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2024 NFL Draft Prospects: Brian Thomas Jr., Troy Franklin, Xavier Worthy, Adonai Mitchell

2024 NFL Draft Prospects: Brian Thomas Jr., Troy Franklin, Xavier Worthy, Adonai Mitchell

It’s officially rookie prospect season, so it is time to dive into our favorite landing spots for some of the most talented incoming rookies. Of course, a lot can change with the combine coming in the next few days, as well as the NFL draft giving us the context we need to complete prospect profiles like draft capital and, to a lesser degree, team landing spot.

Until then, we can project the best teams for a few players projected to go in the first round of SuperFlex rookie drafts.

2024 NFL Draft Guide

Perfect NFL Draft Landing Spots for Fantasy Football

Brian Thomas Jr. (WR – LSU) to the Jacksonville Jaguars

Brian Thomas Jr. had just under 1,200 yards and 17 TDs. No, that’s not a typo. It was a true breakout season for the Tiger. If he develops his route running and can run a more complete route tree at the NFL level, he can do a lot of damage in the deep and intermediate areas of the field. My player comp for Thomas Jr. is 2023 breakout, WR Nico Collins.

He has alpha wide receiver upside. Pairing him with Trevor Lawrence and a team that will likely be without Calvin Ridley in 2024 could mean immediate opportunity for fantasy managers. If he were to land with the Jaguars, he could bring some FLEX appeal in year one with the potential to pay dividends in the fantasy playoffs. In 1QB leagues, dynasty managers can expect to pay as high as the rookie 1.04 to acquire him, but the juice is worth the squeeze.

Troy Franklin (WR – Oregon) to the Kansas City Chiefs

Speed is the name of the game for Troy Franklin. When breaking down his tape, you see the vertical speed, but he also displays impressive short-area quickness for a player measuring around 6’3. He is a high IQ player who, while he has room to grow, displays good route running. His most significant question marks lie in his ability in contested catch situations and, with his slighter frame, how he will deal with NFL-caliber DBs when he can’t beat them in a track race.

In a perfect world, he is a Kansas City Chief. This would allow Franklin to move around the formation while improving his play strength. Mahomes can help to fill the gaps in Franklin’s profile while he develops. He should impress at the combine, and if the Chiefs do select him, he has a chance to jump to the WR3/4 on some draft boards. While the talent is evident, moving him above a prospect like Rome Odunze based on his landing spot would be a mistake. Franklin will have a top-15 dynasty WR in his range of outcomes, and he will realize that sooner rather than later if he finds a home in Kansas City.

Xavier Worthy (WR – Texas) to the Buffalo Bills

Xavier Worthy is a fun prospect and maybe the fastest player in the class. He profiles as a solid WR2 in the NFL right now, but if he can improve some of his functional strength, he could join rarified air with his playmaking ability. Giving Josh Allen another talented pass catcher like Worthy, whether Stefon Diggs remains a Bill or not, would be a big win for both players.

Worthy could be used in ways that highlight his versatility in Buffalo. Worthy could highlight his underrated route-running ability and wouldn’t be forced to exclusively play the X receiver role. For Dynasty purposes, a late first-round pick is a perfect value, and for the time being, he is a low-end WR2 in the Dynasty WR16-24 range if he were to hit his ceiling.

Adonai Mitchell (WR – Texas) to the New York Giants

Adonai (AD) Mitchell may be one of the more under-the-radar WR prospects in this class with Alpha WR upside. Mitchell has a big frame and plays to his size. He has an incredible catch radius and surprisingly hip mobility when running routes. An underrated part of his game is his ability to accelerate and decelerate. Mitchell can line up outside or in the slot at the NFL level. The Giants present a massive opportunity for Mitchell. He should be able to fill the WR1 role for this offense immediately.

Mitchell profiles as a raw Tee Higgins with his frame and play style, and while I would expect some growing pains between never having to play the lead role in college and navigating Daniel Jones as his quarterback, AD should find plenty of opportunity. Mitchell is more of a wait-and-see option in redraft leagues, but in Dynasty formats, he can bring value to your roster during bye weeks and late season in 2024. More importantly, he carries top-20 upside as the go-to option in New York.

2024 NFL Mock Drafts

Here are a few early predictions for the 2024 NFL Draft. We’ll continue to add our 2024 NFL Mock Drafts leading up to the start of Round 1.

2024 NFL Draft Coverage

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