July 27, 2020
BY Lance Cartelli

2021 NFL Mock Draft

The 2020 NFL Draft is in the books. You know what that means, right? It's time to unveil our 2021 NFL Mock Draft. 

Somehow, the 2021 NFL Draft might have even more talent than its predecessor. There are coveted franchise quarterbacks in Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State's Justin Fields, a potential All-Pro offensive tackle in Oregon's Penei Sewell — and what could be an even better wide receiver class. 

Although the 2021 NFL Draft won't take place until April 29 in Cleveland, Ohio, it's never too early to take a look at who your favorite team might select. 

To determine draft order, we've used reverse Super Bowl odds from DraftKings sportsbook as of April 2020. 

Let's start with the team projected to have the No. 1 pick.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Super Bowl Odds: +15000

The Jaguars, as of now, are expected to be the worst team in the league in 2020. If so, that means second-year player Gardner Minshew likely crashed and burned in his first full season as a starter.

The Jaguars would then look for his replacement in a stacked quarterback class. Luckily for Jacksonville, the Jaguars are able to add one of the most highly touted quarterback prospects in recent memory. 

Lawrence most likely would've been the top selection in the 2020 NFL Draft if he was eligible. 

2. Carolina Panthers: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

Super Bowl Odds: +10000

In the offseason, the Panther inked Teddy Bridgwater to a three-year, $63 million contract — but that wouldn't stop the Panthers from trying to find their franchise quarterback if they're the second-worst team in the league. 

The Panthers decide to throw the rest of the league a curveball and bypass Justin Fields to select Trey Lance.

Get used to hearing the name Trey Lance. It was just a few years ago that an unknown North Dakota State quarterback rose up the draft boards to No. 2 overall. That man is, of course, Carson Wentz. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah recently said the Move the Sticks Podcast that he had Lance graded higher than Lawrence and Fields entering the 2020 season. 

Lance would immediately join an offense chock-full of talent — including Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson and Curtis Samuel

3. Washington Football Team: Penei Sewell, OL, Oregon

Super Bowl Odds: +10000

Now that Washington finally got rid of Trent Williams, the Football Team can move on and try to find his replacement. 

The Oregon offensive tackle has the talent to be the top selection, but he'll have to settle for being the first non-QB off the board.  

4. Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Super Bowl Odds: +10000

Joe Burrow sure would love this pick. The former Heisman Trophy-winner would team up with his No. 1 receiver from LSU. 

Chase could also replace A.J. Green, who is in the final year of his deal. Burrow's Bengals offense could potentially feature Chase, Tyler Boyd, Joe Mixon and rookie Tee Higgins

5. New York Jets: Gregory Rousseau, Edge, Miami

Super Bowl Odds: +6600

Jets fans have heard it for years: "New York hasn't had a premier pass rusher since John Abraham." Well, those days should be over with the addition of the fierce Miami pass rusher. 

The 6-foot-7 sack artist notched a whopping 15.5 sacks in 2019 for the Hurricanes. 

6. New York Giants: Patrick Surtain Jr., DB, Alabama

Super Bowl Odds: +6600

The Giants could have an explosive offense in 2020, but the defense still needs a lot of work. 

Even though Giants general manager loves him some "hog-mollies," he decides to pick the first corner off the board. 

Surtain Jr., the son of the former Dolphins Pro Bowl corner, could be the lockdown corner the Giants are looking for. 

7. Miami Dolphins: Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson

Super Bowl Odds: +6600

The Dolphins decided against drafting a wide receiver in one of the deepest drafts in recent memory. That's partly because the team had so many other holes and the emergence of DeVante Parker and Preston Williams. 

But the 'Fins can't pass up on the playmaking Clemson receiver who could be Tua Tagovailoa's running mate in Miami for the foreseeable future. 

8. Las Vegas Raiders: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

Super Bowl Odds: +6000

There have been whispers for years that Derek Carr isn't Jon Gruden's long-term answer at the quarterback position with the Raiders

If Carr — or Marcus Mariota — crap out in Las Vegas, the Raiders will have no choice but to find a future franchise quarterback. 

Fortunately, Gruden and Co. Fields drops right into the Raiders' lap. Teaming Fields up with the Raiders' new and improved offensive weapons would be a fun experiment in Las Vegas. 

9. Detroit Lions: Walker Little, OL, Stanford

Super Bowl Odds: +6000

Could the Lions try to find Matthew Stafford's replacement here? It's possible, especially if Detroit cleans house after the season. 

