Detroit selected linebacker Jarrad Davis in the first round, and most times if you select a defensive player that early, you're hoping he'll start right away. That should be the case with Davis -- not just starting, but playing the key middle linebacker position from the get-go.

Davis has been not only starting but calling the defense right away in Detroit. He's still learning it, but is being called smart and instinctive -- looks like he'll definitely be the Week 1 middle linebacker, and an immediate starter in IDP leagues. If there are any 100-tackle rookies this year, he'll be the favorite.

This century, there have been 41 rookies to reach 100 tackles, so about 2-3 per year. Last year there were two, both drafted by Atlanta (and a large part of the reason their defense was improved). One was safety Keanu Neal, the other middle linebacker Deion Jones.

Davis should be the first rookie off the board in IDP leagues.

YearPlayerPos SoloAst Tot
2007Patrick Willis, S.F.ILB 13539174
2012Luke Kuechly, Car.MLB 10361164
2013Kiko Alonso, Buff.MLB 8772159
2006DeMeco Ryans, Hou.MLB 12530155
2012Bobby Wagner, Sea.MLB 8753140
2007Jon Beason, Car.MLB 10634140
2012Lavonte David, T.B.OLB 11227139
2014C.J. Mosley, Balt.ILB 8944133
2009Brian Cushing, Hou.OLB 8647133
2008Jerod Mayo, N.E.ILB 10028128
2013Paul Worrilow, Atl.OLB 7948127
2012Vontaze Burfict, Cin.OLB 7354127
2007David Harris, NYJILB 9037127
2006Ernie Sims, Det.OLB 8143124
2010T.J. Ward, Clev.SS 9528123
2009James Laurinaitis, St.L.MLB 10713120
2006A.J. Hawk, G.B.OLB 8237119
2013Alec Ogletree, St.L.OLB 9423117
2005Kirk Morrison, Oak.LB 9125116
2004D.J. Williams, Den.OLB 8133114
2015Stephone Anthony, N.O.MLB 7042112
2015Landon Collins, NYGFS 8428112
2003Nick Barnett, G.B.MLB 8626112
2006Thomas Howard, Oak.OLB 8822110
2014Preston Brown, Buff.OLB 6643109
2016Deion Jones, Atl.MLB 7533108
2014Chris Borland, S.F.ILB 8424108
2004Jonathan Vilma, NYJMLB 7730107
2016Keanu Neal, Atl.SS 7234106
2005Kerry Rhodes, NYJSS 8520105
2014Telvin Smith, Jac.ILB 7232104
2013Johnathan Cyprien, Jac.SS 8717104
2012Harrison Smith, Minn.FS 7430104
2006Donte Whitner, Buff.SS 6737104
2005Lofa Tatupu, Sea.MLB 8519104
2004Madieu Williams, Cin.FS 8617103
2004Teddy Lehman, Det.OLB 7527102
2003Mike Doss, Ind.SS 7329102
2010Alterraun Verner, Tenn.CB 8516101
2004Erik Coleman, NYJFS 7327100
2002Chris Cash, Det.CB 8713100

--Andy Richardson