We are going to be doing a series of mock drafts where I and three other members of the Border Fuel Sports team go through and act as GM for certain teams.
For this mock draft, Donovan Kazmouski had the first pick, then Caleb James, Tayyib Abu, and myself, Justin Dueppengiesser, finished it off. We then just started the process over until the draft was finished. So, Pick 1-Caleb, pick 2-Justin, pick 3-Donovan, pick 4-Tayyib, pick 5-Caleb, pick 6- Justin, and so on and so on.
Each writer gave a brief description of the player and how they fit with the franchise.
1) Jacksonville Jaguars- Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Lawrence is the clear-cut pick here for Jacksonville, and with Urban Meyer taking over for the Lawrence will give him his best shot at rebuilding the franchise. Tall, athletic, and a cannon arm, Lawrence is the best quarterback prospect ever. His pocket mobility will be needed early in his career, but his dynamic play-making ability will make him a star in the NFL.
2) New York Jets- Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
The debate at number two for the Jets is two fold. Do you forgo QB and build around Darnold and if not, which QB do you take? Wilson or Justin Fields? Well in this case, Wilson is the answer. The more you watch Wilson the more enticing he becomes. He is an almost Johnny Manziel like playmaker. His ability to make a variety of throws from in and outside the pocket and from a variety of different arm angles is perfect for today’s NFL. He is a very tough prospect to pass up if you are a new head coach.
3) Miami Dolphins- Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
Penei Sewell could be the best offensive line prospect in several years. The big Oregon man owns all the tools required to be successful in the NFL. The 20-year-old is a former All American and a former first-team All Pac 12 player. At such a young age, Sewell’s demonstrated a fantastic ability to play in the trenches. His footwork is impressive, while his hand skills are elite. He will only improve once he steps into the NFL.
Sewell is a superb fit for the Dolphins due to them playing Tua Tagovailoa; the former Alabama quarterback needs protecting, Sewell this offensive line will become stable. That bodes well for Tagovailoa. Miami must build around their quarterback. That starts in the trenches. They shouldn’t over-complicate this pick. Take the best player available that is Sewell. Take the franchise tackle that can protect the franchise quarterback.
Feb 18th- Sewell is still the best player in this draft who isn’t Lawrence or Smith. For a team like Miami, they are going to want to protect Tua at all costs so he can stay healthy. If they take Sewell at #3, they can still put even more pieces around Tua later in the draft. This pick still seems like a no brainer.
4) Atlanta Falcons- Justin Fields, QB, Ohio St.
The Falcons know that Matt Ryan is not the franchise’s future; new GM Terry Fontenot must find the next quarterback. Justin Fields is the man that can take the reins in Atlanta. The Ohio State passer is supremely talented, and he can use his arms and legs to devastating effect. Fields’ performance against Clemson was one for the ages. He dissected the Tigers defense as he led Ohio to the national championship. New head coach Arthur Smith can let Fields develop on the sidelines as Ryan plays out 2021. Then, when the time is right, Smith can insert Fields into an offense ready for the Georgia native’s talents. The future is now in Atlanta.
5) Cincinnati Bengals- Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
The Bengals need to find a way to keep Joe Burrow healthy and they can start by drafting Rashawn Slater to protect his blind side. Slater is slightly undersized for a traditional left tackle but he makes up for it with quickness and a very strong core. His drive and catch is smooth and fluid, but it’s his upper body that make special. Strong grip and a power punch help him to disarm defenders and win blocks against edge rushers.
6) Philadelphia Eagles- Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
The Eagles dealt Carson Wentz to Indianapolis and that leaves Jalen Hurts as the main signal caller in Philly. The WR position for Philadelphia for the past few years, has been very unstable, to put it kindly. Chase is a complete stud with a rare combination of size and speed. He would be the immediate number one with the Eagles and a great target for Hurts in his second year. This would also allow Jalen Raegor, who they drafted last year, to be the number two, which it seems he is better suited for.
7) Detroit Lions-Micah Parsons, LB. Penn State
The Lions need to address almost every part of the defense this offseason. Parsons has both the speed and athleticism to help improve this Lions defense, that was virtually at the bottom of the league last year. They also failed to stop the run at any point last year and with such an athletic beast at the linebacker position available to them, this would certainly help in that department.
8) Carolina Panthers- Trey Lance, QB, NDSU
Like Matt Ryan, Teddy Bridgewater isn’t the future for the Panthers. Carolina needs a quarterback. With Fields, Wilson and Lawrence off the board, Lance is the best available for Carolina. The North Dakota player is a dual-threat quarterback with a booming arm. Offensive coordinator Joe Brady is one of the fastest rising stars in the coaching world. As he did in 2019 with Joe Burrow, Brady can do the same for Lance. Carolina drafting Lance gives them two x-factor players in the backfield. That is a crucial building block for the franchise.
