The 2020 NFL Draft is finally in the books, so it's already time to look toward the 2021 draft. The stock of next year's players will undoubtedly change, but here's our first stab at the 2021 NFL Draft as of April 27.
The Jaguars are set to give Gardner Minshew another shot in 2020. If he falters, the team could be in prime position for one of the best quarterback drafts in years. Lawrence is the overwhelming favorite to be next year's first overall pick with two outstanding seasons under his belt, throwing 66 touchdowns and also showing good mobility.
Washington drafted Dwayne Haskins in the first round last year, but he struggled in his rookie season. If it happens again, the team could reenter the quarterback market. Fields had a breakout first season in Columbus, with 41 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing scores.
It's possible that Chase would have been the first wideout selected this year if he were eligible after an incredible sophomore season. He had 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns for the Tigers last season, showing great speed and hands as well as the ability to create space. The Bengals drafted Tee Higgins and have retained A.J. Green for 2020, but Green's future is in doubt after two consecutive injury-plagued seasons.
A dominant left tackle prospect, Sewell has dominated in two seasons at Oregon. He stands as the top offensive line prospect in the 2021 class at this time.
Miami revamped its defense this offseason, but teams can never have enough quality pass rushers. Rousseau had an incredible sophomore season just down the road from the Dolphins, with 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss.
Detroit has prioritized the offensive line over the last two seasons but could continue to strengthen it next year. Cosmi is a strong left tackle prospect at 6-foot-7, 300 pounds.
The Crimson Tide are set to reload at wideout in 2021 with Waddle and DeVonta Smith after losing Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs. Waddle already has 78 catches for 1,408 yards and 13 touchdowns in his first two seasons and would provide big upside for a Giants offense that is lacking at wideout.
The son of an 11-year NFL corner, Surtain goes into the year as the top corner after two strong seasons at Alabama already. The Jets have had a revolving door at cornerback recently.
The Raiders have revamped what was an elite offensive line not long ago, but 2018 first-round pick Kolton Miller has struggled in his first two seasons. If he doesn't improve this year, the 2021 class is loaded with quality tackle options like the 6-foot-7 Little.
Two of L.A.'s top cornerbacks are in their 30s already, so the position could be a top priority in next year's draft. Wade has four picks in two seasons with the Buckeyes and would be following the footsteps of 2019 first-round picks Jeff Okudah and Damon Arnette.
Could Larry Fitzgerald be entering his final NFL season? The Cardinals haven't been shy about adding wideouts since Kliff Kingsbury's hiring, and Ross has shown immense ability in two seasons with Clemson. During that time, he has 112 receptions for 1,865 yards and 17 touchdowns.
The Falcons opted for cornerback A.J. Terrell in the first round of this year's draft but could look toward his former Clemson teammate next year with pass rush being a need. Thomas has only five sacks in two seasons but should be set for more snaps this year.
The Broncos have struggled at right tackle, and Leatherwood has shown himself to be an elite tackle at Alabama. There's certainly a good chance he could pick up steam as a top five pick next year.
Miami will still be reaping the benefits of the Laremy Tunsil trade next year. Sterns has been a highly productive player in two seasons at Texas and was the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2018.
Moore was one of the top freshman in the country in 2018 with 114 catches for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns, along with two scores on the ground. However, he played only four games last year due to a knee injury. The 5-foot-9 slot receiver prospect could add explosiveness for the Browns as Baker Mayfield continues to develop.
A former top recruit from Pennsylvania, Parsons already has 191 tackles and 6.5 tackles in two seasons at Penn State. He's clearly the best inside linebacker prospect in college going into 2021.
A transfer from Georgia, Mays is a former top recruit with plenty of size at 6-foot-6, 318 pounds. Offensive line could be in play for Chicago next year as the team continues to rebuild that area.
Transferring from Wake Forest to Georgia for the 2020 season, Newman is an extremely mobile quarterback who was the driver of the Wake offense last year with 2,868 yards passing and over 500 rushing yards in 12 games. He has a big year ahead of him with more talent surrounding him at Georgia.
The Jags currently have two first-round picks next year as a result of the Jalen Ramsey trade. They spent big on Joe Schobert in free agency this offseason but could be in the market for another linebacker alongside Schobert and Myles Jack. Moses is looking to rehab his value after missing 2019 due to a knee injury.
Minnesota drafted Jeff Gladney in the first round this year but could be in the market for more depth next year after suffering multiple cornerback losses this offseason. Adebo might have been a first-round pick this year had he declared. He has recorded eight picks over the last two seasons.
Buffalo acquired Josh Norman this offseason to see if he has anything left. If not, Campbell is one option for 2021. He's coming off an injury-plagued season but emerged as a top NFL prospect following his 2018 season.
The Bucs could find Tom Brady's heir next year with Purdy, who has helped make the Cyclones relevant on the national scene over the last two years. Over 13 games in 2019, Purdy threw for 3,982 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Seattle has rebuilt its secondary through the draft over the last few seasons, and that could continue in 2021. Jobe is set to pick up more playing time this year and showed solid flashes last season for the Crimson Tide.
The Cowboys added an exciting weapon in CeeDee Lamb in the first round this year and could continue building out weapons for Dak Prescott next season. Jordan has shown good receiving ability in 18 career games, with 67 catches for 782 yards and six scores.
Mukuamu really opened eyes with his sophomore season, finishing with 59 tackles and four picks in 12 games. The Pats got younger in the secondary by drafting Kyle Dugger this year and should continue that revamp in the near future with one of the oldest secondaries in the league.
Smith opted to return to school for 2020 despite a huge 2019 season with 68 catches for 1,256 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has a better chance to be a first-round pick in a thinner wide receiver class next year.
Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva is entering the final season of his contract in Pittsburgh. Notre Dame has been an elite offensive line haven recently, and Eichenberg has been locked in as the team's left tackle.
LeCounte is a former five-star recruit who has been highly productive in three seasons, including 61 tackles and four picks last year. Philly is experimenting with Jalen Mills at safety in 2020, but LeCounte is a good replacement if that move doesn't work out.
Jared Cook isn't signed beyond 2020, and the tight end has long been key in the Saints offense. Freiermuth has been a great red-zone receiver in two seasons for the Nittany Lions, with 15 touchdowns.
The Ravens drafted Marquise Brown in the first round last year and could continue to build their weapons for Lamar Jackson. Williams had 59 catches for 830 yards and eight touchdowns last season in his sophomore campaign and has plenty of size at 6-foot-3.
Etienne made a surprising decision to return to school in 2020. He's had back-to-back 1,600 yard rushing seasons with explosive speed and has also developed into a good receiver. San Francisco has opted to spend in free agency on running backs, but Etienne's upside and speed would make him attractive.
Chris Jones might play on the franchise tag in 2020, and it's unclear how the Chiefs will be able to afford him beyond next season with Patrick Mahomes' contract pending. Tufele is an intriguing prospect to replace him, producing 41 tackles and 3.5 sacks last year.
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