2021 NFL DRAFT PROSPECT RANKINGS

NFL DRAFT TOP 25 PROSPECTS

A few notes on this Big Board:​

1

TREVOR LAWRENCE

QB - CLEMSON

POS RANK

QB1

HEIGHT

6'6"

WEIGHT

220

ROUND GRADE

Top 5

TREVOR LAWRENCE 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

Favourite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Lawrence is extremely accurate. He has the ability to place the ball anywhere on the field, often leading his WRs or putting it where only they can get it. Lawrence has extreme nerve, showcased as a freshman able to play comfortably on the biggest stage. Trevor Lawrence is at home in the pocket. He can sense pressure and easily maneuvre away from it. He has a big frame and isn’t easy to pull down, showing off good athleticism and running ability at times. He has the awareness to step up into the pocket when the time is right. His internal clock is very impressive. Lawrence has incredible footwork and almost always sets himself up with a solid foundation to throw from. He does have the ability to throw on the run although he can sometimes force the ball when outside the pocket into situations that are less than ideal. This, however, should be ironed out at the next level as his maturity in terms of his decision making continues to develop and his wheels are sufficient enough for him to not need to force the ball into danger like this as he can run past defenders in space and is certainly not the statue that he looks. Lawrence’s biggest strength, however, is his arm talent. He has a very strong arm with a quick release. He throws hard, but also has the ability to place an accurate deep ball. 

2

PENEI SEWELL

OT - OREGON

POS RANK

OT1

HEIGHT

6'5''

WEIGHT

325

ROUND GRADE

Top 5

PENEI SEWELL 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

Sewell is a very effective downfield blocker. He is comfortable in space and is even able to mirror defensive backs in space, highlighting his special movement. He has the speed to not get beat by quick edge rushers and the strength to compete with any defensive end in the nation. This speed/movement combination in such a big man at 325lbs is incredible. Was competing and dominating juniors at only 19 and will only get better. He always knows his assignment and always blocks the right man. He only allowed one sack in his entire career at Oregon in 678 pass blocking snaps, which is unbelievable. He is great as a pass protector or a run blocker and did plenty of each in college. The best OT and surest prospect at the position in a long time. Only slight knock is that he did not face the greatest competiton or level of pass rusher in the PAC-12. Nevertheless, Sewell put together the highest graded PFF season for an OT of all time in 2019 and the sky is the limit for the best tackle prospect to come out for a few years. Projection: 1st OT taken. Top 3 pick.

3

JUSTIN FIELDS

QB - OHIO ST

POS RANK

QB2

HEIGHT

6'3''

WEIGHT

223

ROUND GRADE

Top 5

JUSTIN FIELDS 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

Could he be picked over Lawrence? Has been trying since High School days in Georgia. Dual threat is his trump card. Could he be a better modern day NFL prospect than Lawrence? Depends on franchise scheme. Very good vision as a runner. Good speed, probably in the 4.5 range. He doesn’t leave the pocket too soon as some scramblers do and has a very good pocket presence. He hangs in the pocket and makes good throws, even when a hit is impending. He was very composed in his interview after losing in the College Football Playoffs. Coaches rave about his leadership abilities. He takes care of the ball—only one interception in the 2019 regular season which was the receiver’s fault. He has great arm talent with extreme arm strength and velocity. He throws an accurate catchable deep ball that he can place exceptionally. He is good at making impromptu plays—great scrambler and thrower on the run although he is at his best in the pocket. He is very tough and played the last few games of the 2019 season on a hurt left knee as well as 2020 during the title game which was a shame as he was clearly hindered. He does sometimes hold onto the ball longer than is ideal however, and this is a slight concern as defenders are of course much faster in the NFL but he has been nothing but deadly accurate in college and when combined with his athleticism and ability to protect the ball, he should be the second QB off the board.

