2021 NFL Mock Draft Revision #24

April 21, 2021 2:00 AM EST

2021 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1 (4 Trades!)

  • Trade-A-Palooza! 4 Trades
    • Sim Trade 1 JAX-ATL: Jags move up to #4
    • Sim Trade 2: NE-DAL: Pats get their QB at #10
    • Sim Trade 3: CHI-LAC: Bears grab QB5 at #13
    • Sim Trade 4: KC-WAS: Chiefs move up to #19 for key piece
  • (April 5) Trade Value Chart most recent update
  • Next 2021 mock draft Wednesday April 21

  • 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

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    1 Jacksonville
    Trevor Lawrence
    Clemson
    QB
    Reach/Value:
    +0
    Height:
    6'6"
    Weight:
    220
    Trevor Lawrence NFL Draft photo
    Last week, I reported that Jaguars fans were so excited to welcome Trevor Lawrence to Jacksonville that they were already sending him and his fiance engagement gifts.


    In a wonderfully optimistic turn of events, Trevor Lawrence and his wife Marissa decided to return the favor by donating 20K to charities in Jacksonville and would go on to tweet, "we hope to be a part of your community soon!" That's just the kind of guy Trevor is --a genuine human being who would rather cut the ceremonial niceties than pretend he doesn't know he will be a Jacksonville Jaguar.

    In an interview with Michael Rosenberg of Sports Illustrated, Trevor Lawrence was quoted as saying, "I want to do it (play football) because I want to be the best I can be. I want to maximize my potential. Who wouldn't want to? You kind of waste it if you don't."

    Fortunately for Jacksonville Jaguars fans, Trevor gets to maximize his potential in DUUUVAL County!!!

    - Cody Lachney, DraftTek Senior Analyst
    2 NY Jets
    Zach Wilson
    BYU
    QB
    Reach/Value:
    -2
    Height:
    6'3''
    Weight:
    210
    Zach Wilson NFL Draft photo
    Jets' legendary QB Joe Namath appears all-in on Zach Wilson. Namath appears certain the Jets will take Wilson, and will roll out the red carpet in support on the Jets' newest QB. Namath also said Alabama QB Mac Jones was the next Tom Brady and he was certain former Jets' QB Sam Darnold, now at Carolina, will be around the league for another 15 years, perhaps we should take what he says with a pinch of salt. Even discounting Broadway Joe, all signs point to Wilson as the pick here.


    The Jets were well-represented at his Pro Day, and Wilson put on a clinic for those in attendance. His stock soared after his on-field displays in his final year at BYU, but continued on a steady upward trajectory throughout the draft process to make him a lock here. Unless they have some medical concerns, or some late skeletons fall out of the closet, headbands will be all the rage when Jet fans eventually return to MetLife.
    3 San Francisco (Trade)
    Justin Fields
    Ohio State
    QB
    Reach/Value:
    -3
    Height:
    6'3''
    Weight:
    228
    Justin Fields NFL Draft photo
    As the draft draws closer and the rumor mill continues to churn, the 49ers are keeping their lips sealed tight on who they favor with the third-overall pick. NDSU QB Trey Lance ran what was essentially an open private workout for his second Pro Day, keeping him firmly in play along with Justin Fields and Mac Jones.

    In order to prepare some Shanahan-specific play calls, Lance worked with former NFL QB John Beck at the 49ers' request. If we take this to mean the 49ers value Beck's opinion and knowledge of their playbook, it bears mentioning that Beck has been working with Justin Fields for months. In that time, Beck has spoken glowingly of Fields, and called him the 2nd-best QB in the draft.

    Ultimately, it's Shanahan and Niners, not Beck, making the pick, but Fields' ability to execute inside and outside of the pocket along with this potential head start on the playbook could make him the easy choice come April 29th.

    - Brett Clancy, 49ers Analyst
    4 Jacksonville (SIM Trade)
    Penei Sewell
    Oregon
    OT
    Reach/Value:
    +2
    Height:
    6'5"
    Weight:
    331
    Penei Sewell NFL Draft photo
    Simulated Trade: Jaguars trade #25, #33 and #65 to Falcons in exchange for #4.

    When discussing politics, you are often left dumbfounded at how the other side obstinately refuses to see the problems that are staring them in the face as plain as day. The same lack of common sense is pervading Jaguar mock drafts. The latest mock draft roundup from our friends at EDSFootball show everything but Offensive Tackle!