9) Denver Broncos- Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama
Denver needs to try to surround Drew Lock with talent, and Devante Smith has the most talent of any player in the draft. The Heisman trophy winner electrified college football in 2020 with explosive plays, but he has all the tools to be able to run every route. His hands are soft, and he is a total game-changer when he gets the ball in his hands.
10) Dallas Cowboys- Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virgina Tech
The Cowboys offensive line struggled mightily last season and is in need of some rebuilding. Darrisaw is a player who will be able to step in at left tackle and start right away for them. He has great length and athletic ability and improved every single year as a starter with the Hokies.
11) New York Giants- Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami
The Giants are definitely in need of an edge rusher or anyone who can get to the QB in general. This would help the defense to avoid double teams and to put their struggling offense in a good position. If a receiver is here at 1, the Giants may not pass on them, but if Rousseau is available to them, they should go for it.
12) San Francisco 49ers- Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Before getting hurt, Jaylen Waddle might’ve been the Heisman Trophy favorite. As it was, that honor would go to his teammate Devonta Smith. However, Waddle was Alabama’s number one before the injury. Waddle is the prototype wideout; he’s big, fast and physical. At San Francisco, Waddle would work with Kyle Shanahan. The head coach was the coordinator in Atalanta when Julio Jones played dominant football. Shanahan can develop Waddle to a similar standard; the Alabama pass-catcher owns all the tool. He just needs a good landing spot. A place with Shanahan and Jimmy Garropollo is perfect.
13) Los Angeles Chargers- Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
Farley is the perfect package for a cornerback prospect in the NFL, and the Chargers will look to keep building their defense to slow down the high flying offenses of the AFC West. Farleys ability to track the ball and win one on one routes make him a day one NFL starter, and his man coverage skills are borderline elite. He has the perfect size to compete with big wide receivers, and the quickness to blanket speed threats.
14) Minnesota Vikings- Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL, USC
Vikings need help along the offensive line and Vera-Tucker is someone who can play either Guard or Tackle in the NFL. Vera-Tucker, started at left tackle for the Trojans, but may be best suited to play guard in the NFL. He is supremely athletic, however, and that does allow the option to play either of the positions. He is an ideal fit for the zone run scheme that the Vikings are known for.
15) New England Patriots– Mac Jones QB, Alabama
While the verdict isn’t out yet on Jones, he still put together one of the greatest college seasons we’ve seen in a long time. The Patriots need an answer at QB more than any team in the league. While Jones may not be the immediate answer for next year, what better place to develop a young talent than New England with the greatest coach of all time.
16) Arizona Cardinals- Patrick Surtain III, CB, Alabama
Patrick Peterson is moving on from the Cardinals. Arizona’s defense needs help, and they can replace him by selecting Patrick Surtain. The Florida-born player is a national champion at the age of 20. Surtain is a speedy, rangy cornerback with reasonable anticipation. His father played in the NFL; the pedigree is there with Surtain JR. Arizona drafted Isaiah Simmons last year as a linebacker. With Surtain joining him, the Cardinals defense would possess two franchise cornerstones on defense. As the Super Bowl demonstrated, defense still wins championships. The Cards finished 10th in passing yardage surrendered; with Surtain, they could jump up.
17) Las Vegas Raiders-Jeremia Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
The Raiders defense was a mess in 2020 and they need to find a cornerstone to build off of on defense. Owusu-Kormoah has the explosive play making ability to be the difference maker that they need on defense. He is a do everything type backer, but his ability to cover passes in the AFC West will be highly utilized. He also can be used in a variety of blitzes and is a good physical player around the line of scrimmage.
18) Miami Dolphins- Kadarius Toney, WR, FL
The Dolphins need to continue to build around Tua Tago at QB and Toney provides them with a versatile weapon to do just that. Toney is an absolute wizard with the ball in his hands. Whether it was a screen, jet sweep or reverse, Toney was able to score from all over the field. He is a great chess piece to have in any offense and especially in one where the QB doesn’t push the ball down the field as much.
19) Washington Football Team- Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
If Pitts manages to make it to #19 it would be an absolute steal for Washington. He is one of the most dynamic tight end we have seen in a while. Pitts can catch and block and would be adding to an already very talented skill position room in Washington. He could cause trouble for opposing defenses for years to come, especially in the NFC East.
20) Chicago Bears- Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
Allen Robinson looks set to depart the Chicago Bears. With quarterbacks already off the board, the Bears must address the wideout position in the draft. Bateman is a smooth route runner with excellent catching skills. He is specifically very good at in-breaking routes in the middle of the field. Chicago’s next quarterback needs a reliable number one target; Bateman can become that in the Windy City. He plays similarly to Kenny Golladay. Bateman is a great pick for Chicago.
