The IDP Guys complete an experts’ IDP mock rookie draft to help you with your IDP Rookie needs.
The clocks have sprung forward. March Madness has consumed us. Pro days numbers are being hyped. It’s springtime in the fantasy football community and the rookie scene is exploding. Among all of the takes, articles, and mock drafts, there still seems to be a shortage of IDP rookie information within our community. That’s when it’s time to turn to the IDP Guys and their IDP mock rookie draft series.
For pre-draft evaluations, 11 of our experts/writers (and one special guest from Dynasty Nerds) completed a Superflex/Tight End Premium/PPR/IDP mock draft for 6 rounds. The mock draft used a simplified version of our scoring settings for IDP Guys IDP Invitational.
|Passing Settings||IDP Stat Categories||IDP Points|
|4 pts per TD||Number of Defensive Fumble Recovery TDs||6 points each|
|.04 point per yard||Fumble Recoveries (from Opponent)||3 points each|
|-4 Interception||Number of Offensive Fumble Recovery TDs||6 points each|
|Rushing Settings||Forced Fumbles||3 points each|
|6 pts per TD||Number of Interception Return TDs||6 points each|
|.1 points per yards||Interceptions Caught||6 points each|
|1 point per reception||Passes Defended||2 points each|
|.5 – Rush 1st down||Number of Blocked Field Goal TDs||6 points each|
|Receiving Settings||Blocked Field Goals||3 points each|
|6 pts per TD||Number of Missed Field Goal Return TDs||6 points each|
|.1 points per yards||Number of Blocked Punt TDs||6 points each|
|1 point per reception (WR)||Tackles||2 points each|
|1.5 points per reception (RB)||Assists||1 point each|
|2 points per reception (TE)||Sacked a QB||4 points each|
|.5- Receiving 1st down||Quarterback Hits||1 point each|
|Tackles for a Loss||1 point each|
|Safeties||2 points each|
|Rushing First Downs||.5 points each|
|Receiving First Downs||.5 points each|
|Passes Defended- CB bonus||.5 points each|
|Tackles- CB Bonus||.5 points each|
The purpose of this mock draft is to provide some insights into how some of the best fantasy minds at IDP Guys evaluate this rookie class on both sides of the ball. Rounds 1-3 will be released as its own separate article, with a Sleeper Edition summarizing the picks for Rounds 4-6. All of our writers will be sharing their analysis behind each pick, so our subscribers can a peek into the minds of our experts.
|Writer’s name||Steve Perkins||Tiffany Stewart||Steve Tomasin|
|Rd 2 pick||2.01||2.02||2.03|
|Player||Jaylen Waddle, WR||Micah Parsons, LB||Rondale Moore, WR|
|Writer’s name||Brandon Haye||Kyle Bellefeuil||Steve Tomasin|
|Rd 2 pick||2.04||2.05||2.06|
|Player||Elijah Moore, WR||Kenneth Gainwell, RB||Terrace Marshall, WR|
|Writer’s name||Jayson Snyder||Neil James||Joseph Haggan|
|Rd 2 pick||2.07||2.08||2.09|
|Player||Pat Freiermuth, TE||Kadarius Toney, WR||Tylan Wallace, WR|
|Writer’s name||Dan Cook||Hollywood||Zach Magley|
|Rd 2 pick||2.10||2.11||2.12|
|Player||Brevin Jordan, TE||Chubba Wubba Hubbard, RB||Zaven Collins, LB|
Here’s how the second round broke down by position:
- 0 Quarterbacks selected
- 2 Running backs selected
- 6 Wide Receivers selected
- 2 Tight Ends selected
- 2 IDP players selected (2 Linebackers)
The second round is well advertised in fantasy circles as a gold mine of WR value. In addition to a couple of solid RB and TE prospects, this round is highlighted by the two biggest LB studs, Micah Parsons and Zaven Collins, coming off the board. Though this draft has plenty of talented rookie prospects on the defensive side of the ball, the unreal depth of offensive players provides a lot of value in third-round picks for IDP rookie drafts.
With the 2.01 pick in the IDP Guys Mock Draft, Steve Perkins selects Jaylen Waddle, Wide Receiver, Alabama
Jaylen Waddle averaged an incredible 44.53 yards per TD catch on his 17 career scores through the air at Alabama. https://t.co/XF7FCST53p
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 7, 2021
- Measurements: 5-foot-10, 180 pounds
- Best Year 2018: 45 catches, 848 receiving yards, and 8 TDs; 16 punt returns for 223 yards (14.6 yards per punt return), and 1 PR TD.
