The Dynasty Nerds team is here with our first Super Flex/IDP rookie mock draft. Rookie drafts are starting, and we have all the tools you need to dominate your drafts. It’s a habit, and some of the best dynasty players you know still google “dynasty rookie rankings” when they are on the clock in their rookie drafts. We all have done this, and regardless if you don’t know who to take or need to read or hear someone else confirm your thoughts, the fact that there’s content available for us is a big help.
With the help of 11 contributors all who work under the umbrella of Dynasty Nerds, we have brought you our instant reaction 7 round mock draft, which started as soon as the NFL Draft ended, I have taken each team and put together a few thoughts on multiple picks for each team. We hope this can help you have an edge in your dynasty rookie drafts; we want to help as many Nerd Herd members as possible bring home championships in 2020.
The Draft Board
Pick 1 – Jon Glosser @Glosser13
1.01 Joe Burrow
A no brainer picking out of the one slot Joe Burrow should be the pick here in 95% of super flex leagues.
2.01 Justin Jefferson
As I’m writing this, I have a bit of regret upon the start of the 2nd round. The tier of Justin Jefferson, Tee Higgins, and Michael Pittman is a very close one for me. Looking back, pairing Burrow and Higgins could have been the smarter play, but landing spot is a key factor in these close tiers. I felt Justin Jefferson had the best situation and a player. I’m very excited to see him play in 2020.
3.01 Kenneth Murray
The top two LBs in this class come off the board prior to the 3rd round and lThe top two LBs in this class come off the board prior to the 3rd round and leave me with Kenneth Murray, who I’m happy to take here. It’s been ages since the Chargers have had consistency at the LB position, and I feel that changes with Kenneth Murray.
4.01 Chase Claypool
Despite only 5 IDPs coming off the board in the first three rounds, that was enough to push down a few WRs, one being combine star Chase Claypool who is a gift at 4.01 with his size and speed he can be a key contributor if he develops chemistry with Ben Roethlisberger.
I was excited to add some IDP depth this late in a rookie draft, which is one of the reasons I love this class. YGM and A.J. Epenasa both have great opportunities to step up by the end of 2020 and be solid fantasy producers. Defensive end is so thin being able to take two players who I can wait on at a position that sometimes has you searching your waiver wires weekly to find production is a bonus. There was no way I wasn’t going to take a shot in the 7th round on a Miami Hurricane which is why I took Shaq Quarterman over Akeem Davis-Gaither. If you’re going to make a homer pick make sure it’s in the 7th round!
Pick 2 – Greg Billing @BeardZeus
1.02 Clyde Edwards-Helaire
The landing spot here is what has prevented most Superflex leagues from starting back to back QB picks. CEH was so good last year, and the potential of him being the modern-day Brian Westbrook in Andy Reid’s offense has dynasty owners drooling, just ask Rich Dotson.
2.02 Justin Herbert
This is fantastic value. I don’t believe you will see the former Oregon Duck fall out of the first round. Tyrod Taylor is an easy guy to beat out, so I wouldn’t rule out Herbert being your week one starter in Los Angeles,1.08 to 1.10 is the perfect spot for him in Superflex leagues for me.
3.02 Javon Kinlaw
My money wasn’t on Kinlaw to be the second defensive linemen off the board, but if we are looking at the landing spot and production he is replacing in San Francisco, it’s tough to hate this pick. Kinlaw is a giant man who will be a force in DT required leagues.
4.02 Donovan Peoples-Jones
DPJ is one of my personal favorite WRs in the draft, and Cleveland is a landing spot I love. DJ was held back by Jim Harbaugh and his love for mediocre passers at Michigan. The continued rumors of OBJ not being happy in Cleveland could vault DPJ into a starting role sooner than later.
K.J Hamler in the 5th round is a value, but joining an offense with too many mouths to feed already, it’s likely he’s an injury away from seeing consistent production in 2020. I play in multiple IDP leagues with Greg, and his ability to have the best core of LBs never fails. Stacking two lottery tickets with Walker and Davis-Gaither is the prime example of why he continues to be one of the best Dynasty IDP guys I have played with.
Pick 3 – Reid Warner @WriteandReid
1.03 Tua Tuaglovia
An amazing talent, and without Joe Burrow breaking NCAA records and a nasty hip injury, he could be considered the 1.01 in Superflex leagues. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a placeholder, but I believe we see Tua in 2020.
2.03 Michael Pittman
The fit with Phillip Rivers and the Colts is a potential match made in fantasy heaven. In the few rookie drafts I’ve already done, Pittman has landed right around this spot and is the last WR in this tier I’ve been aggressively trying to trade up to draft.
