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TDN100’s Five Best Surprises Eligible For The 2021 NFL Draft

  • The Draft Network
  • July 27, 2020
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The thing about the NFL Draft process is that it is an incredibly long journey. But despite this fact—and the annual tradition of players coming out of nowhere to surprise us all and claim first-round status (here’s looking at you, Joe Burrow and Kyler Murray), it is easy to fall into “consensus” early on in this process. Just about every set of rankings to be found at this point in time is likely to have Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, and Trey Lance among their top-10 overall players. Rightfully so, as all three are gifted passers. But too much of anything, even consensus, is a bad thing—because then we’ll all be right and wrong about the same forecasts. 

The TDN scouting staff has spent the last eight weeks working their way through their respective regions across the country. The objective? To find which prospects to buy and which prospects to sell. TDN100 is a culmination of that effort—and offers no shortage of surprises versus the general consensus on which prospects are the best in the country. 

But which prospects surprised the most in all the right kinds of ways? Here are five 2021 NFL Draft prospects who caught our scouts off guard with just how well they forecast to the pros. 

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