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Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft: 10-Team, Superflex (2023 Fantasy Football)

Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft: 10-Team, Superflex (2023 Fantasy Football)

It’s never too early to start thinking about the next fantasy football season, especially if you play in a dynasty league. As the NFL playoffs dwindle down, NFL Draft season ramps up. Whether you were tanking in 2022 or took home the title, it’s time to turn the page to 2023 and our upcoming rookie drafts.

Obviously, draft stocks change with the wind, and we haven’t even gotten to the NFL Combine yet, the unofficial start of draft mania. But, as I said earlier, it’s never too early to start prepping. The best drafters are often the most prepared.

2023 NFL Draft Guide: Prospect Rankings & Player Profiles

Dynasty Rookie Superflex Mock Draft

Here’s a mock draft of the first round for a 10-team Superflex rookie draft.

Pick 1.01: CJ Stroud (QB – Ohio State)

This is a Superflex format, so I’m assuming quarterback is the greatest need for any team picking first overall. If that’s not the case, then you can definitely go with Texas RB Bijan Robinson as the top choice.

I’m also going against the grain in taking Stroud over Alabama’s Bryce Young. While Young may be the safer prospect, there are concerns regarding his size at the next level, as he stands at just 6 feet, 194 pounds. Stroud is three inches and nearly 30 pounds thicker than Young. And Stroud seems to have a higher ceiling as a prospect. Just watch his incredible performance against Georgia in the College Football Playoff for evidence of what Stroud can become at the next level.

We’re probably splitting hairs between the top two passers in this class. But when it’s this close, I always side with the player who offers more upside.

Pick 1.02: Bryce Young (QB – Alabama)

The 2021 Heisman Trophy winner is an awfully exciting prospect because of his feel for the pocket. And if you’d prefer Young’s natural feel over Stroud’s natural talent, I totally get it. The questions regarding his size are valid. But if Young can learn how to evade NFL pass rushers, then he could develop into a true franchise passer.

Pick 1.03: Bijan Robinson (RB – Texas)

I think there’s actually a decent-sized gap between the top two QBs and the third-best, Kentucky’s Will Levis. Robinson is deemed as close to a slam dunk of a prospect as there is. He offers a three-down ability and is classified as a generational talent. Despite all of that, I disagree with the notion that he should go first overall in a Superflex format.

Robinson’s landing spot will also be critical, as it’ll dictate how much of an impact he makes during his rookie campaign. Mel Kiper sent him to the Cowboys in his inaugural mock draft. Wouldn’t that be fun?

Pick 1.04: Jaxon Smith-Njigba (WR – Ohio State)

Here I am going against the grain again! But it’s January, folks, and opinions can change. I fell in love with Smith-Njigba during the 2021 campaign, in which he caught 95 balls for 1,606 yards and nine touchdowns. The 2022 campaign didn’t go as planned due to injuries. But I still believe he’s the top receiver prospect in this draft.

Pick 1.05: Will Levis (QB  Kentucky)

Levis is the total wild card of this draft. He’s got incredible arm talent to match with some really bad decision-making. But there’s a team out there who will take the chance and make him the third quarterback taken in this draft. And while I’d personally struggle with taking Levis this high, I know he’ll probably go this high in most Superflex leagues.

Pick 1.06: Jahmyr Gibbs (RB – Alabama)

Gibbs is a swift, three-down back who could make an immediate impact at the next level. He’s not quite on the level of Robinson, but he’s not that far off, either.

Pick 1.07: Quentin Johnston (WR – TCU)

Johnston screams Mike Evans-light to me. He’s a 6-4 215-pound monster who could wreak havoc in the red zone and on contested catches. He’s not the smoothest route runner at this stage of his career, but he could be a matchup nightmare if he grows in that area.

Pick 1.08: Jordan Addison (WR – USC)

Addison’s another guy who knows how to get open, and he offers versatility on the outside or in the slot. He can separate in the short field or use his speed to break big plays downfield. If you’re into production, just look at Addison’s 2021 campaign at Pitt.

Pick 1.09: Anthony Richardson (QB – Florida)

If I described Levis as a wild card, then I have no idea how to describe Richardson. In a Superflex league, Richardson will likely get pushed up into this range as there’s a serious dropoff after him. Richardson is an elite athlete with a great arm. The rest is totally unknown. Accuracy and decision-making are enormous questions. If he finds a team that can develop him, the sky is the limit.

Pick 1.10: Michael Mayer (TE – Notre Dame)

Mayer is the lead prospect in what’s actually a relatively deep tight end class. He’s got field-stretching ability and has a pretty safe profile. The tight end position is a dumpster fire in fantasy football, but perhaps Mayer can serve as a beacon of hope in the right landing spot.

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