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Fantasy Football: Top-50 IDP rookie rankings

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• The NFL draft is wrapped, and now it’s time to rank those IDPs: While the first defensive player didn’t come off the board until 15th overall, there are a lot of potential IDP assets to sort through and rank for rookie drafts.

• Edge defenders occupy the entirety of Tier 1: Unless league scoring dictates tackle-heavy over balanced/big-play formats, the top three edges are the best options to target first in rookie drafts.

Junior Colson and Edgerrin Cooper lead the linebackers: The top two IDP linebackers are pretty clear coming out of the NFL Draft, but there is hope for others to emerge down the road.

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With the NFL draft concluded, it’s time for dynasty fantasy rookie draft season to begin. With draft capital and landing spots now solidified, we can start to sort these future fantasy assets into rankings and tiers to help sort dynasty managers’ big boards for one of the most important events of the fantasy football offseason — rookie drafts.

Below is a rankings table for the 2024 IDP rookies as well as tiers, and write-ups for each tier, which include some quick player notes and thoughts.

For more detailed information on this year’s rookie IDP class, be sure to check out a lot of the other pre-draft rookie articles on PFF:

Preferred scoring for 2024 Dynasty IDP Fantasy Football rankings:
Position Solo Tackles Assists Sacks Tackles for Loss QB Hits Pass Breakups
ED/DT 2.5 1.25 4 1 2 2
LB 1.5 0.75 4 1 1 2
CB/S 2 1 4 1 1 2



1 ED1 Laiatu Latu IND
2 ED2 Jared Verse LAR
3 ED3 Dallas Turner MIN
4 DI1 Byron Murphy II SEA
5 ED4 Chop Robinson MIA
6 LB1 Junior Colson LAC
7 LB2 Edgerrin Cooper GB
8 DI2 Jer'Zhan Newton WAS
9 LB3 Trevin Wallace CAR
10 ED5 Bralen Trice ATL
11 LB4 Payton Wilson PIT
12 S1 Cole Bishop BUF
13 ED6 Darius Robinson ARZ
14 DI3 T'Vondre Sweat TEN
15 DI4 Braden Fiske LAR
16 S2 Tyler Nubin NYG
17 CB1 Javon Bullard GB
18 CB2 Cooper DeJean PHI
19 ED7 Chris Braswell TB
20 ED8 Marshawn Kneeland DAL
21 LB5 Cedric Gray TEN
22 CB3 Tykee Smith TB
23 ED9 Jonah Elliss DEN
24 LB6 Tyrice Knight SEA
25 LB7 Jordan Magee WAS
26 LB8 Jeremiah Trotter Jr. PHI
27 ED10 Xavier Thomas ARZ
28 S3 Kamren Kinchens LAR
29 S4 Calen Bullock HST
30 CB4 Quinyon Mitchell PHI
31 CB5 Terrion Arnold DET
32 CB6 Nate Wiggins BLT
33 S5 Jaden Hicks KC
34 LB9 Marist Liufau DAL
35 DI5 Michael Hall Jr. CLV
36 LB10 Edefuan Ulofoshio BUF
37 LB11 Tommy Eichenberg LV
38 LB12 JD Bertrand ATL
39 ED11 Austin Booker CHI
40 DI6 Kris Jenkins CIN
41 DI7 Ruke Orhorhoro ATL
42 DI8 Maason Smith JAX
43 LB13 Ty'Ron Hopper GB
44 ED12 Adisa Isaac BLT
45 ED13 Jalyx Hunt PHI
46 ED14 Javon Solomon BUF
47 CB7 Kool-Aid McKinstry NO
48 CB8 Mike Sainristil WAS
49 S6 Dadrion Taylor-Demerson ARZ
50 LB14 Jaylan Ford NO

Tier 1

No matter how IDP managers want to rank these three first-round edge defenders, they each have excellent upside to bet on for dynasty purposes at a very valuable position for IDP. Latu and Verse are best suited to deliver earlier in their NFL careers with more experience, elite college pass-rush metrics and ideal landing spots, but they're a couple of years older than Turner. While expectations for the early portion of Turner’s career should likely be tempered as he’s relatively raw for a first-round edge, he’s also just 21 years old with time to develop into the elite IDP asset that fantasy managers will be banking on as a Tier 1 rookie IDP asset.

