By Ryan Bickerstaff
Welcome back to Devy Debrief Extras!
In this installment, I am bringing you an entire five-round 2021 rookie mock draft! Analysis will be provided for the first two rounds.
Keep in mind that not all of these players are going to declare for the draft, perhaps even a few big-name prospects like we saw with Devonta Smith, Najee Harris, and Travis Etienne last year.
This will be a mock for a 12-team, superflex, PPR league. Let’s get it.
1.01 – Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson (QB1)
Arguably the best quarterback prospect of all time, definitely the best since Andrew Luck. It doesn’t get any easier than this. If I had to find a single knock against TLaw, it’s that he’ll be wearing a Jets uniform in 2021.
1.02 – Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State (QB2)
If you’re in need of a quarterback and miss out on the 1.01, don’t fret. Fields is a stellar prospect in his own right. He’s shown even further improvement in 2020 after a spectacular 2019 season and is going to make the Jacksonville Jaguars – and fantasy managers very happy for many years.
1.03 – Najee Harris, RB, Alabama (RB1)
In a draft class with only two elite running back prospects, there will be a premium on the position. Harris and Travis Etienne are pretty much interchangeable in my opinion, but if you’re sitting at 1.03, you need to make a decision. Harris feels less dependent on his landing spot and scheme, and is the second coming of Steven Jackson. Yes, please.
1.04 – Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson (RB2)
My buddy Eric Braun from Ride or Dynasty recently said that Etienne is a supercharged version of Ronald Jones. Spot on. If RoJo is a Dodge Challenger, Etienne is a McLaren 765LT. Need I say more?
1.05 – Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama (WR1)
The man they call Smitty has surpassed Ja’Marr Chase as the top receiver in this class. He has locked up Biletnikoff honors, has a real chance to break every record Chase set in 2019, and should receive some real consideration to win the Heisman. He’s that damn good. Keep an eye or ear out for a Devy Debrief on Smith in the very near future.
1.06 – Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU (WR2)
Despite dropping to WR2 in this class, I have not forgotten how mind-blowingly great Chase was last year. He’s going to be a star in the NFL, and likely a top 10 NFL Draft selection. He’ll be a steal at 1.06.
1.07 – Mac Jones, QB, Alabama (QB3)
As much consideration as I believe Smith deserves, here is your 2020 Heisman Trophy winner. Jones doesn’t have the biggest arm in this class, but does everything else at an elite or near-elite level. He will be a very good starter for an NFL team for many years. If he lands in a situation like San Francisco or Indianapolis, he will be a star.
1.08 – Kyle Trask, QB, Florida (QB4)
I covered Trask in a Devy Debrief back in September, which you can find on Episode 69 of the Ride or Dynasty Podcast. I predicted Trask would have a Joe Burrow-esque breakout in 2020. It was a hot take at the time, but not so much anymore. He’ll be drafted in the first round and likely start at some point in 2021.
1.09 – Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida (TE1)
Now we get to Trask’s go-to target. Pitts is labeled as a tight end, but is really just a receiver in a tight end’s body. He’s a mismatch nightmare with prime Jimmy Graham upside. In a TE-premium league, it’s not ridiculous to suggest nabbing him with a top-five pick.
1.10 – Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama (WR3)
We might be discussing Waddle as the #1 receiver in this class had it not been for a gruesome ankle injury. The full Dak Prescott. Waddle’s recovery will likely extend beyond the Combine, so we will probably not get to see him in action there. But if he does declare, don’t get it twisted, he’s a surefire first-round draft selection and still possesses Tyreek Hill upside.
1.11 – Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota (WR4)
The Minnesota squad around him is in shambles, but Bateman picked up right where he left off in 2019 and continued running roughshod over the Big 10, putting up nearly 500 yards in 5 games in 2020. He has opted out of the rest of the season and declared for the NFL Draft.
1.12 – Kenny Gainwell, RB, Memphis (RB3)
The lack of high-end running back talent in this class will inflate Gainwell’s value some, and he will be a first-round selection in many dynasty rookie drafts in 2021 as a result. That’s not to say he doesn’t deserve such status, though. He is explosive, a great receiver, and has a very bright future as an eventual starter in the NFL.
2.01 – Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC (WR5)
One of my absolute favorite players in this class, I covered St. Brown in my latest installment of Devy Debrief, which can be found on episode 89 of the podcast (released 12/4/20). He’s one of the nation’s best route runners and is polished far beyond his years. He’ll be a star.
2.02 – Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue (WR6)
When you have a guy like Moore ranked WR6, it’s just a testament to how unbelievably stacked this incoming class is. A dynasty community darling since his freshman season, I think the hype may have been a little overblown, but this is still a high-end prospect with a bright NFL future.
