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2021 Rapid Reaction Dynasty Rookie Mock – 1QB League – Round 1

The Nerds staff fires off their first-round rapid reaction mock – this one is 1QB and it’s hot!

How did the NFL draft shake things up? The team at Dynasty Nerds is here to let you know where we stand. Read on to find out!

1.01 – Ja’Marr Chase
WR, Cincinnati Bengals

Drafted by Tim Martens – @timbmartens

Credit: Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images

While there may only be three running backs with a high profile in this year’s class, I can’t help but take the top player on my board when I have 1.01. Yes, this is a deep wide receiver class, but Chase is easily at the top of the group for me. He has the physical build, the brilliant college production, and now has a team investing a top-five pick in reuniting him with his college quarterback, Joe Burrow. While this puts me out of reach to get a top producing back at 2.01, I can’t deny adding a talent like Chase, who will produce for my team for so many years to come.

1.02 – Najee Harris
RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Drafted by Mike O – @OmalTheAlleyCat

Credit: Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Harris is gonna be a monster in the league. I’m not shocked to see Pittsburgh take him with a total win-now mindset. He will be the lead back from day one and should see a mess of touches. Not even a suspect offensive line should deter Harris from being the most productive rookie back in the class. Wheels up for the former running back from Alabama.

1.03 – Javonte Williams
RB, Denver Broncos

Drafted by Jared Wackerly – @JaredWackerlyFF

Credit: UNC Athletics

I love this landing spot for Javonte. Williams finished as our consensus RB2 in our #NerdScore. His ceiling will be capped in year one as he splits time with Melvin Gordon, but Gordon will be somewhere else in 2022. Don’t be shortsighted and decide to fade Williams because Gordon is in Denver. This is a great long-term landing spot for him as Denver continues to build that offense back up.

1.04 – Kyle Pitts
TE, Atlanta Falcons

Drafted by Jon Witt – @JPW2542

Credit: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Pitts is the best non-quarterback prospect in this draft. Julio Jones is fading, and Pitts could eat into his production even more. The upside is unlimited, and he should be a red-zone monster. Pitts is built more like a wide receiver than a tight end and will be a matchup problem.

1.05 – Devonta Smith
WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Drafted by Chad Workman – @tweetsbychad

Credit: Vasha Hunt | AP Photo

I’m taking the Heisman trophy winner here because I believe in the talent. He has the ability to slide in and immediately become the team’s number one wide receiver. Jalen Hurts must improve his accuracy for Smith to reach his potential, but most rookie wide receivers don’t instantly become their team’s number one option. I like Smith’s chances to run with that opportunity.

1.06 – Travis Etienne
RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Drafted by Zach Spaciel – @DynastySpace

Credit: AP Photo/Bob Leverone

Having an opportunity to grab one of the big three running backs at 1.06? Sign me up. Etienne is extremely talented and is going to be great for fantasy. I’m not concerned with UDFA James Robinson despite how well he has played. Talent wins out at the NFL level. Robinson isn’t going away, but with the pass-catching upside and the connection with Lawrence… Etienne was an easy pick.

1.07 – Trevor Lawrence
QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Drafted by Jayson Snyder – @Spydes78

Credit: by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Even though this is a 1QB mock, I’m unwilling to pass on a player who is poised to be a generational talent at his respective position. Jacksonville is quietly assembling an offensive arsenal (e.g., Chark, Shenault, Jones, Etienne, and Robinson). Armed with top-notch traits, a fresh culture, and an impressive supporting cast, the sky is the limit for Lawrence in Duval.

1.08 – Jaylen Waddle
WR, Miami Dolphins

Drafted by Evan Brown – @FFEvanlution

CREDIT: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

At this stage in the draft, with the big three running backs and Kyle Pitts off the board, I think Waddle is a fantastic value. His electric speed and dynamic playmaking ability would have put him into contention as a first-round pick pre-draft. Combine that with the draft capital of a number 6 overall pick and the landing spot in Miami, and his potential is truly mouth-watering for fantasy football purposes. I love the fact that Waddle is reunited with his college QB, and the fact that the Dolphins traded back up to this spot to take him just further solidifies him as a focal point of their offense.

1.09 – Rashod Bateman
WR, Baltimore Ravens

Drafted by Nathan Bourque – @DynstyDadStache

Credit: John Autey / Pioneer Press

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: Tier 1 WR gets drafted high to a good team that people think doesn’t pass enough even though there’s minimal pass-catching talent on the team. I’m not saying Bateman is AJ Brown; I’m just saying this is the best WR Lamar Jackson has ever had to throw to. John Harbaugh is a smart enough coach to get the ball in the hands of good players. Bateman is a stud and has no competition for what targets Baltimore can muster. Also, some good numbers suggest that Lamar may be more accurate than public perception believes. Chase is the only WR I’m drafting higher, so getting Bateman eight picks later is theft.

1.10 – Elijah Moore
WR, New York Jets

Drafted by Johnny Goode – @FFJohnnyBGoode

Credit: Whole Hog Sports

Moore offers something to the Jets offense that Mims and Davis don’t. He’s incredibly dangerous out of the slot and will help new QB Zach Wilson acclimate to the pro game. Unfortunately, the Jets do have Jamison Crowder currently in line for the role. If Crowder is gone, Moore could step in right away and contribute. Otherwise, it’ll be a wait until 2022. I absolutely love his analytical profile.

1.11 – Rondale Moore
WR, Arizona Cardinals

Drafted by Jeff Abercrombie – @thesofascout

Credit: Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Christian Kirk fizzled, and Andy Isabella busted. A high-volume passing offense needs more than just one target (Hopkins). Moore can be used creatively around the line of scrimmage and in the backfield and give good PPR value year 1. We likely won’t be seeing Rondale fall this far often in single QB rookie drafts.

1.12 – Terrace Marshall
WR, Carolina Panthers

Drafted by Eric Burkholder – @ericburkholder6

Credit: Brett Davis | USA Today Sports

Over 100 vacated targets, an upgrade at QB with the commitment to Sam Darnold, and in a Joe Brady-led offense, Terrace Wallace is a solid WR2 with upside. Robby Anderson’s contract expires at the end of 2021, which should allow Marshall to grow into his role much as he did at LSU. He will see an increase in his value going into year two, which is a bonus at the end of the first round.

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