3.03 Darrynton Evans
Not the guy most were hoping for the Titans to draft with a possible Derrick Henry holdout coming. This pick to me proves the Titans want to keep Henry around, and Evans is the perfect complement to him and a better version of departed veteran Dion Lewis. The Titans offense has added another weapon to their team after finishing the 2019 season as one of the hottest in the NFL.
4.03 Jordyn Brooks
The most underrated LB in this class for me. Brooks has the speed and draft capital to be the heir apparent to Bobby Wagner. Perfect situation for a very productive college player. One of the best values of this entire mock draft.
Three WRs to close out the final three rounds with Van Jefferson being the most hopeful. Jefferson has the potential to contribute in 2020 with both Hightower and Reed being lottery tickets with upside. We have to remember Stefon Diggs was a late rookie draft pick and has become a consistent fantasy producer, so I’m all for taking WRs late and stashing them.
Pick 4 – Tristan Cook @Tristan_Cook
1.04 Jonathan Taylor
Nearly all non-Marlon Mack dynasty owners have been waiting for the Colts to draft a stud RB for two years now. It appears that wish has been granted in the 2020 NFL Draft. Jonathan Taylor is regarded as the RB1 in this class by some after being drafted by the Colts, so this pick makes sense.
2.04 Tee Higgins
The early second round is the last of a very attractive WR tier. Clemson has produced many outstanding NFL wide receivers, the situation of Higgins getting to play with Joe Burrow for many years is a big bonus.
3.04 Zach Moss
The early assessment is the 3rd round is the upside RB round. Zach Moss has a very good chance to fill the Frank Gore role in Buffalo. The hopes of Devin Singeltary being the lead back in Buffalo was a pipe dream anyway, but regardless of good value here in the 3rd round, Moss was very productive in a power run scheme in college.
4.04 DeeJay Dallas
Another great value pick that most likely will go a touch earlier in rookie drafts depending on the IDP scoring settings in your leagues. Deejay Dallas is possibly the most underrated RB in this class; he scored 19 Touchdowns at Miami in under 300 total touches in three seasons. Deejay doesn’t have workhorse potential in the NFL, but he can be an effective complementary RB, especially with his skill set on 3rd downs.
Well done here by Tristan, adding high upside late in the draft. The lack of IDPs for this format would be rough as he would be scrambling to find production during the season, but regardless Jacob Eason in the 6th round is something you won’t see in any super flex draft I would bet on that. Tyler Johnson getting to learn under Mike Evans and Chris Godwin while playing with Tom Brady, is too good of an opportunity to pass up. Hunter Bryant is likely a taxi squad or bench stash for at least a year or two.
Pick 5 – Jeff Abercrombie @thesofascout
1.05 J.K. Dobbins
The running back run went as expected here in the first half of the first round. When an RB is as productive as J.K. Dobbins and is drafted by the NFL’s most run-heavy team, he is well-deserving of being drafted in the top 5 picks. Mark Ingram has a potential out of his contract next year, saving the Raven roughly $1.3 million in cap space as he turns 31. The Ravens trio of Lamar Jackson, Dobbins, and Justice Hill should have the Ravens backfield set for a few years if they choose to move on from Ingram after the 2020 season.
2.05 Chase Young
This is the absolute perfect spot here for the first IDP to come off the board. Chase Young is a monster and should produce all year consistently. The only concern was Washington not drafting him and the potential of him going to a 3-4 defense, but that’s not the case, and he will play 4-3 defensive end and should have a chance to put up big numbers.
3.05 Antonio Gandy-Golden
I like the player a lot more than the landing spot here. AGG is a very good player, but going to play with Dwayne Haskins for at least a year would likely see him fall to the late 3rd or even 4th round in a majority of rookie drafts. There’s hope he can breakthrough, but I believe 2021 will be your better chance of seeing production from him.
4.05 Jeremy Chinn
The second safety off the board is Southern Illinois’ highly productive standout who racked up 243 tackles in his four years. The Carolina Panthers look to replace Eric Reid, who finished as a top 5 DB in dynasty leagues in 2019 with a younger player for their newly revamped defense.
Jalen Hurts at 5.05 is something that likely only happens when you do a mock draft within hours of the NFL Draft ending. The early rumors of him playing RB or flex position will see him go much earlier. I would guess 3rd round in super flex. Two nice fliers in Dalton Keene and Jauan Jennings can afford to wait and see if they produce year one. Dalton Keene is more likely to give an instant return, but the Patriots offense as a whole isn’t something I’m investing in until they get a real quarterback.
