2021 NFL Draft Big Board

The top prospects available for the 2021 NFL Draft.

By Charlie Campbell
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Updated April 21, 2021

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Top-5 Prospects:
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson. Previously: 1 Avg. 1 per 35
04/21/21: Lawrence made some beautiful throws in 2020, showing off his powerful arm, accuracy, and an impressive ability to throw on the run. His deep ball was superb. He completed 69 percent of his passes on the year for 3,153 yards, 24 touchdowns passing and five interceptions. Lawrence also rushed for eight touchdowns. Earlier in the season, Lawrence tested positive for COVID-19, forcing him to miss a couple of games, including Clemson's double-overtime loss to Notre Dame.

Over his final season of college football, Lawrence gave further proof that he is a generational quarterback prospect with his amazing skill set and excellent intangibles. He then held his pro day early, where he impressed as expected. The schedule was adjusted for Lawrence to have surgery on his non-throwing shoulder.

Like all players making the jump from college to the NFL, Lawrence has areas to improve like not predetermining some throws, but some of that is a product of Clemson's offense and could be seen with Deshaun Watson during his time as a Tiger. Team sources say Lawrence is very intelligent and a hard worker, so they expect him to make quick strides in this area.

08/19/20: Lawrence has the potential to be the best quarterback prospect to enter the NFL since Andrew Luck, and Lawrence could end up being a better prospect than Luck was coming out of Stanford in 2012. In 2019, Lawrence completed 66 percent of his passes for 3,665 yards with 36 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran for 563 yards and nine touchdowns while leading Clemson back to the National Championship Game. Lawrence showed further development as a passer and as a team leader. The 6-foot-5, 205-pounder has a powerful arm, developed poise, mobility, and play-making ability. Lawrence makes good decisions while distributing the ball well to his phenomenal supporting cast.

Lawrence took college football by storm as a freshman in 2018, compiling a flawless season that culminated with him ripping Alabama's defense comprised of NFL talent to win another National Championship for Clemson. Lawrence completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,280 yards with 30 touchdowns and four interceptions on the year.

Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida. Previously: 2 Avg. 6.9 per 35
04/21/21: At the Florida pro day, Pitts gave further proof that he is a generational talent at the tight end position and confirmed the lofty projections around the league. Pitts is the consensus second-rated player in the 2021 NFL Draft in the scouting community, grading out behind only Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Some teams think Pitts could move to wide receiver and be a poor man's Calvin Johnson. Other teams think Pitts shouldn't play receiver, but is a generational tight end prospect who could be similar to Travis Kelce or Tony Gonzalez in the NFL.

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Pitts put up an amazing time of 4.44 seconds in the 40-yard dash, which would be a fast time for a wide receiver but is an incredible time for a tight end. He also recorded a 33.5-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot-9 broad jump and notched 22 reps on the bench press - in spite of his extremely long arms. Pitts has tremendous wingspan at 83.38 inches.

Pitts dominated Alabama and Georgia in 2020, despite both of those defenses containing future NFL starters. He also had his way with Kentucky's Kelvin Joseph and was phenomenal against Ole Miss to the tune of 170 yards on eight receptions with four touchdowns. Pitts already had two short touchdown catches against Ole Miss before a 71-yard touchdown that was astounding with the way the big tight end ran away from the defensive backs, who couldn't catch him from behind. Pitts totaled 43 receptions for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2020 despite missing two games with a concussion, being held out versus LSU, and skipping Florida's meaningless bowl game.

As a pass catcher, Pitts is a once-in-a-decade caliber prospect who is a mismatch nightmare similar to a Travis Kelce or Calvin Johnson. Pitts is fast for a tight end and really fires off the ball to get into the secondary. Not only is Pitts quick to find openings downfield, but he is a smooth mover who glides through the defense and is able to generate separation from his route-running as well. Pitts displays shocking change-of-direction skills and a burst out of his breaks that takes defensive backs by surprise and creates separation. He truly has impressive suddenness and explosiveness. On 50-50 passes, Pitts is an amazing weapon because he is never really covered due to his ability to make acrobatic grabs over defenders. After the catch, his speed and agility allow him to pick up good yardage, and he made some superb runs after the catch as a sophomore and a junior.

Sources at multiple teams said Pitts is a high intangibles player and teams will love having him in their building with his work ethic along with being a good teammate. He is intelligent, a student of the game, a nice guy six days a week, and a driven competitor on game day.

08/19/20: Pitts turned into play-maker in 2019, creating mismatches in the passing game. He is too fast for linebackers while being too big for safeties in coverage. The 6-foot-6, 239-pounder could stand to improve his blocking, but he will get drafted for his receiving ability. In 2019, he had 54 receptions for 649 yards and five touchdowns. Pitts could be improved in 2020 due to having increased experience, developing more physically, and benefitting from more experienced quarterback play.

Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon. Previously: 3 Avg. 2.9 per 35
04/21/21: Sewell signed with an agent after opting out of the 2020 season while the Pac-12 suspended play. He is the top offensive line prospect for the 2021 NFL Draft, and he has the potential to be a franchise left tackle in the NFL. Multiple team sources say Sewell graded out higher than the four tackles who went as top-16 picks last year: Andrew Thomas, Jedrick Wills, Mekhi Becton and Tristan Wirfs. Sewell has a great skill set and needs some development in technique, but the ability is there to be a top notch tackle in the NFL.

In pass protection, Sewell has the skill set to be a dependable blocker on the edge. He is a good athlete with real quickness. Sewell pops out of his stance, gets his hands into the chest of defenders, and has quick feet to play the typewriter and cut off the edge from speed rushers. He also has enough strength and quality hands to sustain blocks while being able to neutralize second efforts. His agility, footwork and quickness make him a smooth mover in space. On screens, kick-out blocks, and zone runs, Sewell simply looks natural in space.

Sewell is not an overpowering run blocker who bulls defenders off the ball, but he scraps with attitude and is effective. Sewell uses his size and strength to manipulate and turn defenders to tie them up and keep them from getting in on tackles. He is dangerous at firing to the second level, where he will get nasty with linebackers or defensive backs, overwhelming them with violence. It would help Sewell to continue to add more functional strength for battling NFL defensive linemen, but he could function in a power-man- or zone-blocking scheme. Some team sources have said Sewell could be a better version of Ronnie Stanley.

08/19/20: Unfortunately, Sewell won't play in 2020 as the Pac-12 presidents decided to do what was best for them rather than what was best for their students in canceling the 2020 football season. If the season is played in the spring, it would not make sense for Sewell to play and risk injury.

Sewell (6-6, 325) had a dominant sophomore season as the blind-side protector for Justin Herbert. With his good size, length, quickness and athleticism, Sewell has a nice skill set that could end up making him one of the top prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft. For his excellent 2019 season, Sewell won the Outland Trophy and was the Pac-12 co-offensive player of the year. Sewell was a shutdown pass protector as a sophomore in 2018, not allowing a sack in over 926 snaps. He only was credited with allowing seven pressures and two hits all season. Sewell broke into the starting lineup as a freshman and played well, so he already has produced two good seasons of tape for the NFL. Thus, not playing in 2020 should not hurt him with his draft grade as he is not a 1-year wonder who was then forced to sit out.

Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU. Previously: 4 Avg. 2.9 per 35
04/21/21: After sitting out the 2020 season, Chase needed to have a good pro day to show NFL teams that he had remained diligent with his training during the long layoff. He came through with the workout he needed, blazing a fast 40-yard dash of 4.34 seconds. The 6-foot, 201-pounder looks like a lock as top-six pick after his pro-day performance.

Chase did not opt back in for the 2020 season and began preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft instead. Some team sources say Chase has minor character concerns that are common for a large amount of players, but nothing they can't work with and he won't be removed from draft boards over them. Some are high on Chase, while others think he is slightly overrated.

08/19/20: Chase (6-1, 200) enjoyed a breakout 2019 season and was a source of big plays for the Tigers' offense. On the year, the sophomore averaged 21.2 yards per reception with 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was the No. 1 receiver for the Tigers' offense, showing off game-breaking speed with quality route-running and superb yards-after-the-catch ability. Chase was the best wide receiver in college football in 2019, and there wasn't a close second. As a freshman, he had 23 catches for 313 yards with three scores.

Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State. Previously: 5 Avg. 4.8 per 35
04/21/21: Fields had an excellent pro day, showing off his amazing speed in the 40-yard dash and illustrating showing his accurate, powerful arm capable of going vertical. It was an excellent workout from the superstar athlete.

Fields completed 70 percent of his passes in 2020 for 2,100 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions. He had five rushing scores as well. Versus Alabama in the National Championship, Fields was 17-of-33 for 194 yards with a touchdown. He played better than the numbers indicate.

In the opening round of the college football playoff, Fields dominated Clemson, leading Ohio State to a resounding win. Fields completed 22-of-28 passes against the Tigers for 385 yards, six touchdown passes and one interception that came on a tipped pass. He also ran for 42 yards on eight carries and was playing hurt. Fields was phenomenal with his deep-ball accuracy, and he fired some beautiful passes into tight windows. It was a great bounce-back performance for Fields, who struggled as a pocket passer against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship, completing 12-of-27 passes for 114 yards - with zero touchdowns - and two interceptions. Fields had issues taking sacks and displayed a lack of pocket awareness.

Fields also had a bad game against Indiana earlier in the year that revealed some of the same weaknesses. He took some sacks when he had time to get rid of the ball and reacted slow to some blitzes. There is no doubt that Fields needs to improve his awarenesses as a pocket passer for the NFL. When Indiana was sending extra pressure, Fields needed to fire the ball out and take some short completions rather than holding onto the ball hoping to make a big play downfield. There were a few times when he had receivers open for short completions, but Fields was going for the home run instead of taking what the defense was giving.

