2021 Dynasty Fantasy Football 1st-Round Rookie Mock Draft

**We have an updated 2-round rookie mock draft** (but still feel free to check this one out, too)

A couple of things here before we get started…

This mock draft was made for the degenerates. I’m talking about the type of people that continue to check their fantasy app multiple times a day, despite being eliminated from playoff contention following Week 13.

Yes, this mock draft is 100% way too early.

Yes, we’re selecting some underclassmen that haven’t declared yet for the 2021 NFL Draft.

And yes, we’re mocking the first round anyways because we, like you, can’t stop thinking about our dynasty fantasy football teams and ways to improve them for the future.

Today’s mock was put together with Ben, DJ, Mikey and Ryan as the selectors, so feel free to reach out to them if you have comments regarding any of their picks.

1.01: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
(pick made by DJ Premo)

I am drafting Etienne here hoping he ends up on a team that drafts him in the first round for luxury, a la Clyde Edwards-Helaire. I predict Etienne as the running back most likely to be drafted first, in what I perceive as a deep running back class

1.02: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
(pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)

Harris and Etienne are going to battle for 1.01, and I think it’s going to depend where each of them land. Regardless, I’m happy to get either of them. Harris should have immediate job security wherever he goes and is about as NFL ready as they come

1.03: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
(pick made by Ben Morgan)

Arguably the biggest-name player to opt out of the 2020 college football season, Chase didn’t really need to prove anything else on the field following his sophomore season as one of Joe Burrow’s go-to targets on the National Champion LSU Tigers. We all would have loved to see him play this year, especially to see how he would have performed on a far less talented team compared to 2019, but I think we all feel pretty safe in saying that Chase is the complete package and can make a difference starting on day one for whichever team drafts him

1.04: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
(pick made by Ryan Miner)

This dynamic playmaker is the real deal. With Jaylen Waddle being done for the season, Smith, who is a senior, has stepped in and dominated. Even last year with Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs in the mix he finished as the team leader in both receiving yards and touchdowns as it looks like he’s set to continue his dominance in the NFL for years to come

1.05: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
(pick made by DJ Premo)

Quite possibly the best wide receiver on Alabama that people may be forgetting about because of injury. Waddle absolutely could be the closest thing to Tyreek Hill we have seen. He has Henry Ruggs’ speed with the ability to run routes similar to Jerry Jeudy

1.06: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
(pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)

I’m the guy that took T.J. Hockenson at 1.07 in 2019 in my main league… what can I say, I like the advantage of an elite tight end. Pitts will most definitely be a first-round pick in most rookie drafts this offseason, and I’m going to make sure I grab this freak athlete while he’s still there

1.07: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
(pick made by Ben Morgan)

While 1.06 is a touch high for a tight end, I can’t blame Mikey because I would have taken Pitts at 1.07 if he was still on the board. However, I’m opting to select another player that opted out of the 2020 college football season; well sort of. Bateman originally opted out of the season, changed his mind and decided he’d play for the Gophers, and then ultimately decided to opt back out once things weren’t looking great for Minnesota and the state saw a spike in COVID cases. Regardless of what happened this year, Bateman put enough on tape in 2019 to warrant a mid first-round selection in your 2021 rookie draft. At 6’2″, 210 lbs, Bateman has ideal size to continue winning contested catches at the next level to go along with his unique ability to create after the catch

1.08: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
(pick made by Ryan Miner)

There’s really no reason needed to justify this pick if you have been paying attention to college football the last few years. Lawrence is easily the best quarterback prospect in recent history; potentially even better than Andrew Luck

1.09: Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina
(pick made by DJ Premo)

Williams has been splitting the backfield this season but he will continue to shoot up draft boards as more and more scouts watch his tape. He has incredible vision, can pass block and is always falling forward. I am pretty sure I’ve never seen this guy gain less than five yards on a single carry (hyperbole, but you get what I mean). He is my No. 3 ranked running back going into the draft and this is a steal

1.10: Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis
(pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)

I started watching this guy’s film recently… and I swear, my jaw hit the floor. By the time draft season is actually here, there’s no way that this guy will not be a first-round pick. And yes, I know he’s from Memphis, but this guy is the reason why Antonio Gibson never saw running back opportunities… and Gibson has looked damn good in the NFL. Seriously though, this guy is patient, shifty, a great pass catcher and is mostly reliable as a pass blocker as well. If he lands in the right situation, he could be in for immediate workhorse opportunity

1.11: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
(pick made by Ben Morgan)

Injury concerns and lack of ideal size of a prototypical wide receiver may scare some people off of Moore, but today’s version of offense in the NFL lends itself well to multi-dimensional players that can create chunk yardage, and that’s what you’re getting here. He’s not your contested-catch/possession type of wide receiver, but if selected in the right offense, Moore has Deebo Samuel-ish ability. He’s a monster after the catch as he’s rarely taken down by a single defender, and his breakaway speed lends itself well to an NFL offense that schemes ways to get the ball to their playmakers in space

1.12: Terrace Marshall Jr, WR, LSU
(pick made by Ryan Miner)

This pick may come as a surprise to you, but I think by the time rookie drafts begin, you have to have Marshall Jr. in your sights. Last year, being the No. 3 behind Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase, Marshall was able to put up 46 receptions for 671 yards and 13 touchdowns… with Joe Burrow. Fast forward to this season and look at what Marshall was doing… with Myles Brennan. Marshall Jr. opted out at the end of November to prepare for the NFL Draft, and I don’t blame him. Even without Burrow in 2020 he was still able to put up 48 receptions, 731 yards and 10 touchdowns in just seven games prior to opting out. This kid is electric and goes up to get the ball at the highest point. He also has good speed and would be a nice complement to an NFL team’s existing WR1.

Hopefully that helped you scratch your itch for more fantasy football, but stay tuned as I’m sure we’re not done mocking 2021 rookie drafts.

Looking for a SuperFlex Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft? We’ve got one of those for you HERE

Ben Morgan is a co-host and blogger for the Loaded Box Podcast. Check out his article archive and find more from the Loaded Box on Twitter & Facebook

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