The great team of writers here at Dynasty Nerds brought you a ‘Way Too Early 1QB Rookie Mock’ earlier this year, we all know that so much can change following the NFL Combine. With that in mind, we pulled up our bootstraps and once again to bring you our Post-Combine rookie mock drafts for one quarterback leagues.
We’ll be releasing the three rounds of this mock in three separate articles. Below are the results of the first round and why each writer made their pick. Enjoy!
1.01 – Jonathan Taylor , RB Wisconsin
Dylan Thomas – @dkthom2018
This was difficult for me. I love both Jonathan Taylor and UGA RB D’Andre Swift a ton. However, Taylor is an all-time elite producer at the collegiate level, posting 3 consecutive seasons of 2,000+ scrimmage yards. His athleticism is unmatched with his track speed and specifically his 4.39 40-yard-dash. He’s my #1 RB in this class with Swift closely behind. With his increased usage in the passing game last season, Taylor is evolving into a complete player in front of our eyes. He’s very statistically safe, and on tape, he is an elite pure runner showing vision, disciplined footwork, great speed, and unbelievable power.
1.02 – Jerry Jeudy, WR Alabama
Gage Bridgford – @GbridgfordNFL
With my top running back off of the board, I went with my second overall player in this draft class. Jeudy is the best route runner in this class, and I think he’s going to fit flawlessly regardless of the team that he lands on. I’m big on investing in young WRs that have a high level of value when they develop, and that’s Jeudy for me. The argument can be made that I should have gone with a running back or CeeDee Lamb here, but I’m looking to develop my positional depth, and I have Jeudy as a starter for years to come.
1.03 – J.K. Dobbins, RB Ohio State
Jared Wackerly – @jaredwackerlyff
Dobbins is my favorite running back in this class. He didn’t participate at the Combine, and some analysts are holding it against him. It was a business decision that I don’t have a problem with. The tape is what matters, and Dobbins’ tape is phenomenal. His skill set will allow his team to keep him on the field for all three downs. He’s great in pass protection, the receiving game, in-between the tackles, and making people miss. He has an extremely high floor, and those are the guys I like taking early in rookie drafts.
1.04 – D’Andre Swift, RB Georgia
Matthew Mitchell – @ReflipeWThenuz
Swift was my pre-combine number 1, and I haven’t changed my mind based on the Underwear Olympics. Swift is a smooth runner with a 3-down skill set. He was successful in the SEC and should transition well to NFL level competition. He is one of the few players I feel will be bulletproof no matter where he lands. He has been lightly used in college and has plenty of tread left on the tires. To be able to get my 1.01 player at this point in the draft is like stealing.
1.05 – CeeDee Lamb, WR Oklahoma
Nate Christian – @NFLDraftDynasty
Coming out of the 2019 season, CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy were 1-A & 1-B for me at WR. After weighing in at nearly 200 lbs (compared to his 190 lbs listed weight at Oklahoma) and still running a 4.5 forty at the NFL Combine, I was impressed enough to go ahead and break the tie. Lamb likely will be a top 15 pick in April and may even crack the first ten picks. With this kind of draft capital and his skill set, I can foresee him being consistently in the talk of best young WRs for the coming years. I want this kind of player on my team, and I will be getting a cornerstone piece in my lineup for many, many years.
1.06 – Cam Akers, RB FSU
Marvin Elequin – @FF_MarvinE
When I think of Cam Akers, one specific statistic comes to mind. According to PFF, 3.9 of his 4.9 yards per carry occurred after contact this season. He was a victim of a less-than-effective offensive line and an unimpressive offensive scheme. Despite that, he still rushed for 1,144 yards while adding 225 receiving yards on 23 receptions. In addition, Akers impressed at the NFL combine by displaying his speed (4.47 40-yard dash), athleticism (see Akers’ Duce Staley drill), and receiving versatility. If Akers lands on a team with plenty of opportunities, he should be a valuable fantasy asset for years to come.
1.07 – Jalen Reagor, WR TCU
Dom Johnson – @domffl
When I saw that my WR2 fell to me at 1.07, I was ecstatic. Reagor easily has the biggest upside in this class. He has unmatched burst, top-class routes, and breakaway speed. His 95th percentile breakout age and 36.7% Dominator Rating speak for themselves, not to mention that Reagor only saw an accurate pass on 31% (!!!) of his targets in 2019. To top it all off, he has a great PR/KR ability, scoring you a few extra points each week in some leagues. Reagor is near landing-spot proof. If I can get him with a mid-first in rookie drafts, I’ll be happier than the Raiders after they cut Antonio Brown.
1.08 – Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB LSU
Joel Verzosa – @jverzosa2
Seeing my 2nd ranked running back fall to 1.08 made this an easy pick for me. While CEH lacks the top-end speed (although 4.6 isn’t a terrible time), he makes up for it with efficient footwork and elite vision. CEH regularly manipulates second-level defenders on tape, and he has the best understanding of leverage in this class. Combine that with good contact balance and receiving skills out of the backfield, and he’s a lock. Had Reagor fallen to me here, I would have taken him over CEH, as I give an edge to Reagor with a higher potential ceiling.
1.09 – Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB Vanderbilt
Matthew Bruening – @SportsfanaticMB
I took Vaughn here, as I wanted the last running back in my top tier in this class. I know I will still be able to get a really good wide receiver with the depth of this class in the second round. Vaughn is still consistently overlooked and underrated. This fifth-year senior has been incredibly effective despite some tough circumstances. He had a bad offensive line and quarterback. He had to run against SEC defenses. Despite all of that, he still sported 5.2 yards per carry and displayed improvement in the receiving game.
1.10 – Henry Ruggs III, WR Alabama
Jordan Rains – @50shadesofdrunk
To get an elite wide receiver prospect this late in the draft made this pick very easy. Ruggs was the fastest player at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine and a consensus top 3 WR prospect with a sky-high ceiling. On top of that, Ruggs appears poised to leave the NFL Draft with first-round draft capital which bodes well for immediate opportunities on the field.
1.11 – Tee Higgins, WR Clemson
Keith Ensminger – @TheSmingDynasty
The choice of Higgins or Justin Jefferson here was razor-thin for me, but I ultimately went with Higgins, who was ranked fifth in my 1QB rookie rankings pre-combine. It wasn’t a great look to see Higgins tap out of the week’s events, coupled with seeing Jefferson do the exact opposite. He’s young (won’t turn 22 until after his rookie season), talented, possesses great size, and oozes a ballhawk’s mentality. I’ll stick with Higgins here at pick 11 and hope for the draft capital and landing spots that many mocks are bestowing on him at the moment.
1.12 – Laviska Shenault, WR Colorado
Brian Shacochis – @DynastyTools
This pick is high risk with a potentially high reward. If Shenault can get and stay healthy, I’m getting a jacked-up Deebo Samuel-plus at the end of the first round. However, if Shenault proves incapable of shedding the “injury-prone” label, he could end up being a guy who makes Will Fuller look like a model of durability by comparison. I’m betting on his ceiling with this pick, which is extraordinarily high.
The first round of the Dynasty Nerds 1QB post Combine mock draft is in the books. What pick was the biggest value? Did one of the guys make a big reach? Hit the comments and tell us. Be on the lookout for round 2.