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DLF Staff 2023 Superflex Rookie Mock Draft

We offer an updated four-round superflex rookie mock draft after the NFL Scouting Combine.

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With the 2023 NFL Combine in the rear-view and all of the related data and information fully analyzed, we got some of the DLF team together for a mock draft.

In this mock draft, I asked each staffer to include some short commentary about their picks, and included it with each selection.

Mock draft participants, in draft order, include:

By the way, you might notice some new names there. We’ve recently added several new writers to our team. If you’re active on Twitter, be sure to give them a follow and look for their work to show up here soon.

ROUND ONE

1.01 Bijan Robinson, RB TEX

Nick says: It was extremely tempting to take a quarterback here, either CJ Stroud or Anthony Richardson, but I would only be doing that based off an eye-popping Combine workout for both of them. I don’t want to overthink this, because the film will tell you that Bijan Robinson is a top-five player in this class and the best running back prospect we’ve seen since Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley. So, I will stick with my process and take the best overall player with my 1.01.

1.02 Anthony Richardson, QB FLA

Matt says: Stroud is the safest option, but Richardson has by far the highest fantasy ceiling in the class. People think the athleticism and rushing production give him his ceiling, but it’s actually what gives him such a high floor. His room to grow as a passer gives him his incredible fantasy-breaking upside.

1.03 CJ Stroud, QB OSU

Shane says: Stroud is the Goldilocks pick. While Richardson brings concerns about his rawness, and Bryce Young is still relatively tiny, Stroud has the perfect size and on-field production. He may not have the ceiling of Richardson but his floor should be much higher. His mobility is his only real question but he looked more than mobile against Georgia in the college football playoff.

1.04 Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR OSU

Tyler says: Maybe going against the grain here a little bit, but I view Smith-Njigba as an elite receiver prospect. He showed elite agility at the combine and his football IQ is off the charts. Has a knack for finding soft spots in zone defenses which is a great strength to have against zone-heavy NFL defenses. He may be a slot-heavy receiver, but that gives him a cushion and allows him to use that quickness and find soft spots in defenses. Production-wise he set Ohio State’s single-season reception and receiving yardage records as a true sophomore playing alongside two other stud wide receivers in Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave.

1.05 Bryce Young, QB ALA

Andrew says: Picking Bryce Young here feels like stealing. Young was the consensus QB1 for months and now after one weekend of testing he’s fallen all the way to the 1.05? I don’t think so. Young has been the best player in college football the last two years posting a 90.0+ PFF passing grade in each season. He’s still the odds-on favorite to go first overall in the NFL draft. He’s an absolutely incredible quarterback and playmaker and I love him falling to me at this spot.

1.06 Will Levis, QB KENT

John says: Levis is a tier below the top three quarterbacks, and you hate to take a project with such a low floor this early. But he’s also the last of the quarterback class with projected first-round NFL Draft capital. Last chance to add a quarterback in this superflex format. His arm talent was on full display at the Combine, and his accuracy still needs work, but it wasn’t as much of a liability as expected. His draft capital alone will provide job security and make him a value at 1.06, but in the right system (and the right development plan), he could flourish and become the steal of the draft.

1.07 Jahmyr Gibbs, RB ALA

Dan says: In any other draft class, Jahmyr Gibbs would be seen as an elite fantasy prospect but Robinson may be clouding the vision of many of us in the dynasty community. A dynamic tailback both as a runner and as a pass-catcher, he’s a PPR monster destined for RB1 production.

1.08 Zach Charbonnet, RB UCLA

Emerson says: Zach Charbonnet solidified himself as the RB3 in this class after a solid NFL Combine. With a lot of undersized running backs, he stands out measuring 6’0” tall and weighing 214 pounds. Although Charbonnet isn’t the greatest athlete and runs a bit upright, few boast his three-down upside.

1.09 Jordan Addison, WR USC

Ryan says: The former Biletnikoff Award winner from his time at Pittsburgh, Addison transferred to USC to finish his college career and paired with reigning Heisman winner Caleb Williams. While Addison’s numbers dropped, the move proved to be a good one as he showed up on the big stage and is now being viewed as a consensus first-rounder and likely the WR2 in the class.

1.10 Josh Downs, WR UNC

John says: There are at least two or three players I’m considering in this spot, but Downs is the end of a wide receiver tier for me. He’ll always get knocked for his size, but his play is elite, and he has the ability to play all over the field, for teams.

1.11 Jalin Hyatt, WR TENN

Matt says: Jalin Hyatt is more than just speed. He displays great hands, the ability to separate downfield, and has room to develop further-having started just one collegiate season. His fantasy football upside more than justifies a late first-round selection.

