2021 First Round NFL Mock Draft

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB (Clemson)

The Jags gain the best prospect at the most important position in the game, simple.

2.New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB (BYU)

They didn’t trade down and have traded Sam Darnold to the Panthers. As a result, the Jets select the next best QB with salivating upside.

3.San Francisco  49ers: Justin Fields, QB (Georgia)

After flirting with Trey Lance and Mac Jones, the 49ers select the mobile QB of Fields. Once his pocket awareness and read progression improve, he has the potential to be the best QB in the class, especially with Kyle Shanahan as his new head coach. Jimmy Garoppolo will likely remain for a year or be traded, maybe to Washington?

4.TRADE – Denver Broncos: Trey Lance, QB (North Dakota State)

The Broncos give up a 2022 1st next year to fend off other offers sent to the Falcons to move up from 9th to make the 2021 draft the first to have only QBs selected in the firth 4 picks. Lance is raw but can battle with Drew Lock to start, if the Broncos don’t feel secure with Lance in year 1, they don’t have to move off Lock just yet.

5.Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT (Oregon)

The first non-QB selected. The Bengals shake off the idea of drafting Ja’Marr Chase and instead elect to protect Joe Burrow. The Bengals are a sleeper candidate to trade down, the Cowboys may move up to grab Kyle Pitts if Jerry Jones is as “infatuated” with him as reported.

6.Miami Dolphins: Ja’Marr Chase, WR (LSU)

The Dolphins collect first round picks from the 49ers in the earlier trade and still end up with one of the best WR prospects to ever enter the draft. Tua has potential but needs help, landing Chase is a great way to start.

7.Detroit Lions: Kyle Pitts, TE (Florida)

With Hockenson playing the typical TE spot in Detroit, they draft Pitts to create the best TE duo in the league. They can line Pitts up anywhere to create mismatches and any coverage he draws will only help Hockenson, and then of course Jared Goff. Pitts is not a bad pickup after the Lions’ top target of Chase is off the board. Kellen Mond could be an early round 2 selection for them, someone to learn from then challenge Goff.

8.Carolina Panthers: Rashawn Slater, OT (Northwestern)

After acquiring Darnold from the Jets, the Panthers look to protect their new QB. Slater can play all 5 O-Line positions will help the Panthers considering they need help at almost all of them. Waddle would be the alternative if the Panthers want to make a splash by drafting a weapon.

9.(From Denver) Atlanta Falcons: Patrick Surtain II, CB (Alabama)

The Falcons draft the first defensive player in the draft, what made the Broncos trade so alluring was they still ended ahead of the defense-needy Cowboys. They land the best physical corner and can help stop the ever-bleeding defense. Expect a WR in round 2 (such as Rashod Bateman) or round 3 (such as Amari Rodgers).

10.Dallas Cowboys: Jaycee Horn, CB (South Carolina)

With Surtain II gone, the Cowboys fall back to the 2nd best physical corner in Horn. Horn has a good chance of being even better than Surtain so it isn’t a massive loss for the Cowboys. They desperately need to improve their secondary.

11.New York Giants: Micah Parsons, LB (Penn State)

Parsons is an athletic freak who could mould into an all-time great, he just needs the right coaching. The Giants like their chances and after an impressive defensive showing last year, the Giants improve to become true threat.

12.Philidelphia Eagles: DeVonte Smith, WR (Alabama)

The Eagles get another field stretcher in Smith. The Heisman winner is a threat from anywhere on the field and instantly upgrades an underwhelming receiving core.

13.Los Angeles Chargers: Caleb Farley, CB (Virginia Tech)

If not for injury, Farley would likely be the top CB in the draft. The Chargers take their chances after the top tackles are off the board. Farley received good news from the doctors, he should be ready for the coming season. This could be a steal for the Chargers.

14.Minnesota Vikings: Kwity Paye, Edge (Michigan)

The Vikings need to draft rushers here. Ngokoue didn’t work out and it’s possible Hunter is on his way out of town very soon. To replace the lost pass rush, the look to Kwity Paye, a disrupter who continuously affects to timing of an offense off the edge.

15.New England Patriots: Mac Jones, QB (Alabama)

Jones falls to the Patriots without them needing to trade up. His methodical play style will suit the Patriots’ system. He has more mobility than he’s credited for, certainly inside the pocket. Belichick will have all the inside information on him due to Jones being coached by Belichick’s friend and former colleague Nick Saban.

16.TRADE – Washington Football Team: Jaylen Waddle, WR (Alabama)

Washington sends a 3rd to Arizona to trade up to get the top WR left. Waddle is a great route runner with better size than Smith. He will create an incredibly talented receiving group alongside Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel. Fitzpatrick is going to have fun next season.#

17.Las Vegas Raiders: Jayson Oweh, Edge (Penn State)

The Raiders have always loved raw, talented prospects who have high athletic upsides and Oweh is just that. He has an electric first step and has a high-pressure rate despite not registering a sack last year. With Maxx Crosby on the other side, the Raiders pass rush will immediately become top 10 in the league; even if Oweh may be considered a bit of a boom or bust prospect.

