Monday Mocks: 2023 Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft

Ryan McDowell

Welcome to Monday Mocks, where I’ll bring you…you guessed it, a new mock draft every Monday during the offseason. In my opinion, drafting is the best part of fantasy football, so I do as much of that as I can. This series will be filled with all types of mocks. We’ll draft startups, rookies, devys and more.

While the rest of the dynasty world is focused on the recent NFL Combine and the shockwaves it sent through the NFL landscape, I decided now was the perfect time to look ahead to next year. After all, many dynasty managers are already doing that as they collectively target 2023 rookie picks in trade. What can we really expect from next year’s rookie class though, and is there any chance it can match the hype?

I gathered a few friends around the industry to help me mock it out. We drafted based on a superflex, PPR league and here was the draft order:

Bruce Matson, Dynasty League Football
Shane Hallam, Dynasty League Football
Scott Connor, Dynasty League Football
Travis May, Rotoviz
Kevin Coleman, Footballguys
Kane Fossell, Devy Marketplace
Ryan McDowell, Dynasty League Football
Curtis Patrick, Rotoviz
Felix Sharpe, Campus2Canton
Rob Willette, Dynasty League Football
Nick Whalen, Devy Report
Austin Nace, Campus2Canton

ROUND ONE

1.01 – Bijan Robinson, RB Texas

After entering college as the top running back recruit in the country, Robinson has lived up to the hype. While he has played just 19 games during his two seasons at Texas, due to Covid-19 and an elbow injury, he has been a dominant force, totaling over 2,300 yards from scrimmage and 21 scores. Robinson is certainly locked in as the 1.01 favorite in 1QB leagues and could challenge the top signal callers for the honor in superflex leagues, as he did in this mock draft. Following the season, there were rumors he could transfer or even sit out the 2022 season with an eye on the NFL, but he has dispelled those reports.

1.02 – Bryce Young, QB Alabama

After learning behind Mac Jones during his freshman season, Young took control of the Crimson Tide offense and had a monster year. He led his team to the National Championship game and won the Heisman Trophy along the way. Young’s 4,872 passing yards and 47 touchdowns were second only to record-setter Bailey Zappe among all college quarterbacks and Young is the early favorite to take home another Heisman next year. While he could hear his name called as the top overall pick in the NFL, there’s also sure to be questions about his size, currently listed at 6’0” and 194 pounds.

1.03 – CJ Stroud, QB Ohio State

After not even attempting a pass in his true freshman season, Stroud quickly ascended to become one of the top prospects in the country. With prototypical size at 6’3” and 215 pounds, don’t be surprised if Stroud is the top pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Although he began the season with some erratic play, Stroud quickly improved, thanks to a trio of star wideouts. If Stroud and the Buckeyes can overcome the loss of Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson and put up another productive season, he’ll be a bargain anywhere outside of the top two picks in superflex rookie drafts.

1.04 – Jahmyr Gibbs, RB Alabama

Entering college, Gibbs was a top-ten back in the country and a four-star recruit – that’s one reason it was surprising to see him land at Georgia Tech, a program that has struggled for much of the last decade. Playing extensively as a true freshman during the Covid-shortened 2020 season, Gibbs was a dual threat who racked up nearly 800 total yards. He improved on those numbers last season, totaling over 1,200 yards, which is quite impressive on a three-win ACC team. Gibbs had enough of the losses and entered the transfer portal. Eventually, he chose Alabama to play what most expect will be his final season. With Brian Robinson gone and former top recruits Trey Sanders and Jase McClellan struggling, Gibbs should step right in as the workhorse back for Alabama.

1.05 – Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR Ohio State

As part of the best wide receiver trio in college football, Smith-Njigba got off to a relatively quiet start. He posted just one 100-yard game through Ohio State’s first five contests, while Olave and Wilson led the way. However, he caught fire in the back half of the season, catching at least nine passes in his final five game, eclipsing the 100-yard barrier in each of those. In the Buckeyes’ bowl game, the team’s veteran wideouts opted out of the game, leaving Smith-Njigba to give a preview of what is to come next year. He caught 15 passes for 347 yards and three scores against Utah, one of the most dominant performances in college football history. If there was any doubt, that performance on a huge stage vaulted Smith-Njigba to the WR1 spot in the 2023 class.

