Last Thursday, members of the Anchor Sports Network’s NFL Draft team came together to do a live mock draft. Each member of the team was given six or seven teams to be the general manager of and made picks based on what we would do in that situation.

The members participating were as follows:

1 – Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Trevor Lawrence | Clemson

Picked by: Cam Ellinwood

Trevor Lawrence has been the projected number one pick in this draft for a long time, he is already a Jaguar.  He is a perfect quarterback to build a team around.

2 – New York Jets – QB Zach Wilson | BYU

Picked by: Cam Ellinwood

The Jets missed out on Trevor Lawrence but Zach Wilson has a lot of talent.  He was not too well known early in the year but has only gone up with a great season at BYU.  He is a smart quarterback and can throw the ball a mile.  He is going to be a great pickup for the Jets.

3 – San Francisco 49ers – QB Justin Fields | Ohio State

Picked by: Justin McCarthy

Many believe the 49ers will draft Mac Jones with the third overall pick in this year’s draft, with Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson going one and two, you have to take the best overall player at the position you want and Justin Fields is that guy. The talent is too good to pass up.

4 – Denver Broncos* (Via ATL) QB Trey Lance | North Dakota State

Picked by: Charlie White

Trade Details: Broncos trade pick #9, 2022 first-rounder, 2023 second-rounder to the Falcons for pick #4

With the 49ers selecting Justin Fields instead of Mac Jones at pick #3, the Broncos are going to have to get to the fourth pick to jump ahead of other QB-needy teams to get Trey Lance. Lance fits the “Elway mold” to a tee; being tall, big-armed and super athletic. The Broncos would be smart to replace Drew Lock, or at least get that guy in the building as soon as possible. Although Elway isn’t calling the shots anymore, I find it hard to believe he won’t atleast have a say.

5 – Cincinnati Bengals – WR Ja’Marr Chase | LSU

Picked by: Cam Ellinwood

Only recently has there been a question about who Cincinnati would take at five.  It had always been Penei Sewell.  It could go either way but I think they go with Joe Burrow’s favorite target at LSU in Ja’Marr Chase.  This is a very deep offensive tackle class and they can pick one up later on.

6 – Miami Dolphins (Via PHI) – OT Penei Sewell | Oregon

Picked by: Brendan Yerkes

The majority of people would take the Wide Receiver route for the Dolphins, but with the best tackle on the board they have to make this pick to protect Tua Tagovailoa. This is a deep WR class and they can select one later in the draft.

7 – Detroit Lions – TE Kyle Pitts | Florida

Picked by: Charlie White

The Lions are in a trade-back spot at the seven pick, but after this mock where Mac Jones is the only QB available I don’t see any teams making them intriguing enough offers for them to pass on a generational pass-catcher in Pitts. The Lions are in somewhat of a rebuild, and they can kick that off by snagging the best TE prospect in decades. After losing Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones in the offseason, they need to surround Jared Goff with some more weapons on the outside to stay competitive. 

8 – Carolina Panthers – OT Rashawn Slater | Northwestern

Picked by: Charlie White

While it would be fun to add Jaylen Waddle or DeVonta Smith to that receiving corps, the Panthers would be better off adding someone like Rashawn Slater to help protect Sam Darnold. Slater can play any position on that line from day one and has potential to be one of the best players to come out of this draft regardless of position. 

9 – Arizona Cardinals* (Via ATL through DEN) – CB Jaycee Horn | South Carolina

Picked by: Charlie White

Trade Details: Cardinals trade pick #16 and a 2022 second-rounder to the Falcons for pick #9 (via DEN) and a 2022 fourth-rounder

(In this mock) When the Falcons offered to trade down from the number nine pick, I didn’t see how the Cardinals could pass it up especially for this compensation. The Cardinals can’t cover, and only having to give up a second-rounder next year to grab arguably the draft’s best cover corner is worth it. No guarantees that Horn drops to them at #16, so they make the move while it’s on the table. 

10 – Dallas Cowboys – CB Patrick Surtain II | Alabama

Picked by: Brendan Yerkes

The Cowboys desperately need help in the secondary. Their defense was their achilles heel for most of last season and bringing in a top CB talent can help Dallas make it back to the playoffs. Surtain has been widely considered the best corner in the draft for a long time.

