2021 NFL Mock Draft

October 21, 2020 2:00 AM EST

2021 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1

  • Jets and Jaguars 1-2 in Trevor Lawrence race
  • Once projected in top-10, winning Bears still find WR talent at #25
  • QB Trey Lance declares for draft despite just 17 starts at FBS level
  • Next 2021 mock draft Wednesday Nov 4 following Week 8 games

Round 1 Picks 1- 16 (Below)

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1 NY Jets
Trevor Lawrence
Clemson
QB
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
220
Trevor Lawrence NFL Draft photo
The Jets' most-recent game was a kind of a "Tell-All" moment for the state of the franchise this year. In the run-up, the Jets couldn't find any takers for the expensive Le'Veon Bell and ended up releasing him. Bell has struggled to find any form since his arrival, but to release him was still a bit of a surprise. For the game itself, the Jets had more offensive plays, had better Time of Possession, won the turnover battle, allowed just one 3rd-down conversion all game, and still lost by 24 points, failing to register a single point themselves. Shortly after the game, Team Captain and fan favorite, Steve McClendon, was traded to the Bucs, signaling the end of the Jets' efforts for the year.


Upon the raising of the white flag, and looking at the remaining schedule, the Jets could join the 2017 Browns and the 2008 Lions as teams with a 0-16 record. Upon examining the current Jets, and those other winless teams, one thing that sticks out is that the Jets have even less-productive outside pass rushers than either. So far this year, the Jets' OLBs have an 8.3% Pressure Rate, compared to 8.8% by the 2017 Browns and 8.9% by the 2008 Lions. They have also struggled hugely against the run, with a 4.9% Run Stop rate, compared to 6.2% by the 2017 Browns, and 5.5% by the 2008 Lions.

With the likelihood of yet another high draft pick and possibly the 1st overall, Trevor Lawrence continues to look like the best option at this point in time. If Joe Douglas decides to ride with Darnold, finding a highly-touted pass rusher is long overdue and would go a long way to making the Defense a far-better unit moving forward, but is there Bosa or Chase Young worthy of consideration with this pick?

Check out our new Team Page feature, the Jets' Team Page shows the entire roster of NYJ picks for Consensus Mock Draft #7 centralized on one page.

Rich Tinley - Drafttek Jets Analyst
2 Jacksonville
Justin Fields
Ohio State
QB
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
223
Justin Fields NFL Draft photo
After winning the first game of the season against Indianapolis, the Jaguars have now lost five straight, and in an increasingly-inept manner. The last two losses came against teams who are a combined 3-8 --two of those three wins compliments of JAX-- and by a combined score of 64-30. To quote author Oliver Napoleon-Hill and echoed by corporate motivational posters during this year of COVID19: "There is opportunity in misfortune!". The Jags' losing ways now push them squarely into the Trevor Lawrence Sweepstakes. Through the years, the team has had some quality seasons from the likes of Mark Brunell and David Garrard, but they've never had that franchise guy on their roster in the team's 25 years of existence. This year's representative, Gardner Minshew, really doesn't have the characteristics of a bust, to wit:
  • Passing YPG 8th in the NFL at 280.2 (233.6 ypg in 2019)
  • Touchdowns tied for 8th with 11
  • Completion percentage 15th at 67.5% (60.6% in 2019)
  • QB Rating 23rd in NFL at 62.2, low but improving from 2019's 47.2
  • Sack percentage is 6.6% as Minshew is among the NFL's most sacked QBs (18 thru 5 games) - the offensive line ranks 27th in the NFL.
Minshew is improving over his rookie season in most all categories despite poor offensive line play. His 1.9 sec time-in-pocket is among the league's worst. This being said, if Trevor Lawrence is available to the Jags, GM Dave Caldwell pulls the trigger without hesitation. Justin Fields? A slight, split-second hesitation, but Caldwell will go in for Fields. The rest? No; stick with Minshew and provide a solid wall in front of him.

Need for help is most dire on the defense, where the team ranks 27th in the NFL at 414 ypg allowed. The Jags' D allows 63 more ypg than the offense produces, up from the -34 ypg deficit of 2019, and defense is where the bulk of the Jags 11 picks will focus upon in the 2021 NFL Draft. In this week's mock, the Jags land at #2 overall, and use it to select Ohio State QB Justin Fields. Fields has been "out-of-sight, out-of-mind" thus far in the 2020 season, but he'll take the field on October 24th when the Big-10 begins play. Until we get some 2020 highlights, check out Fields' 2019 body of work

Check out our new Team Page feature, the Jaguars' Team Page shows the entire roster of JAX picks for Consensus Mock Draft #7 centralized on one page.

