The 2021 NFL Draft is almost here.
Who will the 49ers take with the No. 3 pick? Who are Dolphins targeting at No. 6 after two franchise-altering deals?
We've got the answers right here.
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1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Lawrence is a supercharged quarterback prospect who will step in Day One as the Jaguars' starting quarterback.
2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
The biggest riser up the board this year, Zach Wilson is arguably the most fun prospect to watch in the entire draft.
The freestyling passer has the improvisational skills that have taken over the NFL recently. The Jordan headband-wearing signal-caller lets it rip from multiple arm angles and every pass seems to be dropped in the bucket. His highlights are eerily reminiscent of Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo, but his lack of competition this past season — plus a previous shoulder injury — doesn't quite make him a sure thing.
But if Wilson can translate his playmaking ability to the NFL, he'll be a star with the Jets.
3. San Francisco 49ers: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
The 49ers made the massive move up from No. 12 to No. 3 to select a quarterback, but which one?
While the Mac Jones rumors are running rampant, it's hard to understand why the 49ers would pay such a hefty price to draft a quarterback with limited upside and athleticism.
Jones would be a good fit in Kyle Shanahan's offense, sure, but nearly every QB can fit in the most passer-friendly offense in the league. Shanahan's had his taste of limited upside QBs who can operate his offense and he's seen what guys like Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray and Josh Allen have done to his defenses.
Been a long time since I watched Trey Lance. Forgot just how stupid good he is. pic.twitter.com/sc1iNg1B48— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) February 16, 2021
Shanahan's ready for his own elite talent and that points to the pure untapped potential that is Trey Lance. Built like a tank, Lance has arguably the best arm in the class and as much potential as Lawrence. Lance also immediately enters the NFL as the best running QB since Lamar Jackson. That gives Lance a solid floor while he develops as a passer with the Niners.
4. Atlanta Falcons: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
Thanks to the 49ers, the Falcons now are in the most enviable position in the draft.
The fourth-overall pick is now an extremely hot commodity with the rights to Justin Fields on the line. Will the Falcons stick and pick their hometown boy or trade the pick for a plethora of assets? Any other option would be malpractice by the Falcons' front office.
We think they'll go with Fields who could really excel in Arthur Smith's offense in Atlanta. Fields offers incredible accuracy and athleticism which gives him tantalizing potential.
Justin Fields will stand as long as needed in the pocket to get deeper throws off but these clips you can see his great feel to move away from pressure, even from the backside.— Nate Tice (@Nate_Tice) February 16, 2021
The 1st clip he's truly creating a throw on a covered PA shot play (look at the WR's fake stalk block) pic.twitter.com/G94vV4sMY4
Don't listen to the noise that Ohio State QBs aren't successful in the NFL. None of the recent players have had the talent that Fields possesses. He'll have to speed up his internal clock in the league but he's a steal at No. 4.
5. Cincinnati Bengals: Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU
The first four picks in the NFL draft couldn't have gone any better for Cincinnati who might have to change their name to the Bayou Bengals with this selection.
The last time we saw Chase on the gridiron, he was a simply dominant pass catcher. He might not wow you with his speed or athleticism, but Chase just knows how to win — especially down the field with contested catches.
Let's not forget that he was the WR1 on the same team as Justin Jefferson, who just lit up the league in his rookie campaign.
6. Miami Dolphins: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
The Dolphins have plenty of juicy options at No. 6. They could take the top tackle on their board — either Penei Sewell or Rashawn Slater — but they decide to upgrade the passing game by picking Florida's own Kyle Pitts.
While the term "generational talent" is thrown around way too often, Pitts is one prospect who fits the bill. In fact, he might be the single most talented player in the entire draft. That's how good he is.
Pitts looks like LeBron James on the football field, just bigger and faster than everybody else.
He's not just a top-end receiver, either. Pitts is a willing blocker, which gives him added value as teams won't be tipped off to whether the play will be a run or pass with him on the field.
He'd give the 'Fins two legit tight ends and would immediately help Tua Tagovailoa in his sophomore season.
7. Detroit Lions: Penei Sewell, OL, Oregon
The Lions might be the biggest wild card in the top 10. If they don't trade back, then we expect them to upgrade the offensive line.
The knee-biters, led by new coach Dan Campbell, could draft one of the star receivers still available — DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle — but that doesn't seem like a move a rebuilding Detroit team would make. Instead, we think they'll focus on the offensive or defensive line. And Penei Sewell lands right in the Lions' lap as Detroit starts their rebuild around, ahem, Jared Goff.
