TA’s 2021 NFL Draft Big Board 1.0
1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Pros: Lawrence has ideal QB size, good arm strength, he can make all the throws, he's smart, he's experienced. He's a passing QB that can also make plays with his legs when he wants or needs to. He looks the part and checks all the boxes.
Cons: His big game struggles. Was outplayed by Joe Burrow and Justin Fields in each of the last two College Football Playoffs. He did win a National Championship 3 years ago though, to be fair. He just seems to tighen up a bit in big games. Can get frazzled when the defense gets pressure on him.
Stat that caught my eye: Only 17 interceptions in 3 seasons as a starter. Makes good decisions with the ball.
TA's Take: Lawrence is as close to an elite QB prospect as you can get. He might not be on the level of a John Elway, Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck but he's the next best thing. He might not be a great NFL QB but he is almost certainly going to be a good one.
2. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
Pros: One of the best offensive lineman in the country in 2019. He is an excellent run blocker but also strong in pass protection. Has solid techniques that continue to get better.
Cons: Opted out of the 2020 season and has limited experience.
Stat the caught my eye: Sewell gave up 0 sacks on 926 snaps in 2019.
TA's Take: Sewell has generational left tackle written all over him. He is young and lacks experience but he was a beast in 2019 and still has room to grow. Sky's the limit for Sewell.
3. Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
Pros: Chase has a great combination of size, speed and athleticism. Has a good release and runs crisp routes.
Cons: Could improve his blocking downfield. Didn't play in 2020, would have liked to see him with a QB not named Joe Burrow.
Stat that caught my eye: His 14 20+ yard touchdown catches over the last two seasons leads college football and he didn't even play in 2020.
TA's Take: My top receiver in this class. I love his game. He was a beast in 2019. He has all the tools to be an elite WR at the next level.
4. Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Pros: Special athlete with incredible instincts. He's good the run, solid in coverage and an excellent pass rusher. His ability to blitz and get after the QB is off the charts.
Cons: Not a thumper by any stretch, better against runs to the outside where he can show his range rather than hitting the A gap and blowing up a running back. Could improve his tackling.
Stat that caught my eye: 14 tackles for loss in 2019.
TA's Take: As dominant of a LB as you will find in college football. He can do it all at the LB position. Rare talent.
5. Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Pros: Athletic tight end with a huge catch radius. Can line up at TE, WR and even in the back field, extremely versatile. Dare I say Aaron Hernandez-like, hopefully just on the field. Played big in big games.
Cons: Blocking, he needs to improve at the next level. Maybe add a little size. Doesn't have the biggest route tree.
Stat that caught my eye: 17.9 yards per catch which was good for 4th by a TE in college football last year.
TA's Take: I love Kyle Pitts. He's an athletic freak that makes plays in the passing game that Wide Receivers can't make. He's a matchup nightmare. He is going to be a special player.
6. Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
Pros: Paye is a disruptive force. He's tremendous at setting the edge. He ability to stop the run jumps off the film. Big time effort guy. He's explosive off the snap.
Cons: Could improve his pass rushing techniques. Get's after the QB enough to be an elite defensive end prospect but could be more consistent.
Stat that caught my eye: 23! tackles for loss in his career at Michgan.
TA's Take: Rhode Island's own Kwity Paye. Just put on his film and I don't how you could not love this kid? He's a terrific young man who does it the right way, has a great work ethic and cares about the game. He's going to be a good one.
7. Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
Pros: Remarkable arm strength, can make every throw. Accuracy is off the charts. Doesn't turn the ball over, his awareness is special. Is athletic and mobile and his size is underappreciated.
Cons: Honestly, there's not many holes in his game but his lack of big games/intense situations can be questioned. He also isn't the most durable, he's dealt with some injuries over his college career.
Stat that caught my eye: Completed an unreal 73% of his passes this past season.
TA's Take: Wilson is the complete package but is far from a sure thing. He is a tremendous QB, has all the tools but I wonder about his mentality and the level of competition he went up against in college.
8. Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
Pros: Throws a nice deep ball, has a cannon for an arm. Elite mobility, can make big plays with his legs. Is still growing as a QB, has upside.
Cons: Needs to get better at reading defenses. Too often he just takes his first read instead of going through his progressions. Pocket awareness needs improving.
Stat that caught my eye: In 2019 he threw 41 touchdowns to only 3 interceptions and ran for another 10 touchdowns = 51 TD's and 3 INT's.
TA's Take: Fields was great in 2019 and looked like sky's the limit for this kid but he showed a lot of inconsistencies throughout the 2020 season but is still a very talented QB who I think can continue to improve. Ohio State QB's haven't faired very well in the NFL and that's a big concern. His vision and awareness are even bigger concerns.
9. Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Pros: Waddle is an explosive playmaker. Extremely fast and quick off the snap. Dangerous run after catch receiver. Can contribute in the return game.
Cons: A bit undersized, short. Raw and coming off an injury. Route running could be better.
Stat that caught my eye: Averaged 21.1 yards per reception in 2020.
TA's Take: My favorite Alabama WR. Between Waddle and Smith, Waddle is the better all around receiver. He's better in the intermediate areas, he's more physical and will contribute more in the run game.
10. Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Pros: Surtain has very good instincts. Has the size and speed to matchup against elite NFL receivers. Plays the ball extremely well. Sound tackler. NFL bloodlines.
Cons: Outside corner only, doesn't play well in the slot, doesn't have the quickness.
Stat that caught my eye: Allowed just 1 reception over 20 yards (27 yards) all season in 2020.
TA's Take: Not the best CB class ever but Surtain certainly stands out. He has a good combination of size, strength and speed. He will be a solid outside receiver at the next level.
11. DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
Pros: Smith was the best player in college football in 2020. He is a game changing playmaker. His performance in the National Championship game is exactly how you want to see a player perform.
Cons: His size. Smith is tiny and I feel like physical NFL level corners can beat him up and take him out of the game.
Stat that caught my eye: 12 catches, 215 yards and 3 touchdowns in the National Championship game.
TA's Take: Not the biggest Smith fan but you can't take away from the performance he had down the stretch this year, specifically in the National Championship game. I'm concerned about his size and durability but he sure steps up in the big games.
12. Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
Pros: Farley has good instincts and tremendous ball skills. He came to VT as a WR and has only been playing CB for a couple years but is already one of the best corners in the country, his potential is through the roof.
Cons: Like a lot of guys on this list, he opted out of the 2020 season and with his lack of experience at CB he could’ve used the reps. He struggles at times in zone coverage. Farley has also dealt with some injuries throughout his college career.
Stat that caught my eye: Led ACC with 14 pass breakups in 2019.
TA's Take: Farley is a ball hawk and a playmaker. He has some impressive coverage skills. He doesn't have the most experience but certainly made the most of his opportunities. Don’t love him as much as some others who have him ranked higher than Surtain II but still a very good corner.
13. Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
Pros: Barmore got better as the year went and really peaked in the college football playoffs. Is terrific against the run.
Cons: Isn't the most consistent player. Had some games where he was invisible.
Stat that caught my eye: 3 tackles for loss and 3 sacks in the 2020 college football playoff.
TA's Take: The best interior defensive lineman in this draft. Has a knack for getting into the offensive backfield. Was dominant in Alabama's run to the National Championship. Projects as a nose tackle at the NFL level and should be a good one.
14. Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami
Pros: Rousseau is an outstanding pass rusher. Extremely athletic. His frame is impressive, he’s got long arms which really helps his pass rush ability.
Cons: A bit raw. Another 2020 opt out. Has to get better against the run but he isn't that far from being a complete player.
Stat that caught my eye: 15.5 sacks in his freshman year.
TA's Take: Was only a 3 star recruit coming out of high school and out of nowhere just absolutely blew up and became one of the best pass rushers in college football. Will play the elephant position at the next level. Should be at least a rotational pass rusher from day 1 in the NFL.
15. Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
Pros: His hands game is next level, he does a tremendous job fending off defenders with his hands. Is a good pulling offensive lineman, has decent mobility. Excels in the run game.
Cons: Plays a little stiff, maybe that’s why he relies some much on his hands but can be beat around the edge by speedy pass rushers.
Stat that caught my eye: Only 5 sacks allowed on 1,390 snaps at Northwestern.
TA's Take: Strong offensive tackle that is moving up draft boards. Possesses strong fundamentals and is solid in both pass and run blocking. Isn't the best athlete but uses his toughness and power elevate him.
16. Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Pros: Darrisaw has elite footwork, has a quick first step which really helps him get to his blocks. Has heavy hands, can shove off defenders like nothing.
Cons: Somewhat undeveloped in pass protection, mostly due to playing in a run heavy offense. His awareness could improve.
Stat that caught my eye: Allowed just 6 pressures and 0 sacks in 10 starts in 2020.
TA's Take: His size and footwork are impressive. Darrishaw continuously improved and once he further develops his pass blocking, he should be a solid NFL tackle.
17. Joseph Ossai, Edge, Texas
Pros: Ossai has great size and athleticism. He is excellent against the run but can also get after the QB with the best of them. He shows great position flexibility and is extremely instinctive. He is a patient defender who takes great angles and is always around the ball.
Cons: Ossai struggles in coverage. He’s decent in zone coverage but gets exposed in man to man coverage. At times can’t get off his blocks on run plays.
Stat that caught my eye: 29 tackles for loss over the last 2 seasons.
TA's Take: I'm a much bigger fan of Ossai than most. He's one of my favorite players in this draft. He’s far from a sure thing but he’s hardworking and enthusiastic about the game. I’m a big fan of his mentality and drive. He is tremendous against the run but is also a dominant pass rusher, has a high motor and was a playmaker on the Texas defense.
18. Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State
Pros: Davis is a ton-setter. He’s physical and plays with an attitude. He’s got great body control and is a consistent blocker.
Cons: There’s nothing to really dislike expect for maybe the position he plays. At the end of the day he’s a guard, he doesn’t translate to tackle at all and that’s not exactly valued like it used to be.
Stat that caught my eye: In 2019, 459 pass-blocking snaps, 0 sacks and 0 pressures.
TA's Take: Beast! Davis destroys people. He's a nasty physical offensive lineman. Best Guard in the draft by far. I’d take him on my team any day.
19. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Pros: He would probably be a top 20 prospect as a CB, S or LB. His coverage skills are amazing. He’s explosive and has great instincts.
Cons: His size is a concern. He’s 215 pounds and while he made it work at the college level, there’s no way he will make it in the NFL, he needs to put on some weight.
Stat that caught my eye: Took 680 snaps in slot coverage.
TA's Take: Owusu-Koramoah is outstanding in coverage. He's an athletic LB who flies around the field making plays. Playmaker is probably the best way to describe JOK.
20. Jaelan Phillips, Edge, Miami
Pros: Possesses a good combination of speed and power in his pass rush. Has an outstanding swim move. Very consistent pass rusher.
Cons: Needs to improve his tackling. Is good against the run but needs to improve his run recognition. Has some injury concerns.
Stat that caught my eye: In 9 out of 10 games last season Phillips recorded 3+ pressures on the QB.
TA's Take: Phillips has it all and is a fast riser. He is a balanced defender, solid against the run and pass. He is athletic but also has good power. Has size and length, is extremely versatile.