2021 Mock Draft 4.0

I was not planning on doing another Mock Draft until after the Super Bowl when the full draft order would be set. But I just couldn’t help myself with the ending of the regular season and the order of the first 18 picks being solidified.

This is an impromptu Mock Draft, meaning each pick explanation is much shorter than usual. I posted a Mock Draft just two weeks ago, which has much longer explanations of the selections.

I still plan on my next Mock Draft being after the Super Bowl. I’m bringing back “Fix-it Friday” this offseason, where I take you through an entire offseason plan for the bottom feeding teams in the NFL. The first one will come out this Friday with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Everyone in the world knows this will be the pick. It’s a no-brainer.

2. New York Jets

DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

I love Smith to the Jets, but the Jets need to trade down from this spot to take a receiver. A QB-needy team will be willing to pay a lot to move up to second overall.

3. Miami Dolphins (via HOU)

Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

The Dolphins traded away OT Laremy Tunsil for this pick. They took some offensive linemen last draft, but Sewell is a can’t-miss offensive tackle prospect.

4. Atlanta Falcons

Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

The Falcons could also benefit from trading down here to a QB-needy team. Surtain can still be available a few picks later. Atlanta needs more talent in their secondary.

5. Cincinnati Bengals

Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

The Bengals miss out on Sewell, but Slater is not a consolation prize. Some in the draft community even have him above Sewell. Bengals need to protect Joe Burrow.

6. Philadelphia Eagles

Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

The Eagles wide receiver corps is still just a mess. They have Jaelan Reagor and Travis Fulgham. Alshon Heffery and Desean Jackson are washed up. Get a high quality young recurve for Jalen Hurts.

7. Detroit Lions

Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami

The Lions have been trying to find a pass rusher for nearly a decade. They need someone to get to the QB and help out their secondary.

8. Carolina Panthers

Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

I love Teddy Bridgewater. He looked great with the Saints last year, but just okay with the Panthers this year. The Panthers have a great receiving trio in D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, and Curtis Samuel, not to mention Christian McCaffrey. Fields is a fantastic fit.

9. Denver Broncos

Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

Vic Fangio’s defense needs a great and intelligent middle linebacker. I’m surprised they haven’t already tried to address this since Fangio arrived. Parsons is a top 5 talent in this draft class.

10. Dallas Cowboys

Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas

The Cowboys offensive line is a shell of itself from just a few years ago. This offense will bounce back with Dak Prescott back from injury next year, but they can only go as far as their offensive line will take them.

11. New York Giants

Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

The Giants still don’t really know what they have in Daniel Jones. Their receivers are boggling in lack of production, and I don’t want to see another season of it. Give this offense the talent of Jaylen Waddle.

12. San Francisco 49ers

Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

The 49ers are really starting to entertain the idea of moving on from Jimmy Garoppolo. I fully endorse hat idea, and the 49ers can replace him with an immediate upgrade in Zach Wilson here.

13. Los Angeles Chargers

Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

The Chargers won their last 4 games of the season, which disappointed me in terms of draft position. Justin Herbert is the guy, so now they need to put as many resources as possible to protect him.

14. Minnesota Vikings

Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan

The Vikings defense is a shell of itself from a few years ago. Their secondary is almost completely changed with a lot of rookies this season. Their front 7 still has great pieces in Anthony Barr, Danielle Hunter, and Michael Kendricks, but they lost Everson Griffen, tried to replace him with a trade for Yannick Ngakoue, who they then traded away before the trade deadline just weeks after trading for him.

15. New England Patriots

Trey Lance, QB, NDSU

All signs are pointing to the Patriots moving on from Cam Newton after just one season. I really don’t know if I’ll Belichick wants to start things fresh with a rookie QB, especially one from the FCS level. But Jarrett Stidham doesn’t look like the guy, and the Patriots don’t have much cap space to pursue a good QB in free agency.

16. Arizona Cardinals

Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia

The Cardinals have a major problem at cornerback. I have been auto-filling an OT to the Cardinals for over a year now, but the cornerback position is in dire need of talent. Patrick Leterson is decking quickly, and they don’t have much opposite from him aside from 2019 second rounder Byron Murphy.

