With the 2021 NFL Draft behind us it’s time to look ahead to those dynasty league rookie mock drafts. We’ve done a handful of rookie mock drafts leading up to the NFL Draft, which were great for learning more about prospects and getting an idea of where they may land in rookie drafts, but we’re now to the point in the offseason where we know all of the player’s landing spots and we’re ready to add the finishing touches to our dynasty rosters as we get set for the 2021 NFL season.

This particular mock is based on a 1QB, half-PPR scoring system. We’ve also recently completed a SuperFlex rookie mock draft, so be sure to check that one out as well.

Four of the guys from Loaded Box took turns making each of the picks and providing the writeups, so be sure to give them a follow as we’ll be providing dynasty and redraft fantasy football content throughout the season.

Round One:

1.01: Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
(pick made by DJ Premo)

The first running back drafted in a league (fantasy football) where running backs are a premium. Pittsburgh is a contender and Harris is now taking over as the lead back on an offense that is already loaded with wide receivers. If you are looking to add someone to win now, Harris is your guy

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

Etienne was my pre-draft 1.01 and he still holds that spot after being drafted to Jacksonville. Some are worried about James Robinson, meanwhile the people with common sense realize that Etienne was purposely reunited with his college QB as the 25th overall player off of the board. The connection will stay alive and he’ll immediately have the majority RB role out of that backfield. Simply put, he’ll be a PPR machine

1.03: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
(pick made by Ryan Miner)

Welcome back to being paired with Joe Burrow. He proved at his pro-day that he 100% has the alpha mentality. Chase will be the steal of the draft this year and should serve as a high-end WR3 to begin the season and has the potential to be a high-end WR2 with sporadic WR1 finishes throughout the year

1.04: Kyle Pitts, TE, Atlanta Falcons
(pick made by Ben Morgan)

In all honesty, I was beyond close to pulling the trigger on Javonte Williams here because I believe he’ll be handed the keys to Denver’s backfield in 2022, but I opted to go with Pitts as a player I believe will give you a weekly positional advantage over your opponent for the next decade. We all know about his athleticism, and being plugged into an offense that already features Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley is a blessing as opposing teams are going to have to pick their poison when it comes to funneling coverage towards one of these elite playmakers. I wouldn’t blame you for selecting another player here, but I see this as an opportunity to grab a unicorn. FYI – I would consider 1.04 the absolute highest I’d take Pitts

1.05: Javonte Williams, RB, Denver Broncos
(pick made by DJ Premo)

This is going to sound stupid but I personally would still take Javonte with my first pick. The reason I didn’t do that with the first pick is to give a more accurate representation of what the first pick will be in the majority of leagues. Williams is already the lead back in this Broncos’ offense. Melvin Gordon is not a threat and will not be on this team in 2022 in my estimation. Javonte does it all and was the best running back coming into this draft

1.06: DeVonta Smith, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
(pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)

Smith is one of the more risky mid-first round picks that I can think of but I’ve gotta pull the trigger. The Heisman winner may be small, but he plays like the biggest dude out there. He’s oozing with talent and if used right, arguably has the biggest ceiling of any of the receivers from the 2021 draft class. If this were a real draft, I’d probably try and trade back to mitigate risk with multiple picks, but since this is just a mock, we’re swinging for the fences

1.07: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Miami Dolphins
(pick made by Ryan Miner)

Before his injury Waddle had the same stats, if not better, than fellow teammate and Heisman Trophy winner, DeVonta Smith, who just went at 1.06. I love Waddle’s landing spot and getting paired back up with Tua has to make me think he (Tua) had Waddle>Smith. The sky can be the limit for this kid and if him and Tua can find the chemistry they had in college, we could have a lite version of Aaron Rodgers/Davante Adams in the making

1.08: Terrace Marshall, WR, Carolina Panthers
(pick made by Ben Morgan)

Projected by most as a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft prior to medical information being released, Marshall fell to the Carolina Panthers in the second round with the 59th-overall pick. Despite D.J. Moore locked into WR1 duties, Marshall appears to be in line to pick up WR2 duties in the not-so-distant future as Robby Anderson is slated to be an unrestricted free agent following the ’21 season. We’re putting some faith in Sam Darnold with this selection, but I believe the opportunity he’ll receive in Carolina could be exactly what he needs to turn his career around. Michael Carter is tempting here, but I’m going to put trust in my pre-draft rankings and take the player I believe is both better and provides more upside

