2021 Mock Draft - ROUND 1

Updated 4/5/21

1) Jaguars - Trevor Lawrence | QB | Clemson - The draft starts after Lawrence...

Top Needs:

QB - Minshew was a fun follow, but he's not a franchise signal caller

WR - Marvin Jones and Jamal Agnew were acquired, but the former is aging and the latter is average at best. 

OT - Cam Robinson got hit with the franchise tag. If he plays well, he'll draw big  money. If not, he won't be resigned. An OT is needed either way.

TE - Chris Manhertz was inked to a 2-year deal, evidencing how badly this team needs more form the position. 

IOL - The interior is what it is, but lacks depth. Some insurance would be nice.

2) Jets - Zac Wilson | QB | BYU - The Jets ended the season ranked 31st in passing yards.

Top Needs: 

QB - In  three years, Darnold has recorded a 13-24 record, throwing 45 TDs vs. 39 INTs. He can be dealt for some draft capital.

RB - The Jets will be in the market for a franchise RB.

CB - Justin Hardee was obtained for depth, but this team need more starter talent.

OT - Mekhi Becton is their dude at LT, but an upgrade needs to be made at RT.

IOL - Connor McGovern may run pivot or play the OG opposite of Dan Feeney. Feeney is just a 1-year deal, and in this case a center is needed. 

LB - Jarrad Davis was signed to a 1-year prove it deal, and the $7MM expenditure points to the Jets wanting a better player next to Mosley. 

S - Marcus Maye is a very good talent, so good that the Jets tagged him. They won't want to do so again, so what's their contingency play?

3) 49ers (via Dolphins) - Justin Fields | QB | Ohio State - 

The 49ers traded up for their franchise signal caller. While some have Trey Lance rated higher, I think Justin Fields becomes their guy. 

Top Needs:

WR - Kendrick Bourne needs to be replaced, and his departure aside, more talent is a must.

CB - The 49ers signed what seems like a thousands CBs in FA, but most were to short-term deals or are simply depth guys. They need a Day 1 CB.

IOL - Laken Tomlinson hits FA next year, Alex Mack is in the same boat at center, while an upgrade could be sought after at RG.

RB - Jeff Wilson looks to slide into the RB1 spot after signing a 1-year deal, for now. A bell cow should be brought on. 

QB - Jimmy G's time is short if he can't produce. 

S - Jaquiski Tartt needs to be formally replaced if not re-signed.

4) Falcons - Trey Lance | QB | North Dakota State - The Falcons could draft the top name on their board, or simply trade down with a B-needy team. The lean right now is that they'll take Lance.

Top Needs:

EDGE - The cupboard is nearly bare here, so much so that the Falcons could easily justify drafting two prospects at the position. 

S - Both Keanu Neal and Damontae Kazee are sitting out there as UFA's. 

CB - Steps were taken to get help, but this team was horrible against the pass. Adding another CB is justified.

IOL - They could stand to make an upgrade at LG, while Lindstrom has no one solid backing him up at RG.

RB - Todd Gurley nor Brian Hill has been retained. They need a RB1, badly.

WR - Julio Jones is on the wrong side of the 30-year old mark, and aside from Calvin Ridley there's little to get excited about.

5) Bengals - Penei Sewell | OT | Oregon - No team had fewer 20+ yard pass play than the Bengals did. Their allowance of 48 sacks didn't help their cause by any measure, and ultimately landed Burrow on a hospital bed. Sewell is the nation's best OT.

Top Needs:

OT - Jonah Williams has had some injury issues, while Bobby Hart needs to be upgraded at RT. Riley Reiff is one a 1-year deal.

EDGE - Carl Lawson out, Trey Hendrickson in. The latter may not be as good, while Sam Hubbard's play fell off last year.

IDL - Geno Atkins is out. While D.J. Reader is in tact, there is next to nothing backing him up. 

WR - A.J. Green and John Ross are gone. Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins are promising, but more is needed around them. 

IOL - The play of the interior was very up and down, and at a minimum someone needs to be brought aboard to challenge for a starting spot.

TE - A 2nd-rounder was used on Drew Sample, and that may play out. But C.J. Uzomah is below average, and Cethan Carter was lost in FA.