Tier 2

Depending on team needs, there are some strong options outside the first tier, starting with the top interior defensive lineman in this class, Byron Murphy. He is the only interior defender to have a career pass-rush grade above 90.0 while also leading the class in career win rate (15.6%) despite fewer than 10 career college sacks — a wildly unstable number to focus on coming out of college. The 21-year-old becomes especially more valuable in this DT-required format and should be a staple on the Seahawks defensive line for years to come.

Chop Robinson is one of the most explosive pass rushers in this year’s class, evidenced by his 16.0% quick pressure rate that is a 98th percentile mark among edge prospects since 2016. There could be an opportunity early in his career to play a significant role for the Dolphins as both Jaelan Phillips and Bradley Chubb recover from season-ending injuries. On top of his early opportunity, the first-round draft capital should provide optimism for long-term upside to go along with his excellent pass rush profile coming out of college.

There are two clear linebackers worth investing in relatively early among this year’s class of IDPs, and they were the first two drafted this year on Day 2. Cooper went first to Green Bay as the lone second-rounder in this class, and while he’s ranked behind Colson in these ranks, it’s close enough for those who have a preference for Cooper to swap them. 

The biggest difference between the two comes down to a combination of Year 1 opportunity and a little bit of personal pre-draft bias. Colson walks onto a defense where his primary competition for snaps consists of Denzel Perryman, Nick Niemann, Daiyan Henley and Troy Dye. Oh, and he just helped lead Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan defense to a national championship and gets to reunite with him in the NFL. Cooper will have a strong chance to see starting snaps, though Isaiah McDuffie did potentially earn the first crack at that job after a strong showing last year in multiple games where he was forced to fill in for injured starters. It is not unusual for an NFL team to give a more experienced player a starting job over a highly-drafted rookie (see; Jack Campbell in 2023 or Jamin Davis/Zaven Collins in 2021 for recent examples), so there is just a bit more hesitance to fully embrace Cooper as a locked-in IDP starter Year 1 with former first-rounder Quay Walker also set to start.

Tier 3

The tiers get much larger here due to the premium position first-rounders being off the board. This group consists almost entirely of Day 2 picks with an emphasis on the defensive line. Many of these defensive linemen, specifically Trice, Robinson, Fiske and Braswell should play decent snaps as rookies, giving them experience and potential for production right out of the gate. Even if they aren’t playing ideal snaps to be consistent IDP starters, for dynasty purposes, these are the big-play IDPs worth betting on in this middle range of prospects.

There are also some high-upside linebackers who have a shorter path to snaps early in their NFL careers, which includes the lone Day 3 pick in this tier, Cedric Gray. Between Wallace, Wilson, and Gray, these were all highly regarded linebackers in this class heading into the draft and while they aren’t as likely to be consistent factors in Year 1, they have the potential to emerge relatively early in their careers.

Cole Bishop leads the safeties and cornerbacks in this tier, as one of the more intriguing IDP safeties thanks to his ability to play near the line of scrimmage and deliver strong production in that role. He’ll have a chance, on a thin Bills depth chart, to contribute early and given his experience around the line of scrimmage — with nearly half of his career snaps coming in the box or on the defensive line — he becomes that much more interesting for IDP.

Tier 4

This tier is essentially the “hopeful” range for prospects who all found decent landing spots to get experience in Year 1 with a path to grow that role down the road and become more IDP-relevant. The linebackers in this tier likely exemplify this best, as they don’t quite have the draft capital to be considered the future of the position on their rosters, but with depth charts and contracts the way they are on their respective teams, if more isn’t added to their depth charts next offseason, they could be sitting pretty in 2025.

The edge defenders and defensive backs should all have opportunities to see the field as rookies, and the cornerbacks are most likely to do so; however, it’s a less valuable position for IDP because that pool of players to choose from is so deep and the production is wildly unstable year-to-year.

Tier 5

Similar to Tier 4, these players all found themselves on rosters where there is a path to snaps down the road but aren’t guaranteed anything due to the lower draft capital invested in them. The difference between this tier and those listed above just comes down to personal confidence level that these options will emerge as IDP-relevant assets, with this latter tier feeling less likely but still worth some cheap dart throws in IDP dynasty leagues.


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