Early 2021 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

Clemson's Travis Etienne and Trevor Lawrence are both projected to be first-round picks next April

Although it looked nothing like was initially planned, the 2020 NFL Draft was, by and large, a success for the league, their broadcast partners (and their fundraising efforts), the fans, and course, for the players who were selected. And while everyone continues to assess and break down each team's draft class, some of the attention has already shifted to next year's draft.


Not only are many looking forward to a draft that will look and feel more like what we used to, but it's also never too early to think about the players that may headline next April's event, which is scheduled to take place in Cleveland. The SEC, and in particular defending national champion LSU, certainly made its presence known in this year's draft with a record 63 players selected another team from the conference could dominate the proceedings in 2020.


Alabama leads Athlon Sports' list of the top 50 prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft with seven players, accounting for nearly half of the SEC's total of 17. Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State are next with four each. Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence tops the list followed by Buckeyes counterpart Justin Fields, the only returning Heisman Trophy finalist from this past season. But remember, all of this is subject to change.


Consider that more than half (19) of this year's 32 first-round picks were not on last year's list, a group that includes No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow and two others that went in top 10 — Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah and Alabama offensive tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. That doesn't mean you can't start somewhere though, right?


2021 NFL Draft Prospects: Top 50 I ACC I Big 12 I Big Ten I Pac-12 I SEC


Early Top 50 Prospects for 2021 NFL Draft


Rank Player POS School
1 Trevor Lawrence QB
2 Justin Fields QB
3 Penei Sewell OT
4 Ja'Marr Chase WR
5 Patrick Surtain II CB
6 Gregory Rousseau DE
7 Jaylen Waddle WR
8 Marvin Wilson DT
9 Micah Parsons OLB
10 Shaun Wade CB
11 Walker Little OT
12 Rondale Moore WR
13 Travis Etienne RB
14 DeVonta Smith WR
15 Xavier Thomas DE
16 Dylan Moses ILB
17 Alex Leatherwood OT
18 Thomas Graham CB
19 Alaric Jackson OT
20 Trey Smith G
21 Najee Harris RB
22 Chuba Hubbard RB
23 Hamilcar Rashed Jr. OLB
24 Paulson Adebo CB
25 Hamsah Nasirildeen S
26 Quincy Roche DE
27 Pat Freiermuth TE
28 KJ Costello QB
29 Justyn Ross WR
30 Amon-Ra St. Brown WR
31 Seth Williams WR
32 Jay Tufele DT
33 Cade Mays G
34 Samuel Cosmi OT
35 Wyatt Davis OG
36 Liam Eichenberg OT
37 Caden Sterns S
38 Tyson Campbell CB
39 Creed Humphrey C
40 Jevon Holland S
41 Brevin Jordan TE
42 Richard LeCounte S
43 Trey Dean CB
44 Eric Stokes CB
45 Richie Grant S
46 Foster Sarell OT
47 Thayer Munford OT
48 Jalen Mayfield OT
49 LaBryan Ray DT
50 Jamie Newman QB
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