2021 NFL Mock Drafts

  • # Team Player Pos
    1 Penei SewellOregon, Jr OL

    Joe Burrow was running for his life in his NFL debut but he did a lot of things well. The Bengals need to protect their franchise QB and Sewell is a plug-and-play prospect whose rare blend of strength and athleticism will make him a top-five pick.

    2 Trevor LawrenceClemson, Jr QB

    Coming into the season the consensus was that the Jaguars were tanking for Trevor. Someone forgot to tell them because they beat the Colts on Sunday. The Jets looked terrible and it's hard to imagine they'd pass on Lawrence if he's still on the board.

    2020 College Stats

    1 351 78.6 1 0
    3 Gregory RousseauMiami (Fla.), Soph EDGE

    The Dolphins looked sloppy in their loss to the Pats. And while the expectation is that they'll only get better, the pass rush needs to improve. Rousseau came out of nowhere in 2019, logging 15.5 sacks for the Hurricanes. He's new to the position, but there's a lot to work with and he'd give Miami a much-needed spark off the edge.

    4 Micah ParsonsPenn St., Jr LB

    Freakishly athletic, Parsons has opted out of the 2020 college football season. The Jags were one of the biggest surprises of Week 1 and that young explosive defense would only improve with Parsons flying all over the field.

    5 Patrick Surtain IIAlabama, Jr CB

    Rousseau came out of nowhere in 2019, logging 15.5 sacks for the Hurricanes. He'd give the Dolphins a much-needed spark off the edge.

    6 Ja'Marr ChaseLSU, Jr WR

    No. 2 overall pick Chase Young had two strip sacks in his debut along with the rest of Washington's dominant D. Here they take another Chase to upgrade an offense that lacks much in the way of playmakers beyond Terry McLaurin.

    7 Caleb FarleyVirginia Tech, Jr CB

    The Giants have already moved on from 2019 first-rounder DeAndre Baker and there is a desperate need to upgrade the cornerback position. Farley, who has opted out of the '20 season, has the potential to become the type of CB you can build a secondary around.

    8 DeVonta SmithAlabama, Sr WR

    Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay will have their current contracts expire after the season, and while the expectation is that the team won't let Golladay get away, adding a weapon like Smith, who provides instant offense with the ball in his hands, would make life easier for Matthew Stafford.

    9 Wyatt DavisOhio St., Jr OL

    Traded from: HOU

    Ereck Flowers has been much improved after moving inside to guard, but Tua Tagovailoa is the future (and possibly the present if Ryan Fitzpatrick keeps throwing picks) and Wyatt Davis is the best interior lineman in this class.

    10 Christian BarmoreAlabama, Soph DL

    The Raiders defensive line struggled to get pressure on Teddy Bridgewater on Sunday, and Johnathan Hankins and Maliek Collins' contracts expire after the 2020 season. Barmore, who was a part-time player a year ago, could be primed for a Quinnen Williams-type breakout campaign we saw two seasons ago.

    11 Rashawn SlaterNorthwestern, Sr OL

    Slater was dominant at left tackle last season, and he played right tackle the two seasons before that. Meanwhile, Garett Bolles could be entering the final year of his rookie deal should the Broncos choose not to pick up his fifth-year option.

    12 Justin FieldsOhio St., Jr QB

    It's hard to take many positives following the Week 1 throttling by the Ravens, but it's also hard to blame Baker Mayfield for all that ails this team. That said, it also wouldn't be surprising if the Browns drafted their next franchise QB in Fields, who is coming off a breakout season for the Buckeyes, though we'd love to see him get a chance to play one more college season.

    13 Jayson OwehPenn St., Soph EDGE

    The Falcons are an enigma and it can be incredibly frustrating at times. They have offensive weapons, but they need more consistency on defense, especially off the edge. Oweh, a freakish athlete, needs more reps, but he's flashed the type of potential that could make him a first-round pick.

    14 Jaylen WaddleAlabama, Jr WR

    Stefon Diggs is gone and while Adam Thielen remains the top target, and rookie Justin Jefferson will have a chance to contribute immediately, adding Jaylen Waddle brings another level of speed and athleticism to the field. Added bonus: he can also return kicks.

