2021 Mock Draft 1.0

While most teams have only played 5 games this season (some playing less), it’s becoming clearer which teams are contenders and which are pretenders. Teams such as the Seahawks, Packers, Bills, and Chiefs look dominant, while others like the Giants, Jets, and Falcons are already looking ahead to April.

This mock draft is based on projected records at the end of the season by ESPN’s Football Power Index, and picks are made assuming the front office and coaching staff will remain the same as they are at the time of this article being written. While it’s obvious this won’t be the case come April, (looking at you – Dave Gettleman and Adam Gase), it’s impossible to predict what new staff’s will look at before we know who is hired. There are no trades either as those are also impossible to predict.

New York Jets – Trevor Lawrence

The Jets are bad. If you blindly threw a dart at their depth chart, odds are you’d hit a position of need. The modern NFL is offense based, and the Jets used their first pick on upgrading the trenches by taking LT Mekhi Becton. Unfortunately, the offense still stinks and it’s impossible to tell what the issue is specifically, as it’s most likely a ton of problems. Sam Darnold is not to blame for the Jets failures, but is he good enough to pass on a generational prospect at the most important position for a team? No. Darnold has had a terrible environment around him since entering the league, and he’s flashed potential, but the potential from Lawrence outweighs the potential that Darnold will suddenly become a star. Lawrence will give the Jets a clean slate for their current rebuild.

New York Giants – Penei Sewell

Danny Dimes survives .. for now. The Giants offense was average at best with Saquon Barkley. Without him, they are abysmal. Daniel Jones has been sacked the fourth most times this season, which makes it pretty difficult to move the ball. Sewell, alongside the Giants 2019 first pick Andrew Thomas, gives the G-Men a pair of tackles that Jones and Barkley can feel safe behind. While Jones might not be the quarterback of the future, it’s tough to pass on a prospect like Sewell when it fills such a huge need for the future.

Jacksonville Jaguars – Justin Fields

Minshew Mania sadly comes to an end. While Gardner Minshew is the perfect representation of what a Jacksonville QB should look like, his play is streaky and inconsistent, and with each passing week he looks less and less like the guy. The Jaguars hope to finally have their first good QB in years with Justin Fields. He would be the highest QB taken by the Jags since Blake Bortles in 2014. Jaguars fans will be elated to be able to look forward to the Fields-Chark connection for years to come.

Atlanta Falcons – Micah Parsons

Atlanta fans might be upset that they missed out on Justin Fields for the hometown story only Hollywood could write, but this ain’t that and once they watch Parsons, they’ll feel much better. The Falcons defense has been bad for quite some time now, and Parsons would be an incredible upgrade for Atlanta. He can play in coverage alongside Deion Jones, or rush the QB alongside Takk McKinley. Either way, he’ll be a positive change for the Falcons defense.

Cincinnati Bengals – Ja’Marr Chase

Missing out on Sewell would be a tough blow to the Bengals, as Joe Burrow is on pace to be sacked SEVENTY times his rookie year. The offensive line is the biggest positional need for the Bengals, but it’s too early to reach here and there are no trades in this mock. Fortunately for Burrow, he gets his number one receiver from LSU in Ja’Marr Chase. Chase set a single season record last year for yards and touchdowns while playing with Burrow, and there’s no reason to believe he won’t continue dominating at the next level. Alongside Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins, the Bengals receiving corps becomes scary.

Denver Broncos – Caleb Farley

Bryce Callahan has been a serviceable cornerback for the Broncos. Besides that, there’s a large gap in talent for that group. Farley would immediately become the best corner on the team. Vic Fangio would love a corner that acts like glue in man coverage, as Denver bolsters it’s defense in a division full of potent offenses. The continued development of Drew Lock, Jerry Jeudy and Sutton on offense, while Bradley Chubb and Farley grow on defense, Denver’s young core looks quite promising.

Washington Football Team – Trey Lance

Whether you think Dwayne Haskins could be the guy or not, it doesn’t really matter. Riverboat Ron has made his judgement known and feels that Haskins time is up. While Lance is a risk since he did not get to play this season due to the pandemic, his 28 touchdown to 0 interception season last year was enough to impress front offices. He’s already declared for the draft, and is expected to be the third or fourth QB off the board next to Florida’s Kyle Trask. With Lance, Rivera gets a QB who can make plays with both his arm and his legs, as the WFT trio of Lance, Terry McLaurin, and Antonio Gibson has the potential to be the best in their division after Dallas.

