Draft season is here! The IDP team here at Dynasty Football Factory decided to get together and get our mock on. This mock is an IDP Only Rookie mock and will be three rounds. We each took two teams, but this is purely based on fantasy potential, not on a particular team we own. This is our first of many IDP rookie drafts, so keep checking back for more. These selections were all made before defensive players participated in combine testing, so make sure you stay tuned to future IDP rookie mock drafts to see how opinions change and develop throughout the draft season. If you don’t follow these mockers, feel free to click their link and give them a follow.
1.01 – @DFF_JohnIDP – Devin White, LB, LSU
I want points and be assured of getting plenty of them from this pick. In the leagues that I play in, points come primarily from tackles and he will deliver. With a player who can get after it from any scheme, I will lock up the draft’s top LB. Whichever team drafts him in the draft, he will be locked into a starting role. This is a safe pick.
1.02 – @seahawksdan8 – Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
I’m not sure that I would make this pick if he were drafted to a team running a 3-4 defense, but as of now on talent, he’d be my 1.01. One takeaway from last season is that defensive end can be a wasteland beyond the elite talents, and Bosa is the elite talent out of this draft class. So much so that he took most of the year off and is still considered a top 5 pick.
1.03 – @DFF_Cog – Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
I realize drafting a DT here is pretty unheard of, however, I bet there are plenty of folks who wished that they didn’t pass up on Aaron Donald. Well, here is a chance at vindication. Oliver is as talented as any DL I have ever seen. He is “Donald” level special. I do have a slight fear that he could end up playing more DE than DT. This will not necessarily be determined by scheme but by coaching philosophy and fit. With IDP players you have to let talent supersede every other gut reaction. Last year I got Bradley Chubb with the 10th pick in an IDP rookie draft because everyone was wary of his LB designation. They were too quick to forget that Chubb was one of the three top players of the class. Oliver might eventually be the best player for this class.
1.04 – @DFF_DWIN – Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
When it comes to fantasy IDP, it starts with LB, but if you play in position specific league, you know how important it is to find scoring at the defensive tackle position. Just like in the NFL, production at this spot is highly coveted. With Oliver off the board at 1.03, I am going to take the next best at the position. Williams parlayed a great sophomore season into what looks to be a high draft pick, possibly top 5. He is one of the few interior defenders that can provide a pass rush.
1.05 – @BrumleyNFL – Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
Taking an edge rusher in an IDP rookie draft before the NFL Draft occurs in April is always about weighing the risk of DE/LB position designation. I’d take Burns here at 1.05 only on the circumstance that he’s drafted to a team with an even front where he is given DE position eligibility. After weighing in at 249 lbs at the combine, I think there’s a good chance that a team like the Raiders, Bucs, or Bills could select Burns in the top 10.
1.06 – @DFF_DWIN – Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
As I mentioned earlier, fantasy IDP starts at LB. That position is the highest scoring LB, Devin White, off the board, I am going to take the next in line and that’s Michigan LB Devin Bush. He’s a terrific run defender, has a high football IQ and gives tremendous effort. Bush will excel as an MLB and that position scores a lot of fantasy points. If he lands on a team where he starts immediately, then he could put up premium scoring.
1.07 – @DFF_Walk – Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
A lock top 10 NFL Draft pick and my 2nd rated pass rush prospect in this class behind Bosa. I’ll gladly grab him at 1.07. Being drafted by a 3-4 team could hurt his IDP stock but he’s still a round 1 pick, regardless of positional designation.
1.08 – @DFF_ Walk – Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
More projection than production at this point, but this 6-foot-5, 283 pound athletic freak of nature could be unlocked in the right system. He’s another player I expect is off the board in the top half of the first round in the NFL Draft.
1.09 – @seahawksdan8 – Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
Wilson is a versatile linebacker that can cover and tackle. Also, did I mention he’s a linebacker from Alabama? They normally do pretty well at the next level. His 6 interceptions show he has ball skills, and though he doesn’t have a ton of tackles in college, he will get every opportunity to play on whatever team drafts him on day 1 or 2. He should be a penciled in starter and could be an LB3 from the start of his career at the next level.
1.10 – @BrumleyNFL – Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
In this generational class of edge rushing talent, I’ll be trying to stock up on as many pass rushers as possible early on. I have Ferrell ranked as a top-15 player on my big board heading into the combine, and I think he’s a lock to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft. Ferrell measured in at 6’4”, 264 lbs at the combine, two numbers I’m very happy with coming from him.
