While the team here at Dynasty Nerds brought you a ‘Way Too Early Superflex Rookie Mock’ earlier this year, we all know that so much can change following the NFL Combine. With that in mind, we circled the Dynasty Nerds’ wagons once again to bring you our Post-Combine rookie mock drafts for both Superflex and one quarterback leagues.
This is the final round of our three-round rookie mock. Below are the results of the third round and why each writer made their pick. In case you missed it, be sure to check back on the results of round one and round two. Enjoy!
3.01 Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR Michigan
Gage Bridgford @gbridgfordNFL
I prefer to invest in wide receivers that have high ceilings when we get into the end of a rookie draft, and I think that’s precisely what I’m getting with DPJ out of Michigan. He was in the 99th percentile for the broad and vertical jumps. He was also in the 89th and 90th percentile for arm length and hand size, respectively. Seeing him come in under the 4.5 mark for the 40-yard dash was all I needed. DPJ was held back by a bad offense with a lousy quarterback in college, and he’s going to get an automatic upgrade at the next level. He was a big riser due to his combine testing, and he gives me similar vibes to Rashan Gary from last year. He was a five-star recruit, but he wasn’t ever going to stand out in his role. I think he can contribute to a team in a small role as a rookie, and I think the light will come on during his second season.
3.02 Isaiah Hodgins, WR Oregon State
Matt Bruening @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 getting overlooked. 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.
3.03 Anthony McFarland, RB Maryland
Matthew Mitchell @ReflipeWThenuz
Anthony McFarland seems to be the elite level RB prospect everybody wants to ignore. He is routinely chided as being too small for a full workload. However, he measured in at nearly the same size as J.K. Dobbins and blazed a 4.40 40 yard dash. McFarland struggled through an injury-hampered final season at College Park after shining as a redshirt freshman. Don’t let his detractors fool you. This kid has immense potential in the right situation at the next level. His pass protection could use some work, and he may bounce it outside a bit too much. Give him a crease, though, and he will take it to the house. I am more than happy to score a player with his type of upside at this point in the draft. Do yourself a favor and watch his freshman highlights against Ohio State, I promise you’re going to like what you see.
3.04 Brandon Aiyuk, WR Arizona State
Mychal Warno @DynastyDadMike
Aiyuk has first-round draft talent in the NFL Draft and would probably be a first-rounder in most classes, but with a stacked class like this, he falls not only in real life NFL Draft but also fantasy drafts. I am thrilled to be able to grab Aiyuk in the 3rd round, which goes to show you how stacked this class is. Aiyuk is a big-play threat every time he touches the ball. However, I think Aiyuk will need a good landing spot, and if he winds up in Green Bay or New Orleans, I may have found the steal of the draft.
3.05 Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR Liberty
Dom Johnson @domffl
While watching AGG during the Senior Bowl, I came away very impressed. He is a tall, strong (22 reps), physical athlete who attacks the ball well at the top of his jump and makes spectacular grabs regularly. I thought about spending this pick on one of my favorite late-round QB prospects, but I ultimately decided on AGG based on his sheer athleticism. His route-running and release could use some polishing (7.22 3-cone), and he doesn’t have top-end speed (4.6 40), but he tracks the ball well and can be a great red-zone weapon for big WR needy team.
3.06 Jake Fromm, QB Georgia
Jeol Verzosa @JVerzosa2
At this point in the draft, why not take a shot on a QB with good pocket presence, decision making and can make all the throws. Arm strength and velocity will keep Fromm from being a top 3 QB in this draft, but his ability to dissect leverage and minimize mistakes will make him a valuable NFL QB. Like most players at this stage in the draft, landing spot will be a big part of how quick they produce for fantasy purposes. I like the Buccaneers, as a fan and analyst, as a landing spot for Fromm, but you have to be prepared to wait a year or two to see the value of this pick materialize most likely. Overall, Fromm is a quality NFL prospect worth taking at a third-round Superflex value.
3.07 Jacob Eason, QB Washington
Brian Shacochis @DynastyTools
I would only draft Eason in a Superflex draft, and I would only draft him on the back end of the 3rd round or later. If you get a sense that I’m not super excited about the pick, you’re right. However, in Superflex, quarterbacks are currency, and if I’m in a range of the draft where uncertainty is a given, I’ll roll with the pick who has the highest value ceiling if he hits his ability ceiling. Eason has a big arm and enough positional tools and traits that can translate to success in the NFL. With that said, he’s no guarantee to pop, no guarantee to ever earn a starting job. So he’s a pick that comes with risk, but all mid/late 3rd round picks come with risk, so I’m going with the QB risk in this case.
3.08 Joshua Kelley, RB UCLA
Nate Christian @NFLDraftDynasty
Joshua Kelley did well to turn a few heads at the combine, and with this offseason being a bit different than usual, the combine is going to mean more to teams. His 4.49 40-Yard Dash at 212lbs is more than solid. Kelley was a productive back at UCLA, rushing for 1,000+ yards in both seasons after transferring in from UC Davis. He looked decent in the passing game, but would likely start seeing playing time immediately on running downs his rookie season. By all accounts, Joshua Kelley also boasts great character traits to go with his skill set. He’ll be somebody that teams are going to target in the mid-rounds and give a chance to, and a guy I’d like to pick up in the 3rd round.
3.09 Michael Warren, RB Cincinnati
Jared Wackerly @JaredWackerlyFF
I love the way this kid plays the running back position. He isn’t the fastest guy in the world, but he has some wiggle, some power, can catch, can block, and is an efficient runner between the tackles. I think he’s the perfect kind of back to target later in rookie drafts because you can count on him to be productive if the player in front of him goes down. If you want to draft Zack Moss at a discount, this is your guy. Warren averaged 23 catches a year, so he has some pass-catching upside as well. Warren is going to make some team happy on day three of the NFL Draft. Keep an eye out for him and mark him on your late-round-watch-list.
3.10 Cole Kmet, TE Notre Dame
Keith Ensminger @TheSmingDynasty
Dynasty industry pre-draft mocks are quite obviously subject to change once we learn the landing spot and draft capital next month, but at this point in our “too early” mock, I’m excited to get my top-ranked tight end in Cole Kmet. I’m shooting for positional upside this late, so I’d much rather take a shot on my TE1 than an RB or WR with likely shoulder-shrugging draft capital.
3.11 Eno Benjamin, RB Arizona State
Erik Kortz @EKBaller
Eno’s not my favorite RB prospect from this class, but at 3.11, this is the easiest pick I’ll make. He was going in the first round of some mocks just a month ago. Benjamin’s resume includes a 1900 yard, 18 TD SO season; though less productive his JR year, he still put up over 1400 combined yards. An explosive athlete with good burst and serious pass-catching skill, he has a shot at making an impact at the next level as a workhorse or a 3rd-down player.
3.12 Chase Claypool, WR Notre Dame
Keith Ensminger @TheSmingDynasty
Allow me to end our three-round mock with a bang. More so than the actual pick, look at the talent still available here at pick 3.12 in a Superflex rookie mock. It just goes to show the absolute depth of this incoming rookie class.
Claypool is my 24th ranked rookie in Superflex, and I believe it’s a steal for me to be able to grab him here. Just don’t count on him being available here when your actual rookie draft comes around. If he does get picked on the first or second day of the NFL Draft, there’s no way he lasts until this pick.
The Wrap Up
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