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2018 Recruiting Recap: Quarterbacks

The 2018 recruiting class at quarterback was a star-studded group that has already had two of its quarterbacks, Trevor Lawrence (Jacksonville Jaguars, 2021 NFL Draft, 1st Round, 1st overall) and Justin Fields (Chicago Bears, 2021 NFL Draft, 1st Round, 11th overall), hear their names called in the NFL Draft. Today, we take a look at the trajectory of the rest of the group. For the purposes of being fair in compiling our Top 10 lists by position group, we continue to use aggregate rankings from three of the top recruiting services (Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN). We also used the most prevalent designation for each quarterback (pro-style or dual-threat) when they came out of high school.

Trevor Lawrence (Pro) Clemson: Ranked #1 by 247Sports, Rivals, & ESPN
Consensus No. 1 recruit coming out of high school who exceeded the many expectations that were placed upon him. Lawrence showed ultimate poise as a true freshman going undefeated and winning the national championship with 347 yards passing and three touchdowns. He won various awards during his time at Clemson, finishing his career with a 34-2 record. Lawrence was taken first overall in the 2021 NFL Draft (Jacksonville Jaguars) and he was widely regarded as the best QB prospect since Andrew Luck in 2012 (Indianapolis Colts).

Justin Fields (Dual) Ohio State: Ranked #1 by 247Sports, Rivals, & ESPN
Fields committed to the Bulldogs and played in 12 of 14 games as a freshman. However, with Jake Fromm being set as the starter, he decided to transfer to Columbus. Fields became the third Buckeye QB in the last 50 seasons to win his first 13 starts. He threw for over 3,000 yards in his first season as a full-time starter with a 41-to-3 touchdown-to- interception ratio. He added over 1,000 rushing yards with 19 touchdowns in his career. Consistency was a concern for many when it came to Fields at the next level, and he ended up going 11th overall in the first round to the Chicago Bears. Many seem to have forgotten when he was a supposed 1A to Trevor Lawrence. I haven’t.

JT Daniels (Pro) USC Trojans: Ranked #2 by 247Sports & Rivals, #3 by ESPN
Daniels enrolled at USC in 2018 and started every game he played. He showed some promise, however a knee injury in the 2019 season opener ended his campaign prematurely. Kedon Slovis took over and played exceptionally well, causing Daniels to transfer to Georgia. He finally got his opportunity late in the year, starting the final four games, all wins for the Bulldogs. In those contests, he threw for over 1,000 yards with 10 touchdowns to just two interceptions. Daniels returned to Georgia for the 2021 season and, if he can build on last year’s momentum, may very well set up his pathway into the NFL.

Tanner McKee (Pro) Stanford: Ranked #3 by 247Sports, #4 by Rivals, & #5 by ESPN
McKee spent most of the last two years in Brazil as a missionary. He made his collegiate debut in 2020, but appeared in just one game. The highly-touted 6-foot-6, 228-pounder will look to solidify his collegiate career in 2021 as a first-time starter. To do so, he will have to fend off senior Jack West.

Justin Rogers QB UNLV
Rogers, pictured, completed 14-of-22 passes for 161 yards and one touchdown for UNLV in 2020. Most of those yards came against an impressive San Jose State defense.

Justin Rogers (Dual) TCU: Ranked #2 by 247Sports & Rivals, #4 by ESPN
Rogers entered the Horned Frogs program as the highest rated recruit of the Gary Patterson-era. However, a devastating injury suffered as a senior in high school never really opened an opportunity at TCU. He threw just one pass for Texas Christian and -after seeing no game action in 2019- Rogers transferred to UNLV. He appeared in two games last season and will look to compete for the starting job in 2021. Standing in Rogers’ way is left-handed 6-foot-5 sophomore Doug Brumfield.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson QB UCLA
Thompson-Robinson -a three-year starter- has already accounted for 47 total touchdowns heading into 2021.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson (Dual) UCLA: Ranked #3 by 247Sports, #2 by Rivals & ESPN
Thompson-Robinson has seen consistent action in all three seasons for the Bruins. In 2020, he was named second-team All-Pac-12 after completing 65% of his passes with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions in five contests. DTR also displayed his dual-threat rushing capability by accounting for over 300 yards and three touchdowns on 55 attempts. Facing a brutal schedule in 2021, the strong-armed veteran has a legitimate chance to become the high-riser of the 2022 NFL Draft’s quarterback class. Thompson-Robinson has first-round talent.


Jarren Williams QB-USF
Williams, pictured, was more than capable in 2019 for the Hurricanes but is now entrenched in a quarterback battle at USF.

Jarren Williams (Dual) Miami: Ranked #4 by 247Sports, #8 by Rivals, & #6 by ESPN
Williams saw brief action as a freshman, with most of his playing time coming in 2019. He completed 61% of his passes with 19 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. However, Miami finished the year 6-7 and put out a futile effort in their bowl game (2019 Independence Bowl). Williams transferred to Garden City CC following the year and their season was cancelled due to COVID-19. He then enrolled at USF, where the former U.S. Army All-American is entrenched in a four-way battle for playing time amongst four contenders. The list includes former UNC quarterback Cade Fortin.

Matt Corral (Pro) Ole Miss: Ranked #5 by 247Sports, #3 by Rivals, & #6 by ESPN
Corral took over as the Rebels starting QB last season following limited action in his first two years. He finished the year completing nearly 71% of his passes with 29 touchdowns, while also adding over 500 rushing yards and four more scores to his season totals. Corral displayed his ability as a big-time thrower of the football in 2020. He passed for at least 300 yards in seven of 10 games, but he needs to cut down the turnovers (14 INTs, 4 fumbles-3 lost).

Tyler Shough QB-Texas Tech
Shough transferred to Texas Tech for the 2021 campaign despite compiling a 13:6 TD/INT ratio for the Ducks in 2020. Shough also had two games with over 80 yards on the ground.

Tyler Shough (Pro) Oregon: Ranked #6 by 247Sports & Rivals, #15 by ESPN
Shough appeared in five games as a redshirt freshman in 2019. In 2020, he took over as the team’s full-time starter, completing nearly 65% of his passes with 13 touchdowns in seven games. Following a disappointing end to the season, Shough decided to transfer to Texas Tech, where he’ll look to help turn a program around and build his draft stock over the next few years.

Phil Jurkovec (Dual) Notre Dame: Ranked #5 by 247Sports & Rivals, #9 by ESPN
Jurkovec saw minimal snaps during his first two seasons with the Fighting Irish due to a depth chart that included 30-game winner Ian Book. He transferred to Boston College and became the team’ starting QB in 2020. He threw for over 2,500 yards with 17 passing touchdowns and added another three rushing scores on the ground. Another impressive campaign in 2021 could land him as a mid-round selection in next year’s draft. He has certain characteristics that attract evaluators at the next level, including an ability to fit the ball into tight windows.

2021 NFL Draft Recap: AFC South

The AFC South’s 2021 NFL Draft featured a new quarterback in Houston, a new cover corner in Tennessee and a pass rusher for the Colts. Kwity Paye and Caleb Farley will be expected to provide immediate dividends for the Texans and Titans. In Jacksonville, new head coach Urban Meyer brought two former teammates back together in hopes of reinvigorating the fan base.

