Mel Kiper Jr. lists four B1G players in his Top 10 talents for 2021 NFL Draft
Mel Kiper Jr.’s top 10 prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft contains plenty of B1G names.
Since the conclusion of this year’s draft, the ESPN NFL Draft expert has been gradually churning out names of the top prospects available for next year’s event, scheduled for April 29-May 1 in Cleveland, Ohio. Four of the names in his top 10 are from the B1G.
Below are the four B1G players Kiper has listed in his top 10, along with where he believes they stack up heading into the 2020 college football season.
No. 3: QB Justin Fields, Ohio State
Fields will be one of the top quarterbacks in college football again this season, after accounting for over 3,500 yards and 50 touchdowns during his first year as a starter at Ohio State. He’s also one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy
No. 5: LB Micah Parsons, Penn State
Parsons has been an instant-impact player since his career started at Penn State. The former five-star recruit has developed into one of the best linebackers in college football and brings tremendous athleticism to the field. He ended his sophomore campaign with 109 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles.
No. 6: CB Shaun Wade, Ohio State
Another talented Ohio State cornerback who is choosing to return to Columbus for another season to improve his draft stock. It’s paid off in the past and there’s no reason to believe Wade won’t take advantage of that opportunity, as well. After breaking up eight passes and intercepting another in 2019, Wade will be the leader of the Buckeye secondary with Damon Arnette and Jeff Okudah gone.
No. 8: WR Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
Bateman nearly doubled his production from his freshman season to his sophomore year, and he’ll now be the primary target in Minnesota’s passing attack. He can do just about anything you need from a receiver and his 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns last season proved that.