27 Nov 2020

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Erik Hindenburg’s October 1st Big Board

It’s October 1st, fall is in full swing, and despite how bleak things looked a few months ago, football is in full swing. As the manager of DraftRite, I take full responsibility for the recent inactivity. It’s been a weird year though, okay? I hope you’ll cut us some slack.

To make it up to you, the entire staff is (hopefully) releasing their preliminary Big Boards today. Please, rip them apart. Tell us what you love and what you hate. Maybe even say good job? I don’t know. But any opinion is welcomed and wanted! So here it goes, time to unveil my preliminary top 50 prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft.

**Please note that NDSU QB Trey Lance will not be included in any of my personal big boards or mock drafts until reliable reports indicate that he is declaring. He will be included in my quarterback rankings and evaluation will still be done.**

The Top Ten

  1. Trevor Lawrence, QB Clemson
  2. Penei Sewell, OT Oregon
  3. Marvin Wilson, IDL Florida State
  4. Trey Smith, IOL/OT Tennessee
  5. Dylan Moses, LB Alabama
  6. Micah Parsons, LB Penn State
  7. Rashod Bateman, WR Minnesota
  8. Shaun Wade, CB Ohio State
  9. Pat Freiermuth, TE Penn State
  10. Creed Humphrey, IOL Oklahoma

This draft class is spearheaded by Trevor Lawrence, the highest graded prospect I’ve evaluated. He’s ridiculously good. Yes, I really do prefer Dylan Moses to Micah Parsons, but that’s a nod to how highly I regard Moses, not shade towards Parsons. I’m all in on Shaun Wade as a boundary corner, but the versatility he brings to the secondary is special. I do my absolute best to ignore positional value when it comes to these, particularly at the top. Big Boards aren’t predictions because no, I do not believe Trey Smith goes number four overall, but I do think he’s the fourth best football player in this draft class.

The Middle 30

  • Jaylen Waddle, WR Alabama
  • Alex Leatherwood, OT Alabama
  • Kyle Pitts, TE Florida
  • Ja’Marr Chase, WR Louisiana State
  • Justin Fields, QB Ohio State
  • Paris Ford, S Pittsburgh
  • Gregory Rosseau, EDGE Miami
  • Jaylen Twyman, IDL Pittsburgh
  • Caleb Farley, CB Virginia Tech
  • Patrick Surtain II, CB Alabama
  • Jevon Holland, S Oregon
  • Wyatt Davis, IOL Ohio State
  • Christian Barmore, IDL Alabama
  • Hamsah Nasirildeen, S Florida State
  • Samuel Cosmi, OT Texas
  • Josh Myers, IOL Ohio State
  • Asante Samuel Jr., CB Florida State
  • Chazz Surratt, LB North Carolina
  • Tamorrion Terry, WR Florida State
  • Quincy Roche, EDGE Miami
  • Terrace Marshall Jr., WR Louisiana State
  • Travis Etienne, RB Clemson
  • Brevin Jordan, TE Miami
  • Rondale Moore, WR Purdue
  • Najee Harris, RB Alabama
  • Chris Olave, WR Ohio State
  • Nick Bolton, LB Missouri
  • Hamilcar Rashed Jr., EDGE Oregon State
  • Ar’Darius Washington, S Texas Christian
  • Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE Wake Forest

Rounding Out the Final Ten

  • Aiden Hutchinson, EDGE Michigan
  • Trevon Moehrig, S Texas Christian
  • Jaycee Horn, CB South Carolina
  • Jalen Mayfield, OT Michigan
  • KJ Costello, QB Mississippi State
  • Hunter Long, TE Boston College
  • Daelin Hayes, EDGE Notre Dame
  • Kyle Trask, QB Florida
  • Jabrill Cox, LB Louisiana State
  • Chris Rumph II, EDGE Duke

KJ Costello and Kyle Trask are just too good to avoid placing in the top 50. Jabrill Cox stands out as a guy who could absolutely fly up the list as the season progresses.

Wrapping up…

I DESPISE making Big Boards. Full Stop. I end up missing guys, or contradicting from my rankings, or likewise just messing up somewhere. For some reason my brain just goes to mush doing this exercise. It’s much easier for me to do positional rankings and assign value that way.

That said, you don’t get better by not doing it. Obviously there are plenty of names that I haven’t got to watch yet. There’s a ton of football left to be played and evaluation to take place. So don’t get too giddy when you rip me apart. I’m here for it though! Let’s talk about it- @HindenburgScout

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