Houston Texans      
SelectionTeamPlayer selectionPosition-SchoolDN Big Board Rank/GradeNotes
3rd Round, 67th overallHouston TexansDavis Mills6’4 225/ QB-Houston166/3rd RoundThe trend of injuries dates back to his high school days, where he was once ranked ahead of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in 247Sports’ 2017 rankings. So what does he bring to the table? Mills is an inexperienced quarterback with a smooth delivery, good mobility and an even-keeled nature. That calm in the face of the storm helped him deliver after falling behind in games as a junior.
3rd Round, 89th overallHouston Texans (from Cleveland Browns)Nico Collins6’4 215/WR-Michigan157/3rd RoundAbove all else, it is his tremendous high-wire acts that grabbed the attention of scouts. In order to maximize those flurries of splashes, Collins has to play with more attention to detail.
5th Round, 147th overallHouston TexansBrevin Jordan6’3 247/TE-H-back-Miami (Fla.)66/2nd RoundHe has operated as a fullback, flexed-out slot receiver, outside receiver, down tight end and even off the ball tight end. Injuries may have caused his draft slide.
5th Round, 170th overallHouston Texans (via Jacksonville Jaguars from Cleveland Browns)Garret Wallow6’2 220/LB-TCU120/3rd RoundThere is little wasted motion and he fires his frame downhill in a burst that is reminiscent of a gun fighter in an old Western movie. His quick-twitch reactions also show up in the passing game to get into position versus quick route concepts
6th Round, 195th overallHouston Texans (from Dallas Cowboys through New England Patriots)Roy Lopez6’2 304/DT-Arizona, New Mexico State462/6th RoundLopez, a former state heavyweight wrestling champ, was a factor creasing gaps throughout two different stops. He finished with 23.5 career tackles for loss. 36 bench press reps at 225 pounds on his Pro Day.
Indianapolis Colts
SelectionTeamPlayer selectionPosition-SchoolDN Big Board Rank/GradeNotes
1st Round, 21st overallIndianapolis ColtsKwity Paye6’3 270 DE-Michigan9/1st RoundPaye was one of the draft’s best run defenders and he should get better as a pass rusher. With all of that said, however, the Colts need him to be a front line player from Day 1 on a roster that no longer features Justin Houston.
2nd Round, 54th overallIndianapolis ColtsDayo Odeyingbo6’5 285/DE-Vanderbilt52/2nd RoundA recent Achilles injury may hold back his draft stock, but the Colts went ahead and took a chance on Odeyingbo, who could end up as one of the best players in this year’s draft class. Their defense may allow them to sit him for a redshirt year while he recovers. His profile is similar to Colts DL DeForest Buckner.
4th Round, 127th overallIndianapolis ColtsKylen Granson6’2 245/H-back/SMU307/4th RoundThose run after the catch skills were apparent at SMU whenever he got the ball in his hands. He actually may have been faster with the ball in his hands than when running routes. A viable NFL comparison could be drawn to NFL free agent H-back/fullback Trey Burton (Eagles, Bears, Colts).
5th Round, 165th overallIndianapolis ColtsShawn Davis5’10 199/S-Florida318/4th RoundDavis is a well-built, muscular safety who brings a load down-to-down as a hitter. He can tend to play a step too fast and not break down consistently in space. We think his play speed is adequate and it allows him to overcome any lower body stiffness.
6th Round, 218th overallIndianapolis Colts (from New Orleans Saints via compensatory selection)Sam Ehlinger6'1 222 QB-Texas304/4th RoundOver the course of his career, he has improved his accuracy. Ehlinger’s adequate arm strength is offset by inconsistent footwork. Speeding up the efficiency of his drops could help timing on possession route concepts. To earmark Ehlinger’s effectiveness as a goal line runner, look no further than his production against Oklahoma in his career. In those contests alone, he rushed for nine touchdowns.
7th Round, 229th overallIndianapolis Colts (from New Orleans Saints via Jacksonville Jaguars)Michael Strachan6’5 226/WR-Charleston (West Virginia)237/4th RoundThe Division II All-American tends to get choppy in-and-out of his routes while counting some of his steps. Those are the technical flaws, but he gives an NFL wide receivers coach plenty to work with this summer. One possibility that could be intriguing is moving Strachan to an H-back position.
Jacksonville Jaguars
SelectionTeamPlayer selectionPosition-SchoolDN Big Board Rank/GradeNotes
1st Round, 1st overallJacksonville JaguarsTrevor LawrenceQB-Clemson5/1st RoundLawrence's underrated athleticism works for an offense that already features a 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers.
1st Round, 25th overallJacksonville JaguarsTravis Etienne5’10 215/RB-Clemson22/1st RoundEtienne re-unites with Trevor Lawrence in what could prove to be a game-changing backfield combination. He will team with James Robinson for a powerful one-two punch.
2nd Round, 33rd overallJacksonville JaguarsTyson Campbell6’2 194/CB-Georgia126/3rd RoundA big corner with good foot speed and at least satisfactory quickness. His balance is a characteristic that needs to improve.
2nd Round, 45th overallJacksonville JaguarsWalker Little6’7 313/OT-Stanford167/3rd RoundLittle has not played for a two-year period. When he was on the field, his smooth nature stood out. Rarely did he get overwhelmed with the pace of the defensive end. Can he stay healthy?
3rd Round, 65th overallJacksonville JaguarsAndre Cisco6'0 203/FS-Syracuse54/2nd RoundThe fact that he can make a number of tough tackles hides some of the flaws on the makable misses. Nevertheless, his middle of the field instincts and overall activity are similar to former Wake Forest safety Jessie Bates (Cincinnati Bengals). Due to the ACL knee injury he suffered in October, his final draft position does not reflect his overall value.
4th Round, 106th overallJacksonville JaguarsJay Tufele6’2 305/DT-USC75/2nd RoundTufele is a strong player. We have even noted repetitions where he overpowered guards to make tackles when he didn’t even get lined up prior to the snap (3rd QTR/11:07, Colorado ‘19). Versus double teams, he works to defeat one blocker to prevent the chip from the other blocker.
4th Round, 121st overallJacksonville JaguarsJordan SmithDE-OLB/UAB, Florida 185/3rd RoundFluidity at his size. Rushes from the two-point ROLB/LOLB spots and has lined up at both defensive end spots. Plays the Sam in a number of their packages. He was one of the C-USA’s best players for a two-year period and still found time to run down on kickoffs after off the field issues at Florida.
5th Round, 145th overallJacksonville JaguarsLuke Farrell6’6 250 (E)-TE-Ohio State377/5th RoundFarrell is a player who accepted his role in school and did it with a good amount of attitude as a blocker. He aligned at a number of spots, moved in motion and was asked to block both in-line and in space.
6th Round, 209th overallJacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)Jalen Camp6’2 226/WR-Georgia Tech199/4th RoundMuscular. 33 3/4” arms. Reportedly bench presses 400 pounds and squats nearly 550 pounds. Stride length can get on top of CBs in the move area. His one-hand grab vs. Alcorn State in 2018 showed his catch radius.
Tennessee Titans
SelectionTeamPlayer selectionPositionSchoolNotes
1st Round, 22nd overallTennessee TitansCaleb Farley6’2 207 CB-Virginia Tech17/1st RoundOne of the draft’s most talented corners has ball skills, instincts and health concerns. His skills fit Tennessee’s defensive
2nd Round, 53rd overallTennessee TitansDillon Radunz6’6 300/OT-North Dakota State50/2nd RoundHe has worked on keeping a bent posture over the last year, and this despite appearing in just one game in 2020. There were never any question marks regarding the All-American’s pace, foot speed, or quickness.
3rd Round, 92nd overallTennessee Titans (from Green Bay Packers)Monty Rice6’0 235/LB-Georgia93/3rd RoundThere were still the flash outstanding athletic plays from Rice in 2020 (see Tennessee), but a nagging foot injury hampered his effectiveness for stretches. The overall range and speed in his play are both in place. Rice plays a little bit narrow in his stance and tends to get too thick versus offensive linemen.
3rd Round, 100th overall Tennessee TitansElijah Molden5'9 1/2" 192/Nickel-Washington74-2nd RoundNumbers may not tell the entire story for Molden, who seems to be a player capable of filling a myriad of roles for an NFL defense. Despite being primarily a nickel back during school (even on first/second down), there are possibilities for him working off the hash.
Molden has very good quickness, change of direction and elite eye speed.
4th Round, 109th overallTennessee Titans (from Houston Texans via Carolina)Dez Fitzpatrick6'2 204/WR-Louisville244/4th RoundFitzpatrick helped himself with a second-team All-ACC performance as a senior. His career was full of big moments sprinkled in spots. In fact, he was one of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s favorite targets all the way back in 2017.
4th Round, 135th overallTennessee Titans (from Green Bay Packers)Rashad Weaver6’4 265/DE-Pittsburgh122/3rd RoundIt is impressive that he was able to come back from a knee injury with so much success in one year. We expect him to be a step quicker by the fall. The consensus All-American has somewhat of an unorthodox style in that his initial hand usage sets up his counter moves.
6th Round, 205th overallTennessee TitansRacey McMath6’2 224/WR-H-back-LSU329/5th RoundFormer TE moved to WR and never really was able to fully cut loose with his 4.4 speed. He was seen running down on kickoffs at inside positions, played gunner in school on the punt team and was used as a hold-up blocker on punt return.
6th Round, 215th overallTennessee Titans (from Kansas City Chiefs)Brady Breeze5’11 204/S-Oregon336/5th RoundWhen discussing Oregon’s talented secondary, Breeze is often the player forgotten about. It is hard to believe considering he was the team’s Defensive MVP in the 2020 Rose Bowl. The first thing teams will like about Breeze is the energy he plays with snap-to-snap. Breeze overcomes any rigidness with his play speed.

