“It’s the final countdown”. Congratulations we made it to Draft week, with the Jacksonville Jaguars to be put on the clock at 8 pm est on Thursday 4/29. The draft gives hope to every fan of any NFL team for the dream of a bright future.
The Draft was simulated using the PFF Draft simulator(https://www.pff.com/draft/nfl-mock-draft-simulator).
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawerence, QB, Clemson
Lawrence is locked in as the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. He has it all, and that includes size (6-6, 215), a big arm, accuracy and mobility.
2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
Wilson has been the locked in No. 2 pick for some time now. He is a smart quarterback with excellent arm talent.
3. San Francisco: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
This is where the draft starts to get interesting. There are rumors that the 49ers could go with any of the three remaining quarterbacks with this pick. Lance could benefit from sitting his first year and growing into a franchise quarterback. With moving on from Jimmy G being an expensive move this year, it doesn’t make sense for them to do it now.
4. Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Atlanta is trying to trade this pick per reports heading into the draft. If unable to lock in a trade they lock in on Pitts. Pitts can fit nicely into the Jonnu Smith role in Arthur Smith’s offense.
5. Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
The Bengals are making it an effort to protect hopeful franchise quarterback Joe Burrow. Sewell is who most belief is the top offensive lineman in this draft.
6. Miami Dolphins: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
Miami moved all over the board with trades before the draft and still end up with the best receiver in the draft.
7. *Trade* New England Patriots: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
In a surprise move, Bill Belichick moves up to get his quarterback. Fields has a similar skill set to Cam Newton who is on a one-year deal.
8. Carolina Panthers: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
Carolina just trades for Sam Darnold so drafting a quarterback in the first round this year doesn’t make sense here. Not that the Panthers have a bad line but get younger could benefit the team in the long run.
9. Denver Broncos: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
Many Bronco fans may not like this pick but new GM George Paton gets to pick his quarterback with Jones falling until pick nine. Jones will have to go in and compete with Drew Lock for the starting position and gets to reunite with former teammate Jerry Jeudy.
10. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
The Cowboys will be tempted to upgrade their offensive line, but I suspect that they’ll target a potential shutdown cornerback instead to fix their woeful pass defense. Surtain is considered the top corner in this draft and will pair nicely with last year’s second-round pick and former teammate Trevon Diggs.
11. New York Giants: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Adding a playmaker to the offense was taken care of in free agency with Kenny Golladay. So now the Giants look to add a difference-maker on defense with Parsons. Looking like the next great linebacker to come out of Penn State, Micah Parsons was very productive.
12. Philadelphia Eagles: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama.
The Eagles trade out of the top 10 but still end up with one of the top receivers in the draft. Waddle had a very productive career at Alabama and will look to put a spark into the Eagles offense.
13. Los Angeles Chargers: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
In free agency, the Chargers did a good job building up their offensive line with the additions of Corey Lindey and Bryan Bulaga. Selecting Horn a potential lockdown corner in a division with Tyreek Hill, Henry Rugg III, and Jerry Jeudy is key to building up their defense.
14. *Trade* Arizona Cardinals: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
Early reports heading into the draft are that the Cardinals want to trade up to get one of the top three receivers. They can trade up in front of the Lions who are in desperate need of a receiver. Smith is an excellent route runner with great hands and tremendous run-after-catch ability.
15. Detroit Lions: Christian Darrisaw, OT, VT
After trading back and unable to get a receiver, the Lions will start to build their offensive line. New coach Dan Campbell made it known he wants to build up the lines on both sides of the ball. Darrisaw is a solid addition that can play both tackle spots will be a nice bookend with Taylor Decker.
16. Minnesota Vikings: Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
With all the top left tackles off the board, the Vikings will flip over to the defensive side of the ball. Selecting Paye will help Danielle Hunter who is coming off an injury get back to his Pro Bowl form.