Warren Hauck - Drafttek Senior Analyst
3 Washington
Penei Sewell
Oregon
OT
Reach/Value:
-1
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
325
Penei Sewell NFL Draft photo
Welp, this team stinks. While I didn't expect Washington to have a playoff-type team in 2020, I also didn't expect such a putrid output from a unit that I thought would be better coached under Ron Rivera. The defense, inexplicably, continues to give up chunk plays, leading the league in 40+ yard plays given up. It's been over a decade of these types of miscues, and just when you think a new regime and 5 RD1 draft picks on your defensive line can turn it around, Daniel Jones burns your $15M Strong Safety on a zone-read play for 49 yards.


The defense has been hapless, giving up 30+ points in 4 out of 6 games and struggling to get off the field against even the weakest offenses they face. In fact, the Giants could've, and probably would've, scored more points if the Washington offense didn't possess the ball so effectively in the second half (the Giants offense only had the ball for 6 minutes after the 11-minute mark in the 3rd quarter).

Let's not bury the lead here, though; this team will be drafting a quarterback early in the 2020 NFL Draft. Kyle Allen ran the offense more effectively than Dwayne Haskins or Alex Smith (good gracious, don't get me started on Alex Smith in Week 5...), but he is not the future. He is a turnover machine whose late-game fumble-for-6 was as ugly as it gets. Allen is a gamer and gives WFT the best chance to win right now, but I think this regime has to stop flip-flopping with their strategy and decide whether they really want to win or not. Please choose the latter. Let's stop "putting lipstick on a pig"... Tank for Trevor!

Check out our new Team Page feature, the WFT Team Page shows the entire roster of Football Team picks for Consensus Mock Draft #7 centralized on one page.

- Kennedy Paynter, Senior Draft Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)
4 NY Giants
Ja'Marr Chase
LSU
WR
Reach/Value:
+1
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
200
Ja'Marr Chase NFL Draft photo
In our last mock draft, we discussed how 4th-overall pick OT Andrew Thomas was underperforming all his peers in the 2020 RD1 class (Wills, Becton, Wirfs, Jackson). In Week 6 against the Washington FT, RD3 rookie Matt Peart was given the start over Thomas, Peart's first significant action of the season. It was supposed to be a temporary move. Thomas violated some team policy and didn't start, entering the game on the Giants' 3rd possession instead. But Peart played well, and was re-inserted into the lineup in Q3 due to continued poor play by Thomas. He played 26 snaps versus Thomas's 22, and better yet, Peart scored PFF's best grade among all OTs in Week 6.

The play of Matt Peart presents a new wrinkle into the Giants' 2021 NFL Draft picture. If Peart can continue to play at a high level and Thomas can improve to near what's expected of him, then it may be that OT will be moved off the table for 2021 draft plans.

The win against Washington at least for the moment takes the Giants out of contention for lock franchise-QB Trevor Lawrence. Ohio State's Justin Fields if he were available to the Giants? We haven't seen Fields take the field yet in 2020, but the Big-10 debuts this weekend (October 24th). Also, what does GM Dave Gettleman think of Daniel Jones and his progress? Well, Jones has tossed just 3 TD through 6 games against 6 picks. His completion percentage (61.2%) is 26th in the NFL, his Passer Rating of 71.0 is 31st, and his sack percentage at 7.8% is 26th. Sack percentage BTW cannot be used as an end-all, be-all excuse; Russell Wilson sits at 8.2%.

Unlike Wilson, Jones is working without his star RB and the Giants sport perhaps the worst group of receivers in the NFL. Darius Slayton is the only threat, Sterling Shepard is injured, and Golden Tate has become a non-entity. None of the three score an NFL Passer Rating (when targeted) of over 100. Tate is contracted through the 2022 season at $10M per season. Over the past two games, Tate has been targeted just 6 times (versus 15 for Slayton). Yes, we're building a case for selecting J'Marr Chase, Joe Burrow's favorite target at LSU in 2019. Chase has opted out of the 2020 season, but here are 2019 highlights --watch how he works A.J. Terrell and Trevon Diggs, two current NFL starters.

