NFL Mock Draft 2021: Jets accept second-best QB after Jaguars take over Trevor Lawrence; Eagles land DeVonta Smith
The number 1 in the 2021 NFL draft finally changed hands during the 2020 NFL season. Thanks to the Jets' first win of the season against the Rams in week 15, the Jaguars are now in the driver's seat with one win and will be on the clock for the first time next April.
The development is well timed with the end of the regular season of college football and the start of the bowl season, which leads to the semifinals of the college football playoffs. Many top professionals will be in the field when Trevor Lawrence and Clemson face Justin Fields and the state of Ohio, and Notre Dame during DeVonta Smith and Alabama.
This is how we see the picks from 1-32 that are now playing. According to Tankathon, the top 18 picks are based on the current draft order. The bottom 14 are based on SN's planned completion of the current playoff teams through Super Bowl 55.
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1. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-13)
- Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson (6-6, 220 pounds)
With Gardner Minshew showing his limits, the Jaguars will be banking on this generation talent, a QB perspective Andrew Luck and Joe Burrow cannot miss. Lawrence isn't just a great passerby and athlete. He's an accomplished leader and winner, just like the other two. Whether it's Doug Marrone and Jay Gruden re-launching their offensive (unlikely) or a new coaching staff, Lawrence can take his offensive to explosive heights as an easy first choice for their new GM.
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2. New York Jets (1-13)
- Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State (6-3, 233 pounds)
Fields got his desired sophomore college starting season, albeit cut short, to build his inventory and advance Lawrence. This confirms that after it succeeded in Ryan Day's pro-friendly offensive, his eyes were laser-focused on the design through the dynamic double threat. Fields will go head-to-head against Lawrence on the biggest stage to prove his speed and skill. Let's hope the Jets are smart and match him with an offensively thinking trainer who is much more consistent and competent than Adam Gase.
3. Cincinnati Bengals (3-10-1)
- Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon (6-5, 325 pounds)
The Bengals have made some investments in their offensive, including the 2019 first round against Jonah Williams, but they need to better protect franchise quarterback Joe Burrow if he can return from his major knee injury. Sewell's strong, sturdy presence would go well with Burrow and help her running game too.
4. Carolina Panthers (4-10)
Zach Wilson, QB, BYU (6-3, 210 pounds)
Wilson had an exceptional season in which his accuracy and downfield pass quickly emerged as a threat to the third QB after Lawrence and Fields. Teddy Bridgewater has done pretty well as the Bridge QB in Carolina, but there are also signs that they have a limited cap and should consider replacing it with a longer-term solution by 2022. Wilson would be a good fit for Joe Brady's offense.
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5. Atlanta Falcons (4-10)
- Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech (6-2, 207 pounds)
The Falcons have been an absolute cornerback mess with some of the worst downfield coverage in the NFL and in need of a potential big shutdown corner, stat. Farley was one of the first top contenders to choose his senior college season. He's a great size and has solid all-round cover ability for the position.
6. Miami Dolphins (by Texans for Laremy Tunsil)
Yes & # 39; Marr Chase, WR, LSU (6-1, 208 pounds)
The Dolphins have Preston Williams and Mike Gesicki to help out DeVante Parker, but they could have a more transcendent, eclectic recipient to contact. Chase, who is pulling out of the LSU season, has had a big final season with Burrow (84 catches, 1,780 yards, 20 TDs) and would be an excellent additional big playmaker to pair with Tua Tagovailoa.
7. Philadelphia Eagles (4-9-1)
- DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama (6-1, 175 pounds)
The Eagles found a wide receiver in the 2020 first round (Jalen Reagor) but they need a really dominant number 1 in the style of DeAndre Hopkins or Stefon Diggs. Smith retired from his final season to be Heisman Trophy worthy. He has 98 catches for 1,511 yards and 17 TDs in 11 games this season.
8. Dallas Cowboys (5-9)
- Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama (6-2, 203 pounds)
With his pedigree, height, and ball hawk skills, Surtain has the potential to be a true shutdown player. Cowboy high school was horrible without Byron Jones, and Surtain would be a nice addition to Trevon Diggs, an Alabama product. Jerry Jones needs to focus on propping up the backend first.
