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Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft

In this 2021 Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft, we go in-depth and complete our first 5-round mock of the offseason. Much has been said about the presumed strength of the 2021 NFL rookie class and if you’ve read any of my stuff before you’ll know I’m in agreeance. 

With the Senior Bowl now upon us, there’s no better time to dive back into this class. On that note, the heights, weights and BMI’s listed for seniors have been updated according to their Senior Bowl measurements. For those not participating in the Senior Bowl or not weighing in (Looking at you Devonta), it is their listed height and weight. There are still too many variables to give these kinds of mock drafts significant merit however they can serve as a useful tool for expanding your knowledge of prospects and gauging public sentiment. 

In the interest of length, I’ve kept the analysis for each prospect brief in this 2021 dynasty rookie mock draft. 

Round 1

1Najee HarrisRBSeniorAlabama6'2" 230 lbs29.5
2Travis EtienneRBSeniorClemson5'10" 205 lbs29.4
3Ja'Marr ChaseWRJuniorLSU6'0" 208 lbs28.2
4Kyle PittsTEJuniorFlorida6'6" 240 lbs27.7
5Jaylen WaddleWRJuniorAlabama5'10" 182 lbs26.1
6Rashod BatemanWRJuniorMinnesota6'2" 210 lbs27
7Terrace Marshall Jr.WRJuniorLSU6'3" 200 lbs25
8DeVonta SmithWRSeniorAlabama6'1" 175 lbs23.1
9Javonte WilliamsRBJuniorUNC5'10" 220 lbs31.6
10Rondale MooreWRJuniorPurdue5'9" 180 lbs26.6
11Trevor LawrenceQBJuniorClemson6'6" 220 lbs25.4
12Kenneth GainwellRBRS Soph.Memphis5'11" 195 lbs27.2

1.01: Najee Harris, RB 1

Harris is an exceptional running back prospect who’s built to stand the test of time in the NFL. His combination of size, decisiveness and receiving ability should help him thrive at fantasy’s most valuable position. 

1.02: Travis Etienne, RB 2

Not far behind Harris, Etienne’s blend of contact balance, receiving ability and blazing speed make him a playmaker at any level. His involvement in the passing game has steadily improved each season and provides him with true bell-cow status.

1.03: Ja’Marr Chase, WR 1

Chase has maintained his stranglehold on the WR 1 spot in this draft class despite sitting out the 2020 season. He’s an outstanding prospect with tremendous hands, separation ability and ball skills.

1.04: Kyle Pitts, TE 1

Pitts’ unique skill set has rocketed him up draft boards. He’s the clear TE 1 of this rookie class and borders on being a generational prospect. Pitts owners will be set at tight end for a long time.

1.05: Jaylen Waddle, WR 2

Blessed with lightning speed, superb quickness and footwork, Waddle has true game breaking potential and weekly WR 1 upside. He also showcases good contested catch ability, reliable hands and toughness. 

1.06: Rashod Bateman, WR 3

Bateman has plenty of ball skills, runs great routes and has the versatility to play inside and out. A natural playmaker after the catch, he has the contact balance and strength to consistently pick up extra yards on his receptions. 

1.07: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR 4

Marshall is an exciting combination of size, speed and athleticism. We caught a glimpse of what he can do prior to his opt out and he’s among the highest upside receivers in this class. 

1.08: DeVonta Smith, WR 5

Smith capped off his dominant senior season with a Heisman trophy and National Championship. Not bad. He’s an excellent route runner with high football IQ and loads of after the catch ability. His transition to the NFL will be one of the biggest stories of the 2021 season.

1.09: Javonte Williams, RB 3

Williams is a well-rounded running back with prototypical size for the position. He’s a powerful runner with great contact balance and plus explosiveness. He’s likely to be the third RB off the board.

1.10: Rondale Moore, WR 6

Moore’s tremendous athleticism and playmaking skills are blatantly obvious on tape. After the catch ability is among the best in class and his freshman season was exceptional. His ceiling is among the highest WRs in this class. 