2021 NFL Draft Round 1, Recap

The 2021 NFL Draft’s first round is complete and the offensive players took much of the focus early. Five quarterbacks were selected in the draft’s first 15 selections. Later in the round, teams made sure that they took plenty of pass rushers to contend with some of the NFL’s high-powered offenses. In fact, defensive players comprised the final five picks of the first round. We look at each pick in our recap of the draft’s first night.

       
Round 1
SelectionTeamPlayer selectionPosition-SchoolDN Big Board Rank/GradeNotes
1st overallJacksonville JaguarsTrevor Lawrence6’5 5/8” 213/QB-Clemson5/1st RoundLawrence's underrated athleticism works for an offense that already features a 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers.
2nd overallNew York JetsZach Wilson6’2 214/QB-BYU25/2nd RoundWilson could be a BYU mix of former Cougar standouts Jim McMahon and Steve Young.
3rd overallSan Francisco 49ersTrey Lance6’4 226/QB-North Dakota State34/2nd RoundLance goes to an offense that should spotlight his ability to operate on the edges or from inside the pocket.
4th overallAtlanta FalconsKyle Pitts6’6 245/TE-Florida10/1st RoundNew HC Arthur Smith adds to Ryan's vast array of weapons in hopes of recapturing MVP form.
5th overallCincinnati BengalsJa’Marr Chase6’0 201/WR-LSU12/1st RoundChase re-unites with his former Heisman QB in hopes of re-igniting their 2019 national championship rhythm.
6th overallMiami DolphinsJaylen Waddle5’9 1/2” 180/WR-Alabama28/2nd RoundWaddle is the next receiver to go off the board to be re-united with his former college QB. His foot speed expands the Dolphins’ vertical passing game.
7th overallDetroit LionsPenei Sewell6’5 331 OT-Oregon3/1st RoundSewell’s nastiness made him one of the best picks in this year’s draft and fits what the Lions are trying to do with a physical running game.
8th overallCarolina PanthersJaycee Horn6’1 205 CB-South Carolina19/2nd RoundThe Panthers needed a big corner and they took one of the draft’s longer ones in Horn.
9th overallDenver BroncosPatrick Surtain II6’2 208 CB-Alabama7/1st RoundThe Broncos take the second consecutive CB off of the board and his technique is arguably the best.
10th overallPhiladelphia Eagles (from Dallas Cowboys)DeVonta Smith6’0 166 WR-Alabama1/1st RoundThe 2020 Heisman Trophy winner will get an opportunity to re-unite with his former QB too, just like Waddle and Chase earlier in the draft.
11th overallChicago Bears (trade from New York Giants)Justin Fields6’3 227 QB-Ohio State31/2nd RoundFields goes to a football team where he can add arm strength to pierce balls through the wind and add diversity to the team’s running team.
12th overallDallas Cowboys (from Philadelphia Eagles)Micah Parsons6’3 246 LB-Penn State2/1st RoundParsons’ speed goes with rare size at the position. He has a chance to develop in Dan Quinn’s system.
13th overallLos Angeles ChargersRashawn Slater6’4 304 OT-Northwestern16/2nd RoundSlater’s technique gives the Chargers added flexibility on its offensive lineman, as the former OL has started at both RT and LT.
14th overallNew York Jets (from Minnesota Vikings)Alijah Vera-Tucker6’4 302 OT-USC6/1st RoundVera-Tucker could pair with Becton on the left side to potentially power an offensive line that could develop into one of the AFC’s best.
15th overallNew England PatriotsMac Jones6’2 217 QB-Alabama39/2nd RoundJones goes to the Patriots to develop in a system that could spotlight all of his respective strengths.
16th overallArizona CardinalsZaven Collins6’4 260 LB-Tulsa13/1st RoundCollins’ skills can now pair with Simmons to give the Cardinals defensive flexibility in spades. The team adds a player who creates difficult one-on-one matchups for teams on third down.
17th overallLas Vegas RaidersAlex Leatherwood6’5 312 OL-Alabama104/3rd RoundThe 2020 Outland Trophy winner may make a move to the inside, where he was a second-team All-SEC player at RG in 2018.
18th overallMiami DolphinsJaelen Phillips6’5 260 DE-Miami (Fla.), UCLA43/2nd RoundPhillips has all of the tools to become an instant contributor opposite Emmanuel Ogbah. Can he stay healthy?
19th overallWashington Football TeamJamin Davis6’4 234 LB-Kentucky61/2nd RoundHC Ron Rivera finds a linebacker who has the traits to become like the LBs he had in Carolina.
20th overallNew York Giants (from Chicago Bears)Kadarius Toney5’11 189 All-Purpose/Florida49/2nd RoundHis ability to get in-and-out of traffic with the ball in his hands makes him a threat as an all-purpose prospect and slot WR.
21st overallIndianapolis ColtsKwity Paye6’3 270 DE-Michigan9/1st RoundPaye was one of the draft’s best run defender and he is going to get better as a pass rusher.
22nd overallTennessee TitansCaleb Farley6’2 207 CB-Virginia Tech17/1st RoundOne of the draft’s most talented corners has ball skills, instincts and health concerns. His skills fit Tennessee’s defensive
23rd overallMinnesota Vikings (from New York Jets)Christian Darrisaw6’5 314 LT-Virginia Tech4/1st RoundThe Vikings get one of the draft’s best offensive line talents after sliding back in the first round. Good moves again by the Vikings front office.
24th overallPittsburgh SteelersNajee Harris6’1 231/RB-Alabama11/1st RoundThe Steelers get the former five-star recruit whose game continues to grow both as a receiver and blocker. They get one of the better prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft.
25th overallJacksonville JaguarsTravis Etienne5’10 215/RB-Clemson22/1st RoundEtienne reunites with Trevor Lawrence in what could prove to be a game-changing backfield combination. He will team with James Robinson for a powerful one-two punch.
26th overallCleveland BrownsGreg Newsome II6'1 190/CB-Northwestern64/2nd RoundNewsome’s technique goes along with smooth on-field movement. The Browns now have three cornerbacks to match up with the AFC’s fast-paced offenses.
27th overallBaltimore RavensRashod Bateman6’0 190/WR-Minnesota18/2nd RoundBateman gives Jackson yet another weapon after the signing of Sammy Watkins. The team is continuing to attempt to get it right at the position.
28th overallNew Orleans SaintsPayton Turner6’5 290/DE-Houston111/3rd RoundTurner impressed on his Pro Day with a 4.33 20-yard shuttle time at 290 pounds. Turner got better during his career week-to-week.
29th overallGreen Bay PackersEric Stokes6’1 194/CB-Georgia35/2nd RoundStokes continued to get better year-to-year, but prior to 2020 he hadn’t finished on the ball. The 10.39 100-meter sprinter finished with four interceptions as a senior.
30th overallBuffalo BillsGregory Rousseau6’6 5/8” 266/DE-Miami (Fla.)8/1st RoundThe Bills take a pass rusher with 11-inch hands and an 83” wingspan. Rousseau had 15.5 QB sacks in 2019 and was tough to latch while working from a number of spots.
31st overallBaltimore RavensJayson Oweh6’5 252/DE-Penn State143/3rd RoundThe Ravens bet on Oweh’s upside, which includes 4.3 speed and very good upper body strength.
32nd overallTampa Bay BuccaneersJoe Tryon6’5 252/DE-Washington69/2nd RoundTryon has played from a two-point stand-up OLB or with his hand in the dirt. This was a perfect scheme-fit for the Buccaneers.

