We made it!! Round 1 of the first rookie mock draft of the 2024 cycle is here. Nothing fancy here, just a quick first round to start laying down a baseline. The top four are who we have been talking about all season.
Let’s dig into the first rookie mock of the season.
Superflex Rookie Mock Draft 1.0 – Round 1
1.01 Caleb Williams, QB, 6’1″ 218
I remember very specifically this past NFL draft. I had just finished streaming on our YouTube channel for 12 hours and was exhausted. Do you want to know the first thing I did on Monday? I started watching Caleb Williams’ tape because I knew I couldn’t wait to dig into this 2024 class. If anyone who plays dynasty doesn’t watch video before their draft, I recommend you start this year. Sometimes, it feels like a grind, but watching Caleb’s tape is simply enjoyable from end to end. It is a masterclass for the quarterback position, and he is an easy 1.01 pick in this draft.
1.02 Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, 6’3″ 202
Harrison Jr. is a perfect alpha receiver. He has it all: size, speed, catch radius, elite route running, and amazing hands. Also, to his credit, Marvin Harrison Jr. has an NFL Hall of Famer as a father/coach/confidant. Harrison Jr. has a chance to be better than his father. The only variable? The QB that throws Harrison Jr. the ball. One of the greatest of all time, Peyton Manning, threw the ball to his pops. Marvin Harrison Jr. can only wait and hope he gets drafted by a team that already has a franchise QB.
1.03 Drake Maye, QB, 6’5″ 220
Drake Maye with the game on the line pic.twitter.com/ur98j5mDWD— Rique (@CoolidgeRique) November 12, 2023
Maye is easily the QB2 in this class, and if it weren’t for a generational wide receiver in MHJr, he would be the second pick in this class. Maye has ideal size, a good arm, and is accurate to all levels of the field. In what is shaping up to be a good quarterback class, Maye is still worth the third pick, as it’s far too hard to get good quarterbacks in Superflex leagues.
1.04 Malik Nabers, WR, 6’1″ 188
The latest in a long line of stud wideouts from LSU, Malik Nabers appears destined to make his mark in the NFL. Nabers is currently projected as a first-round selection of the NFL Draft, and for good reason. He has proven himself to be an electric route runner, even against elite SEC competition. Bursting with potential and still available at 1.04, I have to say, in the immortal words of Mr. Rogers, “Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won’t you be my Nabers?”
1.05 Brock Bowers, TE, 6’4″ 230
Despite missing time with an injury, Brock Bowers is still easily the second-best non-quarterback behind Marvin Harrison Jr. Brock Bowers is a generational-level prospect who is on pace to be the highest-drafted tight end of all time. Tankathon currently has him going number four overall to the Arizona Cardinals. Bowers is a fluid route runner, fast and explosive, all while standing 6’4″, 230 lbs. As long as Bowers finds a halfway decent landing spot, he’ll instantly be a top-five dynasty tight end.
1.06 Emeka Egbuka, WR, 6’1″ 203
Egbuka isn’t likely to match his prolific 2022 stat line (74/1151/10) this year, but his tape is replete with high-end WR traits that will land him in the 1st round. His peripherals this year have dipped a hair, but his 3.01 best-season Y/RR is a fantastic number, and his 6.4 YAC/REC reflects his ability with the ball in his hand. I fully expect Egbuka to silence any doubters at the combine, where he will display his elite athleticism under the bright lights.
1.07 Braelon Allen, RB, 6’2″ 238
No Johnny we want Braelon Allen pic.twitter.com/0PnarL4CuI— Cardinals Update (@updatecardinals) November 11, 2023
The 2024 RB class hasn’t played well, but there is no way we will have a dynasty Superflex rookie draft first round without any running backs. That is why I have Allen here. He and TreVeyon Henderson are the best in class, but I have Allen just ahead of Henderson. He has a rare combination of size and speed, and don’t forget he’s only 20 years old. There will be lots of good wide receivers available. That is probably not the case with running backs.
1.08 Michael Penix Jr., QB, 6’3″ 218
There are several options at this point in the draft, but I will go with the current Heisman frontrunner out of Washington. If it weren’t for his age (23), he would potentially garner some earlier attention. When I watch his game, I see a left-handed Deshaun Watson. In Superflex leagues, the quarterback is king, so I’ll swing for the fences.
1.09 Quinn Ewers, QB, 6’3″ 206
Something was missing in Ewers’ game last year, but he seemed to find it against Alabama earlier this season. Last season, he was wildly inconsistent deep, and his game lacked a certain finesse we’ve seen in 2023. He found his deep ball in that huge win over Alabama and hasn’t looked back. Ewers has thrown for 2,232 yards and 14 touchdowns through eight games while adding another five scores on the ground. More importantly, his efficiency metrics have taken a huge jump. If he continues to refine his game with cleaner mechanics and improved deep accuracy, Ewers is likely the QB3 in this class.
1.10 Rome Odunze, WR, 6’3″ 200
With the battle for the WR3 of the class up in the air, I would put my money on it being Odunze. His rise in 2024 rankings has continued to soar, and for good reason. About as complete a receiver as you can find, Odunze matches great size with outstanding speed and body control. His catch radius and sure hands only add to the complete package that Odunze brings to the table. A significant part of one of the best passing attacks in college football, Odunze is no fluke. Draft Odunze with confidence every chance you get.
1.11 TreVeyon Henderson, RB, 5’10” 210
Henderson is looking like the RB1 in an average running back class after missing time with an injury. He has good size, speed, and catches the ball well out of the backfield. He can be one of the few feature backs in the 2023 class.
1.12 Keon Coleman, WR, 6’4″ 210
He is one of the best-contested catch receivers in the nation, and he isn’t a half-bad athlete. His traits, paired with some dynamic testing numbers, will have teams drooling come April. He projects to me as an explosive WR2, someone who will win you more weeks than he will lose them. He could easily be a double-digit touchdown guy any given season.