Philadelphia Eagles – Dylan Moses

Philadelphia is surprising most as they look flat so far this season. The offense and the defense are just not clicking, as both flail out week after week – leading to a 1-3-1 start. Nate Gerry is not meant to be a starting linebacker and it showed as Chase Claypool embarrassed him for his fourth touchdown of the day against the Eagles defense. Moses has been shaky this season, but he has the potential to be the hard hitting backer the Eagles have been missing.

Detroit Lions – Gregory Rousseau

The Lions defense is putrid and has been for awhile. They are tied for the second least amount of sacks in the league, which is sad because the only team behind them is the Titans who have played 2 less games. Rousseau can play alongside Trey Flowers and give the Lions the pass rush that they have been missing. If Matt Patricia survives this season, he’ll have a short leash, but Rousseau has the potential to help the Lions defense become the unit Patricia promised when he was hired.

Los Angeles Chargers – Creed Humphrey

Justin Herbert looks like the real deal – now, the Chargers need to protect him. They have one of the worst offensive lines in the league and their current center is not who you want protecting your franchise QB. Humphrey is a leader on the line, and as a former wrestler shows he can handle NFL caliber defenders. As someone who can help identity the middle linebacker as well, Humphrey provides multiple benefits for Herbert.

Miami Dolphins (via Houston) – Jaylen Waddle

While Devonta Smith is an intriguing option here for the Tua connection, Waddle adds a deep threat to an offense who already has a solid receiver in Devante Parker. A Waddle, Parker, Gesicki receiving corps would give Tua all the weapons he needs to succeed. The pieces are beginning to come together for Miami as they become more and more competitive.

Dallas Cowboys – Patrick Surtain II

The Cowboys secondary has struggled since Byron Jones left for Miami. Trevon Diggs has struggled so far this season and Dallas’ offense can only do so much. Surtain would immediately become the number one corner in Dallas, and help bring Dallas back to playoff contention. As the NFC East fills up with young receivers, Surtain can help limit their productivity as they face the Cowboys twice a year.

Minnesota Vikings – Marvin Wilson

The Vikings have a choice between cornerback or interior defensive line with this pick, and they go with the latter in Marvin Wilson. Wilson is an overwhelming force that alongside Ngakoue will give Minnesota the defensive trenches they need to make opposing offensive coordinator’s jobs difficult.

Miami Dolphins – Quincy Roche

After using their first pick to improve the offense, the Dolphins don’t have to look far for their next pick. Roche wouldn’t have to travel far from the Hurricanes to the Dolphins, and he’d give the Fins an edge rusher they desperately need. With a receiver and an edge rusher in the first round, Miami’s future looks pretty bright.

San Francisco 49ers – Tyson Campbell

Richard Sherman will be a free agent this offseason, and he isn’t getting any younger. After him the Niners corners drop off even more. Campbell can be an instant starter for San Fran helping their secondary while also being a positive contributor to their run defense. Having the number one defense is how they got to the super bowl, and if they want to return they’ll need some new pieces.

Carolina Panthers – Kyle Pitts

The Panthers didn’t pay Teddy to give up after one season. In an entire new scheme and offense he hasn’t looked great but he could be far worse. Pitts would give Bridgewater a new target that would make Carolina arguably the best receiving corps in the entire league. He’s been an incredible threat in Florida’s offense and alongside DJ Moore, Robby Anderson, and CMC, Matt Rhule and Joe Brady would have a plethora of weapons at their disposal.

Arizona Cardinals – Wyatt Davis

When you have a young franchise QB in Kyler Murray, you want to protect him. When he has to go against Nick Bosa and Aaron Donald a quarter of the schedule, you really want to protect him. Davis would become an immediate plug and play for the Cardinals offensive line. With more time in the pocket, Kyler will be able to do more damage by air and help Kliff Kingsbury get the offense he envisioned.

New England Patriots – DeVonta Smith

Another first round wide receiver for Bill Belichick. Julian Edelman will be 35 next season and N’keal Harry has been okay so far when healthy but besides him, the Patriots don’t have many weapons. Smith would give whoever the future QB is for New England another weapon, something New England has lacked for awhile now.

Chicago Bears – Kyle Trask

Mitchell Trubisky is not the answer. Nick Foles is probably not either. Trask would give Chicago the one position they’ve been missing in quarterback. Allen Robinson continues to get frustrated with the quarterbacks he’s had in the league, but Trask has the opportunity to change that, and finally bring Chicago to the next level.

