ZINIO logo
EXPLOREMY LIBRARY
Athlon Sports

Athlon Sports

2021 Pro Football Draft
Add to favorites

Athlon Sports Preseason Sports Magazine's provide in-depth analysis of the upcoming seasons and events. Each preview includes great feature stories, team previews, depth charts, predictions, schedules and more.

Read More
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Athlon Media Group
Frequency:
Bimonthly
BUY ISSUE
£5.77
SUBSCRIBE
£21.65
7 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
2020

Chase Young COLLEGE: OHIO STATE CLASS: JR. HEIGHT: 6'5" WEIGHT: 265 STRONG POINTS: Another spring, another stud edge guy coming out of Columbus. Young just moves differently for a 265-pounder, looking almost like he could go out and star as a middle linebacker with his multi-directional movement skills. Of course, he has more than the requisite strength and power to hold up on the line. He is explosive off the snap, with the quickness to put blockers back on their heels and the fluidity to turn the corner as an edge rusher. His powerful hands look almost effortless when he disengages from blockers. On top of the physical skills, he plays with an advanced understanding of the pass rush. He has an innate feel for how to leverage and attack off ensive linemen,…

2 min.
editor’s letter

A year ago at this time, we were anticipating a deliciously over-the-top Las Vegas draft, complete with showgirls, celebrities and boat rides by each draft pick to the podium at the Bellagio, with the legendary fountains as a backdrop. Unfortunately, pandemics tend to ruin everything they touch, and the 2020 NFL Draft was unable to escape COVID-19’s reach. But to their credit, the NFL and the 32 franchises made the best of an unprecedented situation. The resulting “virtual” draft made for different but still compelling viewing, as it placed the players and viewers in a more intimate home setting, humanizing the draft prospects much more than the planned glitz and spectacle would have. “There are a bunch of things I can see us carry forward that came out of [last] year,” Peter…

7 min.
draft rankings

QUARTERBACKS 1. Trevor Lawrence Clemson 2. Justin Fields Ohio State 3. Zach Wilson BYU 4. Trey Lance North Dakota State 5. Mac Jones Alabama 6. Davis Mills Stanford 7. Kyle Trask Florida 8. Jamie Newman Georgia 9. Kellen Mond Texas A&M 10. Sam Ehlinger Texas 11. Feleipe Franks Arkansas 12. Ian Book Notre Dame 13. Shane Buechele SMU 14. K.J. Costello Mississippi State 15. Zac Thomas Appalachian State 16. Brady White Memphis 17. Kevin Thomson Washington 18. Peyton Ramsey Northwestern 19. Zach Smith Tulsa 20. Brady Davis Illinois State Running Backs 1. Travis Etienne Clemson 2. Najee Harris Alabama 3. Javonte Williams North Carolina 4. Kenneth Gainwell Memphis 5. Chuba Hubbard Oklahoma State 6. Michael Carter North Carolina 7. Pooka Williams Jr. Kansas 8. Khalil Herbert Virginia Tech 9. Jermar Jefferson Oregon State 10. Rhamondre Stevenson Oklahoma 11. Trey Sermon Ohio State 12. Kylin Hill Mississippi State 13. Jaret Patterson Buffalo 14. Demetric Felton UCLA 15. Javian Hawkins Louisville 16. Elijah Mitchell Louisiana 17. Larry Rountree III Missouri 18.…

14 min.
mock draft

1ST ROUND 1. Jacksonville Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson New general manager Trent Baalke and new head coach Urban Meyer get to make the easiest draft decision of the past decade. As fellow top pick Andrew Luck did in Indianapolis in 2012, Lawrence immediately puts the Jaguars in the conversation as a dark horse playoff team. 2. N.Y. Jets Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State Three years of Sam Darnold’s struggles are enough for the Jets to know they won’t give him a second contract. New offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, plucked from Kyle Shanahan’s coaching staff, can start the process again with Fields. 3. Miami (from Houston) Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU If the Dolphins aren’t interested in the quarterbacks, they’re better off trading out of this spot (a QB-needy team might be willing to come up). If they stay, it’s a…

1 min.
top 50 for 2022

1. SAM HOWELL QB North Carolina 2. DEREK STINGLEY JR. CB LSU 3. KAYVON THIBODEAUX DE Oregon 4. GEORGE PICKENS WR Georgia 5. EVAN NEAL G Alabama 6. JUSTYN ROSS WR Clemson 7. SPENCER RATTLER QB Oklahoma 8. GARRETT WILSON WR Ohio State 9. TYLER SHOUGH QB Oregon 10. KAIIR ELAM CB Florida 11. OWEN PAPPOE OLB Auburn 12. KEDON SLOVIS QB USC 13. LOGAN BROWN OT Wisconsin 14. CHRISTOPHER HINTON DT Michigan 15. CHRISTIAN HARRIS ILB Alabama 16. SHERIDAN JONES CB Clemson 17. KYLE HAMILTON S Notre Dame 18. NICK BROEKER OT Ole Miss 19. NOLAN SMITH OLB Georgia 20. DRAKE JACKSON DE USC 21. CHARLES CROSS OT Mississippi State 22. JOHN METCHIE III WR Alabama 23. ZACH HARRISON DE Ohio State 24. GEORGE KARLAFTIS DE Purdue 25. PERRION WINFREY DT Oklahoma 26. JALEN GREEN CB Texas 27. ZACCH PICKENS DT South Carolina 28. MIKE JONES JR. OLB Clemson/TBD 29. JALEN WYDERMYER TE Texas A&M 30. BUBBA BOLDEN…

12 min.
2011 draft revisited

In terms of quality and staying power, 2011 was a great draft. Amazingly, 11 of the 32 first-rounders are still with the team that drafted them, and 21 of the 32 spent the 2020 season on someone’s active roster. In a sport that chews up players and spits them out, usually in three seasons or fewer, that’s pretty darn good. 1. Carolina: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn Carolina (2011-19), New England (2020) The 2010 Heisman Trophy winner and national championship quarterback at Auburn has been a compelling NFL presence (and fashion icon) for a decade now, earning 2015 NFL MVP honors and three Pro Bowl nods. Newton has passed for 31,698 career yards and 190 touchdowns, adding 70 rushing TDs as a plus-sized but nimble ground threat. He set numerous rookie records in 2011…