2021 NFL Mock Draft

Last update: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Major updates.
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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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    *** 2021 NFL MOCK DRAFT updated Jan. 13. This mock draft will be updated occasionally. Follow @walterfootball for NFL Draft updates. ***
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
    The Jaguars were gifted the No. 1 overall pick due to the Jets’ incompetence. This was a franchise-altering turn of events that even had the mayor of Jacksonville thanking the Jets via Twitter. This is an obvious selection. The Gardner Minshew experience was fun, but it’s sadly coming to an end. Minshew is a feisty quarterback, but will be relegated to backup duties because he can’t throw passes longer than 15 yards.

    Trevor Lawrence is locked in as 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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  2. New York Jets: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
    The Jets made a very foolish decision to beat the Rams (and the Browns.) Now, they have a dilemma. Do they select the second-best quarterback in the class or stick with Sam Darnold? Considering that Darnold has shown no signs of becoming a franchise quarterback and has admitted to “seeing ghosts,” it would be best to trade him, especially given that New York will have to pay him a large contract to retain him. It would be smart to move him for a second- or third-round pick.

    Justin 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. He continued his strong play into the shortened 2020 campaign, aside from sloppy performances against Indiana and Northwestern. He seemed injured in those games, but after a long layoff, he dominated Clemson in the playoff semi-final. Drawing comparisons to Deshaun Watson, Fields should be the second-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

  3. Miami Dolphins: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
    I mocked Penei Sewell to the Dolphins prior to the national championship, but after watching that game, I don’t see how this pick isn’t Devonta Smith. The Alabama prospect should be the favorite to be the first non-quarterback chosen in the 2021 NFL Draft. He even makes more sense for the Dolphins, and not just because he played with Tua Tagovailoa in school. The Dolphins spent a first-round pick on a tackle last year, so re-signing two tackles to big deals in a span of 12 months can’t sound appealing for management.

    DeVonta Smith is an excellent route runner with great hands and tremendous run-after-catch ability. He rightfully won the Heisman and then embarrassed Ohio State in the national championship.

    Pick change; previously Penei Sewell, OT



  4. Atlanta Falcons: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
    I’m torn on this pick. The Falcons could opt for Gregory Rousseau at No. 4 overall, but they could also select the third quarterback, whether that’s Zach Wilson or Justin Fields. There will be a new front office, so as I’ve said for years, new regimes mean new quarterbacks.

    Zach Wilson is a smart quarterback with decent arm talent. However, there are off-the-field and injury issues. Go here to read about Teams Having Concerns with Zach Wilson.

    Pick change; previously Gregory Rousseau, DE

  5. Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
    How lucky are the Bengals? They won some meaningless games at the end of the year to seemingly move themselves out of the Penei Sewell sweepstakes. However, there’s now a decent chance he’ll be available at No. 5, which is a dream come true for a team that needs to protect Joe Burrow.

    Penei Sewell was so good as a sophomore, he received a second-place Heisman vote.

    Pick change; previously Ja’Marr Chase, WR



  6. Philadelphia Eagles: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
    The Eagles tanked to move from No. 9 to 6. They claimed that they wanted to see Nate Sudfeld, when it’s more likely that they saw film on DeVonta Smith and were hoping to obtain him. That’s no longer likely to happen, but the Eagles can get the second stud receiver in this class, making amends for passing on another LSU player a year ago.

    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 DeVonta Smith, WR

  7. Detroit Lions: Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami
    There’s a chance the Lions may move on from Matthew Stafford; they have an out in their contract with him. However, he’s still relatively young (33), so the new regime could decide to build around him if the top three quarterbacks are off the board. That would entail addressing the poor pass rush so that Stafford gets more possession.

    Gregory Rousseau logged double-digit sacks as a redshirt freshman in 2019. He was compared to Calais Campbell entering Miami.

    Pick change; previously Zach Wilson, QB



  8. Carolina Panthers: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
    The Panthers had an atrocious defense in 2020, as they sorely missed Luke Kuechly. They need to find a replacement to fix their putrid linebacking corps.

    Looking like the next great linebacker to come out of Penn State, Micah Parsons was very productive. That was not a surprise, as Parsons was a highly athletic five-star recruit.

    Pick change; previously Kyle Pitts, TE

  9. Denver Broncos: Jaelen Phillips, DE, Miami
    The Broncos may decide to make Von Miller a free agent by not exercising their club option on him. Given his age (32), massive salary, and controversial texts sent to his girlfriend, Miller may not be a Bronco next year. If so, another edge rusher will be needed.

    Jaelen Phillips had a monster year in replacing the opted-out Gregory Rousseau.

    Pick change; previously Micah Parsons, LB



  10. Dallas Cowboys: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT, USC
    The Cowboys can’t trust Tyron Smith anymore. He’s been injured far too often over the past few years. The defense must be addressed, but protecting Dak Prescott is most important.

    Alijah Vera-Tucker made a great decision to opt back in to the season. He has played extremely well at left tackle for the Trojans.

    Pick change; previously Carlos Basham, DE/DT

  11. New York Giants: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
    The Giants need Daniel Jones to develop. They spent a first-round pick on a tackle last year, so a No. 1 receiver makes the most sense. Kyle Pitts isn’t technically a wide receiver, but he plays like one at tight end. With Pitts and Evan Engram, the Giants could utilize a potent two-tight end attack, which would really help Jones.

    Pitts is a matchup nightmare, as he’s too fast for linebackers and too big for safeties.

    Pick change; previously Jaycee Horn, CB

  12. San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
    The 49ers have some excellent cornerbacks, but with Richard Sherman and Jason Verrett entering free agency, help will likely be needed at the position.

    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.

  13. Los Angeles Chargers: Rashawn Slater, OT/G/C, Northwestern
    The Chargers need to protect Justin Herbert as well as possible. They have a huge hole at left tackle that must be addressed.

    Rashawn Slater can play every position on the offensive line. He some great tape against Chase Young.

    Pick change; previously Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT

  14. Minnesota Vikings: Christian Barmore, DE/DT, Alabama
    The Vikings need as much defensive help as possible. They have to bolster their defensive line to replace some recent departures.

    Christian Barmore has nice length, quickness and athleticism.

  15. New England Patriots: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
    Bill Belichick needs to solve his quarterback dilemma. He didn’t draft a quarterback last year, so he almost has to this April.

    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.



  16. Arizona Cardinals: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
    The Cardinals have major issues stopping the pass. They need a No. 2 cornerback for the present and someone to replace Patrick Peterson in the future.

    Jaycee Horn is a fast, fluid athlete. Team sources have told Charlie Campbell that Horn is a better prospect than his teammate, Israel Mukuamu.

    Pick change; previously Rodarius Williams, CB


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