    15 Samuel CosmiTexas, Jr OL

    Austin Hooper is gone and Hayden Hurst will have to prove himself in Atlanta. Pitts, one of the best athletes in this entire class, can line up anywhere and threaten all three levels of the defense.

    16 Trey SmithTennessee, Sr OL

    Last week we had the Bears taking a quarterback here. Mitch Trubisky had something to say about that with that come-from-behind performance over the Lions in Week 1. We're not ready to concede that he's finally the future in Chicago, but if he can continue to improve, bolstering his O-line would be the next logical step. Smith, who played tackle earlier in his career is a road grader on the interior.

    17 Rondale MoorePurdue, Soph WR

    Moore played in just four games last season because of a hamstring injury, and he's opted out for 2020, but he's one of the most dynamic playmakers in this draft class.

    18 Dillon RadunzN. Dakota St., Sr OL

    Bateman was the best WR on the Gophers last season, and he played alongside Tyler Johnson. The Titans could be looking for another outside threat with Corey Davis nearing the end of his rookie deal.

    19 Kyle PittsFlorida, Jr TE

    Bud Dupree is playing on the franchise tag and if Pittsburgh can't find a way to pay both him and T.J. Watt, they could look to the draft for their next freakishly athletic edge rusher. Oweh needs more reps, but he's flashed the type of potential that could make him a first-round pick.

    20 Trey LanceN. Dakota St. QB

    Big Ben looked pretty good in his return to the field, but he's 38 and even if he plays in 2021, Lance could use the time on the sidelines. The NDSU standout who had 28 TDs and no interceptions last year is short on experience but long on just about everything else you look for in an NFL franchise quarterback.

    21 Pat FreiermuthPenn St., Jr TE

    Traded from: LAR

    Turns out, Gardner Minshew is good! We all saw glimpses of that last season, but Minshew continues to do it week after week. At some point we're going to have to believe what we're seeing. Freiermuth isn't the most athletic TE in this class but he does everything at a high level.

    22 Shaun WadeOhio St., Jr CB

    It was something of a surprise that Wade didn't come out after the 2019 season. He played mostly in the slot throughout his career and the plan was for him to move to the outside before the Big Ten season was put on hold. He has plenty of big-game experience even if he's not the playmaker of former teammates and first-rounders Damon Arnette and Jeffrey Okudah.

    23 Dylan MosesAlabama, Jr LB

    Basham is both athletic and powerful but he's still learning the position. He'd join a young, physical defense in Buffalo that was among the league's best a season ago.

    24 Rashod BatemanMinnesota, Jr WR

    Maybe the only thing Aaron Rodgers needs is to feel like people doubt he's still elite. Having some big-time receivers wouldn't hurt either, however, and Bateman was a special talent at Minnesota. He'll need to show he can consistently create separation, but he was one of the best pass catchers in college football last season.

    25 Trevon MoehrigTCU, Jr S

    The Cowboys added rookies Trevon Diggs and Neville Gallimore through the draft, but the need at safety remains. Moehrig excels in coverage and can play both deep centerfield and closer to the line of scrimmage.

    26 Kwity PayeMichigan, Sr DL

    Paye is an athletic marvel who will only get better with more reps. Unfortunately, Michigan's season is currently on hold, which means Paye may be more of a projection than he would be in a typical year.

    27 Jay TufeleUSC, Jr DL

    The Bucs had one of the best defenses in the league a year ago, though they looked a little out of sorts in New Orleans in Week 1. We expect them to bounce back as the season progresses, and in 2021 adding an interior presence like Tufele will only enhance ability to get after the quarterback.

    28 Jalen MayfieldMichigan, Jr OL

    Traded from: SEA

    Paye is an athletic marvel who will only get better with more reps. Unfortunately, Michigan's season is currently on hold, which means Paye may be more of a projection than he would be in a typical year.

