Top 25 prospects, best by position in Mel Kiper’s new Big Board

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Who’s ready for a rankings update for the 2021 NFL draft? It’s been a while since I compiled my entire rankings — my last batch was right before bowl season kicked off — but I wanted to wait until after the Senior Bowl, which took on a bigger importance this year in light of the combine being canceled. In the meantime, I unveiled my Mock Draft 1.0 and I’ll have a new one later this month.

Below you’ll find my new Big Board — my top 25 prospects overall — plus the best prospects at every position, from quarterbacks to kickers, punters and long-snappers.

Two notes before we get started:

  • Heights and weights for each prospect are based on the data we get from schools, so it’s not official yet. With no combine this year, we’re going to rely on pro days more this year to compile all of the correct data. It’s going to be an interesting next three months.

  • Prospects change positions all the time. Running backs turn into fullbacks. Offensive tackles move inside to guard at the next level. My position rankings are based on where I project each player to play in the NFL.

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HT: 6-6 | WT: 220 | Previously: 1

Lawrence is the clear top prospect in this class. He’s going No. 1 to the Jaguars and will get a chance to lead the turnaround of that franchise alongside coach Urban Meyer. He has everything NFL teams want in a starting quarterback, from size to arm talent to the ability to process reads and make the right throw. Lawrence finished his Clemson career with 108 total touchdowns (18 rushing) and just 17 interceptions across three seasons. With no combine this year, he’s going to work out for teams on Friday and then have surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder. He should still be ready for the 2021 season and I’m excited to watch him at the next level.

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