• Mon. Feb 26th, 2024

2023 Superflex Rookie Mock Draft 2.0

2023 Superflex Rookie Mock Draft 2.0

By Bob Miller (@DynastyBobFF)

 

The SuperBowl is behind us, and Dynasty season has officailly begun. Everyone is gathering information on these upcoming rookies to get an edge on their opponents this offseason. Rookie picks are being traded all over the place, so let's take a look at my latest 2023 Superflex Rookie Mock Draft, so you can get an edge in your league.

 

 

1.01: CJ Stroud, QB1, Ohio State

How about a little controversy to start things off? Most everyone has Bijon Robinson as their chalk 1.01 no matter the format. Not me, I just can’t fall victim to drafting a RB at 1.01 in Superflex again. I keep thinking of 2019 when I took Clyde Edwards-Helaire with the first pick. What a bust he’s turned out to be. Some others actually took Jonathan Taylor at the 1.01. Looking back, I'm not sure any of us would prefer to have either of those running backs over the likes of Joe Burrow or Justin Herbert. For that reason I’m taking CJ Stroud with the first overall pick.

 

1.02: Bijan Robinson, RB1, Texas

I’m gonna go with Bijan Robinson here for two reasons: First, because I have some concerns about Bryce Young’s size and durability. Second, Bijan Robinson looks like the best running back prospect we've seen since Saquon Barkley. No matter the landing spot, he will be a top three dynasty running back when drafted. Pick him with confidence.

 

1.03: Bryce Young, QB2, Alabama

Like I said previously, I do have some concerns about Bryce Young. His size and arm strength are the two things that concern me the most, however his potential to be a star can't be denied. He has that unteachable skill of making something out of nothing when a play breaks down. If all goes well he could be a combination of Jalen Hurts and Russell Wilson. He has a super high ceiling and a pretty high floor. For that reason I wouldn’t blame you if you draft him ahead of Bijan Robinson at 1.01 or 1.02.

 

1.04: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR1, Ohio State

Personally I would absolutely consider taking Jackson Smith-Njigba over Bijan Robinson, but that’s not going to happen in most rookie drafts. JSN is the clear cut WR1 in this year's draft to me. I want you to think of Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave, his former teammates at Ohio State. Guess what, Jaxon Smith-Njigba is better than both of them. He could/should be a top 8 dynasty WR as soon as next season. Cross your fingers that he's available at 1.04 or 1.05.

 

1.05: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB2, Alabama

Jahmyr Gibbs is a weapon, and should be a top 5 rookie pick. He is a big play threat that has been often compared to Alvin Kamara. That comparison may be a little aggressive. With exception to Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara is the best pass catching running back in the NFL. We can't put Gibbs there just yet, however he is going to be an asset in PPR leagues. I see a lot of Austin Ekeler with him. Draft him with confidence, as he has the potential of being a Top 10 dynasty RB for years to come.

 

1.06: Jordan Addison, WR2, USC

At 6’0” and 170 lbs, Jordan Addison is being compared quite often to Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith. This is a very good comparison. Addison is not quite as polished as Smith, however he is an incredible route runner with good speed. This former Biletnikoff Award winner is my WR2 in rookie drafts. He's an absolute playmaker.

 

1.07: Anthony Richardson, QB3, Florida

Wherever Richardson ends up, he should be a high end pick in superflex rookie drafts. He has the potential to be the next Jalen Hurts, or some would say the next Malik Willis. With his experience playing in the SEC, I see Richardson being NFL ready. A lot of analysts have Will Levis ranked ahead of Richardson here. Not me.. Richardson's rushing ability is what separates him from Will Levis for me in fantasy.

 

1.08: Zay Flowers, WR3, Boston College

At 5’10” and 173 lbs, there are several who doubt Zay Flowers NFL potential. I’m not one of those doubters. This speedster posted 1,077 yds and 12 TDs this past season for Boston College. His fantastic body control helped him catch 50% of his contested catch targets as well. If he lands with a good coordinator that moves him around, he could be a stud in PPR leagues.

