2021 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings by position

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The 2021 NFL Draft is scheduled to take place on April 29-May 1, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio. Our team at NBC Sports Edge will be breaking down the list of best players by position each week, so far they’ve covered quarterbacks, running backs, and even had a two-part special on wide receivers. This week’s edition of 2021 NFL Draft Rankings is all about the tight ends. But if you’ve missed the other rankings, we’ve got you covered. See below to find the top 5 players by position from the previous installments of the 2021 NFL Draft Rankings.

2021 NFL Draft Rankings – Tight Ends:

At No. 1 we’ve got the University of Florida’s TE Kyle Pitts. At 6’6 and 240 pounds, his size and speed have contributed to a level of versatility and athleticism that is unmatched. Last year, Pitts lined up inline 54.7% of his snaps, with 24.1% coming in the slot and 21.2% as an outside receiver, taking snaps at both the X and Y spots, demonstrating that he can affect the game from any spot in the alignment.

Penn State’s Pat Freiermuth takes the No. 2 spot. With short-area quickness, snappy footwork, size, and strong physical power, Freiermuth has proven he can be a dual-threat on the field. In college, he played 44.2% of his snaps in-line and 54.4% of his snaps in the slot, posting PFF run-blocking grades of 76.8 as a freshman, 61.5 as a sophomore, and 74.8 as a junior.

The University of Miami’s Brevin Jordan sits at No. 5. Jordan entered college as one of the highest-ranked TE’s in the country but has had a pretty mediocre collegiate career. He only caught 3-of-15 targets beyond 10 yards as a freshman but has since improved catching 11-of-19 last year. Jordan is extremely fluid in-route, showing strength, crisp cuts for a big guy, and acceleration out of those cuts to create separation and throwing windows but our experts at NBC Sports Edge think he will be most effective when you can get him the ball in space and let him run.

The No. 10 spot goes to TCU’s Pro Wells. The former basketball player worked his way up to TCU from the JUCO ranks, converting 9-of-14 contested catch opportunities in his career. Wells has demonstrated nice footwork in his routes and is already adept at boxing defenders out at the catch point and coming down with the rebound, however, he has struggled as a blocker.

Check out the full list of tight ends here and be sure to check back for more rankings. You can find the complete rankings schedule here.

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2021 NFL Draft Rankings – Top 5 Quarterbacks:

1. Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)

2. Justin Fields (Ohio State)

3. Trey Lance (North Dakota State)

4. Zach Wilson (BYU)

5. Mac Jones (Alabama)

Find the full list here


2021 NFL Draft Rankings -Top 5 Running Backs:

1. Javonte Williams (UNC)

2.  Najee Harris (Alabama)

3. Travis Etienne (Clemson)

4. Michael Carter (North Carolina)

5. Rhamondre Stevenson (Oklahoma)

Find the full list here


2021 NFL Draft Rankings – Top 5 Wide Receivers

1.  Ja’Marr Chase (LSU)

2.  DeVonta Smith (Alabama)

3.  Jaylen Waddle (Alabama)

4.  Rashod Bateman (Minnesota)

5.  Elijah Moore (Mississippi)

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 2021 NFL Draft Rankings – Top 5 Offensive Tackles

1. Penei Sewell  (Oregon)

2. Rashawn Slater (Northwestern)

3. Christian Darrisaw (Virginia Tech) 

4. Teven Jenkins (Oklahoma State)

5. Dillon Radunz (North Dakota State)

Find the full list here 


 2021 NFL Draft Rankings – Top 5 Interior Offensive Lineman

1. Alijah Vera-Tucker (USC)

2. Creed Humphrey (Oklahoma)

3. Landon Dickerson (Alabama)

4. Quinn Meinerz (Wisconsin-Whitewater)

5. Wyatt Davis (Ohio State)

Find the full list here


2021 NFL Draft Rankings – Top 5 Interior Defensive Lineman

1. Christian Barmore (Alabama)

2. Levi Onwuzurike (Washington)

3. Daviyon Nixon (Iowa)

4. Tommy Togiai (Ohio State)

5. Alim McNeil (NC State) 

Find the full list here


2021 NFL Draft – Top 5 Edge Rankings

1. Jaelan Phillips, Miami

2. Kwity Paye, Michigan

3. Gregory Rousseau, Miami

4. Azeez Ojulari, Georgia

5. Jayson Oweh, Penn State

Find the full list here


2021 NFL Draft Rankings – Top 5 Linebackers

1. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Notre Dame)

2. Micah Parsons (Penn State)


2021 NFL Draft Rankings – Top 5 Cornerbacks


2021 NFL Draft Rankings – Top 5 Safeties


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49ers vs Broncos live stream: How to watch SNF online, time, TV channel tonight for NFL Week 3 matchup

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With 2 weeks of action already in the books, all the attention now shifts to Week 3. This Sunday night, September 25, it’s Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers taking on Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos in a battle at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night in America on NBC and streaming live on Peacock.

Wilson is 16-4 against the 49ers in the regular season and has thrown 36 touchdown passes against San Francisco, the most he’s thrown against any opponent. On the other side, Garoppolo, who entered the game in Week 2 after Trey Lance suffered an ankle injury, owns a 31-14 record as the 49ers’ starting quarterback and has led the team to two NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl.

