2021 NFL Draft Prospects: Quarterback



The top 2021 quarterback prospects available for the 2021 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2021 prospect. ** - denotes 2024 prospect.

This page was last updated Sept. 24, 2020. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.

Send Charlie an e-mail here: draftcampbell@gmail.com


2020 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2021 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

  1. Trevor Lawrence*, QB, Clemson
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.6.
    Projected Round (2021): No.
    View Ranking History


    9/24/20: Taking on the Citadel, Lawrence was 8-of-9 for 168 yards with three touchdowns. He has made some beautiful throws this season that showed off his powerful arm, accuracy, and an impressive ability to throw on the run. His deep ball has been superb. In 2020, Lawrence is 30-of-37 (81 percent) for 519 yards and four touchdowns.

    In 2019, Lawrence completed 66 percent of his passes for 3,665 yards with 36 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran for 563 yards and nine touchdowns while leading Clemson back to the National Championship Game. Lawrence showed further development as a passer and as a team leader.

    Lawrence took college football by storm as a freshman in 2018, compiling a superb season that culminated with him ripping Alabama's defense comprised of NFL talent to win another National Championship for Clemson. Lawrence completed 65 percent of his passes that season for 3,280 yards with 30 touchdowns and four interceptions.

    Lawrence has a good arm, developed poise, and play-making ability. He also makes good decisions while distributing the ball well to his phenomenal supporting cast. Unless Lawrence gets injured, he should have another massive season and has the potential to be the best quarterback prospect to enter the NFL since Andrew Luck.




  2. Justin Fields*, QB, Ohio State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 223.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
    Projected Round (2021): Top-10.
    View Ranking History


    9/24/20: Fields has a dynamic skill set with natural passing ability and is a dangerous runner. He has a dynamic skill set with natural passing ability and is a dangerous runner. Fields is an accurate passer with a strong arm, is aggressive to push the ball downfield, and is a playmaker with his feet. In speaking with some team sources, we agreed Fields looks like a bigger Deshaun Watson. Fields needs development and refinement. He especially needs to improve at executing when faced with heavy blitzes.

    Fields' development as a football player may be slowed down for the NFL by the Big Ten's newly announced shortened schedule, so his pro team is going to be patient with him and understand there could be some growing pains as he will enter the next level having only limited starting experience.

    Fields was one of the top recruits in the nation alongside Trevor Lawrence. To start out his college career, Fields played at Georgia before transferring to Ohio State. In 2019, Fields took over as the Buckeyes' starting quarterback and dominated. The sophomore completed 67 percent of his passes on the season for 3,273 yards with 41 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also ran for 484 yards and 10 scores. In Fields' one season at Georgia, he was 27-of-39 for 328 yards with four touchdowns passing and four touchdowns rushing.


  3. Trey Lance**, QB, North Dakota State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 221.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2021): 1-2.
    View Ranking History


    9/24/20: Lance produced a huge redshirt freshman season in 2019, completing 67 percent of his passes for 2,786 yards with 28 touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also ran for 1,100 yards with 14 touchdowns on the ground - his rushing yardage was actually bigger, but college football deducts sack yardage from a quarterback's rushing totals.

    From a skill-set perspective, Lance fits in with other other recent first-round prospects. His size, arm strength, running ability, and big-play potential are in line with other recent Thursday picks. As a passer, Lance definitely has next-level ability.

    Lance has a strong arm capable of making all the throws for the pros. He shows the ability to fire fastballs to the sideline and has no problem airing out deep balls. Overall, Lance has good accuracy, and his deep-ball precision is very impressive. One of Lance's impressive traits from 2019, especially for such a young player, was his poise. Lance looked very calm in the pocket, and when the rush was closing around him, it seemed to be a non-factor for him.

    In speaking to some team sources who saw Lance in person while scouting North Dakota State, they feel the potential is there for Lance, but they also need to see more before feeling he is worthy of being a high first-round pick. As of late August, North Dakota State is going to play one football game in the fall. Lance needs more experience and development, but most of the season is gone because foolish decision makers in college football were looking to protect their job security over considering the science that football players are more likely to die in a car accident driving to practice than from COVID-19.

