1 Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
2 Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
All signs point to Zach Wilson being the new QB of the New York Jets. Wilson has phenomenal arm talent and can make every throw on the field. But can he handle the New York spot light and lead this organization to greatness?
3 49ers (MIA): Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
Kyle Shanahan wants a QB that can run his offense. A guy that can get through the progression and see the field before the snap. While I haven’t interviewed Jones to tell if he is that guy, a lot of people who have seem to think so.
4 Falcons: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Could the Falcons really trade Julio Jones? If they do they better have a replacement for the future Hall of Famer and who better to do it than Kyle Pitts. New head coach Arthur Smith loved his tight ends in Tennessee but Kyle Pitts is on another level and would be a top target for the Dirty Birds.
5 Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
I feel like this is the first surprise of the mock draft and it’s maybe the pick I feel the most confident in. Sewell seems to be perfect for what Cincy needs and I know Ja’Marr Chase is special but protecting Joe Burrow has to be your top priority. The Bengals can look to add skill position players in round two – as they did last year.
6 Dolphins (PHI): Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
After a big panic that they might miss out on Pitts or Chase the Dolphins get their guy. I would not be surprised if the Dolphins select whoever the Bengals don’t between Chase and Sewell.
7 Patriots (DET): Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
*TRADE* New England comes up from 15 to select Justin Fields. I know there are reports that New England is more likely to trade down than up but I’m not buying it. You have the assets to come up and get your franchise quarterback so do it. Fields can sit a few games behind Cam Newton before eventually taking over as the starter.
8 Panthers: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Receiver may not be the biggest need in Carolina but giving Sam Darnold another weapon on offense seems like a good idea to me. Waddle has next level speed but is also a solid route runner and was off to a fantastic start before breaking his ankle last season.
9 Broncos: Trey Lance, QB, NDSU
I expect Denver to be aggressive in trying to move up but they just don’t have as much to offer the Lions as New England does. Regardless, they get a great young QB in Trey Lance. Lance can come in and compete with Drew Lock but may need some time to get accustomed to the NFL offense after just 17 starts at FCS NDSU.
10 Cowboys: Patrick Surtain, CB, Alabama
Dallas, or maybe just Jerry Jones, loves Kyle Pitts but it would cost WAY too much to go up and get him. But Dallas fans can still be happy with the best CB in this class at No. 10.
11 Giants: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
I know Dave Gettleman said he is open to trading down and that he has tried before but I don’t believe him. I think the Giants stay at 11 and Micah Parsons can fill any holes that remain on their defense.
12 Eagles (SF): Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
I was as shocked as everyone when Philly traded down to pick 12 and I think they did so with a purpose. To land a top corner in this class. That guy is Jaycee Horn out of South Carolina. Horn, the son of former NFL star Joe Horn, isn’t only one of the most complete corners in this class but one of the most complete defenders in this class. I very much look forward to CeeDee Lamb and Horn going at one another for years to come.
13 Chargers: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
If Slater doesn’t go at five or eight I think there is a good chance he could slide to the Chargers at 13. If Slater is on the board I think Los Angeles will sprint their pick in and take Slater without second guessing. As they should.
14 Vikings: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC
The Vikings are in a rough spot. Too early to take an edge rusher, I don’t love the corners here for them and Vera-Tucker might be a guard and not a tackle. I think this makes them a trade down candidate but for now they will stay and address their offensive struggles by adding Vera-Tucker up front.
15 Lions (NE): Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama
Detroit trades down and grabs the guy they could have targeted at seven! We’ve seen receivers fall in previous drafts and I think Devonta Smith is that guy in 2021. While I don’t agree or understand why his 10 pound weight difference is a big deal, I do think it will push him below Waddle and land him outside the top 10.
16 Cardinals: Greg Newsome, CB, Northwestern
Greg Newsome has been rising up boards since Caleb Farley had his back surgery and even though Newsome has had injury issues of his own I think Arizona goes with the more healthy corner at No. 16.
