2021 Dynasty Rookie Rankings | Round 2
Which players just missed our first-round rankings but deserved consideration?
11) Rondale Moore (WR6 – Arizona Cardinals)
Rondale Moore was “my guy” the entire offseason, and when the Arizona Cardinals selected him at pick No. 49, I was ecstatic. Seeing him land in a high-flying Air Raid offense is incredible. What I will say is remember dynasty is a long-term format. I expect to see Moore split targets with Christian Kirk, but that does not diminish his multi-year value, only 2021.
All you need to see is his freshman tape to know how electric Moore can be in this offense. He appeared in all 13 games (10 starts) and caught 114 passes for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns. Additionally, he rushed 21 times for 213 yards and 2 touchdowns. If that was not enough, Moore returned 33 kickoffs for 662 yards and 12 punts for 82 yards. He broke the school record for most all-purpose yards in a season (2,215).
12) Terrace Marshall Jr. (WR7 – Carolina Panthers)
The Panthers selected Terrace Marshall Jr. with the 59th overall pick. Over the past two seasons, he dominated at LSU, catching 94 of 134 targets for 1,402 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns in only 19 games. And this was while playing alongside Chase and Jefferson.
Typically, we have to make an educated guess on how a rookie will transition into their new system — not this time. Marshall is now back with former LSU OC Joe Brady. The only thing that could hold him back is Sam Darnold if his reclamation project is a failure.
13) Amon-Ra St. Brown (WR8 – Detroit Lions)
I have been saying for years that Amon-Ra St. Brown is the most talented member of the family. Now, he gets his chance to show it after the Detroit Lions drafted him at pick No. 112.
In 2020, the USC receiver took it up a notch, finally becoming the WR1. He would also lead the Pac-12 in receptions (41 for 478 yards) and finish third in total touchdowns (7) in a pandemic-shortened season, culminating in a first-team All-Pac-12 selection.
Over 59% of their targets (394) and a staggering 72.4% of their air yards (3,519) are up for grabs. On the Lions depth chart sits Breshad Perriman, Tyrell Williams, and Quintez Cephus. Thus, St. Brown has the chance to lead the Lions’ wide receivers in targets as a rookie.
14) Kadarius Toney (WR9 – New York Giants)
Like many, I was surprised to see Kadarius Toney selected as the fourth WR off the board at pick No. 20 overall. However, that just goes to show how high the Giants’ organization values his dynamic playstyle.
Toney is a short-to-intermediate route specialist who routinely put defensive backs on skates while at Florida. The 5’11” senior broke out in 2020 by recording 70 receptions for 984 yards and 10 touchdowns. But that was not all, as he showcased his versatility as a rusher as well, accumulating 19 attempts for 161 yards and a score.
While the Giants enter 2021 with 134 vacated targets, 90% will go to Kenny Golladay. There is the question of who will see the most slot snaps between Toney and Sterling Shepard, but I would bet on the draft capital until we have data from games.
15) Trey Sermon (RB4 – San Francisco 49ers)
The San Francisco 49ers and crowded running back rooms. Some things just go perfectly together.
The 49ers added another RB with Trey Sermon at pick No. 88, but there might be a bigger plan for him. Sermon finished his Ohio State career with 339 rushing attempts for 2,076 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns. Sermon also caught 36 balls for 391 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns.
Once the 2021 season completes, the only running backs left under contract are Sermon and Elijah Mitchell. Add in the torn meniscus for Jeff Wilson, and Sermon can secure the job in the early weeks of 2021 and maintain it for years to come.
16) Justin Fields (QB2 – Chicago Bears)
Justin Fields might be the most talented QB to play for the Bears in, well, ever. He saw immediate success after transferring to Ohio State in 2019, completing 238 of 354 passes (67.2%) for 3,272 yards and 41 touchdowns to 3 interceptions. He also added 137 rushes for 484 yards and 10 scores. Fields finished the shortened 2020 season with 2,100 passing yards, 22 passing touchdowns, 6 interceptions, and added 383 rushing yards and 5 rushing touchdowns on the ground.
The Bears keep saying that Andy Dalton is the starter, but they are not fooling anyone; this is Fields’ team once he is ready.
