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2021 NFL Draft – Dynasty Rookies to Watch on Day 2

Which rookies should you be keeping an eye on tonight?

The first round of the 2021 NFL Draft was a blast for fans and dynasty players alike. What can we look forward to on Friday night? Who are some of the noteworthy dynasty players yet to be taken?

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Javonte Williams – RB, North Carolina
Pre-Draft Dynasty Nerds Superflex/TEP Rookie Rank: 7th overall
Nerd Score: 76.34 (RB2)

Possible Landing Spots:
Atlanta Falcons (2nd round, Pick 35)
Miami Dolphins (2nd round, Pick 36)

I have a feeling we won’t be waiting long for Javonte’s name to be called on Friday evening. Javonte is the last of the running backs in most dynasty players’ first tier, not to mention most NFL scouts, so the scarcity will drive the demand. The Falcons would be a prime landing spot for Williams, as they certainly need to fill their running back depth chart with talent. As for the Dolphins, while there are plenty of Myles Gaskin fans out there, they could also be looking to add talent around Tua after having added Jaylen Waddle on Thursday.

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Rondale Moore – WR, Minnesota
Pre-Draft Dynasty Nerds Superflex/TEP Rookie Rank: 12th overall
Nerd Score: 78.91 (WR5)

Possible Landing Spots:
Detroit Lions (2nd round, Pick 41)
New England Patriots (2nd round, Pick 46)

While only a few notable running backs remain from our top tier, there is a lot of wide receiver talent still left to be drafted. Rondale Moore is another name we will likely hear early on Friday night. He is a fantastic slot receiver who could also double as a kick returner early in his career. The Lions lack a close-to-the-line playmaker like Moore, and they could snatch him with their second round pick. I think he would be an instant target hog on their mostly-talentless receiving depth chart. Another juicy landing spot would be the Patriots. Moore would fit in nicely with new quarterback Mac Jones’s skill set.

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Elijah Moore – WR, Ole Miss
Pre-Draft Dynasty Nerds Superflex/TEP Rookie Rank: 15th overall
Nerd Score: 77.53 (WR6)

Possible Landing Spots:
Arizona Cardinals (2nd round, Pick 49)
Tennesee Titans (2nd round, Pick 53)

Where will the “other” Moore land? The addition of either Rondale or Elijah would make any of these rosters better, including the Lions and Patriots mentioned above, but let’s look a little later in the second round at Arizona and Tennessee. Has this team invested too much draft capital at wide receiver since the arrival of Coach Kliff Kingsbury? I would say yes, but I would also say the Andy Isabella and Christian Kirk experiments are over. Their passing offense cannot continue to run enitrely through DeAndre Hopkins. They need another reliable receiving option, and Moore could be it. On the other side of the country, the Tennessee Titans have a logical need at receiver after the loss of Corey Davis. I would love Moore opposite AJ Brown.

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Kenneth Gainwell – RB, Memphis
Pre-Draft Dynasty Nerds Superflex/TEP Rookie Rank: 16th overall
Nerd Score: 72.03 (RB4)

Possible Landing Spots:
Cincinnati Bengals (Round 3, Pick 69)
San Francisco (Round 3, Pick 102)

Gainwell may not be as coveted as the top three running backs were, but he is one of the best pass-catching running backs in this class. I don’t think he will be drafted in the second round but listen for his name as we get later into the evening into round three. With the loss of longtime Bengal Gio Bernard, Cincinnati may be looking to replace that role with a player of Gainwell’s skill set. As for a much-mocked landing spot in the City by the Bay with Kyle Shanahan? Wheels up on Gainwell’s dynasty draft stock if that happens!

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Terrace Marshall – WR, LSU
Pre-Draft Dynasty Nerds Superflex/TEP Rookie Rank: 17th overall
Nerd Score: 73.09 (WR10)

Possible Landing Spots:
Kansas City Chiefs (Round 2, Pick 58 or Pick 63)

How legitimate are the health concerns with Marshall? It is hard to say. Just how far will he drop? Will NFL teams view him as highly as many in the dynasty community? When looking for a landing spot for Marshall, I looked for where a need met a team with a risk threshold. The Kansas City Chiefs fit that description perfectly. They have such a complete roster from top to bottom, but they could use more talent in the wide receiver room. They also have not one but two picks near the end of round two. If Marshall does end up going to Kansas City, and his health concerns are overblown, watch out!

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Pat Freiermuth – TE, Penn State
Pre-Draft Dynasty Nerds Superflex/TEP Rookie Rank: 24th overall

Possible Landing Spots:
Jacksonville Jaguars (Round 2, Pick 33)
Los Angeles Chargers (Round 2, Pick 47)

We will wrap up with a top prospect from a different position, tight end Pat Freiermuth from Penn State. The second round is littered with great landing spots for a quality tight end, but let’s shoot for the moon and try to pair him with a top, young quarterback in either Jacksonville with Trevor Lawrence or in Los Angeles with Justin Herbert. The Jaguars tight end room is barren, and the Chargers recently lost Hunter Henry to the Patriots. If Freiermuth lands in either or those two spots, I believe he immediately rockets into top 12 tight end value.

Other notable players to watch tonight: Amon-Ra St. Brown, Tylan Wallace, Michael Carter, Brevin Jordan, Trey Sermon

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