    Let's recap: On the left side is Cam Robinson. He's ranked 42nd of 52 starting OTs (with >500 snaps) by ProFootballFocus.com. HC Urban Meyer had no choice but to bring Robinson back on a franchise tag, where he'll be compensated at top-5 salary. Oh, and he's a free agent again next year. On the right side is Jawaan Taylor. Taylor ranks 48th (of the 52) and led the NFL in total pressures allowed with 58.

    Trevor Lawrence is the highest-graded QB talent since Andrew Luck, and must be protected at all costs. The Jags have the draft capital. Go and get the best tackle you can; it's as simple as that! If the team is unable to swing a deal and must stay at #25, make the pick Teven Jenkins, Sam Cosmi, Jalen Mayfield or Liam Eichenberg. In fact, get another one later on: James Hudson, Brady Christensen, or Spencer Brown will work. T-Law and Jags' fans will thank you.
    5 Cincinnati
    Kyle Pitts
    Florida
    TE
    Reach/Value:
    +0
    Height:
    6'5"
    Weight:
    239
    Kyle Pitts NFL Draft photo
    In my estimation, the Bengals MUST emerge from the top two rounds with a pass catcher and an offensive tackle. I am convinced that the franchise will take Penei Sewell if he is available, as a clean pocket is required to get the ball downfield to a receiver, but Sewell is gone here. Now comes the decision between TE Kyle Pitts and WR Ja'Marr Chase. Chase plays a more important position, but two factors make Pitts the better selection: first, he's flat-out the better prospect, and second, there is a plethora of WRs available in the second and third rounds when compared to the dearth of talent at TE after Pitts.

    The Bengals could easily grab Pitts, a starting OT, and a dynamic WR in RD3. Pitts would be a fantastic addition to a team that already boasts two strong targets at WR and a dynamic back. As long as Cincy can nab a starting OT in the second round, this pick is a home run.

    - Kennedy Paynter, Senior Draft Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)
    6 Miami (Trade)
    Ja'Marr Chase
    LSU
    WR
    Reach/Value:
    +3
    Height:
    6'1"
    Weight:
    200
    Ja'Marr Chase NFL Draft photo
    Miami's 25.2 points per game last year was a 6.1 points per game increase on 2019's offering. However, there were times when the offense looked anemic (...and, before you say it, not just when Tua was at the helm). The Dolphins failed to score more than 29 points in a single game after Week 9. In 2021, when vaccinations are at the forefront of our minds, the Fins' offense still needs a critical shot in the arm.

    I don't believe the Fins traded back up to #6 with a specific player in mind. I think Chris Grier will be happy selecting whichever non-QB falls into his lap. Grier could throw a curveball, and target Rashawn Slater or Jaylen Waddle, but Ja'Marr Chase is the clearest slam-dunk prospect for me. Chase could be the best receiving draft prospect in, at least, the last 5 years.

    What do you think?



    - David Payne, Dolphins Analyst

    Please visit our Dolphins Team Page where you can see all the team's picks in the 7-round mock and more. Please also visit our Facebook Page for additional content.
    7 Detroit
    DeVonta Smith
    Alabama
    WR
    Reach/Value:
    -2
    Height:
    6'1"
    Weight:
    175
    DeVonta Smith NFL Draft photo
    We've been locked into Wide Receiver for several weeks. There's lots of chatter that the Lions need to go elsewhere, such as Quarterback, Linebacker, or even Offensive Line. I just don't see how GM Brad Holmes doesn't give Goff another legitimate weapon in this "retool".


    We know that Holmes was a big part in Goff being drafted by Los Angeles, but what we don't know was if Goff was a "throw-in" to complete the trade for Stafford, or if Holmes felt he was an integral part of the deal. Either way, Goff's weapons on the active roster include: D'Andre Swift, Jamaal Williams, T.J. Hockenson, Breshad Perriman, and Tyrell Williams. No disrespect, but Detroit needs a little more juice than that.

    The option of trading back to acquire more picks and focus on rebuilding the defense is very appealing, but because Holmes acquired Goff and has been documented as being a believer in Goff, this indicates (at least to me) that Holmes would do anything to help Goff be a successful QB in Detroit. By selecting Alabama's DeVonta Smith, Detroit could almost avoid offense for the remainder of the draft and focus solely on rebuilding the defense. The stable of running backs is more than competitive, the offensive line is seen as a team strength, and the starting QB and TE spots have been solidified. The only positional group and characteristic that needs to be addressed is playmaking at receiver. Smith is the pick.