Check out our new Team Page feature, the Giants' Team Page shows the entire roster of NYG picks for Consensus Mock Draft #7 centralized on one page.

- Warren Hauck, Senior Drafttek Analyst
5 Minnesota
Trey Lance
North Dakota State
QB
Reach/Value:
-39
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
221
Trey Lance NFL Draft photo
Another week, another disappointing loss for the Vikings. The loss to the Atlanta Falcons was very troubling on several levels, the main one being the play of the highest-paid player on the team, Kirk Cousins.

The Vikings' cornerback group was down Holton Hill and Kris Boyd for the Falcons game. Then they lost Mike Hughes in the second quarter to his previous neck injury, which forced him out. The Vikes brought in another rookie corner, Harrison Hand. This position group is going to struggle and make it difficult for the Vikings to stop other teams from passing the ball. It's hard to see many more victories on the remaining schedule. The inexperience and injuries to key veterans are proving to be too difficult to overcome this season.

The one bright spot has been the play of Justin Jefferson, who is continuing to prove that he is the best receiver from this past draft. Going forward, having JJ on board is going to really help the offense. All they need is a couple of decent guards.

The Vikings are currently in the number five draft position and are really close to Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields territory. If things continue at their current pace, they are likely going to have a pretty high pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Since the belief is that the team will not be picking again this high in the near future, the opportunity to draft a very talented young QB is too valuable to bypass.

Trey Lance is 6'4", 228 and is likely going to run the forty in the 4.5 to 4.6 range. He has been compared to a number of QBs including Deshaun Watson and Andrew Luck. Trey Lance is clearly the front runner for the Vikings' draft pick right now, and it is difficult to move off of that position.

- Mark P, Vikings Analyst - DrafttekVikings@Gmail.com
6 Miami (Trade)
Gregory Rousseau
Miami (FL)
EDGE
Reach/Value:
+1
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
260
Gregory Rousseau NFL Draft photo
Statistically, Miami's defense is in the middle of the pack. There are times when it looks a lot worse than middling, but this is a group that continues to make improvements and adjustments under Coach Flores' leadership. The Phins rank well in points allowed per game (18.8), average QB Rating per game (86.3), and turnovers (9). The stats, however, back up what is visually obvious: the defense's biggest issue is stopping the run. Five yards allowed per rush attempt puts Miami in the bottom-5 in the league in that category. Davon Godchaux is on season-ending IR with a torn bicep; he may have played his last game in aqua and orange as he's a free agent in 2021. Raekwon Davis, Zach Sieler, and the recently-promoted Benito Jones will get the chance to prove that Godchaux is expendable.


Xavien Howard is the joint league leader in interceptions with 4 picks through 6 weeks. He now has 16 interceptions in 46 games for the Phins. Brian Flores is desperate for his top Corner to stay healthy, as Howard has only managed a full season once in his 4 years in the league. Bobby McCain has stepped up and is having a nice season so far. Flores has found a way to maximise McCain's skillset and not expose him to situations where he will give up the big play. McCain is currently the sixth-ranked Safety, according to PFF, with a 75.6 grade. Eric Rowe has racked up 31 tackles through 6 games, but Miami can't rely on the former Patriot in the long-term and should upgrade in 2021.

Emmanuel Ogbah has emerged as the Phins' most effective pass-rusher. Ogbah has 5 sacks, 10 QB hits, and 4 tackles for loss in 6 games. Ogbah has outplayed fellow-free-agent signee, Shaq Lawson, so far. Lawson has been slowed by injury, so we'll expect more from him following the Week-7 Bye. Andrew Van Ginkel compliments Ogbah and Lawson with useful pressure from the LB position. With Van Noy and Van Ginkel on the defense, someone needs to come up with a clever, Dutch-based name for this unit. My first thought, 'the Cloggers,' doesn't seem appropriate given that we're unable to stop the run. If the Phins can add another big, productive edge-rusher in the 2021 draft, they should.

- David Payne, Dolphins Analyst

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7 Atlanta
Patrick Surtain II
Alabama
CB
Reach/Value:
+1
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
203
Patrick Surtain II NFL Draft photo
In the end, perhaps Dan Quinn was a real-life version of Ted Lasso, a truly-decent human being in over his head as a coach. Or maybe the Vikings are really that bad. Regardless, one game does not constitute a turnaround, but the Dirty Birds are looking at a particularly soft part of their schedule (Detroit, Carolina, and Denver) before the schedule turns brutal again (two with the Saints, two with the Bucs, and the Chiefs).

