Welcome back IDP Nerds. This is round two of our IDP-only rookie mock version 2.0. Let’s take a look at the big movers in the early mocks from January to February. This is a fun exercise to make sure you, as the reader, know all the names of the top 24 defensive players to most likely make a fantasy impact in 2021 and beyond.
Trevon Moehrig, DB
@J_Rhoton Josh Rhoton
The early favorite for my DB1 in this class, 20 passes defended in his last two seasons at TCU. Moehrig also took home the 2020 Jim Thorpe Award and should be an early day two pick in the NFL draft giving him a solid chance to be an opening day starter.
Patrick Jones II EDGE
@FFPeeblesChamp – Dwight Peebles
I love this pick. Patrick Jones has the size you are looking for in an NFL defensive end and a non-stop motor. I’m a huge fan of his and can’t wait to see him put up numbers once his name is called in April.
Jabril Cox LB
@Spydes78 Jayson Snyder
Initially pegged as a Day 2 pick, Cox only helped his stock with an eye-catching performance at the recently completed Senior Bowl. He’s got speed and ball skills to help in coverage and bring the heat and pressure to a quarterback. Cox possesses an ideal skill set for a linebacker in today’s pass-heavy NFL.
Hamsah Nasirildeen DB
@ejh1528IDP Eric Herauf
Nasirildeen was a big-time producer in the Florida State secondary before only playing two games in 2020. During his Sophomore and Junior seasons, he collected 192 tackles, three interceptions, and three forced fumbles. Hamsah could be a difference-maker at the next level. These are the type of DBs you want to target late in rookie drafts.
Jevon Holland, DB
@BeardZeus – Greg Billing
I didn’t want to let this DB run go by without getting one of my top guys. Holland had 108 tackles and nine interceptions in 27 games at Oregon. Holland’s ability to make the impact plays will be big for his IDP production.
Baron Browning, LB
@Glosser13 Jon Glosser
Browning is the most versatile LB of the 2020 Ohio State group. He has some serious upside playing in space which should serve him well at the next level. Browning has limited production, but he could turn into a solid pro much like former Buckeyes LB Jerome Baker.
Joseph Ossai, EDGE
Ossai lined up all over the field, mainly the edge and at weakside linebacker. He has terrific speed and athleticism for an edge and possesses a very bendy frame and hips. His hands are incredibly strong and use a great grip and rip and a solid swim move. Ossai has a terrific motor and never takes any plays off. His foot speed is off the chain, and his snap timing is excellent. I would love to see him end up as a WILL in a 4-3 that can be used vitally blitzing as well.
Paris Ford, DB
@KBelf54 Kyle Bellefeuil
Paris Ford is one of my favorite safeties in this year’s class. He is an athletic, versatile safety who can play in multiple schemes. Ford is excellent in run support with his ability to close in a hurry and packs a punch as a tackler. With six interceptions and 131 tackles over his last two seasons (19 games), Ford has made an impact both against the run and in coverage. Ford’s landing spot will be one to keep an eye on the come draft time.
Quincy Roche, EDGE
@ejh1528IDP Eric Herauf
The third member of the Miami Hurricanes trio is Roche, a graduate transfer from Temple who can be very productive in the NFL. He had 26 sacks in three seasons playing with the Temple Owls and 4.5 with the Hurricanes this season, including 14.5 tackles for loss. Roche was amazing in his last season at Temple, leading the AAC in sacks, tackles for loss, and forced fumbles on his way to winning the conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Jayson Oweh, EDGE
@StatSAC Shawn Coleman
Jayson Oweh can show flashes of being a big-time player off the edge. Often his impact plays lead to production from his teammates. Oweh only has seven sacks in 20 games, but his blend of size and athletic ability gives me enough hope he can be a stash for IDP managers and a potential breakout in year two or three.
Hamilcar Rashed Jr., EDGE
@DynastyPonderer Zach Ponder
One of the players in this class, Rashed, really could have benefited from entering the 2020 NFL draft. Rashed had a brilliant 2019 when he led the NCAA in tackles for loss while also leading the Pac-12 in sacks with 14. He can line up as standup 3-4 LB or with his hand in the dirt. He is a high upside pick as the 23rd IDP off the board in rookie drafts.
Talanoa Hufanga, DB
@Glosser13 Jon Glosser
Hufanga is the new breed of hybrid in-the-box safety mixed with a little nickel linebacker. Hufanga recorded 90 tackles as a sophomore in ten games. In 2020, he racked up 62 in just six games while adding three sacks and four interceptions. The USC safety has had at least 30 solo tackles in each of his three seasons. His potential at the next level has me excited if he can land with the right team.
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