Now that the 2020 NFL Draft has finished and we finally have rookie landing spots and draft capital to go along with all of the film and analytics, the team at @PFNDynasty wanted to do another dynasty rookie mock draft post-NFL draft as an update to our last pre-draft rookie mock. Much like the real NFL draft, there were some surprises here as well. Plenty of guys saw their stock improve, and a few saw their stock fall almost off the radar. What a fun time!
Before we dive in, here are the teams and draft order this time around:
- Tommy Garrett – @TommygarrettPFN
- Eric Frosbutter (Frosty) – @efrosbutterPFN
- Corey Ashburn – @AshburnPFN
- Jordan Woodson – @Jordan_Woodson
- Dennis Sosic – @CALL_ME_SOS
- Andrew Hall – @AndrewHallFF
- Tommy Garrett
- Eric Frosbutter (Frosty)
- Corey Ashburn
- Jordan Woodson
- Dennis Sosic
- Andrew Hall
So, without further adieu, let’s get to the draft![sv slug=mocksim]
Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft (Post Draft)
Legend: Pick (Mock Drafter) – Player, Position – Drafted Team
1.01 (Tommy) – Joe Burrow, QB – Cincinnati Bengals
If you have the 1.01, I can understand an argument for either Joe Burrow or Tua Tagovailoa. Cincinnati selecting Burrow was the expected move as all signs pointed to it leading up to the NFL Draft. My thought process is if I am choosing a quarterback at 1.01, I want production as soon as I am selecting him to be either my Superflex position or immediate QB3 on my roster. Knowing Tua will most likely redshirt in 2020 has pushed Burrow just slightly ahead.
1.02 (Frosty) – Tua Tagovailoa, QB – Miami Dolphins
Some rankings are all over the place following the 2020 NFL Draft, but nothing’s changed for me in that aspect. Now that Tua Tagovailoa is officially a Miami Dolphin, he’s a clear-cut top two QB from this class for me. If anything, given where some of these quarterbacks have landed, I’d say the top three quarterbacks are even farther ahead than their counterparts than originally projected.
1.03 (Corey) – Jonathan Taylor, RB – Indianapolis Colts
Jonathan Taylor is my RB1 now. He was my RB2 before landing spot, and Indianapolis has one of the best offensive lines, general managers, and coaches in the entire NFL, in my opinion. Marlon Mack is in the last year of his deal and will likely be gone next year. Taylor will be an RB1 for multiple years as the lead dog in Indy.
1.04 (Jordan) – Clyde Edwards-Helaire – Kansas City Chiefs
At pick 1.04 in Superflex leagues, your worst-case scenario is a decision between your RB2, WR1, and QB3. In this mock, I’m happy to scoop up Clyde Edwards-Helaire at No. 4 overall. Already regarded as one of the most exciting running backs in this class, CEH now lands on the best offense in the NFL besides reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes. That offense also happens to be perfect for Edwards-Helaire’s skill set, by the way.
1.05 (Dennis) – J.K. Dobbins, RB – Baltimore Ravens
While Dobbins may start the season behind Mark Ingram in a crowded Ravens’ backfield, Dobbins has huge upside and could wind up getting the majority of carries by season’s end. The Ravens are a run-heavy team and are looking into their crystal ball and seeing Ingram at 31 heading into the final year of his contract, and Gus Edwards probably won’t be re-signed. Dobbins displays the type of compelling skill set to maximize every touch. Dobbins, who has never missed a game due to injury, possesses RB1 dynasty upside in this offense.
1.06 (Andrew) – D’Andre Swift, RB – Detroit Lions
I went back and forth between Swift and Cam Akers here, and inevitably, came down on the side of Swift, primarily due to the Lions taking him so early. This makes me think they can’t trust Kerryon Johnson to stay on the field, or at the very least, they need a bigger insurance policy than they’ve had before. Add to that Swift’s pure talent, and I think getting him at 1.06 could be seen as a steal a year from now.
1.07 (Tommy) – Cam Akers, RB – Los Angeles Rams
Cam Akers walks away from the 2020 NFL Draft as one of the winners, which helped add more depth to the class. Akers steps into the role vacated by Todd Gurley and has the skills to be an actual three-down back and lead the Los Angeles Rams’ backfield. My one concern is they did not address the offensive line concerns, but in dynasty, I am playing the long game and taking my pre-draft RB3.
1.08 (Frosty) – Jerry Jeudy – Denver Broncos
I really debated going Justin Herbert here, and in hindsight, I probably should have under the Superflex format, but I was very excited to see Jerry Jeudy fall to me here. Going into the 2020 NFL Draft, I pegged Jeudy as my WR1 of this class, and landing with the Denver Broncos did nothing to persuade me from that. Jeudy should be a great addition to this offense alongside Courtland Sutton.
1.09 (Corey) – Justin Herbert, QB – Los Angeles Chargers
This is Superflex. This is also one of the deepest WR classes I can remember. With Jalen Hurts and Jordan Love going to the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers, respectively, the top QBs are even more important than normal. Herbert will have a chance to start soon and will have a great set of weapons around him when he does. Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Hunter Henry, and Austin Ekeler is a hell of a group. Herbert has every chance to be successful in Los Angeles.
1.10 (Jordan) – CeeDee Lamb, WR – Dallas Cowboys
CeeDee Lamb is a dream scenario for me so late in the first round. I understand that the Superflex format naturally leads to talent falling down the board, but I’m shocked to get my WR1 at 1.10 in the first round. Lamb is now attached to an offense featuring Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper. Forget your target share concerns. There’s plenty of fantasy points to go around in a Cowboys’ offense that put up a league-high 431.5 net yards-per-game a season ago.
1.11 (Dennis) – Henry Ruggs, WR – Las Vegas Raiders
Henry Ruggs was the first WR taken in the 2020 NFL Draft. He is a game-breaker with a blazing 4.27 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine, which accelerated the hype around the Alabama wideout. Ruggs is a home-run threat every time he touches the ball, has good hands, and is a versatile playmaker. He enters a potentially electric Raiders’ offense playing alongside Tyrell Williams, Hunter Renfrow, and Darren Waller, along with a rushing attack led by Josh Jacobs that forces defenses into the box. Ruggs should take advantage of the single coverages to become a player similar to Tyreek Hill.
1.12 (Andrew) – Tee Higgins, WR – Cincinnati Bengals
This was another tough one for me. I almost went with Jalen Reagor over Tee Higgins, but I think Higgins has a better chance to produce earlier on an offense where he will get to learn with the QB in Burrow. A month ago, I probably would have gone Reagor without question, but I really do like Higgins’ opportunity and talents to shine this year.