2021 NFL Draft features elite talent at key offensive positions

2021 NFL Draft prospect, Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
2021 NFL Draft prospect, Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

The top of the 2021 NFL Draft class is absolutely loaded at the most important positions on the offensive side of the ball.

In today’s NFL, nothing is more important than having offensive players who can help you move the ball through the air and defensive players who excel in stopping the pass. The passing game is king and all teams are looking for the next great quarterback, pass catcher, pass blocker, pass rusher or defensive back to help to take them to the next level.

As we look ahead to the 2021 NFL Draft class, it should not be a surprise that the top players shine in these areas, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. This is an incredibly exciting class of quarterbacks, wide receivers and we also have the best offensive tackle prospect in recent memory. Make no mistake about it, many NFL teams are going to significantly improve their passing attacks early in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Three stud quarterbacks

Let’s start with the quarterbacks. Trevor Lawrence stands out as the top player in the class and while anything can happen, he will likely end up being the top overall pick next April. Lawrence has proven himself time and time again at the college level and has all of the physical tools needed to be a star in the NFL. He is a nearly perfect quarterback prospect who undoubtedly has massive upside at the next level.

After Lawrence, we have Justin Fields out of Ohio State and Trey Lance out of North Dakota State. Both of these players had incredible 2019 season in their first years as starting quarterbacks in college and both have exciting skill-sets for the next level.

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Fields is obviously proving himself against better competition, but Lance is absolutely dominating while clearly showing a legitimate NFL skill-set. If Lawrence, Fields and Lance can continue to dominate in 2020, we could easily see these three quarterbacks go off of the board with the first three picks in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Elite offensive tackle

If a team picking in the top three next April already has a legitimate franchise quarterback, Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell stands out as an obvious potential target. Sewell is an absolutely tremendous offensive tackle prospect who is dominant in pass protection and easily clears out lanes in the run game.

Sewell is the best offensive line prospect in recent history and should be able to come in and immediately lock down the left tackle position for whichever NFL team takes him. Besides having a strong franchise quarterback, nothing is more important on the offensive side of the ball than having a dependable blindside protector at left tackle. Sewell will quickly become that player at the next level.

With the NFL teams throwing the ball more than ever before, the value of the wide receiver position continues to grow. Having multiple impact playmakers at wide receiver is important for any NFL offense and the 2021 NFL Draft class has some exciting players at the position who we should all be watching.

Plenty of pass-catchers

It all begins with LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase. Chase is coming off of an incredible 2019 season where he hauled in 84 receptions for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was a consensus first-team All-American and won the Biletnikoff Award for the best wide receiver in college football.

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Chase is a big and athletic target who goes up and gets the ball as well as anybody in the country. He is also a fast and explosive receiver who can win on the deep ball and also creates a bit after the catch. He is a fantastic natural playmaker at the wide receiver position who is likely going to be a star at the next level. Chase’s numbers may slip a bit in 2020 without Joe Burrow throwing him the ball, but he will still likely be the top receiver off of the board next April.

As great as Chase is, he is not the only receiver who has a chance to go in the top 10 of the 2021 NFL Draft. Alabama has a pair of returning receivers, Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith, who will undoubtedly be in the mix, and also keep an eye on Clemson’s Justyn Ross, Purdue’s Rondale Moore, Wake Forest’s Sage Surratt and Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman. Similar to the 2020 class, there will undoubtedly be plenty of wide receiver talent to go around next year.

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All of this fantastic passing game talent at the top of the 2021 NFL Draft class is incredibly exciting for NFL teams. All of these guys fit the modern NFL extremely well and should be able to help take their professional teams to the next level. There are certainly plenty of talented defenders to keep an eye on as well, but with this many elite offensive prospects, do not be surprised if we see an offensive-heavy top 10 picks or so in the 2021 NFL Draft.