2024 IDP Football Top 10 Rookie Defensive Back Rankings

by Steve Hungarter (IDPHunter)
2024 IDP Football Top 10 Rookie Defensive Back Rankings

Welcome to the Defensive Back installment of my 2024 Positional IDP Football Top 10 Rookie Rankings. Check out the Defensive Linemen and Linebacker Top 10 rankings!

With the Shrine Bowl, Senior Bowl and Super Bowl behind us and NFL Draft buzz heating up, these rankings will change as we get closer to the 2024 NFL Draft and then again once we find out player's landing spots.

What you should know about this year's class is that there are some good but not great prospects. It is deep, but not elite when compared to previous seasons, led by some interesting and very good cornerback prospects with potential first-round grades,

Speaking of which, check out our latest 2024 NFL Draft Big Board and Mock Draft!

At safety, there will be usable players and quite a few dual threats so keep that in mind when taxi-stashing some of these players.

2024 IDP Football Top 10 Rookie Defensive Back Rankings

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No. 10: Sione Vaki, S, Utah

Bonus for you if you know who this is. A total wild card to start the list is Sione Vaki, who only had two years of football due to taking a two-year religious Mormon mission, Despite being off for so long, he becomes a starter at defensive back but also at running back. He is known for 158 rushing yards against California 2TD. 149 receiving yards against USC. They broke 20 tackles on 42 carries. Considering how weak this RB class is it's possible he could be in the conversation at that position also. For Saftey, he is a violent hitter but is exposed in coverage. He should be projected as a middle to late NFL Draft pick.

No. 9: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

Nate Wiggins should be in the top-five cornerbacks in the 2024 NFL Draft, running 4.5 speed and has plenty of diversity in regards to coverage skills, and football IQ, playing the outside corner role. His 6'2  height and long arms should have him on plenty of draft boards, and figures to be a second-round prospect.

No. 8: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

This five-star recruit factors in as a field general on the field. He will be employed all over the place as he exhibits strength, 4.5 speed, and coverage ability. I am expecting him to be a higher draft pick.

No. 7: Jaden Hicks, S, Washington State

At 6'3 and 212 pounds he produced 83 tackles, two sacks, and two interceptions. His tape shows he should be a versatile player at the next level, doing a little bit of everything, displaying quickness and an explosive tackling ability. Hicks should do well with verticals at the combine.  The reason he is lower on this list is because he had a quiet last half of the season.

No. 6: Calen Bullock, S, USC

Another Ballhawk with 4.5 speed.  At 6-3 190 lbs, third-year player he'll need to bulk up next level but should play as a slot or 3rd nickel Saftey at the next level.

No. 5: Terrion Arnold CB, Alabama

See this is where real NFL differs from fantasy IDP. Expect this five-star recruit to be a first-round pick candidate. His 4.45 speed added to his outside corner ability is a rare feature that NFL teams will be hard-pressed to pass up here.

No. 4: Javon Bullard, S, Georgia

At 5'11 and 195lbs he's a smaller but a very good tackler. Works best in zone coverage. Expect him to be a free safety at the next level. He is undersized but put on 15 pounds and should be a good physical slot player next level.

No. 3 Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa

Cooper DeJean can be a first-round pick for some NFL team.  His athletic feat holds no bounds- a former high school quarterback, also lettered three times in basketball, track, and baseball each. DeJean also won the Iowa state long jump title (23-7 1/2 inches) and 100 meters (11.16)  so plenty to like out of him. I have him a bit lower because the tape shows a tendency to sometimes lose in coverage.

No. 2: Kamren Kinchens, S, Miami (FL)

Has that centerfield-type mentality and is all over the field making plays, and also hard-hitting ability. He is known as a thumper. He gets ranked lower here only because he will need to polish, mostly in his coverage skills, especially in man coverage.

No. 1: Tyler Nubin, S, Minnesota

Tyler Nubin is a zone slot corner who generates buzz because of his high tackle abilities. A four-star recruit, he demonstrates a ball-hawk ability and had 53 tackles, 34 solos, 5 int, and 4 pass breakups. Here is an amazing stat: When targetted he shut down Quarterbacks this season with a 17.5 QBR Rating.

Honorable Mention:

James Williams, S, Miami - This is a position that you could punt but I will give you a sleeper. Williams is another dual-role player this 6'5 213 213-pound 5-star prospect could also play edge, he has a scary 4.46 speed for his size so expect him to get hyped up at the combine. Possesses really good blitzing ability.


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