ESPN NFL Experts 30d

Answering the 2021 NFL draft's biggest questions: Experts debate favorite picks, top rookie classes, QBs, more

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You've read our 2021 NFL draft grades, along with the best picks for all 32 teams, biggest Day 3 steals and the lingering questions that every team has headed into the offseason. Now it's time for our panel of NFL experts to weigh in on what they liked and didn't like about all seven rounds of the draft.

With five quarterbacks off the board in the top 15 picks, a record 65 SEC prospects drafted and a few big trades, there was all sorts of intrigue around the 2021 class. There were a few immediate starters taken on the first two days, along with a few prospects who will need more time to develop before they see the field.

We asked our panel to evaluate the new crop of rookies, answering questions about the quarterbacks, their favorite picks, which team's rookie class could make the biggest impact and more. Check back every day this week to see more questions and answers:

The topics our panel has hit so far (click the links to see the answers):

  • Six bold predictions from our panel of experts

  • Which non-first-round pick could have fantasy value?

  • How many rookie QBs will be starting by midseason?

  • Who will be Defensive Rookie of the Year?

  • Who will be Offensive Rookie of the Year?

  • Rookie class that will make an instant impact

  • Draft picks that surprised us most

  • Our favorite draft picks in Round 1

Make a bold prediction about one player taken in the 2021 draft.

Matt Bowen, NFL analyst: Ravens edge rusher Odafe Oweh will lead all rookies in sacks. Oweh didn't record a single sack last year at Penn State. In the Ravens' pressure fronts, however, Oweh has the explosive traits to be schemed as a pass rusher. Create one-on-one edge matchups, while also utilizing Oweh's short-area speed on twists and stunts to get home to the quarterback.

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