NFL Draft 2021: the top 5 in every position | Touchdown Actu (NFL Actu)





The second half of the NFL season begins, and the first conclusions are obvious: should we prepare for the playoffs or next year? Now six months away from the 2021 NFL draft, and at a time of a College Football season heavily impacted by the health crisis and the voluntary withdrawal of many university stars, Touchdown Actu offers you a membership review, with the five best prospects on each position at time T.

(NB: * = junior; ** = sophomore)

QUARTERBACKS

1. Trevor Lawrence * (Clemson)
2. Justin Fields * (Ohio State)
3. Trey Lance ** (North Dakota State)
4. Zach Wilson * (BYU)
5. Kyle Trask (Florida)
Other player cited: Mac Jones * (Alabama)

Recently tested positive for Covid, and deprived of the last two Clemson meetings, Trevor Lawrence continues to be unanimous in the editorial staff. Without his presence, Justin Fields could resolutely claim this spot, he who recorded as many touchdown passes as incomplete passes (72/83, 11 touchdowns) over the first three weeks of the regular season in the Big Ten. All without having been intercepted once. Author of a 2019 exercise without the slightest interception, Trey Lance is a short head ahead of a transfigured Zach Wilson at the head of the Cougars. In fifth place is the neck and neck between Kyle Trask and Mac Jones, the two men who have tortured Georgia’s notorious defense this season, with a slight rise in favor of the Gator.

RUNNING BACKS

1. Travis Etienne (Clemson)
2. Najee Harris (Alabama)
3. Chuba Hubbard * (Oklahoma State)
4. Kenny Gainwell ** (Memphis)
5. Master Teague ** (Ohio State)
Other players cited: Journey Brown * (Penn State), Khalil Herbert (Virginia Tech).

Irresistible since his arrival as a freshman on the side of Clemson, Travis Etienne has seduced by his consistency for four years and this, despite three fumbles conceded over the last three weeks. Like Najee Harris, he represents a versatile profile but his vision and his ability to accelerate is undoubtedly what makes him more “bankable”. More struggling at the start of the season, Chuba Hubbard regains weight in the Oklahoma State offense, despite changes to his line. Kenny Gainwell and Master Teague are both only sophomores redshirts but the former has already announced that he is boycotting this season to run for the draft, where the latter could fully explode after JK Dobbins’ departure from the professional ranks (already 211 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground in 3 outings).

RECEIVERS

1. Ja’Marr Chase * (LSU)
2. Jaylen Waddle * (Alabama)
3. DeVonta Smith (Alabama)
4. Rashod Bateman * (Minnesota)
5. Rondale Moore * (Purdue)

If this class promises to be still deep, the leading quintet has few doubts. Only five names have come out of the hat, including Joe Burrow’s former LSU go-to-guy Ja’Marr Chase, who has fallen behind this season from the health crisis. Behind him, the Henry Ruggs-Jerry Jeudy duo gave way to the Jaylen Waddle-DeVonta Smith duo in Alabama. The first, unfortunately already injured until the end of the season, is a real electric battery, where his friend excels in the deep game. A time on the list of players « in withdrawal », Rashod Bateman and Rondale Moore both reversed their decision, the latter still dragging physical problems a little too recurring.

TIGHT ENDS

1. Kyle Pitts * (Florida)
2. Pat Freiermuth * (Penn State)
3. Brevin Jordan * (Miami FL)
4. Charlie Kolar * (Iowa State)
5. Hunter Long * (Boston College)
Other player cited: Braden Galloway * (Clemson)

Despite the growing importance of receiving tight ends, it is rare to see a player of this position selected in the top 10. Kyle Pitts could succeed TJ Hockenson in this category, due to his complete profile and his ability to be a real nightmare. in terms of matchup. He is faster than Pat Freiermuth and more physical than Brevin Jordan, his two main competitors in the position. If Charlie Kolar has been precious for several seasons at Iowa State, he sees returning like a cannonball Hunter Long, long known for his blocks but who stands out in 2020 with spectacular catches.

Liam Eichenberg, the quiet strength of Notre Dame.

OFFENSIVE TACKLES

1. Penei Sewell * (Oregon)
2. Alex Leatherwood (Alabama)
3. Samuel Cosmi * (Texas)
4. Liam Eichenberg (Notre Dame)
5. Dillon Radunz (North Dakota State)
Other players cited: Darian Kinnard * (Kentucky), Teven Jenkins (Oklahoma State).

Voluntarily absent from the pitches in 2020, Penei Sewell was Justin Herbert’s best friend during his final months on the Eugene campus. Established as a left tackle since his freshman year, the lineman is difficult to move and to pick up speed. A place in the top 5 seems promised to him at the moment. Alex Leatherwood needs to gain consistency over an entire match, but he remains a complete player, formidable in the race. Behind, Sam Cosmi and Liam Eichenberg have arguments to be placed in the first round, in particular the player of South Bend, indestructible on the pro pass.

GUARDS / CENTERS

1. Creed Humphrey * (Oklahoma)
2. Wyatt Davis * (Ohio State)
3. Trey Smith (Tennessee)
4. Alijah Vera-Tucker * (USC)
5. Deonte Brown (Alabama)
Other players cited: Drake Jackson (Kentucky), Jack Anderson (Texas Tech).

