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One of the benefits of coaching at the Senior Bowl is that you get access to players that the other 30 teams do not. That's never been more important than this year, given that the pandemic continues to affect not only the regular season but also draft season. So while Matt Rhule was hoping to win more than five games in his debut, he used the week in Mobile, Ala., to get a good look at the players in attendance, and perhaps no more important than quarterback Mac Jones, who picked up during practice right where he left off following Alabama's 2020 season.

Some folks will think that No. 8 overall is too high for Jones but, well, it's not. He's a really good player who lacks athleticism but excels in every other area.

In other QB news, the Lions, who traded Matthew Stafford to the Rams for two first-rounders, a third-rounder and Jared Goff, choose not to take another quarterback with the No. 7 overall pick. Instead, they get one of the best wideouts in the class to help jumpstart an offense that struggled through the 2020 campaign.

Keep reading to see how the rest of the first round unfolds. 

NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
Clemson • 6'6" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
There are few certainties in life but we feel pretty confident that the Jags are taking Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick. (If Houston and Jacksonville swing a deal for Deshaun Watson, disregard, though we don't think that'll happen either.)
Round 1 - Pick 2
BYU • 6'2" / 214 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Zach Wilson does a lot of things well, and had a breakout 2020 season, but do the Jets think he's worth the No. 2 overall pick? If not, they could choose to stick with Sam Darnold and fill another position of need (offensive line, for example), or trade out of the pick altogether and look for a QB later in Round 1.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Oregon • 6'5" / 331 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
Dolphins rookies Austin Jackson and Robert Hunt saw plenty of playing time in 2020 but Sewell is one of the best players in this draft class and immediately upgrades the O-line.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Ohio State • 6'3" / 227 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Fields has special physical tools but he's not yet NFL ready -- at least for a starting job. Matt Ryan will likely return for 2021, which means that Fields can learn from the bench before taking over the job in '22.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Northwestern • 6'4" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Same as last week. We were tempted to go with a receiver here but the WR class is a relatively deep one and Slater remains one of our favorite players in this class. He was solid at tackle in 2019 (he opted out in 2020), and has the versatility to play guard and even center. And at the end of the day, priority No. 1 is protecting Joe Burrow.
Round 1 - Pick 6
LSU • 6'0" / 201 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Eagles really wanted that No. 6 pick and with it they take Chase, a game-changing WR for Carson Wentz and first-year coach Nick Sirianni.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Alabama • 6'0" / 170 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
2nd
So Matthew Stafford is headed for the Rams and in exchange, the Lions get a slew of draft picks and Jared Goff. Is Goff the long-term answer? Almost certainly not. In fact, Detroit could still choose to take a QB here but for now we have them targeting the best WR in this class, Smith, who will add depth on a roster in which both Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones are headed for free agency.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Alabama • 6'3" / 214 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
25th
POSITION RNK
5th
The Panthers need a quarterback and what better option than the one who starred during Senior Bowl week with Carolina's coaching staff watching closely? Jones continued to impress, even though an ankle injury kept him out of the Senior Bowl game, and there's every reason to believe he's destined to hear his name called in Round 1.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Virginia Tech • 6'2" / 197 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
1st
Bryce Callahan was a bright spot in the secondary in 2020 but he, along with four other CBs, will have his contract expire next spring. Farley, who opted out for 2020, is our CB1.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Michigan • 6'3" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Cowboys season clearly didn't go as expected and much of that can be traced to a ton of injuries, starting with Dak Prescott. And despite being in the NFC East playoff race until late, that doesn't change the fact that the pass rush needs to get better and Paye, who has improved greatly from the 2019 season, is a freak athlete and legit first-round talent.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Florida • 6'6" / 245 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
1st
We love Pitts and all he brings to an offense but we also understand that Giants fans might have some trepidation about taking a tight end in Round 1 after the Evan Engram experiment didn't exactly go as planned.
Round 1 - Pick 12
NFL Draft • 6'4" / 226 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
4th
Kyle Shanahan said in recent weeks that Jimmy Garoppolo is his QB for 2021 but that doesn't mean the team can't (or won't) plan for the future. And now that Matthew Stafford is headed for L.A., San Francisco turns to the draft. 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
Miami (FL) • 6'6" / 266 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
1st
Rousseau opted out of the 2020 season but he racked up 15.5 sacks last season. For the Chargers, Melvin Ingram is 31 years old and will be a free agent in a few weeks barring a new deal.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Alabama • 6'5" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
27th
POSITION RNK
2nd