6) Dolphins (via 49ers) (via Eagles) - Ja'Mar Chase | WR | LSU - Chris Grier worked his magic to collect future draft picks, while putting his team in the position to get the nation's best WR, three spots later than their original slating. 

WR - The Dolphins have a few good complimentary weapons, when healthy, but they lack a bona fide WR1.

RB - Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed were good bargain producers, but neither is a franchise, bell cow RB.

LB - After losing Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts and Kamu Grieger-Hill, they're quite thin in terms of solid depth.

EDGE - Shaq Lawson was traded away for Benardrick McKinney, so they are mighty thin at the EDGE/OLB spots.

IOL - Matt Skura replaces Ted Karras on just a 1-year deal, while there is little depth at the OG spots.

7) Lions Kyle Pitts | TE/WR | Florida  - 

With the top four QBs off the board, the Lions remain content with Jared Goff and grab a guy to replace Kenny Golladay. While Pitts is technically a TE, he plays like a jacked-up receiver, is impossible to defend at times. 

Top Needs:

WR - The Lions lost a good deal of talent and production at WR, while securing Tyrell Williams from the Raiders on a 1-year deal.

S - Duron Harmon never left the filed on defense, yet he's still sitting as a free agent. If not signed, his void has to be filled.

LB - Jarrad Davis only logged 29.2% of the defensive snaps, but he's gone. Jalen Reeves-Maybin was secured for just one more year.

QB - This may not seem like a need given that they have Jared Goff, but I'm simply not a believer of him. The Rams moved on from him for a reason.

IDL - Michael Brockers should certainly help, but they still need more interior talent as a whole.

8) Panthers - Jaylen Waddle | WR | Alabama Matt Rhule and company apparently got outbid to move up in the draft, or have other ideas (Sam Darnold). Waddle has speed for days, a consummate deep threat.

Top Needs: 

OT - The Panthers had to tag Moton, and needed depth so badly that they're spending $5MM per year on Cameron Erving. 

IOL - Pat Elfein was acquired to fill in at RG, while Dennis Daley holds down the LG spot. Enough said...

WR - Losing Curtis Samuel hurts, while Robby Anderson is set to become an UFA in 2022. 

TE - Greg Olsen retired, and while I had high hopes for Ian Thomas, he simply hasn't produced. 

9)  Broncos - Patrick Surtain II | CB | Alabama - The Broncos could go in one of many different ways here, but Surtain seems like a  very sound play. He's the nation's best CB, would provide lock-down capability for years to come.

Top Needs:

EDGE - Von Miller is back for one more year, but that's probably it, and there's no successor on the roster right now.

CB - Three of their CBs are set to hit FA in 2022. It might make sense to bring in a new body to become ready-now talent.

LB - The interior LB corps is average, could certainly be improved upon.

QB - Drew Lock has just one year left, maybe, to prove himself.

OT - Demar Dotson or Elijah Wilkinson could be brought back, but a long-term answer is needed at RT. Meanwhile, Garett Bolles is no sure thing.

RB - Melvin Gordon and Royce Freeman are signed for just one more year, and the team was ok letting Phillip Lindsay walk.

10) Cowboys - Micah Parsons | LB | Penn State - Parsons is a unicorn, a guy who was recruited as an EDGE but really looked the part as an off-ball LB. Given the Cowboys' need at both positions, this is a near perfect selection. He shined at his Pro Day

Top Needs:

EDGE - Aldon Smith and Tyronne Crawford accounted for a good amount of snaps and production in total. Replacements are needed.

DT - The 'Boys ranked 31st in run defense last year, despite recent investment made to shore things  up at the position.

S - Xavier Woods was a big part of their defense, yet he wasn't retained. Keanu Neal is on a short-term deal. Depth is needed.

LB - Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch are mighty good, but there's next to nothing back them up.

11) Giants - Rashawn Slater | OT | Northwestern - Here's another team that has a screaming need for O-line help. The Giants tied for 31st in sacks allowed, while Jones or whomever else was at the QB helm seemed to constantly be running for his life. They also ranked 29th in passing yards. Slater's versatility to play OT or OG grants him the nod.

