2021 NFL Mock Draft Revision #14

January 27, 2021 2:00 AM EST

2021 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1

  • Simulated Trade! Vikings and Falcons cut deal
  • Veteran QB moves (Watson, Stafford, Prescott, Goff(?)) complicate draft picture
  • Offensive Tackles (5) return to RD1, 5 more in RD2
  • Next 2021 full mock draft Wednesday Feb 10 following the Super Bowl
  • Jan 18 - Trade Value Chart updated draft order following Conference Semi-Finals

Round 1 Picks 1- 16 (Below)

Forward to Round 1 Picks 17- 32

Forward to Round 2

Forward to Round 3

Forward to Round 4/5

Forward to Round 6/7

2021 NFL Draft Big Board

2021 NFL Draft Position Rankings




1 Jacksonville
Trevor Lawrence
Clemson
QB
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
220
Trevor Lawrence NFL Draft photo
Shad Khan is trying to assemble the perfect trifecta in Jacksonville!

His first step involved the hiring of legendary college coach, Urban Meyer, to be the team's new HC in early January. This wasn't a surprise to anyone, as it had been rumored for weeks prior. The next piece to Khan's trifecta involved the hiring of one-time 49ers' GM, Trent Baalke. Trent had also been rumored to be the front-runner for a while now, since he was brought in last year to serve as the interim GM. Reportedly, the decision to hire Baalke rested solely upon the shoulders of coach Meyer as Shad Khan wants the Jaguars to be a "head coach-run" organization.


As of now, all indicators are that this could merely be a 1-year trial run to see how things gel between the two power egos. Time will tell how long Trent will last, as his lease certainly isn't as long as Coach Meyer's. At the very least, they will be able to bond over their mutual hatred of Jim Harbaugh!

To complete the final piece to the trifecta, the Jaguars draft their franchise QB by selecting Trevor Lawrence, QB from Clemson University.

Simply put, Lawrence is the perfect QB prospect and has been since the moment he stepped on the field as a true freshman. At 6'6" 220+ pounds, Trevor has the build that NFL GMs covet. Lawrence has incredible arm talent and routinely makes throws from both inside and outside of the pocket, while being able to layer the ball over the head of linebackers right into the ever-waiting hands of his receivers. I've never seen a college QB stay so calm even as chaos swarmed around him. He has no problem trusting his protection and stepping up into the pocket to deliver downfield throws with timing and touch, while being pressured. Lawrence goes through his progressions with poise, and the offensive play-callers at Clemson completely trust him at the line of scrimmage to make checks and identify incoming blitzes. I want to highlight this play from Trevor's freshman year, where he rolls to his left and throws an absolute DART to Hunter Renfrow at the bottom-left corner of the end zone. Throws like this one are routine for Lawrence. You just can't teach that!

- Cody Lachney, DraftTek Senior Analyst
2 NY Jets
Penei Sewell
Oregon
OT
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
330
Penei Sewell NFL Draft photo
A lot has happened at MetLife since our last mock draft. Owner Woody Johnson retakes the reins of the organization from his brother Chris, after his 4-year sabbatical as Ambassador to the UK. But much happier news for Jet fans is the unveiling of former 49ers' DC, Robert Saleh as the new HC. Saleh arrives with a new team motto of "All Gas, No Brake", which will help endear him to fans from the get-go. The arrival of Mike LeFleur as OC has also brought an air of optimism that better days are ahead sooner rather than later.


With the vast majority of the new coaching staff now in place, we can start to assess how they may approach rebuilding the roster. The Jets have been linked to the unhappy Deshaun Watson in Houston, and while he would be a huge upgrade at QB, I feel this move could set the franchise back a few years. Between the trade cost of up to three RD1 picks and his unsustainable contract costs ($40M in 2022, $42M in 2023), it will be tough to assemble any type of competitive roster, particularly against teams with QB's on Rookie Contracts and paying less than $10m for their young guy. Teams are struggling to compete with these teams as is, and there is only a $20M difference in Cap expenditure at the moment. Stats over the last decade have shown that of the 20 QBs to play in the SB, only 5 QBs were paid in the Top-10 of that year. So basically, one QB who is paid in the Top-10 makes a SB every 2 years. When the difference goes beyond $30M, as teams with young QBs can afford to stack the roster with an additional $10M+ in talent, the gulf will only get bigger.

