The 2021 NFL Draft is less than a month away, meaning it’s crunch time to grind out the last bit of content before a long, dull summer. This is my second big board this year, and I’ve expanded it from 60 players to 100 at the cost of some depth on the later evaluations. Keep in mind that these are my opinions, and there are bound to be significant differences from your personal standings.
I’ve broken down the top 100 prospects into five tiers. The “blue chip prospects” represent elite Day 1 talents that could compete for Pro Bowl selections as rookies. “First round prospects” are guaranteed first-round selections. “Second round selections” are guaranteed second-round choices at least, and the same goes for the following tiers.
Positional value did not play a role in these rankings (sorry Mike Renner).
Blue Chips Prospects
1. Trevor Lawrence, QB Clemson
From start to finish, I’ve had Lawrence as the top prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft. He’s not invincible, but the former national champion has the best combination of ball placement, arm strength, mobility, and big-play ability in the draft. Maybe Lawrence isn’t the best in all four areas, but the overall package far outshines the second-place quarterback.
2. Kyle Pitts, TE Florida
Eric Ebron and T.J. Hockenson are the only tight ends from the past decade to get picked in the top ten. Pitts blows those two out of the water. He’s 6-6, weighs nearly 250 lbs., and recently turned in a 4.44 40-yard dash. That’s faster than the official 4.49 Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Brown ran at the 2019 NFL Combine.
Linebackers are too slow to cover Pitts while cornerbacks are too small, and safeties are too small and slow. Pitts is also a viable run blocker, making him the most versatile player in this entire draft class.
3. Ja’Marr Chase, WR LSU
While Chase doesn’t have tremendous breakaway speed, he creates space for catches with fluid releases, elite route running, and a ridiculous catch radius. Justin Jefferson faced some similar concerns about separation, and he turned out just fine. Chase also flashed his ability to stretch the field at LSU, averaging over 20 yards per catch in 2019.
Chase killed his pro day, running a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash and a 3.98 short shuttle. According to Pro Football Focus, he finished in the 96th percentile historically among wide receivers with a 41 inch vertical and 132 inch broad jump.
4. Penei Sewell, OT Oregon
While some analysts have Rashawn Slater ahead of Sewell, let’s remember that the Oregon product was 19 years old when he laid waste to Pac-12 defensive linemen in 2019. Sewell flashed an attack-orientated style in college, and NFL teams might ask him to play more disciplined at the next level. However, Sewell’s aggressive nature on the field should help him keep pace with veterans as a rookie.
5. Jaelan Phillips, EDGE Miami
If not for his lengthy concussion history and medical retirement at UCLA, Phillips would’ve gone in the top ten. He’s not Nick Bosa or Chase Young, but the Miami product is electric. He’s scheme versatile and possesses an arsenal of pass rushing moves. There isn’t a more well-rounded edge defender in this class than Phillips, and no one else even comes close to his ceiling.
6. Rashawn Slater, OT Northwestern
Don’t think Slater can play left tackle? Watch his tape against Chase Young in 2019. Slater held his own against the reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. There’s no reason to envision the Northwestern standout solely as a guard, although he can play that position at a high level too. Slater has excellent footwork and mobility too, which he flashed with a 4.88 40-yard dash and 7.48 three-cone during his pro day.
7. Jaylen Waddle, WR Alabama
Stop the lazy comparisons between Waddle and Henry Ruggs III. Waddle is a much more dynamic player in small spaces, which is why Alabama used him as a punt returner. He averaged 139 receiving yards per game before getting hurt against Tennessee last year. If Waddle stayed healthy, he had a good chance to outpace DeVonta Smith for the Heisman Trophy.
8. Micah Parsons, LB Penn St.
Issues away from the football field and character concerns could drop Parsons into the teens during the draft, but there’s no denying his iron grip on the top linebacking spot. He’s relentless in pursuit and has sideline-to-sideline range. With a defensive end background, the 21-year-old has no problem facing down climbing linemen or bringing pressure off the edge.
9. Caleb Farley, CB Virginia Tech
Farley recently had surgery on his back, inflaming concerns about his injury history. However, the 22-year-old shutdown corner only had a microdiscectomy done (an outpatient procedure) and should be ready to go well before rookie minicamps. Farley has elite length, size, speed, and fluidity, making him a wide receiver’s nightmare. He also already excels in man and press coverage.
