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Dynasty Rookie Draft Advice: Malachi Corley, Ladd McConkey, Roman Wilson (2024)

Dynasty Rookie Draft Advice: Malachi Corley, Ladd McConkey, Roman Wilson (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

Malachi Corley (WR – Western Kentucky)

Malachi Corley enjoyed multiple seasons of productivity at Western Kentucky, capped off with dominator ratings of 26% and 27% the last two seasons, with 11 receiving TDs in both years.

The former Hilltopper measures in at 5-foot-11 and 210 pounds but saw a lot of his production come through manufactured touches. Corley’s calling card is using his thick frame to create yards-after-catch (YAC), using his agility and vision to navigate through defenses and extend plays. He finished second in the FBS in yards after the catch in 2023.

Ladd McConkey (WR – Georgia)

Concerns are his late breakout age at 21 years old. But it was in his third season as a redshirt sophomore when he totaled 762 receiving yards and seven scores en route to a 20% dominator rating. Standing at 6’0″ and weighing 185 lbs, Ladd McConkey’s agility and football IQ have made him a crucial asset for the Bulldogs’ offense.

He missed time in his final year at Georgia with injuries, which hurt his final counting stats. But he was still efficient, finishing 8th in the nation in yards per route run (3.26).

Even so, McConkey’s game is characterized by his quickness, route polish, and speed rather than physical dominance. His agility in creating separation and his nuanced route-running skills allow him to find space in tight coverage. He will likely be more underrated than most other WRs based on his final-year stats and average physical profile.

McConkey’s collegiate success at a top program like Georgia suggests he has the tools to transition effectively to the professional level.

Roman Wilson (WR – Michigan)

At 6’0″ and 192 pounds, Roman Wilson combines athletic prowess with technical skill to make an impact on the field. He truly saved his best for last in Michigan’s run for the national championship. His standout senior year saw him amassing 48 receptions for 789 yards and 12 touchdowns, resulting in a 37% dominator rating in 2023. It was the 6th-highest single-season dominator rating in the class.

The obvious concerns are his late breakout age at 22 years old and the fact that he could only muster one legitimate year of production.

Even so, he was turning heads at the most recent Senior Bowl, and he’s projected to be a strong tester at the 2024 Scouting Combine with his speed. Watch his stock continue to rise throughout the draft process. He’s drawn comparisons to Tyler Lockett from the Senior Bowl’s own Jim Nagy.

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