These are my by-position for the 2021 NFL draft. Top 3 of each position (and top 5 for QBs because of the depth of the class and the positional value). Some players are polar-opposites and would only fit on different teams (interior O-Lineman Vera-Tucker and Davis spring to mind) so the rankings are purely personal preference of type rather than the player.
- Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)
- Zach Wilson (BYU)
- Mac Jones (Alabama)
- Trey Lance (North Dakota State)
- Justin Fields (Ohio State)
Lawrence is a standout prospect with great accuracy and better decision making than most college prospects. Wilson has incredible arm strength and is gifted at off-script plays. Jones has the brain to overcome his lack of mobility, Brady and Rivers have played in the league the last few years, whilst the move has been to mobile QBs, thinking it’s a “must” is a step too far. Lance is unproven but high upside and Fields needs to stop holding onto the ball forever. One of the best QB classes in recent memory, Fields is still a top 10 prospect and he’s QB5!
- Travis Etienne (Clemson)
- Javonte Williams (North Carolina)
- Najee Harris (Alabama)
Etienne is a day 1 starter with great agility. Williams has made highlight plays behind a sub-par O-Line, he will explode if his future team has a great O-Line. He’s definitely under the radar. Harris is the best true power back in the class.
- Ja’Marr Chase (LSU)
- Jaylen Waddle (Alabama)
- Rashod Bateman (Minnesota)
Special Shoutout: Amari Rodgers (Clemson)
Chase is unbelievable, would have been the top WR for all recent draft classes. His catch radius/ability is otherworldly and is physical enough to dominate corners. Waddle is slick in route running and explosive. Bateman follows in those footsteps who is just slightly behind Waddle in route running but is larger and can use that to his advantage. Rodgers is a coach’s son and it shows. He may be the smartest receiver in the draft, he’ll be day 1 plug and play and surprise the team that picks him likely late day 2 of the draft. This class is stacked, Heisman winner Devonta Smith is incredibly athletic, just a little small. Kadarious Toney is the definition of electric, just worry about how many extreme cuts he can make before injury. There are many, many other as well. This draft class is WR heavy, day 2 and even early day 3 picks have a chance at being starters.
- Kyle Pitts (Florida)
- Pat Freiermuth (Penn State)
- Tommy Tremble (Notre Dame)
Kyle Pitts is the best TE prospect in memory. He is projecting to dominate at the next level on any team. He could be the first TE to be drafted in the top 5 since Riley Odoms in 1972. Freiermuth is tough and will be a the typical modern TE. Mobile with a good catch radius, he will be a solid player. Tremble is an incredible run-blocker and will never get run away from contact, he will make a defence hurt even if he isn’t the quickest/biggest.
- Rashawn Slater (Northwestern)
- Penei Sewell (Oregon)
- Christian Darrisaw (Virginia Tech)
Slater can play any of the 5 O-line positions. He is solid, and that is the largest compliment for an O-Lineman. Sewell is great, strong, physical and reads the ends well. He has the odd issue with footwork, otherwise a top prospect. Darrisaw is mobile and has shown technical improvement over his years at Virginia Tech, he needs to add more strength to be dominant.
- Alijah Vera-Tucker (USC)
- Wyatt Davis (Ohio State)
- Creed Humphrey (Oklahoma)
Vera-Tucker is perfect for zone blocking schemes, getting out in space and running up field to the second level. Davis is never letting go once he gets a hold. He will have pancake after pancake in the next level, just lacks mobility. Vera-Tucker and Davis are total opposites, it’s not really one is better than the other, more a team needs to pick their “type”. Humphrey’s hands and technique are brilliant and he displayed that at the Senior Bowl.
- Christian Barmore (Alabama)
- Levi Onwuzurike (Washington)
- Tyler Shelvin (LSU)
Barmore is a 3-Technique who is adapt at exploding up field to create interior pressure. He is by far the leader in this class. Onwuzurike is leadin the class in the pure mobility department. He’s quick and explosive but can struggle slightly against the run. Shelvin, on the other hand, is a brick wall. He may not pressure the QB but put him on the interior and RBs aren’t gaining yards.
- Jayson Oweh (Penn State)
- Kwity Paye (Michigan)
- Carlos Basham Jr (Wake Forest)
Oweh is a freak. He may not have recorded a sack last season but he still had a high-pressure rate. Every now and again, a prospect comes along where the upside is too enticing to not take the, this is that prospect this year. Oweh is the kind of prospect I would expect the Raiders to take a swing at. Paye is athletic and has been destructive when running twists. Basham Jr lit up the senior bowl. He has a never-say-die attitude and has the ability to ignite a defence.
- Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Notre Dame)
- Micah Parsons (Penn State)
- Jamin Davis (Kentucky)
JOK is extremely versatile. He is a strong tackler who reads the game better than any other college linebacker. Parsons is a physical freak who transferred from edge. He might need a season to get to grips with the NFL, expect an Isaiah Simmons like rookie year from Parsons before a potential year 2 explosion. Davis is quick and can sift through traffic, he has great instincts, just needs the right coach to fully reach his potential.
- Caleb Fairley (Virginia Tech)
- Patrick Surtain (Alabama)
- Jaycee Horn (South Carolina)
Fairley is fast, like really FAST. He can make up for mistakes with his speed which will pay off in his rookie year. Fairley has the potential to be a lockdown corner. Surtain is physical and looks to bully receivers. Some WRs will look to exploit his slight lack of speed but we have seen multiple corners thrive with subpar speed (Richard Sherman). Horn is the son of former WR Joe Horn. He has size and length and great hands. He just needs to tackle better.
- Tyree Gillespie (Missouri)
- Jamar Johnson (Indiana)
- Trevon Moehrig (TCU)
Gillespie is a hitter. He will shake any receiver that dares to wonder into the middle of the field. He can change the momentum of a game in one play. Johnson is ridiculously underrated. He is expected to go day 3 yet he is already playing like NFL safeties. He is tricking QBs pre-play and he doesn’t miss tackles. He is fast enough to play as well. He should be an early 2nd not a Day 3 pick. Moehrig will instantly improve the pass defense even if he struggles to tackle or be in run support, another player that projects to excel in certain situations.