5 Round 2024 Superflex Rookie Mock Draft and Rookie Rankings

5 Round 2024 Superflex Rookie Mock Draft and Rookie Rankings

It is mock draft season for the NFL and for dynasty fantasy football. Dynasty startups are happening right now. Rookie drafts are next. We want to help you get as prepared as possible and start to get familiar with the top players. The order may change a little bit throughout the offseason, but here are the top guys. We went deeper and did a five-round Superflex rookie mock draft to help you prepare for your three or four-round drafts. Included are our consensus dynasty rookie rankings for 2024.

I brought some friends from the industry on to do this mock draft. This is a 12-team Superflex format, and we had a 12-man rotation for picks. Let us know who is too high, too low, and who we should have drafted. I added where the ECR has them, as well as what their current Average Draft Position (ADP) is. Just trying to give you as much information as possible to give you an idea of where their current value.

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5 Round 2024 Superflex Rookie Mock Draft and Rookie Rankings

The Draft Order:
1. Dave Heilman (@DynastyDorks)
2. Jagger May (@FantasyBluechip)
3. Hunter Greene – (@Hgree56)
4. Tim Riley – (@FF_Reez)
5. Evan Harris – (@EkhSports)
6. Coach Craig – (@CoachCraigSport)
7. Jeremy Popeliarz – (@PopesFFH)
8. Pat Fitzmaurice – (@Fitz_FF)
9. Ryan Miner – (@RyanMiner_FFB)
10. Brian Ford – (@FFjunkie_)
11. Mike Kash – (@FFMikeKash)
12. Bruce Matson – (@MetricScout)

Using Superflex Rookie ADP from Goingfor2.

ROUND 1

1.01: WR – Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State

ADP: 1.02
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 2 (WR1)

I am sure a lot of people are wondering why I did not take Caleb Williams in Superflex. There are no issues with someone taking Williams here, and Quarterbacks are obviously elevated in this format. I would have gotten thrown to the wolves for taking Ja’Marr Chase over Trevor Lawrence. But how many quarterbacks would you have taken over Chase, and how many over Harrison?

Harrison has blue chip-elite traits, and I love the potential landing spots. Arizona or Los Angeles looks the most likely, with the top three expected to take quarterbacks or trade back. Harrison Jr. has Dynasty WR1 overall upside and is a rare prospect, that is why I was willing to pass on Williams. There are very few times where a running back trumps the QB in value in Superflex, and this is one of them. – David Heilman

1.02: QB – Caleb Williams, USC

ADP: 1.01
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 1 (QB1)

Caleb Williams is the obvious choice, and I’m willing to do the obvious. Williams has a natural feel for the field and excels outside of structure. No, I’m not saying he’s going to be Patrick Mahomes, but his scrambling ability and successful playstyle make Patrick Mahomes a realistic ceiling. – Jagger May

1.03: QB – Jayden Daniels, LSU

ADP: 1.03
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 3 (QB2)

Daniels is this class’s athletic QB like last year had Richardson. The only difference is that I think Daniels is nowhere near the athlete Richardson is, but Daniels looks like the better passer of those two. Daniels isn’t Lamar. Yet he can still provide a good floor with his legs. If he goes top 10 in the NFL Draft, I’d be comfortable with him as my QB2 in this class. – Hunter Greene

1.04: WR – Malik Nabers, LSU

ADP: 1.05
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 5 (WR2)

Nabers over Maye might surprise some, but he is much closer to MHJ than the WR3. I’m becoming more confident in the dynasty QB landscape, and Nabers has the skills to be a top 10 Dynasty WR. He’s an athletic freak that thrives at every level of the field.

He could use some work releasing from press coverage, but it almost feels like nitpicking. As long as he doesn’t land in New England, I’m confident Nabers will have as good or a better career than anyone else left on the board. – Tim Riley

1.05: QB – Drake Maye, North Carolina

ADP: 1.04
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 4 (QB3)

It’s unclear exactly when the shift occurred, but Drake Maye seems to have acquired the reputation of being a “mundane” choice. While he may not possess the perceived “generational” qualities of players like Harrison Jr. or Caleb Williams, nor the apparent “excitement” associated with Jayden Daniels, Maye has seemingly lost some overall appeal and is not considered a “flashy pick.”

However, sometimes boring is good for you, especially when it means selecting a well-rounded and talented quarterback. Maye, anticipated to be the 2nd overall pick in the NFL Draft, fits this description.

Opting for Maye at 1.05 in the draft feels like a perfect example of capitalizing on the draft hype buzz cycle. The 6-4 230-pound signal caller concludes his college career with impressive stats, amassing 7,929 yards and 62 passing touchdowns in Chapel Hill over the last two years. – Evan Harris

1.06: TE – Brock Bowers, Georgia

ADP: 1.07
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 6 (TE1)

I will start off by saying the 1.06 pick represents the first real decision point of the draft. It came down to one of the better TE prospects in recent history in Brock Bowers and two very talented WRs in Rome Odunze and Troy Franklin.

