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Expert Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft (Fantasy Football)

by Kyle Yates | @KyleYNFL | Featured Writer
Mar 19, 2020

While the rest of the sports world has come to a screeching halt, the NFL continues to churn forward.

Free Agency has been crazier than expected, the NFL Draft is still progressing (albeit in different ways than we anticipated), and Dynasty owners are chomping at the bit as we await the landing spots of these incoming CFB stars. While we wait to find out where players like Jerry Jeudy, Jonathan Taylor, and CeeDee Lamb are headed, it’s always fun to sit back and evaluate these players from a talent perspective before the draft.

There are some Dynasty rosters that have absolutely loaded up with rookie picks and I’m sure there’s curiosity to find out exactly who they could get with those picks.

A couple of weeks ago, I gathered some of the best in the business to go through an Expert Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft (One Round). A lot of these guys have spent countless hours watching tape on these prospects and I respect each of their opinions greatly. If you don’t follow them on Twitter yet, go remedy that right now before continuing reading. These guys are some of my favorite follows and consistently crank out great content.

The “Best In The Business”

Note: One Round Rookie Mock Draft – 1QB Format.

The Draft

1.01 – Jerry Jeudy (WR – Alabama)

I’m going to take some heat for this one, as many would surely take RBs like Taylor or Swift at #1, and while that may be my move once we see landing spots, there is just too much that can go wrong. For instance, Derrius Guice saw his stock plummet when Washington drafted him, plus the position is much more injury prone. If I get an elite route-runner like Jeudy, he should help my fantasy team for at least five years and perhaps 10. And yes, I still like him more than CeeDee and Ruggs III. My comp for Jeudy is Adam Thielen with upside for more.” – (Bobby Sylvester, FantasyPros)

1.02 – CeeDee Lamb (WR – Oklahoma)

I love to build my team with quality wide receivers. The longevity of the position is much greater than running backs, which is why I chose to go Lamb over Swift or any of the other top running backs in this class. Lamb is about as scheme versatile as you can be for a wide receiver. He’ll succeed against press coverage and will torch off coverage. I really like what he can do when he has the ball in his hands. He takes simple routes and turns them into big gains. His release is phenomenal and tough beat. His hands are strong and he has tremendous body control. Give me the almost sure thing at 1.02.” – (Zack Thomas, The Dynasty Draft Room)

1.03 – Jonathan Taylor (RB – Wisconsin)

The best pure running back in this class. At 5’10” 226 Taylor blazed a 4.39 at the NFL scouting combine. Before he tore up the track he became the 6th all-time leading rusher in NCAA history in only 3 seasons. The others ahead of him played all 4 years. Taylor is a size/speed specimen that will have instant value in dynasty leagues. Even if I’m weary of running backs, give me the guy that provides immediate value and I can trade him for a kings ransoms after year 3 and his 3 straight 1000 yard season in the NFL. Jonathan Taylor at 1.03 in a single QB league is an absolute steal.” – (Ray Garvin, Destination Devy/DLF)

1.04 – D’Andre Swift (RB – Georgia)

D’Andre Swift is an electric playmaker that has the skillset to power through the tackles, burst into the second level, and catch passes like a seasoned wideout. He posted back to back seasons with at least 1,000 yards at the University of Georgia despite averaging just 180 carries over the course of those two seasons. He also caught 73 receptions for 666 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns for the bulldogs. It is also worth considering that Swift, playing against SEC defenses weekly, has produced against the best defenses in the country. His dynamic skillset and production at Georgia suggest he will make an impact early in both the rushing and passing game of his future NFL team and for your fantasy football rosters. He is the perfect addition to a roster that needs an immediate infusion of talent, making him a tremendous value at 1.04.” – (Matt Hicks, The Dynasty Draft Room)

1.05 – J.K. Dobbins (RB – Ohio State)

Currently, Dobbins is one of the best values in rookie drafts. With him not participating in the combine drill, many people are moving up as many as 4 running back ahead of him. In reality, he should be a lock within the top 3 and I currently have him neck and neck with Swift as my RB1. He could also end up being one of the top back taken in the NFL Draft. With a legit 3 down skill set, good production and and high draft capital, Dobbins will be poised to be one of the breakout players in fantasy for the 2020 season.” – (Garret Price, Dynasty Nerds)

1.06 – Justin Jefferson (WR – LSU)

Justin Jefferson is one of my favorite WRs in this class. He has the skillset to step in and contribute right away, which helps me pull the trigger here at 1.06. While I do have Henry Ruggs graded higher, I believe that his value in rookie drafts is perceived differently and that I can get him later on if I really wanted to via a trade up, etc. Jefferson’s a separation artist and will be a top-tier addition for my Dynasty roster right away.” – (Kyle Yates, FantasyPros)

1.07 – Cam Akers (RB – Florida State)