Round 1 trades/notes:

•   The Dallas Cowboys traded the 10th pick overall to the Philadelphia Eagles to the Dallas Cowboys for the 12th overall pick and the Cowboys picked up Philadelphia’s 2021 third-round pick.
•   New York Giants traded the 11th overall pick to the Chicago Bears in return for the Bears 2021 fifth-round pick, 2022 first-round pick and  2022 fourth-round pick   
•   Minnesota Vikings traded the 14th overall pick to the New York Jets in exchange for the 23rd overall pick 
•   The first quarterback to ever get selected in the first round of the draft by a Bill Belichick-led team becomes Alabama’s Mac Jones
•   New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman traded back for the first time in his career
•   There were four sets of teammates reunited in the first round.  Former LSU WR Ja'Marr Chase (1st Round, 5th pick overall) teams back up with his Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in Cincinnati, Alabama WR/All-Purpose threat Jaylen Waddle (1st Round, 6th pick overall) teams up with former Alabama quarterback and current Miami Dolphins starter Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama WR DeVonta Smith (1st Round, 10th pick overall) will play with former Alabama starting quarterback Jalen Hurts in Philadelphia, Clemson RB Travis Etienne (1st Round, 25th overall) gets to share the backfield again with Jacksonville first overall pick Trevor Lawrence.

2021 Seven-Round NFL Mock Draft

The 2021 NFL Draft is quickly approaching. Where will quarterbacks like Zach Wilson and Trevor Lawrence land? Do the Atlanta Falcons target a weapon for Matt Ryan? DraftNasty’s 2021 seven-round NFL Mock Draft will answer some of your questions about how we project each team will pick. In this mock draft, we used a variety of factors to determine who each team will pick including: past general manager selections, team needs, current roster after free agency and the impact a player could have immediately.

For example, does the Washington Football Team target a quarterback since they already signed Ryan Fitzpatrick and, if so, will they reach for a quarterback if the top four prospects at the position are taken? Scroll below to see but, unlike other Mock Drafts, we factor in the front offices. Remember, Washington has a unique conglomerate of GM-esque decision makers: HC Ron Rivera, GM Martin Mayhew and executive VP Marty Hurney.

Another important factor in our Mock Draft is the 2021 DraftNasty Big Board. There are more than 550 prospects on the Big Board this season. Note: the complete Big Board can be found in our 2021 NFL Draft Guide, which is available for purchase.

