Zach Metkler’s 2021 NFL Draft Positional Rankings

After much anticipation, the 2021 NFL Draft is finally in sight. After months of thorough film study, I have finally put together my final positional rankings and big board.

Before continuing, I urge you to keep something in mind. These rankings are how I personally view the 2021 NFL Draft class. Each ranking that you will find on the internet is different. Every NFL team’s rankings and big board is different.

There is no perfect science for evaluating prospects. Players will be selected earlier and later than expected, especially with the continuing evolution of the pre-draft process because of the obstacles that teams have had to work through because of COVID-19. That doesn’t make a particular pick or a particular big board right or wrong. Just be patient and see what happens as the summer and season roll along following the draft. It is an exciting time for fans and teams, but more importantly for the players.

Enjoy the process. And remember: it is okay to be different when it comes to draft opinions.

With that all being said, welcome to my official 2021 NFL Draft Positional Rankings.

Quarterback

Rank Name School
1 Trevor Lawrence Clemson
2 Justin Fields Ohio State
3 Zach Wilson BYU
4 Trey Lance North Dakota State
5 Mac Jones Alabama
6 Kellen Mond Texas A&M
7 Kyle Trask Florida
8 Davis Mills Stanford
9 Jamie Newman Wake Forest
10 Sam Ehlinger Texas
11 Shane Buechele SMU
12 Feleipe Franks Arkansas
13 K.J. Costello Mississippi State
14 Ian Book Notre Dame
15 Peyton Ramsey Northwestern
16 Zach Smith Tulsa
17 Zac Thomas Appalachian State
18 Brady Davis Illinois State
19 Collin Hill South Carolina
20 Brady White Memphis
21 Davis Cheek Elon
22 Chris Ferguson Liberty
23 Sawyer Smith Kentucky
24 Armani Rogers Ohio
25 Kato Nelson Akron

Running Back

Rank Name School
1 Travis Etienne Clemson
2 Javonte Williams North Carolina
3 Najee Harris Alabama
4 Michael Carter North Carolina
5 Kenneth Gainwell Memphis
6 Trey Sermon Ohio State
7 Khalil Herbert Virginia Tech
8 Jermar Jefferson Oregon State
9 Kylin Hill Mississippi State
10 Rhamondre Stevenson Oklahoma
11 Demetric Felton UCLA
12 Chubba Hubbard Oklahoma State
13 Chris Evans Michigan
14 Javian Hawkins Louisville
15 Rakeem Boyd Arkansas
16 Jaret Patterson Buffalo
17 Elijah Mitchell Louisiana
18 Larry Rountree III Missouri
19 Pooka Williams Kansas
20 Spencer Brown UAB
21 Greg McCrae UCF
22 Trey Ragas Lafayette
23 Otis Anderson UCF
24 Elijah Collins Michigan State
25 Gerrid Doaks Cincinnati
26 C.J. Marable Coastal Carolina
27 Caleb Huntley Ball State
28 Garrett Groshek Wisconsin
29 Deon Jackson Duke
30 Asim Rose Kentucky

Wide Receiver

Rank Name School
1 Ja’Marr Chase LSU
2 Jaylen Waddle Alabama
3 DeVonta Smith Alabama
4 Rashod Bateman Minnesota
5 Kadarius Toney Florida
6 Rondale Moore Purdue
7 Terrace Marshall Jr. LSU
8 Elijah Moore Ole Miss
9 Dyami Brown North Carolina
10 D’Wayne Eskridge Western Michigan
11 Amon-Ra St. Brown USC
12 Nico Collins Michigan
13 Tylan Wallace Oklahoma State
14 Amari Rodgers Clemson
15 Josh Palmer Tennessee
16 Cade Johnson South Dakota State
17 Anthony Schwartz Auburn
18 Chatarius Atwell Louisville
19 Sage Surratt Wake Forest
20 Seth Williams Auburn
21 Marlon Williams UCF
22 Cornell Powell Clemson
23 Ihmir Smith-Marsette Iowa
24 Shi Smith South Carolina
25 Simi Fehoko Stanford
26 Jaelon Darden North Texas
27 Tyler Vaughns USC
28 Dazz Newsome North Carolina
29 Marquez Stevenson Houston
30 Javon McKinley Notre Dame
31 Tamorrion Terry Florida State
32 Warren Jackson Colorado State
33 Josh Imatorbhebhe Illinois
34 Austin Watkins UAB
35 Dax Milne BYU
36 Frank Darby Arizona State
37 Rico Bussey Jr. Hawaii
38 Domonte Coxie Memphis
39 Trevon Grimes Florida
40 Dez Fitzpatrick Louisville

