2021 Dynasty Fantasy Football 2-Round Rookie Mock Draft

We promised multiple rookie mock drafts this offseason, so here we are, back with our latest results – except this time we’ve added a second round.

In the event you’re interested in seeing how our initial rookie mock draft turned out (first-round only), just click the portion of this sentence that’s highlighted.

We’ll continue doing these mocks as we lead up to the point in the offseason where the majority of actual rookie drafts take place; and we’ll continue to add more rounds each time. Also, we’ll continue to update our dynasty rookie rankings throughout the offseason, so be sure to continue to check those out leading up to your rookie drafts.

If you’re looking for even more reasoning and discussion regarding each of the 24 selections in this draft, check out the video below as we make our picks in real time!

Round One:

1.01: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
(pick made by Ryan Miner)

The 1.01 is easy for me as selecting Harris here makes the most sense. His pure power and skill is second to none, in my opinion, and yes that includes Travis Etienne. As a high-quality, three-down back, I will take Harris every single time over Etienne at the 1.01, no matter where he lands in the NFL Draft. Not everyone believes Harris is a slam dunk as the top pick in single-QB rookie drafts, but I don’t foresee changing my mind

1.02: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
(pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)

Personally, Etienne is my 1.01, and since that thought seems to be in the minority these days, I’ll gladly take the 1.02. I’ve always preferred having PPR machines as my higher-rated running backs, which is why Etienne seems like a no brainer to me. Wherever he ends up, he’ll be an immediate impact player and will likely have a workhorse role right off the bat. He’s got a chance to be one of only two running backs to go on day one so I’d feel pretty confident in grabbing him here

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

I know we are only three picks in but I feel as if I am getting a steal here as I have Javonte Williams ranked as my top rookie RB. His landing spot will determine a lot but I have not seen a weakness in his game as Williams is a true three-down back. I am angry that people are starting to catch onto Williams as I have been all over this guy since October due to my “degenerateness” when it comes to betting on college football

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

I’m thrilled to get Chase at 1.04, but honestly, this choice could have gone either way between Chase and DeVonta Smith. When it’s all said and done, if I have the choice between these two, it’s likely coming down to landing spot and which player projects best with his new team. I’m about as dead even as you can get on these two players, but I am going to give Chase the slightest of edges in this situation because of his size and ability as a well-rounded receiver. Smith has the advantage when it comes to being able to create after the catch, but Chase gives off more “can’t miss” vibes. It’s a true toss up, but give me Chase

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

Don’t be scared of his size (6’1″, 175 pounds). This kid has it all and is my WR1 in dynasty rookie drafts over Chase. The Heisman Trophy winner is a solid all-around wide receiver who is a stat-producing machine. Look at what he was able to produce in just the first half of the National Championship game. Smith will hear his name called early in the 2021 NFL Draft as I don’t see him falling outside the top 10

1.06: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
(pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)

I debated taking Kyle Pitts here, but I just couldn’t pass up on Waddle who is currently my WR3 in this class. There’s a real possibility that he’d be the consensus WR1 had he stayed healthy this year, so I think he’ll be stellar at the next level. He’s oozing with talent, is fast as all hell, and one of the most complete receivers in this entire class. I’ve often compared him to Brandin Cooks circa 2015-2018… who never finished outside of the top-15 wide receivers in PPR leagues over that span. Waddle should be very special as a pro

1.07: Terrace Marshall Jr, WR, LSU
(pick made by DJ Premo)

Terrace Marshall seems like the forgotten wide receiver from the 2019 National Championship LSU team. We all know about Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase, but Marshall is really good as well. I project him going at the end of first round in April, which means he could land on a team with a star quarterback that is drafting him for luxury. He has the size and speed to be a top wide receiver in the league and is an underrated route runner. I’d love to see what he could do with the likes of Aaron Rodgers or Josh Allen

1.08: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
(pick made by Ben Morgan)

I was tempted to pull the trigger on Rashod Bateman here, but opted to go with the player I believe has a better chance of being elite at his position. Pitts shouldn’t fall outside the top 10 in the NFL Draft, and likely isn’t falling much later than 1.08 in your rookie drafts. He checks all the boxes as a prospect, but provides even a little extra when you consider how high his ceiling is. It may not happen in year one, but Pitts should find himself in the same type of conversations we’re currently having when we discuss the likes of Travis Kelce and Darren Waller. Take your chances with Pitts; the ceiling doesn’t get much higher at the position

1.09: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
(pick made by Ryan Miner)

Bateman fell a couple of spots since our first mock draft, but I am thrilled to get him at 1.09. He is the perfect size for a wide receiver (6’2″, 210 pounds) and has the intangibles to be a WR1 in the league. His drop in this mock compared to our last one shouldn’t throw up any red flags as he’s a steal this late in the first

1.10: Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina
(pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)

This pick gave me some internal debate as well, and while I technically have Kenneth Gainwell a bit higher in my rankings, I opted for Michael Carter. He’s a great receiving back and works perfectly fine within the tackles. I think his ceiling is lower than Gainwell’s, but I also think that Carter is going to be less landing spot dependent. I’ve comped him as a light version of Melvin Gordon and I think he could offer any team a great advantage at the next level

1.11: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
(pick made by DJ Premo)

At this point I just couldn’t let Trevor Lawrence fall anymore. This is the best quarterback prospect we have seen since Andrew Luck and has the running upside to add to the fantasy stats he will bring to your team. The dynasty team manager that selects Lawrence can now focus on drafting skill positions for the next 10-15 years

1.12: Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis
(pick made by Ben Morgan)

The last pick in the first round came down to Kenneth Gainwell vs. Rondale Moore. Despite both players having fairly limited college careers – due to opting out and injury – Gainwell seems to have more staying power in the league due to his unique ability as both a runner and pass catcher. Moore makes me a bit nervous in the event he’s unable to become more than a gadget-type player, so I went with the guy who totaled over 2,000 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore while playing in the same offense as Antonio Gibson

Round Two:

2.01: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
(pick made by Ryan Miner)

Moore falling to the second round? Durability was in issue for him during his time at Purdue, and now he appears to be falling down dynasty draft boards here at LBP. As long as he remains healthy he should quickly turn into one of his quarterback’s best friends while primarily playing from the slot. Kansas City as a possible destination?

