It’s almost draft time, we have less than a month, and we are all itching to get our drafts going. For us that play IDP, we are ready to start seeing these defensive guys get some love, and I gathered a few of my friends to do an IDP Mock Draft. Let me introduce our cast of characters for this collaborative effort!
Pick #1 was awarded to the Hollywood Titan! He’s with IDP Nation and the Devy IDP Grind, the only college IDP podcast I know of.
Pick #2 was awarded to my good friend Justice! He’s from the Devy IDP Grind and also here at Campus2Canton and has created an awesome Tackle Production Tool on the site.
Pick #4 was Dynasty Nerd senior writer Jayson Snyder. Jason is an all-around good guy, and one of the awesome team of writers at the Nerds.
Pick #5 was me, I’d like to think I know some things, and hopefully, I don’t steer anything wrong with my crazy picks.
Pick #6 was given to Joey the Tooth, also from Footballguys. He’s another fantastic mind and even has written a book!
Pick #7 was awarded to Mase Riney – from the IDP Army, Fantasy Pros, and the 5-Yard College Podcast.
Finally, Pick #8 is the man, the myth, the legend – Nino Brown – from Toiles to Titles. If he’s awake, he’s on a podcast somewhere. He’s a machine!
We rotated through two rounds with this group of guys making picks, and landing spots were grabbed from Chad Reuter’s recent four-round mock draft. Our offensive crew at Campus2Canton used the same mock in an offensive mock draft, and the YouTube recap of that will be available soon on our YouTube page.
1.01 Bryce Young, QB Texans
Bijan Robinson is the best player in the draft, but with it being Superflex, I took the best QB in this class. – Hollywood
1.02 Bijan Robinson, RB Bears
The best player in the draft and the 1.1 of any draft, in my opinion. It is rare that a running back goes in the first round of the actual NFL draft anymore, but that speaks to the talent that Bijan is. He should be a workhorse running back in a day where more and more teams seem to use a committee approach. Bijan can break tackles and make defenders miss better than anyone we have seen in a while. Stoked to get him at the 1.2. He should team well with Justin Fields to reinvigorate the Bears’ rushing attack. – Justice
1.03 CJ Stroud, QB Panthers
With this being a Superflex format, quarterbacks gain even more importance. Stroud is my top overall quarterback in this class and went first off the board to Carolina. Stroud has all the intangibles of a long-term dynasty asset at a big-time position in Superflex leagues. – Kyle
1.04 Anthony Richardson, QB Colts
In Superflex formats, the quarterback is king. And with Young and Stroud already off the board, I turn my attention to Florida’s Anthony Richardson. An athletic phenom with a perfect 10 RAS (Relative Athletic Score), Richardson has unquestionably exemplary tools. And with the Colts trading up to fill their glaring need at the position, you’ve got to love this landing spot, too. – Jayson
1.05 Jahmyr Gibbs, RB Chiefs
I love this landing spot for Gibbs and fantasy football. I can see Pacheco still getting some short-down yardage work, but Gibbs adds an explosive element, and I can see Kansas City using him all over the formation. – Dwight
1.06 Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR Chargers
The best receiver in the draft just landed on a team with a top-three quarterback with arguably the best arm in the NFL. The Chargers have been in dire need of a receiver who is healthy, reliable, and consistent. Keenan Allen is the last two but has always had issues staying healthy. Mike Williams never took the step into being a reliable receiver, never amounting to more than mainly a deep threat. Smith-Njigba can be all three of those things. Justin Herbert will love his new target. – Joey
1.07 Will Anderson, EDGE Cardinals
He is my highest-ranked defensive prospect in this year’s draft class. Such a smart player, with a crap ton of moves at the LOS. Reads the backfield while still being over-effective in his rush. Whoever drafts him is getting a very polished, elite-level player. With the Cardinals, I feel Anderson will be a productive DL2 with a DL1 upside as he becomes more accustomed to the NFL. – Mase
1.08 Will Levis, QB Vikings
Cousins is on a one-year deal, and you are giving Levis receiver Justin Jefferson and tight end TJ Hockenson to throw to in an O’Connell offense ✔️ – Nino
1.09 Jordan Addison, WR Texans
With JSN off the board, I went with Addison. He should see a ton of targets from the Texans’ new QB, Bryce Young. – Hollywood
1.10 Zay Flowers, WR Panthers
What Zay lacks in size, he makes up for with speed. His quickness allows him to create separation for the deep balls. Teaming up with Stroud, they should make a very nice combo for years to come for the Panthers and fantasy owners alike. – Justice
1.11 Quentin Johnston, WR Cardinals
