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2021 NFL Draft Big Board 3.0: Top 100 players after declaration deadline

With the Bears’ season over with, let’s take a look at how the 2021 NFL Draft class stacks up with Lead Draft Analyst Jacob Infante’s top 100 players in this draft.

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The declaration deadline for the 2021 NFL Draft has come and gone.

With Jan. 18 serving as the final day underclassmen were able to declare for the upcoming draft, teams will now have a more accurate sense of which players will be available to select in April.

There were some surprising declarations for the 2021 draft, as well as a few notable players who decided to stay in school for another year. Chris Olave, Derion Kendrick, Desmond Ridder, Zamir White and Bubba Bolden are among those who would have cracked my current top 100 players had they declared for the draft, rather than stay in school for another year.

This year’s draft is a unique one, seeing as though collegiate players are being offered an extra year of eligibility. While the amount of prospects with draft buzz is fairly slim, there are some players who have chosen to take advantage of the additional year in school.

The 2021 draft also differs from other drafts in that it will not have in-person Combine workouts take place this year. The NFL announced on Monday that its annual Scouting Combine will not occur under the traditional procedure. Interviews and psychological testing will be conducted virtually, and all on-field workouts will take place at on-campus pro days associated with each prospect’s respective schools.

It’s going to be a wild and unprecedented draft period—and one that should be interesting to watch as Bears fans—but it’s one we are prepared for here at Windy City Gridiron.

With the underclassmen declarations wrapped up, I figured I’d share the top 100 players on my big board at the moment. There’s still plenty of work to be done surrounding this year’s draft class, but the later these big boards are released, the closer they will be to my final product, and after releasing two boards already this season, there are a handful of differences in how things are stacking up.

So, without further ado, here are my current top 100 players in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Infante’s 2021 NFL Draft Big Board 3.0

Rank Player Position School Positional Rank
Rank Player Position School Positional Rank
1 Trevor Lawrence QB Clemson QB1
2 Penei Sewell OT Oregon OT1
3 Jaylen Waddle WR Alabama WR1
4 DeVonta Smith WR Alabama WR2
5 Kyle Pitts TE Florida TE1
6 Micah Parsons LB Penn State LB1
7 Ja'Marr Chase WR LSU WR3
8 Justin Fields QB Ohio State QB2
9 Zach Wilson QB BYU QB3
10 Patrick Surtain II CB Alabama CB1
11 Rashod Bateman WR Minnesota WR4
12 Travis Etienne RB Clemson RB1
13 Rashawn Slater OG Northwestern OG1
14 Caleb Farley CB Virginia Tech CB2
15 Zaven Collins LB Tulsa LB2
16 Pat Freiermuth TE Penn State TE2
17 Najee Harris RB Alabama RB2
18 Christian Darrisaw OT Virginia Tech OT2
19 Gregory Rousseau EDGE Miami (FL) EDGE1
20 Creed Humphrey OC Oklahoma OC1
21 Wyatt Davis OG Ohio State OG2
22 Trevon Moehrig S TCU S1
23 Rondale Moore WR Purdue WR5
24 Alijah Vera-Tucker OG USC OG3
25 Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB Notre Dame LB3
26 Samuel Cosmi OT Texas OT3
27 Brevin Jordan TE Miami (FL) TE3
28 Javonte Williams RB North Carolina RB3
29 Dayvion Nixon DL Iowa DL1
30 Azeez Ojulari EDGE Georgia EDGE2
31 Trey Lance QB North Dakota State QB4
32 Kwity Paye EDGE Michigan EDGE3
33 Alex Leatherwood OT Alabama OT4
34 Jaycee Horn CB South Carolina CB3
35 Christian Barmore DL Alabama DL2
36 Kadarius Toney WR Florida WR6
37 Dylan Moses LB Alabama LB4
38 Nick Bolton LB Missouri LB5
39 Eric Stokes CB Georgia CB4
40 Jevon Holland S Oregon S2
41 Terrace Marshall Jr. WR LSU WR7
42 Amon-Ra St. Brown WR USC WR8
43 Paris Ford S Pittsburgh S3
44 Greg Newsome II CB Northwestern CB5
45 Liam Eichenberg OT Notre Dame OT5
46 Mac Jones QB Alabama QB5
47 Dillon Radunz OT North Dakota State OT6
48 Teven Jenkins OT Oklahoma State OT7
49 Josh Myers OC Ohio State OC2
50 Quincy Roche EDGE Miami (FL) EDGE4
51 Trey Smith OG Tennessee OG4
52 Jayson Oweh EDGE Penn State EDGE5
53 Andre Cisco S Syracuse S4
54 Kenneth Gainwell RB Memphis RB4
55 Ar'Darius Washington S TCU S5
56 Carlos Basham Jr. EDGE Wake Forest EDGE6
57 Jay Tufele DL USC DL3
58 Paulson Adebo CB Stanford CB6
59 Israel Mukuamu CB South Carolina CB7
60 Daniel Faalele OT Minnesota OT8
61 Jaylen Twyman DL Pittsburgh DL4
62 Marvin Wilson DL Florida State DL5
63 Alim McNeill DL North Carolina State DL6
64 Shakur Brown CB Michigan State CB8
65 Patrick Jones II EDGE Pittsburgh EDGE7
66 Elijah Molden CB Washington CB9
67 Jabril Cox LB LSU LB6
68 Chazz Surratt LB North Carolina LB7
69 Cameron McGrone LB Michigan LB8
70 Chuba Hubbard RB Oklahoma State RB5
71 Caden Sterns S Texas S6
72 Jackson Carman OT Clemson OT9
73 Jaelon Darden WR North Texas WR9
74 Jalen Mayfield OT Michigan OT10
75 Shaun Wade CB Ohio State CB10
76 Elijah Moore WR Ole Miss WR10
77 Sage Surratt WR Wake Forest WR11
78 Tylan Wallace WR Oklahoma State WR12
79 Hamilcar Rashed Jr. EDGE Oregon State EDGE8
80 Joseph Ossai EDGE Texas EDGE9
81 Jaelan Phillips EDGE Miami (FL) EDGE10
82 Asante Samuel Jr. CB Florida State CB11
83 Tommy Togiai DL Ohio State DL7
84 Joe Tryon EDGE Washington EDGE11
85 Kyle Trask QB Florida QB6
86 Rodarius Williams CB Oklahoma State CB12
87 Baron Browning LB Ohio State LB9
88 Hamsah Nasirildeen S Florida State S7
89 Seth Williams WR Auburn WR13
90 Tyree Gillespie S Missouri S8
91 Tedarrell Slaton DL Florida DL8
92 Richard LeCounte III S Georgia S9
93 Kyler Gordon CB Washington CB13
94 Hunter Long TE Boston College TE4
95 Javian Hawkins RB Louisville RB6
96 Kelvin Joseph CB Kentucky CB14
97 Kary Vincent Jr. CB LSU CB15
98 Nick Eubanks TE Michigan TE5
99 Michael Carter RB North Carolina RB7
100 Landon Dickerson C Alabama C3

Disagree or agree with any of my rankings? Feel free to let me know in the comments, or reach out to me on Twitter @jacobinfante24.