Here is my second official Big Board of the season after the NFL’s free agency has quieted down. There will still be changes in my board leading up to the draft, but feel free to reach out to me on my Twitter.
1. Trevor Lawrence QB Clemson (➖)
Lawrence has all of the physical tools that teams drool over as he’s a true dual-threat QB, but if he wants to be “great” in the NFL, he has to focus on his middle accuracy and not relying on his receivers in 50/50 situations.
2. Penei Sewell OT Oregon (➖)
Sewell absolutely dominated the Pac-12 competition, so much that teams aren’t hesitating keeping him as a Top-3 prospect in the class. At only 20 years old, Sewell is going to be a franchise left tackle, no question.
3. Kyle Pitts TE Florida (➖)
Pitts is one of the safetest selections of this years draft as he dominated defenses throughout his career at Florida. Whether it’s off the line or split out-wide, Pitts’s size is an immediate mismatch that will succeed in the NFL.
4. Ja’Marr Chase WR LSU (⬇️ 1)
Chase seems to be getting forgotten about due to opting out of the season, but his 2019 tape speaks for itself. Chase’s ability to routinely create separation with physicality off the line of scrimmage and to win 50/50 jump balls at an absurd rate makes him worthy of a top-5 selection.
5. Devonta Smith WR Alabama (⬇️ 1)
The 2020 CFB Heisman trophy winner is going to make a team extremely happy as some have compared him to a former superstar receiver in Antonio Brown. If his offensive coordinator in the NFL utilizes him in the way Sarkisian did at Alabama, Smith will be a force to be reckoned with.
6. Zach Wilson QB BYU (⬆️ 1)
Wilson exploded onto the scene in 2020 as he displayed his innate ability to create plays outside of the structure. While there are concerns about his footwork and ability inside the pocket, his wicked arm talent is going to excite a team enough to potentially draft him in the top 5.
7. Trey Lance QB North Dakota State (⬇️ 1)
Despite showing a small sample size against inferior talent, he has displayed all the tools of a franchise quarterback. Trey Lance has the arm talent, athleticism, poise, and accuracy that are fundamental to building an elite quarterback.
8. Justin Fields QB Ohio State (➖)
Fields uses his 6’3, 225 frame well as he’s immovable inside the pocket & a major threat in the run game. The OSU QB’s bread and butter is his ability to extend plays outside of the pocket, but he will have to work on the ability to go through progressions and make tight window throws.
9. Micah Parsons LB Penn State (⬆️ 3)
Parsons instincts and versatility to play in various different roles of a defense will give any defensive coordinator a major chess piece to play with. The Penn State product had an extremely productive collegiate career due to his instincts and pure ability to always find himself around the ball
10. Caleb Farley CB Virginia Tech (⬇️ 1)
Farley is the undisputed top corner in this year’s draft class due to his elite athleticism and his pure technique despite transition from WR to CB. The Virginia Tech corner possesses a fluidity and natural ball skills that is needed to thrive in both zone and man at the next level. The major concern is injuries as he’s been plagued his entire college career and now won’t be available until training camp.
11. Jaycee Horn CB South Carolina (⬆️13)
Horn has the potential to be a top-tier corner in the NFL due to his “get in your face” physical playstyle, but he tends to get far too grabby when receivers break on routes. If he can get past this hurdle, he can be a dominant man-to-man corner.
12. Rashawn Slater OT Northwestern (⬆️ 1)
Slater has shown the ability to play each position on the O-line, so the versatility is going to make him an enticing option in the top 20. Despite opting out of the season, Slater exhibited his skills specifically in a 2019 matchup where he dominated Chase Young, the former #2 overall pick
13. Jaylen Waddle WR Alabama (⬇️ 2)
Waddle is full of pure explosion Waddle is a natural pass catcher who is going to see major success because of his pure explosiveness as he’s able to hit 0-60 in an instant whenever the ball is in his hands.
14. Christian Darrisaw OT Virginia Tech (⬆️ 2)
Darrisaw was a late riser in this year’s draft class and has dominated the competition at left tackle since he stepped foot on campus in 2018.
