2021 WR Prospect Watch

2021 WR Prospect Watch
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The 2020 draft class was loaded at the wide receiver position and like deja vu, 2021 is also loaded! 2021 also has a pair of Alabama WR’s that should be selected in the 1st round. Crazy! I can see around 15 WR’s that could be selected in top 100 players in 2021. With plenty of depth even past that. For now I will give you a little on the top 15 names you can be looking forward to for the 2021 draft.

If you missed David’s 2021 RB Prospect Watch here it is! https://www.dfscheatsheet.com/2021-rb-prospect-watch/nfl/07/

Davids 2021 QB Prospect Watch! https://www.dfscheatsheet.com/2021-qb-prospect-watch/nfl/07/

LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase

Ja’Marr Chase – LSU: Natural hands, attacks space and gets open. Runs great routes. Adjust to the ball and tracks it well. Chase shows to be a complete WR for the next level with minimum weakness. He isn’t the most dynamic player on the field but he is pretty athletic still. This is how minor his flaws look. How does he do in 2020 with out Joe Brady offense and Burrows amazing year.

Alabama WR DeVonta Smith

DeVonta Smith – Alabama: Smith would have been a first rounder if he came out last year but decided to return to Alabama. Smith has reliable hands all over the field and isn’t afraid to make catches in traffic. Has a great stutter step to get a free release. He has a thin frame which can make it hard to get off a strong jam at the line.

Purdue WR Rondale Moore

Rondale Moore – Purdue: This guy is a human Joystick of a player. Run after catch machine that has amazing speed, explosiveness and acceleration. Deadly in space with the ball. Goal is to get the ball in his hands quickly but has speed to work all levels of the field. Downside is he is small and has dealt with some injuries. Missed 8 games in 2019 with a hamstring.

Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman

Rashod Bateman – Minnesota: Alpha player on the field that fights for the ball and wins contested catches. Fluid and controlled in his routes. Great after the catch and good balance to keep picking up yards. He needs to improve his release at the line of scrimmage. He needs to continue to get stronger fighting for balls at the next level.

Alabama WR Jaylon Waddle

Jaylen Waddle – Alabama: Good catch radius with some amazing wheels. He gets to top speed fast and seems to always have another gear. Has a nice stutter step at the top of his routes to get free releases. He does a good job keeping his speed while avoiding defenders. Great return ability as well. Now the next man up post Jeudy and Ruggs, Waddle needs to show an expanded route tree and learn to slow down on his routes at times.

Ohio State WR Chris Olave

Chris Olave – Ohio State: Olave is a similar prospect as Devonta Smith. Smooth routes and amazing body control, especially at the sidelines. Good burst and decent speed for separation. Ran a complete route tree, showing good ability breaking on his routes. Olave has a smaller frame that seems maxed out to gain much more size.

USC WR Amon-Ra St. Brown

Amon-Ra St.Brown – USC: shows good burst agility and body control. Can beat man coverage and has a good ability to create space off his routes. Strong hands when catching the ball. Shows the ability to be a threat after the catch and tracks the ball well on vertical routes. He needs to improve on his run blocking angles. He needs to improve his decision making on re routes underneath coverage.

Auburn WR Seth Williams

Seth Williams – Auburn: ideal size and weight to be an X receiver. He possesses strong hands who rarely catches the ball with his frame. He is strong to beat man coverage. He is not afraid to go across the middle and can be a nightmare in the red zone with his size and strength. He won’t wow anyone with speed and can struggle with winning routes with his speed and quickness. Runs a limited route tree.

Wake Forest WR Sage Surratt

Sage Surratt – Wake Forrest: Natural athlete with great size. He has solid play strength and uses it in all aspects of the game. Runs a good vertical route as well he runs fluid routes overall. Plucks the ball out of the air with ease. Smart player (was accepted to Harvard). Surratt is a twitchy athlete and doesn’t explode out of his cuts. Missed last 4 games of 2019 with a shoulder injury.

LSU WR Terrance Marshall

Terrace Marshall Jr. – LSU: Marshall has the rare blend of size speed and strength teams will love. Runs routes with great timing and shows the ability to line up in the slot and outside. Many weapon techniques to beat coverage at the top of his routes. Tracks the ball well and adjust his body to the ball. Outstanding balls skills with only 2 drops in 2019. Not a dynamic route under but good. Missed time in 2019 with a foot injury. How does he step up with lesser QB and no Joe Brady as an offensive coordinator?

Clemson WR Justyn Ross

Justyn Ross – Clemson: great size and strength. He positions himself to the QB well to get the ball. Snags the ball out of the air well. Good ball skills to track and adjust to the ball. Decisive and physical after the catch. Off season neck/shoulder surgery has put his 2020 season on hold and unlikely. This could cause him to drop but be a steal. He lacks elite speed and separation at the top of his routes.

Oklahoma St. WR Tylan Wallace

Tylan Wallace – Oklahoma State: smooth and sudden route runner who sells his routes well. High catches the ball well and catches in traffic. Strong and competitive runner after the catch. Shows ability to block and be physical. He struggles to beat press coverage at the line and works out of a spread offense designed to get him the ball in spaces.

Auburn WR Anthony Schwartz

Anthony Schwartz – Auburn: shows the ability to play inside and outside with a good blend of speed and agility. Quick off the line and eats up space fast. Home run ability. Tracks the ball well and is tough and willing to go across the middle. He lacks mass and strength. He doesn’t have a lot of wiggle just straight speed.

Florida State WR Tamorrion Terry

Tamorrion Terry – Florida State: tall receiver with good size and big play ability. Shows speed on go routes and double moves to get open. Average 58 yards per catch on his go routes. Huge catch radius and has good foot work and vision. He has occasional drops to his name he will need to clean up. He needs to adjust to the ball better at times. He can be more aggressive attacking the ball out of the air.

Missouri WR Damon Hazelton

Damon Hazelton – Missouri: big catch radius and shown good ability to make over the shoulder catches via his tape at Virginia Tech. Shows good ball skills and strong hands. He can stop on a dime and go again with ease. Hes on his 3rd college (Ball State, VT and now Mizzu) whats the issue that he has had to move so many times? He needs to be more physical, attacking the ball for his size.

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2021 RB Prospect Watch

2021 RB Prospect Watch
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To continue our series after we looked at the QB’s for the upcoming 2021 Draft class, it’s time we move on to the running backs. Running back rankings are a bit more fluid than the QB’s rankings with there being a larger pool of them that translate to the next level better than QB’s do. Ill provide you with 10 RB’s that you should be excited to watch and could be players to look towards at the next level.

If you missed it, check out Davids 2021 QB Prospect Watch here! https://www.dfscheatsheet.com/2021-qb-prospect-watch/nfl/07/

Clemson RB Travis Etienne

Travis Etienne – Clemson: Speed and Burst are his best traits, but shows good balance and ability to catch the ball. His weakness is between the tackles. His vision and natural feel for space and cutback lanes isn’t as good, but with his speed can make up for it.