1.11: Trevor Lawrence, QB 1

Lawrence is one of the best quarterback prospects of all-time and lived up to the hype in college. He’s an instant cornerstone for dynasty teams in need of help at QB.

1.12: Kenneth Gainwell, RB 4

Gainwell’s incredible receiving ability makes him a very interesting RB prospect who won’t need bell-cow status to be fantasy relevant. As a ball carrier, he’s quick, elusive and decisive.

Round 2

13Amon-Ra St. BrownWRJuniorUSC6'1" 195 lbs25.7
14Tylan WallaceWRSeniorOK St.5'11" 193 lbs26.9
15Elijah MooreWRJuniorOle Miss5'9" 185 lbs27.3
16Kylin HillRBSeniorMiss St.5'10" 214 lbs30.7
17Jermar JeffersonRBJuniorOregon St.5'10" 217 lbs31.1
18Justin FieldsQBJuniorOSU6'3" 228 lbs28.5
19Kadarius ToneyWRSeniorFlorida5'11" 189 lbs26.4
20Brevin JordanTEJuniorMiami6'3" 245 lbs30.6
21Chuba HubbardRBRS JuniorOK St.6'0" 208 lbs28.2
22Trey SermonRBSeniorOSU6'0" 213 lbs28.9
23Dyami BrownWRJuniorUNC6'0" 185 lbs25.1
24Michael CarterRBSeniorUNC5'8" 202 lbs30.7

2.01: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR 7

Arguably the best pure slot receiver in the draft, St. Brown is a crisp route runner with great hands. After the catch, his strength, physicality and elusiveness are on full display.

2.02: Tylan Wallace, WR 8

Wallace has very good hands, body control and toughness for a wide receiver. He loves to compete in contested catch situations and thrives at creating separation.

2.03: Elijah Moore, WR 9

Moore’s skill set is diverse, including the ability to separate, run a solid route tree and compete. His athleticism is solid, and he uses his short area quickness to find space and eat after the catch.

2.04: Kylin Hill, RB 5

Hill is a violent, instinctive and powerful runner who’ll have no issue breaking tackles in his career. His vision and decision making are evident as he rarely makes mistakes trying to do too much. Prior to opting out in 2020, he was a big contributor in the passing game.

2.05: Jermar Jefferson, RB 6

Jefferson has good size for a back and complements it with terrific vision and patience. Cuts are crisp, and he’s proven himself very difficult to tackle for opposing defenses. He’s been steadily rising up draft boards.

2.06: Justin Fields, QB 2

Fields was among the most highly touted dual-threat recruits in history. Like Lawrence, Fields has all the size, athleticism and arm strength necessary to be a franchise quarterback. When you combine that with his dynamism outside the pocket and as a rusher, you have all the ingredients of a future QB 1. 

2.07: Kadarius Toney, WR 10

Toney’s a tremendous athlete, possessing elite agility, acceleration and explosiveness. He proved himself to be a game breaker at every level of the field. Deceptively strong and does some of his best work after the catch. 

2.08: Brevin Jordan, TE 2

Jordan is another tight end in this year’s class who possesses exceptional athleticism. After the catch, he’s tremendous for a TE, showcasing elusiveness, contact balance and strength. Moreover, he’s shown linear improvement as a route runner and can attack the defense at all three levels of the field.

2.09: Chuba Hubbard, RB 7

Explosiveness and speed are among Hubbard’s strongest traits. Though his draft stock has taken a bit of a hit this season, any back with his speed will have a high ceiling due to home run hitting ability.

2.10: Trey Sermon, RB 8

Sermon has really nice size and physicality for a back at the NFL level. He adds to that with superb contact balance, power and toughness.

2.11: Dyami Brown, WR 11

Brown showcased good burst, hands and athleticism throughout his time at UNC. He also possesses very good ball skills, speed and body control.

