2021 NFL Draft: Top Prospects
The 2021 NFL Draft takes place on April 29th and runs through to May 1st. The Jacksonville Jaguars own the first overall pick ahead of the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons.
Even in a disrupted college football season, prospects have been able to set themselves apart. It is pretty clear who the Jaguars intend to take first overall, but the situation is less obvious beyond them. The Jets and Dolphins are trade candidates, either to move down in the first round or flip their pick for a superstar like Deshaun Watson.
Top Prospects of the 2021 NFL Draft
Here are the top prospects destined for a first round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Trevor Lawrence, QB
The consensus first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Trevor Lawrence is set to be the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback of the future.
Lawrence has a glowing report from The Draft Network, saying he is, “among the most exceptional talents at the quarterback position to ever enter the NFL.”
He’s already on course to become a complete quarterback, combining athleticism with accuracy all over the field – can he lead the Jaguars back towards contention after a rough 2020?
Zach Wilson, QB
Another quarterback destined to go high in the draft, Zach Wilson has proven himself in clutch situations in college. He can dance around pass rushers and make plays few expect.
If the Jets have given up on the Sam Darnold experience, they could draft Wilson second overall as they continue their search for a franchise quarterback.
Penei Sewell, OT
Currently a left tackle, Penei Sewell is the prospect many front offices dream of. He’s awesome in the run and pass games. He weighs in at over 320lbs. Sewell might start on the outside, but he’s got the attributes to move to the inside as his pro career develops.
The Draft Network rank Sewell as the second-best prospect in the 2021 Draft – which team will snap him up?
Justin Fields, QB
Justin Fields is competing with Zach Wilson in this draft. Neither can eclipse Trevor Lawrence, but there’s a good chance either Fields or Wilson go second overall to a quarterback needy team.
His threat as a runner needs to be embraced by whichever team drafts him. Fields could be a high-impact rookie.
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Ja’Marr Chase, WR
There are a lot of exciting receivers in this draft. Ja’Marr Chase could be the best of the lot.
Chase was Joe Burrow’s go-to man in 2019, and he set receiving yards and touchdown records. His upside is apparent, but a small sample size could deter some franchises from using a high first-round pick on him.
DeVonta Smith, WR
Alabama have utilized DeVonta Smith in numerous different roles. He’s not a highlight-reel guy, but with a wiry frame, he makes improbable catches and can be a versatile weapon for an NFL offense.
Smith is a good fit on an array of teams. Miami makes some sense with one of their firsts, as do the Philadelphia Eagles as they look to give Jalen Hurts sufficient weapons in 2021.
Caleb Farley, CB
Caleb Farley has been on a football journey. He started as a quarterback, played some wide receiver, and eventually became a cornerback at Virginia Tech.
With speed, good instincts and size, Farley is as effective in zone as he is when sticking to a receiver in man coverage. Injuries could harm his chances of going in the top 10 on draft day, however.
Micah Parsons, LB
Micah Parsons opted out of the 2020 season, but that shouldn’t impact his draft stock. Teams are going to be queueing up to draft the Penn State linebacker.
Any team looking to blitz frequently will love Parsons. He’s going to be a nightmare for NFL quarterbacks from the moment he enters the league.
Travis Etienne, RB
Coming out of Clemson, there are high hopes for Travis Etienne. The concerns with his game are relatively minor compared to his explosiveness and ability to make big plays.
It’s not often a running back is selected high in the first round. Could Etienne break the top 10?
Kwity Paye, Edge
It’s fair to call Kwity Paye a raw talent. He’s far from the polished NFL stud yet, but the physical gifts are there for him to become an elite defensive end.
Opinion of Paye’s intangibles is high. There’s expectation that he can make the most of what he has and continue to build on his impressive college career at the pro level.