Alex Hale’s Mock Draft 4.0: The Time Has Arrived

We finally have arrived to the big week.  The stage is set for Cleveland to host the 2021 NFL Draft and the time for teams to jockey for position is over.  Players have tested in one of the more interesting draft processes in history with no Combine and a limited Medical Check that leaves teams scrambling for information.  Add to the drama is the questions surrounding the 49ers pick at #3 that can affect the entire NFL Draft.  If they go Mac Jones, the whole QB market will go into a frenzy for teams attempting to move up.  If they go Trey Lance, it’ll cause Mac Jones to slide to the back of the 1st Round.  This Mock Draft represents a culmination of the first 3 Mocks to combine a mix of craziness but also attempting some accuracy of what could occur.  So without any more delay, our 2 ROUND Mock 4.0.

Mock Draft 4.0

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars- QB Trevor Lawrence Clemson– 4 Mocks later and this pick isn’t changing.  Jags get their QB of the Future and win the Tank for Trevor sweepstakes.  My comparison for Trevor Lawrence is Andrew Luck.
  2. New York Jets- QB Zach Wilson BYU- After trading Sam Darnold to Carolina, the Jets have made it clear QB is the pick here.  Zach Wilson has solidified himself not just as the #2 QB prospect in this draft, but more importantly the guy the Jets will take at this pick.  He has the arm talent and the moxie that the Jets have lacked at the position for years.  My comparison for Zach Wilson is Baker Mayfield.
  3. San Francisco 49ers (from Miami)- QB Trey Lance North Dakota State- So everyone is talking about Mac Jones or Justin Fields, but nobody is talking about Trey Lance until Ian Rapaport said it’s down to Lance and Mac.  So go with the guy nobody is talking about, just like how nobody talked about San Francisco moving up.  Trey Lance has a cannon for an arm and a quick release.  He’s going to need to work on his mechanics because he can miss high sometimes, but his track record at NDSU says the sky is the limit with his talents and Kyle Shanahan will know to how to run an offense that fits him perfectly.  My comparison for Trey Lance is Cardinals QB Kyler Murray.
  4. Atlanta Falcons- TE Kyle Pitts Florida- The Falcons will have trade offers for this pick, but outside of maybe Denver, nobody willing to pay their price so they stay put.  Like we said in Mock 2.0, it’s clear the Falcons are going forward with Matt Ryan, so why not surround him with countless weapons.  Do we need to explain this again?  Julio, Ridley and Pitts alone is dangerous and with Matt Ryan at QB still?  The Falcons offense will be tough to gameplay against this year.  My comparison for Kyle Pitts is 49ers TE George Kittle.
  5. Cincinnati Bengals- WR JaMarr Chase LSU– There’s too much smoke behind this pick for me to ignore.  Don’t get me wrong, JaMarr Chase is an outstanding WR prospect, who reunited with Joe Burrow could be a dangerous duo.  BUT, this is a mistake on the Bengals to bet on a 2nd/3rd Round prospect to pass on a major position of need.  At the same time, with Chase re-establishing himself as the top WR prospect once again, his size/speed combination to go with his ball skills make him the true #1 target in Cincinnati and pairing with Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins will make a dangerous WR trio.  My comparison for JaMarr Chase is former Cardinals/Ravens WR Anquan Boldin.
  6. Denver Broncos (from Miami via Philadelphia)- TRADE: Denver acquires the #6 overall pick from Miami in exchange for the #9 overall pick, a 2021 5th Round pick and a 2022 2nd Round pick- QB Justin Fields Ohio State- The Dolphins sit here with Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle on the board so they could look to slide back a few spots and play the odds.  Denver is the most likely team to get this pick because Miami won’t deal with New England.  Justin Fields would mark the end of the Drew Lock era as Fields can step in right away and give Denver a QB with the athletic ability and arm talent to make plays with Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant.  It will be interesting to see how he develops under Pat Shurmur, who is an average Quarterback developer.  My comparison for Justin Fields is former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb.
  7. Detroit Lions- WR Devonta Smith Alabama- The Lions it seems won’t be looking at QB so they can select the best player on the board that fills a need.  With the loss of Kenny Golladay to Free Agency, the Lions desperately need a WR.  Devonta Smith entered the process as the #1 WR on the board, but with JaMarr Chase’s strong draft evaluation process, Smith settles now as #2 WR.  His route running and explosiveness after the catch make him a home run threat each time he touches the ball.  For the Lions, they need to give Jared Goff weapons to give him a chance at any success.  Smith gives him that option in the style of what he had in Cooper Kupp in LA.  My comparison for Devonta Smith is former Colts WR Marvin Harrison.
