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IDP Primer – Rookie Landing Spots

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By Duncan Smith

This offseason I have been explaining individual defense positions or IDP in simple to understand terms. Part 1 (link) explained scoring, and part 2 (link) explained roster construction and positional basics.

As an addendum to those two articles, I have compiled the following list of defense rookies drafted by all thirty-two teams and listed by round drafted. The number in brackets next to their name indicates the overall pick they were taken with.

In addition, I’ve included all of the Undrafted Free Agents selected by each team.

Hopefully, this tool will prove useful in your rookie analysis, you can easily spot areas teams are looking to develop and potential bargains in your own drafts and free agency.

Let me give you an example, here are the Bengals defensive rookie picks;

First Round N/A

Second Round N/A

Third Round (69) Joseph Ossai, DE, Texas.

Fourth Round (111) Cameron Sample, DE, Tulane. (122) Tyler Shelvin, DT, LSU.

Fifth Round N/A

Sixth Round N/A

Seventh Round (235) Wyatt Hubert, DE, Kansas State.

UDFA Antonio Phillips, CB, Ball State. Darius Hodge, DE, Marshall.

What stands out here? Well, Cincinnati clearly wants some new talent on the defensive line. Of the 6 players drafted, they have 1 defensive tackle and 4 defensive ends. So far so good, right?

They didn’t take their first defensive player until the third round, Edge Ossai, then they immediately went back and took Sample with their next pick in the fourth.

So what can we deduce from that? It would be reasonable to assume they like both players, but aren’t 100% committed to either. This is further backed up by the seventh-round pick of another Edge, Wyatt Hubert, and the signing of UDFA Darius Hodge.

So how does that apply to fantasy, well we can say that the Bengals are prioritizing a defensive edge but don’t necessarily trust their top picks to be ‘the guy’. This means that a high fantasy pick on either Ossai or Sample comes with a high risk of busting. It also means that the switched-on manager should be ready to pounce in free agency if snap counts start swinging towards one of the later guys, after all the best price for any fantasy asset is free.

Now that I’ve clued you in to what you should be looking for have a look at the other 31 teams listed below and see if you can discover those gleaming gems hidden in the depths of the roster charts.

ARIZONA CARDINALS

First Round (16) Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa.

Second Round N/A

Third Round N/A

Fourth Round (136) Marco Wilson, CB, Florida

Fifth Round N/A

Sixth Round (210) Victor Dimukeje, OLB, Duke. (223) Tay Gowan, CB, UCF.

Seventh Round (243) James Wiggins, S, Cincinnati.

UDFA Cameron Murray, DL, Oklahoma St. Lorenzo Burns, CB, Arizona. 

ATLANTA FALCONS 

First Round N/A

Second Round (40) Richie Grant, S, UCF.

Third Round N/A

Fourth Round (108) Darren Hall, DB, San Diego State.

Fifth Round (148) Ta’Quon Graham, DE, Texas. (182) Adetokunbo Ogundeji, OLB, Notre Dame. (183) Avery Williams, DB, Boise.

Sixth Round N/A

Seventh Round N/A

UDFA Alani Pututau, DE, Adams State. Dwayne Johnson Jr, S, San Diego State. Eli Howard, DB, Texas Tech. Erroll Thompson, LB, Mississippi State. J.R. Pace, DB, Northwestern. Kobe Jones, DE, Mississippi State. Marcus Murphy, S, Mississippi State. Zac Dawe, DL, BYU.

BALTIMORE RAVENS 

First Round (31) Odafe Oweh, DE, Penn State.

Second Round N/A

Third Round (104) Brandon Stephens, CB, SMU.

Fourth Round N/A

Fifth Round (160) Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State. (171) Daelin Hayes, DE, Notre Dame.

Sixth Round N/A

Seventh Round N/A

UDFA Ar’Darius Washington, S, TCU. Blake Gallagher, LB, Northwestern. Xavier Kelly, DT, Arkansas.

BUFFALO BILLS 

First Round (30) Greg Rousseau, DE, Miami.

Second Round (61) Carlos ‘Boogie’ Basham Jr, DE, Wake Forest.

Third Round N/A

Fourth Round N/A

Fifth Round N/A

Sixth Round (212) Damar Hamlin, S, Pittsburgh. (213) Rachad Wildgoose, CB, Wisconsin.

Seventh Round N/A

UDFA Tariq Thompson, S, San Diego state. Nick McCloud, CB, Notre Dame. Olaijah Griffin, CB, USC.