1.12 Quentin Johnston, WR TCU

Mike says: Freaky but flawed athlete, Johnston was a slam dunk here. He could be a league-winner if he hits his immense ceiling but he’ll need some work to get there. I don’t personally see the concerns about being a body-catcher you see so much in the profiles, more just inconsistency in his game. Sky’s the limit for Johnston!

ROUND TWO

2.01 Zay Flowers, WR BC

Nick says: Getting Flowers with the 13th overall pick to start off the second round at 2.01 feels like a draft-day steal. Flowers was Boston College’s best offensive player and did it all in 2022 for the Eagles. His size will certainly be a concern, but when you turn on the tape, you see a dynamic player that flashes an electric burst in the open field and can play all around the perimeter.

2.02 Devon Achane, RB TEX A&M

Matt says: Size will always be an issue, and history has not been kind to fantasy running backs under 200 pounds, but Achane’s speed and receiving ability can make him fantasy viable on their own. He has shown the ability to be a workhorse, averaging more than 23 touches per game in his final season at Texas A&M. With eight to ten carries and five to six receptions per game, Achane will be a fantasy RB2 or flex with the ceiling to produce as an RB1.

2.03 Marvin Mims, WR OKLA

Shane says: Mims had an excellent combine and might be the WR3 of this class. Though I lean running back here, without the draft capital unknown I’m not willing to bet on a specific running back, but will bet on Mims who’s likely to have top-50 capital.

2.04 Dalton Kincaid, TE UTAH

Tyler says: Seems like we’ve hit a tier break at wide receiver so I’m off of that position here. Kendre Miller and Sean Tucker both warranted some thought, but so hard to project without draft capital and landing spot. So, I’m choosing to take advantage of a good tight end class. Mayer might still be TE1 come draft day, but Kincaid is my favorite tight end prospect in terms of receiving upside. His strengths as a receiver and weaknesses as an in-line blocker may very well work to his advantage as a fantasy asset. Kincaid brings athleticism, plus hands, excellent body control, and very good route running for a young and developing tight end prospect.

2.05 Michael Mayer, TE ND

Andrew says: I agree, there are no wide receivers that are jumping out to me at this position. While tight ends are typically very slow developers, and hard to project, I have to get a piece of this historic class. I’m continuing the theme of getting my best player at a position at good value after drafting Bryce Young with the 1.05. Mayer is my TE1 and the most pro-ready player at the position. He answered a lot of the questions about his athleticism at the combine after posting an RAS above 8.00. He should be a first-round pick in April and be heavily involved in any offense as soon as Week One.

2.06 Zach Evans, RB OLE MISS

John says: Quick and elusive, with explosion through the line and home run speed at the second level, but he has the frame to support a three-down workload. He will need to bring the fumble rate way down in order to stay on the field, but there are plenty of winnable jobs for the Ole Miss product.

2.07 Tyjae Spears, RB TUL

Dan says: Many may think this is too high for Tyjae Spears but I would have taken him a few picks earlier. A true speed demon with a lightning-quick first step and an intense running style, he looks like a lock to be a Day Two draft pick which makes him a solid dynasty pick in round two.

2.08 Kendre Miller, RB TCU

Emerson says: Kendre Miller is my fifth-ranked running back in the class and a nice value in the back half of the second round. He is one of the best pure rushers in this class, has ideal size, and hasn’t even turned 21 years of age yet. His route running and pass blocking need work, however, Miller has shown potential that they can be improved with time.

2.09 Hendon Hooker, QB TENN

Ryan says: While I have some serious questions about Hooker and his transition to the NFL, he is a lock to be a Day Two pick and has recently even been projected by some as a late first-rounder. As the clear QB5 in the class, Hooker will be an excellent value anywhere in the second round, especially this late.

2.10 Sean Tucker, RB SYR

John says: Tucker isn’t getting the love he deserves yet, because he didn’t run at the combine, but I think his stock will rise, after his pro day. He was the bright spot in a poor Syracuse offense, and I love getting him here at 2.10

2.11 Cedric Tillman, WR TENN

Matt says: Tillman seems to be forgotten by fantasy football managers. The big man from Tennessee, though, stands above him (literally) as a 6’3”, 213 boundary threat. He accelerates well along the sideline and creates space in the deep field. Tillman uses body positioning, his large frame, and some sneaky vertical ability to win contested catch situations. He is a screaming value as a late second round selection.

