Now that the first week of free agency has come to an end, we're starting to see teams fill some immediate needs on their roster with veteran players. Some acquisitions are so significant that they completely take some positional options off the table in the first round. However, with the NFL Draft it's about the long-term in regards to team building. So, even if a team signed a solid veteran to perhaps a one- or two-year deal, it doesn't mean they wouldn't take an opportunity on a younger, talented player who has more upside and who is also cheaper.
When looking at this mock draft, try to keep that in mind. There are a few teams like Washington, Chicago and maybe New England who I could envision taking QBs in Round 1, but in the same breath, I could see them holding off on that position until Rounds 2 or 3. In my mock, I decided to go with the latter. Ideal fits for guys like Mac Jones, Kellen Mond and Jamie Newman would be New England, Chicago and Washington, respectively. Instead, I went with other areas in this mock for their selections. Also, every year there are a few players who end up going on Day 1 that no one would've thought possible. Well, there are a few in here that you should definitely keep an eye on.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Round 1 - Pick 4
Trey Lance QB
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'4" / 224 lbs
The Falcons have the luxury of taking a prospect like Lance without the pressure of playing him right away. Yes, there are other needs, but they don't expect to pick this high again, so why not grab a potential heir apparent to Matt Ryan while you can.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Alabama • Soph • 6'0" / 170 lbs
I like what the Lions are building on their roster with new head coach Dan Campbell, both with on-field personnel and with their coaches. Landing the Heisman Trophy winner gives them a legit game-breaker on the perimeter.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Round 1 - Pick 11
Joe Tryon EDGE
Washington • Soph • 6'5" / 259 lbs
Tryon may be a surprise to many here, but the former Washington Husky can flat out pressure the QB. The Giants need a threat coming off of the edge, and Tryon is a twitched-up, lengthy and athletic player who can be just that.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Zach Wilson QB
BYU • Soph • 6'2" / 214 lbs
This should almost be illegal for 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan to get his hands on the talented and athletic passer from BYU. Wilson would be an ideal fit in this scheme and brings much more upside than what's currently there at the position.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Round 1 - Pick 15
Washington • Soph • 6'3" / 295 lbs
Onwuzurike has long arms and uses them like wheat baskets when he swats away an offensive lineman's hands. He's really good in working with his length on the interior, and the Patriots have to get much better up front defensively.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Najee Harris RB
Alabama • Soph • 6'1" / 242 lbs
Going back to the SEC for another stellar offensive playmaker for the Dolphins. This time it's Tagovailoa's former teammate in Najee Harris, who is a three-down back that thrives on both ends of offense.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Penn State • Soph • 6'3" / 248 lbs
I can see Washington targeting someone like Kellen Mond in Round 2, so with that being the backdrop, I went with the talented LB Micah Parsons with this selection. Parsons just continues to build a menacing defense for Washington.
Round 1 - Pick 20
BYU • Soph • 6'6" / 300 lbs
The Bears could go QB here, but like Washington, I could see them take less of a risk with a Round 2 pick instead. That's why I went with Christiensen out of BYU, who was equally as dominant on film as any of the more talked about tackles in the class.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Alabama • Soph • 6'5" / 312 lbs
Losing Anthony Costanzo to retirement creates a bit of a void on that side, which adding Alex Leatherwood helps fill. I feel like he is the forgotten man in this excellent tackle class.
Round 1 - Pick 22
From Seattle Seahawks
Round 1 - Pick 23
Florida State • Soph • 5'10" / 180 lbs
Samuel gives the Jets a bonafide baller out on the perimeter. With the athleticism and ball skills to match, Samuel should be able to turn the ball over at a high clip as a pro player.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Josh Myers OL
Ohio State • Soph • 6'5" / 310 lbs
Pittsburgh lands the best center in the draft class with Myers out of Ohio State. The former Buckeye is a technically sound player with A+ recognition skills. He would help ease the blow of losing Maurkice Pouncey to retirement this offseason.
From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 25
Florida • Soph • 6'0" / 193 lbs
Even with the signing of Marvin Jones, and the drafting of Laviska Shenault Jr. last year, the Jags continue to stockpile dynamic talents around Trevor Lawrence, just continuing to make his job a lot easier as a rookie.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Miami (FL) • Soph • 6'5" / 263 lbs
The Browns add another pressure player opposite of Myles Garrett. Phillips is excellent on both ends of defense, so you don't have to take him off the field, much to the chagrin of opposing offenses.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Tulsa • Soph • 6'4" / 260 lbs
Baltimore's defense lost some firepower this offseason, so the Ravens get to replenish that with the 2020 Nagurski, Bednarik and Lombardi winner. Collins can cover, pressure the ball and make plays versus the run.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Camryn Bynum CB
California • Soph • 6'0" / 200 lbs
Bynum has A+ press skills and gives the Saints another stellar matchup defender who can turn the ball over. He's also one of the better run defenders at the position, definitely not afraid of any physical conversation out there on game day.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Clemson • Soph • 5'10" / 215 lbs
I believe the Bills can add one more explosive, gamebreaking threat to their offense and it arrives in the form of Travis Etienne, who is the type of back that can ring that cash register pretty quickly on any given touch.
Round 1 - Pick 32