Now that we are four weeks through the NFL season, your dynasty teams are starting to have an identity. You’re either selling off assets to tank for the golden ticket of Caleb Williams at the 1.01 or selling off your 2024 picks in hopes of a championship. Before doing either, let’s take a look at a too-early 2024 dynasty rookie mock draft and how things are shaping up in the college football landscape through one month.
Note: Based on a 12-team Dynasty SuperFlex league
These rankings will fluctuate over the next 10 months (duh), but here are the top 12 players to keep a detailed eye on for the remainder of the 2023 college football season.
1.01: QB, CALEB WILLIAMS (USC)
Caleb Williams is the golden ticket of the 2024 rookie draft. Williams continues his dominance at USC and is the favorite to win the Heisman trophy again.
Williams has a rocket arm, elite efficiency, ideal size (6’1″, 215 lbs), and Konami Code upside. The Heisman winner will be a day-one starter, locked in as the 2024 1.01.
2023 stats through five games:
1.02: WR MARVIN HARRISON JR. (OHIO STATE)
The son of hall-of-fame wide receiver, Marvin Harrison Jr. dominated college football last season alongside CJ Stroud. Harrison Jr. is looking like one of the best wide receiver prospects since Julio Jones.
At 6’4″, 205 lbs Harrison Jr. possesses elite hands, route running, body control, and athleticism, Harrison Jr. is a prospect that will live up to the hype. Harrison Jr. is worthy of the 1.02 spot for teams not completely desperate at the QB position.
2023 stats through four games:
1.03: QB DRAKE MAYE (UNC)
Not much has changed through three picks. Maye looks like he has the ability to be a star quarterback at the NFL level. Although his 2023 stats aren’t showing out like in 2022, the junior quarterback has been impressive, leading the Tar Heels to an undefeated record through four games.
The 6’4″ and 220 lbs quarterback will be selected inside the top-three and will be a day-one starter in the NFL come next season.
1.04: TE BROCK BOWERS (GEORGIA)
I pray to the fantasy gods daily that Brock Bowers is drafted into a situation that will utilize his talents. Bowers is a three-down tight end who can line up anywhere on the field, has elite ball skills, is a powerful blocker, and is a premier playmaker on offense.
With the tight end position being a wasteland, Bowers is a lock to be an immediate top-five fantasy tight end once drafted. 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.
2023 stats through five games:
1.05: QB QUINN EWERS (TEXAS)
Without the trademark mullet, Ewers is finally living up to the hype. The 6’2″, 195 lbs quarterback has Texas all the way back and has been impressive in all facets of his game.
If Ewers can continue developing his long ball and consistently produce, he could shoot up the board in April.
2023 stats through five games:
1.06: WR MALIK NABERS (LSU)
Malik Nabers can take any ball he catches to the end zone. Although he scored only three last season, Nabers broke out with 72 receptions for 1,017 yards. Nabers is on pace for another top season, leading the 2024 draft class in PFF grade, and has yet to drop a ball through five games this season. If Nabers continues to succeed don’t be shocked if he’s a top 15 pick come April. He already has 40 receptions for 625 yards and five touchdowns through five games.
1.07: RB TREVEYON HENDERSON (OHIO STATE)
Two years ago, Henderson was my original 1.01 for this class, before the Williams breakout), but he disappointed during his sophomore season while battling through a lisfranc injury.
The former No. 1 RB in his high school class has shown improvements during his junior season with an impressive 6.7 yards per carry in a loaded running back room. If Henderson can have a marquee game against Penn State and/or Michigan, he can reclaim his status as one of my favorite prospects in the 2024 class.
1.08: WR KEON COLEMAN (FSU)
Keon Coleman slipped through the cracks of our first two mocks, but now he’s being drafted in the top ten of dynasty and NFL mocks. Coleman hasn’t had a spectacular season, but the big-bodied (6’4″ 215 lb) receiver can compete on all three levels and is a dynamic playmaker in the end zone.
Coleman has cooled off after a monster Week 1 vs LSU, where he put up 9-122-3 on primetime television.
1.09: WR XAVIER WORTHY (TEXAS)
Like his quarterback, Xavier Worthy fell short of massive expectations last season, but this season, both are impressive. Worthy hasn’t had a major breakout game, but has continued to show why he was so highly touted last season. Worthy has great YAC ability and fits into the mold of the new-age wide receiver (6’1″ 160 lbs).
Worthy will look to continue to improve his draft stock this season alongside Ewers and breakout wide receiver Adonai Mitchell.
1.10: WR EMEKA EGBUKA (OHIO STATE)
The former No. 1 receiver in his class, Emeka Egbuka stepped up as the Buckeyes WR2 last season and impressed. The then-sophomore posted over 1,000 yards and ten touchdowns alongside Harrison Jr. With Jaxon Smith-Njigba sidelined, Egbuka moved into the slot, where he gets open on the regular. This season, Egbuka has gotten off to a slower start with new quarterback Kyle McCord, but is still a lock as a first-round pick come April.
1.11: RB BRAELON ALLEN (WISCONSIN)
Braelon Allen is a beast of a running back but lacks the elite pass-catching skills to be considered a top-five dynasty pick. The Wisconsin Badger was just 17 years old during his freshman season and ran for over 1,200 yards. Allen is on pace to do it for his third-straight season and will only be 20 years old in April.
Allen will be a hot commodity for NFL teams picking in the second to third round and will be a future RB1 if given the right opportunity.
1.12: WR ROME ODUNZE (WASHINGTON)
Rome Odunze has been on a tear since last season and doesn’t look like he will stop. The 6’3″ 200 lbs receiver has 544 yards and four touchdowns through four games this season. Odunze has shown impressive route running and separation skills this season alongside potential first-round pick Michael Penix Jr. Odunze is the last of the wide receivers who look to be NFL first-round picks and could easily shoot up the board depending on location and intangibles come combine season.
Keep tabs on the entire electric Washington offense.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Will Shipley (RB, Clemson); Raheim Sanders (RB, Arkansas); Donovan Edwards (RB, Michigan); Blake Corum (RB, Michigan); Devin Neal (RB, Kansas); Trey Benson (RB, Florida State); Audric Estime (RB, ND); Johnny Wilson (WR, Florida State); Mario Williams (WR, USC); Tahj Washington (WR, USC); Dorian Singer (WR, USC); Troy Franklin (WR, Oregon); Jacob Cowing (WR, Arizona); Xavier Legette (WR, South Carolina); Ja’Tavion Sanders (TE, Texas); Bo Nix (QB, Oregon); Michael Pennix Jr. (QB, Washington); Riley Leonard (QB, Duke); Shedder Sanders (QB, Colorado); Jordan Travis (QB, Florida State); Jayden Daniels (QB, LSU)