Perhaps I'm not the only one seeing this, as there seems to be a lot of talk of highly-talented and highly-paid QBs appearing to be moving to new teams. Maybe some GMs have seen the impending doom, and are looking to rid themselves of QB contracts that stop them from assembling a great roster. While the cap keeps increasing, the rookie pay scale remains basically the same. For me it increases the value of these picks, beyond that of the conventional Trade Value Charts. Finding the next Wilson, Mahomes, etc, etc, makes it virtually impossible for teams with expensive QBs to compete. While we are perfectly placed here to nab a great QB prospect, and in all likelihood, we will probably see an array of different QBs at this pick, over the next few CMDs, for now we will stick with nabbing the best player on the board.
3 Miami (Trade)
Ja'Marr Chase
LSU
WR
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
200
Ja'Marr Chase NFL Draft photo
I refuse to get tempted by DeShaun Watson, Matt Stafford, or Aaron Rodgers; Tua will be better than all of them put together. I believe Chris Grier and Brian Flores when they say that Tua is 'the guy', and I agree that he should, at least, be given the chance to show that he can be. Over half of the teams in the league are unsure who their QB will be in 2021, so let's stay out of that and build a championship-winning team around #1. Charlie Frye is the new QB coach and someone who knows the young Hawaiian well. Frye's appointment is another sign that a QB change is not imminent. With all that being said, Tua will not, and should not, get the 7 years given to Ryan Tannehill before we decided it wasn't working.


Before we can look forward, we have to spend just a moment looking back. Miami are getting a lot of plaudits for how they are rebuilding the team, but it's actually difficult to see. Of the 10 draftees in the 2020 class, none exceeded expectations in his rookie year. Of the 10 free-agent signings in 2020, only Emmanuel Ogbah has exceeded expectations so far. Most of the rookies will return in 2021 and, generally, have the potential to become above-average starters. Maybe I'm expecting too much, but the pressure is on Grier to hit on the four Top-50 picks he has in April or we're in danger, again, of plateauing as a mediocre team.

Ideally, the Dolphins should trade out of the #3 pick with a QB-needy team. It's always nice having extra draft capital, but eventually you have to hit with those picks. Moving down only a few spots would still mean that we can get an elite talent in a position of need. Miami does still have multiple needs on offense and defense. A lot of mocks will have the Phins taking DeVonta Smith to pair again with Tua, and I'd be fine with that. However, I still consider Ja'Marr Chase the better prospect. A year out of the game will not make the former LSU man a bad receiver. Chase, a healthy DeVante Parker, and Mike Gesicki could make up a receiving corps that would frighten a lot of Defensive Coordinators.

- David Payne, Dolphins Analyst

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4 Minnesota (SIM Trade)
Justin Fields
Ohio State
QB
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'3''
Weight:
228
Justin Fields NFL Draft photo
Simulated Trade! Vikings trade 2021 picks #14 and #109, and 2022 RD1 and RD5 picks to the Falcons for selection #4.

I am certain that many Vikings fans will disapprove of the trade up for a QB and possibly even Fields too. Why would the Vikings make this kind of move when Kirk Cousins just finished a season where he set career highs in yards per attempt, yards per completion, and touchdowns? He is generally ranked in the 5 to 15 range by several different metrics.


Surely, the Vikings could use more immediate help elsewhere, no? The answer is yes, they could.

But when drafting, the GM needs to look past just the next season. Drafted players get 4-year contracts and the higher-drafted players usually see at least a few, if not all, of those years. The GM needs to look at the contracts on the team and where he believes the money will be better spent in the next season, but also in two to four years down the line.

Kirk Cousins has a $31M cap hit in 2021 and a $45M cap hit in 2022. The 2022 cap hit will be very difficult to absorb. If they wanted to extend him for more years, the cost of that extension could become an issue as well as his age. Cousins will be 35 at the start of the 2023 season. Although Cousins is above average, the results are not translating to enough wins and playoff appearances. Ultimately, results must matter.

Looking ahead to the quarterbacks who may enter the 2022 Draft, there are not as many good-looking prospects as there are this year. You have Desmond Ridder, Spencer Rattler, Sam Howell, Kedon Slovis, Jayden Daniels, Tyler Shough, and maybe some others. If the Vikings wait, then they probably will have to find a QB in the 2023 draft and maybe that QB would have to start.

