2021 NFL Mock Draft

September 3, 2020 2:00 AM EST

2021 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1

  • Panthers take over top-spot in "continuity" selection order reshuffling
  • Jags continue to cull roster: Ngakoue, Fournette out
  • 25 of 32 teams open with no fans
  • Next 2021 mock draft Wednesday Sept 23 following Week 2 games

Round 1 Picks 1- 16 (Below)

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1 Carolina
Trevor Lawrence
Clemson
QB
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
220
Trevor Lawrence NFL Draft photo
By the time the 2021 NFL draft occurs, it will be officially 10 years since the Panthers used the 1st pick in the draft to select franchise great Cam Newton. The team will once again use this selection to draft the next great QB coming out of college with hopes of leading the franchise to Super Bowl glory! Let's hope this one lasts longer than a decade.

There are a few key factors to consider in determining how the Panthers will likely be picking 1st:
  • Matt Rhule became the Panthers' Head Coach. (New HC)
  • Joe Brady became the Panthers' Offensive Coordinator (New OC implementing new offensive system).
  • The Panthers released Cam Newton and signed Teddy Bridgewater (New QB learning a new system).
  • Phil Snow became the Panthers' Defensive Coordinator (New DC implementing new defensive scheme).
  • A talented, yet VERY young defense after spending every draft pick on the defensive side of the ball (vs High-powered offenses in the NFC South).
  • Lots of uncertainty amongst the offensive line. (QB has had prior injury concerns)
To add to these factors, Panthers' GM Marty Hurney has been calling teams looking for secondary help after reports surfaced that many of the Panthers' DB's, specifically the rookies, have struggled mightily. I can already hear the likes of Julio Jones, Michael Thomas, and Mike Evans licking their chops...


All this leads us to what will be the first Clemson player EVER drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the form of prodigy QB, and BRILLIANT head of hair, Trevor Lawrence! He's been talked about as being the 1st-overall pick of the draft for 3 years now, and rightfully so.

Trevor quite simply has it all. 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 quite simply never seen a college QB stay so completely 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. He goes through his progressions with poise, and the offensive play-callers at Clemson completely trust Lawrence at the line of scrimmage as he is frequently seen making checks and identifying incoming blitzes. Clemson has given him full control of that offense because he is in control of that offense. 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 are routine for Lawrence. You just can't teach that!

I invite everyone to check out the new Panthers Team Page where you can view the entire mock draft for the 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 and 30 minutes after every game to hear us discuss all the latest in Panther Nation!

- Cody Lachney, Panthers Analyst
2 Washington
Penei Sewell
Oregon
OT
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
325
Penei Sewell NFL Draft photo
The Washington Football Team ended training camp on Monday with a 'scrimmage-like' practice that included full-contact red zone drills and special teams work. What was seen confirmed a few themes that have emerged over the past month in Ashburn.

First off, the defense is far ahead of the offense and seems to have a chance to be a top-ten unit this season with better coaching and the addition of Chase Young (who, by all accounts, looks like an absolute monster). Second, while Dwayne Haskins has been named the starter, he has been up-and-down, often sailing throws when he misses which can lead to bad INTs. Lastly, and perhaps most interestingly, the offense is going to include plenty of motion through the backfield as well as a healthy amount of two-back sets which will allow the team to motion one back out as a wide receiver. Why does this matter? Well, the Redskins have two former WRs in their RB room in JD McKissick and rookie Antonio Gibson. With limited offensive weapons, a weak left side of the offensive line, and an unproven second-year quarterback, having a system that can create mismatches with athletic backs is a big deal. After Terry McLaurin, I expect a RB to lead the team in catches in 2020.

As for the rest of the craziness swirling around this franchise, I would like to commend Ron Rivera. He has taken on a challenge no one could expect him truly handle, and he has handled it with dignity, transparency, and grace. On top of everything going on, he is battling cancer and has remained steadfast in his mission of creating a new, sustainable culture for a franchise that has lacked class since Dan Snyder bought the team over 20 years ago. Here's to you, Ron-we are all rooting for you.

