2021 NFL DRAFT PROSPECT RANKINGS
Scout Trout Elite & ESPN Plus 2021 NFL Draft prospect rankings have been completed for the heavily anticipated 2021 NFL Draft. Having evaluated many of the top 2021 NFL Draft prospects for the past three years, while also accurately predicting many future occurrences the past four NFL Draft classes, I have been able to incorporate many key components to the S.T.E.P ratings algorithm position formula's. This year's class didn't feature many FCS, D2, NAIA or D3 NFL prospects, as many teams throughout the world of College Football Today never played a down of football in 2020 and the NCAA just finalized their 2021 Spring FCS 16 team playoff bracket. When looking back at the College Football Today 2021 NFL Draft scouting analysis that started back in October of 2020, I got to evaluate 2021 NFL Draft prospects like 2021 NFL OT prospect Spencer Brown, 2021 NFL prospect IOL Quinn Meinerz and 2021 NFL IOL Prospect David Moore, as well as over 400 other 2021 NFL Draft prospects. After all of the 2021 NFL Pro Day results were compiled on our top NFL Draft prospect rankings pages, I re-ranked all positions in the 2021 NFL Draft and found that many top football recruits in the Elite Football Recruiting Database had many similarities in their overall skill-sets. Were going to spend the 9 days leading up until the April 29th through May 1st 2021 NFL Draft, analyzing many top football recruits who possess the athletic traits and overall football skills to one day here their names called in future NFL Draft classes. There are many top football recruits in the 2021, 2022, 2023 & 2024 football recruiting class, who have completed football combine events with verified times that would have placed at the top of the 2021 NFL Pro Day testing boards.
TOP 2021 NFL PROSPECT RANKINGS
Scout Trout Elite & ESPN Plus top 2021 NFL prospect rankings have been finalized for the release of the College Football Today RokFin 2021 NFL Mock Draft 3.0. Use the Top 2021 NFL Draft prospect rankings slide-show below to access each Top 2021 NFL Draft prospect rankings scouting databases, which features Official 2021 NFL Pro Day results and some of the 2021 NFL Draft prospect scouting analysis on College Football Today RokFin! Given that fact that college seniors were granted an extra year of eligibility & the limited scholarship availability, I believe we will see many non FBS NFL Draft prospects in future NFL Draft classes. Top 2021 NFL Kicker, Punter & Long Snapper prospects will be released this week, as a total of four 2021 NFL Draft specialists have been graded out as "draft-able prospects" by top NFL front office personnel.
2022 FOOTBALL COMMITS
Scout Trout Elite & ESPN Plus 2022 football commits Myles Rowser, Chandler Rivers and Cole Spence all have an enormous upside as far as overall potential is concerned for future NFL Draft classes. 2022 Arkansas Safety commit Myles Rowser will certainly be a name to keep an eye on in SEC play in the coming years, as he possesses the work ethic and lock-down physicality needed to excel in man to man coverage and is one the most sure tackling DB's up in the 8-man box. He has the versatility to play any position in the defensive backfield and also possesses the hard nose mentality needed, as well as athletic frame that projects well as a hybrid SS/OLB rover back in the National Football League. 2022 Duke FB commit Chandler Rivers is another electrifying play-maker in the defensive backfield and he excels in all three phases of the game of American football. Rivers is one of the best kick returners I have evaluated on tape in the 2022 FB recruiting class and he is one of the more technically sound CB's in man to man coverage nationally. I really love Chandler working out of the slot on the offensive side of the football with his overall explosive athletic attributes, but not many can flip their hips and stay inside the hip pocket of receivers like "the bully from Beaumont,Texas" has proven to be capable of throughout his illustrious HS football career. 2022 College Football Today All-American & Vanderbilt Tight End recruit Cole Spence I had dubbed "Baby Gronk" after evaluating his overall body of work at Mt.Pisgah HS in Georgia. His physicality when run blocking is what was able to set him apart from the other tight ends in the 2022 football recruiting class, as Spence demonstrated uncanny hand placement when analyzing his incredible "engage to pancake" S.T.E.P ratio. He also possesses the route running skills and high pointing abilities that will provide any quarterback a window of opportunity to create plays down the field with his enormous "catch radius". Congratulations to all three Scout Trout 2022 All-American FB commits and good luck at your future homes in the SEC & ACC football conferences! Click on the 2022 commitment images below to learn more about the future of SEC & ACC football, as well as potential NFL Draft picks and click HERE to view all 2022 football offers at Scout Trout Elite & ESPN Plus!
TOP 2022 QB RECRUIT
Scout Trout Elite & ESPN Plus top 2022 QB recruit Conner Harrell earned his 29th D1 offer and is currently ranked as the number one 2022 quarterback recruit in the 2022 recruiting class. Click on the top 2022 QB recruits College Football Today graphic below to see who I think Conner compares to in this year's 2021 NFL QB draft class! More news on Top 2022 FB recruits coming all week on the Scout Trout top FB recruit news feed!