In this scenario, the Vikings take advantage of being in the #14 spot, moving up to get Fields who will sit behind Cousins and learn for at least one season. Aaron Rodgers sat for 3 years. Patrick Mahomes sat for a year. This move allows the Vikings to possibly trade Cousins next year as well. Even if they keep Cousins the next two years, they should have Fields ready to go in 2023. It provides better insurance in case Cousins gets hurt. So far, Cousins has proven to be an iron man, but how long can he beat the odds? If the current backups on the team have to play for a few games or more, then the season is over.

But this would not be about getting a better backup. It is about hopefully getting the Quarterback of the Future. It also conveys to the fans that the Vikings do NOT expect to be draft as high as #14 in the next year or two.

Justin Fields was 20-2 as a starter, was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2019, won two Big Ten titles, and made two College Football Playoff appearances. His stats at Ohio State: 396-of-579 (68.4 percent) passing for 5,373 yards, 63 TDs, and nine INTs. Fields also rushed for 867 yards and 15 TDs.

Fields has some concerns, but teams are more and more drafting for traits. The debate between traits vs. production seems to be leaning toward traits as recent QB draft classes take shape as professionals. One coach said, "When you are creating a QB in the lab in 2021, it looks really, really similar to Justin Fields."

The Vikings can shore up some other areas of need in the remainder of the draft plus a little in Free Agency. In the end, the NFL is a copycat league and the Vikings pounce on the chance of getting their QBOTF.

- Mark P, Vikings Analyst - DrafttekVikings@Gmail.com
5 Cincinnati
Patrick Surtain II
Alabama
CB
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
203
Patrick Surtain II NFL Draft photo
I maintain my position that the Cincinnati Bengals will not pick at #5 in April's NFL Draft. I believe this team will attempt to move up and snag Penei Sewell OR will trade DOWN with a team that needs a quarterback and will draft another offensive tackle, such as Christian Darrisaw or Rashawn Slater, later in the round. The Bengals' staff has made it no secret that the singular focus of this offseason is in protecting Joe Burrow, and I expect the team to do just that. However, barring a trade, there just isn't an OT with high enough value to be drafted in this slot.

Outside of OT, I am hearing the Bengals are truly looking for Best Player Available, as the team is not talent-rich at any particular position on the roster. CB Patrick Surtain II (yes, he's the son of the former NFL DB, and yes, you are old) has some athletic limitations, and won't be able to stick with quicker underneath routes, but he is a technician on the outside and fits what Defensive Coordinator Lou Anarumo would like to do --and hasn't had the corners necessary to do so; play physical man-to-man defense on the outside. The return of Trae Waynes should also help a defensive unit that might be the key to following the offenses' 2020 growth trajectory in 2021.

- Kennedy Paynter, Senior Draft Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)
6 Philadelphia
Zach Wilson
BYU
QB
Reach/Value:
-1
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
210
Zach Wilson NFL Draft photo
If you're an Eagle fan, you've probably spent the last couple of weeks reading about the 98 different head coach candidates the team was rumored to be hiring. Now, finally, the Eagles' coaching staff has mostly been formed. All eyes will now be on QB Carson Wentz, how the new coaching staff deals with him, what the front office does with him, etc. It will be fascinating how that whole dynamic plays out. Though less likely now than it was a few weeks ago, it's not out of the question than Wentz could still get traded. New coaches do like brand-new, sparkly QBs, and Wentz seems to want some guarantee that he'll be handed the starting job regardless of his horrible 2020 play. This will be one of the top storylines league-wide over the upcoming months.


So, in this CMD, we will explore the scenario where the Eagles do find a trade partner for Wentz, and a deal is worked out. If this happens, the chances of the Eagles targeting a QB in RD1 obviously skyrockets. I mentioned in the last CMD that I thought BYU's Zach Wilson wouldn't make it out of the Top 3 picks. I now feel strongly that Wilson will be the second pick of the Draft...either by the Jets, or by some team they trade with. Wilson may not have the pure cannon of a Justin Fields, however his "arm talent" is superior. He can throw at different levels, different angles or trajectories...he just has mastery over the football, and is one of the most creative throwers you'll see. With 3,700 Pass YDS, 33 TDs, and just 3 INTs, with 10 Rushing TDs and tape like THIS, Zach Wilson is the #1 pick in a whole lot of drafts that don't include guys like Andrew Luck or Trevor Lawrence.

