I didn’t really think I would actually do a mock draft this year.
Going back to my senior year of high school (2011), I did at least one mock draft and looking back at them through Facebook or my early writing days, some of those were quite brutal. However, 2021 was the first year in a long time that the draft really didn’t matter to me as a fan and with the Browns rising as a Super Bowl contender, I haven’t focused as much attention on the draft as I did the last decade and a half.
However, as we’ve gotten closer to the draft, I have read up or listened about a lot of the prospects and the NFL Draft is once again having me intrigued whether it’s what the Browns are going to do or how the top of the draft will shake out once Jacksonville and New York make the selections of Trevor Lawrence and Zack Wilson official.
With that, let’s keep the streak alive and here is my one and only mock draft for the 2021 NFL Draft.
- Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson: There’s only one reason Urban Meyer came out of retirement and made the leap to the NFL.
- New York Jets – Zack Wilson, QB, BYU: Can the Jets finally get the quarterback position right after so many years of heartache. Wilson has the talent and the Jets have a ton of draft capital to build around him.
- San Francisco 49ers (via Miami via Houston) – Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State: I don’t buy the smoke surrounding Mac Jones and this pick.
- Atlanta Falcons – Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida: Can’t draft a quarterback just yet with Matt Ryan’s contract holding the franchise hostage for the next two seasons, might as well draft the best non-quarterback in the draft and give Ryan another offensive weapon.
- Cincinatti Bengals – JaMarr Chase, WR, LSU: I think this is a mistake by not drafting an offensive tackle but Chase reunites with his college quarterback Joe Burrow and the two did some damage to opposing defenses at LSU which Zac Taylor hopes he can re-create that magic against the AFC.
- Miami Dolphins – Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama: Miami could go in a number of directions with this pick but grabbing the Heisman Trophy winner to reunite with his college quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
- TRADE! The Detroit Lions trade the 7th pick to the New England Patriots for the 15th and 120th overall picks in the 2021 Draft along with a 2022 second-round pick.
New England Patriots – Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State: the Patriots move up to take the heavily scrutinized quarterback prospect who will now be paired with offensive guru Josh McDaniels along with some intriguing weapons like Nelson Agolhor, Jonnu Smith, and Hunter Henry.
- Carolina Panthers – Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon: Carolina misses on the top quarterbacks so they select the best offensive tackle to protect Sam Darnold.
- TRADE! The Denver Broncos trade the 9th and 152nd overall picks to the Washington Football Team for the 19th and 51st overall picks in the 2021 Draft along with a 2022 second-round pick.
Washington Football Team – Mac Jones, QB, Alabama: With Ryan Fitzpatrick and Taylor Heinickie as their only options on the roster, Washington makes a bold move to make it five quarterbacks in the first nine picks.
- Dallas Cowboys – Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama: Dallas needs to select one of the top cornerbacks and honestly can’t go wrong with either option.
- New York Giants – Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan: The Giants could go in a number of directions but Leonard Williams needs some help up front getting after the quarterback.
- Philadelphia Eagles (via Miami via San Francisco) – Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina: One of my favorite prospects in this draft class lands with the Eagles who need to add some talent in the secondary.
- Los Angeles Chargers – Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern: They nailed the quarterback selection a year ago with Justin Herbert, now it’s time to make sure he’s protected for the next decade.
- Minnesota Vikings – Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL, USC: Minnesota needs to build all across the offensive line and Vera-Tucker could play any of the positions.
- Detroit Lions (via New England) – Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama: Detroit moves back, adds draft capital, and still lands a big time playmaker for Jared Goff.
- Arizona Cardinals – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame: Could you imagine JOK and Isaiah Simmons on the field at the same time?
- Las Vegas Raiders – Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama: Raiders add another solid defensive lineman who should make an impact from Day 1.
- Miami Dolphins – Najee Harris, RB, Alabama: Maybe they should be renamed the Miami Crimson Tide after this potential first round
- Denver Broncos – Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern: Denver moves back and gets a stud at the cornerback position (Sorry Browns fans)
- Chicago Bears – Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech: Bears miss out on the quarterbacks so they start to build the offensive line for whoever the long-term starter will come the 2022 season.
- Indianapolis Colts – Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State: Anthony Constanzo retired this offseason so the Colts need to start looking for the next left tackle for the franchise.
- Tennessee Titans – Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota: Exit Corey Davis, Enter Rashod Bateman. Pair him up with AJ Brown and Ryan Tannehill will be one happy quarterback this coming season.
- New York Jets (via Seattle) – Azeez Ojulari, EDGE Georgia: The Jets got the quarterback at 2 now get someone to get after the opposing quarterbacks
- Pittsburgh Steelers – Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama: The Steelers miss out on one Alabama prospect so they turn their attention towards another with the offensive line needing an overhaul.
- Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles) – Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss: Urban Meyer loves him some speed and Moore will certainly bring that alongside Chark and Westbrook in the wide receiver room.
- Cleveland Browns – Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington: Even with adding Jadeveon Clowney and Takk McKinley in free agency, you can never have enough pass rushers.
- Baltimore Ravens – Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU: Baltimore finally gets Lamar Jackson a legitimate #1 receiver.
- New Orleans Saints – Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa: The Saints add another playmaker on the defensive side of the ball.
- Green Bay Packers – Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida: The team committed to Aaron Rodgers this week, the least they can do to show they’re serious is finally giving him another weapon opposite Davante Adams.
- Buffalo Bills – Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson: If the Bills had some semblance of a running game last year, they would’ve been in the Super Bowl. Adding Etienne could put them over the top this season.
- Baltimore Ravens (via Kansas City) – Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech: Once thought of as the best corner in the class, medical red flags have Farley almost bouncing out of Round 1.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State: Tampa is bringing everyone back so take one of the best players available and start planning ahead while adding depth to the defensive line.