The 2021 NFL Draft came and went with much excitement and many, many rumors and deals. Unfortunately, the show was stolen by the Aaron Rodgers–Green Bay Packers trade talks that circled around as the draft kicked off. Still, the draft was a smashing hit and it was rejuvenating to see fans being able to attend the festivities again.
Of course, there’s no surprise who went first overall, and there’s no surprise who went second overall. Those things were essentially set in stone for the last few months. As the 2021 NFL Draft class gears up for rookie camps and their 2021 season and beginning of their NFL journey, it’s time to see who will be the best among the group.
Hall Of Famers From The 2021 NFL Draft
Yes, there is usually a decent shot that at least one player ends up in the Hall of Fame from each respective draft class. However, many heralded the 2021 class as one of the better and deepest in recent memories.
After a strange year that caused many college athletes to opt out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an insane number of deals made as teams valued guys higher than others. So, with all that being said, let’s take a look at three players from the class who will end up in the Hall of Fame.
3. Kyle Pitts, TE, Atlanta Falcons
A tight end projected to go to the Hall of Fame? Yes, Pitts is that good. He’s the real deal and made history by becoming the highest-drafted tight end in NFL history by going fourth overall. Whether or not he remains on the Falcons is entire career is irrelevant.
Pitts is a monster and a matchup nightmare, even at the NFL level. Tony Gonzalez owns the record for most touchdowns by a tight end with over 100. However, there’s a legitimate reason to believe that Pitts could shatter such a record.
For one, he’s on a high-octane Falcons offense that features Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones with Matt Ryan throwing passes at least for the next couple of seasons. New head coach Arthur Smith loves to involve his tight ends as he did with Jonnu Smith in Tennessee. Pitts should easily eclipse 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in his rookie year and, barring injury, he should flourish wherever his NFL career takes him and be sporting a gold jacket in Canton in the next dozen years.
2. Trevor Lawrence
Is this really a surprise? He was the consensus top overall pick and labeled as a generational talent, a term that isn’t used lightly across any sport.
Lawrence was marvelous at Clemson and could’ve gone number one overall if he was eligible after his sophomore season. The only thing that could impact his candidacy is the Jacksonville Jaguars. With all due respect, the Jaguars aren’t exactly known for producing Hall of Fame talent.
Then again, they have never had a talent like Lawrence. Needless to say, he should succeed and whether or not he wins a Super Bowl is a bit irrelevant, no matter what some might say.
He should put up huge numbers and if he can stay healthy his jersey will be hanging in Canton and in the NCAA Hall of Fame as well.
1. Penei Sewell
An offensive linemen in the Hall of Fame? Let’s not forget that linemen are an important, essential part of any football team. It’s always hard to project a non-skill player to make the Hall of Fame.
However, Sewell is truly a once-in-a-lifetime talent. Remember Robert Gallery, who went second overall? He flopped. Still, Sewell somehow dropped to seventh overall and the Detroit Lions were jumping for joy in their war room after the selection for obvious reasons.
Seriously, prospects like Sewell don’t come around often at all. He’s physical, tenacious, and the best line prospect we have seen in at least the past 20 years. Penei Sewell should be given his gold jacket for Canton right now.
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