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16 Dynasty Rookie Draft Prospects to Know: Wide Receivers (2024 Fantasy Football)

16 Dynasty Rookie Draft Prospects to Know: Wide Receivers (2024 Fantasy Football)

The fantasy football season has come to an end, but that doesn’t mean the NFL stops. Of course, we have the NFL Playoffs to enjoy, but it’s also time to start getting excited for the 2024 NFL Draft. Dynasty fantasy football managers and redraft players alike can dive into the upcoming class of fantasy football rookies to prepare for the 2024 NFL season. We’ll take a look at players to know from the 2024 NFL Draft class.

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Dynasty Rookie Draft Prospects

Marvin Harrison Jr. (WR – Ohio State)

One of the most complete wide receiver prospects in years, his combination of size, length, speed, route-running savvy, flexibility, and body control should make him an elite number-one receiver at the pro level. Should go into the draft as the unquestioned top receiver, and it looks like he’s poised to hear his name called within the first three picks or so.

Malik Nabers (WR – LSU)

A fast, explosive receiver who’s made himself a ton of money this season, primarily because of his ability to generate consistent separation downfield on slot fades and double-moves from the outside. As a result, teams often gave him big cushions to work underneath, and he was able to take advantage of those with curls and other underneath routes. Clearly has some special traits, but will probably need to continue diversifying his route tree in order to replicate that success in the pros. Looks poised to be one of the top three or so receivers off the board on draft day, and a likely first-rounder.

Rome Odunze (WR – Washington)

A likely first-round pick who has established himself as one of the top wide receivers in college football, combining a big frame, solid speed, impressive flexibility, very good body control, and a highly-reliable pair of hands. Makes difficult fades and back-shoulder throws look easy, and should be a very difficult matchup in man coverage at the next level. Likely to be one of the first receivers off the board on draft day, even in a relatively deep class.

Keon Coleman (WR – Florida State)

A somewhat difficult evaluation in that his actual game-to-game production has been relatively inconsistent, and he doesn’t generate consistent separation because of some route-running inefficiencies, but he has a huge frame and makes truly incredible highlight-reel grabs. Has number-one receiver upside, so someone will probably take a chance on him in the first round.

Emeka Egbuka (WR – Ohio State)

Another highly-polished Buckeyes receiver prospect, his excellent combination of acceleration, quickness, route-running savvy, hands and toughness should make him a highly reliable pro receiver. Likely would have been a first-round lock had he stayed healthy this year, but still stands a solid chance of going there if everything checks out during the pre-draft process. Not quite the physical freak some other receiver prospects are, but is more pro-ready.

Xavier Legette (WR – South Carolina)

A huge, galloping receiver with excellent power, impressive ball skills, and legitimate home-run-hitting speed when he finds a lane, he’s been one of the biggest surprises of the 2023 season at his position. Rare physical traits could draw some comparisons to players like D.K. Metcalf, and cause him to get consideration in the first round, despite being something of a one-year wonder at the college level.

Xavier Worthy (WR – Texas)

A very exciting wide receiver who has some serious speed, flexibility, and agility to his game, allowing him to threaten all three levels of the field, create separation with his routes, and make defenders miss in the open. He’s done a little bit of everything in school, being used in different ways in each of his three seasons with the Longhorns, so versatility should be a major selling point as well. May never be the strongest receiver or the most reliable pair of hands, but should be able to offer teams a dynamic element.

Adonai Mitchell (WR – Texas)

A tall receiver who shows good flexibility and attention to detail as a route-runner, looking a bit savvier than anticipated considering he missed most of his sophomore season with injury. He was able to successfully create separation downfield on a number of occasions during the games reviewed, as he sells fakes, sinks his hips, and has impressive agility to stack defenders. Assuming teams are confident in his medicals, should be off the board no later than the second round or so.

Brian Thomas Jr. (WR – LSU)

A legitimate deep threat with a huge frame and impressive flexibility and elusiveness, he could establish himself as a dynamic starting split end at the pro level. Will need to continue adding functional strength and diversify his route tree, but the favorable developmental trajectory he’s shown and the fact that he already possesses translatable skills should earn him a spot in the second round or so.

Ja’Lynn Polk (WR – Washington)

A big, well-built receiver who has shown his versatility in terms of where he aligns and what types of routes he runs. Overall, his bread and butter is his ability to use his size, length, and strength to attack throws and come down with tough catches in traffic. There may be some faster, quicker guys in the class, and some better technicians, but he’s also shown the ability to generate separation. Even though this is a relatively deep wide receiver class, appears likely to come off the board some time on the second day following a breakout 2023 campaign.

Troy Franklin (WR – Oregon)

A tall, lanky receiver with very good flexibility and solid speed, he makes good adjustments to the ball and provides a relatively big target for his quarterback. However, his thin frame, lack of ideal functional strength, and relatively basic route-running may make it difficult for him to make as immediate an impact as some of the other receiver prospects in the class. Early on in his career, will probably be used as a deep threat and goal-line option as he builds strength and refines his game. Production and tools should get him into the second day.

Devontez Walker (WR – North Carolina)

A big, long-striding deep threat with very good speed and the ability to break and elude tackles in space. He’ll probably have to continue polishing his route-running skills and cut down on his drops, but his dynamic athleticism fits well in the modern game, so it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he went somewhere on the second day as a big-play threat for an aggressive team that likes to attack downfield.

Malachi Corley (WR – Western Kentucky)

A violent bowling-ball of a slot receiver, whose compact build and tough, physical style of play led the team to work in a ton of screens and jet sweeps to get him the ball and let him bully defensive backs. Not the biggest, fastest, or most flexible receiver, but one who teams could fall in love with because of the nastiness that he brings. Will have to diversify his route tree at the next level, but high-end production over the past few years could get him into the second day.

Brenden Rice (WR – USC)

A big and strong target who runs clean routes and has the power and aggressiveness at the catch point to win over the top and near the goal line, but whose production often came in spurts. He has a strong pair of hands, and could provide a safety blanket for quarterbacks because of his wide radius. Stands a pretty good chance of sneaking into the second day because of his bloodlines and tools, although it wouldn’t be a total surprise if he lasted until the early third day.

Johnny Wilson (WR – Florida State)

A huge target with the type of game you may expect given his physical profile. He may not be the fastest, quickest, or most explosive receiver, but his releases and effective route-running allowed him to create some effective throwing lanes in school. Improving his concentration and cutting down on focus drops will be important. Could sneak into the second day because of his rare size, but in a relatively loaded receiver class, could slip to the third day if he doesn’t test well.

Jacob Cowing (WR – Arizona)

A productive, savvy slot receiver who has the speed, quickness, and savvy to contribute in that capacity as a pro, and who is a little bit more dynamic than your typical slot target. In a deep receiver class, could slip to the third day, but represents a relatively safe selection at the position.

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