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2021 NFL draft Big Board: Top 25 prospects

By Eddie Brown, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

Published in Football

We're almost two months into the college football season and there are still some FBS schools who have yet to play a single game — most notably the entire Pac-12.

As we continue to navigate our way through the most surreal college football season on record, I figured I'd take this opportunity to update you on our next class of NFL prospects a week before I unveil my first 2021 NFL mock draft of the season.

What's the difference between a mock draft and a big board?

Part of my weekly mock preamble explains it is an attempt at figuring out the best players available in this season's draft class, and which teams they'd match up well with considering the draft order. The closer we get to draft day, the more I attempt to match what teams will actually do with their draft picks as opposed to what I believe they should do.

Last season, I was the fourth most accurate (out of 109) NFL draft prognosticator according to The Huddle Report (most accurate in print). I'm seventh over the past five years.

My big board is an attempt to discern who the best players in 2021's draft class actually are.

 

Here's my first 2021 NFL draft big board:

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1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson, Jr.

The presumed No. 1 pick in next spring's NFL draft recently hinted at staying for his senior season, but it's more likely he just doesn't want to play for the New York Jets — who could blame him? The Heisman Trophy front-runner is 31-1 as a starting college quarterback and has the top-ranked Tigers (6-0) positioned for a sixth straight ACC title with another College Football Playoff berth likely.

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