2021 Mock Draft – Version 1.0

It is that time of year again. While others have been releasing mock drafts every week, I chose to wait until we had a little clarity on what NFL squads may be looking for and who they may be looking at. So, let’s put 2020 in our rearview and usher in 2021 with my first mock draft of the season.

1-Jacksonville Jaguars–Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Jacksonville has locked up the top pick and you can write this one down in pen. Lawrence is the top passer and top player in this class. Jacksonville will have a crapload of cap space, draft picks, and a franchise QB to build around.

2-New York Jets–Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

I am not convinced that the Jets will go QB here and may choose to stick with Sam Darnold. A new GM and head coach coming in may want their own guy. Is that guy Wilson? While I haven’t done a formal evaluation on the BYU passer, his name has been linked in the top five for a few months.

3-Miami Dolphins-F. HOU-Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

Bill O’Brien is the gift that keeps on giving. The Laremy Tunsil trade is going to deliver a potential playoff team a top-five pick. The Dolphins are ascending and can look to add talent at a multitude of positions. I opted to go with the playmaking LB Parsons. Parsons opted out of this season but his 2019 tape was spectacular.

4-Atlanta Falcons–Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami (FL)

The Falcons are in bad shape. They are looking for a new Gm, a new coach, and currently have negative cap space. QB Matt Ryan has an untradeable and unreleasable contract. The Falcons need to add talent. Rousseau is probably still a bit raw but his ceiling is probably as high as Chase Young’s was a year ago. His floor is significantly lower though.

5-Cincinnati Bengals–Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

The Bengals acquired their franchise QB last year with Joe Burrow. Unfortunately, his offensive line got his knee ripped up six weeks ago. Cincinnati needs to add 1-2 potential starters in free agency and draft 1-2 more. Sewell is the consensus top OL prospect this year. He has the highest grade of any OL I have studied in the last 5-6 years. Sewell is still only 20 years old. If he falls to the Bengals’ pick, I expect them to sprint the card to the podium.

6-Philadelphia Eagles–Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Whoever is the 2021 starting QB, Carson Wentz or Jalen Hurts, they need receivers. Jalen Reagor was a first-round pick this year but he has stayed injured. Another weapon is in order.

7-Detroit Lions–Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

They can’t get out of Stafford’s contract this year but they have to start thinking about the future at the position.

8-New York Giants–Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

The Giants could go a number of directions including the most dynamic WR in this class.

9-Carolina Panthers–Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

The Panthers may need to replace tackle Taylor Moton who is a free agent.

10-Denver Broncos–Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

11-Dallas Cowboys–Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

12-Los Angeles Chargers–Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

13-Minnesota Vikings–Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

14-San Francisco 49ers–Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

15-New England Patriots–Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

16-Las Vegas Raiders–Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama

17-Arizona Cardinals–Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

18-Indianapolis Colts–Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama

19-Washington Football Team–Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State

20-Chicago Bears–Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State

21-Jacksonville Jaguars-F. LAR-Jalen Twyman, DL, Pittsburgh

22-Cleveland Browns–Talanoa Hufanga, S, Southern Cal

23-Miami Dolphins–Terrance Marshall, WR, LSU

24-Baltimore Ravens–Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan

25-Tennessee Titans–Shaka Toney, EDGE, Penn State

26-Tampa Bay Buccaneers–Rashad Weaver, DL, Pittsburgh

27-New York Jets-F. SEA-Kenny Yeboah, TE, Ole Miss

28-Buffalo Bills–Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

29-New Orleans Saints–Kyle Trask, QB, Florida

30-Pittsburgh Steelers–Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

31-Green Bay Packers–Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina

32-Kansas City Chiefs–Alaric Jackson, OT, Iowa

 

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