Alabama RB Najee Harris

Najee Harris – Alabama: This man is massive and hard to tackle, but fairly nimble with good speed and pass catching ability for his size. Is an upright runner who leaves his body open to punishment. He needs to improve on some juking/spin moves and not bull rushing everyone to extend his longevity but good luck tackling him.

Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard

Chuba Hubbard – Oklahoma State: Patient runner who understands the blocking schemes and when to hit the holes but shows good acceleration to hit the opening. Great vision as a result of this. He is very inconsistent in pass protection and not the most natural pass catcher but not a liability either.

Georgia RB Zamir White

Zamir White – Georgia: Another Georgia product at the RB position. Good speed and balance. Shows ability to pass block. Shows good hands as well. Though he has good speed he doesn’t have breakaway speed and can be limited some in space with Elusiveness. He is also as a ACL injury on his resume back in 2018 as well, but is built to be a 3 down back at the next level.

Ohio State RB Master Teague

Master Teague – Ohio State: Physical skills jump off right away. Explosive short area burst and an aggressive running style. Shows some nice twitch in his hips to become more elusive in his game. Reported out of Tuscaloose football camp in 2017 he was running in the 4.3 so he shows some speed with his size and power. He had an Achilles injury in spring practice that could set him back some in 2020. This is the 2nd lower body injury he’s had. (2017 senior year in high school) He had limited time playing behind JK Dobbins and most of his time came in blow outs last year, can he replicate as a full time starter!

Ohio State RB Trey Sermon

Trey Sermon – Ohio State: You did not read this wrong, Ohio State as another draft eligible back that you should be looking at as well besides Teague. He transferred in from Oklahoma. He is another physical runner who can pound the ball between the tackles. He’s a great pass blocker and show good body control when running. Sermon lacks long speed but isn’t the most dynamic runner. He also suffered a knee injury in 2019.
• Kylin Hill – Mississippi State: Strong runner who’s built and hard to bring down. Quick to make a decision as a runner. Lacks long speed and can have a bad habit of running into his blockers. He needs to learn to stiff arm and not try to plow over everyone to help keep his body fresh long term.

Penn State RB Journey Brown

Journey Brown – Penn State: Explosive athlete that we could be looking at the 4.2/4.3 range for his 40 time. Former track star who has put on good size to be more than just a speed player. He as so much potential that has yet to be tapped into which is exciting with him. He needs to learn and press the line of scrimmage more. He needs to prove his worth as a pass catcher, hardly used in this phase of the game. Is it because he can’t catch or just hasn’t had the opportunity. A big 2020 season could have him sky rocket up the boards with his potential.

Minnesota RB Mohamed Ibrahim

Mohamed Ibrahim – Minnesota: Shows good suddenness in short spaces with a strong cut and go ability. Good balance and power. Sets the line well and waits for his blocks. Can run angry and run over people. He will not win any foot races and has dealt with some lower body injuries in his career so far.

Memphis RB Kenneth Gainwell

Kenneth Gainwell – Memphis: Memphis last few year has continued to produce some impressive RB’s with Pollard and Antonio Gibson last 2 years. Gainwell is a decisive ball carrier that is quick and slippery. He can exploded through holes and packs some punch with his smaller size to push the pile. He has good hands and has lined up in the slot as a WR. Is biggest weakness is pass protection, but has the mentality to put his body out there to try and block.

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2020 Deep Dive Rookie LB’s

2020 Deep Dive Rookie LB’s
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2020 line-backing class shows some good depth for teams needing a LB this year. A lot of speed backers and old school tackle machines.

Isaiah Simmons – Clemson 6-4 230

Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons

– Phenomenal Traits
– Amazing athlete with sideline to sideline ability
– Match up neutralizer
– Good tackler with a big tackle radius
– Can play S,LB,CB,OLB
– Good feel in the zone
– Flexible
– High motor

– So versatile that he lacks reps at a full time position
– Improve feel and processing some as a true ILB if team plays him there
– Could get a bit stronger

Simmons is arguably the best prospect in this draft and the true wildcard on where he will land. He’s a top 10 talent and is so versatile. A team is going to get a playmaker for the defensive side of the ball who can do it all

Patrick Queen – LSU 6-1 227

LSU LB Patrick Queen

– Amazing range
– Closing speed
– Process plays quick
– Good awareness in space
– Zone coverage
– Plays physical
– Times the snap well

– Only played 16 games
– Did not start first 5 games on 2019
– Stronger
– Better angles in open field

Queen is a today linebacker with his size and speed but plays physical too. Biggest concern is the lack of overall playing time and why he couldn’t win starting job out of camp in 2019.

Kenneth Murray – Oklahoma 6-2 234

Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray

– Rangy and Urgent player
– Tough
– Always attacks
– Fast and tight angles
– Speed and athletic for coverage
– Contact balance
– Powerful and explosives hitter
– Tone setter

– Can run himself out of a play
– Decision making can improve
– Shed blocks better

Murray is another today style linebacker. Fast rangy player who attacks the ball hard and hits hard. He has the ability to play in coverage but needs to improve some there and improve his decision making.

Zach Baun – Wisconsin 6-3 240

Wisconsin OLB Zack Baun

– Rush the passer and drop in coverage
– Rush variety
– Snap anticipation
– Counter rush moves
– Flexible
– Looks natural in space in coverage
– Read and react skills
– Effor and pursuit
– Competes Hard against the run

– Longer and needs to add more mass
– Can loss to blocker if he does not win the first move
– Broken foot twice (2017,2018)
– Diluted Pee test at combine .. red flag

Baun could have been listed under the edge rusher article the other day because he’s an OLB but his ability to drop on coverage which I wanted him to be with the LBs. He is a good OLB prospect that can rush and drop in coverage. Which is needed today. He needs to get stronger and answer the questions of why he had a diluted pee test.

Malik Harrison – Ohio State 6-3 246

Ohio State LB Malik Harrison

– Big and Physical
– Plays through contact
– Leverages the gap well and plays at the line
– Pop in his hands and length to shed blocks
– Hand placement
– Navigates traffic well
– Sure tackler with power
– Effective Blitzer
– Pursuit
– Can play shallow zone coverage
– Played all 3 LB spots at OSU

– Not a fluid athlete
– Limited in deep zone coverage (was asked to spy or blitz instead of cover on passing downs)
– Small delay in play recognition
– Lateral movement
– Recovery speed
– Angles

Malik is a strong physical linebacker that can play at the line and attack the ball well. He is more of an old school linebacker but can handle shallow zone coverage. He wasn’t asked to cover a lot at OSU so teams will want to see if he can do that more than he has shown.

