Can you feel that movement in the wind?
That change in the atmosphere?
That’s right…the NFL offseason is upon us as 20 teams are closing up shop on the 2019 season and will now begin preparations for 2020.
This is where things get interesting for Dynasty and the future makeup of our rosters. Players will change uniforms through free agency and the NFL Draft will be upon us before we know it.
This year has the potential, more than any in recent memory at least, to be the deepest draft we will have for Dynasty purposes. The talent level at wide receiver and running back is ridiculous and you’re going to be able to walk away with talented players who can make an immediate impact even towards the back of the 3rd round of your rookie drafts.
Today, we will be diving into a Round 1 Superflex Rookie Mock Draft! Let’s jump right in.
(For those who are unfamiliar with what Superflex entails, this is where you have the ability to start 2 QBs any given week. This makes QB depth extremely important and shuffles around the rankings of some of these top players)
2020 1.01 = Joe Burrow – QB, LSU
Joe Burrow just absolutely destroyed Oklahoma’s defense in the CFB Playoff and may have put on the best QB performance we’ve ever seen.
Burrow threw for 403 yards and 7 TDs…in one half. Against the #4 ranked team in the country. Goodnight.
He’s the unquestioned 1.01 pick in the NFL Draft and will be the unquestioned pick here in SF format. Burrow grades out very highly for me and he’ll be a great starter for a NFL team (most likely the Bengals) for a long time.
2020 1.02 = Tua Tagovailoa – QB, Alabama
Right now, Tua is currently recovering from a fractured hip and is unlikely to compete in any of the offseason Draft workouts. At the time of writing, there’s been no official news on his decision to leave for the NFL Draft or return for his senior year.
If Tua does declare, which we’ll assume for the sake of this mock draft, there’s extreme optimism that Tua will be available for some portion of his rookie campaign. He may be placed on the PUP to begin, but he’s not expected to be out the entire year at this point. If that’s the case, he belongs here at the 1.02.
We can’t forget how special Tua has been for Alabama over the past few years. When healthy, he displays every trait you look for in a QB. He throws with touch, timing, anticipation, and accuracy…all while playing in some of the biggest stages CFB has to offer.
Even with such a deep class at both WR and RB, a healthy Tua should go off the board right after Burrow in SF leagues due to the long-term value he can provide.
2020 1.03 = D’Andre Swift – RB, Georgia
D’Andre Swift is a complete running back. He runs with power and physicality, while having the movement and change of direction skills to freeze defenders.
He’s also quick, shifty, and excels receiving the ball out of the backfield.
In a RB landscape that has seen some extremely talented players come out of CFB in recent years, Swift has the potential to be up there with the best of them.
He’s the highest graded RB for me after tape evaluation and, even in a class as deep as this RB group, he’s worth the 1.03 selection here.
2020 1.04 = Jerry Jeudy – WR, Alabama
Jerry Jeudy has the skills and makings to be a #1 WR in the NFL.
He’s a dynamic route runner, but combines that with incredible footwork and release off the line of scrimmage.
In my tape evaluation, I classified him as a “separation artist”. In today’s NFL, separation is the name of the game and Jeudy will step right in as one of the NFL’s best in that department right out of college.
He’s got great hands and displays everything you want from a top receiver in the NFL. Lock him in as a Top-5 selection in your Dynasty rookie drafts.
2020 1.05 = Henry Ruggs – WR, Alabama
Right behind Jerry Jeudy is his counterpart at Alabama, Henry Ruggs.
Ruggs can straight up fly and may be the fastest player in CFB. However, not only is he blazing fast, he’s a well-rounded receiver.
He has great hands, he’s an effective route runner and he’s lethal after the catch. Ruggs is going to be a great addition to a NFL team and will be able to slide right in and break off some explosive plays in year one.
On talent alone, Ruggs belongs here at the 1.05.
1.06 = Jonathan Taylor – RB, Wisconsin
Jonathan Taylor is one of the greatest RBs that CFB has ever known.
For the last three seasons, Taylor has been wearing down Big 10 defenses and he’s now ready to shift his attention to wearing down NFL defenses.
