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There's no other way to put it: Dolphins rookie Tua Tagovailoa struggled on Sunday in the most important game of their season. And when you take the broader view and compare his 2020 performance against fellow first-rounders Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert, then it's fair to wonder if Miami will consider taking a QB with the third-overall pick. If you're going to press us, no, we don't expect them to because a) they clearly liked Tagovailoa enough to draft him No. 5 overall, and b) the Dolphins have other holes to fill and that played a non-trivial role in why they came up short in Week 17.

Still, the fact that we're talking about this means Tua needs to make a big leap in Year 2 or we'll be right back here having this same conversation.

Keep reading to see how the rest of the first round unfolds. The draft order for non-playoff teams has been set, while the rest is based on team record, strength of schedule and the subsequent tiebreakers.

NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
Clemson • Jr • 6'6" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
The Jags will have a new coach and new GM and whomever fills those spots will be taking Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Oregon • Jr • 6'6" / 330 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
Ultimately, we think the Jets may try to trade down to accumulate draft picks, but for now they get Sam Darnold some much-needed help along the offensive line. Sewell would bookend last year's first-rounder, Mehki Becton.
Round 1 - Pick 3
BYU • Jr • 6'3" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
3rd
OK, let's get weird. Do I think this happens? No, probably not. Should the Dolphins consider every option, especially in light of the season Tua had? Yep, absolutely. Remember, Cardinals GM Steve Keim took heat for drafting Kyler Murray first overall a year after selecting Josh Rosen with the No. 10 pick and, well, it was the right decision. i'm not saying this is that, but compared to Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert, Tua's game needs to make a big leap this offseason.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Ohio State • Jr • 6'3" / 228 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
2nd
The Falcons are also looking for a new coach and GM, and while Matt Ryan is still playing at a high level, the new regime will have to decide if Ryan will remain the franchise QB. Fields, who outplayed Trevor Lawrence over the weekend, still needs to improve his pocket presence and decision-making, but he does a lot of things well and could spend the year on the bench behind Ryan before taking over the job in '22.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 175 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
2nd
The Bengals would love to get Sewell but with him long gone they'll "settle" for the best WR in college football. There are questions about Smith's size but he plays like the biggest dude on the field. He can take over games with his route running and playmaking ability.
Round 1 - Pick 6
LSU • Jr • 6'0" / 208 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Eagles really wanted the No. 6 pick and with it they take Chase, a game-changing WR for whomever ends up under center next season. (By the way, what if the Eagles wanted the No. 6 pick because they love a QB -- like, say, Trey Lance, who played at North Dakota State just like Carson Wentz? This is all speculation and conspiracy theory but it's something to think about.)
Round 1 - Pick 7
Penn State • Jr • 6'3" / 244 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
Parsons opted out, but he's another player who didn't hurt his draft stock by doing so. He might end up being the best standup linebacker to come out in the last 4-5 years.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Virginia Tech • Jr • 6'2" / 207 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
1st
Donte Jackson and Rasul Douglas were solid at times in coverage this season, but Jackson will be a free agent after 2021 and Douglas hits free agency in the spring. And Caleb Farley, a former WR, has big-play potential.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Michigan • Sr • 6'4" / 272 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
John Elway says the team will be looking for a new GM, which will raise concerns about whether the Broncos might be looking for a QB here. If not, you can never have enough pass rushers. And while Von Miller will be back in 2021 he'll also be 32 years old. Plus, Miller, Bradley Chubb and Malik Reed all have contracts that expire after the '22 campaign. Paye, meanwhile, is an athletic marvel who has shown vast improvement since the '19 season.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Alabama • Jr • 6'2" / 203 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
2nd
A month ago, the Cowboys had the No. 4 overall pick and there may have been little value in taking a CB that high. Now selecting 10th, it makes a lot more sense, especially since Dallas desperately needs help in the secondary.
Round 1 - Pick 11
USC • Jr • 6'4" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
4th
The Giants need pass rush help, but bolstering the offensive line may take priority. Andrew Thomas got better as the year progressed, but Vera-Tucker proved in 2020 that he can play either guard or tackle and excelled while doing it.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Trey Lance QB
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'4" / 226 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
4th
Kyle Shanahan said recently that Jimmy Garoppolo is his QB for 2021, but that doesn't mean the team can't (or won't) plan for the future. Trey Lance has the athleticism and arm strength to be a legit NFL QB, he only lacks experience. But if anyone can get the most out of his abilities it's Shanahan, who did just that with Robert Griffin III during his rookie year in Washington back in 2012.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Florida • Jr • 6'6" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
1st
Pitts could end up being the best pass-catcher in this draft. And if so, why not give Justin Herbert another weapon, especially since Hunter Henry is currently playing on the franchise tag?
Round 1 - Pick 14
Northwestern • Jr • 6'3" / 305 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
3rd
The Vikings have needs along the interior offensive line and Slater, who was dominant at left tackle during the 2019 season -- and he played right tackle the two seasons before that -- has the versatility to line up anywhere. In fact, his future may be inside at guard or even center.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Alabama • Jr • 6'3" / 214 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
