Early 2024 Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft (SuperFlex): Jayden Daniels Enters 1st Round Alongside Caleb Williams, Drake Maye

A couple of new names have entered the 1st round dynasty conversation.

And just like that, the 2023 college football season is officially in the rearview, with maize and blue confetti dropping on Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines. More importantly, we have another full year of tape on the top prospects who will be selected in 2024 dynasty rookie drafts — highlighted by a legendary wide receiver class.

This is our fourth update on this electric and potentially legendary class, with our first dating back to 2022 and the others happening before and during the season. Outside of a few undeclared names, we mostly know who will be available at the 2024 NFL Draft in April and featured in 2025 Dynasty Rookie drafts.

Let’s dive into our early 2024 dynasty rookie mock draft before the NFL Combine and the crazy predraft process kick-off.

READ: 2024 Dynasty Rookie Rankings & SuperFlex Big Board

Note: This mock draft is based on a 12-team SuperFlex dynasty league with Half-PPR settings

Note: This mock draft was updated on 1/12 to reflect player draft decisions.

2024 DYNASTY ROOKIE MOCK DRAFT

1.01: CALEB WILLIAMS, QB, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Previously: Unchanged

Caleb Williams did not replicate or really build off his 2022 Heisman campaign. In fact, he may have even dropped a little in viewers’ and scouts’ eyes during the 2023 season. However, he makes plays that very few quarterbacks on the planet can make, and it looks incredibly easy — which is why he remained our dynasty 1.01 as we enter NFL Draft silly season.

If you’ve been living under a rock and/or don’t watch a lick of college football, Williams is the complete package with the football in his hands. Sure, he cried in mommy’s arms after losing a regular season game, but he is an incredible thrower of the football and an elite athlete. His top-notch ball placement allows receivers not to lose stride after the catch. His accuracy also thrives off platform and in the field’s intermediate and deep areas.

Outside of trying to do too much at times, which leads to unnecessary turnovers, he’s the perfect fantasy franchise quarterback.

2023 stats: 3,633 yds, 30 TD, 5 INT, 68.6%, 136 ruYD, 11 ruTD

1.02: MARVIN HARRISON JR, WR, OHIO STATE

Previously: Unchanged

What’s there not to like about Marvin Harrison Jr., who is touted as one of the best draft prospects of this generation? The Heisman finalist and Biletnikoff Award winner has the size at 6-foot-4, 205 lbs, the speed at 22.2 mph, and elite receiver traits that will make him an instant alpha WR1.

Although dealing with a significant drop-off in quarterback play from CJ Stroud to Kyle McCord, Harrison still averaged over 18 yards per reception and made big play after big play to bail out the Buckeye offense. Some could argue he was the most valuable player in the country to a team that sometimes drew up the “F— it, throw it to Marv” play. He can run by any defensive back, never drops the football, and can win any contested catch situation.

However, as someone who has watched every snap of his career, his lack of separation against physical man-to-man corners and lack of physicality after the catch makes me a little cooler on him than most of #DraftTwitter. Don’t get it twisted, though: he’s still a generational talent with monster upside, but he’s not the best wide receiver prospect ever that some are making him out to be.

Still, Harrison should be the pick at the 1.01 or the 1.02 if quarterback is not at the top of the list of needs.

2023 stats: 67 rec, 1,211 yds, 14 TD, 18.1 avg

1.03: DRAKE MAYE, QB, NORTH CAROLINA

Previously: Unchanged

Depending on league settings (SuperFlex vs 1 QB), the North Carolina signal-caller could land at the 1.02 or the 1.03. For me, Harrison is locked into the 1.02 in both settings, but Drake Maye could be the choice for QB-needy fantasy teams at the 1.02.

Either way, Maye is a stud.

Maye, who stands at 6-foot-4, 230 lbs, was created in a lab to play quarterback in 2023. He has elite arm talent to make all the throws and hurt defenses with his mobility inside and outside the pocket. He throws a better deep ball and has better ball placement downfield than Caleb Williams. He also has a little Patrick Mahomes/ Josh Allen creativity, similar to Williams, making him exciting to watch but prone to some head scratching turnovers.

Make no mistake about it: Maye is the next Justin Herbert with his huge arm and athleticism.

2023 stats: 3,608 yds, 24 TD, 9 INT, 63.3%, 449 ruYD, 9 ruTD

1.04: MALIK NABERS, WR, LSU

Previously: 1.06

For those drafting after the 1.03, don’t get too upset because Malik Naber is an excellent consolation prize. The LSU product would’ve been WR1 in 2022 and 2024, but he happens to be in the same class as Harrison Jr.