SelectionTeamPlayer selectionPositionSchoolNotes
1st Round
1st overallJacksonville JaguarsTrevor LawrenceQBClemsonLawrence's underrated athleticism works for an offense that already features a 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers.
2nd overallNew York JetsZach WilsonQBBYUWilson could be a BYU mix of former Cougar standouts Jim McMahon and Steve Young.
3rd overallSan Francisco 49ersJustin FieldsQBOhio StateSan Francisco wouldn't trade up for anything other than a quarterback. Fields finds a home early in the draft.
4th overallAtlanta FalconsKyle PittsTEFloridaNew HC Arthur Smith adds to Ryan's vast array of weapons in hopes of recapturing MVP form.
5th overallCincinnati BengalsPenei SewellOTOregonThe Bengals get added protection for quarterback Joe Burrow.
6th overallMiami DolphinsJa'Marr ChaseWRLSUReuniting with former teammate D. Smith would have been nice, but Dolphins pick '19 Biketnikoff winner.
7th overallDetroit LionsMicah ParsonsLBPenn StateNew HC Dan Campbell drafts a talented linebacker he can build defense around.
8th overallCarolina PanthersRashawn SlaterOTNorthwesternNo matter who plays QB, the Panthers have to do a better job protecting the passer up front.
9th overallDenver BroncosChristian DarrisawOTVirginia TechThe Broncos spend a high pick on an insurance policy if Ja'Wuan James can't return to 2019 form after opting out of the 2020 campaign.
10th overallDallas CowboysPatrick Surtain IICBAlabamaCan you win with two Alabama CBs on the edges? We are about to find out.
11th overallNew York GiantsJeremiah Owusu- KoramoahLBNotre DameNew York targeted offensive weapons during free agency and now they add another piece to its improving defense.
12th overallPhiladelphia EaglesJaycee HornCBSouth CarolinaHowie Roseman takes one of the best corners off the board but in reality he may continue his trend of reaching for position players.
13th overallLos Angeles ChargersKwity PayeDE/LBMichiganLos Angeles bolsters its defensive front seven with a Melvin Ingram-clone.
14th overallMinnesota VikingsAlijah Vera-TuckerOG/OTUSCMinnesota adds to their offensive line with Vera-Tucker, who can play both guard and tackle.
15th overallNew England PatriotsDeVonta SmithWRAlabamaNew England could add Trey Lance here, but instead they opt for Smith, our number one overall prospect.
16th overallArizona CardinalsCaleb FarleyCBVirginia TechArizona brushes off injury concerns and picks arguably the draft's most talented corner.
17th overallLas Vegas RaidersZaven CollinsLBTulsaOakland gets some help at the linebacker position. Collins can help their pass rush and aid last year's back end selections.
18th overallMiami DolphinsTeven JenkinsOTOklahoma StateHC Brian Flores gets some help along the offensive line after drafting a receiver early in the proceedings.
19th overallWashington Football TeamTrey LanceQBNorth Dakota StateHC Ron Rivera gets his new-age version of former MVP Cam Newton.
20th overallChicago BearsJaylen WaddleWRAlabamaChicago spices up its offensive weapons, but can Waddle remain healthy?
21st overallIndianapolis ColtsGregory RousseauDEMiami (Fla.)Rousseau slides to the AFC South, where his size will mesh with fellow 6'7 stalwart DeForest Buckner
22nd overallTennessee TitansChristian BarmoreDTAlabamaTennessee went with Bud Dupree in free agency and now adds an interior disruptor to its defensive front seven.
23rd overallNew York JetsNajee HarrisRBAlabamaThe Jets get a power back to go with their power left tackle in Mekhi Becton.
24th overallPittsburgh SteelersTravis EtienneRBClemsonNow that the run on running backs has started, Pittsburgh gets a new featured back. Etienne's improved receiving skills help the room.
25th overallJacksonville JaguarsTrevon MoehrigSTCUThe Jim Thorpe Award winner adds stability in a division with plenty of big receiving threats.
26th overallCleveland BrownsJevon HollandS/ Nickel/ ReturnOregonCleveland opts not to reach for a linebacker but instead bring in a swiss army knife defender.
27th overallBaltimore RavensAzeez OjulariOLBGeorgiaThe Ravens go all-in on Ojulari, a burgeoning pass rusher and underrated run defender.
28th overallNew Orleans SaintsMac JonesQBAlabamaSean Payton gets an accurate signal caller, who will compete with Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill for the starting job.
29th overallGreen Bay PackersRashod BatemanWRMinnesotaBateman is used to the cold and he'll find some more of it Wisconsin.
30th overallBuffalo BillsJaelan PhillipsDE/OLBMiami (Fla.)Phillips could be the steal of the first round, but can he remain healthy?
31st overallBaltimore RavensLiam EichenbergOTNotre DameSolid player who will pair with fellow Fighting Irish tackle on the other side.
32nd overallTampa Bay BuccaneersTerrace Marshall Jr.WRLSUTom Brady gets an outside weapon to replace Antonio Brown if he isn't retained.
2nd Round
33rd overallJacksonville JaguarsRichie GrantSUCFThe former UCF star can go right down the road to change addresses.
34th overallNew York JetsKelvin JosephCBKentucky/ LSUThe pick here will be between Joseph and Stokes. Or does Campbell usurp Stokes?
35th overallAtlanta FalconsEric StokesCBGeorgiaRead the above note.
36th overallMiami DolphinsMilton WilliamsDLLouisiana TechVersatile skill-set fits Flores' scheme. Offers outside/inside presence.
37th overallPhiladelphia EaglesBaron BrowningLBOhio StateBrowning could be an immediate Day 1 starter at OLB for a team that now has addressed its front seven and back end.
38th overallCincinnati BengalsTrey SmithOGTennesseeIf he can keep his weight at a balance under control, then Bengals secure potential Pro Bowl talent with swing versatility.
39th overallCarolina PanthersJabril CoxLBLSUA Shaq Thompson/ Jabril Cox pairing would draw similarities to fellow NFC South tandem Devin White and Lavonte David.
40th overallDenver BroncosLevi OnwuzurikeDLWashingtonTeam solves some of its depth issues with quick interior line disruptor.
41st overallDetroit LionsKadarius ToneyWR-RetFloridaThe Lions take a calculated gamble here, but the Florida receiver will slip no further.
42nd overallNew York GiantsGreg Newsome IICBNorthwesternNewsome II can become a starter, but health is the question mark.
43rd overallSan Francisco 49ersPaulson AdeboCBStanford49ers go right down Rte. 101 for a cornerback from Stanford.
44th overallDallas CowboysCarlos "Boogie" BashamDE/ DTWake ForestJerry Jones brings in the cousin of Tarell Basham to help with the departure of Aldon Smith.
45th overallJacksonville JaguarsDillon RadunzOTNorth Dakota StateRadunz brings an athletic presence to the edges and is insurance if Robinson doesn't regain form.
46th overallNew England PatriotsJamin DavisLBKentuckyBill Belichick brings in another linebacker who can contribute immediately for an unproven group sans Dont'a Hightower.
47th overallLos Angeles ChargersTyson CampbellCBGeorgiaTechnically, he's a work in progress, but Chargers bet on size, speed and SEC experience.
48th overallLas Vegas RaidersHamsah NasirildeenS/LBFSUNew DC Gus Bradley gets another athletic hybrid player in the second round.
49th overallArizona CardinalsJoe TryonDE-OLBWashingtonCardinals add an edge rusher with upside in Round 2.
50th overallMiami DolphinsJavonte WilliamsRBUNCWilliams adds some power to the backfield alongside Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed.
51st overallWashington Football TeamRondale MooreWR-RetPurdueMoore opens up the offense with gadget possibilities alongside versatile Gibson.
52nd overallChicago BearsDavis MillsQBStanfordMills could see action in the middle of the season if things go south with Andy Dalton and Nick Foles.