2.12 Tank Bigsby, RB AUB

Mike says: Bigsby is part of a huge tier of running backs with the potential to have a Dameon Pierce-type first-year given the right situation but pre-draft he doesn’t do much to separate from the pack. He is a very physical runner who should see goal line work which you love to see as a fantasy manager. He also possesses some pass-catching skills and was a big-time producer in college. Tank could be a plug and play running back immediately

ROUND THREE

3.01 Israel Abanikanda, RB PITT

Nick says: The former Pitt Panther has been a trendy late second rounder in previous mocks, so to get him at the start of the third seems like a nice value. Abanikanda did not test at the Combine, but he was productive during his time at Pitt and displayed home-run ability with his long speed often last season.

3.02 Darnell Washington, TE UGA

Matt says: Athleticism is the best predictor we have for tight end fantasy football success and Darnell Washington knocked it out of the park. There is a risk he gets pigeonholed as a blocker, but make no mistake, Washington is a talented receiver with soft, reliable hands. This 6’7, 264- pound young man ran faster and jumped farther than Michael Mayer at the NFL combine

3.03 Roschon Johnson, RB TEX

Shane says: I’m taking Bijan Robinson at his word about how good Johnson can be as a player. Johnson brings a thin resume, though he does show potential in the receiving game, and an elite speed score to help bolster his outlook.

3.04 Luke Musgrave, TE ORE ST

Tyler says: Going to take advantage of the good tight end class again here. Musgrave is a Day Two TE that could even sneak into the first round. Arguably the most athletic tight end in the class and has the potential to develop into the best pass catcher. Great value here in the third even if he takes a year or two to reach his full potential.

3.05 Kayshon Boutte, WR LSU

Andrew says: I want to preface this pick by saying that I don’t like Kayshon Boutte one bit. There are plenty of concerns to have about his time at LSU both on and off the field. Then, he showed up to the Combine and had one of the most disappointing weekends of any player. However, with Boutte falling all the way to the 3.05 here, I think it’s time to buy the dip. This is the same player that looked dominant in the SEC as an 18-year-old and has supreme on-field talent. I don’t anticipate myself drafting a lot of Boutte this off-season, but I think the risk is worth it here.

3.06 Rashee Rice, WR SMU

John says: I typically like to load up on running backs at this point, but it’s rare that you find a wide receiver with this much upside this late in the draft. Rice is a deep threat with speed to create separation. Once he’s downfield, his strengths are ball-tracking and adjusting to off-target throws, and wins jump balls with his leaping and physicality. The rest of his route tree needs a lot of work, but the big play abilities are tantalizing.

3.07 Tank Dell, WR HOU

Dan says: It’s rare that a 5’8″, 165-pound wide out gets my attention but Tank Dell has done just that. 199 catches for more than 1,700 yards and 29 touchdowns over his final two seasons will grab the attention of dynasty players as well. Dell is small but is lightning-quick and very competitive at the catch point despite his slight frame. A steal in the third round right now, he’s a solid landing spot away from being a second-round rookie target.

3.08 Deuce Vaughn, RB KSU

Emerson says: At just 5’5” tall Deuce Vaughn is the shortest player measured at the NFL Combine since it’s been tracked back in 2003. He’s electric in the open field though and has drawn comparisons to Darren Sproles. If he goes in the third round of the NFL Draft, this pick will be a great value.

3.09 Chase Brown, RB ILL

Ryan says: A volume runner who improved as a pass-catcher during his career, Brown is one of the many backs in this class who could see their value rise with a quality landing spot. Brown already had a reputation as a solid ball carrier and added an impressive 4.43 40 time at the Combine.

3.10 Eric Gray, RB OKLA

John says: It took four years for Gray to break out, but he did it in a big way. He may not be elite at anything, but he’s a solid all-around back.

3.11 Puka Nacua, WR BYU

Matt says: Nacua is one of my favorite sleeper prospects. At 6’2” and 201 pounds, he has good size and uses it well along the boundary; displaying great contested catch ability. His straight-line speed is complimented by good lateral quickness. Nacua has unique fantasy football upside; he was deployed as a runner consistently at BYU, scoring five rushing touchdowns in 2022.

3.12 Evan Hull, RB NW

Mike says: Evan Hull is starting to get some talk after a really nice showing at the Combine so I was surprised to see him here so late. It shows the depth of this class as a whole. Running a 4.47 at 212 pounds, you can see the athleticism pop. Add some draft capital and this kid could soar in the rankings.

ROUND FOUR

4.01 AT Perry, WR WAKE

Nick says: I had Vaughn, Brown, Gray, and Hull all queued up with this selection, but unfortunately, they all went before this pick. When you get to this point, you’re just looking for upside. I think Perry is a Day Two player pre-draft, so to land him here is an intriguing dart-throw selection.