I ultimately decided to go with Bowers despite this being a non-TE Premium Mock Draft. His college production, versatility, and expected draft capital make him a top five dynasty TE as soon as 2024. – Coach Craig

1.07: WR – Rome Odunze, Washington

ADP: 1.06
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 7 (WR3)

Rome Odunze’s decision to return in 2023 proved to be the correct one. The 6-3, 201-pound receiver took his game to the next level. Odunze set career highs with 92 receptions, 1640 receiving yards, and 23 touchdowns. He displayed fluid routes and physicality throughout his game.

Odunze has the speed and quickness to threaten at every level of the defense. Pair this with his exceptional ball tracking, and he is a budding star. I do think his landing spot could affect him some, but with early buzz being that he could garner top 10 draft capital, I am not worried that his landing spot will tank him. – Jeremy Popeliarz

1.08: WR – Keon Coleman, Florida State

ADP: 1.11
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 10 (WR6)

The 6-4, 215-pound Coleman is a big-bodied receiver who has some Mike Evans to his game, bullying smaller defenders and making acrobatic catches on balls thrown well outside the frame of his body. Like Evans, Coleman has a basketball background. He played for Tom Izzo at Michigan State before transferring to Florida State for his final college season.

Coleman’s college stats weren’t dazzling. He never had more than 798 receiving yards at either MSU or FSU, but he’s an easy projection to the NFL. He’s big, he has extraordinary ball skills, he’s terrific after the catch, and he’s a surprisingly nuanced router runner. Coleman has the makings of an alpha receiver at the next level. – Pat Fitzmaurice

1.09: WR – Xavier Worthy, Texas

ADP: 1.10
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 11 (WR7)

Worthy is the fastest wide receiver in college football. His speed is just crazy. He’s like a modern-day DeSean Jackson with his speed. His 4.3 speed gives him the ability to track the ball downfield. Furthermore, his burst off the line is second to none.

While his frame size (172 pounds) will throw up a red flag to us, NFL teams have shown that size isn’t everything. Just look at Tank Dell, for example. Overall, he should be a name we hear early on Day 2. – Ryan Miner

1.10:  WR – Troy Franklin, Oregon

ADP: 1.09
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 8 (WR4)

My mantra this offseason is situation (and therefore landing spot for rookies) matters more than it used to. Of course, we don’t have that yet. That means two things:

1. This is a low-information mock based almost entirely on early player takes.

2. Since the landing spots matter even more for running backs, we’re not seeing any sneak up into the late first-round of rookie mocks yet – so after the mega-tier of 1.01 to 1.07, we’re looking at that next tier of wide receivers after the big three.

Here, I got my current WR4 and, therefore, the top guy in that tier for me.

While Franklin is tall (listed at 6-3), he does sort of have ‘tweener size (listed at 187 pounds.), and some observers feel he did not improve his physicality enough in 2023. I think I disagree, but it’s also very possible for Franklin to still be quite useful in fantasy because he can win in other ways.

He is fast, creates space, separates well, and has good ball skills. Additionally, teams will likely limit press coverage on him anyway because they have to respect him as a vertical threat. Franklin is likely a high-end NFL WR2 who will outproduce some NFL teams’ WR1s in fantasy.

Similarly, I feel his fantasy outlook is a high-end WR2 with an upside for WR1 weeks. I still want to dig into him more, but I’m getting Jordan Addison vibes as an early comp. It’s only February, but for now, it looks like Franklin could be a later Day 1 pick in the NFL Draft.

Do the Cardinals take a tackle at 4 and Franklin with their later Round 1 selection or in Round 2 at pick 35? Or even double-dip with Marvin Harrison, Jr. and Franklin, who could replace Hollywood Brown well?

I would also feel pretty good about Franklin landing in Houston, Dallas, Buffalo, Kansas City, and maybe even Baltimore. Carolina (pick 33), New England (34), the Chargers (37), and Tennessee (38) are other good destinations on the lower end of the current range of outcomes for Franklin’s draft capital. – Brian Ford

1.11: WR – Brian Thomas Jr., LSU

ADP: 1.08
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 9 (WR5)

Brian Thomas Jr. will largely be known as “the other LSU wide receiver” this draft cycle, but don’t let that fool you. He’s a freak athlete who is going to be on everyone’s love list after the combine.

Thomas was the fourth wide receiver taken in Daniel Jeremiah’s mock draft and is all but a first-round lock at this point. Getting a first-round wide receiver this late in the first is a steal. – Mike Kash

1.12: QB – Bo Nix, Oregon

ADP: 2.01
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 20 (QB6)

Nix didn’t have the best outing at the Senior Bowl. However, he has shown vast improvements during his transition from Auburn to Oregon. There’s still a chance that he gets selected in the first-round of the actual NFL Draft, especially if he has a good combine.

