NFL DRAFT 2021: TOP 5 POSITIONAL PROSPECTS

NFL DRAFT 2021: TOP 5 POSITIONAL PROSPECTS
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The Draft Talk team have been discussing their top positional prospects and here Owain brings you his top 5s!

If you want a more in-depth analysis of each pick, be sure to check out the Draft Talk podcast. You can listen on most podcast providers which includes both Spotify and also Apple Podcasts.

Just search for ‘Ninety-nine Yards‘ wherever you get your podcasts, or you can take a listen to the latest episode at the bottom of this article!

Keep your eye out for the rest of the Draft Talk team releasing their top 5s which will include some notable inclusions and exclusions!

Lets Jump right in. This is Owain’s top 5 positional prospects, which includes some unfamiliar names and some unconventional picks!

TOP 5 POSITIONAL PROSPECTS

QUARTERBACKS

TOP 5 PROSPECT TREVOR LAWRENCE
Trevor Lawrence has all the ability to become a franchise quarterback. He is the consensus pick for the Jacksonville Jaguars when they are on the clock. Image Credit: AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File
1.TREVOR LAWRENCECLEMSON
2.TREY LANCENDSU
3.JUSTIN FIELDSOHIO STATE
4.ZACH WILSONBYU
5.MAC JONESALABAMA

RUNNING BACKS

Travis Etienne
Travis Etienne is an explosive running back who will be looking to make an impact early in his NFL career. But, with stiff competition, will he be the first running back picked? Photo Credit: Carl Ackerman Jr
1.TRAVIS ETIENNECLEMSON
2.NAJEE HARRISALABAMA
3.JAVONTE WILLIAMSNORTH CAROLINA
4.KENNETH GAINWELLMEMPHIS
5.KHALIL HERBERTVIRGINIA TECH

WIDE RECEIVERS

Ja'Marr Chase at the National Championship Game
 Ja’Marr Chase is a superstar receiver who is a consensus top 10 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. After opting out of the 2020 season, there is a chance he will be reunited with Joe Burrow at the Bengals. Image Credit: Derick E. Hingle/CBSSports
1.JA’MARR CHASELSU
2.JAYLEN WADDLEALABAMA
3.RASHOD BATEMANMINNESOTA
4.DEVONTA SMITHALABAMA
5.RONDALE MOOREPURDUE

TIGHT ENDS

 Players like Kyle Pitts don’t come around very often and he is likely to be taken early in round 1. He has the highest draft rating amongst tight ends for over a decade. IMAGE CREDIT: AP Photo/John Raoux
1.KYLE PITTSFLORIDA
2.PAT FREIERMUTHPENN STATE
3.HUNTER LONGBOSTON COLLEGE
4.BREVIN JORDANMIAMI
5.TRE MCKITTYGEORGIA

OFFENSIVE TACKLES

Penei Sewell is the top tackle in this mock draft
After opting out, Penei Sewell remains a top 5 positional prospect in this year’s draft. Sitting at #2 on our big board, it seems some teams rank Slater higher. IMAGE CREDIT: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
1.PENEI SEWELLOREGON
2.RASHAWN SLATERNORTHWESTERN
3.CHRISTIAN DARRISAWVIRGINA TECH
4.TEVEN JENKINSOKLAHOMA STATE
5.JALEN MAYFIELDMICHIGAN

INTERIOR OFFENSIVE LINE

Whether Alijah Vera-Tucker is a tackle or a guard, it doesn’t matter. He has the ability to be a pro bowler playing from the inside. The versatility he possesses will be encouraging for NFL teams. Image Credit: USC Trojans
1.ALIJAH VERA-TUCKERUSC
2.WYATT DAVISOHIO STATE
3.CREED HUMPHREYOKLAHOMA
4.LANDON DICKERSONALABAMA
5.TREY SMITHTENNESSEE

DEFENSIVE TACKLES

In a poor defensive tackle class, Christian Barmore is the shining light and is a likely first round pick. There is a chance he is taken in the top 20 because of the poor DT class. Image Credit: AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth.
1.CHRISTIAN BARMOREALABAMA
2.LEVI ONWUZURIKEWASHINGTON
3.DAVIYON NIXONIOWA
4.MARVIN WILSONFLORIDA STATE
5.DARIUS STILLSWEST VIRGINIA

EDGE RUSHERS

Gregory Rousseau is the top positional prospect at edge rusher
With no stand out player in this year’s edge class, Gregory Rousseau has the highest upside at the next level. There is no doubt he is polarising draft analysts even inside the Draft Talk team! Image Credit: Al Diaz / MIAMI HERALD
1.GREGORY ROUSSEAUMIAMI
2.AZEEZ OJULARIGEORGIA
3.KWITY PAYEMICHIGAN
4.JAYSON OWEHPENN STATE
5.JAELAN PHILLIPSMIAMI
**DISCLAIMER** – #5 HAS CHANGED FROM RONNIE PERKINS TO JAELAN PHILLIPS

LINEBACKERS

Micah Parsons is a top positional prospect
Micah Parsons is a special player, in fact, he is a top 5 overall player on our big board. Image Credit: 247sports.com
1.MICAH PARSONSPENN STATE
2.JEREMIAH OWUSU-KORAMOAHNOTRE DAME
3.ZAVEN COLLINSTULSA
4.NICK BOLTONMISSOURI
5.JAMIN DAVISKENTUCKY
**DISCLAIMER** – #5 HAS CHANGED FROM CHAZZ SURRATT TO JAMIN DAVIS

CORNERBACKS

Surtain is top of our positional prospects
Alabama’s Patrick Surtain saw the highest floor of all cornerbacks, but South Carolina’s Jayee Horn is not far behind. Image Credit: Rolltide.com
1.PATRICK SURTAIN IIALABAMA
2.JAYCEE HORNSOUTH CAROLINA
3.ERIC STOKESGEORGIA
4.CALEB FARLEYVIRGINIA TECH
4.ELIJAH MOLDENWASHINGTON
**Because of Caleb Farley’s back surgery he has swapped places with Eric Stokes**

SAFETIES

ANDRE CISCO is in our top 5 positional prospects
A bold call, but Owain has had Andre Cisco as his top rated safety positional prospect since last summer! Image Credit: Syracuse University Athletics
1.ANDRE CISCOSYRACUSE
2.TREVON MOEHRIGTCU
3.RICHIE GRANTUCF
4.JEVON HOLLANDOREGON
5.TYREE GILLESPIEMISSOURI

What do you make of Owain’s top 5 positional prospects? Let us know over on Twitter @NinetynineYards and @Owain_Jones_ 

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