2021 First-Round NFL Mock Draft
1. Jags - Trevor Lawrence QB - Clemson
I’m not gonna waste much time on this one. Lawrence has been the presumptive #1 pick since he committed to Clemson. He’s the pick for first time NFL head coach Urban Meyer.
2. Jets - Zach Wilson QB - BYU
This pick is basically as set in stone as Lawrence to the Jags. The Jets traded incumbent QB Sam Darnold to the Panthers. They need a QB, and they get the clear second best one in the draft.
3. 49ers - Mac Jones QB - Alabama
This is where the draft starts. Personally, I think Justin Fields is the next best QB in the draft, but they will go with the reigning National Champion Mac Jones out of Alabama.
TRADE: Falcons get #15, #96, 2022 1st, 2023 1st, Patriots get #4
4. Patriots - Justin Fields QB - Ohio State
Bill Belichek doesn’t make a move like this right? Mortgaging his future? Except he needs to this time, and who better for Fields to learn from than Cam Newton who was a similar player when younger.
5. Bengals - Penei Sewell OT - Oregon
I know reuniting Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase is tempting, but allow me to speak for Burrow when I say this man needs some protection up front. He suffered a gruesome season ending leg injury last year and was sacked 32 times in 10 games. Please protect this man!
6. Dolphins - Kyle Pitts TE - Florida
Imagine being able to trade back and still get the best player in the draft. Well, Brian Flores must have made a deal with the devil because that’s exactly what he did. Tua Tagovailoa will love throwing to Kyle Pitts and DeVante Parker will appreciate seeing less double teams.
TRADE: Lions get #19, #51, 2022 2nd, Washington gets #7
7. Washington Football Team - Trey Lance QB - North Dakota State
Believe it or not, Ryan Fitzpatrick can’t play forever, and unless Washington believes Taylor Heinecke is his successor, they cannot leave this draft without a QB. They pay a steep price, but bring Lance into a good situation where he can learn from Fitz for a year or two and not be thrust into action immediately.
TRADE: Panthers get #12 and #84, Eagles get #8
8. Eagles- Ja’Marr Chase WR - LSU
The Eagles can undo last year’s mistake of passing on Justin Jefferson by grabbing his former teammate in Ja’Marr Chase. The Panthers don’t have a need at receiver and will benefit from the added draft capital.
9. Broncos - Patrick Surtain II CB - Alabama
Once again, John Elway leaves the misses out on a quarterback. However, Patrick Surtain will join newly-signed Kyle Fuller in the Denver secondary, thus vastly improving on last year’s cornerback room.
10. Cowboys - Jaycee Horn CB - South Carolina
The Cowboys would love to see both Horn and Surtain available so they could trade back and still get one of them. However, with Surtain off the board, they take the physical and aggressive corner in Horn. Horn may not contribute as much as Surtain immediately, but he has the higher ceiling with the right coaching.
11. Giants - Devonta Smith WR - Alabama
The Giants used to have a pretty dynamic receiver from the SEC who turned out okay. They go back to the well here and add the reigning Heisman winner to an already revamped receiving core featuring Kenny Golladay. Weapons weapons weapons for Danny Dimes!
12. Panthers - Rashawn Slater OT - Northwestern
Like the Dolphins, the Panthers were able to trade back and still add a top prospect at a position of need. Unless the Panthers want Cameron Erving starting at LT, they need to come out of tonight with one, and they get a good one with Slater.
13. Chargers - Christian Darrisaw OT Virginia Tech
The Chargers were sad to see Slater go just a pick before them, but they get a good consilation prize un Darrisaw to protect their young sophomore QB Justin Herbert.
14. Vikings - Kwity Paye DE - Michigan
It was odd to see the Vikings let Everson Griffen walk last season, and their pass rush suffered as a result. Now they try to replace him with Paye, who didn’t produce much in college, but the measureables are there.
