2021 NFL Mock Draft featuring DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle

Brian Goodwin’s Pre-Free Agency 2021 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

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By Brian Goodwin February 19, 2021 2 Comment
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In my first 2021 NFL Mock Draft, I break down team fits, along with what I saw on film from some of the top prospects in the 2021 draft class. I am very excited to see how some of these players perform at their pro days. Will their stock rise or fall? Keep in mind this mock draft is pre-free agency and a lot of team needs will change from now up until the draft begins in late April.

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

We’ll keep it simple with the first pick in this 2021 NFL Mock Draft. The consensus first pick, Lawrence is the best QB to enter the draft since Andrew Luck. No brainer first choice for Urban Meyer and crew.

2. New York Jets – Justin Fields (Quarterback, Ohio State)

Fields has great mobility and in my mind is more “NFL-ready” than Zach Wilson or Trey Lance. A rebuilding team like the Jets needs a more pro-ready quarterback.

3. Miami Dolphins (via Houston Texans) – Penei Sewell (Offensive Tackle, Oregon)

Sewell was DOMINANT in his college career. I know the Dolphins drafted Austin Jackson in the first round last year but Sewell has the versatility to play left or right tackle, which is something Brian Flores will value.

4. Atlanta Falcons – Zach Wilson (Quarterback, Brigham Young)

Wilson has Mahomes/ Rodgers level-potential with his ability to create plays out of nothing and throw from so many different angles. He needs to put on some size though, so sitting behind Matt Ryan for a year would be good for him.

5. Cincinnati Bengals – Rashawn Slater (Offensive Tackle, Northwestern)

Slater can play all over the offensive line and that should be something the Bengals value immensely, they need to make protecting Burrow a priority. Personally, I see Slater as a Day-1 starter at guard and a future All-Pro.

6. Philadelphia Eagles – Ja’Marr Chase (Wide Receiver, LSU)

Chase had an INSANE 2019 season and looks like a star in the making do-it-all WR. Jalen Hurts needs some serious help and Chase will be the number one wide receiver the Eagles desperately need.

7. Detroit Lions – Jaylen Waddle (Wide Receiver, Alabama)

Waddle’s quickness and speed are like no other. If it wasn’t for a nasty ankle injury this season, Waddle would have likely been a Heisman contender. Lions could potentially lose Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones this offseason and newly acquired quarterback Jared Goff will need someone to throw to.

8. Carolina Panthers – Trey Lance (Quarterback, North Dakota State)

Lance is very raw, so sitting behind Teddy Bridgewater for a year could help him adjust to the next level. Lance has a great arm and is a very talented runner with a good frame.

9. Denver Broncos – Caleb Farley (Cornerback, Virginia Tech)

The Broncos have a huge need at corner and Vic Fangio has had great success with Virginia Tech corners in the past (Kyle Fuller). Farley is an outstanding athlete that is not scared to come up and tackle, which is exactly what Fangio is looking for.

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

The Cowboys’ defense was horrendous last year and they will likely look to pair Surtain up with his former teammate and 2020 2nd-round draft pick Trevon Diggs.

11. New York Giants – DeVonta Smith (Wide Receiver, Alabama)

The 2020 Heisman winner has unbelievable talent and the Giants would be stoked to have him fall to them at pick 11. If Smith can put on some weight while maintaining his ability to create separation, he will be a nightmare for defenses.

12. San Francisco 49ers – Christian Darrisaw (Offensive Tackle, Virginia Tech)

With Trent Williams being an impending free agent, Darrisaw could step in and fill the void at left tackle. Even if Williams returns, Darrisaw could begin his career at guard, before replacing Williams later in his career.

13. Los Angeles Chargers – Kyle Pitts (Tight End, Florida)

Pitts had a crazy 2020 season, as defenses could not figure out how to guard him. Pitts is too big for safeties and corners but is too fast for most linebackers. With Hunter Henry potentially leaving in free agency, Pitts could be Herbert’s safety blanket.

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

Rousseau has elite level size and length, but only one year of college production. Vikings are known to take “high-risk, high-reward” players. If Rousseau figures out the position, he could be deadly for a Zimmer-led defense.

15. New England Patriots – Micah Parsons (Linebacker, Penn State)

Parsons falling to pick 15 is criminal, but Belichick would love a player with his kind of versatility. Parsons has the ability to play all over the field and that is what the NFL is looking for nowadays.

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

The Cardinals have never really found that corner opposite of Patrick Peterson. Peterson aging and most likely on his way out, so Horn might be the perfect replacement for Pat Pete.