10. Zach Wilson, QB BYU
Wilson experienced a breakout season in 2020. He didn’t face a robust schedule, and the best NFL prospects he faced played for UCF. However, he has that Russell Wilson-level mobility teams love, and the 21-year-old can put the ball on a rope. His accuracy, even on deep throws, is special at times. Wilson’s ability to sling off-platform throws should captivate teams as well.
11. DeVonta Smith, WR Alabama
The first thing everyone points to with Smith is his size. Alabama listed the reigning Heisman Trophy winner at 6-1, 175 lbs. last year. That wiry frame might scare some teams off, but Smith had elite production over the past two seasons. He’s also an extremely refined player that generates separation with his routes and catch radius. Smith is the kind of receiver that makes lesser quarterbacks look good.
12. Justin Fields, QB Ohio St.
While Wilson only has one season of elite play, Fields has two years of tape at Ohio St., where he generated Heisman votes. He also went to the playoffs in each of those seasons, going 1-1 against Clemson and 0-1 against Alabama. Fields has above-average arm strength and elite speed for a quarterback. His decision-making could improve as he forced too many throws in 2020, but that’s how the Buckeyes run their offense.
First Round Prospects
13. Najee Harris, RB Alabama
Harris doesn’t have home run speed, but he’s patient and poised in the backfield. He’s tough to bring down and possesses dazzling footwork that can leave defenders eating turf. Harris also has some of the best hands by a running back prospect in recent history. Creative offensive coordinators can line him up out wide.
14. Travis Etienne, RB. Clemson
Etienne showed real growth as a receiver and in pass protection during his four-year record-setting run with Clemson. Unlike Harris, Etienne isn’t very wiggly in the hole and is more of an elite one-cut runner. His combination of power and breakaway speed is rare among runners. Etienne is 22 years old, while Harris is 23.
15. Patrick Surtain II, CB Alabama
Surtain has the prototypical size and length that NFL teams covet. He stands out in press coverage and can routinely lockdown opponents in man coverage despite a lack of twitch. Running a 4.42 40-yard dash at Alabama’s pro day was a huge win for Surtain, who sometimes faces questions about his ability to carry receivers vertically.
16. Christian Darrisaw, OT Virginia Tech
Darrisaw is arguably the best pure tackle prospect in this draft class. He improved each year at Virginia Tech and flashed an excellent blend of athleticism, bend, explosiveness, and hand usage in 2020. He’s a little rough around the edges at times and can overextend in pass protection if a rusher resets.
17. Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL USC
Vera-Tucker lined up as a left tackle for the Trojans last year, but many analysts view him as a guard prospect. He doesn’t have the usual desired length of a tackle and primarily excelled in the running game at USC, which drives the discussion around his position. However, Vera-Tucker has a good anchor and smooth footwork. It wouldn’t be shocking if he played some tackle as a rookie.
18. Javonte Williams, RB UNC
Everyone overreacting negatively to Williams’ 4.55 40-time needs to calm down. The UNC product broke tackles on nearly half his carries last season. He wins with balance, power, and vision. Williams has good short-area burst too. Besides, Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran a 4.60 last year and was still the top back drafted.
19. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB Notre Dame
Owusu-Koramoah has some of the best instincts in this draft class. At 215 lbs., he has sideline-to-sideline range. Despite that small frame, Owusu-Koramoah made plenty of plays in the backfield during his time at Notre Dame. He showed some prowess in coverage as well. While he doesn’t have the size to break down blocks, Owusu-Koramoah excels in almost every other facet of the game.
20. Rashod Bateman, WR Minnesota
Bateman isn’t a twitchy player and doesn’t possess great short-area speed, but he runs fluid routes and has excellent hands. His 6-2 frame also opens the door for some contested catches and a large catch radius. Bateman can get vertical if allowed to build up his speed. He struggled against physical press coverage at times despite his size.
21. Zaven Collins, LB Tulsa
Collins doesn’t have impressive speed, but he utilizes his 6-4, 260 lb. frame well. He’s an above-average run defender that can track the play laterally and quickly fire through gaps. Collins is capable of rushing off the edge and is exceptional in zone coverage. He’s arguably the most well-rounded linebacker in this class.
