2021 NFL Mock Draft - Corey Long

By Corey Long - @CoreyLong
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Last update: Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Round 2 added.

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1. NFL Team Logo for Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

The Jaguars went from a question mark to the jackpot when the Jets edged out the Rams in Week 15. With the Jets' win, the Jacksonville moved into the No. 1 spot in the 2021 NFL Draft, where they will likely select Lawrence, a 2020 Heisman Trophy Finalist.

Lawrence (6-6, 220), out of Cartersville, Georgia, will simply go down as one of the greatest college football players of all time. He recorded nearly 10,000 career yards passing alongside 88 passing touchdowns and just 16 interceptions. His ability to run is also undervalued. He also rushed for 943 yards and 18 touchdowns over his career.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 25  |  Click here to jump to the Jaguars' first second-round pick.  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 13

2. NFL Team Logo for Jets New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

I didn't want to buy into the chatter of Zach Wilson going to the Jets at No. 2, but it's going to happen. And it's more important that Joe Douglas gets this right since his job is on the line.

I don't buy most of the silliness surrounding Wilson's makeup, especially when one former NFL scout said he doesn't look like he was "born to play quarterback" ... whatever that means. In the real world, Wilson is a good athlete who had a stellar 2020 season with 3,692 passing yards, 33 touchdowns and three interceptions. His 73 percent completion percentage really stands out with his improved accuracy.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 23  |  Click here to jump to the Jets' second-round pick.

3. NFL Team Logo for 49ers San Francisco 49ers: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

I have succumbed to the Wilson to the Jets at No. 2 talk, and several reports have the 49ers between Mac Jones and Trey Lance. I think the Niners will go with Lance and let him have a redshirt year under Jimmy Garoppolo.

Lance (6-4, 224) was amazing in his only full season with North Dakota State. He threw for 2,786 yards and 28 touchdowns - and zero interceptions!! He also picked up another 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground. With most of the FCS scheduled to play in the spring of 2021, Lance opted out, so the Bison scheduled a one-game showcase against Central Arkansas. He was 15-of-30 for 149 yards and two touchdowns in that contest. He also and rushed for 143 yards and two more touchdowns.

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4. NFL Team Logo for Falcons Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

The Falcons want out of this pick, and I can't blame them. If Zach Wilson doesn't go in the top three, I think Atlanta will have a ton of interest from other teams, with organizations like New England and Denver particularly making strong offers.

Pitts (6-5, 239) is another level as a tight end. He moves and plays like a wide receiver, showing incredible hands and the ability to pull down most contested catches. I think the Falcons would prefer to take their chances a few draft spots lower than this and possibly take an offensive lineman.

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5. NFL Team Logo for Bengals Cincinnati Bengals: Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Quarterback Joe Burrow seems to be petitioning for Chase (6-1, 200) at this point in the 2021 NFL Draft, and it makes perfect sense given their LSU connection and the fact that together they set all kinds of SEC passing and receiving records in 2019. Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell would seem to be the other logical pick here. Most players who opted out of the 2020 season might've been best served to play out the season, but Chase had one of the great seasons of all time in 2019 and frankly didn't need to show the NFL scouts anything else. As a sophomore, Chase had a whopping 1,780 and 20 touchdowns on 84 catches. He is a true No. 1 receiver and the type of talent who will make a quarterback look like a star.

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6. NFL Team Logo for Dolphins Miami Dolphins: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

The Dolphins made the right move to stick by Tua Tagovailoa. But the second-year quarterback does have some lingering durability issues and will need protection. The Dolphins have a ton of draft capital to bring more playmakers to their roster, so don't overthink this and take the future All-Pro left tackle. Sewell (6-6, 325) has the total package of size, athleticism, and the elite footwork and lateral movement. He won the Outland Trophy in 2019 and was a monster in pass protection once he stepped on campus at Oregon. Sewell did not play in the abbreviated Pac-12 2020 season, but that shouldn't matter to Miami.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 18  |  Click here to jump to the Dolphins' first second-round pick.  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 18

7. NFL Team Logo for Lions Detroit Lions: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Waddle (5-10, 182) has tremendous playmaking ability and looked like an All-American in the six games he played for Alabama in 2020 before an ankle injury sidelined him. He had 28 receptions for 591 yards - 21.1-yard average! - over those six games and was a dynamic returner on special teams as well.

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8. NFL Team Logo for Panthers Carolina Panthers: Rashawn Slater, G, Northwestern

Once the Panthers brass traded for Sam Darnold, they were committing to doing something on the offensive side of the ball with this No. 8 pick. Protection is the right way to go with Darnold, who is a little gun shy with happy feet that run him into sacks more times than not.

