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The New York Jets finally achieved their first victory of the season Sunday against the Rams -- as 17-point underdogs! -- but it may have cost them a chance to take the unanimous top prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft. Due to facing an easier strength of schedule, the Jacksonville Jaguars are now in the pole position to take Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence at No. 1 overall (Jags opponents currently have a .536 win percentage, while Jets opponents have a .592 win percentage).

The NFL regular season is less than a month from drawing to a conclusion. The 2021 NFL Draft order is sorting itself out and there will be a firm understanding of team needs, where each team will be picking, and the prospects that could be available to them in those positions. For the time being, the focus is on the projected draft order and it created some interesting pairings in this week's mock draft. 

Without further ado, let's kick this off! 

NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
Clemson • 6'6" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
With the Jets victory and a strength of schedule advantage, Jacksonville is now in a position to pick No. 1 overall. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the prize at the end of a dark, dimly lit tunnel that has been the 2020 season for Jaguars fans. Congratulations on your second victory of the season!
Round 1 - Pick 2
BYU • 6'2" / 214 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Zach Wilson and Justin Fields are great players. Neither is a consolation prize although it may feel that way to Jets fans. In this particular iteration, New York takes Wilson; a strong-armed quarterback with plus mobility.
Round 1 - Pick 3
LSU • 6'0" / 201 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
1st
Penei Sewell or trade down are the two most likely outcomes for Cincinnati in this spot but there is an outside chance that the team picks Ja'Marr Chase after moving on from A.J. Green and John Ross this offseason.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Oregon • 6'5" / 331 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
In the event that Cincinnati passes on Penei Sewell, Los Angeles would gladly claim him. They have a quarterback of the future so they need to invest in protection and Sewell is a solid start.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Ohio State • 6'3" / 227 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
2nd
The Georgia native remains in play for Atlanta. The Falcons will welcome a new head coach and may not like the prospects of Matt Ryan long-term. As Ryan's contract is currently constructed, it would be difficult for Atlanta to move on from him in 2021. However, the idea of drafting Justin Fields and stashing him for a year is not a bad option.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Florida • 6'6" / 245 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
1st
The intrigue of taking one of the top quarterbacks is diminished by Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson and Justin Fields being off the board. Although they could look to add offensive line help to the fray, Kyle Pitts would give Teddy Bridgewater a dynamic offensive weapon.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Virginia Tech • 6'2" / 197 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
1st
Dallas should have the opportunity to take one of the top cornerback prospects regardless of where they finish in the draft order. Caleb Farley is a big cornerback that can stabilize that position a bit in Dallas.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Penn State • 6'3" / 248 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
Brian Flores has squeezed all the juice from the lemon this season but it is natural to wonder what he might be able to accomplish with more blue-chip talent on that side of the ball. Micah Parsons is not a flawless prospect but he offers a unique skillset.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Northwestern • 6'4" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Philadelphia has an aging offensive line and Howie Roseman values quality and depth in that unit. It would not be a surprise to see him preemptively get in front of some team needs with the selection of Rashawn Slater. Slater could play offensive tackle or the interior offensive line. He would provide supreme flexibility that they lacked this season.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Michigan • 6'3" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Giants slid out of that final playoff spot and now have the chance to pick up a blue-chip talent. New York has a formidable defensive tackle rotation but could use some pass rush assistance. Kwity Paye is one of the most promising edge rush prospects at this time.
Round 1 - Pick 11
NFL Draft • 6'4" / 226 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
4th
Detroit and Atlanta are facing a similar situation. Both franchises are welcoming new head coaches with the presence of an aging quarterback on the roster. Trey Lance, a Minnesota native, could wait in the wings for a year if Detroit wants to give Matthew Stafford another year to bring that dead cap space down. Lance could use some time to develop anyway.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Alabama • 6'2" / 202 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
2nd
San Francisco could use some interior offensive line help as well as stability in the secondary. The 49ers fill one of those needs with the selection of Patrick Surtain II.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Texas • 6'4" / 253 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
34th
POSITION RNK
4th
It would not be a surprise if Von Miller and Denver parted ways this offseason. He has one year remaining on his deal but cutting ties would save the team $18 million. In a year where the salary cap is going to decrease, savings are key. Joseph Ossai is relatively new in his new role but he is comfortable bending around the edge and creating turnovers.
Round 1 - Pick 14
USC • 6'5" / 308 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
4th
Similar to Philadelphia, Minnesota has needs on the edge and inside. Alijah Vera-Tucker is skilled enough to play either at a high level but would be best suited inside.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Ohio State • 6'4" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Chicago continues our run on offensive linemen in the teens. They need to add strength in that interior offensive line and Wyatt Davis fits the description.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Alabama • 6'0" / 170 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Devonta Smith playing in an area where weather impacts a lot of games is an interesting fit but New England needs to improve that unit desperately. It's not fair to any quarterback they put under center.