- Todd’s Superflex/Tight End Premium Rookie Rankings on IDP Guys: #13 Overall, WR5
- Next two players up: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State, or Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis
Jaylen Waddle has been receiving a ton of hype, for a couple of years now. I think every single article or blurb I’ve seen about him has contained a comparison to Tyreek Hill, mostly because of his blazing fast speed and breakaway abilities.
Skipping Alabama’s March 30th Pro Day, his small frame and a recent history of injuries has caused some concern among fantasy owners. Additionally, the Vegas odds have him as the third most likely WR drafted and speculation that the NY Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, or Detroit Lions would be his landing spot, further ding his fantasy stock.
I think Waddle will succeed, regardless of his landing spot, and his unreal speed will be the cause of multiple big/home run plays, just as he did in college. Draft with confidence, as he’ll be given the opportunity for tons of targets and big games, from Day One.
With the 2.02 pick in the IDP Guys Mock Draft, Tiffany Stewart selects Micah Parsons, Linebacker, Penn State
- Measurements: 6-foot-3, 246 pounds
- Best Year (2019): 109 tackles (52 solo), 14 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 5 pass deflections, and 4 forced fumbles
- Joey The Tooth’s IDP Rookie Rankings on IDP Guys: #1 Overall, LB1
- Next 2 players up: Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU, or Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
At 2.02, this was the easiest pick I’ll ever make.
Parsons is considered by many to be the complete package. With his size, speed, and athleticism, Parsons has all the tools to be an instant impact wherever he ends up. Parsons elite pass rushing and run defending ability, paired with his versatility at the position, could lead to more playing time out of the gate.
One real negative was the off-the-field character issues, but the fact that he’s still projected to go top in the 10 in the draft means it won’t affect his draft stock. And after tearing up his Pro Day, that doesn’t seem likely to change.
With the 2.03 pick in the IDP Guys Mock Draft, Todd Foster selects Rondale Moore, Wide Receiver, Purdue
Didn’t bench today, but here’s 24 for those of you wondering. pic.twitter.com/SI3paBjRy9
— Rondale Moore (@moore_rondale) March 23, 2021
- Measurements: 5-foot-9, 180 pounds
- Best Year (2018): 114 catches, 1,473 scrimmage yards, and 14 TDs; 33 kick returns for 662 yards (20.1 yards per kick return), and 12 punt returns for 82 yards (6.8 yards per punt return)
- Todd’s Superflex/Tight End Premium Rookie Rankings on IDP Guys: #11 Overall, WR3
- Next 2 players up: Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State, and Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis
This writer was THRILLED to get his #11 overall player in the early second round. As a true freshman, the Purdue star took the Big Ten by storm with 114 catches, 1,473 scrimmage yards, and 14 TDs. His speed and athleticism are legendary, especially after he recorded a 4.29 40-yard dash and a 42.5-inch vertical at his pro day.
Though he’s shorter and faster than most, Moore could be compared to a cannonball, as his strength is extremely underrated. So, if defenders can actually catch him, the Paul Hornung Award winner is very hard to bring down once he’s built a full head of steam.
His injury in 2019 and his “on-again, off-again” 2020 season definitely hurt his draft stock a bit. However, Moore is an offensive talent that any NFL offensive coordinator would die to work with and utilize in a variety of ways.
With the 2.04 pick in the IDP Guys Mock Draft, Brandon Haye selects Elijah Moore, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss
• WINNERS •
Elijah Moore | WR | Ole Miss
W: 178 lbs
Hand: 9 3/8”
Arm: 30 1/8”
In a class full of smaller, athletic WRs, Moore’s shown he’s up there with the best of them with his burst and change of direction! pic.twitter.com/pVDXDGRnuy
— Matt FF Dynasty 🏈 (@MattFFDynasty) April 3, 2021
- Measurements: 5-foot-9, 180 pounds
- Best Year (2020): 86 receptions on 102 targets for 1,193 yards and 8 TDs in 8 games
- Todd’s Superflex/Tight End Premium Rookie Rankings on IDP Guys: #17 Overall, WR7
- Next 2 players up: Kenneth Gainwell, RB Memphis, or Dynami Brown, WR, North Carolina
With the top QBs and RBs gone, WR was the position I was looking at here. My favorite receiver Rondale Moore went right before this pick, but I will gladly take another I have in my top five. Elijah Moore is quickly moving up others’ draft boards, as his pro day was very impressive with a 4.35 40 yard dash.
