April 13, 2024

IDP Rookie Spotlight 2024: Dallas Turner

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The Alabama Crimson Tide are well known for producing high end NFL talent year in and year out. This year is no different, as they have produced yet another freak edge rusher in Dallas Turner. The 2023 SEC Defensive Player of the Year had a stellar season producing 53 total tackles, 10 sacks, 15 tackles for loss, and 2 forced fumbles. 

 

Turner only improved his stock during the 2024 NFL Rookie Combine where he posted an impressive 40 time of 4.46 seconds. He also recorded 40.5 inches in the vertical jump and 10.7 inches in the broad jump. He has most definitely solidified himself as the top edge rusher in this year’s NFL Draft.

  • Junior
  • Edge Rusher
  • Alabama Crimson Tide
  • 6ft 3in  249 lbs.
  • 2023 SEC Defensive Player of the Year

 

STRENGTHS

  • Elite athlete - Put on an absolute show at the combine where he tested with a 4.46-second 40-yard dash as well as a 1.54 second 10-yard split. He also had a huge 40.5-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-7-inch broad jump.
  • Has elite first-step quickness, providing a major advantage in explosiveness off the snap.
  • Possesses incredible arm length to set the edge and keep offensive tackles at bay. 
  • Effectively utilizes his frame to slip through tight spaces to interrupt plays.

 

WEAKNESSES

  • Needs to bulk up his frame, get stronger, and add weight to withstand weekly NFL play.
  • Struggles at times against multiple blockers.
  • Run defense is average at best. As he adds more weight, he will develop the ability to overpower opponents, elevating his game. 

 

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NFL PLAYER COMPARISON

 

MATTHEW JUDON

 

Dallas Turner’s game reminds me a lot of Matthew Judon. Both are similar in height and weight, and can absolutely take over a game. While Judon started slow in Baltimore, he excelled once he landed with the New England Patriots, making him a high end IDP play each week. Like Judon, Turner possesses the physical talent to put up double-digit sacks each season, and being a disruptive force almost every play.

 

TOP LANDING SPOTS

 

ATLANTA FALCONS

There are plenty of questions surrounding the Atlanta Falcons right now, mainly at quarterback. The Falcons have been linked to Justin Fields for a while now. I think if Atlanta were to acquire Fields, they may not have to give the 8th overall pick to do so. I would see them giving their 2nd this year along with a possible 1st next year. If that were the case, then they would be prime to take Turner with that 8th pick. Rumors of Kirk Cousins to Atlanta have been picking up steam as well. In either case, the Falcons would be the preferred destination for Dallas Turner.

 

CHICAGO BEARS

I see two situations where the Bears take Turner: Either by trading up in front of Atlanta or if the Falcons were to trade the 8th pick in a deal for Justin Fields. In both cases, the Bears would be another great fit for the rookie. Chicago always seems to have that tough and gritty defense. Adding a player of Turner’s caliber would only improve an already stellar defense. 

 

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

This is another fantastic landing spot for Dallas Turner. The Minnesota Vikings hold the 12th pick, and have some major holes to fill on defense. Their three top edge rushers, Danielle Hunter, DJ Wonnum, and Marcus Davenport are all pending free agents, which means that has to be a primary focus. Turner slipping to them is a dream scenario, but may not happen. They could look at trading up in front of division rival Chicago to land their guy.

 

FANTASY OUTLOOK

Dallas Turner is the top edge rushing IDP in this draft. With my Matt Judon comparison, he should be quite productive in IDP leagues. He will most likely be a top 10 edge rusher in dynasty leagues this time next year. However, don’t overdraft him. He shouldn’t be considered in the first or second round of rookie drafts. I said the same thing about Will Anderson this time last year. There’s just too much depth at wide receiver, and keep in mind that most of the running backs will be available in the second round as well. With that being said, I’m probably looking at him no earlier than the third round of my rookie drafts. 

 

What are your thoughts? Where will you be targeting Turner in your rookie draft? Let me know on X, the app formerly known as Twitter, @DynastyBobFF

Be sure to ceck out our other Rookie Spotights as well.

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