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The 2017 Rotoviz IDP Scouting Index

Our official 2017 Rotoviz Scouting Index (RSI) is off and running with multiple editions tracking the early player movement at the offensive skill positions. Last year Charles Kleinheksel already had five offensive editions out before I published the first defensive version. This year he has four editions in before mine so I’m getting quicker.  

The defensive version of the RSI has the same focus. It’s a way to aggregate the player rankings from various sources. I will be writing some follow-up articles that expand upon those who rise and fall in the rankings.

If you haven’t followed the twists and turns of the draft evaluation period, it’s quite an exciting ride. There are many events which will have big impacts throughout the next few months. The NFL combine, regional combines, and pro days will all influence rankings. Readers should be able to use this data to give them a leg up on identifying value and risk during their IDP rookie drafts. 

The following are basics of the process:

  • A No. 1 ranking will receive the most points (10 or 20 depending on the number of players ranked). The last ranked in the set will receive one point.
  • In contrast with the offensive version, I’ll be using fewer sites. I’m removing those that don’t separate the edge rushers, defensive linemen, and outside linebackers as I find those the most helpful for IDP study. These sites are also selected due to reputation and the ease of gathering their data. The sites I will monitor are the following: CBS/NFL Draftscout, Draft Countdown, Drafttek, USA Today/Draftwire, and Walter Football. 
  • The primary tracked positions will be edge rusher, inside linebacker, cornerback, and safety. I’ll supplement with commentary as needed on non-rush outside linebackers, interior lineman, strong safety, free safety and other defensive lineman.
  • Scoring will be used which tracks the player’s average rank among the sites followed.
  • Last year, many talented linebackers bubbled up late in the scouting season from outside the top 10. I’ll be switching to the best 20 this year at linebacker, as I don’t want to miss the next Jatavis Brown.
  • Edge rusher is getting easier to monitor in the RSI, but it’s not perfect. There are a few RSI-valuable sites that will rank players at multiple positions if they view them as “tweeners.”

THE 2017 ROTOVIZ DEFENSE SCOUTING INDEX Vol. 1

EDGE RUSHER

 Rk Player HT WT College Drafttek 2/6 Draftwire 2/18 Walter 2/17 Total
1 Myles Garrett 77 270 Tex A&M 10 10 10 30
2 Derek Barnett 75 268 Tennessee 8 8 9 25
3 Solomon Thomas 75 273 Stanford 9 9 7 25
4 Taco Charlton 78 272 Michigan 5 4 8 17
5 Takkarist McKinley 74 265 UCLA 7 6 3 16
6 Tim Williams 76 252 Alabama 6 7 2 15
7 Charles Harris 75 260 Missouri 4 2 6 12
8 Carl Lawson 74 257 Auburn 3 5 8
9 Dawuane Smoot 74 255 Illinois 5 5
10 TJ Watt 77 243 Wisconsin 1 4 5

Alabama’s Jonathan Allen doesn’t make the list as a DT but could be the top overall pick in the NFL draft. Many teams could use a versatile and disruptive 291 pound defensive lineman. He has game-changing ability and should fill up the IDP box score. We’ll of course keep an eye on his landing spot to see if that makes any difference, but as of now he’s in my top five overall. Solomon Thomas is another disruptive force that can also play interior or play outside, and he’s included as an edge rusher on some sites due to his versatility.

Both Allen and Thomas produced more than 60 total tackles in their most recent seasons. I’m increasing the number of sack-heavy leagues that I enter this year and will be looking for these two in my rookie drafts.

INSIDE LINEBACKER

 Rk Player HT WT College Draftcountdown 2/12 Walter 2/18 Drafttek 2/6 Total
1 Reuben Foster 74 244 Alabama 20 20 20 60
2 Zach Cunningham 73 230 Vanderbilt 19 19 19 57
3 Raekwon McMillan 75 243 Ohio St 18 16 16 50
4 Anthony Walker 73 245 Northwestern 17 12 15 44
5 Kendell Beckwith 74 252 LSU 12 15 12 39
6 Jarrad Davis 74 230 Florida 17 18 35
7 Ben Boulware 72 236 Clemson 10 9 11 30
8 Duke Riley 72 235 LSU 16 13 29
9 Ben Gedeon 73 243 Michigan 15 6 5 26
10 Elijah Lee 75 228 Kansas St 10 14 24
11 Marquel Lee 75 240 Wake Forest 13 10 23
12 Jaylen Reeves-Maybin 72 225 Tennessee 7 13 20
13 Harvey Langi 75 252 BYU 14 5 19
14 Connor Harris 72 243 Lindenwood 9 3 7 19
15 Riley Bullough 74 227 Michigan St 6 4 9 19
16 T.J. Watt 75 243 Wisconsin 18 18
17 Haason Reddick 73 237 Temple 17 17
18 Hardy Nickerson 72 230 Illinois 8 8 16
19 Alex Anzalone 75 240 Florida 14 14
20 Jayon Brown 72 230 UCLA 11 11