Moore was used all over the field in his last year at Ole Miss and looks ready for the next level. He will most likely be used in the slot in the NFL, and his great route running should make him an immediate contributor to whatever team drafts him.
With the 2.05 pick in the IDP Guys Mock Draft, Kyle Bellefeuil selects Kenneth Gainwell, Running back, Memphis
You all know I obsessed over Antonio Gibson last draft cycle following his 2019 campaign
38 catches & 33 carries that season
Stunning that Kenneth Gainwell, in that same yr, handled 231 (!!) carries & 51 receptions (!!)
— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) April 7, 2021
- Measurements: 5-foot-10 3/4, 201 pounds
- Best Year (2019): 231 carries, 1,459 yards (6.3 ypc), 13 TDs / 51 rec, 610 yards, 3 TDs
- Todd’s Superflex/Tight End Premium Rookie Rankings on IDP Guys: #15 Overall, RB4
- Next 2 players up: Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU, or Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
After going quarterback with my first pick, it was time to hit the skill positions. I’m pumped to land Gainwell here, as he is a dynamic playmaker who can be utilized all over. Gainwell had a fantastic 2019 season for Memphis, putting his speed and athleticism on full display.
Not only is Gainwell a talented runner, but he is a weapon in the passing game, catching passes out of the backfield and from the slot. While we didn’t get to see him this season (opt-out), he did have a good showing at his pro day, running a 4.42 second 40 and putting up 21 reps on the bench press. There is some risk with Gainwell only having one year of production, but the upside is too high to ignore.
With the 2.06 pick in the IDP Guys Mock Draft, Steve Tomasin selects Terrace Marshall Jr, Wide Receiver, LSU
Terrace Marshall Jr has a perfect 158.3 passer rating when lined up at outside WR over the last two seasons.
1st among all pass-catchers. pic.twitter.com/FLmwwrE9Kx
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 8, 2021
- Measurements: 6-foot-2, 205 pounds
- Best Year (2020): 7 games – 48 rec – 731 yards – 10 TDs
- Todd’s Superflex/Tight End Premium Rookie Rankings on IDP Guys: #18 Overall, WR8
- Next 2 players up: Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State, or Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami
Thrilled to get my number three ranked wide receiver in the second round as the seventh overall wide receiver drafted. Marshall balled out in a COVID shortened 2020 season with no Ja’Marr Chase, who opted out. He proved he could easily handle the alpha number one wide receiver role for the LSU Tigers.
Terrace Marshall profiles as an NFL alpha number one wide receiver. He isn’t the most well-known name of the big three LSU wide receivers recently, but his numbers are impressive. Marshall had a College Dominator rating of 46.5% (92nd percentile) and a breakout age of 19.2 (86th percentile), which is insane, considering he played alongside Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase (LSU WRs > Alabama WRs).
Marshall ran a 4.45 40-yard dash, which is a speed score of 106 (85th percentile), which places him in a great range to succeed.
It remains to be seen what the NFL thinks of Marshall. Round two draft capital is expected, but a savvy team grabbing him towards the end of round one wouldn’t surprise me at all. If that happens, and it’s a good landing spot with a path to playing time, this pick would be the steal of the whole draft. Wheels up!!
With the 2.07 pick in the IDP Guys Mock Draft, Jayson Snyder selects Pat Freiermuth, Tight End, Penn State
Highest career grade in the redzone from draft-eligible receivers:
1. Pat Freiermuth – 92.5
2. Jaelon Darden – 86.2
3. Terrace Marshall Jr. – 83.6
4. Kyle Pitts – 80.1 pic.twitter.com/CBcfM4Cdgr
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) March 28, 2021
- Measurements: 6-foot-5, 258 pounds
- Best Year (2019): 13gm, 43rec, 507yrds, 7TDs
- Todd’s Superflex/Tight End Premium Rookie Rankings on IDP Guys: #22 Overall, TE2
- Next 2 players up: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida or Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
I gave very serious consideration to selecting Kadarius Toney with this pick but ultimately settled on Freiermuth, given the premium on tight end scoring. Likely an early Day Two selection in the NFL Draft, Freiermuth has the size to dominate on contested catches, particularly in the congestion of the red zone.
