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2021 NFL Mock Draft by SteveBunda - 4.28
Published at 4/28/2021 6:27:30 PM

Welcome to Bunda's 1st round mock draft and analysis.

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, Quarterback, Clemson

Lawrence has been the 1st overall pick since the 2018-2019 season when he led Clemson a convincing National Championship win over Alabama. Jags get their franchise QB along with their rock star head coach Urban Meyer.

2. Jets: Zach Wilson, Quarterback, BYU

Zach Wilson impressed the world at his pro day and rightfully so. His athleticism and arm strength is ridiculous. I still think there's a chance the J-E-T-S go with Fields here.

3. 49ers: Justin Fields, Quarterback, Ohio State

Let's be serious right now, The 9ers traded up knowing who they wanted. Shanahan knows QBs, offences and while he may want Mac Jones, They can't pass on Fields. I'm calling their bluff.

4. Falcons: Kyle Pitts, Tight End, Florida

Kyle Pitts is a freak of nature. Arthur Smith has spent 5 years as a TE coach in the NFL and likes to run 2 TE sets in his offence. Pitts with Hurst will be a great TE duo.

5. Bengals: Penei Sewell, Offensive Tackle, Oregon

It just doesn't make sense to take a WR here when they already have Boyd and Higgins. Bengals take the best OT in the draft to start protecting their franchise QB.

6. Dolphins: Jaylen Waddle, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Dolphins get their pick of WR's to give Tua and go with his former teammate in Waddle. His speed and playmaking skills are video game like. He can line up outside or in the slot.

7. Lions: Micah Parsons, Linebacker, Penn State

What player best fits Dan Campbell's "bite your kneecap off" saying? In my eyes Parsons fits that nicely. Fierce aggressive LB that's great at beating blocks and rushing the passer. Lions get a tough player to start changing their approach to a more "mean" team.

8. Panthers: Ja'Marr Chase, Wide Receiver, LSU

In a division filled with talented WRs, Carolina adds one to their team to help out newly acquired QB Sam Darnold. Chase paired with DJ Moore and Robby Anderson plus CMC gives Darnold all the weapons and opportunity to be successful.

9. Broncos: Trey Lance, Quarterback, North Dakota State

The pressure is on John Elway to finally nail a QB in the draft. Lance falling to 9 would be hard to pass up and give them an athletic QB to go with the weapons like Jeudy, Sutton, Hamler and Gordon. Even after trading for Bridgewater, Broncos get their QB.

10. Cowboys: Patrick Surtain, Cornerback, Alabama

You could argue Dallas needs OL help to protect Dak but I do believe defensive help is a bigger need. Diggs progressed well as the year went on and being reunited with Surtain gives them a pair of solid DBs.

11. Giants: Alijah Vera-Tucker, Offensive Guard, USC

The Giants need to continue to help out Danny Jones. Thomas struggled early but slowly got better. Adding Tucker to the young OL at RG will be solid for their dominant run game.

12. Eagles: Jaycee Horn, Cornerback, South Carolina

Sirianni thinks about taking Mac Jones here but in the end they make the smart pick taking Horn to pair up with Darius Slay. Horn's big frame and physicality is needed in Jim Schwartz's defence.

13. Chargers: Christian Darrisaw, Offensive Tackle, Virginia Tech

Easy pick here for the Chargers. Protecting Herbert was the big need this offseason and after signing Corey Linsey in free agency, they grab Darrisaw to play LT.

14. Vikings: Rashawn Slater, Offensive Guard, Northwestern

Vikings could go in a few different directions with the board playing out this way but in my eyes they need to get back to building their OL. Slater can play LG or LT for the Vikings.

15. Patriots: Jamin Davis, Linebacker, Kentucky

I'm not buying the QB need for New England. They re-signed Newton which means to me they still someone believe in him. Jamin Davis is a long, rangy LB that will fit in the Pats defence that needs to add some speed. A surprise pick but Bill Belichick like's to shock the world.

16. Cardinals: Alex Leatherwood, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

Arizona has added some solid pieces to their trenches in JJ Watt and Rodney Hudson but still need help protecting Kyler Murray. Leatherwood is mean and can play inside or out on the OL depending how things shape up.

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