The Super Bowl yesterday ended the NFL season with the most games ever in a season, and the most doubt the Super Bowl would even be played.
One thing that is smart to do this time of year, especially with rebuilding teams, is to look at the two teams in the Super Bowl. What do they do well? What do they not do well? What are the strongest positions on their roster? What are the weakest positions on their roster? Take in that info and mold your roster in something similar.
Last year, we had the passing Chiefs against the rushing 49ers, but both teams had good defensive lines and playmakers at the offensive skill positions. This year, the Chiefs maintained the great skill players on offense, along with an aggressive defense that was built to play with a lead. The Bucs had a strong offensive line, a diverse collection of playmakers on both offense and defense, as well as a defensive line that could create pressure with just 4 rushers.
There are multiple ways to build a team, but typically having a good QB and being strong in the trenches is what creates a great team.
With that being said, let’s get started with my Post Super Bowl Mock Draft.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
We all know this will be the pick. This is locked in. The Jaguars will have their new franchise quarterback very soon.
2. New York Jets
Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
Without Lawrence on the board, I would rather build this roster around Sam Darnold. It doesn’t feel like Darnold has really gotten a fair shot yet with a good roster or good coaching staff. Adding Sewell to this offensive line with Mekhi Becton at the other starting tackle spot, would give the Jets two great tackles for the next decade.
3. Miami Dolphins (via HOU)
DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
I’m not in favor of drafting a receiver this early, but I do not do trades in my mock drafts. The Dolphins should trade down to take one of the three top receivers. Giving Tua one of his college receivers would surely only help his growth.
4. Atlanta Falcons
Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
I debated going with Justin Fields here, but Matt Ryan’s contract is not trade-able this year, so it would only set up a wasted year with Ryan knowing he will be replaced the following year, while also lowering his trade value as it would be obvious the Falcons need to trade him. The Falcons could trade back outside the top 10 while getting back a few draft picks, which they could then use to move up for a QB next year. The Falcons need to upgrade their secondary this year.
5. Cincinnati Bengals
Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
The Bengals need to address the offensive line. There is no other position even remotely as much of a need as offensive tackle for the Bengals. Slater is just below Sewell in my rankings, so he is not a consolation prize.
6. Philadelphia Eagles
Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
The Eagles drafted Jalean Reagor in the first round last year, but they still need to add another weapon. Chase is a phenomenal talent and Jalen Hurts will certainly be able to progress much quicker with Chase’s talents added to the field.
7. Detroit Lions
Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
The Lions had dreams of a great defense when they hired Matt Patricia as head coach a few seasons ago. The Lions’ defense is now in worse shape than before that time, and they badly need talent. They just traded Matt Stafford for Jared Goff, plus picks, and they may be losing two receivers. So why not go offense? Despite the addition of Goff, this team is rebuilding. I do not want to add a receiver with a top 10 pick to a team that is rebuilding without their QB of the future.
8. Carolina Panthers
Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
I am a big fan of Teddy Bridgewater, but he just doesn’t look like the long-term QB solution for this team. With Fields on the board here, the Panthers have to grab him. This rebuild could be happening quickly.
9. Denver Broncos
Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
It appears starting left tackle Garrett Bolles has turned his career around after a rough start. The Broncos still need to upgrade their offensive line though, and Darrisaw would be a great addition in the trenches of this potentially explosive offense.
10. Dallas Cowboys
Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
The Cowboys secondary has been frustrating for a while now. They’ve been trying to find corners and safeties for years, but nothing has really worked out. Farley is a top 10 talent in this draft class and would insanely bring relief to this secondary.
11. New York Giants
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
The Giants have a lot of middling receivers, but nothing fantastic. Adding Waddle next to Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepherd, with Saquon Barkley in the backfield, would make this a dangerous offense.
12. San Francisco 49ers
Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
It’s fine to move on from Jimmy Garoppolo. There are rumors the 49ers are in play for one of the established QBs in the league via trade, but if they swing and miss, Wilson would be an easy pick at 12th overall.
13. Los Angeles Chargers
Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
I have been frustrated at the offensive line the Chargers have had for years now, and I don’t have a rotting interest in them. They now have their QB of the future, so protecting him is the next step. Despite being the fourth offensive tackle in this draft class, Mayfield is a great talent.
14. Minnesota Vikings
Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami
The Vikings defense is a shell of itself from just a few years ago. They started a lot of young players in their secondary last year, so now they can start rebuilding their front seven. Rousseau opted out last year, but he remains the best edge rusher in this draft class.
15. New England Patriots
Trey Lance, QB, NDSU
I’ve mocked Lance to the Patriots three straight times now. That rarely happens, but it just makes way too much sense. Cam Newton is not the answer, and Lance is the next best QB after the top 3 go off the board in the first 12 picks. Trades will happen so it’s highly unlikely this pick happens at this spot, but a new QB seems the most likely pick.