Be sure to check out our new Washington Team Page, where you can find everything DraftTek has to offer specifically for your Burgundy and Gold!

- Kennedy Paynter, DraftTekk Senior Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)
3 Jacksonville
Justin Fields
Ohio State
QB
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
223
Justin Fields NFL Draft photo
September power rankings have pushed the Jags out of the top pick heading into their Week 1 opener at home against Indianapolis. This move is primarily attributed to the so-called "Continuity Rankings" that several media outlets have published in recent weeks. Here's the continuity scoring from ESPN. The teams that made a lot of off-season coaching and player moves are disadvantaged in this year of COVID --much more than usual. The elimination of pre-season games, OTA's, and minicamps may very well spell Clobberin' time for teams at the bottom of the list, at least early in the season.

The Jags fared quite well in continuity. Per ESPN's list, they're sitting at a lofty #8. Unfortunately, the Colts rank #3, and their QB change (Rivers) likely represents an upgrade over 2019.

"Tank for Trevor" takes on more meaning for the QB-needy teams in the 2021 Draft. What earlier-on had looked like a draft class with potentially three top-10 QBs (Lawrence, Justin Fields, and Trey Lance) is looking dicier. Both Fields and Lance have just one year of starting experience, and both their schools (Ohio State, North Dakota State) have seen their seasons postponed until winter. I personally cannot see these guys entering the draft with a one-season body of work, they've got to play the season out even if in early 2021.

Here's hoping that Gardner Minshew continues to improve in 2020, making the selection of a QB in the 2021 Draft a non-necessity.
4 Cincinnati
Gregory Rousseau
Miami (FL)
EDGE
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
260
Gregory Rousseau NFL Draft photo
By all accounts, Joe Burrow is the real deal. He has come in and hasn't even had to prove himself as the leader of this franchise, as his mere presence apparently demands that his teammates look to him as their leader. While that statement might sound sarcastic, it's not; in all the years I've been writing about the NFL, I've never witnessed someone walk in the door and receive as much praise and respect as the former LSU quarterback. Now, does it matter? No. What happens on Sundays (and possibly every other night of the week if NFL football is all that exists this fall) is all that will matter moving forward.

Looking ahead to next offseason, I do think Zac Taylor is safe unless the wheels completely fall off. The franchise doesn't want Burrow to have to learn two new offenses in his first two years as so many once-promising, since-failed NFL quarterbacks have. The defense will have to take a major jump in just about every metric if the 2021 Draft isn't going to be an almost exclusively defensive-minded affair for the Bengals.

Be sure to check out our new Cincinnati Team Page, where you can find everything DraftTek has to offer specifically for your Bengals!

- Kennedy Paynter, DraftTek Senior Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)
5 NY Giants
Patrick Surtain II
Alabama
CB
Reach/Value:
-1
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
203
Patrick Surtain II NFL Draft photo
Until the Giants added Logan Ryan on September 1, the team had just one proven cornerback on their roster, as Big Blue View summarizes. Sam Beal had opted out for the season, leaving just James Bradberry (the proven one) and, well, 2019 RD6er Corey Ballentine and Grant Haley as the only CBs who had taken NFL snaps. The Giants really need Ballentine to improve; in his rookie season, CB (see what I did there?) took just 194 coverage snaps, allowing a 72% completion rate and 131.2 passer rating into his coverage. Slot man Haley fared worse, allowing an 86% completion rate in his limited snaps. GM Dave Gettleman, BTW, seems in no frame of mind to even entertain letting DeAndre Baker sniff the roster, and may be through with 2019's 30th-overall pick.

