This 2021 group is a genius with high impact capacity. I have three highly ranked quarterbacks coming off the board, and the top guy is probably the best QB prospect I’ve seen in a while. And if you’re still not tired of skilled wide receivers after the 2020 draft, you’re in luck – there’s plenty in this class as well. Some SEC pass-catchers, in particular, stand out as future NFLers.
The name Day 1 will definitely change over the next 1-plus months, but this practice is usually a good starting point for the class. My methods of the 2020 class — very early in the mock — were 10 prospects, eventually going into the first round. There are too many unknowns at this point. But while we wait for more news on the college football season (the Big Ten and Pac-12 already cancel their fall seasons and plan to look at spring options), let’s get to the 2021 NFL Draft The initials predict 32 picks. We begin with the Football Power Index’s lowest rated team for the upcoming season.
Note: Draft order projection is through ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI). Undercalsmen are noted with an asterisk.
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson *
Okay, let’s start without a brain. Lawrence is a once-a-decade quarterback prospect, who is currently our highest Scouts Inc. grade at QB since Andrew Luck in 2012 (99). Jacksonville tackled Nick Falls in the offshin, leaving it with just Gardner Minsv II and Mike Glennon, and Lawrence would make the right move for the Jaguars as an immediate game-breaking starter. With a large arm, great maneuverability for his 6-foot-6 frame, excellent poetry under pressure and off-the-chart intangibles, it won’t be long before he is among the best in the game.
Patrick Sarton II, CB, Alabama *
Washington went out and got Kendall Fuller in free agency, but with Fabian Morrow and Ronald Derby becoming free agents next spring, this CB group needs a punch. And Serten – son of former Pro Bowl Corner Patrick Sartain – is a real shutdown corner. I love his instincts, the skill of the ball and the ability to wrap and create, but the one that stands out is diagnosing the receivers of routes and funnels where he wants them to go. He could just end up the best defensive player in the entire 2021 class, and 2020 No. 2 overall as well as Chase Young, he would help recreate a Washington defense that allowed per game in 2019 The number given was 27 (although it is difficult for Washington to leave a man like LSU receiver Jasmer Chase with his issues on the board).