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2021 NFL Draft position rankings

With the 2021 NFL Draft now just under a month away, players are beginning to solidify their spots at the top of the class. And what better way to celebrate the release of Version 3 of the PFF 2021 NFL Draft Guide than to rank the best this draft class has to offer.

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Follow along below as PFF's Mike Renner breaks down his top 10 players at each position group leading up to Day 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft on April 29.

[Editor's Note: For more 2021 NFL Draft coverage, check out PFF's Big Board, mock drafts, Mock Draft Simulator and Draft Guide!]


We’re starting off the positional ranks for the 2021 NFL Draft with arguably the strongest positional group in the class. This quarterback group is special. Whether it’s in top-end talent or depth, the 2021 signal-caller class stacks up favorably against any we’ve seen since we started grading for the 2015 NFL Draft … Read more

While we may not value the position anywhere near as highly as some NFL teams will, we still take pride in properly evaluating the skill sets of each and projecting how valuable those traits will be in the league. It’s not a terribly deep class, but several quality receivers are in the mix at the top of the 2021 NFL DraftRead more

The 2021 NFL Draft boasts yet another special wide receiver class. But before you think the past two years are the start of a consistent trend, just know that 2022 isn’t shaping up nearly the same. If you need a wide receiver, this is the year to grab one somewhere in the first two rounds … Read more

If you don’t have a tight end who can beat defensive backs one-on-one, there’s no sense featuring them in your passing attack because they bring less to the table than a slot receiver would. This year, there is one of those difference-makers, and the chances are that he won’t last long … Read more

After one of the best tackle classes in recent memory in terms of blue-chip talent, the 2021 tackle class brings unprecedented depth. As it stands, all 10 of the players below are among the top 55 on PFF’s draft board and eight are in the top 40. It’s a rare class where you won’t necessarily have to snag one early to get a quality player … Read more

While the interior offensive line class may not be quite as strong as the tackle class for the 2021 NFL Draft, it’s still much stronger than the group we saw a year ago and one of the better classes since we started grading. It’s also one that could also get helped out by a number of tackle converts. Whatever the case, it’s a good year to be in need of offensive linemen … Read more

While we have a first-round grade on only one defensive tackle, there’s a legitimate chance that not a single one of these guys is ultimately selected in the first round. If you want a pass-rusher from the interior, there’s only a handful of guys with that sort of skill set in this class … Read more

We could very well look back on the 2021 NFL Draft edge defender class in a few years as an all-timer. That’s the type of pure physical talent these players possess. As it stands, however, it’s a group with far more questions than answers … Read more

The 2021 linebacker class is shaping up to be the best group at the position in recent memory. It features a mixture of top-end talent and depth that the past couple of years haven’t been able to match … Read more

The 2021 NFL Draft class includes a diverse and talented group of corners, and this list doesn’t even incorporate the guys currently listed as safeties but could plug into the slot right away at the NFL level … Read more

It’s a safety class that has a lot of ball production toward the top. With safety, it’s important to remember that scheme fit is a necessity. The “safety” moniker is a catch-all for more roles these days than any other position in the NFL. It’s the guys who can execute all of those at a high level that we here at PFF covet most … Read more


Courtesy of PFF’s 2021 NFL Draft Guide, find PFF's top draft prospect, biggest riser and wild card to watch at each position here: 

QB | RB | WR | TE | OT | iOL | DI | EDGE | LB | S | CB

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