2020 Rookie IDP Player Situational Reports: NFC South
June 3, 2020 No Comments Article, IDP Dime Drops Gary Van Dyke

Welcome to The 2020 Rookie IDP Player Situational Reports for our fantasy football assessment purposes. It’s a proven fact that a rookie’s situation with his new team can dictate his value for fantasy football as much as his talent. And in this series, we will cover the players drafted team by team to gauge our expectations for our dynasty fantasy football rosters.

2020 Rookie IDP: NFC SOUTH

Looking for our 2020 rookie IDP composite rankings? Then Check out our current top 36 HERE.


The Squads Key For Fantasy Football

The First Squad: Possible clear path to immediate playing time now.

The Taxi Squad: Possible path to rotational playing time now.

The Practice Squad: Possible path to playing after a developmental period.


NOTE: We are not including undrafted free agents signed (deep long-shots) by any NFL teams at this time.

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Atlanta’s Four Defensive Draft Picks

The First Squad
  • A.J. Terrell, pick 1.16, out of Clemson, shouldn’t have any problems slotting in as the Falcon’s number one outside cornerback. There is very little high-quality depth opposing his draft status. And although he may be considered the team’s number one, he’ll likely be tested early and often by opposing offensive coordinators. Because as a rookie they’ll want to see what he is made of and if he can avoid mentally lapses in coverage. This should make him a nice IDP option at a designated corner his rookie season.

 

The Taxi Squad

  • Marlon Davidson, pick 2.47, out of Auburn, should see action in the rotation early and often in 2020. And pending his performance will lay out his dynasty value going forward. The defensive tackle isn’t exactly a weakness for the Falcons, so his best-case situational for now is to develop alongside a couple of real solid veterans like Grady Jarrett.
  • Mykal Walkers, pick 119 in the 4th, out of Fresno State, might just be a sneaky dynasty stash as well as a potential player IDP owners need to watch for 2020. He is a lesser-known prototype of high profile rookie linebacker Isaiah Simmons in terms of abilities to play all over the field. Walker played all over the place for Fresno State, rushing the passer, playing linebacker, dropping back at free safety, and even played corner occasionally. And the falcons just may find ways to get him on the field in 2020 somewhere, with developmental potential for the future.

 

The Practice Squad

  • The following later round rookie is currently not ranked in our top 36 rankings. And they’ll have a long way to go to make an IDP impact. And for now, their best situational case scenario is to make the roster as depth and special teams players.
  • Safety Jaylinn Hawkins, noting, pending the Falcons 2021 situation at safety, he was a borderline taxi squad player for dynasty leagues.
2020 Rookie IDP Player Situational Reports

Carolina’s Seven Defensive Draft Picks

The First Squad
  • Derrick Brown, pick 1.07, out of Auburn, has a clear path to not only starting for the Panthers in 2020 but the potential to make a great rookie IDP impact. And his situational warrants that owners shouldn’t shy away from acquiring him as one of the first defensive linemen of the board. At least at the defensive tackle position if needing a potential long term option.
  • Yetur Gross-Matus, pick 2.38, out of Penn. State, has a great situational heading into 2020. The thing is, it’ll likely henge on his ability to beat out a couple of veteran defensive ends in front of him for playing time in 2020. And it’s not that the players in front of him have shown to be great talents, yet. But veteran Stephen Weatherly had shown some flashes in limited opportunities for the Vikings. And second-year player Brian Burns has his first-round pedigree from last year’s draft backing him up. Overall it should be a level playing field for Gross-Matos as the Panthers have a new coaching staff and revamped defense.
  • Jeremy Chinn, pick 2.64, out of Southern Illinois, has all the right physical metrics to win the starting strong safety position off the top. The only thing we have to worry about is if he played for such a small college hampers his development in 2020. It’s quite the jump to the pro level, but if he has anything working in his favor, it’s the fact that he has little to no competition for the starting gig, on paper.
The Taxi Squad
  • Troy Pride Jr., pick 114 in the fourth, out of Notre Dame, will certainly get the chance to compete for a starting cornerback spot. But with Eli Apple and Donte Jackson in front of him, his best situational for now is winning a spot in the rotation or possibly as the starting slot corner. His real IDP window opportunity will likely come in 2021. When the Panthers decide if they are resigning Eli Apple or letting him walk after this one year contract.
The Practice Squad
  • The following three later round rookies are currently not ranked in our top 36 rankings. And they’ll have a long way to go to make an IDP impact. And for now, their best situational case scenario is to make the roster as depth and special teams players.
  • Safety Kenny Robinson Jr.
  • Defensive Tackle Bravvion Roy
  • Cornerback Stantley Thomas-Oliver
Individual Defensive Players

New Orlean’s One Defensive Draft Pick

The Taxi Squad
  • Zack Baun, pick 3.74, out of Wisconsin, could have easily warranted a First Squad designation if he would have landed elsewhere. And he just might prove that in 2020. This Linebacker/Edge-Rusher hybrid showed great pass-rushing skills and above-average coverage skills in college. And the only reason he isn’t listed as a First Squad is the amount of depth, in either role, in front of him. Baun could simply be one injury away from IDP relevancy in 2020 and has that potential for a rotational role either way it goes.
2020 Rookie IDP Player Situational Reports

Tampa Bay’s Three Defensive Draft Picks

The First Squad
  • Antoine Winfield, pick 2.45, out of Minnesota, has all the skills to compete for a starting IDP gig at safety in 2020. And his situational is a bit of a tough call considering the depth the Bucs now have at safety. But there certainly no reason for us not to believe that in 2020 he’ll have some form of a role. And for dynasty purposes, eventually, be one of the main starting safeties going forward. The real question is at what position they’ll use him and to what degree. At his physical metrics and skillset, one has to think as a free safety with the potential to cover the slot when packages are applied.
The Practice Squad
  • The following two later round rookies are currently not ranked in our top 36 2020 IDP rankings. And they’ll have a long way to go to make an IDP impact. And for now, their best situational case scenario is to make the roster as depth and special teams players.
  • Defensive Lineman Khalil Davis
  • Linebacker Chapelle Russell
2020 Rookie IDP

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