So, the 2020 NFL Draft is over. Stanford saw two players picked up, all after Days 1-2. And if everything goes to plan for the 2020 football season, that should significantly change for the 2021 NFL Draft.
As every publication races to produce their draft rankings and mock drafts, CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso threw together his top 100 players for the 2021 NFL Draft and both Walker Little and Paulson Adebo are ranked high.
Little cracked the list at No. 21 and as the third-highest-rated tackle in the whole lot. Adebo is No. 58 overall and the fourth-best cornerback prospect for the 2021 draft.
If we all remember my top returning players for the 2020 season, we all know that I think very highly of Foster Sarrell, and not as highly as Little. That being said, I still think Little is a great player, and should he rekindle the magic that he had in 2018, he certainly is deserving of such high praise for the 2021 draft.
Let me remind you, to argue over whether both your tackles could be first-round picks, is a great problem to have.
Little, in my opinion, saw some struggles in pass protection during his solid 2018 season, allowing double-digit pressures including six combined sacks and hits. He was also penalized five times, so I was really looking forward to him taking his skills to another level in 2019.
Alas, we didn’t get to see that and we’ll have to hope that 2020 can be more magical than 2018.
Adebo was in a similar situation. After the 2018 season, he was a sure-fire, first-round lock. But then 2019 happened. He struggled early in the season but I thought he rebounded nicely and rounded into form as the season closed out.
He nabbed four picks and five more pass breakups, three of his interceptions coming in the last three games.
If Adebo can prove that the beginning stages of the 2019 season were the anomaly to his career projection, than he certainly projects to even rise from No. 58 on big boards.
Oh, and your Cardinal will likely win a few more games.