Fantasy Guru Defensive Rookie Report
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IDP Rookie Report
by Tim OÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢Malley
IDP Expert, FantasyGuru.com
Derrick Johnson (LB, KC) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ Though itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s difficult to rate rookies prior to training camp, DJ MUST have a huge impact for the Chiefs in ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢05.
Thomas Davis (LB, Car) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ A safety at Georgia, Davis is a vicious tackler that will have an early impact in Carolina on a fast LB corps.
David Pollack (DE, CIN) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ DonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t be surprised if Pollack explodes in September but wears down in November. The most instinctive football player in the draft.
DeMarcus Ware (DE, Dal) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ Rookie pass rushers make immediate impacts every season, but Ware will have to be stout at the point of attack to play for The Tuna.
Carlos Rogers (CB, Was) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ Forecasting rookie cornerbacks in terms of fantasy value, in May, is a crapshoot at best, but Rogers joins a solid defense and should see plenty of action opposite Shawn Springs.
Kirk Morrison (LB, Oak) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ Can bring a toughness and run support skills to a depleted Raider LB corps.
Matt Roth (DE, Mia) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ Vastly underrated player. Look for a strong rookie season from the madman from Iowa.
Antrel Rolle (CB, Ari) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ Has the pedigree, and Head Coach Denny Green isn't afraid to throw the rookies into the mix early.
Adam Jones (CB, Ten) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢d rate Pac-Man behind Rogers and Rolle as a player, though he should be a playmaker on the perimeter in due time.
Darryl Blackstock (LB, Ari) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ A 3rd round sleeper that will look to make an impact as an edge rusher in the desert.
Lofa Tatupu (LB, Sea) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ Some consider the USC standout a bit of a reach selection, but the Seahawks need young playmakers along the front seven.
Shawne Merriman (DE, SD) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ Maybe I watched the wrong games, but Merriman looked ordinary at times last season, however, he has a great situation in San Diego.
Jerome Carter (S, Stl) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ A hitter, and should have a chance to make an impact in a shaky Rams secondary.
Channing Crowder (LB, Mia) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ Shoots up the list if he's half as good as he thinks he is, or if the city of Miami bans all nightclubs for 2005.
Josh Bullocks (S, NO) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ He'll go get the ball and could start for New Orleans in a puzzling secondary.
Kevin Burnett (LB, Dal) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ Constant motor and has the size Bill Parcells craves for the position.
Marlin Jackson (CB, Ind) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ Destined for a back-up role in early ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢05, Jackson has enough talent to make an impact as the season progresses.
Fabian Washington (CB, Oak) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ One of the fastest players in the draft, now let's see what happens when he's blocked.
Vincent Burns (DE, Ind) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ Too many situational pass rushers already in Indy, but "Sweet Pea" could make a push.
Chris Canty (DE, Dal) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ Possible 4th round steal that battled injuries late in his college career but could be a terror off the edge.
Marcus Spears (DE, Dal) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ Dallas is building a strong DL rotation for the future, and Spears and Canty will be in direct competition in ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢05.
Travis Johnson (DT, Hou)ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ A good player at a low-scoring fantasy position, especially for rookies.
Erasmus James (DE, Min)ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ A suddenly deep Minnesota D-Line is a boon for Vikings fans, if not fantasy owners.
Michael Boley (LB, Atl) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ Active, quick and undersized. Could make an impact alongside Hartwell and Brooking.
Ryan Claridge (LB, NE) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ Well, you know he'll be coached. 5th round selection at a need position in New England.
Mike Patterson (DT, Phi) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ A very good player, but will most likely be part of a heavy rotation with the Eagles.
Brady Poppinga (LB, GB) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ Moved to LB from DL in his senior season. Keep an eye on him early in camp.
Corey Webster (CB, NYG) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ I'm a fan of his talent, but he has tough competition in Will Peterson and Will Allen in '05.
Justin Miller (CB, NYJ) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ Another DB who will go get the ball in the air, and is a dangerous return man. Competitive position in the Meadowlands.
Antajj Hawthorne (DT, Oak) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ At least until the next drug test. A first round talent drafted in the sixth.
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