We already brought you a ‘Way Too Early 1QB Rookie Mock’, so now we’re moving on to a Superflex Rookie Mock Draft. Superflex is growing year-by-year in popularity and is quickly becoming the preferred setup amongst our analysts. If you aren’t sure what Superflex is, Erik Kortz released his first installment to his ‘Intro to Dynasty’ series where he covers how Superflex works and what it is.
This mock draft serves to give you a good idea of the current value of these prospects and the thought process behind each pick. We’ll be releasing three rounds of this mock in three separate articles. Below are the results of the third round and why each writer made their pick. Enjoy!
3.01 – Brandon Aiyuk, WR Arizona State
Brian Shacochis – @DynastyTools
Aiyuk is a burner who exploded as a senior with a 65-1192-8 stat line. The late breakout will be concerning to some, but he was in N’Keal Harry’s shadow as a junior, and he was only at Arizona State for those two seasons, having transferred to Tempe after earning JUCO All-American honors. He finished his 2019 season by being named first team All-Pac-12 at two positions: wide receiver and return specialist. His prowess in the kicking game (1,078 punt/kick return yards over the past two seasons) will endear him to his NFL coaching staff, and if he melts stopwatches at the combine, as expected, his buzz as a prospect will run wild. It’s not outlandish to envision a future where we end up finding out that Brandon Aiyuk is actually the guy people think Henry Ruggs is.
3.02 – Denzel Mims, WR Baylor
Draft Genius – @thedraftgenius
Mims is the best value of the rookie draft. You get someone who has great ball skills and who is a highly efficient blocker. He needs to improve his route running but that often comes in time throughout a receiver’s first few NFL years. This is a potential starter who I am constantly grabbing in the third round. His stock is only going up from here.
3.03 – Isaiah Hodgins, WR Oregon State
Matt Breunig – @SportsfanaticMB
If I can continue to get Hodgins in the 3rd round I’ll be thrilled. He’s a top 10 WR for me in this draft and a player who is really getting overlooked. Hodgins is a wide receiver many people are overlooking. I believe it’s mostly due to him playing in the PAC-12 after-dark games. Hodgins has elite hands along with a very large catch radius. He’s a good route runner but he does need to improve here. He’s a big body guy and deceptively quick for 6’4″ 209 lbs. He is one of the best contested-catch players in this draft and is willing to take a beating while catching the ball. He has underrated ball tracking skills. If you put on the tape, you’ll see him make some great over the shoulder and back shoulder catches. He’s a yards-after-catch bully once he gets the ball.
3.04 – K.J. Hamler, WR Penn State
Gage Bridgford – @GbridgfordNFL
I got a running back earlier, and I’m not in love with any of the quarterbacks at this point, so I’m going with another ceiling play with another explosive athlete. Penn State’s K.J. Hamler has got the juice. He’s a jitterbug in short areas, but he’s not just a gadget player like Tavon Ausin was coming out of college. In the right system, he’s going to be a nightmare to handle, and I love that I’m getting him at this point in the draft.
3.05 – Brycen Hopkins, TE Purdue
Nathan Bourque – @DynstyDadStache
He may not pop off of the page as a generational talent at tight end like last year’s TJ Hockenson or even Noah Fant did, but in the third round I’m ok with taking a swing at what could be the top TE in the class. Hopkins’ most standout quality is actually more centered around who he was competing against for targets. If I were on a team with absolute studs Rondale Moore and David Bell, I would have a hard time not funneling them the ball and watching the magic happen. But, despite stiff pass-catching competition, Hopkins’ talent level demanded a fair share of looks and he performed pretty well with them. This pick is going to fluctuate a lot based on draft capitol, but at this stage of the process he’s a player who definitely has my eye.
3.06 – Cole Kmet, TE Notre Dame
Erik Kortz – @ekballer
At 6’4″, 235, Kmet is custom-built to play inline in the NFL. He’s not a great blocker but he’s willing, and he’s got the tools to improve in that area. He is, however, a natural pass catcher, with smooth routes, great ball skills, and solid at the point of attack. Where he loses ground to some of the other tight ends in this class is in his athleticism; he’s no Evan Engram or Darren Waller, he’s not Travis Kelce or George Kittle after the catch. Think more along the lines of an Ertz or an Andrews and you’ll know who you’re getting here.
3.07 – Anthony McFarland Jr., RB Maryland
Tristan Cook – @tristancook_
I considered taking another TE here in Hunter Bryant, who I think has the upside of Evan Engram, but I instead decided to take McFarland. McFarland is a smaller back but has electric speed and the ability to make people miss in the open field. I expect him to be a mid round NFL pick, but in the right situation he could prove to be an immediate contributor. This is an upside play for me here, but this could be a huge value in the future.
3.08 – Joshua Kelley, RB UCLA
Derek Bosworth – @dynasty_god
After taking a WR in the first and an RB in the second I was hoping that one of the top 6 QBs would fall to me here. Since that did not happen I went with best available in Joshua Kelley. I believe that Kelley is the most underrated prospect in this class. At 5′ 11″ Kelley is a violent runner and has great hands for his size. He most likely won’t get the day 1 or 2 draft capital, but I can see him stepping in from the handcuff role at some point in the season and never looking back.
3.09 – Van Jefferson, WR Florida
Keith Ensminger – @TheSmingDynasty
Jefferson is ranked 20th in my Dynasty Nerds Superflex rankings, so I am certainly okay with taking him here at 3.09. Recently named Practice Player of the Week at the Senior Bowl, he displays NFL caliber route running and great hands. He likely won’t “wow” at the combine with his speed, but he uses changes in speed during his routes to get himself open. If he rises in the draft to the point where he is drafted in round three, as has been mocked more and more lately, I’d imagine he will rise up dynasty draft boards.
3.10 – Jared Pinkney, TE Vanderbilt
Nick Young – @Nick0629Nick
Typically in the third round of drafts I’ll take a TE due to me always trading them. Pinkney is an aggressive prospect standing at 6’4″ and 260 pounds he’s capable of running over any defender trying to block him. Multiple goal line plays he’s seen dragging 1-2 defenders into the end zone. To me he is going to need a year to develop but I could see him turning into a franchise Tight End
3.11 – Michael Warren II, RB Cincinnati
Jared Wackerly – @JaredWackerlyFF
This late-round running back can do it all. He’s fairly safe at this point. If he finds a path to playing time he’s going to be able to produce. He has the perfect build for an NFL running back at 5-foot-11 and 222 pounds. He’s a great between the tackles runner that always seems to be falling forward. Don’t let his size fool you either. He caught 51 passes over his career at Cincinnati and looked very natural doing so. Grabbing Michael Warren toward the end of rookie drafts is a smart move.
3.12 – Devin Duvernay, WR Texas
Doc Mitchell – @ReflipeWThenuz
After taking QB in the first two rounds I made the decision to take one of my favorite late round targets in the Texas slot man. Duvernay exploded onto the scene in his final year in Austin to the tune of 106/1,386/9. The 5’9 210 lb WR resembles a young Golden Tate. He should be able to fit into multiple systems. Duvernay was named 1st team All-Big12 and claims to be the fastest player in the conference. To be able to get a player of his caliber this late in the draft just highlights the depth of this class, particularly in Super-flex leagues.
That concludes the third and final round of our Superflex rookie mock. Stay tuned for more mock drafts. Are you a #NerdHerd member? For $2.99 per month, you get access to the buy/sell tool, exclusive podcasts, the Dynasty Prospect Film Room, rankings, and more to come. See you next draft!