Combine week is upon us! As this week gets into high gear, I wanted to throw out my top 10 IDP rookies (at least up to this point in the draft season). We have been hard at work here at RotoHeat getting our rankings together in all categories, and as I’ve built out my IDP rankings (IDP-Only as well as Combo Offense/Defense), I keep going back and forth on these players outside of my #1 overall IDP. With all that being said, if you have questions, feel free to hit me up wherever you follow RotoHeat!
#1 – Kyle Hamilton, S Notre Dame
He’s been my favorite IDP rookie since mid-January, and I don’t see that changing. Hamilton’s a game-changer (if you want to see my profile of him, click here), I see him being a day one starter, no matter what team he gets drafted to. I will say when I’ve been doing my mocks here recently on the mock draft database, I’d love to see him in Detroit and he could be a huge IDP value there as well.
#2 – Devin Lloyd, LB Utah
So from #2 on is still very much fluid in my mind, and with all the linebackers, the landing spot will be HUGE when determining fantasy value. Rumors of Lloyd to New England would hurt his value in my mind but if you do your IDP drafts before the NFL draft, here’s where I’d take him currently. Devin projects best to fit in a 4-3 defense but I can see him developing into a 3-4 pass-rushing backer in time, I think his IDP value is highest in a 4-3 currently though.
#3 – Nakobe Dean, LB Georgia
The Butkus Award winner has the chance to be a starter sooner rather than later but rumors of him to Tennessee would be interesting for fantasy, not sure my favorite spot for him but interesting. Dean has a great athletic profile, has a little bit of the Jarrad Davis issue where he can overrun plays because of his athletic ability and angles but he has great instincts and can be a force in the middle of a defense.
#4 – Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE Oregon
Kayvons’s a great athlete, gives me the Gregory Rousseau vibes from last year when I look at him and his style. Some may pause for concern but I’d love to have both of these pass-rushes on my fantasy (or NFL) teams. I like drafting guys like this, that have good sack upside as opposed to edge players that are more tackle-heavy but it also all depends on your league scoring.
#5 – Aidan Hutchinson, DE Michigan
You see everyone ranking Hutchinson higher in actual NFL Draft rankings but I think Kayvon has a higher value ceiling in fantasy terms, so I’d swing for that over Hutchinson but it’s not by much as you can see. Hutchinson showed he can attack off the edge, is a sure tackler, and a guy that probably starts day one on whatever team that drafts him.
#6 – Jaquan Brisker, S Penn State
Most years Brisker’s your top safety and is because he’s got a well-rounded skill set that projects strongly to the next level. Brisker is a great story of a JUCO transfer making it to the NFL and has a strong case to be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. He has a strong athletic profile and is good enough to play either safety spot as well as be a blitzing safety.
#7 – David Ojabo, DE Michigan
I don’t want to say Kwity Paye 2.0 but I have the same feeling watching Ojabo as I did while watching Paye coming into last year’s draft. He is a solid pass rusher and I can see him rotating in a 4-3 DE role as a rookie or a 3-4 outside linebacker with his size/speed combo.
#8 – Chad Muma, LB Wyoming
Muma’s the guy that I keep moving the most, I fear I am looking to much at Anthony Barr which could cause me to slide him down my rankings as time goes on. He projects to be a 4-3 outside linebacker but I think he’s a better tackler than Barr coming out of Wyoming and ultimately a more ready prospect coming into the league.
#9 – Jermaine Johnson, DE Florida State
Honestly, my 8, 9, and 10 spot IDPs have been moved the most in my initial rookie rankings, Johnson was another JUCO transfer but he originally went to Georgia and didn’t fare well so entered the transfer portal and landed at Florida State. Johnson’s another one of those guys I can make the case of being a rotational 4-3 DE as a rookie or a starting 3-4 OLB as a rookie.
#10 – Christian Harris, LB Alabama
My struggle with Harris is more Bama linebackers and not so much Harris, so I try to keep that bias out of my rankings and decisions in rookie drafts. I was burnt by guys like Dylan Moses and Reuben Foster but Rashaan Evans has been ok at times ultimately the linebackers from that school have been more or less suspect at best in the NFL as of late. Harris comes to the NFL with a similar profile to most of the other linebackers that have come out of Tuscaloosa recently, solid but not spectacular tackler, smart player that could be put at any spot in the middle of the defense but not a strong player in pass coverage.
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