 

1.09: Will Levis, QB4, Kentucky

Levis is a 6’3” 230 lb quarterback with a rocket for an arm. He is a great athlete who runs well to pick up those extra yards. Please forgive me for saying this, but he looks a lot like Josh Allen coming out of college. I’m not saying he is the next Josh Allen, but potential is certainly there. If he ends up with a good offensive coordinator, the sky is certainly the limit for this rookie quarterback.

 

1.10: Quentin Johnston, WR4, TCU

At 6’4” 215 lbs, Johnston has the looks of the next Superstar wide receiver, however I'm not sold on him. He has good burst and acceleration for his size, however his route running is lackluster at best. I'm not sure how he is going to match up against NFL caliber cornerbacks. They could eat him alive. A lot of rankings have Johnston listed as their WR1 or WR2.. not me. Even though I'm not the biggest fan, it's crazy to let him slip out of the first round of a rookie draft, so I'll take him here with the 10th pick.

 

1.11: Jalin Hyatt, WR5, Tennessee

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This year’s Biletnikoff Award winner is flying up the draft boards, both in fantasy drafts and the actual NFL draft. Hyatt has phenomenal speed and acceleration, and is a big play ready to happen at any time. Posting 1,257 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns in the SEC cannot go ignored. Hyatt could potentially end up in my Top 3 rookie wide receivers before the NFL Draft in April. He is a big-time talent.

 

1.12: Zach Charbonnet, RB3, UCLA

The more I see of Zach Charbonnet, the more I like. He’s not going to blow you away with any numbers at the Rookie Combine, he’s just a damn good running back. At 6’1” and 220 lbs he has the build to be a three-down back in the NFL. He’s a north/south runner with great vision and good burst. He’s also shown that he has good hands as he caught 37 passes last year at UCLA. He’s projected as a 2nd round pick in the NFL, so he should be a starting RB sooner than later.

 

2.01: Hendon Hooker, QB5, Tennessee

If Hendon Hooker doesn’t suffer a season-ending injury, he would have won the Heisman Trophy. If that were to have happened, he quite possibly would have been the top quarterback in this year's draft. At 6’4” and 210 lbs Hooker has the size that you’re looking for. He is extremely intelligent, and does not turn the ball over. There's no denying his athleticism as Hooker was fantastic rushing the ball as well. He has all the tools to become the next star quarterback in the NFL. Get as much of his stock as you can.

 

2.02: Zach Evans, RB4, Ole Miss

Zach Evans could be a steal here in the 2nd round. He is a high upside running back with incredible elusiveness. He’s not much of a pass catcher, which will limit his production in PPR leagues. Regardless, he has all the tools to be great. He could be this year’s Kenneth Walker.

 

2.03: Tank Bigsby, RB5, Auburn

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Tank Bigsby has been an incredible talent dating back to high school, when he was one of the top recruits in the nation. At 6’0” 215 lbs, he possesses all the tools you’re looking for in a running back. He’s a one-cut runner with explosiveness and posted an impressive 4.16 yards after contact last year for the Auburn Tigers. I’d be very happy to get him here at the 2.02. It won’t take long for him to take over an NFL backfield. Tank Bigsby is this year’s Dameon Pierce.

 

2.04: Michael Mayer, TE1, Notre Dame

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With Tight End being so thin in fantasy football, Michael Mayer has been rising up my board. There's only a rare few tight ends who have surpassed 2,000 receiving yards during their collegiate career, and Mayer happens to be one of those players. He is NFL ready as a pass catcher and a blocker. He's not as athletic as Kyle Pitts, but I see more of a Dallas Goedert/Zach Ertz type of player here. The desperation for a productive Tight End in fantasy football pushes Michael Mayer’s value up the board.

 

2.05: Kayshon Boutte, WR6, LSU

Boutte possesses all the tools to be a top-tier wide receiver, however he was wildly inconsistent following his freshman year at LSU. A lot of folks out there see that LSU jersey and immediately want to refer to Justin Jefferson and Ja'Marr Chase. Let's get one thing straight, Kayshon Boutte is not in the same class as either of those two wide receivers. I see him being more of a complimentary WR2 in an NFL offense.