CAROLINA PANTHERS 

First Round (8) Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina.

Second Round N/A

Third Round N/A

Fourth Round N/A

Fifth Round (158) Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa. (166) Keith Taylor, CB, Washington.

Sixth Round N/A

Seventh Round (232) Phil Hoskins, DT, Kentucky.

UDFA Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern.

CINCINNATI BENGALS 

First Round N/A

Second Round N/A

Third Round (69) Joseph Ossai, DE, Texas.

Fourth Round (111) Cameron Sample, DE, Tulane. (122) Tyler Shelvin, DT, LSU.

Fifth Round N/A

Sixth Round N/A

Seventh Round (235) Wyatt Hubert, DE, Kansas State.

UDFA Antonio Phillips, CB, Ball State. Darius Hodge, DE, Marshall.

CHICAGO BEARS 

First Round N/A

Second Round N/A

Third Round N/A

Fourth Round N/A

Fifth Round N/A

Sixth Round (228) Thomas Graham Jr, DB, Oregon.

Seventh Round (250) Khyiris Tonga, DT, BYU.

UDFA Caleb Johnson, LB, Houston Baptist. Charles Snowden, DE, Virginia. Daniel Archibong, DL, Carolina. Dionte Ruffin, DB, Western Kentucky. Sam Kamara, DT, Stony Brook. Thomas Schaffer, DL, Stanford.

CLEVELAND BROWNS 

First Round (26) Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern.

Second Round (52) Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LBB, Notre Dame.

Third Round N/A

Fourth Round (132) Tommy Togiai, DT, Ohio State.

Fifth Round (153) Tony Fields II, LB, West Virginia. (169) Richard LeCounte III, S, Georgie.

Sixth Round N/A

Seventh Round N/A

UDFA Kiondre Thomas, CB, Kansas State. Manny Rugamba, CB, Miami (OH). Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida State. Romeo McKnight, DE, Illinois State.

DALLAS COWBOYS 

First Round (12) Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State.

Second Round (44) Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky.

Third Round (75) Osa Odighizuwa, DL, UCLA. (84) Chauncey Golston, DE, Iowa. (99) Nahshon Wright, CB, Oregon State.

Fourth Round (115) Jabril Cox, LB, LSU.

Fifth Round N/A

Sixth Round (192) Quinton Bohanna, DT, Kentucky. (227) Israel Mukuamu, CB, South Carolina.

Seventh Round N/A

UDFA Anthony Hines, LB, Texas A&M. Austin Faoliu, DL, Oregon. Tyler Coyle, LB, Purdue.

DENVER BRONCOS 

First Round (9) Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama.

Second Round N/A

Third Round (105) Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State.

Fourth Round N/A

Fifth Round (152) Caden Sterns, S, Texas. (164) Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana.

Sixth Round N/A

Seventh Round (237) Kary Vincent Jr, CB, LSU. (239) Jonathon Cooper, DE, Ohio state. (253) Marquiss Spencer, DE, Mississippi State.

UDFA Andre Mintze, DL, Vanderbilt. Curtis Robinson, ILB, Stanford. Mac McCain, CB, North Carolina A&T.

DETROIT LIONS 

First Round N/A

Second Round (41) Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington.

Third Round (72) Alim McNeill, DT, N.C. State. (101) Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse.

Fourth Round (113) Derrick Barnes, LB, Purdue.

Fifth Round N/A

Sixth Round N/A

Seventh Round  N/A

UDFA A.J. Parker, CB, Kansas State. D’Angelo Amos, DB, Virginia. Jerry Jacobs, CB, Arkansas. Tavante Beckett, LB, Marshall.

GREEN BAY PACKERS 

First Round (29) Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia.

Second Round N/A

Third Round N/A

Fourth Round N/A

Fifth Round (173) Tedarrell Slaton, DT, Florida. (178) Shemar Jean-Charles, CB, Appalachian State.

Sixth Round (220) Isaiah McDuffie, LB, Boston College.

Seventh Round N/A

UDFA Carlo Kemp, DL, Michigan. Christian Uphoff, S, Illinois State. Jack Heflin, DT, Iowa.

HOUSTON TEXANS 

First Round N/A

Second Round N/A

Third Round N/A

Fourth Round N/A

Fifth Round (170) Garret Wallow, LB, TCU.

Sixth Round (195) Roy Lopez, DT, Arizona.

Seventh Round N/A

UDFA N/A

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 

First Round (21) Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan.

