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The Brawl Network Roundtable 2021 Mock Draft

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By Mitchell Wolfe January 29, 2021 0 Comment
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A roundtable of Brawl Network writers put together a 2021 Mock Draft from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama

This, a group of Brawl Network analysts, podcasters, and writers sat in a living room. Together, they went around in a circle and created a 2021 Mock Draft. Rotating picks, they selected players for two rounds. Because there was an odd number, the analysts rarely got to pick for the same team twice.

Obviously, we tried to predict how teams will select, but also used our own analysis to justify picks. Furthermore, it’s important to remember that making a mock draft is meant to be fun. So there are some unique picks that make later picks more difficult or interesting. Without further ado, here is the Brawl Network Roundtable 2021 Mock Draft:

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, 6’6”, 225, Clemson


2. New York Jets: DeVonta Smith, WR, 6’1”, 170, Alabama

And we’re off! Pretty spicy at #2 here, but Smith is a truly incredible talent. There’s obviously smoke about the Jets maybe keeping Darnold, so getting him a weapon like Smith would be incredible.

3. Miami Dolphins (from Houston Texans): Ja’Marr Chase, WR, 6’1”, 204, Louisiana State

Chase was a very popular pick for Miami in early 2021 Mock Drafts. But with Chase opting out, coupled with Smith’s ascendancy, there’s some debate about where Chase will go. But whomever Miami’s QB is in 2021, they need help at wide receiver.

4. Atlanta Falcons: Zach Wilson, QB, 6’3”, 215, Brigham Young

There’s a decent amount of buzz about the Falcons drafting Matt Ryan’s replacement this year. The Falcons could move on from Ryan and his contract before it runs out, and having a worthy successor like Wilson would make that easier. Plus, Wilson’s mobility in Arthur Smith’s offense would be really fun.

5. Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT, 6’6”, 325, Oregon

With Deshaun Watson most likely on his way out of Houston, it’s time for a new quarterback to inherit the “#Protect[insertQBnamehere]” mantle. Burrow is that guy. Sewell can probably play any position on the line except center. But putting him at tackle and pairing him with a hopefully healthy Jonah Williams could create one of the best young bookends in the league.

6. Philadelphia Eagles: Patrick Surtain, CB, 6’2”, 204, Alabama

With Pederson gone, Wentz is the Eagles’ quarterback. One might argue the Eagles should go receiver here. Waddle would be the next guy off the board, but we felt that Howie Roseman would think he has a speedy receiver already. Therefore, addressing the cornerback position is the correct move, and Surtain gives Philadelphia a great young corner to pair with Darius Slay.

7. Detroit Lions: Trey Lance, QB, 6’3”, 224, North Dakota State

With Stafford on the move, Detroit needs to find a new QB. This and the next pick are relatively interchangeable. But pairing Trey Lance with an offensive staff of Anthony Lynn (offensive coordinator), Duce Staley (assistant head coach and running backs coach), and Mark Brunell (quarterbacks coach) is a really smart strategy. The Lions will have to find some weapons for Lance, but his fit with this coaching staff is great.

8. Carolina Panthers: Justin Fields, QB, 6’3”, 210, Ohio State

This is a dream scenario for the Panthers. Pairing Fields with Joe Brady (for at least this year) and arming him with Christian McCaffrey, DJ Moore, and Robby Anderson creates one of the most exciting young offensive skill groups in the league. If this were to happen, Fields would probably sit behind Teddy Bridgewater for a few weeks. But Fields learning from Teddy and Brady is another great trio.

9. Denver Broncos: Caleb Farley, CB, 6’2”, 207, Virginia Tech

The Broncos were starting two rookies at the outside cornerback spots this year. Both had moments, but getting a big athletic talent like Farley could really help solidify Vic Fangio’s defense.

10. Dallas Cowboys: Kyle Pitts, TE, 6’6”, 241, Florida

We all chuckled as this pick got made, as it makes so much sense but also is so dumb. Sure, the Cowboys need a new tight end, and Pitts is one of the best prospects at that position in a few years. But the Cowboys (specifically on defense) have so many more pressing needs. However, you can absolutely see Jerry Jones overruling his staff/family and taking Pitts.

11. New York Giants: Micah Parsons, LB, 6’3”, 245, Penn State

Micah Parsons fits so well with what the Giants want to do on defense. They need help at the inside and outside linebacker spots. Parson can help at both. He is probably his best as a pass rusher, but he can still cover quite well and stop the run very well as an off-ball linebacker. Parsons fits the Jamie Collins/Kyle Van Noy role in a Belichick-adjacent defense.

12. San Francisco 49ers: Rashawn Slater, OG, 6’3”, 305, Northwestern

Slater is quickly rising in 2021 Mock Drafts. There are reports some teams have him higher than Penei Sewell. But putting him to the Niners is a very fitting selection. Slater could start immediately at tackle, but if the Niners bring back Trent Williams, Slater could begin his career at guard or center. The Niners really need some help at guard and Slater would excel there, especially in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

13. Los Angeles Chargers: Christian Darrisaw, OT, 6’5”, 311, Virginia Tech

#ProtectJoeBurrow could also apply to Justin Herbert. The Chargers’ offensive tackle situation is concerning at best. Darrisaw is another fast-rising prospect and he would start immediately on the Chargers’ line.