    - Doug Hyde, Lions Analyst
    8 Carolina
    Rashawn Slater
    Northwestern
    OT
    Reach/Value:
    -3
    Height:
    6'4''
    Weight:
    314
    Rashawn Slater NFL Draft photo
    Let the bromance BEGIN!!!

    In spite of recent rumblings that the Carolina Panthers could still draft a QB with the 8th-overall pick, this could very well just be a smokescreen to to entice other teams to trade ahead of Carolina to secure their QB of the Future. Either way, the Panthers' Free Agency signings have uniquely set them up to truly be comfortable going BPA (Best Player Available) with their 1st round pick.

    In order to prevent Sam Darnold from seeing any further "ghosts", it's time to draft some GHOSTBUSTERS in the form of Rashawn Slater, OT Northwestern!

    Many people, myself included, feel Slater's all around set of physical tools and body strength in his lower body make him the most pro-ready tackle prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft! Rashawn's most impressive moment of his CFB career came in 2019 when he completely shut down future #2 overall pick Chase Young!

    Don't forget to check out the C3 Carolina Cat Chronicles podcast Tuesday nights at 9 PM and 30 minutes after every game to hear us discuss all the latest in Panther Nation

    - Cody Lachney, Panthers Analyst

    9 Denver
    Micah Parsons
    Penn State
    ILB
    Reach/Value:
    -3
    Height:
    6'2"
    Weight:
    245
    Micah Parsons NFL Draft photo
    At this point, I'm just not sure who Denver would be willing to select at nine other than Parsons. I think trading down is a serious option on draft night, which could open up a number of other defenders that can fill holes on all three levels of this defense. The wild card that's on the mind of every Broncos fan is what happens if one of the top quarterbacks is available.

    I'm going to be clear that I don't believe Mac Jones fits in that category. I can see why a team would value him in the first round if they were ready to win now, but that's not Denver's situation. Upside is what could tempt George Paton into picking a signal-caller. As much as I deplore the idea of taking a quarterback when Vic Fangio is on the hot seat, I'm just not sure if I could pass on Justin Fields, or even Trey Lance, if they made it to this pick. I've got them passing on Lance here, but when Denver is on the clock, the temptation becomes real.

    ~ Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst
    10 New England (SIM Trade)
    Mac Jones
    Alabama
    QB
    Reach/Value:
    -5
    Height:
    6'2''
    Weight:
    214
    Mac Jones NFL Draft photo
    Simulated Trade: Cowboys trade #10 to Patriots in exchange for #15, #96 and #109.

    All the QB needy teams attended Trey Lance's 2nd Pro Day, including the Niners who evidently have still not made up their minds at #3. HC/GM Bill Belichick however did not travel to North Dakota, instead sending top executives Eliot Wolf and Dave Ziegler. BB did travel to Alabama to watch Mac Jones workout in person. In this mock the Patriots trade up and select Jones with Lance still on the board. Both Jones and Lance are relatively inexperienced in terms of actual games played, though Jones plyed his trade at the highest echelon of CFB with NFL-caliber talent (and winning it all!) .


    Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports, points out that Jones completed only 11.3% of his passes while outside the pocket, versus 21.5% for Justin Fields, suggesting an undercapacity for creative playmaking while on the run. On one hand a pocket passer seems exactly what Belichick is most comfortable with. On the flipside, despite his 69 years of age, can you really disregard Belichick's ability to adapt and improvise to stay ahead of (and create) NFL trends?
    11 NY Giants
    Jaylen Waddle
    Alabama
    WRS
    Reach/Value:
    +4
    Height:
    5'10"
    Weight:
    182
    Jaylen Waddle NFL Draft photo
    Last week we ran a poll, "Who should the Giants draft given the available choices at #11?". The runaway winner with 44% of the votes was Jaylen Waddle, our choice here.


    Waddle certainly is the available prospect who can make the most impact as a rookie; look no further than the WRs from the class of 2020 on that.

    Of others on that poll, Jaycee Horn and Patrick Surtain can achieve All-Pro status a few years out, but corners will take a few years to develop.

    Regarding the other two prospects, Kwity Paye figures not to offer a ROI until his 3rd year. Then there's Christian Darrisaw, the 2021 draft's OT3. Last year we saw 3 of the "Big-4" tackle prospects (Tristan Wirfs, Mekhi Becton, and Jedrick Wills) move into starter roles with success, with only the Giants' Andrew Thomas failing to live up to expectations as a rookie. Darrisaw is close, but doesn't grade out as high as 2020's Big-4. We'd feel better about drafting him in a trade-down scenario.