1.11 – @DFF_Cog – Amani Hooker, S, Iowa
Insert your favorite S/LB hybrid comp here. Hooker has everything (besides top-notch long speed) that makes IDP players great. His play recognition and savage hitting ability will keep you interested. His splash plays and versatility are just butter on the bagel. I expect Hooker to see a majority of his snaps in the box. I cannot wait to see where he lands.
1.12 – @DFF_JohnIDP – Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
Do it all safety that knows how to play the game. I expect big-time stats from him from year one in the league. The big play formats should also take note, as he is excellent in coverage and will find the ball.
2.01 – @DFF_JohnIDP – Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida
I like the way he gets around the field. I believe he will get pressure on QB’s and, if he makes contact, the QB will not enjoy the jarring hit. This kid has some serious chops. I love him in an OLB spot where he can get after the QB and will also be able to chase and tackle. Landing spot is key here, though.
2.02 – @seahawksdan8 – Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
Sweat was a sack master his two years with Mississippi St. and did so against SEC competition. I hope he can end up playing defensive end in a 4-3 defense but he could be a sack specialist at OLB in a 3-4. Big play and sack leagues will be beneficial for Sweat and he could very well be a first-round selection in the NFL Draft after his monster combine performance.
2.03 – @DFF_Cog – Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington
Not many people are talking about BBK. He is just a steadfast and smart performer. He led the nation with 176 total tackles in 2018. He also forced four fumbles, had six passes defended and made a pair of INTs. Besides being slightly undersized (6’0”/220) BBK has the makings of an IDP stalwart. I am thrilled, no I am flabbergasted, to get a player of this magnitude with the fifteenth overall pick.
2.04 – @DFF_DWIN – Khalil Hodge, LB, Buffalo
It wasn’t long ago that we saw another Khalil (Mack) from Buffalo enter the NFL draft, and he’s a superstar. While Hodge is slightly a different player than Mack, he will become a star in his own right. He’s a tackling machine who racked up over 400+ tackles in just three seasons. This is one of my most underrated players and after losing out on Oliver, there’s no way I let Hodge slide by. I see him being a cross between Darius Leonard and Zach Cunningham.
2.05 – @BrumleyNFL – Terrill Hanks, LB, New Mexico State
I’m selecting Hanks here as the sixth off-ball linebacker taken in this draft, and I think that’s an absolute steal for the New Mexico State product. Hanks has the size and agility to step in for a team and contribute as a three-down linebacker starting his first season in the league. He impressed me a ton in Mobile not only with his strength plugging holes against the run, but covering tight ends and running backs out of the backfield as well. Hanks has the upside to be as good as any linebacker in this class.
2.06 – @DFF_DWIN – Jeff Allison, LB, Fresno State
Allison is an amazingly athletic LB, who is best suited for a 3-4 scheme as an ILB. He’s is very good in coverage and shooting the gaps. He’s at his best when he gets to play downhill. Very interested to see how he will test and stack up against the top at this class.
2.07 – @DFF_Walk – Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, Lousiana Tech
Most of the leagues that I play in place a premium on the DE and DT positions, so my attention is consistently drawn to the trenches. The 6-foot-5 269-pound star finished his career with an FBS-record 45 sacks, breaking Terrell Suggs’ record. It’s unfortunate that he was not able to compete with his peers at the combine. His invite was rescinded after an off-the-field issue was discovered during a background check. No risk it, no biscuit and he’s well worth the 2.07.
2.08 – @DFF_Walk – Taylor Rapp SS, Washington
A three-year starter at Washington, Rapp (6-foot, 200) was a versatile piece for the Huskies, spending time at linebacker and both safety positions throughout his collegiate career. That versatility should play well in the Big Nickel NFL.
2.09 – @seahawksdan8 – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
I like collecting 1st round talent on my fantasy teams. Most teams will not invest in a player in round 1 unless they are a big part of their plans going forward. Gardner-Johnson is projected to be a 1st round pick and should get a spot on a playoff team if he goes late in the 1st. Landing spot will impact whether I would still make this selection in the 2nd round come May. I can see him as a blitzing safety that has ball skills as well.
2.10 – @BrumleyNFL – Joe Giles-Harris, LB, Duke
Predicting linebacker playing time before landing spots are known is a very tough thing to do, but a linebacker who I think will earn time on the field no matter what team by whom he is drafted will be Duke’s Joe Giles-Harris. I can see Giles-Harris being selected in the Round 3-4 range of the NFL Draft, but a big bonus to his play style is he fits perfectly into any defensive system that a team runs.
