The 2021 NFL Draft week has finally arrived. After years of scouting prospects and spending far too much time peeling down the highlights of the professional day, the next step has come for a promising draft class that has gone through a college football season unlike any in modern history. Without an NFL Combine, you'd think it would only increase the importance of what these players showed on tape in college. Instead, we dwell on hand-timed 40-yard scorecard numbers and the latest trending drilling skill, which this year appears to be the off-platform deep throw.
This is a ranking for college football fans, meant to celebrate the best future pros we would like to see more of at the pro level, with great expectations.
Won the national championship as a freshman and lost just twice in the starting quarter-finals with both defeats coming in the College Rugby Round. The NFL crowd has inflated Lawrence for years based on his predictions as a generational talent, but his college record alone would be worthy of this number one spot.
Critics who lingered on poor performances against Indiana and Northwestern in 2020 are looking for reasons to separate Fields. However, the context reminds us that those are two of the toughest defenses in the Big Ten and the Buckeyes may have reasons to look out of sync during a delayed but rushing season with changes. Regular changes to the lineup because of the COVID protocol. In 2019, Fields became the first pivotal midfielder in Big Ten history with 40 ball touches and 10 hasty touches, and his 41-3 interception rate is the best in the country. It was his first year as a starter, and it alone gave us everything we needed to see him become number 2 ahead of Lawrence in class.
During the start two seasons - freshman and sophomore - Sewell only allows one sack in 1,376 shots. He's been ready for years and is the kind of player you don't need to ask for numbers while watching tapes. Now Sewell won't win the Heisman Trophy, but in a year where the discussion of "best player in college football" extends beyond the midfield pair, Sewell can easily get involved.
Ask the opposing defensive defenders from the SEC or the recent College Football Championship about the best broadcaster in this draft class, or even the last two draft classes . Chase has shown us everything we need to see and like Sewell, is always in place when it comes to draft week.
Smith did not graduate high school with predictions suggesting more than low-talent in the first round, so his promotion to the board is a credit for his best efforts to improve and shine. season on the way to win the Heisman Trophy. What stands out about Smith's 2020 is in the details of Jaylen Waddle's post-injury spike usage and production. Steve Sarkisian moves Smith around the offense and he seeks to excel thanks to the versatile skill set that makes him dangerous in any large studio.