4.02 Mohamed Ibrahim, RB MINN

Matt says: Ibrahim is undersized but he is a patient runner who finishes runs with punishing power to pick up extra yards. We’ll have to wait until his pro day for the athletic testing numbers.

4.03 Zack Kuntz, TE ODU

Shane says: Kuntz is an absolute specimen. He tested out of the world at the Combine and he’ll likely end up with Day Two capital. Well worth the risk here in the fourth.

4.04 Xavier Hutchinson, WR IOWA ST

Tyler says: Hutchinson is a big-bodied wide receiver, at least for this class. He has the versatility in his skill set to play inside or outside. He plays strong with good concentration and body control at the catch point. A savvy route runner with the ability to find holes in zones, Hutchinson showed good enough athleticism at the Combine, but lacks ideal long speed.

4.05 DeWayne McBride, RB UAB

Andrew says: This late in the draft we are throwing darts and sometimes you have to just get “your guy.” McBride has been crazy productive on the ground the last two seasons with over 3,000 yards and 33 touchdowns. The only downside is his complete absence in the passing game. He’s a strong runner who could find himself as the early down back in a committee who receives goal-line work.

4.06 Stetson Bennett, QB UGA

John says: At this point, why not? Hit rates are super low in the fourth round, and the back-to-back national champ seems like as good a bet as any. After a sharp throwing session at the combine, he’s the unofficial QB5 in the class (if such a thing exists). He also has a unique path to a starting job, if we want to get real speculative (and credit my buddy Scott Connor for this theory)… Baltimore may find themselves looking for a starting quarterback, and a reunion with former Georgia/new Baltimore offensive coordinator Todd Monken makes too much sense for Bennett.

4.07 Tucker Kraft, TE SDSU

Dan says: If you’re looking for a tight end with upside late in your rookie draft and Washington, Kincaid, Mayer, and Musgrave are all off the board, consider Tucker Kraft from South Dakota State. Athletic and excellent at the catch point, he profiles as a starting NFL tight end with the upside to be a high-volume pass catcher in the vein of Dallas Clark.

4.08 Jayden Reed, WR MICH ST

Emerson says: I am shocked to see Jayden Reed available with this pick and will happily draft him at a value here. He was fantastic at the Senior Bowl, lit up the NFL Combine, and should be moving up draft boards. Not to mention he had the third-best contested catch rate in all of college football last year.

4.09 Kenny McIntosh, RB UGA

Ryan says: Although McIntosh has had a bit of a rough pre-draft process, he did enjoy a solid career at Georgia and could be a solid fit as a third-down back in most offenses around the league. McIntosh has nice receiving skills and can make plays on the outside, though his 4.62 40 was a letdown.

4.10 Trey Palmer, WR NEB

John says: It took him four years to break out, but Palmer did it in a big way at Nebraska. Couple that with the 4.33 40, and I think he will be moving up boards, come draft day.

4.11 Charlie Jones, WR PUR

Matt says: Charlie Jones is an underrated prospect. He’s a quick wideout with sticky hands and the versatility to line up around the field. He dominated the Purdue passing game in 2022; drawing double-digit targets in most games. Jones should sneak into early Day Three of the NFL Draft.

4.12 Ronnie Bell, WR MICH

Mike says: Ronnie Bell is a nice sleeper this year coming off of an injury-plagued 2021 season, you have to wonder what could’ve been. Obviously, we are in dart throw territory, so give me the guy who flashed on the big stage!

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Justin Mazzella
2 months ago

Talk me out of it, or tell me it’s dumb, but I’m seriously wondering if Hooker in the late 1st is a move I should make. I’ve got two late 1sts and no 2nds, but want a QB incase Sam Howell loses his job. I liked Hooker a lot in college and expected he’d be a higher round prospect, I also suspected he’d fall some after his injury, but now that he’s slid doesn’t that make him a value? If he was healthy he’d probably go over Levis, possibly be in the conversation for the QB3 of this class.

Is spending a 1.09 on Hooker off base? Or would you reach for him with the assumption he will be a starter eventually and likely a franchise guy once he gets that chance?

pmk12603
2 months ago

Thanks for this! Surprising to not see Sam Laporta at all, especially before Kraft and Kuntz, but otherwise a great insight as rookie draft season chugs along.

Larry Gunn
2 months ago

No Jonathan Mingo, again! Lol
I’m stashing him everywhere. Hope it stays like his.
I really like Hooker too in SF.
If he gets a good landing spot and his health checks out, I’m all in. His age is a concern but damn, he looked good the last couple years.

Last edited 2 months ago by Larry Gunn
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