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Getty's Scott Taesch

The NFL draft community can become an echo chamber this time of year and settle into very limited projections for each pick. The reality is that there are always surprises and that is how experts that spend a year studying the event are only able to correctly pick five out of 32 first round picks. In an effort to change the exercise, I set a parameter to challenge myself this week: outside of the first two picks (Trevor Lawrence to Jacksonville and Zach Wilson to New York), give each team a player that was not projected to them in last week's mock draft. It led to some interesting picks and provides what I hope is a unique look at the 2021 NFL Draft.

Note: The mock draft was updated Friday to reflect the trade of No. 31 overall from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr

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
Trevor Lawrence is donating money to the Jacksonville community if you needed any further proof that the Jaguars have informed him of their intentions.
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 is a consensus at this point. It does not make sense to shake this pick up for no reason.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Alabama • 6'3" / 214 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
5th
Last week, I had Justin Fields to San Francisco so I could have gone Trey Lance as well. Mac Jones and Fields just seem like the two most likely outcomes.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Florida • 6'6" / 239 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
1st
Last week, I had Atlanta trading down to allow Denver to select a quarterback. This week, they stay put and take the highest-ranked player on their board to bolster the offense.
Round 1 - Pick 5
LSU • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
1st
Cincinnati's decision should be between Kyle Pitts and Penei Sewell, but I get the feeling that it is between Ja'Marr Chase and Sewell. I gave the Bengals Sewell last week so I'll flip it to Chase this week.
  Mock Trade from Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 6
Ohio State • 6'3" / 227 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Worst case scenario plays out for Miami as Kyle Pitts and Ja'Marr Chase are both gone before they get on the clock. They move back as Denver moves up for Justin Fields. The Broncos get No. 6 and No. 81 overall in exchange for No. 9 and No. 40 overall.
  Mock Trade from Detroit Lions
Round 1 - Pick 7
North Dakota State • 6'4" / 226 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
4th
New England sacrifices a future first-round pick and No. 15 overall to move up to No. 7 overall. With the pick, the Patriots take Trey Lance to lead an overhauled roster.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Oregon • 6'5" / 331 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
Carolina made the commitment to Sam Darnold. I believe the Panthers will be motivated to avoid the same mistakes that led to his demise in New York, which entails adding some offensive pieces. It is a concept that makes sense considering they addressed the defense last year.
  Mock Trade from Denver Broncos
Round 1 - Pick 9
Alabama • 5'10" / 182 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Miami moves back, adds another top-50 pick and still lands Jaylen Waddle to pair with his former quarterback -- Tua Tagovailoa.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Northwestern • 6'3" / 305 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
3rd
The offensive line was a big problem for Dallas last season. The Cowboys have shown over time that they are not afraid to invest in the offensive line. Rashawn Slater has five-position flexibility and Dak Prescott is coming off a devastating injury.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Michigan • 6'4" / 272 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
1st
Giants fans are not a fan of this pick, I'm sure, but we all agree that it is not totally unforeseen, right? Dave Gettleman loves to add players at the line of scrimmage and he missed on Josh Allen a few years ago. No one saw Clelin Ferrell, Mitchell Trubisky, Blake Bortles and others being selected where they were taken either. If the draft was ever straight forward, you likely would not be reading a mock draft to gain insight.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Alabama • 6'1" / 175 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Philadelphia was able to trade back, acquire future picks and still land one of the premier pass catchers in this draft class.
Round 1 - Pick 13
South Carolina • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
27th
POSITION RNK
4th
I had the Chargers taking USC OL Alijah Vera-Tucker last week so I turned the magnifying glass back to the defense and added Jaycee Horn to Brandon Staley's defense.
Round 1 - Pick 14
USC • 6'4" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
4th
Alijah Vera-Tucker has shown that he is capable of playing left tackle but his future is likely destined for the interior offensive line.
  Mock Trade from New England Patriots
Round 1 - Pick 15
Alabama • 6'2" / 202 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
2nd
If Detroit were able to acquire another 2022 first-round pick and still manage to pick Patrick Surtain II, it would be a home run in Brad Holmes' first draft.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Georgia • 6'3" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Arizona drafts Azeez Ojulari to replace Haason Reddick, who left the team in free agency after a breakout season.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Notre Dame • 6'1" / 216 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
2nd
The front seven and wide receiver appear to be points of interest for Las Vegas. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is a versatile coverage player that can make plays in space.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Oklahoma State • 6'6" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
5th
The selection of Teven Jenkins, a physical right tackle, allows them to move Robert Hunt inside. Austin Jackson remains at left tackle. The offensive line is in a good position for the future.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Penn State • 6'3" / 245 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
1st
Micah Parsons slides a bit and Washington fills a position of need with the best player at his position.
Round 1 - Pick 20