14. Minnesota Vikings: Kwity Paye, DE, 6’4”, 272, Michigan

This pick almost makes too much sense. Giving Mike Zimmer an incredibly athletic talent like Paye is almost unfair, especially with Danielle Hunter, Eric Kendricks, and Michael Pierce returning to the fold this year.

15. New England Patriots: Jaylen Waddle, WR, 5’10”, 182, Alabama

Yeah…sorry everyone. Waddle still might fall simply because of his injury, but one could argue that he is a better prospect than Devonta Smith.

16. Arizona Cardinals: Jaycee Horn, CB, 6’1”, 205, South Carolina

It looks like Patrick Peterson’s time in Arizona is up. He’s been the subject of trade rumors for the last few years, but his play has also dropped off. Horn is another big, physical, athletic corner that would contribute immediately.

17. Las Vegas Raiders: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, 6’1”, 215, Notre Dame

Upper-classman big school player with tons of production and awards? Sign Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden up! JOK played linebacker in college, but he will be a hybrid player in the pros. Look for Gus Bradley to use him in a somewhat similar way to a player he coached for the last few years: Derwin James.

18. Miami Dolphins: Najee Harris, RB, 6’1”, 230, Alabama

I still think Harris’ 2020 season is underappreciated. He scored 30 touchdowns with just under 1900 yards from scrimmage. Getting a physical downhill runner in Miami to help the quarterback would be awesome.

19. Washington Football Team: Terrace Marshall, WR, 6’4”, 200

With the top-four QBs gone, the Football Team is faced with a difficult murky choice. They will most likely bring in another veteran quarterback, so they should try to get him some help. Marshall was one of the lone bright spots on a bad LSU team this year and would be a great bigger receive to pair with Terry McLaurin.

20. Chicago Bears: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, 6’4”, 315, Southern California

Whoever is the Bears quarterback next year, they need some help on the offensive line. Vera-Tucker is in the conversation for the top interior offensive lineman in this draft. Eventually, he might be able to kick out to offensive tackle, as he is somewhat similar in size profile to the current starter at left tackle, Charles Leno Jr.

21. Indianapolis Colts: Samuel Cosmi, OT, 6’7”, 305, Texas

The Colts lost their long-time starting left tackle, Anthony Costonzo to retirement. At this moment, the Colts seem to be in the lead to acquire Matthew Stafford. Therefore, they need to find a way to ensure Stafford is protected. Cosmi is a bit of a project, but working with the Colts offensive staff on one of the best lines in the league would be great help to him.

22. Tennessee Titans: Nick Bolton, ILB, 6’, 235”, Missouri

Bolton perfectly fits the mold of a Vrabel guy. A great run and chase linebacker, Bolton could really help shore up the Titans’ front seven and allow Rashaan Evans to play downhill and rush the passer more.

23. New York Jets (Seattle Seahawks): Joseph Ossai, OLB, 6’4”, 250, Texas

The new defensive brain trust for the Jets comes from a 4-3 mindset and the Jets are currently constructed as a 3-4 defense. So picking defenders in the front seven is a bit difficult. But, Ossai is one of those guys that if you can’t figure out a way to use him, maybe you’re doing something wrong. Ossai is an explosive pass rusher off the edge, something the Jets desperately need.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Alex Leatherwood, OT, 6’5”, 319, Alabama

Leatherwood almost perfectly fits the profile of a Steelers’ first-round pick: big, athletic, Power-5 school. He isn’t an underclassman like they usually look for. But as the panel agreed, he just sounds, looks, and feels like a Steeler.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams): Asante Samuel Jr., CB, 5’10”, 184, Florida State

This may be one of the more surprising picks in this 2021 Mock Draft. Obviously, Samuel’s name should ring many bells for NFL fans. But he is slightly undersized, and obviously played on a Florida State squad that struggled. With that being said, Samuel has incredible ball skills and his feistiness could intrigue many teams.

26. Cleveland Browns: Gregory Rousseau, DE, 6’7”, 265, Miami (FL)

With this pick, the Browns might have the best defensive line in the NFL. Rousseau’s stock has dropped a bit since he opted out of the 2020 season with only one year of production. But putting him across from Myles Garrett and next to Sheldon Richardson or Larry Ogunjobi would make that entire line nearly unblockable.

27. Baltimore Ravens: Christian Barmore, DT, 6’5”, 319, Alabama

Oh, a large underclassman defensive stud from Alabama went to the Ravens? No kidding. In a lesser defensive tackle class, Barmore elevated his play towards the end of his season, most likely solidifying his status as a first-round pick.

28. New Orleans Saints: Mac Jones, QB, 6’3”, 214, Alabama

This pick was made before Mac Jones really took off at the Senior Bowl. Now it looks like a very prescient selection in this 2021 Mock Draft. Jones was the best quarterback in Mobile, by far. With Drew Brees retiring and Jameis Winston’s contract expiring, the Saints cannot rely on Taysom Hill to be their every-down starting quarterback.

