2021 NFL Mock Draft (1.0)

With the NFL draft set to kick off later this month, it’s officially mock draft season! The round one mock you’re about to read is not necessarily what I would do as GM (we’ll do one of those later), but rather what I think each team will do. I’m not going to try and predict exact trades in this mock, as that is a futile exercise. This mock is more about matching players with teams, so if you’re thinking “that player would never be available at that spot”, it’s likely you’re right and I’m projecting a trade could occur to acquire said player. Without any further ado, let’s get started!

1. Jaguars: QB Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

This pick has been set in stone since the moment the Jaguars landed the number one overall pick. 

2. Jets: QB Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

Wilson to the Jets feels all but certain at this point. The Jets land one of the most exciting prospects in this year’s draft as they look to rebuild. 

3. 49ers: QB Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

San Francisco has everyone around the league on their toes since trading up to number three overall. If it was me, Justin Fields or Trey Lance would be the pick here, however, Mac Jones is everything head coach Kyle Shanahan looks for in a quarterback. Plus, I think the league is higher on Jones than many in the media are. Fields and Lance are no doubt still in play here, but as of now, I have them taking Jones.

4. Falcons: TE Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

Atlanta could be a trade-down candidate, but, in this mock, I have the Falcons deciding to go ahead and select Kyle Pitts, a generational tight end prospect.

5. Bengals: WR Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

The Bengals probably *should* go offensive tackle here, but the chance to reunite franchise quarterback Joe Burrow with Ja’Marr Chase, his favorite target from his LSU days, is too much for the Bengals to pass up. 

6. Dolphins: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

The Dolphins traded out of the number three overall pick and ARE still able to land one of the best players in the draft. Better protection for Tua Tagovailoa is a must in 2021. 

7. Lions: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

The Lions are yet again at the start of what seems like a series of perpetual rebuilds. Addressing the offensive line is the first step towards playing competitive football in Detroit and Rashawn Slater is one of the best offensive line prospects in the draft. 

8. Panthers: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

It’s no secret the Panthers have spent a lot of time this offseason trying to upgrade at quarterback. It may take the Panthers trading up to land Trey Lance, but however they acquire him, there’s no denying he will be coming into an ideal situation in Carolina. Lance would likely sit behind Teddy Bridgewater for a redshirt rookie season before taking over an offense full of playmakers in year two. 

9. Broncos: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

Despite the character concerns, Micah Parsons is still one of the best defensive prospects in this draft. Denver has quietly had a really nice offseason, and now they get to add one of the draft’s most electric defensive playmakers. 

10. Cowboys: Patrick Surtain, CB, Alabama

The Cowboys need help in the secondary, badly. Pairing Patrick Surtain with corner Trevon Diggs gives Dallas a formidable young duo for years to come. 

11. Giants: Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan

General manager Dave Gettleman loves drafting in the trenches, and the top edge prospect in the class falls right into his lap at pick 11. Kwity Paye provides an immediate boost to a lackluster group of edge defenders. 

12. Eagles: Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama

The Eagles trading back from number six overall reaffirms their commitment to quarterback Jalen Hurts in 2021. The Eagles will look to give their potential franchise quarterback all the weapons he’ll need to be successful. Adding a dynamic playmaker in Devonta Smith would accomplish that goal.

13. Chargers: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC

Upgrading the protection for Justin Herbert this offseason has been a priority and that strategy should continue into the draft. Alijah Vera-Tucker has the potential to be a high-end guard, but he is also very much capable of kicking outside to play tackle. 

14. Vikings: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

Minnesota’s offensive line has had serious struggles over the years and they should once again look to the draft to add some reinforcements. By drafting Christian Darrisaw, the Vikings are getting a day one starter that can hopefully solidify the protection for Kirk Cousins. 

15. Patriots: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

The Patriots will need to trade up to land Justin Fields, but it’s possible it may not have to be into the top five to make that happen. No, Fields stock isn’t “suddenly dropping” or anything like that. As we get closer to the draft, media reports, barring smokescreens, just become more in line with how teams view prospects. Regardless, getting Fields with some kind of trade-up gives the Patriots a future franchise quarterback.

16. Cardinals: CB Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

Arguably the top corner in the draft, Caleb Farley, heads to Arizona to help fill the void left by the departure of longtime top cornerback Patrick Peterson. Farley’s recent back surgery will likely cause him to slide a bit, but in this mock, his slide comes to an end in the mid-first round. If Farley’s medical is to concerning for Arizona, this could be a potential landing spot for Jaycee Horn.