22. Jaycee Horn, CB South Carolina
Horn cemented himself as a first-round pick with a 4.39 40-time at his pro day and impressive numbers in the explosive tests. He shines in press coverage but can get too handsy at times and isn’t the best at mirroring routes. Horn’s limitations get glossed over in zone coverage. He isn’t aggressive against the run.
23. Trevon Moehrig, S TCU
Moehrig was a playmaker in the backend for TCU. He possesses the twitch and loose hips needed to succeed in zone and man coverage. Moehrig projects best as a single-high safety left to work the field in Cover 3. He doesn’t have elite speed, so he needs to be careful with the angles he commits to against the run and in coverage. He bites too much on fakes and double moves.
24. Kwity Paye, EDGE Michigan
Paye didn’t have the college production to justify a place as the top edge rusher in the 2021 NFL Draft. While he’s one of the bigger edge defenders in this class, Paye has an explosive first step and heavy hands that can wear down tackles. He’s still learning the position and hasn’t built up an arsenal of moves and counters.
25. Trey Lance, QB North Dakota St.
Lance possesses above-average speed for his size and has the strongest arm in this draft. Lance did a great job protecting the football at North Dakota St., but he has only one season to his name. While Lance had command of the offense in college, he only played at the FCS level and routinely struggled with ball placement.
26. Teven Jenkins, OT Oklahoma St.
Jenkins is the nastiest dude in the draft. If you want to pound the rock, he’s your man. However, Jenkins has less than ideal length for a tackle, and there’s some buzz about him eventually switching to guard. He could also end up starting at either tackle position, so there is a wide range of outcomes here.
27. Azeez Ojulari, EDGE Georgia
Ojulari is explosive and packs a punch. He flies all over the field, making plays with exceptional athleticism. He’s also shown the ability to drop back in coverage and not get ripped to shreds. While Ojulari has the speed and pop to create big plays, he doesn’t have many elite pass rushing moves or counters yet.
Second Round Prospects
28. Terrace Marshall Jr., WR LSU
Marshall lined up in the slot and out wide during his time at LSU. He was incredibly productive in 2020, using his 6-3 frame and fluidity in space to amass over 100 yards per game. He’s a well-rounded player with borderline first-round releases, hands, twitch, and the potential to stretch the field vertically.
29. Gregory Rousseau, EDGE Miami
Rousseau didn’t do himself any favors by opting out of 2020. With only one season of relevant tape, it’s hard to discern if Rousseau dominated because of his size more than his actual traits. He must add muscle mass and develop a reliable set of pass rushing moves to remain successful at the NFL level.
30. Christian Barmore, IDL Alabama
Barmore is a tremendous athlete at 310 lbs. While he posted eight sacks last year, the star lineman’s production is inconsistent. He’s explosive and can redirect his strong frame easily, but Barmore struggles against mauling guards. His attack style sometimes backfires and results in Barmore getting taken out of the play.
31. Jayson Oweh, EDGE Penn St.
Oweh is the athletic freak of this edge class. He ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at his pro day and finished among the 95th percentile historically among edge rushers in four other tests. Oweh never put together a complete season at Penn St., but he flashed potential against the run and pass over the past two years.
32. Mac Jones, QB Alabama
Depending on who you ask, Jones might be the second-best quarterback in this class. He was the most accurate quarterback last year, given his workload and output. His lack of mobility isn’t a major issue. Tom Brady just won his seventh Super Bowl, after all. However, Jones played in one of the best offenses in college football history over the past two years. He has a big jump to make entering the NFL.
33. Greg Newsome II, CB Northwestern
Injuries were a concern for Newsome at Northwestern. He only played in 17 games over three seasons. However, Newsome is a fluid corner possessing 4.37 speed and the potential to lockdown receivers in the NFL.
34. Nick Bolton, LB Missouri
Bolton was a hammer at Missouri, pounding running backs in the hole. He didn’t flash good coverage skills and will struggle with that in the NFL initially. However, Bolton is still a great athlete with a good feel for diagnosing gaps in the running game.