9. Los Angeles Chargers (5-9)
- Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida (6-6, 246 pounds)
The Chargers might not afford to re-sign Hunter Henry long-term, and they might also consider more unique 12 employees to help Justin Herbert take the next step as a passer-by in Year 2. Either way, Pitts, as the best player available here, has to be considered. Pitts scored 770 yards and 12 TDs with only 43 catches, a rare field stretcher for the position, and a dominant red zone force.
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10. New York Giants (5-9)
- Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan (6-4, 272 pounds)
Paye has used his massive pass-rushing upward trend in four games with two sacks this season before being slowed down by a lower body injury. The Giants are defensively strong in the middle and look better in the cornerback, but they urgently need to knock their old business card on the edge.
11. Detroit Lions (5-10)
- Micah Parsons, ILB, Penn State (6-3, 245 pounds)
The Lions have had some of the worst linebacker games in the NFL and are facing run-stop and coverage issues there. Parsons is a fiery, tenacious and well covering cleaning man in the form of Luke Kuechly. Before his rejection of the conference game, he had a total of 109 tackles, including 5 sacks, for the Nittany Lions in 2019.
12. San Francisco 49ers (6-9)
- Mac Jones, QB, Alabama (6-3, 214 pounds)
Jones has a major Heisman Trophy season replacing Tagovailoa in Tuscaloosa. He was the full package in running the tide, had a burrow style breakout with his accuracy, big arms production, and downfield and garnered staggering pass numbers in the process. His strong pocket pass should have great appeal as an upgrade for Jimmy Shoppahan to Kyle Shanahan.
13. Denver Broncos (5-9)
- Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami (6-6, 260 pounds)
The Broncos, with quarterback on their backs, must think about getting younger on the verge of helping Bradley Chubb with Von Miller losing to an ankle injury a season before his 32-year season, the final year of his contract. Rousseau, who signed off from the Hurricanes season, didn't really have to play to boost his stocks after losing 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles in his only significant and final season under defensive-thinking head coach Manny Diaz.
14. Minnesota Vikings (6-9)
- Wyatt Davis, G, State of Ohio (6-4, 315 pounds)
The Vikings injured themselves alongside Garrett Bradbury in the first round. Can be an elite NFL indoor blocker, Davis has shown a lot to pave the way for the Buckeyes' productive attack before deciding to return to the season.
15. New England Patriots (6-8)
- Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama (5-10, 182 pounds)
Waddle only played four games before his ankle injury at the end of the season and still scored 25 catches for 557 yards and 4 TDs. The Patriots had a hard time with broad recipients other than Jakobi Meyers and need a great success at the position. Tapping into Nick Saban and Alabama is usually good for Bill Belichick.
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16. Chicago Bears (7-7)
- Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwest (6-4, 315 pounds)
Here's a chance to look up directly to Evanston for an important blocking need for David Montgomery and every other QB who will be in Chicago in 2020. The bears need an athletic, versatile lineman on the left and Slater to stay out in his final season with the Wildcats, he's moving back up quickly, with more attention to his all-around skills.
17. Las Vegas Raiders (7-8)
- Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama (6-3,310 pounds)
The Raiders have drawn well on the defensive end and cornerback, investing heavily in free hand linebackers, even though returns have been limited. The missing ingredient is a pivotal point before the run. Combining strength and power with great technique, Barmore is someone to rethink this at the top of the board.
18. Baltimore Ravens (9-5)
- Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota (6-2, 210 pounds)
The ravens have too many fast, deep threats and not a single consistent, reliable point of contact across the field. Marquise Brown needs a better match. Bateman, who hit back for a while in 2020, scored 60 catches for 1,201 yards and 11 TDs against Buccaneers draft pick Tyler Johnson in 2019. Without Johnson, he finished this season with 36 catches for 472 yards and 2 TDs in five games.
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19. Washington Football Team (6-8)
- Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech (6-5, 314 pounds)
WFT will consider a first round quarterback, but winning the division would change things if they were in the ideal position for Ron Rivera. Darrisaw entered the first round in the first round with outstanding athleticism that can help him develop into smooth and nimble long term pass protection in the NFL.
20. Arizona Cardinals (8-7)
- Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina (6-1, 205 pounds)
The Cardinals are weak in cornerback coverage behind a rejuvenated Patrick Peterson, outside and inside. Horn, the son of former NFL wide receiver Joe Horn, gets what he deserves as a big corner. His big two-interception game against Auburn caused a stir as he was the best player on the field in that game. Horn is of good size, length, athleticism and physicality.
