2024 IDP Expert Rookie Mock Draft – Post-NFL Draft

Royal Rumble

2024 IDP Expert Rookie Draft - Post-NFL Draft

In 1988, Jim "Hacksaw" Duggan won the first-ever Royal Rumble, besting 20 other men. Fantasy football is in a lot of ways the Ultimate Showdown and draws comparisons to Wrestlemania's Royal Rumble. Now in this 2024 Post-NFL Draft IDP Expert Rookie Mock Draft we didn't have any bloodshed but I am pretty sure I saw Jeff Pomazal shoot from the top buckle a few times.

In our expert draft, we imagined a scenario where we could get the Industry's top fantasy football analysts step out from behind their desks and keyboards to enter the ring, donning their team jerseys like battle armor, ready to compete for bragging rights and glory. The Fantasy Football IDP Royal Rumble brings together some of the brightest minds in the industry for an epic showdown where only one will emerge victorious.

  • Steve Scholz @BigSteveFF, writer on RPO Football and @IDP Plus
  • Dennis Sosic @Call_ME_Sos writer @Fantasy Six Pack, @Rotoballer and @FantasyPros
  • Jon Glosser, Senior Writer @Dynasty Nerds
  • Dwight Peebles, Campus2Canton, Dynasty Nerds
  • Joseph Harlow@joelow63, writer and podcaster co-host "rideordynasty" @IDP Plus
  • @IDP Hunter (Me)
  • S.C Romero @ThePPRShow, Co-owner @Fantasy Football Universe, @leaguewinners , and @RPOFootball
  • Justice @justice_2318, Co-host @DevyIDPGrind & G5Hive Podcast, Campus2Canton
  • Alex Michel @DynastyGuruNFL writer @Fantasysixpack, @RPOFootball, @FantasyPros
  • Jamie Perog writer and podcaster #fantasy sick pack and also co-host of  The Fantasy Cheat Sheet and Sunday Morning Sit/Start Show @goingfor2
  • Joseph Haggan @JoeyTheToothIDP podcaster and writer for @footballguys.com, @IDPPlus, and @IDPShow
  • Jeff Pomazal @jeffpomazal writer if weekly waivers and also podcast host of the IDP After Show @IDpShow

For our mock, we used balance scoring and utilized a snake draft giving no one an edge. The unpredictability of these IDP NFL rookies certainly adds an extra layer of excitement to the Fantasy Football Royal Rumble aka the Mock Draft. Alliances are formed and broken as draft participants' crowd cheer noise gives us approval in the ring for champion position.

oin us as we target opponents' key players while protecting their own. Trash talk flies as rivalries intensify and tempers flare, adding drama and intensity to the proceedings. No one was hit with a steel chair (that I know of)

In the end, only one participant remains and will emerge victorious, their fantasy team standing tall as the undisputed champion of the Fantasy Football Royal Rumble Universe. With triumph comes glory. Without further ado here are our selections.

2024 IDP Expert Rookie Draft - Post-NFL Draft

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IDP Rookie Mock First Round

1.01 Jared Verse,  DL, Los Angeles Rams

"Verse lands in a great situation with the Rams and I expect him to contribute right away. He's a DROY contender with elite athleticism and the ability to play all three downs. A no-brainer to grab him with the 1.01." -Steve S

1.02 Dallas Turner, LB, Minnesota Vikings

"Turner is a dynamite edge defender and an athletic monster. There is unlimited upside with Brian Flores now salivating over his new favorite weapon. Flores knows how to free up pass rushers and will put Turner in position to get to the QB." -Dennis

1.03 Laiatu Latu, DL, Indianapolis Colts

"Latu was the first defensive player off the board for good reason. Landing spot isn't the greatest, but love the player and production upside."- Jon

1.04 Edgerrin Cooper, LB, Green Bay Packers

"As one of the top LBs in the draft, Cooper lands at a great spot for production alongside Quay Walker in Green Bay's 4-3 defense. Both guys have range and should be on the field for all three downs.

Cooper should be an LB2, if not this year, by next year, and a strong producer for IDP for years." -Dwight

1.05 Chop Robinson, DL, Miami Dolphins

"Massive upside EDGE, though there are concerns with production and length. He has dominant stretches on film and is an elite athlete with bend, get off, and a solid basis for rush moves.

With being lower on the EDGE players in this class as a whole, this is a massive upside shot. With both Dolphin EDGES coming off major injuries he should see day 1 reps to improve and work through his flaws." -Joseph

1.06 Tyler Nubin, DB, New York Giants

"With this pick, I went a few spots early and took the only player I feel comfortable with becoming DB1 in this draft. Ever wonder where all of Xavier McKinney's snaps and stats are going to go? Look no further than the Nation's top Saftey prospect.

