"My Guys" in the 2021 NFL Draft
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Trey Lance is the dude who I fell in love with when quarantine first started. I started looking ahead to this draft, even before the 2020 draft and I just loved his game. I think Lance has the highest potential in the draft. His deep ball and deep accuracy is next level and when you combine that with athleticism, you think of Josh Allen. If one player in this draft were to win MVP, my bet would be on Trey Lance. I’m a 49ers fan, so I’m hoping he ends up in San Francisco, but if put in the right place he can be a beast. Trey Lance is the gold ticket in my eyes.
Justin Fields is the dude who was keeping me up at night. When I first made his draft profile, I thought I gave him too low of a grade, then I kept bumping him up over and over again. I just have this gut feeling with Fields and while I do think he’s the perfect fit in San Francisco, I don’t think they’re drafting him. He’s my fourth rated player in the entire draft and I’m just a huge fan of his game. I had the similar feeling to Deshaun Watson when he was coming out of Clemson. I have a certain type of affection for Fields and I hope he lands in a spot where he can win. I think all this stuff about Fields’ off-field issues is complete B.S. I’m confident that Fields will be a stud in the NFL.
Kenny Gainwell is the one dude who really shocked me when watching his film. He was so dominant at Memphis in 2019 and was the reason Antonio Gibson played receiver in college. I think Gainwell is actually going to be the next Antonio Gibson and whatever team snags him on day two will be getting a stud. I have a first round grade on Gainwell and he’s one of my favorite players in the draft.
Najee Harris is one of those players who is so good, but you can still get a hold of. He’s my highest graded running back since Saquon Barkley, so I think it’s crazy that he’s not being looked at as a top 15 pick. On top of my opinion about his game, he also liked his film breakdown that I made of him. I don’t think I’ve watched more pre-draft interviews with any player more than Najee Harris. He is so fun to listen to and a great kid. He’s going to be a star in the NFL, I’m just having a difficult time trying to find the best fit for him in the first round. I’d love to see him land in Arizona, but I don’t think they take a running back that early.
Amari Rodgers is giving me the same vibe I got from Deebo Samuel. Their playing style is very different, I just love the versatility they bring. I know that Rodgers’ dad is the receivers coach for the Ravens, but I’d love to see him end up either in Green Bay or with the Chargers. He can be used all over the offense. Rodgers is going to tear the league up from the slot.
I love amazing route runners with tremendous wiggle. That’s a big reason why Justin Jefferson was my number one receiver last year and Kadarius Toney is my number two receiver this year. While Toney’s hands aren’t quite as good as Ja’Marr Chase or Devonta Smith’s, he is just such a unique playmaker. His bones look like they’re made out of rubber and every time he cuts it seems like he’s juking DB’s out of their shoes. Toney is tremendous after the catch and I think he’s going to be a star in the NFL.
When watching film I could usually make a good estimate how big and fast a certain receiver is, I was completely off with D’Wayne Eskridge. I thought he was like 6 feet tall, with a similar body type to Odell Beckham Jr.. He’s only 5’9, but he plays a lot bigger than he actually is. Eskridge might be the most electric receiver in the draft. He got a first round grade from me.
I love versatile players and if you look up the word versatile, Demetric Felton might show up in it’s definition. Felton played running back at UCLA, but looked like the best receiver in the Senior Bowl. The dude was straight up routing defenders up and I love what he’s capable of. He reminds me a lot of Curtis Samuel and if he’s put in that Shanahan offense… OOOOWWWEEE… he is going to be the steal of the draft.
Kyle Pitts is the best tight end I’ve ever seen play college football. It’s as simple as that. It’s hard to not like what you see when watching Pitts. A lot of people are comparing him to Darren Waller, I think he could be better than Darren Waller in his first year in the NFL. I firmly believe that Kyle Pitts is a top five tight end in the NFL, by the end of the year. That’s my guy.
I’m shocked that Brevin Jordan isn’t the consensus number two tight end in the draft. He’s a natural receiver with incredible blocking skills. I have a second round grade on him, he reminds me of Jonnu Smith. In a year with a bad tight end class, I think Jordan is a great option on day two.
Azeez Ojulari isn’t a sexy pick by any means, but he’s going to be a very good player. I think he’s very underrated and he’s so talented with his hands. He gets a lot of pressure on the QB and I think he’s a perennial 9 sack guy.
Gregory Rousseau has such a high ceiling and I’m surprised other people don’t see it the same way. He had 15.5 sacks in his final year at Miami and he still has a lot of room to grow. Rousseau reminds me of Arik Armstead as a high ceiling low floor player. I see the potential downside of picking Rousseau, but I think he’s too good to pass it up especially later in the first round.
Micah Parsons is being overlooked in this draft. I think he could potentially be the best weak side linebacker in the NFL one day. If you want to know why I think this, just watch his final game against Memphis. The dude is an absolute beast and I think he was hurt a little by the year off. I think he’s going to be really good.
Kelvin Joseph is the best man coverage corner in the draft. People are talking about him going round three while I have a first round grade on him. Joseph aka “Boss Man Fat” has that dog in him, he talks shit, and will be a number one lock down corner in the NFL.
Andre Cisco has that dog in him. He can play free safety, strong safety, and linebacker. His ball skills are tremendous and he can knock a receiver out. Cisco is my number one rated safety and he has a second round grade in my book.