Way Too Early Fantasy Rookie Mock Draft: Picks 1-6
I know this is the “Way Too Early” Mock Draft, but is there really ever such a thing as “Way Too Early” when it comes to discussing Fantasy Rookie Drafts? I didn’t think so, either. I have broken this 1st Round Rookie Mock into two parts. Part 1: Picks 1-6, and Part 2: Picks 7-12. Part 1 is incoming…
1.01 QB Caleb Williams (USC)
The current consensus #1 2024 NFL Draft pick, Williams, has to be the frontrunner to be the 1.01 in your SF rankings for next season. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner has elite ball placement and scrambling ability that translate seamlessly to the NFL. Some people have questions about his attitude, but I am of the belief that those questions are completely unfounded and unjustly fabricated.
1.02 WR Marvin Harrison Jr. (Ohio State)
Possibly the best WR draft prospect since Julio Jones in 2011, Marvin Harrison Jr has it all. He has elite size (6’4, 205lbs), route running, and 50/50 ability, with enough speed to get downfield. Harrison’s pedigree only furthers the intrigue NFL teams have in him. MHJ is a generational talent who will be among the elite fantasy Wide Receivers the day he enters the league.
1.03 QB Drake Maye (North Carolina)
It would not be hard to imagine moving Drake Maye to the 1.02 position in a SuperFlex draft, as the Top 3 players are in a league of their own. I have actually participated in several mock drafts where Maye has even gone 1.01. Maye (6’4, 220lbs) is the prototypical QB prospect. He has great athleticism and the ability to escape the pocket to make plays with his legs. He is elite with his touch and accuracy, and the work he needs to do on his footwork will improve with higher-level coaching.
1.04 TE Brock Bowers (Georgia)
This may be considered a bit of a reach with the 1.04, but Brock Bowers is the unquestioned TE1 for the 2024 NFL Draft. In a position of little depth, top-end NFL tight ends tend to be more and more in demand. Bowers would slot in with the top echelon of Tight Ends in dynasty leagues with guys like Mark Andrews, TJ Hockenson, and Kyle Pitts. Bowers has undergone ankle surgery, but that should not hinder his NFL prospects.
1.05 RB Braelon Allen (Wisconsin)
Derrick Henry 2.0? Braelon Allen is a mirror image of the Tennessee Titan’s RB. Huge and powerful, but also fast with good vision, Allen is in the mix for the RB1 in the 2024 NFL draft with Rocket Sanders and Treveyon Henderson. Wisconsin has a storied history of putting RBs in the NFL. Braelon Allen is the next in that line of tradition. He has displayed the ability to be an effective pass catcher within Wisconsin’s new offensive system, so Allen is indeed the whole package at Running Back.
1.06 RB Treveyon Henderson (Ohio State)
When healthy, I don’t know if there is a better NFL RB prospect. As a Freshman, Treveyon Henderson was considered a lock to be the RB1 in the 2024 NFL Draft. After his injury-plagued Sophomore season, he slipped a bit. Now, as a Junior, Henderson is back to exhibiting the type of explosion and skills that made him such a high-level draft prospect as a Freshman. I am not overly concerned with him missing games this season, as Ryan Day is very quick to sit players for precautionary reasons.
I hope you enjoyed part 1 of this Rookie Mock Draft and found it informative. Please be on the lookout for part 2 of the Way Too Early Fantasy Rookie Mock Draft, when I will go through picks 7-12.
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Tommy Harvey has been writing about fantasy football and college football for 10+ years. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Tommy specializes in dynasty and devy leagues. As a co-founder of dynastyprosfootball.com, Tommy is the host of the Dynasty Pros Devy Show. Follow Tommy on X @dynastyprostom