2024 IDP Minicamp Rookie Battles

by Steve Hungarter (IDPHunter)
2024 IDP Rookie Minicamp Battles

As 2024 minicamps begin, all eyes will be on some of the highly coveted IDP rookie battles and the anticipated production at their respective positions. They will have to contend with a mix of seasoned veterans and promising newcomers, not to mention learn a completely new playbook.

These battles will be fierce and the stakes will be high, but that will also come with the fierce adversity and competition. Below is a list of our favorite minicamp battles going on right now, that we have our eyes on this off-season. If you like this content, consider subscribing and check out our great video and audio content on YouTube and Spotify.

2024 IDP Mini Camp Rookie Battles

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Defensive Lineman

Marshawn Kneeland, Dallas Cowboys

Marshawn Kneeland is going up against Demarcus Lawrence and Sam Williams. At 6'3 235lbs he has the size to make this work. He profiles as a gap-shooting rusher which is perfect for what the Cowboys need. Kneeland got a lot of buzz by dominating at the Senior Bowl. For a team that is in transition, this could be a player that gets solid run.

Bralen Trice, Atlanta Falcons

Bralen Trice was a top-6 DL in rookie drafts and was drafted by the Falcons, making this a fun and excellent landing spot.  Trice could play from the two or three point stance so he is going to get on the field with below-average players in front of him. He will have to beat out the likes of, Lorenzo Carter or Zach Harrison to crack the lineup.

Linebacker

Cedrick Gray, Tennessee Titans

The Titans had over 30 players last season play defense. They won't want to make the same mistakes again.

Gray comes in as a highly accomplished player out of College, totaling 200 tackles in two seasons. The coach has already said that Kenneth Murray is not wearing the green dot. This leaves Gray's main competition is going to be Jack Gibbens or Amari Hooker for that key role. That is something highly achievable for this young player to get a jump start early on this excellent landing spot.

Junior Colston, Los Angeles Chargers

Colston was a defensive captain in college for Jim Harbaugh, who will be his coach again with the Chargers. Not only does Colson know Jesse Minter's system after their time together in Michigan, but he is quite the athlete. He was one of the best off-ball linebackers in the country who led Michigan with 95 tackles with a 4.6 tackle rate.

He will have to beat former third-round draft pick Daiyan Henley and journeyman Denzel Perryman, so its possible the rookie may have to wait for this green dot opportunity, Either way, the Chargers landing spot is an absolute dream, and Colson should be a top rookie play in tackle-heavy IDP leagues.

Tyrice Knight, Seattle Seahawks

Already in minicamp, Tyrice Knight 6'1 240lbs who ran a 4.6 which ranked 8th amongst linebackers. In college, he accumulated approximately 400 career tackles, 10 sacks, nearly double-digit passes defended, and several interceptions during his tenure at UTEP. It's no surprise that he's already seamlessly rotating starter reps in OTAs, particularly with Tyrel Dodson and Jerome Baker either limited or absent for the Seahawks.

If this continues he could threaten the latter two. Baker was known as an outside edge player, with poorer tackling. Dodson has strong PFF grades but got benched on several occasions with the Bills. It's not out of the question to see Knight challenge in minicamps.

Defensive Backs

Cole Bishop, Buffalo Bills

Cole Bishop was one of the top players in the Country and now joins a team that will need him to play pretty quick. The Bills lost their two Pro-Bowlers Safeties (Poyer and Hyde) this off-season and will need a lot of help here. If he could learn the system, this second-round draft pick could easily compete with Dee Delany, Mike Edwards, or Damar Hamlin.

Calen Bullock, Houston Texans

Bullock finished last season with nine interceptions and was a top-5 safety prospect coming out of College. Now he has a chance of starting alongside Jalen Pitre. He profiles as single high deep coverage safety which this team surely needs to cover the back part of the field out in shootout games against the better teams in the NFL.

He could fill in fast, considering all he has to do is beat out Jimmie Ward who has been injured. This is more of a question on Ward, considering he is older and injury-riddled we have not seen the player he was with the 49ers. Bullock checks a lot of boxes for this defense.


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