With news coming out of camps, injury updates, and position battles becoming clearer, I’ve updated my top 50 defensive line rankings. Here are some highlights of the changes. With opening day just a few weeks away, I don’t expect these to change unless there is some major injury news before that.
The biggest mover up is Chase Young. I’m always hesitant on ranking rookies so highly, but after watching some film it looks like he can have an instant impact.
Jadaveon Clowney is still unsigned and drops down the board. I think he is still draftable, but not as one of your top 2 linemen. He has the chance to make an impact, but it looks like it won’t be for 16 games.
Yannick Ngakoue is supposedly on the verge of being traded from the Jaguars. His stock may change once we find out where’s he’s going. Vegas has it to the Jets who are in desperate need of a pass rusher.
Ifeadi Odenigbo moves up a few spots as there were some rumors that Griffen could resign a few weeks ago. Now that he’s firmly entrenched opposite Danielle Hunter, a potential double-digit sack season could be had.
Those are some highlights. Remember to adjust the rankings based on your scoring system for those new to IDP leagues. High sack/low tackle guys are better in big play leagues where sacks are worth more than 3x a solo tackle. In leagues that are tackle heavy take a look at guys like Grady Jarrett and Kenny Clark.
Here are my top 50 plus one for good luck.