This is usually a little early for me to take DB, but seeing how watered down this draft class at the position, and how stong it runs at other ones I feel this is a premier position I can't afford to wait on. The other managers ahead of me took the top DL and LB prospects, which further illustrates by point then justifies why I had to make this position a premium." -Hunter

1.07 Junior Colston, LB, Los Angeles Chargers

"Colson lands into his ideal spot. He's back with his college coach & their top 2 LBs in Kenneth Murray Jr & Eric Kendricks are gone. Colson can slide into their mic role & be the leader for the Harbaugh defense."- S.C Romero

1.08 Trevin Wallace, LB, Carolina Panthers

Now Justice made an interesting selection here. I personally had Wallace as a top 5 linebacker. After the Combine, he was top-3 in every major event category.

1.09  Payton Wilson, LB Pittsburgh Steelers

"Surprisingly, not the first linebacker drafted in actual NFL draft and also in fantasy football.

In Wilson's final college year, he stacked up an incredible 138 tackles in 12 games. To add to that tally, Wilson made 17.5 TFLs and sacked opposition QBs, six times.

With starting positions up for grabs in Pittsburgh, Wilson would make the perfect counterpart for Patrick Queen, and maybe it's an early call but could lead to the cutting of either the solid veterans, Elandon Roberts or Cole Holcomb." -Alex

1.10 Cedrick Gray, LB, Tennessee Titans

Jamie takes Gray here as one of his top linebackers, who in college had 200 tackles in two seasons. Excellent value.

1.11 Darius Robinson, DL, Arizona Cardinals

"At the 11th spot, I drafted Edge/IDL Darius Robinson. He provides scheme versatility with the power and adequate athleticism to play outside while adding speed and great hands to play inside.

The Cardinals are void of any pass-rushing question marks outside of BJ Ojulari. Robinson  projects to be an instant contributor." -The Tooth

1.12 Byron Murphy II, DL, Seattle Seahawks

"Drafting 12th means I won the league and am looking to find some elite talent at some premium positions. Bryon Murphy II is an interior lineman who is a super athletic beast who does very well against the run.

Seattle ranked dead last in run defense last season and lost their best player in Bobby Wagner, so Murphy will be playing an awful lot. Sign me up if I am playing in a DT required league, if not, I might let him slide to the middle of round 2!" - Jeff

IDP Rookie Mock Second Round

2.01 Jonah Ellis, DL, Denver Broncos

"Jonah Ellis plays like his hair is on fire every single snap and that is just how the Denver Broncos need him to play this season. The Broncos ranked in the bottom third in just about every defensive category and need the third round pick to generate some pass rush.

Last year at Utah, Ellis did just that to the tune of 39 pressures and 13 sacks in just 10 games! He might be a cheat code this year, listed as a DL, but playing an OLB in Denver's 3-4 defense."- Jeff

2.02 Bralen Trice, DL, Atlanta Falcons

"Trice was a pressure machine in college leading all FBS pass rushers in pass-rush win rate and coming in second in the FBS in total pressure rate. The Falcons needed to add a fierce pass rusher desperately and landed one in the 3rd Round." -Joey The Tooth

2.03 Chris Braswell, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jamie selects a player that can work into multiple tech positions. He joined a Bucs team that needs to replace Shaq Barrett and got nothing else from other players so this was a need.

2.04 Terrion Arnold, DB, Detroit Lions

"Terrion Arnold couldn't have landed in a better spot than Detroit. He epitomizes the Dan Campbell way. Joining former Alabama teammate Brian Branch in the secondary will only make it easier for Arnold to settle. The two of them (and probably Ennis Rakestraw Jr.) should strike fear into opposition receivers. This will mean a lot of fantasy production for Arnold with high upside for blocked passes and interceptions." -Alex M

2.05  Tyrice Knight, LB , Seattle Seahawks

Justice selects Knight, who had 330+ tackles over his three year College career.

2.06 Marist Liufau, LB, Dallas Cowboys

"Speaking of Eric Kendricks the Dallas Cowboys signed the 32-year-old LB to the team. Liufau may not see the field right away, but adds a solid piece in an area of need for the Cowboys. In time Liufau can become the Cowboys top LB & a vital piece in the middle for their rush defense." S.C Romero

2.07 Johnny Newton, DL, Washington Commanders

"Less than a few months ago, Newton was PFF highest graded interior pass rusher and once regarded as the top DT in this draft class. Injuries (fracture) impacted him and now he slides to me in the second round to my benefit.

He will be working with Coach Quinn of the Commanders, and playing alongside Pro-Bowlers Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen. The Commanders get a beast in this player.

I have now locked down DT and SS in this draft while the run on DL and LB is still strong. I could see him logging several snaps in 2025 once this regime lets players walk." -Hunter

2.08 Marshawn Kneeland, DL, Dallas Cowboys

"Raw after being in a G5 school with a poor scheme. His power and athleticism are hard to match, with violence and a good array of rush moves. in Dallas, he can feast if he is able to get coached up and play alongside Micah Parsons." -Joseph

2.09 Cooper DeJean, DB, Philadelphia Eagles

"DeJean lands with a Philadelphia Eagles defense decimated during the off-season and the former Hawkeye is going to produce from Day 1.