1.06 – Kayshon Boutte, WR LSU

Once the favorite to be the WR1 in the class, Boutte has suffered through two disappointing seasons in LSU, where the program hasn’t been the same since Joe Burrow left town. Boutte suffered a season-ending injury midway through the 2021 season but still finished with over 500 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Boutte will return to the field with a new head coach, former Notre Dame man Brian Kelly, and a new quarterback, Arizona State transfer Jayden Daniels. Both should help Boutte and the entire Tiger program bounce back in 2022.

1.07 – Zach Evans, RB Mississippi

It was an odd recruitment for Evans, the top-ranked running back in the class of 2020. After seemingly struggling to decide on where he would play, Evans landed at TCU. After a disappointing freshman season for the Horned Frogs, Evans improved as a sophomore, totaling nearly 800 yards and six scores. Following the season, Evans found a new home, transferring to Mississippi. Led by Lane Kiffin, Evans will be part of one of the nation’s top offenses and should see opportunity to establish his value for 2023 rookie drafts. There are still some serious concerns about Evans but he also possesses upside as big as nearly any back in the class.

1.08 – Jordan Addison, WR Pittsburgh

Quarterback Kenny Pickett got most of the attention for Pittsburgh this past season, but his top target, Addison, proved to be an absolute star. After an impressive freshman season, Addison more than doubled his yardage output, finishing with 100 receptions for just shy of 1,600 receiving yards. His 17 touchdowns were tied for tops in the country and he was one of just six wideouts to average more than 110 receiving yards per game. He even offers a hint of work in the running game, totaling 16 rush attempts through two years.

1.09 – Quentin Johnston, WR Texas Christian

Although he began his TCU career with little attention, Johnston posted a solid freshman season that had some starting to notice him. The slender wideout who stands 6’4” but weighs in at under 200 pounds, improved as a sophomore but also dealt with injuries that limited him to eight games. Through two partial seasons, Johnston now has over 1,000 receiving yards and ten total touchdowns. With Evans leaving school, Johnston could play an even larger role in 2022.

1.10 – Michael Mayer, TE Notre Dame

Mayer was already the TE1 in the class when he stepped on campus and nothing has changed. In his two seasons, Mayer has accumulated nearly 1,300 receiving yards. At 6’4” and weighing in at 250 pounds, Mayer is giving off serious Gronk vibes, which should land him in the first round of both the NFL Draft and dynasty rookie drafts next season.

1.11 – Sean Tucker, RB Syracuse

Unlike most other players in this first round, Tucker was not a highly sought-after recruit entering college. Tucker was a three-star recruit and ranked as the 58th back in the 2020 class. Despite that status, he quickly claimed the starting role for the Orange and finished the season with over 600 rushing yards. He improved on those numbers this past season, totaling over 1,750 yards and finding the end zone 14 times. Tucker was also much more involved in the passing game in his second year. There’s a good chance Tucker remains undervalued despite this production thanks to the struggles of his team.

1.12 – Josh Downs, WR North Carolina

If Tucker is the most underrated running back, Downs has that title among wide receivers. Downs was a solid producer in his first season in 2020, but was playing behind Dyami Brown and Dazz Newsome, plus the Tar Heels leaned on their backfield duo of Michael Carter and Javonte Williams. With that foursome gone this past season, Downs exploded, catching 101 passes for 1,335 yards and eight scores. Typically locked in the slot role, Downs is just 5’10” and 180 pounds, which could cause some concern during the pre-draft process this time next year.

ROUND TWO

2.01 – Tank Bigsby, RB Auburn
2.02 – Zach Charbonnet, RB UCLA
2.03 – Jermaine Burton, WR Alabama
2.04 – Spencer Rattler, QB South Carolina
2.05 – Anthony Richardson, QB Florida
2.06 – Tyler Van Dyke, QB Miami
2.07 – Devon Achane, RB Texas A&M
2.08 – Rakim Jarrett, WR Maryland
2.09 – Lew Nichols, RB Central Michigan
2.10 – Marvin Mims, WR Oklahoma
2.11 – Will Levis, QB Kentucky
2.12 – Parker Washington, WR Penn State

We’ll see you next week!

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