Jordyn Brooks – Texas Tech 6-1 245

Texas Tech LB Jordyn Brooks

– Big and Physical
– Shows good range and lateral pursuit
– Attacks downhill
– Explosive tackler
– Amazing form tackler
– Can handle the spy responsibility
– Gap shooting
– Mobile enough to handle coverage
– Tone setter
– Motor

– Unproven in coverage but has the ability to handle it
– More of a see ball chase ball mentality
– Anticipate the throws better
– Needs to take on blocks more than trying to work around them

Brooks is a great prospect that can tackle, who’s big and physical but has speed to play sideline to sideline. He needs to prove overall in coverage but has the speed to handle it.

Troy Dye – Oregon 6-4 225

Oregon LB Troy Dye

– Productive player
– Range and athletic ability
– Good in space
– Can man to man TEs and still developing this skill
– Zone coverage
– High Motor
– Sideline to sideline speed
– Energy on the field

– Anticipation needs to improve some
– Can read the run bad
– Learn to shed blocks better
– Not a strong tackler
– Stronger
– Angles

Dye is a speed coverage LB that can cover. He is today’s style LB but lacks strength to shed blocks and isn’t a strong powerful tackler. He is a day 2 option though to handle coverage which most teams want now a days

Akeem Davis-Gaither – Appalachian State 6-2 219

Appalachian State S Akeem Davis-Gaither

– Athletic
– Physical for size
– Contact sleeper
– Explosive in hips
– Coverage upside
– Range
– Special team player

– Needs to add size and strength
– Can over run plays
– Can be blocked due to size
– Used weird at App State, and needs to learn traditional LB position more

Smaller school linebacker that needs to get bigger but is physical for his size and a great athlete that can play in today’s NFL

Logan Wilson – Wyoming 6-2 241

Wyoming LB Logan Wilson

– Read and react ability
– Control
– Good ability to mirror the Rb
– Physical play
– Wrap up tackler

– Man coverage
– Leverage
– Clear blocks

Wilson is an old school LB who is asked to make tackles. He will need to improve in coverage overall to have the most effective career

Willie Gay Jr – Mississippi State 6-1 243

– Explosive
– Closing speed
– Thick frame
– Violent punch
– Quickness to work space and coverage
– Sure tackler
– Anticipates
– Every Down LB

– Multiple suspension
– Plays reckless at times
– Spacial awareness
– Angles
– Wasted movement in his game
– Processing skills

Willie Gay has all the ability to be the best LB in this draft. He needs some polishing in space and processing the plays but his biggest knock is the off the field. He miss a lot of time with suspension but when he’s on the field is elite.

Davion Taylor – Colorado 6-1 224

Colorado LB Davion Taylor

– Explosive (heat seeking missile)
– Physical tackler
– Movement skills to man up on TE and RB
– Always competes

– Raw/football IQ
– Processing Skills
– Stronger

Taylor is developing still as a LB but shows why team will want him mid rounds. He is physical and has ability to cover.

Joe Bachie Jr. – Michigan State 6-2 231

Michigan State LB Joe Bachie Jr.

– Downhill thumper
– Plays close to the line
– Tackle machine
– Power and balance
– Leverage in the gaps
– Shed blocks well
– Diagnosis plays

– Limited play speed and range
– Limited zone coverage use
– Man coverage
– PED -missed 2nd half of 2019 due to suspension

Bachie is an old school tackle machine LB who struggles in coverage and why he is falling. He is a mid round LB who can take care of the middle on the defense.

Evan Weaver – California 6-2 234

California LB Evan Weaver

– Fierce competitor
– Passion and urgency
– Process the run and quick to the ball
– Spacial awareness
– Stack and shed blocks
– Form tackler

– Range
– Bad in zone
– Change of direction
– Recovery speed

Weaver is a mid round LB who needs to improve in coverage but competes every down and is a good tackler.

Jacob Phillip – LSU 6-4 233

LSU LB Jacob Phillips

– Natural feel
– Physical finisher
– Ideal straight line speed
– Secure tackler
– Energy

– Lateral movement
– Tight hips when changing direction
– Shed blocks better
– Coverage
– Strength

Phillips is an explosive downhill LB who hits hard and feels natural out there. He needs to use that straight line speed and translate it better to sideline to sideline ability. Must work to get stronger to shed blocks and improve in coverage

David Woodward – Utah State 6-2 235

Utah State LB David Woodward

– Nose for the football
– Processing skills
– Urgency
– Pursuit angles
– Sure tackler
– Works the zone well
– Short area quickness

– Range
– Strength to get off block
– Not the best with TEs 1 on 1
– Injury concerns (history of concussions two broken vertebrae in HS and 2019 season ending injury)

Woodward is falling due to injury concerns. He plays with a good motor and process plays well and finds the football. He needs to get stronger but he’s falling cause of health.

Cameron Brown – Penn State 6-5 232

Penn St. LB Cameron Brown

– Covers ground laterally well
– Instincts
– Angles
– Striker mentality
– Decent in coverage
– Capable Blitzer

– Longer frame that lacks mass
– Balance in space is an issue
– Anticipate in zone coverage better
– Open field tackling is only okay

Brown is a later round LB who can help on Special teams early and continue to grow and learn. He needs to add some more size and could develop into a rotation player and possible decent starter.

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2020 Deep Dive Rookie DE

2020 Deep Dive Rookie DE
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Some of our favorite players in the NFL are big time tacklers who are sack machines! Especially against the quarterbacks we hate. Here is a list of 18 edge players you could see your team draft next week!

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Chase Young – Ohio Stats 6-5 265

Ohio State DE Chase Young

– Frame and size is day 1 ready
– Uses hands well
– Has power and finesse
– Can win as a DE/OLB and Interior DL
– Closing speed
– Has great rush angles

– Struggles to re-establish if he does not win right away
– Upright accelerator
– Jumps off sides at times

Young is arguably the best talent in this year’s draft. He can have an impact day one as a rookie getting after the quarterback. His speed off the edge and his athletic ability to bend at this stage is amazing. He needs to learn a few more moves and counter moves when he faces a great tackle but overall he’s a Day 1 starter and top 5 pick!

K’Lavon Chaisson – LSU 6-4 250

LSU EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson

– Solid build but very mobile
– Explosive first step
– Lose hips and a flexible bend
– Closing burst
– Speed to cover is played as a 3-4 OLB
– Sets edge well in run game
– Shows a good bull rush on top of his speed rush

– Tore ACL in 2018
– Needs to develop his vision more
– Timing
– Fill out more and get stronger

Chaisson is another great pass rusher in this class. His speed and quickness is very intriguing for a team looking for a prospect to rush the QB. He needs some coaching to develop his vision/play recognition. If he can bulk up and build a bit more strength while keeping his speed, he could be a QB’s nightmare!

