2021 NFL draft board: The Draft Wire 300

Draft Wire editor Luke Easterling ranks the top 300 prospects in the 2021 NFL draft class

This last week is always the longest.

After months of rumors and hot takes, pro days and interviews, all-star games and trades, the 2021 NFL draft is just days away.

As all 32 teams put the finishing touches on their draft boards, we’re doing the same.

A couple of things you’ll notice here:

Yes, there are fewer than 32 first-round grades. That’s typical, especially within the league. Just because there are 32 first-round picks every year doesn’t mean there are 32 prospects worthy of first-round selection.

These rankings are based on my own grades on a macro level, which means they’re likely to vary in many ways from individual team boards that have to take different team-specific variables into account (scheme, position needs, philosophy, medical evaluations by team doctors, private interviews with prospects, etc.).

This is also not a mock draft. Just because a player has a particular number rank doesn’t mean that’s where I think he’ll be drafted, by the team that currently holds that pick.

Here’s how I rank the top 300 prospects in this year’s draft class:

2020 NFL Draft Big Board: The Draft Wire 300

Luke Easterling ranks the top 300 prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft class

Another year of breaking down film, player interviews, all-star games and more is in the books, and the process leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft is coming to a close.

It’s time to put the finishing touches on our overall rankings for this year’s draft class, as teams and prospects alike wait to see how things will transpire over draft weekend.

Here’s our final big board for the 2020 draft, ranking this year’s top 300 prospects:

1ST ROUND GRADES

1. Chase Young | EDGE | Ohio State

2. Joe Burrow | QB | LSU

3. Isaiah Simmons | LB | Clemson

4. Tua Tagovailoa | QB | Alabama

5. Jeff Okudah | CB | Ohio State

6. Derrick Brown | DL | Auburn

7. Andrew Thomas | OT | Georgia

8. Jerry Jeudy | WR | Alabama

9. Jedrick Wills | OT | Alabama

10. CeeDee Lamb | WR | Oklahoma

11. Tristan Wirfs | OT | Iowa

12. Javon Kinlaw | DL | South Carolina

13. Mekhi Becton | OT | Louisville

14. Henry Ruggs III | WR | Alabama

15. Justin Herbert | QB | Oregon

16. Cesar Ruiz | OL | Michigan

17. Jonathan Taylor | RB | Wisconsin

18. CJ Henderson | CB | Florida

19. K’Lavon Chaisson | EDGE | LSU

20. Kenneth Murray | LB | Oklahoma

21. D’Andre Swift | RB | Georgia