4

JA'MARR CHASE

WR - LSU

POS RANK

WR1

HEIGHT

6'1"

WEIGHT

208

ROUND GRADE

Top 10

JA'MARR CHASE 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

If a 50/50 ball is thrown to Ja’Marr Chase, it feels much more like 90/10. He can go up and get it with anyone. Chase excels at creating separation at the deep level. He has several moves in his arsenal that give him space on deep routes. Chase rarely drops the ball. He has amazing hands and a wide catch radius. Also, Chase is quick and should test at or below 4.5 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. Outside receiver and a true 'X' type, should develop into a quarterback's best friend in the NFL.

5

MICAH PARSONS

LB - PENN ST

POS RANK

LB1

HEIGHT

6'2''

WEIGHT

245

ROUND GRADE

Top 10

MICAH PARSONS 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

Parsons is elite at blitzing. He gets to the quarterback at a high rate. He has great bend at the line of scrimmage and excels at turning vertical to make himself small, get through the tackles, and into the backfield. He also is very good at pass rushing off the edge, giving him the versatility to play OLB in a 3-4 defense. Has the potential to be dominant against the run as he excels at reading the ball in the backfield. It is extremely rare to fool Parsons with play action or a fake jet sweep. Instinctual, if underdeveloped in coverage, possesses elite size and simply flies around field. Could go top 5.

6

KWITY PAYE

DE - MICHIGAN

POS RANK

DE1

HEIGHT

6'4''

WEIGHT

277

ROUND GRADE

Top 10

KWITY PAYE 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

Born in Guinea as refugee of Liberian civil war. High character player who was bullied as a child due to his background, very humble. Is said that when he speaks, people listen. Wants to go back and offer opportunities in Liberia. Paye has a powerful build with plenty of muscle mass in his legs and a thick waist which he uses well to get underneath leverage on his initial engagement with opposing linemen. He stays low on contact and can force opposing tackles to bend at the waist giving Paye an advantage on using speed to power rush. Tackles must know this is coming from him, but it still remains an extremely impactful go-to move for him. Paye has played all along the line and is comfortable rushing from the middle or the edge. He has an extremely high motor, so you better be ready to play when opposite him, his effort is consistent and has plenty of pace to chase down plays from the backside down the line. On run defense he maintains gap discipline but shows inconsistency and at times plays too high, allowing opposing lineman to control him and move him off his spot. He needs to win on early contact, against longer offensive lineman his hands will offer few counters and at times his feet stop moving. Works far better on stunts working out-to-in than in-to-out again due to lack of true bend. He aligns best as an outside end in a 4-3 defensive front with his hand in the dirt and should be an early starter as he is the best all around defensive end in the draft and could develop into one of the best in the NFL.

7

ZACH WILSON

QB - BYU

POS RANK

QB3

HEIGHT

6'3''

WEIGHT

210

ROUND GRADE

Top 10

ZACH WILSON 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

Wilson is a confident competitor with massive upside at the position. His arm strength is terrific and has an ability to throw a deep ball with excellent accuracy. He can make throws to all areas and levels of the field, but has been guilty of under throwing at times. This is evidenced by the number of plays where his receivers have had to work their way back to the ball in order to make the play. This issue should be ironed out with NFL coaching and additional experience and is not a major issue as he throws arguably the best overall deep ball in the class when on point. Wilson's rise has been astronomic, having gone from an after thought in 2019, to a first round lock in 2020. This rise could see him taken as the second or third quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft. Has adequate legs and can be a dangerous runner, but not with the ceiling of Justin Fields in this area, who is a true dual threat at the position. Having said that, he is often at his strongest when the play breaks down as he can utilise his escape skills to extend plays either with his legs or with the rocket of an arm that he has at his disposal. Displays an excellent ability to throw on the run and off platform. His level of competition may be questioned as might his footwork in the pocket. He may go through a stiff learning curve when he reaches the NFL in terms of his ability to drop back in the pocket, to stand and deliver when he is forced to read through his progressions as he will have to learn how to process the complexities of NFL calibre defenses. This underdeveloped area is shown as he has some loose throws every now and again back across the field and some that do sail high at times due to allowing pressure having not read his progressions fast enough - throws that he will not get away with in the NFL.This may mean that his best fit would be to go to a team with a placeholder QB already in place in order for him to have the time to comprehensively understand the responsibilities of his position at the next level. He also has a very lean frame and could possibly stand to benefit from adding a bit more to his frame to withstand NFL level impact. Has not shown any reason to be concerned that he cannot learn the nuances of the quarterback position, so it will only be a matter of time until he becomes a starter somewhere due to the natural gifts and rare traits that he already has.

