NCAA Football: Big Ten Championship-Ohio State vs Wisconsin
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The NFL regular season is finally upon us as the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs host the Texans this evening. It is also the beginning of mock draft season. NFL talent evaluators are facing unprecedented challenges with changes to the college football season. Each team is facing the same obstacles and those that learn to handle them the best, will succeed. 

Earlier this month, CBS Sports put out a list of the top 100 2021 NFL Draft prospects. It is a list that will change daily over the next seven months leading up to draft night. How does that list align with my first mock draft? Find out below!

The draft order was determined using SportsLine's reverse Super Bowl odds.

Let's kick this off!

NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
Clemson • Jr • 6'6" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
Jacksonville is loading up on draft capital already. They are the army stocking up on goods and ammunition ahead of a tiresome battle. A rebuild is in the cards for the Jaguars, and it begins with the quarterback position. They have the picks to move around and secure one of these top options.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Oregon • Jr • 6'6" / 330 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
Washington traded away Trent Williams after a toxic relationship necessitated the move. Coach Ron Rivera does not have an immediate replacement on the roster, but they could back into one of the best offensive tackle prospects to come around for quite some time.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Penn State • Jr • 6'3" / 244 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
Cincinnati took a trio of linebackers -- Logan Wilson, Markus Bailey and Akeem Davis-Gaither -- that were all highly regarded by yours truly. Those three players could dispel the need to improve this group, but Parsons is too talented to pass up early in the first round. This would be a likely trade-up spot for a team looking to secure either Justin Fields or Trey Lance.
Round 1 - Pick 4
LSU • Jr • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
1st
General manager Joe Douglas went into the pantry looking for the ingredients for a delicious, cohesive meal. Instead, he found some stale crackers, a box of macaroni and cheese and a bottle of ketchup. Sam Darnold should expect more from that wide receiver room. The franchise has done little to support their young quarterback through the first three years of his career.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Alabama • Soph • 6'5" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
1st
There has not been extensive tape on Barmore to this point, but his ability to impact the game is not easily hidden. He can start opposite Christian Wilkins in that three-down base front for Miami. His size allows him to move inside on four-down fronts as well.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Ohio State • Jr • 6'3" / 228 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Teddy Bridgewater could prove to be the future of the quarterback position in Carolina. However, it is less likely than the alternative. Fields is pass first but has the mobility to beat teams on the ground as well.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Miami (FL) • Soph • 6'7" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Giants have chased an upgrade to their pass rush but it has continued to evade them. Rousseau is a raw but gifted edge rusher. His 15.5 sacks last season were a glimpse of the ability that he brings to the table.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Trey Lance QB
North Dakota State • Soph • 6'4" / 226 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Las Vegas has Derek Carr, and he may be a solid option capable of providing consistent results. Is he enough to get the team to their ultimate goal of a Super Bowl? My guess is no. Lance is a dual-threat quarterback capable of carving opposing defenses similarly to Kyler Murray.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Florida State • Sr • 6'5" / 305 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
61st
POSITION RNK
3rd
Detroit toyed with the idea of taking Derrick Brown before settling upon Jeff Okudah. A year later, they fill the other need that they set out to address in the form of Wilson.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'5" / 307 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
27th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Ted Karras was brought to town on a one-year deal. Miami had several draft choices, but it was not enough to fill all of their needs. Humphrey can come in and be a rock for that offensive line. He is fit to protect Tua Tagovailoa and open holes for Matt Breida and Jordan Howard.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Ohio State • Soph • 6'4" / 313 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
1st
Drew Lock has potential, but potential is production not yet realized. If they want him to reach that potential, then they need to sort out their offensive line. Davis would be a start to fixing that problem.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Dillon Radunz T
North Dakota State • Sr • 6'6" / 299 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
32nd
POSITION RNK
4th
Bryan Bulaga was added to solidify one side of the offensive line, but a viable option at left tackle has evaded the Chargers. Radunz is a long, athletic lineman that could be the solution. He becomes the second Bison off the board.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Miami (FL) • Sr • 6'3" / 245 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
29th
POSITION RNK
3rd
The Browns have made it clear that they are not comfortable with what they have at defensive end opposite Myles Garrett. They pursued Jadeveon Clowney and Yannick Ngakoue but failed. Roche would be a good consolation prize.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 175 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Chicago has several needs and could choose to go in any number of directions with their first pick. The image of Ted Ginn Jr. being projected to start Week 1 has me leaning towards a wide receiver for now. Smith is the best available.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Georgia • Soph • 6'2" / 185 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
55th
POSITION RNK
10th
Campbell should be handed a larger role this season and appears well-equipped to make the most of it. Atlanta adds some local talent to the back end of its secondary.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Virginia Tech • Jr • 6'2" / 207 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