Nabers has been Jayden Daniels’ top target for the past two seasons and proved he could do it all this season. Whether it’s vertically or intermediately, he can make tough catches and is a pain in the ass to tackle after the catch. While he’s not physically imposing at 6-feet, 200 lbs, he’s physical in contested catch situations and can break tackles. He’s better after the catch than Harrison Jr.

Nabers has future fantasy WR1 written all over him and will make an instant impact as a rookie.

2023 stats: 86 rec, 1,546 yds, 14 TD, 18.0 avg

1.05: JAYDEN DANIELS, QB, LSU

Previously: Unranked

The Heisman Trophy winner is the greatest riser in our mock draft, going from unranked to the 1.05 in just a few months. He’ll also likely be the most significant riser in the NFL Draft, going from a mid-to-late-round pick to a top-10 pick.

While the knock on him is he only had “one year of production,” that’s just blatantly false. While he officially exploded this year, the dual-threat quarterback put up 20 total touchdowns to two interceptions as a freshman at Arizona State.

Over his five year career, Daniels amassed 3,307 rushing yards and 34 rushing touchdowns, along with 12,749 passing yards and 89 passing touchdowns. He capped a terrific collegiate career in 2023 with 40 passing touchdowns to only four interceptions, and a 72.2 completion percentage.

While he only had one year of truly elite production, look at someone like Joe Burrow, who did absolutely nothing until his final season at LSU. The 23-year-old has five years of experience and has evolved as both a passer and a runner — making him a sure-fire top-10 pick and a top-five dynasty rookie lock.

Jayden Daniels is stress-free Caleb Williams, who will make fewer mistakes but drips in similar upside.

2023 stats: 3,812 yds, 40 TD, 4 INT, 72.2%, 1,134 ruYD, 10 ruTD

1.06: BROCK BOWERS, TE, GEORGIA

Previously: 1.04

It took forever, but the 2022 rookie tight end class proved that if put in the right system (FU, Arthur Smith), a significant fantasy impact could occur immediately. Sam LaPorta and Dalton Kincaid crawled, so generational tight end prospect Brock Bowers could run.

Bowers, who stands at 6-foot-4, 240 lbs, is a freak at his position. While he may not be the combine specimen that Kyle Pitts was, he’s an elite football player who made an instant impact as a true freshman (56-882-13) on the best team in the country. He finished his legendary career with 175 receptions, 2,538 yards, 193 rushing yards(!), and 31 total touchdowns.

Bowers has consistent hands, elite intermediate route running, the ability to stretch the field, and YAC upside to be a monster at the next level. He’s a plug-and-play TE1 the minute he steps on the field and could be the next Travis Kelceesque cheat code at the position.

2023 stats: 56 rec, 714 yds, 6 TD, 12.8 avg (10 games)

1.07: ROME ODUNZE, WR, WASHINGTON

Previously: 1.12

Like Malik Nabers, Rome Odunze is an excellent consolation prize and would’ve been the WR1 in most classes. Odunze posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and totaled 20 touchdowns over that span as Michael Penix’s top target.

Simply put, Odunze can make plays downfield, proven by his 18 receptions of 20-plus air yards. He’s arguably the 1B to Marvin Harrison’s 1A when it comes to contested catches. It’s not a 50/50 ball with Odunze; it’s a 60/40. However, he’s more than just a deep threat with top-tracking skills and elite contested catch ability. He’s an above-average route runner who can separate on intermediate routes and is very physical after the catch.

Odunze will be a touchdown machine in the NFL with fantasy WR1/WR2 upside.

2023 stats: 81 rec, 1,428 yds, 13 TD, 17.6 avg

1.08: KEON COLEMAN, WR, FLORIDA STATE

Previously: Unchanged

Keon Coleman is a great example of a transfer portal hit. Coleman went from one of the most inept offenses in the country at Michigan State to one of the most explosive offenses in the country at Florida State. Because of this transfer, Coleman put himself on the map when he exploded for 122 yards and three touchdowns on nine receptions against LSU in Week 1.

Although his season had spectacular highlights, he also disappeared at times, posting a goose egg against Boston College and having five games with three or fewer receptions. This was due to his inability to separate consistently and relying too much on his superior physicality in contested situations.

