With just a couple of weeks left in the NFL postseason, we are in full rookie mode. All-Star games are ramping up. We are watching for news of NFL Combine invites to get a better look at our favorite prospects. Most of all, we are doing rookie mock drafts to prepare for our dynasty drafts. The Dynasty Nerds team is back with Superflex Rookie Mock 2.0.
Let’s dig into Round 1.
Superflex Rookie Mock Draft 2.0 – Round 1
1.01 Caleb Williams, QB, 6’1″ 218
Ridiculous throw from USC QB Caleb Williams. pic.twitter.com/jk8pMdH8IH— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) January 25, 2024
The term ‘prospect fatigue’ is the only thing I can think of when I read about Caleb Williams. That has to be why people are questioning the talents of a player who threw 30 touchdowns to five interceptions on what turned out to be a very poor USC team this year. Does he have flaws? Yes, pocket presence and holding on to the ball too long are both things that he has to work on to elevate his game to compete at the next level. But no team can look themselves in the mirror and pass on the prospect Caleb Williams is.
1.02 Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, 6’3″ 202
Even in Superflex leagues, you get a steal with Marvin Harrison Jr. with the second pick. He is a generational talent at the receiver position that will make a difference for any team. Harrison was able to put up over 2400 yards and 28 touchdowns. Harrison has the speed, hands, and route running ability to be elite in fantasy. He will come in without playing a single snap and already be a top-ten dynasty receiver. Harrison is probably the safest pick in the top four picks of rookie drafts.
1.03 Jayden Daniels, QB, 6’3″ 185
Grabbing the 2023 Heisman trophy winner at 1.03 shows the depth of this class. Jayden Daniels is my current QB2, and it’s for good reason. Daniels finished his college career posting 12,749 passing yards, 3,307 rushing yards, and 123 total touchdowns. He has all the tools to be a great fantasy/real-life quarterback. Daniels is very mobile, has a strong arm, and is a good decision maker. My current NFL comparison for Jayden Daniels is a more polished passing version of Lamar Jackson coming out of college.
1.04 Malik Nabers, WR, 6’1″ 188
If you want to give Malik Nabers a higher grade than Marvin Harrison Jr. out of Ohio State… I am not going to argue with you.— Kyle Yates (@KyleYNFL) January 26, 2024
Maye is probably the correct pick, but I can’t pass up Nabers. Malik Nabers is an unbelievable receiver with everything you need in a modern receiver. Burst, route running, separation, run after catch, incredible hands. Nabers is going to be extremely successful in the NFL. If he is tied to an elite, young QB (Chargers fifth overall, anybody?), I have a feeling that I won’t be the only one taking him at 1.04.
1.05 Drake Maye, QB, 6’5″ 220
This feels like insane value to score the likely #2 overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft at 1.05 of this draft. Drake Maye is a prototype quarterback who can do it all. He will likely land in Washington with Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson at his disposal. This should make for a smooth transition and an excellent addition to your Superflex rosters. Easy pick at this point.
1.06 Rome Odunze, WR, 6’3″ 200
We missed the top of the QB class, but Rome represents the final blue-chip WR prospect available in 2024. While not as exceptional of a route runner and separator of Nabers or MHJ, Rome Odunze wins with leverage and physicality. Extraordinarily tough in traffic and contested catch situations, Rome will be a trusted chain-moving and red-zone target at the next level. A generally tricky player to tackle, Odunze has many components that made Michael Thomas an absolute force for several years. While not a premier athlete, do not underestimate Rome’s upside. A pure alpha, several high-volume fantasy seasons lie ahead.
1.07 Brock Bowers, TE, 6’4″ 240
For 2024 rookie drafts, the second tier ends at the 1.07 with Brock Bowers. Now, you can put Bowers and Rome Odunze in whatever order you want, but here, Odunze goes first. Bowers is an incredible prospect, and many seem to have forgotten about him due to his recent injury. On Tankathon, Bowers is going 15th to the Indianapolis Colts, a great landing spot. Either way, Bowers is an elite receiving tight end who will get first-round draft capital. Please don’t be scared to draft Bowers just because of Kyle Pitts. Bowers is much more affordable and should find himself in a better situation.
1.08 Brian Thomas Jr., WR, 6’5″ 198
Brian Thomas Jr. has been moving up draft boards over the last couple of months. At LSU he was the WR2, behind Malik Nabers. His size and speed will be strong attributes in the NFL. Two of his best attributes are his contested catches and catch radius. He has the frame that’ll let him get to balls that many of the receivers in this draft class cannot. Thomas is a player whose draft stock will depend a lot on his landing spot.
1.09 Bo Nix, QB, 6’3″ 214
I’m not sure everyone’s ready to have this conversation, but Bo Nix is consistently popping up in the first round of recent NFL mock drafts. If that’s the case, he will be a first-round pick in rookie Superflex drafts. He’s smart and accurate, and if he’s drafted somewhere in that draft range, like the Minnesota Vikings… look out.
1.10 JJ McCarthy, QB, 6’3″ 197
I was deciding here between Penix and McCarthy. I decided to go with JJ McCarthy because he will get similar draft capital to Penix but has none of the injury concerns. I think you have to go with a QB at this point in SF drafts, and I am happy to get one that could have first-round draft capital here.
1.11 Troy Franklin, WR, 6’2″ 170
Troy Franklin combines blazing speed with the route-running ability to uncover downfield with ease. He can also get work done with the ball in his hands; his ability to make tacklers miss with his open-field agility and above-average contact balance is backed up by a solid 6.6 YAC/RE and 14 MTF this season. There are knocks; Franklin’s thinner frame lacks physicality and he can get knocked off-route at times and doesn’t excel in contested situations. He played 80% of his snaps from the slot, narrowing his role at the next level. Still, his strengths outweigh his weaknesses, and I’ll take a top-level downfield threat happily with my pick here at the 1.11.
1.12 Braelon Allen, RB, 6’3″ 238
Allen and Henderson were my top two running backs in the 2024 rookie class. With Henderson returning to school, that leaves Allen at the top. Braelon Allen has a rare blend of size and speed and is very young (soon to be 20). While this RB class isn’t very deep, these rookies will be able to get meaningful playing time, especially on good teams. This screams value in the late first/early second. I fully expect Allen and Henderson to climb up in dynasty drafts following the NFL draft.