Top Needs:

IOL - Kevin Zeitler is now a Raven, and even without said loss, Will Hernandez declined and the center spot is shaky. 

EDGE - Kyler Fackrell nor Jabal Sheard have been brought back, and Markus Golden is back with the Cardinals. They need depth and talent.

OT - Andrew Thomas hopefully improves at LT, but RT is a bit up in the air as for as them having something concrete for the long haul.

TE - Evan Engram and newly acquired Kyle Rudolph are each set to become UFA's in 2022. 

12) Eagles - Devonta Smith | WR | Alabama - The Eagles finished 26th in passing yards. Smith may fall a bit due to his lack of size, but his game tape doesn't lie, shows off what should be a promising player.

Top Needs: 

WR - The Eagles benefited from a committee approach on the receiving front, but no one guy was the alpha male for them. One is needed.

S - Jalen Mills and Johnathan Ford were lost via free agency. The former logged a 91.9% snap percentage. 

CB - There isn't much depth here, and a bona fide talent could easily challenge for time across from Slay. They had just 8 INTs last season.

LB - The Eagles seem to have a revolving door at LB. While they have some serviceable talent within, there are upgrades available.

TE - Yes they have Dallas Goedert, but Ertz is out the door and no depth looms beyond him.

13) Chargers - Christian Darrisaw | OT | VA  Tech The Chargers have made the revamping of their O-line priority one. Darrisaw is a gifted player who many consider to be the nation's second best OT to only Sewell.

Top Needs:

IOL - Corey Linsley and arguably Matt Feiler were great to solid signings respectively, but with Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp gone, a LG is needed.

OT - Bryan Bulaga has one OT spot locked down, but there's room for an upgrade opposite of him.

EDGE - Joey Bosa is great on one end, and while Uchenna Nwosu had a decent year, he only has one year left on contract and could be upgraded.

TE - Hunter Henry was replaced by a 33-year old, Jared Cook, on a 1-year deal. 600+ yards of production needs to be hemmed up. 

LB - Even before losing Nick Vigil, this team was light at LB. Grabbing a third guy to operate with Kenneth Murray and Kyzir White would be ideal.

CB - Michael Davis was signed to a 3-year deal which helps, but there is little long-term depth behind him, as many contracts expire after 2021.

14) Vikings - Jaycee Horn | CB | South Carolina - The Vikings ranked 24th in passing yards allowed, 31st in 20+ yard passing plays. Horn is a good CB with off the charts athleticism.

Top Needs:

OT - As of now, Rashod Hill (1-year deal) is penciled in to start at LT. Yikes. Brian O'Neil also become a FA after 2021.

CB - Patrick Peterson was signed to a 1-year deal, evidencing that this team wants more at CB. 

IOL - Ezra Cleveland atones for Dru Samia's play at one OG spot, but help is needed at the other. They also could use depth at center.

S - With Anthony Harris and George Iloka gone as now, the cupboard is pretty bare at the safety position.

IDL - Dalvin Tomlinson should certainly help as a 2-year signing, but another quality rotational body is needed.

15) Patriots - Mac Jones | QB | Alabama The Patriots' passing offense was/is non-existent. While there is fault to be handed out to their receiving targets, a new QB is in the cards for them. Jones offers up nothing overly dynamic, but he's a smart kid who knows how to manage on offense very well.

Top Needs:

QB - The signing of Cam Newton to a 1-year deal shores things up for now, but they have to acquire their franchise guy.

CB - Jason McCourty is gone, while Stephon Gilmore and J.C. Jackson are only contracted through 2021. 

WR - Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor were decent acquisitions, but even as such, the Pats are set to lose another three WRs in 2022.

IDL - The signings of Davon Godchaux and Henry Anderson could pan out, but certainly aren't surefire solutions. 

S - The Patriots are sitting on three expiring contracts at the position, Devin McCourty being the most prominent of the three.

16) Cardinals - Caleb Farley | CB | Virginia Tech - Given that Patrick Peterson and Dre Kirkpatrick are both gone, a CB has to be the pick, right? I think it has to be. Farley is a very competitive, reliable CB.

Top Needs:

CB - After parting ways with Patrick Peterson and Dre Kirkpatrick, the Cardinals could/should draft two CBs. CB is a major concern right now...