21) Colts- Jalen Mayfield, Offensive Tackle, Michigan
The Colts must keep Caron Wentz protected at all costs, while at the same time still being able to effectively run the football and Mayfield can help them immediately by stepping in at left tackle. He is a big physical mauler and fits the Colts profiel well for an offensive linemen and will do well in their power run game as well as the play action game they will use with Wentz. Mayfield has a chance to be a special player in the NFL.
22) Tennessee Titans- Jaelen Phillips, EDGE, Miami (Florida)
Phillips’ teammate Rousseau may be getting more the spotlight, but he is a tremendous player in his own right. The Titans are in desperate need of athletic edge rushers and Phillips is exactly that. He has great length, athleticism and burst. He plays the run and the pass equally well. This is an instant upgrade for the Titans on the edge.
23) New York Jets– Ronnie Perkins, EDGE, Oklahoma
The Jets got smoked on almost every asset of the game last year. They could use a good and athletic edge rusher that can get to the QB on a consistent basis. Since they are most likely going with an offensive player with the #2 pick, they should go on defense later in the round.
24) Pittsburgh Steelers- Zaven Collens, LB, Tulsa
Zaven Collins is a defensive star. The big Oklahoman is a versatile fit for any team. With Bud Dupree, a free agent, the mighty Collins should be a smart replacement. Collins plays well in pass coverage, run defense and generating pressure. Pairing Collins with Devin Bush fortifies an almighty defense in the Steel City. Pittsburgh’s defense will form the foundation in 2021. Collins’ 2020 numbers were absurd as he tackled, sacked, and intercepted his way to a fantastic season.
25) Jacksonville Jaguars- Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State
With Jacksonville drafting Lawrence surrounding him with pass catchers will be the Jaguars next priority, and Freiemuth looks to be a potential impact maker catching the ball. A versatile receiving tight end he will be a good security blanket for a young Lawrence to throw the ball too, and has some juice after the catch. Freiermuth has the potential to become a one thousand yard receiving tight end.
26) Cleveland Browns- Terrance Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
Rashard Higgins is a free agent, Odell Beckham Jr. is coming off injury and the Browns are left really only with Jarvis Landry. Baker Mayfield took a step forward this year and if they want him to continue to do so they will continue to build around him. Marshall is another big, athletic playmaker out of LSU who will fit perfectly in the Browns offense. He had great production at LSU despite playing with guys like Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson.
27) Baltimore Ravens- Trevon Moehrig. S, TCU
The Ravens are clearly a strong defensive unit, but that does not mean they couldn’t improve. Moehrig is a talented player at the safety position and after losing Earl Thomas over a year ago, the Ravens have yet to find an immediate replacement for him, this could be it. He could also learn some skills from veteran Marcus Peters. He fits the Ravens culture as a young, tough player on the defensive side of the ball.
28) New Orleans Saints- Richie Grant, S, UCF
Richie Grant shone at the Senior Bowl. The safety rocketed up draft boards as he displayed some great traits. Grant is a strong playmaker who attacks the ball. If Marcus Williams signs elsewhere in free agency, Grant is an ideal replacement. There are some rough edges to his play; tackling and pursuit are his weaknesses. Nonetheless, he is a man for the big, game-changing play. That is something New Orleans desires from its defenders.
29) Green Bay Packers- Christain Baramore, DT, Alabama
Baramore will provide an additional pass rusher from the interior for Green Bay, and with his raw power and quickness he can be a force. He has a massive frame and will create mismatches against offensive linemen, and will counter his power well with his arm over moves as well as the occasional swim move. He still has room to grow as a player, but his physical traits will allow him to be molded into a stand out defensive tackle.
30) Buffalo Bills- Dillon Radunz, OT, NDSU
Radunz started at left tackle for the Bison, but has the ability to play either side in the NFL. He has solid athleticism and could be a solid piece along the Bills front for years to come. Buffalo made a major leap this past year, but still can improve, especially in the run blocking department. Throwing early and often this past year was their game plan and it was effective, for the most part. There are times when they do need to take the pressure off quarterback Josh Allen, however. Improving the run blocking would help.
31) Kansas City Chiefs-Landon Dickerson. C, Alabama
Even though Dickerson has not played in over a year, he may be the best interior O lineman in this entire draft. The Chiefs have a good line but at times struggle to stay 100% healthy. This may be the same with Dickerson but he is certainly worth the risk, with a great O line, this team will be extremely hard to beat.
32) Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
Nick Bolton is a wonderful MIKE linebacker. He is a three-down player with great instincts with top leadership skills. Bolton got thrown into the deep end as a rookie at Missouri. That bodes well for the step up to the NFL. If Lavonte David doesn’t return, Bolton can slot in alongside Devin White. That is a powerful duo for the reigning champs.