2021 NFL Draft Eligible Rankings
by Tommy Harvey
It’s the middle of June 2020 and I am already thinking of the 2021 NFL draft and how
those players could fit on my fantasy football teams. I know I’m not the only one either.
It’s never too early to start looking ahead at what could be available to you in next
season’s rookie draft.
In SuperFlex leagues, the conversation will begin with the two “can’t miss”
Quarterbacks, but there is plenty of talent available at the other positions. Of course,
Alabama and Clemson will have top tier players in the draft, but there are alot of guys
you need to know about in order to effectively and efficiently plan ahead. That is the
reason I decided to compile a detailed list of who I see as the best draft eligible NFL
prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft.
*This list is comprised of 2021 NFL draft eligible offensive skill players by position with IDPs*
1. Trevor Lawrence (JR - Clemson) 6’6”, 220lbs
- Lawrence has long been considered the best QB prospect in years. Going back
to his time at Cartersville High School, he was looked at as a “can’t miss” guy.
Lawrence took over as the Clemson QB 5 games into his freshman season and
has led the Tigers to two consecutive National Title games, including a blowout
National Championship win over Alabama in his debut campaign. He showed a
more than adequate ability to run, which only enhances his value as a franchise
2. Justin Fields (JR - Ohio State) 6’3”, 227lbs
- Fields is a big time talent, who transferred to Ohio State after his freshman year
at Georgia. After his incredible Heisman Finalist season where he threw for 41
TDs and only 3 INTs, Fields will be a top Heisman candidate again. His ability to
elude and run away from defenders is a very good plus in today’s NFL.
3. Trey Lance (RS SO - North Dakota State) 6’3”, 221lbs
- Lance really emerged as a draftable prospect last season after he led the Bison
to a 16-0 FCS National Championship season. His amazing ability to throw and
run are Lamar Jackson-esque, and he will look to show off his skills again this
season. In 2019, Lance completed close to 67% of his passes for over 2,700
yards and 28 TDs with 0 (that’s right...ZERO) INTs to go with 1,100 yards and 14
TDs on the ground.
4. Jamie Newman (RS SR - Georgia) 6’4”, 229lbs
- Newman has yet to start a game for the Bulldogs after transferring from Wake
Forest, but he has all the tools to be a solid NFL Quarterback. Georgia is in a
position to win a National Title, so they have to trust Newman in order to hand
the team over to him. His 62% career completion percentage is a tad low when
compared to other high-end Quarterback prospects, but he played in a highly
complex offense at Wake Forest. Now at Georgia, Newman has the possibility to
become a household name.
5. Brock Purdy (JR - Iowa State) 6’1, 209lbs
6. Tanner Morgan (JR - Minnesota) 6’2”, 216lbs
7. Sam Ehlinger (SR - Texas) 6’3”, 229lbs
8. Kellen Mond (SR - Texas A&M) 6’2”, 217lbs
9. KJ Costello (RS SR - Mississippi State) 6’5”, 223lbs
10. Sean Clifford (RS JR - Penn State) 6’2”, 216lbs
*Also in consideration: Kyle Trask (Florida), D’Eriq King (Miami), Shane Buechele (SMU), Dustin Crum
(Kent State), Jack Coan (Wisconsin), Zach Wilson (BYU), Ian Book (Notre Dame), Jarrett Guarantano
1. Travis Etienne (SR - Clemson) 5’10”, 210lbs
- Etienne could have been the first RB off the board during this past draft, but he
chose to stay in school for his senior season. It’s hard to blame him considering
Clemson is a favorite to win the National Championship. Coming off
back-to-back 1,600 yard seasons, his ability to find the endzone is remarkable.
In three seasons, Etienne has scored 51 rushing TDs. He also showed the
ability to catch the ball out of the backfield in 2019 with 432 yards and 4
additional TDs on 37 receptions.
2. Najee Harris (SR - Alabama) 6’2”, 229lbs
- Harris’ return to Alabama for his Senior season was somewhat of a surprise, but
not completely out of left field like Etienne’s. 2019 was Harris’ first season as the
bell cow, and he did not disappoint. In an absolutely loaded offense, Harris ran
for 1,224 yards and 13 TDs and showed off good hands with 27 catches and 304
yards. In a similar mold to Derrick Henry, Harris could be in line to be the next
Alabama Pro Bowl caliber RB.