Pick 6 – Mychal Warno @Dynastydadmike
1.06 – De’Andre Swift
Landing spot alone is the only reason he fell this far—best pick of the first round for me. The potential split with Kerryon Johnson will scare people away, but it’s important to point out while in a timeshare at Georgia, Swift was able to post over 2200 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns in his last 28 games. This is one of those situations where trust the talent of the player a bit more than the perceived situation.
2.06 Denzel Mims
A great athlete who likely slides down to the back end of the 2nd round or even early 3rd round. The Jets get their replacement for Robbie Anderson and let’s hope Darnold can stay healthy and solidify Mims as his go-to WR. The dislike of Adam Gase will likely be a primary reason Denzel Mims drops in rookie drafts.
3.06 Anthony McFarland
The Pittsburgh Steelers finally land a home run threat at the RB position, very few of RBs in this class can get to top speed as quickly as McFarland can. James Conner still should be the feature back for the Steelers offense who get back Ben Roethlisberger in 2020. This should add a new dimension to the Steelers backfield giving them the speed they have lacked at that position when James Conner needs a break or is injured.
4.06 Logan Wilson
A highly productive player at Wyoming. The Bengals are looking for insurance for Germaine Pratt, who should take over as the mike LB this year. Logan Wilson has racked up over 400 tackles in his college career, and he can play at the next level.
A few nice lottery ticket shots here late. In predraft interviews, top-three pick Jeff Okudah said Quintez Cephus was the toughest WR he faced all year. K.J. Hill and Thaddeus Moss offer little to no upside for the 2020 season; they should be interesting taxi squad stashes who might be an injury or two away from seeing playing time. It’s unlikely Thad Moss plays at all in 2020 as he is still recovering from surgery after the National Championship game.
Pick 7 – Dennis Bennett @Culture_Coach
1.07- CeeDee Lamb
Highly productive college WR, if the landing spot was better, it’s likely he could have been a higher pick in rookie drafts. Oklahoma’s offense has been a hotbed for NFL talent the past few years, and Lamb looks to join that group with over 3,000 yards and 32 touchdowns while playing under Lincoln Riley. The Cowboys may have just found a way to influence Dak Prescott to want to take slightly less on his new contract to lead this very talented Dallas offense.
2.07 – Isaiah Simmons
Simmons is my favorite defensive prospect in this class. I don’t particularly love the landing spot in Arizona who had both Jordan Hicks (dynasty LB1) and Budda Baker (dynasty S1) mega produce last season. While it’s too early to tell if there is a legitimate concern, he could play some deep safety with the Cardinals signing both De’ Vondre Campbell and Devon Kennard in free agency. At the end of the day, you can’t pass up the value on Simmons here. He’s the most dynamic defensive weapon in this draft.
3.07 Devin Duvernay
Baltimore brings in another straight line speed WR. While I like the player, I have little interest in investing in a Greg Roman passing offense. The NFL’s most dynamic rushing offense doesn’t throw the ball enough for me to have as much hope for Duvernay; it’s still likely Mark Andrews and Hollywood Brown as the top options in the passing game in 2020.
4.07 Kyle Dugger
All the potential to be a great player. It may be a year away, but Kyle Dugger will be a force and a tackling machine for the New England Patriots. His untapped potential and the ability to learn under Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung should make him a very productive fantasy player for years.
Lamical Perine is the crown jewel of the late-round picks, and I love the fit in New York. Adam Gase and Le’Veon Bell have had their differences already in just one year together, given both guys unpredictability it’s not out of the question that Perine could see some playing time in 2020. Isaiah Hodgins and Harrison Bryant are two taxi squad stashes due to the position depth for the teams that drafted them. Two players with upside, and there’s not much you can ask for when drafting in the last few rounds of your rookie draft.
Pick 8 Nick Young @Nick0629Nick
1.08 Jerry Juedy
Drew Lock was handed the keys to one of the most exciting offenses in 2020. Jerry Jeudy joins Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant as the third highly drafted pass catcher for the Denver Broncos. Everybody knows how good Jeudy is, but what Denver is getting is a player who has over 2400 yards and 24 touchdowns in his last 28 games. If you believe in Drew Lock, I would have Jerry Jeudy as my first WR off the board in rookie drafts.
2.08 Brandon Ayuik
If you need WR help on your dynasty rosters in 2020, you can’t do much better than this picking out of the 8th spot. Being able to land two WRs with first-round NFL draft capital is unreal. Brandon Ayuik lands with Kyle Shanahan, who labeled him his favorite WR in the class. A very good player who likely slides into the Emmanuel Sanders role in the San Francisco offense in 2020.