 

2.06: Josh Downs, WR7, North Carolina

Josh Downs has limited upside in the NFL due to his size, however I could see him being a very good slot receiver moving forward. Similar to Zay flowers, Downs needs to land in the right system to be a productive fantasy wide receiver. The New England Patriots will most likely be losing Jakobi Myers to free agency, so this would be an ideal landing spot for Downs.

 

2.07: Kendre Miller, RB6, TCU

Thing best that happened to Kendra Miller was Zach Evans transferring to Ole miss. With Evans out of the picture, Miller excelled as a rusher. In fact, this past season he rushed for an impressive 1,399 yards and 17 touchdowns. That production can't be ignored by NFL Scouts. Miller has the potential to be a lead back in the NFL, and for that reason I have no problem selecting him in the middle of the second round.

 

2.08: Sean Tucker, RB7, Syracuse

Similar to tank Bigsby, Sean Tucker possesses the tools you're looking for in an NFL Running back. He has solid size and power, but his speed and quickness is what makes him the most attractive. He needs a lot of work with his pass catching and pass blocking. If he can improve in those two areas, he could be a steal here in the middle of the second round.

 

2.09: Devon Achane, RB8, Texas A&M

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Devon Achane has world-class speed. Aside from being a running back, Achane also ran as a sprinter for the Texas A&M track team and has a verified 10.14 second time in the 100-meter dash. He has consistently broken the 4.3-second mark in the 40-yard dash in training for the scouting combine. He ran for over 1,100 yards and caught 36 passes in his one season as the lead RB for Texas A&M. Achane also has two kick return TDs in his three-year collegiate career. I think he could be the next “Isiah Pacheco” type of player, however I could also see him ending up as nothing more than a kick returner.

 

2.10: Kenny McIntosh, RB9, Georgia

Okay, I am higher on Kenny McIntosh than most fantasy analysts out there. Reports out of the Senior Bowl is that McIntosh stood out more than any other running back. He's a fantastic pass catcher, and for that reason he will have value in PPR leagues. If he ends up in a system that gives him touches as a runner, he will be an absolute steal here at pick 2.10.

 

2.11: Rashee Rice, WR8, SMU

I'm going to be honest, Rashee Rice may not make it to pick 2.11 in my mock draft 2.0. The more I see of him, the more that I like. At 6’2” and 205 lbs he has the size and speed to excel in the NFL. He had an impressive 2022 finishing with 96 receptions with 1,355 yards and 10 touchdowns. He's a well-rounded receiver that could end up being an NFL team's WR2 for years to come.

 

2.12: Israel Abanikanda, RB10, Pitt

“Izzy” Abanikanda may not be the most talented RB in the class, however he is a smart, patient runner who always picks up positive yards. This past season he had an impressive 1,431 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns. He’s a north/south grinder that could really help a team like the LA Chargers or Arizona Cardinals. I’m grabbing RBs at this point with the hopes of hitting on one.

 

3.01: Cedric Tillman, WR9, Tennessee

Tillman has great 50/50 ball skills and is a very physical WR. He is a very good blocker in the running game and in the screen game as well. His ability to track the deep ball is borderline elite, but his lack of gamebreaking speed will cause issues in separation. He sustained a serious ankle injury this past season at Tennessee and underwent surgery. He has incredible talent, but he will have to prove his durability at the next level.

 

3.02: Stetson Bennett, QB6, Georgia

This 25 year old QB is big game tested, and he has the arm strength to make most NFL throws. He’s a confident player that sees the field very well. He especially stands out if a play breaks down with his high football IQ and quick-thinking. With as many injuries at the quarterback position as we’ve seen in the NFL, Bennett could very well be a starting QB by mid-season. To grab him in the 3rd round of a Superflex draft could be highway robbery.