The thing about this draft pick is that it’s smart to take shots at these quarterbacks who have a chance to land in a favorable situation in the latter part of the first-round of rookie drafts because their draft capital could cause them to see an increase in value in dynasty.

The increase could create a pivot point, or you can enjoy a QB prospect who could earn more value in dynasty if the player takes a step forward.

ROUND 2

2.01: RB – Trey Benson, Florida State

Current ADP: 2.05
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 14 (RB2)

This draft started out zero-RB, and a lot of your drafts will. I don’t know if they all go without an RB in Round 1. Teams are thirsty for running backs always and people will reach. Here, I considered Jonathan Brooks, AD Mitchell, and Michael Penix. I love Benson’s combination of size and athleticism.

Not many players of his size can move the way he does in space. He is the #2 RB per PFF, and his dual-threat ability is something I am looking for in Dynasty. There are some great backs in this class and pure runners, but few have a three-down skill set. – Dave Heilman

2.02: WR – Adonai Mitchel, Texas

ADP: 1.12
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 16 (WR8)

Adonai Mitchell won’t be liked by many data-driven analysts. But I love him as a film grinder. He has excellent downfield speed, elite body control, and enough route nuance to have “Tee Higgins” in his range of outcomes. He could be a QB’s WR1. – Jagger May

2.03: QB – Michael Penix Jr., Washington

ADP: 2.07
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 19 (QB5)

The name of the game is Superflex. Of course, I’m going to pick the guy with fringe Day 1 capital here at 2.03! Penix may have a lot in his game that I don’t like, and he’s the exact opposite of Daniels in that his passing is amazing and can’t run, but if he lands on a playoff roster to develop behind the starter for a couple of years (ala Jordan Love, but with the Rams), he’s worth this pick. – Hunter Greene

2.04: QB – J.J. McCarthy, Michigan

ADP: 2.02
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 12 (QB4)

By the time your drafts come around, QB-needy teams could take this guy as high as 1.10. I think of him as the Will Levis of this year, not in terms of a play-style comp, but he will need to sit and learn for a while before he returns value. SEA, LAR, MIN, and NO are all ideal landing spots for him.

McCarthy boasts one of the strongest arms in the class and the athleticism to extend plays. Ball placement, touch, and pre-snap recognition could use refinement. However, if he has time to sit and learn for a year or two behind a strong vet. McCarthy can be an impact QB in the future. – Tim Riley

2.05: RB – Braelon Allen, Wisconsin

ADP: 2.03
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 17 (RB5)

In the fantasy football community, we often find ourselves overthinking prospects. As far as I can discern, having a draft prospect with a consistent production history, an early breakout age, and success in various schemes is undeniably positive.

Braelon Allen boasts all of these attributes on his college resume. Granted, it’s a bit concerning that his most outstanding season occurred as a freshman. However, at 6-2 and 245 pounds and still only 20 years old, I’m inclined to overlook certain aspects.

If Allen secures second-round draft capital, I believe he will likely ascend much higher than the 17th pick in a rookie draft that’s desperate for running backs.

Personally, I’m not overly preoccupied with Allen’s draft capital, as he possesses a crucial skill that accelerates the on-field integration of rookie backs – he blocks like a tight end. – Evan Harris

2.06: RB – Blake Corum, Michigan

ADP: 2.06
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 15 (RB3)

This felt like a dead-zone pick for me. I felt like I needed to go RB and was ultimately stuck choosing between Blake Corum and Jonathan Brooks. Brooks might have more upside, but Corum seems to be the safer pick who should have a role for an NFL team as soon as Day 1, based on his college production. – Coach Craig

2.07: RB – Jonathan Brooks, Texas

ADP: 2.04
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 13 (RB1)

Sadly, Jonathon Brooks suffered an ACL injury this past November, and to many people’s surprise, he still declared for the NFL draft–I think this was the right choice.

Brooks was on pace to lead the FBS in rushing yards and would likely be many analysts RB1 had this injury not occurred. His 1,139 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns were still top 10 in the Big 12 despite missing the final few games.

Brooks is an explosive athlete who has tremendous vision through all levels of the defense. In addition, he displays soft hands and can generate huge plays in the passing game.

There is a good chance he will not be available at the 2.4 in many rookie drafts come this May, but for now I’ll take the value. – Jeremy Popeliarz

2.08: WR – Devontez Walker, North Carolina

ADP: 2.10
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 32 (WR14)

In a draft so rich at wide receiver, let’s keep tapping the extraordinary talent at the position. Here’s the size-speed combination we covet in our WRs. Tez is 6-3, 200 pounds and has hit 23 mph at top speed. Over his last two college seasons, one at Kent State and one at North Carolina, Walker scored 19 touchdowns in 20 games.

