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Mock drafts are essentially a thought-provoking exercise months ahead of the draft to consider which players are options for each team and how the selection might impact what other teams do in the order. The slotting of quarterbacks will play a huge role in where other top players land. As evidenced below, Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons -- an elite talent by all accounts -- is pushed down because of team needs for a quarterback. 

When examining those in the market for a quarterback, the Jaguars, Patriots, Panthers and Washington stand out as teams likely to explore an upgrade this offseason. Several others, including the Jets, Lions, Falcons and 49ers, could also find themselves shopping. Some of those teams were able to address the position in this week's mock draft.

Without further ado, let's kick this off on Super Bowl LV week

NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
Clemson • Jr • 6'6" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
Urban Meyer lands the crown jewel to Jacksonville's rebuild. It is always a relief to take the unanimous best player at a position of need. While other quarterback-needy teams are left deciphering which quarterback prospect might be the best, the Jaguars have the luxury of focusing their attention on their other first-round pick.
Round 1 - Pick 2
BYU • Jr • 6'3" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
3rd
The Jets face the conundrum of staying the course with Sam Darnold or mixing it up with Zach Wilson or Justin Fields. I do not feel confident one way or another but Wilson is the only option that I would consider taking and moving on from Darnold.
Round 1 - Pick 3
LSU • Jr • 6'0" / 208 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
1st
Miami commits to Tua Tagovailoa by adding a dynamic pass catcher to the offense. Although Ja'Marr Chase has been out of sight, out of mind for the better part of a year, he remains the top wide receiver prospect.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Ohio State • Jr • 6'3" / 228 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Atlanta will lean on Matt Ryan in 2021 but then turn the keys over to Justin Fields, a Georgia native, the following year. Arthur Smith is a respected offensive coach and he could devise an exciting offense around the Buckeye quarterback.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Northwestern • Jr • 6'3" / 305 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
3rd
The selection of Rashawn Slater might come as a bit of a surprise, but the gap between him and Penei Sewell is not as grand as many believe. The former could start at right tackle or slide inside to be an All-Pro interior offensive lineman.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Oregon • Jr • 6'6" / 330 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
Howie Roseman believes in building a foundation on offense with a strong offensive line. When the offensive line suffered injuries, the rest of the offense crumbled. By adding Penei Sewell, they upgrade one starting spot but also improve the overall depth.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Alabama • Jr • 5'10" / 182 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
3rd
The Lions face a decision between Jaylen Waddle and Devonta Smith after deciding to move forward with Jared Goff. Waddle has a frame that might hold up better in a cold, physical NFC North. The hope is that Detroit is able to retain Kenny Golladay to pair with Waddle.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Trey Lance QB
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'4" / 226 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
4th
Carolina obviously wants to improve the quarterback position. They were involved in Matthew Stafford trade conversations and have been serious in their pursuit of Deshaun Watson. Trey Lance is not a finished product, but Joe Brady has already worked his magic with Joe Burrow -- so now he can stamp his future head coaching resume by turning Lance into a force with which to be reckoned.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Virginia Tech • Jr • 6'2" / 207 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
1st
Denver could pursue Micah Parsons in this spot but, to mix it up, they add arguably the draft's top cornerback prospect. Caleb Farley is a big talent that could be a staple of Vic Fangio's defense for quite some time.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Florida • Jr • 6'6" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
1st
Dallas goes all in on offense by adding Kyle Pitts. Pitts must essentially be considered a wide receiver. He presents mismatch nightmares for the NFC East.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 175 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Kyle Pitts could be an intriguing option for New York if he is on the board but Dallas made their decision easier. The Giants are giving Daniel Jones another chance to develop and grasp that starting role. They need an answer on his future with the organization to determine whether or not they are in the quarterback market next offseason.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Alabama • Jr • 6'2" / 203 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
2nd
San Francisco adds arguably the best cornerback in the draft midway through the first round. Richard Sherman will not be playing forever, but Kyle Shanahan intends to be around much longer.
Round 1 - Pick 13
USC • Jr • 6'4" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
4th
Los Angeles will give Alijah Vera-Tucker a chance to be the team's left tackle of the future. If the experiment fails, they can find comfort in his upside as an interior offensive lineman.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Miami (FL) • Soph • 6'7" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
1st
Minnesota embraced a rebuild last season whether they recognized it or not. The cornerback position was overhauled and Everson Griffen was released. I would expect the youth movement to continue as they look to replace Griffen with Gregory Rousseau.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Penn State • Jr • 6'3" / 244 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
A year after drafting Kyle Dugger in the second round, New England continues to add versatility on defense. Micah Parsons is a very talented linebacker that has reached the point of undervalued in the pre-draft process. The Patriots have no issue capitalizing on the mistake of others.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Washington • Jr • 6'3" / 293 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