Sewell, just 20, has just jaw-dropping athleticism for someone his size. The 330-pounder moves with such grace that he could be mistaken for a tight end.
While he's not perfect — no prospect is — Sewell has the kind of upside a team should bet on.
8. Carolina Panthers: Rashawn Slater, OL, Northwestern
Carolina gets the Northwestern product who many believe is the top offensive line in the entire draft.
Rashawn Slater didn't play last season for Northwestern, but he showed incredible potential two years ago. His best game came against last year's NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Chase Young.
Slater might be better suited for guard, but that doesn't mean he isn't worth a top-10 pick.
9. Denver Broncos: Jaycee Horn, DB, South Carolina
Other than perhaps Mac Jones, nobody his risen up the draft board faster this offseason than Jaycee Horn.
Horn is one of many defensive backs in this year's class with NFL bloodlines. His father is former Saints star receiver Joe Horn.
The younger Horn is one of the most physical corners in the draft. Almost to a fault. The 6-foot-1 defensive back is a little too handsy with receivers and that could cause penalty problems at the next level, but there are worse qualities in corners.
If you want to see what Horn could possibly do at the next level, just watch his game film against Auburn where he singlehandedly put together the most dominant cornerback performance of the campaign while torpedoing Seth Williams' draft stock.
Jaycee Horn went beast mode against Auburn last year pic.twitter.com/NTyfi2buTI— Johnny Kinsley (Zaven Collins Hive CEO) (@Brickwallblitz) March 25, 2021
10. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, DB, Alabama
The Cowboys have to be ecstatic that the draft plays out like this.
With the selection of Patrick Surtain, the Cowboys re-establish the former Bama cornerback duo with Trevon Diggs.
Surtain might not have the quick-twitch athleticism that's ideal in top cornerback prospects, but he has elite traits with NFL bloodlines (his father was a Pro Bowl cornerback). Those are the kinds of players you take with top-ten picks.
11. New York Giants: Kwity Paye, Edge, Michigan
But that still might not stop them from taking either of the Alabama receivers. But it does for us as Kwity Paye seems to be the perfect fit for the Giants, who could use another pass rusher.
Paye might not have had stellar production at Michigan, but his quickness and agility could turn him into a feared pass rusher.
12. Philadelphia Eagles: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
Thanks to a bang-bang trade that could technically be a three-team deal, the Eagles moved back from No. 6 to No. 12 while adding the Dolphins' first-rounder next season. And Philadelphia is still able to land the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.
But adding Jalen Hurts' former Alabama teammate sure should help. Smith might lack ideal size, but that didn't stop him in the SEC. His athleticism and ability should translate to the NFL.
Here’s DeVonta Smith dominating Jaycee Horn, arguably CB1 and hands down the best press corner in the draft, in press coverage.— Mo (@RedzoneEagle) March 27, 2021
DeVonta Smith should be the consensus at #12 for the Eagles pic.twitter.com/llz64Fo3Jt
Smith looked like a Marvin Harrison clone at Alabama and could immediately be Hurts' go-to option in the passing game. A trio of Smith, Reagor and Dallas Goedert is a good start to the rebuild on offense.
13. Los Angeles Chargers: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
The Chargers might have bigger needs — like on the offensive line or in the secondary — but Jaylen Waddle's game-breaking ability paired with Justin Herbert's borderline-erotic deep passing is just too good to pass up.
Waddle was arguably the best receiver on the Crimson Tide last season before breaking his ankle. And the Chargers could sneakily use some more talent in the passing game. Last year, Herbert was dropping dimes to guys named Tyron Johnson, Jalen Guyton and K.J. Hill.
Imagine what Herbert could do with some talent outside of Keenan Allen.
Jaylen Waddle running deep overs all game and then doing this would be evil pic.twitter.com/R7LiPa9Z1w— Steven Ruiz (@theStevenRuiz) March 25, 2021
Waddle's speed alone will open up opportunities over the middle for Allen and others, while Herbert and Waddle should make sweet, sweet music on majestic deep balls that will destroy a defense.
14. Minnesota Vikings: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC
The Vikings are another team that would love how the draft is playing out. (Easy for me to say since I wrote it, therefore I'm biased. But I digress...)
Minnesota desperately needs help on the interior offensive line and — if Slater plays tackle — then Alijah Vera-Tucker is the best available in the draft.
The USC product has the ability to play tackle, but he should be even better at guard or center. That kind of versatility makes Vera-Tucker even more attractive to teams.
15. New England Patriots: Teven Jenkins, OL, Oklahoma State
The Patriots could be in the mix for Mac Jones here, but they could be holding out hope that the 49ers get rid of Jimmy Garoppolo so we have them going with some offensive line help in the Oklahoma State tackle.