He’s going to be a dangerous vertical threat at the next level, using his long limbs, reliable hands, and ball-tracking ability to create big plays for his NFL employer. – Pat Fitzmaurice

2.09: TE – Ja’Tavion Sanders, Texas

ADP: 2.08
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings:  Overall 27 (TE2)

My TE2 in this class. He is no Brock Bowers, but he should be viewed here in the second round of all fantasy drafts. Patience with him is how you should draft him. He won’t burn secondaries, but his athleticism is something teams will seek after. He will be a match-up nightmare for linebackers at the next level. – Ryan Miner

2.10: RB – Bucky Irving, Oregon

ADP: 2.12
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Ranking: Overall 21 (RB6)

As I stated earlier when discussing Irving’s teammate Troy Franklin, the landing spot will matter a lot for running backs. So, I am making this pick with the assumption Irving is selected by a team that will utilize his skillset well. Of course, if that’s true, he may not be available at 2.10, where I was thrilled to be able to take him.

I could make a case for taking Irving over each of the other RBs taken in this round. But that’s partly why the landing spot will matter so much for RBs.

There really is not a standout RB1 and RB2 in this class, but it has six to eight backs who could legitimately make the claim for those spots now and who could end up there when all the dust settles.

Irving is certainly one of those players, so if all things are relatively equal at the moment, give me the guy who is explosive, agile, elusive, good in space, and can be a legitimate receiving threat because that is where the NFL seems to be headed, and we also certainly like that for our PPR dynasty leagues.

Knocks on Irving include his sub-200 weight (which contributes to his poor pass protection grades) and his tendency to be impatient as a runner sometimes. Still, Irving has a good contact balance for his size and averaged 4.36 YCO/A (yards after contact per attempt) in 2022 and 3.99 in 2023 (per PFF).

One caveat is that he was doing that against Pac-12 defenses with Pac-12 tackling. It’s early, but I see him between Kenny Gainwell/Antonio Gibson/Devin Singletary on one end and James Cook/De’Von Achane/Jahmyr Gibbs on the higher end. In the right scheme,

Irving will be efficient – productive on fewer touches than many other fantasy RBs would need to match him. There are lots of possibilities in the third and fourth rounds of the NFL Draft for Irving to land well, including (but not limited to Arizona (picks 66, 90, and 104), Washington (67, 100, 102), the Chargers (69, 105), and Houston (86, 123. 127). – Brian Ford

2.11: WR – Ladd McConkey, Georgia

ADP: 2.11
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 18 (WR9)

From his film study, “If the goal of a receiver is to get open and catch the ball, McConkey is a dang good receiver.” Folks are going to see him and slap Hunter Renfrow and Danny Amendola stickers on him, but he was the number two option (behind Brock Bowers) on the 2022 National Championship team.

He outproduced Adonai Mitchell when they were on the same team, but Mitchell went nine picks earlier. Easy select in the back of the second round. – Mike Kash

2.12: RB – Audric Estime, Notre Dame

ADP: N/A
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 28 (RB10)

The back half of the second-round is going to be a prime position in the rookie draft to start slamming the running back position. At this stage of the draft process, the running back class is still ambiguous, considering it’s not heavy on the top end with talent. However, we have plenty of talent who can be productive in the correct landing spot.

Aduric Estime is a big, physical running back who was very productive in 2023, rushing for over 1,300 yards and 18 touchdowns while averaging 4.27 yards after contact per attempt. If he lands in a good situation, he could get vaulted into the second-round. – Bruce Matson

ROUND 3

3.01: WR – Brenden Rice, USC

ADP: 3.12
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 38 (WR18)

Brenden Rice falls from a long line of great fantasy producers with the last name Rice. Oh, his father is Jerry Rice as well. This is a big-bodied wide receiver that has alpha traits. At 6-2 and 212 pounds, he profiles as an outside wide receiver.

He uses this frame to box out defensive backs in the red zone and as a possession wide receiver. Rice should put on a show at the combine at his size and expected to run in the 4.3s. This Day 2 pick could wind up a second-rounder in your rookie drafts. – David Heilman

3.02: RB – Jaylen Wright, Tennessee

ADP: N/A
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 22 (RB7)

It would not surprise me if Jaylen Wright in the third-round would be considered robbery after the combine. Especially after the draft. Jaylen Wright was electric at Tennessee and productive in a stout defensive conference. He should put on a show at the combine and have the opportunity to shine among an RB class with no stars. – Jagger May

3.03: WR – Xavier Legette, South Carolina

ADP: 2.09
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 26 (WR11)

I like Lagette. He may not be the biggest or the best route runner, but he’s shown flashes on the field of his talent. I think he could be a good WR2 for a team like Atlanta or Chicago if he goes Day 2. – Hunter Greene

3.04: WR – Malachi Corley, Western Kentucky

ADP: 3.02
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 33 (WR15)

Malachi “YAC King” Corley reminds me so much of Jayden Reed. His outcomes range from a Tank Dell to a Rondale Moore role in an offense. Coming into the league from Western Kentucky, Corley will have to adapt to a much higher level of talent on the field.

