2023 Rookie Drafts: Wide Receivers Tiers Primer

Tim Riordan

The NFL Draft is in the books, and 33 wide receivers heard their names called on the stage in Kansas City. Dynasty League Football has our consensus rookie wide receiver rankings put together already, but tiers are just as important, if not more important, than just positional rankings. Use these tiers during your rookie draft to recognize the drops in player values and avoid the mistakes your competitors will make!


Jaxon Smith-Njigba, SEA

Jaxon Smith-Njigba was the consensus number-one wide receiver in the pre-draft process, and the Seahawks took him as the first receiver off the board with the 20th overall pick. The landing spot is not ideal, and the Seahawks have two outstanding wide receivers who will start above JSN on the depth chart in DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. There are also questions about quarterback long-term. Geno Smith was outstanding in 2022, but the clock strikes midnight on every Cinderella story, and Smith could take a step back in 2023. While Smith-Njigba was the first wide receiver selected, he slipped into the 20s, when many mock drafters had him going in the first 12 picks.

It is not ideal for stans of Smith-Njigba, but you have to remember talent is more important than landing spot, especially for wide receivers. In dynasty, you aren’t drafting these players to win in just their rookie year. You want to win with them their whole career. Even with the disappointing landing spot, every DLF ranker has him ranked as the number-one wide receiver. Smith-Njigba is the best wide receiver in this class and should be the first wide receiver selected in every rookie draft. You want to win, right?


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2023 Rookie Drafts: Wide Receivers Tiers Primer