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Pro Prospect Rankings – NFL Draft 2021

Pro Prospect Rankings – NFL Draft 2021

February 2021 Rankings
Offensive Players – Top 10 Rankings

* underclassmen
          Player              Ht/Wt     School
Quarterbacks
1 * Trevor Lawrence 6-6, 215 Clemson
2 * Zach Wilson 6-3, 210 Brigham Young
3 * Trey Lance 6-4, 225 North Dakota State
4 * Justin Fields 6-3, 225 Ohio State
5 * Mac Jones 6-3, 215 Alabama
6 Kyle Trask 6-5, 240 Florida
7 Kellen Mond 6-3, 215 Texas A&M
8 Jamie Newman 6-4, 230 Wake Forest
9 Sam Ehlinger 6-3, 225 Texas
10 K.J. Costello 6-5, 225 Mississippi State

Running Backs
1 Travis Etienne 5-10, 205 Clemson
2 Najee Harris 6-2, 230 Alabama
3 * Javonte Williams 5-10, 200 North Carolina
4 * Chuba Hubbard 6-0, 210 Oklahoma State
5 Michael Carter 5-8, 200 North Carolina
6 * Jaret Patterson 5-9, 195 Buffalo
7 * Kenneth Gainwell 5-11, 195 Memphis
8 * Khalil Herbert 5-9, 210 Virginia Tech
9 Trey Sermon 6-1, 215 Ohio State
10 Rhamondre Stevenson 6-0, 245 Oklahoma

Tight Ends
1 * Kyle Pitts 6-6, 245 Florida
2 Pat Freiermuth 6-5, 255 Penn State
3 * Hunter Long 6-5, 250 Boston College
4 Tony Poljan 6-7, 265 Virginia
5 * Brevin Jordan 6-3, 245 Miami
6 Tre McKitty 6-5, 245 Georgia
7 Tommy Tremble 6-4, 245 Notre Dame
8 Matt Bushman 6-5, 240 Brigham Young
9 Luke Farrell 6-6, 255 Ohio State
10 Noah Gray 6-4, 240 Duke

Wide Receivers
1 * Ja’Marr Chase 6-0, 205 LSU
2 DeVonta Smith 6-1, 175 Alabama
3 * Jaylen Waddle 5-10, 185 Alabama
4 Kadarius Toney 6-0, 195 Florida
5 * Tutu Atwell 5-9, 165 Louisville
6 * Rashod Bateman 6-2, 210 Minnesota
7 * Rondale Moore 5-9, 180 Purdue
8 * Terrace Marshall 6-3, 200 LSU
10 * Elijah Moore 5-9, 185 Mississippi




NFL Draft 2021 – Two Round Mock Draft

NFL Draft 2021 – Two Round Mock Draft

  February, 2021      * Underclassmen –   
  Selection order after Super Bowl LV –  Pre-postseason workouts 2021       

 All underclassmen had until Jan. 18th to declare for the NFL Draft 2021. Players had three days to rescind their decision and return to school and still retain their college eligibility. No underclassmen rescinded their decision.