He’s also a very capable blocker, making him a more well-rounded prospect and thus potentially fast-tracking his route to meaningful snaps. Sitting behind only the otherworldly Kyle Pitts in my positional rankings, I’m very pleased to add a player of Freiermuth’s abilities in a format designed to accentuate the tight end.
With the 2.08 pick in the IDP Guys Mock Draft, Neil James selects Kadarius Toney, Wide Receiver, Florida
- Measurements: 6-foot, 193 pounds
- Best Year 2020: 11 games, 70 receptions, 984 yards, 14.1 average, and 10 TDs; 19 attempts, 161 yards, 8.5 average, and 1 TD
- Todd’s Superflex/Tight End Premium Rookie Rankings on IDP Guys: #31 Overall, WR13
- Next 2 players up: Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State, or Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
My two most exciting receivers to watch this draft class were Rondale Moore and this man, Kadarius Toney. They are both electric playmakers with the ability to produce after the catch with elusiveness and upfield vision. What separates them is Kadarius’ experience playing QB in high school. A wide receiver with the knowledge of a QB gives him an enhanced ability to read coverage, run routes, and make plays happen.
Kadarius was a true dual-threat QB in high school where he had back-to-back 900 yard rushing seasons and over 30 rushing TDs. It’s true, Kadarius only had one year of production, but he still had 200 more yards than Kyle Pitts — a truly generational talent himself — and 400 more yards than the next WR on the roster. Unlike some of the other WR’s who are ranked higher than him in this draft class, those yards came against SEC defenses.
Toney ran a 4.4 40, 6.88 3-cone, 39.5 vertical jump, and an 11-4(!) broad jump at his pro day, which are all outstanding. He’s the mold of what teams want for a WR these days in the NFL and he’ll easily be a second-half first-round pick.
With the 2.09 pick in the IDP Guys Mock Draft, Joseph “The Tooth” Haggan selects Tylan Wallace, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State
TYLAN WALLACE WAS NOT GOING TO BE STOPPED!!! 😤😤😤💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/iyUaRA3H6e
— Abdul Memon (@abdulamemon) October 26, 2019
- Measurements: 5-foot-11, 194 pounds
- Best Year (2018): 86 receptions, 1,491 receiving yards, 17.3 yards per reception, 12 receiving touchdowns, 1 rush attempt for 6 yards and a touchdown.
- Todd’s Superflex/Tight End Premium Rookie Rankings on IDP Guys: #16 Overall, WR6
- Next 2 players up: Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami, or Michael Carter, RB, UNC
Anybody who says Wallace does not have the size to match NFL strength cornerbacks, view the clip above. Wallace may check in at 194 pounds, but he has such a competitive nature that he plays like an undersized tight end. He has three straight seasons with at least 900 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns.
His ability to sell routes finds him getting open with ease, and he is a true hands catcher. Wallace does a terrific job of extending to catch the ball, offering up a much larger catch radius than his 5’11” frame would suggest.
Wallace is also one of the best receivers in this draft class in contested catch situations. His ability to high point and extend leaves him winning and making highlight-reel catches, making it look relatively easy. He also ran a 4.39 second 40-yard dash at his pro day, showing impressive straight-line speed and ball tracking, making him a legitimate deep threat. I have Wallace as my WR6, so grabbing him as the WR9 to match with Devonta Smith, my WR1, is too much for me to pass up.
With the 2.10 pick in the IDP Guys Mock Draft, Dan Cook selects Brevin Jordan, Tight End, Miami
Brevin Jordan es un jugador con muchas armas. Tiene un buen físico que aunque aun puede desarrollar (puede añadir unos kilos de músculo) consigue buenos resultados tras el contacto de la defensa, y puede ganar yardas extra pese a ir trastabillado:
— Dani (@GrittyDB) April 2, 2021
- Measurements: 6-foot-3, 245 pounds
- Best Year (year here): 8 games, 38 rec, 576 yds, 7 TDs
- Todd’s Superflex/Tight End Premium Rookie Rankings on IDP Guys: #24 Overall, TE3
- Next 2 players up: Gregory Rousseau, Edge, Miami, or Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Linebacker, Notre Dame
Tight end premium is the key to this pick. Jordan has the size and athleticism to be a productive NFL tight end. He won’t be asked to block much (hopefully) and is a weapon after the catch. His one issue is in-traffic catches, which could hamper him at the next level, but speed kills and he could be a mismatch for many in the league.
