The 2021 college football season is basically done and, with conference championship week upon us, the best players will be called upon to give the best representation of themselves. There are several top prospects vying to go pro and this year’s NFL Draft will certainly be an intriguing one.
The NFL teams which have performed the most poorly this season will be hoping the draft can enhance their Super Bowl odds for the next one and it will be interesting to see how they pick.
Below are 20 of the top prospects you should be seeing in the pros next season.
1. Kayvon Thibodeaux – Oregon
An explosive and agile edge rusher who can cover lots of ground in very little time, Kayvon Thibodeaux presents an insanely athletic prospect who combines speed and power perhaps a little too frighteningly.
2. Aidan Hutchinson – Michigan
Aidan Hutchinson is another remarkable edge rusher. Weighing 265 and standing at 6ft 6in, he possesses great strength and technical ability that would be quite an asset in the league.
3. Kyle Hamilton – Notre Dame
The Notre Dame star has made a name for himself as a very physical player but he also boasts exceptional smarts as he’s able to read and react to situations on the fly. He’s already looking like one of the most talented safeties set to come into the NFL from college
4. Derek Stingley Jr. – LSU
The 6ft 1in, 195lb cornerback is one of the most dynamic players in his position, boasting great size and speed. Stingley Jr. also possesses a remarkable coverage game; his length and quickness allow him to win most of his battles on the pitch and he’s considered to be a coach’s dream.
5. Evan Neal – Alabama
A top college offensive tackle, Neal is expected to be a formidable blocker in the pros. Standing at 6ft 7in and weighing 350lbs, he’s pretty athletic for a big guy and has displayed the agility to keep the best pass rushers in check. He’s recently gone viral for what happened during the coin toss for the National Championship game.
6. Devin Lloyd – Utah
Devin Loyd is a strong, athletic player who can cover lots of ground against the run but can also defend the pass. His IQ is something else he has going for him.
7. Tyler Linderbaum – Iowa
Tyler Linderbaum presents another strong, athletic star. A great blocker, he has the smarts and natural run-blocking talent to succeed at the highest level.
8. George Karlaftis – Purdue
This edge rusher is a beastly prospect given his incredible athleticism at his height and size. He’s still a work in progress and it’s scary to think just how good he could be over the next several years.
9. Ikem Ekwonu – NC State
The 6ft 4 in, 320-pound guard has put remarkable run blocking on display over the span of his career and it will be interesting to see who goes for him in the draft.
10. DeMarvin Leal – Texas A&M
A player who could shine as a 4-3 tackle or 3-4 end, DeMarvin Leal has the power and explosiveness to wreak havoc in any situation on the pitch.
11. Chris Olave – Ohio State
Chris Olave is a wide receiver who, at 189 pounds, has incredible quickness and could get off the mark with impressive acceleration.
12. Kaiir Elam – Florida
An expert at coverage given his raw athleticism, cornerback Kaiir Elam has everything to succeed in the NFL as he displays great strength while his length makes him a standout CB.
13. David Ojabo – Michigan
An energetic and speedy edge rusher, David Ojabo stands at 6ft 5in and has 250 pounds to throw around. He exhibits very effective pass-rushing skills on a regular basis.
14. Jameson Williams – Alabama
The wide receiver stands out as a special talent with immense technical skill and proclivity for completing big plays.
15. Garrett Wilson – Ohio State
Garrett Wilson is a receiver who is a huge threat after completing a catch and is also a proper complement to the aforementioned Olave given his IQ, quickness, and expert route running.
16. Charles Cross – Mississippi State
Mississippi State offensive tackle Charles Cross is a dangerous blocker whom opponents try their best to evade, often poorly. The 310-pounder has a very strong upper body and will be even more effective once he cleans up his footwork.
17. Matt Corral – Ole Miss
A top athletic player exuding confidence and aggression in every game, Matt Corral is certainly a quarterback attracting attention from teams around the league.
18. Andrew Booth Jr. – Clemson
Andrew Booth Jr. is a cornerback with a knack for the big play. The 6ft, 200lb Georgia native, who recently declared for the NFL Draft, has the size, strength, and pace to be very useful in coverage.
19. Kenyon Green – Texas A&M
Kenyon Green is a dependable interior blocker with optimal size and strength at 6ft 4 in and 325 pounds. He has what it takes to be great at the running game in the league.
20. Jordan Davis – Georgia
The 6ft 6in, 340lb Georgia defensive tackle has gained a reputation as a player who could disrupt offensive affairs with his athleticism and size.