The Eagles may use him at corner, slot corner, strong safety, free safety, and possibly returning kicks. He's versatile and bottom line, the kid makes plays. He's a superstar in the making." -Dwight

2.10 Jaden Hicks, DB, Kansas City Chiefs

"We waited for the perfect landing spot and Hicks may have found it with the Chiefs. Hicks is dynamic and fits the KC defensive scheme perfectly."-Jon

2.11 Cole Bishop, DB, Buffalo Bills

"With Poyer and Hyde gone, the Bills have an undeniable need at safety. The ball-hawking Bishop is a slot-safety hybrid who should force his way into the lneup in sub packages with his speed, versatility, and possesses true sideline-to-sideline burst." -Dennis

2.12 Javon Bullard, DB, Green Bay Packers

"The Packers drafted him for his versatility in coverage and ability to play in the slot. He needs to improve his tackling. However, Bullard should see plenty of snaps to make him IDP relevant." -Steve S

IDP Rookie Mock Third Round

3.01 Braden Fiske, DL, Los Angeles Rams

"I wouldn't be thrilled about drafting two players from the same defensive line, but talent is talent. Fiske dominated the Senior Bowl and showed off his insane athleticism at the Combine. He's sliding into a starting spot next to Kobie Turner. Elite pass rush from the defensive interior is worth targeting in 5 position IDP leagues." - Steve S

3.02  Adisa Isaac, DL, Ravens

"Isaac was a productive pass rusher for the Nittany Lions, racking up 11.5 sacks across the last two seasons. He blends standout length with an explosive get-off and will fill the massive hole left by Jadeveon Clowney, who departed via free agency."- Dennis

3.03 Jeremiah Trotter Jr., LB, Philadelphia Eagles

"Trotter Jr. will look to follow in his father's footsteps. He has a chance to find a rotational role as a rookie but more long term value with the Eagles." -Jon

3.04 Kamren Kinchens, DB, Los Angeles Rams

"Kinchens may not have a year one impact with the Rams, but he and Kamren Curl form a duo that the Rams can rely on for years. Kinchens is an enforcer type of safety and plays with instincts and hard-hitting. His coverage skills are still a work in progress but I love his range and big-play ability." -Dwight

3.05 Austin Booker, DL, Chicago Bears

"Another upside shot. Booker is Inexperienced, with only around 500 collegiate snaps, but his tools are clear and exciting. His length, physicality, and array of rush moves is an exciting starting point for Booker. However, he needs refinement with rush plans and first step.

He should see some time this season, which will help him work through flaws, along with playing across from a star in Montez Sweat." -Joseph

3.06 T'Vondre Sweat, DL, Tennessee Titans

"Fun fact: The Titans last season had 30 different starters on defense. No this is not a joke. They need starters desperately. Enter Sweat, who at 6'4 362 lbs is going to be an impact run-stuffer and a familiar face in tackle-heavy formats."  Hunter



3.07 Ty'Ron Hopper, LB, Green Bay Packers

"No more De'Vondre Campbell, Quay Walker was meh. So, the Packers drafted Edgerrin Cooper & Ty'Ron Hopper to enhance their 28th-rank run defense last season.

Cooper will come off the edge & Hopper has the potential to play inside as he has great vertical speed closing the inside gaps & reads the QBs well if needed to drop into some coverage." -S.C Romero

3.08 Jalyx Hunt, DL, Philadelphia Eagles

Justice selects a 6'4 and 252-pound (4.64 combine) developmental player. He is going to land into a hard lineup to crack, but has the tools to possibly grow should be an interest pre-season. He is a player for me to watch.

3.09 Renardo Green, DB,  San Francisco 49ers

"Green will undoubtedly go under the radar in IDP drafts but, as soon as camp hits, he will make a name for himself. With 13 blocked passes in his final year at Florida State, Green has become a great game reader and has the speed and physicality to match.

With Green likely to start opposite Charvarius Ward, this should mean that the ball finds its way in Green's direction, as opposition QBs will want to keep the ball away from Ward. They'll find out the hard way sooner or later." -Alex

3.10 Tommy Eichenberg, LB, Las Vegas Raiders

"So the Raiders need LB help here and Tommy can cover and tackle. He'll be a two-down box LB next level, had 200 tackles in the last two seasons. Consistent enough with an interesting landing spot." -Jamie

3.11 Ruke Orhorhoro, DL, Atlanta Falcons

"Orhorhoro is an athletic menace on the interior who has shown more and more polish with the more reps he gets. He is explosive always getting his hands on his opponents first and had the best athletic testing of any interior defensive lineman at the combine.

The Falcons traded up to add Orhorhoro to their defensive front adding yet another young ascending piece to a defensive front that has been void of talent for years now. " -The Tooth

3.12 Quinyon Mitchell, DB, Philadelphia Eagles

"Give me the first cornerback taken as my last pick in any draft anytime. Mitchell was ELITE last season at Toledo and is just what the Eagles needed in their secondary.

Mitchell seems like a lock for 500 snaps this season and playing on a team whose offense seems like they will be putting up some points, means opposing QBs will be chucking up the rock, giving he and fellow rookie DB, Cooper DeJean, a nice opportunity to score some points." - Jeff

Honorable mentions:

We only went to three rounds but here are some players you might potentially see  in IDP fourth rounds.

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