Coleman’s size (6-foot-4, 215 lbs) and tools will likely get him drafted in the first round, but he must continue to evolve his game to be a more consistent fantasy option in the future. I’m rolling the dice on the talent and upside here.

2023 stats: 50 rec, 658 yds, 11 TD, 13.2 avg

1.09: BRIAN THOMAS JR, WR, LSU

Previously: Unranked

Following TreVeyon Henderson and Emeka Egbuka’s announcements that they would return to Columbus for their senior seasons, Brian Thomas Jr. made his first-round debut. In reality, he should have been in the original article and could continue to rise after he likely destroys LSU pro day and NFL Combine.

Malik Nabers and Jayden Daniels get all of the attention in Baton Rouge, and rightfully so. However, Thomas, who stands at 6-foot-4 and 205 lbs, is an absolute beast who cooked opposite Nabers.

Thomas’ blend of size, speed, and reliable hands make him a mismatch nightmare, which could land him at the end of the first round. The former hoops standout turned down D1 basketball offers, and his body control and vertical make him what we thought Quentin Johnston should be.

I won’t rank him above Rome Odunze, but Thomas’ pre-draft process could vault him another spot or two in our rankings. Did we overlook the next Justin JeffersonJa’Marr Chase combo out of LSU?

2023 stats: 68 rec, 1,177 yds, 17 TD, 17.3 avg

1.10: TROY FRANKLIN, WR, OREGON

Previously: Unranked

Troy Franklin is a lanky wideout with serious wheels and big-play ability, helping unlock Bo Nix’s offense in 2023. The 6-foot-3 wideout is a burner (will run in 4.3s) who was one of the top deep threats in the country and has some YAC upside at 187 lbs.

According to PFF, Franklin had 37 explosive plays of 15 yards or more and forced 14 missed tackles with the ball in his hands. The best part of Franklin’s game is that he’s not just a straight-line burner; he dices up corners in intermediate routes and can get open on any level. Still, he’s an excellent ball tracker and is a vertical weapon.

Franklin is a typical fantasy WR2 with massive ‘boom’ upside– think of Gabe Davis with more receiver talent and consistency. The former Duck is a day-one impact player who fantasy managers can get at the end of the first or early second of rookie drafts.

2023 stats: 81 rec, 1,383 yds, 14 TD, 17.1 avg

1.11: ADONAI MITCHELL, WR, TEXAS

Previously: Unranked

AD Mitchell is going for a three-peat after playing his first two seasons at Georgia before transferring to Texas. The Quinn Ewers-Xavier Worthy-Mitchell trio has been unstoppable this year and is a major reason why Texas is in the CFP.

Mitchell has been lethal against single coverage this season, hauling in a league-leading six touchdowns. At Georgia, Mitchell was used as a burner, but his route tree has expanded and he has the size advantage (6-foot-4, 196 lbs) over Xavier Worthy. Since arriving at Texas, Mitchell flourished with Quinn Ewers in Steve Sarkisian’s offense.

Fun fact: 84.4% of his receptions have gone for a first down or touchdown this season (second-best in FBS).

2023 stats: 51 rec, 813 yds, 10 TD, 15.9 avg

1.12 XAVIER WORTHY, TEXAS

Previously: 1.09

Xavier Worthy is one of this class’ most polarizing wide receiver prospects. Fantasy players will see draft experts mocking Worthy from WR4 to WR10 — primarily due to his upside, his inconsistencies, and lack of size at 6-foot-1, 172 lbs.

From a positive standpoint, Worthy is one of the best short and intermediate route runners in his class, displaying elite short-area quickness and NFL-type releases. Plus, he can burn defensive backs downfield with his blazing speed (4.29 40). However, his lack of size doesn’t stack up against physical defensive backs and sometimes has a case of the dropsies.

Still, if drafted into the right spot, he’ll be a fantasy weapon and could be a weekly ‘boom’ option. Worthy’s landing spot will be key to his early success.

Key 2023 stats: 75 rec, 1,014 yds, 5 TD, 13.5 avg

KEEP TABS ON: Xavier Legette (WR, South Carolina), Johnny Wilson (WR, FSU), Donovan Edwards (RB, Michigan), Trey Benson (RB, FSU), Blake Corum (RB, Michigan), Jonathan Brooks (RB, Texas), Braelon Allen (RB, Wisconsin), Bucky Irving (RB, Oregon), Bo Nix (QB, Oregon), Michael Pennix Jr. (QB, Washington)

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