  8. Carolina Panthers- OT Penei Sewell Oregon– The Panthers now have Sam Darnold and seem to be okay with giving him a shot as their QB for at least 2021.  Now the question is, do they add another weapon to throw to, or do they protect Darnold?  At this point with the way the board is, the answer is simple, get Penei Sewell.  Sewell has been working on being a RT in the event he has to play there, but he’s a starting LT from day one and the piece the Panthers O-Line has needed.  He’s going to be in multiple Pro Bowls in the future and will anchor this line for years to come.  My comparison for Penei Sewell is Ravens OT Ronnie Stanley.
  9. Miami Dolphins (from Denver)- WR Jaylen Waddle Alabama- The Dolphins trade back and get their guy.  Waddle slips to #9 as I believe by most accounts now he’s the true target of the Dolphins.  His elite speed will change the entire dynamic of the Dolphins offense, making every catch he makes a possibility to be a touchdown.  I really don’t like making the comparison but there’s no other accurate one for this guy because he’s clearly his clone.  My comparison for Jaylen Waddle is Chiefs WR Tyreke Hill.
  10. Dallas Cowboys- CB Patrick Surtain II Alabama- The Cowboys sit extremely pretty at #10 with their choice of CB.  Jaycee Horn may be the better option in the future, but for right now, Surtain is the pick.  His experience and ability as a shutdown cornerback at Alabama makes him someone who will translate to that status in the NFL.  For the Cowboys, you don’t overthink this with such a glaring needl, you take Surtain and don’t look back. My comparison for Patrick Surtain is Patriots CB Jason McCourty.
  11. New York Giants- OT Rashawn Slater Northwestern– The Giants could go numerous ways now that there’s no WR on the board.  They could reach on an EDGE, which is a huge need for them.  But this is Dave Gettleman, he builds in the trenches.  After Andrew Thomas hasn’t worked out the way he hoped, Gettleman swings again to take the pressure off Thomas and pair him with Slater.  Slater is still considered by some as the superior Tackle prospect and on some game tape, especially against elite pass rushers backs it up.  This could end up being a steal for Gettleman and helps protect his franchise QB.  My comparison for Rashawn Slater is Patriots OT Isaiah Wynn.
  12. Philadelphia (from Miami via San Francisco)- CB Jaycee Horn South Carolina– For trading down from #6, the Eagles make out really well with what’s left on the board.  While they can’t address the WR position here, they can get another CB to go with Darius Slay.  Jaycee Horn athletically has scored on a historic level, his size, physicality, athletic ability, but most importantly his talent make him quite possibly the best corner in the draft.  The Eagles acquired more picks and get a potential shutdown CB, they played this perfectly.  My comparison for Jaycee Horn is Cardinals/Vikings CB Patrick Peterson.
  13. New England Patriots (from Los Angeles Chargers)- TRADE: New England acquires #13 overall pick and a 2021 5th Round pick from Los Angeles in exchange for the #15 overall pick, a 2021 3rd and 4th Round picks- QB Mac Jones Alabama– Belichick makes his move.  With the Vikings at #14 being unpredictable and this pick within range for Washington, Chicago or even New Orleans to come up and steal, Bill offers some of his extra picks to move up two spots.  Mac Jones’ range is the widest of anyone in this draft, one simple pick could have him rising or falling.  His tape shows a great game manager who is accurate and can make the throws with an average arm.  For Belichick, that’s enough for his offense.  If Mac Jones can run a similar offense to what they ran with Tom Brady, he could be successful.  My comparison for Mac Jones is Cardinals QB Colt McCoy.
  14. Minnesota Vikings- OG Alijah Vera-Tucker USC- The Vikings after missing on Mac Jones stick to their original plan, build around Kirk Cousins.  While it’s very plausible they could go  with an EDGE or even Christian Barmore here, but their O-Line is atrocious and they need help in the interior.  Vera-Tucker is a bully in the interior who will be able to impact their O-Line from Day One.  My comparison for Alijah Vera Tucker is Browns OG Wyatt Teller.
  15. Los Angeles Chargers (from New England)- OT Christian Darrishaw Virginia Tech- The Chargers after acquiring some extra 3rd and 4th Round picks now fill one of their bigger needs in Christian Darrishaw.  Darrishaw has the size and athletic ability you want at the position to hold down the left side, but lacks the functional strength and mean streak to really stand out from guys like Sewell and Slater.  Either way the upside is there for him to be an anchor on the left side for the next decade and for the Chargers this has been an issue for a while and with Justin Herbert as their QB of the future have to protect him.  My comparison for Christian Darrishaw is Free Agent Russell Okung.
