The Dynasty Nerds Devy team, the #DevyNerds, did a Devy mock draft to help you prepare for Devy drafts this offseason. This article will summarize our second mock, our July mock draft. We will do one a month to see some trends and eventually get a good data set for a Dynasty Nerds Devy average draft position (ADP).
Check out the links to Dynasty Nerds Devy spotlights at the beginning of each round recap. We’ll discuss selections in each round of the Devy mock draft and any reaches or values. Then we will look at how each team’s roster shook out. To give you an idea of how you can build a Devy squad for yourself.
Devy Mock Draft Format
Here is the setup. This is a Devy Mock draft; no high school players are allowed. The format is a twelve-team Superflex (SF), PPR & Tight-End premium (TEP) league with standard roster construction.
Participants & Order
The order for our mock is as follows: 1.01 @CFFguys, 1.02 @hayeb3, 1.03 @Fanatics_Rich, 1.04 @mastapj, 1.05 @jimmillercci, 1.06 @noahrwright, 1.07 @FFPeeblesChamp, 1.08 @Friesen2, 1.09 @FF_Hulsey, 1.10 @_jasonstein, 1.11 @SwintBryan, 1.12 @lennyjerome4
Round 1 Dynasty Nerds Devy Spotlights: Bijan Robinson, Jahmyr Gibbs, TreVeyon Henderson, C.J. Stroud, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Bryce Young, Kayshon Boutte, Zach Evans, Caleb Williams, Quentin Johnston, & Jordan Addison.
Similar to our June mock draft, round one starts with Texas RB Bijan Robinson. In a bit of a surprise, next goes Jahmyr Gibbs, the Georgia Tech transfer with sky-high expectations to take over the Alabama backfield this year. Gibbs jumps from 1.06 in the June mock all the way up to 1.02 in the July mock. This draft starts with three straight RBs, with TreVeyon Henderson, the outstanding sophomore at Ohio State, going next.
This is a Superflex league setup, so QBs should be a high priority. And we finally get our first QB off the board with Heisman hopeful C.J. Stroud of the Ohio State Buckeyes going at pick four. Then the first WR comes off the board at pick five in Jaxon Smith-Njigba of Ohio State. That makes three OSU players in a row. And Ohio State players make up three of the top five overall picks in this July Devy mock draft. Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner comes off the board next in Bryce Young.
Round 1 Continued
Next is WR Kayshon Boutte, out of LSU, who had a fantastic freshman season. And after that comes Zach Evans, who transferred to Ole Miss this year from TCU. Then goes our third QB off the board in Caleb Williams. Williams looks to lead USC in his sophomore season under Lincoln Riley.
My first pick is Quentin Johnston at pick 10. He didn’t go until the second round in our June mock. Two more WRs are taken to close out the first round in Jordan Addison of USC and Xavier Worthy of Texas.
Johnston moving to the first round in the July draft pushed Braelon Allen into the second round after being a first-round selection in June. The rest of the July first-round selections were all June first-round selections, with the order varying slightly.
None of these players look out of place in the first round. Gibbs going at 1.02 is a little high in my book. But Gibbs belongs in the first round, and I’m sure @hayeb3 was getting his guy.
No need to re-hash every pick from here on out because you can read, but I’ll call out some notables. Five RBs go in round two, starting with two studs in Braelon Allen and Sean Tucker. Then goes Tank Bigsby at 2.05. Followed by our first true freshman off the board in Nicholas Singleton at pick 2.06.
In a surprise to me, TE Michael Mayer of Notre Dame goes ahead of sophomore stand-out TE Brock Bowers of Georgia. My Top 5 Devy TE ranks have Brock Bowers at #1 and Mayer at #3. According to ADP, Mayer doesn’t seem to be too much of a reach. But Bowers probably fell a little too far in this July mock and became a bit of a value pick.
And always have to call out Marvin Harrison Jr, as I have him ranked very close to Xavier Worthy, and he is likely to be a Top 3 Devy WR next year. Looking back at this draft next year, we may all think Harrison Jr. was a real value in the second round of Devy drafts.
We had some July mock draft fallers go in round three. RB Will Shipley of Clemson fell from early round two in June to mid-round three in July. There doesn’t seem to be any reason for the fall other than the drafter’s preferences. @noahrwright got great value with Shipley at 3.06.