The Indiana and Northwestern tapes revealed that Fields still has some raw elements to his game and needs to improve his ability as a pocket passer for the next level. He has to take shorter and easier completions, get the ball out faster, and show more awareness against the pass rush.

08/19/20: In order to prioritize protecting their own jobs above everything else, the Big Ten presidents and commissioner failed their students by canceling fall football even though the odds are higher for a player to die in a car accident going to practice than from COVID-19. Along with abandoning a player who made the conference a lot of money last year, Fields' development as a football player is significantly hurt by the lost season because he needed more reps and playing time to grow before going to the NFL. With that being taken away from him, Fields has more bust potential as he will need more time and grooming in a league that does not have much patience even for first-round quarterback prospects - e.g. Josh Rosen.

Fields has a dynamic skill set with natural passing ability and is a dangerous runner. In speaking with some team sources, we agreed he looks like a bigger Deshaun Watson. Fields has a good skill set with a live arm and an ability to do damage with his feet. He can throw the ball accurately in rhythm with anticipation. Consistently, Fields locates his passes well, placing them in position for his receiver to make the reception and pick up yards catch. On top of accuracy, Fields throws a catchable ball. He also possesses excellent mobility to hurt defenses with his feet. Fields has issues panicking when defenses send heavy blitzes his direction, which is a serious issue that he could have used a junior season to improve upon rather than having to fix that against NFL defenses.

Fields (6-3, 223) was one of the top recruits in the nation along with Trevor Lawrence. Fields started off his career at Georgia before transferring to Ohio State. In Fields' one season at Georgia, he was 27-of-39 for 328 yards with four touchdowns passing and four touchdowns rushing. He took over as the Buckeyes' starting quarterback in 2019 following Dwayne Haskins' departure for the NFL and dominated. Fields completed 67 percent of his passes on the year for 3,273 yards with 41 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also ran for 484 yards and 10 scores.

Top-10 Prospects:
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama. Previously: 10 Avg. 11.4 per 35
04/21/21: Multiple team sources compared Waddle to Kansas City Chiefs star receiver Tyreek Hill. Waddle's explosive speed and game-changing ability has numerous evaluators believing he will go in the back half of the top-10 picks. Waddle has enjoyed a late rise as teams have conducted their final round of draft meetings. A number of team sources say they believe Waddle won't get to the teens.

Waddle returned to the field in the National Championship, catching three passes for 34 yards against Ohio State. Waddle was injured earlier in the season against Tennessee, suffering a high ankle sprain that required surgery. In 2020, Waddle recorded 28 receptions for 591 yards and four touchdowns. Even though he was a backup to Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs, Waddle provided some big plays as a sophomore (33-560-6), averaging 17 yards per reception and as a freshman averaging 19 yards per catch (45-848-7).

DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama. Previously: 6 Avg. 10.1 per 35
04/21/21: Multiple team sources have concerns with taking Smith because of his weight. He was listed in the 170s, but sources told WalterFootball.com that at training in Tampa, Florida, Smith weighed in down in the 160s. The weight issue has been given a lot of consideration within teams, but it is not significant enough to keep Smith out of the top-12 picks. In speaking to team sources, Smith looks like a near lock to go in the top half of the first round during the 2021 NFL Draft.

In only one half of play in the National Championship, Smith caught 12 passes for 215 yards with three touchdowns. He suffered a hand injury that knocked him out of the second half. Smith caught seven balls for 130 yards and three touchdowns against Notre Dame in the opening round of the playoffs. As expected, Smith had his way with Florida's secondary, catching 15 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Smith totaled eight receptions for 231 yards and three touchdowns against LSU having his way with star cornerback Derek Stingley. In 2020, Smith totaled 117 catches for 1,856 yards with 23 touchdowns.

08/19/20: Smith had a tremendous junior season for Alabama, recording 68 receptions for 1,256 yards with 14 touchdowns. He showed off excellent hands, route-running, and the ability to pick up yards after the catch. He had 42 catches for 693 yards and six scores in 2018. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder should take on a bigger role in 2020 with Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs having moved on to the NFL.

Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina. Previously: 7 Avg. 19 per 28
04/21/21: Horn had a strong pro-day performance, including running a fast 40 that has eased some of the concern regarding his speed. Some teams have Horn as their top-rated cornerback. They feel Horn is a more fluid athlete than Patrick Surtain II and has more natural cover skills than Caleb Farley. Those evaluators like Horn's ability to run the route and prevent separation. He looked very good at that in 2020, holding his own against Florida's dynamic receivers and dominating Auburn. On the year, Horn collected 16 tackles, two interceptions and six passes defended. He opted out of the final three games of 2020 after head coach Will Muschamp was fired.

Horn broke into the starting lineup as a true freshman and showed improvement in his sophomore season. He has quality size to him and has shown a nice ability to break up passes. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder has room for improvement in that he could stand to turn some pass breakups into interceptions. Jaycee Horn is the son of former Saints wide receiver Joe Horn.

Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami. Previously: 8 Avg. 7.8 per 16
04/21/21: The Hurricanes were dealt a serious blow when star defensive end Gregory Rousseau decided to skip the 2020 season. Miami gave Rousseau's number to UCLA transfer Jaelan Phillips, who did a nice job of continuing the disruptive presence coming from No. 15. Team sources said Phillips really impressed them, and they see a lot of upside with the junior. In 2020, he recorded 45 tackles with eight sacks, an interception and three passes defended.

Phillips is one of the players who really killed his pro-day workout and impressed NFL evaluators. He showed an excellent combination of size, speed and athleticism. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder ran a very fast 4.56-second 40 at, which is a superb time for a defensive end. Team sources said Phillips looked good in the field drills as well and showed that he is just scratching the surface of his potential for the NFL.

Phillips has a good skill set with strength to shed blocks and hold his ground in run defense. As a pass rusher, the 6-foot-5, 266-pounder really improved over the course of the 2020 season, and he has quality speed to go with length and strength. Phillips could continue to grow as he gains experience. He has good versatility for a 3-4 or 4-3 defense with a ton of upside to develop. Some team sources think if Phillips had gone back to school and had another good year, he would have been a top-10 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT, USC. Previously: 9 Avg. 9.3 per 3
04/21/21: With Austin Jackson in the NFL, Vera-Tucker took over as the Trojans' left tackle in 2020 and played well in limited action. Vera-Tucker was going to sit out the season before opting back in, and re-joining USC helped him display the versatility to compete at guard or tackle in the NFL. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Vera-Tucker was a good left guard for the Trojans in 2019 and has upside to develop at the next level.

In the ground game, Vera-Tucker is not a bull at the point of attack, but he is effective. He is more of a wall-off-and-position blocker who beats defenders to a spot to cover them up and keep them from making a tackle. He does a nice job of scrapping and keeping his hands fighting to sustain his blocks. It would help him to add strength if his frame isn't maxed out. For a pro rushing offense, Vera-Tucker might fit best in a zone-blocking scheme.

There is a lot to like about Vera-Tucker in pass protection for the next level. He is an easy mover with athleticism, quickness and agility. He can glide with speed rushers, showing an easy ability to play the typewriter with his feet. Vera-Tucker is a natural knee bender who maintains good leverage while avoiding bending at the waist. He looks like a starting left tackle or guard in the NFL depending on how teams project him given short arm length.

Top-15 Prospects:
Patrick Surtain, CB, Alabama. Previously: 11 Avg. 18.3 per 35
04/21/21: Surtain has good size and is a polished cover corner. He is big, quick, physical, and has good ball skills. Surtain projects well as a press-man corner. As is very common with corners of his size, Surtain has issues with redirecting and is not a twitchy corner. Thus, he would not be a great fit to play off man or move inside to the slot in the NFL and take on shifty, twitchy receivers like a Tyreek Hill or Calvin Ridley. Surtain does look like a safe player to develop into a solid starting outside cornerback, and at worst, he could be a good safety in the NFL.

Versus Notre Dame, Surtain had seven tackles and a pass broken up. Taking on Florida, Surtain collected two passes broken up and three tackles, but he was also burned by Trevon Grimes on a 50-yard touchdown. Against Mississippi State, he had four tackles, two breakups, and a short pick-six in garbage time. Surtain made some good breakups against Tennessee, but he was also beaten for a touchdown from about 30 yards out. Surtain recorded 38 tackles, 11 passes broken up and a pick-six in 2020.

With Alabama consistently featuring a loaded secondary, it can be hard for young players to see the field. Surtain, however, was the exception, as the star recruit got a lot of playing time for a freshman under Nick Saban. Surtain played well in 2018, recording 28 tackles with an interception, seven passes defended and one forced fumble. He looked like he was just scratching the surface of his potential. As a sophomore in 2019, Surtain had 42 tackles with two interceptions, three forced fumbles and eight passes broken up in 2019.

Kwity Paye, DT, Michigan. Previously: 12 Avg. 19.4 per 35
04/21/21: Paye has signed with CAA, a major talent agency that protected and shielded Harvey Weinstein. So Paye either didn't do his due diligence or didn't care about the ethics of the agency.

In 2020, Paye recorded 16 tackles and two sacks. The game against Ohio State was canceled, and the Wolverines held Paye out of the games against Wisconsin and Rutgers with an injury, but he returned to play against Penn State and made four tackles. Paye had four tackles and two sacks against Minnesota. Paye (6-4, 277) put together an impressive 2019 year as a well-balanced defender at the point of attack totaling 50 tackles with 6.5 sacks. Paye has an excellent skill set with size, speed, athleticism, and upside. However he did not produce up to his potential at Michigan.

Paye has developed his strength sufficiently to set the edge and hold his ground. He also shows some pass-rush ability with a quick first-step, speed around the corner, and an improving set of pass-rushing moves. With his size, Paye has the versatility to line up on the inside in the sub package and then play end on base downs. He has the upside to improve as he gains experience.

Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama. Previously: 13 Avg. 15.1 per 35
04/21/21: Leatherwood put together a solid 2020 season, helping Alabama cruise over numerous opponents. He had quality outings against Ohio State and Notre Dame. Against Georgia, Leatherwood had a very good game, protecting sufficiently for Mac Jones to throw for over 400 yards and helping Najee Harris to another solid game. Leatherwood did not pitch a shutout, as he was part of a sack allowed, but overall, he was very good against top competition.

Leatherwood used 2020 to prove he is a skilled pass protector with excellent size, length, quickness and athleticism. His pass blocking is ahead of his run blocking, as he has trouble when he needs to be a physical run blocker. But in the passing-driven NFL, Leatherwood could be a skilled blind-side protector and valuable left tackle who helps keep his quarterback healthy. Some sources felt Leatherwood started showing progress with more physicality and urgency in the ground game during the course of his senior year. Around the league, Leatherwood is a love-hate prospect, with some teams having him graded in the first round with top-25 projections and others having him on Day 2.

08/19/20: Leatherwood (6-6, 322) played well for Alabama in 2019, showing that he has a first-round skill set of size, quickness and athleticism. Leatherwood could be even better in 2020 due to his increased experience. In his first season, Leatherwood rotated into the game and replaced an injured Jonah Williams at left tackle to help Alabama win another National Championship. As a sophomore, he started at right guard for the Crimson Tide, so he has versatility on where he can line up in the NFL.

Zach Wilson, QB, BYU. Previously: 14 Avg. 31.4 per 26
04/21/21: Wilson has some arm talent, makes good decisions, and has an efficient style of play. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder also is a very good athlete who can pick up yards with his feet and is excellent at buying time to escape the pass rush and extend plays. Team sources say Wilson is confident and intelligent, plays tough, has keen recall, and inspires his teammates play for him. On the negative side, they say Wilson is a rich, entitled brat who rather than being a leader, is a selfish know-it-all - his parents are a pain to deal with too. In the short interviews in the Zoom meetings, Wilson probably be a star because his intelligence, confidence and excellent recall will shine through in those environments. Thus, Wilson is the favorite to be the second player drafted.

Wilson played well in 2020, dominating a lot of weak competition and completing 73 percent of his passes for 3,692 yards with 33 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also notched 10 rushing scores. In 2019, he completed 62.4 percent of his passes for 2,382 yards with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions. In 2018, he completed 66 percent of his passes for 1,578 yards with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions.

Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky. Previously: 15 Avg. 21.4 per 8
04/21/21: Davis had an amazing pro day that put on display his great skill set and athletic upside for the NFL. In the 40-yard dash, Davis ran shocking times, with unofficial marks of 4.41 and 4.37 seconds. Those are superb times for a wide receiver, but for a linebacker, they are incredible. Davis also illustrated his explosion with a 42-inch vertical leap and an 11-foot broad jump. The 6-foot-3, 234-pounder has excellent size and strength to go along with that speed and explosion. In combination with his impressive 2020 season of tape, Davis could end up top-20 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Davis had an excellent 2020 season for the Wildcats, totaling 89 tackles with one sack, one forced fumble, two passes defended and two interceptions. The 6-foot-4, 234-pound Davis has good size with speed to cover a lot of ground. Davis is phenomenal in zone against the pass, covering a lot of ground in the middle of the field and covering the flat sideline-to-sideline. He has impressive vision to go along with his speed and long frame, and he glides in coverage, moving to smother receivers and making his presence felt by being around the ball. In the ground game, Davis is a solid run defender who has instincts and strength at the point of attack. Davis has a lot of upside and could be a late first-round or early second-round steal.

Top-20 Prospects:
Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson. Previously: 16 Avg. 18.4 per 35
04/21/21: Even though Najee Harris had a bigger year statistically, some team sources still have Etienne as the top-rated back for the 2021 NFL Draft because of Etienne's special ability to contribute to the passing game. He showed his excellent speed at the Clemson pro day and put on a good workout.

Etienne was already known as a lighting-fast big-play running back before 2020, but Etienne showed more strength and ability to pick up yards after contact as a senior. Etienne totaled 168 carries for 914 yards - 5.4 average - and 14 touchdowns with 48 receptions for 588 yards and two scores in 2020. He continued to show ball-security issues, fumbling against Boston College, Syracuse and Georgia Tech.

08/19/20: Etienne (5-10, 200) played well for Clemson in 2019, showing his speed to break off long gains on any carry. He averaged 7.8 yards per carry for 1,614 yards with 18 touchdowns. He also made 37 receptions for 432 yards and four touchdowns. Etienne averaged 8.1 yards per carry in 2018 for 1,658 yards with 24 touchdowns. He also caught 12 passes for 78 yards and two scores. Etienne is not the biggest of backs, but he runs hard for his size and is fast. Etienne is a threat to score on any carry and also is a natural receiving back. If he can add weight while maintaining his speed, he could be a more dynamic back.

