- ESPN College Football and NFL Draft Analyst
- Joined ESPN in 2006
- Played quarterback in high school and was a backup QB for the University of Richmond.
The 2020 college football season has set up a bit different than normal years, but every Power 5 conference is finally in play in early November. And we’ve seen enough football to start to get an idea of the top prospects in the 2021 NFL draft class. I have five quarterbacks breaking into my top 32 ranking, including a pair of big risers, and four wide receivers make my top 10. But remember, we have a lot of work still to do on this class with five-plus months until the clock starts on the first pick of the draft.
Here is my most recent evaluation of the top 32 players in the class, updated from my preseason edition. Rankings will continue to be updated right through draft time.
Note: Underclassmen are marked with an asterisk, and grades are from Scouts Inc.
1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson*
HT: 6-foot-6 | WT: 220 | Grade: 97
Lawrence is the best quarterback prospect I’ve seen come out of college since Andrew Luck was drafted by the Colts in 2012. Lawrence’s intangibles are high-end, and I love his huge arm and the mobility he brings at his size. He’ll need a little refining with his pocket presence, and his footwork is still progressing, but this kid is the real deal. He is currently out for Clemson as he recovers from COVID-19, but the junior has already amassed 17 passing touchdowns, 1,833 yards through the air and a 70.7% completion percentage while throwing only two interceptions in six games this season, all wins. He also has another four scores on the ground.
2. Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State*
HT: 6-3 | WT: 228 | Grade: 93
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