1st Round

   #   Team                W/L          Player                     Pos      Ht/Wt                School

1 Jacksonville             1-15      * Trevor Lawrence          QB       6-6, 225            Clemson

2 NY Jets                    2-14      * Zach Wilson                  QB       6-3, 210            Brigham Young

3 Miami (Houston)       4-12      DeVonta Smith           WR       6-1, 175            Alabama

4 Atlanta                     4-12      * Patrick Surtain             CB        6-2, 205            Alabama

5 Cincinnati                 4-11-1   * Ja’Marr Chase             WR       6-0, 210            LSU

6 Philadelphia             4-11-1   * Jaylen Waddle            WR       5-10, 185          Alabama

7 Detroit                     5-11      * Penei Sewell                   OT        6-6, 330            Oregon

8 Carolina                   5-11      * Justin Fields                 QB       6-3, 225            Ohio St

9 Denver                     5-11        Rashawn Slater              OG       6-4, 315            Northwestern

10 Dallas                      6-10      * Christian Darrisaw       OT        6-5, 315            Virginia Tech

11 NY Giants                6-10      * Gregory Rousseau       DE       6-7, 265            Miami

12 San Francisco          6-10      * Caleb Farley                CB        6-2, 205            Virginia Tech

13 LA Chargers             7-9        * Micah Parsons           LB        6-3, 245            Penn State

14 Minnesota                7-9        Kwity Paye                    DE       6-4, 270            Michigan

15 New England            7-9        * Mac Jones                  QB       6-3, 215            Alabama

16 Arizona                    8-8        * Kyle Pitts                      TE        6-6, 245            Florida

17 Las Vegas                8-8        * Christian Barmore       DT        6-5, 315            Alabama

18 Miami                       10-6      * Jaelan Phillips             DE       6-5, 265            Miami

19 Washington              7-9        * Trey Lance                  QB       6-4, 225            North Dakota St

20 Chicago                   8-8        * Jalen Mayfield             OT        6-5, 325            Michigan

21 Indianapolis              11-5      Travis Etienne               RB        5-10, 205          Clemson

22 Tennessee                11-5      * Jaycee Horn                 CB        6-1, 205            South Carolina

23 NY Jets (Seattle)       12-4     Kadarius Toney            WR       5-11, 190          Florida

24 Pittsburgh                12-4      Najee Harris                  RB        6-2, 230            Alabama

25 Jacksonville (Rams) 10-6    * Samuel Cosmi           OT        6-7, 310            Texas

26 Cleveland                 11-5      Aaron Robinson            CB        6-1, 195            Central Florida

27 Baltimore                 11-5      * Wyatt Davis                OG       6-4, 315            Ohio St

28 New Orleans             12-4    * Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – LB  6-2, 215     Notre Dame

29 Buffalo                    13-3       * Zaven Collins                LB        6-4, 260            Tulsa

30 Green Bay                13-3      Alex Leatherwood         OL        6-6, 315            Alabama

31 Kansas City              14-2      Landon Dickerson         C          6-6, 325            Alabama

32 Tampa Bay              11-5      * Azeez Ojulari             LB        6-3, 240            Georgia

Second Round

33 Jacksonville              * Alijah Vera-Tucker                 OT        6-4, 315            Southern Cal

34 NY Jets                      * Javonte Williams                     RB        5-10, 220          North Carolina

35 Atlanta                       * Nick Bolton                               LB        6-0, 235            Missouri

36 Miami (Houston)      * Eric Stokes                             CB        6-1, 185            Georgia

37 Philadelphia             * Daviyon Nixon                         DT        6-3, 305            Iowa

38 Cincinnati                 * Pat Freiermuth                        TE        6-5, 255            Penn St

39 Carolina                   * Terrace Marshall                     WR       6-3, 200            LSU

40 Denver                      Levi Onwuzurike                        DT        6-3, 290            Washington

41 Detroit                       Kyle Trask                                    QB       6-5, 240            Florida

42 NY Giants                * Rashod Bateman                    WR       6-2, 210            Minnesota

43 San Francisco          * Tyson Campbell                     CB        6-2, 195             Georgia

44 Dallas                      * Shaun Wade                             CB        6-1, 195             Ohio St

45 Jax (Minn)                * Marvin Wilson                      DT        6-5, 305            Florida St

46 New England            Carlos Basham                         DE       6-4, 285            Wake Forest

47 LA Chargers             * Rondale Moore                      WR       5-9, 180            Purdue

48 Las Vegas                * Ronnie Perkins                       DE       6-3, 245            Oklahoma

49 Arizona                    * Joe Tryon                                 LB        6-5, 260            Washington

50 Miami                       * Jevon Holland                         S          6-1, 200            Oregon

51 Washington              Teven Jenkins                           OT        6-6, 320            Oklahoma St