16. Arizona Cardinals
Dillon Radunz, OT, NDSU
The two positions that make by far the most sense for the Cardinals is offensive tackle, and cornerback. I’m going with offensive tackle here with Radunz still on the board. Sitting in the FCS, Radunz didn’t have a season (NDSU played one game). His 2019 tape is excellent and he has a very high potential.
17 Las Vegas Raiders
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, EDGE, Notre Dame
The Raiders have a young team filled with developing players. It makes it a little hard to mock draft for them at times. In 2019, they selected edge rusher Clelin Ferrell with the fourth overall pick, but after two seasons, he’s starting to look like a bust. The Raiders can boost their pass rushing with this pick.
18. Miami Dolphins
Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
I really want a new running back for the Dolphins, but I’m going to be patient until later in the draft. Instead, why not add another pass rusher to this aggressive defense under Brian Flores? Paye can rush from the outside and inside, and he’s a better than average run stopper for a pass rush-first defender.
19. Washington Football Team
Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
Washington had a much better season than anyone predicted. They won the NFC East, albeit with a 7-9 record. They somehow did this with a revolving door at QB. Dwayne Haskins started 6 games, Alex Smith started 6 games, Kyle Allen started 4 games, and Tyler Heinicke started their lone playoff game. They need to find the QB of the future. I would not mind Smith starting the 2021 season with Jones waiting in the wings to start in 2022.
20. Chicago Bears
Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas
The Bears are missing out on the QB market in this mock draft (they may do that anyway if rumors of Carson Wentz come true). The next best QB in this class is Kyle Trask, but I don’t view him as a first rounder or a true starting QB in the NFL. Instead, the Bears can upgrade their offensive line with Cosmi. I love this offensive tackle class, and despite Cosmi being the sixth offensive tackle picked in this class, he is still a steal at this point.
21. Indianapolis Colts
Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
The Colts are also in search of a new QB with the retirement of Philip Rivers after just one season in Indianapolis. They have Jacoby Brissett and Jacob Eason on the roster, and are still searching for another option. They won’t find a better option at this point in the draft, so let’s look to another offensive position. T.Y. Hilton looked like he was starting a sharp decline, before putting together some good games at the end of the 2020 season. They drafted Michael Pittman Jr. in the second round last year and he had a good season. Adding another receiver would give them three good options, or an alternative to Hilton if he does hit that decline.
22. Tennessee Titans
Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas
The Titans have tried to fix their pass rush the last few seasons, but it’s still not where they need it to be. They made a huge signing right before the season began with Jadeveon Clowney, but he didn’t really do much. Ossai had one of the best seasons of anyone in college football this last year and made himself into a first round pick.
23. New York Jets (via SEA)
Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
The Jets added a new offensive tackle with the second overall pick in this draft, and now they can add an offensive weapon for Darnold with this pick from the Seahawks from the Jamal Adams trade. Pitts is like a big receiver who lines up at tight end. He should make Darnold’s job much easier.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers
Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
I usually shy away from running backs in the first round, but Najee Harris is too good and the Steelers have such an obvious need at running back that this pairing just makes too much sense.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR)
Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama
The Jags got their franchise QB with the first overall pick, and as I hammer all the time with young QBs, the Jags need to build up their offensive line. Leatherwood is a fantastic option this late in the draft, as my love for this offensive tackle class continues to be on display.
26. Cleveland Browns
Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
The Browns have a really good roster on paper, and they finally made the playoffs this last season and notched a playoff win. They’ve spent quite a bit on their secondary in the draft and free agency the last few seasons, but they still give up a ton of passing yards and the unit still feels below average. Horn at this spot is a steal, and he’s one of my favorite players in this draft class.
27. Baltimore Ravens
Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
There is no denying this offense can run over any defense. The problem is when the Ravens have a deficit, it’s hard for them to come back due to the lack of their passing game. Bateman is a big target who is an excellent 50/50 receiver.
28. New Orleans Saints
Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
The Saints will most likely need to find their new QB with rumors galore of Drew Brees retiring. That QB may be on the roster with Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill, but they won’t find one this deep in the draft. Instead, they can draft a speedster like Moore now that they will seemingly have a QB with a strong arm.
29. Green Bay Packers
Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
Another receiver off the board, and another mock draft where the Packers take a receiver. Toney could bring the big play explosiveness opposite Devante Adams that Green Bay needs.
30. Buffalo Bills
Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami
The Bills arguably had a top 3 defense just two years ago. Their offense has passed their defense, and their front seven leaves a bit to be desired. Roche had an excellent season and can provide the spark to the Bills’ pass rush they need.
31. Kansas City Chiefs
Wyatt Davis, IOL, Ohio State
We saw what happened to the Chiefs’ offensive line in the Super Bowl yesterday, but this was a need before the season began. The Chiefs didn’t have three starters on their offensive line yesterday, but an interior offensive line is still really needed.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL, USC
The antics have very few holes, as you would imagine from the Super Bowl Champs. But getting better along the offensive line to protect their 43 year old future Hall of Fame QB isn’t the worst idea. An argument could be made for Kyle Trask here to learn behind Tom Brady, but I’d rather make this team as good as possible for Brady while you still have him.