Indianapolis Colts – Rondale Moore

The Colts receiving corps has been lackluster for a few years. They addressed it last offseason by drafting Michael Pittman but an unfortunate injury shows how little depth they have. T.Y. Hilton is on the final year of his contract and he’s getting older. Whoever the next QB in Indy is, he’ll need weapons and Moore will help provide another one.

Las Vegas Raiders – Christian Barmore

The Raiders defensive line has been lackluster. Maxx Crosby is a great edge rusher, but Clelin Ferrell has shown nothing but spurts of potential, struggling to put it all together, and free agent acquisition Maliek Collins has yet to get another going. Barmore checks off Mike Mayock’s tendency of drafting from top pedigree universities, and can provide an interior rushing force to help the Raiders run defense and pass rush.

Tennessee Titans – Rashod Bateman

Corey Davis has shown some potential finally this season, and A.J. Brown is a young stud, but Bateman would become an immediate upgrade for the Titans passing game. With Bateman, Brown, Jonnu, and Derrick Henry, the Titans will become almost impossible to game plan for.

New Orleans Saints – Paulson Adebo

The Saints window is closing quick, and the defense is falling apart once again. Janoris Jenkins is not the answer at cornerback opposite Lattimore. Adebo is a quality outside corner who can help the Saints secondary reach the level it was during the Saints past few playoff runs. After losing to the Vikings twice in the playoffs on last second touchdowns, the Saints hope adding Adebo prevents this from happening again.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Pat Freiermuth

The Bucs window is even smaller than the Saints. Bruce Arians wants to give Tom all the help he can and Gronk is clearly past his prime. The Penn State tight end is a stud who will help Tom out on third down plays and in blocking. With him added to that offense, the Bucs will be virtually impossible when it’s firing on all cylinders.

Cleveland Browns – Hamsah Nasirildeen

The Browns defense is shaky outside of Myles Garrett and Denzel Ward. Free agent Karl Joseph has not been that good, and Cleveland gets a shot at a complete upgrade at the safety position. Hamsah can roam around the field creating havoc, and will bring an intensity to the secondary level of the Browns defense that is much needed in the AFC North.

Pittsburgh Steelers – Alex Leatherwood

Whether Ben plays another year, or the Steelers look elsewhere for a new QB, Pittsburgh will need a strong offensive line to let their plethora of weapons go to work. Leatherwood is an immediate plug and play on the line and can help in the trenches battle.

Los Angeles Rams – Dillon Radunz

Jared Goff, like most quarterbacks, is at his best in a clean pocket. During the Rams superbowl run they had one of the best lines in the league as Gurley burst free for huge gains and Goff picked apart defenses under the instruction of Sean McVay. Then the Rams lost a bunch of their line and they fell apart. Radunz can help them try to recreate that incredible season where they were a few plays away from winning it all.

Buffalo Bills – Trey Smith

Josh Allen is beginning to play at an MVP caliber level. The Bills defense has taken a step back this year, but they’re still solid. The Bills offensive line has some holes in the middle though, and that’s where Trey Smith comes in. The Tennessee guard has some concerning health issues, but there’s no question about his talent, and what he can bring to that Buffalo offense.

Green Bay Packers – Jay Tufele

The Packers biggest needs would be sizable reaches here, so expect a trade down come April. For this mock though, the Packers bolster their defensive line with the USC D-Lineman. If you give Rodgers a strong defense the sky is the limit for the Packers.

Seattle Seahawks – Josh Myers

The Seahawks have finally given in and let Russ cook. Now it’s time to finally protect him. Myers can be the center of the future for Seattle, and protect Russ as he finally gets to air it out. The offensive line is something Seattle has ignored for awhile, but enough is enough.

Baltimore Ravens – Aidan Hutchinson

The Ravens could use an edge rusher, and Hutchinson provides a power rushing skillset that the Ravens lack. Jim Harbaugh will surely learn all the details of the Michigan edge rusher as all he has to do is call his brother in the north for any info he needs. The Baltimore defense is already scary, and adding Hutchinson only makes it better.

Kansas City Chiefs – Hamilcar Rashed Jr

What do the reigning super bowl champs need? Whatever they want. The Chiefs still have a top 10 offense and a top 10 defense, so this pick can be whatever they want. Besides Frank Clark, the Kansas City edge rushers are nothing special, and Rashed has the talent to develop into an impact player in both run stopping and pass rushing.

