2021 NFL Draft Big Board

1) Trevor Lawrence-QB-Clemson

Trevor Lawrence is the most polished QB in the past couple of seasons. His 91.5 passing grade from Pro Football Focus and 178.7 passing efficiency from Sports Reference say he’s a better passer than seen in years past. He also offers a lot of traits that translate well to the next level–pocket awareness, 6’6 frame, and deep throw accuracy.

2) Justin Fields-QB-Ohio State

Justin Fields has been ridiculous in 2020. He’s posted 13-3 in touchdowns-interceptions, along with flashing his rushing ability recently, unleashing 78 yards rushing against Indiana. He’s raw in some aspects, but his arm talent might overweigh RG3 and his 4.4-40 laser time might convince scouts that his potential is No. 1 overall worthy.

3) Ja’Marr Chase-WR-LSU

Chase won every WR category, along with the Biletnikoff award as a Sophmore! He posted 20 touchdowns, 21.2 YPC, along with this high-end success coming against elite competition. He’s preparing for the 2021 Draft, as he opted out–expect his name to go in the Top-10.

4) Penei Sewell-OT-Oregon

The Pac-12 co-offensive player of the year as a 19-year old says everything you need to know about him. He’s not risking injury currently, but everybody knows that it’s nearly impossible to find an all-pro LT these days. Expect teams to fall in love with this 6’6 325 speciman.

5) Gregory Rousseau-DE-Miami

Gregory is facing a lot of backlash for sitting out this season and being a 1-year wonder. Nonetheless, the 6’6 length pass rusher looks a lot like Randy Gregory coming out of college. Yet, this Gregory can kick inside well & he doesn’t have off-field issues.

6) Micah Parson-LB-Penn State

Parsons, like many other top defenders, opted out of this shorter season. All in all, Parson was a game wrecker in blitzing, sideline-to-sideline, and in coverage. His all-around skill-set with his size (6’3, 240), makes him a very polarizing LB product.

7) Kyle Pitts-TE-Florida

I believe Pitts a unique athlete, that will get him more gain. We saw how early Eric Ebron and Vernon Davis went off the board, expect Pitts to be a Top-10 pick–especially after the combine. We see how Darren Waller allows Carr to thrive without an elite WR. It’s very hard to defend this type of TE–linebacker, corner, or safety?

8) Jaylen Waddle-WR-Alabama

The prominent WR talent out of Alabama looks like a more seasoned veteran with four-100 yard performances thus far. His deep ball awareness and consistency may make scouts more comfortable with him, compared to Waddle.

9) Trey Lance-QB-North Dakota State

Lance may flash a poor man’s version of Lawrence in a broad view, but he’s a stronger runner than Lawrence will ever be & his deep throws have been very consistent over the past couple of years. He could be a poor man’s version of Andrew Luck for a team in the Top-10.

10) Carlos Basham-DE-Wake Forest

We’re talking about a 6’5 270 DE/DT that’s productive against the run and even better against the pass. His trait and college plays being produced should make him one of the more safe picks in this draft.

11) Devonta Smith-WR-Alabama

This Alamaba WR follows suit of an impressive WR class in 2021. He’s got the ball skills at point of attack like Dez Bryant, while having zero catches on the season. Expect teams to lock on to this WR who can be that safe player at a position that’s often hit or miss.

12) Patrick Surtain-CB-Alabama

This man-to-man corner resembles a lot of people as Marcus Peters. He will often get burned once in a while, but he’s a true lockdown defender that could translate better to the pros. Many NFC and AFC West teams may make it a priority to grab this elite Bama defender.

13) Kwity Paye-DT/DE-Michigan

It’s so rare to find an elite edge defender. Indeed it is. Paye is a freak in 2020 with a recent 88.4 grade in pass-rushing last week. He’s got the size at 6’4 and 272, where the flexibility to kick inside is there. It’s hard to imagine a bad floor for Paye. No. 13 is very fitting!

14) Alex Leatherwood-OT-Alabama

Leatherwood has flashed elite skill in being the blindside protector for Jones. Despite having a few rough patches in pass pro, he’s a sure-fire Top-20 selection with his frame, competiton, and skill. Might be a product, or rotational lineman early on.

15) Caleb Farley-CB-Virginia Tech

Farley has size (6’2, 200), a couple of solid years under his belt, and he’s got a knack to make plays at the point of the ball. He shows the gifted twitch that Marshon Lattimore has in himself. Expect teams to make it a priority to get Farley in this not so elite CB class.

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