2.12: Michael Carter, RB 9

Carter is an extremely well-rounded running back with the rushing and receiving production to back it up. Although he checks in a little undersized, Carter’s an elusive runner with excellent lateral movement, patience and vision.

Round 3

25Pat FreirmuthTEJuniorPSU6'5" 260 lbs30.8
26Tamorrion TerryWRRS JuniorFSU6'4" 210 lbs25.1
27Nico CollinsWRSeniorMichigan6'4" 215 lbs26.2
28Seth WilliamsWRJuniorAuburn6'3" 211 lbs26.4
29Javian HawkinsRBRS Soph.Louisville5'9" 196 lbs28.9
30Zach WilsonQBJuniorBYU6'3" 210 lbs26.2
31Amari RodgersWRSeniorClemson5'9" 211 lbs31.2
32Rhamondre StevensonRBSeniorOklahoma6'0" 227 lbs30.8
33Trey LanceQBRS Soph.NDSU6'4" 226 lbs27.5
34Simi FehokoWRRS Soph.Stanford6'4" 220 lbs27
35Khalil HerbertRBRS SeniorVT5'9" 204 lbs30.1
36Demetric FeltonRBRS JuniorUCLA5'9" 189 lbs27.9

3.01: Pat Freiermuth, TE 3

Freiermuth is a meticulous route runner with a proven ability to set up defenders when working against man coverage. His footwork is very impressive for his size, and he cuts sharper than most players in the 260 lb range. Freiermuth’s complete skill set should enable to step into a sizable role out of the gate and be a reliable contributor in the passing game.

3.02: Tamorrion Terry, WR 12

Terry is an exciting blend of size, speed and playmaking ability. He’s proven himself able to score long touchdowns as a deep threat as well as after the catch. Catch radius, athleticism and play strength are all pluses. 

3.03: Nico Collins, WR 13

As a bigger receiver, Collins thrives on the outside, combining excellent ball skills with plus athleticism. He should quickly carve out a role in the red zone and also willingly contributes as a blocker. 

3.04: Seth Williams, WR 14

As a big, athletic receiver, Williams has shined in contested catch and high-point situations. He possesses solid long speed once he gets going and will absolutely be utilized in the red zone.

3.05: Javian Hawkins, RB 10

Hawkins possesses elite speed, quickness and acceleration, enabling him to thrive in open space. Size may hold Hawkins back from ever becoming a true workhorse but his playmaking ability will provide him with loads of upside.

3.06: Zach Wilson, QB 3

Wilson is equipped with good athleticism for the quarterback position. His progression from 2019 to 2020 was outstanding as he routinely showcased his ridiculous arm talent, timing and anticipation. He can create for his teammates outside the pocket and does a great job of keeping his eyes downfield.

3.07: Amari Rodgers, WR 15

Rodgers profiles as a slot receiver with a very solid build. Additionally, he’s a strong athlete with plus acceleration and the long speed necessary to be a factor downfield. Rodgers is a natural hands catcher with exceptional elusiveness and toughness after the catch. 

3.08: Rhamondre Stevenson, RB 11

Though his size and power indicate otherwise, Stevenson is deceivingly elusive. Furthermore, his acceleration and speed are exceptional given his stature. Breaking tackles became a regular occurrence for Stevenson in 2020. Impressively, he also averaged 3 receptions per game and proved himself to be an adequate pass catcher.

3.09: Trey Lance, QB 4

Lance has shown the arm strength, accuracy and touch to be a legitimate dual-threat quarterback in the NFL. If all goes well in his development, he’ll have a very high ceiling in fantasy.

3.10: Simi Fehoko, WR 16

Fehoko capitalizes on his size with tremendous ball skills and a monstrous catch radius. He uses his strong hands to pluck the ball out of the air and is a problem for DBs to bring down after the catch. He possesses plenty of deep speed and also looks to be a very capable route runner.