18.Miami Dolphins: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG (USC)

After getting Tua help at skill position with Chase, the Dolphins now look to help him by keeping him upright. They select one of the most mobile O-lineman in the draft in Vera-Tucker. He can play tackle if needed and with the Dolphins rolling with a Patriots inspired philosophy under former Patriots coach Brian Flores, versatility is a highly valued talent.

19.(From Washington) Arizona Cardinals: Jalean Phillips, Edge (Miami)

After acquiring an extra 3rd round pick from Washington, the Cardinals are in a position to go best player available. They select Phillips to learn behind JJ Watt and Chandler Jones and to create a spark in the rotation. The Cardinals are a solid team who could really pick anyone at this stage of the draft.

20.Chicago Bears: Teven Jenkins, OT (Oklahoma State)

Bears ideally need a QB but the top 5 are long gone and so they elect to round out the rest of the roster. Here they go with Jenkins. A nasty tackle who punishes defenders. He will be able to create gaps in the run game, essential for team that is perennially subpar in the passing game.

21.Indianapolis Colts: Gregory Rousseau, Edge (Miami)

The Colts need an edge threat to help Buckner inside and Rousseau can provide it. A prospect on the upswing, Rousseau will get better and better and he might be the piece that can push the Colts from a playoff contender, to a title contender.

22.Tennessee Titans: Rashod Bateman, WR (Minnesota)

After collecting AJ Brown in the 2019 draft, the Titans take another talented receiver here. Bateman is large at 6ft 2in 210lbs and creates a great one-two with Brown. By continuing to support Tannehill, the Titans keep enough pressure through the air in order to force the opposing defense to not stack the box, allowing Derrick Henry to continue to run wild.

23.New York Jets: Elijah Moore, WR (Ole Miss)

The Jets want Wilson’s rookie NFL season to be as comfortable as possible. They grab Moore to complement Denzel Mims, who’s entering his second season and Corey Davis who has just signed from the Titans.

24.Pittsburgh Steelers: Greg Newsome, CB (Northwestern)

Tall, lean and fast. Newsome is the perfect corner. He is young at 20 and won’t be at his best immediately but after a season or two he may blossom into a star. The Steelers need corners. Their front 7 is top 3 in the league and there are no QBs left to draft this high for a future replacement of Roethlisberger. They draft Newsome to make their defense seemingly impenetrable.

25.Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevon Moehrig, S (TCU)

The Jags desperately need to upgrade their safeties and Moehrig does this. He has outstanding coverage skills and is versatile and smooth. He’s a great pick up for the Jags.

26.Cleveland Browns – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB (Notre Dame)

The Browns need help at LB and JOK is severely underrated. Due to other teams’ needs, he could end up with a slight fall and the Browns will reap the rewards. JOK can play almost anywhere. His singular downside is he is slightly undersized. Otherwise, he is a great player and a brilliant pick up this late in the draft.

27.Baltimore Ravens – Azeez Ojulari, Edge (Georgia)

Ravens were at their best with a feared defense and they look to return to that here by drafted a very skilled edge. Ojulari is a high effort performer who won’t stop on a play. He is great at setting against the run as well which is vital in the AFC North.

28.New Orleans Saints – Terrance Marshall, WR (LSU)

Yet another WR. This time, it’s Chase’s partner in crime in Marshall. Marshall could become a red-zone magnet with his play. Allowing Hill or Winston (whoever starts for the Saints) a large reliable target who also takes some pressure off of Michael Thomas.

29.Green Bay Packers – Jamin Davis, LB (Kentucky)

Davis is fast and can read the game at an elite level. He is almost always where he needs to be. He may be the piece that finally pulls this talented Packers defense into an elite unit. Davis has been rocketing up draft boards over the last few months and he lands in a great spot with the Packers.

30.Buffalo Bills – Christian Barmore, DT (Alabama)

The Bills need to stop explosive runs and they look to solve that issue with Barmore. He creates havoc in the middle of the line, whether that’s stopping RBs or applying interior pressure to the QB. The Superbowl showed how important pressuring a QB is and with the Bills so close to making it to the game themselves last year, Barmore could be the final piece.

31.Kansas City Chiefs – Christian Darrisaw, OT (Virginaia Tech)

Speaking of pressure in the Superbowl. The Chiefs have to protect Mahomes, they cut their starting tackles from last year in Fisher and Schwartz. Despite signing Joe Thuney, they still need help, especially at the tackle spot. They take Darrisaw as he’s the best left. He is agile which will help when Mahomes starts running around behind him.

32.Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Carlos Basham Jr, Edge (Wake Forest)

An all-effort rusher in Basham rounds out the first round. The Bucs look to further improve in the area which won them the Superbowl last year, pressure. Basham will be able to sit in rotation for a season or two before becoming a full-time starter. He is able to create a spark that can change the momentum of a team.

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