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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be standing at the podium in six weeks to introduce the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft; presumably Clemson's Trevor Lawrence. The draft is an opportunity to alter a franchise's fortunes and inspire hope to the fan base. Five teams are expected to commit to the ultimate investment of a new quarterback in the first round and the dream that player may one day lead them to a Super Bowl

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
Has Jacksonville started negotiating with Trevor Lawrence's representatives yet?
Round 1 - Pick 2
BYU • 6'2" / 214 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
2nd
The Jets are rebuilding and one of the most important assets in a rebuild is money. Sam Darnold is still on his rookie contract but the end is near. By drafting Zach Wilson, New York starts the clock over with five more years of a quarterback on his rookie deal. As part of the decision, they can flip Darnold for at least a second-round pick. At this point, I would not be opposed to Washington taking a chance on him. San Francisco has been regarded as the most likely suitor, however.
  Mock Trade from Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 3
Ohio State • 6'3" / 227 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
3rd
If anyone lands Deshaun Watson, it will be Carolina. I do not see Watson playing another down for the Texans but banking on Houston operating as a functional team is a losing wager. The hope was that a change at general manager would right the course but I do not like what they have done in free agency. In the event that the Panthers do not get Watson, they move up and select the next best option: Justin Fields.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Northwestern • 6'4" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
2nd
I have been stubborn in my belief that Atlanta will take a quarterback but I've moved off that after seeing Matt Ryan's contract restructure. It was done in a manner that suggests he will be on the team for at least two more years. I think not taking a quarterback is the wrong decision but it is not my call. Rashawn Slater has five-position flexibility along the offensive line and could strengthen a unit that allowed Ryan to be sacked fifth-most in 2020.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Oregon • 6'5" / 331 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
1st
Penei Sewell is still young and developing. Cincinnati has to target its offensive line in the draft now because it struck out in free agency. By bringing in Sewell, Cincinnati can slide Jonah Williams inside or flip him to right tackle. Either way, the team is upgrading two positions in its protection of Joe Burrow.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Florida • 6'6" / 245 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
1st
Zach Ertz is going to be traded at some point: it is just time for both parties to move on. Philadelphia has been looking to upgrade its pass attack and everyone's mind immediately races to wide receiver. The Colts spent a modest 21% of snaps in 12 personnel (1 running back, 2 tight ends) last season but they did not have two performers like Dallas Goedert and Pitts. I think the Eagles could find a lot of success working off play-action in 12 personnel with Miles Sanders in the backfield.
Round 1 - Pick 7
LSU • 6'0" / 201 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
Ja'Marr Chase is the first wide receiver off the board to a Detroit team that has essentially shown everyone the door. The Lions signed Tyrell Williams but Marvin Jones is gone and Kenny Golladay will soon be. Jared Goff needs more weapons in the passing game.
  Mock Trade from Carolina Panthers
Round 1 - Pick 8
Alabama • 5'10" / 182 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Miami is able to move back and take one of the top wide receiver prospects, who happens to have a relationship with Tua Tagovailoa. Jaylen Waddle is more than just speed.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Penn State • 6'3" / 248 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
1st
It was a bit of a surprise to see Denver keep Von Miller at that price but it keeps a potentially special second unit intact this season. Bradley Chubb, Micah Parsons and Miller are a group to be reckoned with but the defensive line in front of them needs to be patched as well.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Alabama • 6'2" / 202 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
2nd
With Kyle Pitts off the board, Dallas is not torn to make a difficult decision. The secondary has to be the move here and Patrick Surtain II is a smooth criminal. He is really polished in his game and can make an immediate impact.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Miami (FL) • 6'6" / 266 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
36th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Gregory Rousseau went into a tunnel when he opted out. No one has seen him enough to alter his evaluation since he went into that tunnel. I have a gut feeling he comes out on the other side a much better player. He could be a special player by adding some refinement to that natural athletic ability.
Round 1 - Pick 12
NFL Draft • 6'4" / 226 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
4th
Kyle Shanahan knows there is a ceiling on his offense with Jimmy Garoppolo, who has not been able to stay healthy. By bringing in Trey Lance, he adds more mobility and even more versatility to play designs.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Virginia Tech • 6'5" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Los Angeles' effort to build up the offensive line with the additions of Corey Linsley and Matt Feiler is admirable. The interior offensive line has certainly improved but Christian Darrisaw would give them a pair of reliable bookends as well.