3.08 Eno Benjamin
The third round of this mock got a bit wonky with values, and being so instant after the NFL Draft might have caused some confusion. Eno Benjamin was a seventh-round draft pick, and while he was productive at Arizona State, his dip in production from 2018 to 2019 is likely a reason he dropped in the draft. His value is likely tied to special teams in 2020 unless a significant injury happens in front of him.
Adam Trautman, being drafted by the New Orleans Saints, is a huge bonus with a year to learn the offense and not be counted on for consistent production. Gabriel Davis and Collin Johnson are upside picks who can work on their craft and improve their skills with no pressure to produce as they will likely be a good way down the depth chart. James Pierre might be a missed pick here, so I wouldn’t read into this one he signed to the Steelers as a UDFA.
Pick 9 Jordan Rains @50shadesofdrunk
1.09 Jalen Reagor
An explosive playmaker for TCU joins one of the most WR needy teams in the NFL. Carson Wentz enters 2020 with weapons on his offense, and this gives the Eagles depth at the WR position, which they did not have a year ago. Reagor is the third straight WR in the first round of this mock and has one of the best landing spots of any WR in the first round. Doug Pederson will find ways to get him the ball that is for certain.
2.09 Laviska Shenault –
One prospect that the Covid-19 pandemic really hurt during the pre-draft process with teams unable to confirm the status of his pre-existing injuries. On the field, Shenault is a dynamic weapon and looks every bit a very good WR if he has a clean bill of health he will be one of the best values in the 2nd round of rookie drafts.
3.09 Xavier McKinney
I knew I could count on Jordan as one of our Dynasty Nerds IDP writers to start the safety run in this mock. Xavier McKinney is arguably Isaiah Simmons lite with what he was asked to do at Alabama. The Alabama Safety is perfect for big play scoring IDP leagues as he has six sacks, five interceptions, and six forced fumbles over his last three seasons. Great spot for him in your rookie draft.
4.09 Joshua Kelley
The Chargers add another weapon to their backfield with the departure of Melvin Gordon. Joshua Kelley doesn’t wow you when you watch the tape, but he racked up over 2300 yards and 24 touchdowns in 22 games played at UCLA this is the type of player you are looking for in the late 4th round of a rookie draft.
Jordan Rains is a true IDP guy, and you will know that by his last three picks of this draft. Grant Delpit, Antoine Winfield Jr., and Kenny Willekes are all solid upside picks. Delpit and Winfield will produce as rookies with guaranteed starting roles for their respective teams. Kenny Willekes suffered a nasty injury at the end of his 2018 season. He rehabbed his way back in 2019 and still put together a season with a career-high ten sacks, I love the fit with Mike Zimmer and the Vikings defense who has been consistently producing productive fantasy players.
Pick 10 – Phil Pennington @DynastyPhildawg
1.10 Cam Akers
One of my favorite RBs in this class, but the hopes of seeing him playing behind a good offensive line, at least for year one, are crushed. 2018 is the season that bothers me the most, but bouncing back to post 1100 yards in 2019 with both a terrible QB and offensive line gives me hope he can do well in Sean McVay’s system. I’m comfortable with Cam Akers anywhere from 1.7 to 1.10 in Superflex leagues.
2.10 A.J. Dillon
Although I can get in line with A.J. Dillon being worthy of this pick the 2nd round is a bit too pricey for me. Aaron Jones coming off a career year and Jamal Williams and Dexter Williams also on the roster this isn’t a situation that appears he can make an immediate impact. The Packers had one of the worst drafts in recent memory. I wouldn’t be willing to spend a top 24 value pick on a committee RB. There’s no denying the production A.J. Dillon has had in college; it’s more the landing spot than the player in this situation.
3.10 K’Lavon Chaisson
Chaisson is a player I’ve been hyping up for two years If he finds a way to get DE eligibility, his value skyrockets. Although the tweaks to IDP scoring have given some relevance back to 3-4 rush backers, it would still be much better for him with DL eligibility because of position scarcity. The former LSU Tiger hasn’t even scratched the surface of how good he can be yet. This is a player who may be a force for the Jaguars for years to come.
4.10 Willie Gay
As much as the offensive guys have been begging for the Kansas City Chiefs to take an RB early, we defensive guys have been asking for an LB. Willie Gay had a few off the field issues, one being academic, but players like this are typically a goldmine for Andy Reid coached teams. The former Mississipi State Bulldog posted one of the best career pass coverage grades of anyone in this class, and his 4.4 speed gave him the chance to be a dark horse for most productive LB in this class.
