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 start with the QBs. These players will be listed only by class and not in any sort of official ranking.
2021 Preliminary Quarterback List
|D’Eriq King||Miami (FL)||Sr||5’11||194|
|Ian Book||Notre Dame||Sr||6’0||212|
|K.J. Costello||Mississippi State||Sr||6’4||215|
|Kellen Mond||Texas A&M||Sr||6’2||217|
|Jack Abraham||Southern Miss||Sr||6’0||204|
At face value, this probably isn’t the most inspiring group. I only thoroughly studied two of these players a year ago (Ehlinger and Costello). I am interested to get a deep look at the many transfers in this group. Jaime Newman flashed NFL potential at Wake Forest and now gets a chance to lead Georgia. K.J. Costello was underwhelming at Stanford but now gets to wing it 60 times a game for Mike Leach in Starkville. Is there a Joe Burrow in this group? A mid-round player that becomes a top draft pick. Probably not, however, Kyle Trask has a chance to make the leap into round one.
|Trey Lance||North Dakota State||rSo||6’3||221|
|Brock Purdy||Iowa State||Jr||6’1||210|
|Justin Fields||Ohio State||Jr||6’3||223|
The underclassmen contain two potential top ten selections with Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields. Both have flashed franchise QB ability. The name to watch that is making the rounds over the summer is Trey Lance. The Bison signal-caller decimated FCS a year ago as a redshirt freshman with 2876 yards and 28 TDs with ZERO interceptions. And oh yeah, he also rushed for 1100 yards and 14 more scores. It is seemingly unprecedented for an FCS quarterback to enter the draft after their redshirt sophomore season. Trey Lance may be that guy. Also, don’t sleep on Iowa State’s Brock Purdy.
Next up, we look ahead to the 2021 RB class.