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

 Rk Player College Draftcountdown 2/12 Walter 2/18 Drafttek 2/6 Total
1 Jarrad Davis Florida 19 17 20 56
2 Haasan Reddick Temple 16 14 19 49
3 Ryan Anderson Alabama 18 11 16 45
4 Alex Anzalone Florida 13 10 18 41
5 Tim Williams Alabama 20 16 36
6 T.J. Watt Wisconsin 17 18 35
7 Duke Riley LSU 9 17 26
8 Elijah Lee Kansas St 11 14 25
9 Carroll Phillips Illinois 9 12 21
10 Solomon Thomas Stanford 20 20
11 Tyus Bowser Houston 15 3 2 20
12 Charles Harris Missouri 19 19
13 Devonte Fields Louisville 14 4 18
14 Takkarist McKinley UCLA 15 15
15 Keith Kelsey Louisville 15 15
16 James Onwualu Notre Dame 5 9 14
17 Jordan Willis Kansas St 13 13
18 Hardy Nickerson Jr Illinois 13 13
19 Vince Biegel Wisconsin 12 12
20 Peter Kalambayi Stanford 12 12

Jarrad Davis stands out to me as the potential best overall linebacker for IDP purposes. You can already see how high the sites are on him at both inside and outside linebacker. He’s got the versatility to play either due to his speed and athleticism, and I’m anxious to see what he does at the NFL combine. His stock is getting some push-back as a result of being banged up much of this past season and missing many snaps. The questions surround his durability due to frame. I think Davis could end up offering some value in rookie drafts, but we’re very early in the process.

There’s a wide range of opinions on Tyus Bowser, Devonte Fields, Harvey Langi and Ben Gedeon. These are the types that should get flushed out during the NFL combine. I’m excited to see who pops up on these lists in the next few weeks.

SAFETY

 Rk Player HT WT College Draftcountdown 2/12 Draftwire 2/18 Walter 2/11 Drafttek 2/6 Total
1 Malik Hooker 74 205 Ohio St 9 9 10 10 38
2 Jamal Adams 73 211 LSU 10 10 9 9 38
3 Jabrill Peppers 73 208 Michigan 8 5 7 8 28
4 Justin Evans 72 193 Tex A&M 6 4 6 4 20
5 Budda Baker 70 192 Washington 5 8 3 7 23
6 Marcus Williams 73 195 Utah 3 2 5 6 16
7 Obi Melifonwu 76 219 UConn 2 7 8 17
8 Marcus Maye 71 203 Florida 1 4 5 10
9 Eddie Jackson 72 194 Alabama 4 3 3 10
10 Desmond King 70 206 Iowa 7 6 13

Jamal Adams looks like the one you should crave drafting if you need a safety on your IDP roster. Most point to his ability to both cover the run in the box and competently cover most pass routes. He ranks as the top strong safety at CBS, and since Malik Hooker is going to be a free safety, I give the nod to Adams at this moment. However, I had Jeremy Cash at the top of this list during at time last year so again, it’s early.

CORNERBACK

Rk  Player College CBS  2-9 Draftwire 2/20 Draftcountdown 2/12 Walter 2/11 Drafttek 2/6 Total
1 Marshon Lattimore Ohio St 10 10 9 9 9 47
2 Marlon Humphrey Ala 8 4 10 10 10 42
3 Sidney Jones Wash 7 8 8 8 4 35
4 Teez Tabor Florida 9 6 7 5 3 30
5 Quincy Wilson Florida 9 5 7 8 29
6 Gareon Conley Ohio St 2 7 4 3 5 21
7 TreDavious White LSU 5 5 6 4 20
8 Adoree Jackson USC 1 2 6 6 15
9 Jourdan Lewis Michigan 4 1 7 12
10 Cordrea Tankersley Clemson 3 2 3 2 1 11
By Eric Braun | @FFPlanetX | Archive

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  1. McG says:

    Eric - love the look at IDP players. Are there stats or combine drills you'll focus on when ranking guys closer to the season?

  2. Eric says:

    McG I'm glad you like the IDP work here and there are stats and combine drills which I will look at to comprise my rankings. I'll also look at the body of work and risks. There's a lot of risk management that I do this time of year to make sure our IDP rookie picks are worth the investment.

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