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2021 NFL Mock Draft 6.0: The Rumors Are Swirling - 4.28
Published at 4/28/2021 8:39:04 PM

Predictive at an award-winning level. Based on betting markets, team knowledge, timely reports, and intuition. The real NFL draft may be a bit anticlimactic if you read this mock.

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Round 1

1. Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, Quarterback, Clemson

No debate here; Trevor Lawrence is as technically polished a QB prospect one could ask for.

2. Jets: Zach Wilson, Quarterback, BYU

Zach Wilson to the Jets is nearly a lock in betting markets. Wilson's incredibly explosive arm is amazing, but Wilson's lack of experience in difficult circumstances at the college level makes him a high-ceiling - low-floor prospect.

3. 49ers: Mac Jones, Quarterback, Alabama

I've had Mac Jones paired with the 49ers in every single one of my mock drafts, including one before they traded up to the No.3 pick. Jones is a rhythmic and anticipatory pocket passer with a fast processing mind. Mac Jones is easily the best fit for Kyle Shanahan's offense of any QB prospect in this class and should serve Shanahan as a Matt Ryan-type player.

4. Falcons: Kyle Pitts, Tight End, Florida

There have been rumors about an Atlanta trade down, but I don't foresee enough of a market for Trey Lance or Justin Fields to make it worthwhile for the Falcons.

5. Bengals: Ja'Marr Chase, Wide Receiver, LSU

Cincinnati gets Joe Burrow his guy from LSU.

6. Dolphins: Jaylen Waddle, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Miami wants to add a weapon with the No.6 pick and I don't buy the trade down rumors. Waddle would fit the Dolphins' offense better than DeVonta Smith, plus Smith's weigh-in probably hurt his draft stock.

7. Lions: Micah Parsons, Linebacker, Penn State

The first wildcard pick goes to Detroit with Micah Parsons. Parsons is too ridiculously gifted as an athlete to not be highly coveted, and Dan "I'll bite your kneecaps" Campbell would be the coach to excuse a hazing scandal involving Parsons.

8. Patriots: Trey Lance, Quarterback, North Dakota State

New England trades up and selects Trey Lance, who will be an excellent fit with the Patriots' offensive scheme. Lance has a similar style to Cam Newton that will function brilliantly behind the best run-blocking offensive line in the NFL.

9. Redskins: Penei Sewell, Offensive Tackle, Oregon

Rumors are pouring out regarding a large trade-up scenario involving Washington for a non-QB. If Penei Sewell slides, the WFT could address their biggest need with an elite OT prospect.

10. Cowboys: Jaycee Horn, Cornerback, South Carolina

We all know that Dallas needs a corner, but I'm rolling with the underdog Jaycee Horn to be selected before Patrick Surtain II.

11. Giants: Prospect not selected

This may seem like a pick out of left-field, but Jayson Oweh is exactly the type of long and athletic edge rusher the Giants would love. Also, Dave Gettleman is no stranger to over-drafting his guys.

12. Eagles: DeVonta Smith, Wide Receiver, Alabama

The Slim Reaper falls to Philadelphia and fills a big need for the Eagles' offense.

13. Chargers: Prospect not selected

The Chargers need a left tackle, but they also need multiple corners. Surtain would be a nice piece for Brandon Staley to utilize.

14. Vikings: Christian Darrisaw, Offensive Tackle, Virginia Tech

Minnesota gets the second-best LT prospect behind Penei Sewell to fill a massive need.

15. Panthers: Rashawn Slater, Offensive Guard, Northwestern

The Panthers acquire a few extra picks in the trade-back and begin by addressing their shaky offensive line. I expect Slater to be a better guard than tackle in the NFL, but his footwork is clean and he plays with a controlled urgency.

16. Bears: Justin Fields, Quarterback, Ohio State

If my mock draft comes true, then Justin Fields' slide will be the talk of the TV networks. I view Fields as a mechanically sloppy QB prospect who wasn't asked to orchestrate an NFL-style offense at OSU. Justin Fields is worthy of a mid/late 1st round pick, but I've never understood the public's love affair for Fields as a prospect. Justin Fields is my fifth-ranked QB prospect in the 2021 class.


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