8

PATRICK SURTAIN II

CB - ALABAMA

POS RANK

CB1

HEIGHT

6'1''

WEIGHT

203

ROUND GRADE

Top 10

PATRICK SURTAIN II 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

Son of former Dolphins star cornerback Patrick Surtain Sr, Surtain Jr could have an equally impactful NFL career. The 'Bama corner possess prototypical size to play the position - a perfect height/length combo that will have NFL teams drooling. Always looks relaxed, he is a patient corner who can mirror and run with receivers in short to medium areas without being easily fooled by false, sudden movements that wideouts often use to create easy separation from defensive backs. This skill is echoed by his fluid hips and quick footwork which enables him to stay with receivers early in their routes. On deeper plays, Surtain has an instinctual feel for knowing when to react and come back to make a play on the ball whilst still remaining sticky in coverage and is a physical corner who will compete throughout the catch point. This physicality allows him to dominate receivers and put his hands on his man, but rarely draws the attention of officials. He is not overly aggressive though, and rarely gets beat. The only questions are with regards to his deep speed and inconsistent tackling (although this could be said of many cornerbacks in the draft). These are however, not major question marks and whoever elects to take him in the 2021 NFL Draft is gaining a special player who will be expected to come in and lock down one side of the field early in his career. The most complete and polished corner in the class. CB1.

9

TREY LANCE

QB - NORTH DAKOTA ST

POS RANK

QB4

HEIGHT

6'3''

WEIGHT

224

ROUND GRADE

Top 10

TREY LANCE 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

Could he crack the top-10? One of his biggest strengths is that he takes care of the ball and rarely makes poor decisions. He climbs back into the pocket very well. He has great arm strength—can throw 55 yards effortlessly and is always willing to attack deep. His ball placement is solid, but does not display an accuracy at the level of Lawrence or Fields. He is built like a tight end and is hard to bring down as a runner and is shifty and strong, with good vision. He’s a winner with experience of winning a championship. He has a lot of nerve and confidence. Lance is accurate passing on the run and very good at spotting an open receiver while scrambling. He is very good reading option plays, rarely making the wrong read. Coaches rave about him as a high character person. The drawback of his athletic ability is that sometimes he appears hestitant to make the anticipatory throw as he knows he can run, so he uses those wheels with aplomb in situations where a more explosive play could be the better option. Will be an exciting, high ceiling pick for a team who runs a QB-run/play action heavy offense, but may be best if he can sit for a year as he is a raw prospect with less experience than most of the QBs in this class.

10

JAYLEN WADDLE

WR - ALABAMA

POS RANK

WR2

HEIGHT

5'10''

WEIGHT

182

ROUND GRADE

Top 10

JAYLEN WADDLE 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

One of the quickest players in college football, Waddle is electric after the catch. An unfortunate injury ended Waddle's 2020 season early, but he will remain a top-five receiver on most teams' board throughout the draft process. Waddle is one of the most explosive pass catchers in the 2021 NFL Draft and possesses genuine speed. He can go from zero-to-sixty in the blink of an eye and easily turns short passes into long touchdowns. He has an uncanny ability to beat the press despite his size, although his smaller frame does knock his profile a touch. Waddle is one of the best returners in the draft and teams will value this highly due to his ability to contribute right out of the gate.