15. Najee Harris RB Alabama (⬆️ 4)
While Harris lacks “big play” speed and pure elusiveness, he is the best all around running back in the 2021 NFL Draft Class. Based off of Harris’s tenacious running style alone, an NFL offense will utilize him to be an extremely productive pro.
16. Asante Samuel Jr. CB Florida State (⬆️ 6)
The FSU DB is arguably the most fluid/sticky corner in coverage in this year’s draft class. The biggest gripe on Samuel Jr. is the lack of experience in press man-to-man coverage as his 5-foot-10 frame doesn’t scream elite corner, but he plays with a tenacity that will have him see a successful career.
17. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB Notre Dame (⬆️4)
Explosiveness is what sets JOK apart in this strong linebacking class. This season, he made a name for himself with his pure instincts and ability to play at a completely different speed than the rest of the players on the field.
18. Rashod Bateman WR Minnesota (➖)
The Minnesota receiver is, as some would call, a smooth operator, as his savvy route running and 50/50 ball ability puts him as WR 5. At 6-foot-2, 210-pounds, Bateman has the physical makings of a WR 1.
19. Kwity Paye EDGE Michigan (⬇️ 4)
Paye isn’t going to wow teams with his athletic ability on the field, rather his functional play strength and speed to power translation. He is a fiery competition who consistently lives by the motto “play till the final whistle”.
20. Patrick Surtain Jr. CB Alabama (⬇️ 6)
Surtain is one of the most technically sound defensive backs in this year’s draft class, but his lack of deep speed and inconsistency over the middle of the field gives him a lower grade than most
21. Carlos Basham Jr. EDGE Wake Forest (➖)
Carlos “Boogie” Basham may not have the freakish profile of Gregory Rousseau, but he’s exhibited the ability to win off the edge & inside with a blend of technique and strength. Basham recorded twenty sacks and 7 forced fumbles over the past three seasons and looks to be an immediate contributor at the next level.
22. Alijah Vera-Tucker OG USC (⬆️ 2)
Vera-Tucker is as close to a sure thing as there is in this year’s O-line class. Vera-Tucker has excelled in both pass and run blocking, but if there’s one flaw in his game it’s his inconsistency with finishing his reps.
23. Jaelan Phillips EDGE Miami (⬆️ NR)
Phillips is a former 5 star recruit with an exciting blend of size, power, and technique. Phillips needs to display far more consistency at the next level, but he has shown the ability to dominate in small sample sizes.
24. Gregory Rousseau EDGE Miami (⬇️ 14)
A team is going to select him in the 20’s based off of his traits, but the lack of technique pushes him down the list. While 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for a loss is nothing to scoff at, they were created from his purely dominating physical profile, or clean up opportunities, and the fact that he didn’t look technical in his pass rush scares me for his NFL career.
25. Mac Jones QB Alabama (⬆️ 2)
The Alabama QB looks the part of a game-managing QB who can thrive in a system, and that’s not a bad thing. Jones lacks the ability to create plays outside of the structure but is arguably the best QB in this class in terms of making reads, manipulating DB’s, and working his system. He’s a fringe 1st round QB because he lacks that athletic upside but can have a lengthy pro career if he is paired with the right offensive mind.
26. Tylan Wallace WR Oklahoma State (⬆️ NR)
Wallace’s film speaks for itself as he possesses the uncanny ability to win 50/50 jump balls while being such a deceptive route runner. Wallace was one of the most productive receivers in this class, and was awarded for this as a Biletnikoff Award finalist.
27. Kadarius Toney WR Florida (⬇️ 10)
The Florida WR is truly a human joystick & improved his stock to a 1st round grade after he showcased the ability to be a downfield threat and not simply a “playmaker”. His ability to become a downfield receiving threat is going to either make him an NFL star, or confine him to a gadget player.
28. Kenneth Gainwell RB Memphis (⬆️ NR)
Gainwell’s ability as a receiver turned running back is what separates him from the pack. He has the innate ability to create yards in space, the necessary vision/footwork as a runner, and receiving ability to be a top weapon for years to come.
