Ever since the end of the 2020 NFL regular season, it’s been non-stop rookie talk for me. I’ve done countless rookie mock drafts, NFL mock drafts, Dynasty podcasts, etc. and my thoughts on these players can be found anywhere that you want to search for them.
While it’s important for me to get my thoughts out there for everyone to consume to help formulate their own thoughts, there’s also tremendous benefit in hearing how other people view these prospects. There are countless others in the fantasy football space that do in-depth analysis on the incoming draft class whose opinions I truly value and trust. It’s always an important exercise to look for multiple people’s opinions and thoughts, gather them, dissect them, and then build your own conclusions off of that information. With that in mind, I wanted to press pause and give everyone a break from my thoughts on these players and instead gather the best and the brightest in the Dynasty community.
Each one of the analysts listed below are incredibly gifted at what they do and I place a high amount of emphasis on what they say. If any of these analysts disagree with my take on a prospect, I’m sitting down and taking another look at what I may have missed and re-evaluating my process.
As we near the NFL Draft, that means we’re nearing Dynasty rookie draft time. The time where you’ll have to make the decision when you’re on the clock on who you’re going to bring onto your roster. Who should you maybe think about taking when you’re up though?
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It’s probably a wise decision to let some of the best analysts out there fill you in.
The “Best In The Business”
1.01 – Javonte Williams (RB – North Carolina)
“I can already hear you saying, ‘why didn’t you take Najee?!’ To say I wasn’t tempted to just go chalk would be a lie, but I have to be true to my scouting process and the truth of the matter is that without landing spots and draft capital, Javonte Williams is the more impressive back. Williams is a true 3-down back and is truly good – or great – in almost every area of his game with the exception of top-end speed. He broke records for many PFF metrics including broken tackles per attempt at .48. The combination of his vision, contact balance, and raw strength will be giving defenses fits at the next level.” – Garret Price
1.02 – Travis Etienne (RB – Clemson)
“Najee Harris is the safe pick, but it seems Etienne is destined for Top-50 draft capital and has a good shot of being drafted in the first round. With outside zone teams like the Steelers and Cardinals interested in Etienne, the sky is the limit for his potential. Bulking up to 215 while keeping 4.4 speed is also a nice indicator of potential elite talent/production. Either Harris or Etienne at the 1.02 would have made me very happy!” – Shane P. Hallam
1.03 – Najee Harris (RB – Alabama)
Najee Harris is one the most complete running backs in this 2021 class. While his power and strength are at the forefront of his vast skillset, his agility, shiftiness, and receiving prowess should not be overlooked. From a production standpoint, Harris had to wait a couple of years before taking over the Alabama backfield. Regardless, his final two years were absolutely impressive. In those two seasons, he accounted for 77.1% of the team’s RB production for a total of 2,690 scrimmage yards and 50 (!!) touchdowns. In addition, Harris also showcased his three-down ability, improving his receiving yards market share from 7% to 9% in his Senior year. At the next level, Harris clearly profiles as a dual threat RB. And considering the high draft capital that will likely be tied to his NFL career, expect him to be an immediate fantasy contributor for dynasty managers.” – Marvin Elequin
1.04 – Ja’Marr Chase (WR – LSU)
“The well-rounded wideout from LSU demolished SEC and NCAA records while leading the Tigers to their 2019 national championship. He is an impressively well-rounded wideout. Chase has some of the stickiest hands in the draft, is a tremendous athlete, dominates in contested catch situations, and demonstrates great long speed that will help him produce along the boundary at the next level. His versatile skillset helps him be nearly landing spot proof; he will produce right away for both an NFL franchise and your fantasy football roster.” – Matt Hicks
1.05 – Devonta Smith (WR – Alabama)
“It was no surprise to see Devonta Smith put together a Heisman winning season and dominate college football in 2020. He was the best wide receiver on the stacked Alabama team in 2019 too, with the likes of Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs, both first-round draft picks. Smith won every wide receiver award in 2020: AP Player of the Year, Fred Biletnikoff Award, SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Walter Camp Player of the Year, Maxwell Award, first-team All-American, and the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy since 1991. There isn’t much to not like about Smith’s game. He’s able to win at the line of scrimmage with a combination of different moves that allows him to create separation for his quarterback. His long arms and soft hands allow him to catch the ball whether the throw is off-target or not. He’s extremely dangerous after the catch too. He is NFL ready now and I have no doubt he can be the alpha wide receiver for whichever team selects him. He is my WR1 in this draft class, so selecting him at 1.05 was an easy decision.” – Jared Wackerly