    "I think [Lance is] a very good player, but at that position, I'm a firm believer in body of work and he has a very small sample size at this point," said a national scout. "He's got tools to work, and he's not the first young pup to be pushed up. Every year there's someone, but we have to let it play out."

    "Recent history has not been kind to the 1-year-wonder surge guys. It has not been ideal for the picks of guys like Mitch Trubisky, Blake Bortles, Dwayne Haskins, DeShone Kizer, Paxton Lynch, etc. At [Lance's] level of competition, you definitely want to have more than good season. I like him though, but not ready to crown him just yet."


  4. Jamie Newman, QB, Georgia
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2021): 1-3.
    View Ranking History


    9/24/20: After the 2019 season, Newman decided to transfer to Georgia from Wake Forest rather than enter the 2020 NFL Draft. Newman created a buzz in the scouting community in the fall of 2019 as a legit pro prospect for the next level. Newman is a dual-threat quarterback with running and passing talent to challenge defenses. He has quality size with a live arm and athleticism. Newman has shown a lot of upside to develop for the pro ranks and going to Georgia could have helped him with that. However, Newman decided to skip the 2020 season and is preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft.

    Newman has to get better at working through his progressions, seeing the field, and his footwork. Some team sources think Newman would have been a second-day pick if he entered the 2020 NFL Draft, but they thought he was wise to go back for his senior year instead. Newman's decision to opt out could really hurt his chances of being a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

    Newman completed 61 percent of his passes in 2019 for 2,868 yards with 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also has six rushing touchdowns with 464 yards on the ground. In 2018, Newman completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,083 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions.




  5. Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 239.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.8.
    Projected Round (2021): 2-4.
    View Ranking History


    9/24/20: Florida's offense improved in 2019 when Trask replaced Feleipe Franks. Trask could have beaten out Franks for the job a year earlier if it weren't for an injury suffered in practice after a hit by Jabari Zuniga. In 2019, Trask made good decisions as a passer and was efficient to distribute the ball to a deep group of receivers.

    Trask has a thick build, a strong arm, good height and pocket presence, plus draws rave reviews for his character and work ethic. Trask could be a riser in 2020 now that he has more experience and more tutelage from quarterback expert Dan Mullen.


  6. Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 225.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.71.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
    View Ranking History


    9/24/20: Evaluators like Mond's size, arm and athleticism. He needs to continue to improve his accuracy, as that was a big concern for NFL teams heading into his senior year. Mond has shown progress with coaching, but a lot of scouts are skeptical. Some see him as a poor man's Colin Kaepernick, and others think he is a better version of Josh Dobbs. That could put Mond as a mid-round-backup type for the NFL.

    Mond had a mixed 2019 season. There were ugly games against Clemson and LSU to bookend the year. He had mixed outings versus Auburn and Georgia, and then very good games against Alabama and Mississippi State that demonstrated significant improvement. Sources from a handful of teams all believed Mond was best off returning for his senior year to develop under Jimbo Fisher before going pro.

    In 2019, Mond completed 62 percent of his passes for 2,897 yards with 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions while running for 500 yards and eight touchdowns. He displayed improvement in his accuracy, foot work, decision-making, and composure during the course of the season, but he still has a ways to go for the NFL.

    In 2018, Mond completed 57 percent of his passes for 3,107 yards with 24 touchdowns versus nine interceptions.


  7. Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
    View Ranking History


    9/24/20: Ehilnger opened 2020 by ripping UTEP with 25-of-33 passes for 426 yards and five touchdowns. In 2019, Ehlinger completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,663 yards with 32 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He is more of a running quarterback and has drawn some comparisons to Tim Tebow for his style of play. Ehlinger was wise to return for his senior year to improve before going pro.

