2021 NFL Mock Draft 1.0
1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence – Clemson – QB
The Jags have some work to do on defense but offensively aren’t too far off. This season we saw a quarterback carousel of Gardner Minshew, Jake Luton and Mike Glennon. Let’s be real, they are quality backups at best. Trevor Lawrence can be the franchise QB/face of the organization in Duval. With wide receivers DJ Chark who I loved coming out; the swiss army knife in Laviska Shenault Jr. and the diamond in the rough James Robinson at running back drafting Lawrence here is a no brainer. He’ll have the opportunity to grow with this up and coming group of young high potential players. This selection has the potential to shake up the AFC South for years to come.
2. New York Jets – Zach WIlson – BYU – QB
Assuming the Jets find a suitor for Sam Darnold, they’ll use the second overall pick in this 2021 NFL Mock Draft to replace the incumbent Darnold. I believe when it is all said and done Zach Wilson will be the second QB off the board and will bring the “it” factor that has long evaded this team. I don’t believe there isn’t anything Wilson can’t do. Unlike the Jags the Jets are a team who has some work to do in surrounding the new franchise quarterback with some talent.
3. Miami Dolphins (from the Houston Texans) – Devonta Smith – Alabama – WR
It’s the best feeling when you can match the board with need and this is what has taken place here. If there is a glaring need on the Dolphins it is at the wide receiver position. Not to say the Dolphins don’t have guys that can offer what you want in a receiver from a speed, quicks, big play ability or possession type with consistency. Smith brings all this in one package.
4. Atlanta Falcons – Jaycee Horn – South Carolina – CB
Was never high on Isaiah Oliver and here is his replacement. Jaycee Horn is what the Falcons thought Oliver should have been. A long, physical corner who plays bigger than his size to play the man in front of him. You can go pass rusher here and I wouldn’t be mad at it but Jaycee Horn on one side and A.J. Terrell on the other solidifies the corner position in Atlanta.
5. Cincinnati Bengals – Kwity Paye – Michigan – DL
Most expect Penei Sewell from Oregon here in this 2021 NFL Mock Draft; and I would say there are more offensive linemen in this draft that are closer in talent level then DL; specifically edge players. Not sure what the Bengals were doing with their defensive lineman this year not playing the best players then trading away Carlos Dunlap. But I do know that Paye would bring first step quickness and closing speed that opposing tackles would have to be concerned about.
6. Philadelphia Eagles – Penei Sewell – Oregon – OT
With possible cap casualties on the offensive line and Jason Peters most likely out again; the Eagles need to add a guy who can come in and make an impact immediately. Also, there is potential that Sewell can play guard as well. I know linebacker is a black whole on the Eagles defense but I don’t know that there is a linebacker prospect worthy of being drafted this high and with the emergence of Jalen Hurts why not protect the franchise.
7. Detroit Lions – Kyle Pitts – Florida – TE
Matthew Stafford out and Jared Goff in why not go and get the best tight end (and wide receiver in my opinion) in the draft. There isn’t anything that Kyle Pitts can’t do from either position. He’s a matchup nightmare and can be the moving piece within the offense assuming of course Kenny Golladay is back.
8. Carolina Panthers – Justin Fields – Ohio State – QB
Since we know that the Panthers were willing to trade the #8 pick for Matthew Stafford we know they are in the market for a quarterback. Justin Fields has plenty of athleticism and can be deadly accurate can compete with Teddy for the staring gig.
9. Denver Broncos – Mac Jones – Alabama – QB
Perhpas the biggest curveball in this 2021 NFL Mock Draft. Elway out and new GM George Paton in and I think he gets his guy. Jones is not super athletic, a physical phenom, or posseses the strongest arm but he’s incredibly consistent. Consistency at the quarterback position can go a long, long way especially if you have weapons around him. Jones can and will get them the ball so they can go to work. Ask Jaylen Waddle, Najee Harris or Devonta Smith.
10. Dallas Cowboys – Patrick Surtain – Alabama – CB
With the inconsistency on the back end whether it be due to miscommunication, lack of effort, or just poor play the Cowboys need help all over the secondary; safety or cornerback take ya pick. Surtain is big, strong and looks comfortable both in man and zone. He is a guy who uses his size and length well to stymie and/or body receivers. So whatever the Cwoboys decide to do Surtain will play and match it and do it at a high level.