 

3.03: Marvin Mims, WR10, Oklahoma

Marvin Mims is one of those receivers who had success straight out of the gate in college. A blemish on his chances in the draft is his smaller stature, but he plays bigger than his frame suggests. He will not blow defenders away off the block, but he is fantastic at gaining momentum as he runs. I do worry that teams will want to utilize his ability as a returner and ignore him as a receiver on normal downs, but if they don’t make that mistake he’s sure to be an incredible value in the draft. We’re banking on the right situation uncorking his full abilities.

 

3.04: Dalton Kincaid, TE2, Utah

Kincaid is a former basketball player who plays tight end. A bit of a raw prospect but has excellent ball skills and some scary upside. Dalton Kincaid would be best suited to a team where he does not have to block a ton and can be used in a “big-slot” role in the early stages of his career. He will obviously have plenty of usage in the red zone with his skill set. He still has a long way to go as a blocker and might be a little smaller than we like at tight end but to get this upside in the third round has me thrilled.

 

3.05: Darnell Washington, TE3, Georgia

At 6’7” and 280 lbs Darnell Washington is an absolute specimen.There's no denying that. With all that size, Darnell can also run. His 4.63 40-yard dash puts him better than average for any tight end prospect; let alone one as big and as strong as him. Washington is still a bit raw, but with his blocking ability, and short to intermediate pass catching ability, he will be a useful tool in fantasy football; especially at a position that lacks options. He is worthy of being picked here in the 3rd round.

 

3.06: Roschon Johnson, RB11, Texas

If not for fellow Longhorn Bijan Robinson, Johnson would have been a very productive starter at Texas.. or anywhere else in the country for that matter. Our head Devy writer Tommy Harvey loves Johnson. In his opinion, Johnson is the most underrated RB in this draft class and could be an absolute steal in the 3rd round.

 

3.07: Tyjae Spears, RB12, Tulane

With running back being deep in this year's class, it’s unfortunate that Tyjae Spears doesn't stand out. Due to his size of 5’10” and 195 lbs he lacks the bulk to be a 15 touch guy. However, I can see him being a third down/complimentary type of back because of his skills in open space. If he lands on a good offense, he should be useful in PPR leagues.

 

3.08: Eric Gray, RB13, Oklahoma

This is the point in the draft where I start grabbing RBs with the hopes of getting this year’s Dameon Pierce/Isiah Pecheco. I grabbed Gray here due to his potential. He is a violent runner with a rare blend of balance, agility, and instinct. He may be drafted as depth to start, but he could take over a backfield sooner than later. Dallas or Carolina would be a great spot for him to land.

 

3.09: Parker Washington, WR11, Penn State

Washington has a way of getting open as he showed last season at Penn State. He’s an absolute catch-and-run threat, as he is dangerous in the open field. He has strong hands and isn’t afraid to work the middle of the field. At 5’10” and 215 lbs he is projected to be a slot receiver in the NFL. His pro comp to me is Randall Cobb. If your fantasy league gives you points for return yards, Washington may help you there too.

 

3.10: Xavier Hutchison, WR12, Iowa State

Hutchison isn’t the best athlete, but he’s a very good football player. At 6’3” 210 lbs he has the frame to be a solid outside wide receiver in the NFL. The 2022 first team all-american Has the size, length, and strength to defeat press coverage. He’s a great 50/50 ball guy as well, as he made multiple spectacular catches over his career at Iowa State. Don't blow you away with his speed, however he's a good open-field runner with enough agility to break tackles in the NFL. He’s absolutely worth a grab here in the 3rd round.

 

3.11: DeWayne McBride, RB14, UAB

Super productive as a runner at UAB, McBride was not utilized in the passing game very often. That is my main question with him. He has good size and is very violent at the point of contact. He also has decent, but not great speed. I think the 3rd/4th round turn is a solid spot to draft him.

 

3.12: Rakim Jarrett, WR13, Maryland

Rakim Jarrett has one of the traits that can make it easier for him to get on the field sooner, and that is the ability to run after the catch. NFL offenses love simple plays to get the ball in space in the hands of guys who know how to move with it. He is a bit undersized and I am not sure about him making contested catches or being a threat downfield. If he can find the right spot, he can produce.