11

KYLE PITTS

TE - FLORIDA

POS RANK

TE1

HEIGHT

6'5''

WEIGHT

239

ROUND GRADE

Top 15

KYLE PITTS 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

Kyle Pitts is the most athletic tight end in the class, and is currently recognised as the premier receiving tight end to emerge for a few years. Pitts is very fast for a tight end and is adept at finding openings within the secondary and will be used in the NFL as a serious matchup nightmare at the second level and in the red zone. Due to his size, he is able to snatch the ball above the heads of defenders attempting to guard him and this just highlights how he could operate as a productive touchdown maker on fades and contested balls in the end zone. More of a big wideout in the mold of Darren Waller, Pitts should thrive if used primarily as a pass catcher in the NFL. He has seriously raised his stock in 2020 by dominating the opposition to the tune of 43 receptions, 770 yards and 12 scores at a mammoth 17.9 yards per reception. Usually, taking a tight end with one of the top 10 picks in the draft would not be advisable, but Pitts is capable of going up against top defensive backs when isolated in man coverage and dominating. He has exceptional body control for such a big man and doesn't drop catches. Some tight ends in the class may be faster, but his speed isn't really a weakness. His blocking is not at the level of a true top end tight end, but it has improved in 2020 and is more than serviceable.

12

CALEB FARLEY

CB - WEST VIRGINIA

POS RANK

CB2

HEIGHT

6'2''

WEIGHT

197

ROUND GRADE

Top 15

CALEB FARLEY 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

If it is ceiling that you are after, then Caleb Farley could well be your CB1 in the 2021 NFL Draft. Like Surtain, Farley has excellent, if not even more of a prototypical build to play the position in the modern day NFL. A converted wide receiver, Farley has shades of Richard Sherman in terms of his route understanding and ability to be ahead of receivers that he is guarding which enables him to display his excellent ball skills. Farley is fast and athletic, but can rely on this too much in zone coverage and has been seen to allow receivers to sit in soft areas of the zone, or gobble up the cushion he allows. This has resulted in plays given up due to an over reliance on his athletic traits of recovery and inconsistencies when attempting to disguise coverage. Man coverage is where Farley shines though as he can erase receivers thanks to his physicality, aforementioned ball skills and competitive play style. Surtain is the more polished of the two and has the higher floor, but if Farley can sharpen up in zone coverage and improve his sometimes stiff hips and untidy footwork, then he perhaps has the higher ceiling.

13

DEVONTA SMITH

WR - ALABAMA

POS RANK

WR3

HEIGHT

6'1''

WEIGHT

175

ROUND GRADE

Top 15

DEVONTA SMITH 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

DeVonta Smith is an excellent route runner with great hands and tremendous run-after-catch ability. Smith has great wheels and gets to top speed extremely quickly. He has a good catch radius and reliable hands and is another who is willing to go after anything, believing he can come down with the ball. He is an electric playmaker but does possess a small frame, meaning that teams may not see him as a true number one wideout in the NFL. He has also been viewed to have focus lapses but his college production and Heisman win highlight why he deserves to be a first round pick.

14

JEREMIAH OWUSU-KORAMOAH

LB - NOTRE DAME

POS RANK

LB2

HEIGHT

6'2''

WEIGHT

216

ROUND GRADE

Top 15

JEREMIAH OWUSU-KORAMOAH 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

Wow. Owusu-Koramoah is someone who simply leaps off the screen whenever you watch him. The sheer number of explosive plays that the Notre Dame product produces is eye watering, often zeroing in on ball carriers like a homing missile, precisely calibrated to a degree that it shows how effectively he manages to diagnose plays before a ball is snapped. Owusu-Koramoah is simply a difference maker that could be used by any team to provide an immediate boost to their linebacking corps - impactful and explosive against the run, whilst providing the coverage skills of a safety able to lock down tight ends and slot receivers across the middle of the field to destructive effect. He is a true hybrid linebacker/safety prospect who should transcend common draft beliefs regarding where off ball linebackers are taken and is a playmaker who can instantly upgrade a lucky team's base defense without question whilst becoming an effective blitzer or pass coverage guy on third down. He looks to have elite speed, is a devastating tackler and plays with a controlled aggression reminiscent of of Jamal Adams. He is a versatile defensive weapon for whom teams will have to gameplan around as he matures into a role within the NFL.