17 Raiders: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Is he a safety or linebacker? Who cares. He is an elite athlete that likes to hit people and is great in coverage. Play him wherever you want in Vegas just please don’t play him against my Chiefs.
18 Dolphins: Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
Miami is in a great spot at 18. They could get the top running back, edge rusher or a top end offensive lineman. I like the value of a running back in round two and the depth at OL later so I’ll give Miami the edge rusher of their choice at 18. Paye is a freaky athlete – according to Bruce Feldman – and will give Miami a lot of versatility on where their pass rush comes from.
19 Washington: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Washington needs a quarterback but it’s not looking like they will have what it takes to move up to get one in 2021. Their defense is also loaded so I think WFT will take someone to protect their future QB at No. 19.
20 Bears: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
Take everything I said about WFT and apply it to Chicago. Want a Qb but there isn’t one here, defense is solid, address the needs upfront by taking a future QB protector.
21 Colts: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
There are mixed reviews on Caleb Farley’s injury but the potential is off the charts. I think the Colts can take that risk at grabbing a top corner even though he may not be ready for week one. Which, by the way, is an incredibly dumb reason not to take a guy.
22 Titans: Levi Onwuzurike, DL, Washington
I want someone to love me the way Mike Vrabel loves players on the defensive line. I don’t think this is a huge need and receiver, edge and corner are definitely more of a problem, there is depth at receiver, edge and corner while there is NO depth at defensive line.
23 Jets (SEA): Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami
The Jets got their guy at QB and now they can get their guy to get after the QB. Phillips has a long list of healthy issues including chronic concussions but his play on the field in 2020 was jaw dropping. When healthy Phillips has always been a top talent and hopefully his good health continues throughout his pro football career.
24 Steelers: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
If you are going to take a running back in the first round he better play like Najee Harris. Harris is a complete back with exceptional receiving ability and will immediately upgrade the run game and entire Pittsburgh offense.
25 Jags (Rams): Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State
Surrounding Trevor Lawrence with protection and weapons is already a point of emphasis in Jacksonville and I love that strategy. Freiermuth can do both of those things and Jacksonville can still add to their defense with pick 33 in the draft.
26 Browns: Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky
Cleveland can take the best player available in this draft but I would at least eye the defensive side of the ball for the Browns. Davis is the perfect answer to how to stop the Ravens. Can man up on tight ends and has the athletic ability to slow down Lamar Jackson. Seems simple, right?
27 Ravens: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
If I’m Baltimore I’m taking the best receiver available at pick 27 and not considering anything else. Bateman is that guy and gives Lamar Jackson a bigger target – despite only being 6’, 190 – than other options like Elijah Moore and Kadarius Toney.
28 Saints: Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
That Saints don’t care about receiver size and land an electric receiver in Moore at pick 28. The Saints seem to be happy with Jameis and Taysom (Jameisom or Taymeis?) at QB so they better get some receiver help ASAP! Moore compliments Michael Thomas very well and is more than just a deep threat – and with these QBs I doubt they air it out too much.
29 Packers: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia
At this point I just think about what I would do in Green Bay and then do the opposite of that. So instead of getting a big, athletic receiver I’ll give the Pack a big, athletic corner.
30 Bills: Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State
I think Najee Harris and Travis Etienne could be in play here but Oweh’s pro day numbers and projected potential will be too much for GM Brandon Beane to pass up. The Bills saw the way to beat the Kansas City Chiefs was to get after Patrick Mahomes and more edge rush help is the way to do that.
31 Ravens: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
Azeez Ojulari just seems like the kind of player that would fall to the Ravens at 31. Ojulari is best in a 3-4 defense and would be a perfect fit and instant impact for Baltimore.
32 Bucs: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami
Rousseau was a top talent entering the 2020 CFB season but opted-out and has seen his stock fall in the process. Rousseau is a big pass rusher and would fit in nicely with what Tampa will have to replace after the 2021 season.