “freak” gets thrown around a lot these days, so it’s only fitting to use it here too. James showed he has the skill to play at the NFL level as a 210-pound freshman. A knee injury slowed him down- but should he regain his full skillset- he has the potential to be great. He is being compared to Kam Chancellor, but a bigger Deone Bucannon or Shaq Thompson seems more accurate.
1.7 @josh444444 – Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
He is an above average athlete with great instincts and a nose for the football. Very well disciplined and a sure tackler. He is not a liability in coverage and is willing when blitzing. He had huge production his junior year and could have similar production at the next level. He reminds me a bit of KJ Wright.
1.8 @DFF_JohnIDP – Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina
Capable of playing at a high level in the middle or on the outside, he will be a name you will want to know. Coverage skills are good as is his sideline to sideline speed. Post combine he should fly up IDP boards.
1.9 @DFF_DWin – Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas – San Antonio
I would be thrilled to get Davenport this late in the round. He has true DE1 upside.
1.10 @DFF_Cog – Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
A savage sniper with crimson heart. People will be kicking themselves for not believing in him a year from now. He is easily the most pro-ready rookie DB in this class.
1.11 @fulst_rosto – Vita Vea, DT, Washington
Should be the first or second DT off the board and is a disrupter in the backfield.
1.12 @nateclever8 – Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
Jefferson has a long and athletic build. He can cover a lot of ground and get wide in a hurry. He can blitz up the middle or from the edge and covers well. Could be the steal of this draft (You hear me Jerry Jones? I’m talking to you!).
2.1 @_PeteLaw – Arden Key, LB/DE, LSU
I think that Arden Key is going to drop due to perceived “motivation” issues. He walked away briefly from football and didn’t set the game on fire like some expected. Key dealt with offseason shoulder surgery and missed time due to a finger injury. Physically, Key is a prototype player that can bend the edge with his plus flexibility and athleticism. He’ll need to work on his technique, but this is a high upside player.
2.2 @seahawksdan8 – Shaun Dion Hamilton, LB, Alabama
Injuries will cause him to drop a bit in the NFL draft.
2.3 @DFF_IDP – Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Edge, Oklahoma
I see him becoming a pass rush specialist from the edge. He has impressive arm length and can bring it.
2.4 @kered_eel – Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
A bit of a tweener size-wise, who is not super athletic, but he diagnoses well. I think he’s good enough to start at WILL at the NFL level.
2.5 @sportstrucker – Harold Landry, DE/OLB, Boston College
Landry has burst off the edge and good hands to get to the QB. He also can set the edge and stop the run. He was a DE at Boston College, but has the athleticism to stand up and play OLB in the NFL.
2.6 @onthegoal_line – Fred Warner, LB, BYU
Warner has experience playing both safety and linebacker in his college career and projects as a hybrid or “money” linebacker, similar to Deone Bucannon. At the very least, he is an excellent passing down LB who can cover. At best, he adds bulk to his frame and becomes an every down LB who dominates sideline to sideline.
2.7 @josh444444 – Azeem Victor, LB, Washington
A very gifted athlete with speed to spare. Great tackler and does very well in coverage. Should be a 3-down linebacker in the NFL. Has a lot of off-the-field red flags and is a boom or bust prospect, but I like the value here.
2.8 @DFF_JohnIDP – Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
DT premium bonus here. This guy shuts the door on the run game and will get rack up tackle for loss points. With the ability he’s shown to get in the gaps and dart through opposing O-lines, he will be a top DT for fantasy.
2.9 @DFF_DWin – Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
After his performance in the college playoffs, he opened a lot of eyes and made himself a lot of money. A solid combine showing solidified him as on of the top 3 DTs in this class.
2.10 @DFF_Cog – Tegray Scales, ILB, Indiana
Mr. Unappreciated. Serious instincts and the production to back it up. Watch him go on day 3 of the draft and start 16 games 2018.
2.11 @fulst_rosto – Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
One of the top corners in the class.
2.12 @nateclever8 – Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
Sam Hubbard is a freaking football player. He does everything at full speed. Hubbard doesn’t do anything outstanding, but the effort he puts in should get him in on plays at the pro level. He’s a player NFL coaches will love as he does what he’s supposed to do and accepts coaching well. He’ll need to add muscle, but the motor is there. He’ll be a good pro.
3.1 @_PeteLaw – Micah Kiser, LB, Virgina
A solid tackling machine. Not sure what his transition to the NFL will look like as he seemed to have a lack of speed and bit on play action often. A big, physical, punishing tackler that will need to work on his ability to play on third downs.
3.2 @seahawksdan8 – Quin Blanding, S, Virginia
Quin should be a run stopping safety in the NFL and was a tackling machine in college.
3.3 @DFF_IDP– Deshon Elliott, S, Texas
More free safety in him than strong safety. He has good hands and can tackle well in space he should rack up the fantasy points.
3.4 @kered_eel – Christian Sam, LB, Arizona State
I’m a pretty big fan. He has the requisite size and athleticism to play in the NFL. Coming off a major injury during his junior year, he bounced back big time last year.
3.5 @sportstrucker – Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCF
He has good athletic ability and looks to punish opponents. Accelerates quickly off the snap, plays fast with good technique. He can play inside or outside linebacker. As a senior he had 74 tackles, 13.5 for a loss, 7 sacks, an interception, 3 pass breakups and 2 forced fumbles. He followed that up with great showing at the NFL combine too.
3.6 @onthegoal_line – Justin Reid, S, Stanford
Reid posted an impressive 4.40 forty to go along with his already apparent explosiveness (36” vertical & 10’8” broad). He has shown an innate ability to flow to the ball and make plays all over. He could be just as good, if not better, than his brother Eric, who is a solid fantasy asset.
3.7 @josh444444 – Nick DeLuca, ILB, North Dakota State
A bit of a throwback, lunch pail kind of linebacker. An okay athlete with great diagnostics and instincts who to the ball. He’s a sure tackler and seems to always be in the right spot. Does not have elite speed, so he needs to rely on his instincts to be in the right spot. Was a 3-year starter and has the production you would like to see out of a smaller school guy.
3.8 @DFF_JohnIDP – Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M
This kid can fly and at this point in the mock was well worth a shot to get me some fantasy points.
3.9 @DFF_DWin – Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
A good defensive tackle prospect that can earn some points in DT required leagues.
3.10 @DFF_Cog – Siran Neal, DB, Jacksonville State
He can do a lot of things very well who likely projects as a safety/nickel in NFL. If he plays in the box he can be very special. He hits with a precise thunder. The next Malcolm Jenkins- believe it!
3.11 @fulst_rosto – Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
Taven is another DT that could be a point producer in DT required leagues.
3.12 @nateclever8 – Marcus Allen, S, Penn State
Marcus is a good player. He has a few issues namely his coverage skills and the ability to pull down interceptions. He needs some coaching, but he is a big hitter and could be really good in a hybrid role. I think the guy can have a good NFL career with his speed and talents. Would be a nice add for a team with a good FS already in place. Marcus blew away the combine so his draft stock should be arrow up.