Tight End

Rank Name School
1 Kyle Pitts Florida
2 Pat Freiermuth Penn State
3 Tommy Tremble Notre Dame
4 Brevin Jordan Miami
5 Hunter Long Boston College
6 Kenny Yeboah Ole Miss
7 Tre’ McKitty Georgia
8 Noah Gray Duke
9 Nick Eubanks Michigan
10 Kylen Granson SMU
11 Zach Davidson Central Missouri
12 Tony Poljan Virginia
13 Quintin Morris Bowling Green
14 John Bates Boise State
15 Cary Angeline NC State
16 Matt Bushman BYU
17 Pro Wells TCU
18 Miller Forristall Alabama
19 Jack Stoll Nebraska
20 Luke Farrell Ohio State
21 Dylan Soehner Iowa State
22 Peyton Hendershot Indiana
23 Josh Pederson ULM
24 Shaun Beyer Iowa
25 Hunter Kampmoyer Oregon
26 Trae Barry Jacksonville State
27 Artayvious Lynn TCU
28 Zac Lefebvre Buffalo
29 Erik Krommenhoek USC
30 Andrew Homer Miami (OH)

Offensive Tackle

Rank Name School
1 Penei Sewell Oregon
2 Rashawn Slater Northwestern
3 Christian Darrisaw Virginia Tech
4 Teven Jenkins Oklahoma State
5 Alex Leatherwood Alabama
6 Dillon Radunz North Dakota State
7 Jalen Mayfield Michigan
8 Liam Eichenberg Notre Dame
9 Samuel Cosmi Texas
10 Spencer Brown Northern Iowa
11 Brady Christensen BYU
12 Jackson Carman Clemson
13 Walker Little Stanford
14 James Hudson Cincinnati
15 D’Ante Smith East Carolina
16 Adrian Ealy Oklahoma
17 Stone Forsythe Florida
18 Jaylon Moore Western Michigan
19 Dan Moore Jr. Texas A&M
20 Alaric Jackson Iowa
21 Brenden Jaimes Nebraska
22 Josh Ball Marshall
23 Tommy Doyle Miami (OH)
24 Will Sherman Colorado
25 Foster Sarell Stanford
26 Cole Van Lanen Wisconsin
27 Larnel Coleman Massachusetts
28 Landon Young Kentucky
29 Drew Himmelman Illinois State
30 Jake Curhan California

Interior Offensive Line

Rank Name School
1 Alijah Vera-Tucker USC
2 Creed Humphrey Oklahoma
3 Wyatt Davis Ohio State
4 Landon Dickerson Alabama
5 Quinn Meinerz UW-Whitewater
6 Trey Smith Tennessee
7 Josh Myers Ohio State
8 Aaron Banks Notre Dame
9 Kendrick Green Illinois
10 Deonte Brown Alabama
11 Ben Cleveland Georgia
12 Michal Menet Penn State
13 Trey Hill Georgia
14 Royce Newman Ole Miss
15 Drew Dalman Stanford
16 Tommy Kraemer Notre Dame
17 Jack Anderson Texas Tech
18 Dave Moore Grambling State
19 Drake Jackson Kentucky
20 Sadarius Hutcherson South Carolina
21 Robert Hainsey Notre Dame
22 Jimmy Morrissey Pittsburgh
23 Ryan Mccollum Texas A&M
24 Larry Borom Missouri
25 Bryce Hargrove Pittsburgh
26 Will Fries Penn State
27 Dareuan Parker Mississippi State
28 Robert Jones Middle Tennessee
29 Kevin Jarvis Michigan State
30 Harry Crider Indiana

Interior Defensive Line

Rank Name School
1 Christian Barmore Alabama
2 Levi Onwuzurike Washington
3 Milton Williams Louisiana Tech
4 Daviyon Nixon Iowa
5 Tyler Shelvin LSU
6 Alim McNeill NC State
7 Tommy Togiai Ohio State
8 Jay Tufele USC
9 Jaylen Twyman Pittsburgh
10 Marvin Wilson Florida State
11 Bobby Brown III Texas A&M
12 Marlon Tuipulotu USC
13 Tedarrell Slaton Florida
14 Osa Odighizuwa UCLA
15 Khyiris Tonga BYU
16 Quinton Bohanna Kentucky
17 Naquan Jones Michigan State
18 Jonathan Marshall Arkansas
19 Darius Stills West Virginia
20 Ta’Quon Graham Texas
21 Jordon Scott Oregon
22 Phil Hoskins Kentucky
23 Austin Faoliu Oregon
24 Mustafa Johnson Colorado
25 Lorenzo Neal Jr. Purdue
26 Michael Dwumfour Rutgers
27 Kenny Randall Charleston (WV)
28 Roy Lopez Arizona
29 Jack Heflin Iowa
30 Daniel Archibong Temple

