As Training Camp is officially underway for all 32 teams, we’re starting to get a clearer picture of some rookie roles as we near preseason games.
As always, for the purposes of this article, we have listed rookie IDPs based on a number of factors, including skill, role, opportunity, and (in the case of some DBs) return ability. And because of the big differences in IDP scoring systems, we’ve sorted them by position for this latest article, as we do every season. We have factored in future potential into these rankings, but ultimately the goal was to attempt to sort them for the 2017 season. Because IDP remains an inexact science when it comes to scoring systems, the best course of action will be to read the player write-ups and determine how each player fits your system (for example, if a player offers potential in a sack or interception-heavy system, we’ve noted it). And sorting these guys by position will help you identify players you could draft at your weak spots in IDP keeper and dynasty drafts. That said, we urge you not to take the rankings as gospel, instead using them as a general guideline.
For this article, I’m focusing on only the top rookie options at each position, as the preseason is starting to give us a clearer picture into the plans for some of these young players.
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