Brian Goodwin’s 2021 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

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By Brian Goodwin March 26, 2021 0 Comment
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In my second NFL mock draft of the year, I break down team fits, along with what I saw on film from some of the top prospects in the 2021 draft class. With free agency underway for the past week, we have a clearer understanding of certain team needs and weak areas on teams. I will not include any trades in this mock draft but will certainly do one in the future involving trades.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars- Trevor Lawrence (Quarterback, Clemson)

The simple, obvious choice here. Lawrence is the second-best QB I have scouted in my lifetime (Andrew Luck being number 1) and should be an absolute home run pick for Urban Meyer and crew.

2. New York Jets- Zack Wilson (Quarterback, BYU)

While Wilson is my number three ranked quarterback, I believe the Jets shoot for the stars with the upside of Wilson. Wilson’s combination of deep-ball accuracy and ability to throw off balance is what teams are in love with.

3.  Miami Dolphins- Ja’Marr Chase (Wide Receiver, LSU)

This spot could be traded to a team looking to move up for a QB. Chase had a historic 2019 season and would be a great pairing with DeVante Parker and newly acquired Will Fuller. His combination of size, toughness, and speed makes him an elite prospect.

4. Atlanta Falcons- Kyle Pitts (Tight End, Florida)

Most people would say quarterback at this pick with Matt Ryan aging but why not reload instead of a rebuild with a few good years left for Matty Ice and Julio Jones. Pitts is considered a tight end but is really just a massive receiver. His ability to create separation at his size is like something I have never seen before. Crazy big, crazy fast, he deserves to be a top 5 pick in my opinion.

5. Cincinnati Bengals- Penei Sewell (Offensive Tackle, Oregon)

The Bengals need to prioritize protecting Joe Burrow and a young dominant tackle like Sewell is not a bad place to begin. Jonah Williams has the versatility to slide inside to guard or flip to right tackle. Sewell will still only be 20 years old on draft night and should be a day one plug-and-play starter for the next 15 years.

6. Philadelphia Eagles- Jaylen Waddle (Wide Receiver, Alabama)

The Eagles need to add some weapons for Jalen Hurts to be successful. Waddle is the closest wide receiver to Tyreek Hill that we have seen, with his combination of stop-start quickness and straight-line speed.

7. Detroit Lions- Rashawn Slater (Offensive Guard, Northwestern)

A receiver could definitely be in play here. New head coach Dan Campbell has emphasized toughness and physicality multiple times. A rebuilding team like Detroit needs to start in the trenches and work outward from there.

8. Carolina Panthers- Justin Fields (Quarterback, Ohio State)

The Panthers are a team on the rise and Teddy Bridgewater is not the answer. Fields is extremely tough and has a cannon of an arm. The weapons Carolina already has in place should set Fields up to succeed right out of the gate.

9. Denver Broncos- Micah Parsons (LineBacker, Penn State)

With the addition of Kyle Fuller, the cornerback should be off of the table. Head coach Vic Fangio has been looking for a stud middle linebacker and he finds one here. Parsons can do a little bit of everything, extremely athletic guy, and if his pending legal issues get resolved I see him as a top 15 pick all day long.

10. Dallas Cowboys- Patrick Surtain II (Cornerback, Alabama)

Surtain is extremely technically sound and is not afraid to come up and tackle. The Cowboys defense was horrendous last season and pairing Surtain with his former teammate Trevon Diggs makes for a nice young cornerback combo for the future.

11. New York Giants- Alijah Vera-Tucker (Offensive Guard, USC)

Former starting guard Kevin Zeitler was recently cut and Vera-Tucker should be able to slide into that spot with ease. Protecting Daniel Jones and opening up running lanes for Saquon Barkley should be a high priority for the Giants.

 

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12. San Francisco 49ers- Mac Jones (Quarterback, Alabama)

The first major shocker of this mock draft. Jones had an incredible 2020 season and it looks like Head coach Kyle Shanahan could be looking for his next quarterback. Mac Jones does not have the mobility most first-round quarterbacks possess but he is very smart with the football and is a proven winner.

13. Los Angeles Chargers- Christian Darrisaw (Offensive Tackle, Virginia Tech)

The Chargers have shown protecting Justin Herbert is a priority. Signing center Corey Linsley to a record contract shows just that. Grabbing a solid left tackle like Darrisaw would only help take more pressure off of Herbert.

14. Minnesota Vikings- Gregory Rousseau (Edge Rusher, Miami)

Rousseau is definitely a risky type of player but does have elite size and length. If he hits, the combination of Rousseau and Danielle Hunter will haunt quarterbacks for years to come.