  16. Arizona Cardinals- LB Micah Parsons Penn State- The Cardinals may need a CB and would probably love to draft Greg Newsome, but you sprint to the podium to get Parsons here.  After acquiring JJ Watt to pair with Chandler Jones, the Cardinals can now pair Isaiah Simmons with Micah Parsons.  First off, Parsons blitzing ability makes him a perfect fit in Vance Joesph’s scheme and allows Simmons to be more of a Swiss army knife defender.  With the way this CB class is, they can find a guy in Round 2.  My comparison for Micah Parsons is Patriots LB D’Vonta Hightower.
  17. Las Vegas Raiders- DT Christian Barmore Alabama– The Raiders have blown up their O-Line and are staring at Teven Jenkins, but this is Jon Gruden so all logic goes out the window.  That’s why they’ll fill another need with the talented Christian Barmore.  Barmore is explosive, who PFF had ranked in the 99th and 98th percentile in pass rush and run defense respectively.  Barmore hasn’t really played every down at Alabama so the transition could be interesting, but if he translates, he can transform the entire pass rush of the Raiders.  My comparison for Christian Barmore is Eagles DT Fletcher Cox.
  18. Miami Dolphins- LB Zaven Collins Tulsa– After trading down and getting Jaylen Waddle, the Dolphins hit a home run again and snag Zaven Collins.  While we’ve mocked JOK in the past to the Dolphins, Collins fit in Brian Flores Defense is too perfect.  He can be a dynamic pass rusher or be able to handle coverage.  He just seems like a Patriots/Dolphins kind of defender.  My comparison for Zaven Collins is Patriots LB Jamie Collins.
  19. Washington Football Team- LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Notre Dame– Washington seems to be committed to Ryan Fitzpatrick, but I can see them eventually targeting a QB.  For now, Washington looks to improve a Defense that carried them to the NFC West title.  JOK is the ultimate Swiss army knife defender who can fly all over the field and do everything.  While he’s not a guy who’s gonna be the best blitzer, his athletic ability and motor making him a constant threat to blow up plays.  He’s the type of defender that Ron Rivera will love.  My comparison for Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is Cardinals LB Isaiah Simmons.
  20. Cleveland Browns (from Chicago) TRADE: Cleveland acquires #20 overall pick from Chicago in exchange for #26 overall, a 2021 4th Round pick and 2022 3rd Round pick- CB Greg Newsome Northwestern- The Bears don’t have a QB here to take and have multiple needs that they need to fill, so the Browns call and make an offer to get their guy as to get a CB they will need to jump the Titans, Colts and Jets who could all be looking.  The Browns need an outside Cornerback, especially after the signing of Jadevion Clowney.  Newsome has less injury concerns than Farley, but more importantly by Browns standards is far more athletic and younger.  Newsome would be perfect to play opposite Denzel Ward and if Greedy Williams is fully recovered from his nerve injury gives them options of how to use them and Troy Hill as well from Free Agency.  My comparison for Greg Newsome is Eagles CB Darius Slay.
  21. Indianapolis Colts- OT Teven Jenkins Oklahoma State- For the Colts the pick comes down to are they comfortable with the medicals on Caleb Farley.  With Chris Ballard, he tends to be slightly more conservative with medicals and would pass to fill the void at LT.  Jenkins has the size and athletic ability to stay at OT, although some say he could move into guard.  He is physical and can handle stronger defenders, he isn’t the flashiest OT in the class, but he does everything well enough to fill the void at LT for Indy.  My comparison for Teven Jenkins is Washington OT Morgan Moses.
  22. Tennessee Titans- CB Caleb Farley Virginia Tech– The Titans have no OT worth taking here and Barmore is off the board.  In terms of need, the Titans need another CB and if what recent reports say are true, he is medically cleared by multiple teams.  For the Titans, with what’s on the board, they can’t pass up Farley and just take the risk.  Farley, if he’s healthy has the potential to be the best corner in this draft.  His ball skills are great and his length and size make him a potential lockdown corner.  The question remains is his health.  The Titans haven’t been scared by injury concerns in the past and target talent.  On that, he fits perfectly here.  My comparison for Caleb Farley is Ravens CB Jimmy Smith.
  23. New York Jets (from Seattle)- EDGE Azeez Ojulari Georgia- The Jets have their choice of pass rusher to go opposite new acquisition Carl Lawson.  If there’s anything that Robert Saleh will target it’s someone more proven and not a project to develop.  Azeez has a track record of being an effective pass rusher at Georgia and has tested well through the process.  While he’s undersized, I trust Saleh would know how to develop and use him in his defense.  A duo of Ojulari and Lawson would transform the Jets defense into a major strength going forward.  My comparison for Azeez Ojulari is Raiders EDGE Yannick Ngakoue.