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San Francisco and Denver will meet for the 16th time on Sunday and the 49ers currently hold an 8-7 advantage in the all-time series, including the postseason. The SNF matchup will mark the first meeting between the teams since Week 14 in 2018. The 49ers went on to win that game, 20-14.

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NBC has got you covered with all you need to know about the game including the TV channel, start time, live stream information, and more.

How to watch 49ers vs Broncos live on Sunday Night Football

  • Where: Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado
  • When: Sunday, September 25
  • Start Time: 8:20 p.m. ET; live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night In America
  • TV Channel: NBC
  • Stream liveWatch live on Peacock or with the NBC Sports App

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If you have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can watch Sunday Night Football on your TV or with a TV provider login on the NBC Sports app, NBC app, or via NBCSports.com. Check your local listings to find your NBC channel. If you can’t find NBC in your channel lineup, please contact your TV provider.

If you don’t have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can stream Sunday Night Football with a Peacock Premium plan.  Sign up here.

Please note that selection of a Premium plan will result in a charge which will recur on a monthly or annual basis until you cancel, depending on your plan. You can cancel your Premium plan at any time in your Account.

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Tune into Football Night in America this week and all season long, for new weekly segments hosted by Chris Simms and sports betting and fantasy pioneer Matthew Berry, now showcasing real-time betting odds on the scoring ticker, courtesy of BetMGM. 

Don’t forget to stick around postgame because Peacock Sunday Night Football Final is going to go deep on all the storylines and BetMGM betting lines that proved prominent during the matchup.

Make sure to visit NBC Sports EDGE, NBC’s betting and fantasy sports site, for in-depth coverage highlighting the players and storylines impacting the football season on Peacock and across NBC Sports digital platforms.

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2022 Sunday Night Football Schedule: TV channel, live stream info, NFL schedule

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The 2022 NFL Football season is finally back in session. This Sunday night features a match-up between Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers vs Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos. NBC and Peacock have got you covered with access to this week’s game as well as every Sunday Night Football game this season. See below for the complete 2022 Sunday Night Football schedule and find out how to live stream every game on Peacock.

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This year’s Sunday Night Football coverage will feature Mike Tirico and Cris Collinsworth in the booth and Melissa Stark on the sidelines. Live coverage begins every Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night in America with the talented group of Maria Taylor, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Jason Garrett, Chris Simms, Jac Collinsworth, Mike Florio, and Matthew Berry. Berry, a fantasy football industry pioneer, will also appear on Peacock’s exclusive NFL post-game show, Sunday Night Football Final.

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Football Night in America will also feature a weekly segment hosted by Simms and sports betting and Berry, which highlights storylines and betting odds for the upcoming Sunday Night Football game on NBC, Peacock, and Universo. Real-time betting odds on the scoring ticker during FNIA also will be showcased. Peacock Sunday Night Football Final, an NFL postgame show produced by NBC Sports, will also go deep on the storylines and BetMGM betting lines that proved prominent during the matchup.

2022 Sunday Night Football Schedule:

*Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Thursday, Sept. 8 (Week 1) – Josh Allen’s four touchdowns power Bills to 31-10 victory over Rams

Sunday, Sept. 11 (Week 1) – Bucs take care of business against Cowboys, who lose Dak Prescott late

Sunday, Sept. 18 (Week 2) Packers roll over Bears 27-10 as Aaron Jones, Preston Smith star

Sunday, Sept. 25 (Week 3) – 49ers at Broncos

Sunday, Oct. 2 (Week 4) – Chiefs at Buccaneers

Sunday, Oct. 9 (Week 5) – Bengals at Ravens

Sunday, Oct. 16 (Week 6) – Cowboys at Eagles

Sunday, Oct. 23 (Week 7) – Steelers at Dolphins

Sunday, Oct. 30 (Week 8) – Packers at Bills

Sunday, Nov. 6 (Week 9) – Titans at Chiefs

Sunday, Nov. 13 (Week 10) – Chargers at 49ers

Sunday, Nov. 20 (Week 11) – Bengals at Steelers

Thursday, Nov. 24 (Week 12) – Patriots at Vikings

Sunday, Nov. 27 (Week 12) – Packers at Eagles

Sunday, Dec. 4 (Week 13) – Colts at Cowboys

Sunday, Dec. 11 (Week 14) – Chiefs at Broncos

Sunday, Dec. 18 (Week 15) – Patriots at Raiders

Sunday, Dec. 25 (Week 16) – Buccaneers at Cardinals

Sunday, Jan. 1 (Week 17) – Rams at Chargers

Sunday, Jan. 8 (Week 18) – Matchup TBD

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How to watch Sunday Night Football on Peacock:

If you have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can watch Sunday Night Football on your TV or with a TV provider login on the NBC Sports app, NBC app, or via NBCSports.com. Check your local listings to find your NBC channel. If you can’t find NBC in your channel lineup, please contact your TV provider.

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If you don’t have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can stream Sunday Night Football on Peacock with a $4.99/month Peacock Premium plan.  Sign up here or, if you already have a free Peacock account, go to your Account settings to upgrade or change your existing plan. 

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