53rd overallTennessee TitansDayo OdeyingboDEVanderbiltMuch like former first-round pick Simmons, Titans put injured Odeyingbo on ice.
54th overallIndianapolis ColtsElijah MooreWROle MissWe contemplated Elijah Moore here in the first round but the Colts get him a round later to be the successor to T.Y. Hilton.
55th overallPittsburgh SteelersWyatt DavisOGOhio StateSteelers seek to regain identity up front.
56th overallSeattle SeahawksAmbry ThomasCBMichiganThe Seahawks were 31st in pass defense last season, Thomas helps them.
57th overallLos Angeles RamsCaden SternsSTexasSterns' range could help alleviate the loss of Johnson in free agency.
58th overallKansas City ChiefsCam SampleDE/ OLBTulaneHC Andy Reid adds to his defense. The Buccaneers kept their defensive linemen fresh in the Super Bowl, now KC can do likewise.
59th overallCleveland BrownsNick BoltonLBMissouriThe Browns need a tone-setter in the middle of their defense. Bolton brings thump and leadership.
60th overallNew Orleans SaintsAlim McNeillDTNC StateThe Saints have to address their interior defensive line and McNeill is a solid remedy.
61st overallBuffalo BillsRonnie PerkinsDE-OLBOklahomaBuffalo brings in yet another pass rusher in the second round for the second year in a row.
62nd overallGreen Bay PackersAsante Samuel Jr.CBFSUJaire Alexander and Asante Samuel Jr. are two of the more competitive cornerbacks and will be needed as they battle for conference supremacy with the loaded Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
63rd overallKansas City ChiefsSamuel CosmiOTTexasThe pick here is either Cosmi or Michigan's Jalen Mayfield. The Chiefs go with the traits.
64th overallTampa Bay BuccaneersJay TufeleDTUSCTufele will learn from one of the league's better interior defenders of teh last decade in Ndamukong Suh.
3rd Round
65th overallJacksonville JaguarsMichael CarterRB-RetUNC
66th overallNew York JetsLandon DickersonOG/CAlabama
67th overallHouston TexansKellen MondQBTexas A&M
68th overallAtlanta FalconsTrey SermonRBOhio State, Oklahoma
69th overallCincinnati BengalsMalcolm KoonceDE-OLBBuffalo
70th overallPhiladelphia EaglesAmon-Ra St. BrownWRUSC
71st overallDenver BroncosChauncey GolstonDLIowa
72nd overallDetroit LionsElijah MoldenS-NickelWashington
73rd overallCarolina PanthersPat FreiermuthTEPenn State
74th overallWashington Football TeamBrevin JordanTE- H-BackMiami (Fla.)
75th overallDallas CowboysBen ClevelandOGGeorgia
76th overallNew York GiantsKenneth GainwellAll-PurposeMemphis
77th overallLos Angeles ChargersJalen MayfieldOTMichigan
78th overallMinnesota VikingsCreed HumphreyOGOklahoma
79th overallLas Vegas RaidersAaron RobinsonCBUCF
80th overallLas Vegas RaidersDaviyon NixonDTIowa
81st overallMiami DolphinsAlex LeatherwoodOTAlabama
82nd overallWashington Football TeamMonty RiceLBGeorgia
83rd overallChicago BearsJames HudsonOTCincinnati
84th overallPhiladelphia EaglesChazz SurrattLBUNC
85th overallTennessee TitansTommy TrembleTENotre Dame
86th overallNew York JetsJayson OwehDE-OLBPenn State
87th overallPittsburgh SteelersMarco WilsonCBFlorida
88th overallLos Angeles RamsBrady ChristensenOTBYU
89th overallCleveland BrownsShaun WadeCBOhio State
90th overallMinnesota VikingsKyle TraskQBFlorida
91st overallCleveland BrownsOsa OdighizuwaDTUCLA
92nd overallGreen Bay PackersSpencer BrownOTNorthern Iowa
93rd overallBuffalo BillsZech McPhearsonCBTexas Tech
94th overallBaltimore RavensDavid MooreOGGrambling State
95th overallTampa Bay BuccaneersQuincy RocheDE-OLBMiami (Fla.)
96th overallNew England PatriotsAdetokunbo OgundejiDENotre Dame
97th overallLos Angeles ChargersRobert JonesOLMiddle Tennessee
98th overallNew Orleans SaintsIhmir Smith-MarsetteAll-PurposeIowa
99th overallDallas CowboysPete WernerLBOhio State
100th overallTennessee TitansShi SmithWRSouth Carolina
101th overallDetroit LionsDyami BrownWRUNC
102nd overallMiami DolphinsNico CollinsWRMichigan
103rd overallLos Angeles RamsKendrick GreenOGIllinois
104th overallBaltimore RavensJosh PalmerWRTennessee
105th overallNew Orleans SaintsDylan MosesLBAlabama
4th Round
106th overallJacksonville JaguarsHunter LongTEBoston College
107th overallNew York JetsAndre CiscoSSyracuse
108th overallAtlanta FalconsPatrick Jones IIDE-OLBPittsburgh
109th overallHouston TexansMarvin WilsonDTFSU
110th overallCleveland Browns (from Philadelphia Eagles)Tyler ShelvinDTLSU
111th overallCincinnati BengalsTylan WallaceWROklahoma State
112th overallDetroit LionsBuddy JohnsonLBTexas A&M
113th overallCarolina PanthersD’Ante SmithOT-OGECU
114th overallDenver BroncosJoseph OssaiDE-OLBTexas
115th overallDallas CowboysCharles Snowden IIIDE-OLBVirginia
116th overallNew York GiantsChris Rumph IIOLBDuke
117th overallSan Francisco 49ersDivine DeabloS-LBVirginia Tech
118th overallLos Angeles ChargersElerson G. SmithDE-OLBNorthern Iowa
119th overallMinnesota VikingsAmari RodgersAll-PurposeClemson
120th overallNew England PatriotsTarron JacksonDECoastal Carolina
121st overallLas Vegas RaidersRobert HainseyOT-OGNotre Dame
122nd overallNew England Patriots (from Arizona Cardinals through Houston Texans)Seth WilliamsWRAuburn
123rd overallPhiladelphia Eagles (from Miami Dolphins)Kylin HillRBMississippi State
124th overallWashington Football TeamJackson CarmanOT-OGClemson
125th overallMinnesota Vikings (from Chicago Bears)Janarius RobinsonDE-OLBFlorida State
126th overallTennessee TitansDan MooreOTTexas A&M
127th overallIndianapolis ColtsJamar JohnsonSIndiana
128th overallPittsburgh SteelersJimmy MorrisseyOC-OGPittsburgh
129th overallSeattle SeahawksRobert RochellCBCentral Arkansas
130th overallJacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)Quinn MeinerzOC-OGWisconsin-Whitewater
131st overallBaltimore RavensIfeatu MelifonwuCBSyracuse
132nd overallCleveland BrownsD’Wayne EskridgeAll-PurposeWestern Michigan
133rd overallNew Orleans SaintsJames WigginsSCincinnati
134th overallMinnesota Vikings (from Buffalo Bills; conditional)Chatarius “TuTu” AtwellWRLouisville
135th overallGreen Bay PackersAmen OgbongbemigaLBOklahoma State
136th overallBaltimore Ravens (from Kansas City Chiefs)Darren HallCB-NickelSan Diego State
137th overallTampa Bay BuccaneersHamilcar Rashed, Jr. OLBOregon State
138th overallDallas Cowboys (compensatory selection)Rodarius WilliamsCBOklahoma State
139th overallNew England Patriots (compensatory selection)Cameron McGroneLBMichigan
140th overallPittsburgh Steelers (compensatory selection)Thomas Graham, Jr.CBOregon
141st overallLos Angeles Rams (compensatory selection)Derrick BarnesLBPurdue
142nd overallGreen Bay Packers (compensatory selection)Ta’Quon GrahamDE-DTTexas
143rd overallMinnesota Vikings (compensatory selection)Garret WallowLBTCU
144th overallKansas City Chiefs (compensatory selection)Sadarius HutchersonOG-OTSouth Carolina
5th Round
145th overallJacksonville JaguarsJosh MyersOC-OGOhio State
146th overallNew York JetsPressley Harvin IIIPGeorgia Tech
147th overallHouston TexansAntonio PhillipsCB-NickelBall State
148th overallAtlanta FalconsMichael MenetOC-OGPenn State
149th overallCincinnati BengalsChuba HubbardRBOklahoma State
150th overallPhiladelphia EaglesBobby Brown IIIDT-NGTexas A&M
151st overallCarolina PanthersFranklin “Mac” McCain IIICBNorth Carolina A&T
152nd overallDenver BroncosShemar Jean-CharlesCB-NickelAppalachian State
153rd overallDetroit LionsWilliam Bradley-KingDE-OLBBaylor, Arkansas State
154th overallNew York Jets (from New York Giants)Tre McKittyTE/H-backGeorgia, FSU
155th overallSan Francisco 49ersIsrael MukuamuCB-S-NickelSouth Carolina
156th overallMiami Dolphins (from Dallas Cowboys through Philadelphia Eagles)Drew DalmanOCStanford
157th overallMinnesota VikingsJonathan MarshallDT-NGArkansas
158th overallHouston Texans (from New England Patriots)Tamorrion TerryWRFSU