- Broz, Eagles Analyst
7 Detroit
Trey Lance
North Dakota State
QB
Reach/Value:
-7
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
226
Trey Lance NFL Draft photo
It's official. Matthew Stafford's days in Detroit are numbered. For years we've speculated if the team would ever move on from their former 1st overall pick, and post-Quinntricia regime, that speculation got even more ramped up. Those days of speculation are over and Lions' fans can breathe a breath of fresh air. The winds of change are coming.

Now that the Lions have made it clear that Stafford is on the trading block, new GM Brad Holmes and Head Coach Dan Campbell will be judged by the assets they get in return. The first step was to see if they identified an aging QB on a, as they put it, "retooling" team, was important in judging their ability to know the status of the roster. The next step, is what they receive in return and pending the return for Stafford, what will they do with the #7 overall selection?

I truly believe it will be a QB at #7. As our analysts jockey QBs in the weeks to come, it will be more clear as to which QB teams ahead of Detroit will be keying in on. Whoever becomes available for Detroit, they can not afford to skip out on a QB at #7. The best available, at least in this simulation, Trey Lance, Kyle Trask and Mac Jones.

With their pick of the litter, Lance would provide the Lions with more versatility and while I understand that some would be skeptical of Lance as he comes from a smaller school in North Dakota State (Carson Wentz alma matter), Mac Jones and Kyle Trask would be the "safe" pick as they have the perceived pedigree. Lance would be someone to provide some jolt to the offense, and his ability to extend plays only allows added opportunities for the Lions young playmakers (Swift, Golladay, Hockenson) on offense to find a way to get open and move the chains. NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah wrote this scouting report on Lance and it's a very informative one on what kind of QB Detroit would get.

Again, no matter what QBs fall to Detroit, they will definitely have options. It's still a matter of what Detroit receives in return for Stafford that will help paint a more clear picture as to what the game plan will be.

Doug Hyde, Lions Analyst
8 Carolina
Micah Parsons
Penn State
ILB
Reach/Value:
+2
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
245
Micah Parsons NFL Draft photo
The Carolina Panthers are in quite a precarious position.

They are a representative of a team that is very in need of a QB, yet not necessarily in the best spot to get one. As seen in this week's DraftTek DRAFTSIM, the top 4 QB prospects are already off the board with Trey Lance going #7 to the Lions.

Another interesting tidbit to keep track of is that the Panthers' coaching staff are currently down in Mobile Alabama serving as coaches in this year's Reese's Senior Bowl. It is there they will have a first-hand look at a few different prospects, including National Championship-winning QB Mac Jones. An even more interesting tidbit is that the Panthers just hired Sean Ryan to be their new QB coach. Ryan has a history coaching both Deshaun Watson & Matthew Stafford, thus making the Panthers potential landing spots for both of the QBs looking to be on the move this off-season.


In this scenario, the Panthers choose to not reach and instead go BPA by drafting Penn State LB, Micah Parsons!

Parsons is a freak athlete at the Linebacker position. Micah has a knack for being the first player to explode through his gap and make a tackle for loss in the backfield. Parsons has active hands and is physical enough to shed blocks from opposing offensive linemen. Micah is an example of a tough valuation this year, particularly seeing as how he opted out this past football season. It would have been good to see him overcome some of his play-reading deficiencies. But as a pure LB prospect, he's too good to pass up at a desperate position of need for Carolina!

I invite everyone to check out the new Panthers Team Page, where you can view the entire draft roster for the Carolina Panthers on one page without clicking through all the rounds! Don't forget to check out the C3 Carolina Cat Chronicles podcast Tuesday nights at 9 PM to hear us discuss all the latest in Panther Nation!

- Cody Lachney, Panthers Analyst

9 Denver
Caleb Farley
Virginia Tech
CB
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
197
Caleb Farley NFL Draft photo
I've been dedicated to finding Denver help on the defensive side with this pick, and if Farley gets to nine, you have to think he'd be the Broncos' guy. The former Hokie is a tall, long-armed corner that will give wide receivers fits with his ability to disrupt them in the route. He's also got terrific make-up speed and flips his hips well for a bigger corner. Despite opting out, many will value Farley as one of the best defenders in this class, and he'd be an excellent addition for Vic Fangio's defense.

