With the deadline to declare for the NFL draft over, we now have a complete list of prospects available in the 2023 rookie draft. This Superflex mock draft was hosted by a fantasy football YouTuber, Fantasy Flock. The Flock has a dynasty channel with 25k subscribers, along with a redraft channel that has over 150k subscribers. In the 2022 high-stakes underdog drafts, the Flock won two major tournaments bringing home 150k dollars.
Now that Sleeper is updated with rookies, I hop into a mock draft with a fantasy analyst and share the results with you. I showcase the full draft below and a list of the best values and biggest reaches from this Superflex rookie mock draft.
1.06 – Jahmyr Gibbs, RB Alabama
One of the most interesting parts of this mock draft was seeing my number two running back prospect fall this far. This is a prime example of how your league format impacts your drafts. In this Superflex mock, quarterbacks were being pushed up the board as C.J. Stroud and Anthony Richardson went at the 1.04 and 1.05. This gives terrific value to some position players, who are usually picked at the top of rookie drafts.
I love Gibbs at the pick six because he is a phenomenal pass-catching back which gives you a very high ceiling and floor. In this running back class, there are many great players; however, many have concerns about their passing-catching ability. If you’re playing in a PPR format, catching the ball is a massive advantage and is essential to a player’s success.
In Gibbs’s last season at Alabama, he looked fantastic, rushing for 926 yards and catching 44 passes for 444 yards. Gibbs has excellent explosiveness and gets up to top-end speed with ease. Even though he isn’t a power back, he is a smooth runner who makes quick cuts and gets to the second level.
Conversely, there are questions about if Gibbs can be a three-down back, as he is only 5″ 11″ and 200 lbs. On top of this, he also struggles with pass blocking, so he needs to clean this up to get on the field more at the next level. Going into the NFL, Gibbs is considered a fantastic all-purpose back who will most likely have 2nd round draft capital.
2.04 – Zach Charbonnet, RB UCLA
I love the value at the 2.04 from Charbonnet – the 6″1″ and 222 lbs. running back out of UCLA. Charbonnet is one of the best pure runners in this class, possessing great vision, power, and balance. This past season Charbonnet was highly productive in the passing game catching 37 passes for 321 yards.
While this is great, playing in the Pac-12 could have boosted some of his numbers, especially in the passing game. Even though Charbonnet looked good as a pass catcher, he still had too many drops this past season. In addition, he needs to improve his footwork at the line of scrimmage and his pass blocking if he’s going to be a three-down back at the NFL level. All in all, being drafted as the sixth running back is a great place to take Charbonnet. He has the ideal size and upside to be a three-down back at the next level.
2.09 – Jalin Hyatt, WR Tennessee
Near the end of the second round, we have Hyatt, one of the best deep threats in this 2023 class. While this archetype often equates to more efficient real-life success than fantasy production, I still like Hyatt at the 2.09 and the upside he provides. He has elite-level speed and will be used to stretch NFL defenses giving him big play potential. What intrigues me about Hyatt is that he is the consensus 22nd overall pick in the draft, which is excellent draft capital.
With this kind of draft capital, Hyatt will likely be schemed targets and not only be on the field to clear space underneath like many of these other field stretchers. In college, Hyatt was fantastic, putting up a 67-1267-15 season.
When watching the film on Hyatt, you can tell he is a great pass catcher with crisp route-running skills. Hyatt was great after the catch this past year; however, he has a very limited route tree and ran most of his routes from the slot. With that said, Hyatt has the potential to make big plays whenever he gets the ball. It provides him with elite upside.
1.05 – Anthony Richardson, QB Florida
While I love Richardson’s upside, taking him at the 1.05 is way too aggressive. Passing up an elite running back prospect like Gibbs is a mistake. The hit rate for Gibbs is significantly higher than for Richardson. At the 1.05, I would much rather take players like Quentin Johnston, Jordan Addison, and even Will Levis ahead of Richardson.
On the other hand, Richardson has phenomenal upside. He could be a top-five fantasy quarterback if he pans out. He has the ideal size you look for, measuring in at 6″4″ and 238 lbs. On top of this, Richardson is a fantastic runner with great speed. Richardson also has outstanding arm strength and solid ball placement on short routes.
While drafting for upside is a good idea, I would rather even have Levis. He’s better than Richardson right now and still has a ton of upside. Drafting Richardson in the late first is a solid pick, but the 1.05 is too aggressive. Many other players with much better floor and ceiling combinations.
1.11- Kendre Miller, RB TCU
At the 1.11, you have a ton of sleeper running backs and wide receivers who are great values at this spot. Miller should be drafted in the middle of the second round. He isn’t great at catching passes and has lackluster projected NFL draft capital. I prefer players like Sean Tucker, Kayshon Boutte, Josh Downs, Charbonnet, and Zay Flowers instead. These players have excellent rookie profiles, tremendous upside, and excellent projected draft capital.
Contrary to all this, Miller broke out as a junior with 1,399 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground. Miller showed incredible vision and instincts this past year, making him extremely successful in this TCU offense. Furthermore, Miller is a hard runner with solid speed and can easily get to the edge.
At the same time, Miller isn’t extremely fast or athletic and struggles to reach the second level. He has been a serviceable passing option. He doesn’t possess great hands or route running, which is necessary at the next level. Miller will likely be in a running back committee as he is a projected sixth-round pick. It should be noted that Miller was great in college, but he doesn’t possess the speed, athleticism, and pass-catching ability you’re looking for at the NFL level.
2.12 – Max Duggan, QB TCU
Duggan had a fantastic year, coming in second in Heisman voting, and led an Underdog TCU team to the national championship. Even so, Duggan will likely be a career NFL backup. He doesn’t possess the skills you look for in a quarterback prospect. With guys like Devon Achane, Tyjae Spears, Dalton Kincaid, and Deuce Vaughn on the board, I can’t justify taking Duggan, even in a Superflex format.
In Duggan’s defense, he has shown he is a great athlete who can command an offense and has also shown a tremendous deep ball this past season. On the other hand, Duggan has lackluster mechanics, bad pocket presence, inconsistent accuracy across all levels, struggles with anticipation, and doesn’t have elite arm strength.
Additionally, the hit rate on quarterbacks this late is extremely low. Therefore, I wouldn’t invest in Duggan when his career likely consists of him being a backup quarterback that you can only plug and play.
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