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

Moving into the second half of this 2021 NFL Mock Draft, Mike Mayock loves to draft high-character guys from a big-name school and that is exactly what Paye is. Paye has outstanding size and speed for the position and the Raiders need serious help on defense.

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

Koramoah has speed for days and above-average coverage ability for a linebacker. Brian Flores can use Koramoah in several different positions.

19. Washington Football Team – Mac Jones (Quarterback, Alabama)

The Washington Football Team has an elite defense, elite coaching staff, but they cannot roll out Week 1 with Taylor Heinicke. Mac Jones doesn’t have elite traits but with a great defense, he could definitely do enough to win the football team some games.

20. Chicago Bears – Jalen Mayfield (Offensive Tackle, Michigan)

Mayfield is not the most athletic lineman in the world. But he is an exceptionally aggressive mauler. The Bears need to address their offensive line and this pick would improve their run game right away.

21. Indianapolis Colts – Alijah Vera-Tucker (Offensive Tackle, USC)

I like Vera-Tucker more as a guard in the next level. But with Anthony Castonzo retiring, the Colts need to take the best offensive lineman available to help protect whoever their QB will be in 2021.

22. Tennessee Titans – Jaelan Philips (Edge Rusher, Miami)

The Titans need someone opposite of Harold Landry desperately. Philips had a breakout 2020 season and looks to be a steal at pick 22.

23. New York Jets (via Seattle Seahawks) – Azeez Ojulari (Edge Rusher, Georgia)

New head coach Robert Salah loves pass rushers. He gets one here with Ojulari. He needs to put on some size at the next level but has some serious speed off of the edge.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Sam Cosmi (Offensive Tackle, Texas)

With the Steelers in cap trouble, long-time veteran Andrew Villanueva might be out the door. Cosmi has excellent leadership skills and was a standout on the O-line for Texas. He could step in and help fill the role Villanueva is leaving behind.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles Rams) – Trevon Moehrig (Safety, TCU)

Moehrig has great ball skills and the versatility to play in today’s NFL. Urban Meyer wants to establish an identity of smart, fast football and that is exactly what the former Horned Frog brings to the table.

26. Cleveland Browns – Rashod Bateman (Wide Receiver, Minnesota)

Rashard Higgins is an impending free agent. Odell Beckham Jr. is coming off of a major injury. Bateman could step up and be a playmaker the Browns need. He has great size and in a run-heavy offense, Bateman is not afraid to block.

27. Baltimore Ravens – Zaven Collins (Linebacker, Tulsa)

Collins is a supreme athlete with the ability to play off-ball linebacker or come off the edge and rush the quarterback. The Ravens need to find a pass rush with most of their edge guys entering free agency.

28. New Orleans Saints – Jabril Cox (Linebacker, LSU)

One of my favorite 2021 prospects finally finds a home, Cox has the ability to run sideline to sideline and has great instincts in coverage. Maybe this is the year the Saints finally take an LSU player (Cox was only there for one year, after all).

29. Green Bay Packers – Kadarius Toney (Wide Receiver, Florida)

One of the most hyped-up prospects in the 2021 class, Toney has elite-level quickness and start-to-stop ability. The Packers usually don’t take skill position guys in the first round. But with Rodgers getting older, he will need more help in that offense.

30. Buffalo Bills – Eric Stokes (Cornerback, Georgia)

The Bills are right on the verge of being the AFC-favorite. But to surpass the Chiefs, they will need to find a way to slow down Mahomes. Stokes might be able to help; he is a physical press corner, who showed great ball skills in the 2020 season.

31. Kansas City Chiefs – Landon Dickerson (Center, Alabama)

The Chiefs clearly need help all over the offensive line. So why not pair up Mahomes with a young center in Dickerson? He is recovering from a torn ACL but should be ready by the start of the 2021 season.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Joe Tryon (Edge Rusher, Washington)

With the final pick in this 2021 NFL Mock Draft, Tampa Bay reloads their pass rush. Shaquil Barrett is an impending free agent and if the Bucs want to repeat as champions they will need that dominant pass rush in full force for the 2021 season. Tryon opted out of the 2020 season due to covid. His 2019 tape was worthy of a first-round pick.

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Conner Schnittgen

February 19, 2021

Like the Bateman pick to Browns, his blocking could be nasty there. Cant wait to see what Houston's picks are when Watson gets traded to the Jets. TAKEFLIGHT!

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Jaxson Archibald

February 19, 2021

Best mock draft I’ve seen!

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