2021 NFL Draft Stock – Post-Senior Bowl V

This new section highlights which players have improved or worsened their 2021 NFL Draft stock as the draft approaches.

By Charlie Campbell.
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2021 NFL Draft Stock Up

Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
Horn has been rising with some scouts, eclipsing Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II in their minds. The now rank Horn behind only Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley. Other sources even prefer Horn over Farley. While Farley is considered to be faster and more athletic, some scouts love how Horn is such a competitor and blankets receivers. Horn has a lot of good tape from multiple years in the SEC, so he could continue to rise over the final six weeks before the 2021 NFL Draft.

Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky
Joseph is an interesting prospect who has an excellent combination of size and speed, but has some bad tape from 2020 in which he gave up some big plays in coverage. The Florida game in particular was ugly for Joseph, as tight end Kyle Pitts had his way with him, but teams love skill sets, which Joseph undeniably has. Therefore, Josepch could still end up as an early-round pick because some teams think they can fix his flaws.

Jabril Cox, LB, LSU
Some scouts believe Cox will be a second-round pick in the 2021 NFL and looks likely to become a solid starter early in his pro career. The 6-foot-4, 231-pounder has excellent size and showed impressive pass-coverage ability as a senior, recording three interceptions and breaking up five passes while making 58 tackles. Multiple team sources think Cox could be a nice value as a second-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Tre’ McKitty, TE, Georgia
NFL teams are always looking for mismatch receiving tight ends, and McKitty could be a good value on the second day or in the mid-rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft. His tape from Florida State illustrates his ability to make plays in the passing game and surprising quickness and athleticism. McKitty could be a mid-round value who ends up being a nice contributor at the next level.

Josh Palmer, WR, Tennessee
Palmer was held back by quarterback play in 2020, but on 33 receptions, he totaled 475 yards and four touchdowns, hinting at the upside to produce more. As a sophomore, he averaged 21 yards per reception. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder has quality size to him alongside decent quickness. Some sources think he could be a mid-round sleeper who ends up outperforming his draft slot.

2021 NFL Draft Stock Down

Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
Toney has been on the bubble between the first and second rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft, but sources at multiple teams lately have him firmly in Round 2. While Toney is an exciting playmaker, teams have concerns about his size and his injury history. The durability issue could easily cause him to slide to the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Carlos Basham, DE, Wake Forest
Basham is considered a tough defensive end, and he provided some solid tape over his collegiate career, but his lack of explosion and speed are hurting him. Some team sources think he could slide to the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, similar to Yetur Gross-Matos or A.J. Epenesa last year.

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