2021 NFL Mock Draft

Last update: Wednesday, April 22, 2020.
Next update: Occasionally. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

The order of this 2021 NFL Mock Draft is based on my NFL Power Rankings, adjusting for playoff seeding in the 21-32 range. First-round picks from the 2020 NFL Mock Draft have been factored into the picks.

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2024 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/9): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5
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Other 2025 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (3/23)
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    *** 2021 NFL MOCK DRAFT updated April 16. This mock draft will be updated occasionally. Follow @walterfootball for NFL Draft updates. ***
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
    2020 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/22): Jeff Okudah, CB; Xavier McKinney, S

    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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  2. Carolina Panthers: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
    2020 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/22): C.J. Henderson, CB

    The Panthers signed Teddy Bridgewater to replace Cam Newton, so I can only assume that they’re willing to give him more than one year, especially given that this seems like a complete rebuild. Bridgewater needs help on the offensive line.

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

  3. Detroit Lions: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
    2020 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/22): Derrick Brown, DT

    This could be Matthew Stafford’s final year in Detroit. He can’t stay healthy, and his back is a severe issue. If the Lions miss the playoffs, they’ll likely go with a new quarterback.

    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.



  4. Washington Redskins: Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson
    2020 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/22): Chase Young, DE/OLB

    Terry McLaurin has been incredible so far, but the Redskins could use a second receiver, or rather, a second No. 1 wideout.

    Justyn Ross is a 6-4, 210-pound monster who catches everything. Alabama had no answer for him in the national championship.

  5. Miami Dolphins: Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami
    2020 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/22): Tua Tagovailoa, QB; Ezra Cleveland, OT; Josh Jones, OT

    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.



  6. Chicago Bears: Walker Little, OT, Stanford
    2020 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/22): None

    Chicago’s offense declined in 2019 because the two tackles seemed to regress. If that continues to occur, the Bears will have to spend a substantial resource on the position to fix matters.

    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.

  7. New York Jets: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
    2020 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/22): Jedrick Wills, OT

    The Jets don’t have much at receiver at the moment, especially in the wake of Robby Anderson’s departure to Carolina.

    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.



  8. Cincinnati Bengals: Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas
    2020 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/22): Joe Burrow, QB

    Cordy Glenn is gone, so the Bengals will be looking for a new left tackle to protect Joe Burrow.

    Sam Cosmi is very athletic, but is considered raw at the moment.

  9. Minnesota Vikings: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
    2020 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/22): A.J. Terrell, CB; Matt Hennessy, C

    The Vikings will have more trouble scoring in 2020 in the wake of Stefon Diggs’ departure, so they’ll need to find a new receiver.

    Jaylen Waddle looks to be the next great Alabama receiver to enter the NFL. He’s one of the quickest players in college football.



  10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
    2020 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/22): Jeff Okudah, CB; Xavier McKinney, S

    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.

  11. Miami Dolphins: Richard LeCounte, S, Georgia
    2020 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/22): Justin Herbert, QB; Austin Jackson, OT; D’Andre Swift, RB

    Once again, the Dolphins find an upgrade for their defense. They need some more help in the secondary.

    Richard LeCounte is a rangy tackling machine who has drawn comparisons to Eddie Jackson.

  12. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
    2020 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/22): K’Lavon Chaisson, DE

    The Cowboys covet C.J. Henderson as a replacement for the departed Byron Jones. If they can’t get him, they’ll have to find a top cornerback in the 2021 NFL Draft.

    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.

  13. New England Patriots: Jamie Newman, QB, Georgia
    2020 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/22): Adam Trautman, TE

    It’s 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.

    Say hello to Jamie Newman, who has created a buzz in the scouting community. He has nice passing talent and can also beat the opposition with his legs.

  14. Tennessee Titans: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
    2020 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/22): Austin Jackson, OT

    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.

    DeVonta Smith is an excellent route runner with great hands and tremendous run-after-catch ability.

  15. Los Angeles Chargers: Trey Smith, OT/G, Tennessee
    2020 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/22): Tua Tagovailoa, QB

    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.

    Despite being a freshman, Trey Smith was arguably Tennessee’s best player in 2017. He was considered a top prospect coming out of high school. He’s drawn rave reviews from scouts and would be a top-five pick if he didn’t have health concerns.



  16. Atlanta Falcons: Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State
    2020 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/22): Javon Kinlaw, DT

    The Falcons are reportedly attempting to move up for Jeff Okudah or C.J. Henderson. If they can’t, perhaps they’ll have to wait to address cornerback in the 2021 NFL Draft.

    Shaun Wade has a ton of upside and was able to produce well in the slot in 2019. He’s expected to move outside this year.


  17. Go to 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 17-32

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NFL Draft Links:

