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2021 NFL Draft: Top 50 Prospects as Recruits

2021 NFL Draft: Top 50 Prospects as Recruits

2021 NFL Draft: Top 50 Prospects as Recruits

By now, everyone has a pretty good idea which players are considered the best available in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Lists of the top prospects are readily available. But what did the so-called experts think about these same players coming out of high school?

Here's a look back at how the experts at 247Sports rated this year's top 50 prospects when they were just fresh-faced college recruits. It's no surprise that presumed No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence lived up to his recruiting ranking but a few of his peers, who also will hear their names called fairly early on Thursday night, far exceeded theirs.

Rk

Name

POS

School

Class

Stars

Nat.
Rank*

1

Trevor Lawrence

QB

Clemson

2018

5

1

2

Penei Sewell

OT

Oregon

2018

4

57

3

Justin Fields

QB

Georgia/Ohio State

2018

5

2

4

Ja'Marr Chase

WR

LSU

2018

4

84

5

Zach Wilson

QB

BYU

2018

3

958

6

Kyle Pitts

TE

Florida

2018

4

162

7

Micah Parsons

OLB

Penn State

2018

5

5

8

DeVonta Smith

WR

Alabama

2017

4

62

9

Caleb Farley

CB

Virginia Tech

2017

3

428

10

Trey Lance

QB

North Dakota State

2018

3

2,005

11

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah

OLB

Notre Dame

2017

3

456

12

Patrick Surtain II

CB

Alabama

2018

5

6

13

Jaylen Waddle

WR

Alabama

2018

4

39

14

Rashawn Slater

OT

Northwestern

2017

3

653

15

Gregory Rousseau

DE

Miami (Fla.)

2018

3

485

16

Jaycee Horn

CB

South Carolina

2018

4

209

17

Azeez Ojulari

OLB

Georgia

2018

4

144

18

Kwity Paye

DE

Michigan

2017

3

486

19

Rondale Moore

WR

Purdue

2018

4

229

20

Travis Etienne

RB

Clemson

2017

4

213

21

Christian Darrisaw

OT

Virginia Tech

2018

3

1 (JC)

22

Zaven Collins

ILB

Tulsa

2017

3

2,142

23

Samuel Cosmi

OT

Texas

2017

3

1,123

24

Alijah Vera-Tucker

G

USC

2017

4

114

25

Jayson Oweh

DE

Penn State

2018

4

76

26

Rashod Bateman

WR

Minnesota

2018

4

367

27

Kadarius Toney

WR

Florida

2017

3

421

28

Jaelan Phillips

DE

UCLA/Miami (Fla.)

2017

5

1

29

Daviyon Nixon

DT

Iowa

2017

3

45 (JC)

30

Dylan Moses

ILB

Alabama

2017

5

13

31

Christian Barmore

DT

Alabama

2018

4

176

32

Jaylen Twyman

DT

Pittsburgh

2017

3

597

33

Tyson Campbell

CB

Georgia

2018

5

12

34

Alex Leatherwood

OT

Alabama

2017

5

4

35

Joseph Ossai

OLB

Texas

2018

4

186

36

Trevon Moehrig

S

TCU

2018

3

469

37

Jay Tufele

DT

USC

2017

4

39

38

Levi Onwuzurike

DT

Washington

2016

4

298

39

Pat Freiermuth

TE

Penn State

2018

4

224

40

Nick Bolton

ILB

Missouri

2018

3

1,114

41

Eric Stokes

CB

Georgia

2017

3

668

42

Terrace Marshall Jr.

WR

LSU

2018

5

13

43

Carlos Basham Jr.

DE

Wake Forest

2016

3

1,698

44

Brevin Jordan

TE

Miami (Fla.)

2018

4

33

45

Sage Surratt

WR

Wake Forest

2017

3

1,190

46

Aaron Robinson

CB

Alabama/UCF

2016

3

584

47

Asante Samuel Jr.

CB

Florida State

2018

4

60

48

Liam Eichenberg

OT

Notre Dame

2016

4

80

49

Jalen Mayfield

OT

Michigan

2018

4

268

50

Amon-Ra St. Brown

WR

USC

2018

5

11

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*Source: 247Sports Composite Player Index

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(Trey Lance photo by Tim Sanger/NDSU Athletics)