Day 1 of the 2021 NFL draft is in the books - so we will take a quick look back and pull out a few picks that we liked and a few that we didn't like quite so much (though it really didn't feel as though there were any absolute howlers this year),
In what could be the most anticipated draft for years, we are going to be grading the draft as the team's picks come in. It kicks off Thursday evening in Cleveland, Ohio. The Jacksonville Jaguars hold the No. 1 overall pick and officially go on the clock at 8 p.m. ET. ABC, ESPN, and NFL Network will air coverage of the first day.
If any NFL teams are desperate for help and need top-level Pass rush specialist talent, they will need to look elsewhere because this year's NFL Draft class doesn't possess any obvious instant Plug'n'Play NFL superstars.
The 2021 NFL Draft doesn’t have a guaranteed game-changer such as Chase Young or Nick Bosa. The group's top pass-rushing prospects are physically gifted but need a little more experience and development to become as productive as the last few Defensive Rookies of the Year.
The pandemic has led to the cancelation of the NFL's spring ritual, the NFL combine. It's been replaced with a series of college Pro Days, which happen typically with less fanfare, but this year they are the only way to objectively measure the college prospects. This extra need for these pro days has led to them being attended to a much greater level by NFL scouts than you would normally see. We have now completed the majority Pro Days and with that, the numbers are in, and helpfully provided below.
Pro-day Update The phrase 'Speed kills' is often an overused term, but in the NFL, it's about as apt as you can get. An athlete with world-class speed can change a game in a second, and so NFL draft talent evaluators regard it as a must-have. We've compiled a list of the fastest players in the 2021 NFL draft, players who, if you can get the ball in their hands, can strike from anywhere, at any time.