2021 NFL Mock Draft

Last update: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. 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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  1. New York Jets: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
    There’s no question that the Jets would select Trevor Lawrence if they landed and kept the first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Sam Darnold once had promise, but the truth is that he has regressed over the years. He looked lost in the opener versus the Bills, and then he threw two pick-sixes at Indianapolis. I blame Adam Gase, but Darnold is at fault as well. I imagine the Jets would treat Darnold like Josh Rosen, trading him for a second-round selection and then taking a new quarterback first overall. It worked for Arizona.

    Lawrence is the 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. New York Giants: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
    I like Darius Slayton, but he’s better served as a No. 2 receiver. The Giants’ offense would be so much more explosive with a dynamic threat like Ja’Marr Chase. They could also go after Penei Sewell, even after using last year’s No. 4 overall pick on Andrew Thomas.

    Chase caught 17 passes in his freshman year, then took a huge step forward in 2019, displaying the ability of a top-10 prospect.

  3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
    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.

    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. Miami Dolphins: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
    The Dolphins need to do everything in their power to protect Tua Tagovailoa. They don’t have the offensive line to properly shield the Alabama product at the moment, but getting Penei Sewell would go a long way in doing so.

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

  5. Dallas Cowboys: Carlos Basham, DE/DT, Wake Forest
    The Cowboys need help at every level of their defense, but mostly up front and in the secondary. They need players who can get to the quarterback from the interior.

    Carlos Basham always stuffed the run well, but his pass rush improved tremendously from 2018 to 2019.

    Pick change; previously Christian Barmore, DE/DT



  6. Atlanta Falcons: Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami
    The Falcons have needed to improve their pass rush for years. They’ve tried to fix it via Vic Beasley and Takk McKinley, and yet it has remained a problem. It’s time to finally find a solution.

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

  7. Washington Redskins: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
    Like the Jets, the Redskins would try their luck with another quarterback in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Justin Fields is off the board, but there could be a third top-10 quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft.

    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.



  8. 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. He appears to have added strength in 2020.

    Pick change; previously Sam Cosmi, OT

  9. New England Patriots: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
    The Patriots have the worst receiving corps in the NFL. The only viable player they have at the position is Julian Edelman, who will be 35 next offseason.

    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. Minnesota Vikings: Christian Barmore, DE/DT, Alabama
    The Vikings have needed a starting defensive tackle next to Linval Joseph for quite some time. Now, they need a starter next to Michael Pierce, or perhaps a replacement for Pierce if he balloons up to 380 pounds during his opt-out.

    Christian Barmore has nice length, quickness and athleticism.

    Pick change; previously Carlos Basham, DT

  11. Cincinnati Bengals: Alex Leatherwood, OT/G, Alabama
    Joe Burrow is doing so well considering that he doesn’t have much time to throw. The Bengals need to fill the numerous holes they have on the offensive line.

    Alex Leatherwood, a former five-star recruit, has excellent strength to be a stellar run blocker and the athleticism to block elite edge rushers.

    Pick change; previously Sam Cosmi, OT

  12. Carolina Panthers: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
    Ian Thomas hasn’t quite lived up to his potential, so the Panthers could be looking for a new tight end to replace Greg Olsen.

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

  13. Detroit Lions: Paris Ford, S, Pittsburgh
    The Lions need to address every position on defense, and this includes safety to replace Quandree Diggs.

    Paris Ford was all over the field last season, and he stood out on film to several scouts.

  14. Denver Broncos: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
    The Broncos have needed cornerback help ever since parting ways with Chris Harris and Aqib Talib.

    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.

  15. San Francisco 49ers: Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State
    Richard Sherman doesn’t have much time left, so the 49ers will need to find a new No. 1 cornerback for the future.

    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.



  16. Miami Dolphins: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
    The Dolphins need to bolster their linebacking corps, as it would be the weak point of their defense if the pass rush is addressed.

    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.


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