The NFL Draft always brings a whole new level of excitement to us Fantasy Football IDP players. The 2020 NFL Draft was no different. The idea of new players entering the conversation is a breath of fresh air after months of no football. Planning the next breakout, looking for the deep sleeper, and finding value in our rookie drafts, all give us our first glimpse into the approaching season.
We're just now finally starting to get our first reports of rookie production out of training camps. With an unprecedented off-season it'll be hard to predict the output these rookies will provide.
Here we'll dive into an NFL Draft Review of the first few rounds where you will find the names you need to know for your IDP Dynasty leagues heading into the season. We'll also look at the production I think we can expect from each player.
Check out what rookies cracked the Top 100 of my 2020 Fantasy Football IDP Rankings here
2020 Fantasy Fantasy Football IDP: NFL Draft Review
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Pick 1.02: Chase Young, Edge, Washington Football Team
Chase Young out of Ohio State was a no-brainer pick for a franchise not known for nailing no-brainer decisions. Young will be a great addition and act as a cornerstone of the defense. He is a generational talent at the position and I advise you to get all the Young shares you can in your leagues. He's a guy I'd be happy taking at the end of the first round as needed.
Young will start for this team and make a huge impact from day one. He will make everyone on this line better from the start, thus making DL/LB, Montez Sweat, a rookie last year, an intriguing buy-low candidate.
I'll just say I have Young ranked outside the Top 10 at his position and I hate it.
Pick 1.03: Jeff Okudah, CB, Detroit Lions
Look, I'm not gonna sit here and talk about a lot of corners in this draft (spoiler), but Okudah as a highly drafted 1st round corner isn't a bad grab late in your drafts. Highly drafted rookie cornerbacks often provide a decent tackle floor and put up points in passes defensed.
He's not going to be a DB1 for your team. He'll be a depth/bench fill-in most weeks at best. But most importantly, he'll be on the field every single down. I don't like drafting corners, but you can do worse at the position.
Pick 1.07: Derrick Brown, DT, Carolina Panthers
Carolina decided before this draft that their defense needed fixing. They used every single one of their draft picks on the defensive side of the ball, which is a first in NFL Draft History.
Derrick Brown will bring a presence to the center of this defensive line. He's probably not going get 12+ sacks a year, but he'll definitely get after the QB. Run defense is where he'll make his hay.
In my personal opinion, Brown seems like a player that will provide more real-life impact than in fantasy, much like most defensive tackles. However, his impact will play a role later in this article.
Pick 1.08: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Arizona Cardinals
At #8 overall the Cardinals selected the swiss army knife Isaiah Simmons out of Clemson. Touted as the best linebacker in the draft, he finds a home in Defensive Coordinator Vance Joseph's defense.
Listen, if he matches the hype and plays like he did in college, this dude is going to be a steal at 1.08 and a stud in this league for years to come. Personally, I don't trust Joseph to deploy him as he should.
This defense has a lot of players vying for tackles: LB Jordan Hicks (who seems to have revitalized himself after coming over from Philly), new addition LB De'Vondre Campbell, and their breakout stud from last year S Budda Baker. Not to mention OLB/DL Chandler Jones.
This defensive line is terrible and will probably let running backs into the secondary to be tackled. I'm just not sure it'll be enough to feed Hicks, Campbell, Baker, and now Simmons.
Pick 1.14: Javon Kinlaw, DT, San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers selected Javon Kinlaw out of South Carolina at pick 14 as their replacement for DeForest Buckner. Kinlaw is somewhat of a developmental prospect. If he can consistently use his size and traits, he could develop into a solid starter quickly.
Kinlaw has high potential and can eventually replace Buckner. However, being a DT, he'll likely provide more real-life impact than impact to your Fantasy lineup.
Pick 1.23: Kenneth Murray, LB, Los Angeles Chargers
One of my absolute favorite picks in the 1st round, Kenneth Murray has just about everything you need as a linebacker out of college. He is a bit raw in play recognition and may over-commit at times, but his sideline-to-sideline speed is what his game is about.
This guy is going to rack up tackles and make plays on your team. He'll have every opportunity to start and play every snap. Draft him everywhere you can and he'll probably be a starter for you this season.
Pick 1.28: Patrick Queen, LB, Baltimore Ravens
If not the Murray pick, this pick takes the cake as my favorite pick in the 1st round. The combination of talent and opportunity is one of the best fits in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Queen comes into the league super young and a little raw, but he has one of the best defensive cultures to help him along. Queen will be in a strong position to have a ton of value this season playing every snap.
