With the overall uncertainty of the 2020 college football season, and the weekly cancellations or postponements, it's been tough to evaluate players in a traditional sense. And that will make things interesting in the coming months as we get closer to the 2021 NFL Draft.
Where there is no confusion, however, is at the top of the draft, where Trevor Lawrence will hear his name called first. The drama begins immediately after that; does Justin Fields go off the board before Zach Wilson? Could another team desperate for a quarterback be willing to trade up? With four NFL teams having already fired their general managers and several more expected to follow suit, there's more uncertainty this draft season than we've seen in some time, at least in terms of what organizations value most as they build their draft boards.
With that in mind, here's our latest mock draft (in case you're keeping score, this is version 13). And remember, the draft order is based on team record, strength of schedule and the subsequent tiebreakers.
Round 1 - Pick 1
Clemson • Soph • 6'6" / 213 lbs
The Jets' remaining schedule is against teams with winning records and a Week 17 matchup vs. the Patriots. 0-16 is a very real possibility. The biggest remaining question is, how will the Jets put Lawrence in the best position to have success?
Round 1 - Pick 2
Ohio State • Soph • 6'3" / 227 lbs
Lawrence has been cemented into the No. 1 spot since the start of the college season and that won't change. Meanwhile, the No. 2 QB spot could be up for grabs. For now, we really like Justin Fields, who has shown a lot of improvement from 2019 to 2020.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Penei Sewell OL
Oregon • Soph • 6'5" / 331 lbs
Joe Burrow suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 11, which reinforced the idea that Cincy has to protect the future of their franchise. The team should draft several O-linemen this spring because Burrow took a lot of hits as a rookie.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Caleb Farley CB
Virginia Tech • Soph • 6'2" / 197 lbs
Only cornerbacks Casey Hayward and Chris Harris are under contract after the 2021 season and Farley, a former wideout who has opted out of the '20 season, has the potential to be a physical playmaking presence on the perimeter.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Round 1 - Pick 7
Round 1 - Pick 8
Trey Lance QB
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'4" / 226 lbs
Would the Football Team take a high-upside franchise quarterback this high, especially since they're just two years removed from drafting Dwayne Haskins? Lance is a special talent who played just one season at NDSU, but he can do it all. Unfortunately for WFT, he'll need at least a year of seasoning before assuming the starting gig.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Alabama • 5'10" / 182 lbs
Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola are all in the final year of their deals. And while the Lions will almost certainly keep Golladay, adding Waddle would certainly be welcome by Matthew Stafford -- or whomever ends up under center next year should the new regime decide to go in a different direction. Waddle had been our WR1 before his season-ending injury and there's still a chance he ends up there.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Kwity Paye DL
Michigan • Soph • 6'2" / 261 lbs
The Falcons got off to another sluggish start, and most of their shortcomings have been on the defensive side of the ball. Paye is a freakish athlete who looks much improved in 2020 and could be the first edge rusher off the board.
From Houston Texans
Round 1 - Pick 11
Gregory Rousseau EDGE
Miami (FL) • Soph • 6'6" / 266 lbs
Rousseau, who opted out before the season, 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.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Jaycee Horn LB
South Carolina • Soph • 6'1" / 200 lbs
The Broncos focus on shoring up their secondary here. Rookie CB Michael Ojemudia has been a pleasant surprise and Horn, who opted out recently after beginning the season with the Gamecocks, is a physical corner who had two interceptions in seven games in '20.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Northwestern • Soph • 6'4" / 315 lbs
The Vikings have needs along the interior offensive line and Slater, who was dominant at left tackle last season -- 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.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Mac Jones QB
Alabama • Soph • 6'3" / 217 lbs
Mac Jones is the best deep-ball passer in college football and he could very well work his way into the first round by next spring. Yes, there are questions about his athleticism, and him constantly throwing to wide-open WRs, but he's also incredibly consistent, which is exactly what the Bears need right now.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Round 1 - Pick 16
Clemson • 6'0" / 190 lbs
The 49ers have five cornerbacks headed for unrestricted free agency (including Richard Sherman and Jason Verrett) and two more as exclusive rights free agents. Kendrick, who is still learning the position, has been a standout on the Tigers defense in 2020.
Round 1 - Pick 18
LSU • Soph • 6'0" / 201 lbs
It's hard to imagine Ja'Marr Chase falling this far but Justin Jefferson, a legit OROY candidate, wasn't taken until No. 22. Put another way: If Chase somehow is still on the board the Ravens will sprint to the podium to take him. Baltimore's offense has floundered this season, in part because of the lack of chemistry between Lamar Jackson and his young wideouts.
Round 1 - Pick 19
USC • 6'5" / 308 lbs
The Giants demoted Will Hernandez on Sunday and if the plan is to protect Daniel Jones, the offensive line remains a priority. Vera-Tucker, who is playing tackle this season for USC, excelled inside at guard the previous two seasons.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Round 1 - Pick 21
Alabama • Soph • 6'5" / 310 lbs
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 22
Alabama • Soph • 6'0" / 170 lbs
We mentioned Jaylen Waddle as a possible WR1 but DeVonta Smith also deserves to be in that conversation. He's been unstoppable so far this season and Tua Tagovailoa would welcome a reunion with his former Alabama teammate.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Virginia Tech • Soph • 6'5" / 315 lbs
Darrisaw's been impressive this season for the Hokies -- especially against Miami edge rusher Quincy Roche, who could be a Day 2 pick. Anthony Castonzo still has two years left on his deal but there's not much depth behind him.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Notre Dame • Soph • 6'2" / 221 lbs
Owusu-Koramoah is listed as a linebacker but you can find him all over the field. He's having a great 2020 campaign and he can come off the edge and has the athleticism, speed and change of direction to be an asset in coverage.
From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 25
From Seattle Seahawks
Round 1 - Pick 26
Odafe Oweh EDGE
Penn State • Soph • 6'5" / 251 lbs
Oweh is still learning the position but he has the strength and athleticism to be a really good player at the next level. The Jets have needs just about everywhere and while a WR would make sense here, the WR class is much deeper than the pass-rusher class.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Eric Stokes CB
Georgia • Soph • 6'0" / 194 lbs
The Titans could also look to bolster the defensive line, especially pass rusher, but their pass defense ranks 25th, according to DVOA, and Stokes, who is a long CB, would give Tennessee another young CB a year after drafting Kristian Fulton.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Nick Bolton LB
Missouri • Soph • 6'0" / 237 lbs
Bolton is one of the best players no one talked much about heading into the SEC season and he's quietly been very good in 2020 too. Imagine his speed and explosiveness alongside Tremaine Edmunds.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Minnesota • 6'1" / 193 lbs
After opting in to start the season, Bateman recently opted out to prepare for the NFL Draft. He came into the 2020 season as one of the best pass catchers in college football and he would give Rodgers something the Packers QB didn't get in the 2020 draft: a wideout.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Wyatt Davis OL
Ohio State • Soph • 6'4" / 315 lbs
The Chiefs don't have a lot of holes on offense but Kelechi Osemele is an unrestricted free agent after the season and Andrew Wylie will be a restricted free agent. Davis is a road grader who is a Day 1 starter.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Round 1 - Pick 32
Carlos Basham Jr. EDGE
Wake Forest • Soph • 6'3" / 281 lbs
Basham is raw but he has snaps where he absolutely dominates. He looks like a Steelers edge rusher, and the team may be in the market for one if they can't re-sign Bud Dupree, who has been downright unblockable this season.