1.09: Michael Carter, RB, New York Jets
(pick made by DJ Premo)

I couldn’t snatch up Carter fast enough at this pick. La’Mical Perine ain’t the guy and it feels like the Jets are starting over with a new regime and Carter is going to be Wilson’s right-hand man. The Jets did an amazing job in this draft adding at to the offensive line as well. In my opinion, there is no one standing in Carter’s way as the lead back in this up-and-coming offense. Running backs are a premium position in fantasy football so I attack these players in the first round

1.10: Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens
(pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)

Bateman was my WR5 before the draft and that hasn’t changed with him landing in Baltimore. Bateman factors in as the near-immediate WR1 in Baltimore, and with how heavy the Ravens went receiver in the draft, it leads me to believe that they’re going to finally start throwing the ball more. Bateman is uber talented, and while I can’t see him ever being an elite player, I can’t see him being a bust either. I figure he’ll be a very solid fantasy WR2 for many years to come and I’m more than happy to get that towards the end of the first round

1.11: Elijah Moore, WR, New York Jets
(pick made by Ryan Miner)

The New York Jets had a solid draft building on from pick No. 2 in Zach Wilson by both protecting him and giving him weapons. Day two the Jets waisted no time in selecting Moore and he should go directly into a starting role. Sure Jamison Crowder is still there, but he’s owed around $11M this season. If they cut him, it only cost them $1M. Moore will be a solid pick for you towards the end of round one

1.12: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
(pick made by Ben Morgan)

With how the NFL Draft played out, I personally see Lawrence coming off the board anywhere between 1.08-1.12, obviously depending on the quarterback situation of the teams drafting in these slots in your leagues. However, picking Lawrence at 1.12 couldn’t have been easier for me as I believe the top RB’s/WR’s have already all been claimed, and the value you’re getting here with this class’s QB1 is unrivaled. Odds are you already have a pretty good team if you’re picking in this range, so adding the luxury of the player that’s projected to be one of the league’s next-best QB’s is the route I’d go

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Round Two:

2.01: Amari Rodgers, WR, Green Bay Packers
(pick made by DJ Premo)

This pick is very dependent on if Aaron Rodgers is the QB for the Green Bay Packers. I strongly believe he will be, and if that is the case, Amari Rodgers immediately because a key cog in this offense as a guy to use in the jet sweep game as well as slot position. He is an immediate producer with A-Rod at the helm

2.02: Trey Lance, QB, San Francisco 49ers
(pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)

Lance, in my opinion, has the highest fantasy ceiling of any quarterback from the 2021 class. He landed in a great situation, he’s an excellent runner, and is an incredibly smart football player. I’ve explained his ceiling as “Lamar Jackson that can actually throw” and that’s… well, that’s pretty damn good. With who has already been drafted, I feel that Lance is the highest upside pick I could possibly grab at 2.02

2.03: Rondale Moore, WR, Arizona Cardinals
(pick made by Ryan Miner)

I absolutely love this pick. I’ve been high on Moore since seeing him play every Saturday in the Big 10. Being a Michigan man I watched quite a few Purdue games and watching him simply wowed me…. when he played. Moore is a solid addition to build around Kyler Murray and I think this shows that Larry Fitzgerald is more than likely out and Andy Isabella is a player that never was

2.04: Zach Wilson, QB, New York Jets
(pick made by Ben Morgan)

We’ve entered the run of quarterbacks as most expected in the early second round. With Lawrence and Lance already off the board, I opted to go with Wilson over Fields for a couple of different reasons. One reason is draft capital. The Jets selected Wilson with the second-overall selection for a reason, and I’m pretty confident that nearly every QB-needy team would have made the same selection at No. 2. Also, have you seen what the Jets have done this offseason? They traded up to land Alijah Vera-Tucker to pair with last year’s first-round selection of Mekhi Beckton. They added Tevin Coleman and Corey Davis earlier in the offseason to go with Denzel Mims; and they drafted both Michael Carter and Elijah Moore in this year’s draft. They’ve made a lot of necessary moves to set Wilson and the team’s offense up for success for the foreseeable future, so Wilson gets the edge over Fields here for me

2.05: Justin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears
(pick made by DJ Premo)

