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Integrated IDP Rookie Mock Draft

We examine where this year’s IDPs will fit in rookie drafts with offensive players.

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At this time of year, all dynasty degenerates like us are getting ready for rookie drafts. They are only a few months away and you can never be prepared. So the DLF IDP team got together to run our first mock draft of the season. This is not an attempt to accurately predict what’s going to happen in April or May. It’s the first in a series of dips so we can understand broadly what the community is thinking about players. This will probably change radically in the next few months.

League settings, lineups, and scoring are hugely important in determining IDP value, but we figured that some information is better than none. For this draft we made some assumptions:

  • All defensive settings are enough to make all positions viable stars.
  • True position – so, all edge players are grouped together, as are interior linemen.
  • This is a single-quarterback league.

1.01 Ja’Marr Chase, WR LSU

1.02 Najee Harris, RB Alabama

1.03 Travis Etienne, RB Clemson

1.04 DeVonta Smith, WR Alabama

1.05 Rashod Bateman, WR Minnesota

1.06 Javonte Williams, RB North Carolina

The first round started pretty much as it would in any non-IDP, single-quarterback draft. The order is very much up for grabs but receivers and running backs exclusively made up the first half of the round.

You can find a lot more information on these players elsewhere on DLF.

1.07 Kyle Pitts, TE Florida

Pitts was the first player selected not an RB or a WR and this is probably pretty common right now. He seems like a special talent.

1.08 Rondale Moore, WR Purdue

1.09 Jaylen Waddle, WR Alabama

Then we went back to the well of more receivers. Given how the college game is currently producing talent at the position, this is no surprise.

1.10 Trevor Lawrence, QB Clemson

We saw the first quarterback come off the board late in the first round. This might be a few picks earlier than in most years, but someone in your league is going to be in love with Lawrence, his can’t-miss reputation, and his flowing locks.

1.11 Terrace Marshall, WR LSU

Marshall was the final receiver taken in the first round. This seems like good value for a player of his talent.

1.12 Gregory Rousseau, Edge Miami

Here we are – the first defensive player off the board. Pretty much every season you’ll see a defensive player sneak into the late first round and Rousseau could well be that guy (depending on landing spot).

He’s got the length, power, and skill to be a fantastic rusher in the NFL. His 2019 season was impressively productive too.

2.01 Micah Parsons, LB Penn State

The second round kicked off with another IDP. The top of the second is about normal for an elite LB prospect and Parsons is one of those. He’s a bit bigger than most modern coverage LBs are (210 to 220 pounds is entirely normal these days) but he’s not slow or sluggish. Parsons is going to gather a ton of love from now to draft time.

2.02 Kadarius Toney, WR Florida

2.03 Kenneth Gainwell, RB Memphis

2.04 Seth Williams, WR Auburn

2.05 Justin Fields, QB Ohio State

2.06 Elijah Moore, WR Mississippi

The draft then went back to the WR/RB well with the next QB (Fields) coming off the board.

2.07 Kwity Paye, Edge Michigan

Paye is our third IDP selected and the middle of the second seems a good value. He only managed a total of nine sacks in three years of college play but he’s so physically talented he could easily end up being the top edge taken.

2.08 Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR USC

2.09 Tylan Wallace, WR Oklahoma State

2.10 Michael Carter, RB North Carolina

Three more offensive players came off the board. Nothing to see here.

2.11 Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB Notre Dame

JOK started a mini run of defensive players. He’s a true, modern linebacker. He actually lined up in the slot a ton as a college player and the ability to do it is key for a few teams in the NFL (the Vikings, Seahawks, Browns, and Washington all especially like doing it). He might not fit into every defense but he’s extremely tantalizing for some of them and in IDP terms, coverage ability gets players onto the field more.

2.12 Zaven Collins, LB Tulsa

Collins is another mobile linebacker. He’s 6’4”, 260 lbs and he can fly. Imagine Leonard Floyd if he’d decided to play off-ball LB instead of spending his career being successfully blocked by offensive tackles. Collins is another player who has a possibility to be drafted in the first round.

3.01 Jayson Oweh, Edge, Penn State

Oweh was the third edge player drafted here. He’s slightly undersized but as a speed rusher, it’s less of a big deal. He’s got the talent and athleticism to be successful in the NFL but with players this size (250-ish) there’s always the danger he becomes a specialist pass rusher, and it costs him playing time.

3.02 Pat Freiermuth, TE Penn State

3.03 Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

3.04 Nick Bolton, LB Missouri

Bolton seems more of a throwback than the other LBs already selected. He’s much more of an impact player in the run than he is a plus coverage option. This is much more valuable in college than the NFL, so it carries risk. It’s not that he’s a bad coverage player but it’s an obstacle he’ll need to show he can overcome to prevent him becoming yet another Raekwon McMillan type.