35. Asante Samuel Jr., CB Florida St.
Samuel doesn’t have the height to match most outside corners, which leads to many analysts speculating about leaving him in the slot. However, Samuel is an excellent man coverage corner and is almost exactly the same size as his All-Pro father.
36. Elijah Molden, CB Washington
Molden is a slot only corner but possesses the instincts and intelligence to take snaps at safety too. He’s tremendous in zone coverage and doesn’t shy away from playing a role in the running game.
37. Dyami Brown, WR UNC
Some analysts view Brown as the potential steal of the draft in Round 2. The dynamic UNC product stretched the field vertically for North Carolina, averaging over 20 yards per reception during his final two collegiate seasons.
38. Landon Dickerson, IOL Alabama
Dickerson enters the NFL with a laundry list of injuries, but he’s built like a truck and has the power of one too. Whether he plays center or guard, Dickerson can always create space with his size and strength.
39. Dillon Radunz, OT North Dakota St.
Radunz helped himself a lot with solid performances at the Senior Bowl and his pro day. He has to smooth out some of his mechanical issues in pass protection that didn’t make a significant difference against FCS competition. Radunz shines in the ground game.
40. Samuel Cosmi, OT Texas
Cosmi had a great pro day, flashing the athleticism and movement skills he showcased as a Longhorn. He needs to refine his form in pass protection to maintain leverage better and not overextend. Cosmi played left and right tackle at Texas.
41. Elijah Moore, WR Ole Miss
Likely a slot in the NFL, Moore was often a one-man show for the Rebels last season. He turned in a 4.35 40-yard dash at Ole Miss’ pro day along with elite short shuttle and three-cone times. Teams should love his plays after the catch and occasional vertical strikes.
42. Wyatt Davis, IOL Ohio St.
Davis wants to maul defenders. He has plenty of pure strength to open massive holes in the running game but can sometimes experience difficulties in pass protection. Davis is a plug-and-play starter but doesn’t suit all schemes.
43. Liam Eichenberg, OT Notre Dame
Eichenberg isn’t overly athletic, but he’s able to stick with most edge rushers. He’s better in the running game than pass protection for now but still projects out as a reliable starter with a low ceiling and high floor.
44. Pat Freiermuth, TE Penn St.
If you’re looking for 50 receptions and 600 yards per year, congratulations. You’ve found the perfect fit in Freiermuth. The typical over-the-middle security blanket, Freiermuth is one of the most quarterback-friendly players in this draft.
45. Rondale Moore, WR Purdue
Moore has the compact but powerful build of a Tyreek Hill and recently ran a 4.29 40-yard dash. While he’s an elite athlete, Moore battled plenty of injuries in college and wasn’t asked to run an NFL route tree.
46. Kadarius Toney, WR Florida
Every NFL team wants to find the next playmaker. Toney isn’t as purely gifted as a receiver compared to the players with first-round grades. However, he creates big plays as a return man and can take snaps in the backfield. Toney is the kind of player teams just want to give the ball to and then let him work.
47. Jabril Cox, LB LSU
Most rookie linebackers struggle in pass coverage. That won’t be the case for Cox. He’s this high on the board because of his incredible coverage skills. Cox transferred from North Dakota St. to LSU to challenge himself against a higher level of competition. That’s the kind of player I want on my team.
48. Jevon Holland, S Oregon
Holland didn’t play in 2020, but he showed plenty of athletic upside in 2019 and 2018. In his first two years with the Ducks, Holland intercepted nine passes. He played in the slot at a high level and has some of the best ball skills in this draft. Holland doesn’t shy away from using his instincts and high football IQ to make plays in the running game.
49. Jamin Davis, LB Kentucky
Davis started fewer than 12 games in college, but he stuffed the stat sheet in 2020. The 6-4, 234 lb. linebacker has tremendous range and does a good job working off of blockers to the football. Davis has desirable length, which helped generate three coverage interceptions last year. He’s an inexperienced player with traits for days and an unknown ceiling.
50. Creed Humphrey, IOL Oklahoma
Humphrey tested well at Oklahoma’s pro day and probably cemented himself as a second-round pick. The left-handed center doesn’t have great length and isn’t a mauler, but he does a good job sealing off defenders. Humphrey has excellent fundamentals and an explosive initial burst.
