Chris Simms’ 2021 NFL Draft QB ranking is out; Trevor Lawrence is now not if truth be told No. 1 — and neither is Justin Fields

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Trevor who?

Used NFL quarterback and latest NFL analyst Chris Simms has made waves within the past for his yearly NFL draft quarterback rankings and breakdowns. This year’s version modified into released on the March 3 version of “PFT Are residing,” and featured several beautiful picks — most notably, the “generational” expertise of Trevor Lawrence is now not if truth be told No. 1, and neither is Ohio Say’s Justin Fields. Rather, or now not it is BYU passer Zach Wilson.

Right here is Simms’ ranking for this year’s draft cycle:

  1. Zach Wilson, BYU
  2. Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
  3. Mac Jones, Alabama
  4. Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
  5. Justin Fields, Ohio Say
  6. Trey Lance, North Dakota Say

Slipping outside of the tip six is Florida quarterback Kyle Trask, who some bear in mind to be a first-round expertise, to boot.

MORE: NFL mock draft 2021 — Jets inch QB at 2, Justin Fields slips

Simms categorized Wilson as an elite passer, announcing he’s the excellent pure passer and a “film star” within the draft with factual athleticism and a plus initiate. Simms believes Lawrence has some issues he needs to work on, particularly within the mechanics division. Simms says that Wilson is “clearly the No. 1 quarterback within the draft,” with the excellent knock on him being his size.

At No. 3, Jones is additionally something of a pretty choice. Simms believes that Jones’ arm might possibly well now not be as stable as other counterparts on this draft, nevertheless is quiet physically proficient, can make all of the throws and moves well throughout the pocket. 

Surprisingly (shockingly?), Simms has Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond one build of dwelling sooner than Ohio Say’s Justin Fields, with Fields falling all easy programs to No. 5. Simms pegs Mond as highly lawful and sound robotically.

While Simms believes that Fields is a better prospect than historic first-round favor Dwayne Haskins modified into popping out of Ohio Say, mechanics points and questions about his operate in a single-read offense knock him down the ranking. He additionally cited several uncomfortable performances final season as the trigger of the descend.

Fields has long past thru the ringer within the pre-draft activity, though many own he’s the de facto QB2 on this year’s draft within the attend of Clemson’s Lawrence. Wilson’s distinctive 2020 season with BYU vaulted him straight away into the QB2 discussion.

For comparability, Simms’ 2020 draft rankings:

  1. Joe Burrow (Selected No. 1 general)
  2. Justin Herbert (Selected No. 6 general)
  3. Jordan Indulge in (Selected 26th general)
  4. Tua Tagovailoa (Selected No. 5 general)
  5. Jacob Eason (Selected 122nd general)

The usual NFL quarterback says that he believes all six of his quarterbacks are professional first-round abilities, and he might possibly per chance additionally are expecting all of them taken within the predominant round this year.

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