TOP FB RECRUIT RANKINGS
College Football Today & ESPN Plus top FB recruit rankings are being finalized for the release of the 2023 Top 500+ & 2024 Top 300+ NCAA football evaluation period re-ranks! Top 2025 football recruits will be re-ranked starting next week, as we add hundreds of rising 2025 FB recruits to our 2025 recruit rankings boards on College Football Today RokFin! Create a football recruiting profile by clicking the Top 2023 Dual-Threat QB scouting report image below and check out hundreds of football recruits in the Elite Football Recruiting Database by clicking HERE! View Scout Trout Elite & ESPN Plus 2023 & 2024 football offers by clicking HERE!
SCOUT TROUT TOP FB RECRUITS
After five successful recruiting classes, I wanted to see where Scout Trout top FB recruits were now and how they are progressing in the world of College Football Today. This will also help you identify who is in the Scout Trout top football recruit D1 Alumni image above, which does not include all signings and more "where are they now" photo edits will be released for the next Scout Trout Top FB recruit re-cap. Given I do not bring on hundreds of recruits in each class and do not scout new recruits once I considered a position to be "full", I was able to keep up with most of the top FB recruits that have come through the pipeline program, while working on various CFB & NFL Draft scouting projects.
CLASS OF 2017 TOP FB RECRUITS
Darius Pinnix East Carolina RB/H - Darius Pinnix Jr was a work horse for East Carolina and finished his career with 247 carries for 860 yards & 11 TD's. Darius will finish his degree at ECU, but has elected to enter the transfer portal and looks to take his 6'0,225 pound frame to the National Football League. Darius was responsible for making his own running lanes the past four years, as he simply didn't have much help on a team that has never broken .500 since his arrival. East Carolina is doing a much better job in recruiting for future classes, but Darius is capable of much more not only in the run game, but the passing game as a prime-time 2022 NFL Draft RB/H-Back prospect.
Eric Seay Middle Tennessee St OL - MTSU OG Eric Seay was red-shirted his Freshmen year and did not see any action in the 2018 season. In Eric's (RS) Sophomore season, Seay was played in all 12 games and was named the starter for 11 of MTSU's match-ups, while being named the Blue Raiders Offensive Linemen of The Week twice.
Tres Barbosa UTEP OL - Started 8 games at Tyler Junior College and got to see his first action as a UTEP Miner against Southern Miss his Sophomore season. (red-shirted junior season)
Lincoln Sefcik South Alabama TE - After a great JuCo career at NEO, Sefcik was signed by the University of South Alabama and will be starting tight end for the Jaguars of Mobile, Alabama.
Brayden Hawkins Akron QB - Brayden Hawkins started out at Maryland, transferred to NW MS and before he even took a snap, was picked up by the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns. Hawkins elected to transfer down once again, after toasting the starting Cajun defense, while running with the scout team in preseason and sadly the JuCo season was cancelled due to Covid-19. The Akron Zips came calling shortly after and Brayden will be the starting quarterback heading into the 2021-2022 CFB season.
CLASS of 2018 TOP FB RECRUITS
Nick Channel Kansas Safety - Channel used his red-shirt year after signing with the Jayhawks and saw action in all 9 games this season in Big 12 football play, while making four starts on the season. Nick was 5th on the team in total tackles and finished the 2020 season with 2 sacks. Channel also received 1st Team All-Academic Big 12 honors and is one of the most well-rounded defensive players in the world of College Football Today.
Tykeem Doss Southern Miss OL - Listed at 6'5",379 pounds, Tykeem has started in all 18 games since arrival on Campus at Southern Miss and the former 2018 Scout Trout All-American was clocked at 11 second 100 meter dash at Aliceville HS in Alabama. After evaluating mostly all of the 2021 NFL Draft prospects, Doss could be one of the most athletic and physically dominating 2022 NFL Nose Guard prospects in next year's Draft class, as many top NFL executives are eager to see if he makes the transition this coming season.
Michael Benson Robert Morris Kicker - Totaled 14 touch-backs his first two seasons with the Colonials and should be entering into the starting role as the placekicker heading into the 2021 season.
Jake Lyons Dayton LB/DL - Played in one game after red-shirting his true freshmen season and was named to the All-Academic team in the Pioneer league.
Grant Dyer Dayton LB/H - Started for the Flyers in 9 games and saw action in 10 total contests, while tallying at total of 67 tackles in his Sophomore campaign. After finishing the season with the second most tackles on the team, Dyer was also named to the Pioneer League All-Academic team and also saw action in 4 games his true Freshmen season.
