1.  
RB  PIT
Rush Att
266
Rush Yds
1188
Rush TD
10
Rush Avg
4.5
Rec
42
Rec Yds
387
Rec TD
2
Rec Avg
9.2
The latest product of Nick Saban's running back factory, Harris is a big, athletic runner who offers three-down potential in the NFL. His ability to run through would-be tacklers (or, in the case of one poor Notre Dame defender featured in endless replays, hurdle over them) jumps out from his tape, but Harris also features some elusiveness and burst through traffic that allows him to pick up plenty of extra yards, even if his lack of top-end speed keeps him from being a consistent home-run threat. Harris seems to be more of an instinctive runner than one with well-developed vision, but either way he can find an opening and hit it. He's put in work to become better as a pass catcher and blocker, but he's simply adequate at both and not a difference-maker. The track record of Crimson Tide backs is a very good one in recent years, and Harris has the skills to establish himself as a three-down back in Pittsburgh after becoming the first running back off the board in the 2021 draft (24th overall). Given his size and running style, a career like that of former Rams star Steven Jackson wouldn't be surprising.
2.  
TE  ATL
Rec
87
Rec Yds
982
Rec TD
7
Rec Avg
11.3
Rush Att
0
Rush Yds
0
Rush TD
0
Rush Avg
0.0
The term "generational prospect" is thrown around too often, but Pitts is the rare case where few argue with that assessment. His 43-770-12 receiving line in an eight-game junior season at Florida was as good as it gets in terms of per-game production from a tight end, a position where even the future NFL stars don't always put up big numbers in college. Pitts also had an impressive sophomore year that included a team-high 54 receptions, and his pro day workout surpassed even the lofty expectations. At 6-6, 245, Pitts put up the fastest 40 time (4.44 seconds) and broad jump (129 inches) among tight ends in this year's draft class. The Falcons saw enough to take him fourth overall, arguably passing up their best chance to find Matt Ryan's successor. Regardless of how that works out from a franchise standpoint, it means Pitts will start his career catching passes from a veteran QB who has a 10-year streak topping 4,000 passing yards, with an average of 4,571 in that stretch. Hayden Hurst still might be the nominal Week 1 starter, but his disappointing 2020 opens the door for Pitts to be Atlanta's top pass catcher at tight end, a role that should come with steady targets after the team traded Julio Jones to Tennessee. While avoiding rookie tight ends might be a good rule in general, a prospect like Pitts is the reason we leave room for exceptions.
3.  
RB  JAX
Rush Att
0
Rush Yds
0
Rush TD
0
Rush Avg
0.0
Rec
0
Rec Yds
0
Rec TD
0
Rec Avg
0.0
There's very little not to like about Etienne. Or at least there wasn't until he suffered a season-ending injury in an August exhibition. An explosive runner with sprinter's speed in the open field, the Clemson product routinely made college defenders look like young children chasing after their older brother, as he scampered past, around and through whoever was in his path. He showed great patience and vision in waiting for holes to develop, and his power and agility in traffic led to big plays even when he seemed to be bottled up, drawing comparisons to Alvin Kamara in the process. Etienne also developed into a capable receiver, and he showed both ability and enthusiasm as a pass protector, a rarity for most running backs coming out of college. It was enough to land him in the first round, going 25th overall to a Jaguars team that already had a more-than-capable RB in James Robinson, who handled a three-down role for much of last season. Robinson could be tasked with a similar role this year, but Etienne should return healthy next offseason, with the early timing of his injury potentially allowing for a normal 2022.
4.  
WR  CIN
Rec
81
Rec Yds
1120
Rec TD
7
Rec Avg
13.8
Rush Att
0
Rush Yds
0
Rush TD
0
Rush Avg
0.0
Coming off a huge year at LSU — 126-84-1,780-20 — with 21.2 YPC and 14.1 YPT, Chase opted out in 2020, but it didn’t seem to cost him. In fact, he boosted his stock at his pro day with a 4.38 40, 41-inch vertical and 11-foot broad jump. The Bengals drafted him fifth overall, pairing Chase with his former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. At 6-0, 201, Chase has only average size, but he’s bigger and heavier than most burners, and his athleticism will present a problem for cornerbacks tasked with checking him downfield. Don’t expect a massive target share out of the gate, however, as the 6-4, 215-pound Tee Higgins had a strong rookie year in 2020, and slot-man Tyler Boyd will see his looks. Still, the Bengals have no reliable tight ends, so they could rank top-five in cumulative WR targets for a third straight year under head coach Zac Taylor. Burrow, with whom Chase already has an excellent rapport, is expected to be ready for the start of the year.
5.  
WR  MIA
Rec
74
Rec Yds
1047
Rec TD
6
Rec Avg
14.1
Rush Att
0
Rush Yds
0
Rush TD
0
Rush Avg
0.0
Waddle’s final season at Alabama was cut short due to a dislocated ankle, but prior to the injury he had 567 yards and four scores in his first four games. He returned for a brief appearance in the College Football Playoff title game, catching three passes for 34 yards, but then opted against working out at a pro day. At 5-10, 180, Waddle is small, and while he wasn’t timed in the 40, the GPS data apparently showed he was the fastest receiver in the country. His lack of size could be an issue as it has been for players like DeSean Jackson and Marquise Brown, but keep in mind Tyreek Hill and Antonio Brown are also of similar frames. Waddle will take his talents to Miami after the Dolphins drafted him sixth overall, reuniting him with former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Waddle will see targets right away, but he’ll have to compete with veteran DeVante Parker and free-agent acquisition Will Fuller.
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