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Dynasty Rookie Draft Advice: Jalen McMillan, Johnny Wilson, Jamari Thrash (2024)

Dynasty Rookie Draft Advice: Jalen McMillan, Johnny Wilson, Jamari Thrash (2024)

The NFL offseason is nearly upon us. While others (and myself in the coming weeks) focus on 2024 way-too-early fantasy football rankings, 2024 free agency, and NFL team needs, let’s take a look ahead to the 2024 NFL draft and what it has to offer in terms of dynasty fantasy football talent.

Throughout the draft season, I’ll be delivering prospect overviews at every fantasy position to keep tabs on the top dynasty prospects. For those looking to dig deeper, check out the highly-coveted FantasyPros Dynasty Draft Kit and the fully-fledged 2024 NFL Draft Guide.

Be sure to check out all the individual 2024 NFL Draft prospect profiles for all positions written by FantasyPros’ Matthew Jones. I cross-referenced a lot of my player notes with Jones’ great scouting breakdowns of the WRs in this class.

Let’s dig into the top incoming rookie wide receivers for dynasty fantasy football leagues in 2024 to get familiar with names we will be overly obsessing about over the next three months. Here are my takeaways on all the top 2024 dynasty rookie draft wide receivers. Below we dive into a few notable names.

Top Dynasty Rookie Wide Receivers

Jamari Thrash (WR – Louisville)

Jamari Thrash posted a top-10 career dominator rating in his draft class at 24%. A lot of that can be attributed to his marquee 2022 season at Georgia State, where Thrash posted a 43% dominator rating with over 1,100 yards and 7 TDs on 62 catches. That single-season rating was the third-highest in the class.

The 6-foot-1 and 185-pound WR transferred to Louisville this past season and caught 62 passes for the second straight season with a 26% dominator rating to boot. The jump in competition did not slow down Thrasher, who has been producing since he turned 20 years old as a sophomore at Georgia State.

He tied a bow on his college career with a top-10 dominator rating in the class (24%). He’s an older prospect at 23 years old, but that might help him hit the ground running as he makes another competitive leap to the NFL.

Slippery after the catch and a savvy route runner are two of his most evident traits when you watch him on film.

He is particularly adept at gaining yards after the catch, using his quickness to evade defenders. His acceleration off the line of scrimmage and ability to change direction swiftly make him a challenging assignment for opposing defensive backs.

Jalen McMillan (WR – Washington)

Jalen McMillan broke out in his second season at Washington at 20 years old. 19% dominator rating set the stage for what was coming for him in 2022 when he had his best college season with 1,098 receiving yards and 9 TDs – good for a 25% dominator rating despite competing for targets with Rome Odunze and Ja’Lynn Polk.

Alas, he could not sustain that success into this past season as the No. 3 option in Washington’s pass attack. It won’t get easier to command targets at the next level. But the fact that McMillan showed he’s capable of rising to the occasion of elite target competition bodes well for him should he end up on a weak WR depth chart.

He played over 89% of the snaps from the slot over the last two seasons.

Odds are that one of McMillan or Polk will perform WELL above expectation at the next level, given how they likely hurt each other’s statistics the past two seasons with Washington.

Johnny Wilson (WR – Florida State)

At an imposing 6’7″ and weighing around 235 lbs, Johnny Wilson is a physical specimen who brings a unique set of attributes to the wide receiver position.

Wilson began his collegiate career at Arizona State before transferring to Florida State, where he truly flourished. His towering frame and catch radius made him a favorite target on contested catches. In his first season with the Seminoles, he racked up 43 receptions for 897 yards and five touchdowns for a 22% dominator rating, showcasing his ability as a constant threat to opposing defenses.

The big concern is his late breakout age of 21, which came in 2022. He posted a 22% dominator rating but took a step back this past season with just two TDs after Keon Coleman took over as the No. 1. Still, somebody will take a shot at his rare size, hoping they can recapture his 2022 form.

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