Clemson

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 220 lbs

Lawrence has everything NFL teams want in their quarterback: size, athleticism, smarts, accuracy, and a gunslinger mentality. The Jaguars have purged their roster this summer in hopes of landing this player.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 228 lbs

I don’t think Dwayne Haskins will be brutal in Year 2 for Washington. Will he be good enough for a coaching staff not tied to him before this season to stay the course at the game’s most vital position? I don’t think so. Fields isn’t far behind Lawrence in terms of franchise quarterback skills.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 200 lbs

This is too perfect. Reuniting Chase and Burrow? Glorious. Chase is the consensus top receiver in the 2021 class and will provide a seamless transition from A.J. Green at the team’s top receiver spot.

Miami (FL)

• Soph

• 6’7″

/ 265 lbs

The Jets desperately need more pass-rushing juice along their defensive line, and while raw, Rousseau has perennial All-Pro potential given his size, length, and athletic gifts.

Oregon

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 330 lbs

Yes the Dolphins just picked a left tackle in the first round a few months ago, but Sewell is too good to pass at No. 5 overall, and Austin Jackson can be flipped to the other side of the blocking unit for Tua Tagovailoa. Robert Hunt, the team’s second-round pick in 2020, slides inside to guard.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 203 lbs

Carolina’s defensive reconstruction continues with Surtain, a long, loose-hipped outside cornerback with NFL bloodlines.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 244 lbs

While he didn’t draft Luke Kuechly, Giants GM Dave Gettleman reaped rewards of having an elite linebacker during his time in Carolina, and Parsons has looked like a first-round pick since his freshman season.

Ohio State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 313 lbs

Davis is the top interior blocker in the class, and given the age of Richie Incognito and Gabe Jackson, this is a logical pick for the Raiders.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 207 lbs

Back-to-back first-round cornerbacks for the Lions, and Farley has serious man-to-man abilities given his length and athletic gifts. Coach Matt Patricia knows the importance of quality, man-coverage cornerbacks in his defense.

Wake Forest

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 285 lbs

Basham has the freaky size and bend to play his way inside the top half of the first round, and the Dolphins must add quality outside rushers to their defense.

Texas

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 309 lbs

Cosmi glides in pass protection, and if he demonstrates more power and anchoring strength in 2020 at Texas, he’ll rocket up boards. The Broncos are likely to move on from the Garett Boles experiment after this season.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 182 lbs

Waddle is a chiseled, explosive receiver who’ll bring a needed big-play element to the Chargers’ offense.

Minnesota

• Soph

• 6’2″

/ 210 lbs

Quietly, the Browns could be in the receiver market next year with Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry entering what will be their eighth NFL seasons. Bateman has No. 1 receiver talent and could be eased into that role behind Beckham and Landry for a season or two.


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North Dakota State

• Fr

• 6’3″

/ 221 lbs

It might seem ambitious for the Bears to take another quarterback without loads of collegiate experience, but they’ll take things slower with the ultra-talented Lance in the Windy City.

TCU

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 208 lbs

Moehrig is a towering presence at the safety spot at 6-foot-2 and over 200 pounds. He snagged four picks last year from the deep middle and would inject a playmaking element to the back end in Atlanta.

Tennessee

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 330 lbs

The Cardinals need to fortify the interior of their offensive line for Kyler Murray. Smith is NFL strong right now. Plug-and-play pick.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 239 lbs

Kyle Pitts enters the season as the top tight end prospect on my board because of his dangerous receiving talent. He’s an amazing separator for the position and plays to every inch of his 6-foot-6 frame.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 305 lbs

Slater was a force field at left tackle at Northwestern last season and reminds me of Jonah Williams with his calm, balanced style of play.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Looking ahead, the Steelers have to add talented cornerbacks to their roster. Joe Haden will be 32 before next year’s draft. Wade is battled-tested in the slot and has supreme athletic gifts.

Washington

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 293 lbs

Onwuzurike’s first step is freaky, and he moves people in the trenches with steel beams for arms. He’s the perfect penetrating defensive tackle to play in Mike Zimmer’s defense.

Oregon

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 200 lbs

Holland’s football intelligence is through the roof, and it leads to him consistently making plays in coverage. He had nine picks and 10 pass breakups in his two years at Oregon.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 175 lbs

Finally, a first-round receiver for Aaron Rodgers. Smith is super skinny but explosive and has naturally impeccable ball skills.

Duke

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 235 lbs

Rumph is a smaller edge but brings it with more pass-rushing moves than you knew existed. The Bills have to plan ahead at the edge-rusher spot.

USC

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

The Jets need to provide Sam Darnold with better weapons. St. Brown can get open, and he’s nifty after the catch.

Miami (FL)

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 245 lbs

The former Temple product returns to Philadelphia to give the Eagles much-needed youth on the edge of their defensive line.

Georgia

• Soph

• 6’3″

/ 210 lbs

The former No. 1 recruit in the nation lands on a young and talented Georgia team with a former NFL offensive coordinator calling the plays. Bill Belichick trusts Kirby Smart’s player development and picks New England’s quarterback of the future.

Alabama

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 310 lbs

The Cowboys were looking for interior defensive line help this offseason, but lost Gerald McCoy for the year before the season began. Barmore is the next man up in the trenches at Alabama.

Pittsburgh

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 260 lbs

Jones is a tall, powerful edge rusher who plays with combative hands and can flatten to the quarterback. He’ll join a youthful, upstart defense in Tampa Bay.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 190 lbs

Clemson routinely sends NFL-ready cornerbacks to the NFL, and Kendrick looks the part. He had two picks and five pass breakups last year, and with A.J. Terrell gone, Kendrick will step into the spotlight.

Florida State

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 305 lbs

Baltimore has some horses up front on defense right now, but the likes of Calais Campbell, Derek Wolfe, and Brandon Williams are no longer in the prime of their careers. Wilson is a tall but quick penetrator.

TCU

• Soph

• 5’8″

/ 178 lbs

Washington is comparable to Jimmie Ward, in that he’s a compact safety that does it all.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 259 lbs

How about an heir apparent to Travis Kelce in Kansas City? Freiermuth has displayed Kelce-like flashes at Penn State.

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