While the Broncos held opposing quarterbacks to a respectable 92.1 passer rating in 2020, only Michael Ojemudia and Essang Bassey are signed past 2021 at the cornerback position. Farley gives them a young piece to build around in that secondary, and has the kind of ball skills that can thrive with the pressure Denver puts on the opposing quarterback. I'm a big fan of Penn State's Micah Parsons, and if he is available, I have to say he'd be their top choice. If not, I can't imagine they'd covet any other defender over Farley.

~ Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst
10 Dallas
Jaycee Horn
South Carolina
CB
Reach/Value:
-6
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
200
Jaycee Horn NFL Draft photo
The Cowboys are desperate for help on all three levels of their defense, and while I think new Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn would prefer a bigger corner like Farley with this pick, Horn would start from Day One in the secondary. Horn is the best athlete of the three corners that sit atop our Big Board. The son of former All-Pro receiver, Joe Horn, Jaycee is the same fiery competitor as his father was in New Orleans. He has the quick-twitch athleticism to blanket opposing receivers, and if you need proof, check out his performance against Auburn this past fall.


This secondary struggled for most of the 2020 campaign, and on top of that, Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Xavier Woods are all hitting Free Agency. I'd target Farley over Horn because of his size, but Quinn has adapted his scheme around the talent he has in the past, and I don't expect him to hold tight to his preference for big corners the way Kris Richard did.

~ Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst
11 NY Giants
DeVonta Smith
Alabama
WR
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
175
DeVonta Smith NFL Draft photo
No one can deny DeVonta Smith's dominating accomplishments over the past season, and the way he makes RD1 CBs look like Rich Eisen running the 40. Derek Stingley's NFL Passer Rating Against was 97.0 while primarily matching up against Smith. Georgia's Tyson Campbell a not-even-there 146.8 PR. So, what to make of Smith's Senior Bowl weigh-in (or lack thereof)? And what can you make of the 2020 rookie year performances of fellow Alabama "four-horsemen" Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs, whose stats were not exactly apocalyptic, but didn't match up to fellow rookie WRs who were drafted later? To wit - The RD1 draft class from 2020:
  1. Justin Jefferson (MIN pick 22) - 88 catches (121 targets) 1400 yards. 7 TD, 15.9 ypc
  2. CeeDee Lamb (DAL pick 17) - 74 catches (109 targets) 935 yards, 5 TD, 12.6 ypc
  3. Brandon Aiyuk (SF pick 25) - 60 catches (93 targets) 748 yards, 5 TDs, 12.5 ypc
  4. Jerry Jeudy (DEN pick 15) - 52 catches (110 targets) 856 yards, 3 TD, 16.5 ypc
  5. Henry Ruggs (LV pick 12) - 26 catches (43 targets) 452 yards 17.4 ypc
Throw in the Day 2 and 3 WRs who also outperformed Jeudy and Ruggs (Laviska Shenault, Tee Higgins, Darnell Mooney, Chase Claypool) and the whispering starts: "what if the WR success at Alabama is, in-part, result of the talent around them, the QB, the OL, the sheer multitude of talent at WR??".

Reader poll: Given who is available in this mock draft, who should the Giants pick here at #11?



12 San Francisco
Kyle Pitts
Florida
TE
Reach/Value:
+2
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
239
Kyle Pitts NFL Draft photo
Obviously, the 49ers already have one of the league's top TEs, but Florida's Kyle Pitts is less TE and more defensive coordinator's nightmare come to life. Listed at 6'6 and 240 lbs Pitts has the speed, ball skills and body control of a smaller receiver, while still being able to hold his own as an in-line blocker. After watching their pass-catching corps decimated by injuries the Niners, could definitely use another high-end target. And even if Kittle, Samuel and Aiyuk all play 16 games in 2021, the looming losses of TE2 Jordan Reed and WR3 Kendrick Bourne ensure there will be plenty of targets available for Pitts.


The Niners have been chasing a 'big slot' receiver the past couple years; drafting Jalen Hurd in RD3 of the 2019 Draft and Jauan Jennings in RD7. Hurd has shown promise but seen his first two seasons wiped out by injury; while Jennings was signed to the practice squad before landing on IR himself. Pitts has the potential to finally fill that role and with him on the field; alongside Kittle, Samuel and Aiyuk (not to mention RB Raheem Mostert) the Niners would have enough firepower to render the QB question almost moot. A lot can change between now and draft day, but as it stands Pitts is simply too good to pass up.