1st
Patrick Peterson's time with Arizona has to come to an end soon. It has been rumored for several years. Farley is a big cornerback with experience playing quarterback. He has tips and tricks that most playing the position do not understand.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Purdue • Soph • 5'9" / 180 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
4th
Tennessee can build around A.J. Brown but the idea of pairing him with Moore is exciting. Moore nearly single-handedly defeated Ohio State as a true freshman. He is shifty and pound-for-pound one of the strongest players in the country.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Florida • Jr • 6'6" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
1st
Jacksonville signed Tyler Eifert, who was cast off by Cincinnati due to his lingering injury concerns. The Jaguars would be ill-advised to place the same trust in him. The selection of Kyle Pitts gives them a gifted pass-catcher moving forward.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Ohio State • Jr • 6'1" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
3rd
Joe Haden and Steven Nelson are solid but have been around the game for quite awhile. In an effort to prepare for the future, Pittsburgh selects Wade to lock down one side of the field. He played the field cornerback role last season but was poised to play the boundary in 2020.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Northwestern • Jr • 6'3" / 305 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
2nd
Minnesota was comfortable allowing its left tackle to walk when they presented Riley Reiff with the option of taking a restructured contract or being released to make room for Yannick Ngakoue. Cleveland did something similar last year when they cut Greg Robinson but later re-signed him. If you're willing to part with a starter along the offensive line at this stage, then it says something about his value.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Alabama • Jr • 6'2" / 203 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Indianapolis allowed Pierre Desir to walk this offseason and countered by signing Xavier Rhodes, who struggled last season in Minnesota. The Colts would do well to address the long-term future at the position.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Alabama • Jr • 5'10" / 182 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
5th
Green Bay was the subject of due criticism five months ago when it bypassed improvements to the wide receiver position time and time again. Waddle is one of the most exciting players in college football. The Packers will be able to use him in a variety of ways.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Tennessee • Sr • 6'6" / 330 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
2nd
The old saying is that if you have two quarterbacks, then you have none. Buffalo named three co-starters at right guard, which suggests none have outright won the job. Smith could come in and solidify that unit ahead of Josh Allen.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Oregon State • Sr • 6'4" / 238 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
62nd
POSITION RNK
7th
New York was able to add the draft's top wide receiver before swinging back around to take a very talented edge rusher. Rashed is a terror on the edge and flies sideline-to-sideline. The Jets fill two of their biggest needs in the first round.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Alabama • Sr • 6'3" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
20th
POSITION RNK
2nd
The Eagles upgraded their defensive line and secondary. With their first-round pick, they choose to address the second level by selecting Moses. Wide receiver is still a need considering Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson's time in Philadelphia are likely coming to an end.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Minnesota • Soph • 6'2" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Bateman is electric after the catch. If he gets any space, he is likely to take it as far as the gridiron will allow him. New England is facing a time of unprecedented change. To add a piece like Bateman will ultimately benefit any quarterback the Patriots elect to back.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Clemson • Jr • 6'0" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
45th
POSITION RNK
7th
Dallas has weakly attempted to fortify its secondary this offseason. The changes, namely the addition of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, have not all panned out as anticipated. Kendrick is a really athletic cornerback that could blossom into one of the league's best.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Pittsburgh • Jr • 6'2" / 290 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
--
POSITION RNK
--
Tampa Bay's offense has come together nicely. The defense has several tantalizing pieces, but there are still some areas of weakness. Twyman would provide an imposing partner for Vita Vea.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Ohio State • Jr • 6'1" / 188 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
42nd
POSITION RNK
7th
Olave is a technically sound route-runner. In recent years, the wide receivers that have made the most seamless transition to the NFL have been polished route-runners. It is unknown whether or not Drew Brees will be back next season. If he does return, then he will have another piece to compliment Michael Thomas.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Oregon • Jr • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RANK
17
POSITION RANK
1
Holland has captained that Oregon secondary and played at a high level. He is an instinctive player that flies around the football field. Baltimore has a hole in its defense following the departure of veteran Earl Thomas.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Ohio State • Soph • 6'5" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RANK
37
POSITION RANK
5
San Francisco has areas of weakness on the roster. The 49ers are elite on the edges with Trent Williams and Mike McGlinchey. The next objective is to bolster the interior offensive line, and Myers offers that potential.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Stanford • Sr • 6'1" / 192 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RANK
64
POSITION RANK
13
There is no one on Kansas City's roster that is guaranteed to factor into its long-term plans. Adebo is not the flashy corner with obvious No. 1 potential, but he's smart and tough.