159th overallLos Angeles ChargersAaron BanksOGNotre Dame
160th overallArizona CardinalsJack AndersonOC-OGTexas Tech
161st overallBuffalo Bills (from Las Vegas Raiders)Brenden JaimesOT-OGNebraska
162nd overallLas Vegas Raiders (from Miami Dolphins)Jordan SmithDE-OLBUAB, Florida
163rd overallWashington Football TeamJaylon MooreOT-OGWestern Michigan
164th overallChicago BearsSimi FehokoWRStanford
165th overallIndianapolis ColtsDaelin HayesDE-OLBNotre Dame
166th overallTennessee TitansK.J. BrittLBAuburn
167th overallLas Vegas Raiders (from Seattle Seahawks)Talanoa HufangaS-LBUSC
168th overallMinnesota Vikings (from Pittsburgh Steelers through Baltimore Ravens)Jose BorregalesPKMiami (Fla.), FIU
169th overallCleveland Browns (from Los Angeles Rams)Riley PattersonPKMemphis
170th overallJacksonville Jaguars (from Cleveland Browns)Tedarrell “TJ” SlatonDT-NGFlorida
171st overallBaltimore RavensSam CooperOGMerrimack College, Maine
172nd overallSan Francisco 49ers (from New Orleans Saints)Jason PinnockCB-NickelPittsburgh
173rd overallGreen Bay PackersCole Van LanenOTWisconsin
174th overallBuffalo BillsForrest MerrillDT-NGArkansas State
175th overallKansas City ChiefsElijah MitchellRBLouisiana Lafayette
176th overallTampa Bay BuccaneersJamie NewmanQBWake Forest
177th overallNew England Patriots (compensatory selection)Quinton BohannaDT-NGKentucky
178th overallGreen Bay Packers (compensatory selection)Austin FaoliuDE-DTOregon
179th overallDallas Cowboys (compensatory selection)Tre BrownCB-NickelOklahoma
180th overallSan Francisco 49ers (compensatory selection)Isaiah McDuffieLBBoston College
181st overallKansas City Chiefs (compensatory selection)Brandon StephensCB-SSMU, UCLA
182nd overallAtlanta Falcons (compensatory selection)Shaka ToneyOLBPenn State
183rd overallAtlanta Falcons (compensatory selection)Patrick JohnsonOLBTulane
184th overallBaltimore Ravens (compensatory selection)Ernest JonesLBSouth Carolina
6th Round
185th overallLos Angeles Chargers (from Jacksonville Jaguars through Tennessee Titans)Evan McPhersonPKFlorida
186th overallNew York JetsTre NixonWRUCF
187th overallAtlanta FalconsTim JonesWRSouthern Miss
188th overallNew England Patriots (from Houston Texans)Jalen CampWRGeorgia Tech
189th overallPhiladelphia EaglesCornell PowellWRClemson
190th overallCincinnati BengalsQuintin MorrisTE/H-backBowling Green
191st overallDenver BroncosJaret PattersonRBBuffalo
192nd overallDallas Cowboys (from Detroit Lions)JaCoby StevensS-LBLSU
193rd overallCarolina PanthersKenny YeboahTE/H-backOle Miss, Temple
194th overallSan Francisco 49ersJaelon DardenAll-PurposeNorth Texas
195th overallHouston Texans (from Dallas Cowboys through New England Patriots)Marlon TuipulotuDT-NGUSC
196th overallNew York GiantsRashad WeaverDE-OLBPittsburgh
197th overallNew England PatriotsJoshua KaindohDEFlorida State
198th overallLos Angeles ChargersTommy DoyleOTMiami (OH.)
199th overallMinnesota VikingsAdrian EalyOTOklahoma
200th overallLas Vegas RaidersWalker LittleOTStanford
201st overallNew York Giants (from Arizona Cardinals)Benjamin St. JusteCBMinnesota, Michigan
202nd overallCincinnati Bengals (from Miami Dolphins through Houston Texans)Larry BoromOT-OGMissouri
203rd overallHouston Texans (from Washington Football Team through Las Vegas Raiders and Miami Dolphins)Marquiss SpencerDE-DTMississippi State
204th overallChicago BearsNate HobbsCBIllinois
205th overallTennessee TitansRichard LeCounte IIISGeorgia
206th overallIndianapolis ColtsAlaric JacksonOTIowa
207th overallKansas City Chiefs (from Pittsburgh Steelers through Miami Dolphins)Josh BallOTMarshall, FSU
208th overallChicago Bears (from Seattle Seahawks through Miami Dolphins; conditional)Mark GilbertCB-NickelDuke
209th overallLos Angeles RamsBrandin “Beezy” EcholsCB-NickelKentucky
210th overallBaltimore RavensTyree GillespieSMissouri
211th overallCleveland BrownsDarius HodgeOLBMarshall
212th overallHouston Texans (from New Orleans Saints)Harry CriderOCIndiana
213th overallBuffalo BillsTommy KraemerOG-OTNotre Dame
214th overallGreen Bay PackersDrue ChrismanPOhio State
215th overallTennessee Titans (from Kansas City Chiefs)Chris EvansRBMichigan
216th overallPittsburgh Steelers (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers)Wyatt HubertDE-OLBKansas State
217th overallTampa Bay Buccaneers (compensatory selection)Malik HerringDE-DTGeorgia
218th overallNew Orleans Saints (compensatory selection)Michael StrachanWR-H-backCharleston (W Va.)
219th overallAtlanta Falcons (compensatory selection)Feleipe FranksQBArkansas, Florida
220th overallGreen Bay Packers (compensatory selection)Shakur BrownCB-NickelMichigan State
221st overallChicago Bears (compensatory selection)Carson GreenOT-OGTexas A&M
222nd overallCarolina Panthers (compensatory selection)Gerrid DoaksRBCincinnati
223rd overallArizona Cardinals (from Minnesota Vikings; compensatory selection)DJ DanielCBGeorgia
224th overallPhiladelphia Eagles (compensatory selection)Jacob HarrisWRUCF, Western Kentucky
225th overallPhiladelphia Eagles (compensatory selection)Keith TaylorCBWashington
226th overallNew York Jets (from Carolina Panthers; compensatory selection)Payton TurnerDE-DTHouston
227th overallDallas Cowboys (compensatory selection)Ian BookQBNotre Dame
228th overallChicago Bears (compensatory selection)Kene NwangwuAll-PurposeIowa State
7th Round
229th overallNew Orleans Saints (from Jacksonville Jaguars)Justin HilliardLBOhio State
230th overallSan Francisco 49ers (from New York Jets)Camryn BynumCB-NickelCalifornia
231st overallMiami Dolphins (from Houston Texans)Darrick ForrestSCincinnati
232nd overallTennessee Titans (from Atlanta Falcons through Miami Dolphins)Damar HamlinSPittsburgh
233rd overallHouston Texans (from Cincinnati Bengals)Dez FitzpatrickWRLouisville
234th overallPhiladelphia EaglesJames SmithPCincinnati
235th overallCincinnati Bengals (from Detroit Lions through Seattle Seahawks)Jonathan AdamsWRArkansas State
236th overallBuffalo Bills (from Carolina Panthers)Chris WilcoxCBBYU
237th overallDenver BroncosRiley ColeLBSouth Alabama
238th overallDallas CowboysJerome JohnsonDT-DEIndiana
239th overallDenver Broncos (from New York Giants)Cameron MurrayDTOklahoma State
240th overallPhiladelphia Eagles (from San Francisco 49ers)Demetric FeltonAll-PurposeUCLA
241st overallLos Angeles ChargersJohn BatesTEBoise State
242nd overallNew England PatriotsBen MasonTE/H-backMichigan
243rd overallArizona CardinalsZach DavidsonTE-PunterCentral Missouri
244th overallWashington Football Team (from Las Vegas Raiders)Jake FunkAll-PurposeMaryland
245th overallPittsburgh Steelers (from Miami Dolphins)Isaiahh LoudermilkDE-DTWisconsin
246th overallWashington Football TeamJon RhattiganLBArmy
247th overallArizona Cardinals (from Chicago Bears through Las Vegas Raiders)Brady BreezeSOregon
248th overallIndianapolis ColtsAr’Darius WashingtonS-NickelTCU
249th overallJacksonville Jaguars (from Tennessee Titans)Roy LopezDT-NGArizona, New Mexico State
250th overallSeattle SeahawksLarnell ColemanOTUMass
251st overallTampa Bay Buccaneers (from Pittsburgh Steelers)Dicaprio BootleS-NickelNebraska
252nd overallLos Angeles RamsAnthony SchwartzAll-PurposeAuburn
253rd overallDenver Broncos (from Cleveland Browns)William ShermanOT-OGColorado
254th overallPittsburgh Steelers (from Baltimore Ravens)Nahshon WrightCBOregon State
255th overallNew Orleans SaintsTory CarterTE/H-backLSU
256th overallGreen Bay PackersRoyce NewmanOG-OTOle Miss
257th overallCleveland Browns (from Buffalo Bills)Alex KessmanPKPittsburgh
258th overallMiami Dolphins (from Kansas City Chiefs)Dai’Jean DixonWRNicholls State
259th overallTampa Bay BuccaneersEthan TuckyOLB-LSCincinnati