25th
POSITION RNK
5th
Same as last week. Jones may not be as athletic as Lawrence, Wilson, Fields or Lance, but he's legit. He's proven it week in and week out for Alabama. Jones has been a lethal deep-ball passer all season and he always makes good decisions with the ball. It's probably fair to say that the Patriots won't be signing Cam Newton to a long-term deal, and meanwhile Jones is generating buzz around the league.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Penn State • Soph • 6'5" / 253 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
75th
POSITION RNK
8th
Chandler Jones will be a free agent after the 2021 season, and the Cardinals could use an explosive young pass rusher. Oweh, one of the best athletes in this draft class, fits the description.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Georgia • Soph • 6'2" / 185 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
55th
POSITION RNK
8th
The Raiders D was so bad this season that the team fired its defensive coordinator in early December. Campbell is a long, physical CB whose best football is in front of him.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Alabama • Jr • 5'10" / 182 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
3rd
The irony here, of course, is that while Tua is reunited with his Alabama teammate, the Dolphins just drafted a QB. Waddle is a TD waiting to happen from anywhere on the field -- including as a returner -- and he gives Miami a legit deep threat at wide receiver.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Virginia Tech • Jr • 6'5" / 314 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
5th
Football Team obviously needs a long-term answer at QB after cutting ties with Dwayne Haskins, and perhaps they'll be better positioned to do that should they end up missing the playoffs. As it stands, they're atop the NFC East and for now they're upgrading the O-line with one one the most athletic linemen in this class.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Florida • Sr • 6'0" / 193 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
119th
POSITION RNK
20th
The Bears find themselves in the playoffs and effectively out of the running for one of the top QBs in this class. Which means they could be rolling with Mitch in '21, so why not get him some weapons. Toney is coming off an explosive campaign for the Gators and his draft stock will continue to rise in the coming weeks.
Round 1 - Pick 21
South Carolina • Jr • 6'1" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
43rd
POSITION RNK
4th
The Jags landed CJ Henderson in the first round of the 2020 draft and they go back to the SEC to find Horn, who is one of the most physical CBs in this draft class.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Clemson • Jr • 6'0" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
33rd
POSITION RNK
3rd
Kendrick is still learning the position but his instincts and his physical gifts make him an intriguing prospect.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Notre Dame • Jr • 6'1" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
28th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Owusu-Koramoah is listed as a linebacker but you can find him all over the field -- and he may eventually end up at safety at the next level. He can come off the edge and has the athleticism, speed and change of direction to be an asset in coverage,
Round 1 - Pick 24
Miami (FL) • Jr • 6'5" / 266 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
103rd
POSITION RNK
9th
The Titans' pass rush can kindly be described as pathetic and upgrading the position is a huge offseason priority. Phillips, who shined at The U this season, has the potential to be special.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Alabama • Soph • 6'5" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
27th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Injured Vita Vea will be back in 2021 but there won't be much depth behind him and adding an interior presence like Barmore, who is one of the most athletic defensive linemen in this class, will only make an already young and physical defense even more so.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Miami (FL) • Soph • 6'7" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
1st
Rousseau had 15.5 sacks last season, but few of them came off the edge. The good news is that as a converted WR he's still new to the position and he's only going to get better.
Round 1 - Pick 27
LSU • Jr • 6'4" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
65th
POSITION RNK
9th
it was somewhat curious that Marshall opted out before the Alabama game but there's no doubting his playmaking ability. He's a big downfield target, one the Jets desperately need in a post-Trevor Lawrence world.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Georgia • Fr • 6'3" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
97th
POSITION RNK
9th
Ojulari ended his career with a standout performance in Georgia's bowl game and while he hasn't drawn the national attention of Kwity Paye or Jaelan Phillips, he's a legit terror off the edge.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Alabama • Sr • 6'2" / 230 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
44th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Alvin Kamara isn't going anywhere but Latavius Murray is 30 years old. And if there's no QB here that the Saints like, why not bolster the RB position in much the same way the high-powered Chiefs did with their 2020 first-round pick?
Round 1 - Pick 30
Tulsa • Jr • 6'4" / 260 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
37th
POSITION RNK
5th
For the season Collins had four sacks, four interceptions (including two pick-sixes) and two forced fumbles. At 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, he looks more like a defensive end but moves with the fluidity of the modern day inside linebackers that have become so prevalent around the league.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Missouri • Jr • 6'0" / 232 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
2nd
The Packers need help in the middle of their defense and Bolton is a sideline-to-sideline spark plug.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Texas • Jr • 6'4" / 253 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
34th
POSITION RNK
4th
Ossai might have the hghest motor in this draft class and in K.C. he'll give the Chiefs defense a much-needed boost off the edge.