2020 NFL Draft IDP Quick Hits

The 2020 NFL draft was heavily anticipated this year, as we all have been counting the days down leading up to it. It didn’t disappoint as it was full of excitement and surprises as usual. Below I took a look at some potentially impactful Edge, Linebacker, and Safety prospects and their landing spots.

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Edge

Chase Young – Washington Pick 1.2

Young is a BEAST. He has all the traits you could ask for in an edge rusher; speed, power, burst, bend, length, and a powerful set of hands. He is a great addition to an already stout Washington defensive line. Look for Young to be the first IDP off the board in most formats as he is an elite pass rusher with double digit sack potential year one.

K’Lavon Chaisson – Jacksonville Pick 1.20

Chaisson has all the tools to be a really effective pass rusher off the edge. He has a great combination of size, length, bend, burst, and plays with a high motor. He didn’t have a ton of production in college and needs some fine tuning, but possesses a high ceiling. With Yannick Ngakoue potentially on the way out in Jacksonville, Chaisson could see reps right away.

Yatur Gross-Matos – Carolina Pick 2.6

Gross-Matos has a quick first step and does a nice job at converting his speed to power. He also has ideal length and a large tackle radius. He could stand to develop some more pass rush counters, but that’s something he will get coached up at. I could see Gross-Matos making a splash early for Carolina’s new regime.

Darrell Taylor – Seattle Pick 2.16

Taylor was a player that really grew on me the more I watched him. He showed good explosion off the line, along with good bend off the edge. Although he was a bit inconsistent at times, he does have the traits that will help him win in the NFL. There’s a good opportunity for Taylor to get snaps early on as Seattle could use some juice off the edge.

A.J. Epenesa – Buffalo Pick 2.22

Epenesa is a large man with a powerful set of hands. He possesses a dominant power rush and is rock solid against the run. He may have slipped a bit in the draft after his poor combine, but make no doubt about it Buffalo got a heck of a player. Epenesa should find himself well in the mix along Buffalo’s defensive line.

Linebacker

Isaiah Simmons – Arizona Pick 1.8

Arizona gets a versatile playmaker that will move all over the field for their defense. Simmons can absolutely do it all and should see snaps at outside linebacker, strong safety, and in the slot. He’s a stat sheet filler as he excels as a tackler, blitzer and in coverage. Simmons looks to be an impactful rookie IDP asset for his owners.

Kenneth Murray – LA Chargers Pick 1.23

The Chargers traded their 2nd and 3rd round picks to New England to move back into the first round to get their guy. Murray is a big, athletic, linebacker with great range who also brings the heat as a blitzer. Murray is the best linebacker on the Chargers’ roster and vastly improves their run defense. He will be among the first IDPs off the board and will produce early on.

Jordyn Brooks – Seattle Pick 1.27

While I like Brooks as a player, I was surprised he was the second linebacker off the board. He’s a physical, sure tackle who possesses good speed and has a knack for making plays behind the line. He will have to wait his turn behind veterans Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, but will be a key piece for Seattle’s defense in the future.

Patrick Queen – Baltimore Pick 1.28

Baltimore has been looking for their man in the middle since C.J. Mosley left town and they finally found him in rookie Patrick Queen. Queen is a fast, athletic linebacker who looks very comfortable in coverage. Baltimore was a prime linebacker landing spot and Queen will produce for owners right out of the gate.

Willie Gay Jr. – Kansas City Pick 2.32

Gay was a combine standout as his impressive speed and athleticism was on display. A hard hitting tackler with good range, Gay also shows adequate ability in coverage. I expect Gay to get reps early on, especially since he can cover which is something Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson struggle with.

Logan Wilson – Cincinnati Pick 3.1

Cincinnati’s linebacker unit needed some upgrading and Wilson is a huge addition for the Bengals. A highly productive player in college, Wilson has the size, speed, and three down skill set that will translate well to the NFL. Wilson should slide right into the middle of the Cincinnati defense and be productive early on.

Zach Baun – New Orleans Pick 3.10

Baun is a versatile player who played mostly on the edge in college for Wisconsin. He will play off ball for the Saints and has the ability and athleticism to do so. Look for him to compete for snaps at MIKE and SAM in New Orleans and also be utilized as pass rusher at times.

Malik Harrison – Baltimore Pick 3.34

Harrison is a big, physical thumper who excels at stopping the run. He showed off some good speed and athleticism at the combine, but does have some struggles in man coverage. Harrison could see a two down role next to fellow rookie Patrick Queen.

Davion Taylor – Philadelphia Pick 3.39

Taylor is an extremely athletic linebacker who excels playing in space. He is a bit raw and needs some development, but has traits that translate well at the next level. There is a chance he competes for snaps in Philadelphia with their thin linebacker unit.

Akeem Davis-Gaither – Cincinnati Pick 4.1

I had a day two grade on Davis-Gaither, but there were some medical concerns that surfaced that might have contributed to him slipping to day three. He’s an athletic, physical player who is solid in coverage. If he can show he’s healthy, I expect him to compete for snaps as a rookie.

Troy Dye – Minnesota Pick 4.26

Dye is an athletic, long framed linebacker who is solid in coverage. I expect him to compete for snaps at the weak side spot next to Eric Kendricks in Minnesota.

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Safety

Xavier McKinney – Giants Pick 2.4

McKinney is a versatile, instinctual safety who can be used in coverage and in run support. He will pair nicely next to Jabrill Peppers for the Giants. His role in the Giants secondary will be one to watch as we see how he is used.

Kyle Dugger – New England Pick 2.5

Duggar is a big, athletic, playmaker who can align at safety as well as play in the box in run support. He has the makings of a versatile chess piece for Belichick who could be used all over the formation. Duggar has some nice IDP upside depending on his usage.

Grant Delpit – Cleveland Pick 2.12

Delpit is a high football IQ player with really good range and athleticism. He does however have noticeable flaws tackling and hopefully he improves in that area. Delpit should slide right in next to Karl Joseph in Cleveland at free safety. Although, Delpit may play more deep in coverage than we may like in IDP.

Antoine Winfield Jr. – Pick 2.13

WInfield is an absolute ballhawk who will also come up and make his presence felt against the run. His game reminds a lot of the Honey Badger. Winfield brings the moxie Tampa has been looking for for it’s secondary and he should be a nice IDP asset.

Jeremy Chinn – Carolina Pick 2.32

Chinn possesses a great size/athleticism combination and is quite versatile. Carolina recently released strong safety Eric Reid and Chinn could be the replacement they have been looking for. Chinn has a clear path to significant snaps as a rookie.

Ashtyn Davis – New York Jets Pick 3.4

Davis is an explosive athlete who can really cover some ground. He can play deep and is also willing to come up in run support. It’s a bit crowded in the Jets safety unit with superstar Jamaal Adams there along with free safety Marcus Maye. This means Davis may have to wait a bit for his opportunity.

Brandon Jones – Miami Pick 3.6

Jones is a solid tackler and has the skill set to play the strong safety role. Miami’s safety unit is pretty thin so he may earn himself snaps early on as a rookie. Definitely a situation to keep an eye on.

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