    29 Ar'Darius WashingtonTCU, Soph S

    If Washington was 6-foot-1 he'd be slam-dunk first-rounder. But he's only 5-foot-8. That said, he plays much bigger, lines up all over the field and excels in coverage. If former teammate Jeff Gladney, who is 5-foot-10, can go in Round 1, don't be surprised if Washington does the same.

    30 Creed HumphreyOklahoma, Jr OL

    Matt Skura is in the final year of his contract and Humphrey, the anchor of a dominant offensive line at Oklahoma, has been the center for Kyler Murray and Jalen Hurts.

    31 Tyson CampbellGeorgia, Jr CB

    Janoris Jenkins is 31 and the Saints can get out of his contract after the 2020 season if they choose -- though given the way he played against Tom Brady and the Bucs in Week 1, they may want to keep him around. Even if they don't, Campbell, who is an intriguing height/weight/speed guy, would make his way up draft boards with a solid season at Georgia.

    32 Jeremiah Owusu-KoramoahNotre Dame, Jr LB

    Owusu-Koramoah is listed as a linebacker, but you can find him all over the field. He can come off the edge and has the athleticism, speed and change of direction to be an asset in coverage.

    2020 College Stats

  • # Team Player Pos
    1 Penei SewellOregon, Jr OL

    Sewell is the best offensive tackle prospect college football has sent to the pros in a long time and keeping Joe Burrow upright is a must in Cincinnati.

    2 Trevor LawrenceClemson, Jr QB

    It's unlikely Lawrence doesn't land at No. 1, but if the Bengals take Sewell, this will be a no-brainer for the Jets.

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    3 Micah ParsonsPenn St., Jr LB

    The Giants must find a true quarterback of their defense, and Parsons has looked like an early pick from his first game at Penn State.

    4 Ja'Marr ChaseLSU, Jr WR

    The Dolphins upgrade the receiver group with Chase, who had an insanely productive season in 2019 and has a stellar skill set.

    5 Patrick Surtain IIAlabama, Jr CB

    How about a cornerback duo of C.J. Henderson and Surtain in Jacksonville? Length for days.

    6 Justin FieldsOhio St., Jr QB

    Fields represents a higher ceiling than Teddy Bridgewater, but he wouldn't have the play as a rookie in Carolina.

    7 Caleb FarleyVirginia Tech, Jr CB

    Ron Rivera coached many long, wiry cornerbacks in Carolina and gets that type in Farley.

    8 Gregory RousseauMiami (Fla.), Soph EDGE

    Defensive end isn't priority No. 1 on Detroit's defense, yet the value is too good to pass up here for Matt Patricia.

    9 Alex LeatherwoodAlabama, Sr OL

    Back-to-back first-round cornerbacks for the Lions, and Farley has serious man-to-man abilities given his length and athletic gifts. Coach Matt Patricia knows the importance of quality, man-coverage cornerbacks in his defense.

    10 Wyatt DavisOhio St., Jr OL

    Traded from: HOU

    The construction around Tua Tagovailoa continues with Davis, the consensus top interior blocker in the class.

    11 Trey SmithTennessee, Sr OL

    Smith has looked the part since his freshman season at Tennessee, and while the Raiders have an elite offensive line, it features older players.

    12 Trey LanceN. Dakota St. QB

    This pick would be to push Baker Mayfield. Lance only has one year of collegiate experience at a lower level but exudes athleticism that would fit wonderfully in Kevin Stefanski's system.

    13 Dylan MosesAlabama, Jr LB

    The Falcons defense has been a work in progress for years now, and Moses would give the team stability at the linebacker spot.

    14 Kyle PittsFlorida, Jr TE

    Pitts would provide an upgrade to Irv Smith at tight end and give Kirk Cousins two quality pass catchers at that position.

    15 Rashawn SlaterNorthwestern, Sr OL

    The Chargers have to think about the future without Russell Okung. Slater is probably the most complete tackle in the class after Sewell.

    16 Rashod BatemanMinnesota, Jr WR

    Chicago doesn't go quarterback. Instead, the Bears find the replacement for reportedly disgruntled Allen Robinson at receiver with the big and well-rounded Bateman.

