2021 NFL Draft: Rashod Bateman, Gregory Rousseau and extra prospects with most to achieve from professional day exercises
Professional day season is right here. Sure, actually! The Kansas Jayhawks start the circuit that’ll garner considerably extra consideration than ever earlier than with the 2021 NFL Scouting Mix being cancelled due to the pandemic. And with the heightened consciousness of professional days comes massive alternatives for a wide range of prospects within the 2021 class.
This text would not define each single prospect to observe at each single professional day. It outlines the prospects with probably the most to achieve at their respective professional day exercises over the following two months.
Northwestern Professional Day
Tuesday, March 9
Largest alternatives: OT Rashawn Slater, CB Greg Newsome
For Slater, all the things will primarily come all the way down to his weigh-in. If he is effectively beneath 6-foot-4 with arms below 33 inches, the “he is a guard” thought will develop. Even when he is proper at 6-4 with arms hitting that 33-inch threshold some groups have for his or her tackles, he’ll be good as gold in lots of draft rooms. Additionally, being a “smaller” sort out, an explosive exercise from Slater would go a great distance in cementing him because the consensus No. 2 offensive sort out on this class.
Newsome has gotten some first-round buzz, and he is being touted as a protracted speedster. The arm measurements, 40-yard sprint, and jumps will probably be monumental for him.
Clemson Professional Day
Thursday, March 11
Largest alternatives: OT Jackson Carman, RB Travis Etienne, WR Amari Rodgers
Carman is among the largest prospects in your complete class. He is listed at 6-5 and 335 kilos and seems to have vines for arms. Many people wish to know — how shut is he to that listed weight? How lengthy are his arms? How effectively will he check if he is round 330 kilos?
Etienne and Najee Harris are neck and neck for the race to be the primary working again off the board, and the Clemson star ought to be a lot sooner than the Alabama workhorse. Setting the bar excessive, with a time someplace within the 4.40s — or possibly the 4.30s — could be great for Etienne.
Rodgers is constructed like a again at below 5-10 and 211 kilos. He seemed faster than anticipated working routes on the Senior Bowl. We all know he is a stud after the catch. However simply how briskly is he?
Florida State Professional Day
Monday, March 22
Largest alternatives: CB Asante Samuel Jr., EDGE Janarius Robinson, DT Marvin Wilson, S Hamsah Nasirildeen
Florida State has had a tumultuous couple of seasons because the Jimbo Fisher departure, and lots of of their current marquee abilities did not reside as much as the recruiting hype whereas in Tallahassee. That goes for the entire above listed gamers besides Samuel, who quietly pieced collectively a school profession as a gradual playmaker. We wish to see his height-weight measurements and the way twitchy he’s within the agility drills. Lengthy pace can all the time assist a cornerback’s draft inventory too.
As for the remainder of the group — Robinson, Wilson, and Nasirildeen — all had been massive recruits, particularly Wilson, and we solely noticed glimpses of their expertise over the previous few seasons. Happily although, every of them are premier pure athletes for his or her positions, or so they seem on movie. Robinson and Nasirildeen are in good standing. They need to be picked someplace from the second to the fourth spherical.
Wilson wants a powerful weigh-in and exercise greater than anybody else. Groups rightfully do not adore prospects who noticed their school careers take a downward spiral.
Purdue Professional Day
Tuesday, March 23
Largest alternatives: WR Rondale Moore
Hopefully, if he is totally wholesome, Moore runs at his professional day. I need it so badly. Want it so badly. The hyper-explosive burner ought to run actually quick, and after a profession at Purdue that featured a litany of big-play creation and accidents, a super-fast time within the 40 and blaze within the agility drills might be parlayed right into a cemented first-round draft standing for Moore.
North Texas Professional Day
Thursday, March 25
Largest alternatives: WR Jaelon Darden
Darden is a sleeper wideout prospect who did nothing however produce at North Texas and completed his profession with a blinding 74-1,190-19 line. Sure. 19 touchdowns. He is a lightning bug of a wideout, listed at 5-9 and 174 kilos. He will must run actually quick to be thought of an early Day 3 kind of prospect.
Penn State Professional Day
Thursday, March 25
Largest alternatives: EDGE Jayson Oweh, LB Micah Parsons
Oweh is a two-time member of Bruce Feldman’s “Freaks” checklist that denotes the 40 largest freak athletes in school soccer. Whereas that might point out the expectations will probably be so excessive, the Penn State edge rusher would not actually have a giant alternative in entrance of him, folks wish to see exactly how freaky he’s. Oweh took a step ahead from a technical perspective on the sphere in 2020, however his athletic profile would be the driving drive in what will get him drafted.
Parsons is a speedy and thick linebacker we solely received to see for 2 seasons for the Nittany Lions as a consequence of a 2020 decide out. A robust weigh-in and exercise will probably solidified his standing because the No. 1 linebacker on nearly all of crew’s boards.
