2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 8/31): Penei Sewell, OT
If Dwayne Haskins does not pan out by the 2022 NFL Draft, Ron Rivera could be looking for his quarterback to lead the Redskins.
Slovis had an excellent freshman season for USC in 2019, completing 72 percent of his passes for 3,502 yards with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Slovis showed a quality arm with accuracy and impressive poise. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder needs to maintain big production due to his lack of elite size for the NFL.
The Panthers lost James Bradberry in free agency and could use a No. 1 cornerback talent to go with Dante Jackson and Troy Pride.
Even though LSU had a returning corner who was highly touted in Kristian Fulton, Stingley took over as the Tigers' No. 1 corner during his freshman season. Stingley was phenomenal shutting down receivers and making big plays for the LSU defense. He showed excellent instincts, size, ball skills, and cover ability. His six interceptions and 15 passes broken up was superb production, but it really incredible considering he was a freshman. Stingley (6-1, 190) has the ability to end up being a top cornerback prospect for the 2022 NFL Draft.
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 8/31): Trevor Lawrence, QB and Jalen Mayfield, OT
Luke Joeckel was an epic bust for the Jaguars. If they had taken Lane Johnson instead, they would not have needed to draft Cam Robinson and/or Jawaan Taylor. As it stands, Robinson is entering free agency after the 2020 season. He may not be worth re-signing to a long-term extension depending on how he plays in his contract year. Thus, offensive tackle need could be pressing again in Jacksonville.
Morris (6-5, 315) was so effective as a freshman left tackle, he gave the Volunteers the ability to play Trey Smith at his natural position of guard. Morris showed a lot of potential with a pro skill set in his first season. Now that he has a year of starting experience behind him, Morris has the upside to be better as a sophomore and junior.
The Bengals take an understudy/replacement for Carlos Dunlap.
Thibodeaux (6-5, 242) had a superb freshman season for the Ducks, doing an excellent job of getting after the quarterback and totaling nine sacks, 35 tackles, a forced fumble and three passes batted. As a sophomore and junior, it would help Thibodeaux to gain more strength as he will need more weight to hold up as a run defender and to shed blocks from NFL offensive linemen. He has plenty of time to add weight and get stronger as a over the next two years.
Ross is out for the 2020 season due to a spinal condition that requires surgery. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder played well for Clemson in 2019, although the offense spread the ball around to a variety of play-makers. He totaled 66 receptions for 865 yards and eight touchdowns in 2019. Ross broke out in 2018, showing off a freakish skill set alongside size and speed. While Clemson spread the ball out as well that season, Ross made the most of his receptions, totaling 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns on 46 receptions for an average of 21.7 yards per catch. Ross is brimming with upside and looks like he has high first-round potential if his spinal condition allows him to play.
6.Miami Dolphins:Drake Jackson, DEUSC
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 8/31): Carlos Basham, DE and Andre Cisco, S
The Dolphins could use a couple of edge rushers for their defense.
Jackson (6-4, 275) had an impressive debut for the Trojans in 2019. He showed some pass-rush potential with a quality set of size and speed. With his skill set, Jackson has the upside to improve his production as he gains more experience.
7.Los Angeles Chargers:Kaiir Elam, CBFlorida
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 8/31): Gregory Rousseau, DE
By the 2022 NFL Draft, the Chargers will need some youth at corner given the ages of Casey Hayward and Chris Harris.
Elam (6-1, 187) was fantastic as a freshman, flashing serious ball skills even though he had a part-time role. With C.J. Henderson in the NFL, Elam could emerge as the No. 1 corner for the Gators. He has good height and length with quickness. Elam could stand to fill out his frame, but considering he is only a true sophomore, he has plenty of time to do it. With his skill set and upside, Elam could explode as a sophomore and junior.
The Browns have some young starters at linebacker with a trio of mid-round picks. If those youngsters don't step up for Cleveland this season, the organization could be in the market for linebacker upgrades by the time of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Harrison (6-6, 255) was a top recruit because he has a great skill set, which he flashed as a freshman in 2019 when he recorded 3.5 sacks and 24 tackles as a backup. Harrison showed the potential to emerge as an impactful defensive end during his sophomore year and beyond. Now that Chase Young is in the NFL, Harrison could take over as a starter and is likely to enjoy a breakout year for the Buckeyes - whenever they play.
9.New York Jets:George Karlaftis, DEPurdue
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 8/31): DeVonta Smith, WR and Joe Tryon, DE/OLB
The Jets could use multiple edge rushers.
Karlaftis had a breakout freshman season for the Boilermakers in 2019 totaling 7.5 sacks with 54 tackles in his debut. The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder has the upside to get better.
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2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 8/31): Alex Leatherwood, OT
Before too long the Cardinals may need a replacement for Patrick Peterson.
Green showed some impressive coverage ability and size during his first season as a starter. The 6-foot-1, 197-pounder had 30 tackles and five passes broken up as a sophomore. If he continues to develop over 2020 and 2021, he could be an early-round prospect.
Even if the Lions re-sign Kenny Golladay, they will need a receiver to replace Marvin Jones.
Haselwood flashed serious ability for the Sooners in 2019 and could be a breakout star as the replacement for CeeDee Lamb.
12.New England Patriots:George Pickens, WRGeorgia
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 8/31): Sam Cosmi, OT
Even if N'Keal Harry turns things around, the Patriots could use more talent at receiver.
Pickens played well as a freshman for Georgia, catching 49 passes for 727 yards and eight touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder has the upside to be better as he gains experience.
13.Houston Texans:Master Teague, RBOhio State
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 8/31): None
The Texans could be looking for a replacement for David Johnson by the 2022 NFL Draft.
Teague averaged 5.8 yards per carry in 2019 while racking up 789 yards and four touchdowns in backup duty to J.K. Dobbins. Teague (5-11, 225) could break out when he becomes the starter for Buckeyes.
14.Los Angeles Rams:Charles Cross, OTMississippi State
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 8/31): None
The Rams need a long-term replacement for Andrew Whitworth.
The 6-foof-5, 290-pounder Cross has a good skill set with the ability to be a riser over the next few seasons. He could be a great fit in Mike Leach's offense, which helps develop pass protectors.
15.New York Giants:Nolan Smith, DEGeorgia
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 8/31): Kyle Pitts, TE
The Giants could use more edge-rushing talent.
Smith flashed ability as a freshman and should improve as he gains experience. He has the ability to take on a bigger role as a pass rusher and run defender in 2020 and 2021.
16.Las Vegas Raiders:Shane Lee, LBAlabama
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 8/31): Wyatt Davis, G
The Raiders could stand to improve their linebackers.
Alabama has been a factory for linebacker talent, and Lee could keep that tradition alive for the 2022 or 2023 NFL Draft. With Dylan Moses getting injured in 2019, Lee took on a larger than expected role as a freshman, but he put together an impressive season in which he made a lot of splash plays for the Crimson Tide defense. His 10 pass breakups, 4.5 sacks and one interception were very impressive production in pass defense for a first-year player. Lee (6-0, 246) has a lot of ability and upside to develop as he gains experience.