He’ll likely have to start in a specialized role before developing into an every-down role for a team. However, the fact remains that Corley can be a significant weapon for any NFL offense. – Tim Riley

3.05: WR – Ja’Lynn Polk, Washington

ADP: 3.01
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 37 (WR17)

It’s challenging to consider Ja’Lynn Polk without also reflecting on his college teammate Rome Odunze. While Odunze is undoubtedly a first-round lock in both the NFL and all rookie drafts, it’s crucial not to overlook Polk this draft season. In 2023, Polk surpassed Jalen McMillan, another soon-to-be NFL wide receiver, as the Huskies’ WR2 during a season.

That propelled the 6-2 wideout to play a pivotal role in leading his team to the College Football Championship. In his final college season, Polk demonstrated the ability to win against all three levels of the defense, whether lined up inside or outside. This versatility positions him well to secure an early role in his NFL career. – Evan Harris

3.06: WR – Johnny Wilson, Florida State

ADP: 3.07
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 49 (WR20)

After watching Malachi Corley get selected two picks before me, I ultimately decided to take a chance on Johnny Wilson out of Florida St. He is expected to measure in at 6-6 and 237 pounds, both of which are on the high end for the WR position.

After an up-and-down career in college, look for an NFL team to take a shot at maximizing his potential. There is also a chance he ultimately moves to TE due to his size. – Coach Craig

3.07:  WR – Jacob Crowing, Arizona

ADP: 4.03
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 31 (WR13)

Jacob Cowing stands a mere 5-8 and 157 pounds, but man, his tape is littered with big play after big play. He has two 1000-plus yard receiving seasons and is coming off a 13-touchdown season for the Wildcats. Cowing is not the most sudden player but is a fluid mover that weaponizes leverage with ease, creating good separation on almost every route.

He displays the ability to catch outside his frame and with his hands or body, depending on what is required. Due to his size, Cowing will likely be limited to the slot at the NFL level, but this is fine as he can dominate in the middle of the field.

The landing spot will be key for Cowing, and he likely doesn’t possess a WR1 ceiling, but I think he could be a solid flex player. – Jeremy Popeliarz

3.08: RB – Ray Davis, Kentucky

ADP: 3.10
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 39 (RB12)

I was hoping Malachi Corley would fall to me, but it wasn’t to be. Instead, I grabbed one of my favorite running backs in a so-so RB class. Davis reminds me of Josh Jacobs in both background and playing style.

Like Jacobs, Davis experienced childhood homelessness. Also, like Jacobs, Davis is a tough, agile, resourceful runner with the versatility to be productive as a pass catcher. – Pat Fitzmaurice

3.09: RB – Marshawn Lloyd, USC

ADP: 3.05
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall  23 (RB8)

Lloyd is not flashy, but he is a solid running back. He never dominated the backfield at USC, but did enough to be drafted as a rotational back. His pass blocking is very good, and he is patient while running the ball.

Excellent hands and vision once the ball is in his hands. When comparing him to past backs, he could be the Dameon Pierce of 2022. Keep an eye on this kid and his landing spot. He should go late in Day 2 or early in Day 3 of the draft. – Ryan Miner

3.10: WR – Ricky Pearsall, Florida

ADP: 3.08
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 46 (WR21)

In a lot of rookie drafts, pounding running backs in the third round is a good way to go, but I passed on guys like Will Shipley, Jase McClellan, Kendall Milton, and Cody Schrader for three reasons:

1. The wide receiver class is just that deep. There will be Day 2 guys who drop to the third round of our rookie drafts.

2. I just felt like talking about Pearsall.

3. Later rounds are a good time to target “just good football players” that coaches will love and can stick on rosters.

Especially because the data side of scouting hasn’t really “caught up” to all the changes in the NFL and to the effects of COVID, NIL, and the transfer portal. Some question his separation skills, but Pearsall has solid hands, good ball-tracking, and a knack for finding spots in zone coverage.

He profiles as a bigger-ish slot WR who could be a sleeper in the right scheme. There is no “next ____,” but people will see some Puka vibes in players like Ladd McConkey and Ricky Pearsall, though neither is an equal force versus tacklers. If Pearsall sneaks into Day 2, a 3.10 selection could be a good value. – Brian Ford

3.11: RB – Will Shipley, Clemson

ADP: 3.04
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 29 (RB11)

At this point in the draft, even though it’s a loaded receiver class, I’d rather swing on running backs who can earn a role or stand in as a handcuff. Shipley didn’t live up to his preseason hype, but he still has two seasons in a row with more than 30 receptions. – Mike Kash

3.12: WR – Javon Baker, UCF

ADP: 3.05
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 30 (WR12)

I’m very surprised that Baker fell this far in the draft. Baker is a physical wide receiver with a my-ball mentality. He had a solid outing during the Senior Bowl practices. This was his breakout season with 1,139 yards and 7 touchdowns while averaging 3.21 yards per route. Baker has a lot of upside, and if the NFL proves they like him on draft weekend, we will see him climb rookie draft ADP. – Bruce Matson

ROUND 4

4.01: WR – Jermaine Burton, Alabama

ADP: 3.06
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 34 (WR16)

Really regretting not taking Roman Wilson looking back at this one. Jermaine Burton is a projected early Day 2 pick with great speed. This speed comes with a 6-0 and 194-pound frame.