Yetur Gross Matos-– Penn State 6-5 265

Penn State DE Yetur Gross-Matos

– Long arms and massive reach and wing span
– Does a good job keeping pad level low for size
– Great motor
– Turns flat and can win on the outside
– Sets edge against the run well
– 34 .5 tackles for loss and 17 sacks in 2 years
– Can lineup inside as well/a lot of success destroying guards when he has done this on tape

– Continue to grow into his frame.
– Get stronger
– Learn more pass rush moves and counter moves
– Process plays faster

I am a huge fan of Gross-Matos and been watching him the last 2 years on Saturday. His massive wing span is hard to miss and allows him to get to the ball quick and make stops behind the line. He does the dirty work to set the edge for his team mates as well. He’s a good kid with a great motor! He always play hard every down! The type of kid that teams love.

A.J. Epenesa – Iowa 6-6 280

Iowa EDGE AJ Epenesa

– Length and power
– Heavy hands and places them well
– Strong bull rush and sheds blocks well
– His push pull move is deadly
– Converts what speed he gets into great power
– Can play inside and outside on the line
– Plays well against the run
– 30.5 tackles for loss and 22 sacks

– Lacks lateral movement
– Not a huge asset in space
– Improve at recognizing hook blocks
– Keep pad level lower more consistently

Epenesa is a blue-chip prospect. Highly recruited out of high-school. He put together an impressive college career and should continue to be a solid to great pro. He can fortify a defensive line and help with the run and rush the QB. He can play multiple positions and help with mismatches for a defensive coordinator. He needs to improve in space and recognize blocks better but those are some coach-able flaws. You’re getting a hard nose working kid mid-to-late first any team would love on there roster.

Julian Okwara – Norte Dame 6-4 248

Notre Dame DE Julian Okwara

– Athletic with juice out of his stance
– Converts speed to power
– Active hands
– Dips and rips is his best move
– Good flexibility
– Upside as a 3-4 OLB

– Improve pad level consistency
– Disengage better
– Can be more calculated than have a natural feel to a play
– Can struggle against the run
– Add more play strength
– Broken Fibula in 2019

Okwara is a second day prospect with a great burst and athletic ability upside to get to the QB. He must learn to feel the plays more and improve against the run to see the field in a full time gig.

Joshua Uche – Michigan 6-1 241

Michigan DE Josh Uche

– Shows good blend of burst/flexibility and length
– Variety of pass rush moves
– Speed to power
– Good motor
– Uses his quickness to set lineman up to be off balance
– Shows skills to defend in zone coverage

– Experience (limited playing time)
– Injuries
– More power
– Tackle in space needs improvement
– Improve getting off blocks (loses a lot when locked up)

Uche is an interesting prospect that offers a lot of good traits. Great motor kid with a good blend of speed and power! Already has room to grow even more powerful. He needs more reps and improvement working on tackling in space. If he learns that this kid has a shot as a starter on a defense!

Terrell Lewis – Alabama 6-5 258

Alabama DE Terrel Lewis

– Length and short area burst
– Long arms to clog throwing lanes
– Good ripe move when he has leverage
– Flexible
– Hard to get hands on him

– Vision
– Work on deployment of his pass rush moves (timing)
– Struggle to hit counter moves
– Takes plays off
– Injuries (torn ligament in 2017 and ACL tear in 2018)

Lewis offers great length and good burst on the defensive front. He needs more experience to recognize plays and develop more pass rushing moves and counters to get the most out of his abilities. He must stay healthy as well.

Jonathan Greenard – Florida 6-4 262

Florida DE Jonathan Greenard

– Shows good snap anticipation
– Quick release
– Good footwork and attacks inside well
– Strong upper body
– Uses hands to set up rep
– Good run defender
– Quicker than fast
– Recognizes blocks and schemes well

– Flexibility
– Can rush to wide and be driven out of the play
– Needs to win on the outside of the tackle more
– Range and lateral movement are just okay

Greenard is a good second day pass rusher who needs to improve on the outside. His inside move will allow him to make plays his rookie year.

Curtis Weaver – Boise State 6-5 265

Boise State DE Curtis Weaver

– First step quickness
– Uses length well to win on the outside in a few ways
– Takes good rush angles
– Ideal foot work
– Heavy active hands
– Lines up and plays everywhere and usually wins
– Showed a few rush moves
– Shows ability to drop in coverage if needed
– Great football IQ

– Flexibility
– More consistent motor
– Some bad wiff tackles
– Not the most athletic build (carries some weight in the mid section)

Weaver is a good pass rusher with a strong football IQ that allows him to succeed at most points of attacks. He needs to become a more sure tackler but is a second day steal!

Darrell Taylor – Tennessee 6-4 259

Tennessee DE Darrel Taylor

– Good burst and bend
– Dip and rip move
– Sets a good edge
– Succeed in shallow zone coverage
– Uses hands well to control blockers
– Really filled out his frame in 2019

Cons :
– Needs to grow and develop more as a rusher
– Improve or abandon his spin move
– Rush counter moves
– Anticipate the snap better

Taylor has some room to improve as a rusher overall. When it comes to learning more moves and anticipating the snap better. He has shown a good burst and ability to set the edge, which is great and will allow him to see the field early while he develops more as a rusher.

Bradlee Anae – Utah 6-3 257

Utah DE Bradlee Anae

– High effort player
– Good snap anticipation
– Burst
– Uses hands
– Works gaps hard against the run

– Short arms
– Struggles to clear blocks
– Get stronger
– Improve tackling in space

Anae has the burst and effort teams will love. He must get stronger to clear blocks better for a full time role and improve tackling in space. His short arms are going to hurt some in clearing blocks.

Jabari Zuniga – Florida 6-3 253

Florida DE Jabari Zuniga

– Functional strength
– Strong punch to stun even the biggest tackles
– Good pursuit effort
– Dips and rips well
– Converts speed to power
– Lined up all over D-Line

– Slow release off ball
– Lacks awareness
– Vision and processing speed
– Counter moves
– Work on stance

Zuniga has the strength and effort teams will love but lacks quick burst off line and general awareness of processing speed. He will be a bit of a project to learn those traits but if he learns them with his power, he could be talked about as a great edge rusher!

Khalid Kareem – Notre Dame 6-4 265

Notre Dame DE Khalid Kareem

– Long and powerful
– Usually wins first contact
– Power through whole frame
– Good leverage
– Processing skills against the run
– Power to move blocker and attack ball
– Fluid release

– Slow first step
– No counter rush moves
– Not a twitchy athlete
– Needs more pass rush moves
– Bad in space

Kareem is a powerful edge player with good leverage which usually has success. When it does not work he lacks a counter move which he will need to learn. He must be better in space but has the tools to play early in his career as he develops more.