Miller Forristall TE- Senior Alabama, 2021 NFL Draft Preview

2021 NFL Draft Preview: Miller Forristall 6’5 244 TE- Senior Alabama 

What makes this player NASTY…(Strengths): One of the better Wham blockers in college football. Shows the ability to come in motion and stonewall bigger defensive lineman and linebackers (UGA ‘20). While he doesn’t look as filled out as other tight ends, the willingness and technique is solid as a blocker. In his few targets, Forristal exhibits the skill to make acrobatic grabs. Large catch radius. Efficiency as a blocker allows him to lull defenders to sleep and then get behind linebackers (TD, Citrus Bowl ‘19).

Weaknesses: The plethora of injuries are a major concern. Two seasons were cut short by knee injuries. (https://www.si.com/college/alabama/bamacentral/coming-off-knee-injury-tight-end-miller-forristall-happy-to-take-a-hit-again-TwwQEARd5U-0q2ppi46O-Q). He also has dealt with throat, ankle, shoulder and groin injuries in consecutive seasons. 14 combined games played in his first four seasons. Lack of production (31 total receptions as of midway through the 2020 campaign). 

Forristall is averaging 14.1 yards per reception through six SEC games in 2020.

Other Notes:  Attended Cartersville High School (GA) and played alongside Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence • Forristall played QB during his junior season and was rated the No. 11 tight end nationally by Scout.com • Suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2017 and in 2018 • 2016 (3 games): 5 receptions, 73 yards • 2017 (1 game): 1 reception, 7 yards • 2019 (8 games): 15 receptions, 167 yards, 4 TDs• 2020 (6 games): 10 receptions, 141 yards, 1 TD

Time to get NASTY (Our Summary): Alabama has been an NFL factory and they’ve been able to get a number of late round picks onto professional rosters despite a lack of college production. Wide receiver Cam Sims (Washington Football Team) and tight end Hale Hentges (Indianapolis Colts) are some recent names that come to mind. Forristall has the blocking chops to join fellow Crimson Tide tight ends Irv Smith Jr. and O.J. Howard in the NFL. His Wham blocking skills reminds us of former Washington Redskins tight end Don Warren, who was used primarily as a blocker in Joe Gibbs’ offensive schemes, but did end his career with 244 receptions (seven TDs). Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor comes from the Joe Gibbs coaching tree and his single back offense would be attractive for a player with Forristall’s skill-set. 

2019 Playstation Fiesta Bowl Gallery

Clemson sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence accounted for 366 total yards and three touchdowns in leading the Tigers back from a 16-point deficit to defeat the Ohio State Buckeyes 29-23 in the 2019 Playstation Fiesta Bowl. The game MVP got a lot of assistance from ACC Offensive Player of the Year Travis Etienne, who chipped in with 150 all-purpose yards and three scores in the comeback effort.

NC State vs. Clemson, 10-20-18: In-game report

 A game that was supposed to feature two Top 25 teams turned into a blowout.  Clemson defeated NC State, 41-7, at home, behind a sensational  performance from their freshman signal-caller. DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson gives his impressions in this in game report:      

16 Trevor Lawrence (6’5, 205) Clemson QB-Freshman   

Clemson was forced to use sophomore running back and Heisman hopeful Travis Etienne (5’10, 200) as a decoy against NC State, who decided to make Lawrence beat them with the pass. The freshman quarterback indeed did just that.  Lawrence threw for 308 yards and one touchdown while completing 66 percent of his passes.  Most impressively was his ability to spread the ball around and put it in positions where receivers could run after the catch. The Tigers used a steady diet of comeback routes, which required Lawrence to anticipate when his receivers would break off the top of the route.  When they did, he often  threw an accurate ball to the outside shoulder so that the cornerback couldn’t undercut the route.  13 different Tigers caught at least one pass.  Coming into the game, the question was did the Tigers have enough playmakers on the outside.  After a strong performance against a ranked opponent, those questions will be no more. Lawrence has at least two more years of school, but his patience going through his progressions will keep scouts intrigued going forward.

99 Clelin Ferrell (6’5, 260) Clemson DE- Junior

Ferrell didn’t add to his six-sack season total on Saturday, but he did finish with five

Ferrell posted 18 tackles for loss in 2017.

tackles, including two for loss.  The junior defensive end displayed an ability to get off the ball in a hurry.  On one run in the third quarter, he met the NC State running back in the backfield for a five-yard loss.  Ferrell is a premier pass rusher (21.5 career sacks) who forces quarterbacks to roll opposite of him because he gets up the field so quick. The Richmond, Virginia native is slated to be a top pick in this year’s draft but like any player with his type of speed, he must make sure he keeps gap integrity. On one play in the second quarter, Ferrell got past his man but was too vertical and NC State senior running back Reggie Gallaspy (5’11, 235) blew right past him.  

NC State offense vs. Clemson defense

Williams has been a four-year contributor for the Tigers.

NC State entered the game with a 61-percent conversion rate on third down, which was the highest mark in college football. However, the Wolfpack finished just 2-of-12 on third downs and totaled 297 yards,  nearly 150 less than its season average. Clemson was too much for the Wolfpack on first and second down, which led to 3rd and longs. The Tigers feature two of the best pass rushers in college football with Ferrell and senior defensive end Austin Bryant (6’6, 280). On the back end, the Tigers have the ability to play in press-man or zone.  Both coverages led to interceptions on Sunday, senior linebacker Jalen Williams (5’10, 210) dropped back in a zone coverage to pick off a pass over the middle while earlier in the game junior defensive back K’Von Wallace (6’0, 195) caught a batted pass for an interception as a result of solid man coverage.  The moral of the story is don’t get down early to Clemson, because their defense has the potential to make opposing offenses pay both with talent and scheme.