RB - Kenyan Drake is gone, and while Chase Edmonds is solid in his own right, a true bell cow is needed.

WR - Larry Fitzgerald out, AJ Green in. The latter will be gone after 2021, and Christian Kirk may follow. Meanwhile, Andy Isabella hasn't panned out.

TE - Dan Arnold is a decent relief valve, but he's not a legit threat, and there's nothing backing him up.

IDL - Corey Peters and Donato Peko are out the door, but even with them the Cards struggled vs. the run. Another run-stuffer would be nice.

IOL - JR Sweezy is out, Rodney Hudson now runs pivot, Mason Cole (last year on contract) presumably slides to RG. Depth is needed.

EDGE - Chandler Jones has just one contracted year left, JJ Watt and Markus Golden have just two remaining. Starter-quality depth is needed.

17) Raiders - Alijah Vera-Tucker | OT/OG | USC The Raiders have no choice but to address their porous condition along their O-line. Vera-Tucker is a very good first step, can play OT or OG.

Top Needs:

OT - After trading Trent Brown away to the Pats, the Raiders literally and figuratively have a huge hole to fill at RT.

IOL - Losing Rodney Hudson is huge. Moreover, any team desperate enough to sign 37-year old Richie Incognito needs helps.

IDL - Solomon Thomas is on a 1-year prove it deal, offering little security that the position is hemmed up. 

S - Losing Erik Harris and Lamarcus Joyner could be a much bigger deal than one might think.

WR - Nelson Agholor is gone, and despite drafting others to take on lead roles, they didn't. A replacement could be sought after.

18) Dolphins Remaining Needs: WR, RB, LB, EDGE, OT, IOL

Kwity Paye | DE/EDGE | Michigan - The Dolphins will have a very tough decision to make here. Securing a RB1 has to be an appealing option l. I have to believe Flores and his staff bonded well with Harris and the Sr. Bowl and are getting ringing endorsements from Tua. That said, edge-rushers come at a premium, and Paye looks awfully good. He has the speed and strength to play at base DE or rush-LB. 

19) Football Team - Teven Jenkins | OT | OK State - Just take a look at Washington's starting O-line. This is a group that needs some serious upgrades. They ranked 29th in sacks allowed and routinely failed to create any push in the run game. Jenkins is reliable in pass pro and is a mauler in the run game. 

Top Needs:

QB - Ryan Fitzpatrick should hold the reigns in 2021, but WFT clearly needs a long-term solution. 

IOL - Brandon Scherff is great, but this team can't afford him past 2021. Meanwhile, an upgrade is needed at the other OG spot.

OT - They have serviceable guys that can, have played LT, just not at a real high level.

WR - Terry McLaurin looks like the real deal, but no other WR on this squad came close to his production. 

TE - Logan Thomas had a terrific year, but one year a trend does not make. 

RB - Antonio Gibson had a solid year, but he's not a franchise back, and the depth beyond him is a collection of mediocrity.

20) Bears - Jaelan Phillips | EDGE/DE | Miami The Bears passing offense was rather meh, with fingers to be pointed at their QB and WR situation alike. However, Phillips has a very high ceiling, and this off-season once again reminded us how value edge rushers are. He looked fantastic at his Pro Day, following up one what was a very good season. 

Top Needs:

QB - Andy Dalton was signed to be their signal caller. Ouch.

WR - They had to place the franchise tag on Allen Robinson, a costly venture. Even if they do get an extension, they need more around him.

OT - As of right now, I'm not sure who wins the job for starting RT. Considering how poorly the O-line played last year, this is surprising.

EDGE - Khalil Mack is of course they guy, but he produced as many sacks as the next three DE/EDGEs combined. 

IOL - The interior is set, for now, but one can't argue against adding another starter-ready talent to compete, as two guys are UFA in 2022. 

IDL - Akiem Hicks and Bilal Nichols are both in the last year of their contract, and there is little backing them up.

21) Colts - Samuel Cosmi | OT | Texas - Cosmi holds a varied grade on many boards, but he looked terrific in his Pro Day workout and has good enough game tape to where he could go in Round 1.

Top Needs:

OT - Anthony Castonzo announced his retirement, so a replacement is needed.

