By: Josh Shippen
- Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Trevor Lawrence’s draft stock has not changed at all, he is the consensus number one pick and will likely be the future of the Jaguars organization for years to come.
- New York Jets – Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
The Jets seem to have finally figured out that Zach Wilson is one of the very best quarterbacks in this draft, and I believe that by the time three years has passed Wilson will have led these Jets to a double digit win season.
- San Francisco 49ers – Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
While I do believe Fields to be the safer pick, the 49ers do not seem to want him at all. Mac Jones will likely be the 49ers pick in this draft, and I am not so certain that this is a good thing.
- Detroit Lions (FROM ATL) – Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
The Lions’ wide receiver problem is much much worse than people realize, they need a receiver worse than any team in this draft. The Lions will trade up to grab Chase with the fourth pick to ensure he does not last past the Bengals and Dolphins.
- Cincinnati Bengals – Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
The Bengals will absolutely grab Sewell with this pick. The Bengals offensive line eventually got Joe Burrow killed last year, and the Bengals need to do everything in their power to make sure that that never happens again.
- Miami Dolphins – DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
I have had the Heisman winner going in every Mock Draft that I have released and that is not going to change in this mock. Smith and the Dolphins seem like a perfect fit, and Smith will likely work well with Tua Tagovailoa.
- Atlanta Falcons (FROM DET) – Patrick Surtain, CB, Alabama
There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the Falcons probably picking Kyle Pitts. Really? Tight ends almost never go in the top ten and even when they do it is very rare that they live up to their potential. Add to that that the tight end position is not even a huge position of need for the Falcons, what they need much much more is defensive help which is where Surtain comes in.
- Carolina Panthers – Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
The Darnold trade does not suggest to me that the Panthers think they have the answer, if anything this move combined with the trading away of Bridgewater leads me to believe that they have no confidence in their current quarterback and are set up to draft another one.
- Denver Broncos – Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
The Broncos offense was truly a struggle this year, so the best thing to do is to get as much offensive help in there as possible so as to give Drew Lock no excuses to screw up in 2021.
- Dallas Cowboys – Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
The Dallas Cowboys have a lot of offense, and will likely go deep into the playoffs with Dak and Coop, and maybe even Zeke will go back to being a contender. This defense needs help however, now that Surtain has been taken by the Falcons the next logical option for the Cowboys is Jaycee Horn.
- New York Giants – Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Think of how dangerous this defense would start to become once Parsons is inserted into the equation. Not only is the front line extremely strong, but the LB core with Parsons and Blake Martinez is going to be booming.
- Philadelphia Eagles – Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
The Eagles have a problem in their wide receiver core. While I do think Jalen Reagor did well in his first season in Philly it should be noted that 1 – he is a rookie and 2 – there is no depth behind him. Jalen Hurts is going to need as much help as possible to succeed.
- Los Angeles Chargers – Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
It’s almost underrated how bad the Chargers defense is, Trai Turner and Bryan Bulaga both of whom were big ticket free agency acquisitions were both terrible this season, and the rest of the line was also really bad. Even though the Chargers have done work by adding Corey Linsley in the offseason, they still need a ton of help.
- Minnesota Vikings – Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC
Wishful thinking would probably suggest that the Vikings would take a quarterback in the first round, but since we all know that won’t happen the next logical option is to go to the offensive line.
- Houston Texans (FROM NE) – Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
There is no way the Pats take a quarterback in the first round, and I’d go so far as to say that it’s very unlikely they select anybody in the first round at all. Caleb Farley is a talented corner who can help a wretched Texans defense.
- Arizona Cardinals – Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Arizona was a little disappointing in the run game in 2020, particularly with Kenyan Drake who I thought was going to have a massive breakout season. Even though Chase Edmonds has talent, it makes much more sense to see Najee Harris as a feature back.
- Las Vegas Raiders – Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
In my opinion there are no issues with the Raiders offense which leaves the defense as the only concern. Zaven Collins will be adequate to strengthen this line and I believe is the best pick at 17.
- Miami Dolphins – Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
Even with the pieces that Miami tried to add last year this offensive line is still very much a problem. Teven Jenkins will hopefully start to work out better than Austin Johnson from last year.
- Washington Football Team – Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
Washington will absolutely be drafting a quarterback in the first round, I find it comical that anybody is even considering a Taylor Heinicke season to be forthcoming in Washington.
- Chicago Bears – Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
The Bears still have a strong-ish offensive line but it has definitely lost some punch recently. If the Bears really want to protect the two backup quarterbacks they have stashed on their roster, Darrisaw could definitely help.
- Seattle Seahawks (FROM IND) – Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
I don’t think Indy needs a first round pick all that much, and I think Seattle definitely does. Seattle should capitalize on talented pass rusher Kwity Paye falling down in this draft to this position.
- Tennessee Titans – Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
Despite all of the bad tales following Kadarius Toney I believe he can still become a force to be reckoned with in a talented offense like that of the Tennessee Titans. Toney is extremely athletic and will have much worth in the draft.
- New York Jets – Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
The Jets are not going to be starting Tevin Coleman or Ty Johnson in 2021, so let’s go ahead and welcome in Travis Etienne who has definitely shown his worth in his years in Clemson.
- Pittsburgh Steelers – Javonte Williams, RB, UNC
Now that James Conner is officially gone in Pittsburgh, the Steelers really need a new feature back. Williams has a chance to be that back, it will be interesting to see if he lives up to his draft hype.
- Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
The Jaguars secondary has been pretty bad, especially last season, and Moehrig who is hands down the best safety in this draft, should help with that.
- Cleveland Browns – Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami
The only position that I really worry about with Cleveland is the pass rush, Jadeveon Clowney and Myles Garrett are good but the depth behind them kind of sucks. I could also see the Browns taking an offensive player, but this seems more likely.
- Baltimore Ravens – Roshod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
The Ravens really flopped at trying to bring in a receiver to help out Lamar Jackson in the offseason which makes drafting a receiver in the first round an absolute necessity. Bateman is the best available at 27.
- New Orleans Saints – Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
The Saints are falling apart so the best thing to do as an interim measure is to make sure that Taysom Hill can succeed. Rondale Moore should be added as a weapon alongside Michael Thomas.
- Green Bay Packers – Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU
Especially now that Aaron Rodgers is claiming that he wants to leave town bringing in an extra receiver is essential. Rodgers’ backup and former first round pick will likely be terrible so the best thing to do is to make the drawbacks as easy as possible.
- Buffalo Bills – Jaelen Phillips, EDGE, Miami
The Bills lost Trent Murphy in the offseason and have lost some defense firepower in recent years. Phillips could bring back that firepower in a substantial way for Buffalo and could help bring back this defense to its 2019 strengths.
- Kansas City Chiefs – Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia
The Chiefs horrible defense got badly exposed in the Super Bowl, drafting Campbel will hopefully be a stepping stone to ensuring that that does not happen again.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Liam Eichenburg, OT, Notre Dame
The Bucs are extremely deep at every single position, I think the best thing to do is add depth to this offensive line because time and time again we see in the NFL that offensive lines are not a sure thing.
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