Are you as excited about the 2021 rookies as we are over here at Loaded Box? I’m guessing your answer is obviously YES since you’re here reading this.
I was happy to get the guys at LBP together for a dynasty superflex rookie mock draft, which will likely be the first of several that we do throughout the offseason.
If you are looking for a standard dynasty rookie mock, no problem, you can find that here.
This particular draft consists of four guys and 12 picks based on who we would personally take at each draft slot in the first round.
Superflex draft order is:
Feel free to reach out to the guys above for any comments regarding their picks.
Pick 1.01: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson (pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)
This is probably the most obvious 1.01 that superflex leagues has had in a while. Anyone who plays dynasty, watches college football, or owns the ESPN channel knows about Lawrence. I’m not sure how much to expect from him in year one with a rebuilding Jags franchise, but he’ll more than likely be a surefire top-8 quarterback for many, many years
Pick 1.02: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State (pick made by Ryan Miner)
1.01 and 1.02 should almost be a lock in most dynasty superflex leagues. There was starting to be some doubt surrounding Justin Fields during the 2020 college football season, specifically after the Big 10 Championship game against Northwestern. However, in the College Football Playoff game against Clemson, Fields was able to pick apart the Tigers’ defense while throwing for six touchdowns and looking poised behind his offensive line. I love his dual-threat ability and he should transition well into fantasy being a Kyler Murray/Russell Wilson type of player
Pick 1.03: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama (pick made by Ben Morgan)
The Najee Harris/Travis Etienne debate is a good one, and you’re going to read a lot about it over the next couple of months; but at this point in time, chalk me up as a member of Team Harris. The power and effort he runs with on every play is second to none in this draft class, and essentially guarantees positive yards every time he touches the ball. I’ve seen enough to say that I’m very happy with his ability as a pass catcher, which is ultimately why I feel comfortable taking him over Etienne. With both players being solid pass catchers out of the backfield, I just prefer Harris’ ability as a runner a bit more than I do Etienne’s; so give me the Bama RB
Pick 1.04: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU (pick made by Patrick Doyle)
Wilson is my kind of QB. The throws that he is able to make are insane. Very often you can see that he is great with anticipation throws. Knowing where his receiver will be and slinging it before they are even open and having the confidence to beat good coverage with a better throw. Having just a 33/3 touchdown-to-interception ratio shows that he knows how to take care of the football. He also has the athletic ability to be a great tactical scrambler. The biggest flaw in his game is his eyes seem to lead him to making some head-scratching decisions. As long as his NFL coaching can keep his mental on point he will have a heck of a career
Pick 1.05: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson (pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)
It’s funny that I landed Etienne because I would have drafted him 1.01 in a non-SF format. Him and Harris will go back and forth as THE RB1 of the class all offseason, but when it comes to fantasy, I think I’ll prefer the PPR upside and insanely high ceiling of Etienne rather than the bruiser type that Harris is
Pick 1.06: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU (pick made by Ryan Miner)
I struggled with where to go here, because being in a superflex you want to try and scoop up “potential” franchise quarterbacks, but I believe Ja’Marr Chase is the best receiver in the draft, and getting him halfway through the first round is solid value. He was the first wide receiver to opt-out of the 2020 college season to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft after proving in 2019 that his talent is superior to most of the other options at the position. Just look at what former LSU teammate Justin Jefferson accomplished in his record-breaking rookie season. He may not stuff the stat sheet as a rookie like Jefferson did, but he is, in my books, the best wideout in this class
Pick 1.07: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama (pick made by Ben Morgan)
Several analysts thought DeVonta Smith should have entered the draft last season, however, Smith absolutely helped his draft stock and solidified himself as one of the top WR’s to be taken in the 2021 NFL Draft after his Heisman Trophy winning senior season at Alabama. As most people know by now, the only real knock on Smith is his size (6’1″, 174 lbs), but even with his slender build, he still possesses good speed, hands, route running and ability to high point the ball and make tough catches in traffic. There’s a case for Smith to be the WR1 in dynasty rookie drafts this season, so with Chase already off the board, Smith is a slam dunk here
Pick 1.08: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama (pick made by Patrick Doyle)
Specials teams ability tends to be a great indicator of how athletic a prospect is. Besides being an elite athlete, Waddle has the speed and the hands to be an elite pro receiver. Putting up 100-yard games in every game he played this season is massive. His injury should not hurt his draft stock one bit. Draft Waddle in rookie drafts with confidence
Pick 1.09: Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis (pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)
When I started studying up on this guy and watching some game film, my jaw nearly hit my computer desk. He’s going to be one of the top-four running backs in this class, and if he lands in the right spot, he could go off immediately. He’s a great pass catcher (which I’ve mentioned before is my preferred method when going for RBs) and he’s good enough in pass protection to actually see the field on passing situations. He could be what we were hoping to get from Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Pick 1.10: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State (pick made by Ryan Miner)
How could I pass up on the value here? Especially since I was willing to take him as soon as the 1.06 in this superflex mock. Go ahead and knock him for going to North Dakota State, but this is a guy that will be jumping up fantasy draft boards once he hears his name called in April. Just go look at some of his game tapes. This kid can ball and has the upside to be a household name in fantasy redrafts starting next season
Pick 1.11: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida (pick made by Ben Morgan)
I mulled over a few different options with this selection (Rashod Bateman and Javonte Williams being the top candidates), but ultimately decided that Kyle Pitts was the correct route. My hesitation came since this mock doesn’t put a premium on the position of tight end, but I truly believe that Pitts is the type of prospect that’ll give you a weekly positional advantage for years to come. The desired results may not come from day one, since the position of tight end comes with several challenges that makes the college-to-professional transition difficult, but the potential Pitts possesses is well worth the wait in the long run. Expect flashes throughout his rookie season followed by several years of elite-level play
Pick 1.12: Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina (pick made by Patrick Doyle)
Williams is a 5’10”, 220-pound athletic specimen. From tape you can see he not only has great speed hitting his hole, but he also has the ability to almost always break the first tackle. Not only is his rushing ability impressive, he has great hands for a running back. Finishing third on his team in receptions and averaging over 12 yards per reception leaves me very optimistic
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