2020 NFL Mock Draft: Myla Mock V. 1

The NFL draft is just a week away! It’s the only sporting event we’ll see for awhile, so I’ve decided to drop a mock in anticipation for the event. I didn’t add any trades, because with everything going on I believe that there won’t be many trades this year, compared to a normal year. This draft is one we’ll always remember, from the virtual players, to league commissioner Roger Goodell making the announcement from his basement. Start the clock.

1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU (RS Senior)

He’s not my favorite quarterback in this draft, but coming off arguably one of the greatest seasons of all time from a quarterback it’s hard to debate this pick. Also, Tua Tagovailoa coming off hip surgery makes this selection easy for Cincinatti.

2. Washington Redskins – Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State (Junior)

This is an easy pick here, thanks to the Giants beating the Redskins, giving them potentially one of the best pass rushers in the next decade. Young will give the Redskins one of the most talented defensive’s line in the league. I also would like to see my Redskin fan friend Isaac’s reaction to them taking Tua here, but not in this mock.

3. Detroit Lions – Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State (Junior)

After the Darius Slay trade to the Philadelphia Eagles, this is expected (barring a trade back by Detroit). Okudah is the best corner in this draft. Okudah is so polished, and his footwork is ridiculously smooth. He will help Ohio State argument against LSU for ‘DBU’. He’s my favorite defensive player in the draft.

4. New York Giants – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa (Junior)

I know a lot of Giants fan are want Isiah Simmons here, but after drafting your franchise quarterback and running back the past two years, you have to protect them. Don’t worry giants fans, just one more season with GM Dave Gettleman and then we can hire Ed Dodds.

5. Miami Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama (Junior)

All I have to say is he’s the left handed Russel Wilson, do not be dumb here Miami. I will admit, medicals are a concern, but his potential is too high to pass up. In my opinion, he is the best quarterback in the draft. He’s my favorite offensive player in the draft.

6. Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon (Senior)

After letting Rivers go in free agency, a hole was created at quarterback. Tyrod Taylor may be the starter in the present, but certainly not the future. This is also my friend Tarik’s favorite player (he’s usually wrong), so bust alert is very high here.

7. Carolina Panthers – Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson (RS Junior)

A surprise retirement from Luke Kuechly left a hole at linebacker, enter Isiah Simmons. He might be the most athletic player in this draft. He can play anywhere on defense, but linebacker is his best position.

8. Arizona Cardinals – Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama (Junior)

Kyler Murray got his superstar receiver from robbing the Texans, now he needs some protection from the offensive line. Wills played Right Tackle because Tua was left handed, so he can play either side of the line.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn (Senior)

Jags are going all in on Minshew, so they could go with a tackle, but they also need to bring Sacksonville back. My friend Dave Stolte predicts Brown will be a bust, but Jacksonville should be used to that by now.

10. Cleveland Browns – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville (Junior)

The Browns are going all in on their offense, so drafting Baker Mayfield’s blindside here would make the most sense. More importantly, it will give Baker more time to throw, allowing him to keep star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. happy.

11. New York Jets – Jerry Juedy, WR, Alabama (Junior)

The Jets signed a couple lineman in free agency, so drafting the best available receiver in the draft is the pick here. Jeudy’s route running is the part of his game that makes me separate him from Ceedee Lamb.

12. Las Vegas Raiders – Ceedee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma (Junior)

The Antonio Brown experiment failed miserably last year, leaving a hole at wide receiver. The Raiders could go with Jordan Love here, but general manager Mike Mayock sounds like he’s going to give Derek Carr another year.

13. San Francisco 49ers – Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina (Senior)

The 49ers have the best front four in the NFL, but lost DeForest Buckner to the Colts, so here they try to replace him. Kinlaw is freak athlete who will get to the quarterback.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia (Junior)

The Buccaneers are going all in with the signing of the G.O.A.T., so they’re going to have to protect their 43 year old quarterback. Andrew Thomas can play guard or tackle, and is a great run blocker.

15. Denver Broncos – Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama (Junior)

Rookie quarterback Drew Lock came on strong late last season, and drafting Ruggs here will give him a great 1-2 punch with Courtland Sutton. Ruggs is a speedy wideout who is often compared to Tyreek Hill, he’ll get a lot of chances at deep balls with Locks arm talent.

16. Atlanta Falcons – CJ Henderson, CB, Florida (Junior)

Atlanta has a lot of great players on offense, with a total of eleven former first round picks. The secondary needs help, especially with the release of Desmond Trufant. Henderson has great speed, and can play both the outside and the slot.