Ryan may see the most action at Safety, a position which suffered the loss of rookie 2nd-rounder Xavier McKinney to a foot injury, but HC Joe Judge indicates that the versatile NJ/Rutgers native could line up anywhere in the secondary. Judge still need a few more dike-pluggers, so don't be surprised if the team adds former Giant Prince Amukamara, recently released by the Raiders. Veterans like Ryan (and hopefully Mook) will help tutor Ballantine, Haley, and rookie 4th-rounder Darnay Holmes.


At this point, it's difficult to not see the Giants highly entertaining a CB pick in RD1 of the 2021 Draft. Patrick Surtain has started for Alabama since his freshman year, and has indicated that he will be playing (versus opting-out) when the TIde opens the season on Sept 26. Check out his highlights, in addition to the requisite superb coverage skills, take note of Surtain's vicious tackles.

DraftTek introduces team pages this month. The Giants' Team Page shows the entire roster of Giants' picks for Consensus Mock Draft #4 all with one click.
6 NY Jets
Shaun Wade
Ohio State
CB
Reach/Value:
-1
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
194
Shaun Wade NFL Draft photo
There are two position groups that most worry HC Adam Gase and the rest of Jets' management heading into the Week 1 contest against the Bills.

First up are the wide receivers. On paper it looks like middle-of-the-road group with some above average components. Slot reciever Jamison Crowder is back and a friendly face for QB Sam Darnold, last year he hauled in 78 catches for 832 yards and 6 TD. Then there's Breshaud Perriman, a former left-for-dead RD1 draft pick speedster. He parlayed his last chance deal in Tampa Bay into a 1-year $6.5M contract with the Jets after going nuts in his last 5 games with the Bucs when Mike Evans and Chris Godwin were out. Next up is Denzel Mims, a rookie RD2 pick in the historically rich 2020 draft class. Beyond that are journeymen spackle who won't embarass the team, but won't win games either: Donte Moncrief and Chis Hogan headline this group. For the purpose of the draft in 2021, most of this group are Free Agent after the season (Perriman, Hogan, Moncrief, Jehu Chesson and Josh Malone) and Crowder is FA the year after. For the upcoming season, many have been injured and haven't been practicing, specifically Perriman and Mims who need to develop continuity with Darnold.

In our summer mocks we've been going with CB the past three month waiting to see how the new CBs pan out in live games. And we continue to do so here with Shaun Wade of Ohio State. The current Jets CB group precisely mirrors our description of the WRs: a serviceable group with some B+ guys, but no difference-makers. Still, the Giants are rightfully envious. The biggest problem is that all three starters listed on Ourlads depth chart are scheduled Free Agents after the season: Brian Poole (a B+ guy) along with Pierre Desir and Arthue Maulet. Word from camp is that 2019 RD6 pick Bless Austin is pressing Maulet for a starter spot. If the Jets scouts were as successful with the 2020 CB group as with Austin, then perhaps we'll see Bryce Hall (RD5) make an impact, though Hall is behind the curve after missing several weeks with COVID. We're high on UFA's Javelin Guidry and Lamar Jackson too. Both were listed in draftable territory in Drafttek's CB rankings for 2020. It will be great to see all 3 make not just the practice squad, but the53-man roster.

DraftTek introduces team pages this month. The Jets' Team Page shows the entire roster of Jets' picks for Consensus Mock Draft #4 all with one click.

7 Miami
Ja'Marr Chase
LSU
WR
Reach/Value:
+2
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
200
Ja'Marr Chase NFL Draft photo
The Dolphins won't win Super Bowl 55, but let's just enjoy the elusive feeling of hope and positivity the 2020 football season brings. It's only a year since the Phins entered the 2019 season with, potentially, the worst roster of all-time. What a difference a year makes!

Despite an almost-complete roster overhaul, the Phins still have needs in all areas. The fear is that the off-season has introduced more quantity than quality. Common sense suggests the truncated off-season will favor teams with minimal changes. Change in Miami, however, can only be a good thing after so many seasons watching the Patriots dominate the AFC East. Brian Flores will be telling his team that they have as much chance as the Bills to dethrone the mighty Pats. Some things, however, remain the same. Ryan Fitzpatrick looks to have held onto the starting QB job. It remains to be seen how far into the season Fitzmagic will fend off Tua, but who would bet against the enigmatic veteran?