17) Michael Carter (RB5 – New York Jets)
Stylistically, Michael Carter might be the best fit for a team outside of Harris and Steelers. He is arguably the best zone-rushing RB in the class and lands with a Jets’ offense implementing that exact system with Robert Saleh and Mike LaFleur.
Carter ended his collegiate career with 3,404 yards (6.6 avg) on 514 carries for 22 touchdowns. He added 82 receptions for 656 yards and 6 touchdowns in his 44 games as a Tar Heel.
18) Trey Lance (QB3 – San Francisco 49ers)
Amongst the 2021 rookies for dynasty, Trey Lance might very well have the highest ceiling, and he lands in the perfect situation. The 49ers are loaded on offense, and Lance was built to run the Kyle Shanahan offense. Yes, I know how many games he played and the competition he faced, but I don’t care, and neither did the 49ers when they selected him as the third overall player.
Lance was a superhuman for NDSU in 2019, throwing for 2,786 yards, 28 touchdowns, and zero interceptions in 16 games. The dual-threat quarterback also rushed for 1,100 yards and 14 additional scores.
19) Dyami Brown (WR10 – Washington Football Team)
After a relatively quiet freshman season, the former Tar Heel exploded for 51 receptions, 1,034 yards, and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore. Playing in one fewer game in 2020, he exceeded his totals with 55 catches for 1,099 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Dyami Brown is a vertical threat that can be a perfect complement to Terry McLaurin in the Washington offense.
20) D’Wayne Eskridge (WR11 – Seattle Seahawks)
Here is an interesting fact for you. As a fifth-year senior, D’Wayne Eskridge was a teammate of Corey Davis and is just two years younger (24 years old) despite Davis entering his fifth season in the NFL.
Eskridge caught 121 passes for 2,244 yards and 15 touchdowns throughout his Western Michigan career. He also returned 17 kicks for 467 yards and a touchdown in 2020.
There is no question that Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf are the leaders on the Seahawks, but the WR3 role is up for grabs. Reports have been very positive from Pete Carroll, and Eskridge should make an impact as a rookie in 2021.
2021 Dynasty Rookie Rankings | Round 3
21) Zach Wilson (QB4 – New York Jets)
22) Amari Rodgers (WR12 – Green Bay Packers)
23) Pat Freiermuth (TE2 – Pittsburgh Steelers)
24) Nico Collins (WR13 – Houston Texans)
25) Tylan Wallace (WR14 – Baltimore Ravens)
26) Mac Jones (QB5 – New England Patriots)
27) Chuba Hubbard (RB6 – Carolina Panthers)
28) Kenneth Gainwell (RB7 – Philadelphia Eagles)
29) Josh Palmer (WR15 – Los Angeles Chargers)
30) Jaelon Darden (WR16 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
31) Rhamondre Stevenson (RB8 – New England Patriots)
32) Anthony Schwartz (WR17 – Cleveland Brown)
33) Elijah Mitchell (RB9 – San Francisco 49ers)
34) Tutu Atwell (WR18 – Los Angeles Rams)
35) Hunter Long (TE3 – Miami Dolphins)
36) Ihmir Smith-Marsette (WR19 – Minnesota Vikings)
37) Dez Fitzpatrick (WR20 – Tennessee Titans)
38) Simi Fehoko (WR21 – Dallas Cowboys)
39) Shi Smith (WR22 – Carolina Panthers
40) Khalil Herbert (RB12 – Chicago Bears)
41) Chris Evans (RB10 – Cincinnati Bengals)
42) Brevin Jordan (TE4 – Houston Texans)
43) Seth Williams (WR23 – Denver Broncos)
44) Kellen Mond (QB6 – Minnesota Vikings)
45) Kylin Hill (RB11 – Green Bay Packers)
46) Cornell Powell (WR24 – Kansas City Chiefs)
47) Kene Nwangwu (RB12 – Minnesota Vikings)
48) Larry Rountree (RB13 – Los Angeles Chargers)
49) Davis Mills (QB7 – Houston Texans)
50) Tommy Tremble (TE5 – Carolina Panthers)
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