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2021 1-QB Mock Draft 5.0 Round 1

Are there any surprises in the first round of Superflex Mock Draft 5.0? Take a look and see!

Yesterday we brought you round one of our Superflex rookie draft. Now it is the 1QB rookie mocks draft’s turn to dazzle you.

Who’s moving up the board? Who’s sliding?

Who will you target this spring?

1.01- Najee Harris- RB, Alabama

Drafted by Doc Mitchell- @reflipewthenuz

Credit: Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images
  • Height- 6′ 2″
  • Weight- 229 lbs
  • Class- Junior

If you are picking early in a draft, it is uber important not to screw up your pick. Hence I have gone with the safest bet in the draft from a non-Superflex point of view. Harris possesses a nice all-around skill set and will be an asset to whoever selects him. His 43/425/4 stat line in the passing game impressed me as much as anything. With virtually no holes in his game, it is hard to go wrong selecting Harris at 1.01.

1.02- Travis Etienne- RB, Clemson

Drafted by Eric Herauf- @ejh1528IDP

Credit: NFL.com
  • Height- 5’10”
  • Weight- 205
  • Class- Senior

I thought about going wide receiver here, but this year’s wide receiver class is much deeper than running back. Najee Harris is my RB1, but Travis Etienne is right behind him. Javonte Williams is my RB3, but after that, there is a bit of a drop-off.

1.03- Javonte Williams- RB, UNC

Drafted by Alex Kurpeski- @3COAK_FF

Credit: Grant Halverson/Getty Images
  • Height- 5’11
  • Weight- 220
  • Class- Junior

Perhaps the most dynamic running back in this class, Williams’ upside at this juncture is really tough to pass up. With tremendous vision and balance as a runner, the former UNC star could be a star as soon as he enters the NFL.

1.04- Ja’Marr Chase- WR, LSU

Drafted by Dwight Peebles- @FFPeeblesChamp

Credit: Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images
  • Height- 6’0
  • Weight- 210
  • Class-Junior

Chase has the potential to be a bonafide alpha WR1 for the next ten years – physical and plays with a nasty disposition. Tough to bring down, fights for every ball thrown his way, and has incredibly strong hands. Chase can line up anywhere and is dangerous after the catch too.

1.05- Rondale Moore- WR, Purdue

Drafted by Derek Bosworth- @dynasty_god

Credit: Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
  • Height- 5’9″
  • Weight- 180
  • Class- Junior

Rondale Moore is my WR2, just behind Ja’Marr Chase in this class. Moore is very easy to fall in love with, possessing a 99th percentile breakout age of 18.2, incredible playmaking ability with the ball in his hands, and the potential to lead a team in receptions in his first year in the league. Moore is an undersized slot receiver, but in fantasy football terms, this will be an advantage. He creates separation in the short game frequently, which will result in a ton of receptions, and every time he touches the ball, he is a threat to score.

1.06- Rashod Bateman, WR- Minnesota

Drafted by Carl Vagle- @carl_vagleFF

Credit: John Autey | St. Paul Pioneer Press
  • Height- 6’2
  • Weight- 210
  • Class- Junior

I get my WR1 (slightly biased) at 1.06. He is in the same tier as Chase for me, but I love how undervalued he currently is. Bateman came back this year to show he could play anywhere on the football field. He most likely won’t be a slot receiver at the next level, but he proved he could do it in limited B1G action this season. Head to the Dynasty Nerds Film room and turn on the tape. You won’t be disappointed. I could write a book on Bateman, but I’ll let his film do the talking.

1.07- DeVonta Smith- WR, Alabama

Drafted by Keith Ensminger- @TheSmingDynasty

Credit: Cedric Mason | Touchdown Alabama Magazine
  • Height- 6’0
  • Weight- 175
  • Class- Senior

The seventh pick is the back end of my second tier of players, and Smith falls right into that tier. When the much-mocked draft capital meets the eye-popping talent and graph-busting statistics, DeVonta Smith becomes a must-draft player for me in this range. I believe it is too early here for Pitts, and I have Smith ranked in a tier above the next-tier of wide receivers like Tylan Wallace and Jaylen Waddle.

1.08- Kyle Pitts- TE, Florida

Drafted by Dom Johnson- @domffl

Credit: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
  • Height- 6’6”
  • Weight- 240
  • Class- Junior

This is exactly where I expect Pitts’ ADP to be in a 1QB league. One of the most generational TE prospects since 2000, Pitts should not make it past 1.09 for any reason. Usually, I recommend NOT drafting rookie TE’s and just buying them when they underwhelm their monstrous expectations, but this is likely the cheapest you will ever get Pitts. Don’t overthink it; draft the man.

1.09- Trevor Lawrence- QB, Clemson

Drafted by DynastyPJ- @mastapj

Source: SportingNews.com
  • Height- 6’6
  • Weight- 220
  • Class- Junior

I was hoping to get Rondale, Bateman, or Pitts with this pick, so once they were off the board, I went with the best player available in Trevor Lawrence. It seems the word “generational” is tossed around a lot these days, but Lawrence is truly perhaps the best quarterback prospect to hit the league since Andrew Luck. He should be able to step into a Jaguars offense immediately and become a QB1 with weapons like DJ Chark, Laviska Shenault, and James Robinson already in place.

1.10- Jaylen Waddle- WR, Alabama

Drafted by Kayne Rob- @KayneRob

Credit: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
  • Height- 5’10”
  • Weight- 182
  • Class- Junior

Pre-injury Waddle was seen as a potential candidate for the WR1 in this class. Waddle is a dynamic WR with speed, explosion, and a playmaker at all levels. Waddle is a homerun hitter from the deep route standpoint (Seams, posts, streaks) and the short game (slants, bubbles, screens). His explosion reminds me a lot of what we see in Will Fuller, who is great when healthy. The injury he suffered in college should not take away from his explosion, so this pick in late round one feels like a play at potential high upside.

1.11- Kenneth Gainwell- RB, Memphis

Drafted by Raju Byfield- @FantasyContext

Credit: Joe Murphy/Getty Images
  • Height- 5’11
  • Weight- 195
  • Class- Sophomore

Kenneth Gainwell is an exceptional talent. As a wide receiver, he would be in the top-15 discussion. Gainwell played ahead of Antonio Gibson in 2019 before sitting out the 2020 season due to COVID concerns. The pre-pandemic hope was that Gainwell would be able to take another leap as a runner, but a full season with professional trainers has likely helped propel him to the same place, if not further. There are maybe five or six players in the 2021 NFL Draft with 100 reception upside, and Gainwell is one of them. If he has indeed improved as a runner, Gainwell will be the steal of the NFL Draft and every rookie draft.

1.12- Kadarius Toney- WR, Florida

Drafted by Josh Adkins- @DynastyOasis

Credit: Matt Stamey
  • Height- 6’0″
  • Weight- 193
  • Class- Senior

I’m willing to take the Twitter bashing associated with drafting a player who doesn’t excel analytically. Toney has a late breakout age (21.6 yrs. old) and poor college dominator (17.8%) while sharing targets at Florida with Kyle Pitts and Trevon Grimes in 2020. Toney arrived in Gainesville as a QB and athlete unready to contribute in the SEC at WR. Aside from a few off-field incidents, Kadarius has rounded himself into a more complete player. Draft capital may eventually settle the Kadarius Toney vs. Elijah Moore debate. Until then, the edge for me goes to Toney. I believe he has only scratched the surface of his true potential.
That’s it for this one folks.


That’s it for this one folks.

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