29. Green Bay Packers: Rashod Bateman, WR, 6’1”, 210, Minnesota

Let’s try this again: the Packers need some wide receiver help outside of Davante Adams. Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard are solid role players. But getting a consistent threat across from Adams could help assuage Aaron Rodgers’ concerns. Bateman profiles more similarly to Adams than the other two aforementioned receivers. But he would probably play more outside and attack vertically, allowing Adams even more room to win from the slot and underneath.

30. Buffalo Bills: Wyatt Davis, OG, 6’4”, 310, Ohio State

Davis’ stock took a hit after he suffered an injury during the College Football Playoff. But he could up being one of the value steals in this draft. Furthermore, putting him on the Buffalo Bills improves an already stalwart offensive line, upgrading one of the guard spots.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Travis Etienne, RB, 5’10”, 205, Clemson

This is almost like giving Waddle to the Patriots. On an offense like the Buccaneers with very few holes, giving Tom Brady a solid receiving option out of the backfield, that can also hit a home run on literally any play, probably shouldn’t be allowed. But again, this is meant to be fun, and Etienne on the Bucs is extremely fun to think about.

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Zaven Collins, OLB, 6’4”, 260, Tulsa

We end our 2021 Mock Draft first round with a pick that seems unfair. Giving the Chiefs a dynamic player that can affect the game in so many ways will help the whole defense improve. Collins can stop the run, cover, and rush the passer all equally well. A versatile player like that with players like Tyrann Mathieu and L’Jarius Sneed would give the Chiefs a defense to be feared.


Top 300 NFL Draft Prospects (Vogel)


33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Liam Eichenberg, OT, 6’6”, 302, Notre Dame

34. New York Jets: Eric Stokes, CB, 6’1”, 185, Georgia

35. Miami Dolphins (Houston Texans): Landon Dickerson, C, 6’6”, 326, Alabama

36. Atlanta Falcons: Azeez Ojulari, DE, 6’3”, 240, Georgia

37. Cincinnati Bengals: Kadarius Toney, WR, 5’11”, 189, Florida

38. Philadelphia Eagles: Trey Smith, OG, 6’6”, 337, Tennessee

39. Detroit Lions: Dylan Moses, MLB, 6’2”, 233, Alabama

40. Carolina Panthers: Pat Freiermuth, TE, 6’5”, 259, Penn State

41. Denver Broncos: Jalen Mayfield, OT, 6’5”, 320, Michigan

42. Dallas Cowboys: Trevon Moehrig, S, 6’2”, 208, Texas Christian

43. New York Giants: Jaelan Phillips, OLB, 6’5”, 266, Miami (FL)

44. San Francisco 49ers: Creed Humphery, C, 6’4”, 312, Oklahoma

45. Los Angeles Chargers: Dillon Radunz, OT, 6’5”, 304, North Dakota State

46. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Minnesota Vikings): Jay Tufele, DT, 6’3”, 305, Southern California

47. New England Patriots: Aaron Robinson, CB, 5’11”, 190, Central Florida

48. Arizona Cardinals: Dayvion Nixon, DT, 6’3”, 305, Iowa

49. Las Vegas Raiders: Deonte Brown, OG, 6’3”, 362, Alabama

50. Miami Dolphins: Patrick Jones II, DE, 6’5”, 260, Pittsburgh

51. Washington Football: Kyle Trask, QB, 6’5”, 239, Florida

52. Chicago Bears: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, 6’1”, 195, Southern California

53. Indianapolis Colts: Rondale Moore, WR, 5’10”, 180, Purdue

54. Tennessee Titans: Nico Collins, WR, 6’4”, 222, Michigan

55. Seattle Seahawks: Jayson Oweh, DE, 6’5”, 257, Penn State

56. Pittsburgh Steelers: Javonte Williams, RB, 5’10”, 220, North Carolina

57. Los Angeles Rams: Cameron McGrone, ILB, 6’1”, 236, Michigan

58. Cleveland Browns: Tyson Campbell, CB, 6’2”, 185, Georgia

59. Baltimore Ravens: Carlos Basham Jr., DE, 6’3”, 281, Wake Forest

60. New Orleans Saints: D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, 5’9”, 188, Western Michigan

61. Green Bay Packers: Chazz Surratt, LB, 6’1”, 225, North Carolina

62. Buffalo Bills: Jabril Cox, LB, 6’3”, 233, Louisiana State

63. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Payton Turner, OLB, 6’5”, 270, Houston

64. Kansas City Chiefs: Josh Myers, C, 6’5”, 305, Ohio State

This concludes our Roundtable 2021 Mock Draft. Check out the Brawl Network Draft page for more content like this and reports live from the Senior Bowl!

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I cover and write about the NFL, the NFL Draft, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. I am originally from Hershey, PA and was raised a Pittsburgh sports fan. I went to Boston College for undergrad and am currently finishing a Master's degree in Sports Business at Temple University, concentrating in Sport Analytics.


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