Second Round (54) Dayo Odeyingbo, DE, Vanderbilt.

Third Round N/A

Fourth Round N/A

Fifth Round (165) Shawn Davis, S, Florida.

Sixth Round N/A

Seventh Round N/A

UDFA Anthony Butler, LB, Liberty. Isaiah Kaufusi, LB, BYU.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 

First Round N/A

Second Round (33) Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia.

Third Round (65) Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse.

Fourth Round (106) Jay Tufele, DT, USC. (121) Jordan Smith, DE, UAB.

Fifth Round N/A

Sixth Round N/A

Seventh Round N/A

UDFA Corey Straughter, CB, Louisiana. D.J. Daniel, CB, Georgia. Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama. Kenny Randall, DT, Charleston.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 

First Round N/A

Second Round (58) Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri.

Third Round N/A

Fourth Round (144) Joshua Kaindoh, DE, Florida State.

Fifth Round N/A

Sixth Round N/A

Seventh Round N/A

UDFA Devon Key, S, Western Kentucky. DiCaprio Bootle, CB, Nebraska. Malik Herring, DE, Georgia. Marlon Character, S, Louisville. Riley Cole, LB, South Alabama. Zayne Anderson, LB, BYU.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 



First Round N/A

Second Round (43) Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU.

Third Round (79) Malcolm Koonce, DE, Buffalo. (80) Divine Deablo, S, Virginia Tech.

Fourth Round (143) Tyree Gillespie, S, Missouri.

Fifth Round (167) Nate Hobbs, CB, Illinois.

Sixth Round N/A

Seventh Round N/A

UDFA Darius Stills, DT, West Virginia. T.J. Morrison, DB, Stony Brook. Max Richardson, LB, Boston College.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 

First Round N/A

Second Round (47) Asante Samuel Jr, CB, Florida State.

Third Round N/A

Fourth Round (118) Chris Rumph II, DE, Duke.

Fifth Round N/A

Sixth Round (185) Nick Niemann, LB, Iowa.

Seventh Round (241) Mark Webb, S, Georgia.

UDFA Amen Ogbongbemiga, LB, Oklahoma State. Forrest Merrill, IDL, Arkansas State. Jared Goldwire, DL, Louisville.

LOS ANGELES RAMS 

First Round N/A

Second Round N/A

Third Round (103) Ernest Jones, LB, South Carolina. 

Fourth Round (117) Bobby Brown III, DT, Texas A&M. (130) Robert Rochell, CB, Central Arkansas.

Fifth Round (174) Earnest Brown IV, DE, Northwestern.

Sixth Round N/A

Seventh Round (252) Chris Garrett, OLB, Concordia-St. Paul.

UDFA Brontae Harris, DB, UAB. George Silvanic, DL, Air Force. Jovan Grant, S, Merrimack. Max Roberts, DE, Boston College. Paris Ford, S, Pittsburgh. Troy Warner, S, BYU.

MIAMI DOLPHINS 

First Round (18) Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami.

Second Round (36) Jevon Holland, S, Oregon.

Third Round N/A

Fourth Round N/A

Fifth Round N/A

Sixth Round N/A

Seventh Round N/A

UDFA Jaytlin Askew, CB, Georgia Tech. Jerome Johnson, DT, Indiana.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS 

First Round N/A

Second Round N/A

Third Round (78) Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina. (90) Patrick Jones II, DE, Pittsburgh.

Fourth Round (125) Camryn Bynum, S, Cal. (134) Janarius Robinson, DE, Florida state.

Fifth Round N/A

Sixth Round (199) Jaylen Twyman, DT, Pittsburgh. 

Seventh Round N/A

UDFA Christian Elliss, DE, Idaho. Jordon Scott, DT, Oregon. Tuf Borland, LB, Ohio State. Zeandae Johnson, DE, Cal.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 

First Round N/A

Second Round (38) Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama.

Third Round (94) Ronnie Perkins, DE, Oklahoma.

Fourth Round N/A

Fifth Round (177) Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan.

Sixth Round (188) Joshua Bledsoe, S, Missouri.

Seventh Round N/A

UDFA N/A

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 



First Round (28) Payton Turner, DE, Houston.

Second Round (60) Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State.

Third Round (76) Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford.

Fourth Round N/A

Fifth Round N/A

Sixth Round N/A

Seventh Round N/A

UDFA Bryce Thompson, CB, Tennessee. Eric Burell, S, Wisconsin. Josiah Bronson, DT, Washington. Shaq Smith, LB, Maryland. Trill Williams, CB, Syracuse. 