Alton Robinson – Syracuse 6-3 259

Syracuse DE Alton Robinson

– Can play with hand in group or standing up
– Heavy at the point of attack
– Good swivel hips to rush
– Ability to drop in zone
– Good quick closing ability

– Learn to disengage better
– Get stronger
– Come off ball better
– At times looks like an average Joe on the field
– More rush/counter moves

Robinson is a mid round guy with a ton of upside. He needs to improve on his technique and get stronger but has ability to help a defense in a multitude of ways

Anfernee Jennings – Alabama 6-2 252

Alabama DE Anfernee Jennings

– Great hands and counter blocks
– Process plays well
– Awareness
– Sets the edge
– Snap anticipation
– Speed to power
– Good inside move
– Hands up to impact throwing lanes

– Lacks a good burst
– Is not a twitch athlete
– Range is limited
– Motor is so-so

True technician as a rusher and run defender who lack great burst and explosion. Combine that with a half ass approach at times and this is what you get. A guy who can be a mid round steal if a coach can light a fire under him and get the most out of his amazing traits he brings.

Alex Highsmith – Charlotte 6-4 242

Charlottle DE Alex Highsmith

– Good anticipation
– Quick release
– Decent inside move
– Good spin move
– Active hands
– Good play recognition
– Can stand up and play

– Lacks length
– Struggles to separate at times
– Improve on tackling outside his frame
– Strength
– His is frame maxed out to get stronger ?

Smaller school prospect that has a good release and shows good anticipation. He brings some good pass rush moves but needs to improve his strength and separation from blocks.

Kenny Willekes – Michigan State 6-4 252

Michigan State DE Kenny Willekes

– Competes for his gap
– Leverage
– Plays containment well
– Good footwork
– Always going
– Places hands well
– Picks up plays well
– Physical with a high floor

– Convert speed to power better
– Get stronger
– Counter moves

Willekes is a solid player who will probably never be anything special but will have a spot on a defense as a steady year in year out player who needs to get stronger to aid his abilities.

Nick Coe – Auburn 6-5 291

Auburn DE Nick Coe

– Thick frame
– Strong
– Sets the edge well
– Plays all techniques on the D-Line
– Heavy hands
– Gets extension on blocks

– Tardy out of stance
– Lateral movement
– Counter moves are slow
– Struggles to find the football at times

Coe is another player that won’t get the headlines but is a strong piece on a defense that can set edges and help a team defense succeed. He’s a good mid-to-late round option.

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2020 Deep Dive Rookie DL

2020 Deep Dive Rookie DL
David Reed https://twitter.com/Nfldraft_dwr

The 2020 draft is slowly approaching.  We need to now give love to the big men on the defense line side. Below are 11 of the biggest D-Lineman you will see.  Each with there own set of skills and likely you could see there names taken with in the first 2 days of the draft

Derrick Brown – Auburn 6-5 318

Auburn DT Derrick Brown

– Amazing size and speed combination
– Penatrating power
– Explosive off line
– Willing to sacrifice himself on a play for teammate to make play
– Can play all over the DL and any system

– Can sometimes explode to hard and miss a play at times
– Can sometimes struggled if forced to go another way to make a play
– Does not have any true pass rush move

Brown is an elite talent that can play in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. He has great power and athletic ability to stop the run and rush the passer up the middle. He is going to make a team happy in the top 10.

Javon Kinlaw – South Carolina  6-5 315

South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw

– Excellent one gap penetration
– Explodes out of stance
– Transformed body from 2018 to 2019 (added much needed strength)
– Can dominate with power and quickness
– Plays with a good motor
– Shows great improvement with hand fighting
– Has lateral movement to work down the line

– Still room to grow body to reach full potential
– Can get pushed down field at times against the run
– Can fall victim to screen and draws
– Can get pad levels to high
– Consistent with leverage and angles

Kinlaw is a powerful man who can disrupt any offensive line.  He has shown great improvement over the years and needs to keep working on his craft. He is a talented man up the middle for a top 15 team.

Neville Gallimore – Oklahoma  6-2 304

Oklahoma DE Neville Gallimore

– Shoots the single gap well
– First step quickness is great
– Competes every snap
– Shows active hands
– Good pop in his strike
– Closing burst on the ball
– Shows good rush variety

– Can struggle against the run at times
– Struggles when double teamed
– Some question where he can play on the line

Gallimore reminds me a lot of Javon Hargraves the newest highest paid NT in football.  He’s questioned about his ability in the run game but has impressive gap penetration to rush the QB up the middle. He is a fringe first. Early 2nd round prospect if you can’t get one of the top 2 DT this year

Ross Blacklock – TCU 6-4 305

TCU DL Ross Blacklock

– Shows good power speed and size
– Good motor
– Works the edge of the blocks and powers through
– Does well placing his hands and playing with extension
– Great timing and placing of hands
– Good strikes
– Keeps pads low to get most out of his power
– Took on a lot of double teams
– Ability to play multiple assignments

– Missed all of 2018 with Achilles injury
– Processing plays need to improve
– Some style and technical transition to NFL

There’s a lot to love about Blacklock. He has rare combinations of size and power and ability.  He needs to learn to develop and process plays better and faster to excel and get the most out of his ability at the next level .

Marlon Davidson – Auburn 6-3 297

Auburn DL Marlon Davidson

– First step quickness out if stance
– Heavy hands
– Good pad level
– Pop in his punch and good leverage and quick steps
– Good juice and energy
– Amazing motor
– Lateral movement is amazing
– Shows good rush ability
– Competes hard against the run gaps

– Was miscast as a 3-4 OLB early on. Learning how to work the DL more
– Length at time can come into question
– Blockers can get into his frame to easily
– Can improve in block recognition and processing

Davidson is a 4 year starter who finally find his true falling on the DL and excelled. He has quick feet and movement off the ball. He is a perfect 4-3 three technique at the next level.   He is a late first to mid 2nd round prospect with high high upside

Justin Madubuike – Texas A&M 6-3 304

Texas A&M DL Justin Madubuike

– Excellent skill set to gap penetration
– Great leverage
– Pads are always low and maximize his strength
– Times the snap well
– Quick release off snap
– Change of direction on the line

– Effort wavers
– Moments his release and leverage are sloppy
– Needs to use his hands more to keep pads cleaned from blockers

Justin has put together 2 consecutive productive seasons at A&M. He has appealing penetration skills. Shows good explosion and ability to create leverage.  He needs to work on consistent play and motor.  He still has some learning to do but can work in on rotation early for a defense and develop.

Raekwon Davis – Alabama 6-7 312

Alabama DT Raekwon Davis

– Powerful with length
– Built to clog up the middle of the D-Line
– Plays with good leverage
– Hard to move
– Massive tackle radius
– Delivers a massive punch against the O-Line

– Production steadily declines since 2017
– Never took that next step
– Was with the wrong crowd which he contributes to him not reaching next level. Says he is no longer with that crowd
– Develop is vision  and timing
– Timing needs to improve
– Can he develop any pass rush moves?

Davis could be a day 2 steal. He has top DT talent in his tool box that is waiting to be unleashed and tapped into. He must improve his timing and show hes ready to make that next step. If he does he will fill gaps and make a defense a top run defense with his presents in the middle.

