NFL Draft 2021: Analyst Outlines Three Factors to Ignore While Evaluating QBs

Published 03/23/2021, 8:14 PM EDT
Jan 1, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) attempts a pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports


The NFL Draft 2021 is scheduled to begin on April 29th, 2021. This year’s event is scheduled to be held in Ohio, Cleveland. A number of top prospects are lined up for selection. The theme for this year’s draft seems to be ‘quarterbacks’.

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The likes of Trevor Lawrence (Clemson Tigers), Zach Wilson (BYU), Justin Fields (Ohio State), Trey Lance (NDSU), Kyle Trask (University of Florida), and Mac Jones (Alabama Crimson Tide) are some young quarterbacks being analyzed by NFL scouts across the league.

Oct 24, 2020; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) throws a pass during their game against Syracuse at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Lawrence is expected to go to Jacksonville Jaguars as the #1 overall pick this summer. But who will be the other young quarterbacks to be selected in the 1st round of the NFL Draft 2021?

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Popular NFL college analyst Mel Kiper was quick to comment on the age-old testing parameters being used to judge quarterback prospects ahead of a draft. But he does not agree with all of these so-called ‘tests’.

He said, “Dinosaurs are quarterbacks who can’t move and can’t yell and obviously affect the game with their legs. But I look at Tom Brady at age 43, still winning a Super Bowl and what Drew Brees was able to do at age 41.

“I say the three things guys you should care less about that make no sense when you talk about quarterbacks that don’t even factor into the evaluation are #1 – Pro Days.

“2, 40-yard times for quarterbacks make no sense to even worry about, and 3rd, vertical jumps for quarterbacks you can throw out the window.

“So those are three things that people talk about pro days, verticals, and 40-yard dash times have never defined what type of quarterback they will be when they transition from college to Pro,” Kiper said on the show.

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Jan 5, 2021; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith is announced the winner of the 2020 Heisman Trophy. Mandatory Credit: Kent Gidley/Heisman Trophy Trust via USA TODAY Sports

Heisman Trophy winner De’Vonta Smith is one of the handful of non-quarterbacks tipped to be a Top-10 pick at this year’s draft.

We still have a little more than a month ahead of the highly anticipated event. A lot can change in that period, so make sure you watch this space for more.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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