2021 Fantasy Football IDP Rookie DL Analysis

by Bob Van Duser
2021 Fantasy Football IDP Rookie DL Analysis

Welcome back for a look at my 2021 Fantasy Football IDP Rookie DL Analysis! Let's take a deep dive into some of the IDP Rookie landing spots, post-NFL Draft, focusing on the defensive line.

While I won't be touching on every defensive lineman drafted in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft, I will be touching on those that I believe will hold Fantasy relevance in their rookie season.

There will also be some that I believe won't have much for production their rookie year, but they need to be discussed.

Be sure to check out my QB Analysis and LB Analysis articles as well, and don't miss out on my other offseason content over on YouTube.

Appreciate y'all, now let's dive into some 2021 Fantasy Football IDP Rookie DL Analysis!

2021 Fantasy Football IDP Rookie DL Analysis

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First Round Selections

Jaelan Phillips, Miami Dolphins, Pick 18

What an odd year it was for the DL position. It was the first year in a long time that we didn't have a sure-fire blue-chip prospect at the EDGE position that was set to go early in drafts.

Instead in 2021, it takes a whopping 17 picks before the position gets touched.

Jaelan Phillips gets to stay in Miami where he finished up his collegiate career. Phillips was the best edge in this class and deserved to be taken first. He's set to be a day one starter and should be taken as the first DL prospect in your rookie drafts.

In that defense, I would say he's someone you can rely on to produce as a rookie.

Kwity Paye, Indianapolis Colts, Pick 21

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I love this pick for the Colts and for Kwity Paye. He gets to go into a scheme that fits his current skillset and gets to be cradled in the Iberflus defense while he polishes up his pass rushing technique.

I don't expect Paye to offer much in his rookie season in terms of sack production, however his run defense is already top notch. So if you're in a league that favors big plays and not tackling, Paye is't the guy for you.

Looking at the long term, the Colts grabbed a great edge presence to add to Deforest Buckner to continue to build their defensive line around.

Payton Turner, New Orleans Saints, Pick 28

This pick was one of the first that was a little out of left field. Payton Turner played his college ball at Houston in a much smaller conference than most first rounders play in.

He doesn't have much for statistical production, so I believe the Saints fell in love with his film and athletic profile over anything else. He can start day one and fill in for Trey Hendrickson who was lost in free agency, and possibly develop into their premier edge rusher of the future. However, I'm not holding my breath.

Gregory Rousseau, Buffalo Bills, Pick 30

What a monster pick for the Bills at pick 30. They address a huge need at edge and go grab one of the most polarizing prospects in the entire draft. Rousseau landed in one of the best situations I think he could have with a coach that can help develop him, and push him to reach his true potential.

There is zero guarantee that he starts in year one. They drafted A.J. Epenesa in the second round last year and he never drew a start. However he did earn reps and transformed his body to adapt to the big league. We could see a similar arch with Rousseau.

Jayson Oweh, Baltimore Ravens, Pick 31

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After addressing wide receiver the Ravens address another need at edge/OLB. Oweh is a developmental prospect in my opinion, however he'll likely be thrust into a starting role from day one.

Personally, he reminds me a lot of Matt Judon who the Ravens just lost in free agency. My large concern is he had zero sacks in his final collegiate season. Which, as an edge player, you'd like to see.

He's an athletic freak with tremendous upside heading to a defense that excels in developing young players. I don't see him making a huge impact in year one, but someone worth adding in Dynasty Leagues.

Joe Tryon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pick 32

Man, Joe Tryon sure looks an awful lot like Jason Pierre-Paul on tape. He is 100% the successor to JPP on the edge whenever he decides to call it a career. However, until then it's going to be hard for Tryon to find steady work outside of a rotation.

The good news is it's likely he'll get a lot of first team reps in practice. Over the last two seasons JPP has received a boatload of veteran days off, which will likely continue and lead to Tryon receiving a good amount of work throughout the week.

Second Round Selections

Christian Barmore, New England Patriots, Pick 38

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Ah yes, the defensive pick that got the Patriots war room more excited than the Mac Jones pick on draft night. I normally don't spend time talking about interior defensive linemen. But Barmore is an elite pass rusher who can actually do damage on the interior.

He lacks the run stopping ability that you'd like to see that would make him a safe IDP option on the interior. It's more likely that he'll be a weekly boom or bust play where you're relying on a sack, or you'll be disappointed. Imagine Grady Jarrett, but in New England.

Azeez Ojulari, New York Giants, Pick 50

This pick intrigued me. The Giants last year were a sneaky good run defense, however, they lacked a pass rusher. So this checks that box right? Sure. But what about his contributions to the run?

Looking at his college tape his run defense left A LOT to be desired. I saw a lot of lack effort plays where the second it was tipped that it was a run play there seemed to be minimum effort. Now, it could very well be that that just wasn't his assignment. Like, "Hey kid, you're out there to pass rush, if it's a run feel free to chip in, but ultimately let's save it for the rush."

Kwity Paye at pick 20 in the first would've made much more sense to me. Adding an edge with pass rushing upside, that can pitch in to continuing to dominate in run defense. But hey, I'm not the GM.

Carlos Basham, Buffalo Bills, Pick 61

Buffalo taps edge back to back and may quite possibly have their edge duo of the future in "Boogie" Basham and Gregory Rousseau. I wasn't too high on Basham coming in to the draft, and second round seems like a good spot for him.

My big knock on him is that he wins more with his feet than with his hands. Which, oddly enough is similar to Rousseau. If they can both develop their tool kit of pass rushing moves, swims and chops, etc, this could be a dastardly duo for years to come.

Third Round Selections

Patrick Jones II, Minnesota Vikings, Pick 90

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I was a big fan of Patrick Jones' film. Probably more than anyone you know. His jump off the line always impressed me. However, outside of a spin move his tool kit is pretty underdeveloped.

Thankfully he landed in a great situation with a defensive minded coach who knows how to develop players. There's opportunity to be had on that defensive front, Jones just has to seize that opportunity. I'm not holding my breath when it comes to him producing in year one, but he's someone I'm stashing.

Ronnie Perkins, New England Patriots, Pick 96

Ronnie Perkins is an interesting pick here for New England. I'm not expecting him to make an impact any time soon, seeing that he's buried on the depth chart.

However, looking ahead he has a strong athletic profile, with modest college production. I think he'll take some time to develop and it's unlikely he gets work early outside of injuries. But he's ultimately worth a stash in Dynasty formats.


Thanks so much for checking out my 2021 Fantasy Football IDP Rookie DL Analysis! It was definitely an interesting draft class to dive into, and I can't wait to see how these prospects develop! Thanks again for reading! Much Love - @BobVan_IDP

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