51. Eric Stokes, CB Georgia
Stokes has 4.34 speed, but he doesn’t always change directions well in short spaces. He also gets a little too physical with receivers at times. However, no one can deny how effective he was in college.
52. Alex Leatherwood, OT Alabama
Is he a tackle or a guard? Leatherwood possesses a lot of power and was one of the nation’s best linemen at Alabama, but he’s vulnerable to speed. Leatherwood can also lose his balance when asked to move too much. If he fails as a tackle, the Crimson Tide star should find new life inside.
53. Michael Carter, RB UNC
While Carter is elusive, he doesn’t have elite speed. Listed at 5-8, 199 lbs. in college, Carter gained 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons with great vision. He’s also a threat out of the backfield on passing downs.
54. Richie Grant, S UCF
Grant had high-level production during his final three collegiate seasons. The senior offers a lot in the running game but can shine when allowed to sit deep and survey the field. Grant also played in the slot some at UCF, showcasing his versatility. However, NFL teams might view his ideal role as a single-high safety.
55. Walker Little, OT Stanford
Little was a stud at Stanford before injuries cut his 2019 season short, and he opted out in 2020. Unlike some higher-ranked tackles, Little is a better pass protector than run blocker. He has smooth movement that allows him to stick with speed rushers and enough strength to deaden power rushers.
56. Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE Wake Forest
Basham is a big dude at 6-5, 285 lbs. He isn’t a freak athlete, but NFL teams can count on him for stout run defense and between six to eight sacks per year. Basham already has a flurry of pass rush moves at his disposal.
57. Levi Onwuzurike, IDL Washington
Onwuzurike is a dominant run defender but doesn’t offer much as a pass rusher. He has the explosiveness and athletic ability to become more involved as a rusher, so his lack of production in that area is disappointing. Onwuzurike isn’t very big compared to other defensive tackles in this class. He’s 288 lbs.
58. Jalen Mayfield, OT Michigan
Teams aren’t entirely sure where Mayfield will play in the NFL. He started fewer than 20 games in college. In those appearances, Mayfield showed active footwork and finished blocks well. He’s not quick but is athletic enough to make a lot of noise in space. However, he tends to lean forward too much and has less than ideal length.
59. Joseph Ossai, EDGE Texas
This past season, the Longhorns finally let Ossai focus on only playing the edge. Texas asked him to play in drop coverages as an off-ball linebacker in previous years. Ossai has a burning motor and ideal bend for an edge rusher. He’s extremely explosive and athletic but still lacks experience on the edge. Ossai got held up by more powerful tackles several times.
Third Round Prospects
60. Kenneth Gainwell, RB Memphis
Gainwell was a one-year star at Memphis in 2019, producing 1,459 rushing yards and 610 receiving yards. He can play in the slot if asked. Gainwell has good burst and vision, but his impact at 5-11, 195 lbs. will be limited against stacked defensive fronts. He’s a creative runner and utilizes his shiftiness well. Gainwell is a great value pick on Day 2.
61. Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB Syracuse
Melifonwu thrives in zone coverage, and his 6-2, 205 lb. frame is exactly what NFL teams are looking for in prototypical outside corners. He has great length, which helped contest catches in college. While Melifonwu isn’t a terrific man coverage corner, he has the necessary athleticism to succeed in press coverage.
62. Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State
Browning never produced at an elite level in college, but the Buckeyes also moved him around a lot. If you draft Browning, you’re buying into his physical traits. He’s incredibly athletic and has the sideline-to-sideline fluidity needed to excel in coverage and against the run. Browning also works off of blocks and shoots gaps to hammer ball carriers. He has a chance to be the best linebacker in this draft.
63. Daviyon Nixon, IDL Iowa
There’s a lot to like about Nixon. His hands are always active, and he’s a twitchy athlete capable of moving laterally and closing quickly. Nixon is explosive and ultra-athletic, but sometimes he’s barreling around without direction. We might be looking at the best defensive tackle in this class if he can make impact plays more consistently.
64. Jackson Carman, OT Clemson
Carman has below average length for a tackle, which only further fuels the idea that he’ll move to guard in the NFL. He suffered from a lot of inconsistencies at Clemson, especially against speed rushers. Carman packs an excellent punch in the running game and is one of the most powerful linemen in this class.
