Building Consensus: A 2021 NFL Mock Draft based off a consensus board : Don’t blame us for this one. We compiled rankings from around the internet to figure out roughly where players are being valued and then used that to project where they might go in April draft. You’ve been warned.
NFL teams don’t use The Draft Network’s draft simulator to make picks. The whole league doesn’t work off a singular model for where players are valued and in a year where variance reigns among prospects thanks to 2020 opt-outs and a lack of uniform athletic testing, more than ever we’re going to see players with third-round grades in the first and vice versa. So to try and drill down a little to figure out what most people think about prospects, we put together a mock that combines a group of opinions and went from there. First, we put together a big board using rankings from The Athletic, ESPN, NFL Network, The Ringer, Pro Football Focus, and The Draft Network. A total of 31 players filled out the top-50 on every single board. These are your most likely first-round picks, at least in this scenario. Unfortunately some of the rankings will be outdated almost immediately as new boards come out, but this is where we stand as of this writing.