2.03 – Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina (RB4)
Similar to Gainwell, the lack of high-end running back talent will inflate Williams’ value some. Also similar to Gainwell, that’s not to say Williams doesn’t deserve it. He has workhorse potential, prototypical size for the position, and should be a day-two draft pick.
2.04 – Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State (QB5)
I like Lance. He has all the tools to be a success in the pros. But he is also very raw, having only played his redshirt freshman season at FCS North Dakota State. He may need a year or so to sit behind a veteran before taking over as a franchise quarterback. If you’re picking at the top of the second round, chances are you need a player who will contribute right now.
2.05 – Zach Wilson, QB, BYU (QB6)
Wilson has been lights-out so far in 2020, that is until he met a real team in Coastal Carolina. I’ve long been a skeptic of Wilson and that game confirmed a few of my suspicions. I still think there’s a good chance he gets drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft, but I’m waiting until the second round of rookie drafts to scoop him up.
2.06 – Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU (WR7)
Marshall opted out before the Alabama game, but he put enough on film up to that point to confirm his value as a second round prospect for both NFL and dynasty purposes. He will be a good value pick in the mid-second.
2.07 – Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State (TE2)
Unless you have a prospect like Pitts, it’s difficult to gauge the value of tight ends for rookie draft purposes. They often need a year or more to develop and become real contributors in an NFL offense. That said, Freiermuth profiles as a surefire long-term starter at the next level, a good one.
2.08 – Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State (WR8)
Olave is just a good receiver. He’s put together two good seasons in terms of production and looks good on film. Ohio State has a good track record with receivers and I’m more than willing to take a shot on Olave in the second round of a rookie draft.
2.09 – Jaret Patterson, RB, Buffalo (RB5)
Patterson is the best MAC running back I’ve seen since Kareem Hunt. He’s putting up historic numbers through four games in 2020 and doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Should he declare, I think he could see as high as day two draft capital.
2.10 – Jermar Jefferson, RB, Oregon State (RB6)
Jefferson is off to a fantastic start in 2020 with 735 yards from scrimmage and 7 touchdowns in four games. He likely won’t be a workhorse in the NFL, but will find a large role in a committee. He’s quite a bit better than guys like Joshua Kelley, DeeJay Dallas, and Anthony McFarland.
2.11 – Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina (WR9)
Brown has enjoyed back-to-back very productive years for the Tar Heels. He’s Sam Howell’s reliable go-to target and really pops on film. I think he’ll be a steal at the end of the second round of rookie drafts everywhere.
2.12 – Seth Williams, WR, Auburn (WR10)
Williams started the season off strong but has been up and down ever since, especially against better defenses. Some of this can be attributed to the atrocious quarterback play of Bo Nix, so he retains his status as a second round dynasty rookie draft prospect.
3.01 – Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina (RB7)
3.02 – Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State (RB8)
3.03 – Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State (WR11)
3.04 – Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami (TE3)
3.05 – Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State (RB9)
3.06 – CJ Verdell, RB, Oregon (RB10)
3.07 – Tamorrion Terry, WR, Florida State (WR12)
3.08 – Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest (WR13)
3.09 – Javian Hawkins, RB, Louisville (RB11)
3.10 – Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State (WR14)
3.11 – TuTu Atwell, WR, Louisville (WR15)
3.12 – Kennedy Brooks, RB, Oklahoma (RB12)
4.01 – Khalil Herbert, RB, Virginia Tech (RB13)
4.02 – Zamir White, RB, Georgia (RB14)
4.03 – Dazz Newsome, WR, North Carolina (WR16)
4.04 – Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss (WR17)
4.05 – D’Eriq King, QB, Miami (QB7)
4.06 – Jamie Newman, QB, Georgia (QB8)
4.07 – Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson (WR18)
4.08 – Rakeem Boyd, RB, Arkansas (RB15)
4.09 – Kenny Yeboah, TE, Ole Miss (TE4)
4.10 – Brian Robinson, RB, Alabama (RB16)
4.11 – Ty Fryfogle, WR, Indiana (WR19)
4.12 – Nico Collins, WR, Michigan (WR20)
5.01 – Charlie Kolar, TE, Iowa State (TE5)
5.02 – Hunter Long, TE, Boston College (TE6)
5.03 – Malik Willis, QB, Liberty (QB9)
5.04 – Marlon Williams, WR, UCF (WR21)
5.05 – Max Borghi, RB, Washington State (RB17)
5.06 – Keaontay Ingram, RB, Texas (RB18)
5.07 – Larry Rountree, RB, Missouri (RB19)
5.08 – Brock Purdy, QB, Iowa State (QB10)
5.09 – Elijah Mitchell, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette (RB20)
5.10 – Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati (QB11)
5.11 – Master Teague, RB, Ohio State (RB21)
5.12 – Reggie Roberson, WR, SMU (WR22)
Who did I miss?
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