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We are just over three weeks away from the 2021 NFL Draft, and the smokescreens are smokier than ever. In the last week, I swear I've heard somebody tell me that every single QB is going to go to the Jets at No. 2 or the 49ers at No. 3. I've also heard every single QB in this draft class mentioned as the perfect fit for Kyle Shanahan's offense.

Now, I think that says a lot more about Kyle Shanahan than the quarterbacks, but the point is that we're reaching that time of draft prep where you can't believe anybody about anything. Including 40 times at NFL pro days.

Anyway, my latest mock sees three QBs going in the first three picks, as well as a lot of receivers and corners going off the board. But who's going where? Let's find out.

Mock Draft
2021 NFL Draft Round 1
1
Clemson • Jr • 6'6" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
Our NFL draft expert Chris Trapasso recently called Trevor Lawrence the greatest QB prospect of the last 40 years, putting him ahead of names like Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and John Elway. Geez, no pressure, Trevor.
2
BYU • Jr • 6'3" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
2nd
People are starting to think I don't like Zach Wilson because I keep stressing that I prefer Justin Fields, so I'm going to say all the things about Wilson I like. I love his arm strength and his ability to think quickly on his feet and improvise. I love his attitude, as he shows the kind of confidence every great QB needs. I just worry that his confidence in his arm strength betrays him too often, and while he got away with it at BYU, he'll have to adjust quickly at the NFL level.
3
Ohio State • Jr • 6'3" / 228 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
3rd
The 49ers didn't trade up to No. 3 to not take a QB, and as somebody who has long hoped to see Kyle Shanahan team up with Justin Fields, I'd be thrilled to see this happen. There just aren't many prospects with the kind of ability that Fields has who come around, and he played his best in big moments at Ohio State. As a prospect, he's closer to Trevor Lawrence on my board than any other QB in this class is to him.
4
Florida • Jr • 6'6" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
1st
If one of the top three QBs fell to the Falcons here, it wouldn't shock me to see them take one or trade down. Instead, they take yet another incredible weapon to add to their offense.
5
LSU • Jr • 6'0" / 208 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
Rumors say one of the reasons the Eagles traded down from No. 6 was they were sure Cincinnati would take Chase here. I can also see the Bengals taking an offensive tackle, but they can likely find another tackle with their next pick. They won't find another Ja'Marr Chase still on the board.
Alabama • Jr • 5'10" / 182 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
2nd
A lot will be made of their Alabama connection, but Tua Tagovailoa isn't going to succeed in Miami without weapons. Here, the Dolphins get him one of the best in this draft.
  Mock Trade from Detroit Lions
7
Alabama • Jr • 6'3" / 214 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
5th
I don't care what anybody says; I don't believe that Washington sees Taylor Heinicke as anything other than a solid backup option. The Football Team moves up to choose their desired QB of the future, who could supplant Ryan Fitzpatrick right away.
8
Oregon • Jr • 6'6" / 330 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
1st
Now that Sam Darnold is in Carolina, the Panthers address a need for help on the offensive line. Sewell has the potential to be an All-Pro left tackle for the next decade.
9
Northwestern • Jr • 6'3" / 305 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
3rd
I don't think it makes sense for the Broncos to start over at the QB spot just yet, so instead of hitting the reset clock there, they help Drew Lock out by improving the group of men protecting him with Slater.
10
Alabama • Jr • 6'2" / 203 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Surtain is the first corner off the board, but I assure you he will not be the last in this mock. He's a day one starter for the Cowboys, and he has the potential to be a shutdown corner and one of the best in the league for a long time.
11
Miami (FL) • Jr • 6'5" / 266 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
2nd
Phillips had an excellent pro day last week, and it'll likely improve his draft stock. When I look at this class of edge rushers, there's nobody who stands out as the clear No. 1 guy, and it's going to come down to fit and preference. Phillips might not be the pick, but if the first 10 picks shake out this way, I'm confident the Giants take their favorite edge player.
12
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 175 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
3rd
The Eagles couldn't get Ja'Marr Chase, so instead, they'll have to settle for the Heisman Trophy winner who just posted one of the most impressive seasons I've ever seen from a college wide receiver. Not a bad trade down for the Birds.
13
Virginia Tech • Jr • 6'5" / 314 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Protecting Justin Herbert must be the Chargers priority, and while Rashawn Slater seems to be more highly regarded among the draft literati, I prefer Darrisaw. So if I were to grade drafts, I'd be giving this pick an A.
14
Michigan • Sr • 6'4" / 272 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
1st
Paye was more potential than production at the college level, and all that potential remains. He's explosive and powerful, but his repertoire needs refinement. If the Vikings help him tap into that potential, this could be a pick that pays off for years to come.
15
South Carolina • Jr • 6'1" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
30th
POSITION RNK
4th