21. Miami Dolphins (10-5)
Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, USC (6-4, 300 pounds)
The dolphins need to become more athletic and strengthen their internal passport protection while being run blockers an asset with significant benefit. Vera-Tucker's raw skills can be honed well, especially if he locks up a bit to hone the power part of his game.
22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-5)
- Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson (5-10, 205 pounds)
The Bucs tried their best to solve problems in the second leg by adding Leonard Fournette, Ke & # 39; Shawn Vaughn and LeSean McCoy behind Ronald Jones, but Tom Brady was able to come up with a really more versatile weapon in the James White for his sophomore year. The privateers use form. Etienne, who was surprised by his return to Clemson, has accumulated 1,406 scrimmage yards and 15 TDs this season, adding to his dazzling career with the Tigers. He's a special back for the modern NFL offensive, with some of Alvin Kamara and Dalvin Cook in his game.
23. Indianapolis Colts (10-4)
- Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas (6-7,300 pounds)
The Colts must consider a replacement for 32-year-old potential retiree Anthony Castonzo, who is now suffering from a knee injury. Cosmi is a tremendous perspective for the position with the right nimble feet.
24. Cleveland Browns (10-4)
- Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, OLB, Notre Dame (6-2, 216 pounds)
The Browns need to be healthier, more active, and more versatile on the second level to fully support their defenses. Owusu-Koramoah covers himself like a defensive back and has room to develop into a physical run-stopper.
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25. Jacksonville Jaguars (by Rams for Jalen Ramsey)
- Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan (6-5, 319 pounds)
Should the Jaguars invest as much in Lawrence as their franchise quarterback, they must consider tackling the left tackle as well, as Cam Robinson is set to become a free agent. Mayfield excelled in film for his size, length, and strength, and may develop into a slick blocker along the lines of the Broncos Garett Bolles.
26. Tennessee Titans (10-4)
- Zaven Collins, OLB, Tulsa (6-4, 260 pounds)
Collins explodes as an athlete and with his agility, speed and range he can make many games. Mike Vrabel would love his second level versatility to help with pass rush and coverage.
27. New York Jets (by Seahawks for Jamal Adams)
- Trey Smith, G, Tennessee (6-6, 325 pounds)
With Fields on the way and some promises in the backfield, the Jets should be an effective all-around running team with a new trainer to match the Ravens and Cardinals offenses. Smith is a strong and powerful runblocker who has proven to fit well into any scheme.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3)
- Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State (6-4, 226 pounds)
The Steelers could get another season from Ben Roethlisberger to give them time to upgrade that prospect with massive physical benefits. While Lance's one-game showcase for the bison in 2020 isn't going as planned, the formidable physical and athletic skills he displayed in his first full promotional season cannot be ignored (2,786 yards over, 28 TDs, zero INTs, 1,100 yards rushing, 14) more TDs).
29. New Orleans Saints (11-4)
- Kyle Trask, QB, Florida (6-5, 230 pounds)
Trask was up to the task of mastering a sizzling Gators passing game with his arm, accuracy, and athleticism to get into the first round. He has increased his efficiency and fits in perfectly with Sean Payton's offense as Drew Brees' true all-round successor against Taysom Hill.
30. Buffalo Bills (11-3)
- Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas (6-3, 245)
The bills have to fill up their pass rush for Sean McDermott with a little more youthful juice. Ossai was the youngest fastest climber in this position as an excellent high-powered field athlete who tirelessly strives for quarterbacks.
31. Green Bay Packers (11-3)
- Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue (5-9, 180 pounds)
The Packers got it up and running from the committee without updating the wide receiver to Davante Adams for Aaron Rodgers. You have to give him a dangerous short to interim recipient with homemade follow-up skills. Moving back to bigger games for the Boilermakers in 2020, Moore is a versatile athlete and an explosive game waiting for it to happen.
32nd Kansas City Chiefs (13-1)
Nick Bolton, OLB, Missouri (6-0, 232 pounds)
The Chiefs must continue to consider the second stage of their defense with a high energy physical run stop to initiate tackles. You can stay in status to get that dynamic early entry that can either play inside as a replacement for Anthony Hitchens in the near future or provide an instant upgrade of the strong side over upcoming free agent Damien Wilson.