11 – New York Giants – LB Micah Parsons | Penn State

Picked by: Mason H. Smoller

The New York Giants are looking to claim the NFC East crown during the 2021 season. Already, they added receiver Kenny Golladay on offense, giving quarterback Daniel Jones yet another weapon. But rather than double down at receiver, they draft arguably the top defensive player in the draft in linebacker Micah Parsons. An athletic freak, his versatility will be welcomed in an already stout defense for the Giants. 

12. – Philadelphia Eagles – WR Jaylen Waddle | Alabama

Picked By: Justin McCarthy

Why take Waddle with Smith still on the board? The answer is a simple one. He is explosive and is a pure route runner. This provides the Eagles with even more speed. Jaylen Waddle and Jalen Reagor on the same team would provide the Eagles with much needed depth at the Wide Receiver position that they did not have before. It will also add another target for Jalen Hurts to play with.

13 – Los Angeles Chargers – OT Christian Darrisaw | Virginia Tech

Picked by: Mason H. Smoller

During the 2020 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers landed their new franchise quarterback in Oregon’s Justin Herbert. Now, it is time to protect him. They added veterans in center Corey Linsley and guard/tackle Matt Feiler in free agency, but need to sure up their left tackle spot. With Virginia Tech’s Christian Darrisaw, they land a day one starter who can protect Herbert’s blindside for years to come

14 – Minnesota Vikings – OT Alijah Vera-Tucker | USC

Picked by: Brendan Yerkes

Minnesota has a couple of needs, especially on defense. Vera-Tucker being on the board makes this decision difficult, but due to his skill and versatility he is the pick here for the Vikings. You can never have too much protection up front on the offensive line. This pick should give Kirk Cousins more time in the pocket.

15- New England Patriots – QB Mac Jones | Alabama 

Picked by: Justin McCarthy

Well.. Well.. Well..

The Patriots need a QB. End of Story. With the Jimmy Garoppolo situation with the 49ers not developing any more steam recently I think it is time to move on and this is the best available guy. He is young and has potential. That is the key word we need to remember potential. I think if Cam Newton starts the season off slow we can see him come into the starting role in New England. 

16 – Atlanta Falcons (via ARI) – EDGE Jaelen Phillips | Miami

Picked by: Brendan Yerkes

Trade Details: Cardinals trade pick #16 and a 2022 second-rounder to the Falcons for pick #9 (via DEN) and a 2022 fourth-rounder

In this mock, Atlanta traded back twice gaining many future draft picks. The Falcons need help on the defensive line and with a deep edge rushing class they can still get a top player at 16. None were taken up to this point so they have their choice and go with Phillips.

17 – Las Vegas Raiders – LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah | Notre Dame

Picked by: Mason H. Smoller

Defense. Defense. Defense. The Las Vegas Raiders have lacked a strong defensive presence from any position since Khalil Mack was dealt away. However, rather than doubling down at edge rusher after signing Yannick Ngakoue in free agency, they add an absolute playmaker at linebacker in Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. He brings a tough, everydown leader to the heart of their defense. 

18 – Miami Dolphins – WR DeVonta Smith | Alabama

Picked by: Brendan Yerkes

Miami selected Penei Sewell earlier in the draft and will still end up with a top WR in the middle of the first round. Teams may have been skeptical of Smith’s size, causing him to fall all the way to the 18th pick. This is similar to what happened to CeeDee Lamb last draft. Tua now has a lot of protection and a top target going into next season.

19 – Washington Football Team – OT Teven Jenkins | Oklahoma State

Picked by: Charlie White

With all the top QBs off the board, the Football Team has to look to build up that offensive line. Jenkins may be the first tackle off the board in most drafts, but with the studs at the top and the depth all around he falls to them at 19. Jenkins plays with a nasty edge to his game and can instantly bring an attitude to that offensive line that badly needs it. 

20 – Chicago Bears – WR Kadarius Toney | Florida

Picked by: Mason H. Smoller

So, the Chicago Bears have Andy Dalton as their starting quarterback in 2021. Now what? Well, the team has franchise tagged star receiver Allen Robinson, who returns to a group already with Darnell Mooney and (barring a rumored trade) Anthony Miller. Neither of them are a go-to number two target, which leads Chicago to add Kadarius Toney. One of college football’s most entertaining players with the ball in his hands, head coach Matt Nagy is going to have fun creating mismatches with Toney. 