Jordan Elliott – Missouri 6-4 315

Missouri DT Jordan Elliot

– Showed some impressive work defending the run and anchor the point of attack
– Shows some slip to bust through the gap
– Works hands well
– Clears pads
– Experience 2 gaping

– Slow out of stance and as a rusher
– Bad tendency to pop out of stance and look in the backfield
– Learn to read and process run blocks
– Show a better motor

Elliot is not a finished product. He has room to grow and be molded. He has good play strength. He needs to continue to learn and grow but his ability to bust through the line, a team can get a good mid round piece to groom

Larrell Murchison – NC State 6-2 294

NC State DL Larrell Murchison

– High effort player that goes hard every snap
– Hands always busy
– Athletic and explosive
– Shows ability to make plays at or behind the line
– Brings upside as a 5 technique

– Hands can be more acting than effective
– Continue to build play strength
– Need to improve leverage and change of direction
– Lateral movement is below average

Versatile D-Line option with his skill sets to Penetrate all over the line. His best quality is his motor. He never gives up and keeps working. Something teams will fall in love with. He needs to build up his strength but his explosion and athletic abilities will have him draft mid rounds.

Rashard Lawrence – LSU 6-2 308

LSU DL Rashard Lawrence

– First step quickness
– Gets angles and Penetrates
– Plays with good pursuit effort and urgency
– Great football character/leadership
– Active hands
– Variety of pass rush moves
– Does unselfish work
– Works hard to win his gaps
– Shows more twitch and push rush ability than expected

– Needs to process plays better
– Can stand up and look in backfield to often
– Body control is okay
– Needs to get stronger to win the point of attack more often
– Knee and ankle injuries in the past

Lawrence is a high effort player with flaws that can be coached.   He needs to get strong to match his effort and win more times at the line.  He will need to clear medical and prove he can stay healthy but has a chance to be a strong mid round DLineman

Leki Fotu – Utah  6-5 337

Utah DL Leki Fotu

– Thick build
– Physical run stopper
– Not easily moved
– Hands are strong when he wins the point of attack
– Had ability to anchor multiple gaps
– Shows good bull rush to be effective on passing downs

– Lacks twitch and athletic ability
– Not a fully effective pass rusher up the middle.  Don’t expect more than 1 or 2 sacks from him
– Work better against down blocks
– Needs to work to get on blockers edges more
– Needs to keep pad level lower

Fotu is your typical NT that is filling up gaps and taking away the run. But that’s all he is.  He won’t bring much else to the game and could he substituted out on passing downs.  He lacks much in the fast twitch athletic department to really gain much more than his powerful bull rush. With that said, there is still a need for a man of his size to take away the run and do the dirty work of taking up blocks and allowing his LB to make plays.

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2020 Rookie Profiles (Part 3)

Rookie Profiles (Part 3)
Ben Anderson https://twitter.com/bennieboy26
Ben is back after the Easter weekend with part 3 of his rookie profiles! If you missed part 1 or 2 here they are!
Micheal Pittman Jr, WR
USC WR Michael Pittman Jr.
Best fits. Cincinnati, New England, Buffalo
Player comparison- Alshon Jeffery
Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR
University of Michigan WR Donovan Peoples-Jones
Best fits. Seattle, Detroit, San Francisco
Player comparison- Hakeem Nicks
Zack Moss, RB
Utah RB Zach Moss
Best Fits. Arizona, Rams, Chargers
Player comparison- Kareem Hunt
Antonio Gibson, RB
Memphis RB Antonio Gibson
Best fits. Tampa Bay, Miami, Atlanta
Player comparison- TJ Yeldon
Chase Claypool, WR
Notre Dame WR Chase Claypool
Best fits. New England, Houston or Minnesota
Player comparison- Kelvin Benjamin
Adam Trautman, TE
Dayton TE Adam Trautman
Best fits. Pittsburgh, New England, Dallas
Player comparison- George Kittle
Eno Benjamin, RB
Arizona State RB Eno Benjamin
Best fits. Tampa Bay, Arizona, Buffalo
Player comparison- Dion Lewis
Thaddeus Moss, TE
LSU TE Thaddeus Moss
Best fit. New Orleans, Houston, New England
Player comparison- Jordan Reed
Bryan Edwards, WR
South Carolina WR Brandon Edwards
Best fits. Buffalo, Houston, Pittsburgh
Player comparison- A. J Green
Brycen Hopkins, TE
Purdue TE Bryce Hopkins
Best fit. Atlanta, New England, or Pittsburgh
Player Comparison- Vance McDonald

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2020 Rookie Profile (Part 2)

Say What? Again!
Ben Anderson https://twitter.com/bennieboy26
I’ll now be ranking 11-20 as the top Rookie Fantasy Prospects!
Tee Higgins, WR
Clemson WR Tee Higgins
Best fit. Jacksonville, Seattle, or Indianapolis
Player Comparison- Michael Thomas
Brandon Aiyuk, WR
Arizona State WR Brandon Aiyuk
Best Fit. Detroit, Minnesota, New England
Player comparison- Robert Woods
J.K Dobbins, RB
Ohio State RB J.K. Dobbins
Best Fit. Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Miami
Player Comparison- Josh Jacobs
Jordan Love, QB
Utah State QB Jordan Love
Best Fit. Las Vegas, New England, LAC
Player Comparison- Colin Kaepernick
Cole Kmet, TE
Notre Dame TE Cole Kmet
Best Fit. Dallas, Chicago, New England
Player Comparison- Mark Andrews
Laviska Shenault Jr, WR
Colorado WR Laviska Shenault
Best Fits. Philadelphia, Buffalo, or Miami
Player Comparison- Dez Bryant
Tua Tagovailoa, QB
Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa
Best Fit, New England, New Orleans, Las Vegas
Player comparison- Aaron Rodgers
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB
LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Best Fit. Miami, LaC, LaR
Player comparison- Maurice Jones-Drew
Cam Akers, RB
Florida State RB Cam Akers
Best Fit. Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Las Angeles Chargers
Player comparison- Mark Ingram
KJ Hamler, WR
Penn State WR KJ Hamler
Best Fit. Philadelphia,Pittsburgh, NY Jets
Player comparison- Dede Westbrook

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2020 Rookie Profiles (Part 1)