Cam Akers came to Florida State as one of the top running back recruits in the country and in his Freshman year he did not disappoint wort 1,141 total yards with eight touchdowns. Since then his production has been inconsistent due to the FSU program falling on hard times due mostly to their poor offensive line and quarterback play, in addition to coaching. While Akers numbers struggled as a Sophomore with only 851 total yards and eight touchdowns he bounced back in a big way with 1,369 total yards and 18 TD this year even as his surrounding cast continued to struggle. Akers is a true three down back with an ideal size and frame at 5’10” and 217 lbs to handle a full workload. He has very good to great athleticism which he displayed not only on the field over the last three seasons but also at the NFL Combine when he ran a 4.47 40 yard dash, a vertical jump of 35.5″ and a broad jump of 10’2″. On the field Akers shows very good to great speed, acceleration, burst and lateral quickness to be a big play threat anytime he touches and has open space. He runs with good to very good contact balance, physicality and finishing ability which allows him to run through contact or break tackles and pick up additional yards. Akers displays great footwork, with very good elusiveness and cutting ability to make people miss in the open field or behind the line of scrimmage when his blocking is poor. In addition to his overall running skills, Akers is one of the top pass catching running backs in the draft class. He can be a factor in the receiving game as he has the skill set to not only be used on screens or check downs but on wheel routes, angle routes or even used at times in the slot. While there is a lot to really like about his game already he is still developing as he is relatively new to the position as he played quarterback in high school. That overall inexperience plus the poor Offensive Line he played behind sometimes led to inconsistent vision or patience to allow his blocks to develop at the college level. I see that improving as well at the NFL level. I expect Akers to be selected in the Top 60 picks of the NFL Draft and would not be stunned if he goes earlier than some of the other running backs the consensus has rated higher than him. With the draft capital I believe he will have, plus his overall skill level and the ability to impact the game as both a runner and receiver, I think he has fantasy RB2 potential and in right landing spot possibly even RB1 upside in the right landing spot.” – (Paul Perdichizzi, Saturday2Sunday Football)

1.08 – Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB – LSU)

Drawing comparisons to backs like Maurice Jones-Drew and Devonta Freeman, it doesn’t take long to get a feel for Clyde Edwards-Helaire‘s game. He’s a well-rounded back who runs with power but also has the burst and agility to break tackles. Edwards-Helaire is also an excellent pass-catcher, giving a boost to his fantasy value. Because of that though, he was initally viewed as a third-down type back only, though most seem to be letting go of that idea and treating Edwards-Helaire as a potential every-down player. Some were disappointed by his 4.6 40 time at the Combine, but that is a more than respectable time for a player like him. Expected to come off the board in the second round, Edwards-Helaire will make for a very solid mid-round pick and could climb even higher with a nice landing spot. I’ve heard him linked to the Steelers multiple times.” – (Ryan McDowell, DLF)

1.09 – Tee Higgins (WR – Clemson)

Not participating at the combine has dropped Higgins ranking for some, but it shouldn’t. He’s a very polished for a big WR and just ran a 4.43 40 yard dash at his Pro Day. Higgins shows good technique in his route running and can also be physical to create separation. He’s a very safe investment with a high floor, but also a good ceiling as well.” – (Nick Whalen, 4for4/Dynasty Nerds)

Editor’s Note: Tee Higgins ran an unofficial 4.43 at the time of writing, but it later came out that he ran a 4.54 official 40-yard dash.

1.10 – Jalen Reagor (WR – TCU)

Jalen Reagor is a player that gamers should be getting excited about. Even moreso if they’re able to snag him at the 1.10 like I just did in this mock. Reagor broke out at age 18, surpassing the required threshold of 20% of TCUs rec production, to qualify as one of the most analytically sound prospects in this class. Although the raw statistics wont show it, his entire profiel from a numbers perspective is as strong as they come. Despite an underwhelming combine performance, Reagor should be valued as his production over his 3 years with the Horned Frogs. And that production suggests he’s a lock to assert himself as a fringe WR1 at worst in the NFL. As mentioned earlier, getting him here is an absolute steal.” – (Jesse Reeves, RotoUnderworld)

1.11 – Denzel Mims (WR – Baylor)

Denzel Mims has garnered a lot of well-deserved hype since destroying the combine a few weeks ago. Per Playerprofiler.com, Mims scored 90th percentile or better in his 40-yard dash (4.38, 96th), speed (115.6, 96th), and burst (131, 90th). Mims has proven that he can win both as an outside wide receiver and as a deep ball threat. Over his last three collegiate seasons, Mims played in the slot on only 0.04 percent of his snaps. From 2017-2019 among 162 players with 100 or more receptions, Mims ranked 27th in yards per reception (15.9) and fifth in touchdowns (28). Mims has both the elite athleticism and production profile that promise future NFL domination. Mims will be available at the tail end of the first round in many rookie drafts, and at this spot, he is an easy auto-pick.” – (Derek Brown, Fantasy Data)

1.12 – Henry Ruggs (WR – Alabama)

Henry Ruggs has become one of the most polarizing prospects in this year’s class. He never technically “broke out” from a production profile standpoint. And it’s true that he was essentially the WR3 on his own team last year at Alabama. However, unless something changes Ruggs is going to be drafted highly. If that happens then early opportunity is almost a lock. Despite the putrid production profile and negative player pools he falls within from an analytics standpoint, Ruggs is going to be hard to pass on at the end of round one.” – (Travis May, Rotoviz)

 


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Kyle Yates is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Kyle, check out his archive and follow him @KyleYNFL.

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