EDGE

Rank Name School
1 Kwity Paye Michigan
2 Jaelan Phillips Miami
3 Jayson Oweh Penn State
4 Azeez Ojulari Georgia
5 Joe Tryon Washington
6 Gregory Rousseau Miami
7 Carlos Basham Jr. Wake Forest
8 Chris Rumph II Duke
9 Joseph Ossai Texas
10 Payton Turner Houston
11 Dayo Odeyingbo Vanderbilt
12 Janarius Robinson Florida State
13 Jordan Smith UAB
14 Patrick Johnson Tulane
15 Daelin Hayes Notre Dame
16 Ronnie Perkins Oklahoma
17 Quincy Roche Miami
18 Patrick Jones II Pittsburgh
19 Hamilcar Rashed Jr. Oregon State
20 Rashad Weaver Pittsburgh
21 Wyatt Hubert Kansas State
22 Cameron Sample Tulane
23 Victor Dimukeje Duke
24 Will Bradley-King Baylor
25 Shaka Toney Penn State
26 Elerson Smith Northern Iowa
27 Adetokunbo Ogundeji Notre Dame
28 Chauncey Golston Iowa
29 Tarron Jackson Coastal Carolina
30 Jonathon Cooper Ohio State

Linebacker

Rank Name School
1 Micah Parson Penn State
2 Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Notre Dame
3 Zaven Collins Tulsa
4 Jamin Davis Kentucky
5 Nick Bolton Missouri
6 Jabril Cox LSU
7 Baron Browning Ohio State
8 Pete Werner Ohio State
9 Chazz Surratt North Carolina
10 Dylan Moses Alabama
11 Cameron McGrone Michigan
12 Monty Rice Georgia
13 Derrick Barnes Purdue
14 Buddy Johnson Texas A&M
15 Isaiah McDuffie Boston College
16 Ernest Jones South Carolina
17 Tony Fields II West Virginia
18 K.J. Britt Auburn
19 Charles Snowden Virginia
20 Nick Niemann Iowa
21 Garret Wallow TCU
22 Paddy Fisher Northwestern
23 Anthony Hines III Texas A&M
24 Amen Ogbongbemiga Oklahoma State
25 Riley Cole South Alabama
26 Grant Stuard Houston
27 Erroll Thompson Mississippi State
28 Blake Gallagher Northwestern
29 Elijah Sullivan Kansas State
30 Justin Hilliard Ohio State

Cornerback

Rank Name School
1 Patrick Surtain II Alabama
2 Jaycee Horn South Carolina
3 Greg Newsome II Northwestern
4 Caleb Farley Virginia Tech
5 Asante Samuel Jr. Florida State
6 Tyson Campbell Georgia
7 Eric Stokes Georgia
8 Kelvin Joseph Kentucky
9 Ifeatu Melifonwu Syracuse
10 Aaron Robinson UCF
11 Elijah Molden Washington
12 Robert Rochell Central Arkansas
13 Paulson Adebo Stanford
14 Ambry Thomas Michigan
15 Shaun Wade Ohio State
16 Benjamin St-Juste Minnesota
17 Kary Vincent Jr. LSU
18 Camryn Bynum California
19 Shakur Brown Michigan State
20 Trill Williams Syracuse
21 Israel Mukuamu South Carolina
22 Rodarius Williams Oklahoma
23 Olaijah Griffin USC
24 Deommodore Lenoir Oregon
25 Keith Taylor Washington
26 Avery Williams Boise State
27 Jason Pinnock Pittsburgh
28 D.J. Daniel Georgia
29 Marco Wilson Florida
30 Zech McPhearson Texas Tech

Safety

Rank Name School
1 Trevon Moehrig TCU
2 Jevon Holland Oregon
3 Richie Grant UCF
4 Jamar Johnson Indiana
5 Hamsah Nasirildeen Florida State
6 Andre Cisco Syracuse
7 Divine Deablo Virginia Tech
8 Talanoa Hufanga USC
9 Tyree Gillespie Missouri
10 Ar’Darius Washington TCU
11 Caden Sterns Texas
12 James Wiggins Cincinnati
13 Christian Uphoff Illinois State
14 Paris Ford Pittsburgh
15 Mark Webb Georgia
16 Darrick Forrest Cincinnati
17 Reed Blankenship Middle Tennessee
18 Joshuah Bledsoe Missouri
19 Richard LeCounte III Georgia
20 Damar Hamlin Pittsburgh
21 Shawn Davis Florida
22 Jamien Sherwood Auburn
23 Jacoby Stevens LSU
24 Donovan Stiner Florida
25 Brady Breeze Oregon
26 Tyler Coyle Purdue
27 Brendon White Rutgers
28 Tariq Thompson San Diego State
29 Qwynnterrio Cole Alcorn State
30 Eric Burrell Wisconsin

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