Rookie Mock Draft Superflex TE Premium 1.0

This offseason I collaborated with my fellow writers at King Fantasy to provide everyone with version 1.0 of our Superflex/TE premium rookie mock draft. I wanted to put this together to give varying viewpoints on picks made in the draft, as well as keep track of player movement/perceived value throughout the offseason. It will be interesting to see risers and fallers throughout the offseason events of the NFL draft and finding out landing spots, player news coming out of training camp, etc.

Check out the results of the mock draft below along with analysis from each writer on why they selected each player at their respective pick!

1.01 – Trevor Lawrence – QB – Clemson

Writer – Jack Humphrey @jackhumphreykm

If you are not taking Trevor Lawrence as the 1.01 in any superflex league then you should be trading out of the position. I even have an argument for taking him 1.01 in single qb leagues.  We have not seen a prospect coming out at this position for many years, Andrew Luck. Lawrence is a generational talent with excellent footwork, a strong accurate arm and mobility. He is everything we want and instantly makes the team that drafts him  fantasy relevant. A day one starter both in real life and fantasy, Lawrence already cracks my top 10 dynasty quarterbacks.

1.02 – Najee Harris – RB – Alabama

Writer – Adam Martin @thereggambler1

Najee Harris is the real deal and any NFL or fantasy team should be thrilled to have him. Harris showed he was good but then the 2020 season came along and he showed what he could really do. Amassing a total of 1,466 yards and 26 touchdowns rushing, Harris showed he was the main running back to draft this year. He showed he is the complete three down back by adding an extra 425 yards and four touchdowns in the passing game as well. He had the most forced missed tackles in the SEC in 2020 for returning running backs and has the best chance to make it in the NFL.

1.03 – Justin Fields – QB – OSU

Writer – Liam Humpage @fantasysportad1

With Najee Harris and Trevor Lawrence going before my pick, grabbing Justin Fields was an easy choice for me. The combination of great accuracy at all levels and the ability to scramble effectively created nightmares for college defences. Fields has the arm strength to put the ball into tight windows, but has the accuracy to place the ball to help the receiver make the play while limiting the effectiveness of the defensive back. A lot of people think dual threat quarterbacks will throw to their primary read, or run. For the large majority, this is true. Fields, however, consistently goes through all of his progressions and often makes the correct play – pass to the open read or scramble. It’s not all sunshine and daisies with Fields though, he often tries to make a play where there isn’t one to be made, sometimes resulting in turnovers. Luckily, throwing the ball away is a coachable trait. He also tends to stand flat footed in the pocket when his primary read is open. Again, this is coachable so I wouldn’t put too much stock into it.

1.04 – Travis Etienne – RB – Clemson

Writer – Toby Ackland @ukdfsports

I get that QBs are far more valuable in SuperFlex leagues, but I just couldn’t pass up on Etienne, my RB2 in this draft. The Clemson product had a brilliant senior year, and worked hard to improve his pass-catching ability, making him a potential three-down back in the league. He has so much big-play potential with his speed and quickness, and is unlikely to be caught once he breaks the first level. He should become a feature back in the NFL.

1.05 – Zach Wilson – QB – BYU

Writer – Alastair Cook @FFDynastyGrill

This was an easy pick, to get a quarterback with so much NFL potential at the 5 spot really excites me. Wilson could come in and be a day 1 starter for a quarterback needy team and is heavily tipped to be a top 6 pick in the NFL draft. Ja’Marr Chase was in consideration but in super flex leagues quarterbacks are kings.

1.06 – Ja’Marr Chase – WR – LSU

Writer – Tyler Moore @Tyler_FF_

I was faced with the decision of taking the 4th QB off the board, the 3rd RB off the board or my #1 WR. I had to go with Chase here as he provides top tier WR potential with an extremely safe floor. He shows no red flags in either my tape breakdown or analytics research. He will be a day 1 starter for whichever team he gets drafted to and will provide an immediate impact on the field. I did consider Javonte Williams (my #2 RB), but couldn’t pass up on the high ceiling/high floor prospect that Chase is.