With his age, opportunity, raw talent, and landing spot, Queen is a smash hit in Dynasty Drafts this season.
Pick 2.38: Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Carolina Panthers
The Panthers snag a developmental defensive end in Yetur Gross-Matos early in the 2nd round. Gross-Matos has a solid frame and joins a defensive revolution in Carolina. He'll join 1st rounder Derrick Brown and 2019 1st rounder Brian Burns.
The pressure Brown applies up the middle should allow for a lot of 1-on-1 opportunities for Burns and Gross-Matos. Gross-Matos may not draw the start Week 1 or even anytime this season, but he's a high upside prospect and well worth the stash late in Dynasty Drafts.
Pick 2.44: Grant Delpit, S, Cleveland Browns
This was one of the steals of the 2020 NFL Draft. Heading into his 2019 college season, Delpit was projected as a Top 10 pick in the upcoming draft. Ultimately, he ended up sustaining an injury that hobbled him for most of his final season, leading to questions about his tackling ability.
Delpit was coming into his rookie season ready to prove the haters wrong, even taking reps with the first-team defense consistently in camp. Unfortunately, Delpit ruptured his Achilles in practice, and will miss the remainder of the season.
His "prove them wrong" tour will have to wait another year. I personally believe if he can come back healthy he'll eventually take over the starting role with ease.
As someone who was really excited to see what this kid can do I'm pretty devastated that the start of his career has been put on hold.
Pick 2.45: Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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The Buccaneers are retooling their defense and this is a great addition to their secondary. Winfield can provide an enforcing presence in the box and rack up tackles or he can stick to coverage on tight ends and slot receivers.
He may not start Week 1 but he's worth watching as the season unfolds. With two strong tacklers in front of him in Devin White and Lavonte David, he'll have to rely on consistent play-making to provide a good floor for your team.
Pick 2.63: Willie Gay Jr., LB, Kansas City Chiefs
Willie Gay comes off the board to the reigning Super Bowl Champions at pick 63 as probably one of the biggest boom-or-bust prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. With an interesting college career to say the least, Gay fell in the draft.
While he showed well on the field, his off-field antics leave a lot to be desired. Now finding himself on a team with the culture they have, he could settle in and get his head right.
As a player, Gay needs some development for sure, but he's got the raw athletic ability. He might not start right away, but the Chiefs are playing with house money as is. If this pick pays off they may have added another cornerstone to their defense for cheap.
Pick 2.64: Jeremy Chinn, S, Carolina Panthers
Seeing a third Panther on this list should tell you one thing for sure: there's massive opportunity here. Chinn is one of my favorite safety prospects this year.
Looking at Chinn's tape reminded me a lot of one of my favorite picks last year in Taylor Rapp, Safety, Los Angeles Rams. Both are "see ball, get ball" type of players. However, Chinn's coverage skill is probably even better than Rapp's.
Chinn sits at number two on the depth chart but I don't see it lasting. A team so clearly in rebuild mode will be looking to evaluate rookies as fast as they can. With his ability in addition to an opportunity, I'm confident they'll like what they see in Chinn.
These are specifically players I'm keeping an eye on for now. I do believe they have bright futures, but they are more likely to have an impact in the next year. They will probably need time in the NFL to develop and are more than likely a plan for the future as opposed to now.
1.20: K'Lavon Chaisson, Edge, Jacksonville Jaguars
1.27: Jordyn Brooks, LB, Seattle Seahawks
2.36: Xavier McKinney, DB, New York Giants
2.37: Kyle Dugger, DB, New England Patriots
2.47: Marlon Davidson, DE, Atlanta Falcons
2.54: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Buffalo Bills
2.60: Josh Uche, LB, New England Patriots
3.65: Logan Wilson, LB, Cincinnati Bengals
3.67: Julian Okwara, DE/LB, Detroit Lions
3.68: Ashtyn Davis, DB, New York Jets
3.70: Brandon Jones, DB, Miami Dolphins
3.82: Neville Gallimore, DT, Dallas Cowboys
3.84: Terrell Lewis, DE, Los Angeles Rams
3.85: Julian Blackmon, DB, Indianapolis Colts
3.87: Anfernee Jennings, DE/LB, New England Patriots
4.97: Jacob Phillips, LB, Cleveland Browns