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The order of this 2021 NFL Mock Draft is based on my NFL Power Rankings
, adjusting for playoff seeding in the 19-32 range.
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Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
The Jaguars traded away A.J. Bouye, prompting Leonard Fournette to tweet the Will Smith meme where he's standing in Unce Phil's empty mansion. That perfectly describes Jacksonville's situation, so imagine how Fournette will feel when Jacksonville trades Yannick Ngakoue as well. The team is devoid of talent in most places, and it could obtain the No. 1 overall pick as a result.
Trevor Lawrence is the very early favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. He has it all, and that includes size (6-6, 215), a big arm, accuracy and mobility.
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Miami Dolphins: Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami
The Dolphins don't have much of an edge rush. After fixing their offense in the 2020 NFL Draft, they can address their stop unit with two selections in this class.
Gregory Rousseau will be a redshirt sophomore entering the 2021 offseason, but he logged double-digit sacks as a redshirt freshman in 2019. He was compared to Calais Campbell entering Miami.
Carolina Panthers: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
If the Panthers are selecting third overall, there's a chance that Teddy Bridgewater endured a miserable season. If so, Carolina will have interest in a new franchise quarterback.
Fields made the egregious mistake of committing to a program with a talented, young quarterback in Jake Fromm, so he was blocked from starting. Fields, however, was able to transfer to Ohio State, where he dominated in his first season.
Washington Redskins: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
The Trent Williams drama finally came to a conclusion when the Redskins traded him to the 49ers. They'll need a new left tackle.
Penei Sewell was so good as a sophomore, he received a second-place Heisman vote.
Chicago Bears: Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU
Receiver isn't the biggest need for the Bears, but it wouldn't hurt for them to have an upgrade to go along with Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller in the slot. It's difficult to pass up on a great prospect like Ja'Marr Chase at No. 5 overall.
Ja'Marr Chase caught 17 passes in his freshman year, then took a huge step forward in 2019, displaying the ability of a top-10 prospect.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Walker Little, OT, Stanford
The Jaguars need to make sure Trevor Lawrence is protected as well as possible. Their offensive line stinks right now and is in dire need of some upgrades.
Walker Little was projected as a top-10 prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft before he suffered an injury. He'll be back to that designation in 20201 if he can show that he's healthy.
Detroit Lions: Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson
Marvin Jones may not be around after this season, so the Lions could be interested in a new receiver to pair with Kenny Golladay.
Justyn Ross is a 6-4, 210-pound monster who catches everything. Alabama had no answer for him in the national championship.
New York Jets: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Unless Bryce Hall becomes a terrific cornerback for the Jets, general manager Joe Douglas will be interested in using a first-round pick on a cornerback upgrade.
Son of former Dolphins star cornerback Patrick Surtain Sr., Surtain II was tested early by teams, yet was able to punish teams for doing so. The 6-foot-2 cornerback projects as a top-10 pick in the future.
Cincinnati Bengals: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
Cordy Glenn is gone, so the Bengals will be looking for a new left tackle to protect Joe Burrow. I thought Cincinnati made a big mistake by not upgrading the offensive line in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Jalen Mayfield did a great job against Chase Young late in 2019, showcasing his athletic potential.
Miami Dolphins: Alex Leatherwood, OT/G, Alabama
Unless the Dolphins believe Robert Hunt can play right tackle, they'll be looking to upgrade the position in the near future.
Alex Leatherwood, a former five-star recruit, has excellent strength to be a stellar run blocker and the athleticism to block elite edge rushers.
Tennessee Titans: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Corey Davis has been a disappointment for the most part thus far. If he doesn't improve, the Titans could be hunting for a new receiver in a couple of years.
Jaylen Waddle looks to be the next great Alabama receiver to enter the NFL. He's one of the quickest players in college football.
Atlanta Falcons: Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida State
The Falcons were reportedly hoping to trade up for Javon Kinlaw, but they couldn't get a deal done. They may target a defensive tackle early in the 2020 NFL Draft unless Marlon Davidson has a great rookie campaign.
Marvin Wilson has outstanding size (6-5, 311) and athleticism, and he is capable of putting consistent pressure on the quarterback.
Pick change; previously LaBryan Ray, DT
Los Angeles Chargers: Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas
The Chargers did a good job of upgrading their offensive line this offseason by adding Trai Turner and Bryan Bulaga. They still need a left tackle to replace Russell Okung.
Sam Cosmi is very athletic, but is considered raw at the moment.
Las Vegas Raiders: Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
It was shocking that the Raiders didn't select Patrick Queen at No. 19 overall. Perhaps they'll obtain a linebacker here instead.
Dylan Moses, a former five-star recruit, missed a chunk of his freshman campaign, but was very productive as a sophomore. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL.
Green Bay Packers: Seth Williams, WR, Auburn
The Packers seemed to forget that they had a big need at receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft. Perhaps they'll find an upgrade for Jordan Love in this class.
Seth Williams (6-3, 224) has come out of nowhere to have a huge 2019 campaign.
Pick change; previously DeVonta Smith, WR
New England Patriots: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
It's still unclear what the Patriots plan on doing to replace Tom Brady. If they give Jarrett Stidham a chance in 2020 and he fails, they could opt to select a quarterback early in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Trey Lance has some nice physical tools, and he's coming off a huge year in 2019. For more on him, check out Charlie Campbell's entry in the NFL Hot Press.
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