The gap is not that monstrous between the first three indoor linemen, but it is the center of the lot, Creed Humphrey, who scores points for his science of the game and his responsiveness to the snap in a very focused attack on the game. air. The Trey Smith case will be interesting to follow, the player being an undisputed leader of the O-Line of Volunteers but having a history of medical concerns (blood clots).

EDGE RUSHERS

1. Gregory Rousseau ** (Miami FL)
2. Carlos Basham (Wake Forest)
3. Quincy Roche (Miami FL)
4. Kwity Paye (Michigan)
5. Patrick Jones II (Pittsburgh)
Other players cited: Joseph Ossai * (Texas), Aidan Hutchinson * (Michigan).

Gregory Rousseau and the others. Due to his maddening 2019 season, with 15 and a half sacks on the clock (only one less than Chase Young), the Miami prospect has secured a nice rating, which his withdrawal, linked to the Covid, will be difficult to mar . Behind, the debates are more muscular. If Patrick Jones II, of Pittsburgh, has already racked up 8 sacks this season (having played, it must be said, more matches than most of the competition), Carlos Basham, Quincy Roche and Kwity Paye stand out more by their activity and their ability to have an impact on the run stop. Enough to make the field very homogeneous, with players like Joseph Ossai, Aidan Hutchinson, Azeez Ojulari (Georgia), the duo Victor Dimukeje / Chris Rumph (Duke), Rashad Weaver (Pittsburgh) and others…

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

1. Jaylen Twyman * (Pittsburgh)
2. Marvin Wilson (Florida State)
3. Christian Barmore ** (Alabama)
4. Jay Tufele * (USC)
5. Tyler Shelvin * (LSU)
Other players cited: Darius Stills (West Virginia), Jordan Davis * (Georgia).

If the pass rush divides, what about the defensive lineman position? Long considered the taulier at Florida State, Marvin Wilson is a shadow of himself this year, and it is not his noticeable media outings against his new head coach or his recent absence justified by a mysterious injury that works in his favor. until there. All this benefits a Jaylen Twyman who, like Rousseau, is surfing above all on a quality 2019 exercise, with an ability to rusher (10 and a half sacks) despite his status as a rotation player. Christian Barmore is a name not to be dismissed as the ‘Bama lineman seems to gain momentum as his defense as the weeks go by. No offense to nose tackle Tyler Shelvin and the more versatile Jay Tufele, both voluntarily on the sidelines this year.

Eric Stokes, already two Picks-6 recorded this year.

LINEBACKERS

1. Micah Parsons * (Penn State)
2. Dylan Moses (Alabama)
3. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah * (Our Lady)
4. Jabrill Cox (LSU)
5. Nick Bolton * (Missouri)
Other player cited: Chazz Surratt (North Carolina).

A top 5 that will have difficulty moving. Removed from the field to focus already on his NFL career, Micah Parsons is an athletic phenomenon on the position of linebacker who will a priori push a franchise to slip its name very early in the draft. Among the prospects playing in 2020, Owusu-Koramoah is another colossus who truly explodes this year, becoming the boss of the excellent defense of the Fighting Irish. Enough to catch up slightly on a Dylan Moses returning from injury at the start of the year and who is resuming his good progress.

CORNERBACKS

1. Patrick Surtain II * (Alabama)
2. Caleb Farley * (Virginia Tech)
3. Shaun Wade * (Ohio State)
4. Eric Stokes * (Georgia)
5. Tyson Campbell * (Georgia)
Other players cited: Jaycee Horn * (South Carolina), Paulson Adebo (Stanford), Asante Samuel Jr * (Florida State), Elijah Molden (Washington).

It was the excitement at the Winfields in 2019, it will surely be with the Surtains in 2020. Son of the former Dolphins cornerback, Patrick Surtain II has all the modern shutdown corner so desired in the NFL. A place in the top 10, even in the top 5, extends its arms to him, if he stays in shape. With 19 defended passes and 6 interceptions in two years, Caleb Farley deemed his production sufficient to ignore this campaign and prepare for his move to the pros. He will still have to be wary of a Shaun Wade Swiss knife at Ohio State and a very opportunistic Eric Stokes in Georgia, with already 3 interceptions, including 2 Picks-6.

SAFETIES

1. Paris Ford * (Pittsburgh)
2. Jevon Holland * (Oregon)
3. Richard LeCounte II (Georgia)
4. Trevon Moehrig * (TCU)
5. Caden Sterns * (Texas)
Other players cited: Andre Cisco * (Syracuse), JaCoby Stevens (LSU), Bubba Bolden (Miami FL).

A class where there should be something for everyone. If we are looking for a strong safety hitter, Paris Ford will make people happy. If we rather track a quick and responsive profile on the cover, Trevon Moehrig can get the job done. LeCounte and Holland are more modern safeties, responsible for running backfields which are now fuller in the middle. But with the lack of reference of the first against the pass and the longer profile of the second, the repositioning should be done naturally at the upper echelon.

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