3.05 Azeez Ojulari, Edge Georgia

Ojulari recorded 15 sacks over the last two years of his college career so we know he can get to the QB. But he’s also yet another sub-240 edge rusher. And the success rate of those guys is worrying. He’s got the bend and the moves that should lead to success, but his size is a red flag.

3.06 Trey Sermon, RB Ohio State

3.07 Dyami Brown, WR North Carolina

More mid-third-round offensive options we selected who no one was in love with, but who offered good potential return.

3.08 Jaelan Phillips, Edge Miami

It’s always scary backing a college player who has already retired once, but Phillips offers so much potential that he’s worth it. His retirement (after a car accident and a concussion) was a while ago and he’s shown plenty of excellent play on the field since then. We’ll see in the NFL draft how much it’s affected his stock.

3.09 Brevin Jordan, TE Miami

Jordan is listed as tight end here but he will end up playing as a de-facto WR – just as Mike Gesicki does.

3.10 Chazz Surratt, LB North Carolina

Surratt was a quarterback until fairly recently but his development as a linebacker has been exemplary. He’s a fantastic athlete who understands coverages from the other side of the ball, and he loves to hit too. Even polished college LBs can look awful in NFL coverages and Surratt has plenty to learn but he’s exciting.

3.11 Trey Lance, QB North Dakota State

The big-armed athlete offers tantalizing potential.

3.12 Carlos Basham Jr, Edge Wake Forrest

The final player selected in this draft was our last IDP. Basham is a bigger edge and will scare some who think he should play more as an interior player, but he has the talent to be a DE in the NFL. You can see that just from watching his lightning get-off.

So that’s it. We saw 11 defensive players selected from 36. Just one crept into the first round, four in the second and six in the third round. All of this is fairly standard. The players will move around, new names will get on the list and some of these will drop off, but this gives us a decent idea of when IDPs are likely to be selected among offensive players.

Thanks for reading.

Integrated IDP Rookie Mock Draft
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Luke Crabill
1 year ago

Good article…. one quick fix, Trey Sermon is from OSU… not Oklahoma (typo 🙂 )

Luke Crabill
Reply to  Tom Kislingbury
1 year ago

No worries… it’s all good.

Brian Mearns
1 year ago

Been waiting for this!!!! Thanks!!!!

Kurt Barlow
Reply to  Tom Kislingbury
1 year ago

These are super helpful to see keep’em coming!

wretch
1 year ago

Thanks! Keep the integrated drafts/rankings coming!

chiznastica
Reply to  wretch
1 year ago

Seconded! These are hard to find.

Kraig Wirkus
1 year ago

Was really excited to see this article. In my 12 team draft last year we had Queen and Simmons go in the first round with Young getting drafted 1st pick in the 2nd. I took Chinn as the first safety with the 2.12 pick and really benefited with that pick. Was wondering if you think there will be any safeties worthy to be taking in the first 3 rounds since there wasn’t one in the draft that you guys did?

Kraig Wirkus
Reply to  Kraig Wirkus
1 year ago

Linebackers Lewis, Murray ,Gay, Wilson and Brooks were also taken in the 2nd round before I took Chinn. Just and FYI.

Fireman Ed
1 year ago

JOK will be highly intriguing depending on the team that drafts him and how they are going to use him. Won’t know the latter come draft time, but he’s an interesting player with intriguing potential, especially depending on his designation and your leagues starting requirements/scoring.

Thanks for this mock!

Harris Monagan
1 year ago

I know they’re meaningless but the only thing I enjoy more than a good mock draft, is a idp mock draft:) great piece

How close are guys like Pat Jones, dylan moses and paris ford to getting included?

Reply to  Harris Monagan
1 year ago

I’m with Tom on Jones and Ford. Jones would likely be a late 5th if his landing spot had potential and he didn’t plummet in the draft. And Ford would likely be a 7th rd guy unless he gets some killer draft capital. I just don’t see an NFL team investing a lot in him because he needs a lot of time invested for him to be a starter caliber NFL safety.

As for Moses, I’m not as low on him as Tom. I would have taken him over Collins (draft stock & landing spot will break ties for me here as I have them in the same tier). And I’d easily have him over Ossai, Oweh, Ojulari and Basham. There is only 1 IDP that wasn’t selected that I would take over Moses (Cameron McGrone). Moses isn’t the devy IDP messiah he was made out to be, but I think he’ll land as a day 2 pick pretty comfortably.

Nick Foulkes
1 year ago

Enjoyed this. I’m in a monster 16 team league where half team is IDP, So this and the rankings will be priceless!

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