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers- RB Najee Harris Alabama- Pittsburgh has clearly played their hand, with James Connor gone, they’ve made it abundantly clear they will address the RB position early.  The question is which RB do they take?  While Etienne offers the explosive playmaking RB, it’s Harris who fits the traditional Steeler big, powerful RB who can do it all.  Harris held firm on his stats at Alabama and didn’t test at his Pro Day, but the tape shows a powerful runner who does it all.  With no bell cow to take pressure off of Ben Roethelisberger, this is the guy who can do it.  My comparison for Najee Harris is Falcons RB Todd Gurley.
  25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)- S Trevon Moehrig TCU– The Jags could go one of two ways with this pick, either take Rashod Bateman or Elijah Moore here to pair with Trevor Lawrence or improve a secondary that needs help.  With multiple WRs here, they’ll take Trevon Moehrig to rebuild their secondary.  Moehrig is an ideal Free Safety who is great in coverage and the athletic ability to play some nickel.  His versatility makes him so valuable.  For the Jags, he’s a perfect building block as they rebuild under Urban Meyer and look to get Lawrence another target at 33.  My comparison for Trevon Moehrig is Bengals S Jessie Bates.
  26. Chicago Bears (from Cleveland)- OT Dillon Radunz North Dakota State– Quite honestly I want to know what photos does Ryan Pace have on everyone.  After failing to get a QB and trading down, they fill a need at the OT position.  Radunz has a lot of mixed opinions, some have a 1st Round grade as a LT on him, but some see him as a 3rd/4th round swing lineman.  I feel like the Bears are punting on this draft, saving everyone’s job for one more year and then filling the pieces.  It’s a potential major mistake.  The Bears really need to find out who they really are this year and Radunz probably won’t do that.  My comparison for Dillon Radunz is Chiefs OL Cameron Erving.
  27. Baltimore Ravens- WR Rashod Bateman Minnesota- The Ravens need to get Lamar Jackson weapons and although they could trade for Julio Jones, I won’t believe this trade is possible until I see it.  So the Ravens then take Rashod Bateman and run with it.  Bateman fits extremely well as the reliable route running #1 Lamar Jackson can target opposite a vertical threat in Hollywood Brown.  If Bateman slips here, you don’t think twice and you sprint to the podium.  My comparison for Rashod Bateman is Vikings WR Justin Jefferson.
  28. New Orleans Saints- EDGE Kwity Paye Michigan- The Saints could be the luckiest team in the draft in this scenario.  After making a bunch of cuts to their roster for salary cap purposes, the Saints rebuild their defense with an impact defender who can start immediately.  Paye might not have the highest ceiling, but he’s got the highest floor.  He was an impact run defender and pass rusher at Michigan and tested well to deserve Top 15 consideration.  Instead he goes to a good spot to play around some impactful defenders and contribute.  My comparison for Kwity Paye is former Eagles EDGE Brandon Graham.
  29. Green Bay Packers- WR Elijah Moore Ole Miss– The Packers may not get Bateman, but get a perfect partner for Davante Adams.  Elijah Moore is explosive and an outstanding route runner who has a knack for making plays.  He’s exactly what Aaron Rodgers is looking for.  Moore takes the pressure off of Adams and immediate gives the Packers a second gamebreaking WR.  If the Bucs aren’t careful, the Packers would be built to knock them off and win the Super Bowl.  My comparison for Elijah Moore is Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr..
  30. Buffalo Bills- EDGE Joe Tryon Washington- The Bills come into this draft coming off an AFC Championship game run where they were they couldn’t get to the QB outside of Jerry Hughes, who can’t do it all.  The Bills must get a pass rusher early in this draft.  Joe Tryon tested well to establish himself in the EDGE conversation and his tape at Washington shows a 3 down pass rusher, who can also play against the run adequately.  For the Bills he fits what they need, outside of Jaelen Phillips, whose medicals could scare the Bills away.  My comparison for Joe Tryon is Eagles EDGE Derek Barnett
  31. Baltimore Ravens (from Kansas City)- EDGE Jayson Oweh Penn State- After the loss of Matt Judos the EDGE position is the biggest need.  With multiple options, the Ravens target the one with the most upside that fits their system.  Jayson Oweh’s athletic ability makes him a perfect 3-4 EDGE for the Ravens as they develop him as a pass rusher while using his run stopping ability to help immediately.  My comparison for Jayson Oweh is Browns EDGE Jadavion Clowney.
  32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- RB Travis Etienne Clemson– The Bucs have no pressing needs, so they can do whatever they want with this pick.  White they have Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette, they’re both not signed past this year.  Why not take the explosive and talented Etienne to develop for a year into Bruce Arians’ system.  He can catch the ball out of the backfield, he can break the big run, he’s the kind of guy that works perfectly with Tom Brady.  It wouldn’t shock me if he could sneak his way onto the 1st team.  My comparison for Travis Etienne is Browns RB Kareem Hunt.