65. Tyler Shelvin, IDL LSU
Shelvin weighed 346 lbs. in college. He’s a massive nose tackle that can move but not collapse the pocket. Shelvin eats space for days and can hold his own against double teams. He doesn’t offer much on passing downs but is a handful for any offense in the running game.
66. Tyson Campbell, CB Georgia
At 6-2, 185 lbs. with above-average length, Campbell has all of the physical tools to play outside corner in the NFL. However, he wasn’t a playmaker in college and routinely got outshined by Eric Stokes. While Campbell is always there with the receiver in man coverage, he can get lost in zones. Campbell is a good coach away from being a top-40 prospect.
67. Alim McNeill, IDL N.C. St.
At 6-2, 320 lbs., McNeill moves surprisingly well. He’s got an excellent first step and changes directions well enough to make plays in the running game across the line of scrimmage. His pad level is exceptional, granting him leverage in most matchups. McNeill’s hands are active and powerful, but he isn’t a consistent pass rusher.
68. Kelvin Joseph, CB Kentucky
Joseph sat out the 2019 season as he transferred from LSU to Kentucky. He intercepted four passes in nine games with the Wildcats. Joseph possesses prototypical size and length, but he’s still developing. He posted good reps against quality SEC opponents in man and zone coverage, but NFL teams likely view him as a developmental Day 2 player. Joseph ran a 4.28 at Kentucky’s pro day.
69. Joe Tryon, EDGE Washington
Tryon had one year of high-level production before opting out of the 2020 season. He brings decent size to the table and an explosive first step. However, he doesn’t quite fit the 4-3 defensive end mold and could wind up as a 3-4 outside linebacker.
70. Amari Rodgers, WR Clemson
Rodgers has the compact frame of a running back. He’s only 5-9 but weighs 212 lbs. Rodgers flashes quick releases and has a terrific feel for coverages. He projects as a slot receiver that could receive some manufactured touches.
71. Tylan Wallace, WR Oklahoma St.
Wallace recorded 3,316 receiving yards over the past three years. The 6-0, 190 lb. receiver displayed natural hands and excellent ball skills. He doesn’t have that second gear speed to take the top off of defenses.
72. Quincy Roche, EDGE Miami
Roche experienced success at Temple and Miami during his college career. He weighed in at Miami’s pro day at 243 lbs., which likely means he’ll serve as an outside linebacker in the league. Roche is technically advanced but could struggle against NFL-sized linemen.
73. Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR USC
Brown is a larger slot receiver, measuring in at 5-11, 197 lbs. during his pro day. He was productive all three years at USC but never took the next step. Brown catches passes naturally and has a fluid release. He’s dynamic but doesn’t possess the ceiling or floor of a first-round pick.
74. Pete Werner, LB Ohio St.
Werner smashed his pro day with a 40-inch vertical leap and 4.52 40-yard dash. He’s a quality defender in zone coverage and can carry slower tight ends in man coverage. Werner jumps out against the run, where his length shines in block deconstruction.
75. Brevin Jordan, TE Miami
Jordan produced consistently over his past two seasons with the Hurricanes. He has incredibly reliable hands and projects as a starting tight end within his first three seasons. Jordan is an acceptable blocker but didn’t run a wide variety of routes.
76. Quinn Meinerz, IOL Wisconsin-Whitewater
Playing at a Division III school nearly prevented Meinerz from getting exposure before the draft. Luckily, he got invited to the Senior Bowl, where he performed well against Division I competition. Meinerz has active hands and bends well at his knees, but he can lean forward too much in his stance.
77. Aaron Robinson, CB UCF
Robinson is a slot corner with good size (6-1, 193 lbs.) but less than ideal length. There’s a slim chance that he transitions outside in the NFL because he lacks standout long-distance speed. Robinson plays the running game well, but that doesn’t make up for his inconsistent play in coverage.
78. Andre Cisco, S Syracuse
Cisco intercepted 13 passes during his 24 games at Syracuse, including seven as a freshman. He’s a big play machine but struggles in more advanced coverages. Cisco is at his best when he can sit back, survey the field, and use his range to make plays. He is not a sure tackler and is inconsistent against the run.
