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5 Players Who Can Improve 2021 NFL Draft Stock In Coming Weeks

  • The Draft Network
  • October 24, 2020
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Brentley Weissman has hit the ground running at The Draft Network and recently dropped his second 2021 mock draft. Generally, I thought he did an outstanding job and sent a few players to certain teams that caught the attention of their fan base. 

Every week seems to be a big one in college football, especially considering everything that this unique football season entails. All things considered, here are five players who could potentially improve their stock in Weissman's next mock draft:

Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

Mocked at No. 66 to the New York Giants

Jaycee Horn’s junior season is off to an impressive start. He already has ideal measurables at cornerback for the position, not to mention having a father who played in the NFL and happened to play the position that you are tasked to defend. Horn can prove that he is worthy of first-round consideration by continuing to prove that his production these past couple of years is something that is here to stay. He can also improve the discipline with his eyes, which will put him in even better positions to make plays. He can prove that he has high-level instincts and understanding of general passing concepts, which only serve to maximize his excellent ball skills. This should firmly put him in the first-round conversation by year’s end.

Jordan Davis, IDL, Georgia

Mocked at No. 76 to the Minnesota Vikings

Jordan Davis has been impressive thus far. He has been a very good defender in the games observed, particularly while defending the run. However, there are a few areas where he can improve that will ultimately improve his draft position. His timing and explosion off the snap can improve—which will ideally give him an even better get-off—as well as using his power to put linemen in compromising positions. He can also improve at playing with better pad level more consistently. Obviously, a young man his size may not be expected to win many leverage battles inside, but the power he has in his hips and hands will be maximized when playing with better pad level, ultimately proving that he can be a three-down player. 

Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas

Mocked at No. 81 to the Arizona Cardinals

Edge rushers who can consistently get to the quarterback are a valued commodity in the NFL. Evaluators have marveled at the natural athleticism of Ossai. In order to raise his stock, evaluators want to know if he has improved as a take-on player in the run game. Ossai could also afford to become more of a technician and improve his hand usage as a rusher. Relative to the passing game, he must also prove that he has made strides in coverage, ultimately proving that he has developed consistency in his technique enough to maximize his natural athletic gifts and that he will develop into an all-around player.

Kyle Trask, QB, Florida

Mocked at No. 98 to the New Orleans Saints

Teams are always looking to draft and develop high-end starters at the quarterback position. In order for Trask to prove that he can develop into a starter someday in the NFL, he needs to prove that he has developed in a few areas. 1) Prove that he can continue to take care of the football and limit turnovers. 2) Prove that he has developed a better internal timer and feel in the pocket to ultimately get the ball out on time. 3) Prove that he won’t be a “sitting duck” in the NFL and that he has developed some escapability in and out of the pocket to extend plays with his legs. Trask is a good football player, who likely won’t blow scouts away with his athleticism. However, at the position where intangibles are very important, he can prove that he has improved in the areas he can control, leaving scouts optimistic about what he can be after only 13 career starts.

Hamilcar Rashed Jr., EDGE, Oregon State

Mocked at No. 67 to the Atlanta Falcons

Oregon State is two weeks away from beginning their season. The ability to rush the passer is one of the premium transferrable skills from the collegiate game to professional football. With that said, edge rushers who can get to the quarterback and have the athleticism to play in space are highly coveted in the NFL. Rashed Jr. can help his stock by improving his hand usage, dropping and playing in space, and improving his technique overall. He can also solidify his ability to get home and consistently get pressure on the quarterback, ultimately proving that he can be a three-down EDGE starting defender in the NFL.

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