Class of 2019 TOP FB RECRUITS
Daimarqua Foster TCU RB - Daimarqua Foster reportedly had one offer on the table from SMU, before being named the College Football Today #1 recruit in the 2019 recruiting class and broke many Texas State rushing records in his JR campaign. He then became a USA Today All-American and was the highest rated recruit to sign with TCU in the Frogs 2019 recruiting class. Foster got to see action against Kansas as a True Freshmen and reeled off 66 yards on only 8 carries. He got to see more action his Sophomore season and was utilized more in the passing game, but I have pegged the 2021-2022 season as Foster's breakout season and expect him to be nationally recognized by the end of the Big 12 Football season.
Zac Welch Nevada OL - Played on the Nevada O-Line in four games as a true Freshmen, which enabled the Wolfpack to use a red-shirt year on the now starting O-Linemen for one of the best teams in the Mountain West. Welch was a big part of Nevada's success during the 2020-2021 season and helped lead the Wolfpack to a 7 & 2 record, as he looks to build off a very impressive start to his collegiate football career. Zac was ranked as a top five O-Line recruit on the College Football Today Top 2019 OL recruit rankings and will be drafted into the NFL in years to come.
Lloyd Murray Colorado DL - Murray dressed for all 12 games in his true Freshmen season and saw action in two of those contests, as the Buffs were able to use his red-shirt season. Got to see action in one of the 5 games played during the Covid-19 ridden PAC-12 football season and I expect 2021-2022 to be a breakout season for the former top ranked 2019 DT recruit at College Football Today & ESPN Plus.
Terry Byers Troy LB - After finishing with 206 tackles, two interceptions & four forced fumbles in only 18 games at Arnold HS, the Troy Trojans signed Terry Byers late in the 2019 recruiting process. Has not got to see action yet in the loaded Sun Belt Conference, but I expect a big time (RS) JR season out of the former 2019 Scout Trout HS FB All-American Linebacker recruit!
Jay Stanton Samford RB - 2019 All-American RB Jay Stanton was named to the SoCon All-Freshmen team in after a magnificent start to his collegiate career at Samford. Stanton got to see action in all 11 games and started in 7 FCS contests, while being able to accumulate a team high 690 yards rushing on only 122 carries and proved to be a weapon coming out of the backfield in the passing game. Jay hauled in 16 receptions for 135 yards & 2 touchdowns, as many believe he could be the next NFL Draft pick out of the prestigious Samford University . Stanton has taken the field 5 times this season and the former workhorse back out of Crestview HS (FL) has totaled over 400 all-purpose yards, as well as four touchdowns during the FCS Spring football season.
Bryce Bevins Robert Morris WR - The former Florida standout 2019 WR recruit used his red-shirt season upon entering the Robert Morris football program and has yet to see action early in the 2020-2021 Spring FCS football season.
Chez Jennings JR OG West Virginia - The WVU 2020 O-Line signee was re-classed to the 2020 recruiting class, after receiving dozens of D1 offers after graduation during the Class of 2019. Chez Jennings Sr (father), decided that it would be beneficial to Jennings Jr to use his "NCAA gap year" and enrolled at The Taft school in Connecticut. Jennings Jr was a true wrecking ball in the College Football Today 2020 All-American Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee and the 6'5",358 pound O-Linemen will be suiting up at Offensive Guard in 2021 for the Mountaineers of West Virginia.
Spencer Brasch QB California - Brasch played in 2 games for the Cal Bears as a true freshmen and used his red-shirt season to retain an extra year of eligibility. After spending the Spring season with Cal, Brasch has elected to enter the NCAA transfer portal and is exploring his options nationally.
Justin Schietz LB Bowling Green - Schietz was one of the most well-rounded LB recruits in the 2019 recruiting class and earned the Bob Eberly Distinguished Service Scholarship in his first year on campus as a freshmen at Bowling Green. He got to see his first action against Akron the following season and will enter his RS (SO) season as a heavy contender for a starting LB role with the Falcons of the Mid-American Conference.
Kyle Benedict WR Stetson - Former Tampa Bay Area Top 100 HS football player & 2019 College Football Today All-American WR Kyle Benedict was not only one of the top leading receivers in the State of Florida, but also one of the brightest students nationally in the 2019 recruiting class. He did not see action in 2019, but was listed on the PFL All-Academic Honor Roll and will look to help ignite a sluggish Stetson offense heading into the 2021-2022 FCS football season.
CLASS of 2020 TOP FB RECRUITS
Tobin Phillips Stanford DL - Top 2020 DT recruit Tobin Phillips was one of the most freakish athletic specimens in the 2020 football recruiting class and boasted a 4.7,40 yard dash, while producing the nations best football combine of any DL recruit in the 2020 football recruiting class. Phillips also had the game tape to back up his stellar overall athletics and at 6'4,290 pounds, has the potential to be yet another David Shaw NFL Draft prospect that could see his name called early in future NFL Draft classes.