15

DAVIYON NIXON

iDL - IOWA

POS RANK

iDL1

HEIGHT

6'3''

WEIGHT

305

ROUND GRADE

R1

DAVIYON NIXON 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

Daviyon Nixon is a stout 3-tech with the potential to create havoc in the backfield on any play. He has good length, violent hands and an extremely high ceiling. The 305 pound DT has extremely quick feet for a big man and plays with an explosive fury. Nixon does not have any glaring weaknesses and is the best all around interior defensive lineman in the draft. Nixon makes opportunistic plays by consistenly sniffing out and pouncing on balls wherever there is an opportunity. His playmaking ability is highlighted by a 71 yard pick six against Penn State and he shows this side to his game by consistently batting passes at the line of scrimmage when he can't get home. Simply put, he causes chaos on the interior defensive line and has the size and athletic profile to be an every down player in the NFL.

16

CHRISTIAN DARRISAW

OT - VIRGINIA TECH

POS RANK

OT2

HEIGHT

6'5''

WEIGHT

314

ROUND GRADE

R1

CHRISTIAN DARRISAW 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

In Virginia Tech’s run-heavy offense, Darrisaw’s development as a three-year starter has made him an asset in the ground game. His ability to make reach blocks is elite. Using a quick first step and flexible hips he routinely positions himself to seal running lanes. Impressively strong hands consistently find the target and unbalance defenders allowing Darrisaw to take his defender for a walk. His grip strength and lateral movement is sufficient to allow him to usually sustain blocks so the defender is taken out of the play. Teams running a zone blocking scheme will fall in the love with the ability to locate and engage targets at the second level. There are many examples of Darrisaw leading the way downfield using his speed and heavy hands to clear the way for explosive plays. The Hokies’ offensive scheme has not necessarily allowed Darrisaw to develop in pass pro on the same level as his run blocking. There were still some issues in 2020 as on deeper pass sets Darrisaw can overly rely on his strong punch and stop moving his feet near the top of his arc. Another area I would like to see improved upon would be awareness when he is uncovered, he needs to be able to recognise when help is needed elsewhere on the line.

17

RONNIE PERKINS

DE - OKLAHOMA

POS RANK

DE2

HEIGHT

6'4''

WEIGHT

247

ROUND GRADE

R1

RONNIE PERKINS 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

Perkins just looks like a mean dude off the edge and is a potential first round pick. He has excellent size and a truly powerful burst and first punch that he can translate into a speedy finish to get around tackles and to the quarterback. He is one of the few edge prospects in this class who leap off the screen more often than not and has the potential to be disruptive all across the defensive line. Gets off blocks cleanly and quickly whilst possessing genuine closing speed and an intimidating cat-like pounce thanks to his length and sheer power, bringing down ball carriers with ease. He does have good bend, but often does not need to utilise this as he can just sail past blockers thanks to his exceptional explosion. A bit of refinement is perhaps required in the run game, but such gap discipline should be cleaned up when he receives NFL level experience and coaching. Was suspended due to a failed drugs test in early 2020, but that should not deter teams looking for a potential difference maker along their line towards the top of the 2021 NFL Draft. High potential every down player who could start right away.

