After putting a bow on the 2020 NFL Draft with team-by-team recaps it is now time to look to the future. The 2020 college football season “should be” getting underway in a little over two months. When (if?) the season starts, Deep Fried Draft will be right there bringing you all of the things you are accustomed to seeing from me.
Like last year, I am entering the 2021 NFL Draft season with 300 names on my watch list.
Today, we are going to look at the linebackers. These players will be listed only by class and not in any sort of official ranking.
2021 Preliminary Linebacker List
|Tony Fields, II||Arizona||Sr||6’1||220|
|Max Richardson||Boston College||Sr||6’0||230|
|Justin Rice||Fresno State||Sr||6’2||225|
|Erroll Thompson||Mississippi State||Sr||6’1||250|
|Chazz Surratt||North Carolina||Sr||6’3||230|
|Baron Browning||Ohio State||Sr||6’3||247|
|Tuf Borland||Ohio State||Sr||6’1||230|
|Pete Werner||Ohio State||Sr||6’3||239|
|Amen Ogbongbeniga||Oklahoma State||Sr||6’0||225|
|Rayshard Ashby||Virginia Tech||Sr||5’10||237|
I am excited to watch this group of linebacker prospects. The top name to watch is probably Dylan Moses of Alabama. Moses has dealt with some injury issues but has tremendous talent. Chazz Surratt is a former QB who has taken to linebacker like a duck to water. Kuony Deng is a raw player who has the makings of a potential star. I look forward to seeing how Jabril Cox steps up from FCS North Dakota State to the SEC.
|Micah Parsons||Penn State||Jr||6’3||245|
|Ernest Jones||South Carolina||Jr||6’1||235|
|Palaie Gaoteote||Southern Cal||Jr||6’2||250|
Micah Parsons has received lofty praise and sets up to be one of the top prospects available in the 2021 NFL Draft. South Carolina LB Ernest Jones flashes whenever you turn on the Gamecocks defensive tape.
Next up, we look ahead to the 2021 cornerback class.