It would be the most Falcons thing ever for Raheem Morris to come and drag this team to a .500 record, putting off the rebuild that is so desperately needed and keep Atlanta stuck in the middle of the pack. That's where they have remained since narrowly losing to Philadelphia in the divisional round of the playoffs in 2017. There is certainly a scenario where the Falcons fall on the onside kick in Dallas and carry over enough confidence to hold on against Chicago and be sitting at a nice mediocre .500. Clearly, the players did not want to get Quinn fired, and perhaps played so tight they made it a reality.

Whoever is coaching in Atlanta next fall, they will be working with a new GM. Some of the old drafting philosophies of Thomas Dimitroff will be abandoned. If the salary cap situation isn't too brutal and there is no fire sale, there are some glimpses of play that suggest a more rapid turnaround could happen. The perennial search for a pass rusher should continue, and Isaiah Oliver's poor play and the impending free agency of all three safeties opens up lots of opportunity in the secondary. Certainly, a team that gives up 432 yards per game and 30.7 points per game will be looking to solve a plethora of defensive shortcomings.

Check out our new Team Page feature, the Falcons' Team Page shows the entire roster of Atlanta picks for Consensus Mock Draft #7 centralized on one page.

8 Cincinnati
Caleb Farley
Virginia Tech
CB
Reach/Value:
+1
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
197
Caleb Farley NFL Draft photo
Just two short weeks ago, I detailed how well the Bengals' defense was playing and how Joe Burrow was still taking his lumps as a rookie QB. Well, Burrow continues to show flashes while he struggles through some inconsistencies, but the defense has fallen off a cliff. The 16th-ranked defense just two weeks ago now ranks 26th (weighted for recency) in DVOA and simply could not stop a Colts' offense that has struggled to score in recent weeks.

The defense squandered a 21-point lead in Week 6, something the rookie quarterback was not happy about. What's amazing, though, is that the unquestioned leader of this Cincinnati team did not blame the defense for squandering the lead. Rather, he pointed to the offense, to himself, and focused on the fact that his team scored just 6 more points after the initial offensive explosion. For a rookie QB, especially one who is used to winning, to show that type of poise and leadership means something.

Joe Mixon's foot injury didn't help, but 69 yards on 27 carries (2.6 ypc) isn't nearly good enough for that Bengal RB room. I do continue to like what I see --and hear-- from Joe Burrow, but he has yet to 'put it all together' in this offense.

- Kennedy Paynter, DraftTek Senior Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)

9 Detroit
Marvin Wilson
Florida State
DL3T
Reach/Value:
-3
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
311
Marvin Wilson NFL Draft photo
A nice win down in Jacksonville sets the Lions up with a 2-3 record heading into a matchup with the Atlanta Falcons in Week 7, a game that many are now citing as the Lions' potential "Saratoga".

Lions' fans are split, though. Some were begging for them to lose to force ownership's hand at letting go of Quinntricia, while the other side rooted for a much-needed W in order to "salvage their season". I get it; many Detroit sports fans are tired of the losing that is going on here. Between the Pistons, Red Wings, and Tigers, there's not much to cheer for, and as much as I align with letting go of this duo, I have to admit there are some signs of improvement and a bounceback may be in the works.

Did you know that according to PFF, the Lions actually grade as the highest-rated run-blocking unit in the NFL at 80.3? I didn't. Did you also know that Matthew Stafford is 7-1 when the team has a running back rush for over 100 yards in a game? I didn't know that, either. What's even more astounding is that in Stafford's career, there have only been 8 instances where his running back has rushed for over 100 yards in a game (dreadful)? Combining these factors, pending if they can continue that trend, the Lions may be primed for a little hot streak. What's more, the defense has shown some improvement as well, forcing 5 INTs in the last 3 games (Murray, Brees, Minshew).

However, as we know full-well, this is the Lions we're talking about, and we have to always ask ourselves is this just the Lion pulling our tails? I guess we'll find out.

Check out our new Team Page feature, the Lions' Team Page shows the entire roster of Detroit picks for Consensus Mock Draft #7 centralized on one page.

