2021 NFL Draft Rankings

  • Every player that I’ve scouted and graded will appear on this list
  • Final grade appears in parentheses
  • Non-premium positions like RB, TE and LB are not devalued in these rankings
  • Premium positions like QB, OT and EDGE are not inflated to account for positional value
  • Click on the highlighted name to be redirected to a player’s full scouting report
  • * indicates injury concerns
  • ** indicates potential character concerns

ELITE (90-100)

1) Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, QB1 (92.75)

Once-in-a-decade-type quarterback prospect. Has every throw in his arsenal and athleticism to extend plays and create as a runner. Poised under pressure. Makes good decisions and sees the field well generally, but occasionally stares down his primary target. Needs to improve ball security. Sails drive throws occasionally due to over-striding. Could add a little weight to help him withstand NFL hits.

NFL comparison: Aaron Rodgers/Justin Herbert hybrid

2) Kyle Pitts, Florida, TE1 (92)

Once-in-a-decade-type tight end prospect. Matchup nightmare wherever he lines up. Has elite hands, route running and athleticism, as well as good run-after-catch ability. Holds his own as a blocker, but can still add weight/get stronger to become even more effective in-line.

NFL comparison: Darren Waller

3) Jaylen Waddle, Alabama, WR1 (92)

Exceptionally explosive athlete — moves at a different speed than everyone else on the field. Incredibly dangerous after the catch. Tremendous in the return game. Hands are consistent and he shows the ability to win in contested-catch situations. Pretty good route runner. A little undersized at 5’10”, 182 lbs. Suffered a fractured ankle in 2020 that caused him to miss most of the season. Didn’t see much “true” press coverage in college.

NFL comparison: Tyreek Hill

4) DeVonta Smith, Alabama, WR2 (92)

Superb all-around receiver prospect with exceptional hands and route running. Incredibly smooth athlete with outstanding body control. Has long arms and a large catch radius. Very good after the catch. Has the speed to threaten on a vertical route tree. Not particularly good as a blocker due to strength, or lack thereof. Dominated against college press, but could struggle against stronger, more athletic and technically refined NFL cornerbacks. Would be an extreme outlier as a superstar NFL receiver at his size, but his film suggests he has all of the traits required to be that.

NFL comparison: Marvin Harrison

5) Penei Sewell, Oregon, OT1 (90)

Rare athlete for his size and position. Excels at run- and pass-blocking. Tremendous as a puller on zone concepts, but can also drive defenders into the dirt on gap-scheme running plays. Has the lower-body strength to stymie power rushers and the foot quickness to handle edge speed. Displays great awareness of twists and stunts. Needs some technical refinement as a pass blocker — will stop feet on contact on occasion and hands can land wide when he punches. Arm length (33 1/4″) is shorter than ideal for an NFL offensive tackle, but it didn’t really hurt him in college.

NFL comparison: Tristan Wirfs

1ST ROUND (80-89.9)

6) Ja’Marr Chase, LSU, WR3 (89)

Dominant contested-catch receiver with elite hand-fighting and high-point ability. Shows good route-running ability at times, but attention to detail and effort aren’t always there. Really tough to bring down after the catch. Tremendous play strength and developed hand technique allowed him to consistently defeat press coverage in college. Has relatively good speed, but cornerbacks don’t play him with a fear of getting beat deep. Lets cornerbacks get hands on him too easily in press coverage because he plays upright, exposes his chest and doesn’t typically show a lot of suddenness with his footwork. Not consistent at creating separation out of his releases unless he can win against press with physicality, so a lot of his underneath routes are tightly contested. Shows minimal effort as a blocker.

NFL comparison: A.J. Brown

7) Landon Dickerson*, Alabama, iOL1 (88.5)

Ideal starting center or guard in a gap scheme. Good enough athlete to work in a zone scheme. Displays tremendous anchor strength to stonewall power rushers. Technically sound and consistent pass blocker. Dominates as a drive blocker. Takes good angles, but doesn’t have the quickness to consistently get to second-level blocks early. Recovery athleticism is just average, but he rarely needs it because his technique, IQ and strength prevent him from getting beat most of the time. Has a very extensive injury history — tore ACL in 2016 and in 2020 SEC Championship, had a season-ending ankle injury in 2017 and an ankle sprain in 2018 that sidelined him for most of the season.