29. Liam Eichenburg OT Notre Dame (➖)
30. Dillon Radunz OT NDSU (➖)
31. Azeez Ojulari EDGE Georgia (⬇️ 6)
Ojulari is a freakish product who has shot up the draft board due to his elite 5 game sample size where he displayed extreme bend and athleticism off the edge. My concerns are the fact that he doesn’t employ a refined set of pass rush moves, but his wicked wingspan and speed of the edge give him a 1st round grade.
32. Trevon Moehig S TCU (➖)
Moehrig is such a disciplined and reliable player that hardly has any weaknesses to his game. He is terrific in man coverage, in the deep middle of the field, and has been somewhat productive in the box.
33. Wyatt Davis OG Ohio State (⬇️ 4)
Davis is a mauler on the interior O-line who has dominated the college ranks for the past two seasons. He’s a plug and play guard who will step right into a team and shore up any issues, specifically in a zone-rush scheme.
34. Christian Barmore DT Alabama (⬇️ 4)
Barmore is an absolute human avalanche at 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, and he makes him money as a 3-technique shooting through gaps. A redshirt sophomore who will take his first NFL snap at the age of 21 is a terrific investment, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him climb into the top 15.
35. Creed Humphrey IOL Oklahoma (➖)
36. Javonte Williams RB North Carolina (➖)
Williams is too much of a dominating runner to ignore. His film showed a player who makes a living off of creating yards after contact. His floor is a dominating early down back who will win with his contact balance and downhill rushing style.
37. Zaven Collins LB Tulsa (➖)
Collins is a controversial prospect because he has the natural instincts and playmaking of a successful MIKE linebacker, but he doesn’t provide near;ly the thump that is expected with a 6’4 260 pound frame.
38. Sam Cosmi OT Texas (➖)
39. Teven Jenkins OT Oklahoma State (➖)
40. Jabrill Cox LB LSU (➖)
The LSU linebacker thrives in coverage as his sideline to sideline speed is put to use. My biggest qualm with Cox is his inability to be a hard hitting tackler in the middle of the field, but his role will always be tailored to his strengths in coverage.
41. Nick Bolton LB Missouri (➖)
42 Jayson Oweh EDGE Penn State (➖)
The Penn State edge rusher is an ultra-athletic, and his film showed a motor that runs hot for the entirety of the game.
43. Greg Newsome II CB Northwestern (➖)
44. Nico Collins WR Michigan (➖)
Collins is still one of the least discussed receivers in this class, but his 6’4 physical profile should be highlighted far more. The Michigan receiver is deceptively quick in and out of his routes and is ridiculously talented when the ball is in the air.
45. Jalen Mayfield OT Michigan (➖)
46. Hamsah Nasirildeen S Florida State (➖)
Regardless of whether he plays safety or linebacker, Hamsah will succeed due to his versatile and physical play style. He projects to play in the box and has the power to be a force in the run game while still having the athleticism to play the pass.
47. Travis Etienne RB Clemson (➖)
While I’m lower on the Clemson back than most, he’ll still be a weapon for an NFL team. His explosive ability in space combined with his footwork and shiftiness behind the line of scrimmage will make him a versatile player out of the backfield.
48. Marvin Wilson DT Florida State (➖)
Wilson started off the year as a consensus top-15 selection, but concerns about his motor have dropped him down the rankings. His physical profile as an interior defensive lineman is still prolific enough to have him selected in the 2nd round at latest.
49. Chazz Surratt LB North Carolina (➖)
Surratt is a QB turned LB who possesses the athletic ability to become a star outside linebacker who thrives in pursuit. Despite being new to the position, Surratt checks all of the boxes athletically and displays his instincts that can combine to make a terrific pro athlete.
50. Shaka Toney EDGE Penn State (➖)
While Toney has never exceeded 7 sacks, he’s consistently been a dominating force on the Penn State defensive line. He routinely dominated the Big 10 competition and has displayed the physical tools and refined skills to have an immediate impact in the NFL