3. Chuba Hubbard (RS JR - Oklahoma State) 6’0”, 201lbs
- After a ridiculous Junior season that saw Hubbard run for 2,094 yards and 23
TDs, he is returning for his Senior season. Undoubtedly, a potential Heisman
candidate, Hubbard will also look to prove himself worthy of being the top
Running Back taken in the 2021 NFL Draft.
4. Kenneth Gainwell (RS SO - Memphis) 5’11”, 191lbs
- Memphis has really pumped out some good Running Backs over the past few
years. Gainwell is the next one, and could possibly be the best one. He ran for
1,459 yards and 13 TDs and caught another 51 balls for 610 yards in his
Redshirt Freshman year. Now a Redshirt Junior, Gainwell finds himself
positioned as one of the top RBs in this draft class. His value to NFL teams is
really magnified with his pass catching ability.
5. Trey Sermon (SR - Ohio State) 6’0”, 220lbs
- In three seasons with Oklahoma, Sermon ran for over 2,000 yards and 25 TDs.
After splitting time with Kennedy Brooks, Sermon decided to transfer to Ohio
State as a graduate transfer. His immediate eligibility means he will be a major
part of the Buckeyes offense. He will take over JK Dobbins role in 2020.
6. Journey Brown (RS JR - Penn State) 5’11”, 216lbs
7. Kylin Hill (SR - Mississippi State) 5’11”, 216lbs
8. Max Borghi (JR - Washington State) 5’10”, 197lbs
9. CJ Verdell (RS JR - Oregon) 5’9”, 210lbs
10. Zamir White (RS SO - Georgia) 6’0”, 215lbs
*Also in consideration: Jermar Jefferson (Oregon State), Kennedy Brooks (Oklahoma), Rakeem Boyd
(Arkansas), Demetric Felton (UCLA), Keaontay Ingram (Texas), Pooka Williams (Kansas), Mohamed
Ibrahim (Minnesota), Javian Hawkins (Louisville), Elijah Collins (Michigan State)*
1. Ja’Marr Chase (JR - LSU) 6’1”, 200lbs
- Does everyone remember how good Justin Jefferson was for LSU in 2019? Well,
Ja’Marr Chase was arguably better. 84 receptions, 1,780 yards, 20 TDs, and a
Biletnikoff award later, Chase returns to LSU as the absolute best WR prospect
in the 2021 draft. Joe Burrow is replaced by Myles Brennan, but Chase is
unstoppable as you will see in college football.
2. DeVonta Smith (SR - Alabama) 6’1”, 175lbs
- Smith exhibited tremendous talent last season on a team with a stacked Wide
Receiver corps. On a team with Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs, and Jaylen Waddle,
Smith still put up monster numbers. He led the Crimson Tide with 1,256 yards
and 14 TDs. Without Jeudy and Ruggs around this season, Smith will be called
upon to exceed last season’s lofty stats.
3. Jaylen Waddle (JR - Alabama) 5’10”, 183lbs
- Waddle, along with DeVonta Smith, are back for Alabama in 2020. To say
Jaylen Waddle is fast is an understatement, as he has elite speed. Henry Ruggs
was considered to be the fastest WR on the Alabama roster last season, but
Waddle’s speed rivals his. The top returning return guy in the country, Waddle
will be asked to fill Ruggs’ shoes as a receiver.
4. Tamorrion Terry (RS JR - Florida State) 6’4”, 219lbs
- Terry added 16lbs this offseason according to Florida State Head Coach Mike
Norvell, and is looking to add on to his outstanding 2019 season. With Norvell in
charge in Tallahasse, Terry could reach astronomical numbers in 2020.
