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There's still a lot of time left between now and the 2021 NFL Draft, and we're yet to even get into free agency. There's no telling how different the NFL landscape will look between now and that first night of the draft, but even if we've only seen minimal changes over the last couple of weeks, Fornelli Mock 2.0 looks a bit different than the first version.

For this version, I've gone with a little less of my personal opinion of what teams should do and added a bit more of what I'm hearing and reading about where teams are likely to go. Also, while I don't have as many mock trades in this update, the ones I do have shift quite a bit.

Of course, as I said in the first version, the one thing that has not changed is who will be taken at No. 1. The other constant is that, if you want to know what a team traded to move up, the answer is always the same: whatever it had to.

Mock Draft
2021 NFL Draft Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
Clemson • 6'6" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
The clearcut No. 1 pick in this draft. Nothing you hear between now and draft night will change the outcome here. Trevor Lawrence will go to the Jaguars, and he has a chance to be a franchise-changer.
Round 1 - Pick 2
BYU • 6'3" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
2nd
I do not have Zach Wilson ahead of Justin Fields on my QB board. Nearly everybody else believes the Jets do, so if they decide to move on from Sam Darnold (and I think that's more likely than not), Wilson is the likelier selection.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Oregon • 6'6" / 325 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
1st
There's a good chance the Dolphins could go WR here or possibly trade down if somebody wants to move up to get Fields, but I'd go with the top OT in this draft. Sewell is probably the safest player in this draft, and no matter what Miami thinks of Tua at this point, they need somebody to protect him.
  Mock Trade from Atlanta Falcons
Round 1 - Pick 4
Ohio State • 6'3" / 227 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Our first trade sees San Francisco moving up to swipe Fields. Sure, the Falcons could just as quickly take him too, but I figure Atlanta's more interested in a win-now pick with Matt Ryan's window closing. As for Fields and the 49ers, this pick likely occurs in a universe where Jimmy G has been shipped out. Maybe it's not realistic, but you'll just have to forgive me for dreaming of a world where Justin Fields gets to play under Kyle Shanahan.
Round 1 - Pick 5
LSU • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
Penei Sewell is off the board, and with nobody looking to trade up, the Bengals reunite their franchise QB with his college teammate. With Sewell being what I consider the best OT prospect in this draft by far, I don't think the gap between the No. 2 OT and the OT Cincinnati can get early in the second is significant enough to warrant reaching for one here when the top WR is still on the board.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Alabama • 5'10" / 182 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Waddle makes too much sense in this spot. I don't know what Philly's ultimate plans are at the QB spot, but with the top three off the board, you're better off giving Jalen Hurts a weapon of this caliber than competition. And if you do add a different QB this offseason, I'm sure they'll appreciate having Waddle too.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Northwestern • 6'3" / 305 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
2nd
As I've said before, it's hard to gauge Slater's ultimate value because it depends on if you see him as a tackle or an interior lineman. Personally, I think he could be an average tackle or an outstanding guard. If the Lions take him here, it's because they think he can be an above-average tackle.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Virginia Tech • 6'2" / 207 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
1st
With the top quarterbacks gone, and no obvious OT choice, the Panthers address another need by taking my favorite corner in this class. Farley opted out of the 2020 college season, but if you go back and watch his 2019 tape, you'll have a hard time finding another corner who looked better.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Alabama • 6'2" / 202 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Surtain isn't far behind Farley, but his 40-yard dash time will dictate his draft position. There's not much to question about his size, length, technique and intelligence. It's speed that's the ultimate question. Still, we're nitpicking here. Even if he's not a burner, Surtain is likely to be a solid starter in the NFL for years to come.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Florida • 6'6" / 239 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
1st
Tight end is not Dallas' need, but we've seen time and time again that Jerry Jones will go for the glitzy prize if one falls into his lap. He did it last year with CeeDee Lamb, and now the Cowboys offense adds another option.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Alabama • 6'1" / 175 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
3rd
If you told a Giants fan they could take the next Marvin Harrison with the 11th pick of the draft, do you think they'd boo? Well, yeah, they probably would out of habit, but this would be a tremendous scenario for the Giants as they look to add to their offense.
  Mock Trade from San Francisco 49ers
Round 1 - Pick 12
Penn State • 6'3" / 245 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Falcons move down and end up getting a unique player for their defense. Parsons' primary value will be as a pass-rusher, but he's so much more than that. He's a pass-rusher who can also drop back into coverage. Honestly, watch the Penn State defense in 2019 compared to the Penn State defense without him in 2020. The difference is glaring because Parsons has that kind of impact.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Virginia Tech • 6'5" / 314 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
3rd
There are differing opinions on where Darrisaw should go in the draft, but I'm high on him. He's behind Penei Sewell on my theoretical board (it's more of a Google Doc than a board), and this would be a great value pick for the Chargers in this spot. They appear to have hit a home run with Justin Herbert last season. Time to protect him.
  Mock Trade from Minnesota Vikings
Round 1 - Pick 14
NFL Draft • 6'4" / 226 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
4th
Washington makes its move to get a QB with Trey Lance sliding down the board. Lance is a difficult player to project. He has drool-worthy tools (trools?), but he spent his college career playing at the Alabama of the FCS level. The step up to the NFL will likely require time to adjust, and not just because Lance didn't have a 2020 season.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Notre Dame • 6'1" / 216 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
3rd