Matthias Algarin Nebraska ATH - Top 2020 ATH recruit Matthias Algarin is on a dual-scholarship for both football and track, as he was one of the most athletically gifted football recruits in all of the Class of 2020. Algarin received many D1 offers from the likes of Wisconsin, North Dakota State and many others, but his dream was to suit up for the legendary Cornhuskers of Nebraska and to one day possibly compete in the Olympics. Algarin had out of this world numbers in combine related activities and was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll during his (RS) Freshmen season at the University of Nebraska. After some Husker Alums and former fans of the Nebraska Danger invited me to Coach Frost's first win as Huskers Head Coach, I got a chance to witness the re-building process begin in Lincoln, Nebraska and highly cerebral, as well as explosive athletes like Algarin will prove to bring the Huskers back to national prominence in the coming years.
Aaron Swafford Navy QB - 2020 Navy QB commit Aaron Swafford was assigned to the Navy Prep Football program, where they have done a wonderful job at developing future Varsity talent in years past. This roster is considered "special ops", but we look forward to seeing Aaron take the field at either QB or Safety in the coming years
Wistar Allen East Carolina LB - East Carolina football was able to add highly S.T.E.P rated 2020 LB recruit Wistar Allen to their roster, after he announced his decision to transfer from the Richmond Spiders. The 6'2", 225 pound Top 2020 LB recruit will be a significant factor in the rebuilding process of the ECU football team and was one of the most aggressive linebacker recruits I had the privilege to evaluate in the 2020 football recruiting class. Wistar is another player who has all of the athletic tools on the gridiron to be the next top NFL Draft prospect to come out of East Carolina University.
Codie Hornsby Delaware St OL - The Dallas Native (Skyline HS) and 2020 All-American Bowl DL recruit Codie Hornsby, has made the transition to the offensive line at Delaware State and was arguably one of the best pass blockers in the 2020 football recruiting class. His quick feet and "basketball" skill-set as a Top 2020 OL recruit, was able to set him apart from many in his recruiting class and he is expected to perform at an extremely high level for the Hornets for years to come. Hornsby has the overall potential and athletics to be a significant factor as a pulling guard, which makes him another FCS recruit to keep an eye on for future NFL Draft classes.
Dylan Creech Alabama State LB/ATH - After recording 350 tackles, 5 interceptions and 2 touchdowns defensively, along with 20 TD's offensively, the Geneva HS (AL) standout decided to take his diverse skill-st to Alabama State. As a true freshmen, Creech has already saw action in one game this FCS Spring football season and will be a key contributor for the ASU Hornets for the next four years.
Hudson Walker Cal Poly DE - Top 2020 EDGE rusher Hudson Walker got to see his first action with Cal-Poly against UC-Davis and recorded his first tackle of his still very young career. Cal-Poly only completed 3 games this FCS Spring football season and Hudson is hungry to put his terrorizing EDGE rushing abilities on fill display during the 2021 FCS football season.
Peyton Knight Eastern Michigan LS - 2020 All-American Long Snapper Peyton Knight was one of the top 2020 LS recruits ranked nationally and is able to execute both short & long snaps at an NFL caliber level. His 6'1, 202 pound frame gives him the ability to quickly get down the field, after delivering a perfectly executed long snap and make an impact as a part of the Punt coverage team. Knight recorded 105 tackles as a LB his senior season, while being able to contribute 10 tackles via Special Teams.
Ni Mansell OL Mercer - Mansell signed with Mercer football after being heavily under the radar out in Anderson, South Carolina and the 6'3,270 pound will look to help improve the 4-5 Mercer Bears moving into the 2021 Fall collegiate football season.
Vinny Carnazzo DL Mercer - True freshmen 6'0,290 pound DT Vinny Carnazzo was one of the quickest defensive linemen I evaluated in the 2020 football recruiting class and had a brilliant repertoire of power & finesse moves in the trenches. I heard through the grapevine that he very well could be placed into a starting role as a true Sophomore, as he has the ability to take control of a game for four quarters from the interior defensive line.
Alex Hardnett DL East Tennessee St - Standing at 5'11", 280 pounds, Hardnett was arguably the strongest player in the weight room in the 2020 football recruiting class and he was able to pummel his opponents on the offensive line while playing for Heritage HS in Georgia. His ability to gain leverage quickly and create penetration into the opponents backfield, while possessing the football instincts of an MLB is very intriguing and I expect big things out of Alex the next 3 to 4 seasons at East Tennessee State.
Lenon James U of Tenn-Martin - 2020 College Football Today All-American DL recruit signed with Skyhawks, after also being named to the Region 8 6A All-Metro second team defense. His epic display of tenacious D-Line play was on full display in the trenches in the 2020 All-American Bowl in Lenon's hometown of Memphis, Tennessee and I expect him to be a key contributor for Coach Simpson for the next four years on the defensive front.
Gary Osby Kennesaw St LB/RB - Standing at 5'11", 215, Top 2020 Football recruit Gary Osby electrified the State of Georgia while suiting up at both LB & RB for the powerhouse Lowndes football program. After receiving over 10 FBS-D1 offers, he choose to take his diverse skill-set to FCS Powerhouse Kennesaw State and will be one of the top athletes selected in the NFL Draft out of the FCS division of College Football Today.