2.02: Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma St
(pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)

Wallace is my WR9, so I’d be pretty content with taking him as the seventh receiver off the board (a couple of my other guys… well, spoiler alert, I get them later). Wallace reminds me a lot of Tyler Lockett, who has been one of the NFL’s most underrated receivers over the last few years. While I think his landing spot is a big factor for immediate production, he should offer a high ceiling in dynasty leagues down the road. He’s not the NFL-ready receiver you want as a rookie, but I think he’ll develop into one hell of a receiver by his second or third year

2.03: Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio St
(pick made by DJ Premo)

Trey Sermon started out the year really quiet and had to split carries in the OSU backfield with Master Teague. As the season continued to move forward you saw his confidence grow each and every game. Sermon was the Buckeyes offense while Justin Fields and Chris Olave battled injuries. Sermon has a lot of upside with very few miles on those legs

2.04: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC
(pick made by Ben Morgan)

St. Brown isn’t going to blow you away as a wide receiver prospect the way DeVonta Smith and Ja’Marr Chase will, but that won’t stop him from being a very capable receiver at the next level. He does a lot of the little things well (route running, hands, producing after the catch, etc), but he’s also finding himself farther down on both NFL Draft and dynasty rookie draft value boards because of how deep this year’s class of receivers is. He didn’t produce the eye-popping stats that analysts predicted as one of the nation’s top players coming out of high school, but he was a solid contributor at USC for all three years in an offense that transitioned from JT Daniels to Kedon Slovis at the quarterback position

2.05: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio St
(pick made by Ryan Miner)

He’s a notch below Trevor Lawrence but there’s a lot of hype surrounding his name as we inch closer to the 2021 NFL Draft. Justin Fields is the Konami Code that is part of the dual-threat QB movement in the NFL. He should hear his named called right after Trevor Lawrence this April, and will compete with Zach Wilson for the QB2 in dynasty rookie drafts

2.06: Seth Williams, WR, Auburn
(pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)

Williams is my WR6 and I KNEW I could wait to grab him. Dude is a total bruiser and could fit so well on so many rosters in the NFL. His play reminds me a lot of Kenny Golladay, which is obviously going to excite anyone. I think the NFL will come with a bit of a learning curve for Williams, but I do think he could make a first-year impact in the redzone

2.07: Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
(pick made by DJ Premo)

Elijah Moore isn’t big and he isn’t going to blow you away with his speed. What he brings is a nastiness that reminds me a lot of Jarvis Landry. He broke records in the slot position and was seemingly the one offensive player who could break a game wide open for Mississippi. I am biased, but he would be a perfect second-round fit in Green Bay as the position that’s the weakest in this offense is slot wide receiver

2.08: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
(pick made by Ben Morgan)

Depending on how deep you are at quarterback, landing a big-arm QB that may find himself starting as early as year one, probably provides more long-term value than the RB/WR/TE prospects you’re considering at this part in the draft. Wilson came on in 2020 as a junior at BYU throwing for over 3,600 yards, 33 touchdowns and just three interceptions. The biggest downfall, in my opinion, is the small sample size. Wilson totaled 23 passing touchdowns but threw 12 interceptions in 18 games prior to his junior season. The arm talent is clearly there, he has ability as a runner (notching 10 rushing TD’s in 2020), the question will be how he transitions to the next level against much stiffer competition

2.09: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
(pick made by Ryan Miner)

Another wide receiver that is climbing up the rankings on dynasty draft boards that I can see continuing to climb as we approach the time your actual rookie draft begins. Toney improved drastically from his 2019 season and solidified his route-running skills to be an every-down wide receiver for the Gators in 2020. Don’t be surprised if you hear his name towards the end of round one in the actual NFL Draft

2.10: Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina
(pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)

I may be higher than anyone else on Dyami Brown, but he’s actually a top-five receiver for me in this class. There has been very little hype on him, which is why I figured I could get away with waiting until the end of the second round to draft him. Most have disagreed with me, but I see a very similar player to CeeDee Lamb. Brown has been praised in college for being a vertical threat, but he’s a smooth route runner with a big set of abilities. He’s fast, he’s quick and he’s going to surprise a lot of people at the next level

2.11: Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma St
(pick made by DJ Premo)

I couldn’t let Chuba Hubbard drop out of the second round as I feel I am getting great value here at 2.11. His running style says that he needs to go to a specific style of offense. If Hubbard lands with someone like the 49ers or Steelers, who utilize a fullback and run game to set up their passing attack, his dynasty ranking should move up

2.12: Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson
(pick made by Ben Morgan)

Rodgers is yet another branch stemming from the Clemson tree of wide receivers. While he’s not seen in the same light as last year’s standout from Clemson, Tee Higgins, Rodgers provides reliable hands and toughness after the catch that will translate nicely at the next level. He doesn’t have elite speed or wiggle after the catch, but he works well underneath as a reliable security blanket for his quarterback. Rodgers excels in catching short passes and immediately turning upfield for positive yardage. This type of usage will limit him as a big-play receiver, but he may be a nice depth piece in half and full PPR leagues

Let us know your thoughts either on Twitter or in the comments section below, and be sure to check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as we’re joined by Ben Allbright to discuss NFL Draft prospects and free agency!

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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