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2021 NFL Draft Profiles: Breaking down the top prospects

Nov 9, 2019; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) catches a pass for a touchdown against the LSU Tigers during the first half at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

It’s only February, but NFL draft season is already in full swing.

As you'd expect, PFF.com is going to be stuffed to the gills with content on all of your favorite draft prospects, as our own draft guru Mike Renner has been grinding tape throughout the college football season. His work has already produced the second version of PFF’s Draft Guide, which is available to grab with any PFF Edge or Elite subscription.

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Follow along below as PFF's Sam Monson dives into the film of the 2021 NFL Draft's top prospects.

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


We are going to continue that theme by looking at Alabama's Patrick Surtain II, another top cornerback in the 2021 NFL Draft. We can go in a lot of different directions in terms of firing up his tape, but let’s start with all of the targets he faced before we dive into more granular facets of play … Read more

I’m now moving to the other side of the ball and looking at PFF’s top-ranked cornerback, Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley. We can go in many different directions in terms of firing up his tape, but let’s start with all of the targets thrown his way before we dive into some other facets and start looking deeper into his playstyle … Read more

Now, I want to look at Kadarius Toney, a dynamic playmaker for the University of Florida and one of the most exciting players in the draft. I’m going to fire up all of his college touches, starting with his breakout 2020 season, to see what I learn … Read more

Rondale Moore became an immediate superstar in the Big Ten and took home the Big Ten Freshman of the Year Award in 2018. Moore’s best season was that 114-catch freshman year, as injuries and the specter of COVID-19 limited him to only 64 catches over the last two seasons … Read more

Minnesota's Rashod Bateman seems to be flying under the radar a lot in this draft process compared to many others, but he may have the potential to be a Day 1 impact playmaker in his own right. Let’s fire up a reel of all of his targets and see what comes of it … Read more

Pitts absolutely exploded in 2020 with a 96.2 PFF grade, the highest of any receiver in the draft. He is technically a tight end but should probably be looked at in sequence with these other elite receivers because of what he can do in the passing game … Read more

Waddle is the fourth Alabama receiver likely to be taken in the first round over the past two draft classes. He has dealt with injuries and being low on the receiver totem pole at Bama, so we can expand our sample size and look at his entire Crimson Tide career … Read more

Chase opted out of the 2020 season, choosing to stand on the incredible breakout year he had in 2019. And who could blame him? To get a quick feel for his game, I’m going to fire up every target thrown his way from that national championship season — all 125 of them … Read more

The first player we’re going to fire up is the Heisman Trophy winner, Alabama WR DeVonta Smith. We'll look at all 155 of his career targets at Alabama, which won't provide a complete picture but will give a good idea of his route-running ceiling and his skills when the ball does get sent his way … Read more

  • More coming soon…


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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