18

RASHOD BATEMAN

WR - MINNESOTA

POS RANK

WR4

HEIGHT

6'1''

WEIGHT

210

ROUND GRADE

R1

RASHOD BATEMAN 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

Exciting physique. Has all the tools to become a number one receiver in the NFL. He has nice size, excellent playing speed and outstanding hands. He has an ability to take over games, but this could be due to the level of competition that he has been playing against. He has a strong run after the catch ability, but perhaps does not have elite top speed. If he tests well at his pro day, for me, he could jump to second place in these rankings. Bateman has some impressive one-handed catches on tape and competes for every ball in play, tracking back to the ball well, believing that nothing is a lost cause. He will wrestle the ball away from defensive backs if necessary and appears to have a true alpha mentality.

19

GREGORY ROUSSEAU

DE - MIAMI

POS RANK

DE3

HEIGHT

6'5''

WEIGHT

210

ROUND GRADE

R1

GREGORY ROUSSEAU 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

Double-digit sacks as a redshirt freshman in 2019. Compared to Calais Campbell entering Miami and moves incredibly well for his size. He is extremely strong and runs through offensive tackles on occasion. He gets to the QB at a very high rate. When he is not bull rushing offensive tackles, he has one other way to get to the QB: his speed chop move, which is elite. Needs to develop more pass rush moves, but due to his fluidity he could develop into an able coverage linebacker in a 3-4 scheme which would increase his value providing that teams see this potential in him. Rousseau is not going to surprise you technique wise. He needs to develop more moves (spin move, etc) to help himself get to the quarterback in the NFL. He is not as dominant at stopping the run as rushing the passer. We haven’t seen a ton of film for him. He only played one season at the college level, and he was used exclusively as a pass rush specialist for half of that season.

20

RASHAWN SLATER

OT - NORTHWESTERN

POS RANK

OT3

HEIGHT

6'4''

WEIGHT

315

ROUND GRADE

R1-2

RASHAWN SLATER 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

Erased Chase Young in a game in 2019 with exceptional timing and hand placement, negating the length of the 2020 number two overall pick. Slater excels in a phone box but also wins with great leverage and takes excellent angles when moving to the second level. He displays overwhelming functional strength, terrific movement, great footwork and efficient hands meaning that there are few flaws in his game. The only real knock on Slater is whether or not he is a future guard or tackle in the NFL. At a touch over 6'3'' and 315lbs, teams may see him as a candidate to kick inside and not a true left tackle prospect. Either way, he is a surefire quality pick even if his limited length dictates that he is more of a guard and could become a perennial All-Pro at the position. His measurables at his pro day will be of great interest to teams.

21

JAYCEE HORN

CB - SOUTH CAROLINA

POS RANK

CB3

HEIGHT

6'1''

WEIGHT

205

ROUND GRADE

R1

JAYCEE HORN 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

Likely going to be the third corner off the board, Horn is another corner with NFL bloodlines thanks to his father, Joe Horn, being an ex-wideout for the Saints, Falcons and Chiefs. Horn has great size for the position and plays with the strength and aggression needed of a man corner, but with excellent short area quickness and agility. He sticks tightly to his man in coverage and contests extremely effectively at the catch point. Horn has outstanding physical traits and the frame to develop into an excellent tackler, but this is an area where he is inconsistent. He also does not have a long history of top tier production, which explains the gap between Surtain, Farley and then Horn, but he is only beginning to scratch the surface of his potential. Whilst still slightly raw, he has the skill set and mentality to become a top man corner.

22

KADARIUS TONEY

WR- FLORIDA

POS RANK

WR5

HEIGHT

5'11''

WEIGHT

189

ROUND GRADE

R1-2

KADARIUS TONEY 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

The more you watch Toney, the easier it is to fall in love with him as a first round prospect. Elite ability with the ball in his hands, he can generate yards after the catch effortlessly. Toney has an unbelievable ability to absorb contact, keep his balance and accelerate through and away from defenders in a way that is unmatched in this class. He gets up to top speed quickly, but does not have the highest top speed in this class and can be caught, but this may be due to all the work he has already done after the catch. Toney does not have much tape in contested catch situations, so the book is out in this area as to how he will perform in the NFL but he does not drop many and so projects as a starter in any scheme at the next level. He is far from a finished product when it comes to his route running, but will grow in this area and obtains consistent separation on his routes.