I truly believe Fields is going to be the starting QB for the Bears on day one. With his running upside he could be a guy you end up playing immediately in your fantasy lineups similar to Justin Herbert. As soon as I saw the other QBs start to go I did not want to miss out on Fields. I typically don’t buy into position runs but I did here

2.06: Trey Sermon, RB, San Francisco 49ers
(pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)

I’m not a big fan of Sermon, or crowded backfields, but taking a shot on him at 2.06 feels right. The 49ers will never go with a workhorse approach, but down the line, Sermon will likely have the best chances at seeing the most significant role. We know that when he’s having a great game, he can’t be stopped… so let’s hope this will work out well for us

2.07: Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
(pick made by Ryan Miner)

It took longer than I expected for (5th round) Gainwell to go in the 2021 NFL Draft. However, landing with the Eagles is better than you may think. Sure, you have Miles Sanders there, but you should look at Gainwell the same way we looked at Darren Sproles back in the day. This is exactly the player that Philadelphia needed in the backfield to compliment Sanders and will serve as a solid third-down back

2.08: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions
(pick made by Ben Morgan)

While the Lions are about as un-sexy of a team as you can imagine when considering actual football, keep in mind that Jared Goff is going to have to throw to someone, and with the Lions projected to be trailing more often than not in 2021, St. Brown may wind up being one of the more targeted rookie wide receivers in year one. I understand that we have to look outside of year one when it comes to determining actual value in dynasty, but St. Brown is more than capable of being the Lions’ long-term WR2 solution; they’ll just have to figure out who the WR1 is going to be next year. Regardless, I like St. Brown a lot in ’21, and his long-term production should definitely warrant a selection at 2.08

2.09: Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, New England Patriots
(pick made by DJ Premo)

I feel as if Sony Michel’s time is coming to an end and Bill Belichick is looking for his next battering-ram running back. Belichick loves his running backs cheap and enjoys running them into the ground while they are cheap. Stevenson will be a good flex option in your leagues as he will have the potential to score multiple touchdowns on any given Sunday

2.10: Kadarius Toney, WR, New York Giants
(pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)

Toney may not be the sexiest fantasy option out there (or so we think), but getting a first-round wide receiver at pick 2.10 feels like robbery. He’ll have a role right off the bat for the Giants and could potentially see the second-most targets on that team. Toney is going to be the steal of those rookie drafts if he falls this far

2.11: Mac Jones, QB, New England Patriots
(pick made by Ryan Miner)

Bill Belichick did it again. Gets his guy without even having to trade up for him. I love Jones’ mechanics and I don’t think we’ll be too far into the 2021 season before he’s starting. He proved at the Senior Bowl that he can perform without being surrounded by top-tier Alabama talent. This kid has the intelligence to succeed at the next level and Belichick will undoubtedly turn him into a QB that will once again frustrate us non-Patriots fans for years to come

2.12: Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
(pick made by Ben Morgan

I’ll bite and be the first to select a tight end not named Kyle Pitts. I wasn’t a huge Freiermuth fan heading into the NFL Draft, but I can’t complain about his landing spot as I think Pittsburgh is a great fit for him. Eric Ebron is the only current Steelers’ tight end that stands between Freiermuth and the field, and while I’m sure it’ll take a little while for Freiermuth to adapt to playing at the next level, I really like is long-term upside once Ebron is out of the picture

Round Three:

3.01: Tutu Atwell, WR, Los Angeles Rams
(pick made by DJ Premo)

I love the idea of Tutu more than I may actually love Tutu. I feel as if people are forgetting Matt Stafford is really good and he also plays QB for the Los Angeles Rams. He will have a specific role in this offense and I am hoping that role grows into a full blown Deebo Samuel type role

3.02: Dyami Brown, WR, Washington Football Team
(pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)

I’m probably the biggest Dyami fan out there… seriously, the guy is good. Real good. He’d be a lot higher on my rankings had he landed in a better spot, but it’s going to be hard to find any immediate production in Washington. Regardless, he’ll have a role and could develop into a great receiver for them within 2-3 years

3.03: Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers
(pick made by Ryan Miner)

There are going to be quite a few people that are surprised with how far Hubbard fell in both the NFL Draft and in this mock draft as this is the first time I’ve seen him last until the third round. Carolina is a great landing spot for a RB like Hubbard. The league is switching to more of a committee backfield, and being the No. 2 behind a stud like Christian McCaffrey could be a blessing as we saw last year during his injury-riddled season when Mike Davis was able to produce a few RB1 weeks. Hubbard will give McCaffrey a breather here and there, but in the third round, this is a lottery ticket worth grabbing