WR - T.Y. Hilton is gone along with his team-high 93 targets for 762 yards. 

EDGE - Denico Autry accounted for 7.5 sacks, and he's now a Titan.

TE - The Colts have no fire power at the position. 

IOL - Mark Glowinksi and Braden Smith are both in the final year of their contract.

CB - Xavier Rhodes is out and his replacement has yet to be signed.

22) Titans - Rashod Bateman | WR | Minnesota - After losing Corey Davis in FA, the Titans have the opportunity here to replace him with a very good WR in Bateman.

Top Needs:

OT - The Titans moved on from Isaiah Wilson, signed Kendall Lamm to a mediocre 2-year deal as an insurance policy.

WR - Corey Davis, the team's 2nd-highest producer in receiving yards is now a member of the Jets

TE - Jonnu Smith and his 11 TDs will be sorely missed unless he's adequately replaced.

ILB - Jayon Brown and Rashaan Evans are both set to become FA's in 2022.

CB - The Titans are very light on long-term depth at the position.

23) Jets - (via Seahawks) - Remaining Needs: QB, RB, CB, OT, IOL, LB, S

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah | LB | Notre Dame Owusu-Koramoah is a great talent who plays with excellent range and instincts. He makes their defense better, a guy Saleh will love to move around.

24) Steelers - Najee Harris | RB | Alabama - The Steelers are reportedly very high on Harris, so it's hard to imagine them passing on the nation's best RB if he falls them them here.

Top Needs:

QB - Big Ben is seemingly back for one more round, but grabbing his successor is a must.

OT - Chukwuma Okorafor and Zach Banner are set for just one more year, so an upgrade and/or depth should certainly be in the cards.

RB - Benny Snell is currently penciled in as the RB1 in Pittsburgh. They need to target someone better.

CB - Losing Mike Hilton could be a big deal. Grabbing a talented CB makes sense.

IOL - An upgrade at center would be ideal, as would depth at OG.

25) Jaguars (via Rams) - Remaining Needs: QB, WR, OT, TE, IOL

Alex Leatherwood | OT/OG | Alabama - The Jags felt they had no choice but to tag Cam Robinson. Leatherwood serves as insurance. He becomes an upgrade at OG, which may end up being his more natural position, until the time comes for him to play OT.

26) Browns - Zaven Collins | LB/EDGE | Tulsa  Collins is a terrific prospect who's shown the chops to play in an off-ball capacity, as well as along the edge. The Browns have needs at both spots, so his versatility is appealing.

Top Needs: 

CB - On Greedy Williams should be fine after a nerve injury, but there's no issue with grabbing a cover man that can step in and contribute.

EDGE - Tak McKinley was signed to just a 1-year deal to help replace lost production. He's nowhere near enough insurance opposite of Myles Garrett.

LB - On paper, the LB corps looks solid enough, but they need a speed guy that can supply good coverage against the pass.

WR - They have made talent at WR, but it's not going to be a cap friendly situation for them sooner vs. later. 

27) Ravens - Azeez Ojulari | EDGE | Georgia The Ravens love their pressure guys, and having lost two of them they need to bring on some talent. Ojulari certainly fits the mold.

Top Needs: 

WR - The Ravens ranked dead last in  passing yards. Marquise Brown is a great complimentary stud, but he's not a true WR1. 

EDGE - Matt Judon was their top sack producer and he's gone, as is Yannick Ngakoue. Tyus Bowser and Pernell McPhee aren't enough.

S - The Ravens simply don't have much in the way of high-end talent at the position. 

IOL - The y are quite thin at the center position based on proven talent.

OT - Orlando Brown has made it clear that he wants to play LT vs. RT. He's not expected to re-sign after his 2021 contract expires.

28) Saints - Jayson Oweh | DE/EDGE | Penn State The Saints aren't in a good spot when it comes to their cap space over the next couple of years, which is ultimately why they couldn't match money to keep certain players, I.e. Trey Hendrickson. Oweh is an athletic freak, but he didn't live up to his advanced billing this past season. That said, someone will grab him early.

Top Needs: 

LB - Demario Davis was their dude at LB last year, but losing Alex Anzalone and even Kwon Alexander despite his injuries hurts.

