One of my favourite things about dynasty leagues is rookie season. You get through the fantasy season; ride the playoffs and Super Bowl then just when you think you’re going to get a break you’re suddenly trying to get your head around a brand new class of superstars in waiting. It’s exhausting but exhilarating.
Here at DLF you’ve no doubt seen the scouting crew’s great work, the 20/20 profiles and all you need to prepare for your drafts.
We’re all continuing to work hard on getting you prepared for incoming IDPs so a few of us on the IDP team (myself, Eric Coleman, Doug Green and Joe Redemann) decided to hold a very early all-IDP mock draft. The starting concept was that in a moment of madness Roger Goodell decided that teams could only pick defensive players in the first round. So who would they pick and what sort of fantasy players would they prove to be? We’ve allocated players by style, ability, scheme-fit and opportunity and predicted fantasy positions in the cases where it could be more than one. Without further ado let’s find out…
1. Cleveland Browns select Myles Garrett, DE Texas A&M
Rationale: The Browns need impact playmakers and desperately need to slow down opposing offenses. Garrett has the highest ceiling of all pass rushers in the draft as well as one of the highest floors. His workout at the combine was hugely impressive as was his production over the last three seasons in college.
IDP impact: Garrett should beat out Emmanuel Ogbah and Carl Nassib fairly easily to become the top pass rusher on this young team. A top talent pass rusher with high snap count could have a Joey Bosa type impact and be a top ten DE as a rookie.