Burton has solid hands and gets open. Quarterbacks had a 132 QBR when targeting him, and he does well with intermediate routes. His deep-ball tracking and body control make him a big-play threat. Top-end burst that should make some noise at the combine. – Dave Heilman

4.02: WR – Roman Wilson, Michigan

ADP: 3.07
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 24 (WR10)

This pick is already since the time of this draft. You won’t be getting Roman Wilson outside of the early second-round anytime soon. Wilson was underutilized in a run-first offense but consistently flashed athleticism, strong hands, and big play ability whenever the ball went his way. Moreover, he flashed the dirty work that coaches love, like blocking. – Jagger May

4.03: RB – Jace McClellan, Alabama

ADP: N/A
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 37 (RB13)

McClellan suffered from what we’ll call “RBBC,” or Running Back By Committee. The Bama offense has always done this and their RBs have a good shoot at working out in the NFL when given the chance.

Look at Brian Robinson as an example of what could happen. Late Day 2/Early Day 3 draft capital on a decent offense that could use multiple backs. That’s what I envision and hope to happen with this pick. – Hunter Greene

4.04: WR – Rasheen Ali, Marshall

ADP: N/A
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 40 (RB14)

Most RBs in this class are going to be highly draft capital-dependent. Ali is one of my favorite late-round picks. There’s not a lot of things Ali doesn’t do well.

He’s an all-around back with great speed and excellent vision that excels in the screen game. Although a Knee injury cost him the majority of the 2022 season, Ali still managed to produce over 3,300 yards in 34 games. In the right situation, he can significantly impact Dynasty rosters. – Tim Riley

4.05: RB – Isaac Guerendo, Louisville

ADP: N/A
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Not Ranked

Alright, let’s address the situation here. We’ve all been there—caught up in the draft frenzy, perhaps jumping the gun to snag one of our favorite sleepers a tad early.

I won’t deny the timing of my pick for Isaac Guerendo, but I’m staunchly standing by it, convinced that he’s one of the most underrated gems in this rookie class. Guerendo’s draft stock is on the rise, earning him an invite to the NFL Draft Combine following an impressive performance at the Shrine Bowl.

Originally recruited as a wide receiver, Guerendo transitioned to running back while at Wisconsin. However, it wasn’t until his transfer to Louisville this past season under Coach Jeff Brohm that he fully unleashed his offensive potential.

At an imposing 6-1 and 225 pounds, Guerendo possesses the size to thrive as an every-down NFL back. Keep a close eye on his landing spot come this April—I certainly will.” – Evan Harris

4.06: RB – Emani Bailey, TCU

ADP: N/A
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 45 (RB16)

TCU RBs have done fairly well in recent years. Last year, we saw Kendre Miller get drafted in the fourth-round by the New Orleans Saints, and Emari Demercado made an impact as an UDFA for the Arizona Cardinals. Bailey is the next in that line after a breakout year in 2024 with 1,209 yards and 8 TDs and 25 receptions for 184 yards and 1 TD. – Coach Craig

4.07: WR – Jamari Thrash, Louisville

ADP: N/A
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 50 (WR22)

Former Sun Belt leading receiver Jamari Thrash will likely see his stock rise post-Senior Bowl, but I’ll take him here in the fourth round for now. Thrash has one 1000-yard receiving season under his belt but is coming off a modest 848 receiving-yard season for Lousiville. He is a nuanced route runner who can threaten at all three levels of the defense.

His quickness, paired with his speed manipulation, allows him to create separation with ease. In addition, he displays strong and reliable hands.

If it weren’t for his slightly undersized frame Thrash would be garnering much more buzz, like most players this late in the draft he will need a few things to bounce his way to become a weekly contributor, but I like the risk-to-reward ratio here. – Jeremy Popeliarz

4.08: WR – Jalen McMillan, Washington

ADP: 3.09
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 48 (WR21)

Pretty good value here since I’m guessing McMillan will be a third-round value in most rookie drafts. The most overlooked member of Washington’s talented WR trio, McMillan is a speedy playmaker who had 79 catches for 1,098 yards and 9 TDs for the Huskies in 2022 before enduring an injury-plagued 2023 season.

He has a reasonable chance to be a Day 2 pick in the NFL Draft, which could potentially earn him late-second-round consideration in rookie drafts. – Pat Fitzmaurice

4.09: QB – Jordan Travis, Florida State

ADP: N/A
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Not Ranked

Many will remember Travis going down with a season-ending leg injury he suffered against North Alabama. While being 24, he’s viewed as an older rookie with upside. His rushing upside is insane, as he has rushed for 1,682 yards along with 28 touchdowns since transferring to Florida State back in 2020.

