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
|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|
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.
|Rk||Player||HT||WT||College||Draftcountdown 2/12||Walter 2/18||Drafttek 2/6||Total|
|3||Raekwon McMillan||75||243||Ohio St||18||16||16||50|
|10||Elijah Lee||75||228||Kansas St||10||14||24|
|11||Marquel Lee||75||240||Wake Forest||13||10||23|
|15||Riley Bullough||74||227||Michigan St||6||4||9||19|
|Rk||Player||College||Draftcountdown 2/12||Walter 2/18||Drafttek 2/6||Total|
|8||Elijah Lee||Kansas St||11||14||25|
|16||James Onwualu||Notre Dame||5||9||14|
|17||Jordan Willis||Kansas St||13||13|
|18||Hardy Nickerson Jr||Illinois||13||13|
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.
|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|
|4||Justin Evans||72||193||Tex A&M||6||4||6||4||20|
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.
|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|
|6||Gareon Conley||Ohio St||2||7||4||3||5||21|