    17 Carlos Basham Jr.Wake Forest, Sr EDGE

    The Eagles have to get younger on the edge, and Basham plays with reckless abandon at close to 280 pounds.

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    18 Jaylen WaddleAlabama, Jr WR

    Even if Parris Campbell makes a leap in Year 2, the Colts are thin at receiver, and Waddle is the most electrifying receiver in college football.

    19 Christian BarmoreAlabama, Soph DL

    With Barmore and Jeffrey Simmons, the Titans would boast two long, strong, active pass rushers in the middle.

    20 Alijah Vera-TuckerUSC, Jr OL

    Traded from: LAR

    Onwuzurike's first step is freaky, and he moves people in the trenches with steel beams for arms. He's the perfect penetrating defensive tackle to play in Mike Zimmer's defense.

    21 Levi OnwuzurikeWashington, Sr DL

    There's not much pass-rush presence in Arizona besides Chandler Jones, and Onwuzurike brings it with powerful hands and an always-humming motor.

    22 Shaun WadeOhio St., Jr CB

    With Mike Hilton playing on a one-year deal, the Steelers land the uber-talented Wade, who can really cover from the slot.

    23 DeVonta SmithAlabama, Sr WR

    Would Bill Belichick dip into the first-round receiver pool again? Probably not. But the Patriots need more dynamic weapons on the outside, and Smith is a smooth operator.

    24 Pat FreiermuthPenn St., Jr TE

    No receiver? Well, the Packers looked all set at that position in Week 1. Freiermuth is dangerous with the ball in his hands and can stretch the seam.

    25 Trevon MoehrigTCU, Jr S

    The most blatant need on Dallas' defense is safety, and Moehrig is a towering, athletic presence on the back end.

    26 Jayson OwehPenn St., Soph EDGE

    Oweh is a little project-y but has all the tools to be a Pro Bowl-type player on the edge, the position the Bills have to invest in with the long-term in mind.

    27 Osa OdighizuwaUCLA, Sr DL

    Odighizuwa is a twitched up rusher who can generate pressure from anywhere on the defensive line. That's what the Buccaneers need.

    28 Samuel CosmiTexas, Jr OL

    Traded from: SEA

    Cosmi glides in pass protection, and if the Jets take Lawrence, protecting him will be the top priority.

    29 Jevon HollandOregon, Jr S

    Holland went from a free safety to a versatile defensive back in 2019, and his multi-faceted experience will be adored by scouts.

    30 Rondale MoorePurdue, Soph WR

    Might seem like small-receiver overkill given the presence of Marquise Brown, but reliable slot Willie Snead is playing on a one-year deal, and Moore exudes big-play ability.

    31 Marvin WilsonFlorida St., Sr DL

    No one's quite sure what the Saints have planned in 2021, and maybe they don't either. Here, they add more beef to the interior of their defensive line with Wilson.

    2020 College Stats

    32 Dillon RadunzN. Dakota St., Sr OL

    Radunz is the exact type of highly talented but raw blocker the Chiefs should pick with the future of Patrick Mahomes in mind.

  • # Team Player Pos
    1 Penei SewellOregon, Jr OL

    If the top of the draft order pans out this way, then fans should expect lots of trades by teams looking to move up and secure a quarterback. Cincinnati has Jonah Williams at left tackle and I really liked him as a prospect. However, their primary objective has to be protecting Joe Burrow and Bobby Hart is not helping. The Bengals could flip Williams to right tackle or move him inside. Micah Parsons would also be an option but it is difficult envisioning an off-ball linebacker being the No. 1 overall selection.

    2 Gregory RousseauMiami (Fla.), Soph EDGE

    Honestly, No. 2 overall is a little rich for my blood when it comes to Rousseau. He has a lot to left to prove, and that is difficult considering he will not be playing this fall. New York is desperate for pass rush help. Again, Parsons would be an option but the whole off-ball thing.

    3 Ja'Marr ChaseLSU, Jr WR

    Teams should not take just any wide receiver at No. 3 overall these days. Chase is not just any wide receiver. He was arguably the top wide receiver prospect last year, consistently torching projected future first-round draft picks. Miami has a few good options with Devante Parker and Preston Williams but nothing has proven to be consistent to this point.