Zaven Collins, OLB, Tulsa. Previously: 17 Avg. 17.5 per 17
04/21/21: Collins had an impressive pro day performance, running fast in the 40-yard dash and showing off his excellent combination of size, speed and athleticism. He had a strong 2020 season, recording four sacks, four interceptions, two passes broken up, two forced fumbles and 54 tackles. Collins made a lot of highlight-reel plays, such as a 95-yard pick-six in overtime to top Tulane. In 2019, he totaled 97 tackles with two sacks. He had 85 stops and 1.5 sacks in 2018.

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Collins has a good skill set for the next level and looked massively improved with his pass-rush ability in 2020. He is big, quick, and a versatile athlete also showing the ability to drop into coverage. Team sources rave about Collins and think he could be a Sam - strong side - linebacker or Mike - middle - linebacker in a 4-3 defense or play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Some teams ding Collins for a lack of physicality in taking on blocks and as a tackler.

Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas. Previously: 18 Avg. 14.3 per 35
04/21/21: Cosmi put together solid performances against Iowa State, Oklahoma and TCU. After the Longhorns' game against Iowa State, Cosmi opted out of the rest of the season. Cosmi showed added strength to anchor better in 2020, but he still has room for improvement for the NFL. Team sources who saw Cosmi to open the 2020 season said that Cosmi looked like had put on some good weight and looked better physically. Cosmi may never be a powerful run blocker in the NFL.

Sources who were at the Texas pro day said that Cosmi really helped himself with an impressive workout. Checking in at 6-foot-6, 314 pounds, Cosmi has good size, possessing the height, length, and bulk to be an edge blocker in the NFL. He ran a fast 40 for an offensive tackle at 4.87 seconds and bench pressed 225 pounds 36 times, which is another impressive number. Cosmi's pro day workout should help make him a late first-round or early second-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

08/19/20: Team sources like Cosmi and think he is a better prospect than Connor Williams was at Texas. They feel Cosmi is raw and needs development, but athletically, he is an interesting prospect. Cosmi (6-6, 295) needs to play more and get stronger for the NFL. Team sources felt he should go back to school if he wanted to be a secure first-round pick in his draft class, and Cosmi wisely decided to return to College Station for 2020.

As a redshirt freshman, Cosmi earned a starting spot at right tackle for the Longhorns and had an impressive debut. He did a good job in pass protection, showing some length and athleticism on the edge.

Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State. Previously: 19 Avg. 12.1 per 35
04/21/21: North Dakota State's one game of the 2020 season was a mixed outing for Lance. He missed some throws and made some mistakes, but considering the rust factor, that is somewhat understandable. Lance completed 15-of-30 passes for 149 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He took 15 carries for 143 yards and two touchdowns as well.

Lance has a great skill set with arm strength, size, running ability, and upside. He is a raw player with limited experience, so he will need a lot of developmental time with pro coaches. The number of quarterback-needy teams means Lance is a near-lock to be a top-16 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and he probably will go in the top-10 selection. The 49ers' trade to move up to No. 3 has many projecting they are targeting Lance.

08/19/20: The 2019 season was Lance's first year of playing time, and he produced a huge year, completing 67 percent of his passes for 2,786 yards with 28 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Lance is listed at 6-foot-3, 221 pounds, and sources say he has a good skill set of physical tools. Scouts say they need to see more from Lance and are wary of a 1-year wonder situation, but North Dakota State foolishly canceled its 2020 football season, so Lance will only have that one season of tape. He will need a lot of developmental time and will be a raw quarterback if he enters the 2021 NFL Draft.

Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson. Previously: 20 Avg. 30.2 per 11
04/21/21: Carman was a solid left tackle for Clemson in 2020, including putting together a good performance against Notre Dame. While he played left tackle for Clemson, Carman has the versatility to play left tackle, right tackle, and guard. The 6-foot-5, 345-pound Carman is a an easy mover with excellent size. He has some technical issues to fix that were put on full display in the playoff loss to Ohio State. Some team sources think Carman could sneak into the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft given his skill set of size, speed and athleticism.

Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech. Previously: 21 Avg. 28.5 per 35
04/21/21: The 6-foot-2, 207-pound Farley has an excellent skill set with size, speed and athleticism. After starting out at wide receiver for the Hokies, Farley missed the 2017 season with a torn ACL. He had a bad year 2018, but was excellent in 2019, recording four interceptions with 12 passes broken up and 20 tackles. It was impressive that Farley played that well considering he had a serious back injury for a lot of the season. The back injury led to Farley undergoing some surgery this spring, so he won't work out at his pro day. Farley is supposed to be ready for training camp, but the procedure reinforces the medical concerns with Farley.

Farley decided to sit out the 2020 season because of the pandemic, so he will enter the 2021 NFL Draft having been a 1-year wonder and flagged with durability issues. His great physical tools, however, could be enough to lead to him being selected as the first corner on the opening night of the 2021 NFL Draft. Some teams have Farley as the top-graded corner and defensive player of this draft class.

Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse. Previously: 22 Avg. 17.4 per 35
04/21/21: A pre-game collision caused the Orange to hold Cisco out against Georgia Tech, Duke and Clemson before they announced Cisco was out for the year. Cisco tore an ACL in that incident. He recorded 11 tackles and an interception for his season. The injury is expected to cause Cisco to slide to Day 2 even though he was a first-round talent in his time at Syracuse.

08/19/20: Over his first two seasons in college football, Cisco (6-0, 203) was a pure ball hawk for Syracuse. In 2019, he recorded 65 tackles with five interceptions and five passes broken up. Cisco had a huge 2018 season with seven interceptions, 18 passes broken up, one forced fumble and 60 tackles. The instinctive safety could have a hard time duplicating that production, but if he continues to play well, those tapes will help him to be an early-rounder.

Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State. Previously: 23 Avg. 11.2 per 35
04/21/21: Parsons had a great pro-day workout, as expected, with some team sources clocking him at 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash. That is an amazing time for a linebacker who checked in at 6-foot-3, 246 pounds. He also put up great jumps with his vertical - 34 inches - and broad jump - 10-foot-6. Parsons is better at working out than playing football, but there is no doubt that he has a great skill set with a ton of athletic upside.

Parsons, unlike many players, decided not to opt back into football after the Big Ten decided to play football again in 2020. Team sources say Parsons has serious character concerns that are being discussed in team meetings, and some teams that need linebacker help are likely to pass on Parsons in part because of the character concerns. There are also some evaluators who are not high on him as a player, as they say he is a 'clean air' linebacker, meaning he is not physical in terms of taking on blocks and does show that ability for a pro linebacker. They feel he doesn't play downhill either and also is not especially impressive in terms of instincts. Parsons needs to interview well in the leadup to the 2021 NFL Draft.

08/19/20: Parsons decided to quit on the 2020 season before the Big Ten fools canceled their season. Parsons collected 109 tackles with five sacks, four forced fumbles and five passes defended in 2019. He was always around the ball and produced some splash plays for Penn State. Parsons broke into the starting lineup as a true freshman in 2018 and showed that he has lot of upside to develop into an intriguing player. In 2018, he totaled 83 tackles with five for a loss, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Parsons (6-3, 245) has good size, speed and instincts.

Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama. Previously: 24 Avg. 24.4 per 35
04/21/21: Barmore hurt himself with an ugly showing at his pro day, according to team sources. Some teams have makeup and work-ethic concerns with Barmore, and his underwhelming pro day will only serve to reinforce those negatives.

Barmore totaled 37 tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles and three passes batted in 2020. To close out the season, Barmore recorded five tackles and a sack in a dominant performance against Ohio State. Barmore was a dangerous interior pass rusher in 2020, illustrating an ability to put consistent heat on the quarterback. His run defense, however, was dinged by scouts, although he showed progress with that late in the year, including in Alabama's two games in the college football playoff. At the end of the season, things seemed to click for Barmore in both phases, as he defended the run well against Notre Dame and Ohio State. Given his lack of consistency, teams feel that Barmore needs to mature as a player and become more well-rounded.

Barmore flashed ability as part of Alabama's rotation in 2019, recording 26 tackles and two sacks. It was only his redshirt freshman season, so he could develop and become more well-rounded as he gains experience. Some team sources are high on him, while others want to see him become a more well-rounded player and a better run defender. They feel his tape was not of a first-rounder, but he flashed first-round ability. Hence, he might end up being more of a mid- to late first-round pick, or early second-round pick. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound Barmore has good size with length at the point of attack to go along with quickness and athleticism.

Aaron Robinson, CB, Central Florida. Previously: 25 Avg. 34.2 per 13
04/21/21: Robinson (6-1, 193) was a solid corner for Central Florida over the past two seasons, showing good size and cover skills. The senior recorded six pass breakups and 41 tackles in 2020. As a junior, he had 54 tackles with three interceptions and 10 passes broken up.

Robinson possesses a good skill set with size, speed, twitchy athleticism, and upside. He is a good fit as a press-man corner, and he has the agility and fluidity to play off man. Robinson is one of the faster and more fluid cornerbacks for the 2021 NFL Draft. He has issues in zone coverage and vision issues that lead to paralysis by analysis, but Robinson would be a great fit for a man-coverage defense.