Round 2

33. Jacksonville Jaguars- WR Terrace Marshall LSU

34. New York Jets- CB Eric Stokes Georgia

35. Atlanta Falcons- EDGE Jaelen Phillips Miami (FL)

36. Miami Dolphins- EDGE Gregory Rousseau Miami (FL)

37. Philadelphia Eagles- WR Kadarius Toney Florida

38. Cincinnati Bengals- OT Alex Leatherwood Alabama

39. Carolina Panthers- CB Asante Samuel Jr. Florida State

40. Denver Broncos- LB Jamin Davis Kentucky

41. Detroit Lions- OT Liam Eichenberg Notre Dame

42. New York Giants- EDGE Ronnie Perkins Oklahoma

43. San Francisco 49ers- OC Landon Dickerson Alabama

44. Dallas Cowboys- TE Brevin Jordan Miami (FL)

45. Jacksonville Jaguars- OT Samuel Cosmi Texas

46. New England Patriots- LB Nick Bolton Missouri

47. Los Angeles Chargers- S Javon Holland Oregon

48. Las Vegas Raiders- OC Creed Humphrey Oklahoma

49. Arizona Cardinals- CB Kelvin Joseph Kentucky

50. Miami Dolphins- OG Wyatt Davis Ohio State

51. Washington Football Team- QB Davis Mills Stanford

52. Chicago Bears- WR Rondale Moore Purdue

53. Tennessee Titans- LB Jabrill Cox LSU

54. Indianapolis Colts- CB Elijah Molden Washington

55. Pittsburgh Steelers- OT Jalen Mayfield Michigan

56. Seattle Seahawks- EDGE Joseph Ossai Texas

57. Los Angeles Rams- S Jamar Johnson Indiana

58. Kansas City (from Baltimore)- WR Dyami Brown North Carolina

59. Cleveland Browns- EDGE Payton Turner Houston– Even with Takk McKinley and Clowney, they’re only signed through 2021.  Payton Turner has graded athletically extremely high and fits everything the Browns are looking for.  They can develop him through 2021 and unleash him in 2022.

60. New Orleans Saints- CB Tyson Campbell Georgia

61. Buffalo Bills- CB Ifeatu Melifonwu Syracuse

62. Green Bay Packers- OG Quinn Meinerz Wisconsin Whitewater

63. Kansas City Chiefs- LB Baron Browning Ohio State

64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- DT Levi Onwuzirike Washington

BONUS: Browns 7-Round Mock

89. DT Milton Williams Louisiana Tech

91. LB Cameron McGrone Michigan

114. S Andre Cisco Syracuse

169. WR Jaelon Darden North Texas

211. OG William Sherman Colorado

And there you have it, another Mock Draft season is in the books. This has been one of the more unpredictable Draft seasons I’ve ever seen because of the world we live in. I can say no pick outside of the Top 2 is a lock. Expect unpredictability and craziness throughout all 3 days of the NFL Draft.  While we can never have the perfect Mock Draft, these are always done with passion and for fun, so I hope everyone enjoyed our Mocks this season. We’ll be back for our Winners/Losers Post Draft along with a Browns Draft evaluation. But to all our Clevelanders out there, show out to the NFL Draft and enjoy the festivities!

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