Neriyan Brown Lafayette WR - 2020 All-American Bowl WR Neriyan Brown signed with the Lafayette Leopards after being named Georgia 6 AAAAA Player of The Year and North Georgia Player of The Year as a Senior. Brown's ability to high point the football in heavy traffic, as well as take the top off the defense with his blazing 4.4 speed, will prove to ignite the Leopards offensive arsenal for the next four years. Neriyan is also a player who possesses the athletics and football skill to potentially be a FCS NFL Draft selection in future NFL Draft classes.
Kenneth Kemp Houston Baptist DB - Top 2020 DB recruit Kenneth Kemp has got to see action in four games thus far in his Freshmen season and already has 10 tackles, as well as 3 pass break-ups during the FCS Spring football season. Kemp was one of the best man to man cover corners I got the honor to evaluate in the 2020 football recruiting class and he obviously is already making a big impact as a key freshmen contributor for the Huskies of Houston Baptist. As far as overall coverage abilities, Kemp could potentially see his name called in future NFL Draft classes and will go down as one of the best DB's in Southland football history.
Patrick Vanderbrook K Nichols State - 2020 All-American Bowl Kicker Patrick Vanderbrook signed with the FCS powerhouse program Nichols State and will be competing with two older kickers for the Colonels starting KO & placekicking job. Patrick proved to be one of the most consistent kickers in the nation in the Class of 2019 and during my personal evaluation in pregame warm-ups before the 2020 All-American Bowl, was able to drill field goals from 55 yards in extremely cold, rainy and windy conditions. Patrick also possessed the ability to blast the football religiously into the end-zone on kickoffs and will be a name to look out for in future NFL Draft classes.
2021 FB SIGNINGS
Check out the new 2021 FB signings page on Scout Trout Elite & ESPN Plus and learn more about how Covid-19 drastically affected 2021 FB recruiting by clicking the 2021 FB signings image below!
2022 FB COMMITS
View 2022 FB commits on the Scout Trout Elite & ESPN Plus 2022 FB offers page by clicking on 2022 All-American DB & Razorbacks commit Myles Rowser!
2022 HS FB ALL-AMERICANS
View all of the 2022 HS FB All-Americans by clicking on this year's All-American Bowl TE and 2022 Vanderbilt football commit Cole Spence, aka as Baby Gronk!
2023 TOP FB RECRUIT RANKINGS
Class of 2023 top FB recruit rankings have been completed and will be released throughout the rest of the week on College Football Today RokFin. The 2023 Top 500+ overall FB recruit rankings features the best rising 2023 football recruit nationally and were ranked over a year ago on College Football Today. The 2024 Top 300+ will be morphing into the 2024 Top 500 in the coming weeks! Create a football recruiting & scouting profile by clicking the College Football Today All-American Bowl logo below and get evaluated by Scout Trout for national recruit rankings consideration!
2021 NFL PRO DAY RESULTS FASTEST 40 TIMES & TOP 2021 NFL DRAFT QB PROSPECT ANALYSIS
2021 PRO DAY RESULTS
Scout Trout Elite & ESPN Plus Official 2021 NFL Pro Day results have been updated for 2021 NFL Draft QB, RB, WR, TE, OT, OG, OC, CB, FS, SS, EDGE, DT, NG, DE, OLB & MLB prospects. Complete 2021 NFL Pro Day results are located underneath the slide-show on the home page of ScoutTrout.Com. Read my opening statements on some of this year's College Football Today NFL Draft prospect scouting analysis & personal history as an NFL Draft prospect that was graded by 17 NFL teams as a "draft-able prospect" in the 2009 NFL Draft on College Football Today RokFin. Read 2021 NFL Pro Day & 2021 NFL Draft analysis below!