Round 1 - Pick 14
USC • 6'5" / 308 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
4th
Minnesota needs another edge rusher but opts to take the best player available, which happens to be an offensive lineman. Vera-Tucker is better suited to play inside but could play tackle in a pinch.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Alabama • 6'3" / 214 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
5th
New England has invested heavily in the offensive skill talent but quarterback remains a concern. Bill Belichick had his first taste of disappointment in quite some time and it was not met favorably. Mac Jones would give the coach a quarterback that he can trust to get the ball out quickly and make the right decisions on the field. In this scenario, Jimmy Garoppolo would also be available. Jones offers more upside at a reduced rate.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Virginia Tech • 6'2" / 197 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
1st
Patrick Peterson signed with the Vikings on Wednesday so that creates a void at the position. Arizona has gone all in this offseason and now adds a really good player on defense.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Alabama • 6'0" / 170 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Tyrell Williams and Nelson Agholor are gone so that clears a path for the team to add another wide receiver like Smith. Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden are drawn toward college football's elite programs such as Ohio State, Clemson and Alabama. For the second consecutive year, a Crimson Tide pass-catcher joins the Raiders.
Round 1 - Pick 18
TCU • 6'2" / 202 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
25th
POSITION RNK
1st
Miami has done a great job of addressing needs through free agency and trades to the point where little is a necessity. Safety is one area where it could improve and Trevon Moehrig offers the versatility to fill a few roles.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Notre Dame • 6'2" / 221 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
3rd
William Jackson was paid as a boundary cornerback so there is room for a rangy defender in nickel packages like Owusu-Koramoah.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Oklahoma State • 6'6" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
5th
Teven Jenkins fortifies the offensive line and brings an attitude to the unit. Realistically, Chicago is not going to be much of a threat downfield in the current state so it is imperative that the running game is on point.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Florida • 6'0" / 193 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
5th
T.Y. Hilton is a free agent and Indianapolis has little in the passing game beyond Michael Pittman. Toney would give Carson Wentz another weapon.
Round 1 - Pick 22
South Carolina • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
35th
POSITION RNK
5th
Tennessee has parted with Malcolm Butler and Adoree Jackson. Tennessee was looking for more physicality at the position and Jaycee Horn embodies that trait. At times, he is a little too aggressive downfield.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Michigan • 6'3" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
1st
New York signed Carl Lawson but the work is not done. They double down with Paye and turn the defensive line into a strength with Quinnen Williams.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Michigan • 6'5" / 319 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
29th
POSITION RNK
6th
Maurkice Pouncey retired, Alejandro Villanueva is a free agent and Matt Feiler signed with the Chargers. An already unimpressive offensive line could need three starters. Mayfield can play on the edge or inside.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Alabama • 6'5" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
34th
POSITION RNK
4th
Jacksonville strengthens the interior defensive line with Barmore. He is another piece to a defensive line that already features two young edge rushers: Josh Allen and K'Lavon Chaisson.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Miami (FL) • 6'5" / 266 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
20th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Cleveland found the free agent edge-rush market to be too rich for its blood. Although the Browns signed Takk McKinley, they still need a reliable long-term fit at the position. Phillips is still developing as a player but learning opposite Myles Garrett will certainly make life easier.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Georgia • 6'3" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Baltimore is typically drawn toward length but it needs pass-rush help after losing Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue. The Ravens could press their luck with Jaylon Ferguson, Tyus Bowser and Pernell McPhee but Ojulari is too good to pass up.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Kentucky • 6'4" / 234 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
44th
POSITION RNK
6th
New Orleans adds Davis to provide some speed and athleticism alongside a thumper in veteran Demario Davis.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Tulsa • 6'4" / 260 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
28th
POSITION RNK
4th
Collins can run and drop into coverage. He is a well-rounded player that will strengthen Green Bay's defense up the middle. If the right wide receiver had been available, I would have considered that position as well.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Northwestern • 6'0" / 192 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
69th
POSITION RNK
4th
Levi Wallace was not tendered and Josh Norman is in the twilight of his career. Buffalo does not have many options outside of Tre'Davious White. Newsome can play the field or boundary.
Round 1 - Pick 31
NFL Draft • 6'8" / 311 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
105th
POSITION RNK
17th
Brown is not a popular pick in the first round but I'm buying stock. With his athleticism, the sky is the limit. Kansas City has backed itself into a corner after parting ways with Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher. The interior offensive line has been significantly upgraded with Joe Thuney and Kyle Long but there is work to be done on the edge.
Round 1 - Pick 32
North Carolina • 5'10" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
49th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Tampa Bay has essentially retained all of its key players and are prepping for another run to the Super Bowl. A running back of Williams' caliber would add another dimension of play-making ability to that offense.