Merry Christmas, #NerdHerd. As we wrap up the fantasy semi-finals, we bring you Superflex Rookie Mock Draft 3.0. We have bowl season and declarations to keep track of. The first round is shaping up to add some nice pieces to your fantasy rosters. To no one’s surprise, Bijan is still holding onto the 1.01 spot, but a third quarterback squeezed into Round 1. Let’s check out the rest of the round.
Superflex Rookie Mock Draft 3.0 – Round 1.
1.01 Bijan Robinson, RB, 6’0″ 220
University of Texas
As expected, Bijan Robinson recently declared for the NFL draft, and all 1.01 holders can rejoice. He is already considered a top dynasty running back and hasn’t even played a down in the NFL. Robinson profiles as a three-down back with exceptional speed, elusiveness, and a threat to score from anywhere on the field. He is also a strong pass-catcher out of the backfield. There may be a few teams I’d prefer he gets drafted to, but it doesn’t matter; wherever he goes, he will come in and dominate immediately. I’m taking Bijan at 1.01 this year, even in Superflex rookie drafts, and I recommend you do too. – @_jasonstein
1.02 Bryce Young, QB, 6’0″ 194
University of Alabama
There are some concerns about Young’s size. Young can throw the ball with deft touch or cut it loose deep with great accuracy. He has good pocket presence and can gain yards with his feet as well as through the air. Young and Stroud are currently jockeying to be the first quarterback off the board, but I think it will be Young when all is said and done. Look for him to step into a starting role on Day 1. – @Culture_Coach
1.03 CJ Stroud, QB, 6′ 3″ 218
Ohio State University
CJ Stroud and Bryce Young are the top two quarterbacks in this class, and I am happy to take whichever one falls. I think we will see a push for Will Levis to enter this conversation, but that is a discussion for another write-up. Stroud possesses all of the physical traits you love to see in a modern NFL quarterback. Like Justin Fields and other Ohio State quarterbacks before him, most criticism comes down to his reading of the field and progressing through reads. He will pick up on these as he develops, but you can’t teach size like this. – @DanT_NFL
1.04 Quentin Johnston, WR, 6’4″ 215
Taking Quentin Johnston at 1.04 is my flag plant of the draft. Johnston has been one of the big risers in draft position from the beginning of the CFB season, and a big performance in the College Football Playoff will only help to secure this pick. While Johnston is great as a deep threat, he has also proven dominant in short and intermediate routes. Great size and speed should make Johnston a top-15 pick. Between his production, skill, and draft capital, Johnston is a great pick here for me at 1.04. – @FF_TJHernandez
1.05 Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, 6’0″ 198
Ohio State University
This was a tough call for me between my WR1 in the class JSN and the top running backs available. Ultimately, I went with the guy who shared a field with Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave and outproduced both. JSN is a route technician, which is the most important trait for a wide receiver by far. I also expect him to test better than people think at the combine. His slot role is the biggest question mark, but we’ve seen plenty of guys dominate for fantasy while playing primarily slot receiver. – @Devy2DynastyFR
1.06 Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, 5’11” 201
Gibbs is a versatile and dynamic playmaker with Alvin Kamara’s ceiling. The two are similar physically, with Kamara weighing in at 15 pounds heavier, a weight Gibbs can quickly put on once he turns pro. Jahymr is a threat in the passing and running game and will be a difference-maker to his NFL squad. The one key difference between Kamara and Gibbs is the way they transferred. Kamara transferred out of Alabama to avoid competition. However, Gibbs transferred from Georgia Tech to Alabama to further showcase his skills. Only a few players make that decision, which is why Gibbs is a steal in any rookie draft. – @kielpro88
1.07 Sean Tucker, RB, 5’10” 205
Austin Ekeler and Tony Pollard have carried dynasty rosters to playoff and championship berths, and I submit that Sean Tucker is the next in line. Diminutive stature, but Tucker is a blur in a straight line, possesses good contact balance, and has rounded into an above-average pass-catcher at Syracuse. Tucker has some deficiencies running inside the tackles, but like Pollard or Ekeler, when adequately utilized, he can be highly efficient on moderate touch volume. Tucker has RB1 potential, especially if he gets paired with a functional quarterback and passing offense. The safest bet for 2023’s RB3 as we stand today. – @DynastyOasis
1.08 Jordan Addison, WR, 6’0″ 174
Addison is a former Biletnikoff winner who displayed speed, hands, and route running over the last two years. I’m not worried about his injuries this year. He proved his ability with Pickett. I am shocked to get him this late in the first round. It shows how deep the 23′ draft is. – @DarthDbacks
1.09 Will Levis, QB 6’3″ 222
The general rule of thumb in Superflex leagues is that Quarterbacks are worth their weight in gold. As a PSU fan, I’m old enough to remember Levis’ early years. I’m also wise enough to trust certain minds. Some consider Levis to be a top prospect. At this stage, I’ll gamble on a potential first-round NFL quarterback. – @ReflipeWThenuz
1.10 Tank Bigsby, RB, 6’0′ 208
We’re to a tier of player where draft capital is less predictable, and landing spot will matter greatly, so I’m targeting upside based on skillset. Bigsby is a slightly heavier back at 208lb who’s had three very good years in the SEC and has improved his receiving role each year, culminating in 16% of his total scrimmage yards coming through the air in 2022. That’s the kind of skillset that can turn into a bell cow workload in the right situation. – @MonCalFF
1.11 Zach Evans, RB, 6’0″ 215
Zach Evans is my RB3, so I was thrilled to get him with a late first. The former 5-star recruit (second overall running back in 2020 after Bijan Robinson) transferred from TCU to Ole Miss last year and had the best season of his college career. Evans has excellent contact balance and an explosive burst. He hasn’t been used as a pass catcher much in college, but that doesn’t mean he’s incapable. If an NFL team unlocks his receiving ability, his upside would be tremendous. I see a lot of Todd Gurley in Zach Evans. – @imbobbybish
1.12 Josh Downs, WR 5’10” 180
Downs is likely a top-40 pick in this draft, and it’s like no one even cares. His 2350 yards and 19 touchdowns over the past two seasons are elite numbers, and Downs has put up the peripherals that my model loves, ranking as the WR2 in my 2022 Composite Production Index behind only Addison. Primarily a slot guy, Downs shows the speed and nuanced route running to win against man coverage, skills that will let him succeed in a “super slot” role that should be fertile for fantasy football purposes. – @ekballer
Round 1 is in the books. Who was a reach? Who was a value? Let us know what you think. Round 2 will be out later this week. You can find the 1QB mock draft HERE.
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