The Vikings need help along the defensive line and in the secondary as well, but with two edge rushers already off the board, addressing the interior with Barmore, our DT1, makes sense in the middle of Round 1. Barmore flashed throughout the '20 season but got red hot over Alabama's final four games.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Alabama • 5'10" / 182 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Waddle is a high-upside speed demon who is also a threat in the return game. The Patriots desperately need to get better at wideout and Waddle solves that problem on Day 1.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Alabama • 6'2" / 202 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Patrick Peterson and Dre Kirkpatrick will be free agents in a few weeks and Surtain, who has been Alabama's best cornerback the last two seasons, would be a good fit in Arizona in 2021.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Miami (FL) • 6'5" / 266 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
103rd
POSITION RNK
9th
The Raiders managed just 21 sacks in 2020 (that ranked 25th overall) and Phillips is a high-energy tone-setter off the edge. There are injury questions (he retired from the game in 2018) but if he's healthy, he's a terror.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Penn State • 6'3" / 248 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
Does Parsons fall this far? Only if there are off-field concerns. In terms of his on-field abilities, he's a top-5 pick (and we've had him going in the top 5 in previous mock drafts). Talking to folks around the league, there is little concern that Parsons opted out for the 2020 season because he is such a special talent. Kamu Grugier-Hill and Elandon Roberts are soon-to-be free agents and Parsons has the type of freakish athleticism that we've come to expect in NFL linebackers -- Kenneth Murray, Patrick Queen, Devin White and Devin Bush just to name first-rounders from the last two drafts -- and he'll impact the Dolphins 'D' from Day 1.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Virginia Tech • 6'5" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
5th
Football Team obviously needs a long-term answer at QB after dumping Dwayne Haskins, but after winning the division and making the playoffs they'll likely have to trade up to get one. For now they're staying put upgrading the o-line with one one the most athletic lineman in this class.
Round 1 - Pick 20
USC • 6'5" / 308 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
4th
The Bears might have played their way into the status quo; that playoff appearance meant the return of Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy while Mitchell Trubisky remains a question mark. And if QB isn't an immediate need, fixing the o-line would be a good place to start. Vera-Tucker moved from guard to tackle in 2020 and would be a likely Day 1 starter.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Florida • 6'0" / 193 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
119th
POSITION RNK
20th
The Colts need a QB and a left tackle but with TY Hilton and Zach Pascal headed for free agency, they'll need to restock the roster at WR too. Toney is an elite playmaker coming off a huge 2020 season and an impressive week of practice at the Senior Bowl.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Washington • 6'3" / 295 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
30th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Onwuzurike opted out in 2020 but flashed consistently during his one day of practice at the Senior Bowl. He needs to play with more consistency but he has the type of potential that could translate to a difference-maker in the middle of the defense.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Georgia • 6'3" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
97th
POSITION RNK
9th
Defensive tackle Quinnen Williams led the Jets with seven sacks, and Tarell Basham was next with three. Put another way: New York needs to get better at getting after the QB. Ojulari was arguably the best defender on a Georgia unit that will have a lot of guys hear their name called this April.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Wake Forest • 6'3" / 274 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
56th
POSITION RNK
6th
Basham is a physical freak who reinforced the notion during Senior Bowl week. Consistency will be the key to his success but he has all the physical tools to dominate.
Round 1 - Pick 25
South Carolina • 6'1" / 200 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 26
Tulsa • 6'4" / 260 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
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 27
Penn State • 6'5" / 251 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
75th
POSITION RNK
8th
Yannick Ngakoue and Matt Judon will be free agents in a few weeks and even if one (or both) returns the Ravens need to get better off the edge. Oweh has all the physical tools to make the jump to the NFL he just needs more experience.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Notre Dame • 6'2" / 221 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
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 29
Georgia • 6'1" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
55th
POSITION RNK
8th
Campbell is a long cornerback who can match up against an NFL team's No. 1 wideout. He's still learning the position, which means his best football is still in front of him.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Alabama • 6'1" / 232 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
44th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Do the Bills *need* a running back. Well, no. They have Devin Singletary and Zack Moss but Harris is a dual threat who can get yards on his own, both as a runner and a receiver. And if we've learned anything from the 2020 season, Josh Allen elevates his game when he's surrounded by playmakers.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Iowa • 6'3" / 305 lbs
Nixon is an explosive interior defensive lineman who has a knack for finding his way into the backfield and being disruptive vs. both the pass and the run. And while he won't replace Ndamukong Suh, adding depth for the soon-to-be free agent makes sense here.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Purdue • 5'7" / 180 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
4th
The Chiefs didn't need Clyde Edwards-Helaire a year ago and they certainly don't need Rondale Moore here, but what's better than one Tyreek Hill? Two of them. Moore isn't Hill -- no one is -- but he flashes many of the same explosive traits, and with Sammy Watkins, DeMarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle headed for free agency, the Chiefs could be looking for a fresh crop of wideouts to run roughshod over the rest of the league.