For the final installment of my dynasty fantasy football IDP rookie rankings we'll take a look at the defensive line. Please find out if you are in a sack heavy league before you start drafting the monsters upfront. If your league doesn't have higher scoring for sacks (that's kinda weird, talk to your commish) then you should look more for guys that are known "run stuffers." Just like the Rookie Secondary Rankings we are going to look for guys that will not only start week 1 but will line up on the other side of established studs. Reason for making sure they are on the other side of the line of say a J.J. Watt or a Jason Pierre-Paul is because those guys demand double teams leaving your rookie with (hopefully) a favorable one on one match up. I already gave two great examples of established DEs when you are looking for DTs you are looking for guys like Henry Melton and Geno Atkins.
Dynasty Fantasy Football: Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit Lions
I don't really agree with Ansah's fashion sense (sweet 3-D glasses at the draft) but you can't argue this kids raw, natural pass rushing ability. Ezekiel or "Ziggy" has only been playing football since 2010 and is already drawing comparisons to Justin Tuck. Ziggy is big, fast, agile and mean all the right ingredients for a NFL pass rusher. Ziggy will be joining a defensive line that already has Ndamukong Suh, so with all the attention going towards Suh early look for Ansah to put up sacks in bunches and early. The only real knock against Ansah is his lack of stamina, but that is something NFL off season conditioning can help to improve.
Dynasty Fantasy Football: Dion Jordan, Miami Dolphins
There is a reason the Dolphins took Jordan with the 3rd overall pick in the draft, this kid is a beast. 6'6" 248 lbs the once tight end has found the position that is going to make him a lot of money, DE. I've seen this kid compared to Jason Taylor and DeMarcus Ware. He is a linebacker/defensive end hybrid who should cause havoc in the AFC East coming off the end. With all that being said the icing on the cake is he will be the bookend to Cameron Wake on the left side. Jordan most likely will be in the starting line up in week 1 and is worth a draft pick in your dynasty fantasy football league.
"This young man, I think he's got the potential to be the player that I compare him to, which is Jason Taylor, who ironically played for the Miami Dolphins. I also think he looks like an Aldon Smith, and if he puts on 20 pounds on that 6-foot-7 frame, one day he might be as good as a DeMarcus Ware." -- Mike Mayock
Dynasty Fantasy Football: Sylvester Williams, Denver Broncos
Williams will be a big presence in the middle for an already above average Denver Broncos defense. Williams is a great run stuffer but needs to work on his closing speed if he is going to catch up with NFL QBs. Williams should have no problem racking up tackles for dynasty fantasy football squad and should be able to remain in the game when Denver goes to one of their sub-packages (that's huge).
"That makes sense to me. This is a kid that can immediately come in and start at defensive tackle. He can stay in the game on sub packages. With what they have inside, I think he's going to be a rotational guy that will get a lot of production." -- Mike Mayock
Dynasty Fantasy Football: Damontre Moore, New York Giants
Moore fell to the 3rd round but many experts think that the Giants got him at a great value. What Damontre lacks in fundamentals he makes up for with a high motor. The fact he'll be joining a line with the previously mentioned Jason Pierre-Paul will only help his chances of making an impact in dynasty fantasy football. Make sure you don't reach for Moore he should fall to you in the later rounds, but like the Giants, he should turn out to be a great value pick up for you. I've seen the comparisons for this kid all over the place from John Abraham to Robert Ayers
"I love the Giants were able to get this kind of value. He's way better than the 81st player. The downside is there's a reason why he slipped." -- Mike Mayock
Dynasty Fantasy Football: Shariff Floyd, Minnesota Vikings
Floyd had himself a great career at Florida but the scouting report that says he plays at a high pad level among other things really hurt his draft stock. I personally think Floyd dropping to number 23 in the draft will benefit his career more. Playing with guys like Kevin Williams and the psycho chef Jarred Allen will provide Floyd with the "learning curve" he will need to become a successful NFL DT. Floyd will see a lot of one on one coverage early in the season so look for him to put up some numbers and as his confidence grows the amount of snaps he sees will grow too. I think the Vikings got a steal picking up Shariff at 23. If Floyd can get his act together and put football first in his life he could be a steal in any dynasty draft.
"He's going to play with a guy by the name of Kevin Williams, a former first-round pick who has become an All-Pro. And Sharrif is going to learn from him, both about the NFL, about life, about being a three-technique, and in a couple years, he'll replace Kevin. I give Rick Spielman and Leslie Frazier an awful lot of credit for pulling the trigger here at 23." -- Mike Mayock
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There you have some of the big boys I would keep my eye on in your Dynasty fantasy football drafts this year.
Here are some bonus big men that you put in your "watch list"
Cornellius "Tank" Carradine, SF 49ers
Star Lotulelei, Carolina Panthers
Bjoern Werner, Indianapolis Colts