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Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft: 12-Team Superflex (2021 Fantasy Football)

by Matt Barbato | @realmattbarbato | Featured Writer
May 4, 2021

The 2021 NFL Draft is complete, which means it’s time to start thinking about your dynasty league’s upcoming rookie draft (you’re welcome for the reminder).

Obviously, projecting rookies is getting harder. Remember a year ago, when Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Henry Ruggs III were all fantasy favorites? As someone who drafted both, I remember those days quite fondly.

With that said, let’s dig into a 2021 rookie mock draft for a 12-team Superflex league. I’ll be walking you through five rounds and was randomly assigned the third pick.

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Pick 1.3: Trey Lance (QB – SF)
Since this is a Superflex league, I’m going to operate under the assumption that my team needs a long-term solution at quarterback. With Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields off the board, I turn to Lance. The North Dakota State product is really tough to project, and he likely won’t have much of an impact in Year 1.

It’s more likely that he’ll sit and learn behind Jimmy Garoppolo. But Lance’s long-term potential is why I chose him over Zach Wilson and Mac Jones. Lance is a dual-threat talent who will be groomed under Kyle Shanahan.

I’m willing to take the risk that Lance becomes a superstar in Shanahan’s system.

Pick 2.3: Michael Carter (RB – NYJ)
This year’s rookie running back class is pretty thin, so I’m happy to see that Carter is still on the board at this pick. While undersized, Carter runs hard and could be a good fit in New York’s outside zone run scheme that mimics what Shanahan runs in San Francisco.

Carter rushed for 1,245 yards while splitting carries with Javonte Williams at North Carolina. He also offers upside as a pass-catcher. The Jets don’t have much on their depth chart, so I’m willing to take a shot on Carter being the guy.

Pick 3.3: Pat Freiermuth (TE – PIT)
I considered going receiver here, but I would rather take the second-best tight end in this draft class. Freiermuth was overshadowed by Kyle Pitts, but he is no slouch. The Penn State product is a do-it-all tight end that can stretch the field at 6-foot-5, 251 pounds.

Freiermuth probably won’t deliver a ton of value right away, but I like his odds of becoming a top-12 option going forward.

Pick 4.3: Anthony Schwartz (WR – CLE)
Finally, a receiver. I’m taking a stab on Schwartz because of his elite speed. Schwartz can run past anybody and could be an interesting deep threat in Cleveland’s passing game. If he can refine his technique and route running, he could turn out to be an excellent flyer down the road.

Pick 5.3: Jonathan Adams Jr. (WR – DET)
This will probably be a recurring theme throughout the spring and summer. If Adams is on the board in the last round of my rookie drafts, I’m taking him. Adams was a beast at Arkansas State — he caught 79 passes for 1,111 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is a highlight waiting to happen.

Adams went undrafted but quickly signed with the Detroit Lions. And have you seen the Lions receiving depth chart? Its current starters are Breshad Perriman, Tyrell Williams and Kalif Raymond.

Sure, the Lions took Amon-Ra St. Brown in Round 4. I don’t care. I’m taking the flyer on Adams, who I expect to earn a roster spot and see the field as a rookie.

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