Coming off a record-breaking year in which the Group of Five placed eight teams in the final AP Ranking, we look ahead to the April 29, 2021 NFL Draft.

To prepare for the draft, we at G5 Gurus have analyzed the draft rankings from six of the major prospect ranking sites/services. These sites include The Draft Network, CBS Sports (Top 150 prospects), Pro Football Network, Walter Football, Draftek, and Draft Lord.

In order for a player to be in our final analysis list they had to be ranked among the top 350 prospects in one of the services. In addition, if we were aware of a player already committing to another year of college football, we did not include them in the list.

Our analysis yielded a list of 108 players. The AAC had the clear lead with 35 of the 108 players on the list (32%). They were followed, in order, by the MWC (18), CUSA (16), MAC (15), SBC (14), and Independents (10).

BYU and Central Florida both have 8 players on the list. Cincinnati, Houston, and Memphis each placed 5 on the list. Buffalo, San Diego State, and San Jose State each had 4. In all, 45 of the 65 G5 teams had at least one player on the prospect list.

Only 5 players were ranked in all services. This isn’t a surprise as the ranking services vary in how many players they rank either overall, or by position. The four players appearing in all sites were Zach Wilson (QB – BYU), Kenneth Gainwell (RB – Memphis), Damonte Coxie (WR – Memphis), Jordan Smith (Edge-OLB – UAB), and Zaven Collins (OLB – Tulsa). 20 additional players appeared in 5 of the 6 services. 15 appeared in 4 of the services. In total, 39 of the players in the list had an average overall draft grade equal to or less than 254 (the number of players selected in the draft). 23 players had an average position ranking in the top 15 of their prospective position group.

Note, Walter Football and Draftek rank players at multiple positions. When this is done, we include all the rankings provided by the respective sites (separated by a “-“).

In summary, we believe the G5 will have somewhere between 30-35 players selected in the draft, with many more being picked up as free agents.The table below provides a comprehensive view of the 108 players that met the criteria for inclusion. The table is sortable, but be aware, due to the multiple rankings for Walter Football and Draftek, sorts on their position rank may not yield expected results.

The initial sort order of the table is by position and average rank within position.

