2021 NFL Draft: Fullback Rankings
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: February 19, 2021.
- Ben Mason, FB, Michigan Projected Round 5th Round
- 2020 Season Recap The 6-2 256 lb Ben Mason did an awesome job blocking at Michigan. He learned how to play fullback under former Michigan fullback Khaled Hill who was our second best fullback back in 2018. Unlike Hill who went undrafted before signing with Seattle, Mason is simply too talented to go undrafted. This guy does it all, run, make one-handed catches, plow his way into the end zone, run block, and pass block. He dominated the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl as well making him the unanimous top fullback in this class.
Ben Mason SWOT Report
- Strengths: Ben Mason is a north and south runner with good ball carrier vision. Has the physical tools, durability, and size so he checks out physically. Can pass block or run block. Runs with a lot of power and intensity. Was used as a goal line running back where he plowed it into the end zone. Knows how to catch out of the backfield. Makes one-handed catches. Can line up as a tight end. Presents a mismatch in the slot. Excellent route runner. Looks better than his predecessor Khaled Hill.
- Weaknesses: Three years ago, I said there were practically no weaknesses to Khaled Hill's game when Seattle got him as an undrafted Free Agent coming out of Michigan. I feel the same way about Ben Mason. Mason is the unanimous top fullback in this draft and he will get drafted at some point in this draft since I gave him the same potential grade I gave Khaled Hill.
- Opportunities: I have a fifth round grade on Ben Mason. He could fall to the seventh round. Most have a sixth round grade on Ben Mason, but this guy impressed me so much on tape that I moved him into fifth round territory.
- Threats: There are no threats with Ben Mason. He's the best fullback in the 2021 NFL Draft.
- Potential Grade: 90/99
- Ben Mason had 7 rushing touchdowns in 2018 when he took over for Khaled Hill. He can play fullback, tight end, and special teams with his tremendous ball carrier vision, hands, and blocking ability.
- Mason Stokke, FB, Wisconsin Projected Round 6th Round
- 2020 Season Recap The 6-2 239 lb Mason Stokke had a career high 3 receiving touchdowns in 2020. His play on film speaks for itself.
Mason Stokke SWOT Report
- Strengths: Mason Stokke is a north and south runner with good ball carrier vision. Has the physical tools, durability, and size so he checks out physically. Can pass block or run block. He's very vocal in the huddle. Extremely dominant. Teammates Jack Coan and Jonathan Taylor who did well with the Indianapolis Colts as a rookie both spoke very highly of Mason Stokke.
- Weaknesses: I would like to see Mason Stokke improve his route tree as a pass catching fullback. Maybe add 5 lbs of muscle too. Other than that, he checks off all the boxes on tape.
- Opportunities: I have a sixth round grade on Mason Stokke. Some have him going undrafted. It's hard to see this guy falling past the seventh round when his teammates at Wisconsin both spoke highly of him. Dimitri Flowers and Khaled Hill were my top two fullbacks three years ago and both went undrafted.
- Threats: There are no threats with Mason Stokke. He's the best fullback not named Ben Mason.
- Potential Grade: 88/99
- Both Jonathan Taylor and Jack Coan praised Wisconsin's fullback after the teams win over Nebraska. If Stokke can improve in any area in 2020, then he could be a late round draft pick.
- Tory Carter, FB, LSU Projected Round 7th Round
- 2020 Season Recap The 6-0 244 lb Tory Carter can play fullback, tight end, or on special teams. He was also in the 2021 CGS Showcase game hosted by the Brawl Network.
Tony Carter SWOT Report
- Strengths: Displays outstanding run blocking. He opened up holes for Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He also succeeded J.D. Moore at LSU. He's talented enough to get picked in the seventh round. The real question is how many teams need a fullback. Good pass catcher.
- Weaknesses: You'd like to see him get more rushing yards, but at the same time he had no touchdowns. He was mainly used as a blocker and pass catcher. He had 0 carries throughout his career at LSU.
- Opportunities: It's hard to say where Carter ends up even though I have a seventh round grade on him. He's the third best fullback in the 2021 NFL Draft though.
- Threats: He's more durable than former LSU teammate J.D. Moore. That's why I gave him a higher potential grade than J.D. Moore who only had a 73 when I evaluated him back in 2018.
- Potential Grade: 76/99
- LSU constantly recruits great running backs. They are starting to become a school that recruits good fullbacks. Tory Carter is one of the returning starters on LSU's 15-0 team.
- Carl Tucker, FB, Alabama Projected Round 7th Round
- 2020 Season Recap The 6-2 248 lb Carl Tucker was a backup tight end and fullback on Alabama. All he did on the Alabama Crimson Tide was block. He did a good job using his pass blocking and run blocking to buy Mac Jones more time or open things up for Najee Harris.
Carl Tucker SWOT Report
- Strengths: Carl Tucker's only strength is his blocking. He was also a good pass catcher at North Carolina. Alabama hardly used Tucker in the passing game and had him block.
- Weaknesses: Needs to run the ball more. Fullbacks are a dying breed in todays NFL.
- Opportunities: I have a seventh round grade on Carl Tucker. He probably goes undrafted.
- Threats: Carl Tucker just seems like he's got a lot he needs to work on. There aren't any threats, but I don't see him having success in the NFL.
- Potential Grade: 71/99
- Carl Tucker was at North Carolina from 2016 to 2019. He transferred to Alabama as a graduate transfer. If Alabama wins a National Championship, he'll graduate a champion.
- John Raine, FB, Northwestern Projected Round 7th Round
- 2020 Season Recap The 6-2 230 lb graudate transfer had 24 receptions, 233 receiviing yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns as a fullback/tight end in his only season at Northwestern in 2020. His best game of 2020 was Northwestern's New Years Day bowl win against Auburn in the Citrus Bowl where John Raine had 6 receptions, 76 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown.
John Raine SWOT Report
- Strengths: John Raine is a great pass catching fullback. His experience at tight end also helps along with the fact that he's a solid blocker.
- Weaknesses: You'd like to see him get more rushing yards, but at the same time he had no rushing touchdowns. Lacks ball carrier vision. His route tree isn't good enough for him to be a tight end. That's why he projects as a fullback.
- Opportunities: It's hard to say where Raine ends up. He's the worst fullback in my rankings for my top five fullbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft.
- Threats: He's got no threats. Great character and attitude. He needs to show more if he wants to last in the NFL.
- Potential Grade: 70/99
- He was a four year starter at fullback on Florida Atlantic. He had a career high 38 receptions, 343 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns complimenting Harrison Bryant in 2019 in Lane Kiffin's final season with Florida Atlantic. He transferred to Northwestern as a graduate transfer in 2020 so if he can show he's more than a complimentary tight end to Harrison Bryant, he could get drafted in the seventh round.