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2 Round 2021 NFL Mock Draft
Published at 3/6/2021 10:45:08 PM
2 round mock draft with no trades. Pre-free agency so this mock will make no sense in a couple of weeks.
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Urban Meyer chose the Jacksonville Jaguars to build the team around this young man. Trevor Lawrence (6’6”, 215) has been one of the most highly touted quarterbacks to come out of college since Andrew Luck and the reason behind it makes sense. His size, sneaky speed, and arm talent match the big-stage production he has enjoyed at Clemson. With Lawrence, draft capital, and salary cap, look for the Jaguars to move closer to .500 this year and possibly push toward the playoff picture by year 3.
The big question here is if the Jets stay at #2 or do they trade down a few spots and pick up more draft capital to build around Sam Darnold. Since neither Robert Saleh nor Joe Douglas drafted Darnold, I see them starting fresh. There are circles (albeit small ones) who believe the New York Jets are getting the best quarterback in the draft. Zach Wilson (much like Trevor Lawrence) will need to fill out his frame a little more to stand up against NFL defenses but his arm talent is unquestionable. Wilson has a little more backyard football in his game but can stand in the pocket and go through his progressions. Look for him to find success running Mike LaFleur’s wide zone/boot action offensive scheme.
I would be surprised if Miami was not able to find a trade partner but nobody traded in front of the Dolphins or Chargers last year even though it was widely speculated they were planning on selecting quarterbacks. So, with that said, I see the Dolphins selecting the best player on the board. Penei Sewell is 6’6”, 330 pounds at 20 years old. The 2020 rookie class (Austin Jackson, Robert Hunt, and Solomon Kindley) look promising and Sewell will excel in the Dolphins’ zone scheme.
Atlanta Falcons are in a weird spot. On paper, the Falcons’ needs look to be on defense but no defensive player is worth the #4 overall pick. They could go quarterback but I think Arthur Smith will want to milk the last few good years out of Matt Ryan. I would not be surprised if Kyle Pitts is the selection here. Please do not let the “TE” next to his name cause you concern. Pitts is a receiving threat. Yes, he can line up as an in-line tight end and help block in the running game but he is selected here to detach from the line and beat cornerbacks and linebackers as a route runner. Ryan gets a new weapon to take the pressure off an aging Julio Jones and an underrated Calvin Ridley.
The Cincinnati Bengals are notoriously stubborn with draft needs. If Penei Sewell is off the board, I still see the Bengals taking an offensive lineman to protect Joe Burrow. Rashawn Slater seems to be a very controversial prospect; some scouts think he is the top offensive tackle while others think Slater will need to play guard. The good news for the Bengals: they need help all along the offensive line. Jonah Williams has battled injuries so far in his career so all five spots should be considered open at this point. Slater is a technician who uses hand-placement to make up for his lack of length. Let him fail at left or right tackle before moving him inside.
The Eagles feel more like a rebuild than retool at this point and history tells me they will draft a quarterback here. Justin Fields has a lot of tools but will need to grow as a processer in the NFL. Do the Eagles keep Jalen Hurts and hold a competition? I think it would be a mistake not to trade Hurts for some draft capital and put all their chips in the middle on Fields. He is a more talented thrower and runner than Hurts and should not have to deal with a QB controversy like Wentz battled last year.
Detroit should be looking for a team to jump Carolina for a quarterback. If they do not have any suitors, then the Lions go BPA with Ja’Marr Chase. Kenny Galladay is a pending free agent but, even if they keep him, Detroit needs to get younger at the position. Chase proved to be a man amongst boys at LSU as he bullied SEC cornerbacks and the passing game should run through him. Jared Goff is looking for a fresh start and Chase will make his life much easier.
Carolina is dead set on finding a quarterback so I think Mac Jones in the top 10 is very possible. The Panthers got to work with Jones for a week at the Senior Bowl and I think Jones will remind Joe Brady of his time at LSU with Joe Burrow. Jones’s arm strength is good enough to make all the throws, he has pinpoint accuracy, and, while he is not a threat to run the ball, his feet from inside the pocket will keep the play alive while he goes through his progressions. Mac Jones will push the ball downfield more than Teddy Bridgewater and, from all reports, has the mindset and makeup to be trusted as a day 1 starter.
I see Caleb Farley mocked to the Broncos so often that I think people forget to look at other options. Yes, Denver has needs at cornerback but that is not the only need on the team. From a BPA standpoint, I can see Denver selecting Micah Parsons. Vic Fangio worked with a number of All-Pro linebackers throughout his long career and I refuse to believe he is content with his depth chart at this time. While Parsons must show the ability to cover in today’s NFL, his A-gap blitzes and read-and-react run defense will help him find time on the field early in his rookie season.
Dallas may fall in love with the prospect of adding Patrick Surtain II. Surtain’s pedigree and technique at the line of scrimmage will make up for some concerns about his athleticism and long speed. Look for Dan Quinn to run a lot of Cover 1 and Cover 3 with Surtain II and Trevon Diggs pressing receivers.
Listen to the tea leaves of Dave Gettleman’s press conferences to know where he is going in the draft. This year, he talked about improving the passing offense. Enter DeVonta Smith. Not many receivers with similar frames to Smith have had success in the NFL but this is a different player altogether. He is a true route runner and should be able to separate against even the top cornerbacks. His route running prowess may allow him to be the X receiver in Jason Garrett’s vanilla offense.
Caleb Farley is the exact opposite of Patrick Surtain II. Farley is fairly new to the position, lacks technique, but makes up for his mistakes with incredible speed. He is more boom or bust, but his ceiling will push the 49ers to add him to a nearly empty cornerback room.
The plan for the Chargers is to build off Justin Herbert’s very impressive rookie season. Jaylen Waddle receives a lot of Tyreek Hill comparisons and I can see why. Waddle can take screens and slants for touchdowns but can also run an NFL route tree. He could end up as the best receiver in the class down the road.
Hear me out. Mike Zimmer mentioned how furious he was with his defense in 2020. Zimmer runs a complicated defensive scheme and requires smart players to understand the intricacies and nuances to be effective. Trevon Moehrig is considered a very heady player and will pair nicely with Harrison Smith. Moehrig will help get the players lined up, can cover deep, play in the box, and is a willing tackler. While it may be considered a reach on draft night, I can see this being a fantastic fit in the long run.
New England has needs all across the board and I never have a good feel for where they are when it comes to the draft. But Kwity Paye seems to fit the mold of a Bill Belichick defensive player. Paye has freaky athleticism and has great hand-usage against the run. His pass rushing technique will improve with NFL coaching and, in this scenario, Paye joins former Wolverines Chase Winovich and Josh Uche.
Arizona can go in a number of directions depending on how the board falls. They can look to protect Kyler Murray, add a pass rusher, or look for cornerback help. Patrick Peterson may not be with the Cardinals next year and the CB2 spot has been a revolving door for years. Jaycee Horn is a chippy press-corner who will give wide receivers fits, reminiscent of a Cortland Finnegan-type. I look forward to seeing Horn battle DK Metcalf twice a year.