The 2021 NFL Draft really starts at No. 4 overall with the Atlanta Falcons. While we don't know who the San Francisco 49ers will pick at No. 3 overall, we're positive it's going to be a quarterback. As for the Falcons, we have no clue what position they'll be targeting, or if they'll trade back.
In this mock, the Falcons move out of No. 4 then get aggressive and trade up a few picks later to get their guy after acquiring some extra draft capital. Because we have more clarity inside the top 10 now, let's push this mock out to two rounds.
OK, let's get to it.
From Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 3
Ohio State • Jr • 6'3" / 227 lbs
Sure, Mac Jones checks the boxes Kyle Shanahan likes in a quarterback. Do you know who else does? Justin Fields. And he's the most accurate passer of all the top quarterbacks in this draft class.
Mock Trade from Atlanta Falcons
Round 1 - Pick 4
Trey Lance QB
North Dakota State • Jr • 6'4" / 224 lbs
The Broncos don't sit on their hands at the quarterback spot. They make an aggressive move to put serious pressure on Drew Lock in 2021. In an ideal world for the Broncos, Lock plays really well this season then they could trade him for big-time draft capital and insert Lance into the starting lineup next season. In this trade, the Falcons send No. 4 overall and No. 142 (Round 5) to Denver and get No. 40 (Round 2) and No. 192 (Round 6) from the Broncos, along with pick No. 9 and a 2022 first-round pick.
Mock Trade from Detroit Lions
Round 1 - Pick 7
Kyle Pitts TE
Florida • Jr • 6'6" / 245 lbs
After their trade back, the Falcons jump at an opportunity to pick Kyle Pitts, and strike a deal with rebuilding Detroit. In this trade, the Lions receive No. 68 (Round 3) and a 2022 fourth-round pick from Atlanta along with the Falcons' No. 9 overall pick.
Mock Trade from Atlanta Falcons
Round 1 - Pick 9
Round 1 - Pick 11
Round 1 - Pick 13
Northwestern • Jr • 6'4" / 315 lbs
Slater to the Chargers could really unlock Justin Herbert's full potential ... and the young quarterback just won Offensive Rookie of the Year. Although it almost doesn't compute for the Chargers to have a good offensive line, because it's been so long since that was the case.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Jaelan Phillips EDGE
Miami (FL) • Jr • 6'5" / 263 lbs
Is this the easiest prospect-team pairing in Round 1 (after Lawrence and the Jags of course)? I think so. Phillips meets all the physical requirements the Vikings typically have for their top selections and fills a major need.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Round 1 - Pick 16
USC • Jr • 6'5" / 308 lbs
This may be the highest you'll see Vera-Tucker, yet he's an immediate starter on an offensive line that hasn't exactly been sturdy in front of Kyler Murray in his first two seasons in the desert. Yes, it's fun watching Murray run around. But the less of it he's forced into, the better for Arizona.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Alabama • Jr • 6'5" / 312 lbs
Leatherwood is the offensive tackle prospect I think goes higher than everyone's expecting. He's big, long, experienced in the SEC and tested through the roof at his pro day. All that sounds like a etched-in-stone first-round prospect, doesn't it?
Round 1 - Pick 21
Round 1 - Pick 22
Elijah Moore WR
Ole Miss • Jr • 5'10" / 180 lbs
The Titans have budding star A.J. Brown at receiver, then a whole lot of nothing given the loss of Corey Davis in free agency. Moore is a nifty, explosive slot wideout who can produce immediately.
From Seattle Seahawks
Round 1 - Pick 23
Round 1 - Pick 28
Jamin Davis LB
Kentucky • Jr • 6'4" / 234 lbs
Watching Jamin Davis and Demario Davis play next to each other would be a blast and would make it pretty likely you'd be getting tackled by someone with the last name "Davis" when playing the Saints.
Round 1 - Pick 29
33. Jaguars: Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State
34. Jets: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
35. Falcons: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
36. Dolphins (via HOU): Landon Dickerson, IOL, Alabama
37. Eagles: Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU
38. Bengals: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
39. Panthers: Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State
40. Falcons (via DEN mock trade): Levi Onwuzurike, DL, Washington
41. Lions: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia
42. Giants: Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State
43. 49ers: Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF
44. Cowboys: Milton Williams, DT, Louisiana Tech
45. Jaguars (via MIN): Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky
46. Patriots: Richie Grant, S, UCF
47. Chargers: Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina
48. Raiders: Deonte Brown, OG, Alabama
49. Cardinals: Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
50. Dolphins: Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina
51. WFT: Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse
52. Bears: Davis Mills, QB, Stanford
53. Titans: Rashad Weaver, EDGE, Pittsburgh
54. Colts: Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State
55. Steelers: Carlos Basham, EDGE/DL, Wake Forest
56. Seahawks: Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson
57. Rams: Creed Humphrey, IOL, Oklahoma
58. Ravens: Gregory Rousseau, DL/EDGE, Miami
59. Browns: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
60. Saints: D'Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan
61. Bills: Payton Turner, EDGE, Houston
62. Packers: Jabril Cox, LB, LSU
63. Chiefs: Walker Little, OT, Stanford
64. Buccaneers: Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington