2024 IDP Football Rookie Defensive Backs

by Jamie Perog
2024 IDP Football Rookie Defensive Backs

Welcome to the 2024 fantasy football season! As we dive into the rookie class, one position group that's generating buzz is the 2024 IDP Football Rookie Defensive Backs.

These young talents bring a blend of athleticism, instinct, and playmaking ability to the gridiron, making them intriguing prospects for fantasy owners.

Join us at Fantasy Six Pack as we explore the top rookie defensive backs ready to make an impact in the NFL and our fantasy leagues.

2024 IDP Football Rookie Defensive Backs

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Sione Vaki, DB, Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions selected Sione Vaki, what makes this player interesting is his ability to play running back as well as defensive back.

He has the size and frame of a running back, at 5'11' 210 pounds, and has an 83rd percentile burst score.

The Utah UTES utilized this two-way player in quite a few different ways, giving us fantasy managers versatility in deeper formats.

Jaden Hicks, DB, Kansas City Chiefs

Jaden Hicks is the Chiefs' first pick for defense in the draft. He's skilled at stopping runs and possesses the athleticism to cover various areas on the field, defending against opponents in both zone and man coverage.

He excelled at the NFL combine and joined a Super Bowl winning team, but while he'll see minimal playing time this season, he may have more opportunities in 2025 and beyond.

Kool-Aid McKinstry, DB, New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints traded up in the second round of the draft to pick Kool-Aid McKinstry. He wasn't great at catching interceptions in college, only getting two, but he was good at stopping passes, breaking up 23 of them. He's joining a crowded group of defensive backs and will need to compete for playing time, but given the Saints had other priorities to address, Kool-Aid should have plenty of opportunities to thrive.

Cole Bishop, DB, Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills selected Cole Bishop, Safety from Utah, in the second round to help fill the vacancy left by Hyde and Poyer. Bishop was one of the top contenders for the 2023 Jim Thorpe award, and he's ready to make a big difference. He's a fast and skilled safety who can play in different positions, covering tight ends and playing free safety. His 4.45 40-yard dash and his 105.1 speed score makes him the fourth most athletic player at the safety position in his class.

Javon Bullard, DB, Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers didn't want to leave this draft without adding a play maker at defensive back. Bullard is a versatile chess piece playing at safety and in the slot, making him interchangeable in the secondary. He's an explosive short-area player and could be a day 1 starter for this defense. Bullard is a clever player who can read the game well, understanding when to make moves based on the quarterback's actions and the receivers' routes.

Nate Wiggins, DB, Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens' newest first-round pick at cornerback, is set to take the Ravens' defense to the next level. With a remarkably low completion percentage allowed (43.9) and his blazing speed, he has the ability to shut down opposing receivers. He ran the second fastest 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine at 4.28 seconds. Wiggins is ready to be a game-changer for the Ravens' defense with his skills for making dynamic plays.

Quinyon Mitchell, DB, Philadelphia Eagles

Quinyon Mitchell, the Philadelphia Eagles' first-round cornerback draft pick, possesses the arsenal to make an immediate impact for the team. With elite athletic abilities and blazing speed, Mitchell is a force to be reckoned with on the field.

He can match the speed of even the fastest receivers, thanks to his 4.33 40-yard dash time. His exceptional field vision in zone coverage sets him apart, while his versatile skill set enables him to excel in both man-to-man and zone schemes.

Cooper DeJean, DB, Philadelphia Eagles

Cooper DeJean is the Philadelphia Eagles' new cornerback picked in the early second round. He can play in different positions like outside cornerback, slot corner, or safety. DeJean's ability to help out in different positions makes him a great choice for fantasy football, bringing reliable skills and chances to score big points for fantasy teams. One stat that stood out to me was that DeJean had 5 interceptions in a single season, with 3 of them returned for touchdowns.

Terrion Arnold, DB, Detroit Lions

Terrion Arnold was drafted by the Lions in the first round, jumping ahead of the Packers to make sure they get their guy. Detroit did not re-sign its top two corners from last season so he will be able to step right in and have an instant impact for Detroit's secondary.

Arnold demonstrates remarkable speed, recording a 4.5-second 40-yard dash time. His exceptional recovery speed enables him to stay with receivers downfield effortlessly. He excels at making contested catches and intercepted 5 passes last season, which makes him a strong playmaker in the NFL.

Tyler Nubin, DB, New York Giants

Tyler Nubin landed in a great spot being drafted by the Giants as the first safety off the board. I really like Nubin and think he will be an instant starter with the void left by Xavier McKinney this off-season. I believe he has major potential to make a huge impact on this defense for years in the NFL.

In college, he holds the record for the most interceptions in Minnesota's history with 13. He also broke up 24 passes and made 207 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and two sacks. This sets a promising tone for his career in the NFL.


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