8) Rashawn Slater, Northwestern, OT2 (87.25)

Smooth and explosive athlete with polished technique. Very good pass blocker. Has a pretty strong anchor to withstand power rushers. Excels at zone blocking and is adequate on drive-blocking concepts. Very aware of blitzes and stunts. Has potential to fit at any of the five offensive line positions. Needs to keep punches tighter and land hands quicker to compensate for lack of length.

NFL comparison: Joe Staley

9) Justin Fields, Ohio State, QB2 (85)

Displays pinpoint accuracy throwing to all levels of the field. Big arm opens up the entire playbook. Very athletic — has 4.4-4.5 speed. Super tough and highly competitive. Shows signs of high-level processing ability with pre-snap sight adjustments and multi-step progression reads. Will linger on primary read too long at times — needs to eliminate possibilities more quickly. Some vision inconsistencies — passed up a few open reads for dangerous throws in 2020 Clemson, Alabama and Indiana games. Holds the ball too long and takes some bad sacks. Mechanics are pretty clean, but a little slow and methodical.

10) Micah Parsons**, Penn State, LB1 (85)

Ultra-explosive Mike or Sam linebacker with terrific sideline-to-sideline range. Reliable tackler with good stack-and-shed ability. Shows solid instincts against the run and pass. Solid in zone coverage. Man coverage ability is a projection because he didn’t really do it at Penn State. Excellent blitzer and pass rusher. Inexperience at linebacker shows up in reads at times – has trouble finding the ball on misdirection and zone-read runs.

11) Najee Harris, Alabama, RB1 (85)

Very good all-around running back prospect with similarities to Le’Veon Bell and Matt Forte. Has vision, short-area quickness, contact balance, elusiveness, power and receiving ability in spades. Doesn’t have home-run hitting speed (looks like a 4.55-4.6 athlete on film and had a low career percentage of 20-plus-yard runs in college), but he’ll consistently hit singles and doubles as a runner and dominate as a receiver. Pass protection is a little hit-or-miss currently due to tendency to duck head into contact.

NFL comparison: Le’Veon Bell

12) Jaycee Horn, South Carolina, CB1 (84.5)

Dominant press-man cornerback. Excellent athlete. Plays the position with supreme confidence. Has slot/perimeter versatility. Shows good ball skills and excels at playing the ball through receivers’ hands. Passive in the run game at times and displays poor tackling technique. Needs to trust technique more and learn to stop grabbing receivers at the break point in off coverage. Looked average in zone coverage in a small sample size.

NFL comparison: Aqib Talib

13) Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC, iOL2 (84.5)

Plug-and-play guard or tackle prospect who can fit any scheme. Excellent pass-blocker from the interior with a very stout anchor. Solid run blocker, but wins more with positioning/angles than brute strength. Average athlete as a perimeter blocker, but above average on the interior. Projects best as a guard in a zone-blocking run scheme.

14) Jaelan Phillips*, Miami (FL), EDGE1 (84.5)

Long-limbed pass-rush technician with good first-step quickness, flexibility and speed-to-power. Good tackler. Needs to process run plays more quickly and play with better gap discipline and pad level, but shows strength to set the edge and technique to stack and shed. Has a concerning injury history — three concussions, two sprained ankles and two wrist surgeries during college career; medically retired from football in 2018, but came back and played with Miami last season after transferring from UCLA.

15) Patrick Surtain II, Alabama, CB2 (83)

Lengthy press-man cornerback with teach-tape technique. Has the ability to play deep thirds. Aggressive in run support and makes tackles consistently. Disruptive at the catch point. Is a little bit limited athletically with average long speed and short-area quickness. Can get a little grabby in off-man coverage because he doesn’t seem to trust his speed. Gives up a step or two of vertical separation on go routes fairly consistently in turn-and-run situations. May struggle with speed demons and super quick, crafty route runners, but matches up well with most other receiver archetypes.

NFL comparison: Xavier Rhodes

16) Kwity Paye, Michigan, EDGE2 (83)

Super explosive athlete and pro-ready run defender. Converts speed to power, has an explosive first step and shows pretty good bend to turn the corner. High-effort player who has shown he is coachable. Still figuring things out as a pass rusher, but made notable strides with rush plan from 2019 to 2020. Fits as a 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker.

