An early look at the 2020-2021 NFL Draft


Although the NFL season is far from over, football superstars in the college game have already presented themselves as the future of the sport. Regardless of age, position, or team, these young players dictate the upcoming decade of professional football. Through intense games and pressure-filled moments, All-Pro potential has sprawled throughout college football in ways that catch the eye of NFL teams and scouts. There is no doubt that the 2021 class is filled with star quality and standout prospects that will take the league by storm.

In relation to previous years, there is a clear-cut first pick. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has proven himself as one of the most promising prospects in NFL draft history. Barring a late-season injury, Lawrence will undoubtedly be the first quarterback selected and in all likelihood the number one pick. Rounding out the quarterback class is a group of dual-threat talents that include Justin Fields from Ohio State and Trey Lance from North Dakota State. While it is too early to tell, expect both of these players to be chosen in the first round. 

Comparatively, extremely skilled soon-to-be professional running backs and wide receivers are abundant in this class. Travis Etienne from Clemson and Najee Harris from Alabama both sit atop of the 2021 running back draft class. Although many halfbacks are undecided such as Kenny Gainwell, CJ Verdell, and Chuba Hubbard, expect a strong showing from the backfield in this years’ draft. Also, the wide receiver core is exceptional. Jaylen Waddle and Devonta Smith from Alabama—as well as Jamarr Chase and Terrace Marshall from LSU—make up the meat for wide receivers in the 2021 NFL draft class. It is clear that talent is plentiful for skill positions heading into next years’ draft. 

Although it is far off, the NFL Draft is growing closer by the day. Scouts from all 32 teams are working around the clock, keeping a close eye on the collegiate athletes. These generational talents have proved that they belong at the next level; however, playing time must be earned in an ultra-competitive league such as the NFL. As the careers of these young prospects progress, they will attempt to rise above fellow players and translate their talents to the next level.