15. New England Patriots- Trey Lance (Quarterback, North Dakota State)

While I do believe Lance will go in the top 10 due to a trade-up, in this scenario he falls to 15. Lance is a super raw prospect but has some elite intangibles. The post-Tom Brady Patriots feature a powerful run-first system Lance would be great in. Imagine Lance being able to sit and learn behind Cam Newton.

16. Arizona Cardinals- Jaycee Horn (Cornerback, South Carolina)

Long-time corner Patrick Peterson is headed to Minnesota and the Cardinals find his replacement in Horn. Horn showed tremendous athleticism at his pro day and is very much in discussion as CB1. Once draft night rolls around I would not be surprised to see him go higher than 16.

17. Las Vegas Raiders- Kwity Paye (Edge Rusher, Michigan)

Mike Mayock and John Gruden love to take well-respected prospects from big schools. Paye fits the big and is an athletic freak for his size. He should be a great rotational pass rusher to team up with Maxx Crosby and newly signed Yannick Ngakoue.

18. Miami Dolphins- Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Linebacker, Notre Dame)

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah had a phenomenal 2020 season and could play a very unique role is head coach Brain Flores’ defense. He can play outside linebacker, rover, or even safety in some packages. Tremendous coverage abilities and range.

19. Washington Football Team- Zaven Collins (Linebacker, Tulsa)

Football Team has a need for linebackers and loves to put pressure on the quarterback. Collins is excellent at getting after the quarterback.

20. Chicago Bears- Devonta Smith (Wide Receiver, Alabama)

Smith falling this far might be a surprise to most but like last year the depth at receiver in the later rounds causes some of the top guys to fall a bit. The Bears might be looking to move on from Allen Robinson after this season and securing another elite receiver is a good way to boost an offense led by the infamous red rifle Andy Dalton.

21. Colts- Greg Newsome II (Cornerback, Northwestern)

The Colts defense plays a very unique way. They are fast, physical, and all 11 guys swarm to the ball every play. Newsome is a very smart and instinctive cornerback and should thrive in physical defense.

22. Titans- Jalen Mayfield (Offensive Tackle, Michigan)

The Titans tried to fill their right tackle hole last year in the draft and had a huge miss with Isaiah Wilson. The Titans want to be nasty and physically running the ball and Mayfield is a dominating run blocker.

23. Jets- Azeez Ojulari (Edge Rusher, Georgia)

New head coach Robert Saleh made his mark in the NFL by having elite defenses made up of relentless front fours’. Even after adding Carl Lawson this free agency Ojulari can be a pass-rush specialist.

24. Steelers- Caleb Farley (Cornerback, Virginia Tech)

My cornerback one has a crazy fall since my last mock draft. Back injuries have been a consistent issue with Farley. The Steelers recently cut cornerback Steven Nelson and Joe Haden is not getting any younger. Farley could be special he is a world-class athlete and is still very new and raw to the position.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars- Trevon Moehrig (Safety, TCU)

Jacksonville is a team on the rise and had been spending like crazy this free agency. Moehrig would be a perfect fit for the Jaguars and is quite the ballhawk.

26. Cleveland Browns- Jaelan Phillips (Edge Rusher, Miami)

Phillips was once deemed a Myles Garrett clone coming out of high school, so who better to rush opposite Myles Garrett himself? Phillips has had his fair share of injuries in the past but had an electric 2020 season.

27. Baltimore Ravens- Rashod Bateman (Wide Receiver, Minnesota)

The Ravens might have the weakest receiving group in the entire NFL and adding a big-bodied playmaker like Bateman might help get the Ravens over the hump. Bateman is great blocking as well, which a run-first team like Baltimore will love.

28. New Orleans Saints- Jamin Davis (Linebacker, Kentucky)

Jamin Davis is rising up draft boards crazy fast right now, so get used to the name. The Saints were in very bad cap trouble which led to the release of some key pieces on defense. Davis is a physical, rangy defender who would make an impact from day one.

29. Green Bay Packers- Kadarious Toney (Wide Receiver, Florida)

Green Bay is not known for taking receivers early but this year might be the year they break that trend. Toney is a player that is quicker than fast and is electric with the ball in his hands.

30. Buffalo Bills- Levi Onwuzurike (Defensive Tackle, Washington)

The Bills already have a great defense but adding more defensive line depth is never a bad thing. Onwuzurike is not only a run defender but can get after the quarterback pretty well for a man with his size.

31. Kansas City Chiefs- Teven Jenkins (Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma State)

The Chiefs will roll into 2021 with a totally revamped offensive line, after cutting their left and right tackle. Jenkins profiles as a day one right tackle and will help protect the young star Patrick Mahomes.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Najee Harris (Running back, Alabama)

Harris is a “do-it-all” type of back he has the size and hands to be a very good three-down player. With free-agent running back Leonard Fournette still unsigned this fit would be perfect for both parties.

 

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