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 -
Penei Sewell | OT | Oregon - The Bengals could certainly be looking for some OT help, as Bobby Hart leaves a lot to be desired at RT. Whether Sewell goes there or Jonah Williams slides down, they get more protection for Burrow.
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 -
Gregory Rousseau | DE | Miami - The Giants flirted with the idea of going defense early, but opted to get Daniel Jones some better protection in the form of Andrew Thomas instead. They can now get a stud in Rousseau, a guy who'll address a need.
5) Chargers -
Alex Leatherwood | OT | Alabama - I'm not sure Bulaga is a good fit at LT, but even if he is an upgrade should be made at RT. Leatherwood is a real possibility here.
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 -
Ja'Mar Chase | WR | LSU - 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 Chase.
8) Panthers -
Micah Parsons | OLB | Penn State - Having lost a couple LB greats in Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly over the past few years, the Panthers would love to get another stud leader within their corps. Parsons could certainly be targeted to be that guy.
9) Browns -
Jaylen Waddle | WR | Alabama - The OBJ situation aside, the Browns may be in the market for a WR here. Waddle isn't real big, but he's a blazer who should have a big year.
10) Broncos -
Carlos Basham | DE | Wake Forest - The Broncos went heavy on offense in the 2019 draft, so they target a defensive stud early in Basham. He's a great player who gives them edge assurance and production.
11) Dolphins -
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.
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 -
Creed Humphrey | C/OG | Oklahoma - It's hard to believe that Alex Mack will be hitting the 35-year old mark next year when he becomes an UFA. Even if he's retained, it would be a very short-year deal. Humphrey is a play to the future.
14) Dolphins (via Texans) -
Travis Etienne | RB | Clemson - Jordan Howard and Matt Breida could prove to be good if not great off-season additions, but neither is signed beyond 2 years. Meanwhile, Etienne should once again look like one of the nation's best RBs.
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 -
Pat Freiermuth | TE | Penn State - 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. Many view Freiermuth as the nation's best TE.
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 -
Xavier Thomas | DE | Clemson - 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 Thomas 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 -
Andre Cisco | SAF | Syracuse - The Vikings evidenced their need for some safety depth by drafting Josh Metellus and Brian Cole. However, they did so in Round 7. Cisco 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 -
Devonta Smith | WR | Alabama - The Packers make the prudent decision to get more help at WR. Smith isn't big, but he's a blazer who'll be a great target for whomever is at QB for years to come.
26) Bills -
Brevin Jordan | TE | Miami - The Bills have a number of interior O-Linemen sitting on expiring contracts, so they could go in that direction. However, Tyler Kroft becomes an UFA in 2021 and while Dawson Knox looks promising, they'll need another TE.
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 -
Paulson Adebo | CB | Stanford - Teams never have enough solid CBs, and Adebo is well-liked. With the Broncos loading up on receiving talent, the Chiefs plan accordingly.
31) Ravens -
Caleb Farley | CB | Virginia Tech - 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 -
Seth Williams | WR | Auburn - The Saints are in win now mode, so they take advantage of a very gifted WR falling into their laps. Williams would make a scary-good passing attack even better.