1.06 – Kyle Pitts (TE – Florida)
“Kyle Pitts could one day be wearing a Gold Jacket. Pitts is a true matchup nightmare who can win at all three levels and succeed wherever you line him up offensively. He is a diverse and skilled mover at 6’6/245lbs and will soon be the focal point of whichever offense is fortunate enough to select him this spring. He is a top-2 overall prospect in this talented 2021 class and should be a high-end producer for the next decade. Also, don’t be surprised when he runs sub 4.50 at his March 31st Pro-Day.” – Brandon Angelo
1.07 – Rashod Bateman (WR – Minnesota)
“Rashod Bateman is a top receiver in this class, but many people will not see the flash as some of the other guys in this draft. Bateman has a terrific blend of size and speed paired with great route running and quick releases off the line of scrimmage. Bateman will be a terrific addition to any team that is looking for a top receiver. Not only can he stretch the field, but he can also attack the middle of the field. Bateman is a prospect that would fit on any team in the NFL, which goes to show how versatile he is at such an important position.” – Kane Fossell
1.08 – Kadarius Toney (WR – Florida)
“Before his final season at Florida, Toney was just an athlete who happened to play wide receiver. But in 2020 he transformed his game to that of a full-time slot player who was dangerous with the ball in his hands. Toney still has much to learn with the nuances of route running, but you simply cannot teach that speed, explosiveness and most importantly balance. Because of that, he’ll be tempting as a player coaches want to find creative ways to get the ball in his hands.” – Trevor Sikkema
1.09 – Rondale Moore (WR – Purdue)
“Character and work ethic are question marks on prospects. I had a personal conversation with his college position coach and I have now safely checked both of those boxes. Moore has transformed his body into being a great athlete that should be able to run in the 4.3 range for a 40 yard dash. But also his strength to help with burst, breaking tackles and balance on the field. Moore was utilized all over the field at Purdue, which adds value to an NFL team. He’s a threat in the open field, but also performs well in traffic, which isn’t common for smaller WRs. He shows flashes of hands catching and route running that provide hope for him becoming a complete WR at the next level. The negatives on Moore are height and short ADOT (Average Depth of Target), but I’m hopeful he can overcome them.” – Nick Whalen
1.10 – Jaylen Waddle (WR – Alabama)
“The sheer, raw athleticism of Jaylen Waddle jumps off the screen as soon as you turn on the film. There’s no denying that he offers one of the most unique, exciting blends of upside and production of any wide receiver in the class. On one hand, he never truly broke out in an Alabama wide receiver room stocked with NFL-caliber talent. An ankle injury derailed his final season for the Crimson Tide but in his four games, he averaged 139 yards per game and never caught less than five receptions. His game-adjusted dominator rating settled in at 36%, and his yards per team pass attempt numbers ended up in the 99th percentile. If there was ever a player with a similar skill set to become the next Tyreek Hill, I truly believe that Waddle is that player. Shout out to Travis May over at RotoViz for the data!” – Sam Wallace
1.11 – Elijah Moore (WR – Ole Miss)
“When most people think about the most explosive wide receivers in the 2021 NFL Draft class, you don’t often hear Ole Miss Junior Elijah Moore‘s named mentioned with the top guys, but make no mistake about it; he is. As a freshman, Moore shared a field with Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks stars A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf; and more than held his own. This past season Moore lit the college football world on fire with his dominating performances week in and week out. Moore had three games over 200 receiving yards doing it all from the slot in dominating fashion. Moore will not play on the outside at the next level, but he could be one of the more dangerous slot options in this class and make an immediate impact on an NFL roster from day one.” – Ray Garvin
1.12 – Terrace Marshall (WR – LSU)
“Terrace Marshall is the forgotten man out of LSU with Ja’Marr Chase leading the pack, but he’s still well-deserving of some hype. Though he played just seven of LSU’s ten games on the season, he still managed to lead the team with 48 receptions and ten touchdowns, finishing just four yards shy of leading the team in receiving yards behind Kayshon Boutte. Marshall’s 6’0 and 200 pound frame paired with speed gives him the ‘umph’ to win at the point of the catch. He’s still got room to grow in terms of refining his game at the next level, but his athleticism leaves the ceiling high enough to make me intrigued. Marshall enters the draft with a 46.5% dominator rating and breakout age of 19.2 – each ranking above the 85th percentile – though it’s worth noting that the lack of other playmakers at LSU in 2020 did contribute some to his statistical dominance.” – Kate Magdziuk
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