Click table to scroll. Notations: (DN) Draft Network, (CBS) CBS Top 150, (PFN) Pro Football Network, (WFB) Walter Football, (DTK) Draftek, (DL) Draft Lord
PlayerTeamPositionDN PosDN OvrCBS PosCBS OvrPFN PosPFN OvrWFB PosDTK PosDTK OvrDL PosDL OvrRatedRate %Avg PosAvg Ovr
Aaron RobinsonUCFCB12100  3023291210615168583%15.6151.5
Darren HallSan Diego StateCB    27208 20164  233%23.5186
Shemar Jean-CharlesAppalachian StateCB    58440 14116  233%36278
Tay GowanUCFCB    50371 30219  233%40295
Mike HamptonSouth FloridaCB31250  83664 4033425287467%44.8383.8
Chris WilcoxBYUCB24215  92794 43368  350%53459
Kekaula KanihoBoise StateCB    79644 37288  233%58466
Jamal HinesToledoDE/OLB      35-28-32    117%31.7n/a
Chauncey ManacLouisianaDE/OLB    3545336-29-33    233%33.3453
CJ BrewerCoastal CarolinaEdge       25-12249  117%18.5249
Patrick JohnsonTulaneEdge25147  14247 262541298467%19.3186.5
Raymond JohnsonGeorgia SouthernEdge    23282     117%23282
Milton WilliamsLouisiana TechEdge55467  11131 41-18416  233%33338
Taylor RigginsBuffaloEdge38291  72998     233%55644.5
Cameron SampleTulaneEdge/DE    161791422223  350%17.3201
Payton TurnerHoustonEdge/DE    41513933-14307  233%25410
Malcom KoonceBuffaloEdge/DE/OLB23143  1526816-1421203  467%17.8204.7
Tarron JacksonCoastal CarolinaEdge/DE/OLB22130  1921928-233030015124583%22.8193.3
Randy CharltonUCFEdge/DE/OLB      23-25    117%24n/a
Kameron ButlerMiami (OH)Edge/DE/OLB      27-22    117%24.5n/a
Jordan SmithUABEdge/OLB1595141297672415160242426100%16.5138.6
O’Bryan GoodsonMemphisIDL    53641 17266  233%35453.5
Khyiris TongaBYUIDL/NT14173  1115020-12-16925512127583%13.4176.3
Forrest MerrillArkansas StateIDL/NT19224  2736325-141131220247583%19.3286.5
Dion NovilNorth TexasIDL/NT    49616 1333328293350%30414
Blaze AlldredgeRiceILB      25    117%25n/a
Riley ColeSouth AlabamaILB/OLB    2438316    233%20383
Grant StuartHoustonILB/OLB    34497918359  350%20.3428
James EmpeyBYUIOL/C19208    8    233%13.5208
Kayode AwosikaBuffaloIOL/G38375  81342526262  467%24.3257
Tristen HogeBYUIOL/G16187  3962024    350%26.3403.5
Bryce FoxworthSouthern MissIOL/G    4465119    233%31.5651
Robert JonesMiddle TennesseeIOL/G  2112467876173337121208583%31.8394.8
D’Ante SmithEast CarolinaIOL/OT    61101832362  350%18.7236
Riley PattersonMemphisK      34202  233%3.5202
DeAngelo MaloneWestern KentuckyLB/OLB      9-10  28271117%28271
Ali FayadWestern MichiganOLB    3348430-36    233%33484
Zaven CollinsTulsaOLB/ILB3195372114-3-22-3765466100%3.437.8
James HudsonCincinnatiOT14131  1180 18184  350%14.3131.7
Brady ChristensenBYUOT13124  14103212020017139583%17141.5
Jaylon MooreWestern MichiganOT    22221     117%22221
Josh BallMarshallOT21237  128641  22232467%24185
Larnel ColemanUMassOT    2830630    233%29306
Syrus TuiteleFresno StateOT24271  3138644    350%33328.5
Ryan Van DemarkUconnOT    4056640    233%40566
Zachary ThomasSan Diego StateOT    3852745    233%41.5527
D’Ante DemeryFlorida InternationalOT    4965535    233%42655
Tommy DoyleMiami (OH)OT/OG33370  181884317-1518132298467%31.5259.3
Derek AdamsKent StateP      3    117%3n/a
Tyson DyerNew MexicoP       5221  117%5221
Bailey FlintToledoP    6755     117%6755
James SmithCincinnatiP    4604214369  350%6.7486.5
Hunter DuplessisUTSAPK       6228  117%6228
Jake VerityEast CarolinaPK       13328  117%13328
Zach WilsonBYUQB3436372353126100%2.86.8
Shane BuecheleSMUQB9226  14310 917312179467%11222
Brady WhiteMemphisQB13256  26703 1121010148467%15329.3
Zach SmithTulsaQB16332  18459   19301350%17.7364
Zac ThomasAppalachian StateQB15329  39939 1530417290467%21.5465.5
Kenneth GainwellMemphisRB571369610833664526100%473.2
Jaret PattersonBuffaloRB1013659315183 71079100583%9.2123.8
Ronnie RiversFresno StateRB       12329  117%12329
Caleb HuntleyBall StateRB       14258  117%14258
Elijiah MitchellLouisianaRB17194  1620015913615214583%14.4186
Gerrid DoaksCincinnatiRB       18324  117%18324
CJ MarableCoastal CarolinaRB20261  29356 6140  350%18.3252.3
Trey RagasLouisianaRB25297  18229132139021259583%19.6293.8
Spencer BrownUABRB24296  34437191526413200583%21299.3
Robert MahoneBoise StateRB27321     15376  233%21348.5
Brenden KnoxMarshallRB45462  141812516276  467%25306.3
Greg McRaeUCFRB31342  43614 1029719238467%25.8372.8
Mulbah CarrHoustonRB    28347     117%28347
Josh JohnsonLouisiana-MonroeRB42442  3241022    350%32426
Charles WilliamsUNLVRB    3646629    233%32.5466
Richie GrantUCFS470  17217102309106583%8.4105.8
Tariq ThompsonSan Diego StateS998  18227201314217203583%15.4167.5
James WigginsCincinnatiS11111  13170242127912162583%16.2180.5
Reed BlankenshipMiddle TennesseeS151561114355581 2027115180583%23.2266.2
Antwan CollierUCFS    25281     117%25281
Darrick ForrestCincinnatiS26276  475341826344  467%29.3384.7
Dwayne Jackson JrSan Diego StateS    7171926    233%48.5719
Deontay AndersonHoustonS30338  8584631    350%48.7592
Jay LenardSan Jose StateS    10699727    233%66.5997
Derrick Deese Jr.San Jose StateTE    9176     117%9176
Quintin MorrisBowling GreenTE    14296711201  350%10.7248.5
Kylen GransonSMUTE    1733788149  350%11243
Matt BushmanBYUTE13245  2646861019810183583%13273.5
Josh PendersonLouisiana-MonroeTE    2339413  12207350%16300.5
Mitchell BrinkmanSouth FloridaTE       1727820235233%18.5256.5
John BatesBoise StateTE    3462114  21239350%23430
D’Wayne EskridgeWestern MichiganWR1184  3422220489  467%17.3131.7
Marlon WilliamsUCFWR191292414224141 88012128583%17.4124
Marquez StephensonHoustonWR32186  1610762521423249583%20.4189
Jaelon DardenNorth TexasWR24160  47336 593  350%25.3196.3
Warren JacksonColorado StateWR35200  35280243530124237583%30.6254.5
Damonte CoxieMemphisWR3419619111483464413104262706100%30.7205.4
Austin WatkinsUABWR29178  42316362824625261583%32250.3
Johnathan Adams Jr.Arkansas StateWR31185  38295 3731629284467%33.8270
Tre NixonUCFWR46275  2614732  39315467%35.8245.7
Dax MilneBYUWR33189  44326 34-9294  350%38.5269.7
Trey WalkerSan Jose StateWR38212  46333     233%42272.5
Keylon StokesTulsaWR59378  26225     233%42.5301.5
Bailey GaitherSan Jose StateWR    43318     117%43318
Rico Bussey Jr.HawaiiWR39218  72535413228636308583%44336.8
Tim JonesSouthern MissWR44258  45330     233%44.5294
Isaiah McKoyKent StateWR53340  34279 48429  350%45349.3
Elijah CooksNevadaWR    8057945    233%62.5579
Mykel JonesTulaneWR    131875 33291  233%82583