But, for now, we'll add more help to the Lions explosive offense. The Stanford offensive tackle could have been a potential first-round pick in 2020, but he decided to return to Palo Alto after suffering a season-ending knee injury. 

10. Miami Dolphins (via Houston Texans): Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

Super Bowl Odds: +5000

Parsons could be the next great NFL linebacker. 

The Penn State stud has top-five potential thanks to his size, speed and athleticism. The 2019 Big Ten Linebacker of the Year also adds some pass-rushing ability. He's pretty much the total package.  

11. Arizona Cardinals: Marvin Wilson, DL, Florida State

Super Bowl Odds: +5000

After missing out on Derrick Brown in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Cardinals add a wrecking ball to the middle of their defensive line. 

The former five-star recruit must improve on getting to the quarterback if he wants to crack the top ten in 2020, though.

12. Los Angeles Chargers: Samuel Cosmi, OL, Texas

Super Bowl Odds: +4000

The Chargers finally addressed their wretched offensive line in the offseason by solidifying the right side of the unit, but that's not quite enough for rookie Justin Herbert and Co. 

The Chargers find their left tackle of the future in the Texas lineman. 

13. Denver Broncos: Shaun Wade, DB, Ohio State

Super Bowl Odds: +4000

Ohio State has quickly become DBU for NFL prospects. Wade should be the next first-round corner out of Columbus. 

Wade has the size NFL teams are looking for at the cornerback position, but he's got to work on forcing more turnovers to be DB1 in 2021. 

14. Chicago Bears: Jamie Newman, QB Georgia

Super Bowl Odds: +4000

The Mitchell Trubisky experiment failed miserably, and Nick Foles isn't the long-term answer in Chicago — so the Monsters of the Midway look toward the draft to find their franchise quarterback. 

Despite missing out on the top three QBs, Newman is a pretty good consolation prize. 

The Wake Forest transfer should make a name for himself in the SEC... if the college football season takes place. 

Newman could be the first Georgia quarterback selected in the first round since Matthew Stafford in 2009. 

15. Atlanta Falcons: Xavier Thomas, Edge, Clemson

Super Bowl Odds: +4000

If the Falcons decide to use second-round pick, Marlon Davidson, as an interior defensive lineman then the Falcons have a huge need at edge rusher. 

The Clemson pass rusher has a ton of potential, but he's lacking the production to match it. 

16. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles Rams): Alex Leatherwood, OL, Alabama

Super Bowl Odds: +3300

With their second first-round pick, the Jaguars decide to protect their prized possession at quarterback by getting him some much-needed protection. 

The massive Alabama lineman could quickly rise up the draft board with a strong senior season in Tuscaloosa. 

17. Cleveland Browns: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Super Bowl Odds: +3300

The 2019 Alabama wide receiver corps was dripping with talent. So much so that Waddle, who might be the most talented pass catcher of the group, was essentially fourth on the team's depth chart. 

Waddle is a terror with the ball in his hands. He should be a yards-after-catch maniac at the next level. 

18. Tennessee Titans: Trey Smith, OL, Tennessee

Super Bowl Odds: +2800

The Titans go back to the offensive line well once again in the first round. After selecting Georgia's Isaiah Wilson in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Titans look to strengthen the interior line for the run-first franchise. 

The Tennessee guard should be a first-round pick as long as his medical history checks out. 

19. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brock Purdy, QB, Iowa State

Super Bowl Odds: +2800

Ben Roethlisberger isn't getting any younger, and the Steelers found out first-hand that their backup quarterback situation is one of the worst in the NFL. 

The Steelers find their quarterback of the future in the Iowa State product. Purdy also adds rushing ability to his value, which has almost become a necessity in today's NFL. 

20. Indianapolis Colts: Jevon Holland, DB, Oregon

Super Bowl Odds: +2800

The Colts could opt to address the quarterback position here, but Indianapolis can't pass up on the instinctive Oregon safety.  

The 6-foot-1 safety has a nose for the ball which has led to nine interceptions in his short career in Eugene. 

21. Buffalo Bills: Carlos Basham, Edge, Wake Forest

Super Bowl Odds: +2800

Don't look now, but the Bills have built one of the most talented rosters in the league. 

If Josh Allen can continue to improve — which is expected with the arrival of Stefon Diggs — then Buffalo will have the luxury of going best-player available and addressing the team's pass rush. 

If Basham can come close to repeating his success of 2019, then he'll be a lock to go in the first round. 

22. Minnesota Vikings: Creed Humphrey, OL, Oklahoma

Super Bowl Odds: +2500

Humphrey is another player who could've gone in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft if he declared. Instead, the Sooners offensive lineman decided to return for another year with Oklahoma. 

Humphrey could be the ideal center for a zone-running team such as the Vikings

23. Green Bay Packers: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Super Bowl Odds: +2500

For some reason, the Packers didn't draft a single receiver in one of the most loaded classes in draft history. 

And, for some reason, Smith — a sure-fire first-rounder — didn't declare for the 2020 NFL Draft. 

So these two seem like a match made in heaven. 

Smith was sneakily Alabama's best pass catcher in 2020, and he should get even more recognition with Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs out of the picture. 

24. New York Jets (via Seattle Seahawks): Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech, DB

Super Bowl Odds: +2200

With their second first-rounder, the Jets grab the physically gifted corner out of Virginia Tech. Farley, who is opting out of the 2020 college football season due to the coronavirus outbreak, has tremendous ball skills. He tied for the ACC lead with four picks last season. 

25. Philadelphia Eagles: Tyler Shelvin, DL, LSU

Super Bowl Odds: +2000

Fletcher Cox isn't getting any younger, and the rest of the Eagles' defensive front isn't either. Philadelphia knows that they'll have to keep that unit strong if they want to compete for a Super Bowl. 

And the Eagles get a steal here with the LSU defensive lineman. Shelvin could skyrocket into the top 15 if he improves his pass-rushing ability. 

26. New England Patriots: Kyle Trask, QB, Florida

Super Bowl Odds: +2000

Could the Patriots finally find their Tom Brady replacement? If Cam Newton doesn't turn out to be the savior, then New England might be forced to go quarterback in the first round. 

The Florida quarterback played well in his first full season as the starter for the Gators. It'll be interesting to see what kind of leap he makes with another season with Dan Mullen under his belt. 

27. Dallas Cowboys: Caden Sterns, DB, Texas

Super Bowl Odds: +1800

The Cowboys had one of the strongest draft classes in 2020, but the team failed to address the safety position. 

That's fine when the franchise is stealing CeeDee Lamb, Trevon Diggs and Neville Gallimore, but the 'Boys will need to address the position in the near future. 

They do so by sticking close to home and taking the Texas safety. Sterns' strength is in coverage where he has sideline-to-sideline range. 

28. New Orleans Saints: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

Super Bowl Odds: +1200

Whether the Saints re-sign Alvin Kamara or not, this would be a terrifying choice for the rest of the league. 

Imagine Etienne and Kamara lining up in the same backfield... or Etienne taking over the Kamara role for New Orleans. That's some scary stuff. 

The Clemson running back is all about pure speed... in the running and passing game. 

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

Super Bowl Odds: +1100

After acquiring Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski this offseason, the Buccaneers have the Super Bowl in their sights

The Bucs' roster doesn't have a ton of holes, so — like the Bills — the Buccaneers can improve on a strength by adding to their loaded offense

Sure, the Bucs have three talented tight ends currently on their roster, but only Cameron Brate is under contract through this upcoming campaign. 

Pitts fits what the NFL is looking for in the tight end position, too. He's built like a tight end up, but he runs like a receiver. 

30. Baltimore Ravens: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

Super Bowl Odds: +700

Moore took a step back last season at Purdue, but the wide receiver fits perfectly into what the Ravens want to do on offense. 

Moore is a speedy, undersized receiver who excels with the ball in his hands. He'd be another solid addition to the track team that the Ravens have built in Baltimore. 

31. San Francisco 49ers: Richard LeCounte, DB, Georgia

Super Bowl Odds: +900

The 49ers might have a great defense, but they have a lot of work to do to maintain the group. 

After trading away DeForest Buckner in the offseason, the Niners addressed their defensive line but ignored their defensive secondary. 

With Richard Sherman and Jaquiski Tartt in the final year of their contracts, San Francisco must address the defensive backs position early in the draft. 

LeCounte brings versatility to the Niners. He's able to play safety or corner — an ideal player for roaming the middle of the field and shutting down opposing tight ends. 

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

Super Bowl Odds: +600

The Ohio State product fits the Chiefs' offense perfectly. 

Although he might be on the skinny side, Olave is a playmaking wide receiver with top-notch route-running and ball skills. He'd be the perfect replacement for Sammy Watkins in Kansas City. 

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