1.07 – Javonte Williams – RB – UNC

Writer – Jack Humphrey @jackhumphreykm

When I watch tape on Javonte Williams I see two current NFL running backs. Chris Carson- Williams runs with that violent style. Lev Bell- Williams may run violently but there’s that Lev Bell patience in doing it. He is easily my RB2 in this class with everything you would want in a NFL running back. I bark a lot about my RBS being good in pass pro, but ultimately that’s what gets rookies taken off the field missing these assignments. Ronald Jones is a prime example of this. Williams is excellent at pass protection which is why I comfortably have him above Etienne from this crop.

1.08 – Kyle Pitts – TE – Florida

Writer – Adam Martin @thereggambler1

Kyle Pitts showed this year that he can be a difference maker in the receiving game. He really progressed in 2020 for Florida receiving 770 yards and 12 touchdowns. Although the figures might not sound great you have to remember he only played in eight games. Pitts is a freak athlete who stands at 6’6 and will win most one on ones. The average size of a corner in the NFL is 5’11. There is no contest. Pitts can be compared to a potential Darren Waller and if he ends up in the right spot could be massive for your fantasy team very quickly.

1.09 – DeVonta Smith – WR – Alabama

Writer – Liam Humpage @fantasysportad1

Again, this pick involved no hesitation. DeVonta Smith is my current WR2 of this class for many reasons. When evaluating WR prospects, there are a lot of qualities I look for, but the main traits can be shortened to: Athleticism (speed, agility, vertical, etc.), route running, catching, and yards after catch (or YAC) ability. Smith is not the fastest prospect, but his athletic traits combined allow him to beat a defender in a multitude of ways. He consistently creates separation, whether it’s due to his clean cut routes, or his strength. His elusiveness and YAC ability is remarkable. The biggest issue you will hear about is his small size at 170lbs. Don’t let that fool you, he plays a lot bigger than that. Oh, and he’s the first WR to win the Heisman Trophy since Desmond Howard in 1991.

1.10 – Jaylen Waddle – WR – Alabama

Writer – Toby Ackland @ukdfsports

Despite missing a large proportion of the season and being somewhat overshadowed in 2020 by his Heisman-winning teammate DeVonta Smith, I still believe Waddle will be an elite WR1 in this league. His speed, mixed with his explosiveness and yard-after-catch ability produces a mismatch in almost any situation versus opposition defenders.

1.11 – Rashod Bateman – WR – Minnesota

Writer – Alastair Cook @ffdynastygrill

Delighted to get my WR2 at this position. My top tier of RBs was gone but this 2021 class is deep in WR talent and Bateman being on the board is an instant selection here. Bateman looks to be the most NFL-ready player at the receiver position in my eyes. Route running, great hands and ability to go up and consistently win the ball at the catch point are all traits of elite NFL receivers..

1.12 – Trey Lance – QB – North Dakota State

Writer – Tyler Moore @Tyler_FF_

I was ecstatic I was able to get a QB with Lance’s potential with the last pick in the 1st round. The fact that Lance fell this far is a testament to how deep this draft class is, because I still love the picks that went ahead of me. Lance’s physical tools are really special to watch on film and he possesses traits that you just can’t teach. He has top 5 QB potential and I couldn’t let that fall into the 2nd round.

2.01 – Mac Jones – QB- Alabama

Writer – Jack Humphrey @jackhumphreykm

In superflex quarterbacks are the gold. Jones is a polarising player within the community. I currently have him as my QB 4 from this class,  he’s a project for the team that drafts him and most certainly not a day one starter. Jones is smart, competitive and someone who can make all the throws you want, if the team that drafts him can sit on him for a year then they could have themselves an excellent quarterback. If you are looking for a high upside prospect going into 2022 then draft Jones and stash him on your taxi rosters.

2.02 – Rondale Moore – WR – Purdue

Writer – Adam Martin @thereggambler1

Rondale Moore is a bit of a risk given his last two years of college not going to plan thanks to injury and Covid. However, he showed back in 2018 how good he can be with a great first season. In 13 games he produced 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns. Moore might be small but he is quick and agile and can make defenders loo