2021 NFL Draft: Why Kyle Trask, Brock Purdy could rise up rankings, plus our prime 32 prospects

2021 NFL Draft: Why Kyle Trask, Brock Purdy could rise up rankings, plus our top 32 prospects
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We introduced our aggregated preseason CBS Sports Leading one hundred final week and now it really is time for our person prime 32 players. But 1st, we start off with 5 players — such as 3 quarterbacks — we seriously like even even though they are not at present in the 1st-round conversation.

OK, let’s get to it.

Kyle Trask, QB, Florida

We all know about Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields and Trey Lance. These are the consensus prime 3 quarterbacks heading into the 2020 season, even even though Fields and Ohio State will not (for now, anyway) play this fall and Lance and North Dakota State are only at present anticipated to have a single showcase game against Central Arkansas on Oct. three. Lawrence and Clemson will kick points off against Wake Forest on Sept. 12.

All 3 players are regarded as 1st-round talents. But Florida’s Kyle Trask, who only took more than the beginning job in 2019 soon after Feleipe Franks suffered an injury (Franks has because transferred to Arkansas), showed the form of poise and choice-generating you’d anticipate to see from a player with a lot a lot more knowledge.

In truth, Trask attempted just 22 passes ahead of final season when, in 12 games, he completed 66.9 % of his attempts for two,941 yards, 25 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. “Steady as she goes” could possibly be the most effective way to describe Trask’s game. He’s not flashy but he’s effective, and in the NFL the capability to do the ideal point from a single play to the subsequent is a lot more essential than flashing as soon as a series even though drives stall out. Trask’s nickname must be ‘Textbook’ simply because his footwork in the pocket is regularly on point, and a lot more importantly, he gets the ball out on time, accurately, and he seldom appears confused by what he sees pre-snap. Though we’re not expecting him to make a Joe Burrow-like leap in ’20, we would not be shocked if he continues to enhance and eventually obtain his way into mix as a achievable Round 1 target.

Trask is at present 32nd on our large board.

Brock Purdy, QB, Iowa State

Purdy is listed at six-foot-1, 212 pounds, which is historically undersized for an NFL quarterback. But thanks to Russell Wilson, Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray and even Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes, QBs no longer have to be six-foot-five, 230 pounds, rocket-armed pocket passers.

Purdy provides us a Baker Mayfield vibe when we watch him simply because of his athleticism he moves effectively in pocket, keeps his eyes downfield, is prepared to make challenging throws — and possibly a lot more importantly, take a hit for a likelihood to comprehensive a downfield pass. Purdy also throws with superior anticipation and will lace balls into tight windows even when simpler checkdown throws are obtainable. His accuracy on quick an intermediate passes, even when forced off his spot, is impressive.

Purdy can often get impatient, which leads to avoidable errors, but if he can limit the unnecessary dangers — and the turnovers that often come with them — he’ll enhance his draft stock and incredibly effectively could finish up as a Day two choice.

Purdy is at present 56th on our large board.

Tanner Morgan, QB, Minnesota

Morgan does not have a robust arm but he’s a single of the most effective anticipatory passers in the nation. He also routinely tends to make the ideal study and delivers the ball on time and in a spot that permits his receivers to maximize yards soon after the catch. For us, he entered the 2020 season as a Day three prospect with the likelihood to only enhance this stock. He now joins other Significant Ten and Pac-12 players who at present have no location to play this fall, which is also terrible simply because we would have loved to see him lead the Gophers devoid of two of his prime targets from a year ago Tyler Johnson is now with the Buccaneers and Rashod Bateman, a single of the most effective wideouts in the 2021 class, has opted out of the season.

Tanner is at present outdoors the prime one hundred on our large board.

Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama

Barmore was a element-time player in 2019, which absolutely is not uncommon at Alabama for a redshirt freshman. But he created the most of his possibilities, logging 12 solo tackles, six tackles for loss and two sacks. Barmore’s six-foot-five, 310 pound-frame belies a sideline-to-sideline motor. He was regularly in the backfield thanks to a mixture of quickness, athleticism and hand usage. The largest situation is that he hasn’t played a lot of football, even though that must modify this season Alabama’s season starts Sept. 26. Barmore demands to get stronger at the point of attack and enhance vs. the run, but he has the form of raw talent that currently has NFL teams incredibly excited.

Barmore is at present 12th on our large board.

Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington

Mainly because the Pac-12 will not play in the fall it really is most likely Onwuzurike has played his final snap for the Huskies. He plays mainly inside, but he can move to the edge in pass-rushing circumstances. At six-foot-three, 290 pounds, he can be explosive off the snap and his hand usage coupled with his strength permits him to routinely obtain himself in the backfield. Onwuzurike is a higher-motor player whose mixture of athleticism, quickness and energy tends to make him challenging to block in a single-on-a single circumstances.

And even though he plays considerably larger than his listed 290 pounds, the consistency is not constantly there from a single game to the subsequent. That mentioned, when he’s on he can be damn close to unstoppable. Without having a 2020 college season for Onwuzurike, NFL teams will have to project exactly where his game will be in 12 months.

Onwuzurike is at present 46th on our large board.

Our Leading 32 players

1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
two. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
three. Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
four. Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
five. Wyatt Davis, IOL, Ohio State
six. Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
7. DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
eight. Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
9. Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
ten. Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
11. Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
12. Christian Barmore, IDL, Alabama
13. Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
14. Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
15. Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State
16. Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
17. Trey Smith, IOL, Tennessee
18. Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
19. Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
20. Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
21. Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
22. Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
23. Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
24. Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State
25. Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State
26. Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami
27. Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
28. Creed Humphrey, IOL, Oklahoma
29. Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest
30. Marvin Wilson, IDL, Florida State
31. Tamorrion Terry, WR, Florida State
32. Kyle Trask, QB, Florida

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