Round 1 - Pick 17
USC • 6'3" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
68th
POSITION RNK
6th
Las Vegas stays out west to acquire the services of a talented interior defensive lineman. It is not a particularly elite group of defensive tackles but Jay Tufele should challenge to be the first off the board.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Alabama • 5'10" / 182 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Marquise Brown has not been a reliable contributor in Baltimore and Willie Snead and Dez Bryant are not taking residence long-term. Lamar Jackson has the support of the franchise and could benefit from the addition of a talented wide receiver.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Virginia Tech • 6'5" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
5th
Washington did not have a ready-made replacement for Trent Williams, which is to be expected. Christian Darrisaw makes the six hour journey northward to join the Football Team. He is smooth and should handle the transition to the NFL with ease.
Round 1 - Pick 20
South Carolina • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
43rd
POSITION RNK
4th
As teams look to shed salary cap space, Patrick Peterson might be an option for Arizona. In the event that he leaves, they need a contender opposite Byron Murphy. Jaycee Horn has been a riser during the process and has arguably the most potential in this class at that position.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Miami (FL) • 6'6" / 266 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
1st
Miami lands a second high upside defender for Brian Flores' defense. Now again, potential is production unrealized but Gregory Rousseau has all the athletic ability to be a difference maker in the NFL. It will be interesting to see him at the NFL Combine after spending the past four months working out in preparation for the draft.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Penn State • 6'5" / 251 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
75th
POSITION RNK
8th
Tampa Bay probably needs to prepare for life after Shaq Barrett and/or Jason Pierre-Paul sooner rather than later. Jayson Oweh is obviously not going to fulfill both of those roles but the team will need to account for a loss of pass rush. Oweh is still a bit raw as a prospect but he has high level athletic traits.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Clemson • Sr • 6'0" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
33rd
POSITION RNK
3rd
The quarterback position is settled with Zach Wilson. In an ideal world, Joe Douglas would be able to add a third first-round pick in a trade of Sam Darnold. New York has several holes to fill in their streets and on their roster. Derion Kendrick would be a cornerstone cornerback but the offensive line needs to improve for Wilson to have sustained success.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Florida State • 5'10" / 180 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
46th
POSITION RNK
5th
Colts GM Chris Ballard has done a fantastic job building out that defense but they could answer some long-term concerns with the addition of Asante Samuel Jr. After battling injuries much of the season, it would not be a surprise to see them pursue depth and a potential starter along the offensive line either.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Notre Dame • 6'2" / 221 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
28th
POSITION RNK
3rd
The Browns are deficient when it comes to defending tight ends; that much was evident Monday night against the Ravens. Cleveland likely did not envision a scenario that they would use a first-round pick on a linebacker but the board shakes out in a manner that necessitates that move. It is much more likely that General manager Andrew Berry adds an edge rusher, cornerback or even wide receiver in the first round.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Oregon State • 6'2" / 251 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
53rd
POSITION RNK
4th
Tennessee has a need at pass rusher and Hamilcar Rashed Jr. is one of the best talents on the board in that spot.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Alabama • 6'5" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
27th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Christian Barmore was projected very high early in the year and, although the season has not played out as expected, he remains an intriguing talent. Jacksonville needs some players up front that can keep blocks off Josh Allen and K'Lavon Chaisson.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Tulsa • 6'4" / 260 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
37th
POSITION RNK
5th
Buffalo adds another linebacker to a defense whose production has fluctuated over the course of the season. It looks as though they might be hitting their stride as the season draws to a close.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Oklahoma State • 5'11" / 193 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
62nd
POSITION RNK
8th
Tylan Wallace has great play strength and wins jump balls down the field. He would be a great complement to Davante Adams in that offense.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Clemson • 5'10" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
1st
James Conner and Benny Snell just do not instill fear in the opponent. The run game has really struggled in the Steel City over their two losses. Travis Etienne is a well-rounded back that would add an explosive piece to that Pittsburgh offense in the waning years of Ben Roethlisberger's career.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Purdue • 5'7" / 180 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
4th
Swapping Emmanuel Sanders for Rondale Moore would be a fun transition for the New Orleans offense. One would assume that New Orleans is going to bring in another quarterback this offseason and that player will need to be surrounded with elite talent to keep that offense humming at an elite level.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Oklahoma • 6'5" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
61st
POSITION RNK
13th
Creed Humphrey would lock down that starting center position for a decade-plus. Kansas City has gone bargain hunting for interior offensive linemen in recent years and it would be a spectacle to see them actually invest in that unit.