NFL comparison: Melvin Ingram

17) Rashod Bateman, Minnesota, WR4 (82)

Three-level route runner with one of the most diverse release packages in the class. Has solid size and a big catch radius. Experienced at all three receiver positions. Wins contested catches and makes highlight-reel-worthy one-handed grabs. Has enough speed to threaten vertically. Pretty good after the catch. Had some focus drops in 2020.

NFL comparison: (smaller, faster) Allen Robinson

18) Zach Wilson, BYU, QB3 (81.5)

Talented off-platform thrower and off-script playmaker. Accurate passer to all levels of the field. Has a strong arm and a smooth, quick release. Is fairly mobile. Shows promise with post-snap processing, but operated a relatively simple offense at BYU with a lot of mesh concepts and play-action. Shows anticipation on throws outside the numbers, but has some trouble seeing and anticipating windows in the middle of the field. Has a tendency to underthrow deep passes. Only has one year of great production against a weak schedule. Is a little undersized and has had surgeries on both shoulders and thumb.

NFL comparison: Baker Mayfield

19) Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame, LB2 (81.5)

Explosive hybrid player with linebacker/safety versatility. Might be best suited for a strong safety or overhang role on early downs. High-motor player with very good sideline-to-sideline range. Good zone coverage instincts and spatial awareness. Has the athletic ability to play man coverage against tight ends and running backs. Effective blitzer. Has a knack for forcing fumbles, but sometimes misses tackles because he’s too worried about trying to punch the ball out. Missed tackles also occur due to high wraps and failure to break down. Has some trouble taking on blocks. Could possibly play Will linebacker full time, but may want to add weight for that as he’s just 221 lbs.

NFL comparison: Derwin James-lite

20) Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State, OT3 (81)

Road-grading right tackle with a nasty streak. Dominates as a drive blocker, but is also athletic enough to pull on zone-based running concepts. Solid as a pass blocker, but needs to be more consistent with footwork and hand placement. Has shorter arms than preferred for a perimeter blocker, but compensates pretty well with technique.

NFL comparison: (stronger, meaner) Bryan Bulaga

21) Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech, OT4 (81)

Big, powerful run blocker with light feet in pass protection. Tremendous at backside cut-offs on wide-zone run plays. Has the power to create displacement as a drive blocker. Can be a little more consistent at finishing blocks through the whistle. Has some technique inconsistencies to clean up in pass protection — over-extends slightly at times and punch placement isn’t always clean. Kick-slide foot quickness is solid, but not top-notch. Could struggle to match elite speed rushers.

NFL comparison: Duane Brown

22) Caleb Farley*, Virginia Tech, CB3 (81)

Newcomer to the cornerback position after playing quarterback in high school, but shows good natural instincts and decent technique. Skilled in off-man coverage. Shows a pretty good feel for zone, but has some occasional mental lapses due to inexperience. Shows promise in press coverage as well, but wasn’t asked to play it much at Virginia Tech. Has very good ball skills and playmaking ability. Shows tremendous makeup speed and click-and-close out of backpedal. Willing, but inconsistent tackler. Shows a little hip tightness in transitions. Gets baited into opening hips too early at times, leading to separation in the release or at the top of the route. Has a concerning injury history with two back surgeries and a non-contact ACL tear, all in the last four years.

NFL comparison: Jimmy Smith

DAY 2 (70-79.9)

23) Trey Lance, North Dakota State, QB4 (79.75; EARLY 2ND) — NFL comparison: Steve McNair

24) Travis Etienne, Clemson, RB2 (79.75; EARLY 2ND)

25) Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma, iOL3 (79; EARLY 2ND)

26) Elijah Moore, Ole Miss, WR5 (79; EARLY 2ND) — NFL comparison: Doug Baldwin

27) Javonte Williams, North Carolina, RB3 (79; EARLY 2ND) — NFL comparison: Chris Carson

28) Greg Newsome II*, Northwestern, CB4 (78.5; EARLY 2ND)

29) Azeez Ojulari, Georgia, EDGE3 (78.5; EARLY 2ND) — NFL comparison: Shaquil Barrett

30) Terrace Marshall Jr., LSU, WR6 (78; EARLY 2ND)

31) Ifeatu Melifonwu, Syracuse, CB5 (78; EARLY 2ND)