11. New York Giants – Ja’Marr Chase – LSU – WR
Every offense needs that guy the quarterback can count on to make a play when the time comes and Chase most surely can be that player. I don’t know if there is anything that he can’t do and you pair him with Saquon Barkely, a no quit Daniel Jones, extremely talented Evan Engram, and deep threat Darius Slayton; this offensive can be potent and one defenses fear.
12. San Francisco 49ers – Caleb Farley – Virginia Tech – CB
Might be the best cornerback coming out and a guy I believe can play on the outside as well as in the slot. Feisty, physical guy who comes with bad intentions and a guy that can play man and zone and would fall right in line with how the 49ers play ball.
13. Los Angeles Chargers – Christian Darrisaw – Virginia Tech – OT
This is a plug and play player who has the potential to be the best tackle coming out in a pretty good class. His biggest flaw I witnessed was he would drop too far back and at times came up high. Both fixable with some coaching. Strong and an easier mover who can be the cornerstone protector for the franchise in Justin Herbert.
14. Minnesota Vikings – Azeez Ojulari – Georgia – Edge
With all the young talent in the secondary they need help to aid in their development with a proper and more consistent pass rush. Used in a variety of ways at Georgia Azeez Ojulari can rush the passer with heavy violent hands who will defend the edge in the run game with violence and technique as well as will drop back and play in space or covering the running back who leaks out the backfield.
15. New England Patriots – Jaylen Waddle – Alabama – WR
Another big play receiver who can be a difference-maker within the offense that has evaded the New England Patriots since Randy Moss. The difference here is there is no Brady to circumvent the lack of talent at the receiver position. Most offenses need a receiver that defenses have to gameplan for or just outright take away leaving others to eat. I believe Waddle has that ability.
16. Arizona Cardinals – Joseph Ossai – Texas – Edge
Super active hands with a nice quick burst off the line. Uses his dip and burst timely and in unison. Might be the best in the draft at understanding the pace and timing of how to play games (stunts/twists) upfront and win consistently. One of the biggest things missing within the Cardinals defense was their lack of pass rush. Ossai can be that guy who can be Bonnie to Chandler Jones Cylde.
17. Las Vegas Raiders – Micah Parsons – Penn State – LB/Edge
A guy who can both play the linebacker position as we see it today, sideline to sideline but can rush the passer when getting a chance at it. As we know Raiders need help at both positions and this is a player that can alleviate both if schemed up properly.
18. Miami Dolphins – Rashawn Slater – Northwestern – OT
The Phins are up again in this 2021 NFL Mock Draft. Whether it be Tua Tagovailoa, Ryan Fitzpatrick or a new comer via trade or draft the Dolphins need to sure up the offensive line. And what better way to do that now with the aid of one of the best coming out in Slater; who may be the best pure pass protector coming out. Easy mover with great feet and hands that match.
19. The Washington Football Team – Rashod Bateman – Minnesota – WR
What I saw from Taylor Heinicke in the one playoff game, Alex Smith and the potential for Cam Newton to come aboard I wouldn’t draft a quarterback but someone to pair with Terry McLaurin. The Washington Football Team is on the cusp of being a real threat but need more weapons on the offense to be consistent and apply pressure much like their defense does. Insert Batemen and you get someone similar to a McLaurin who just knows how to create separation and keeps the chains moving.
20. Chicago Bears – Trey Lance – North Dakota State – QB
I like the fit here simply because Lance adds elements to the offense that include both Nick Foles (willing to let the ball go down the field) and Mitchell Trubisky (has the ability to extend the play). But what both lack, Lance doesn’t. He is a bigger frame and body type who can run a true RPO and if you let him run he will RUN and punish incoming defenders. He will help to realize the true potential of what the Bears offense could and should be.
21. Indianapolis Colts – Patrick Jones II – Pittsburgh – Edge
Jones has an exceptional burst off the edge and has the strength and length to defend the edge at the POA. Pairing him with the likes of Justin Houston and with DeForest Buckner on the inside this would make the back-end so much stronger for a team that loves to play tons of zone coverage.
22. Tennessee Titans – Terrance Marshall – LSU – WR
The Titans pass offense is built on play action given the fear Derrick “the king” Henry instills running the ball. This in my opinion is the Corey Davis replacement with big play potential. Although I feel Marshall is a bit raw I think playing in an offense where he doesn’t have to be polished and draw lots of man coverage will allow him to blossom quickly. Nevermind the fact that Marshall’s presence will open things up for A.J. Brown even more.
23. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks) – Kadarius Toney – Florida – WR
I have the Jets going back to the “offensive well” in this 2021 NFL Mock Draft. This team lacks weapons this is one that you just can’t pass up here. Just get the ball in his hand and let him do the rest. The Jets haven’t had a guy that teams have had to gameplan for in years. Toney can be that guy. Quick twitch, short area quickness, burst and can convert that speed to power to take on incoming defenders breaking tackles or out right making people miss. He is what I like to call a moving piece.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Samuel Cosmi – Texas – OT
As good as this team is defensively there are problems on the offense side of the ball from wide receivers that can’t catch to inconsistent quarterback play to not being able to run the ball like in years past. These issues only get worse once the off-season has begun with damn near the entire offensive line will be free agents. Enter Cosmi who I like a ton and once he drops his anchor is virtually impossible to get past him in any way. Remember Pittsburgh is one of the few teams who develop offensive linemen in the league.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from the LA Rams) – Alijah Vera-Tucker – USC – OL
The future is in the building, so let’s protect him on both sides. Cam Robinson on one and Alijah Vera-Tucker. Vera-Tucker has excellent feet, headsy, and played both tackle and guard. The Jaguars are not too far off offensively from being able to compete and put points up successfully week to week. Providing your franchise quarterback weapons and protection are of the utmost important especially when you are only a few pieces short.
26. Cleveland Browns – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – Notre Dame – LB
Raw and untamed who is a see ball go get ball type who can play in the slot and blitz from anywhere. The Browns don’t have a difference maker at the second level and Owusu-Koramoah would change this allowing the Browns to be more multiple and not so basic in their approach as a defense.
27. Baltimore Ravens – Rondale Moore – Purdue – WR
As dynamic as the Baltimore Ravens are on offense they still lack a guy that Lamar Jackson can count on outside of Mark Andrews and the 200 hundred tight ends on the roster. A guy that can actually consistently catch the ball, wins his one-on-ones to get open and makes plays in the open field. Rondale Moore is like a running back once he has the ball in his hands.
28. New Orleans Saints – Jaylen Mayfield – Michigan – OT
This would be the Ryan Ramczyk replacement. The Saints are the worst positioned team when looking at the salary cap with the assumption it most likely will go down. As a result Ramczyk may be a possible cap casualty. Jaylen Mayfield brings a good combination of power and attitude to the run game, has quick hands and drops his anchor effectively in the pass game.
29. Green Bay Packers -Zaven Collins – Tulsa – LB
The Packers are missing a guy in the middle both at the first and second levels of the defense making them what we call here marshmallowy, aka, soft, weak, flaccid!!! Collins’ speed, smarts, and decisiveness were on display play after play, shooting gaps and bringing down the ball carrier for a loss as well as torpedoing sideline-to-sideline to ruin screens and bubbles to receivers.
30. Buffalo Bills – Wyatt Davis – Ohio State – OL
As fun and exciting as the Bills were this year the one thing the Bills couldn’t do was run the ball. It was so bad they frequently avoided running the ball altogether at times. So let’s stay the course and add Wyatt Davis, an excellent pass protector and a guy who can move to the second and third level. He excels in space and moving laterally along the line.
31. Kansas City Chiefs – Jaelan Phillips – Miami – Edge
A man with a plan every play and he has no quit in his game. I know the sexy thing to do here is go get the another speedy receiver but I decided to have the Chiefs go after a guy they can put opposite Frank Clark. Looking at the Chiefs, the second level is probably the worst of part of their defense followed by Edge Rusher opposite Clark. I say let’s sure that up; which will allow Steve Spagnuolo to be even more multiple with the back 7.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Najee Harris – Alabama – RB
It’s nice that Jason Licht brought in Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy to help aid in the run game alongside Ronald Jones who is only getting better. But too many times this season I watched Jones and Fournette drop passes and McCoy with his east and west running sytlee and poor pass protection. The Bucs need a guy that can not only run but can do what Jones, McCoy and Fournette seemingly can’t do. Harris is a plug and play player with high impact. Patience, vision, wiggle, burst, and the ability to run routes and catch out the backfield will go a long way as Brady loves to target his backs.
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