-Brett Clancy, 49ers Analyst
13 LA Chargers
Gregory Rousseau
Miami (FL)
EDGE
Reach/Value:
-2
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
260
Gregory Rousseau NFL Draft photo
After winning arguably the plum job among a half-dozen head-coaching vacancies around the league, wunderkind Head Coach Brandon Staley will bring his intellect to bear, turning around a Chargers team that struggled to finish out games in 2020. I mean really struggled, as in blew leads of 16 or more points in four straight games struggled. Clearly, the D-Line's inability to generate a pass rush was a contributing factor in all those meltdowns. The Chargers were eighth-worst in the league in sacks (27) and 12th-worst in hurries (136). The Rams, where Staley gained his fame, led the league with 53 sacks.


Melvin Ingram had a good run as bookend to Joey Bosa, but age and injuries caught up to him over the past two seasons. If he is retained, it will likely be on a short-term deal with lower expectations. Clearly, a new alpha end is required.

Miami's Gregory Rousseau is the top pure edge rusher in this year's class. He put up 15.5 sacks and rivaled Chase Young for supremacy as a redshirt freshman in 2019, then opted out of this year's COVID-hampered action. At 6-7 and 265, he's got the length, the speed, and the twitch to create matchup nightmares for opponents and flexibility for his coaches to create pressure without blitzing. The lack of 2020 game film is an issue, but Rousseau's blue-chip credentials are real. Offensive Line and Wide Receiver are other areas the Chargers could target to jumpstart the Justin Herbert era in Year Two.

- Jud Branam, Chargers Analyst
14 Atlanta (SIM Trade)
Kwity Paye
Michigan
DL5T
Reach/Value:
-4
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
277
Kwity Paye NFL Draft photo
Simulated Trade Vikings trade 2021 picks #14 and #109, and 2022 RD1 and RD5 picks to the Falcons for selection #4.

The new Falcons' regime is in place, with Arthur Blank hiring Arthur Smith. The hiring of 71-year-old Dean Pees to run the defense suggests that Smith and new GM Terry Fontenot are not looking for an extensive rebuild, but wish to return Atlanta to relevance immediately. Trading down from the 4th pick helps accomplish both quick returns and long-term options, especially in the Age of COVID. You have to nail a 4th-overall pick, and given the restrictions on pre-draft workouts and the lack of a Combine, the chances of whiffing on that premium pick increase. By adding a first-rounder next year, Smith and Fontenot get a chance to see what the existing Falcons actually have on their roster and a normal draft season in 2022 with two first round picks.

Adding Kwity Paye brings a hand-in-the-dirt pass rusher to pair with Grady Jarrett and perhaps finally bring some sacks from the outside. If Gregory Rousseau drops one more slot, he would be a savory option here, too. While the Falcons' pass rush is not necessarily as bad as its sack total, they have precious few EDGE players under contract for next season.

The added pick in the 4th allows Atlanta to develop a 3-4 rush LB in Jabril Cox, who has the length that current linebackers Deion Jones and Foye Oluokun lack. Ultimately, the merits of this trade won't be known until the 2022 Draft, but this allows Atlanta to begin to solve its defensive front seven problem and accumulate draft capital for next year when they can make a better estimation of their needs and the talent matriculating from the college ranks.
15 New England
Christian Barmore
Alabama
DL3T
Reach/Value:
-6
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
310
Christian Barmore NFL Draft photo
The New England Patriots are watching Tom Brady go to the Super Bowl yet again, but this time for a new team. Now, the Patriots are looking to start a rebuild and hopefully get back to what they used to be. The defense took a step back, but it wasn't as surprising since they had multiple key players opt out due to COVID-19 concerns. A problem throughout the season was along the defensive line. New England ranked 27th in the league with only 1.5 sacks per game and ranked 26th in the league by allowing 131.4 rushing yards per game.

The problem will continue to get worse with DT's Lawerence Guy, Adam Butler, and Carl Davis all set to be free agents this year.