Slater (6-3, 305) could play some tackle in the pros, but I'm not sure if he has the length to handle some of the more physically advanced edge rushes, so it's likely he'll find a home at guard or center. He is a very good athlete with a lot of tools. He looks like a player who could easily be productive for a decade on the interior line.

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9. NFL Team Logo for Broncos Denver Broncos: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

The likelihood of Fields dropping outside of the top five is 50-50 at best. But since I am not doing any trades, I think he will available for the Broncos either here or via trading up with the Falcons.

A finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 2019, Fields (6-3, 228) threw for 5,373 yards, 63 touchdowns and just nine interceptions in his 22 starts for Ohio State. He played his freshman year for Georgia and backed up Jake Fromm. Fields has rushed for over 1,100 yards and 19 touchdowns across his time with both programs.

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10. NFL Team Logo for Cowboys Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain, CB, Alabama

The Cowboys might consider trading up for a top offensive skill talent in hopes of just outscoring teams in 2020, but if Jerry Jones decides to stand pat, they will have their choice of the cornerbacks. Surtain (6-2, 203) had 38 tackles and 11 passes defended in 2020 while playing against top receivers weekly. He is a big corner with speed, toughness and an NFL pedigree. Surtain was a highly-touted recruit out of high school and found his way onto the field very early in his time at Alabama.

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11. NFL Team Logo for Giants New York Giants: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT/G, USC

I get it Giants fans, picking an offensive lineman isn't the most thrilling thing, and it hasn't always worked out well in the past, so I understand the apprehension. But the offensive line isn't good ,and Vera-Tucker (6-4, 315) is a versatile piece who could step in at a number of positions.

Vera-Tucker projects to guard or left tackle, and he projects to be good in pass protection whether he pays tackle or guard.

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12. NFL Team Logo for Eagles Philadelphia Eagles: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

There's certainly becoming a strong argument for Horn (6-1, 200) being the best cornerbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft. He's one of the most competitive players I saw in college football last year, taking on all challengers. Horn is a big corner who can run with speedy outside receivers and isn't afraid to get up in their faces. He continues to improve in all areas of coverage and with his ball skills, which is a big reason why Horn is in the top 10 of many mocks. He had a great run at South Carolina and started games as a true freshman. It is surprise he is the son of former Saints wide receiver Joe Horn, another tough customer.

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13. NFL Team Logo for Chargers Los Angeles Chargers: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

Congratulations, Chargers! Justin Herbert looks like a player and might end up as the best quarterback from the 2020 NFL Draft class. Now, it's time to focus on protecting him. Darrisaw (6-5, 314) has some fans and some detractors, but he can play left tackle and he grades out pretty high with protection. His detractors don't like his lack of aggressiveness at times and wishes he had a bit more of a nasty streak. That might be fair, but players develop that disposition at different times. Darrisaw has the length, speed, quickness and overall athleticism that can't be taught.

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14. NFL Team Logo for Vikings Minnesota Vikings: Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami

-round:1-->team img Minnesota Vikings: Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami The Vikings need some help with the pass rush, and Rousseau is pretty good value here considering he was thought to be a top-five pick several months ago. Rousseau (6-7, 254) probably isn't ready for a full-time role in 2021 after opting out of the 2020 college football season, but I think he can be used on passing downs and late in close games. In Rousseau's only year as a starter, he notched 54 tackles and 15.5 sacks, so the elite potential is there. He will just need a season to develop, learn and improve his technique.

15. NFL Team Logo for Patriots New England Patriots: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

Sure, New England has some other needs and could easily go for a quarterback here since Mac Jones is still on the board. But Bill Belichick has reached the levels of success in the game that he has because of his willingness to draft potential great players regardless of need. Parsons (6-3, 242) may have slipped a little, but his ceiling is very high. He was Big Ten Linebacker of the Year in 2019 and Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2018 while showing the ability to be a playmaker at all three levels of defense. Playing in the middle of Penn State's defense, Parsons showed exceptional athleticism and the ability to make plays in space. He was an All-American in 2019 after 109 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and five sacks. Parsons opted out of the 2020 season, but he is a Belichick type of player and one he'll jump on if he's available.

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16. NFL Team Logo for Cardinals Arizona Cardinals: Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan

Paye (6-4, 272) provides the athletic pass-rushing prospect who the Cardinals could use, and I think he provides tremendous value right outside of the top 10. He had little opportunity to showcase his skill in 2020, appearing in just four games for the Wolverines. But Paye recorded 16.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks over his past 16 games, and I believe he has shown enough in individual workouts to be worthy of a selection in the first half of the 2021 NFL Draft.

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