Adding pieces at WR was mostly neglected by the Dolphins this off-season. This is a further vote of confidence for DeVante Parker, but he enters the season nursing another injury. Parker has been too often injured in his 5 seasons so far. #2 Receiver, Preston Williams, looks fit to return after landing on IR in his rookie campaign. The depth at WR is questionable, and the Phins lack a true slot guy after Albert Wilson opted out. Top WR prospect Ja'Marr Chase, has already opted out of the 2020 College season to enter the 2021 Draft. If Chase fell to the Dolphins, they couldn't pass (figuratively speaking, of course).

- David Payne, Dolphins Analyst

Please visit the 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.
8 Detroit
Alex Leatherwood
Alabama
OT
Reach/Value:
-1
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
310
Alex Leatherwood NFL Draft photo
The Lions are going to need to sell a lot of fan cutouts this season in order to pay for the six-year, $85 million extension to LT Taylor Decker. In a move that signifies the team's value it places on Decker and the need for stability at the position, Decker is being considered a cornerstone piece for the "foundation" of the roster, or so Matt Patricia put it.

In fact, Patricia stated that this move was part of the re-signings the team is looking to finalize in the near future. Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, Duron Harmon, and Frank Ragnow are just a few of the other names Detroit may look to extend, further painting a picture of which players they look to build around.

Prior to the Decker extension, offensive line still could have been debated as a position of need for Detroit. The loss of Graham Glasgow this past offseason most definitely was felt as Detroit attempted at bandaging up the offensive line. Additions of Jonah Jackson and Logan Sternberg via the draft gave the line some youth and potential building blocks for the future. The signing of Halapoulivaati Vatai also gave the line some additional veteran presence.

With Decker being considered a mainstay, Leatherwood may come off our board for Detroit in future mocks. However, close eyes will be placed on the right side of the O-Line to determine if O-Line, yet again, needs to be a focus in next year's draft.

- Doug Hyde, Lions Analyst

9 Chicago
DeVonta Smith
Alabama
WR
Reach/Value:
-6
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
175
DeVonta Smith NFL Draft photo
Last month we had the Bears selecting a top QB in Trey Lance of North Dakota State. We're backing off of that plan for the time being, however QB is the team's biggest need so bear with me this week as we discuss QB here in lieu of the actual pick. Lance, as well as Ohio State's Justin Fields, have only one year of starting experience in college football; 2020 was supposed to be their second year of development. Fields' conference the Big Ten is currently scheduling a winter/spring football slate. Like the kid who fallaciously convinced his mom he was sick, he's now looking out the window at his friends playing in the street. The Big10 is now looking into a Thanksgiving start and potentially sooner.

North Dakota State oddly has one game scheduled against Central Arkansas on October 3rd, hardly the quinceanera Lance was hoping for on September 5th versus Oregon. Both Lance and Fields need another year of CFB play or you get what? Right, another Mitch Trubisky.

Lance's Missouri Valley Conference is planning to play football in the spring, though no start dates have been mentioned yet. From my purview, both Lance and Fields will play for their teams in the spring, and also in their 2021 (redshirt) junior seasons as well. This really leaves just Trevor Lawrence as the only alpha-dog franchise QB in the 2021 draft, unless a guy like Kyle Trask or Sam Ehlinger produces a Joe Burrow-like ascention in their senior seasons.

Stay tuned! For now we're going with Georgia's Jamie Newman (though he never actually played there) in RD2 and Alabama speedster DeVonta Smith here.

