All of the talk in the months leading up to the 2021 NFL draft was about quarterback prospects. Trevor Lawrence, the No. 1 overall pick, was regarded as the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck. Meanwhile, Zach Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick, has drawn comparisons to Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers. However, the rookie quarterbacks have failed to live up to the hype through three games of the 2021 season. There was only one quarterback on ESPN’s Jeff Legwold’s top 10 rookie rankings so far: Mac Jones. The New England Patriots quarterback was ranked No. 10 (
). But who ascended to the top? The honor belongs to Rashawn Slater, a rookie offensive lineman for the Los Angeles Chargers. Micah Parsons, a star linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys, was ranked second.
- Rashawn Slater, OL, Chargers
- Micah Parsons, LB, Cowboys
- Greg Newsome, CB, Browns
- Pat Surtain II, CB, Broncos
- Ja’Marr Chase, WR, Bengals
The former Northwestern offensive lineman is already regarded as one of the best in the league at his position. Meanwhile, the Cowboys have used Parsons as a pass rusher and as an off-ball linebacker. He’s consistently outperformed expectations wherever the team has asked him to line up. Nokia News