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2021 NFL Draft: Finalized top 10 at each offensive position

With the 2021 NFL Draft less than a month away, now is a great time to rank the top offensive prospects in this year’s class.

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The 2021 NFL Draft is merely a few weeks away, and as free agency continues to die down, much of the discussion surrounding the NFL currently surrounds top draft prospects.

Teams are making their way through the Pro Day circuit, interviewing prospects and gaining additional data needed to come to concrete solutions on the players they watch. As we ramp up our draft coverage here at Windy City Gridiron, now seems like a good time to take a look at some of the top prospects this class has to offer.

The Bears have struggled quite a bit on offense in recent years, and with picks in each of the first three rounds for the first time since 2016, it seems likely they will focus more on that side of the ball in this year’s draft.

Now that my personal tape-watching period has concluded, I figured I would share with all of you my top 10 players at each position, starting with the offensive side of the ball. In addition to sharing my rankings, I also gave out individualized superlatives to certain prospects in the class.

Quarterback

  1. Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
  2. Zach Wilson, BYU
  3. Justin Fields, Ohio State
  4. Trey Lance, North Dakota State
  5. Mac Jones, Alabama
  6. Kyle Trask, Florida
  7. Davis Mills, Stanford
  8. Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
  9. Jamie Newman, Wake Forest
  10. Sam Ehlinger, Texas

Best Arm: Lawrence

Most Accurate: Lawrence

Most Athletic: Fields

Sharpest Decision Maker: Jones

Biggest Risk: Lance (inexperience and FCS)

Sleeper: Mills

Running back

  1. Travis Etienne, Clemson
  2. Najee Harris, Alabama
  3. Javonte Williams, North Carolina
  4. Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis
  5. Michael Carter, North Carolina
  6. Jermar Jefferson, Oregon State
  7. Kylin Hill, Mississippi State
  8. Khalil Herbert, Virginia Tech
  9. Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State
  10. Trey Sermon, Ohio State

Fastest: Etienne

Most Elusive: Carter

Best Power Back: Harris

Best Pass-Catcher: Gainwell

Biggest Risk: Sermon (injury)

Sleeper: Chris Evans, Michigan

Wide receiver

  1. DeVonta Smith, Alabama
  2. Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
  3. Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
  4. Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
  5. Rondale Moore, Purdue
  6. Kadarius Toney, Florida
  7. Terrace Marshall Jr., LSU
  8. Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC
  9. Amari Rodgers, Clemson
  10. Jaelon Darden, North Texas

Fastest: Waddle

Best Route Runner: Smith

Most Physical: Nico Collins, Michigan

Best After Catch: Moore

Biggest Risk: Moore (injury)

Sleeper: Darden

Tight end

  1. Kyle Pitts, Florida
  2. Pat Freiermuth, Penn State
  3. Brevin Jordan, Miami (FL)
  4. Hunter Long, Boston College
  5. Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame
  6. Kenny Yeboah, Ole Miss
  7. Kylen Granson, SMU
  8. Nick Eubanks, Michigan
  9. Miller Forristall, Alabama
  10. Quintin Morris, Bowling Green

Most Athletic: Pitts

Best Route Runner: Pitts

Best Red Zone Target: Long

Best Blocker: Dylan Soehner, Iowa State

Biggest Risk: Matt Bushman, BYU (injury and age)

Sleeper: Zach Davidson, Central Missouri

Offensive tackle

  1. Penei Sewell, Oregon
  2. Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
  3. Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech
  4. Samuel Cosmi, Texas
  5. Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State
  6. Jalen Mayfield, Michigan
  7. Dillon Radunz, North Dakota State
  8. Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame
  9. Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
  10. Jackson Carman, Clemson

Best Hands: Eichenberg

Best Pad Level: Sewell

Most Athletic: Slater

Strongest: Sewell

Biggest Risk: Walker Little, Stanford (injury and 2020 opt-out)

Sleeper: Stone Forsythe, Florida

Interior offensive line

  1. Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
  2. Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC
  3. Wyatt Davis, Ohio State
  4. Josh Myers, Ohio State
  5. Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater
  6. Trey Smith, Tennessee
  7. Landon Dickerson, Alabama
  8. Deonte Brown, Alabama
  9. Kendrick Green, Illinois
  10. Tristen Hoge, BYU

Best Hands: Vera-Tucker

Best Pad Level: Humphrey

Most Athletic: Green

Strongest: Meinerz

Biggest Risk: Dickerson (injury)

Sleeper: Bryce Hargrove, Pittsburgh

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