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Everyone has an opinion when it comes to predicting what will happen in the the 2021 NFL Draft, and most mocks will have their share of hits as well as their share of misses. In an effort to provide more clarity as to what the industry expects to happen at each pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, we have compiled 13 mock draft scenarios from CBS Sports, ESPN and NFL Media. Some general takeaways are below, and you can also read the description in each pick to learn how close some of these decisions are actually viewed.

Takeaways

  • The Falcons and Lions are viewed as the most likely trade-up destinations for teams in the quarterback market for the 2021 NFL Draft. There were four projections with the Falcons trading out of the No. 4 spot and three with Detroit trading out of No. 7. 
  • Opinions on the edge rusher class varies significantly and that led to those votes being split and potentially caused a few to fall further than most are projected. 

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NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
Clemson • 6'6" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
Trevor Lawrence to Jacksonville was unanimous.
Round 1 - Pick 2
BYU • 6'3" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
2nd
Zach Wilson to New York was unanimous.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Alabama • 6'3" / 214 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
5th
The decision between Trey Lance, Justin Fields and Mac Jones was actually more evenly split than maybe most would expect. Fields and Lance combined to have as many votes as Jones, who was the heavy favorite.
Round 1 - Pick 4
North Dakota State • 6'4" / 226 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
4th
Atlanta was one of the teams most commonly projected to trade down but they also had four picks in favor of taking a quarterback. The majority of those projections were in favor of Trey Lance, who would presumably sit behind Matt Ryan.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Oregon • 6'6" / 325 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
1st
Penei Sewell narrowly edged out Ja'Marr Chase for this pick. Those two comprised all but two votes, both of which went to Kyle Pitts.
Round 1 - Pick 6
LSU • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
Ja'Marr Chase easily the most mocked player to be taken at No. 6 overall. Most mocks projecting Atlanta to stay put at No. 4 overall had Kyle Pitts as their selection.
  Mock Trade from Detroit Lions
Round 1 - Pick 7
Ohio State • 6'3" / 227 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Detroit was the other team projected to deal out of their pick. New England was most closely linked to Justin Fields, so the deal was made. If the Lions had stayed put, the pick would have been Devonta Smith.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Florida • 6'6" / 239 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
1st
There was only one vote for Kyle Pitts beyond No. 7 overall. However, five quarterbacks getting taken before Carolina's pick meant that he slid and the Panthers take him at No. 8 overall to help Sam Darnold.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Penn State • 6'3" / 245 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
Micah Parsons is trending towards sliding down the board a bit, but not in this exercise. Parsons was the leading vote getter for Denver at No. 9 overall.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Alabama • 6'2" / 202 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Patrick Surtain II was the heavy favorite to be the Cowboys' pick here, followed by Jaycee Horn. It makes sense, considering Dallas' need at the position.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Alabama • 5'10" / 182 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Jaylen Waddle was one of the more surprising picks, post-Kenny Golladay signing. New York is going all in to surround Daniel Jones with weapons this season. Waddle was the only player to receive more than one vote in this spot.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Alabama • 6'1" / 175 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Devonta Smith was still on the board because Detroit traded out of pick No. 7. Jaylen Waddle and Patrick Surtain II each received three votes in this spot, but both were already off the board.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Northwestern • 6'3" / 305 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Justin Herbert gets protection in the form of Rashawn Slater, who received four votes. Jaycee Horn and Christian Darrisaw each received three votes.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Miami (FL) • 6'5" / 266 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
3rd
Three offensive linemen received two votes, but Jaelan Phillips was the leading vote-getter with four.
  Mock Trade from New England Patriots
Round 1 - Pick 15
South Carolina • 6'1" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
27th
POSITION RNK
4th
Even in trade-down situations, there was no one linked to Detroit who is still on the board. The majority of draft analysts have projected a wide receiver to Detroit, but No. 15 overall seems too high for the next best player at the position. Jeff Okudah has not panned out as anticipated thus far, and Jaycee Horn is the embodiment of a kneecap biter.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Virginia Tech • 6'2" / 207 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
1st
