NFL Draft season is upon us so it is time for a mock draft. The draft is quickly approaching as free agency is slowing down and pro days have begun. Draft rumors are starting to heat up as we get closer and closer to April 29.
This year is like no other as there was no draft combine. Scouting was harder and more was done during individual pro days. The Draft will be held in Cleveland this year and not be a virtual event like last year. Here is my first round mock draft 1.0.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Lawrence is the clear-cut top pick. He has all of the attributes you want in a quarterback, and is arguably one of the best prospects of all time.
2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
The Jets decide to move on from Sam Darnold and draft Zach Wilson out of BYU. The Robert Saleh era will start with an upgrade at quarterback to start building the team in the right direction.
3. San Francisco 49ers (via HOU through MIA): Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
San Francisco gave up a premium haul of picks to move up from 12 to 3, so they must be in the market for a Quarterback. Trey Lance is more of a project, but with Garappolo still in town the 49ers are setting up their future QB for success.
4. New England Patriots (via ATL): Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State (MOCK TRADE: NE gets: 4th overall pick, ATL gets: 15th overall pick, 96th overall pick, 2022 first, 2022 second)
There is a real chance that four quarterbacks get picked in a row to start the draft. The Patriots really like Justin Fields, so they jump up 11 picks and swap with Atlanta to draft him. Fields can sit behind Cam Newton before he starts if he isn’t ready.
5. Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
Joe Burrow was running for his life last year so the Bengals will draft Sewell, the best tackle in the draft. Sewell will instantly improve Cincinnati’s offensive line as they try to protect their young quarterback.
6. Miami Dolphins (via PHI): Ja’Maar Chase, WR, LSU
After trading to 12 with the 49ers, the Dolphins instantly traded back up to 6 with the Eagles. Miami gained a first round pick in that process while still being in prime position to take the top wide receiver in the draft. The Miami offense will now be revolved around Tua Tagovailoa and adding a weapon for him is huge.
7. Detroit Lions: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
The Lions are going into a new era of the franchise. This is the first time since 2008 that Matthew Stafford hasn’t been on the roster. Detroit drafts the defending Heisman Trophy winner to replace Kenny Golladay and to give Jared Goff a new target.
8. Carolina Panthers: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Pitts is more than a tight end. He is fast and can play like a wide receiver. Someone like Pitts fits great into Joe Brady’s offense. The Panthers had interest in the top quarterbacks but decide to go with one of the draft’s top playmakers.
9. Denver Broncos: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Even with the signing of Kyle Fuller the Broncos still need some help in their secondary. Denver takes the draft’s top cornerback at 9th overall.
10. Dallas Cowboys: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
The Cowboys need secondary help desperately, a lot more than the Broncos do. Farley can step in and cause an immediate improvement in Dallas, especially with Dan Quinn as the new defensive coordinator.
11. New York Giants: Gregory Rosseau, EDGE, Miami
The Giants made some big moves this offseason by signing Kenny Golladay and Adoree Jackson. They stated that they will take a best player available, and Rosseau will help bolster an already great defensive line from 2020.
12. Philadephia Eagles (via SF through MIA): Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Even after trading back from 6 to 12, the Eagles still will land one of the top wide receivers in this draft. Jaylen Waddle was injured for most of the season at Alabama, but proved in 2019 that he is a star.
13. Los Angeles Chargers: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
Los Angeles spent big in free agency on offensive linemen to protect reigning rookie of the year Justin Herbert. The Chargers will add a rookie into the mix as Slater can be a huge move for many years to come in protecting one of the league’s young stars.
14. Minnesota Vikings: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
Patrick Peterson signed with Minnesota in the offseason. Drafting Horn could add a strength to the secondary. Horn is a top cornerback talent and will fit in well with the Vikings.
