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2021 Rookie Mock Draft 1.0

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Week 16 fantasy championships have wrapped up and that means it is time for the first 2021 rookie mock draft of the new offseason for us here at TFA! 

There will be plenty of rookie mock drafts to recap throughout the offseason. For the first edition, we used a three-round NFL mock from Pro Football Network’s A.J. Shulte which we turned into a two-round 2021 Superflex rookie mock draft.

 

Here is everyone who participated and their corresponding draft slot with the results below. Thank you to everyone who mocked!

 

Round One

1.01 Trevor Lawrence, QB, JAX

1.02 Justin Fields, QB, CAR

1.03 Zach Wilson, QB, NYJ

1.04 Najee Harris, RB, ARI

1.05 Ja’Marr Chase, WR, MIA

1.06 Trey Lance, QB, MIN

1.07 Devonta Smith, WR, CHI

1.08 Mac Jones, QB, NO

1.09 Travis Etienne, RB, MIA

1.10 Jaylen Waddle, WR, NYG

1.11 Rondale Moore, WR, GB

1.12 Javonte Williams, RB, ATL

 

Best Picks:

Justin Fields, QB, CAR

Justin Fields with Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, and Curtis Samuel gives me chills. Fields would provide an instant boost to this offense overall but especially with pushing the ball down the field while also feeding a healthy Christian McCaffrey like we saw in 2019. Not to mention, if Joe Brady doesn’t get a head coaching job this offseason he will be around as offensive coordinator which would make this the perfect situation for Fields. This would allow Fields to grow as a passer and help develop his troublesome processing. Just look at what Brady did for Joe Burrow in one season at LSU.

Mac Jones, QB, NO

Drew Brees arm is basically that of the butler from the first Scary Movie. It’s GONE. Now, Mac Jones has just one year as Alabama’s starter, and reports are torn on whether Jones will declare for the draft but if he comes out and goes to New Orleans it’s a match made in heaven. Sean Peyton would groom Mac Jones and pairing him with Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas would give them all a much-needed boost in fantasy. Oh, and one other thing: Taysom Hill can kick rocks.

 

Most Worrisome Picks:

Trey Lance, QB, MIN 

I have not hidden it at all – I am not a Trey Lance fan. Lance going to Minnesota worries me on multiple levels, the main one being who is there to develop him? He has proven to have a pro arm but it’s the equivalent of an untamed horse straight off the prairie. Add to the fact you would have to wait for Cousins to leave town and his contract doesn’t have that happening for two years at least with his dead cap number being listed at $41 million for next season meaning he is (more than likely) in town till 2022. That’s a long time to invest in a player at such a valuable position in superflex formats and not every team is built for that.

Jaylen Waddle, WR, NYG

Whether or not Daniel Jones is the future of the New York Giants is debatable but for now he is which makes me worried for any skill player not named Saquon Barkley. Even with adding Jaylen Waddle in this scenario, I don’t know how much that would help Jones. With Jones’ up and down performances, Waddle’s production will also suffer. Not the best landing spot to help him in this 2021 rookie mock draft.

 

 

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Round Two

2.01 Kyle Trask, QB, IND

2.02 Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LAC

2.03 Rashod Bateman, WR, BAL

2.04 Kyle Pitts, TE, NE

2.05 Elijah Moore, WR, NYJ

2.06 Kadarius Toney, WR, NE

2.07 Tylan Wallace, WR, HOU

2.08 Chris Olave, WR, JAX

2.09 Amon Ra-St. Brown, WR, PHI

2.10 Seth Williams, WR, DET

2.11 Pat Freiermuth, TE, WAS

2.12 Desmond Ridder, QB, CHI

 

Best Pick: Tylan Wallace, WR, HOU

Deshaun Watson has been balling this year in the absence of DeAndre Hopkins and recently Will Fuller. This shouldn’t stop Houston from addressing the receiving group, however. Wallace is a technician as a route runner and also physical across the middle and would provide a type of receiver this offense drastically needs. Wallace, Fuller, and Brandin Cooks would be the perfect receiving corps to all thrive from a fantasy perspective.

 

Most Worrisome Pick: Rashod Bateman, WR, BAL

This landing spot is a gut punch because I have Bateman currently as my WR3 but this landing spot just ain’t it. Lamar Jackson has regressed as a passer this season from a statistical perspective and adding another top-end receiver to the mix doesn’t fix the problem. Rather, this would make it worse from a fantasy standpoint. Brown has had a couple of strong weeks to end the season but all year he was hit and miss and so was Mark Andrews. More mouths to feed just means everyone eats less, not more in this case. 

 

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A rather tragic end to the first 2021 rookie mock draft of the season but we will have plenty more to bounce back on! Make sure you are subscribed to The Fantasy Authority YouTube channel as we’ll be putting out tons of 2021 rookie and dynasty content throughout the offseason!

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