52 Chicago                   * Hunter Long                             TE        6-5, 255            Boston College

53 Tennessee                Dillon Radunz                            OT        6-6, 300            North Dakota St

54 Indianapolis              * Trevon Moehrig                     S          6-2, 205            Texas Christian

55 Pittsburgh                Quincy Roche                             LB        6-3, 245            Miami

56 Seattle                     * Creed Humphrey                      C          6-5, 320            Oklahoma

57 LA Rams                  * Walker Little                             OT        6-7, 320            Stanford

58 Baltimore                 * Amon-Ra St. Brown               WR       6-1, 195            Southern Cal

59 Cleveland                 D’Wayne Iskridge                      WR       5-9, 190            Western Michigan

60 New Orleans             * Dylan Moses                          LB        6-3, 240            Alabama

61 Green Bay                Richie Grant                               S          5-11, 200           Central Florida

62 Buffalo                    * Elijah Moore                            WR       5-9, 185            Mississippi

63 Kansas City              * Greg Newsome                       CB        6-1, 190            Northwestern

64 Tampa Bay              * Tutu Atwell                              WR       5-9, 165            Louisville




NFL Salary Cap 2021

NFL Salary Cap 2021 – Updated

The NFL salary cap in 2021 has been readjusted to a new level. The NFL office announced this week that the new salary cap floor has been increased from $175 million to $180 million following talks with the NFLPA.

“As you know, one aspect of the agreements negotiated last summer with the NFLPA to address operations during the pandemic provides that the 2021 Salary Cap will be no less than $175 million. Following discussions with the union that addressed both actual 2020 revenues and projected attendance for the 2021 season, we have agreed to increase the minimum Salary cap for the 2021 League Year to $180 million.

The final Salary Cap for the 2021 season will be set following review of final 2020 revenue figures and other audit and accounting adjustments. The agreement increased the minimum 2021 Salary Cap by $5 million per club, from $175 million to $180 million.

With the pandemic limiting the live game gate at 2020 games for every team along with other revenue streams, the expectation had been that the salary cap would fall significantly from 2020 figure of $198.2 million. Most prior years the cap increased $10 million dollars annually. The new floor mitigates some of that decrease.

Until the official cap is set, teams won’t know exactly where their limits are through free agency in 2021. At the very least, the new floor gives clubs a starting point to begin making plans ahead of the new league year, which opens on March 17. Clubs are expected to make wholesale changes prior to the new year with many high-priced veterans released or traded to get under the cap. The franchise and transitional tags may have fewer teams willing to lock into their high-priced positional salary designations. In additional to the free agency movement, the trade market is primed for a very active period with clubs trying to increase their draft capital and reduce their salary cap figure.  Many deals are starting to be agreed upon but will not become official unto the start of the league year on March 17th.




Pro Days 2021 – updated

Pro Days 2021 – updated

With the NFL Combine 2021 cancelled this year, the upcoming Pro Days will be more important than ever. NFL scouts, coaches and general managers will canvas the country at colleges prior to the NFL Draft to get more updated information on prospects. With so many players having the shortest resumes collectively in recent memory, the late Pro Days can become a huge influence on the prospects potential with significant impact on his draft status.

NFL teams will canvass college campuses this offseason to catchup on scouting prospects for workouts, interviews and medical updates, all of which will have a huge effect on their final rating.

This schedule is updated and fluid according to the Pandemic and college situations.

Pro Days 2021

Feb 12
Clemson (passing drills with QB Trevor Lawrence and receivers)

March
5th – Kansas
9th – Kansas State
10th – Wisconsin
10th – Arkansas

11th – Clemson
11th – Nevada

12th – Oklahoma
12th – North Dakota State

16th – Georgia Tech

17th – Pittsburgh
17th – Louisiana-Monroe

18th – Auburn
18th – Louisiana Tech
18th – Georgia Tech
18th – Buffalo
18th – West Virginia

19th – Texas Christian
19th – Memphis19
19th – Ohio U

22nd – Iowa
22nd – Colorado State
22nd – Florida State
22nd – Toledo

23rd – Alabama
23rd – Central Michigan
23rd – Iowa State
23rd – Nebraska
23rd – Purdue

24th – Michigan State
24th – Mississippi St
24th – South Carolina
24th – Western Michigan
24th – Virginia

25th – Mississippi
25th – SMU
25th – UMass
25th – North Texas
25th – Penn State
25th – San Diego State
25th – Western Michigan

26th – Boston College
26th – BYU
26th – Michigan
26th – Virginia Tech
26th – South Dakota State

29th – Miami (Fla.)
29th – Miami (Oh.)
29th – North Carolina
29th – Duke
29th – Louisiana-Laf

30th – Louisville
30th – Washington
30th – Tulane

31th – Notre Dame
31th – Boise State
31th – Florida
31th – Kentucky

April
1st – Oklahoma State
1st – South Florida
1st – Charlotte

9th – Houston
9th – UAB

The schedule will change throughout the offseason due to conflicts, the Covid 19 testing and changes in any regional combine commitments by the NFL.