5. Rashod Bateman (JR - Minnesota) 6’2”, 209lbs
- Bateman had 60 receptions, 1,219 yards, and 11 TDs last season for the
Gophers. What’s even more impressive is those numbers came with Tyler
Johnson on the field with him. Now that Johnson has moved on to catching
passes from Tom Brady, Bateman will be THE man for Minnesota and QB
6. Amon-Ra St. Brown (JR - USC) 6’1”, 195lbs
7. Tylan Wallace (SR - Oklahoma State) 6’0”, 185lbs
8. Justyn Ross (JR - Clemson) 6’4”, 205lbs *dropped due to recent season-ending surgery*
9. Rondale Moore (JR - Purdue) 5’9”, 181lbs
10. Charleston Rambo (RS JR - Oklahoma) 6’1”, 179lbs
*Also in consideration: Damonte Coxie (Memphis), Sage Surratt (Wake Forest), Jhamon Ausbon (Texas
A&M), Chris Olave (Ohio State), Terrace Marshall (LSU), Seth Williams (Auburn), Tyler Vaughs (USC),
Jacob Copeland (Florida), Tutu Atwell (Louisville), Brennan Eagles (Texas), Dazz Newsome (North Carolina), Elijah Moore (Mississippi), Warren Jackson (Colorado State), Nico Collins (Michigan), Dyami Brown (North Carolina), Justin Shorter (Florida)*
1. Brevin Jordan (JR - Miami) 6’3”, 245lbs
- Jordan, a former 4* recruit, has put together a tremendous first two seasons at
Miami. After being named to the All-ACC 2nd team as a Freshman, Jordan was
named to the 1st team as a Sophomore. At 245lbs, he has good speed and
could be the 1st TE off the board.
2. Kyle Pitts (JR - Florida) 6’6”, 239lbs
- Pitts was named to the All-SEC 1st team in 2019 after recording 54 catches, 649
yards, and 5 TDs for the Gators. A former Under Armour All-American in high
school, Pitts will compete with Brevin Jordan to be the top TE in the 2021 draft.
3. Pat Freiermuth (JR - Penn State) 6’5”, 256lbs
- Freiermuth has caught 69 passes for 875 yards and 15 TDs in his first two
seasons in Happy Valley. He is clearly a main target for QB Sean Clifford and
will garner alot of All-American consideration. I see Jason Witten at Tennessee
when I see Freiermuth play. Those are heavy words, but he has the talent.
4. Charlie Kolar (RS JR - Iowa State) 6’6”, 252lbs
- In 2019, Kolar was a semi-finalist for the Mackey Award, which is awarded to the
nation’s best TE. He could be the best of the TEs in this draft class by the time
it’s all said and done. He’s shown he can dominate in the Big 12.
5. Jake Ferguson (RS JR - Wisconsin) 6’5”, 246lbs
- Ferguson proved to be a consistent force last season as he more or less
duplicated his solid Redshirt Freshman year numbers (36 receptions, 456 yards,
4 TDs) in his Sophomore season (33 receptions, 407 yards, 2 TDs). If he can do
the same and better in 2020, Ferguson will get an opportunity to be a mid-round
1. Micah Parsons, LB (JR - Penn State) 6’3”, 245lbs
2. Gregory Rousseau, EDGE (JR - Miami) 6’6”, 251lbs
3. Joe Tryon, EDGE (JR - Washington) 6’5”, 262lbs
4. Shaun Wade, CB (JR - Ohio State) 6’1”, 194lbs
5. Patrick Surtain II, CB (JR - Alabama) 6’2”, 203lbs
6. Richard LeCounte, S (SR - Georgia) 5’11”, 190lbs
7. Andre Cisco, S (JR - Syracuse) 6’0”, 203lbs
8. Dylan Moses, LB (SR - Alabama) 6’3”, 233lbs
9. Carlos Basham, EDGE (SR - Wake Forest) 6’5”, 275lbs
10. Chazz Surratt, LB (SR- North Carolina) 6’3”, 230lbs
11. LaBryan Ray, DE/DT (JR - Alabama) 6’5”, 292lbs
12. Marvin Wilson, DT (SR - Florida State) 6’5”, 311lbs
13. Israel Mukuamu, CB (SR - South Carolina) 6’4”, 205lbs
14. Jay Tufele, DT (JR - USC) 6’3”, 315lbs
15. Quincy Roche, EDGE (SR - Miami) 6’4”, 235lbs