79. Ronnie Perkins, EDGE Oklahoma
Perkins has active hands that he uses effectively. His motor runs hot and combines well with his range. Perkins has some explosive releases as well. He’s active against the run but is often too undisciplined in his approach and gets pulled out of the play.
80. James Hudson, OT Cincinnati
Hudson is still green as an offensive tackle and needs significant time to improve his technique. However, he’s big, powerful, and explosive in space. Hudson has light feet, heavy hands, and wants to finish defenders by stuffing them into the ground. Hudson is a great third-round prospect with the potential to start in 2022 or 2023.
81. Tommy Togiai, IDL Ohio St.
Togiai doesn’t have great length, but he’s one of the strongest players in this draft. He put up 40 reps on the bench press at his pro day (98th percentile). Togiai is quick in short areas and works relentlessly against the run. He’s a tremendous early-down run-stuffer.
82. Rashad Weaver, EDGE Pittsburgh
Weaver is a long, tall defender but needs to bulk up for the NFL. He isn’t a quick or twitchy defensive end. Weaver does a decent job holding his own against the run but suffers from occasional lapses in form. He’s not a tremendous athlete.
83. Payton Turner, EDGE Houston
Standing close to 6-6, 270 lbs. with long arms, Turner fits the mold of a defensive end. Last year was his best season at Houston, and he wasn’t consistently productive throughout college. Turner isn’t very explosive and doesn’t have great quickness, but he’s one of the hardest working edge rushers in this class.
84. Marvin Wilson, IDL Florida St.
After an impressive 2019 campaign, Wilson disappointed this past season. He never developed as a pass rusher, and pro day numbers proved he’s only an average athlete. Wilson has active and powerful hands. He did his best work in run defense.
85. Paulson Adebo, CB Stanford
Adebo intercepted four passes in 2018 and 2019 before opting out. His hips are too stiff at times, and he isn’t a twitchy athlete. However, Adebo is a scheme diverse corner with ideal length and a 6-1 frame. He ran a 4.42 40-yard dash at Stanford’s pro day, which should cement him as at least a third-round selection.
Fourth Round Prospects
86. Cameron McGrone, LB Michigan
McGrone only has 15 college starts under his belt. He’s an explosive athlete with traits for days. McGrone possesses fantastic closing burst and is an experienced blitzer despite playing MIKE at Michigan. He’s not experienced in man coverage and loses some of his value on passing downs.
87. Cameron Sample, EDGE Tulane
Sample had modest production at Tulane and an average build that doesn’t separate him from other edge rushers in this class. He has a quick first step and showed improved hand usage in 2020. Sample’s bull rush is his most effective weapon.
88. Chazz Surratt, LB UNC
Surratt joined the Tar Heels to play quarterback, but he transitioned to linebacker over the past two seasons. Surratt is still learning the position and has to perform better against the run. He doesn’t have long arms but turned in impressive results at his pro day’s speed tests.
89. Dylan Moses, LB Alabama
Moses played in every linebacker role at Alabama. He’s extremely physically gifted and, his motor runs hot at all times. However, Moses gets distracted by eye candy too often in both the run and passing game, ultimately taking himself out of plays.
90. Jordan Smith, EDGE UAB
Smith caught the eyes of NFL scouts over the past two seasons. He’s a fluid 6-7 linebacker with great length and violent hands. Smith is ultra-athletic with excellent range, which helps him drop into coverage. Despite his size, Smith isn’t exceptionally strong and can sometimes struggle to get off blocks.
91. D’Wayne Eskridge, WR Western Michigan
At 5-9, 190 lbs., Eskridge isn’t winning many battles in the NFL. However, he ran a 4.38 at his pro day and showed some breakaway speed on tape. Eskridge takes pride in his blocking ability despite his size, runs an impressive route tree, and creates natural separation. He’ll begin his career as a kick returner and branch out from there.
92. Benjamin St-Juste, CB Minnesota
St-Juste has prototypical length for a corner to accompany his 6-3, 200 lb. frame. He should play outside at the next level. St-Juste never intercepted a pass in college. His length plays a big role in press coverage, but he’s better in zone than off-man.
93. Trill Williams, CB Syracuse
Williams is an intriguing early Day 3 prospect with an excellent height (6-2), weight (198 lbs.), length combination. He’s an aggressive, strong corner that should play on the outside in the NFL. Williams is passable in man coverage but performs better in zone. If all else fails, he can move to safety.
