#nfl | The Athletic Ranks, Evaluates Louisville’s Top 2021 NFL Draft Prospects

(Photo of Dez Fitzpatrick: Rob Kinnan – USA TODAY Sports)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The nine former University of Louisville football players who have declared for the 2021 NFL Draft don’t have to wait much longer to learn who or if they will be selected, as the draft is set to begin in roughly three weeks.

As most know by now, the three former Cardinals who are most likely to be drafted out of that group are wide receivers Tutu Atwell and Dez Fitzpatrick, as well as running back Javian Hawkins.

With the draft just around the corner, The Athletic‘s Dane Brugler has released his annual NFL Draft Guide, nicknamed ‘The Beast’ as it includes comprehensive scouting reports for over 600 prospects – including Atwell, Fitzpatrick and Hawkins.

Like most draft experts, Brugler is highest on Atwell, as he not only ranked him as the No. 15 wide receiver in the draft class, but the No. 95 overall prospect – projecting him as a 3rd Round selection. Unsurprisingly, he is enamored by his speed and home run play ability, but is also weary of his frame and his route running.

“Atwell has a skill set very similar to Marquise Brown: vastly undersized with more drops than ideal, but his speed stresses every level of the defense,” Brugler wrote. “He projects as a homerun hitting option outside or in the slot.”

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