The fantasy football season recently came to a close but as you already know there’s no off-season in dynasty fantasy football. The IDP team at Dynasty Nerds with some help from our friends put together an IDP only mock draft. It’s never too early to get to know some of the names we will be hearing about for the next few months.
Micah Parsons LB
@ejh1528IDP Eric Herauf
There’s little to no doubt that Micah Parsons is the best LB in the 2021 class, despite not playing a snap this season. The Penn State LB enters the NFL Draft with 191 tackles, including 99 solo tackles in 26 games. Parsons brings an incredible instinct and versatility to any defense at the next level. Micah Parson’ is the safest LB in this class to play in any scheme. His ability as a very good pass rusher (6.5 sacks) makes him an instant impact player for any NFL team.
Gregory Rousseau DL
@3COAK_FF Alex Kurpeski
Gregory Rousseau has played 14 collegiate games in which he has 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss. When you are looking for a player who can destroy an offensive game plan off the edge, you’ve found your man. The Hurricanes pass rusher is the prototypical size for an elite DE in the NFL, and although his production is only one season’s worth, he is as good as advertised. Rousseau will be the first of three Miami Hurricanes EDGE players taken in the 2021 NFL Draft. Rousseau is a projected top 10 pick and opted-out of the 2020 season, although we didn’t get to see him play this season; his combination of length and burst he showed in 2019 is enough to have him as the early favorite as second most valuable rookie IDP.
Dylan Moses LB
@donfrombuffalo Don Schultz
Just two years ago, we talked about Dylan Moses as a can’t miss prospect. Fast forward to the 2020 college football season, and there’re mock drafts with Moses going early to the middle of the 2nd round. The Alabama LB suffered a preseason injury in 2019, costing him what seemed to be his last season for the Crimson Tide. Still, he decided after rehabbing to return for his senior season. Moses hasn’t looked like himself this year, which is expected after knee surgery and a shortened off-season. Moses is still as talented as they come, but mentally he isn’t quite back to trusting his lower body to go full speed. Dylan Moses offers great size and true sideline to sideline range. There’s little doubt that he will still be an every-down linebacker in the NFL.
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB
@thesofascout Jeff Abercrombie
One of the biggest risers from 2019 to 2020, JOK has earned himself a first-round draft grade. Owusu-Koramoah has 136 tackles, 92 solo tackles, seven sacks, five forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries in just 24 games. The Notre Dame LB brings versatility as a pass rusher and can cover opposing TEs in space. There Are doubts because of his weight about his ability to be a true every-down LB, but he offers tremendous upside. There’s a chance he can play a hybrid role of safety or nickel. I also can’t rule out his potential to be an off-ball LB, a role I think he can also play if given the opportunity.
Nick Bolton LB
@Glosser13 Jon Glosser
Bolton has been an absolute tackle machine for the Missouri Tigers over the past two seasons. He will enter the NFL draft with 220 tackles, 139 solo, four sacks, and 12 passes defended while also scoring a defensive touchdown. The leading tackler for Mizzou is a bit of a throwback LB who just loves to hit ball carriers and likes to let you know just how physically he plays. Nick Bolton brings a style of play that is missing in some of today’s NFL linebackers, which is infectious to his teammates. If he lands in the right system, he could be a great IDP producer. He will tackle anything that comes his way, and he brings enough as a blitzer to give opposing RBs trouble in pass protection.
Chazz Surratt LB
@BeardZeus Greg Billing
A very cool story coming out of Chapel Hill, Chazz Surratt recruited to play QB, and after that didn’t work out, he switched to LB after his sophomore season. Surratt plays two years at a brand new position to him, and all he does is post 207 tackles, 116 solos, 22.5 tackles for loss, and 12.5 sacks. The former North Carolina Parade National Player of the Year did not disappoint as a defensive player earning First-team All-ACC honors and finishing as runner-up to Isaiah Simmons for ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Surratt brings a rare knowledge of QB and offensive concepts to the LB position. Combine that with his athletic ability and size, and he has outstanding potential as an every-down NFL linebacker.
Jaelen Phillips DL/EDGE
@FFPeeblesChamp Dwight Peebles
Jaelen Phillips possesses excellent quickness off the line with very good size and power. Phillips didn’t show this much at UCLA as the former five-star prospect only appeared in ten games in his first two seasons and only tallied 4.5 sacks. A transfer to Miami in 2020 was the best move for him as he stepped in for Gregory Rousseau, who opted out. In his absence, Phillips put together a 45 tackle and eight sack season. Although the sample size is small, it’s very likely Phillips here’s his name called in the first round of the NFL Draft, making him an instant starter and a top ten IDP this season.
Jevon Holland DB
@dynastynuke Scott Gundlach
The first defensive back off the board is Oregon’s Jevon Holland, yet another player who opted-out of the 2020 season. Holland doesn’t stand out on film as doing one thing great, but he has many skills and is a very versatile player. With the Ducks, he has played deep safety and lined up as the nickel corner. Holland has shown his willingness to get involved in the run game; he has 108 tackles, nine interceptions, and ten passes defended in two seasons with Oregon. It’s likely a player with the versatility of Holland sees the field early in his NFL career.
Zaven Collins LB
@KBelf54 Kyle Bellefeuil
Zaven Collins has been a do it all LB for Tulsa’s defense, with 236 tackles, 129 solos, and 7.5 sacks in three seasons. There are concerns he isn’t a true EDGE or LB, which may hurt his overall IDP value, but in the eyes of most draft analysts, he’s a day one pick. Collins has shown the ability to be a high-volume tackler and making impact plays. In 2020 Collins recorded four interceptions, three forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries on his way to scoring two defensive touchdowns in just eight games played. There will be a place for him on an NFL defense. Just knowing what that position will be four months before the NFL Draft is anybody’s guess.
Azeez Ojulari EDGE
The Georgia Bulldog pass rusher has a variety of moves off the edge that have just given SEC tackles headaches over the past two seasons. Ojulari has recorded 12.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss over his last two seasons. Where he gets drafted may play a huge role in his IDP value as a rookie, but there’s no denying he can get after opposing quarterbacks if given a chance. There’s absolutely room to improve as a run defender, which may keep him as a pass rush specialist early in his career. He’s definitely a player that can help any defense that has issues rushing the passer.
Shaka Toney DL
@50shadesofdrunk Jordan Rains
Shaka Toney has four-years of production at Penn State, recording 111 tackles and 20 sacks. Toney is an excellent athlete who just keeps getting better the more he plays. Penn State’s best pass rusher this season had multiple two-sack performances. Defensive End in a 4-3 defense is where he likely fits in the NFL, and multiple teams need that heading into the 2021 NFL Draft.
Hamsah Nasirildeen DB
@StatsSAC Shawn Coleman
Florida State’ Nasirildeen is arguably the most talented safety in this class. He possesses the size and attitude you’re looking for in a throwback NFL safety. After 192 tackles between 2018 and 2019 before a late-season knee injury cost him all but two games in 2020. The size, speed, play style, and versatility of the Florida State safety make him one of the most intriguing IDP rookies in this class.
This is the first of many IDP mock drafts we will be doing this off-season. Stay tuned for Round 2 of this draft, which will be coming soon. As always, feel free to reach out to the Dynasty Nerds IDP team for all your questions as we will be providing the best content we can to make you a better IDP dynasty football manager.
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