2021 NFL Draft: Preliminary Quarterback List

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

SENIORS

Feleipe Franks Arkansas Sr 6’5 240
Jamie Newman Georgia Sr 6’4 230
Brady White Memphis Sr 6’3 205
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
Sam Ehlinger Texas Sr 6’2 235
Jake Bentley Utah Sr 6’3 223
Kyle Trask Florida Sr 6’5 240
Kenny Pickett Pittsburgh Sr 6’2 225
Brandon Peters Illinois Sr 6’5 220
Kellen Mond Texas A&M Sr 6’2 217
Shane Buechele SMU Sr 6’1 207
Charlie Brewer Baylor Sr 6’1 206
Jack Abraham Southern Miss Sr 6’0 204
Reece Udinski VMI Sr 6’4 224

 

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.

UNDERCLASSMEN

Trey Lance North Dakota State rSo 6’3 221
Trevor Lawrence Clemson Jr 6’6 220
Brock Purdy Iowa State Jr 6’1 210
Justin Fields Ohio State Jr 6’3 223
Dorian Thompson-Robinson UCLA Jr 6’1 197
Mac Jones Alabama Jr 6’2 205
Chase Brice Duke Jr 6’2 230
Tanner Morgan Minnesota Jr 6’2 215
Desmond Ridder Cincinnati Jr 6’3 215

 

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.

Image courtesy of AP Photo/David J. Phillip

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