2021 NFL DRAFT QUARTERBACK RANKINGS

NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS BY POSITION

*Player Profiles to be added for each prospect between now and the 2021 NFL Draft

1

TREVOR LAWRENCE, CLEMSON

OVERALL RANK: 1

​TREVOR LAWRENCE NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Extremely accurate with the ability to place the ball anywhere on the field, leading his WRs or putting it where only they can get it.

  • Has extreme nerve, showcased as a freshman able to play comfortably on the biggest stage.

  • Senses pressure well and his internal clock is very impressive He has the awareness to step up into the pocket when the time is right.

  • 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.

  • 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. Certainly not the statue he looks.

  • Biggest strength, 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

JUSTIN FIELDS, OHIO ST

OVERALL RANK: 3

​JUSTIN FIELDS NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • 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. He doesn’t leave the pocket too soon as some scramblers do and has a very good pocket presence.

  • Hangs in the pocket and makes good throws, even when a hit is impending.

  • 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.

  • 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 2nd QB off the board.

3

ZACH WILSON, BYU

OVERALL RANK: 7

ZACH WILSON NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Confident competitor with massive upside at the position. 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.

  • 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 2nd or 3rd 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.

  • 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. Character has been questioned - interviews will be key.

  • 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.

4

TREY LANCE, NORTH DAKOTA ST

OVERALL RANK: 9

​TREY LANCE 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Very good reading option plays, rarely making the wrong read.

  • 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. Coaches rave about him as a high character person.

5

MAC JONES, ALABAMA

OVERALL RANK: 35

MAC JONES NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Biggest strength to Mac Jones’ game is the way that he works through his progressions. Doesn’t get fixated on his first read.

  • Strong ability to move round in the backfield, showing great awareness of his surroundings and climbing the pocket when making his throws.

  • Jones is also an underrated athlete who can avoid pressure when it is necessary. He isn’t the same type of an athlete as someone like Justin Fields or Trey Lance, but he does have enough in the tank to avoid pressure, and he rarely holds onto the ball for too long.

  • Jones is also a very accurate quarterback on his short to mid-range throws. He often puts the ball in a spot where only his receiver can make the catch, but not allowing defenders to make a play on the ball. Many scouts have advised that Jones could be the most pro ready of all the prospects not named Trevor Lawrence due to his ability to put the ball in the perfect spot for his receiver to make a play.

  • Able to move defenders with his eyes and his fakes. Jones showcases this ability time and again during his junior season with Bama, as he is able to move defenders with his eyes, freezing them for a split second before making his throws.

  • Doesn’t have a noodle of an arm like many have suggested but is plain to see that he doesn’t have arm talent of Fields, Wilson or Lawrence.

  • Some occasions when Jones has thrown the deep ball where it doesn’t have enough velocity on the throw and the receiver can’t catch the ball in stride.

  • Jones will often lead the receiver closer to the numbers rather than towards the sideline. This is something that he will not be able to get away with at the NFL level, as more physical corners will be able to win the battle and get to the ball leading to easy interceptions.

  • Jones at times doesn’t recognise where the backside corner is on the play. This is a big issue Jones will have to address at the NFL level as professional corners are faster, stronger and smarter. Not being able to identify this at the next level will lead to easy turnovers.

6

JAMIE NEWMAN, GEORGIA

OVERALL RANK: 66

​JAMIE NEWMAN NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Dual threat at the position.

  • He is usually accurate on deep balls and throws a very catchable ball with a tight spiral and good placement.

  • Very good athleticism which opens up things for him on the run and he is a very patient runner, allowing blocks and lanes to get set up first. Newman has good size and is not easy to pull down as a runner and does a good job of protecting his body and protecting the ball.

  • Good ability of buying himself time in the pocket—he worked behind a weak offensive line at Wake Forest, so he had to do that a lot. He is usually accurate throwing the ball while running to his right.

  • Whilst his running threat is a huge bonus, it can also work to his detriment as he lacks deception in the run game. When he read the QB option run that Wake Forest ran frequently during his time there, he walked up and delayed handoff too often which hurt the running back as Newman was guilty of making it very obvious when it was a run play.

  • Newman does sometimes make questionable decisions and reads as a passer, leading to interceptions. He occasionally underthrows deep balls and his footwork needs some adjusting and could be faster.

  • Pocket awareness needs improvement, as he doesn’t always sense pressure right away.

  • Is a project worth taking in the 3rd round, but is not an immediate starter and hurt his stock by opting out in 2020 as prospects such as Mac Jones and Zach Wilson rocketed above him in the rankings. Could have been in with a shout of being the third QB off the board if he had played and showed the requisite improvements in his game.

7

KELLEN MOND, TEXAS A&M

OVERALL RANK: 84

​KELLEN MOND NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Mond is a toolsy prospect with great size and experience in a pro-style offense at Texas A&M.

  • Steadily improved across the last three years, improving his accuracy and efficiency and protected the ball better in 2020, throwing only three interceptions compared to nine in both 2019 and 2018.

  • Has the ability to play on the move and is still accurate when throwing on the run. This athletic ability allows him to avoid pressure well, too.

  • Mond does however only possess average accuracy and despite his frame and obvious strength, appears to lack a true deep ball. His arm strength is sufficient, but displays some inconsistencies in terms of ball placement.

  • He is capable though and if he can eliminate this inconsistency, then he is a really interesting developmental prospect for a team who is prepared to put the work in.

  • Does have some 'wow' moments, throwing balls with touch and accuracy, but then there are too many times where he makes the wrong decision and either misses an open receiver on a relatively simple throw, or releases one into zones that he has misread or into dangerous areas across the middle.

  • Has a running ability reminiscent of Colin Kaepernick and can bulldoze would be tacklers if necessary, but possesses the fleet of foot that enables him to be elusive in the open field.

  • Has the athletic ability of a 1st/2nd rounder, but his decision making and inconsistency will see him drop to the 3rd/4th as a backup/developmental QB in the NFL. 

8

DAVIS MILLS, STANFORD

OVERALL RANK: 101

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9

KYLE TRASK, FLORIDA

OVERALL RANK: 137

​KYLE TRASK NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Has a below average amount of arm strength in comparison to the other quarterbacks higher on this list.

  • Trask is a pocket passer that could thrive in the right situation, but is one of two or three others who could easily becom the fifth name off the board come April.

  • Has questionable velocity on the balls he throws and limited mobility. Having said that, he is raw as he has not played the position for long and his physique makes him an impressive presence in the pocket.

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10

SAM EHLINGER, TEXAS

OVERALL RANK: 149

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11

SHANE BUECHELE, SMU

OVERALL RANK: 155

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12

IAN BOOK, NOTRE DAME

OVERALL RANK: 162

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13

FELEIPE FRANKS, ARKANSAS

OVERALL RANK: 168

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14

BRADY WHITE, MEMPHIS

OVERALL RANK: 201

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15

K.J. COSTELLO

OVERALL RANK: N/A

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16

BRADY DAVIS, ILLINOIS ST

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17

ZAC THOMAS, APPALACHIAN ST

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18

PEYTON RAMSEY, NORTHWESTERN

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19

KEVIN THOMSON, WASHINGTON

OVERALL RANK: N/A

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20

COLLIN HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA

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21

DAVID MOORE, CENTRAL MICHIGAN

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