While Teven Jenkins doesn't have ideal arm length to play tackle, he's one of the most underrated offensive linemen in the draft. He has a mean streak that plenty of teams could use, especially the Patriots.
16. Arizona Cardinals: Greg Newsome II, DB, Northwestern
With coach Kliff Kingsbury's seat getting a little warmer, it's no surprise that the Cardinals are another team that's loaded up this offseason.
The Cards would love one of the big two defensive backs to fall to them at No. 16, but they miss out on Surtain and Horn. They then settle for the next best corner: Greg Newsome II.
Greg Newsome II has some ball skills pic.twitter.com/o4Xs7fMyAB— Tyler Forness (@TheRealForno) March 29, 2021
17. Las Vegas Raiders: Micah Parsons, Edge/LB, Penn State
The Raiders need to make some big changes on defense after last year's historically bad campaign.
They take a risk by drafting arguably the best off-ball linebacker in the draft in Micah Parsons. The Penn State product could even transition to a pass rusher, that's how athletic he is.
Catching up on Pro Day results...#PennState LB Micah Parsons (6-foot-3, 246) —— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) March 25, 2021
Testing numbers confirm what we see on tape.
Explosive traits. Second-level range. Pursuit speed. And the short-area burst to close. @NFLMatchup pic.twitter.com/ttP9yLVDt8
Parsons, who opted out of the 2020 season with Penn State, can be deployed as a defensive weapon in the modern NFL. A player with his kind of athleticism who can also cover and blitz would be a phenomenal chess piece for the Raiders to play with.
18. Miami Dolphins: Jaelan Phillips, Edge, Miami
After adding Pitts, the Dolphins — with their second first-rounder — select a pass rusher who could end up being the best in the class.
Phillips won't have to go far if he's drafted by the Dolphins and he'd fill a big hole on Miami's defense.
Anyone who doesn’t know about #Miami DE Jaelan Phillips(@JJPhillips15) yet, you’re welcome. This dude has everything in the tool box. He can rush off the edge, rush from the inside, and is stout in run defense. His ceiling is limitless. #Eagles #2021NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/FACIqT6wdB— AJ Torres (@ajtorres1230) February 2, 2021
Phillips has the talent and size of a top-10 pick, but he does have some red flags which is why he drops to No. 18.
Phillips started his career at UCLA before retiring from football, but if he can convince teams that he has a passion for the game then he should be a sure-fire first-round selection.
19. Washington Football Team: Christian Darrisaw, OL, Virginia Tech
The Football Team could certainly trade up for a QB like Trey Lance or Justin Fields or take Jones at No. 19 if he's available.
In this mock, we think Washington will pass on Jones to build up the playoff-worthy roster in the wide-open NFC East.
Darrisaw should help solidify the offensive line with his bend and quick feet that should be an ideal fit in WFT's offense.
20. Chicago Bears: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
Mac Jones' fall down the draft boards ends with the Chicago Bears
The Alabama product could go as high as No. 3, but in this mock draft, we think he'll slide all the way to No. 20.
Chicago might've signed Andy Dalton to be the franchise's starting quarterback, but that is a short-term fix and the Bears need to eventually find their answer at the position.
While Jones isn't the most athletic — or exciting — passer, he's incredibly efficient and accurate.
21. Indianapolis Colts: Samuel Cosmi, OL, Texas
The Colts' roster doesn't need a ton of help, except at one position: left tackle.
And with the retirement of Anthony Costanzo, the once-great Colts offensive line has a glaring hole. But, with Indy's luck, they land one of the last first-round talents at offensive tackle in Texas' Samuel Cosmi, who could step right in as a starter next to Quenton Nelson.
22. Tennessee Titans: Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
This might be the surprise of the draft.
A year after taking all-time draft bust Isaiah Wilson, the Titans make another potentially risky selection in the first round by adding the speedy slot receiver out of Ole Miss.
Elijah Moore has skyrocketed up draft boards this offseason thanks to his explosive work with the Rebels.
SEC football returns tomorrow! Going to highlight a few WRs— Matt Gajewski (@Matt_Gajewski) September 25, 2020
Ole Miss - Elijah Moore
•45.5% College Dominator
•19.5 Breakout Age
•67/850/6 receiving (2019)
•346 career ret. yards
Played behind DK Metcalf and AJ Brown in 2018 pic.twitter.com/51FEPzj83L
Moore also has a big proponent on his side: A.J. Brown.
23. New York Jets: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
Now that the Jets have added Wilson to their QB room, it's time to get him some more talent.