My 2003 Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/24): Round 1 / Round 2/ Round 3
2003 NFL Draft Grades (Re-graded 6/8/08)
My 2004 Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/24): Round 1 / Round 2/ Round 3
2004 NFL Draft Prospects/ 2004 NFL Draft Grades (Re-graded 6/6/08)
My 2005 Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/23): Round 1 / Round 2/ Round 3
2005 NFL Draft Prospects
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My 2006 Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/28): Round 1 / Round 2/ Round 3
2006 NFL Draft Prospects (UPDATED 4/28)
2006 NFL Draft Grades (Re-graded on 7/3)
My 2007 Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/28): Round 1 / Round 2/ Round 3/ Round 4/ Round 5/ Round 6/ Round 7
Other 2007 Mock Drafts:April Fools
2007 NFL Draft Prospects (UPDATED 4/24)/Kenny Ortiz's Top 40 Prospects
2007 NFL Combine and Pro Day Results
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2008 Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/26): Round 1 / Round 2/ Round 3/Round 4/Round 5/Round 6/Round 7
Alternative 2008 Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/7): Round 1 /Round 2
2008 NFL Re-Draft - Round 3 (UPDATED 4/27)
2008 NFL Draft Prospects (UPDATED 8/5)
Other 2008 Mock Drafts: Matt McGuire (4/25)/ Craig Smith (4/22)/ Emmitt Smith (4/21)/ Matt McGuire Shocker (4/21)/ Matt McGuire Backwards (4/19)/ Forum Mock (4/15)/ April Fools (4/1)
2009 Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/25): Round 1 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
Other 2009 Mock Drafts: Re-Draft (4/26) /Matt McGuire (4/25) /Reader Mock (4/25) /Hunter Ansley (4/24) /Backward Mock (4/19) /Emmitt Smith (4/16) /Celebrity Mock (4/9) /April Fools (4/1) /Experts (3/30) /KFFL (3/14)
2010 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/22): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2010 NFL Mock Re-Draft Day 3 (4/24): Round 4 (Walt's) / Round 4 (Matt's)
2010 NFL Mock Re-Draft Day 2 (4/23): Round 2 (Walt's) / Round 3 (Walt's) / Round 2 (Matt's) / Round 3 (Matt's)
Other 2010 Mock Drafts: Matt McGuire (4/22) /Backward Mock (4/20) /Emmitt Mock (4/17) /Celebrity Mock (4/8) /Experts (3/17) /Reader (4/13) /Consensus (2/25)
2011 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/28): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2011 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/30): Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 2 /Round 3
Other 2011 Mock Drafts: Free Agency (5/9) /Greg Cox (4/28) /Backward Mock (4/22) /Emmitt Mock (4/21) /Team Big Boards (4/21) /Celebrity Mock (4/13) /Experts (4/7) /Not Mock (4/6) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Greg Cox's 2012 Mock (2/22) /Matt McGuire (1/8)
2012 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/26): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2012 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/28): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2012 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/26) /Pick History (4/23) /Emmitt Mock (4/19) /Not Mock (4/19) /Backward Mock (4/17) /Celebrity (4/15) /Goals (4/10) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Reader Mock (4/1) /Free Agent Mock (3/6) /Greg Cox (9/9)
2013 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/25): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2013 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/27): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2013 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/25) /GM Mock (4/21) /Charlie's Trade Mock (4/20) /Goals (4/19) /Rapid Reader Mock (4/18) /Emmitt Mock (4/14) /Not Mock (4/13) /Pick History (4/5) /Backward Mock (4/4) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Reader Mock /Free Agent Mock (3/7) /Archived 2013 NFL Mock Drafts
2014 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATE 5/8): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2014 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 5/10): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2014 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (5/8) /Goals (5/3) /Not Mock (4/27) /Emmitt Mock (4/20) /Trades Mock (4/13) /Celebrity Mock (4/11) /Backward Mock (4/4) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Reader Mock /Free Agent Mock (3/6) /Overreaction Mock (12/30)
2015 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/30): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2015 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 5/2): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2015 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/30) /Goals (4/25) /Not Mock (4/19) /Emmitt Mock (4/17) /Trades Mock (4/12) /Celebrity Mock (4/10) /Backward Mock (4/3) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Free Agent Mock (3/5) /Overreaction Mock (12/29)
2016 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/28): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2016 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/30): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2016 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/28) /Combo (5/8) /Goals (4/23) /Not Mock (4/22) /Emmitt Mock (4/17) /Trades Mock (4/16) /Celebrity Mock (4/10) /Backward Mock (4/7) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Reader Mock /Free Agent Mock (3/6) /Overreaction Mock (1/4)
2017 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/27): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2017 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/29): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2017 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/27) /Combo (5/7) /Goals (4/22) /Not Mock (4/21) /Emmitt Mock (4/16) /Backward Mock (4/9) /Celebrity Mock (4/7) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Reader Mock /Free Agent Mock (3/7) /Overreaction Mock (1/2)
2018 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/26): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2018 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/28): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2018 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/26) /Combo (5/6) /Goals (4/21) /Not Mock (4/20) /Emmitt Mock (4/15) /Trades Mock (4/13) /Backward Mock (4/8) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Reader Mock /Free Agent Mock (3/11) /Senior Bowl (1/27)
2019 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/25): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2019 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/27): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2019 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/25) /Combo (5/5) /Goals (4/20) /Not Mock (4/18) /Witten Mock (4/14) /Trades Mock (4/12) /Emmitt Mock (4/7) /Backward Mock (4/5) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Free Agent Mock (3/10) /Senior Bowl Mock (1/26) /Video Mock (1/8) /Overreaction Mock (12/31)
2020 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/23): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2020 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/25): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2020 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/23) /Combo (5/3) /Goals (4/18) /Emmitt Mock (4/12) /Trades Mock (4/8) /Backward Mock (4/5) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Free Agent Mock (3/16) /Corey Long (3/13) /Senior Bowl Mock (1/27) /Overreaction Mock (12/30)
2021 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/29): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2021 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 5/1): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2021 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (5/17) /Goals (4/23) /Backward Mock (4/18) /Emmitt Mock (4/11) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Senior Bowl Mock (1/30) /Overreaction Mock (1/4)
2022 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/28): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2022 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/30): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2022 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/28) /Goals (4/22) /Backward Mock (4/20) /Emmitt Mock (4/15) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Senior Bowl Mock (2/5) /Overreaction Mock (1/10)
2023 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/27): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2023 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/29): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2023 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/27) /Backward Mock (4/19) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Senior Bowl Mock (2/4) /Overreaction Mock (1/9)
2024 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/9): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5
Other 2024 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/15) /April Fools Mock (3/31)
Other 2025 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (3/23)
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