There’s still a lot of uncertainty with how many of these rookie IDPs will be utilized, but we have some indications from beat writers and the collective post-draft comments from coaching staffs. Now that the dust has begun to settle and we’re prepping for OTAs, here are my current rookie IDP rankings, from 21-42 (make sure you check out 1-20 as well):
Note: Rankings are based on IDP scoring with a sack-to-tackle ratio of 3:1 or less (i.e., tackle heavy formats). Because of that, rush linebackers and sack specialists will be ranked lower in this list as compared to big-play leagues.
Take the target timing with a grain of salt as it’s highly dependent on the specific offensive / defensive scoring. These are to be used as a general guideline. I’ve assumed a 12-team league with 3:1 sack to tackle scoring.
- James Sample, FS/SS JAX
There was some speculation the drafting of Sample was a nail in the Jonathan Cyprien coffin because of his tendency to miss tackles. However, it looks like the Jaguars want to be flexible defensively. They wanted to add someone who can play both free and strong safety. Sample will compete with Sergio Brown for the starting free safety spot, but brings a lot more physicality and toughness to the secondary. He isn’t likely to start immediately, but offers tremendous long-term potential with only one season of major playing time at the college level (2014).
Target: Mid 5th Round