2021 NFL Draft | Three players improving stock


We’re just a few weeks into the Big Ten football season and more than halfway through the SEC and ACC seasons. Obviously, this season has been interesting much like of 2020 due to COVID-19 but there’s still plenty of players improving their stock for the 2021 NFL Draft. Here are three players that have improved their draft stock for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Zach Wilson, QB, BYU 

Over this first month of the season, nobody has been more impressive than Wilson from BYU. There’s no doubt that Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields are the top two quarterbacks for the 2021 NFL Draft, but, with that being said, Wilson would like to throw his name into the mix. So far this season, he’s completed 74.6% of his passes for 2,152 passing yards. He’s also added 19 touchdowns with two interceptions on the season.

Whether it be his mobility to extend plays beyond the pocket or his ability to step up and deliver an absolute strike down the field, Wilson looks the part of a future starting quarterback in the NFL. Watching the play above, you can see how Wilson steps up and puts this throw on a rope deep down the field. With two defenders draped over the receiver, he places it perfectly but it was unfortunately dropped by the receiver. Regardless, these types of throws should already have teams buzzing and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Wilson be in the conversation of the first round for the 2021 NFL Draft by the end of the season.

Next Game: at Boise State | Friday at 9:45 p.m. ET

Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

After re-watching his game against Minnesota and watching his performance live against Michigan State, it was evident that Mayfield has the tools to play right tackle at the next level. Being the only returning starter to a Michigan offensive line that lost four starters to the 2020 NFL Draft, it’s clear that Mayfield is one of the most valuable players for the Wolverines offense. Meanwhile, he’s the best offensive tackle I’ve seen so far for the Big Ten. The 2021 NFL Draft is looking for the next offensive tackle not named Penei Sewell and it could be Mayfield.

Just watching the play above, you can see Mayfield (right tackle No. 73) engage the defender. With his overall power and grip strength, he’ll drive the defender into the dirt despite the running back already scoring the touchdown. These types of plays are consistent for Mayfield whenever he’s on the field for the Wolverines. Meanwhile, he’s a smooth operator in space and has shown plenty of consistency in pass protection that should encourage teams to move him up their draft boards.

Next game: at Indiana | Saturday at Noon ET

Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa

The 6-foot-3 and 305 pound JUCO transfer from Iowa Western Community College has been very impressive through two weeks of the Big Ten season. Nixon already has 18 tackles, 5 1/2 tackles for loss and two sacks for the Hawkeyes. Even though Iowa isn’t the same team they’ve been in previous years, Nixon certainly seems to be their best player right now.

He plays with consistent pad level that remains low throughout most of his reps. Most importantly, he’s showcasing incredibly fluid hands with a quick get-off and high effort. He’ll play a poor Michigan State offensive line this weekend so be prepared for him to have another big game on this shortened Big Ten season. If these strong showings continue for much of the season, we could see Nixon shoot up draft boards and potentially solidify himself in that top-50 range for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Next game: vs. Michigan State | Saturday at Noon ET 

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