WR - Emmanuel Sanders led all receivers in receptions, yards and TDs. Someone needs to fill his void, even with a healthy Michael Thomas back.

CB - They have talent at CB, but losing Janoris Jenkins is significant, as he was on the filed for 77% of their defensive snaps last season.

EDGE - Yes, they still have Cameron Jordan for now, but gone is Trey Hendrickson and his 13.5 sacks. 

29) Packers - Kadarius Toney | WR | Florida - I can't help to think that if Rodgers had a more reliable, speedy underneath threat that they would've beaten the Bucs and made their way to the Super Bowl. Problem solved.

Top Needs: 

WR - Davante Adams is easily one of the best WRs in football, and while compliments exist, they need a legit, speedy Robin for their Batman.

CB - With Kevin King situation being what it is, help is needed.

OT - They have a collection of stiffs at OT outside of David Bakhtiari. The RT spot looks shaky right now.

IDL - Kenny Clark is just fine up front, but he's surrounded by marginal talent. They have to get another fireplug to operate in tandem.

LB - Losing Christian Kirksey should be of concern, as the remaining LB corps is mediocre, especially behind a rather meh IDL.

IOL - Elgton Jenkins fills in for Corey Linsley, while flanked by iffy/serviceable talent on either side of him. That said, I like Jake Hanson as depth.

30) Bills - Greg Newsome II | CB | NorthwesternAfter watching the Bills get decimated by Hill and Kelce in the AFC Championship game, it was clear that the Bills simply need more coverage help. Newsome is flying up draft boards, as his game tape reveals very even, consistent play. 

Top Needs: 

CB - Losing Josh Norman matters somewhat, but this is more about their inability to cover the Chiefs' targets when it mattered most.

WR -  The WR corps is more than fine right now, even after losing John Brown. Emmanuel Sanders is just a 1-year deal.

LB - The Bills need more speed within their LB corps.

EDGE - Neither Mario Addison nor Jerry Hughes are youngsters. Trent Murphy gone, while A.J. Epenesa didn't flash. More depth please.

TE - Dawson Knox has looked solid early on, but there's nothing backing him up. 

31) Chiefs - Liam Eichenberg | OT | Notre Dame - The Chiefs made a bold move by signing Thuney, but they also unloaded Fisher and Schwartz. Eichenburg is one of those boring players who always seems to win, even if in unspectacular fashion.

Top Needs: 

OT - Unloading Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz hurts. Extending Mike Remmers at RT is a meh move. They need help on both sides.

IOL - Drumroll please. The Chiefs starting center is? Joe Thuney is great at LG, but Kyle Long coming out of retirement at RG is a 1-year deal.

EDGE - Frank Clark is just fine, but they have little else, also lost two guys in FA. 

LB - Willie Gay looked the part a number of times, but they may want to get more talent top operate aside of him.

WR - Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill are the best duo in the NFL, but they lost Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson. Get one more rotational guy.

CB - Bashaud Breeland is gone, so getting a fill-in makes sense.

32) Buccaneers - Gregory Rousseau | DE | Miami - The Bucs could go anywhere with this pick, but adding another front seven player for depth makes sense. Rousseau falls here after an underwhelming Pro Day performance.

Top Needs: 

IDL - The Bucs opted against retaining Ndamukong Suh, so they'll have to replace him and his contributions. 

EDGE - Shaq Barret was locked up on a 4-year deal, but the team's leading sack man, Jason Pierre-Paul, becomes an UFA next year.

RB - Leonard Fournette is gone, and while his production wasn't huge in total, he was good down the stretch. They should get another RB talent.

WR - DAnotnio Brown only played 8 games, but he was quite productive given his limited snaps. He wasn't retained.

OT - Donovan Smith is in the last year on his contract, while no one legitimately backs him nor Tristan Wirfs up. 

IOL - Ryan Jensen become an UFA in 2022, and while he could be retained, he has not solid back up. 

QB - Tom Brady looks like he can play until he's 50-years old, but he won't. Getting his successor prepared would be ideal.

TE - Gronk will hang around as long as Brady does, giving him a 2-year shelf life. O.J. Howard has disappointed, so they need another option.