Drake Maye’s Dynasty Rookie Profile | North Carolina QB Fantasy Football Outlook

Equipped with a strong arm, a prototypical build, and playmaking ability as a runner, should Drake Maye be the QB1 off the board in dynasty rookie drafts?

The conversation surrounding the top quarterbacks entering the 2024 NFL Draft has started to heat up considerably as we officially enter the NFL offseason.

This quarterback class has become mostly a three-horse race at the top, with Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, and Drake Maye all getting plenty of praise as potential franchise signal-callers for NFL teams interested in investing high draft capital in the position.

Does Maye’s sky-high upside warrant serious consideration for him to be the top quarterback selected in upcoming dynasty fantasy football rookie drafts?

Should You Draft Drake Maye in Dynasty Fantasy Football?

The 2024 NFL Draft QB class certainly has plenty of talent, with the likes of Williams, Daniels, Washington’s Michael Penix Jr., Oregon’s Bo Nix, and Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy all making strong cases to be selected in the first round of the upcoming draft.

Maye is consistently brought up in the top-tier conversation in consideration for the top overall pick, which is currently held by the Chicago Bears. However, his value in dynasty leagues is probably going to depend in large part on your roster and scoring format.

Maye certainly flashed plenty of top-shelf potential with his jaw-dropping highlights, but there are certainly some questions surrounding his consistency entering the NFL.

He’ll undoubtedly have far more value in Superflex leagues than your standard 1QB format. For instance, Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr. feels like the consensus top player on the rookie rankings board in 1QB leagues, but cases can certainly be made for slightly pushing him down boards in Superflex formats.

Maye isn’t exactly an elite dual-threat QB prospect heading into the NFL, but his contributions in the running game certainly shouldn’t be overlooked, either. His rushing production floor projects to be lower than Daniels and probably slightly lower than Williams, which likely makes him the QB3 on dynasty rookie boards.

He’s a bonafide first-round rookie dynasty pick in any league type where you can start more than one QB a week but could find himself being selected in the late first or early second round in 1QB formats.

Who Is Maye?

Background

Maye has the best prototypical build of any top-tier QB in this class, standing 6’4” and weighing in at around 230 pounds. He spent his prep-playing days at Myers Park High School, where he was touted as a four-star prospect after generating 6,713 yards and 86 touchdowns over two high school seasons.

Maye was also a standout basketball player during his prep days, averaging a double-double on the hardwood as a junior.

College Production

The heir-apparent to Sam Howell in Chapel Hill proved he was every bit the prospect of his predecessor, and possibly even better.

Maye earned ACC Player of the Year honors in his first full season under center with 4,321 passing yards and 38 passing touchdowns while adding 698 yards and seven scores on the ground in his redshirt freshman campaign.

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Maye’s production dropped off a bit in his sophomore season without WR Josh Downs to throw to, but he still managed to compile 3,608 passing yards and 33 total TDs to finish out his collegiate career.

Injury History

Maye suffered an ankle injury during his final collegiate game against North Carolina State, which played a part in him not appearing in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl against the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Maye’s Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths

  • High-level arm strength; tape is littered with shots deep down the field with the ball shooting out of his hand with high-end velocity effortlessly; can make any throw at the NFL level.
  • When his mechanics are intact, Maye operates with great ball placement and accuracy on all three levels of the football field.
  • Plus-level hip torque and arm strength are on display when he breaks the pocket and throws darts on the move, whether rolling to his right or left.
  • Quality processor of information; flashed ability to identify alerts and progressions pre-snap to help formulate a post-snap plan to go through progressions.
  • Good athlete who extends passing plays and punishes undisciplined defenders who don’t stay in their pass-rushing lanes; good play strength and surprising wiggle and twitchiness as a ball carrier.

Weaknesses

  • Footwork mechanics need to be cleaned up; way too many reps where he’s bouncing around on his toes, which occasionally leads to accuracy issues and affects the timing of route concepts.
  • Tends to drift towards his intended target, leading to running himself into trouble instead of operating out of a clean pocket.
  • Too many reps where Maye unnecessarily bails from a clean pocket; fails to consistently climb the pocket, slides to buy more time, or resets to continue going through progression.
  • Some hesitation and questionable decisions on his tape led to negative plays; lending questions to him being a tick late going through his reads or thrown off because of his footwork being a bit inconsistent.
  • Maye’s offensive line definitely had some issues, but pressure did seem to impact him more than you would like a top-tier QB prospect to at the college level.

With the fantasy football season behind us, why not start preparing for your rookie drafts with our dynasty rookie rankings? Additionally, as you look to improve your team heading into 2024, our dynasty trade calculator can help you find the perfect deal to boost your championship chances.

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