15. Falcons - Jaelan Phillips DE - Miami
The Falcons could have grabbed Kyle Pitts and tried to win games 49-42 every week, but fixing their defense and adding draft capital should win out. There are too many holes on this team that not even Pitts 6’6” frame can fix. They start by adding Phillips who many believe to be the top pass rusher in the class.
16. Cardinals - Micah Parsons LB - Penn State
The Cardinals stop the slide of Micah Parsons. He was considered to be the top defensive prospect in the class before opting out. Some concerns about his locker room presence have come out in recent months which prompted this slide, but the Cardinals will be happy to bet on his talent.
17. Raiders - Alijah Vera-Tucker OT - USC
The Raiders have lost their center, right guard, and right tackle this offseason. They start to reshape the offensive line by grabbing Tucker.
18. Dolphins - Jeremiah Owusu Koramoah LB - Notre Dame
Safety? Linebacker? Hybrid? The Dolphins get a versatile player to add to their defense. Hopefully Flores gets more out of him than Arizona has from Isaiah Simmons.
19. Lions - Jaylen Waddle WR - Alabama
The Lions replace Kenny Golladay with Alabama speedster Jaylen Waddle who could be the top receiver prospect if not for his injury.
20. Bears - Greg Newsome CB - Northwestern
The Bears really need to address the QB situation, but they are all gone when they hit the clock, so they replace Kyle Fuller instead.
21. Colts - Teven Jenkins OT - Oklahoma State
The Colts lost their longtime starter in Anthony Costanzo this offseason, and they get a ready made replacement in Jenkins.
22. Titans - Rashod Bateman WR - Minnesota
The Titans lost former first-round bust Corey Davis this offseason, but it could be addition by subtraction if they add Minnesota’s Bateman tonight.
23. Jets - Travis Etienne RB - Clemson
Jets fans wanted Clemson’s offensive stud right? They get one, just not the one they wanted. They will finally add a running back to help out their rookie QB.
24. Steelers - Najee Harris RB -Alabama
The Steel Curtain needs an improvement at running back. James Conner hasn’t been cutting it, and now he’s in Arizona. So the Steelers add a physical runner who reminds of Derrick Henry.
25. Jaguars - Trevon Awww Moehrig S - TCU
Urban Meyer has his quarterback and now he goes BPA to add the TCU standout to his secondary.
26. Browns - Caleb Farley CB - Virginia Tech
The Browns end the slide of Caleb Farley. Once considered by some to be the top corner in the draft, Farley slides due to back surgery. He lands in a good spot where he can line up opposite Denzel Ward.
27. Ravens - Elijah Moore WR - Ole Miss
The Ravens wanted a receiver all offseason, but strike out on multiple fronts including trying to steal JuJu Smith Schuster from the Steelers. Here, they finally add one.
28. Saints - Asante Samuel Jr. CB - FSU
The Saints seem hellbent on adding a cornerback, and they get one with quite an impressive NFL pedigree to start opposite of Marshon Lattimore to help their defense.
29. Packers - Kadarius Toney WR - Florida
The Packers finaly get Aaron Rodgers a first-round receiver, unless of course they trade him.
30. Bills - Tyson Campbell CB - Georgia
Imagine pairing Tre’Davious White with another first-round cornerback. Good luck opposing offenses.
31. Ravens - Azeez Ojulari DE - Georgia
A run on Georgia defenders sees the Ravens land a much needed pass rusher to replace Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue.
TRADE: Buccaneers get #44 and 99, Cowboys get #32
32. Cowboys - Jevon Holland S - Oregon
The Cowboys have 10 picks in this year’s draft, and really need some help on the back end of their defense. They addressed cornerback at 10 and now trade back into the first round to fill the free safety position that has been lacking for decades. They grab the ballhawking safety from Oregon who had 9 interceptions in two seasons with the Ducks. For the Bucs, they return every starter from a team that won the Super Bowl last year. They don’t really have any holes to fill, so they take the value of additional picks to draft future replacements for their core.