Tennessee has the nation's No. 1 senior prospect according to scouting service used by NFL teams
Considering quarterbacks and skill position players receive the vast majority of attention and hype in football, it’s always nice to see offensive linemen get some love.
That’s the case here as the National Football Scouting (also referred to as the NFS) has completed its early research for the 2021 NFL Draft. The NFS is a resource used by NFL teams to get an early read on the rising senior players that need to be studied for the upcoming draft.
Albert Breer of the MMQB recently got his hands on the latest draft grades turned in by the National Football Scouting, and according to the service, Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith currently ranks as the nation’s No. 1 senior prospect.
One thing to keep in mind when it comes to these rankings from the National Football Scouting, the service does not rank junior prospects in its annual report. Thus, players like Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields are not listed in the latest report.
According to the NFS, there are currently two senior prospects from the SEC with first-round grades heading into their final college seasons.
Here are the writeups for each of them — the numbers in parentheses are the grades assigned to each player:
Trey Smith, G, Tennessee (6.91): Smith is a great story—he came back from a significant issue with blood clots in 2018—and a really, really good prospect. If he’s what he was in 2019, and he was first-team All-SEC last year, he’s a good bet to go in the first round.
Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama (6.51): Scouts I talk to love Smith—some think he was the best receiver on the team last year (Note: Henry Ruggs and Jerry Jeudy were on the team). He had 1,256 yards and 14 TDs. The biggest knock on him? Size. He’s listed at 175 pounds.
Other rising senior players from the SEC on the cusp of receiving first-round grades according to the NFS include LSU linebacker Jabril Cox (6.31), Georgia linebacker Monty Rice (6.21), Georgia cornerback D.J. Daniel (6.01), Alabama running back Najee Harris (6.01), Ole Miss linebacker Lakia Henry (6.01) and Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond (6.01).