Virginia Tech Professional Day
Friday, March 26
Largest alternatives: OT Christian Darrisaw
Darrisaw had an outstanding 2020 for the Hokies, and at a listed at 6-5 and 314 kilos, he has requisite franchise left sort out dimension. Personally, I do not assume it’d harm Darrisaw if he measures in heavier than, say, 320, as a result of the enchantment with him over Slater or Alijah Vera-Tucker is his dimension and size.
On movie, he glides everywhere in the area and performs with easy energy and steadiness. The exercise will definitely be impactful. I am very fascinated about his weigh-in.
Miami Professional Day
Monday, March 29
Largest alternatives: EDGE Gregory Rousseau
Rousseau has extra on the road at his professional day than another prospect in your complete 2021 class. After all, he opted-out after a 15.5-sack redshirt freshman season in 2019. And relying the place you look, he is both listed at 6-7 and 255 or 265 kilos. Plus, his arms look unfathomably lengthy on movie.
Along with his 12 months away from the sport to coach, did Rousseau slim all the way down to get extra explosive to play on the sting? Or did he bulk as much as point out he can cling with the massive boys on the within in apparent passing conditions? And the way actually athletic is he? He seems explosive, however how about his change-of-direction capabilities? Rousseau’s draft inventory will all however totally hinge on all the things we are able to take from his professional day in late March.
Ohio State Professional Day
Tuesday, March 30
Largest alternatives: IOL Wyatt Davis, LB Justin Hilliard
Davis took a step again on the sphere in 2020 after a virtually flawless sophomore season in 2019. Although there have been extra disappointing reps this previous season, Davis nonetheless seems to be a stocky inside blocker with high-end athleticism. He wants to indicate off each ounce of his athletic expertise to present himself an out of doors probability to go in Spherical 1.
As soon as the No. 3 exterior linebacker recruit within the nation, we did not get to see Hilliard in a full-time function for the Buckeyes in his lengthy keep in Columbus as a consequence of his prolonged harm historical past.
On the sphere — he is a blisteringly quick second-level defender with critical vary, protection, and pass-rushing chops. How effectively he checks, particularly in comparison with expected-to-be-very-athletic Baron Browning, will probably be crucial in any fluctuation in his draft inventory.
LSU Professional Day
Wednesday, March 31
Largest alternatives: WR Ja’Marr Chase, DT Tyler Shelvin, WR Terrace Marshall
Chase most likely will not work out — he may justifiable sit out and inform everybody to observe the 2019 movie when he eviscerated everybody within the SEC then went bananas within the nationwide title sport in opposition to first-round cornerback A.J. Terrell. However, within the slight probability he does work out, he’ll have a possibility to say himself because the consensus prime wideout prospect on this class if he runs sooner and has extra explosive jumps than anticipated.
The whole lot of significance relating to Shelvin’s professional day revolves round his weight. He cannot play in at present’s NFL at over 370 kilos. And after opting out, groups and draft analysts alike will wish to see him nearer to 350 — if not decrease. A bonus too — he’ll probably be much more explosive and agile than he was on movie, and he moved like he was a lot lighter in 2019 for the Tigers.
Marshall’s sport relies on his dimension/pace profile at 6-3. Is he a low 4.5 man — which might be respectable given his dimension — or can he run within the mid 4.40s?
Notre Dame Professional Day
Wednesday, March 31
Largest alternatives: DE Ade Ogundeji
Ogundeji turned heads on the Senior Bowl with a chiseled 253 pound-build at just below 6-5 with ridiculously lengthy 35 1/4-inch arms. His arms are a incredible first impression on movie, however the Notre Dame standout additionally seems like a fluid, dynamic athlete able to profitable via a niche along with his first step or effortlessly change instructions when chasing a quarterback or runner.
We all know how extremely lengthy Ogundeji is — now we have to see his measured athleticism. With a robust exercise, he cannot be dominated out of Spherical 1.
Minnesota Professional Day
Thursday, April 1
Largest alternatives: WR Rashod Bateman
Bateman is billed as one of the crucial full wideouts within the class with higher dimension than all of the premier receiver prospects certain to go early in Spherical 1. His goal is an old style one — run someplace within the 4.40s, and he’ll go within the first spherical. A vertical above 35 inches would go a great distance in reaching that aim too.
Houston Professional Day
Friday, April 9
Largest alternatives: EDGE Payton Turner, WR Marquez Stevenson
Turner could be the most important darkish horse prospect within the edge-rusher class, listed at a rocked-up 6-6 and 270 kilos with a well-developed arsenal of pass-rushing strikes and good twitch. We have to see how explosive he’s out of the gate to find out whether or not or not he can win along with his pace rush within the NFL.
At 5-10 and 182 kilos, Stevenson has the bodily make-up to run extraordinarily quick. On movie, he is a blur. His last season at Houston was marred by a critical harm, so his professional day will probably be crucial for his draft inventory. Bear in mind, quick prospects do not final lengthy on draft weekend.