2021 NFL PRO DAY TESTING RESULTS
So why did I collect all of the 2021 NFL Pro day testing results? As far as college football recruiting is concerned, these numbers have often played a major role in awarding players things like "Stars", offers and many more accolades. So logically speaking, they hold some weight with the decision makers in the not only the NFL, but the world of College Football Today. After analyzing the NFL Draft scouting process intuitively since 2017 and from having actually lived the experience as a 2009 NFL Draft prospect, I find that many inconsistencies that are found throughout a prospects career are generated mostly through the media channels that cover these athletes from a young age. For example, Hoosiers 2021 NFL Draft RB prospect Stevie Scott is listed by ESPN & 247 sports at 6'2, 231 pounds, but in actuality, NFL scouts measured him at 6'0", 225 pounds at the Hoosiers 2021 NFL Pro Day. Could he have shrunk two inches or more like I did in 2009? Who knows, but this just wasn't only the case for Stevie, which is why I stopped adding the 1/8, 2/3, 1/2, 7/8's of an inch and just rounded up or down for many of the 2021 NFL Draft prospects Pro Day results. It is sad that I will never know if I am 5'9.5", 5'11.5" or 6'1", but as a former athlete, I never really never cared about those results, but I did put a lot of time and effort into running a 4.51, 40 at 225 pounds and bench pressing 225 X 22 times. I knew that these things mattered, even if I was "just a kicker", it made you stand out at these scouting events or bust your Draft bubble entirely. Will 247 or ESPN correct the numbers that were incorrect at 2021 NFL Pro Days? Probably not, but this is what tends to create this egregious standards set by companies like NCSA for positions like quarterback recruits. According to NCSA, in order to be a D1 FBS or FCS quarterback recruit, you would have to be capable of beating the likes of Brett Favre and the best long ball hurlers in NFL history's arm strength. If you are standing on the opposite 40 yard line, while adding the 10 yards in the end-zone and height of the goal posts, you are looking at chucking the pigskin at least 75-77 yards. In order to compete at the QB position at the FCS level, a QB recruit would need to hurl the rock at least 70-72 yards from the opposite 45 yard line. This creates a major misconception upon the actual standards needed to be an Elite QB recruit, when Hall of Fame NFL quarterbacks like my father's former teammate at Pitt Dan Marino could barely hurl a 60-65 yard long ball. Speaking of long tosses, JaMarcus Russell could throw it to the moon and back, which obviously did not contribute to automatic success at the quarterback position in the National Football League.
Scout Trout Top 2022 Juco QB recruit Brayden Hawkins has recently become available after experiencing many trials & tribulations throughout the course of his young, but very tumultuous career. After evaluating Brayden several times and witnessing the amount of talent that he possesses & the leadership he has exuded yearly, while chasing after his dream of playing in the NFL. It has been extremely hard to stomach not being able to watch him compete on the field of play, as his film has spoken for itself year in and year out. Due to unforeseen circumstances at the university of Maryland, Louisiana and due to the cancellation of the season at Dodge Community college, Hawkins has yet to be given the opportunity that he rightfully has deserved since day one. I have believed that Brayden would eventually get his chance to compete at the highest level and this year he will prove that he is the number one junior college quarterback at College Football Today & ESPN Plus. After watching the tape that was already broken down to the finest of details, I believe that he will eventually become a future NFL Draft pick if utilized in the proper fashion. I still value his uncanny ability to complete the back shoulder throws that are virtually unstoppable for opposing defensive backs, as the impeccable timing that is displayed with his receivers will produce automatic first downs whenever needed, with the proper throwing motion that contributes to the overall elite arm talent that Hawkins has exhibited throughout his career. His ability to rip the football into highly congested areas of the opposing defense & the velocity that is attained through his excellent body weight transitioning, will essentially shred any defensive alignment you throw in his way. Brayden’s information processing capabilities can be witnessed functioning with the plasticity that creates the quick witted style of play seen in NFL quarterbacks like Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray & Mac Jones. When operating out the spread shotgun in the short to intermediate passing game, Hawkins shows the ability to quickly pull the ball in the read-option attack & deliver highly accurate darts, that are completed in an advantageous position for his receiver to make the reception to turn up the field quickly while creating yards after the catch. The perfect arm angle that Hawkins creates when whipping the football deep down the field by using his outstanding overall core strength, is able to generate the optimal throwing power needed to become an elite collegiate quarterback. His tremendous accuracy that he displayed while hurling bullets through the first team defense of the University of Louisiana Ragin-Cajuns, who ended the season in the top 25 was quite remarkable. He has the quick feet that all great coaches look for in their starting quarterback, to excel while throwing on the run & also when abruptly setting up the pocket to avoid losses and escape the collapsing pocket to move the football efficiently down the field. His rapid quick release will set up a highly efficient screen & short passing game, that is needed to give his play-makers the capabilities to pick up massive chunks of yards after the catch, with the defensive secondary having very little time to break on the football to deflect the pass when DB’s are dropping into zone coverage. The way that Brayden can release the football quickly and exhibit the touch needed to drop the pigskin over the top of the defenses 2nd or 3rd level, will make him one of the most effective quarterbacks that we have witnessed in modern day American football. His clutch performances throughout his illustrious high school football career landed him as one of the top QB recruits nationally & Brayden’s intense overall work ethic, charisma and character off the field of play, have not only enhanced his overall projection as a top 2022 JuCo QB recruit but also has me throughly enthused about what is in store for his immediate future.
