2021 NFL Draft: Why Kyle Trask, Brock Purdy could rise up rankings, plus our top rated 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 top rated 32 players. But very first, we get started with 5 players — such as 3 quarterbacks — we seriously like even even though they are not presently in the very first-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 top rated 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 presently anticipated to have 1 showcase game against Central Arkansas on Oct. three. Lawrence and Clemson will kick issues off against Wake Forest on Sept. 12.

All 3 players are regarded very first-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 considering that transferred to Arkansas), showed the form of poise and selection-producing you’d anticipate to see from a player with a lot a lot more expertise.

In truth, Trask attempted just 22 passes prior to 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” may possibly be the most effective way to describe Trask’s game. He’s not flashy but he’s effective, and in the NFL the potential to do the suitable issue from 1 play to the subsequent is a lot more vital than flashing after a series when drives stall out. Trask’s nickname ought to be ‘Textbook’ for the reason that 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. Even though we’re not expecting him to make a Joe Burrow-like leap in ’20, we would not be shocked if he continues to strengthen and in the end locate his way into mix as a attainable Round 1 target.

Trask is presently 32nd on our significant 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 for the reason that of his athleticism he moves properly in pocket, keeps his eyes downfield, is prepared to make difficult throws — and maybe a lot more importantly, take a hit for a possibility to full a downfield pass. Purdy also throws with fantastic anticipation and will lace balls into tight windows even when simpler checkdown throws are readily available. His accuracy on brief an intermediate passes, even when forced off his spot, is impressive.

Purdy can in some cases get impatient, which leads to avoidable blunders, but if he can limit the unnecessary dangers — and the turnovers that in some cases come with them — he’ll strengthen his draft stock and really properly could finish up as a Day two choice.

Purdy is presently 56th on our significant board.

Tanner Morgan, QB, Minnesota

Morgan does not have a sturdy arm but he’s 1 of the most effective anticipatory passers in the nation. He also consistently tends to make the suitable 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 possibility to only strengthen this stock. He now joins other Significant Ten and Pac-12 players who presently have no location to play this fall, which is also negative for the reason that we would have loved to see him lead the Gophers without the need of two of his top rated targets from a year ago Tyler Johnson is now with the Buccaneers and Rashod Bateman, 1 of the most effective wideouts in the 2021 class, has opted out of the season.

Tanner is presently outdoors the top rated one hundred on our significant 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 greatest concern is that he hasn’t played a lot of football, even though that ought to transform this season Alabama’s season starts Sept. 26. Barmore desires to get stronger at the point of attack and strengthen vs. the run, but he has the form of raw talent that currently has NFL teams really excited.

Barmore is presently 12th on our significant board.

Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington

Simply because the Pac-12 will not play in the fall it really is probably Onwuzurike has played his final snap for the Huskies. He plays largely 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 consistently locate himself in the backfield. Onwuzurike is a higher-motor player whose mixture of athleticism, quickness and energy tends to make him difficult to block in 1-on-1 circumstances.

And when he plays a great deal larger than his listed 290 pounds, the consistency is not normally there from 1 game to the subsequent. That mentioned, when he’s on he can be damn close to unstoppable. Without the need of a 2020 college season for Onwuzurike, NFL teams will have to project exactly where his game will be in 12 months.

Onwuzurike is presently 46th on our significant 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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