Caleb Farley is a bit of an unknown at this stage because of his back surgeries, but Arizona may be more inclined to compromise long-term health for short-term gain considering they have gone all in to upgrade the roster this offseason. I think Farley ends up being taken later than No. 16, but the mocks used here didn't agree.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Notre Dame • 6'1" / 216 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Las Vegas upgrades the back end of the defense with the addition of Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. He was the only player to receive more than one vote at No. 17.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Michigan • 6'4" / 272 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
1st
Kwity Paye was a bit of a surprise, but he received more votes than second-place finisher Najee Harris. Miami adds more pass rush potential opposite Emmanuel Ogbah.
Round 1 - Pick 19
USC • 6'4" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
4th
With Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah off the board, Alijah Vera-Tucker was the leading vote getter over Christian Darrisaw.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Oklahoma State • 6'6" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
5th
Teven Jenkins was tied for the most votes alongside Greg Newsome II. There were more total votes for offensive linemen than cornerbacks, so that served as the tiebreaker.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Virginia Tech • 6'5" / 314 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
2nd
An ideal situation plays out as Indianapolis was able to stay put and land its left tackle of the future. Seven of the 13 mocks had Darrisaw off the board before this spot.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Northwestern • 6'1" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
32nd
POSITION RNK
6th
Greg Newsome II and Elijah Moore received the same number of votes. Tennessee has a big need in the secondary and Newsome comes across as a player Mike Vrabel would love, so he is the pick. There were just as many total votes for wide receiver as there were for cornerback, so a tiebreaker was not in play.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Georgia • 6'3" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Four players had two votes and one of them (Greg Newsome II) was off the board. The choice came down to Gregory Rousseau, Azeez Ojulari and Travis Etienne. There were more votes for edge rushers than running back, so the Jets get Ojulari to pair with Carl Lawson over a potentially sliding Rousseau.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Alabama • 6'2" / 230 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
39th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Najee Harris just barely nudged out Teven Jenkins, and that seems to be the general breakdown amongst the Steelers fanbase as well. Jenkins was already off the board, anyway.
Round 1 - Pick 25
TCU • 6'2" / 208 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
1st
Trevon Moehrig got three total votes here. Teven Jenkins was the only other player to receive more than one vote.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Kentucky • 6'4" / 234 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
48th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Cleveland fans are going to take issue with this selection of Jamin Davis just because of their strong belief in positional value. At the end of the day, it is all about adding good football players and they are not exactly investing a top 10 pick in the position. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was tied for the second highest vote-getter.
Round 1 - Pick 27
LSU • 6'4" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
36th
POSITION RNK
7th
Terrace Marshall was the overwhelming favorite for this pick. Jayson Oweh was the only other player to receive more than one vote. Baltimore adds Marshall to a wide receiver room that includes Marquise Brown and Sammy Watkins.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Florida State • 5'10" / 184 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
26th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Four players got two votes and one of those, Caleb Farley, was already off the board. There were more votes for cornerbacks than other positions so Asante Samuel Jr. is the choice over Elijah Moore and Zaven Collins.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Tulsa • 6'4" / 260 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
51st
POSITION RNK
6th
Zaven Collins and Rondale Moore each had two votes but there were more votes for the linebacker position overall. Plus, the Packers would be quick to say they don't take wide receivers in the first round.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Georgia • 6'2" / 185 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
31st
POSITION RNK
5th
Caleb Farley and Tyson Campbell each had two votes, but Farley was already off the board to Arizona. I think the likelihood of this coming to fruition is trending down, but the projections do not reflect it yet.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Penn State • 6'5" / 253 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
33rd
POSITION RNK
6th
Jayson Oweh was the leading vote getter among players that had not yet been taken.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Clemson • 5'10" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
37th
POSITION RNK
1st
Tampa Bay had the widest range of projections. There were 11 players mocked to the Buccaneers, including Stanford quarterback Davis Mills. Travis Etienne is the second running back off the board as the only player with more than one vote here.