17. Dallas Cowboys – K’Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU (RS Sophomore)

Chaisson is raw talent, but he’s very explosive. Dallas needs pass rushers, especially after the loss of Robert Quinn to the Bears. They did sign Aldon Smith, but who knows if he’ll play or get suspended again.

18. Miami Dolphins – AJ Epenesa, Edge, Iowa (Junior)

After already getting their quarterback of the future, the Dolphins still have a lot of holes on their roster, including edge rusher. Epenesa can play multiple positions on the defensive line, and will help the Dolphins pressure Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and whoever replaces Tom Brady.

19. Las Vegas Raiders – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma (Junior)

The Raiders are going back to back Oklahoma Sooners in this mock. Murray is a very good linebacker, his speed just jumps out the screen when you watch his film. Murray’s character is also off the charts, he’ll help build the culture that Mayock preaches about.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU (Senior)

Shahid Khan put general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone on the hot seat, so they will need to draft instant contributors. After trading cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye in the past couple months, they’re left with holes at corner. Fulton is a talented corner who has good size, plus he also got to play along side future NFL star corner Derek Stingley last year, which helped his game.

21. Philadelphia Eagles – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU (Junior)

Jefferson has great hands and is a very good route runner. He had a very good combine, which helped his draft stock. He’ll be a great fit with Carson Wentz, you know .. when Wentz is actually on the field and not in the medical tent.

22. Minnesota Vikings – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama (Senior)

After Xavier Rhodes’ play fell off the past couple seasons, the Vikings released him, leaving a hole at corner. It’s kinda funny Vikings traded away his brother, wide receiver Stefon Diggs, just to draft him with the pick. Diggs has great size, athleticism, and strength for a corner, plus great footwork.

23. New England Patriots – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State (Junior)

There’s a good chance that Love’s not here by the time the Patriots draft here. He’s coming off a down season in 2019 from his 2018 campaign. He threw an FBS high 17 interceptions, but has a lot potential and there’s no better coach to help him reach it.

24. New Orleans – Patrick Queen, LB, LSU (Junior)

The Saints offense is loaded with talent, so I don’t see them drafting a receiver here. Their defense is pretty solid, so they can draft the best player available here. Quarterback could also be the pick here.

25. Minnesota Vikings – Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State (Senior)

The Vikings traded away their star receiver, Stefon Diggs, so theres a need at here. Also, Kirk Cousins just re-signed with a three year extension, so they need to provide him with the talent to succeed. Aiyuk’s play will be a nice compliment to Adam Theilen’s game.

26. Miami Dolphins – Josh Jones, OT, Houston (RS Senior)

After drafting a generational quarterback in Tagovailoa, they’re going to need to protect him. Also, Miami currently has a terrible offensive line. Jones is the best tackle available after the top four tackles, Wirfs, Wills, Beckton and Thomas, were all drafted already.

27. Seattle Seahawks – Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, PSU (Junior)

With the uncertainty of whats going to happen with Jadeveon Clowney, the Seahawks will need to address the edge rusher position. Gross-Matos is a good pass rusher, and he can also stop the run.

28. Baltimore Ravens – Zach Baun, LB, Wisconsin (RS Senior)

Baun is a versatile linebacker who can rush the passer, as well as drop back and cover well. He’ll help that defense a lot, as they’ll now with three talented quarterbacks in the AFC North. (Not counting their own).

29. Tennessee Titans – Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State (RS Junior)

With the departure of Jack Conklin to the Cleveland Browns, there’s a hole on the Titans offensive line. They just paid Ryan Tannehill franchise quarterback money and will probably signing Derrick Henry to a long term deal, they need to beef up that line to protect them.

30. Green Bay Packers – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson (Junior)

The Packers could end up drafting Aaron Rodgers successor here, but after getting blown out in the NFC championship game, they’re going to have to draft some talent around him as well. Higgins size and red zone ability will help Rodgers in his quest for his second ring.

31. San Francisco 49ers – Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado (Junior)

Shenault was arguably the best wide receiver in this draft last preseason. However, injuries changed things, but he’s still very talented and his potential will be brought out with the help of Kyle Shanahan. The 49ers do not have a lot of draft picks in this draft, so this may be a possible trade out situation as well.

32. Kansas City Chiefs – Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU (Senior)

Coming off Super Bowl win and looking for more with a future all-time great in Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs need to draft well on defense to help compliment their high flying offense. The Chiefs lost their best corner in free agency to the Redskins, Gladney may lack size for a corner but has good ball skills and instincts to make up for it.