    Here's our scouting report on Waddle: "Waddle is a strong player with a compact build, something that cannot be said for (Alabama teammates) Jeudy, Ruggs, and Smith". As a result "he has a chance to be the best pro of the bunch". Waddle will immediately upgrade the Giants' WR corps, one that has already added Kenny Golladay.
    12 Philadelphia (Trade)
    Patrick Surtain II
    Alabama
    CB
    Reach/Value:
    +4
    Height:
    6'1"
    Weight:
    203
    Patrick Surtain II NFL Draft photo
    I know most football fans are suffering from extreme 2021 Draft fatigue at this point. Don't despair, though; in a little more than a week, you can start devoting your lives to more important things...namely, the 2022 Draft.

    Over the last couple of years, the Eagles have really prioritized athletic measurables in their top draft picks. With the three top WRs once again gone this week, the Eagles add Patrick Surtain II to their extremely-depleted CB group. Surtain certainly will satisfy the dorks in the Eagles' Analytics Dept: his Relative Athletic Score (RAS) was calculated to be 9.97, which is good for seventh-highest of ALL the corners drafted in the last 35 years!!!

    - Broz, Eagles Analyst
    13 Chicago (SIM Trade)
    Trey Lance
    North Dakota State
    QB
    Reach/Value:
    +3
    Height:
    6'3"
    Weight:
    226
    Trey Lance NFL Draft photo
    Simulated Trade: Bears trade #20 and #52 to Chargers in exchange for #13 and #118.

    "Building for the Future" should be on Page 1 of the General Manager Manual. However, Ryan Pace's future as the GM of the Bears is cloudy at best. Pace owes it to the Bears, regardless of his own fate, to give the team a positive outlook in 2021 and beyond. The only way now that the under-fire exec can win back favor after missing out on Russell Wilson (and signing Andy Dalton), is to aggressively pursue a QB on April 29th.


    Trey Lance, of the Top-5 QBs, seems the most likely to fall, but a trade will still be needed to secure his services. After only one (underwhelming) game in 2020, Lance might not be ready for action in 2021, but his mere presence is enough to lift the gloom in Chicago. With Lance on board, the Dalton signing suddenly seems like a masterstroke.

    - David Payne, DraftTek Senior Analyst

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    14 Minnesota
    Alex Leatherwood
    Alabama
    OT
    Reach/Value:
    -14
    Height:
    6'6"
    Weight:
    312
    Alex Leatherwood NFL Draft photo
    The Vikings have glaring holes at left tackle and left guard and as much as it would be good for the defense to add an Edge rusher, the offensive line needs the most immediate attention. The Offensive Tackle class in this draft is particularly strong at the top. The Drafttek Big Board has 7 in the top 38 (12 in the top 93). After Penei Sewell, the consensus big board has many players ahead of Alex Leatherwood. Before the season started, Leatherwood was ranked second among Tackles by Pro Football Focus. It is amazing and shows how groupthink and herd mentality seeps into many big boards.

    Alex Leatherwood did not opt-out of the season. He won the Outland Trophy, was a unanimous first-team All-American, and was co-recipient of the SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy. He averaged an overall blocking grade of 91.5 by the Alabama coaching staff and a 99.7 on assignments. Leatherwood measured 6-foot-5, 312 pounds. He posted an 85 3/8-inch wingspan (98th percentile) and a 34.5-inch vertical leap (98th percentile). Leatherwood ran a 4.96 40-yard dash (94th percentile) and posted a 9-foot, 10-inch broad jump (99th percentile). This scouting report thinks it would be very difficult to find left tackles with Leatherwood's natural size and athleticism and could be a nice player if he lands in a passing-driven offense that uses a zone-rushing attack.

    It is a mystery to this "analyst" how a player who played the entire season winning the National Championship along the way, winning the award for the best lineman in college football, and with his pedigree can be ranked lower than players who did not play or do not have his accomplishments. Alex Leatherwood started the season as the second-best Left Tackle in college football and his play this season confirmed that ranking.

    Mark P, Vikings Analyst - DrafttekVikings@Gmail.com

    Please visit our Vikings team page where you can see all the team's picks in the 7-round mock and more.
    15 Dallas (SIM Trade)
    Jaycee Horn
    South Carolina
    CB
    Reach/Value:
    +2
    Height:
    6'0"
    Weight:
    200
    Jaycee Horn NFL Draft photo
    Simulated Trade: Cowboys trade #10 to Patriots in exchange for #15, #96 and #109.