2.11 – @DFF_Cog – Cameron Smith, LB, USC
Past injuries have really hurt his stock. However, we are talking about a four-year starter. You can not discredit that type of experience. Smith actually played versus eighth graders when he was just a fourth grader. Again, experience matters and he has literally been excelling versus more experience competition since he was 10 years old. In 2018 Smith average nine tackle per game (IDP me ASAP). He has been compared to current Packer Blake Martinez; I will take that all bleeping day.
2.12 – @DFF_JohnIDP – Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia
The “in-the-box” safeties always have a warm place in my heart. This kid loves contact and will be a force against the run. This screams POINTS and I want them!
3.01 – @DFF_JohnIDP – Christian Miller, EDGE, Alabama
I like players who can fit into some different roles on a defense, which is what draws me to him. In the right defense playing probably more so on passing downs could make him into a nice depth piece in fantasy. It’s not like he is awful against the run but could use more work as he was limited in college in this role. Keep an eye on him leading up to the draft.
3.02 – @seahawksdan8 – Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
Thompson finally got his chance to play meaningful snaps in his redshirt junior season for the Tide. He took advantage of that, racking up 47 solo tackles and creating 5 turnovers. Thompson should get a chance to start early on in his career and could join a whole host of talented safeties to recently come from Alabama like Eddie Jackson, Ronnie Harrison, and Minkah Fitzpatrick…
3.03 – @DFF_Cog – Antoine Brooks, S, Maryland
This kid is built like a power running back and hits like a monster edge defender. He can play so many roles in a variety of schemes. He’s a top two safety for me in this class. So scoring him in the early third round is an awesome value.
3.04 – @DFF_DWIN – Porter Gustin, LB, USC
The knock on Gustin is his ability to stay healthy, but when he is, there is no mistaking his playmaking ability. He is one of the better pass rushing ILBs in this draft. A blue collar type who is relentless has good size and speed but not elite. Very smart and can read plays quickly. He will be one of the better value picks in fantasy drafts.
3.05 – @BrumleyNFL – Charles Omenihu, EDGE, Texas
I had considered Omenihu with a couple of my previous selections, but I finally couldn’t pass on him any longer in the third round. The Texas edge rusher is a top 50 lock in my mind for the NFL Draft and I see a perfect fit with the Seattle Seahawks. Omenihu has insane length around the edge and has one of the best motors in the entire defensive class; a true competitor of the game.
3.06 – @DFF_DWIN – Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
Can’t believe this monster from Clemson fell this far. He has the versatility to play both in the interior and at the end positions. His value will be tied to what scheme he lands in, but make no mistake, he will produce regardless.
3.07 – @DFF_Walk – Oshane Ximines DE Old Dominion
Throwing a dart at a player with HUGE pass rush upside. Go watch his 2018 game tape vs VaTech. If that effort was consistent he’d be a round 2 IDP rookie pick all day.
3.08 – @DFF_ Walk – Vosean Joseph LB Florida
I had to grab a LB at some point, and why not Joseph. The 6-foot, 225-pound junior linebacker, plays the position with passion and power. He is instinctive and aggressive (needs to work on his coverage). I see some Telvin Smith to his game.
3.09 – @seahawksdan8 – D’Andre Walker, EDGE/LB, Georgia
I see Walker as a 3-4 OLB in the NFL and could do very well as a pass rusher. If he gets a defensive end designation, I’d like him in IDP a little more because of his ability to generate pressure and sacks. Big play scoring leagues or sack-heavy leagues will be better suited for Walker’s talents.
3.10 – @BrumleyNFL – Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford
Taking another linebacker here in the last round that I think can mold into a three-down fixture for an NFL defense. Taking Okereke in an IDP league, you’ll likely have to wait at least a season or two for him to bloom into his full potential, as opposed to more talented linebackers this year that have a first-round ADP. Okereke could be a plug and play in your IDP lineup in 2020-2021.
3.11 – @DFF_Cog – Johnathan Abram, S, Miss St.
I like Abram but I don’t love him. With some positive reinforcement and some technique tweaking, I think he can be very IDP useful. His rookie season may be very quiet. I honestly don’t think you even need to draft him. But, a year from now you and your waiver FAAB might be glad you took a chance on him.
3.12 – @DFF_JohnIDP- Maxx Crosby, EDGE, Eastern Michigan
This is my MAC pick of the draft. Call me a homer if you will. I simply feel the need. Once drafted he will help fill some utility roles and contribute. This would be a stash and hold pick as he develops. Why draft him? He has dominant hand movement and gets clean after initial contact often enough for me to hope he can add muscle and turn into a pass role specialist.