With DeAndre Hopkins potentially on the move, the Cardinals land a new receiving weapon. Johnston is a big play waiting to happen with his exciting combination of size and athleticism. When Kyler Murray returns, he’ll have a new target to utilize, which should provide some nice fantasy production. – Kyle
1.12 Michael Mayer, TE Packers
Some might argue that 1.12 is too early for a tight end. But for the man that owns the Notre Dame positional records for yards, receptions, and touchdowns, I am absolutely content with the price point. Despite a Combine bump for some of the other tight end prospects, I remain steadfast in my belief that Mayer stands head and shoulders above the competition. And with the Packers selecting him in the top half of the first round, I think it’s fair to say that they have big plans for the Golden Domer. – Jayson
2.01 Kendre Miller, RB Cardinals
Miller is going to quickly earn the starting job in Arizona, replacing James Conner. Miller has phenomenal vision and contact balance and will show he can catch passes more. He’s a Rookie of the Year candidate in Arizona. – Dwight
2.02 Jalin Hyatt, WR Chiefs
The Chiefs have not had a dominant wide receiver threat (other than Travis Kelce) since Tyreek Hill left. The JuJu Smith-Schuster project did not necessarily fail, but it was not the success they hoped for. Hyatt adds that speed and deep threat ability matched with good route running that is similar to Hill. Hyatt obviously isn’t Hill, but he could be a very nice weapon for Mahomes. – Joey
2.03 Zach Charbonnet, RB Chargers
I considered taking Charbonnet in the first round, but I am really happy to have drafted him at the 2.03. Zach Charbonnet is a physical runner who isn’t afraid of contact, and I am hopeful that his skillset comes in handy in receiving some goal-line work. Los Angeles’ running back Austin Ekeler has requested a trade, so Charbonnet could be primed for an immediate starting role. – Mase
2.04 Tyjae Spears, RB Saints
Spears is staying home in New Orleans with plenty of opportunity, as it seems like Alvin Kamara will be suspended and nearing the end of his contract. – Nino
2.05 Dalton Kincaid, TE Cowboys
The best TE in this class steps into a big role that used to belong to another Dalton (Shultz). – Hollywood
2.06 Zach Evans, RB Browns
The Browns are not a great landing spot in terms of immediate workhorse production. However, he could move into Kareem Hunt’s complementary role to give fantasy owners some production early on while waiting for the Browns to move on from or trade Nick Chubb thrusting Evans into the lead role. – Justice
2.07 Rashee Rice, WR Packers
The Packers are entering a new era, with Jordan Love leading the offense. Green Bay has a rising star in Christian Watson, but adding more weapons for their new quarterback only makes sense. Rice would fit nicely opposite Watson in an offense with targets available. – Kyle
2.08 Tyree Wilson, EDGE Raiders
At this point in the exercise, I think it’s time to break my personal seal on IDP and snag Texas Tech’s Tyree Wilson. This powerful edge rusher can dominate trench play and post the type of game-changing splash plays that set your lineup apart from the competition. With the Raiders investing a Top 10 pick and bookending him with Maxx Crosby, Wilson’s upside in Vegas is off the charts. – Jayson
2.09 Lukas Van Ness, EDGE Falcons
Now that the seal is broken, I’ll grab another enticing EDGE rusher. Van Ness is going to get a lot of attention, but as the Falcons develop and Van Ness does, too, he’s got as much upside in this defensive class as anyone not named Will Anderson. – Dwight
2.10 Hendon Hooker, QB Raiders
Hendon Hooker has just as much upside as a quarterback prospect as Will Levis, maybe more. Levis just has a cannon, but Hooker is more polished. The Las Vegas landing spot is intriguing because the Raiders have an out in Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract after 2023. If Garoppolo struggles to stay healthy, as he normally does, or is underwhelming, the Raiders can opt to give the reigns to Hooker. Either way, whether it be for 2024 or 2026, the Raiders seem to have Garoppolo’s replacement. To land a potential starting QB in the late 2nd of a Superflex rookie draft is a great value. – Joey
2.11 Drew Sanders, LB Bills
Drew Sanders sticks out on film due to his size, but his eyes and versatility are what stood out to me on film. I like the landing spot for Drew Sanders as he lands on a playoff-caliber roster with a hole at the linebacker position. Sanders is a linebacker who shows the ability to be an effective rusher off of the edge. – Mase
2.12 Calijah Kancey, DL Bills
Kancey and his elite speed and power with lite comps to Aaron Donald will thrive in a Bills system that is consistently rotating DL in and out. The old folks are about to get escorted to the back by Kancey early in camp! – Nino
Be sure to check back in on Thursday for rounds three and four recaps, which focus much more on the IDP!