As we start rolling out the 2013 IDP Rankings here at Razzball, I thought I would start with the easiest position first. JJ Watt is the consensus #1 IDP this year, and his 2012 numbers were even more impressive than those of Calvin Johnson and Adrian Peterson considering he was a 3-4 Defensive End. While you might have trouble deciding between a gamut of players to take first at any other position, you can rest easy knowing that Watt should be the first DL taken and that it took me three tries before correctly spelling gamut.
If we consider Watt as his own tier, my next 7 DLs would be Tier 2. Any one of these guys has the potential to take the throne from Watt, but doing so would be considered an upset. Speaking of thrones and upset, I still haven’t gotten over Game of Thrones from this past Sunday. I thought the football offseason was supposed to be the time that Sundays don’t affect the rest of my week, but apparently George R.R. Martin doesn’t agree. We watch the show for nudity and dragons George, know your audience!
If you can’t grab one of the top 8 D-Lineman, you’re probably fine waiting a few rounds as the next tier is a pretty big drop-off in terms of guaranteed production. I’m higher on Muhammad Wilkerson than most, but he finished at DL3 last year and figures to see an increase in tackle opportunities as teams pound the ball against the lowly Jets. The third tier runs through Anthony Spencer, and after that it’s a free-for-all of 3-4 DEs, 4-3 DTs, and unproven guys who are primed to break out.
Without further ado, here’s the Razzball 2013 Defensive Lineman Rankings: