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Rookie Rankings – IDP

We have worked hard at Rookie Blitz headquarters to compile information and game tape for the 2010 NFL Draft class.

We are now ready to release our initial rookie fantasy rankings after reviewing college production, scouting reports, all-star games, and the scouting combine.  We have already reviewed the top tight ends, wide receivers, running backs and quarterbacks available.

Top-12 Tight Ends
Top-30 Wide Receivers
Top-30 Running Backs
Top-24 Quarterbacks

IDP (Individual Defensive Players)

Rolando McClain is the top middle linebacker in the 2010 NFL Draft.  He will have the best opportunity to succeed as a rookie regardless of the defensive scheme he plays in.  McClain reminds of us of Karlos Dansby.

Sean Weatherspoon is a versatile player and would best fit in a Cover-2 scheme because of his coverage skills.  Weatherspoon was impressive at the Senior Bowl and performed well in drills at the Scouting Combine.

This is a strong safety class: Eric Berry, Earl Thomas, and Taylor Mays could be selected in the first round.  Berry is a big hitter with excellent range and natural instincts.  Thomas is a versatile player and some teams are considering converting him to cornerback.  Mays has the size and speed that teams covet; however, there are concerns about his instincts and man-coverage skills.

Ndamunkong Suh and Gerald McCoy will be off the board in the top-five of the first round, but the value of defensive tackles in fantasy football is limited.  Both prospects are dominant enough to pressure the quarterback and could deserve consideration in your dynasty rookie draft.

Despite concerns about this speed, Brandon Spikes will succeed because of his leadership and intangibles.  Spikes is a similar player to Jets linebacker David Harris and should also excel as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

With the proliferation of the 3-4 defense, NFL teams are looking for more hybrid players that can play both linebacker and defensive end. Sergio Kindle and Brandon Graham are two of the top 3-4 outside linebackers that will have more value in leagues that award more points for sacks.  Donald Butler and Daryl Washington round out the remaining top middle linebackers available.  Both are better long-term dynasty options because they may not become instant starters as rookies.

  1. Rolando McClain, ILB – Alabama
  2. Sean Weatherspoon, OLB – Missouri
  3. Eric Berry, S – Tennessee
  4. Derrick Morgan, DE – Georgia Tech
  5. Brandon Spikes, ILB – Florida
  6. Earl Thomas, S – Texas
  7. Donald Butler, ILB – Washington
  8. Daryl Washington, ILB – TCU
  9. Sergio Kindle, OLB – Texas
  10. Taylor Mays, S – USC
  11. Brandon Graham, OLB/DE – Michigan
  12. Joe Haden, CB – Florida
  13. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE – South Florida
  14. Dekoda Watson, OLB – Florida State
  15. Ndamukong Suh, DT – Nebraska
  16. Sean Lee, ILB – Penn State
  17. Gerald McCoy, DT – Oklahoma
  18. Nate Allen, S – South Florida
  19. Carlos Dunlap, DE – Florida
  20. Ricky Sapp, DE/OLB – Clemson
  21. Devin McCourty, CB – Rutgers
  22. Patrick Robinson, CB – Florida State
  23. Jason Worilds, OLB – Virginia Tech
  24. Rennie Curran, OLB – Georgia
  25. Kyle Wilson, CB – Boise State
  26. Morgan Burnett, S – Georgia Tech
  27. Eric Norwood, OLB – Penn State
  28. Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB – TCU
  29. Major Wright, S – Florida
  30. Thaddeus Gibson, OLB – Ohio State
  31. Navorro Bowman, OLB – Penn State
  32. Greg Hardy, DE – Mississippi

Senior Bowl Impressions

Mardy Gilyard

I finally had the opportunity to watch the game tape from the Under Armour Senior Bowl, which took place on January 30th, 2010 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.  Several players stood out in the game that could have an impact in fantasy football leagues in the near future.

I will never claim to be an actual NFL scout, but these players had impressive performances against the country’s best senior NFL prospects.  It would be foolish to base the future prospects of a player on his play in an all-star game, but the Senior Bowl is another tool for finding the players that will make an impact for your fantasy football team.

Jarrett Brown and Dan LeFevour were the most impressive quarterbacks on the field.  Brown showed impressive arm strength and the ability to move around in the pocket.  He will need some time to learn the NFL game, but he reminded me of David Garrard.  LeFevour looked like the most NFL-ready of the six Senior Bowl quarterbacks with his polished mechanics.  He led the North team on two touchdown scoring drives in the 2nd half that sealed the win.  The touchdown throw LeFevour had to Mardy Gilyard erased any doubts about his arm strength.

Mardy Gilyard made several big plays in the game including a 43-yard reception and a 32-yard touchdown reception from Dan LeFevour.  Gilyard looked great in the open field on his punt and kickoff returns.  Despite his small stature, Gilyard never gave defenders the chance to get a solid hit on him.

The South team had little success running the ball, while the North team had several impressive performances.  LeGarrette Blount and Lonyae Miller both improved their draft stock after being considered late-round fliers.  Blount ran with determination in this game and tried to prove that he had matured following his suspension for most of the 2009 season.  The comparisons between LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Jacobs will remain because of their running styles, but Blount reminded me more of T.J. Duckett than Jacobs.  Miller took a backseat to Ryan Matthews for the Fresno State Bulldogs in 2009, but made the most of his opportunity at the Senior Bowl.  Miller reminded me of Packers running back Ryan Grant with his hard running and surprising burst through the hole.

Two players that will make an impact in IDP (Individual Defensive Player) leagues are linebackers Sean Weatherspoon and Brandon Graham.  Weatherspoon had 5 tackles, but was most impressive in pass coverage.  He broke up a pass in the end zone intended for Dexter McCluster and looked like a running back in the open field on his 57-yard interception in the 4th quarter.  NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock compared Brandon Graham to LaMarr Woodley during the broadcast.  That is high praise, but I have to agree with Mr. Mayock.  Graham’s fantasy value will depend on if he is listed as a defensive end or a linebacker.  Graham would be better suited in a 3-4 defensive scheme because of his size, and he could use his aggressiveness to give opposing quarterbacks nightmares.