A nice way to clean up and get some value here in the last three rounds. Albert O joins his college QB in Denver with no expectations backing up Noah Fant, but he can be Drew Locks safety blanket in two TE sets with most of the attention going to the other weapons. Jake Fromm has the potential to go undrafted in Superflex leagues, but if you’re the Josh Allen owner, this pick makes a ton of sense especially given the way Allen throws his body around. Closing out the draft with Ross Blacklock who had first-round grades before an injury set him back. Very valuable in DT required leagues.
Pick 11 – Zach Ponder @DynastyPonderer
1.11 Henry Ruggs III
A large percentage of the dynasty community was ready to write Ruggs off, and then he turned around and was the first WR off the board in an absolutely loaded WR class. The fit with the current QBs on the roster doesn’t exactly scream great fit, but Jon Gruden should do everything in his power to get him the ball and let him make plays. The Raiders offense has continued to add playmakers in these past two drafts 2020 will be a make or break year for their QB position.
2.11 Patrick Queen
Already drawing comps to Ray Lewis, albeit those aren’t justified yet there’s no complaining about this fit. Patrick Queen may be the LB1 in this class with Isaiah Simmons landing spot, leaving a few question marks. The Ravens seemed to have found their next cornerstone MLB.
3.11 Cole Kmet
Kmet has exceptional size and is a reliable pass-catcher. Coming from Notre Dame, who has had a history of productive NFL TEs. The Bears offense has what seems to be a hundred TEs, but believing in the talent to break through is low risk in the late 3rd round.
4.11 Devin Asiasi
The back to back TE approach late in rookie drafts isn’t a terrible option with the lack of depth at TE around the NFL. Although it seems Bill Belicheck hates fantasy football if there’s one position you feel he will use, it’s TE, so I’m okay with this TE stack in the late 3rd and 4th round.
The final rounds here from Zach Ponder were exactly how a seasoned dynasty player drafts regularly. Darrell Taylor likely will see DE designation before the season as the Seahawks look to be moving on from Jadeveon Clowney. Zach Baun, with a drastic fall in the NFL Draft but lands on the Saints who rotate LB and Edge rushers from one season to the next more than just about anybody. The Ravens revamp their LB core, adding Malik Harrison to play alongside Patrick Queen with that stack he’s guaranteed most of the LB fantasy points from the Ravens LB core in 2020 and beyond.
Pick 12 – Erik Kortz @EKBaller
1.12 Ke’Shawn Vaughn
The instant reaction may have influenced this one a bit as the situation appears to be slightly better than the player here. In Superflex leagues, I think you’ll find Vaughn out of the first round much more than you’ll find him in it. While most late rookie picks are team dependent, this may be luxury for a fantasy team coming off a championship to add another RB who landed in a great situation. The Bucs backfield will not have a workhorse back, and Vaughn has proven effective in a committee.
2.12 Bryan Edwards
The dynasty community has been higher on Bryan Edwards than I have over the past few years, but his landing spot is a good chance for him to be productive in the NFL. The talent on the Raiders roster isn’t great by any means, and his game is very different from Henry Ruggs III, there’s potential here that the Raiders found a solid WR combo for the future.
3.12 Jordan Love
This value was too good to pass up in a Superflex league. I’ve seen Love going as early as late 2nd in a few rookie drafts. Aaron Rodgers doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon, but if and when Jordan Love takes over, he will have been under one of the games best for at least a season or two.
4.12 Antonio Gibson
The next dynamic weapon from the Memphis Tigers has entered the NFL. It’s too early to tell what position he will play, although listed at WR, he has potential as an RB. I don’t believe the Redskins franchise QB is on the roster yet, so adding the playmakers they have in this draft bodes well for the future.
Derrick Brown is an offensive coordinators nightmare; however, he doesn’t have the stats to back that up. His value in DT required is significantly higher. I do believe his numbers will improve as a pro vs. what they were at Auburn. Josiah Deguara is a player I have no familiarity with other than hearing he’s been drafted to play a FB/TE hybrid role. Michael Warren is a decent stash with the last pick of the mock draft. The Eagles seemed to be giving snaps to anybody and everybody who was on the roster last year, so it’s not out of the question at some point Warren could see the field.
This wraps up our first super flex IDP rookie mock draft. I want to personally thank all of the Dynasty Nerds contributors for taking time out to draft and make this available for our readers to have a point of reference for their upcoming rookie drafts. We realize values will change as any coach speaks out, but we hope this can give you a good feel to what to expect instead of going in based on ADP or individual rankings.
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