TCU • 6'2" / 208 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
1st
Trevon Moehrig is added to eventually take over for Tashaun Gipson in that Chicago secondary.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Miami (FL) • 6'5" / 266 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
3rd
Indianapolis fills a position of need with arguably the most talented at his position. Edge rusher and left tackle were two big priorities for the Colts entering this draft.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Virginia Tech • 6'2" / 207 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
1st
Tennessee gambled on Jeffrey Simmons and it appears to have paid off for them. Although these are different circumstances, Caleb Farley presents another risk with high upside.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Northwestern • 6'1" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
33rd
POSITION RNK
6th
Greg Newsome II has missed some game time over the past three years but he is accountable and productive when on the field. With the Jets entering a new era in the franchise, Newsome is the type of player that can create expectations in that locker room.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Virginia Tech • 6'5" / 314 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Pittsburgh lands one of the best left tackle prospects in this draft class. He is a really poised player that can be a stabilizing presence on an offensive line in flux.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Florida • 5'11" / 194 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
5th
It is not the direction I would go but Urban Meyer loves speed and few possess the type of speed Kadarius Toney has. He offers Trevor Lawrence another outlet.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Alabama • 6'5" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
25th
POSITION RNK
1st
Cleveland moved on from Sheldon Richardson and that creates a rare weakness on an otherwise promising roster. Christian Barmore is expected to be taken higher within league circles but this would be a mutually beneficial outcome.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Penn State • 6'5" / 253 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
34th
POSITION RNK
5th
Edge rusher and wide receiver are the two camps that have been set up around the Ravens' draft expectations. The team values length and Jayson Oweh has that in spades. He is an intriguing player that could join a lengthy list of successful Baltimore edge rushers, such as Matt Judon, Pernell McPhee and Za'Darius Smith.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Kentucky • 6'4" / 234 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
40th
POSITION RNK
4th
To the delight of the Saints, Jamin Davis is still on the board after an overwhelmingly positive pro day. He is a really athletic player that is only scratching the surface of what he can become consistently.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Tulsa • 6'4" / 260 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
30th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Zaven Collins has added some weight during the offseason but he is a well-rounded player that provides some toughness to the second level of Green Bay's defense.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Florida State • 5'10" / 184 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
26th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Buffalo has a roster capable of contending for the Super Bowl. The secondary is one area that could benefit from the addition of a few pieces. Asante Samuel Jr. gives them a sound football player opposite Tre'Davious White.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Alabama • 6'6" / 325 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
71st
POSITION RNK
13th
After trading away Orlando Brown Jr., Baltimore makes the unexpected move to bolster the offensive line albeit not at right tackle. Landon Dickerson gives them a physical presence alongside Kevin Zeitler, who is a short-term fix. The Ravens can not leave two gaping holes in Lamar Jackson's protection.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Miami (FL) • 6'7" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
59th
POSITION RNK
8th
Gregory Rousseau is an enigma in NFL draft circles. Some remain bullish on his potential while others believe he should not be taken before the third round. There is no better place for him to land than Tampa Bay, where he can learn from Jason Pierre-Paul.

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Round 2

33. Jaguars - Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington
34. Jets - Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
35. Falcons - Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington
36. Dolphins (via JAX) - Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
37. Eagles - Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State
38. Bengals - Alex Leatherwood, OT/G, Alabama
39. Panthers - Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
40. Dolphins (via DEN mock trade) - Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest
41. Lions - Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU
42. Giants - Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
43. 49ers - Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
44. Cowboys - Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky
45. Jaguars (via MIN) - Richie Grant, S, UCF
46. Patriots - Jabril Cox, LB, LSU
47. Chargers - Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
48. Raiders - Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina
49. Cardinals - Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina
50. Dolphins - Quinn Meinerz, OG/C, Wisconsin-Whitewater
51. Football Team - Walker Little, OT, Stanford
52. Bears - Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas
53. Titans - Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State
54. Colts - Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas
55. Steelers - Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma
56. Seahawks - Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF
57. Rams - Elijah Molden, CB, Washington
58. Chiefs (via BAL) - Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia
59. Browns - Ronnie Perkins, EDGE, Oklahoma
60. Saints - Davis Mills, QB, Stanford
61. Bills - Jevon Holland, DB, Oregon
62. Packers - Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
63. Chiefs - Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State
64. Buccaneers - Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M