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Ask Farrell: Which 2021 players are destined for NFL combine?

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The NFL Scouting Combine continues through this weekend in Indianapolis and there are a lot of things to consider when tying that into the 2021 recruiting class.

When it comes to this new recruiting cycle, there are already a lot of commits at the top with defensive end Korey Foreman picking Clemson recently, along with Georgia quarterback pledge Brock Vandagriff and Ohio State defensive end commit Jack Sawyer - and that’s just among the top 10 players in the country.


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When looking at the combine, there have been a lot of storylines around the quarterbacks when it comes to Joe Burrow’s special playmaking ability and Tua Tagovailoa’s talent and whether Justin Herbert is a top 10 pick - and so much more.

And there are a lot of discussions about whether Ohio State’s Chase Young is the best player in this draft and if he’s a generational talent after starring for the Buckeyes.

Many other intriguing storylines will continue through this weekend.

In that sense, we ask Rivals National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell to look at some elite players in the 2021 class who will be the storylines of the combine in only a handful of years and why he thinks they will be intriguing national names once they, too, get to Indianapolis.



“It all depends on how they develop, but Foreman could be the kind of talent they talk about like Young in a few years. I also think the two quarterbacks, Caleb Williams and Vandagriff, will be topics of discussion down the line, as Williams is mobile and can extend the play but also has a live arm and Vandagriff is a big-armed kid like Jacob Eason and Herbert.

"Amarius Mims will certainly be discussed as well as he’s the most athletic OT in a while. A lot of these guys are special at their positions and time will tell, but I expect many of them to have great college careers as five-stars, like Young and Jedrick Willis and some others.”