NFL Mock Draft 2021

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Tyler Davidson

The NFL draft is an anticipated event which has months of speculation before it. (Photo credits to NFL.com, photo courtesy of Tyler Davidson)

The NFL Draft bridge between college football and professional football. The months leading up to the draft are filled with speculation and examination of the top prospects. In this article, I will be predicting the outcome of the NFL Draft. I took many factors into consideration such as team needs, free agency signings, and current rumors. Even though there will be trades, I did not do any trades in this mock draft. With that, the Jacksonville Jaguars are on the clock.

 

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)

This has been a write-in pick since the Jaguars landed the first overall pick. The Jaguars need a quarterback for the future and Lawrence is one of the most hyped prospects of all time.

 

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

After trading Sam Darnold, who they selected three years ago, the Jets are once again in need of a quarterback. They hope to finally get it right  with Wilson who has shot up draft boards.

 

3. San Francisco 49ers (From Miami): QB Mac Jones (Alabama)

The 49ers were aggressive in trading up to find a replacement from Jimmy Garrapolo. While Jones might not be the most athletic, I feel he best fits the system Shannahan runs in San Francisco.

 

4. Atlanta Falcons: QB Justin Fields (Ohio State)

This might be a surprise pick but the new management for the Falcons are unable to pass up this talented prospect. Fields is a hometown kid with high upside.

 

5. Cincinnati Bengals: WR Ja’Marr Chase (LSU)

Offensive line is a pressing need for the Bengals, but they can wait and instead choose Chase. They reunite Chase with his college quarterback and they hope they can capture the magic from their college days.

 

6. Miami Dolphins (From Philadelphia): WR DeVonta Smith (Alabama)

The Dolphins add the Heisman winning receiver and they reunite him with his old quarterback. Smith may be undersized but the Dolphins focus on his speed and ability when selecting him here.

 

7. Detroit Lions: OT Penei Sewell (Oregon)

Sewell is a high-upside prospect who can be a starter in the NFL. His tape against Chase Young shows his talent and ability. The Lions build their offensive line while building for the future.

 

8. Carolina Panthers: TE Kyle Pitts (Florida)

The goal of this pick is to help newly acquired quarterback Sam Darnold. The Panthers decide to take Pitts, a large tight end who can catch like a wide receiver and look for offensive line help later.

 

9. Denver Broncos: QB Trey Lance (North Dakota State)

The 5th quarterback selected in the top ten picks goes to the Broncos. Lance still needs to develop some, but he has lots of athleticism and potential.

 

10. Dallas Cowboys: CB Patrick Surtain II (Alabama)

Cornerback was an issue for the Cowboys during the 2020 season. By picking Surtain II, the Cowboys get an elite defender to pair with Trevon Diggs.

 

11. New York Giants: WR Jaylen Waddle (Alabama)

The Giants signed Kenny Golladay in free agency, but they continue to add offensive weapons here. Waddle is the last of the top three receivers, and he can help Daniel Jones’ development.

 

12. Philadelphia Eagles (from Miami, originally 49ers): LB Micah Parsons (Penn State)

Just three seasons after winning the Super Bowl, the Eagles are in the middle of a major rebuild. While the Eagles have many needs, Parsons can help lead their defense for years. 

 

13. Los Angeles Chargers: OT Rashawn Slater (Northwestern)

After selecting their quarterback of the future in Justin Herbert, the Chargers now draft to protect him. Slater is an elite prospect who can protect Herbert from the various pass rushers in the AFC West.

 

14. Minnesota Vikings: OG Alijah Vera-Tucker (USC)

Offensive line has been an issue for the Vikings for a good amount of time. Instead of drafting another corner, the Vikings draft a guard who can help protect Kirk Cousins.

 

15. New England Patriots: CB Jaycee Horn (South Carolina)

With the contracts of both Stephon Gilmore and JC Jackson expiring after the season, cornerback could become a need. Horn is a tough and physical corner who fights on every play.

 

16. Arizona Cardinals: OT Christain Darrisaw (Virginia Tech)

The Cardinals continue to build around Kyler Murray. By bolstering their offensive line, hopefully Murray will be able to scramble less this season.

 

17. Las Vegas Raiders: DT Christian Barmore (Alabama)

Jon Gruden grabs another defensive player from a big school for his defense. Barmore has lots of potential, but he has some question marks surrounding his game.

 

18. Miami Dolphins: EDGE Azeez Ojulari (Georgia)

With their other first round selection, the Dolphins draft for the other side of the ball. They grab an athletic prospect who can help pressure the quarterback.

 

19. Washington Football Team: LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Notre Dame)

Washington really needs a quarterback but there is not one they would feel comfortable taking here available. Instead they focus on defense and draft a linebacker to replace Ryan Kerrigan.

 

20. Chicago Bears: WR Rashod Bateman (Minnesota)

The Bears need help at wide receiver and they may have to move Allen Robinson after placing the franchise tag on him. Bateman has good size and speed for a receiver which will help the Bears moving forward.

 

21. Indianapolis Colts: CB Caleb Farley (Virginia Tech)

Farley falls on draft day because of injury concerns. His upside and talent is too much for the Colts to pass up on since a cornerback is a significant need.

 

22. Tennessee Titans: CB Greg Newsome (Northwestern)

The Titans lost both Malcom Butler and Adoree’ Jackson in free agency while leaving them with a hole at cornerback. Newsome has shot up draft boards, and he could help them fill this hole.

 

23. New York Jets (from Seattle): OL Teven Jenkins (Oklahoma State)

After grabbing their quarterback of the future, the Jets draft a lineman to protect him. Jenkins is a versatile lineman who can play on both sides of the ball. 

 

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: RB Najee Harris (Alabama)

The run game was a missing element of the Steelers’ offense last year. By drafting Harris, the Steelers add a three-down back with great vision and instincts.

 

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams): OT Alex Leatherwood (Alabama)

With their new franchise quarterback, the Jaguars now need to protect him. They grab Leatherwood who has good footwork and a good frame.

 

26. Cleveland Browns: LB Jamin Davis (Kentucky)

The Browns grab a linebacker to fortify their defense. The AFC is filled with strong offenses and the Browns will need to strengthen their defense to survive in the playoffs.

 

27. Baltimore Ravens: EDGE Kwity Paye (Michigan)

Matthew Judon and Yannick Ngakoue left in free agency and the Ravens need to replace them. Other defensive lineman are getting older so they need to infuse some young talent.

 

28. New Orleans Saints: LB Zaven Collins (Tulsa)

With the retirement of Drew Brees, the Saints are entering a new era. This team has a lot of question marks, but they can build their defense after having many salary cap casualties. 

 

29. Green Bay Packers: WR Rondale Moore (Purdue)

The Packers passed on a receiver in the draft last year, and they cannot make the same mistake this year. Moore is an explosive player who can compliment Davante Adams in Green Bay.

 

30. Buffalo Bills: EDGE Jayson Oweh (Penn State)

Jayson Oweh is an underdeveloped player who could really help the Bills if he reaches his potential. Buffalo already has some solid pieces on defense but a contending team could always add another pass rusher.

 

31. Baltimore Ravens (from Kansas City): OT Samuel Cosmi (Texas)

After trading tackle Orlando Brown to the Chiefs, the Ravens need to add another lineman to protect Lamar Jackson. They add Cosmi here to fix that problem.

 

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: EDGE Gregory Rousseau (Miami)

The Buccaneers have re-signed almost all of the players on their Super Bowl winning team. They add a pass rusher who can help bolster their defensive rotation.