3.11: Khalil Herbert, RB 12

Herbert’s a strong athlete who’s shown the ability to quickly change direction, accelerate and make defenders miss. His plus vision and patience are evident on many of his runs dnd he’s proven himself to be a reliable option catching the ball out of the backfield. 

3.12: Demetric Felton, RB 13

Felton’s receiving ability is tremendous and he can seamlessly line up all over the field. He’s proven himself to be very elusive in space as he blends speed with good lateral quickness. 

Round 4

37Chatarius AtwellWRJuniorLouisville5'9" 165 lbs24.4
38Marquez StevensonWRRS SeniorHouston5'10" 182 lbs26.1
39Jaret PattersonRBJuniorBuffalo5'9" 195 lbs28.8
40Sage SurrattWRRS JuniorWake Forest6'3" 215 lbs26.9
41Jhamon AusbonWRSeniorTexas A&M6'2" 210 lbs26.8
42Tyler VaughnsWRRS SeniorUSC6'2" 190 lbs24.4
43Marlon WilliamsWRSeniorUCF6'0" 215 lbs29.2
44Dazz NewsomeWRSeniorUNC5'11" 190 lbs26.5
45Anthony SchwartzWRJuniorAuburn6'0" 179 lbs24.3
46Trevon GrimesWRSeniorFlorida6'4" 217 lbs26.4
47D'Wayne EskridgeWRRS SeniorWMU5'9" 188 lbs27.8
48Cornell PowellWRRS SeniorClemson6'0" 205 lbs27.8

4.01: Chatarius Atwell, WR 17

Atwell’s a tremendous athlete with top-tier agility, suddenness and breakaway speed. Once the ball’s in his hands, his elusiveness and dynamism are on full display.

4.02: Marquez Stevenson, WR 18

Stevenson is another special athlete who’s displayed game-breaking speed during his time at Houston University. Not only a deep threat, Stevenson can operate from all levels of the field and once he gets a step he’s rarely caught. He’s shown the versatility to operate on the outside, from the slot and as a runner on designed plays.

4.03: Jaret Patterson, RB 14

Patterson’s quick footwork and lightning acceleration are evident in his running style and led to plenty of chunk plays this season. His vision is also solid as he consistently identified holes and cutbacks. 

4.04: Sage Surratt, WR 19

Surratt effectively uses his size to bully smaller corners and dominate one-on-one battles. Ball skills, football IQ and hands are exactly what you want to see from a receiver in his mold. His route running is solid and should continue to progress into the pros.

4.05: Jhamon Ausbon, WR 20

Ausbon has very good play strength and body control. Hands are strong and extremely reliable while he’s worked to improve his route running each season. Work ethic and IQ are also strengths of Ausbon.

4.06: Tyler Vaughns, WR 21

Vaughns has good size and uses it to his advantage in contested catch situations. His tracking and ball skills also show up on tape and will need to carry over to the NFL as he makes the transition.

4.07: Marlon Williams, WR 22

Williams thrived in the big slot role but also possesses the requisite size to work on the boundary. Very strong after the catch and effort will never be an issue with his game.

4.08: Dazz Newsome, WR 23

Quickness, separation and route running are staples in Newsome’s game and he looks to carry those into the NFL. He’s a natural hands catcher and can do lots of damage after the catch. 

4.09: Anthony Schwartz, WR 24

Quite possibly the fastest player in the draft, Schwartz has increased his receiving production each season at Auburn. His athleticism is superb as he showcases agility, burst and exceptional long speed.

4.10: Trevon Grimes, WR 25

Grimes exhibits great athleticism for a big receiver and capitalizes on his size by thriving in contested catch situations. He has all the tools to be a playmaker but has yet to consistently put it together.

4.11: D’Wayne Eskridge, WR 26

Eskridge possesses excellent athleticism, changing directions in an instant and reaching top gear in a hurry. He’s also a solid route runner who flashes crisp breaks and attacks defenses at all levels of the field.