FASTEST PRO DAY 40 TIMES 2021
The fastest pro day 40 times ran in 2021 NFL Pro days that have been completed up until April 3rd, 2021 can be found below. (4.4 or under)
WR 6'0",180 Anthony Schwartz Auburn JR 40 time 4.26
WR 5'9",180 Rondale Moore Purdue SO RS 40 time 4.29
CB 6'1",194 Eric Stokes Georgia JR 40 time 4.29
FS 5'10",190 Michael Carter II Duke SR 40 time 4.30
RB 5'11",217 Elijah Mitchell Louisiana SR 40 time 4.32
WR 5'9",184 Elijah Moore Ole Miss JR 40 time 4.32
WR/SLOT/KR 5'9",165 Chatarius Atwell Louisville JR 40 time 4.32
CB 5'10",190 Kary Vincent Jr. Louisiana State SR 40 time 4.33
WR/H 6'4",224 Racey McMath LSU SR 40 time 4.34
CB 6'1",193 Tyson Campbell Georgia JR 40 time 4.34
CB 6'1",192 Kelvin Joseph Kentucky SO (RS) 40 time 4.34
CB 6'0",191 Marco Wilson Florida JR (RS) 40 time 4.34
CB 5'11",183 Brandin Echols Kentucky SR 40 time 4.34
RB/APB 5'9.5",175 Pooka Williams Jr. Kansas JR 40 time 4.36
SS 6'0.5",209 Tyler Coyle Purdue SR 40 time 4.36
EDGE 6'5",257 Jayson Oweh Penn State SO 40 time 4.36
CB 5'11",190 Ambry Thomas Michigan JR 40 time 4.37
WR 6'0",208 JaMarr Chase LSU JR 40 time 4.38
WR 6'3",200 Terrace Marshall Jr LSU JR 40 time 4.38
CB 5'11",186 Aaron Robinson Central Florida SR (RS) 40 time 4.38
CB 6'1",190 Greg Newsome II Northwestern JR 40 time 4.38
CB 6'0",195 Nate Hobbs Illinois SR 40 time 40 time 4.38
SS 5'11",207 Tyree Gillespie Missouri SR 40 time 4.38
WR/SLOT/KR 5'11",189 Kadarius Toney Florida SR 40 time 4.39
WR 6'0",190 Rashod Bateman Minnesota JR 40 time 4.39
CB 6'1",205 Jaycee Horn South Carolina JR 40 time 4.39
CB 6'0",193 Robert Rochell Central Arkansas SR (RS) 40 time 4.39
ILB 6'3",246 Micah Parsons Penn State JR 40 time 4.39
RB/APB 5'10",215 Travis Etienne Clemson SR 40 time 4.40
WR 5'7.5",174 Jaelon Darden North Texas SR 40 time 4.40
2021 JAGUARS NFL MOCK DRAFT
The College Football Today & ESPN Plus 2021 Jaguars NFL Mock Draft is the most intriguing to assemble with Urban Meyer being named the new Head Coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, as Trevor Lawrence appears to be everyone's sure fire 1st overall NFL Draft pick. The Jaguars have the 1st, 25th, 33rd, 34th, 65th, 106th, 130th, 145th, 270th and 249th pick in this year's 2021 NFL Draft and have many holes on both sides of the football. Given the fact that Justin Fields, Mac Jones, Zach Wilson, Trey Lance and even Jamie Newman appear to be first round talent, we could potentially see the Jaguars stockpile more picks and probably not moving much further down in the first round.
WHO WILL URBAN MEYER & THE JAGUARS PICK #1 IN THE 2021 NFL DRAFT?
Let's first start out by stating, that unless a major wind is aiding the travel of the football 75 to 77 yards, I do not believe that any of the quarterbacks in this year's 2021 NFL Draft can hurl a pigskin through the goal posts, while standing on the opposite 40 yard line. In all actuality, there is only one play that a quarterback is needed to execute a pass over 60-65 yards and that play is called the "Hail Mary". These "Hail Mary" attempts are normally in an effort to call upon the Holy Mother of God in an attempt to win a ball game. Does the 40 time matter for quarterbacks? Once again, it all depends on the NFL executives & coaching philosophies that are ingrained into the inner lying fabric of the NFL teams organization. Not that long ago, the newly appointed Jaguars Head Coach Urban Meyer blamed Spencer Rattler's height on the reason he was struggling in the first half against the Longhorns and stated "that's why you look for a guy whose a little taller, so he can see over the line". I did some extensive research on both Urban Meyer's history with producing winning NFL QB's & cover if the 40 time really matters for a NFL Draft QB, but it's only available on College Football Today RokFin, due to fact driven arguments that are pretty undeniable.
OHIO STATE QB JUSTIN FIELDs 2021 NFL DRAFT
TOP FIVE 2021 NFL DRAFT QB PRO DAY 40 TIMES
QB 6'2,3/8" 227 Justin Fields Ohio St JR 4.45
QB 6'6 1/2",234 Feleipe Franks Arkansas SR 4.55
QB 6'0",211 Ian Book Notre Dame SR 4.59
QB 6'3",217 Kellen Mond Texas A&M SR 4.59
QB 6' 1/2", 210 Zac Thomas App State SR (RS) 4.59
QB 6'2 5/8", 217 Mac Jones Alabama JR 4.68
Was Ohio State's quarterback Justin Fields a product of the same dynamic offensive system like his Buckeye predecessors? No, Coach Ryan Day and the Buckeyes had one of the most balanced offensive attacks this past season and Fields only had a few questionable moments during the 2020-2021 season. He didn't play terrible against the greatest CFB team of All-Time and his abilities as a passer are displayed through impeccable precision, timing and placement. He is rarely seen not delivering the football at eye level, which makes it much easier for receiving targets to turn up the field after the catch and he can zip-line a flat ball 60+ yards or drop it in the bucket over the top of the defense. Read my 2021 NFL Draft scouting report back in November on Ohio State QB Justin Fields by clicking HERE!