30th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Corey Peters has been a sensational leader and an adequate performer for the Cardinals, but they opt to get a little younger at the position. The Reese's Senior Bowl performer can step in right away to fortify that interior defensive line.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Michigan • Sr • 6'4" / 272 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
Las Vegas adds some pass rush opposite Maxx Crosby. Kwity Paye had a high pressure rate this season and the Raiders could use it. Jon Gruden's team ranked in the bottom five of sacks last season.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Notre Dame • Jr • 6'1" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
28th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Brian Flores compromised by adding an offensive player with the team's first pick but then gets his way in the form of Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah. He is more of a safety than an in the box linebacker but is capable of dropping into coverage.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Virginia Tech • Jr • 6'5" / 314 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
5th
In search of a left tackle to replace Trent Williams, Washington lands Christian Darrisaw from down the road in Virginia. The team still needs to figure out the quarterback position.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Michigan • Jr • 6'5" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
29th
POSITION RNK
7th
Jalen Mayfield is a versatile player that will elevate Chicago's offensive line play regardless of where he ends up playing.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Texas • Jr • 6'4" / 253 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
34th
POSITION RNK
4th
If the Indianapolis defense was a stock, fans should be investing. The overall performance could be lifted immensely with a young pass rusher like Joseph Ossai.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Georgia • Fr • 6'3" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
97th
POSITION RNK
9th
Tennessee addresses the pass rush by adding Georgia's Azeez Ojulari. Ojulari is a smaller edge rusher that can offer some of the movement skills that Mike Vrable requires of his pass rushers.
Round 1 - Pick 23
South Carolina • Jr • 6'1" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
119th
POSITION RNK
20th
The Jets have a lot of needs. Fortunately, they have a lot of picks and should add more through a trade of Sam Darnold if they do choose Zach Wilson. With the quarterback and left tackle in place, New York continues adding cornerstone positions like edge rusher, cornerback and wide receiver. Jaycee Horn checks one of those boxes.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Clemson • Sr • 5'10" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
29th
POSITION RNK
7th
Running back might be a luxury for Pittsburgh at this stage. They are a franchise potentially facing a significant transition and this pick might need to be spent on the offensive line, defensive line or in the secondary. Travis Etienne would be an exciting supplement to the offense.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Alabama • Soph • 6'5" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
27th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Josh Allen and K'Lavon Chaisson give Jacksonville a few promising edge rushers but the defense still needs a makeover. Christian Barmore can push the pocket and help draw some of the attention of the aforementioned rushers.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Miami (FL) • Jr • 6'5" / 266 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
103rd
POSITION RNK
9th
Landing Jaelan Phillips this late in the first round would be quite the accomplishment for Cleveland. Phillips has really locked in this year and his play on the field has matched. He is an ascending talent that is now afforded the chance to learn from one of the league's best -- Myles Garrett.
Round 1 - Pick 27
LSU • Jr • 6'4" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
65th
POSITION RNK
9th
Marquise Brown stepped up late in the season for Baltimore but they will require that level of consistency from him moving forward. By adding Terrace Marshall to the offense, it takes some of the pressure off the tight ends and gives Lamar Jackson another outlet to make plays.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Alabama • Jr • 6'3" / 214 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
25th
POSITION RNK
5th
New Orleans is the perfect situation for Mac Jones. If he were put in a situation behind a porous offensive line that required him to use his feet to survive, the Alabama product would fail spectacularly. He is accurate, poised and throws the prettiest deep balls this side of the Mississippi River.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Florida • Sr • 6'0" / 193 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
119th
POSITION RNK
20th
Perhaps I am naïve to think that Green Bay would add a wide receiver in the first round considering it has not happened since Javon Walker in 2002, but this season spotlighted the Packers' need for consistent play at the position. They need a Randall Cobb-type to take the pressure off of Davante Adams like Cobb did for Jordy Nelson. Kadarius Toney is a speed merchant that can be deployed in a variety of capacities.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Tulsa • Jr • 6'4" / 260 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
37th
POSITION RNK
5th
Buffalo has a really talented roster and some of the pieces to the future may already be in place. Zaven Collins could bring a mean streak and business-like approach to that unit.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Penn State • Soph • 6'5" / 253 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
75th
POSITION RNK
8th
Tampa Bay is banking on the traits and potential of Jayson Oweh, much like they did with Shaq Barrett. With the salary cap shrinking, the Buccaneers could be led to make some financially-motivated decisions this offseason. If the defense draws the short end of the stick, then Oweh could become a necessity.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Tennessee • Sr • 6'6" / 330 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
38th
POSITION RNK
9th
Kansas City is realizing the importance of investing in the offensive line and having depth at the worst time. Trey Smith's draft stock has fluctuated a bit but his movement skills at the Reese's Senior Bowl lead me to invest in his future.