4.12: Cornell Powell, WR 27

He has good size, body control and contested catch ability. Powell’s athleticism is solid, showing enough burst and acceleration to keep DBs honest and make plays. 

Round 5

49Warren JacksonWRSeniorCol. St.6'6" 215 lbs24.8
50Larry Rountree IIIRBSeniorMissouri5'11" 216 lbs30.1
51Elijah MitchellRBSeniorLL5'10" 215 lbs30.8
52Kyle TraskQBRS SeniorFlorida6'5" 240 lbs28.5
53Hunter LongTERS JuniorBC6'5" 254 lbs30.1
54Shi SmithWRSeniorSouth Carolina5'10" 186 lbs26.7
55Mac JonesQBRS Soph.Alabama6'3" 217 lbs27.1
56Kenny YeboahTERS SeniorOle Miss6'4" 247 lbs30.1
57Frank DarbyWRRS SeniorASU6'0" 194 lbs26.3
58Rakeem BoydRBSeniorArkansas6'0" 206 lbs27.9
59Ihmir Smith-MarsetteWRSeniorIowa6'1" 179 lbs23.6
60Trey RagasRBRS SeniorLL5'10" 230 lbs33

5.01: Warren Jackson, WR 28

When it comes to his game, Jackson is a towering receiver who knows how to use his size to his advantage. His catch radius is massive, and he uses every bit of it to dominate defenders in contested catch and high-point situations.

5.02: Larry Rountree III, RB 16

Rountree’s a physical back with good footwork and vision. Playing in the SEC, we’ve seen Rountree against some strong opponents and produce on a bad team.

5.03: Elijah Mitchell, RB 17

Mitchell’s tough and strong running style is a staple of his game. His contact balance is solid and enables him to pick up yards after contact. Has a three-down skill set.

5.04: Kyle Trask, QB 5

While he lacks the desired athleticism to consistently make plays outside the pocket, Trask could thrive in the right scheme. He has good pocket awareness and the capability to make just about every throw from within it. 

5.05: Hunter Long, TE 4

Long is another tight end who profiles as a more traditional player at the position. He’s extremely well-rounded, combining high football IQ with soft, reliable hands and a terrific understanding of how to get open. Ball skills and route running have continued to develop nicely.

5.06: Shi Smith, WR 29

Though he’s not the biggest guy, Smith displayed plus ball skills and timing on a number of sensational grabs. His route running is polished though not overly diversified and toughness won’t be questioned as he plays with a chip on his shoulder.

5.07: Mac Jones, QB 6

Leadership, execution and poise within the pocket were embodied by Jones on a consistent basis this year. Arm strength is not great by any measure but anticipation and touch are solid.

5.08: Kenny Yeboah, TE 5

As a converted wide receiver, Yeboah is a capable route runner with the size and skills to be a major factor in the red zone. He’s shown the versatility to line up all over the formation and is a willing blocker who needs to continue to add strength. 

5.09: Frank Darby, WR 30

Darby combines good size, physicality and athleticism. He displays above average quickness and twitch, with enough long speed to threaten defenses vertically. Good tracking and competitiveness allowed him to succeed in contested situations.

5.10: Rakeem Boyd, RB 18

Boyd demonstrated solid receiving chops with good change of direction and explosiveness during his time at Arkansas.

5.11: Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR 31

Smith-Marsette is a fluid receiver who chipped in steadily for the Iowa offense but saw a sharp drop in his production from 2019. He boasts good short-area quickness and enough speed to do serious damage once he gets going. Iowa consistently manufactured touches for him to capitalize on his versatility. 

5.12: Trey Ragas, RB 19

Ragas formed the other half of the Ragin Cajuns impressive running back committee. He’s proven himself to be a physical, productive and powerful runner throughout his career. Enjoys most of his success between the tackles and consistently fights for extra yards

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