21- Indianapolis Colts – EDGE Kwity Paye | Alabama 

Picked by: Justin McCarthy

Colts need an edge guy. Kwity Paye fits that mold. He has amazing power and athleticism. What stands out most to me when scouting him for this mock draft is his punch that consistently knocks defenders back. He needs to refine his game because at some points he is a bit reckless, but that can be fixed if put in a great system.

22 – Tennessee Titans – WR Rashod Bateman | Penn State

Picked by: Mason H. Smoller

This off-season, the Tennessee Titans lost starting receiver Corey Davis in free agency, leaving a big hole opposite A.J. Brown. The Titans are in need of that number two receiver, and Rashod Bateman is the perfect replacement. Bateman brings great size and strong hands to an offense and can make big plays downfield too. 

23 – New York Jets (via SEA) – EDGE Azeez Ojulari | Georgia

Picked by: Cam Ellinwood

The Jets need a playmaker on defense, and Ojulari has the ability to do that.  Although he is undersized, he is a freakish athlete.  There are a lot of strong edge prospects in this draft, and Ojulari has the potential to be the best out of all of them.

24 – Pittsburgh Steelers – C Landon Dickerson | Alabama

Picked by: Cam Ellinwood

With the loss of longtime center Maurkice Pouncey, the Steelers have a big hole at center.  Dickerson is the best center in the draft by a mile, and he will be a great replacement for Pouncey.  Protecting Ben Roethlisberger is a top priority for Pittsburgh, so this is an easy pick for them.

25 – Jacksonville Jaguars – WR Rondale Moore | Purdue

Picked by: Cam Ellinwood

The Jaguars took Lawrence at one and at 23, they select a weapon for him.  Moore tore his ACL in the 2018 season finale, but is now at 100%.  Moore is an athletic freak and even at a small size, he is extremely strong.  Lawrence will love throwing to Moore in the slot for years to come.

26 – Cleveland Browns – LB Zaven Collins | Tulsa

Picked by: Mason H. Smoller

One of the few weaknesses of the Cleveland Browns roster this past season was their linebacker corps. And with Zaven Collins, they get one of the top athletes in the draft. Collins can cover, he can stop the run, and he can rush. 

27 – Baltimore Ravens – EDGE Gregory Rousseau | Miami

Picked by: Brendan Yerkes

The Ravens have been trying to get Lamar Jackson a top wide receiver for two seasons now. This year though, the Ravens lost Yannick Ngaukoue and Matt Judon to free agency. They will try to replace them with Gregory Rousseau. If the Ravens defense slips then the whole team will suffer.

28. – New Orleans Saints – CB Greg Newsome II | Northwestern

Picked By: Justin McCarthy

Saints have a hole to fill at CB after losing Janoris Jenkins to the Titans. Greg Newsome is an extremely smart CB that can start right away and fill the need opposite to Marshon Lattimore. 

29. – Green Bay Packers – CB Asante Samuel Jr | Florida State

Picked By: Justin McCarthy

Like the saints, the packers need a CB. Asante Samuel Jr. is a very raw talent. He only stand 5’10 which could be troublesome against the likes of elite receivers, but that’s what Jaire Alexander is for. I think he can thrive in Green Bay’s defense, because although undersized he is tough and rarely lets his adversaries get by him.

30 – Buffalo Bills – RB Najee Harris | Alabama

Picked by: Brendan Yerkes

The Bills are fresh off of a trip to the AFC championship. There are very few holes on their roster where they need to upgrade. Adding the draft’s top running back can take some pressure off of Josh Allen and help the Bills outscore the Chiefs next year.

31 – Kansas City Chiefs – OT Liam Eichenberg |Notre Dame

Picked by: Mason H. Smoller

Having cut both their starting offensive tackles, the Kansas City Chiefs need to add players to protect quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Liam Eichenberg has been one of the most consistent tackles in college football for Notre Dame, and can be an immediate plug-and-play starter for the Chiefs. 

32 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CB Caleb Farley | Virginia Tech

Picked by: Cam Ellinwood

The Super Bowl Champions only get stronger with Caleb Farley at 32.  It would be surprising for him to fall this far, but if he does the Bucs will be all over him.  He has a back problem, but he should be ready to go.  He has enough talent to go in the top-15, but the injury and inexperience makes him slip.