2021 NFL Draft: Breaking down the top three quarterbacks

Zach Wilson #1 of the Brigham Young Cougars (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Zach Wilson #1 of the Brigham Young Cougars (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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The 2021 NFL draft class has many talented players all across the spectrum. This year’s quarterback prospect pool is very rich as they are expected to go early and often, with a lot of options for the Steelers.

This crop of prospects at the quarterback position is one of the best in recent years. Scouts have raved about the top-tier players entering the 2021 NFL Draft. Beyond the top three, there will likely be a couple extra that will go in the first round. Another handful will also be taken throughout all seven rounds in April. This allows plenty of opportunities for the Steelers to draft Ben’s future replacement.

The top three have basically remained the same for this draft class since the college season concluded. Now as the draft gets closer these top three at their position will claw their way into their draft positioning. It will be tough as they have their own unique games and play styles to compare. Pro days and other workouts could help one prospect jump another on a team’s draft board.

Some other prospects that will be selected in round one include Trey Lance and Mac Jones. Both are nice prospects with bright futures in the NFL. It will be interesting to see if all of these prospects go off the boards in the top 15. That prediction can become reality as the position is so highly coveted in the league. Other decent options in the mid to later rounds of the draft include the likes of Kyle Trask (Florida), Kellen Mond (Texas A&M), and Jamie Newman (Wake Forest). Those players will likely go anywhere from the third to sixth rounds of the draft.

Zach Wilson, BYU

Wilson has been the fastest riser for the position on NFL boards. He had an amazing season at BYU that caused his name to launch into the press. Many have him ranked as their second-best quarterback for the NFL draft but it seems too rich. The tape does not lie and this kid has it all. He shows a great ability to hang in the pocket and scramble when it is needed. He is just an all-around playmaker. The strongest part of his game is the canon for the arm that he brings. It is impressive with the tight window throws he has consistently made.

The biggest question mark for Wilson will be if he can translate his skill to the next level. BYU does not play the best competition every week and that could raise some concerns. Josh Allen played at a small school and has translated his talent to the NFL level, so Wilson shouldn’t have any major issues. He might have the highest ceiling of this class and that includes the prospect at number one on this list. Right now many have him as their second-best option for a quarterback but the rest of the scouting process will either help him cement that status or take him down to number three like he is on this list.