Christian Barmore was a huge part in why Alabama won their National Championship and had a great game against Ohio State. In 2019 Barmore totaled 26 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, 2 passes broken up and 5 QB hurries. In 2020 he kept improving those numbers by totaling 37 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks, 3 passes broken up, 6 QB hurries, and 3 forced fumbles. He is a disruptive force in the middle of the defensive line and New England will have a great young replacement for the losses at the position for next year.

- Jack Hott, Patriots Analyst

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16 Arizona
Patrick Jones II
Pitt
EDGE
Reach/Value:
-16
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
260
Patrick Jones II NFL Draft photo
In less than two weeks, Tom Brady will be going to his 10th Super Bowl - his first with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - since he was drafted in 2000. In that same span, the Arizona Cardinals have made the playoffs just four times. Not terrible, but with the talent that has come through, like a certain Hall of Fame wide receiver whose career is likely coming to an end, it certainly could've been better. Now, the Cardinals are again watching the last game of the season from the couch while they readjust the coaching staff after another season of underachieving. Again, the talent is prevalent on the roster, but it's just a matter of fitting the final pieces into place.


The piece here is Patrick Jones II in this mock draft, and he is a good one. An excellent power rusher to push the pocket from the edge and get into the backfield with impressive consistency. Jones racked up 17.5 sacks in his last two years with Pitt, and showed good explosiveness and a motor that coaches dream of. Jones II leans more toward a 4-3 DE, so modifying his game into Arizona's 3-4 base scheme will likely present a challenge. But his athleticism and on-field IQ should be enough to fill in nicely next to Chandler Jones, who is expected to return for next season after missing most of the 2020 season with a right bicep injury. Jones II also comes in just in time as the Cardinals will see last season's sack leaders Hassan Reddick and Dennis Gardeck both walk into Free Agency (Gardeck as a restricted free agent), along with Markus Golden and De'Vondre Campbell.

The Cardinals could have also gone CB or IOL here. Starting corners Patrick Peterson and Dre Kirkpatrick both see their contracts end this offseason, and General Manager Steve Keim has some hard decisions ahead of him on what holes to fill with limited cap space. And with the Combine now essentially canceled in favor of individual Pro Days, the job becomes even more challenging. Gauging the draft class from a distance is a tough ask for any GM, especially for one trying to squeeze his team into the bubble of contention for next season. Patience is still needed, but the right decisions must be made as Keim enters maybe his most crucial offseason with the organization.

Check out our Team Page that shows the entire roster of Cardinals picks centralized in one place.

- Dylan Rudolph, Cardinals Analyst

Twitter: @dyrudolph

Jacksonville gets LA Rams RD1 pick (Jalen Ramsey trade)

Miami gets Houston RD1 pick (Laremy Tunsil trade)

NY Jets gets Seattle RD1 pick (Jamal Adams trade)

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O/A Rank Big 10 Conference
Top-30 Players
Psn
4 Justin Fields
Ohio State
QB
6 Micah Parsons
Penn State
ILB
13 Rondale Moore
Purdue
WRS
18 Kwity Paye
Michigan
DL5T
19 Wyatt Davis
Ohio State
OG
22 Rashod Bateman
Minnesota
WR
26 Daviyon Nixon
Iowa
DL3T
33 Rashawn Slater
Northwestern
OT
52 Pat Freiermuth
Penn State
TE
53 Shaun Wade
Ohio State
CB
55 Jalen Mayfield
Michigan
OT
62 Shakur Brown
Michigan State
CB
63 Josh Myers
Ohio State
OC
65 Jayson Oweh
Penn State
EDGE
78 Cameron McGrone
Michigan
OLB
82 Trey Sermon
Ohio State
RB
88 Greg Newsome II
Northwestern
CB
96 Daniel Faalele
Minnesota
OT
102 Baron Browning
Ohio State
ILB
105 Shaka Toney
Penn State
EDGE
111 Nico Collins
Michigan
WR
121 Pete Werner
Ohio State
ILB
125 Ihmir Smith-Marsette
Iowa
WR
135 Alaric Jackson
Iowa
OT
143 Ambry Thomas
Michigan
CB
152 Paddy Fisher
Northwestern
ILB
156 Tommy Togiai
Ohio State
DL3T
167 Master Teague
Ohio State
RB
173 Cole Van Lanen
Wisconsin
OT
177 Rachad Wildgoose
Wisconsin
CB
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