With the Draft Combine giving us new data on all these incoming prospects, many have seen their stock rise and fall. James Bassil (#5 overall pick), Aidan Maher (#7 overall pick), and Andrew Little (#10 overall pick), participated in a 12 team, five round dynasty fantasy football superflex rookie mock draft. Here’s how the draft shook out, along with analysis for each one of their selections.
1.01 – Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
1.02 – Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
1.03 – C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
1.04 – Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
1.05 – Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
Jaxon Smith-Njigba was elite at the combine, running the fastest times in the three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle while opting not to run the 40-yard dash. He also put together an excellent receiving workout, catching every pass thrown to him during the session. His performance in Indianapolis solidified his status as one of the premiere receivers in the draft.
Nevertheless, the 6’1”, 201 lbs. slot demon was impressive long before the combine, evidenced by his projection as a first-round pick. Former teammates Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave were by far the best rookie receivers last year, but even they have spoken to Smith-Njigba’s talent. He’s not known for his speed, probably the reason he skipped the combine, but his intangibles and ability to make catches in traffic, and handle shots in the middle of the field are what make him an intriguing prospect.
NFL player comparison: JuJu Smith-Schuster -James
1.06 – Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama
1.07 – Jordan Addison, WR, USC
Jordan Addison is an extremely fluid receiver with awesome route running, hands, quickness, and plenty of college production. His lack of size is the biggest question mark. Addison is just 5’11”, 173 lbs. Regardless, at his floor he’s an electric primary slot-receiver. At his ceiling, he puts on a little more muscle and his skills shine both from the slot and on the outside. Addison projects to be a great pro and a first round pick this April. -Aidan
1.08 – Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
1.09 – Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA
1.10 – Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
My strategy at the ten-slot was to take the last top-tier player available regardless of position and build from there. I was hoping for Zach Charbonnet, but he ended up being drafted a slot before me. Will Levis is too good of value to pass up at 1.10 in superflex or two-quarterback formats. He is a polarizing prospect but undeniably has lots of athletic upside. Levis will be a top-ten selection and will have every opportunity to start very quickly. His rushing ability raises his floor in the dynasty, which is already underrated. -Andrew
1.11 – Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College
1.12 – Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina
2.01 – Roschon Johnson, RB, Texas
2.02 – Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
2.03 – Tank Bigsby, RB, Auburn
2.04 – Devon Achane, RB, Texas A&M
2.05 – Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU
Kayshon Boutte has struggled to maintain the hype that swirled around him for much of his college football career. He failed to produce great numbers in the 2022-23 season, but his playstyle clashed with running quarterback Jayden Daniels and new head coach Brian Kelly in a new offensive system.
At LSU, Boutte displayed excellent versatility, lining up on the outside, in the slot, and running pre-snap motion routes frequently. In his freshman year, Boutte broke the SEC single-game receiving record against Ole Miss. He is a speedy receiver, excellent at getting yards after the
catch. His most alluring trait as a pro prospect is his ability to threaten defensive backs with vertical speed, running curls, hitches, and comebacks quickly.
The problem, however, is that Boutte did not have a great combine, and his draft stock is slipping. Regardless, he could easily be a steal for whatever team lands him in the 2023 draft, as he has shown flashes of superstar talent throughout his college career. At 6’0”, 205 lbs., Boutte certainly has the size to put it together in the NFL. With LSU seemingly churning out star receivers with ease, he could be the next in a long line of successful NFL receivers to come out of Baton Rouge.
NFL player comparison: Tyler Boyd -James
2.06 – Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
2.07 – Zach Evans, RB, Ole Miss
In my opinion, Zach Evans is one of the best running backs this class has to offer. An explosive, physical runner that’s talent as a rusher really pops on tape. His lack of receiving production and the possibility of day three draft capital does have me nervous. I could be kicking myself in a few months for not taking another running back like Kendre Miller or Sean Tucker instead, but I’m a fan of Evans and willing to roll the dice on him in this range. -Aidan
2.08 – Kendre Miller, RB, TCU
2.09 – Tyjae Spears, RB, Tulane
2.10 – Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah State
Once again, my running back of choice (Tyjae Spears) was sniped at the pick in front of me. I pivoted to a potential first-rounder in Dalton Kincaid. He was an elite receiver at Utah and has all the traits to be a team’s first or second option in the passing game. He has incredible hands and is a smooth route runner. Watch him dominate USC in the PAC-12 championship game to see why Kincaid is an elite dynasty prospect at the position. -Andrew