    Ehlinger was improved in 2018, displaying more skills as a pocket passer and improved accuracy. He competed 65 percent of his passes on the year for 3,292 yards with 25 touchdowns and five interceptions. That was a big jump from the previous year with 58 percent completed for 1,915 yards with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions.


  8. Brock Purdy*, QB, Iowa State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.8.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
    View Ranking History


    9/24/20: Purdy had an ugly start to the 2020 season with a bad game against Louisiana. He missed some deep balls, threw an interception, took a bad sack, and struggled with pressure. In 2019, Purdy put together a big stat line. He does not have typical NFL size, so he will need to dominate the Big XII and show arm talent as a junior and senior.

    "No, he's not a high pick for sure," said one director of college scouting. "He's an excellent decision maker with accuracy to facilitate everything well, but more of a dink-and-dunk type rather than a big-time playmaker. He does not have an elite trait, is stumpy looking, and doesn't make many off-schedule plays. He can't escape blitz pressure. He's not even fully a mid-rounder yet, but the quarterback position always gets overinflated."

    Another area scout was a bit higher on Purdy, "I don't see him as a first-rounder, but I liked the kid when I was watching [Iowa State's] games. He showed anticipation, accuracy and poise. I think he's more of a Day 2 guy."


  9. K.J. Costello, QB, Mississippi State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.9.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
    View Ranking History


    9/24/20: Costello transferred to Mississippi State and will be blessed with working with passing guru Mike Leach. It will be interesting to see how Costello improves under Leach's tutelage.

    In 2019 for Stanford, Costello completed 61 percent of his passes for 1,038 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions. He only played the first half against Northwestern, going down with a head injury just before halftime. Costello returned after missing Week 2 and struggled against Central Florida and Oregon. He missed the majority of Stanford's games in 2019 and stopped playing in early November.

    Costello has quality size to him with a nice arm and has experience operating in a pro-style offense. He really improved in 2018, his second year of extensive playing time, completing 65.1 percent of his passes for 3,540 yards with 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He completed 59 percent of his passes in 2017 for 1,573 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions.

    There are definitely some strengths for Costello as it relates to translating to the NFL. He has good size with a decent arm and pocket presence. Costello stands tall in the face of a rush using pocket presence to hang tough with defenders closing around him. Costello flashes some accuracy throwing into coverage, tossing some well-located passes that allow his receivers to make catches even when they are closely covered. Costello also displays a pretty good understanding of where his receivers are and executing the offense.

    There definitely are areas for improvement that he needs to work on for the NFL. Costello definitely has to quicken his passing process. He needs to get faster at reading the defense, working through his progressions, and getting the ball out. There are times when he is too slow to pull the trigger, which allows the defense to close on the backend. Costello has to improve his field vision to work through his reads.

    From a mechanics perspective, Costello can be a bit wooden and could stand to improve his release. He can get long at times and could stand to get more compact and quicker. His feet also can get out of whack, and improving his feet would allow him to be more accurate with his ball location. While he will use his feet to buy some time or pick up yards on the ground, he is not a running threat for the NFL. He will have to succeed as a pure pocket passer to make it at the next level. He will never be a quarterback who is a real threat to buy a lot of time with his feet, dodge pass rushers, or pick up yards on the ground.




  10. Tanner Morgan*, QB, Minnesota
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
    View Ranking History


    9/24/20: Morgan threw the ball well for Minnesota in 2019, using a talented set of receivers to move the ball consistently. Overall, he was pretty accurate and made good decisions. Morgan could end up being a mid-rounder with backup potential for the NFL. If the Big Ten does not play a 2020 season, he should go back to school rather than enter the 2021 NFL Draft.


  11. Dustin Crum, QB, Kent State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 201.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.84.
    Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
    View Ranking History


    9/24/20: Crum broke out for Kent State in 2019, completing just under 70 percent of his passes for 2,622 yards with 20 touchdowns and only two interceptions. His performance earned him a spot on NFL teams' preseason watch list. Crum needs to add weight and fill out his frame for the next level.