17. Las Vegas Raiders

Wyatt Davis, IOL, Ohio State

I was very tempted to go defense here again for the Raiders. But, they have so many young guys on the defense that I want to have another season to allow further development. Instead, the Raiders need to address their aging offensive line with the best interior offensive lineman in this draft class.

18. Miami Dolphins

Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

The Dolphins need to surround Tua Tagovailoa with as much talent as possible. This defense looks really good, they got the best offensive tackle in this draft class at third overall, and now they can add a great 50/50 jump ball receiver.

19. Washington Football Team

Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

Washington needs to figure out the QB position. They cut their 2019 first round QB in Dwayne Haskins, and their other two options aren’t much better. They probably need to orchestrate a trade to move up in this draft, with the top 4 QBs already off the board. Pitts is essentially a giant receiver playing tight end. Whoever is QB next season, Pitts will immediately help them a lot.

20. Chicago Bears

Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

The Bears are also outside the top QB options. I’ll admit it, I’m a Bears fan. I have absolutely no idea if Mitch Trubisky is the guy. You can ask me every week and I’ll have a different answer every time.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR)

Dillon Radunz, OT, NDSU

The Jaguars got their franchise-QB in Trevor Lawrence with the number one overall pick. Now, they can focus on protecting him. Radunz only played one game this season due to the FCS shutting down due to COVID-19, but he was a projected top 10 pick before the season began.

22. Indianapolis Colts

Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss

Obviously if Philip Rivers leaves or retires, this pick can change. For now, the Colts need to look at receiver. This defense is one of the best in the league, their running back trio looks fantastic, this offensive line is great, but receiver has question marks. T.Y. Hilton looked done for before a late-season resurgence, and rookie Michael Pittman Jr. looks primed for a good career. Give the QB in Indy another good option.

23. Cleveland Browns

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

The Browns secondary worries me. As does a pass-rushing option opposite of Myles Garrett. However, I can’t pass up Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah here at 23rd overall. The Browns have a hole in the middle of their defense, and they can fill it nicely here.

24. Tennessee Titans

Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas

Jadeveon Clowney didn’t work out. Harold Landry is good. But that’s pretty much the end of the story for pass rushers in Tennessee. Ossai had a phenomenal season at Texas this year and developed into one of the best pass rushers in the country.

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL, USC

The Bucs have a great roster. They clearly need another offseason to fully gel together. The best possible position to target in the first round this year is the same as last year: offensive line. Alijah Vera-Tucker can play inside or outside, but I like him more on the inside. Adding him to either guard position will help Tom Brady feel even more safe.

26. Baltimore Ravens

Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami

Matt Judson had a fantastic 2019 season, but a very disappointing 2020 season on the franchise tag, meaning he might not be back. The Ravens need more pass rushers, and Phillips had one of the best seasons in college football this season.

27. New York Jets (via SEA)

Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

Surrounding Sam Darnold with as much talent as possible. That has to be the gamelan for the Jets this offseason. They added the be receiver in the draft, now they can add the best running back in the draft.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

Najee Harris is certainly not a consolation prize behind Etienne. Harris has been creeping closer in my rankings to Etienne all season, and things could flip by the time of the draft. The Steelers need a workhorse running back.

29. New Orleans Saints

Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Recent reports indicate Drew Brees will retire angered this season. Taysom Hill looks to be much better off in a gadget role, and it doesn’t look like the Saints view Jameis Winston as a franchise QB. Sean Payton and Mac Jones would be a fun combo.

30. Buffalo Bills

Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

The Bills defense has fallen off from even just a year ago. Their offense is the one leading the show, and more talent in the defense is needed to keep up. The secondary is the most crucial, with opposing teams most likely needing to play catch up through the air.

31. Green Bay Packers

Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU

I’m going to mock receiver to the Packers until it happens. Terrace Marshall would be a great fit next to Devante Adams and provided a one-two punch this offense has lacked for a long time.

32. Kansas City Chiefs

Trey Smith, IOL, Tennessee

I usually go with cornerback to the Chiefs, but I can’t ignore the issues on the interior offensive line. Protect your greatest asset, make your strength even stronger, and make it impossible for teams to score more than you.

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