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 Major one hundred final week and now it is time for our person prime 32 players. But initially, we begin with 5 players — which includes 3 quarterbacks — we seriously like even although they are not at present in the initially-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 although 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 one particular showcase game against Central Arkansas on Oct. three. Lawrence and Clemson will kick factors off against Wake Forest on Sept. 12.

All 3 players are deemed initially-round talents. But Florida’s Kyle Trask, who only took more than the beginning job in 2019 just after Feleipe Franks suffered an injury (Franks has due to the fact transferred to Arkansas), showed the variety of poise and choice-generating you’d count on to see from a player with a lot far more knowledge.

In reality, 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 capacity to do the suitable issue from one particular play to the subsequent is far more crucial than flashing after a series although drives stall out. Trask’s nickname ought to be ‘Textbook’ mainly because his footwork in the pocket is regularly on point, and far more importantly, he gets the ball out on time, accurately, and he seldom appears confused by what he sees pre-snap. When we’re not expecting him to make a Joe Burrow-like leap in ’20, we would not be shocked if he continues to increase and eventually obtain his way into mix as a doable Round 1 target.

Trask is at present 32nd on our massive 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 mainly because of his athleticism he moves properly in pocket, keeps his eyes downfield, is prepared to make hard throws — and possibly far more importantly, take a hit for a possibility to full a downfield pass. Purdy also throws with great anticipation and will lace balls into tight windows even when simpler checkdown throws are readily available. His accuracy on quick an intermediate passes, even when forced off his spot, is impressive.

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

Purdy is at present 56th on our massive board.

Tanner Morgan, QB, Minnesota

Morgan does not have a robust arm but he’s one particular of the most effective anticipatory passers in the nation. He also frequently tends to make the suitable study and delivers the ball on time and in a spot that makes it possible for his receivers to maximize yards just after the catch. For us, he entered the 2020 season as a Day three prospect with the possibility to only increase this stock. He now joins other Significant Ten and Pac-12 players who at present have no location to play this fall, which is as well negative mainly because we would have loved to see him lead the Gophers with no two of his prime targets from a year ago Tyler Johnson is now with the Buccaneers and Rashod Bateman, one particular 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 massive board.

Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama

Barmore was a aspect-time player in 2019, which definitely is not uncommon at Alabama for a redshirt freshman. But he produced 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 most significant challenge is that he hasn’t played a lot of football, although that ought to modify this season Alabama’s season starts Sept. 26. Barmore requires to get stronger at the point of attack and increase vs. the run, but he has the variety of raw talent that currently has NFL teams really excited.

Barmore is at present 12th on our massive board.

Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington

Since the Pac-12 will not play in the fall it is most likely Onwuzurike has played his final snap for the Huskies. He plays largely inside, but he can move to the edge in pass-rushing conditions. At six-foot-three, 290 pounds, he can be explosive off the snap and his hand usage coupled with his strength makes it possible for him to frequently obtain himself in the backfield. Onwuzurike is a higher-motor player whose mixture of athleticism, quickness and energy tends to make him hard to block in one particular-on-one particular conditions.

And although he plays substantially larger than his listed 290 pounds, the consistency is not constantly there from one particular game to the subsequent. That mentioned, when he’s on he can be damn close to unstoppable. With out 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 massive board.

Our Major 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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