  12. Jack Coan, QB, Wisconsin
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 221.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.84.
    Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
    View Ranking History


    9/24/20: Coan showed some game-manager ability as a junior in 2019, which was his first full season as a starter. He has quality size to him and an efficient style of play that stresses accuracy and avoiding turnovers. It will be interesting to see if he can grow from being a game manager to a playmaker.


  13. Feleipe Franks, QB, Arkansas
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 227.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.83.
    Projected Round (2021): 6-FA.
    View Ranking History


    9/24/20: Franks has a cannon for an arm to go along with big size. He struggles with consistency as a passer, as he can get into funks of inaccuracy, poor decision-making, and not seeing the field that well. Franks needs a big season at Arkansas to be more than a late-round or undrafted free agent in the 2021 NFL Draft.


  14. Mac Jones*, QB, Alabama
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.88.
    Projected Round (2021): 6-FA.
    View Ranking History


    9/24/20: Jones had some good moments in backup duty in 2019 after Tua Tagovailoa went out for the year with his hip injury. Jones could be a riser as Alabama has a lot of talent around him.




  15. Davis Mills, QB, Stanford
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 214.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.89.
    Projected Round (2021): 6-FA.
    View Ranking History


    9/24/20: Mills was in and out of the lineup for Stanford in 2019, but he flashed some potential with the ability to improve as he gains experience. It will be interesting to see how Mills develops as the full-time starter.


  16. Zach Wilson*, QB, BYU
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 203.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
    Projected Round (2021): 6-FA.
    View Ranking History


    9/24/20: To open the season against Navy, Wilson completed 13-of-18 passes for 232 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. NFL advance scouts put Wilson on their preseason watch list, so they saw enough on tape and on the field to believe that he has pro potential. Wilson has thrown the ball accurately over his first two years, but he needs to cut down on interceptions and show the ability to produce more points.


  17. Emory Jones**, QB, Florida
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 199.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.6.
    Projected Round (2021): 7-FA.
    View Ranking History


    9/24/20: Jones has a good skill set, and he flashed it at times in 2019. With Kyle Trask getting banged up, Jones rotated into the game and showed that he has dual-threat potential. Jones may be a rotational player in 2020 and could take over as a starter in 2021. If Jones can remain patient, Dan Mullen might develop him into a special player in 2021 and 2022.


  18. Sean Clifford*, QB, Penn State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 216.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.8.
    Projected Round (2021): 7-FA.
    View Ranking History


    9/24/20: Clifford was an efficient quarterback for Penn State in 2019. He needs to improve his accuracy and become more of a playmaker.


  19. Ian Book, QB, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 212.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.95.
    Projected Round (2021): 7-FA.
    View Ranking History


    9/24/20: Book opened 2020 by completing 19-of-31 passes for 263 yards with a touchdown and an interception against Duke. In 2019, Book was an efficient passer and point producer for Notre Dame. He could lack the skill set to become an early-round prospect for the next level.


  20. Layne Hatcher*, QB, Arkansas State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 196.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
    Projected Round (2021): 7-FA.
    View Ranking History


    9/24/20: Hatcher did enough as a redshirt freshman in 2019 to make NFL teams' preseason watch list. Given his undersized stature and level of competition, Hatcher is going to have to be a dominant performer to end up rising.


  21. Chase Garbers*, QB, California
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.8.
    Projected Round (2021): 7-FA.
    View Ranking History


    9/24/20: Garbers is undersized for the NFL, but he flashed some potential in 2019 with upside to grow as an upperclassman.




2020 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2021 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P





 








NFL Picks - Sept. 25


2021 NFL Mock Draft - Sept. 23


Fantasy Football Rankings - Sept. 9


2022 NFL Mock Draft - May 13


2020 College Football Recruiting Rankings - April 14


NFL Power Rankings - April 5


2020 NBA Mock Draft - Sept. 27


 

© 1999-2020 Walter Cherepinsky : all rights reserved
Privacy Policy
2 5 9
Google

WalterFootball.com is part of the NESN digital network.