I can’t wait for the NFL Draft to occur, because I’m tiring of the endless discussions about it.
Presumed top pick Trevor Lawrence gave an interview to Sports Illustrated in which he said that football was not as all-consuming to him as it was to others and ESPN’s analysts, in some cases, went crazy.
He also said he didn’t have the chip on his shoulder that so many others seem to have and that he didn’t want to have it.
I’m with Lawrence. I think the need to constantly have a chip on your shoulder will eventually backfire on you. For every Tom Brady or Michael Jordan, there are accomplished athletes who did very well for themselves without constant manufactured rage disguised as motivation.
Getting past Lawrence, I don’t understand why Justin Fields isn’t just behind him in the projected drafts. He’s got the combination of talent and results to date to be there, but Zack Wilson from BYU seems to be the pick at #2.
It could be fortunate for Fields or Wilson to go third to San Francisco. It is a team that suffered a lot of injuries last year but has a good offensive line to protect a quarterback.
I see Lawrence, Fields and Wilson as the top three players in the 2021 Draft. Actually, Florida tight end Kyle Pitts could rank with the latter two, but quarterbacks rank higher in teams’ draft hierarchies.
Behind those four comes three wide receivers in Ja’Marr Chase from LSU, and Alabama teammates DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle.
Offensive tackle Penei Sewell of Oregon,linebacker Micah Parsons of Penn State and Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II round out the top 10 prospects.
There are two more quarterbacks ranked as first round picks in North Dakota State’s Trey Lance and Alabama’s Mac Jones. Lance only played in one game last year and has 17 career starts so he’ll need some time to develop. Jones isn’t as physically gifted as others but his record and results speak volumes.
As for state/regional schools, it looks like only Caleb Farley, the Virginia Tech cornerback will be a first round pick. Only injury concerns keeps him from being up there with Surtain.
Having said all of this, the only thing I know for sure is that Lawrence will be the first pick. We’ll have to watch Thursday night for the rest.
Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org