Some 255 players were picked in the 2020 NFL Draft, and many more signed as undrafted free agents. Many teams did really well from an analytical perspective, finding players at a relatively low price that our projection system liked.
As we move ahead further into an offseason of uncertainty, it’s time to look ahead to 2021. After collecting a group of about 100 players who have been common among too-early 2021 mock drafts, the following players stood out in our initial projections. Enjoy!
Note: the omission of a player doesn’t imply projections don’t like that player, but rather the projections don’t elevate the player above current (noisy) consensus (e.g. Trevor Lawrence):
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QB Justin Fields, Ohio State
Fields is actually currently projected to have a better pro career than Trevor Lawrence, the current favorite to be the first overall pick next year. As we talked about when musing about the Patriots’ quarterback situation a month ago, Fields would have been the second-highest-rated quarterback in this past draft. The Fields/Lawrence comparison will be an interesting one to monitor come fall.