From watching all the top 2021 NFL Draft QB's Pro Day scouting events thus far, this year's class of QB's could all be taken off my 2021 QB big board for the first time. A total of 20 quarterbacks that were listed on the College Football Today RokFin Top 2021 QB Prospect November 21st, 2020 rankings took advantage of the NCAA granting them an extra year of eligibility to return and possibly increase their 2022 NFL Draft stock. Which makes next year's 2022 NFL Draft QB class certainly one to look out for, as QB prospects like Kent State's Dustin Crum are truly diamonds in the rough. Check out the newly updated College Football Today RokFin 2021 Top QB Prospect rankings for March, that will be updated once more after the incredible 2021 Pro Day performance by Ohio State's Justin Fields by clicking HERE! Visit the College Football Today & ESPN Plus top quarterback rankings landing page by clicking the button button below!
NFL PRO DAY TESTING RESULTS
I know that many have one of two arguments about NFL pro day & football combine testing results. Many will argue that the testing is able to help evaluators figure out who the best overall athletes in the NFL Draft will be and many will also claim that the testing has very little to no impact on how a prospects play will reflect on the gridiron of the National Football League. I am going to give a detailed explanation of why each test does matter, but also how studying game film and having a high football IQ can make up those tenths of a second that might have been lacking in the combine. I have also have ran across many so-called "freak athletes", who simply just were not properly coached or prepared to perform in a combine setting. In a top NFL executive & CFB coaches mind, he wants to know those boxes are checked off as far as preparedness, attention to detail and the overall athleticism a player possesses in specific areas. I have had the privilege to sit alongside many top NFL scouts, while scouting the NFL Senior Bowl the past five years and also from working out for NFL scouts here as a player back in the day. From having the privilege to mingle and talk football with some of the brightest minds in the game of American football, both at the college & pro levels, I have wanted to analyze this data for sometime. Not only for NFL Draft scouting purposes, but also to analyze how to enhance training methods in order to be dominant in all physical testing and technical areas needed to be considered a "draft-able" NFL Draft prospect.
2021 UNI PRO DAY RESULTS
Next up, I will be releasing the 2021 UNI pro day results & 2021 NFL Draft WR, RB & O-Line prospects 2021 Pro Day analysis. I will also be releasing all of the scouting notes I have been accumulating the past few weeks while evaluating top football recruits in the 2022, 2023, 2024 & 2025 football recruiting classes, who are rapidly rising in the world of College Football Today.
MY NFL PRO DAY AT UNI
After being invited to Northern Iowa's Pro Day in 2009 by 23 year NFL scouting veteran Andy Dengler, who is now the assistant director of player personnel currently for the Jacksonville Jaguars. One of the most reputable agents in the sport of American football called me before the 2009 NFL Draft and informed me that 17 NFL teams had graded me out as a "draft-able" prospect. Given this was the first time I had ever heard the term "draft-able" prospect, I asked my agent David Canter what that exactly meant, it's been so long now I forget his exact response, but in the end he explained that I should get an opportunity. The Patriots had even graded me out higher than one of the most accurate kickers in CFB History, which made me truly admire Bill Belichick's eye for top football athletes in general. I was kind of shocked that the Green Bay Packers sent Lenny McGill to my first NFL Pro Day in Iowa, as I had left school early after being labeled "The YouTube Kicker" and signed with DEC Sports Management, while he formally declared me for the 2009 NFL Draft. I knew I was a long shot to make it, but those two Pro Days in Iowa were the only two workouts I needed. I was returning the Northern Iowa Punters warm-up boots and punting them back to him, while showing off my athletics with fancy one handed snags. My 3rd or 4th punt scraped the top of the dome and caught everyone in the buildings attention. Thankfully, there were no goal posts, so we went straight to kicking off and I was able to average 82 yards on about 12-15 kickoffs, while having a good day punting. I also performed line kicks and performed rather well in all combine related activities (4.51,40 & 225 X 22). Why I am rehashing all of this? Because, in short, if you can perform at these events under the watchful eyes of scouts who inevitably control your future, it can enhance your overall chances or NFL Draft stock.
TOP FOOTBALL RECRUITS
Check out many of the top football recruits I will be covering this week on both ScoutTrout.Com & the new All-American-Bowl.com in the Elite Football Recruiting Database by clicking HERE! Next up on the top football recruit rankings on College Football Today RokFin is the 2023 football recruiting class, starting with our loaded Class of 2023 Quarterback recruits!
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