Say What?
Ben Anderson https://twitter.com/bennieboy26
Looking into the future, which NFL pick from this up coming draft class will have the most fantasy value. Here is a list of the top 10 fantasy rated rookies
D’Andre Swift
Georgia RB D’Andre Swift
In 3 years at UGA, Swift rushed for 1,218 yards in 2019 averaging 6.2 YPC. 1,049 yards in 2018 averaging 6.4 YPC and in 2017, 618 yards with 7.6 YPC. Swift is also more than capable of catching passes out of the backfield. Swift could very easily give you the same numbers as Josh Jacobs gave many of us last season.
Best Fits for Swift. Tampa Bay, Kansas City or LA Rams
NFL comparison- Delvin Cook
CeeDee Lamb
Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb
The Junior WR has done nothing but dominate from the moment he stepped foot on the field at Oklahoma. 173 catches for 3,292 yards and 32 TDs over the course of 3 seasons.
Best Fits for Lamb. Jets, Denver, or Las Vegas
NFL comparison- DeAndre Hopkins
Henry Ruggs III
Alabama WR Henry Ruggs
The speedy Junior would excel playing with someone like Courtland Sutton of Denver or DJ Chark of Jacksonville. He’s the truest deep threat in this draft.
Best fit. Las Vegas, Jacksonville, or Denver.
NFL comparison- Ted Ginn Jr.
Jerry Jeudy
Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy
There’s no doubt Jeudy is the next big-time Alabama WR prospect. Jeudy’s last two seasons have been dominant, hauling in 145 passes for 2,478 yards and 24 TDs .
Best fit. Jets, San Francisco, or Las Vegas
NFL comparison- Devante Adams
Justin Herbert
Oregon QB Justin Herbert
Love him or hate him, Herbert has been a 4-year starter at Oregon, but he’s been a force for the last 2 years. Throwing for over 3000 yards the last two seasons with 61 combined TDs in that time.
Best Fit. Miami, LAC, or Las Vegas
NFL comparison- Carson Wentz
Justin Jefferson
LSU WR Justin Jefferson
Justin came to LSU as a 2-star recruit and leaving as a 3rd year junior as a 1rst round talented WR.
Best fit. Philadelphia, New Orleans, or Minnesota
NFL comparison- Stefon Diggs
Joe Burrow
LSU QB Joe Burrow
A lock as the number 1 pick in the draft. Burrow is still a question mark, his last season at LSU Joe threw for 60 plus TDs and threw for over 5000 yards. Big time Senior season for Joe, but was it a fluke. Cincinnati has big weapons on offense, Mixon, Boyd, and Green. With that said, Burrow will have it a little easier then Herbert (potentially).
Best Fit, Carolina, Cincinnati, or Miami
NFL comparison- Tony Romo
Jonathan Taylor
Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor
Taylor’s stat line in college is freakishly good. In 2017, 1,977 rushing yards, 2018 2,194 yards rushing, and 2019, 2,003 yards rushing. With 13,16,&21 TDS in those 3 years. Speed is Taylor’s game and he’s been a workhorse running back all three seasons at Wisconsin.
Best fit. Miami, Kansas City, or Atlanta
NFL comparison- Nick Chubb
Jalen Reagor
TCU WR Jalen Reagor
3-year starter for TCU, Jalen had a monster 2018 season where he caught 73 passes for over 1,000 yards. However, 2019 was a completely different story with 43 catches for 611 yards. NFL scouts love Reagor, and teams think highly of the junior WR.
Best fit. Green Bay, New Orleans or Indianapolis
NFL comparison-Santonio Holmes
Denzel Mims
Baylor WR Denzel Mims
Mims has been very successful at Baylor hauling in 55 or more passes each of the last 3 seasons and has sprinkled in two 1,000 yard seasons in those three seasons. The Baylor stand out receiver has wheels for days (4.38 40) and showed them off during his combine, making him one of the more interesting WR prospects in the upcoming draft.
Best fit. Green Bay, Minnesota, or Indianapolis.
NFL comparison- Josh Gordon

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2020 ROOKIE IDP Mock Draft (Round 2)

2020 Fantasy Football ROOKIE IDP Mock Draft (Round 2)
Chris Robin https://twitter.com/DetroitBeastie

Round 1 of the Rookie IDP mock draft. https://www.dfscheatsheet.com/2020-rookie-idp-mock-draft-round-1/nfl/04/

Another off-season and what a wild one it has been! We’re already into April and all professional sports are STILL suspended and there is no end in sight. So in turn we have a ton of spare time! Spare time means content and discussions! The NFL draft is close and that means rookie mock drafts!

We all have our own opinion. We all have our own research. That’s the beauty of fantasy sports and mock drafting. 2019 was a great draft class. 2020 is even stronger! If you missed it here are our 2020 rookie rankings! https://www.dfscheatsheet.com/2020-nfl-rookie-rankings/nfl/03/

This 2020 draft class is filled to the brim with young and hungry guys looking to stake their claim to the throne. This is a very strong class of kids and its loaded with offensive talent. Running backs and wide receivers galore! Let’s not forget the defensive side of things as well!

If you and your league get together to draft rookies separately then I salute you! It just adds more fun to the process! The more I get into the process the more I see how loaded this 2020 draft class is! Playing in an IDP league adds a whole different dynamic to both the draft and waivers!

This should be fun! Lets go!


Wisconsin OLB Zack Baun

13. Zach Baun DE-Wisconsin

Baun has a very high football IQ and is able to play several linebacker positions. He’s able to fly around the field an accumulate tackles. Zach had 19.5 tackles for loss with 12.5 sacks in 2019. He comes from a great program in Wisconsin and is no doubt NFL ready.

Southern Illinois S Jeremy Chinn

14. Jeremy Chinn S-Southern Illinois

Chinn has come out of nowhere after an awesome combine! He’s freakishly athletic and that alone gives him tremendous upside. He has the size and speed to get it done on the field and make it big in the NFL.

Minnesota DB Antoine Winfield Jr.

15. Antoine Winfield Jr. DB-Minnesota

Another high football IQ guy who makes good decisions on the field. A lot of his potential will depend on the team who drafts him. If used in the right capacity Winfield Jr. can be an above average safety in the pros!

Texas Tech LB Jordyn Brooks

16. Jordyn Brooks LB-Texas Tech

Brooks has continued to improve during his time at Texas Tech. He gets to the ball fast and does damage. Has some learning to do in coverage if the coaches deem that it’s needed. He’s damn good at stopping the run so given the right set of plays his upside and potential can be realized.

Oregon LB Troy Dye

17. Troy Dye LB-Oregon

Troy is a high motor guy. He’s a mad man at linebacker! Troy racked up almost 400 tackles in his college career at Oregon! I can’t stress enough how tough this kid is and how much he loves playing football. He’s there for his team at all costs. This mind set will translate well into the pros. I’d draft a hard working kid like Dye any day of the week!

Lenior-Rhyne S Kyle Dugger

18. Kyle Dugger DB-Lenoir Rhyne

The perfect example of a boom or bust prospect. Kyle had a fantastic showing at the combine. At 6’1 217lbs he has the size and strength to be a ball hawk at safety. He can hang in the backfield and disrupt routes and break up passes. I love taking a good informed risk! Small school superstar!

California S Ashton Davis

19. Ashtyn Davis S-California

Davis is in your face physical and he’s fast enough to keep up! He didn’t run at the combine but he’s a track star at CAL. Plenty of tape on him. He’s a great cover guy and it makes for a great pick here. He’s willing and able to keep pace while accumulating tackles galore.

