Before the 2022 college football season kicked off, we published our Way-Too-Early 2023 Dynasty Mock Draft and our Way-Way-Too-Early 2024 Dynasty Mock Draft. After Stetson Bennett and the Georgia Bulldogs hoisted the national championship trophy for the second consecutive season, we updated our 2023 Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft twice before the NFL Draft takes place. Now, it’s time to unveil our Way-Too-Early 2024 Dynasty Mock Draft, which is based on a 12-team SuperFlex league.
These rankings will fluctuate over the next calendar year (duh), but here are the top 12 players to keep a detailed eye on during the 2023 college football season.
1.01: QB, CALEB WILLIAMS (USC)
For those picking in the top five of this year’s rookie draft, it’s fine to pass on the top quarterbacks because Caleb Williams is the best quarterback prospect since Trevor Lawrence. Equipt with a rocket arm, Konami Code upside, and the size (6’1″, 215 lbs) that Bryce Young envies, Williams is the locked-in 1.01 from here on out.
Hailing from the Lincoln Riley quarterback academy, Williams is the best of the bunch. The 2022 Heisman Trophy winner can truly make all the throws with his quick release, making him a day-one starter in the league. Caleb Williams is the can’t-miss 1.01.
2022 stats: 4,537 yds, 42 TD, 5 INT, 66.6%, 442 rush yds
1.02: WR MARVIN HARRISON JR. (OHIO STATE)
Move over Marvin Harrison, your son is bigger, faster, and stronger than you. Marvin Harrison Jr. took advantage of Jaxon Smith-Njigba’s year-long absence and stamped himself as the nation’s top wideout and arguably the best wide receiver draft prospect since Julio Jones.
Standing at 6’4″, 205 lbs with elite hands, route running, body control, and athleticism, Harrison Jr. is a prospect who will hold down your WR1 spot for years to come. Yep, Brian Hartline developed his most lethal monster on the perimeter.
2022 stats: 77 rec, 1,263 yds, 14 TD
1.03: QB DRAKE MAYE (UNC)
Drake Maye exploded onto the scene after the Sam Howell era came to an end in Chapel Hill. Looking the part at 6’4″ and 220 lbs, Drake Maye is super accurate in the short and intermediate areas and tosses a beautiful deep ball. Maye will have some trouble without Josh Downs and UNC getting hit hard by the portal, but as we are currently seeing, NFL teams drool over measurables and potential. It might sound silly, but Maye has some Justin Herbert in him.
2022 stats: 4,321 yds, 38 TD, 7 INT, 66.2%, 698 rush yds
1.04: QB QUINN EWERS (TEXAS)
Quinn Ewers and the Texas offense did not live up to its lofty expectations in 2023. Yet, Ewers showed incredible flashes in his redshirt freshman season after reclassifying as a high school senior when he originally played one year at Ohio State. Ewers, who is one of the highest-rated high school recruits of all time, has all the tools to be a Heisman Trophy winner as the leader of one of the most talented offenses in the nation.
The blend of elite individual talent, surrounding talent, and coaching should culminate into something special for Ewers and the Longhorns.
2022 stats: 2,177 yds, 15 TD, 6 INT, 58.1%
1.05: TE BROCK BOWERS (GEORGIA)
We were told Kyle Pitts was a generational tight end, and while that could still be true, it’s just not happening in Atlanta. However, Brock Bowers is a three-down in-line tight end who can block his ass off and make plays in the passing game like Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce.
Bowers drips in athleticism for his size (6’4″, 230 lbs) and is a mismatch at all three levels. Unlike Pitts, who needs to be in the right system as a bigger receiver rather than a true tight end, Bowers is system-proof and will be a fantasy TE1 in no time.
2022 stats: 63 rec, 942 yds, 7 TD
1.06: RB RAHEIM SANDERS (ARKANSAS)
Raheim “Rocket” Sanders was on one last season, eclipsing over 1,700 total yards and 12 touchdowns as a true sophomore. Sanders can do it all at 6’2″ and 227 lbs, bouncing off would-be tacklers and displaying consistent hands in the passing game. Sanders is a one-cut runner with home run ability due to his blend of vision, quickness, and straight-line speed. While he’s no Bijan Robinson, Sanders is the clear RB1 in this class as a true three-down workhorse with massive upside.