3.04: D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Seattle Seahawks
(pick made by Ben Morgan)

The 2021 class of wide receivers was relatively deep, and Eskridge going in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft should surprise nobody. On the surface, Seattle doesn’t seem like an ideal fit as the majority of targets will be given to DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, but you’re not typically going to land an alpha WR in the middle of the third round of a rookie draft. Eskridge has the opportunity to learn behind two of the best in the business, and he can be eased into the offense in year one. I labeled Eskridge is an “RPO slot catching machine” pre-draft, and as long as Russell Wilson is the team’s quarterback, this is a role Eskridge can continue to thrive in moving forward. As long as Wilson remains the team’s quarterback…

3.05: Nico Collins, WR, Houston Texans
(pick made by DJ Premo)

The Texans are in rebuild mode and someone has to take over as the top WR on this team. DeAndre Hopkins ain’t walking through that door any time soon. Collins is a huge body with good speed and has the talent to be a top WR in the league. Keep an eye out for this guy’s talent to shine through faster than expected

3.06: Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Tennessee Titans
(pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)

I’m not really that high on Fitzpatrick, but the Titans are, and he may have the best chance at being their WR2 as soon as this season. Outside of Josh Reynolds, there really is no competition for the #2 role. He’s got enough talent to make it happen and the Titans are thin enough at the position to where Dez could be this year’s Darnell Mooney

3.07: Josh Palmer, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
(pick made by Ryan Miner)

I’ll start by saying that I’m not as high on Palmer as the Chargers are after spending a third-round (77th overall) pick on him. He was moving up many NFL Draft boards as the draft inched closer following a solid week at the Senior Bowl; and now Justin Herbert adds another weapon to his arsenal in the form of the 6’1″, 210-pound Palmer

3.08: Tylan Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens
(pick made by Ben Morgan)

This selection is a combination of a player I like in a situation I don’t. Wallace possesses a unique skill set as a player, but I have my doubts when it comes to whether or not he’ll be able to maximize his talents in this Baltimore offense. Maybe Lamar Jackson and the Ravens’ passing offense takes a step forward in 2021, but I feel like I said the same thing about this team heading into the 2020 season. Either way, 3.08 isn’t bad value for Wallace in the event the Ravens’ passing offense does take a giant step forward

3.09: Brevin Jordan, TE, Houston Texans
(pick made by DJ Premo)

At this point it’s time to start taking shots in the dark. Jordan doesn’t have much competition at tight end in this Texans’ offense, so as long as he performs well in training camp and preseason he’ll have a role. The quarterback situation is a question mark but someone has to score points. Why not Jordan? This is another premium position so fantasy players need to take chances and hope their selection pops

3.10: Kellen Mond, QB, Minnesota Vikings
(pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)

It’s late enough in the draft to where I’m just shooting my shot on random guys. Mond is the favorite to be the next quarterback of the Vikings at this moment… and the Vikings have Justin Jefferson. I won’t lie, that’s literally my entire argument… but who cares, it’s pick 34

3.11: Tre’ McKitty, TE, Los Angeles Chargers
(pick made by Ryan Miner)

Jared Cook, Donald Parham and Stephen Anderson are all that are ahead of McKitty who was the best tight end this year at the Senior Bowl. He was projected as a day-three player who ended up going in the third round. His in-line blocking is what got him drafted, but the names ahead of him don’t scare me much as Cook is coming into the end of his career and Parham is just a name we were all hoping would pop. This is a dart throw at the end of the third round, and if you have a taxi squad, this player is worth putting drafting and stashing

3.12: Kyle Trask, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(pick made by Ben Morgan)

In the event Trask is truly given a fair shake to be Tom Brady’s successor, which I believe he will since the Bucs second-round draft capital on him, then taking a chance on him with the last pick in the third round of your rookie draft is a slam dunk. Sure, it might be the year 2035 before Brady hangs it up, but as long as Trask is still hanging around, he’ll be well equipped to be the Bucs’ next signal caller if he can soak up as much knowledge from Brady as possible. Keep in mind, Trask was famous in both high school and college for being a long-term backup, so this current role he finds himself in is nothing new to him

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