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Dynasty Rookie Draft Targets: Drake Maye, Troy Franklin, Brock Bowers (2024)

Dynasty Rookie Draft Targets: Drake Maye, Troy Franklin, Brock Bowers (2024)

We’ll have you covered as you prepare for your dynasty rookie drafts. In order to dominate your dynasty rookie draft, check out our expert consensus dynasty rookie draft rankings. And sync your league to practice with fast and free dynasty rookie mock drafts. Here are my top-12 dynasty rookie draft rankings and notes to help you prepare for your leagues. Below we dive into a few notable 2024 dynasty rookies to target in drafts.

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Troy Franklin (WR – Oregon): ECR 9 Overall | WR5

Franklin is a double-move demon. He has no issues snatching a corner’s soul with a double move and then pressing the accelerator to the metal as he blows past them for a long gain. His easy and immediate ability to hit the gas shows up all over his film in his routes and after the catch. He transitions from receiver to rusher, seamlessly dodging defenders immediately after the ball is in his hands. He has a fluid change of direction ability, which shows up on his short area routes as he can cut on a dime on stop routes and comebacks. His special burst allows him to deploy a varied release package. He’ll offer corners a change up at times, with his first step or two being exaggerated before exploding into his route. Franklin was utilized in line at times and caught his fair share of screens with some gimmicky usage, but don’t let his route-running prowess get lost in that Oregon sauce. He has a route tree with plenty of branches. He has teach tape on stacking corners on deep routes. Franklin’s upper body strength and hand fighting serve him well against physical corners. Concerns about Franklin’s drop issues are warranted but will likely be overstated in the process. His nine drops in 2023 are nothing to ignore, but some of those were on poorly thrown balls by Bo Nix or in highly contested situations. He does have a few costly drops related to ball tracking and technique that can’t be overlooked, but he also has some tough grabs made in the end zone and in traffic that lead me to believe that this is a correctable issue at the next level.

Drake Maye (QB – North Carolina): ECR 5 Overall | QB3

Maye is a deep-ball sniper. His arm strength consistently shows up in his film. His downfield prowess is one of his shining attributes, as he has ranked in the top 12 in deep ball-adjusted completion rate in each of the last two seasons. The deep ball velocity is palpable and easy as the ball jumps out of his hand. Maye also displays good touch and the ability to toss a precise change up in the short and intermediate when it’s called for. Maye has a pretty good pocket presence. Maye moves through progressions well overall, but he does seem a tick-late on some reps. It’s not a constant problem as he gets through reads one and two with regularity, but it’s more rare to see him progress to his third option or a check-down unless they are earlier in the progression. He will stand tall against pressure to deliver strikes. Maye offers some off-script play-making ability, but he can get out over his skis in this realm at times. It’s not a consistent theme, but he will bail the occasional clean pocket. He does offer the ability to be utilized on bootlegs and on the move, whether scripted or if he’s working through a broken play. Once he’s in scramble mode, he tends to lock onto one option while maneuvering through the noise. He needs to improve at keeping his eyes downfield in improv mode and continue to utilize the entire field as his canvas. Maye can get the ball out quickly for quick hitters, but his delivery can get long at times. He’ll need to clean that up more in the NFL, with the game speeding up.

Brock Bowers (TE – Georgia): ECR 7 Overall | TE1

Bowers is an agile steamroller. He’s incredibly hard to bring down. Georgia utilized him in motion with screens a ton, and for good reason. It was free yards essentially each play as the first defender usually tasked with bringing down Bowers failed at their assignment. He was second among all tight ends in missed tackles forced in 2023. He sheds defenders with ease in the open field with a combination of strong legs and upper body strength. Bowers was utilized all over the formation. Out wide (running go routes). In-line or in the slot where he was too quick for linebackers to hang with him and too physical for nickels to have a chance at shutting him down. In motion where, he mauled opponents with screen targets. Bowers flashes good body control with solid adjustments to back-shoulder throws and targets outside of his frame. He has exceptional change of direction and bend. He can beat zone coverage sitting down in between defenders or excel against man coverage. Since 2021, among all tight ends with at least 25 man coverage targets, he ranks 12th in yards per route run, immediately ahead of Michael Mayer. His hands are as good as they come, with only a 4.4% drop rate in college (eight drops across three seasons). As a blocker, Bowers is able to hold his patch of grass in pass protection. His functional play strength translates. He has a good initial punch with strong hands. He wasn’t tasked with being isolated on blitzing linebackers, corners, or edges. On many plays, Bowers was asked to help seal the edge. He is a tenacious run blocker that can clear a path. He’s not an elite blocker, but he should be able to play every down in the NFL with the ability to become one of the best blockers in the league if it all gels.

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