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2021 NFL Mock Draft by Brock16 - 2.0
Published at 1/26/2021 4:24:14 PM
3.0 is out now! With just the Super Bowl remaining the order is just about set. 2-round mock with first round comments. Let me know if you like your team's pick and if there is someone you would rather have from that fanbase's perspective.
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Any other pick in this mock could change in the next 3 months leading up to the draft, but this one won't. Lawrence has great size and can put a certain zip and touch on his passes that you rarely see from a prospect. He has accuracy to all levels, has the arm to get it anywhere on the field, moves well in the pocket, and has a high football IQ. Combine that with his leadership that lead to him hardly ever losing in high school and college. And if that isn't enough he can run well. This is about as big of a lock at number 1 as it gets.
This is where the draft gets interesting. Coach Saleh hasn't committed to Sam Darnold but he has expressed interest in his talent. I'm sure some quarterbacks will get close looks here, and trading down is a possibility, but getting a WR1 is a huge need for the Jets and Chase can certainly fill that.
Remember when the Dolphins were getting blown out every game and considered the worst team in the league? Yeah, that was less than a year and a half ago. Now they're coming off a 10 win season and have two first round picks. This pick from the Texans gives them a chance to take a star at the top of the draft, so why not grab the one that shined the brightest during the college football season. After being the first receiver to win the Heisman in over 2 and a half decades, the twitchy movement and good hands of Smith appear to be unstoppable. Not to mention their quarterback couldn't be more comfortable with any other receiver they could bring in.
Julio might be on the move. Gurley's contract is up. Atlanta has one of the worst defenses. Looking for a young QB is on top of all that. With that being said, when a team has a list of needs QB is usually where they start. Fields is uber-athletic, can make all the throws, and grew up a short drive away from Atlanta. They would instantly get the future of the franchise and a lot of sold jerseys.
If I'm the Bengals there is two guys to consider. Those are Ja'Marr Chase and Sewell. With Chase gone that makes this pick easy. Get Burrow some some protection and maybe he can stay healthy next season. Sewell is dominant in pass protection and run blocking giving Cincy a franchise left tackle to go along with its franchise QB.
Last offseason the Eagles traded for Darius Slay to try to solve their coverage problems, but all that really did was give them one functional DB this year. Surtain II has the size, physicality, hips, and sticky coverage that teams dream of in a corner. He also has no problem stepping up in the run game. Pair him with Slay and now Philly is starting to build a little something in the defensive backfield.
After 12 seasons, the Lions and Matthew Stafford mutually agree to part ways this offseason. Wilson is a Stafford-like quarterback from how he plays to the very similar size. After the success Stafford has had in Detroit, why not grab Wilson here to replace him day 1.
The Panthers have some young talent on defense but still are having their struggles. A lot of that seems to be fallout from the retirement of Luke Kuechly. While it's very hard to replace a guy like that, Parsons can certainly give it a go. Parsons is very athletic and brings down ball carriers of any kind from sideline to sideline. He may not be the best in coverage but he can cover the middle and has the tools to get better. As far as run stopping and blitzing goes, he's about as good of a linebacker prospect you'll see.
Denver was solid against the pass this year, but they were one of the worst against the run. Paye is an anchor against the run and can add some pass rush while he's at it. Von Miller's future is in question with him set to be a free agent, but even if they can bring him back, this would still be a good pick for the Broncos.
There just isn't very many words that describe how bad this defense was this season. To make matters worse, a couple of their top corners contracts are up. Farley has the potential to be a lockdown corner. In 2019 he had 4 interceptions, 12 pass deflections, and a touchdown. His biggest flaw is injury issues, but he has only missed two games in his last two seasons.
As far as I'm concerned the Giants don't plan on replacing Daniel Jones so there is really two option; get him a target or protect him. After just 12 touchdown passes this season, a target who can catch passes in high volume and in the redzone seems to be a must.
Heading into the offseason San Fran has a couple spots they need to fill along the o-line. Luckily for them, Slater can play any position on the line so they can put him where they need him and let him grow.
Surely protecting the young stud QB Herbert has to be at the top of the Chargers list. Darrisaw has the size and nimble feet you look for in a left tackle. He still has some room to improve and get stronger, but it should be a good start to keeping the franchise QB upright and in the game.
Kirk Cousins has actually been quite good in his three seasons in Minnesota, but cutting him after next season saves the Vikings 35 million dollars so they may be looking to do that. Lance will be just 20-years-old when he is drafted and is a bit raw in some areas, so sitting a year could be very helpful to him. A year behind Kirk and then he can take over as the guy for Minnesota.
Targets are an absolute necessity for the Pats. Whoever the best one on the board is when they pick almost has to go there, and if Waddle is that guy they should be pretty happy. He can be moved all over the field and anytime he touches the ball could end in points.
The Cardinals were sixth in rush attempts this season, so making the heavily used run game more effective while also protecting Kyler is exactly what Vera-Tucker would do.