His efficiency this past season was great as he threw for 2,756 yards and 20 touchdowns, along with two interceptions. How he heals from his injury, though, will be the telling point where he goes in the draft. Nevertheless, he will be a backup with a potential to start. He will be a good quarterback to put on your taxi squad. – Ryan Miner

4.10: QB – Michael Pratt, Tulane

ADP: 3.11
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 35 (QB6)

Get on board the Michael Pratt hype train while you can! Bo Nix may get taken in the first round of the NFL draft (which I think is a mistake), and Michael Penix has also gotten buzz as a quarterback a team may move into Day 1 to select in order to secure a fifth-year option.

I would not be surprised at all if, in three or four years, Penix and Nix have flamed out, and Michael Pratt is still making spot starts. Even better, he is getting an opportunity to have a full season as a starter while a team is working on their next big QB.

I think the floor here is good, all things considered, and he will at least be a priority NFL backup to have on dynasty rosters. Pratt will impress NFL front offices with his experience, leadership, poise in the pocket, ability to sense pressure, and above-average athleticism. He is not a Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, or 2023 rookie Anthony Richardson.

But Pratt can buy time, scramble, and get you some fantasy points with his legs. Critics rightly identify a likely low ceiling and some point out that he may bail on progressions too quickly to take off and run.

As I said in my blurb on Ricky Pearsall, there is no “next ____,” but I feel Pratt will be a player NFL teams target as they search for the next Jordan Love or Brock Purdy. At 4.10, I think he could be a steal in a Superflex rookie draft and a priority taxi stash. – Brian Ford

4.11: RB, Cody Schrader, Missouri

Current ADP: N/A
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 25 (RB9)

It’s not too late to learn the name Cody Schrader. Weird that folks haven’t gotten excited about him, considering he’s a former walk-on who became an All-American in 2023. He’s an older prospect at a position with an already short shelf life, but he’s a reliable back who will make a roster and earn touches.

In the back of the fourth, roster locks are worth their weight in gold. Full Schrader film study for your viewing pleasure. – Mike Kash

4.12: RB – Kendall Milton, Georgia

ADP: N/A
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 42 (RB16)

At this stage of the draft, I’m taking shots on running backs with upside. Milton has a prestigious pedigree coming out of high school and displayed a good blend of size and speed while at Georgia. He’s a running back who sees a value jump if he lands in the right spot. – Bruce Matson

ROUND 5

5.01: RB – Dillon Johnson, Washington

ADP: N/A
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 41 (RB15)

At 6-0 and 218 lbs., Johnson is the ideal size for an NFL back. He is a powerful runner and can handle a full workload. Washington had an amazing season, and we saw how important Johnson was to that offense in the playoffs. Tough, downhill runner that offers versatility.

He has a rare combination of size and speed that will translate to the NFL. Johnson showed the ability to be a bell cow, including his work as a pass-catcher. – Dave Heilman

5.02: TE – Dallin Holker, Colorado State

ADP: N/A
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Not Ranked

This is a fourth-round flier. Holker transferred to CSU and mostly suffered from poor QB play but is a big-play H-back who can be a versatile weapon for any team. – Jagger May

5.03: TE – Ben Sinnott, Kansas State

ADP: N/A
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Not Ranked

After my top two TEs were off the board, I knew I was going to wait till Round 5 and get Sinnott. He played really well this year in a role similar to George Kittle. Both play a lot of sixth lineman-style roles but also are a threat to run off and get a huge chunk of yards.

If you don’t know much about Sinnott, look at his film and find the clip of him laying out a linebacker to let his RB get the TD. He looked like a mix of Kittle and Quentin Nelson in that lead blocker role. I think he’s a long shot of being a star as a rookie, but he’s worth a taxi squad spot to see what his role is for the year. – Hunter Greene

5.04: TE – Jaheim Bell, Florida State

Current ADP: 4:07
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Not Ranked

Jaheim Bell has one of the most versatile skill sets in this draft class. Imagine Tyson Hill without the passing skills. He profiles best as an undersized receiving TE who could and should see usage all over the fields.

Bell likely willl have trouble fitting into a traditional TE role, and he needs to improve his blocking and physicality. However, If he goes to an offense with a creative coordinator, defenses won’t be able to ignore him. – Tim Riley

5.05: WR – Luke McCaffrey, Rice

ADP: N/A
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Not Ranked

When I’m drafting in the later rounds, I tend to seek out players with a distinct reason they’ve flown under the radar. A late-career position change can often be that kind of reason. It might just be the factor that allows you to snag Luke McCaffrey in the fifth-round of your Rookie Drafts.