- Doug Hyde, Lions Analyst
10 Philadelphia
Alex Leatherwood
Alabama
OT
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
310
Alex Leatherwood NFL Draft photo
Usually when you say your team has been "decimated with injuries", it's a bad thing. However, since the definition of "decimated" is to eliminate one in every ten, I for a fact can say I wish the Eagles' roster had been decimated by injuries. One out of every ten sounds pretty good right now. The entire opening day starting offense, save Carson Wentz and C Jason Kelce, were either on IR or unable to play due to injury by the end of the Week 6 Ravens game.


The injuries on the O-Line are simply unbelievable; it's not just that all of the starters besides the center are either on IR or unable to play, but the top three backups were also out. And just for kicks, the top two TEs, the starting RB, and the top three WRs are all out, too. I used to get crazy Eagle fans sending me angry emails about the players I mocked to the Birds. Now, I'm getting orthopedists all over the country emailing me about who I think the Eagles will pick, presumably so that they can read up on potential new patients.

The above lamentations may seem like complaining to the untrained eye; however, it's really more of a diagnosis of the problems with this team than petty whining. This team has gotten old, and the O-Line that helped Philly win a Super Bowl in 2017 now sucks and is leading the league with 25 Sacks Allowed (extrapolates to 66 Sacks over 16 games). Carson Wentz, who is courageously and defiantly shaking off his horrid 2020 start, is actually playing pretty well right now...but he's getting killed.

When a team's diagnosis is old age and lack of talent, the remedy is adding young future All-Pros through the draft...and that's where Dr. Broz comes in. Over the last few years, the Eagles have added a few late round ham-and-eggers to the line, and one RD1 LT in Andre Dillard, who has all the athleticism in the world, but who may also be a big cry-baby. The Eagles need a big, strong, angry SOB on the line that kicks ass and pancakes fools.

Check out our new Team Page feature, the Eagles' Team Page shows the entire roster of Philly picks for Consensus Mock Draft #7 centralized on one page.

-Broz, Eagles Analyst
11 LA Chargers
Micah Parsons
Penn State
ILB
Reach/Value:
+3
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
245
Micah Parsons NFL Draft photo
At the risk of dating myself, I'll ask who remembers the 70s movie where John Travolta played the Boy in the Bubble? Micah Parsons' 2021 draft situation feels like a remake to me. Parsons was a consensus All-America at Inside Linebacker as a sophomore in 2019, then he opted out of the weirdness that is the 2020 season to prep for the draft. Since then? Your guess is as good as mine.

Regardless, Parsons figures to be a hot commodity when draft day finally rolls around. A middle linebacker who runs, hits and covers is something most teams can work into the rotation. Parsons won't have fresh tape to boost his case for a high first-round grade, but he won't have any new negatives either. And eight months with a speed coach can't hurt that 40 time. Odds are that the Chargers will win a few more games and Parsons' combine results will push him out of their reach. If they do match up, he's a beast who can make plays and fit into the athletic, versatile scheme that Chargers fans hope will get them back on the winning track soon.

-- Jud Branam, Chargers Analyst
12 Dallas
Shaun Wade
Ohio State
CB
Reach/Value:
-17
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
194
Shaun Wade NFL Draft photo
The Cowboys are moving up the draft board, thanks to a litany of injuries, the league's worst turnover differential, and an underperforming defense. Now, we can add to those troubles with the recent dissention in the locker room. As frustrations continue to build, it's natural to have doubts about the future of this roster and coaching staff. Right now, the defense is the top concern, but what if a change is made with Defensive Coordinator Mike Nolan? The defensive personnel we could target here changes. What if the fit between Mike McCarthy and this roster just isn't a good one? What if the Jones's decide to put the blame on the roster and construct a slight rebuild? Now many other possibilities open up.

As this season continues to slip away, the future of this team starts to look more bleak. Perhaps the most-troubling concept is that we could still win this division by default, get crushed in the first round of the playoffs, and only hurt our draft position next spring. I am hoping that as the season goes along, we see the coaching staff and roster come together.

I hope we see more positive signs, because at this moment, there are very few. I hope we start looking like a team that is only a handful of pieces away from being one of the top contenders in the NFC. Still, the direction this team takes over the next few months is going to play a significant factor in whether or we are drafting for need or drafting to rebuild next April.

~ Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst
13 Denver
Carlos Basham Jr.
Wake Forest
DL5T
Reach/Value:
-8
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
275
Carlos Basham Jr. NFL Draft photo
The Broncos continue to be a bit confounding. Denver has continuously poured countless resources into helping their offense, while the defense is currently made of six players that were either cut or traded by their original teams. Yet, it's the defense that is playing at a high level, and currently tied for seventh-best mark in yards per play given up. The Broncos have been saddled with injuries on both sides of the ball, but I would have guessed it would be the offense that would be able to withstand them. Yes, losing a quarterback can impact the offense in a big way, but the loss of impact players like Von Miller and Jurrell Casey should have been devastating. Vic Fangio and Ed Donatell have really done a good job. Still, you have to think that as this offense gains more chemistry and experience, things are going to turn around.

With that in mind, I'm sticking to adding a defensive prospect here in the form of a player that has the kind of versatility that Fangio can really make the most out of. Basham has the combination of size and athleticism that could allow him to have an impact on every down. He can honestly rush the passer from any spot on the field, and I sincerely believe he has the strength and tenacity to be a five-technique in the base defense. If they do look on the offensive side, a Tackle could make sense, or we could see the Broncos draft a Running Back as opposed to choosing to give a long-term extension to Phillip Lindsay or Melvin Gordon.

~ Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst
14 Carolina
Kyle Pitts
Florida
TE
Reach/Value:
+1
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
239
Kyle Pitts NFL Draft photo
Through six weeks of the NFL season, the Carolina Panthers have landed square at .500 with no clear indicator on if this team is a legitimate contender or not.

At first glance, Teddy Bridgewater appears to be having a fantastic season if you go by the numbers. But I find the stats to be misleading. The Panthers' offense is really predicated on 5-10-yard passes to our highly-athletic YAC receivers in Robbie Anderson and D.J. Moore. It also doesn't hurt when RB Mike Davis has been able to pick up much of the slack rushing the football in Christian McCaffrey's absence. The problem lies in our ability to score in the Red Zone. Carolina is ranked bottom 5 in the NFL in Red Zone touchdown percentages, while Bridgewater has only thrown for 4 TD to 3 INT. Now, I could write a novel blaming the Panthers' woes on Teddy Bridgewater's reticence to throw the football down the field, but I'd digress. Instead, I'll add him a big-time red-zone threat in the form of Florida TE Kyle Pitts!

Kyle is literally what the doctor ordered for the Panthers. To date, Joe Brady's offense hasn't featured the TE much, but I figured this is largely because of Carolina's talent deficit at the position. Pitts is currently sitting at 17 receptions for 274 yards and 7 TDs. A whopping 210 of those yards have come against single coverage. Basically, you have to double-cover my man in the end zone to even stand a chance, and even that might not be enough.

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 and 30 minutes after every game to hear us discuss all the latest in Panther Nation!

- Cody Lachney, Panthers Analyst
15 Miami
Jaylen Waddle
Alabama
WRS
Reach/Value:
-4
Height:
5'10"
Weight:
182
Jaylen Waddle NFL Draft photo
Two weeks, 2 comfortable wins for the Fins as they head into a Week-7 bye. The wins over the 49ers and Jets weren't perfect, but they provided a much-needed lift for a team that deserves to remain in the playoff mix. The victory over the Jets was so comprehensive that I almost felt sorry for Adam Gase. A shutout is a rare thing in the NFL these days and I'd like to think it was the Fins' excellence that caused it, rather than the Jets ineptitude. Miami was meant to play Denver in Week 6, but a Covid-related reschedule moved the Broncos' game to late November and the Jets' game forward. The reschedule has also moved the Bye Week to Week 7, rather than the originally penned Week 11.


Following a cameo against the Jets, Tua will get the start in Week 8. The time is right and the Week-7 bye gives extra time for the young Hawaiian to prepare for his big moment. The demotion is a little unfair on Ryan Fitzpatrick, but he knew it was coming. Fitzpatrick is the ultimate 'team guy' and the perfect mentor for Tua. Fitzpatrick's cheerleading when Tua took the field late against the Jets was brilliant to see and sums up the man. In the backfield, Myles Gaskin has emerged as Miami's main offensive weapon. Gaskin has 522 all-purpose yards through 6 weeks. Although Gaskin's emergence has been a bonus, the Dolphins will need to find a bigger back to improve their chances on short yardage or goal-line situations. The Dolphins haven't had a 100-yard rusher in a game since Week 15 of the 2018 season vs the Vikings --If you can guess who it was, you are truly a die-hard fan (answer below.) Third downs are an issue for the Phins, with a 40% conversion rate so far in 2020 and a paltry 11% return vs the Jets.