Appalachian State LB Akeem Davis-Gaither

20. Akeem Davis-Gaither LB-Appalachian State

Akeem has had back to back 100+ tackle seasons at App State. He will be a great fit in the NFL seeing how he’s a legit and true linebacker. I have no issue drafting his as a linebacker with tremendous upside on my fantasy team.

Utah DE Bradlee Anae

21. Bradlee Anae DE-Utah

One of the more polished edge rushers in the draft, Anae has played 700+ snaps in the last three seasons. He’s disruptive and a menace. He gets around the edge quick and drives QB’s crazy. There is some work ahead of him in the NFL but with his durability and experience I see no issue.

Alabama DT Raekwon Davis

22. Raekwon Davis DL-Alabama

Davis is 6’6 and 311lbs. I’m sure he could flip a car if you asked. We’ve all seen how NFL ready the kids from Alabama are right? What’s shocking is the fact he can do better and I’m certain he will. His size and strength doesn’t grow on trees, he’s a work in progress and I want in on it!

Boise State DE Curtis Weaver

23. Curtis Weaver DE-Boise State

Curtis is favorite of mine in this 2020 draft class. He’s a hard working versatile edge rusher. Earned All-American honors and is now the all time sack leader for the Mountain West conference. He can play several of the line backing positions which can only help his cause. He’s the kind of kid I want on my fantasy team.

TCU DT Ross Blacklock

24. Ross Blacklock DT-TCU

Ross had a good combine which he needed. I’ve read some articles and a few people look at him as a one year wonder. He’s 6’4 290lbs with massive hands. If an NFL team falls in love with him he could go in the 1st round. We can only read and prepare so much. Ultimately it’s out of our hands. Keep your eyes open on draft day.

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Tomorrow I‘m going to combine the offensive and defensive mock drafts! I will have a full ALL rookie mock draft!

What would your round 2 look like?

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2020 ROOKIE IDP Mock Draft (Round 1)

2020 Fantasy Football ROOKIE IDP Mock Draft (Round 1)
Chris Robin https://twitter.com/DetroitBeastie

Another off-season and what a wild one it has been! We’re already into April and all professional sports are STILL suspended and there is no end in sight. So in turn we have a ton of spare time! Spare time means content and discussions! The NFL draft is close and that means rookie mock drafts!

We all have our own opinion. We all have our own research. That’s the beauty of fantasy sports and mock drafting. 2019 was a great draft class. 2020 is even stronger! If you missed it here’s our 2020 rookie rankings! https://www.dfscheatsheet.com/2020-nfl-rookie-rankings/nfl/03/

This 2020 draft class is filled to the brim with young and hungry guys looking to stake their claim to the throne. This is a very strong class of kids and its loaded with offensive talent. Running backs and wide receivers galore! Let’s not forget the defensive side of things as well!

If you and your league get together to draft rookies separately then I salute you! It just adds more fun to the process! The more I get into the process the more I see how loaded this 2020 draft class is! Playing in an IDP league adds a whole different dynamic to both the draft and waivers!

This should be fun! Lets go!


Ohio State DE Chase Young

1. Chase Young DE-Ohio State

The closer we get to draft day the closer the margin between pick one and two become. At this point it’s really just personal preference. Chase Young is still my pick at number one. He has every tool to become a dominate pass rusher. In the actual NFL Draft, Chase will be picked in the top 3 right? Assuming he goes to Washington that immediately puts him in the top 10, maybe 5, at the defensive end position.

Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons

2. Isaiah Simmons LB-Clemson

As stated above I firmly believe Young and Simmons are interchangeable at #1 and #2. If you’re detail orientated and a crazy note taker like me, you can get picky and specific. Simmons can literally line up anywhere on the field and produce. Simmons has an extremely high floor and will get as much playing time as he can handle in 2020. Hopefully in Detroit?

Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray

3. Kenneth Murray LB-Oklahoma

The more reading and research I do the more I like Murray. Is there a significant drop off from the top 2? Not as much as you may think. Kenneth has a few flaws but don’t we all? Murray will be able to step right in and provide for your team. Tackles. Tackles. Tackles.

LSU EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson

4. K’Lavon Chaisson EDGE-LSU

Chaisson is a stud but people are shying away due to a torn ACL in 2018. He has quickness and explodes off the edge. I’m a fan of multi-positional eligible players. K’Lavon will soon fit that mold. DE and LB!

LSU LB Patrick Queen

5. Patrick Queen LB-LSU

Queen is no doubt a top 5 talent defensively in this years draft. He’s quick and moves with purpose. His instincts are top notch! More than likely Queen will be drafted in the top 25. Meaning, he makes an immediate impact for his new professional team. In turn, our fantasy teams too!

Iowa DE A.J. Espenesa

6. A.J. Espenesa EDGE-Iowa

In my first note and research session last month I had AJ at #4. Make no mistake Espenesa is still a top 10 IDP option in 2020 drafts. He has size, power and an overall toughness you can’t teach. I picture AJ as both an edge rusher AND defensive tackle. He’s able to be versatile and provide immediate dividends to our fantasy rosters.

Auburn DT Derrick Brown

7. Derrick Brown DT-Auburn

I absolutely love Derrick’s real life draft prospects. He is surely going to be drafted in the top 10 of the actual NFL draft. What does that mean for his fantasy value? I have a few options and ideas here. Some IDP leagues don’t require a defensive tackle. More of a flex spot where any IDP fit the roster spot. In specific IDP leagues’ where you roster an entire defense is where Brown can really shine.

LSU S Grant Delpit

8. Grant Delpit S-LSU

Has anyone noticed all these stud LSU defensive players flying off the board? Delpit belongs among them. If you look into it LSU safeties have done well in the pros. I can see a scenario where he’s talked about among the best safeties, Jamaal Adams or Landon Collins. Call me crazy?

Alabama DB Xavier McKinney

9. Xavier McKinney S-Alabama

Xavier is the poster boy for consistency! When owning a solid defensive back in IDP leagues I look for tackles and interceptions. Noting new I know but McKinney is ALWAYS around the ball. He’s a just a big play waiting to happen.

Penn State DE Yetur Gross-Matos

10. Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE-Penn State

Speaking of big plays, Matos makes a living in the offensive backfield. At 6’5 260lbs Yetur has major sack potential while plugging up holes and stopping the run. Matos still has some things to learn and when it all clicks watch out!

Ohio State LB Malik Harrison

11. Malik Harrison LB-Ohio State

Malik will look to stake his claim as the best rookie linebacker from the 2020 draft class by seasons end. Fundamentally sound and quick to make a good decision, Harrison just flat gets it done. Nothing fancy here, no slick talk, Malik is a stud and will provide for your team instantly. Playmaker.

South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw

12. Javon Kinlaw DT-South Carolina

Kinlaw is a QB’s nightmare and a defensive coordinators dream! Athletically speaking, his speed stands out. In a world where the first move is important he’s quite gifted. Another multi-positional talent Javon is a tackle for loss monster who gets to the quarterback often!

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