 




NFL Calendar 2021 – February thru Opening Day – Sept 9th

NFL Calendar 2021 – February thru Opening Day
Key NFL Free Agency Dates and Designations

FEBRUARY 8th – As of Monday, teams are allowed to start releasing players without having to worry about any repercussion on last year’s (2020) Salary Cap, which still technically applies until March 17. So, teams are now able to start making moves with the aim of improving their Salary Cap for 2021. All players released between February 8th and the start of the new league year on March 17th are subject to waivers. If they clear waivers, they immediately become free agents and are free to sign a contract at any time (even if before March 17th).

With the new league year set to commence on March 17th, expect most teams to start making veteran moves at some point in early March.

LATE FEBRUARY – Over the last few years, the NFL has announced the Compensatory Draft picks on the Friday before the Scouting Combine.  With the Combine being virtual this year, it remains to be seen when the League will announce Comp picks.
FEBRUARY 23rd – MARCH 9th – As of February 23rd, teams can start designating a soon-to-be free agent player with the Franchise or Transition Tag. If a team wants to use either Tag, they must do so by 4:00 pm on March 9th.

MARCH 15th – The “legal tampering” window opens. As of March 15th, other teams can start discussing contract offers and terms with potential free agents, though a contract cannot be agreed upon until March 17th.

MARCH 17th – At 4:00 pm on Wednesday, March 17th, the 2021 NFL League year begins:

Teams must have submitted tender offers to all of their Restricted Free Agents (RFAs) and Exclusive Rights Free Agents (ERFAs) who they want to retain. Teams must exercise all 2021 contract options tied to the first day of the league year.

Free Agency for veteran players and the Trading period begins.
All teams must be under the Salary Cap and the Rule of 51 Cap computation begins.

Recent reports have suggested that the league Salary Cap is projected to be in the $180-181M range.  Using the midpoint of that range – $180.5M – as the Cap. Once RFAs and ERFAs are tendered and other adjustments are applied. This number will obviously change as teams make other moves – signing, re-signings, restructures and/or contract extensions.

APRIL 23rd – The deadline for teams to sign RFAs to an offer sheet.  If another team signs a RFA to an offer sheet, the player’s present team has five days to match that offer or potentially (depending on the tender given to the play) receive draft pick compensation if they decline to match.  With the NFL Draft starting on April 29th, the deadline to sign a player to an offer sheet and allow for the required five-day match period is April 23rd.

ARPIL 29th-May 1st – The NFL Draft 2021 – Cleveland, Ohio

MAY 4th – May 4th is the CBA-mandated date by which 5th Year Options must be exercised for 4th year players who were drafted in the 1st round.

MAY 5th – The “May 5th Tender” date.  This date, which was moved forward from June 1st a couple of years ago, is essentially the last date that the signing or losing of a free agent will count toward the Compensatory Draft pick calculation. The May 5th Tender – which rarely happens – is a way a team can potentially obtain exclusive negotiating rights with a player later in the summer.  It also provides extended Comp pick eligibility if the player is tendered a contract of at least 110% of his prior year’s compensation by May 5th.  Otherwise, if the player is not given the May 5th Tender, he no longer counts toward the Comp pick formula and the team cannot gain any special negotiating advantage later in the off season. As a practical matter, very few free agents who remain unsigned by May 5th are worth such a tender.
JUNE 1st – In past years this is the last day that teams can release a player and have all of the dead money from that release count against the present year’s Salary Cap. If released after June 1st, only the present year’s bonus prorations counts against the Cap in that year and all future bonus prorations would count against the following year’s Cap.

JULY 15th – This is the deadline for signing a player who has received the Franchise or Transition tag to a long-term deal. If no long-term deal can be reached by this date, the player must play that year under the one-year contract provided under the Franchise/Transaction Tender and cannot sign a long-term deal until after the season is over.

LATE JULY – NFL Training 2021 camps start opening.

SEPTEMBER 4th – Final cutdown date, all teams must cutdown to 53 players.