Many believe that Alabama's Najee Harris is the top back in the draft, and he might just be, but Clemson's Travis Etienne fits the Jets' outside zone perfectly.
He could be Wilson's best friend as he develops under center.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
The run on running backs continues with the Steelers filling their gaping hole by drafting Alabama's Najee Harris.
Harris could immediately come in and be a Day One starter in Pittsburgh as the Steelers try to re-establish themselves as a power, run-first team.
Harris, who has been comped to former Bears running back Matt Forte, would be a valuable asset in the passing game as well.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevon Moehrig, DB, TCU
The Jaguars have a lot of talent, but still have plenty of holes now that they have Lawrence.
Jacksonville could easily load up and grab an offensive lineman or receiver, but they should improve their defense.
Trevon Moehrig is a ball-hawking safety with seemingly unlimited range. He could help slow down passing attacks in the AFC South.
26. Cleveland Browns: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
The Notre Dame linebacker's speed is so evident that there are rumors that some teams envision him as a safety. While we won't go that far, JOK could be a great fit in the modern NFL that needs linebackers to be able to play in space and cover.
His explosiveness jumps off the screen and should immediately translate to the NFL.
27. Baltimore Ravens: Jayson Oweh, Edge, Penn State
Jayson Oweh is simply an athletic freak.
The Penn State pass rusher doesn't have the production of a first-rounder, but who cares when you have the kind of eye-popping athleticism that Oweh possesses.
Jayson Oweh among P5 EDGE defenders in 2020:— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) March 25, 2021
PFF Grade - 85.3 (8th)
Run D Grade - 89.7 (2nd)
Run stop % - 12.6% (1st)
Oh and he ran a 4.36u 40 🤯pic.twitter.com/0UolBNTb4m
The Ravens are the kind of team that bets on pure athleticism which makes Oweh an ideal pick at the end of the first round for a team that needs to add some players who can bring the heat.
28. New Orleans Saints: Joseph Ossai, Edge, Texas
Despite losing multiple players due to salary-cap hell, the Saints still have one of the better defenses in the league. But with the loss of Trey Hendrickson, New Orleans could use another pass rusher.
Of course, the Saints would love to find Drew Brees' replacement here, but there isn't an available option worth the No. 28 pick.
Joseph Ossai is a linebacker-turned-pass rusher who is still learning the nuances of the position and he should fit what the Steelers are looking for in a sack artist.
29. Green Bay Packers: Tyson Campbell, DB, Georgia
Packers fans have been pounding the table for the Packers to draft a wide receiver for the past couple of years... and they'll have to keep waiting.
That's because the Packers value other positions higher than receiver, and they have some holes to fill this offseason — including at corner.
All you have to do is see that the Packers, for some reason, paid Kevin King $6 million this season. While the Pack have one of the premier corners in Jaire Alexander, they have a big hole opposite of him.
It’s been a long time coming , but we see you Tyson Campbell 🥶 pic.twitter.com/MET7QmzQ4I— 🚫🔑LEE Ring0️⃣ (@HBTFD1) November 29, 2020
The Georgia corner should be a huge upgrade for Green Bay as he projects as a strong cover corner.
30. Buffalo Bills: Azeez Ojulari, Edge, Georgia
The Bills get an absolute steal at the end of the first round.
Azeez Ojulari might not be the biggest or strongest pass rusher in the draft, but he brings an element of pure speed on the edge.
Azeez Ojulari did it all on this play— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) October 10, 2020
• Force Fumble
• Fumble Recovery pic.twitter.com/9SwHukpM6U
He's undersized, sure, but Ojulari should be able to hold up on running downs and not be used as a situational pass rusher which makes him a great pick in the latter portion of the first.
31. Baltimore Ravens: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
Rashod Bateman might not be as big as expected, but he's a physical route-runner who could do a lot of damage over the middle in Baltimore.
The Ravens know they need a top-tier receiver and Bateman could end up being the second-best receiver in the class.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama
The Super Bowl champions finish off the first round with a bang.
In an incredibly poor defensive tackle class, the Buccaneers add the best of the bunch.
The interior pass rusher hasn't been able to put it all together yet, but in the College Football Playoffs, he looked like one of the best players on the field.
#Patriots draft target: Alabama IDL Christian Barmore. Barmore would bring +interior rush ability with upside, but don't love his fit (more on that later).— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) February 12, 2021
First, the good. Barmore's go-to move is an arm over & its very effective. Also can snatch OLs & is effective on stunts. pic.twitter.com/YT3pYlJYPs
Barmore, with his explosive first step, will be able to learn from Ndamukong Suh for at least a season.
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