Initially starting his college journey as a quarterback at Nebraska, McCaffrey faced challenges in establishing himself in that role. However, in 2022, he made a significant move, transferring to Rice and transitioning to wide receiver. With an impressive stat line of 1,715 yards and 19 touchdowns, it seems the position suits him quite well.

Standing at a solid 6-2 and weighing 195 pounds, McCaffrey’s size isn’t a point of concern. However, questions may arise regarding the level of competition and overall athleticism. Keep an eye on the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine, as they could play a pivotal role in shaping the NFL Draft stock of Christian McCaffrey’s younger brother.” – Evan Harris

5.06: WR – Malik Washington, Virginia

ADP: N/A
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 43 (WR19)

Talent has never truly been a question for Malik Washington. He unfortunately suffered from poor QB play during his time at Northwestern. After transferring to Virginia in 2024, he broke out in a big way with 110 receptions, 1,426 yards, and 9 TDs. One thing that stood out watching him is that he plays bigger than his expected 5-9 and 190-pound measurements. – Coach Craig

5.07: RB – Carson Steele, UCLA

ADP: N/A
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Not Ranked

Once thought of as a top name in this class after two highly productive seasons at Ball State, Carson Steele disappointed at UCLA this year. He managed a modest 1010 scrimmage yards.

Within this were 847 rushing yards and 163 receiving yards. Steele is a fitness freak who runs with extreme ferocity and often leaves defenders worse for wear. He lacks breakaway speed but has good quickness to pick up chunk plays at a decent rate.

As a likely Day 3 running back, it is unlikely he will walk into a significant role, but we have seen plenty of later draft capital running backs become weekly contributors as of late. In the final round, I’ll take a shot at his physical traits winning out. – Jeremy Popeliarz

5.08: QB – Joe Milton, Tennessee

ADP: 4.02
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Not Ranked

This is purely a gamble on arm talent. The 6-5, 244-pound Milton has one of the strongest arms in football. He can flick a ball 60 yards with ease, and he throws a beautifully tight spiral. But Milton is an overaged, under-experienced prospect who might need to be paired with a brilliant QB coach in order to fully blossom. – Pat Fitzmaurice

5.09: QB – Spencer Rattler, South Carolina

ADP: 4.01
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 36 (QB8)

It has been an up-and-down college career for Rattler. But it was just a couple of years ago he was viewed not only as a first-round pick but potentially the number-one overall pick. Yet, getting him here in the fifth round seems like excellent value. He has the arm teams will love but struggles to read defenses as he makes unnecessary moves.

However, he has improved his overall game year after year. We, as analysts, may not be high on him, but rumors are that he could be a Day 2 pick. In Superflex drafts after the NFL Draft, I expect to see Rattler to be selected somewhere in the second-round. – Ryan Miner

5.10: RB – Isaiah Davis, South Dakota State

ADP: N/A
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 45 (RB16)

I first heard of Davis from Matt Hicks (@TheFF_Educator) in the 2023 rookie season, when Matt was among the analysts who believed Davis could have come out last year. Having passed on value RBs (my usual late-round MO) in Rounds 3 and 4, I was pleased to still have Davis available at 5.10.

Davis went back to school, added some weight, and improved his game, which can be important for FCS prospects to do. He has NFL size (listed at 6-1 and 225 pounds) and a well-rounded skillset.

Davis has good physicality and contact balance without sacrificing burst and vision. He helped lead the Jackrabbits to an undefeated championship in 2023 and was clearly a cut above his competition.

Like most running backs these days, he will be a rotational/committee back but has an upside to produce if given some more volume. Like most rookie RBs, his pass protection is likely underdeveloped, but he can work on that.

We’re doing this mock about a week before the Senior Bowl, where a solid week among FBS prospects can help Davis raise his stock. I foresee an early Day 3 selection, which is not the death knell it used to be for RBs.

Tampa Bay (pick 125), Green Bay (126), Buffalo (128), Minnesota (likely 130, depending on how Detroit, whose pick it was, finishes the season), and Baltimore (two picks in that same range) are intriguing landing spots, as are early fifth-round destinations like Arizona (136), the Chargers (138), and Carolina (140). – Brian Ford

5.11: RB – Frank Gore Jr., Southern Mississippi

ADP: 4.08
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Overall 47 (RB19)

A future Hall of Fame running back with 16,000 yards had a kid. Junior isn’t as thick as his dad, but was a very capable back at Southern Mississippi with a couple of explosive games over 250 yards. He’s a fluid runner who made the most of his opportunities. At this point in the draft, why not? – Mike Kash

5.12: RB – Daijuan Edwards, Georgia

ADP: N/A
SGPN Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Not Ranked

He had a good showing at the Senior Bowl practices. He scored 13 touchdowns for the Bulldogs in 2023 and averaged 3.04 yards after contact per attempt. He’s also shown effective in the passing game catching 20 balls for 197 yards. This is a running back who could be a late-round gem if drafted into the right situation.

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