    4 Christian BarmoreAlabama, Soph DL

    Jacksonville has done a great job drafting defensive talent but they need to hold onto those players. The team has had Jalen Ramsey, Myles Jack, Yannick Ngakoue and some others a rung below on the ladder. Now, they have Josh Allen, and cornerback C.J. Henderson looks like he is about to become a star. If K'Lavon Chaisson pans out and they add Barmore up the middle, then the defense is starting to look promising again. I'm not against Parsons here either.

    5 Trevor LawrenceClemson, Jr QB

    The offense is certainly not the issue for Carolina this season. However, teams do not pass on a good, young quarterback prospect in favor of a veteran quarterback on his third team. Teddy Bridgewater has had some unfortunate situations work against him in his career and then he spent two seasons backing up Drew Brees. I do not believe he is a bad quarterback but the Panthers must plan for the future.

    2020 College Stats

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    6 Micah ParsonsPenn St., Jr LB

    Washington now gets to add Parsons behind the terrorizing defensive front that we witnessed Sunday? Sign me up.

    7 Quincy RocheMiami (Fla.), Sr EDGE

    It might be a little soon for Roche but his ability to dip his shoulders around the edge is up there with the best in the class. His profile is only going to increase while at Miami. The Giants need some edge help.

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    8 Marvin WilsonFlorida St., Sr DL

    Danny Shelton is clogging up the middle for now but Detroit's fascination with Derrick Brown leads me to believe that they know there is room for upgrade at that position. The only question is, will Matt Patricia or Bob Quinn be around to make the selection?

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    9 Dylan MosesAlabama, Jr LB

    Traded from: HOU

    Jerome Baker was all over the field this weekend against the Patriots. Besides a few penalties against him, he was fantastic. The rest of that group could use an infusion of talent. Moses missed all of last season with a torn ACL so there is a lot to glean about how he will recover. For now, he is an enticing option for Miami.

    10 Justin FieldsOhio St., Jr QB

    Las Vegas' confidence in Derek Carr is the key here. If they believe in him -- he did do some good things against the Panthers -- then they could go interior offensive line here. The opportunity to select Fields is one that would raise the ceiling for expectations.

    11 Caleb FarleyVirginia Tech, Jr CB

    Michael Ojemudia was asked to play a significant amount against Tennessee. The team also lost veteran A.J. Bouye to an injury. Farley is not playing this season but his talent warrants an early selection.

    12 Trey LanceN. Dakota St. QB

    Baker Mayfield has the ability to be successful. It is all in his hands. He continues to overthink the game and scramble when there is no need. Or, he will ignore his checkdowns for a potential bigger play down the field. If he does not show growth by the end of the season, and Cleveland is in a position to take a quarterback early, I could see the team doing it. Now that I've said it out loud, Mayfield will probably look awesome on Thursday Night Football against the Bengals.

    13 Creed HumphreyOklahoma, Jr OL

    Alex Mack, 34, has entered the final year of his contract. Atlanta could elect to get out in front of this and draft his replacement.

    14 Dillon RadunzN. Dakota St., Sr OL

    There is seemingly zero confidence in Minnesota's left tackle. The team nearly allowed him to walk before the season. Ezra Cleveland was drafted in April, and I do like him, but the possibility of solidifying the edges with the addition of Radunz is enticing.

    15 Alex LeatherwoodAlabama, Sr OL

    Los Angeles is built to run the football right now so it makes sense to get a mauler in the run game. The Chargers would have left tackle and right tackle answered for the immediate future of the team.

    16 Wyatt DavisOhio St., Jr OL

    Wyatt Davis would have likely been a first-round selection in 2020. Although he opted out before the Big Ten's decision to return to play, it sounds like Davis will be allowed to play for the Buckeyes one last time.

    17 Shaun WadeOhio St., Jr CB

    Green Bay loves wide receivers, right? The backlash of passing on a wide receiver in favor of a quarterback has been significant. The Packers could crumble under the peer pressure next year.