His landing spot could be a make or break with his initial potential, but you have to think the team that drafts him will want to use him. I was considering taking an edge player here, but none of them are studly enough for me to pass up an offensive talent at this point. Gregory Rousseau and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah would have been my next two options if I chose to go defense here.
With the 2.11 pick in the IDP Guys Mock Draft, Hollywood selects Chuba Hubbard, Running back, Oklahoma State
- Measurements: 6-foot, 210 pounds
- Best Year (2019): 328 att, 2094 rush yards, 21 TDs, 23 rec, 198 rec yards
- Todd’s Superflex/Tight End Premium Rookie Rankings on IDP Guys: #19 Overall, RB5
- Next 2 players up: Zaven Collins, Linebacker, Tulsa, or Richie Grant, Safety, UCF
My main target here in the second round (LB, Micah Parsons), was taken much earlier than I was expected, so I had to change my draft board around. With 1.01 IDP of this draft class off the board, I decided to stay with offense and take stud RB Chuba Hubbard.
Massive production numbers as a sophomore, with a 2,000+ yard rushing season, made him a no-brainer selection here with the 23rd overall pick. Getting him at this spot is a tremendous value and there was no way I could pass that up. Hubbard has really good size, power, and speed.
As with any prospect, his landing spot will be key. I would love to see him land somewhere that he could possibly be a starter on day one, or at least by midseason. A team that instantly comes to mind is the New York Jets who could select him with their second-round pick.
Another possible landing spot could be the Atlanta Falcons, who pick two spots after the Jets in the second round. Both would be great landing spots to boost Hubbard’s value. Good thing I took Hubbard here, as he wouldn’t have made it back to me and the next player (LB, Zaven Collins) on my draft board, was taken with the very next pick.
With the 2.12 pick in the IDP Guys Mock Draft, Zach Magley selects Zaven Collins, Linebacker, Tulsa
Taller Dont'a Hightower is my Zaven Collins NFL player comparison.
LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa (6’5”, 259)
4.67s 40-yard dash
LB Dont’a Hightower (6’2”, 265)
4.62s 40-yard dash
— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) April 2, 2021
- Measurements: 6′ 5″, 259 lbs.
- Best Year (2020): 36 solos, 18 assists, 7.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 4 interceptions, 2 TD, 2 PD, 1 FR, and 2 FF
- Joey The Tooth’s IDP Rookie Rankings on IDP Guys: #1 Overall, LB1
- Next 2 players up: (Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC, or Jeremiah Owuso-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame)
Zaven Collins might be one of, if not THE best, IDP prospects coming into the NFL through the draft this season. Collins has all the appeal of a high-profile athlete for IDP managers. He’s an explosive player with game-changing abilities. He has great instincts, gets to the ball carrier quickly, and knows how to react when he drops back into coverage.
Zaven is also very capable of coming off the edge and rushing the quarterback. He looked like a star, even in a shortened season due to COVID-19. Zaven Collins was a three-year starter and won the Bronco Nagurski Award for defensive players in 2020. He can be an immediate contributor for any IDP manager smart enough to draft him before the rest of his league mates.
Joey The Tooth’s Round-Up
In Round Two of the IDP Guys analyst rookie mock draft, we show how deep (and talented) this wide receiver group is. Half of the selections in this round were wide receivers, leaving nine receivers drafted with the first 24 selections. We also see the first couple of IDP players come off the board with Micah Parsons at 2.02 and Zaven Collins at 2.12. This shows how deep the offensive class is, we have not even seen the number one edge defender off the board after two full rounds.
The second tier of tight ends is gone as well, with both Freiermuth and Jordan going in the middle of the round. To round it out, two more running back selections were made and the upper echelon of backs are now gone, plus one. Gainwell was likely the last running back with upper-tier upside, and Chuba Hubbard is taken with somebody hoping for a great landing spot, also banking on his 2019 production.
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