DraftTek introduces team pages this month. The Bears' Team Page shows the entire roster of Bears' picks for Consensus Mock Draft #4 all with one click.
10 Las Vegas
Marvin Wilson
Florida State
DL3T
Reach/Value:
+2
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
311
Marvin Wilson NFL Draft photo
In 2015, 2016, and 2018, the Raiders took a defensive tackle in the second round hoping to find a long-term anchor. None of them made it past 3 years, and PJ Hall, the most recent, was jettisoned after just two. Taking Day 2 reaches just doesn't seem to be working, so how about Vegas looking to add a consensus elite prospect in RD1?

On paper, the rest of the roster looks promising here at the outset. We have a top-10 (or better) RB. A top OL. Maybe THE top group of TEs. The LB room has gone from atrocious to a strength. There's a promising youth movement at WR, DE, and DB. It's pretty easy to peg DT - where FA on a prove-it deal, Maliek Collins, too-short Mo Hurst, and one-dimensional Jonathan Hankins lead the way - as the most glaring need on the roster.

Beyond that, don't be surprised if the Raiders, even after a receiver-rich draft in 2020, take a receiver early. My guess is that Tyrell Williams- out for the year - has played his last game as a Raider and, barring Zay Jones or Nelson Agholor WAY out-performing expections, look for Gruden to try to add another piece to a young core of Ruggs-Edwards-Renfrow.

DraftTek introduces team pages this month. The Raiders' Team Page shows the entire roster of Raiders' picks for Consensus Mock Draft #4 all with one click.

11 Cleveland
Jevon Holland
Oregon
S
Reach/Value:
-15
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
196
Jevon Holland NFL Draft photo
It's a bit refreshing to see Cleveland flying under the radar this season, as opposed to entering the season with the overhyped expectations that were attached to them a year ago. The truth is, after a strong offseason of additions, the Browns stand a strong chance at grabbing one of the wild-card spots, and yes, there are three now. However, just like any other team on that bubble, some things are going to have to go right for this team over the next three to four months, and as good as the offseason was, training camp hasn't been so kind. Between injuries and opt-outs, the Browns will enter the season with more holes on their roster than expected.

The secondary took a big hit when Grant Delpit and Kevin Johnson suffered significant injuries in August, and with Andrew Sendejo and Karl Joseph on one-year deals, it's safe to say that the secondary will continue to be an area to which this team needs to add pieces.

Jevon Holland is a turnover magnet, with nine interceptions and 10 passes defensed in his first two years on campus. Pairing him with Delpit will make for a strong duo on the back end.
,br>Other potential 2021 draft targets? Finding someone that can get pressure opposite of Myles Garrett would be ideal, and the Right Guard position is still a cause for concern.

DraftTek introduces team pages this month. The Browns' Team Page shows the entire roster of Browns' picks for Consensus Mock Draft #4 all with one click.

~ Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst
12 Atlanta
Andre Cisco
Syracuse
S
Reach/Value:
-2
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
203
Andre Cisco NFL Draft photo
With news that the NFL could be asking for a dramatic reduction in the salary cap next year, the Falcons --one of the NFL's most cap-strapped teams-- would have a quandary on their hands. They've already jettisoned Jamon Brown, but the idea of bringing back both Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen would require a long, hard look. Neal's current cap hit is over $6M in his walk year, and Allen's hit will be over $8M next year. Damontae Kazee is a free agent. That leaves recently-drafted Jaylinn Hawkins as the only safety with a safe (ahem) roster spot, and he seems a safe bet to move down into the box to replace Neal.

Andre Cisco could come in as a centerfielder to replace Allen and or Kazee. He's a ballhawk with 12 career interceptions in two seasons, the ACC's best output, and we know Dan Quinn loves ballhawks. Cisco would need to demonstrate improved tackling technique, and he would have to overcome the recent trend away from using first-round picks on safeties, but the Falcons' philosophy is that you can never have too many defensive backs, and they should definitely be in the market for a one in the 2021 draft.
13 Denver
Micah Parsons
Penn State
ILB
Reach/Value:
+2
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
245
Micah Parsons NFL Draft photo
Considering the amount of offensive talent the Broncos have accumulated over the years, it's easy to see where the playoff hype is coming from. Still, there is a part of me that looks at the Tackle position, as well as the defense, and wonders if there aren't similarities to the Cleveland Browns team that everyone fell in love with a year ago. Having Ja'Wuan James opt out was a real gut-punch to this team, and considering this team gave up 41 sacks a year ago, the tackle play could be the Achilles' heel to this offense's success. I strongly considered a tackle here because of that, but Denver can't continue to spend high picks on the offensive side of the ball without the defense falling behind.

