The 2021 NFL Draft is finally here and it is time to share our thoughts on the TOP 10 Picks for tonight! Each player will get a brief analysis of why they are being chosen in this slot and what they can immediately bring to an NFL Franchise.
Trevor Lawrence QB (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Done deal. This is the most promising NFL Prospect since Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck coming out of college. Lawrence has done nothing but win since he was a high school Quarterback where he shattered state records. At Clemson, he put his team in contention for a National Championship every year and collected a ring of his own during his time as a Tiger. Jacksonville will be getting an experienced and extremely mature guy who is ready to play at the NFL level day one.
Zach Wilson QB (New York Jets)
Wilson went from a boarder line NFL Quarterback this time last year to the unanimous #2 pick in the 2021 Draft. His 2020 Season was nothing short of special. Wilson was able to help BYU climb into the top rankings of college football and throw for 33 Touchdowns and just 3 Interceptions. The Jets are getting a fresh start to rebuild the Franchise with a new Head Coach and Quarterback.
Trey Lance QB (San Francisco 49ers)
The San Francisco 49ers do not have Jimmy G in their long term plan. No matter what Kyle Shanahan tells the media they are selecting their future Quarterback with the third overall pick. It will be the mystery of Trey Lance out of North Dakota State. The 6’2 225 lb. QB has a natural skill set to flourish in a play action heavy pass offense which San Fran has to offer. In his only season as a full starter Lance threw for 2,700 Pass Yards with an eye opening 28 Touchdowns and 1 INT. Adding 1,100 rushing yards on the ground with 14 Touchdowns.
Kyle Pitts TE (Atlanta Falcons)
The most talented non-quarterback in the draft. Kyle Pitts is the closest thing to Travis Kelce and has even gotten comparisons to Julio Jones with his physique. The Falcons new Head Coach is Arthur Smith who was last year’s Tennessee Titans OC. Smith loved using Jonnu Smith and it is most likely he will take Kyle Pitts as his first choice as the Falcons Head Coach.
Penei Sewell OT (Cincinnati Bengals)
If the Bengals want to stand behind their #1 overall pick last year in Joe Burrow they should most likely protect him. Sewell is the best offensive lineman in the Draft and this pick should have no debate in the Cincinnati front office. A true Franchise Tackle waiting to change the offensive line of a team for the next decade.
Ja’Marr Chase WR (Miami Dolphins)
Miami has lacked the WR 1 since Jarvis Landry left them for the Cleveland Browns a few seasons back. Chase will not only expand the play making ability of Tua but also stretch the field for other playmakers to move the chains for the Miami Dolphins. I see Chase as identical to Justin Jefferson who came into the league and immediately had an impact in his first season.
Rashawn Slater OT (Detroit Lions)
With a new Coach and Quarterback in the organization it is best to start to strengthen a below average Offensive Line. Slater is coming out of Northwestern and ready to start for an NFL Team on day one. You can never go wrong taking a Top Lineman to rebuild a Franchise.
Jaylen Waddle (Carolina Panthers)
The Carolina Panthers seem to be happy with the option of Sam Darnold at Quarterback after their departure with Teddy Bridgewater early this week. Jaylen Waddle can be an immediate starter and impact player and help this offense get a spark they desperately need. Waddle will be the second wide receiver off the board and due to solid measures of his tremendous success with the ball in his hands on the gridiron.
Micah Parsons LB (Denver Broncos)
The Denver Broncos acquired Teddy Bridgewater which leaves them with a room full of Quarterbacks to start camp. The opening day starting Quarterback will be a competition between Lock and Teddy which leaves the Broncos in a safe spot to draft the best defensive player in the draft. Parsons took the 2020 Season off due to Covid and comes in fresh and ready to tackle the ball carrier. Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, and Justin Simmons will be happy there is a play maker back in the middle of their Defense.
Patrick Surtain II CB (Dallas Cowboys)
The last thing the Dallas Cowboys need is an offensive player. I expect the Cowboys to strengthen the outside of their defense by selecting Surtain II to be a starter on Opening Day in September. This is the most NFL ready cornerback in the Draft.
Fred O’Brien @FOBSportsNFL