    18 DeVonta SmithAlabama, Sr WR

    Philadelphia will move on from Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson when they get the chance. The first step towards revamping the position came five months ago when they selected Jalen Reagor in the first round. The process continues in 2021.

    19 Kyle PittsFlorida, Jr TE

    Indianapolis moved on from Eric Ebron and signed Trey Burton to pair with Jack Doyle. The Colts get a bit more dynamic by adding the young star out of Gainesville.

    20 Tyson CampbellGeorgia, Jr CB

    Joe Haden is getting up there in age and Steven Nelson could easily be replaced. Pittsburgh has a great defense so just imagine adding a talent like Campbell in the first round.

    21 Jevon HollandOregon, Jr S

    Traded from: LAR

    Holland is a smart player and a good communicator. Ronnie Harrison is gone from that squad so the door is open for some new blood. The Oregon product is a bit polarizing so far but count me in his corner.

    22 Trey SmithTennessee, Sr OL

    Right tackle could be an issue in Arizona. The hope is that Josh Jones takes on the role. By picking Smith, you add a dominant interior offensive lineman to a young nucleus led by Kyler Murray.

    23 Jaylen WaddleAlabama, Jr WR

    The N'Keal Harry experiment has not yet gone as planned for New England so there could be some hesitancy from Bill Belichick to select another receiver early. The truth is, the Patriots have not done a good job of drafting since Scott Pioli was around. Waddle gives them a shifty, vertical threat.

    24 Rondale MoorePurdue, Soph WR

    Davante Adams had an astonishing 17 targets in Week 1. Marquez Valdes-Scantling looked much improved. The Packers give off the vibe of wanting to run the ball heavily but the idea of pairing these pass catchers with the Aaron Rodgers we saw against the Vikings is exciting.

    25 Patrick Surtain IIAlabama, Jr CB

    Dallas made the right decision by taking CeeDee Lamb in the first round. Take the best player on the board if you have the quarterback position solved. As luck would have it, the board sets up where the best player available also comes at a position of need for the Cowboys.

    26 Nick BoltonMissouri, Jr LB

    Tremaine Edmunds is a star. Tre'Davious White is a star. Ed Oliver has the resume of a star. Buffalo continues to play all of the right chords. By adding Bolton, they get another playmaker at the second level to allow that defense to play faster. If A.J. Epenesa becomes what I think he will become, the Bills are going to be nasty (in a good way) on that side of the ball.

    27 Travis EtienneClemson, Sr RB

    Does anyone believe adding Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy fulfills Tampa Bay's desires at running back? I don't. Sure, RoJo did some good things but he has had two years to grasp that role. Running back is a position where we have seen rookies flourish so it is not like there is a steep acclimation period. Truthfully, I'm not sure that Etienne offers all that the Buccaneers need yet. He is a placeholder in the sense that I would not be surprised if they took a running back.

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    28 Baron BrowningOhio St., Sr LB

    Traded from: SEA

    I am a big Browning fan. Thankfully, the Big Ten will play this fall and he will be able to assert himself as a likely first-round pick.

    29 Paulson AdeboStanford, Sr CB

    San Francisco could theoretically replace one Stanford cornerback (Richard Sherman) with another. Adebo is a smart player that consistently produces. Teams never go broke taking a profit.

    30 Hamsah NasirildeenFlorida St., Sr S

    There is nothing bad to say about the Baltimore front seven or their cornerbacks. It's a really good group. The safeties are not bad either honestly. Nasirildeen would take them to another level with his length and rangy cover skills. The other direction I could see them going in is interior offensive line.

    31 Pat FreiermuthPenn St., Jr TE

    There is an opportunity for New Orleans to take a playmaker here. It may not be a tight end, although a great one is available, but it should be someone capable of catching the ball. Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave and Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman would be a few other tantalizing options.

    32 Cameron McGroneMichigan, Jr LB

    Kansas City added Willie Gay Jr. and that should pay off immensely down the road. If they can continue adding young pieces on that side of the ball, and maybe replace a few high-priced veterans, they should be in position for sustained success.