Rookie Left Tackle, Austin Jackson, has gone to IR with a foot injury. He should return before season's end, but, so far, the reshuffled line has done OK in his absence. Jesse Davis has moved over to LT and another rookie, Robert Hunt, has stepped in on the right side. The Receivers seem to take turns having big days. DeVante Parker, Preston Williams, and Mike Gesicki have all flashed, but haven't been able to put up big yardage week-on-week. Adam Shaheen looks a nice addition to the Tight End group and has a TD in each of the last 2 games. Tua's old mate, Jaylen Waddle, would be the perfect selection for this offense to become more urgent and dynamic.

Fun fact: Last Dolphins' player to rush for 100 yards in a game? Kalen Ballage (2018 Week 15 (MIN)) .

- David Payne, Dolphins Analyst

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16 New England
DeVonta Smith
Alabama
WR
Reach/Value:
+5
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
175
DeVonta Smith NFL Draft photo
The Patriots have had an unstable couple of weeks dealing with COVID-19 and having to lose some key players during that time, but they were able to take the field on Sunday in an awful loss to the Broncos. The defense has stepped up despite all their opt outs, but the offense is struggling.

Our past couple mock drafts we have targeted the offensive line with New England's first pick in the draft, this due to several key free agents leaving the fold after this season. However, that's not the problem for this Patriots offense.

Cracking the top-16 in the first round with a 2-4 record, the Patriots will be in position to draft one of the top receivers in this draft class, which this offense desperately needs. Ranking 25th in the league in passing yards per game at 207.2, the WRs also struggle getting in the end zone. The Patriots had to have their bye week early, so through 5 games they have just 3 passing touchdowns (.6 per game) of which only one of the three came from a WR.


The aging Julian Edelman is first in receiving yards among the team (302) and Damiere Byrd - set to become a free agent in 2021 - is second on the team in receiving yards (217). Second year receiver N'Keal Harry is third on the team (166) followed by two Running Backs (White and Burkhead), followed by Tight End Ryan Izzo. Harry, a 2019 RD1 pick, is not contributing to the level expected and the team's dual RD3 investments in TE this year (Devin Asiasi, Dalton Keene) has yet to bear fruit.

DeVonta Smith is a stud for the Crimson Tide. So far this season Smith has 38 receptions for 483 yards and four touchdowns. This is only against SEC opponents, no padding against the usual cannon fodder. Smith knows how to get open for his QB, but can also make plays in the air against defenders. He was talked about as a first round pick last year but decided to stay and improve. A sure first round pick that the Patriots would be more than happy to have on their roster.

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
2 Justin Fields
Ohio State
QB
8 Micah Parsons
Penn State
ILB
9 Rondale Moore
Purdue
WRS
16 Rashod Bateman
Minnesota
WR
27 Wyatt Davis
Ohio State
OG
29 Shaun Wade
Ohio State
CB
32 Jayson Oweh
Penn State
EDGE
45 Jalen Mayfield
Michigan
OT
46 Josh Myers
Ohio State
OC
53 Cameron McGrone
Michigan
OLB
63 Baron Browning
Ohio State
ILB
64 Pat Freiermuth
Penn State
TE
73 Kwity Paye
Michigan
EDGE
80 Chris Olave
Ohio State
WR
81 Daniel Faalele
Minnesota
OT
88 Rashawn Slater
Northwestern
OT
92 Journey Brown
Penn State
RB
93 Thayer Munford
Ohio State
OT
99 Tyreke Johnson
Ohio State
CB
101 Alaric Jackson
Iowa
OT
105 Nico Collins
Michigan
WR
116 Shaka Toney
Penn State
EDGE
119 Jack Sanborn
Wisconsin
OLB
138 Cole Van Lanen
Wisconsin
OT
143 Blake Gallagher
Northwestern
OLB
165 Derrick Barnes
Purdue
ILB
166 Ihmir Smith-Marsette
Iowa
WR
173 J.D. Spielman
Nebraska
WRS
179 Ambry Thomas
Michigan
CB
182 Tanner Morgan
Minnesota
QB
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