SEPTEMBER 9th – At 12:00 a.m., the Rule of 51 ends and all teams must be fully under the 2021 Salary Cap. This includes all of the players on the 53-man roster, the Practice Squad and all players on any of the reserve lists (IR, PUP, etc.).

SEPTEMBER 9th, 12th-13th – Week 1 of 2021 NFL regular season.




Senior Bowl 2021 Game – Mond & Sample Earn MVP Honors

Senior Bowl 2021 Game

    Draft Insiders’ Staff

QB Mond and DE Sample Earn Game MVP Honors

The 2021 Senior Bowl game was played after an impressive effort by the All-classic staff led by Director Jim Nagy. The condensed week of practices prior to the Saturday game came off without a glitch from the benefit of strict Pandemic guidelines and an expanded player roster.

With an interesting roster of pro prospects who completed the week of practices, physicals and interviews the All-star classic was a competitive contest that ended with a National team win over the American squad 27-24.

QB Kellen Mond of Texas A&M walked off with the MVP award after a clutch effort directing several drives to lead the National team throughout the second half when they scored all their points. Mond helped his cause, showing a strong arm, fine mobility and sound decision making. He heads the second tier of QB prospects entering the interview process prior the NFL Draft 2021.

         Draft Insiders’ 2021 January Newsletter is available now

The February Newsletter will be available this week with extensive coverage of the Senior Bowl plus Mock Draft and new Top 100 prospects

Runners Michael Carter and Rhondae Stevenson were featured often and produced. Carter displayed big play ability as both a runner and receiver and helped his cause immensely. Wideouts Amari Rodgers, Frank Darby and Shi Smith had nice performances and elevated their stock.

The NFL Draft usually benefits from the Senior Bowl defenders and this game featured several impact pass rushers in Cam Sample, Quincy Roche, Janarius Robinson and Patrick Jones. LB KJ Britt of Auburn had a strong game and picked up his keys quickly and had a burst to the ball to finish. Sample had an impressive game and earned Defensive MVP honors.

Linebackers, Jordan Smith and Baron Browning also made big plays during the game after a strong week of practices. Corner Aaron Robinson displayed fast developing coverage skills in the practices and joined the elite cover men in this class after an impressive overall week.

This was the final football action for the year with the offseason workout portion in disarray with both the NFL Combine and school Pro Days terminated or significantly curtailed. They could be completely closed out due to the Pandemic as teams face stiff limitations completing the scouting process. Zoom sessions may be the only interaction with players in many cases, between prospects and any perspective NFL teams.

Senior Bowl Game Players

Offensive Players
12 Mond, Kellen                        QB       Texas A&M       6024     205
11 Ehlinger, Sam                       QB       Texas               6014     222
7 Carter, Michael                       RB        North Carolina   5077     202
29 Stevenson, Rhamondre         RB        Oklahoma         5115     227
3 Rodgers, Amari                      WR       Clemson           5094     211
10 Felton, Demetric                   WR       UCLA               5085     189
13 Fitzpatrick, Dez                     WR       Louisville           6021     202
84 Darby, Frank                        WR       Arizona State    6001     194
13 Smith, Shi                            WR       South Carolina 5100     186
75 Radunz, Dillon                      OL        North Dakota St   6055 304
72 Hainsey, Robert                    OL        Notre Dame      6044     302
55 Hudson, James                    OL        Cincinnati          6043     302

Defensive Players
5 Sample, Cam                         DL        Tulane             6026     274
92 Odighizuwa, Osa                  DL        UCLA               6020     280
96 Robinson, Janarius               LB        Florida State     6050     266
90 Jones, Patrick                       DL        Pittsburgh         6044     264
49 Graham, Ta’Quon                 DL        Texas               6030     290
55 Roche, Quincy                      DL        Miami               6027     243
33 Britt, KJ                                LB        Auburn             6001     239
47 Smith, Elerson                      LB        Northern Iowa   6064     262
55 Browning, Baron                   LB        Ohio State        6031     241
31 Robinson, Aaron                   CB        Central Florida 5114     190
25 St. Juste, Benjamin               CB        Minnesota         6033     200
8 Taylor, Keith                           CB        Washington       6023     191
27 Grant, Richie                        S          Central Florida 5115     8200