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2023 1QB Rookie Mock Draft 4.0 – Round 2

It is time to start looking to the 2023 rookie draft. The Dynasty Nerds team is here with 1QB Rookie Mock Draft 4.0.

Declaration day is in the rearview mirror, and we are on to the all star game portion of the dynasty offseason. Last weekend, the NFLPA Bowl went off with a couple of deep dynasty players to watch– Malik Cunningham and Holton Ahlers. We have the East/West Shrine game and the Senior Bowl this week.

You can find Round 1 of the 1QB mock draft HERE. Let’s dive onto Round 2.

1QB Rookie Mock Draft 4.0 – Round 2

2.01 Michael Mayer, TE, 6’4″ 265

Notre Dame

Are we overthinking Michael Mayer in the dynasty community? His lack of linear and lateral explosiveness is evident on tape. However, most who will rate Mayer as a subpar athlete omit his outstanding body control and blunt physicality. A producer as a true freshman, Mayer has a distinguished resume at Notre Dame. Traditional in the NFL sense, Mayer caught 16 touchdown passes in his final season and will undoubtedly hear his name called on Day 1 of the NFL Draft. In a single-QB rookie draft, he deserves first-round consideration. In TE-premium leagues, be bold and take him in the top 8. At 2.01, I’m happy to combine him with Bijan Robinson and get the best available player at two starting positions. – @DynastyOasis

2.02 Jalin Hyatt, WR, 6’0″ 175


Jerry Jeudy, Ja’Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith, and Jordan Addison. This is the list of players Jalin Hyatt joined this past December when he won the Biletnikoff. This award goes to the top receiver in college football, and the past four winners are all first-round caliber wide receivers. Hyatt wins with elite athleticism, and combine testing will shoot him up draft boards, although that may not be necessary as he is already rumored to have a first-round grade from scouts. To get a player like that in the second round of a rookie draft is some amazing value. – @DanT_NFL

2.03 Zach Evans, RB, 5’11” 195

Ole Miss

In a 1QB league, I’m much more willing to grab a running back at this spot. Evans isn’t a great passing back, but he’s a fantastic runner. He possesses important qualities such as initial burst and lateral agility. Evans is a projected third-rounder in the NFL draft, and his landing spot is very important because he can’t catch passes. However, if Evans lands in a good situation, I love the upside this power back provides. – @SteveBradshawFF

2.04 Devin Achane, RB 5’9″ 185

Texas A&M

Devon Achane is the kind of running back that I’m a sucker for. Short, speedy, and with good hands. On top of that, his vision out of the backfield is excellent, and he has no issue shifting away when the designed lane closes. At TCU, he was their primary rusher and acted as the dump-off option on most passing plays. He has that horizontal twitchiness that makes guys miss, and paired with his vertical speed, he’s a big play waiting to happen every time he touches the ball. – @MonCalFF

2.05 Josh Downs, WR 5’10” 175

North Carolina

An early declare wide receiver who amassed 1300+ receiving yards as a true sophomore? Sign me up. We take another slightly undersized prospect here, but Downs showed what he was capable of in 2021. Even on a “down” year in 2022, he finished 6th in the NCAA in receptions with 94 and tied for seventh in touchdowns with 11. I’ll take the discount. – @noahrwright

2.06 Israel Abanikanda, RB 5’11” 215


I don’t know if it’s still “cool” to like Izzy, but man, he has impressed me. Helmet “scouters” will say it’s fake, but this kid knows how to play. He touts exceptional burst, great top-end speed, and good pad level when meeting defenders. He lacks agility but hasn’t needed it so far. In the right scheme, he will be a force to be reckoned with. He has shown many areas of potential that could vault his game to the next level. Taking him in the middle of the first is a risk, I’ll admit, but I believe that he can thrive in the NFL based on where he lands and the offensive scheme. – @domffl

2.07 Zay Flowers, WR 5’9″ 182

Boston College

My thought process in the first round was neither Young nor C.J. Stroud would be available at this pick. Let me be a cautionary tale as to the reason mock drafts are helpful. I get Rondale Moore vibes for size, speed, and wearing #4. Flowers was truly the only major threat of the Boston College air attack. In his senior season, he caught 78 balls (nearly 30 percent of the team’s total catches) for 1,077 yards (next on the team was 388) and 12 of the team’s 21 receiving touchdowns. I see Flowers featured in the slot with options to run deep and short routes after seeing his playmaking ability during his senior campaign. – @SportsGuyScott

2.08 Marvin Mims, WR, 5’11” 177


Mims is an electric playmaker with the ball in his hands. He is good at reading coverages and finding the holes in zone coverage. Mims has the speed to make plays downfield and despite him size is strong at the catch point. Mims played mostly outside in college, but will likely move into the slot in the NFL. – @DarthDbacks

2.09 Rashee Rice, WR 6’1″ 189


This feels like a steal to me at 2.09. Rashee Rice is 6’3″ and 203 pounds with legit NFL speed, he’s getting first-round buzz from NFL scouts, yet I hear nothing about him in the fantasy community. He’s got unreal ball skills and an uncanny knack for making the first man miss to pick up extra yards after the catch. Yes, he’s a late breakout who played at a small school, but he checks enough other boxes and has enough upside that this is a great dart to throw at this stage of the draft. – @devy2dynastyFR

2.10 CJ Stroud, QB, 6’3″ 218


At this point in the draft, it’s all about upside and value. So I’m going to grab a player that looks like a top 5 NFL draft pick. Stroud has all the tools to be a staple in dynasty lineups for the next decade. –@ReflipeWThenuz

2.11 Tyjae Spears, RB 5’10” 190


I expect Tyjae Spears to shoot up draft boards as he shows what he can do at this year’s Senior Bowl. Spears was relatively unknown until he burst onto the scene later in the year and put up 205 yards and 4TDs against USC in the Cotton Bowl. Although he is on the lighter side, he was able to put up great numbers from yards after contact perspective, which should alleviate some of the size concerns. I see his value as somewhere in the mid to late 2nd round of dynasty rookie drafts, so happy to grab him at 2.11. – @_jasonstein

2.12 Chase Brown, RB 5’11” 200


Thanks to Covid, Brown took an extra year in college. He made it count with over 1600 yards rushing and 27 receptions. Brown also scored 10 touchdowns. Brown looks destined to be a 1B in a split backfield. He has a good initial burst and soft hands in the passing game but is not a great pass blocker. Look for him to develop into an RB3/Flex player. – @Culture_Coach

That wraps up Round 2. Who was a reach? Who was a value? Let us know what you think. You can find Round 1 HERE, and you can find the Superflex mock draft HERE.

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