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2021 The NFL conscription is still almost a year away, but it’s never too early to look forward to the next league of incoming stars – and the next crop seems to be overwhelming.
Between Trevor Lawrence of Clemson, State of Ohio Justin Fields and Trey Lance from the State of North Dakota, many teams must try to land a franchise quarterback in the future. With players like Penei Sewell and Ja’Marr Chase in the concept class, teams that don’t need quarterbacks must also have the main prospect to look forward to.
A lot will change between now and April, of course – Joe Burrow’s number one choice didn’t even make it on the national radar this time last year. However, we can get an initial picture of what the concept of the picture looks like.
Another Buckeye for Washington?
Just last year, the Washington Redskins used a first-round pick at Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. While the former Buckeyes player showed a few flashes at the end of the season, he struggled as a whole. This is in large part why the new head coach Ron Rivera traded with former Carolina Panthers QB Kyle Allen shortly after arriving in Washington.
Kyle Allen can appear as a starter early in the season.
“If the season starts in one or two weeks, Kyle Allen will start,” said analyst Steve Mariucci at NFL Network’s. Total Access (h / t Sam Marsdale from 247Sports). “He knows the Scott Turner system. This is a new language and system for the whole team. And Kyle Allen knows that better than anyone.”
Can Washington return to the draft for its quarterback if Haskins cannot establish himself as the quarterback franchise this season? According to White and Tankathon, yes – and other signal callers from Ohio State could be targeted.
Two mock has Fields landing in Washington, White in No. 3 and Tankathon as a whole second. Miller also has Washington pick second but takes Chase in their new No. 1 recipient instead.
New Blocker for Burrow?
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Oregon’s Sewell is – at least now – the unquestioned top lineman in the 2021 draft. Not surprisingly, the three mocked him in pairs with the Cincinnati Bengals and their new quarterback, Burrow. Each mock also has a Cincinnati pick in a different place in the top three.
Sewell really made sense to Cincinnati and their new face from the franchise. Burrow cannot succeed if he is constantly under pressure. While the Bengals have 2019 chose Jonah Williams’s first-round deal on the left, White explained why he and Sewell could both be in the game plan.
“The Bengals got Jonah Williams back to playing left-hand this year after an injury destroyed his rookie campaign, but Sewell was too good of a left-hand franchise to miss,” he wrote. “Williams is projected by many people to kick in at the next level, or he can stay on the right side.”
With Sewell on the left tackle, Williams is on guard and Billy Price’s first round 2018 pick in the middle, the Bengals will have an elite base line in this scenario.
Different Opinions on Lance
While Fields and Lawrence are currently considered the top two quarterbacks in the class next year, Lance could be the third and might be able to enter the conversation to be the first person on the board. He had an impressive campaign in 2019 – with 2,786 yards crossing, 1,100 yards hurried, 42 total touchdowns, and no interception – and could become a quarterback to get another strong season.
Miller put Lance in fourth overall for Panther, in front of Fields and right behind Lawrence.
“The Panthers is committed to Teddy Bridgewater for 2020, but the future is wide open. If a dynamic athletic passer like Lance enters the 2021 draft as a redshirt student, there will be considerable excitement among NFL franchises,” he wrote.
White and Tankathon both project Lance far lower. White ranked him 12th overall in the Las Vegas Raiders, while Tankathon had it at age 17 with the Chicago Bears.
Perhaps Lance’s status as a prospect for a small school and the potential of one amazing year has reduced the level of sensation of analysts other than Miller. This can change dramatically during the season.