Jaydon Blue, a true freshman RB at Texas, also fell from the end of round two in June to the end of round three in July. Blue is very talented, but it’s hard to figure out exactly where he will go as it’s tough to see immediate playing time for him at Texas. This is why I can see his ADP bouncing around quite a bit. I ended up taking him with the 3.10 pick after a run of RBs I slightly preferred over Blue were selected right before my pick in Georgia RBs Branson Robinson and Kendall Milton.
Also, I’ll call out a few guys I’m high on in the third round: Anthony Richardson, my Devy QB5, and Michael Trigg, my Devy TE2. I’d be looking to target these guys in the third round of Devy drafts.
We’ve reached the part of the draft where we are less worried about how players match up with ADP; it’s more about getting your guys. We had a bit of a run on QBs in this round, with Dart, Buchner, Van Dyke, Brown, and Klubnik all going in round four. We also had some guys in this round who were not selected in the June mock: Jarquez Hunter, Tyler Buckner, John Emry, and Nathaniel Dell. You can see the ‘get your guy’ strategy in full swing in this July mock draft.
And our final round, the fifth round, starts with a run of six true freshmen in Citizen, Shettron, McMillan, Golden, Miller, and Moss. Everyone is taking a shot at finding that next true freshman breakout. And the round ends with two veteran QBs in Will Levis and Devin Leary. Both are on many draft pundits’ boards as guys that have a shot at being first-round NFL draft picks next year.
Just like in June, there were a lot of Ohio State (6), Alabama (5), and Texas (4) Devy players selected. And a few other schools had three players taken each.
Also, these were the guys picked in the June Devy mock draft but weren’t in the July mock, and their June draft position: 4.04 Blake Corum, RB, Michigan; 4.08 LJ Johnson, RB, Texas A&M; 4.11 Drew Allar, QB, PSU; 5.01 Jojo Earle, WR, Alabama; 5.02 Spencer Rattler, QB, S. Carolina; 5.03 Jaheim Bell, TE, S. Carolina; 5.05 Kyion Grayes, WR, OSU; 5.07 Cam Ward, QB, Washington St.; 5.08 Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College; 5.09 Traeshon Holden, WR, Alabama; 5.11 Tyler Harrell, WR, Alabama; 5.12 Lorenzo Styles, WR, Notre Dame.
You have seen how each round went down; now, let’s look at each team’s roster. It’s just as important and informative to see the roster breakouts as it is to see the draft order. When you look at it from the roster perspective, you can get an idea of how you can build a Devy pipeline of all different shapes. Look at the Rosters picture above for some excellent examples of building an effective Devy squad.
Let’s hear from some of our mock drafters about how their drafts came together.
Jim Miller (@jimmillercci)
“I was pleased when JSN was available at the five spot as he is my WR1, and I am confident he will have an outstanding NFL career. Letting the draft come to me in round two and seeing Brooks, one of my top five WRs, I couldn’t pass him up and hoped one of my favorite QBs would come back to me. My plan worked; two of my top QBs, AR and TVD, were there in rounds three and four. I feel good about their NFL prospects and like this for Superflex. Finally, I took one of my favorite RBs from the 2025 class, Miller, to round out the team. Willing to wait for him.”
Lenny Jerome (@lennyjerome4)
“Well, first thing first, Jay, appreciate the invite to do this draft with all ya. With all the hype on this 2023 class, these elite prospects are going overlooked; Braelon Allen came through like a wrecking ball on everyone’s board. Worthy, I think, is a special prospect; Jay, I have said this to you multiple times; this kid has ‘IT.’ The only main concern is his weight. And my sleeper pick is Leary; this kid has all the assets your want in a starting QB at the next level; he’s going to rise up all boards come Spring.”
Bryan Swint (@SwintBryan)
“I love Tucker and Achane coming in; I have been grabbing them wherever possible, so getting them where I did in the second and fourth rounds was nice. I love Addison’s upside and felt he was the best guy on the board at 11, which felt too good to pass up. Mario Williams in the third round felt like a steal and might be my best pick of the draft value-wise. Finally, in the fifth round, I wanted a QB coming out in the 2023 class and like Levis upside best among those who were left. If he improves in the right areas, he can improve his stock in a major way. Thanks for letting me join you guys, Jay. It was a fun exercise.”
That’s it. I hope you enjoyed the July Dynasty Nerds Devy Mock Draft. We hope this mock can help you with your Devy Drafts this offseason. The entire Devy team is here to help, so please reach out anytime to any of us.
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