94. Jamar Johnson, S Indiana
Johnson flew under the radar early in the draft evaluation process. He’s active in the running game and showed significant improvement in coverage during his time with the Hoosiers. Johnson picked off Justin Fields twice last year and finished Indiana’s eight-game season with four interceptions. He’s a scheme versatile safety capable of filling multiple roles.
95. Milton Williams, IDL Louisiana Tech
Williams displayed his explosive athleticism on Louisiana Tech’s pro day, but the defensive tackle only has 31.5-inch arms. That ranks in the fifth percentile. Williams’ 6-3, 284 lb. frame puts him somewhere between an edge rusher and interior player. He doesn’t have a quick first step but can redirect well and plays with a great pad level.
96. Hamsah Nasirildeen, S Florida St.
At 6-3, 215 lbs. with 34.5-inch arms, Nasirildeen has a desirable build. However, he doesn’t have any burst and isn’t quick. His hips are too stiff, which limits his effectiveness in man coverage. Nasirildeen is a run defending safety with a high football IQ but limited athleticism.
97. Osa Odighizuwa, IDL UCLA
Odighizuwa is an undersized defensive tackle with above-average length. He’s explosive and shoots gaps well but lacks the weight of most interior linemen. Odighizuwa doesn’t have many pass rushing moves outside of a bull rush and isn’t a freak athlete in the running game.
98. Ben Cleveland, IOL Georgia
Cleveland thrived as a run-blocking right guard for the Bulldogs. He plays with power but doesn’t have great agility and struggles to make an impact in space. At 6-6, 354 lbs., Cleveland has the power and anchor to hold up in pass protection.
99. Ar’Darius Washington, S TCU
Washington made a name for himself in 2019 when he intercepted five passes. That production didn’t translate to 2020. At 5-8, 178 lbs., Washington gives up a lot to bigger receivers. His movements are smooth, and teams might give him reps in the slot. Washington has the chance to be a massive steal early on Day 3.
100. Jaelon Darden, WR North Texas
Darden measured in at 5-8 on his pro day and ran a 4.46 40-yard dash. However, the North Texas product is a hassle in space. He has quick feet and gives defenders fits. Teams might have to manufacture some touches for Darden.
101. Deonte Brown, IOL Alabama
Brown weighed in at 344 lbs. at his pro day, making him one of the largest players in this class. He has the weight and build of a guard, but he’ll get beat occasionally in pass protection and doesn’t possess ideal mobility.
102. Brady Christensen, OT BYU
Christensen has short arms for a tackle but finished in at least the 89th percentile in the bench press, broad jump, vertical jump, short shuttle, three-cone, and 40-yard dash at his pro day. Christensen doesn’t have great bend or use his hands well. He might play guard in the NFL.
103. Paris Ford, S Pittsburgh
Ford turned in an abysmal 4.90 40-yard time at Pittsburgh’s pro day. He’s an aggressive tackler and an enthusiastic defender against the run. Ford has good range, but he often takes poor angles. He doesn’t offer anything in man coverage and must play as a box or deep safety.
104. Cade Johnson, WR South Dakota St.
Johnson starred at South Dakota St. over the past two years, tallying 2,554 receiving yards and 25 receiving touchdowns. He also returned kicks. Unfortunately, his pro day testing numbers were pedestrian by NFL standards.
105. Shakur Brown, CB Michigan St.
Brown intercepted five passes for the Spartans last season. However, he ran a 4.61 40-yard dash at his pro day and didn’t perform much better on the shuttle and three-cone. Brown is best in press coverage where he can slow down receivers and dictate the speed of play.
Best Remaining Prospects
Chatarius “Tutu” Atwell, WR Louisville
Nico Collins, WR Michigan
Demetric Felton, RB/WR UCLA
Tay Gowan, CB UCF
Khalil Herbert, RB Virginia Tech
Talanoa Hufanga, S USC
Cornell Powell, WR Clemson
Sage Surratt, WR Wake Forest
Tommy Tremble, TE Notre Dame
Jay Tufele, IDL USC
Jaylen Twyman, IDL Pittsburgh
Rodarius Williams, CB Oklahoma St.