The defensive line is in desperate need of long-term answers, and secondary has a variety of positions that could use an upgrade. However, I'm going with Parsons here. We won't get a chance to see him in Happy Valley again after he opted out for the season. However, the would-be junior recorded 191 tackles over two years in which he was named both a Freshman All-American ('18) and a Consensus All-American ('19). He would instantly become one of Vic Fangio's most talented defenders on that roster, and the man running that defense on the field.

DraftTek introduces team pages this month. The Broncos' Team Page shows the entire roster of Denver picks for Consensus Mock Draft #4 consolidated on one page

~ Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst
14 Arizona
Walker Little
Stanford
OT
Reach/Value:
+4
Height:
6'7"
Weight:
309
Walker Little NFL Draft photo
The Cardinals recently made safety Budda Baker the highest-paid safety in the NFL, extending the Pro-Bowler for four years worth $59M.

The move nearly shores up the back end of a young and promising defensive unit. With Baker, second-year cornerback Byron Murphy Jr., and rookie linebacker Isaiah Simmons at the head, the Arizona defense now seems primed to become one of the better units in the league. An unmistakable hole remains in the secondary where a ball-hawking free safety would pair nicely next to Baker, who has yet to record an interception in the NFL. Still, the team should have enough cap room to address this next offseason with Patrick Peterson's enormous contract off its books and the probable retirement of Larry Fitzgerald and his $11M commitment.

What needed addressing in this mock draft was adding young talent to an offensive line that may lose some key pieces at the end of the upcoming season. With the possible departure of mauling veterans J.R. Sweezy and Max Garcia, now at the last year of their respective contracts, not to mention key reserves Kelvin Beachum and Justin Murray, the Cards will look to keep a premier offensive line in place to support HC Kliff Kingsbury's high-octane offense. Walker Little sure could use this extra year of development at Stanford, but his 6-foot-7, 309-pound frame and his athleticism and strength at the point of attack shows his potential. The team was lauded ("steal of the draft!!") for landing OT Josh Joses in RD3 in April, but maybe there was a reason for Jones' plunge. On Sept 1, it was reported that "Jones was never in the mix for the starting RT job", leaving the Cards scrambling for coverage. A look at the recent depth chart (Sept 8) however does in fact list Jones at starting RT opposite DJ Humphries. If Jones can show signs that he can develop into an elite NFL OT (well at least above average), we'll back off on OT as a Day 1 need in upcoming mocks.

In RD2 of this mock we're going interior OL with Cade Mays, who made 18 starts in his first two seasons at Georgia, and has the makings of a plug-n-play OG.

Make sure to visit DraftTek's new Arizona Cardinals Team Page to check out the entire mock draft roster. Team needs and historical draft picks are also provided.

- Dylan Rudolph, Cardinals Analyst

Twitter: @dyrudolph
15 LA Chargers
Xavier Thomas
Clemson
EDGE
Reach/Value:
-9
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
265
Xavier Thomas NFL Draft photo
This pick is about as 2020 as it gets for the Chargers. Xavier Thomas was projected as a breakout star on the ultra-talented Clemson defensive line, but everything about this season is now up in the air, so why not him? Thomas unfortunately contracted COVID-19 and then subsequently a serious infection of strep throat. His health is not where it needs to be. It's speculated that he will play four games and redshirt. If that's the case, he won't be available for the 2021 draft. DraftTek will continue to monitor his situation.

