Welcome to 1QB Mock Draft version 5.0. The post-Super Bowl edition. With the season officially over, it is time to dive deep into the rookie class. As we approach the combine, some narratives are starting to take shape- a strong running back class, and a weak wide receiver class, among them. Will those storylines hold true as we get more information?
Previous mocks have seen at least one rookie quarterback taken in the first round of the 1QB drafts. Does this one follow suit?
Let’s have a look.
1QB Rookie Mock Draft 5.0 – Round 1
1.01 Bijan Robinson, RB, 6’0″ 220
I was comfortable shaking things up at the top in the Superflex version. In 1QB, not so much. With Bijan being one of the best prospects to come out at the running back position in several years, I feel no need to get cute. Robinson is a big, athletic back who excels in every phase of the game. He should slide into the starting role for whichever NFL team drafts him, as well as for your fantasy team. If you look up plug-and-play in the dictionary, you will find a picture of Bijan Robinson. – @Culture_Coach
1.02 Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, 5’11” 201
This pick is easy. If it weren’t for the twice-a-decade tier prospect Bijan Robinson, Jahmyr Gibbs would be the running back belle of the ball this year. He’s a 3-year player who tallied a total of 3344 scrimmage yards across two years at Georgia Tech and one at Alabama, and to top it off, over a third of his scrimmage yards come through the air. That bodes very well for his ceiling as well as his floor in the NFL, and he’s large enough that he won’t get pigeonholed into a receiving-only role. – @MonCalFF
1.03 Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, 6’0″ 197
Ohio State University
I sent a text to my friends in our home dynasty league about three years ago that just said, “Watch out for this Smith-Njigba kid.” I’ve been watching him since he was a senior in high school. It would take a career-ending injury for me to put anyone else above JSN in this draft class. Although he’s not the most athletically-gifted wide receiver in this class, he knows how to ball. His route-running IQ, open-field dynamics, and excellent catch radius make him the perfect first-down machine. – @domffl
1.04 Jordan Addison, WR, 6’0″ 175
Jordan Addison out of the backfield. Watch how he paces the route initially, and then switches gears once he hits the 35. Also, he holds to the numbers to give his QB plenty of space to make the throw— Anthony Cover 1 (@Pro__Ant) February 15, 2023
Jordan Addison is small, but he’s explosive and ridiculously productive. He put up nearly 1,600 yards and 17 touchdowns in his Biletnikoff-winning sophomore campaign. The only other WRs in ACC history to put up more than 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns in a single season? Larry Fitzgerald and DeAndre Hopkins. That’s pretty good company. With expected first-round draft capital coming his way, he’s a pretty safe pick with quite a lot of upside. – @Devy2DynastyFR
1.05 Quentin Johnston, WR, 6’4″ 193
In what profiles as a historically small wide receiver class, TCU’s Quentin Johnston stands out as the guy with height. He is built like an old-school go-up-and-get-it receiver who can win with his size. Johnston is commonly given first-round NFL draft capital, which lands him clearly in my tier-one of wide receivers. He pairs this size with top-level speed to help him take the top off a defense at the next level. I see him quickly becoming his new quarterback’s favorite target and a solid fantasy option in year one and beyond. – @DanT_NFL
1.06 Zach Charbonnet, RB, 6’1″ 220
In the middle of the first round in a 1QB format, I’m looking to add a fantastic running back or wide receiver. With the value of quarterbacks diminished, it’s crucial to stack up on these top-end position players. With this pick, I love Zach Charbonnet, who has the tools to be a three-down back at the next level. Charbonnet has a very good build standing at 6’1 and 222 lbs. This past season Charbonnet has shown excellent pass-catching and running traits. At the moment, Charbonnet is a projected second-round pick who will get excellent usage as soon as he gets to the NFL. Overall I love the upside and value of this pick at 1.06. – @SteveBradshawFF
1.07 Sean Tucker, RB, 5’10” 205
2023 looks to be the year of the running back for dynasty. With the 1.7, I am happy to dip into the pool and select Sean Tucker from Syracuse. He is one of the best All-Purpose running backs in the class and will fit in any system. He should be a star on Sundays. – @ReflipeWThenuz
1.08 Roschon Johnson, RB, 6’2″ 223
🚀Roschon Johnson might be towards the bottom of the college productivity metrics, but he ranked 1st in BT+MT/Att per @football_sis.— Corbin (@corbin_young21) February 19, 2023
🔥His teammate Bijan Robinson ranked 4th in BT+MT/Att.
📈Amongst RBs with 50 carries, Johnson ranks 1st in PE Per Play, with Robinson at 3rd. pic.twitter.com/KTv0l4d9z6
I am pumped to get Roschon here. His price keeps rising, and I’m a big believer in his talent. He has plenty of tread left on his legs after not playing much behind Bijan. Combine that with all the traits you want in an RB2 dynasty running back, and I’ll gladly take him as the RB5 off the board. In 1QB leagues, running backs are gold. – @DarthDbacks
1.09 Zach Evans, RB, 6’0″ 215
The Zach Evans narrative has been interesting to watch over this past season. Touted as one of this class’s top running back prospects, Evans transferred from TCU to Ole Miss in 2022. A well rounded back, Evans possesses good size, speed, and vision. Though he shared the backfield with Quinshon Judkins, Evans still put up over 1,000 total yards and 10 touchdowns. Many will argue that he couldn’t command a backfield on his own, but Evans was productive with his opportunities and has all the talent needed to earn touches in most NFL backfields. – @FF_TJHernandez
1.10 Josh Downs, WR, 5’10” 175
Downs is one of my favorite prospects to evaluate in this class and someone I expect to have many shares of. His size is a valid concern, but he is as gifted as any receiver in this 2023 group. Downs has elite footwork, quickness, and hands with skills that translate to the next level. He is a borderline first-round selection in the NFL Draft and one of the best picks you can make in rookie drafts after the Tier 1 players are picked through. If he was 195 lbs instead of 175, Downs is squarely in the WR1 conversation. He can be one of the best slot receivers in the game. – @FF_Hulsey
1.11 Devon Achane, RB, 5’9″ 185
Every time I think of the 2023 NFL Draft, Devon Achane as a fit in McDaniel’s offense makes me salivate at the thought.— Reason (@the_real_reason) February 7, 2023
Definitely one of my man crushes of this draft and I’m sure it makes @RichmondWebb happy I’m showing an Aggie that much love! #finsup pic.twitter.com/upJypU5TdK
I try to take pieces in round one that I believe will be certainties. Picking this late, I don’t see that with any of the other backs left. I do see that with quarterbacks and tight ends, but I think I will be able to get one in Round 2. Achane’s size might mean he doesn’t have a primary role, but his world-class speed makes it a near certainty that he has an immediate role in some way. – Ryan Wilhelm
1.12 Tank Bigsby, RB, 6’0″ 208
Prospect fatigue has caught up to Tank. He has been on the radar for some time. Bigsby is a bundle of energy with the class’s best lower body power and contact balance. Tank profiles as a first and second-down hammer who can create long runs. His passing volume increased in his final season at Auburn, and despite having soft hands, he is not likely to be seen as a third-down back at the next level. However, in the right offense, double-digit touchdowns and thousand-yard seasons lie ahead of the talented Tiger. Late-first seems an appropriate slot. – @DynastyOasis
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