Another spot where I considered Trey Lance, but I don't see the Patriots taking a QB in the first round. Not with Cam Newton already on the roster and Jimmy Garappolo now on the trade block. Instead, the Pats take one of the top corner prospects in this class.
16
USC • Jr • 6'4" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
4th
Is he a tackle or a guard? I believe he's destined for the interior, but I think that destiny involves him being an excellent player there! He could be a Pro Bowl guard.
17
Penn State • Jr • 6'3" / 244 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
Honestly, I'm mad at myself for allowing Parsons to fall this far in the draft. I'm that high on him. Still, I don't know how teams will view him or how they'd envision using him. I do think he'd be a boost to a Raiders defense in need of pass rush help.
  Mock Trade from Miami Dolphins
18
North Dakota State • Soph • 6'4" / 226 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
4th
Alright, Big Ben is back, but the Steelers know that clock is almost done ticking. So they move up a few spots to grab Lance while he's still on the board. He'll need time to develop, and he can do that while Ben plays in 2021.
  Mock Trade from Washington Football Team
19
Notre Dame • Sr • 6'6" / 302 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
109th
POSITION RNK
19th
I haven't seen Eichenberg in many mocks this spring, but I think he's more likely to be taken this early than a lot of other tackles I see featured more often. He's ready to start in the NFL from day one, and I don't have any questions about his ability to play on the left side. Now, that doesn't mean I think he's an elite prospect, but there's a high floor here.
20
Northwestern • Jr • 6'1" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
32nd
POSITION RNK
1st
Newsome makes a quick trip down Lake Shore Drive to Soldier Field to help a Bears defense that needs to replace Kyle Fuller. He has the size, length, and ability to anticipate to be a No. 1 corner in the NFL.
21
Virginia Tech • Jr • 6'2" / 207 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
1st
If not for a minor back procedure, Farley would be right there in the conversation as the first corner likely to come off the board. Unfortunately for him, it's difficult to convince NFL teams there's such a thing as "minor" back surgery. The Colts take a shot on a very high-upside player.
22
Minnesota • Soph • 6'2" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
34th
POSITION RNK
6th
The Titans offense could use somebody to stretch the field vertically. It would make life a lot easier for everybody. Maybe this pick isn't Bateman, but he could fill that role.
23
Penn State • Soph • 6'5" / 253 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
33rd
POSITION RNK
1st
I just want everybody to remember that I loved Jayson Oweh long before he wowed people at his pro day. Robert Saleh already took his QB earlier in the draft; now he adds a fun new toy for his defense.
  Mock Trade from Pittsburgh Steelers
24
Washington • Jr • 6'5" / 262 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
72nd
POSITION RNK
4th
I don't think Joe Tryon is a three-down player from the jump, but he has the potential to be an impactful defender as a pass-rusher right away. He's also the kind of player who can be used in different looks, and I think that will be attractive to Brian Flores and the Dolphins.
25
Oklahoma State • Sr • 6'6" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
5th
You take your franchise QB with your first pick, and then you go about finding people to protect him with your second pick. Jenkins has a mean streak to him I'm fond of, though I do think he's more likely to be a right tackle in the long term.
26
Georgia • Jr • 6'1" / 185 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
65th
POSITION RNK
8th
Maybe the Browns are higher on an edge rusher still on the board in this spot, but I see Stokes as a potential playmaker in the secondary. He'd be the fifth corner off the board, and I think at this point, the drop-off between tiers at corner is steeper than the one among edge players.
27
TCU • Jr • 6'2" / 208 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
1st
I see this as a weak safety class overall, but I believe Moehrig is a solid prospect. Particularly at this point of the draft. He'd likely step right into the Baltimore defense, and he's an excellent fit for what the Ravens prefer to run.
28
Georgia • Soph • 6'3" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Ojulari is versatile and has a lot of potential. He played with his hand in the dirt (or turf) at Georgia, as well as in a two-point stance, and stayed on the field in nearly every situation. He'd be a valuable addition to the New Orleans defense.
29
LSU • Jr • 6'4" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
36th
POSITION RNK
7th
Aaron Rodgers is seen fainting as the Packers use a first-round pick on a receiver for him. Seriously, Marshall strikes me as an excellent complement to Davante Adams and makes the Packers offense even more dangerous than it already is.
30
Miami (FL) • Soph • 6'7" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
49th
POSITION RNK
3rd
I think Rousseau's 2019 season at Miami placed some unrealistic expectations on his draft stock last spring, but he didn't finish that season with 15.5 sacks by accident. He's a disruptive force with a lot of potential if developed properly.
31
Florida • Sr • 6'0" / 193 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
5th
I mean, why not? Why not add another speed demon to the Kansas City offense for Patrick Mahomes to launch 70-yard bombs to?
32
Alabama • Soph • 6'5" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
25th
POSITION RNK
3rd
I believe this is the third time I've mocked Barmore to the Bucs. Even with Ndamukong Suh back in Tampa, Barmore would be a nice rotation piece in 2021 and an excellent long-term option.