A five-star athlete out of high school, Thomas is a very athletic 6-2, 265 but his production stats need some bolstering to justify a pick this high. He was a freshman All-America with a quick first step and plenty of strength, but Thomas's sophomore year didn't measure up after he suffered a concussion and an admitted attitude problem. While the Chargers' roster figures to have a hole for a premier edge rusher due to contract attrition, they've already lost star Safety Derwin James for the year to a knee injury. Hard to project at this point how that affects the team's draft or FA strategy in the long run.

Franchise receiver and O-Line are other areas that could see an RD1 investment from the Bolts.

Check out the Chargers' full draft and more at our new Chargers Draft-Page.
16 Miami (Trade)
Carlos Basham Jr.
Wake Forest
DL5T
Reach/Value:
+3
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
275
Carlos Basham Jr. NFL Draft photo
Defensively, the Dolphins could be very good in 2020. The starting CB tandem should be one of the best in the league with the investment in the contracts of both Xavien Howard and Byron Jones. Kyle Van Noy should seamlessly step in as the leader of the group, especially given his knowledge of Brian Flores' scheme. Dive a bit deeper, however, and there are holes, uncertainties, and concerns. Projected starter, and former RD2 pick, Raekwon McMillan, was shipped off to Las Vegas. McMillan wasn't an ideal fit in the defense and was a liability in coverage, but he was good against the run. Run defense has been problematic in recent years and looks like a concern again as we quickly approach the new season.

The starting Safety pair of Rowe and McCain are both converted CBs. They've both flashed potential at Safety, but it's definitely an area opposing QBs will look to expose. It's also hard to see how the Phins can generate consistent pass rush. Christian Wilkins and Davon Godchaux don't offer much rush from the interior. On the outside, Vince Biegel has been placed on IR and Shaq Lawson spent a lot of camp on the COVID list. Van Noy may spend most of his time rushing the passer, but that then exposes the under-manned LB corps.

With two RD1 picks, the Phins will look hard at Edge Rushers in the 2021 Draft. If the pick gained from the Texans in the Laremy Tunsil trade lands in the middle of RD1, the Dolphins could look at a prospect like Carlos 'Boogie' Basham Jr. from Wake Forest. Basham isn't the most-athletic prospect, but he has some defined pass-rush moves and is good against the run.

- David Payne

Please visit the Dolphins' Team Page where you can see all the team's picks in the 7-round mock, draft history, and lots 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
3 Justin Fields
Ohio State
QB
7 Shaun Wade
Ohio State
CB
11 Micah Parsons
Penn State
ILB
16 Rondale Moore
Purdue
WRS
17 Rashod Bateman
Minnesota
WR
20 Jalen Mayfield
Michigan
OT
23 Wyatt Davis
Ohio State
OG
28 Jayson Oweh
Penn State
EDGE
37 Josh Myers
Ohio State
OC
45 Thayer Munford
Ohio State
OT
51 Baron Browning
Ohio State
ILB
55 Alaric Jackson
Iowa
OT
70 Chris Olave
Ohio State
WR
77 Trey Sermon
Ohio State
RB
84 Pat Freiermuth
Penn State
TE
89 Cole Van Lanen
Wisconsin
OT
95 Daniel Faalele
Minnesota
OT
99 Kevin Jarvis
Michigan State
OG
103 Master Teague
Ohio State
RB
105 Nico Collins
Michigan
WR
110 Shaka Toney
Penn State
EDGE
111 Matt Allen
Michigan State
OC
116 Tanner Morgan
Minnesota
QB
130 Kwity Paye
Michigan
EDGE
142 J.D. Spielman
Nebraska
WRS
150 Luke Farrell
Ohio State
TE
158 Rashawn Slater
Northwestern
OT
163 Nick Eubanks
Michigan
TE
172 Blake Gallagher
Northwestern
OLB
173 Jake Ferguson
Wisconsin
TE
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