Now that the 2017 NFL Draft has concluded, it’s time to take a look into how the IDP landscape may have shifted for the upcoming season. This year’s draft featured a truckload of DBs, and a healthy amount of DLs. The LB class was a little lacking, however. Day One featured 19 defensive players, with Day Two also a strong day for picking up defenders.
To get us started, I’m going to do a preliminary ranking of the top IDPs in this year’s draft, heavily weighted toward each player’s ability to contribute this year. There will be a more thorough breakdown of the rookie IDPs (which includes dynasty consideration) coming soon in the IDP Rookie Report.
Top IDP Rookies for 2017
- Myles Garrett (DE, Cle) – The Texas A&M Defensive End was the #1 overall pick, and for good reason. His speed, length, and technique create a combination that should immediately translate to the NFL. Not only is he talented, but he’s going to match up well with the Browns new DC, Greg Williams. Williams is an aggressive schemer who has likely known for weeks that he was getting the draft’s best edge rusher, and Garrett is ticketed to start at Right End. Keep in mind the Browns will be shifting to a 4-3 defense, so Garrett should have no problem getting DL eligibility.
- Solomon Thomas (DT/DE, SF) – The third overall pick, Thomas is a versatile player, and will help new DC Robert Saleh transition to a 4-3. Thomas should be moved up and down the line, and if all goes well in pre-season, Thomas should be heavily involved from Week One. Saleh should attack more gaps than his predecessor, which means Thomas could have value in DT-required leagues as a run-stopper and pass-rusher.
- Taco Charlton (DE, Dal) – Charlton makes this list partly on talent (which he has plenty of) and partly on opportunity. The Dallas D-line is starving for pass rushers as they lost a few of their better options to suspension and injury last season. Charlton can play the run and get after the QB, and while he wasn’t the dynamic playmaker in college some of his draftmates were, HC Jason Garrett is expecting Charlton to start at Right End. Offenses are likely less concerned about Charlton than the left side threat, DeMarcus Lawrence. Therefore, Charlton should see more action directed his way.
- Caleb Brantley (DT, Cle) – Brantley makes the ...