Top-50 Prospects:
Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern. Previously: 26 Avg. 32 per 20
Daviyon Nixon, DE, Iowa. Previously: 27 Avg. 22.5 per 16
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, OLB, Notre Dame. Previously: 28 Avg. 28.3 per 24
Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida. Previously: 29 Avg. 36.5 per 20
Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech. Previously: 30 Avg. 30 per 20
Jevon Holland, S, Oregon. Previously: 31 Avg. 17.3 per 35
Najee Harris, RB, Alabama. Previously: 32 Avg. 28.5 per 13
Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU. Previously: 33 Avg. 38.5 per 35
Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami. Previously: 34 Avg. 10.6 per 35
Kyle Trask, QB, Florida. Previously: 35 Avg. 34.1 per 30
Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia. Previously: 36 Avg. 71.2 per 11
Jayson Oweh, OLB, Penn State. Previously: 37 Avg. 55.5 per 11
Trey Smith, G, Tennessee. Previously: 38 Avg. 37 per 35
Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan. Previously: 39 Avg. 26 per 25
Dayo Odeyingbo, DE, Vanderbilt. Previously: 40 Avg. 44.1 per 11
Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern. Previously: 41 Avg. 49.3 per 11
Jay Tufele, DT, USC. Previously: 42 Avg. 42 per 35
Joe Tryon, DE, Washington. Previously: 43 Avg. 35.7 per 35
Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington. Previously: 44 Avg. 44 per 13
Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State. Previously: 45 Avg. 45 per 35
Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue. Previously: 46 Avg. 46 per 35
Kenny Gainwell, RB, Memphis. Previously: 47 Avg. 25.7 per 35
Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota. Previously: 48 Avg. 48 per 35
Landon Dickerson, C, Alabama. Previously: 49 Avg. 49 per 15
Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina. Previously: 50 Avg. 55.8 per 11
Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame. Previously: 51 Avg. 51 per 11
Jabril Cox, LB, LSU. Previously: 52 Avg. 52 per 5
Joseph Ossai, LB, Texas. Previously: 53 Avg. 53 per 11
Tutu Atwell, WR, Louisville. Previously: 54 Avg. 54 per 11
Rodarius Williams, CB, Oklahoma State. Previously: 55 Avg. 45.1 per 26
Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State. Previously: 56 Avg. 56 per 11
Richie Grant, S, Central Florida. Previously: 57 Avg. 57 per 11
Azeez Ojulari, OLB, Georgia. Previously: 58 Avg. 58 per 11
Carlos Basham, DE, Wake Forest. Previously: 59 Avg. 14.1 per 35
Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State. Previously: 60 Avg. 39.3 per 35
D'Ante Smith, OT, East Carolina. Previously: 87 Avg. 84.6 per 11
Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State. Previously: 62 Avg. 76.7 per 11
Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest. Previously: 63 Avg. 63 per 11
James Hudson, OT, Cincinnati. Previously: 64 Avg. 64 per 11
Dan Moore Jr., OT, Texas A&M. Previously: 65 Avg. 65 per 11
Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford. Previously: 66 Avg. 36.7 per 35
Rashad Weaver, DE, Pittsburgh. Previously: NR Avg. 0 per 0
Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, Oklahoma. Previously: 61 Avg. 61.6 per 11
Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma. Previously: 69 Avg. 82.1 per 11
Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State. Previously: 70 Avg. 70 per 11
Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri. Previously: 71 Avg. 56.8 per 31
Payton Turner, DE, Houston. Previously: 72 Avg. 72 per 11
Caden Sterns, S, Texas. Previously: 73 Avg. 70.5 per 11
Quincy Roche, DE, Miami. Previously: 74 Avg. 60.5 per 20
Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina. Previously: 75 Avg. 75 per 11
Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State. Previously: 76 Avg. 74.5 per 11
Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami. Previously: 77 Avg. 77 per 11
Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State. Previously: 78 Avg. 55.5 per 26
Jared Goldwire, DT, Louisville. Previously: 79 Avg. 79 per 11
Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss. Previously: 80 Avg. 80 per 11
Tamorrion Terry, WR, Florida State. Previously: 81 Avg. 51.6 per 29
Ronnie Perkins, DE, Oklahoma. Previously: 82 Avg. 88.5 per 11
Marquez Stevenson, WR, Houston. Previously: 83 Avg. 83 per 3
Larry Rountree, RB, Missouri. Previously: 84 Avg. 84 per 11
Patrick Jones, DE, Pittsburgh. Previously: 85 Avg. 85 per 11
Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina. Previously: 86 Avg. 67.5 per 11
Trevon Grimes, WR, Florida. Previously: 97 Avg. 96.1 per 11
Joshuah Bledsoe, S, Missouri. Previously: 88 Avg. 88 per 11
Paris Ford, S, Pittsburgh. Previously: 89 Avg. 34.5 per 35
D'Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan. Previously: NR Avg. 0 per 0
Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama. Previously: 91 Avg. 37.7 per 35
Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State. Previously: 92 Avg. 92 per 11
Richard LeCounte, S, Georgia. Previously: 93 Avg. 62.7 per 26
Jhamon Ausbon, WR, Texas A&M. Previously: 94 Avg. 94 per 11
Tedarrell Slaton, DT, Florida. Previously: 95 Avg. 95 per 11
Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida State. Previously: 96 Avg. 67.8 per 18
Shaun Wade, CB/S, Ohio State. Previously: 68 Avg. 31.8 per 35
Damar Hamlin, S, Pittsburgh. Previously: 98 Avg. 98 per 11
Trey Hill, C, Georgia. Previously: 99 Avg. 43.5 per 35
Talanoa Hufanga, S, USC. Previously: 90 Avg. 90.9 per 11


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