15. Atlanta Falcons (via NE): Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State (MOCK TRADE: NE gets: 4th overall pick, ATL gets: 15th overall pick, 96th overall pick, 2022 first, 2022 second)
The Falcons will not be taking a quarterback in this draft and will ride with Matt Ryan for one more year. Parsons is an athletic freak and could add a huge boost to a struggling Atlanta defense, especially at the linebacker position.
16. Arizona Cardinals: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
The first running back goes off the board goes to Arizona, who just lost Kenyan Drake to free-agency. Harris can be a huge weapon for Kyler Murray and the Cardinals offense that already has DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green.
17. Las Vegas Raiders: Jaelen Phillips, EDGE, Miami
Defense was the Raiders achilles heel last season. The team collapsed in the later portion of the season, causing them to miss out on a wild card spot for the second straight year. Adding an edge presence in Phillips will make the entire defense better.
18. Miami Dolphins: Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL/OT, USC
Miami is continuing to build around Tua with this pick. Vera-Tucker is very versatile who can play almost any position on the offensive line. The Dolphins had a great defense last year and the offense could also be great after these two draft picks, in Chase and Vera-Tucker.
19. Washington Football Team: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
The Football Team currently don’t have a quarterback of the future, but they will surround whoever is playing the position with a good offensive line. Washington has a great new receiving duo in McLaurin and Samuel and this pick could make the offense even scarier.
20. Chicago Bears: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
Mitchell Trubisky signed with the Bills this spring and the Bears brought in Andy Dalton. Jones may be more of a project after coming from a historic Alabama offense, but the Bears take that risk in search of a franchise quarterback.
21. Indianapolis Colts: Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
The Colts added Carson Wentz in the offseason, but look to add to their great defense with this pick here. The defense in Indy should be one of the best in the 2021 season.
22. Tennesee Titans: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
Tennessee lost Corey Davis to the Jets in free agency so they will look to replace him with a new rookie wide receiver. Bateman’s stock rose last year and the first half of this year until he opted out midseason.
23. New York Jets (via SEA): Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State
Wyatt Davis may be considered a bit of a reach here, but it must be done for the Jets. They need to create a strong offensive line for the newly drafted Zach Wilson. Pairing Davis with Becton would get Wilson a lot of protection.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest
With Bud Dupree leaving in free agency, the Steelers need to replace him. Basham could step in and fill the role easily.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR): Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
The Jaguars need to surround Trevor Lawrence with talent. Toney rose up draft boards last season and will land in Jacksonville with Urban Meyer.
26. Cleveland Browns: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
Cleveland filled a big need in free agency with the signing of John Johnson III. Collins will upgrade the linebacker position and may make the Browns defense one of the league’s best.
27. Baltimore Ravens: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
The Ravens have had trouble finding weapons for Lamar Jackson at the wide receiver position. Moore is the next attempt to find a true number one receiver for Baltimore.
28. New Orleans Saints: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
The Saints are in an interesting spot since they had a lot of releases due to salary cap troubles. They lost Trey Hendrikson and Sheldon Rankins in free agency so Barmore can step in as a replacement on the defensive line.
29. Green Bay Packers: Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma
Corey Linsley signed with the Chargers, so the Packers will look to find his successor. Humphrey is a younger player who can protect Aaron Rodgers as the Pack try to make their 3rd straight NFC Championship game.
30. Buffalo Bills: Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State
Buffalo doesn’t have a lot of needs. They were just outmatched by a superior Chiefs team. Freiermuth has the potential to be the Bills starting tight end, adding another weapon to Josh Allen’s offense.
31.Kansas City Chiefs: Jaylen Mayfield, OG, Michigan
Offensive Line was the Chiefs achilles heel in he Super Bowl. Mahomes was running for his life with his second string line playing. The Chiefs signed Joe Thuney in free agency and will draft another guard to protect their superstar quarterback.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
The Super Bowl Champions brought back all 22 starters from last season. Tampa Bay doesn’t have many needs, but an explosive playmaker at running back in Etienne will fit in nicely. This will be the second straight year a running back is picked at 32.