17. Las Vegas Raiders: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC
The Raiders need to address every level of their defense. However, they dumped three-fifths of their offensive line this offseason, so they need to rebuild their blocking unit as well. Vera-Tucker can play tackle but is better suited to play inside.
18. Miami Dolphins: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
The Dolphins lost some linebacking talent this offseason. With already selecting Chase with their first pick, this opens the door to get a three-down linebacker who will fit nicely in Brian Flores’s defense.
19. *Trade* Indianapolis Colts: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
The Colts need to build up their offensive line and know the Bears are thinking the same thing. They can leapfrog them by trading with Washington. Jenkins is a right tackle that the Colts can place right into the starting lineup.
20. *Trade* Buffalo Bills: Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami
Missing out of getting a top-rated offensive lineman, they find a trading partner with the Bills. Another edge-rushing option for the Bills, who must put as much pressure as possible on Patrick Mahomes.
21. Washington Football Team: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
Even with trading back, the Washington Football Team gets a stud receiver to go opposite Terry McLaurin. Adding Bateman will give them one of the best-rounded groups of receivers with already mentioned McLaurin but with the speedy slot Curtis Samuel.
22. Tennessee Titans: Caleb Farley, CB, VT
tennessee’s secondary was a weakness last year, and that continues to be the case. Farely slips in the draft due to his medical reviews, But he is an outstanding talent that coach Mike Vberal will not be able to pass up.
23. New York Jets: Azeez Ojulari, DE, Georgia
The Jets already selected their quarterback in Wilson at pick two. They could look to add a running back, but with an early pick in round two, I believe they will pass that position at this pick. Getting a productive pass rush has been an issue for the Jets in recent years. Azeez can help boost and make an impact with their strong interior line.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma
Pittsburgh needs to replace the retiring Maurkice Pouncey. Protecting Ben Roethlisberger became an issue late in the season and they have been known for having a big bad offensive line. Humphrey can come in on day one and be the starter for the next 10 years.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
The Jaguars already got Lawerence with their first pick. The safety corps must be addressed, too. Jacksonville’s poor defense needs help everywhere. Moehrig is a do it all safety, can play in the box or be a center fielder and roam in the secondary.
26. Cleveland Browns: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
The Browns are in unfamiliar territory making a deep run into the playoffs. they have a solid offense coming back, so it is now just plugging in the best player available at a need. Sheldon Richardson was cut, so the Browns may want to obtain a new defensive tackle.
27. Baltimore Ravens: Zaven Collins, OLB, Tulsa
The Ravens lost both Yannick Ngakoue and Matthew Judon this offseason, so I imagine they’ll be considering a pass rusher in the first couple of rounds. Collins could be the next great edge rusher for the Ravens, he has the skill set that they typically look for.
28. New Orleans Saints: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
The Saints are looking to find a corner since Janoris Jenkins departed. They’re playing in a division with the Buccaneers, Panthers, and Falcons.
29. Green Bay Packers: Alex Leatherwood, OL, Alabama
The Packers lost three starting offensive linemen this offseason, so replacements must be obtained. Leatherwood can play either tackle or guard and played in a pro-style offense at Alabama.
30. Chicago Bears: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
The Bears need to fix their offensive line. Selecting Mayfield will help them at their tackle position, with his raw skills he will probably start at right tackle but if develops right can swing over to the left side.
31. Baltimore Ravens: Terrece Marshall Jr, WR, LSU
All offseason the Ravens have been trying to add to the weapons for Lamar Jackson. After selecting Collins to solidify their pass rush, this opens the door for them to add Marshall. Marshall is a bigger target at 6’3″ and could be a nice complement for Marquise Brown.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jaelean Phillips, DE, Miami
With Tampa Bay bring back all 22 starters from the Super Bowl team there are not many needs. As seen in the Super Bowl, a pass rush can take even the best quarterback off his game. Adding Phillips to their rotation will help him develop.