Author: Darrell Lane
Over the years football has changed. Football is no longer a game that features one-dimensional players. The prototypical pocket quarterback, thumping linebacker and blocking tight end are all things that have slowly started to phase out of the NFL. Team’s want players who can do different things on the field and play multiple positions.
- Trevor Lawrence, QB Clemson
If you were to build the perfect QB for the modern NFL, Lawrence would be the guy. He stands at 6’6, 220-pounds. Lawrence can make any throw with his amazing arm talent. What makes Lawrence perfect for the NFL is his athletic ability. Lawrence can throw on the run; he can scramble for extra yards when every receiver is covered; and he can even run the read option. When you have a QB like Lawrence on your roster the whole playbook is open.
- Kyle Pitts, TE Florida
Pitts is my personal favorite in the 2021 draft. He can do it all from blocking in the run game, lining up at H back, playing tight end and playing outside or inside receiver. Pitts position label is tight end, but he is so much more. Pitts is an offensive coordinators dream. One week you can play him at H back and give him 10 carries. The next week you can have him play receiver and throw him 10 balls.
- Jabril Cox, LB LSU
Standing at 6’4, 231-pounds Cox is a physical specimen with range and speed. Cox is the living embodiment of what it means to be a versatile player in the modern NFL. The LSU standout is a “linebacker” but also finished 5th in the SEC this past year in interceptions. Cox can play almost any defensive position. If you need him to play rush end, he can do that well. If you need him to cover the other teams’ tight end the whole game, he can do that too.
- Kadarius Toney, WR Florida
Toney was an electric player for the Gators this past year totaling over 1,000 all-purpose yards. Toney may not be the best route runner in the world or have the size you want for a true number 1 receiver standing at 6 feet, 193-pounds. What Toney is though, is a dynamic weapon that can be used in both the pass and run game. He can play in the slot, line up in the backfield and be used in motion.
- Joshuah Bledsoe, S Missouri
Cox was one of the unsung players for the Missouri defense this past season totaling 41 tackles. The 6-foot, 200-pound Missouri safety did it all for the Tigers. Bledsoe played slot corner, played in the box to help in the run and served as a blitzer.
*all stats are from ESPN.com.