32) Zaven Collins, Tulsa, LB3 (78; EARLY 2ND) — NFL comparison: Anthony Barr

33) Richie Grant, UCF, SAF1 (77.5; EARLY 2ND)

34) Joseph Ossai, Texas, EDGE4 (76.5; 2ND) — NFL comparison: (college) T.J. Watt

35) Trevon Moehrig, TCU, SAF2 (76.5; 2ND) — NFL comparison: Jessie Bates III

36) Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame, OT5 (76.5; 2ND)

37) Rondale Moore*, Purdue, WR7 (76.5; 2ND) — NFL comparison: Steve Smith/Percy Harvin hybrid

38) Jamin Davis, Kentucky, LB4 (76; 2ND)

39) Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest, EDGE5 (76; 2ND)

40) Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State, CB6 (76; 2ND)

41) Alex Leatherwood, Alabama, OT6 (76; 2ND)

42) Wyatt Davis, Ohio State, iOL4 (76; 2ND)

43) Kadarius Toney, Florida, WR8 (76; 2ND)

44) Christian Barmore, Alabama, iDL1 (76; 2ND)

45) Levi Onwuzurike, Washington, iDL2 (75; 2ND)

46) Mac Jones, Alabama, QB5 (75; 2ND) — NFL comparison: Eli Manning

47) Eric Stokes Jr., Georgia, CB7 (75; 2ND)

48) Dyami Brown, North Carolina, WR9 (75; 2ND)

49) Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma, EDGE6 (75; 2ND)

50) Samuel Cosmi, Texas, OT7 (75; 2ND)

51) Brady Christensen, BYU, OT8 (75; 2ND)

52) Elijah Molden, Washington, SAF3/SCB1 (75; 2ND)

53) Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater, iOL5 (74.5; EARLY 3RD)

54) Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State, WR10 (74.5; EARLY 3RD)

55) Jayson Oweh, Penn State, EDGE7 (74; EARLY 3RD)

56) Cameron McGrone*, Michigan, LB5 (74; EARLY 3RD) — NFL comparison: Fred Warner-lite

57) Jabril Cox, LSU, LB6 (74; EARLY 3RD) — NFL comparison: Cory Littleton

58) Kelvin Joseph**, Kentucky, CB8 (74; EARLY 3RD)

59) Michael Carter, North Carolina, RB4 (74; EARLY 3RD) — NFL comparison: Dalvin Cook-lite

60) Amari Rodgers, Clemson, WR11 (74; EARLY 3RD) — NFL comparison: Deebo Samuel-lite

61) Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC, WR12 (73.5; EARLY 3RD)

62) Dillon Radunz, North Dakota State, OT9 (73; 3RD)

63) Joe Tryon, Washington, EDGE8 (73; 3RD)

64) Jevon Holland, Oregon, SAF4 (73; 3RD)

65) Nick Bolton, Missouri, LB7 (73; 3RD) — NFL comparison: Devin Bush-lite

66) Pat Freiermuth, Penn State, TE2 (73; 3RD) — NFL comparison: Heath Miller

67) Tyson Campbell, Georgia, CB9 (72; 3RD)

68) Alim McNeill, North Carolina State, iDL3 (72; 3RD) — NFL comparison: Kenny Clark-lite

69) Gregory Rousseau, Miami (FL), EDGE9 (72; 3RD) — NFL comparison: Carlos Dunlap

70) Aaron Robinson, UCF, CB10 (71.5; 3RD)

71) D’Wayne Eskridge, Western Michigan, WR13 (71; 3RD)

72) Daviyon Nixon, Iowa, iDL4 (71; 3RD)

73) Jalen Mayfield, Michigan, iOL6/OT10 (71; 3RD)

74) Trey Sermon, Ohio State, RB5 (70; 3RD-4TH)

75) Jamar Johnson, Indiana, SAF5 (70; 3RD-4TH)

76) Brevin Jordan, Miami (FL), TE3 (70; 3RD-4TH) — NFL comparison: Jonnu Smith

DAY 3 (60-69.9)

77) Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame, TE4 (69.5; 4TH)

78) Baron Browning, Ohio State, LB8 (68.5; 4TH)

79) Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis, RB6 (68.5; 4TH) — NFL comparison: Austin Ekeler-lite

80) Tommy Togiai, Ohio State, iDL5 (68; 4TH)

Est. 2016

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