Taylor’s a big back who can wear down a defense with his size and ability to break through contact. However, he carries an explosive speed element to his game that is impressive at his size.
Taylor embodies every trait you look for in a RB and is going to be extremely effective at the next level. While some will question his receiving ability, he’s shown me enough on tape to not be overly concerned. Taylor at the 1.06 here is a steal and will be a perfect addition for rebuilding Dynasty rosters.
1.07 = CeeDee Lamb – WR, Oklahoma
CeeDee Lamb may have some of the best deep ball tracking ability I’ve seen in a long time.
His ability to locate the ball while it’s in the air and, while running full speed, adjust his body to make the catch is outstanding.
He’s not going to wow people with his athleticism and he may struggle to truly separate at the next level. However, for everything that he lacks in that department, he makes up for it in his catch radius and contested catch ability.
For those who are potentially freaking about not picking in the Top-5, don’t worry. There’s still phenomenal talent on the board.
1.08 = JK Dobbins – RB, Ohio State
A lot of casual fans already know the names D’Andre Swift and Jonathan Taylor. They potentially know the name Travis Etienne out of Clemson too, but there’s one running back that is criminally underrated: JK Dobbins.
Dobbins has the skillset and abilities to compete for RB1 in this 2020 class. He’s about as balanced of a running back as you’ll find due to the fact that he has very few weak areas of his game.
He excels in every area that you look for in a running back: vision, speed, agility, contact balance, pass protection, receiving. He’s the total package.
Dobbins is going to step into the NFL and be an immediate three down back. For Fantasy Football purposes, this is what you want in a top draft pick…and you’re getting him here at the 1.08.
That’s cause for celebration.
1.09 = Tee Higgins – WR, Clemson
One of the players that improved the most from 2018 to 2019 was Tee Higgins.
Higgins was very underrated last season, but there was still a lot that I believed needed to be worked on when I did my 2018 tape evaluation. Fast forward a year and Higgins has a chance to be one of the top 3 wide receivers taken off the board in the NFL Draft.
He boasts one of the most insane catch radiuses in recent memory, he has tremendous hands and he has more top-end speed than he’s given credit for…
He graded out very highly for me in my tape evaluation and he should not escape the first round of your rookie drafts.
1.10 = Travis Etienne – RB, Clemson
Due to the talent above him, Etienne drops a bit here in this rookie mock draft. For those picking later on, I doubt there will be any complaining.
Etienne’s the definition of explosive. I would not be shocked at all to see him come out and run in the high 4.3’s at the NFL Combine, which will send him skyrocketing up NFL Draft boards.
He has the potential to take any play to the house and could be a very useful Fantasy asset with his ability to win you weeks with one big play.
While I believe there’s a clear tier break after Dobbins, Taylor, and Swift, Etienne’s not merely a consolation prize. He can be a valuable asset for your Dynasty rosters.
1.11 = Justin Jefferson – WR, LSU
In case you didn’t watch the College Football Playoff, Justin Jefferson is good. Plain and simple.
Those numbers are absolutely insane. While Joe Burrow is the one making a lot of Jefferson’s production possible, it shouldn’t downplay what Jefferson can bring to the table.
Jefferson’s a smooth route runner with excellent hands. He excels in contested catch situations and has a great understanding of how to create separation in small windows. His skillset translates over extremely well to the NFL and he should end up being extremely productive for Fantasy Football next season.
1.12 = Jalen Reagor – WR, TCU
With the final pick of the first round, the speedy offensive weapon, Jalen Reagor, goes off the board.
Reagor’s a speed demon who has a gear that not many people on planet earth have. He was criminally underused in this TCU offense in 2019, but showed flashes of his talent whenever he got the ball in his hands.
If you’re a NFL team, bring Reagor into your offense and simply manufacture touches for him. Use him on screens, shallow crosses, end arounds, etc. Whatever it takes to get him into space and let him create after the catch.
This is an extremely exciting 2020 WR class with so many different play styles. Reagor’s one of the most explosive and one of the most entertaining to watch.