NEW YORK GIANTS 

First Round N/A

Second Round (50) Azeez Ojulari, OLB, Georgia.

Third Round (71) Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF.

Fourth Round (116) Elerson Smith, OLB, Northern Iowa.

Fifth Round N/A

Sixth Round (201) Rodarius Williams, CB, Oklahoma State.

Seventh Round N/A

UDFA Raymond Johnson, DE, Georgia Southern.

NEW YORK JETS 

First Round N/A

Second Round N/A

Third Round N/A

Fourth Round N/A

Fifth Round (146) Jamien Sherwood, S, Auburn. (154) Michael Carter II, CB, Duke. (175) Jason Pinnock, CB, Pittsburgh.

Sixth Round (186) Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State. (200) Brandin Echols, CB, Kentucky. (207) Jonathan Marshall, DT, Arkansas.

Seventh Round N/A

UDFA Hamilcar Rashed, LB/DE, Oregon State. Max Eifler, DB, Illinois. Mike Dwumfour, IDL, Rutgers.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 

First Round N/A

Second Round N/A

Third Round (73) Milton Williams, DT, Louisiana Tech.

Fourth Round (123) Zech McPhearson, CB, Texas Tech.

Fifth Round N/A

Sixth Round (189) Marlon Tuipulotu, DT, USC. (191) Tarron Jackson, DE, Coastal Carolina. (224) JaCoby Stevens, S, LSU.

Seventh Round (234) Patrick Johnson, OLB, Tulane.

UDFA JaQuan Bailey, DE, Iowa State.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS 

First Round N/A

Second Round N/A

Third Round N/A

Fourth Round (140) Buddy Johnson, LB, Texas A&M.

Fifth Round (156) Isaiahh Loudermilk, DE, Wisconsin.

Sixth Round (216) Quincy Roche, DE, Miami.

Seventh Round (245) Tre Norwood, CB, Oklahoma.

UDFA Calvin Bundage, LB, Oklahoma State, DeMarkus Acy, CB, Missouri. Donovan Stiner, S, Florida. Jamar Watson, LB, Kentucky. Lamont Wade, DB, Penn State. Franklin McCain, CB, North Carolina A&T. Shakur Brown, CB, Michigan State.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 

First Round N/A

Second Round N/A

Third Round (102) Ambry Thomas, DB, Michigan.

Fourth Round N/A

Fifth Round (172) Deommodore Lenoir, DB, Oregon. (180) Talanoa Hufanga, S, USC.

Sixth Round N/A

Seventh Round N/A

UDFA Elijah Sullivan, LB, Kansas State. Justin Hilliard, LB, Ohio State.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 

First Round N/A

Second Round N/A

Third Round N/A

Fourth Round (137) Tre Brown, DB, Oklahoma.

Fifth Round N/A

Sixth Round N/A

Seventh Round N/A

UDFA Bryan Mills, CB, North Carolina Central. Jon Rhattigan, LB, Army.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 

First Round (32) Joe Tryon, OLB, Washington.

Second Round N/A

Third Round N/A

Fourth Round N/A

Fifth Round (176) K.J. Britt, LB, Auburn.

Sixth Round N/A

Seventh Round (251) Chris Wilcox, CB, BYU. (259) Grant Stuard, LB, Houston.

UDFA Augie Contressa, S, Stoney Brook. Cameron Kinley, CB, Navy. Elijah Ponder, DL, Cincinnati. Lawrence White, S, Iowa State. Leighton McCarthy, LB, FAU.

TENNESSEE TITANS 

First Round (22) Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech.

Second Round N/A

Third Round (92) Monty Rice, LB, Georgia. (100) Elijah Molden, CB, Washington.

Fourth Round (135) Rashad Weaver, DE, Pittsburgh.

Fifth Round N/A

Sixth Round (215) Brady Breeze, S, Oregon.

Seventh Round N/A

UDFA Justus Reed, DL, Virginia Tech. Naquan Jones, DT, Michigan State.

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM 

First Round (19) Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky.

Second Round N/A

Third Round (74) Benjamin St-Juste, CB, Minnesota.

Fourth Round N/A

Fifth Round (163) Darrick Forrest, S, Cincinnati.

Sixth Round N/A

Seventh Round (240) Will Bradley-King, DE, Baylor. (246) Shaka Toney, DE, Penn State.

Duncan Smith – IDP Writer
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