2021 Rookie Review: IDP Linebackers
As the NFL offseason approaches us, so does IDP Rookie season. Now is the time to get to know this rookie class. Although this year will be different, we can still assess these IDP players. I’ll be starting with linebackers with a little help from the IDP Tipster.
The Jets and Lions, for obvious reasons, will be looking at linebackers. Cleveland has Wilson but needs a number one guy now. Chiefs and Packers could get very interesting. With Kirksey released in Green Bay, they will need an impact player now. And the very screwy contract situation in Kansas City with Hitchens could also come into play.
So who are some players these teams will be looking to draft?
As of now, Micah Parsons out of Penn State is the #1 linebacker predicted to go first. Parsons has been called an instant impact player, has great playmaking abilities, he’s a strong tackler and a high-speed player. He was averaging 7.34 tackles a game. From 2018 to 2019, he averaged 2 more tackles per game. Parsons’ tackles for a loss went from 4 in 2018 to 14 in 2019. He had 0 defended passes in 2018 to 5 in 2019 and doubled his forced fumbles. No matter where he lands if he is utilized well he will be an instant playmaker.
Could these teams take into account he took this past year off? If so they will be looking at Zaven Collins out of Tulsa. Collins averages 7.30 tackles per game. He can tackle for a loss of yards, defend and intercept passes. Collins is also an exceptional blitzer, can direct the defense, and read the offense as well. He was a quarterback and safety in high school and is being called a day one talent. He plays the run and pass very well and can put pressure on the quarterback. I think it could be a toss-up between Collins and Parsons at the first pick.
The next two on the radar are Nick Bolton out of Missouri and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah out of Notre Dame. Bolton averages 6.76 tackles per game, in 2020 he averaged 9.5 tackles per game. He can break down plays, and is a very physical player, defends the run exceptionally well. He is a good team leader, well versed in zone coverage.
Owusu-Koramoah averages 5.65 tackles per game. He is also a physical player. Although his production slipped in 2020 it wasn’t much and could be blamed on covid. He has great tackling angles and is a versatile player. He has big hit ability, He has been called the most versatile defensive rookie in this class. His explosive play leads to the ability to stop the run and can also break up the pass.
The debate is heating up on these four players and their draft positions change daily, other names that are being mentioned are Jabril Cox (LSU) Chazz Surratt (UNC).
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