2021 Mock Draft - ROUND 1
1) Jaguars -
Trevor Lawrence | QB | Clemson - I don't think the QB situation in Jacksonville will end up being a good one. If they're drafting anywhere in the top 5, a QB has to be in play. A lot of bad things would have to happen in order for Lawrence to get unseated as the nation's best QB.
2) Bengals -
Ja'Mar Chase | WR | LSU - The opportunity to reunite Chase with his old college QB might be too sweet to pass up on. Bear in mind that A.J. Green will be an UFA at this juncture and hitting the ripe age of 33 years old.
3) Redskins -
Justin Fields | QB | Ohio State - It may not end up being entirely his fault, but I don't think the Dwayne Haskins experiment is going to work out. Fields is a gifted signal caller who'll be surrounded by talent.
4) Giants -
Micah Parsons | OLB | Penn State - The Giants flirted with the idea of drafting Isaiah Simmons, but opted to get Daniel Jones some better protection in the form of Andrew Thomas instead. They can now get their version of Simmons in Parsons.
5) Chargers -
Gregory Rousseau | DE | Miami - Melvin Ingram will become a 32-year old UFA, and while younger, Bosa will be one as well. Rousseau would not only be a depth play, he's a great player.
6) Bears -
Trey Lance | QB | North Dakota State - The Bears will have a tough decision to make between Trubisky and Foles. Trubisky becomes an UFA, and I think he walks. That said, I don't see Foles as a long-term solution. Lance is young, but he's damn good and is accustomed to playing in the cold.
7) Lions -
Jayle Waddle | WR | Alabama - The Lions have three SAFs sitting on expiring contracts, so that position will get a heavy look. However, this draft class is very sexy at WR, greatly resembling what we saw in the 2020 draft. The Lions agree and get a play maker in Waddle.
8) Panthers -
Penei Sewell | OT | Oregon - The Panthers acquired Russell Okung to be their LT for now, but he's sitting on an expiring contract. Regardless, Sewell is an excellent OT and should not fall out of the top 5 selections.
9) Browns -
Justyn Ross | WR | Clemson - The OBJ situation aside, the Browns may be in the market for a WR here. Ross has good size and is difficult to contain. He'd work well in this offense.
10) Broncos -
Xavier Thomas | DE | Clemson - Von Miller won't be around forever, and when he's gone this team will need a new fireplug on defense. Thomas is poised to have a big year.
11) Dolphins -
Travis Etienne | RB | Clemson - The Dolphins opted to trade for Matt Breida vs. using one of their 2020 draft picks on a RB. I can't fault them for doing so, but passing on Etienne here or some other stud RB early in this draft would be a mistake.
12) Jets -
Patrick Surtain II | CB | Alabama - The Jets had a very solid draft, but one position they didn't address was CB. Based on their talent and age at the position, Surtain should be sought after here.
13) Falcons -
Chuba Hubbard | RB | OK State - Todd Gurley was signed to just a 1-year deal, so he and Brian Hill both become UFA's after the 2020 season. Hubbard ran for over 2,000 yards in 2019 and should be a force again this year.
14) Dolphins (via Texans) -
Rondale Moore | WR | Purdue - Unless Albert Wilson has a tremendous campaign in what now is the last year of his contract, the Dolphins will look for services elsewhere. While undersized, Moore is insanely fast and is a terror to defend. He'd become the underneath crosser the Dolphins have needed for years.
15) Jaguars (via Rams) -
Marvin Wilson | DT | Florida State - The DT draft class doesn't seem to be too top-heavy, so the Jaguars take their chance here to get one of the few beasts in Wilson. He'd operate well next to Taven Bryan and/or Davon Hamilton.
16) Patriots -
Rashod Bateman | WR | Minnesota - The Patriots will need to beef up their WR corps in order for Stidham or whomever is playing QB to have a fighting chance. Bateman is a beast, a great first step.
17) Titans -
Brevin Jordan | TE | Miami - The Titans aren't real deep at the TE position. Tannehill will need as much help as he can get going forward, as everyone will be stacking the box to defend the run.
18) Raiders -
Samuel Cosmi | OT | Texas - The Raiders used a 1st-rounder on Kolton Miller back in 2018, but he's been a borderline bust. Cosmi has the talent to come in and upstage him.
19) Cardinals -
Shaun Wade | CB | Ohio State - Patrick Peterson is set to become an UFA, and based on his relationship with GM Steve Keim, there's a solid chance he isn't retained. Wade is a gifted CB who'll be the star of the Buckeye's secondary this season.
20) Eagles -
Caden Sterns | SAF | Texas - The Eagles did use a 4th-Rounder on K'Von Wallace, a player who should be expected to compete with Jalen Mills and/or Will Parks for snaps. However, Sterns is on a different level and would easily become the starter if drafted here.
21) Colts -
Carlos Basham | DE | Wake Forest - The Colts drafted Jacob Eason, and while he was obtained in Round 4, one could argue that his draft position belies his abilities. They hold serve there and address another position. With Justin Houston and Dencio Autry on the wrong side of 30 years old, they grab Basham to give them starter-ready depth.
22) Cowboys -
Dylan Moses | ILB | Alabama - The Cowboys could get a stud LB here in Moses. He's coming off of an injury, but should be 100% healthy and fully recovered. If so, he'll be among the nation's best LBs.
23) Vikings -
Jevon Holland | SAF | Oregon - The Vikings evidenced their need for some safety depth by drafting Josh Metellus and Brian Cole. However, they did so in Round 7. Holland is not only ready-now talent, he'd enable the team to let Anthony Harris walk via free agency.
24) Buccaneers -
Jamie Newman | QB | Georgia - There will be life after Tom Brady. Here's to planning for that day. Newman is a big kid with a strong arm, well-suited to become Brady's successor in Tampa. He should thrive playing for Georgia.
25) Packers -
Trey Smith | OG/OT | Tennessee - The Packers have a few O-Linemen set to become FA's, each of which will be past the 30-year old mark. While Smith is better suited to play along the interior vs. OT, he can do either.
26) Bills -
Creed Humphrey | C/OG | Oklahoma - The Bills have a number of O-Linemen sitting on expiring contracts. For now, Humphrey would be penciled in to play RG in place of Jon Feliciano, able to transition back to pivot duties down the road.
27) Steelers -
Brock Purdy | QB | Iowa State - It's almost comical how many times people, myself included, have mocked a QB to the Steelers. Big Ben will hit the 40-year old mark in 2022 when his contract expires. Purdy is undersized, but he's wicked smart and runs an offense incredibly well.
28) Seahawks -
Walker Little | OT | Stanford - I was surprised when the Seahawks didn't use an early draft pick on an OT. I think they will so this time around. Little is a gifted player who should be stellar this year if back to 100%.
29) 49ers -
Liam Eichenburg | OT | Notre Dame - The 49ers wisely pulled off a trade with the Redskins to acquire Trent Williams after they heard news of Joe Staley's retirement. Williams is a short-term play, however. Eichenburg is their play for the future.
30) Chiefs -
Caleb Farley | CB | Virginia Tech - Teams never have enough solid CBs, and Farley is a beast of a CB. With the Broncos loading up on receiving talent, the Chiefs plan accordingly.
31) Ravens -
Tyson Campbell | CB | Georgia - In what was already a very strong unit, the Ravens added some great talent via the draft. One position they didn't address was CB though, so they grab one here.
32) Saints -
Devonta Smith | WR | Alabama - The Saints are in win now mode, so they take advantage of a very gifted WR falling into their laps. Smith would make a scary-good passing attack even better.