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, 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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Carolina Panthers: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
If the Panthers are selecting second 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.
New York Jets: Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU
The Jets added Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims this offseason, but neither projects as a No. 1 threat. The team will have to find a dynamic weapon to complement Sam Darnold.
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.
Pick change; previously Patrick Surtain II, CB
Chicago Bears: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
The primary reason why the Bears regressed from 2018 to 2019 was a decline in offensive line play. Both tackles struggled, so the Bears will have to address the position. They could also go after a tight end.
Penei Sewell was so good as a sophomore, he received a second-place Heisman vote.
Washington Redskins: Alex Leatherwood, OT/G, Alabama
The Trent Williams drama finally came to a conclusion when the Redskins traded him to the 49ers. They'll need a new left tackle.
Alex Leatherwood, a former five-star recruit, has excellent strength to be a stellar run blocker and the athleticism to block elite edge rushers.
Cincinnati Bengals: Walker Little, OT, Stanford
The Bengals are waiting on Jonah Williams to finally play. Even if he pans out, the team will have to find another tackle to protect Joe Burrow.
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.
Pick change; previously Ja'Marr Chase, WR
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.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
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.
Jalen Mayfield did a great job against Chase Young late in 2019, showcasing his athletic potential.
Pick change; previously Walker Little, OT
Detroit Lions: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
There's a chance Matthew Stafford could be retired by the time the 2021 NFL Draft begins, given how bad his back happens to be. The Lions may select their new quarterback at this juncture.
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.
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.
Pick change; previously Jalen Mayfield, OT
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.
Miami Dolphins: Cade Mays, OT, Tennessee
Unless the Dolphins believe Robert Hunt can play right tackle, they'll be looking to upgrade the position in the near future.
Cade Mays was a five-star recruit, and he has the potential to be an elite left tackle.
Pick change; previously Sam Cosmi, OT
Green Bay Packers: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
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.
Jaylen Waddle looks to be the next great Alabama receiver to enter the NFL. He's one of the quickest players in college football.
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.
Denver Broncos: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
The Broncos have a great front seven and outstanding safeties. Cornerback is the weakness of their defense, however, and it must be addressed.
Son of former Dolphins star cornerback Patrick Surtain Sr., Surtain II was tested early by teams, yet was able to punish opponents for doing so. The 6-foot-2 cornerback projects as a top-15 pick in the future.
Pick change; previously Israel Mukuamu, CB
Dallas Cowboys: Israel Mukuamu, CB, South Carolina
The Cowboys drafted Trevon Diggs, but they still need another cornerback.
Israel Mukuamu is a big cornerback (6-4, 205) who enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign.
Pick change; previously Paulson Adebo, CB
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