2022 stats: 1,443 rush yds, 10 TD, 9.7 ypc; 28 rec, 271 yds, 2 TD
1.07: WR EMEKA EGBUKA (OHIO STATE)
Running as CJ Stroud’s WR2, Emeka Egbuka was forced to step up quickly as the team’s WR2 with JSN sidelined. Egbuka, the former No. 1 wide receiver in his (and Harrison’s) high school class, displays natural athleticism and smooth route running just like the other Brian Hartline-coached wide receivers. Similarly to JSN, Egbuka almost makes things look too natural, where he does not appear like an elite separator. Yet, he tore up the Michigan (9-125-1) and Georgia (8-112-1) secondaries with ease. With Marv getting all the (deserved) hype, Egbuka will fly under the radar in the national media.
2022 stats: 74 rec, 1,151 yds, 10 TD
1.08: WR XAVIER WORTHY (TEXAS)
Like his quarterback, Xavier Worthy fell short of massive expectations last season. But, the hype will be back in 2023 and the talented wideout should live up to it with another full offseason in Steve Sarkisian’s offense. Although he only stands at 6’1″, 163 lbs, Worthy is a physical YAC monster who is electric with the ball in his hands as both a receiver and a returner. He rips up ankles with his elite route-running, separates with ease, and can track the football with the best of them. Worthy could be the WR2 in this class if he and Ewers live up to the hype this season.
2022 stats: 60 rec, 760 yds, 9 TD
1.09: RB TREVEYON HENDERSON (OHIO STATE)
This guy. Our original 1.01 of this class had a disaster sophomore season. TreVeyon Henderson only had 107 carries due to a lisfranc injury, and when he was healthy, his vision was subpar and he looked lost with the football in his hands. The former No. 1 RB in his high school class is entering a critical season, where he has to compete against FOUR legitimate running backs who would start at almost every other school in the country. Oh, and he sat out the spring recovering from foot surgery. Still, his measurables, his elite burst, and his silly athleticism will make me hold out hope for the most naturally talented running back in the country.
2022 stats: 571 rush yds, 6 TD, 5.3 ypc; 4 rec, 28 yds, 1 TD
1.10: RB BRAELON ALLEN (WISCONSIN)
I’ll admit that I’m probably too low on Braelon Allen and I’ll likely move him up in my next update. But, with three quarterbacks and a tight end in the top five, it is what it is. Allen should flourish this season with former Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell taking over the Wisconsin job and boosting the talent on offense through the transfer portal. Allen was actually on his way out of Camp Randall, with Michigan, Texas, and Notre Dame on his radar, but he decided to put blind faith in Fickell. Allen is a 6’2″, 235 lb three-down workhorse who has improved as a pass-catcher. With opposing defenses likely loosening the box due to transfer QB Tanner Mordecai under center, expect Allen’s stock to ascend during the season.
2022 stats: 1,242 rush yds, 11 TD, 5.4 ypc; 13 rec, 104 yds
1.11: WR MALIK NABERS (LSU)
We all hyped up the wrong LSU receiver last season. Kayshon Boutte actually stinks and Malik Nabers was him the entire time. With Boutte focused on orgies and getting fat, Nabers was the WR1 on Brian Kelly’s squad and led the team in receptions and receiving yards.
Still only 19 years old, expect a major breakout season for Nabers on a team that should improve in Kelly’s second season. Don’t get caught off-guard if Nabers blows up and is considered a top-three wideout after this season concludes.
2022 stats: 72 rec, 1,017 yds, 3 TD
1.12: RB WILL SHIPLEY (Clemson)
A handful of players could be in this spot to round out the first round, but I’m going to give the nod to the best player on Clemson’s offense who will significantly benefit from the team hiring TCU offensive coordinator, Garrett Riley (Lincoln Riley’s brother). Shipley is a three-down stud who can impact the game on the ground and through the air. Riley will revolve his offense around Shipley and he will prove to be one of the nation’s top running backs in 2023.
2022 stats: 1,182 rush yds, 15 TD, 5.6 ypc; 38 rec, 242 yds
KEEP AN EYE ON: Donovan Edwards (RB, Michigan); Blake Corum (RB, Michigan); Miyan Williams (RB, Ohio State); Devin Neal (RB, Kansas); Trey Benson (RB, Florida State); Bucky Irving (RB, Oregon); Ja’Corey Brooks (WR, Alabama); Johnny Wilson (WR, Florida State); Beaux Collins (WR, Clemson); Rome Odunze (WR, Washington); Mario Williams (WR, USC); Dorian Singer (WR, USC); Troy Franklin (WR, Oregon); Jacob Cowing (WR, Arizona); Ja’Tavion Sanders (TE, Texas); KJ Jefferson (QB, Arkansas); Devin Leary (QB, Kentucky); Michael Pennix Jr. (Washington)