    The narrative for the Cowboys remains the same as draft night approaches. If a talented player falls in their lap, such as Kyle Pitts or Rashawn Slater, I think Dallas bites on the value those players offer. Still, if not, the Cowboys need to turn their attention to Patrick Surtain and Horn, as well as how far they are willing to move back.

    I'll add this, don't be shocked if a trade like we are predicting here results in picks for next year as opposed to this one. With many prospects who opted out or played a shortened season, this class as a whole is less-developed than we usually see. I'm not saying they can't continue to develop in the NFL, but there is more risk involved on a prospect-by-prospect basis than we usually see in the draft as a result of the fallout from this pandemic. Because of that, the Cowboys could favor future assets as opposed to additional draft capital in 2021.

    ~ Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst
    16 Arizona
    Tyson Campbell
    Georgia
    CB
    Reach/Value:
    -31
    Height:
    6'2"
    Weight:
    180
    Tyson Campbell NFL Draft photo
    "The time is nigh. Christmas in April is right around the corner, and decisions will soon be made that could win Super Bowls or relegate franchises to the dreaded "rebuild" for years to come.

    The Arizona Cardinals have done their best to improve upon their disappointing 2020 year. In a season where they were without a premier pass rusher after the injury of Chandler Jones in the early season, GM Steve Keim went out and signed J.J. Watt to make sure that didn't happen again. After quarterback Kyler Murray's year of constant pressure from the inside in 2020, the team acquired veteran center and leader Rodney Hudson. The Cards even addressed their kicking problem that saw multiple crunch-time kicks missed, costing wins. Arizona filled most of its needs and now will look to the draft to plug the rest of the gaps and add depth as they make a final push for contention in 2021.

    First is at Cornerback, where Keim and Co. will need to replace 1,846 defensive snaps, 117 combined tackles, and six interceptions gone after the departure of Patrick Peterson and Dre Kirkpatrick. The first move was the acquisition of Malcolm Butler, whose experience in base 3-4 off-man coverage will allow him to step right in without much of a learning curve. But the opposite outside Corner slot still needs to be filled. And it will be likely this is where Arizona will set its sights come April 29. There are plenty of options with a deep CB class, but for this mock draft, it's Tyson Campbell. The Georgia corner is not unaccustomed to being thrown into the fire, which he will likely be in Arizona. As a freshman, Campbell made 11 starts opposite Deandre Baker, making 45 tackles and recovering two fumbles. Although injuries hampered his next couple seasons, he still proved himself the playmaker Arizona needs, with nine pass breakups and a couple of touchdowns on fumble recoveries. The 6-foot-2 corner should be exactly what the Cardinals need for their big jump in 2021.

    What do you think? Given who is available in this mock draft, who would you pick?



    - Dylan Rudolph, Cardinals Analyst

    Please visit our Cardinals Team Page, where you can see all the team's picks in the 7-round mock and more. Please also visit our Facebook page for additional content."

    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
    6 Justin Fields
    Ohio State
    QB
    11 Rashawn Slater
    Northwestern
    OT
    13 Micah Parsons
    Penn State
    ILB
    18 Kwity Paye
    Michigan
    EDGE
    19 Rashod Bateman
    Minnesota
    WR
    24 Greg Newsome II
    Northwestern
    CB
    29 Rondale Moore
    Purdue
    WRS
    30 Wyatt Davis
    Ohio State
    OG
    36 Jayson Oweh
    Penn State
    EDGE
    37 Jalen Mayfield
    Michigan
    OT
    42 Daviyon Nixon
    Iowa
    DL3T
    56 Pat Freiermuth
    Penn State
    TE
    66 Shaun Wade
    Ohio State
    CB
    73 Cameron McGrone
    Michigan
    OLB
    80 Baron Browning
    Ohio State
    ILB
    84 Josh Myers
    Ohio State
    OC
    110 Pete Werner
    Ohio State
    ILB
    116 Tommy Togiai
    Ohio State
    DL3T
    119 Ihmir Smith-Marsette
    Iowa
    WR
    132 Shakur Brown
    Michigan State
    CB
    136 Nico Collins
    Michigan
    WR
    143 Trey Sermon
    Ohio State
    RB
    153 Josh Imatorbhebhe
    Illinois
    WR
    155 Shaka Toney
    Penn State
    EDGE
    165 Alaric Jackson
    Iowa
    OT
    168 Paddy Fisher
    Northwestern
    ILB
    196 Benjamin St-Juste
    Minnesota
    CB
    197 Michal Menet
    Penn State
    OC
    200 Jonathon Cooper
    Ohio State
    EDGE
    205 Dicaprio Bootle
    Nebraska
    CB
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