17. Raiders: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB/S, Notre Dame

Las Vegas needs versatile play-makers on the defensive side of the ball, and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah fits the bill. Owusu-Koramoah, with his strong coverage ability, is the perfect modern-day NFL linebacker.

18. Dolphins: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Miami opted to upgrade the protection for Tagovailoa earlier in the first round, and now they upgrade his weapons. Jaylen Waddle is an electric playmaker that fits any scheme and is now reunited with his former college quarterback. This an absolute dream haul for Miami. A trade-up might be necessary for Miami to nab Waddle, but it should be noted that good players fall every year in the draft and it will be no different this year either.

19. Football Team: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

The Washington Football Team signed Curtis Samuel in free agency and now they’ll get more offensive help by drafting Rashod Bateman. Bateman is a superb route runner who just knows how to get open. New quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick will have excellent weapons to work with this upcoming season. With an already strong defense, the Football Team could be a very dangerous team if they improve on the offensive end.

20. Bears: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

Chicago has a few holes to fill, but with the quarterback options off the table, the offensive line is the next big issue they must solve. Teven Jenkins is an absolute mauler and he will help protect recently acquired quarterback Andy Dalton. 

21. Colts: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

Pretty simple logic here; when your franchise left tackle retires, replace him. Winning football games starts in the trenches, and nobody understands that better than Chris Ballard and the Colts. 

22. Titans: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

The Titans desperately need to be better in coverage, and that was true even before losing Malcolm Butler and Adoree Jackson this offseason. Jaycee Horn is a top corner prospect and he’ll be ready to step in and contribute on day one. 

23. Jets: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

After drafting Zach Wilson number two overall, the Jets will look to protect the new face of their franchise. They have a bonafide stud tackle on the left side in Mekhi Becton and now they’ll grab another talented tackle, Samuel Cosmi, to play on the right side.

24. Steelers: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

Pittsburgh’s inability to run the ball last year led to a weekly high-volume passing attack, which proved to be unsustainable for Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers will try and remedy that issue by selecting their bell-cow running back in round one and solidifying their offensive line on day 2. 

25. Jaguars: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

While protecting Trevor Lawrence should most certainly be a priority, the Jaguars also have a big need at safety. In a weak safety class, Jacksonville can secure the top prospect at the position in Trevon Moehrig. Moehrig has very few weaknesses in his play and he should be a fixture in the Jacksonville secondary for years to come.

26. Browns: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia

Cleveland has been searching for a running mate opposite Myles Garrett, and finally, they find one in Azeez Ojulari. Ojulari and Garrett will form a lethal 1-2 punch for the Browns, as Ojulari is one of, if not the best, pass rushers in the draft. 

27. Ravens: Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami

After losing both Yannick Ngakoue and Matt Judon in free agency, Baltimore has a major need at the edge position. Jaelan Phillips looks to be a plug-and-play type prospect ready to make an impact right away. If Phillips’s health holds up (concussion issues), he could end up being the best edge defender in this draft.

28. Saints: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

New Orleans needs to add another linebacker to their roster and Zaven Collins would be a great use of a first-round selection. Collins has the size, length, versatility, and athleticism to make a huge impact on the Saints’ defense. 

29. Packers: Terrace Marshall Jr, WR, LSU

The Packers need a consistent threat in the passing game opposite Davante Adams and they finally find it in Terrace Marshall Jr. With Aaron Rodgers still playing at an elite level, it makes sense for the Packers to upgrade their weapons to give themselves a shot at a Super Bowl run. 

30. Bills: Greg Newsome, CB, Northwestern

Buffalo has some great pieces on defense but one of the areas they lacked last season was consistency in the secondary opposite Tre’Davious White. Adding Greg Newsome, a prospect rising up draft boards in the recent months, is an excellent upgrade and sets the Bills defense up nicely for 2021.

31. Chiefs: Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State

As we saw in the Super Bowl, it doesn’t matter how good your quarterback is if you can’t protect him. Kansas City won’t let that happen again, and they’ll invest in some protection for Patrick Mahomes. Dillon Radunz is a no-brainer selection at the end of the first round.

32. Buccaneers: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama

Tampa Bay’s roster looks loaded as they head into 2021, and that leaves them in the enviable position of being able to take the best player available, regardless of position. However, Ndamukong Suh isn’t getting any younger and the Buccaneers opt to find his replacement sooner rather than later. 

As we near the draft we will continue to put out more mocks, as well as other draft coverage.

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One thought on “2021 NFL Mock Draft (1.0)

  • April 6, 2021 at 2:37 am

    Oooo this is a good mock draft. You guys made some good points I didn’t think of


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