Owusu-Koramoah is one of the most interesting players in this draft. He's of the new school of linebacker that can work as a hybrid safety depending on the situation.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Michigan • 6'4" / 272 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
1st
I went back and forth between receiver and edge rusher for the Cardinals. In the end, I chose Paye because I imagine the quality of WR still available for Arizona's next pick would be better than the quality of edge-rusher. As I wrote when I sent Paye to the Chargers in my last mock, he's got the kind of potential to make a lot of teams look stupid for letting him slide this far.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Miami (FL) • 6'5" / 266 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
20th
POSITION RNK
2nd
The Raiders need to get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks, and Phillips is one of the best pass-rushing prospects in this draft. He's somebody who can do it in a 4-3 or a 3-4, and he's effective against the run as well. There's still some polishing needed, but he wasn't a consensus five-star recruit out of high school by accident. There's a lot of talent here.
Round 1 - Pick 18
LSU • 6'4" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
65th
POSITION RNK
9th
There are a lot of wide receivers in this class I like, and Marshall is one I think too many people are overlooking. He's the kind of prospect I expect to start moving up draft boards once he starts going through workouts. There just aren't a lot of players with his mixture of size, skills and versatility.
  Mock Trade from Washington Football Team
Round 1 - Pick 19
Texas • 6'7" / 309 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
56th
POSITION RNK
11th
The Vikings could use help on the offensive line, and Cosmi is an intriguing prospect. He played both left and right tackle during his career at Texas. I'm assuming he'll begin his NFL career on the right, but I do think there's potential for him to end up on the left side.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Florida • 5'11" / 194 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
5th
I had Toney to the Bears in my first mock, and he still strikes me as precisely the kind of player they'll be looking to add to their offense this offseason. Well, you know, aside from a QB. Personally, as a Bears fan, I'm hoping it's the Seahawks making this pick. I think you all know why.
Round 1 - Pick 21
South Carolina • 6'1" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
35th
POSITION RNK
5th
The Colts could use a corner, even if I'm tempted to take a WR in this spot. So why not compromise and take the son of a former NFL receiver? Horn strikes me as a good fit with the Colts defense. He has good size and length, and he's physical.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Alabama • 6'5" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
34th
POSITION RNK
4th
The Titans need help all along the defensive line, and while they might opt for an edge-rusher here instead, I like the fit and potential impact of Barmore on this defense. Barmore wasn't a full-time starter at Alabama, but he showed a penchant for being a disruptor from the interior when he was on the field.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Georgia • 6'3" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Ojulari strikes me as the kind of versatile player that new Jets coach Robert Saleh could be enticed by. At Georgia, he showed an ability to play in both a two-point stance and with his hand in the dirt. Whether playing in an even or odd front, Ojulari projects as a player who can fit a multitude of schemes.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Oklahoma State • 6'6" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
5th
The Steelers may make more of a "win-now" move with Ben Roethlisberger back, but I do like Jenkins's potential as a tackle at the NFL level. He played all across the line during his career at Oklahoma State, though he spent more time at right tackle than anywhere else. He's big, strong, mean and finishes blocks.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Miami (FL) • 6'7" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
36th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Rousseau is huge, which makes the fact he played receiver and safety in high school crazy at first glance. He opted out of the 2020 season after a monster 2019 season, but there's still a lot of technique for him to learn if he's going to become a great pass-rusher at the next level. That said, there's a lot here to dream on.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Washington • 6'3" / 293 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
32nd
POSITION RNK
3rd
Washington's defense has become something of a manufacturing company for corners and defensive tackles in recent years. Onwuzurike is the latest product. He has the strength and base to hold his ground in the run game and is quick enough to be effective against the pass as an interior rusher.
  Mock Trade from Baltimore Ravens
Round 1 - Pick 27
Alabama • 6'3" / 214 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
5th
Opting not to take a QB earlier in the draft, the Panthers trade back into the first round to take Mac Jones before division rival New Orleans can get him. When used in the right offense, Jones has the potential to be an above-average starting QB in the NFL.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Tulsa • 6'4" / 260 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
28th
POSITION RNK
4th
Collins is one of my favorite players in this draft class. The Saints defense is certainly in need of help, and Collins can help out in several different ways.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Michigan • 6'5" / 319 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
29th
POSITION RNK
6th
Honestly, it wouldn't surprise me if a team likes Mayfield enough to make him the second OT off the board in this draft. That's both a testament to his talent and the personal preference of the teams doing the selecting. Mayfield could start at right tackle before moving to the left.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Ohio State • 6'3" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
75th
POSITION RNK
8th
If Matt Milano leaves Buffalo via free agency, Browning strikes me as a player who could step in and replace him immediately. Had a knack for making big plays with the Buckeyes and shows a lot of promise in coverage and as a pass-rusher in blitz situations.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Northwestern • 6'1" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
69th
POSITION RNK
4th
I don't think you can have enough corners in this day and age, and Newsome is a prospect I like a lot. He has terrific size and length to match up with bigger receivers and has good instincts for the ball.
Round 1 - Pick 32
USC • 6'3" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
84th
POSITION RNK
10th
I had Rashod Bateman here in my first draft of this mock, but then the Chris Godwin news broke, so now I'm sticking with the player I had here in my first mock. Tufele makes a lot of sense for the Bucs in this spot as a potential replacement for Ndamukong Suh. Even if Suh stays, Tufele could be used as a depth piece for now.