As soon as college players declare for the NFL draft, the experts who make a living ranking players and creating mock drafts get to work figuring out where they might be ranked. The initial selections never stay the same, as there are several factors that come into play between the end of the college season and the draft. Players will have pro days, which can see their stock rise or fall rather dramatically. They will also have team interviews, which can also have an impact on their ranking. No two outlets have the rankings exactly the same at this point, but we can take a look at the projected top 5 based on how things look across the board, so let’s do that. That being said, let’s get right to it so you can continue getting ready to make your bets against their NFL Draft odds.
Updated 2021 NFL Draft Rankings
Trevor Lawrence QB
Even when this kid was coming out of high school and into the college ranks, the general consensus was that he was a future first-round pick. After a stellar career with Clemson, that is exactly what he will be, as it will be no surprise at all when the Jacksonville Jaguars select him first overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. Lawrence has not moved out of the #1 spot and was there even before he officially declared himself eligible. This is one ranking that is not going to change.
Ja’Marr Chase WR
The rankings after Lawrence are very much up for debate, but it would certainly not be a surprise to see LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase go with the second pick overall. Teams are always looking for offensive weapons, and this player has all the tools required to make him an instant starter in the NFL. Remember, though, that this list is about how players are ranked, not where they will actually go in the draft. What we are saying here is that Chase looks to be the most complete receiver in the draft.
Penei Sewell OT
There is a lot to like about this left tackle out of Oregon, and while there are some who suggest that Sewell may be missing that little nasty streak that sets NFL tackles apart from the rest, he has a ton of upside. That is going to make him a valuable option for a lot of teams across the league, so this is another player that is almost certainly going to be a high draft pick. Whether he goes ahead of some of the skilled position players on the board remains to be seen.
Zach Wilson QB
This is a very good QB class that we have in the draft this season, but where they will all eventually land seems to be open to discussion. The general consensus is that BYU QB Wilson is the second-best option after Lawrence, but there may be a few teams who see Justin Fields as the better option. There are some question marks with Fields, which is why he has not cracked the top 5 across all the different rankings, but it’s tough to say what each team might want.
Micah Parsons LB
Again, this final ranking is all subjective, but every team is always on the lookout for a reliable LB, and you have to say that Parsons is the best one on the board. He will start immediately wherever he finally ends up and will almost certainly have a noticeable impact.