23

ZAVEN COLLINS

LB - TULSA

POS RANK

LB3

HEIGHT

6'4''

WEIGHT

260

ROUND GRADE

R1-2

ZAVEN COLLINS 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

Zaven Collins is an ex-High School quarterback and this experience shows on tape, as the Tulsa linebacker always seems to know how and when to turn up in the right place at the right time. The 2020 Bronko Nagurski trophy winner for the best defender in college football excels at the second level of defense in all facets of the game as he smoothly drops into coverage, plays well in space, is able to effectively rush the passer as well as shining downhill against the run. Collins makes clutch plays almost on demand and finshed his 2020 season with four sacks, four interceptions, two forced fumbles, two passes defended as well as two defensive touchdowns. Collins' play is highlighted by his processing ability as well as his great instincts, often seen blowing up screens or diagnosing the run quickly. He is a sure tackler thanks to the sound angles that he takes to the ball carrier, but is not an especially hard hitter despite the weight and speed that he possesses. This lack of functional power sometimes shows up when he is attempting to navigate bodies across the line of scrimmage, but I believe that this is more due to his fleet footed technique that is not a real concern and will be corrected when he steps up to the NFL level. The fleet footedness is a genuine benefit though on plays where he has to drop into coverage as he smoothly changes direction and is able to run with receivers across the field effectively.

24

TRAVIS ETIENNE

RB - CLEMSON

POS RANK

RB1

HEIGHT

5'10''

WEIGHT

210

ROUND GRADE

R1

TRAVIS ETIENNE 2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

Game breaking potential, lethal quickness, Etienne is our consensus top back. He is the most explosive and complete back in the class with prototypical size and rushing abilities. He has to show improved vision and patience at the next level to thrive and sometimes appears over eager to hit the hole, but Etienne has all the raw talent to mature into a prolific, multi faceted back within the NFL. He is a true weapon in the passing game and a home run threat in this area due to his fantastic balance against would-be tacklers in the open field. His initial burst and quickness is just far superior to many of the other backs in this class and should be a first round pick despite the diminished reputation of running backs in the 2021 NFL draft.

25

DILLON RADUNZ

OT - NORTH DAKOTA ST

POS RANK

OT4

HEIGHT

6'5''

WEIGHT

304

ROUND GRADE

R1-2

DILLON RADUNZ NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

Radunz could be a real pre draft riser. He is not spoken about as much as some of the linemen ranked above him, but he does appear to have the talent and physical traits that should translate well to the NFL. Radunz has the arm length needed to negate edge rushers effectively, enabling him to keep them away from his body so that he is not easily driven backwards. Has a prototypical build that teams are looking for in an athletic offensive tackle and used this size to dominate for the Bison. Radunz displays excellent balance when in pass protection and is rarely over his toes or caught lunging helped by his patience with his punch timing. He does occasionally allow defenders into his chest which could be an issue in the NFL as defenders with superior strength could easily overpower him this way. The sample size of his ability to anchor against top college defenders is still a cause for concern. He allayed some of those fears with a good showing at the Senior Bowl after a rocky first day. Having said that, he is a plus athlete who diagnoses plays quickly, is always on the move looking for blocks and operates in space effectively. Whilst he is always looking for blocks, he does not always finish comprehensively which harks back to power concerns in his game, and when coupled with sometimes slow footwork, his pro day could be key for evaluators to complete their assessments. Radunz’s effort noticeably jumps off the screen, it was not uncommon to see him sprinting 30 or 40 yards downfield to support the ball carrier which will endear him to fans, teammates, and coaches alike. He is a hidden gem, and if he can refine his technique, along with stopping the somewhat easy access to his chest, then he could emerge as an NFL starter and late day one pick.

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