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DynastyNerds IDP Rookie Draft

Who should you be drafting in this year’s IDP class?
The Dynasty Nerds team is joined by a couple of guests to break down this 12 team IDP mock draft.

The 2020 NFL draft’s offensive guys have been getting all the love for the better part of a year, so it seemed fitting that the defensive guys get some recognition as well. As the head of the IDP team here at Dynasty Nerds I felt it was my job to bring you guys our first IDP only rookie mock draft of 2020. I put together a one round mock with a few writers from Dynasty Nerds as well as some of the best IDP minds I know.  We wanted to get the names out there early enough that the dynasty community can start to know the defensive players as well as they do those on offense. 

1.01:  Chase Young

  • 6’5” 265 LBs 
  • DE/EDGE, Ohio State 
  • @thesofascout  – Jeff Abercrombie
Chase Young –empiresportsmedia.com

This one is obvious. Anyone and everyone who turned on an Ohio State game this year that Young played in saw how dominant he is and how he can destroy an offensive game plan. It’s rare you see a defensive player this dominant, polished and productive at this age. If we are talking overall talent, you can’t convince me that there’s a better player in this draft than Chase Young. 

1.02:  Isaiah Simmons

  • 6’4” 230 lbs
  • LB, Clemson
  • @Dynastyponderer – Zach Ponder
Isaiah Simmons –thephinsider.com

Ponder was the true chess piece of the Clemson defense. With one year starting at safety and two as an All American LB, there’s almost nothing Simmons can’t do on the football field. In his three years at Clemson he has played in two National Championships, winning one, and has played strong safety, Mike LB, Sam LB and nickel LB. The size and versatility Simmons possesses makes him an immediate impact player at the pro level no matter where he plays in 2020. 

1.03:  Kenneth Murray

  • 6’2” 243 lbs 
  • LB Oklahoma 
  • @50shadesofdrunk – Jordan Rains
Kenneth Murray – 247sports.com

Murray’s built in the mold of the new age NFL LB with sideline to sideline speed. He doesn’t play nearly as fast as he could, which can be viewed as a strength or a weakness.  He is extremely patient at diagnosing and reading plays which at times gets him in trouble. While the tackle numbers dropped from 2018 to 2019, Murray has a bright future in the NFL; 325 tackles in three seasons can’t be debated. 

1.04: A.J. Espenesa

  • 6’6” 280 lbs 
  • EDGE, Iowa
  • @BeardZeus – Greg Billing
A .J. Espenasa – thephinsider.com

Espenesa is an old school football player who can line up inside or outside along the defensive line. The speed and quickness might not be there but the size and power are enough to make him a threat at the next level. More often than not he was unblockable in one-on-one situations. My biggest fear is he becomes the stud DL that coaches double team on Sundays and his teammates get the sacks and tackles. Regardless, Espenesa is a strong pick here with tons of upside. 

1.05: Grant Delpit

  • 6’3” 201 lbs
  • S, LSU
  • @Glosser13 – Jon Glosser
Grant Delpit – 247sports.com

At this point when you see a productive LSU defensive back you almost jump at the chance to draft him- especially one who wears the coveted number 7 jersey. Even though LSU won the National Championship, Delpit did not play nearly to his potential in 2019, slowed by an ankle injury for most of the season. The numbers still remain for the stand-out-safety: 120 solo tackles and 8 interceptions in three seasons show you just how good of an NFL pro he can be. The 2019 Jim Thorpe Award winner has been special for LSU, playing both in the box and deep during his time there. Delpit’s instincts are second to none; he just needs to become a more sure tackler to be a true IDP stud in the NFL.

1.06: Derrick Brown

  • 6’2” 245 lbs
  • DT, Auburn
  • @thesofascout – Jeff Abercrombie
Derrick Brown – collegeandmagnolia.com

Brown is probably a top 10 NFL draft pick but he falls because DT doesn’t get a premium in most IDP league setups (unless you’re in a league that rewards that with a DT specific spot). Still, we’ve seen talented players at DT emerge as key fantasy contributors if they’re huge disruptors on the DL, and that fits Brown to a T. In IDP 1-2-3 scoring, TFL and sacks are rewarded as big plays, and that’s where Brown can be fantasy viable.

1.07: Yetur Gross-Matos 

  • 6’5” 264 lbs
  • EDGE, Penn State
  • @DynastyPonderer – Zach Ponder
Yetur Gross-Matos – hogshaven.com

Gross- Matos is very explosive with a long frame and was super productive at Penn State, racking up 17 sacks over the past two seasons. 4-3 defensive end most likely fits his game better at the next level but he could prove to be a standup 3-4 LB with the right system and coaching. The sack numbers will keep him fantasy relevant and he has upside for days. 

1.08: K’Lavon Chaisson

  • 6’4” 250 lbs
  • EDGE, LSU
  • @50shadesofdrunk – Jordan Rains
K’Lavon Chaisson- 247sports.com

Chaisson helped lead the LSU Tigers to the National Championship in 2019 and he wasn’t even fully recovered from his 2018 ACL tear. Simply put, he’s an amazing athlete, which seems to be the norm around the LSU football team. His explosiveness and versatility are huge selling points. Chaisson will likely  score most of his fantasy points as a rush 3-4 LB, but don’t rule out his ability to cover. If he didn’t tear his ACL a year ago I believe you would be looking at a top 5 draft pick; he will be an absolute steal in the NFL Draft if he falls out of the top 10. 

1.09: Javon Kinlaw

  • 6’6” 310 lbs
  • DT, South Carolina
  • @BeardZeus – Greg Billing
Javon Kinlaw- postandcourier.com

The upside of the defensive linemen are a common theme in this mock. Kinlaw plays with a great motor and he’s a massive human being. It is in DT required leagues that he will see the most value but upside alone should see him come off the board around the top 8-12 IDPs taken. He played multiple positions this year and did fairly well at all of them, recording 6 sacks. He should be a productive starter regardless of what defensive scheme he plays next year.

1.10: Xavier McKinney

  • 6’1” 200 lbs
  • S, Alabama
  • @Glosser13 – Jon Glosser
Xavier McKinney- thephinsider.com

Early in the scouting process this is where the talent drops off The Alabama safety is a great prospect- with some limitations- although his production can’t be debated. In the past two seasons28 games total he has compiled 104 solo tackles, 6 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 5 interceptions and 2 defensive touchdowns. When you believe numbers don’t lie you can justify taking him here and banking on him being a productive NFL player. 

1.11: Malik Harrison

  • 6’3” 240 lbs
  • LB, Ohio State
  • @thesofascout – Jeff Abercrombie
Malik Harrison – prideofdetroit.com

I’m not sure who the third LB taken in the draft will be, but it may well be Harrison, and probably will be in round two or three. Other names to watch are Troy Dye, Zach Baun, and Jordyn Brooks. Not knowing where these guys will land or how high they go in the draft makes this difficult, as they form a tier for me. I went Malik, mostly because when I was watching Jonathan Taylor play Ohio State, I was really impressed with Harrison’s play. 

1.12: Troy Dye

  • 6’4’ 225 lbs
  • LB, Oregon
  • @DynastyPonderer – Zach Ponder
Troy Dye – addictedtoquack.com

Dye is a true downhill LB with outside rushing ability. He sits number 5 all time on the Pac 12 solo tackles list for a career with 234. An instinctive linebacker who played a ton of football for Oregon over the past four years, Dye has a chance to be a starting Will LB in a 4-3 defense next season. Despite being such a good athlete he can get lost from time to time in his reads.

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