This draft class could be huge potential payouts for some NFL teams. Not only is the Quarterback class absolutely insane, but the Wide Receiver class is nothing to sleep on either.
Yes, I’m sure I will get flack for this anyway, but this is solely my opinion, even if my opinion is going to be right.
Justin Fields: Fields had a solid year last year for the buckeyes. He passed for just over 2,000 yards in eight games with 22 touchdowns and just six picks. Fields was coming off a very impressive 2019 season where he was a Heisman Trophy finalist. Fields passed for over 3,200 yards with 41 touchdowns that season. Look for Fields to go off the board in the first ten picks. I honestly could see New England, but anything could happen between now and next week.
Ja’Marr Chase– I think Chase is gonna be a guy who makes an immediate impact in the league. I could easily see him putting up 1,000 yards his first season, much like Justin Jefferson did with Minnesota last season. Chase had an insane 2019 campaign, catching 84 passes for nearly 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns. Chase received the Biletnikoff award that season, no surprise there. He will make a huge impact wherever he goes, I could see Miami or Detroit.
- Penei Sewell, OL, Oregon
The way things sit right now, Cincinnati is set to get the fifth pick in this year’s NFL Draft. The Bengals basically have no option but to go for a lineman after Joe Burrow’s horrific injury last season. They need someone to give Burrow more time and will ensure he will not get rag-dolled every play. Sewell fits this description perfectly. Sewell has always made a huge impact wherever he was. He became a full-time starter immediately during his freshman year at Oregon. Sewell won the Morris Trophy and Outland Trophy in 2019. Joe Burrow really needs help in order to keep healthy this year and Sewell is the best candidate by far. He’s going to be a great lineman who will stand out no matter where he goes, even if it’s not Cincinnati.
- Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
The fourth overall pick in the NFL Draft is going to the Falcons. Pitts may be exactly what they need to get their offense back on track. The Falcons lost their Pro-Bowl Tight End Austin Hooper to Cleveland last year. They currently do still have Hayden Hurst, but he didn’t perform as well as some might have hoped last season. With an aging Julio Jones, the Falcons are in need of a dynamic Tight End who can take some of the heat off of Calvin Ridley in the future, and Pitts can do exactly this. Pitts is fast, like freaky fast for a Tight End. He ran a 4.44 forty at the end of last month, which’s faster than most receivers. Pitts played very well for Florida last year catching 12 touchdowns in eight games, Just imagine what he can do with 17 in Atlanta.
- Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
Now this one hurts, especially to be a Buckeye fan. While this honestly was a toss-up between Fields and Lance, I think Lance is going to get the call in this NFL Draft. Lance emerged out of nowhere in 2019, passing for nearly 2,800 yards and 28 touchdowns with zero interceptions, yes I said zero. Lance’s season was canceled due to Covid-19 last year so he only has one year under his belt as of now. While this may be the fact, most analysts see him going before Fields and I have to agree with them. Lance could fit with San Francisco very nicely. They hopefully should be moving on from their Jimmy G experiment sometime soon, hopefully, next week. Since coming to the 49ers in 2017, Garoppolo has played just one full season. Lance may be exactly what the team needs to bring some life back to the city.
- Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
While Wilson isn’t set in stone for the Jets at the second overall pick, I think it’s just bound to happen. After trading former first-round pick Sam Darnold to Carolina a few weeks ago, New York has made it clear they are going after a quarterback in this year’s draft. Considering they have the second pick and not the first, Wilson seems to be the next best option after Lawrence. Wilson played well last season after showing little life in 2018 and 2019. Last season Wilson passed for nearly 3,700 yards with 33 touchdowns and just three picks. While Wilson hasn’t quite had the success of Lawrence, he has a bit more experience under his belt than Lance and I think will fit into New York’s scheme very nicely. With Wilson, they hope to pull together more than just two wins next season.
- Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Well, Big surprise here. If you go on CBS, ESPN, Yahoo Sports, basically every sports site on the internet, they all have Lawrence going as the number one overall pick. This isn’t really surprising though. Lawrence is the most NFL-ready Quarterback by far and has been since 2018.
In 2018, Lawrence passed for 30 touchdowns and four picks, not to mention he was a National Champion that year as a freshman. The following year, he passed for 36 touchdowns and eight picks. Lawrence still led his team to the National Championship that year but lost to Joe Burrow. This was Lawrence’s first college loss and you better believe he will take this mentality to Jacksonville next year. With Urban Meyer as head coach, the Jags could put together a decent season. Last season Lawrence passed for over 3,100 yards and 24 touchdowns, and rushed for 8, sealing his spot as the number one overall pick in this year’s draft.
This draft class is absolutely stacked and full of huge talent, it will be exciting to see how these picks pan out, even if I get a few wrong.