4-Round NFL Mock Draft 2021: History made as quarterbacks dominate first round | PFN


With the craziness of free company behind us, NFL groups are finalizing their plans for the 2021 NFL Draft. We’ve by no means had a clearer thought of what groups might have than we now have proper now. With lower than two weeks to go till the NFL’s annual choice occasion, it’s time for my ultimate 2021 4-Spherical NFL Mock Draft!

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2021 4-Spherical NFL Mock Draft | Spherical 1, Picks 1-16

1) Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

There are completely no surprises to begin this 2021 4-Spherical NFL Mock Draft. Trevor Lawrence has been the consensus No. 1 choose of this draft class ever since he guided Clemson to a nationwide championship as a real freshman. The pairing with the Jacksonville Jaguars has been set in stone ever because the New York Jets simply couldn’t fairly be dangerous sufficient, for lengthy sufficient, to safe the primary general choose.

There’s no must elaborate on this choose. Nevertheless, let’s take the chance to dive into the remainder of the picks I’ve made for them.

In case you’re going to usher in a rookie quarterback, you could guarantee he’s protected. The collection of Alex Leatherwood with the No. 33 choose provides them a flexible offensive lineman.

The previous Alabama offensive sort out might begin at proper sort out and even be the long-term reply at left sort out. Lawrence additionally will get supporting items in Penn State tight finish Pat Freiermuth and operating again Kenneth Gainwell. The previous Memphis rusher offers a lightning factor in a “thunder and lightning” backfield with James Robinson.

They strengthen the backbone of the protection with the very best security within the draft — TCU’s Trevon Moehrig — and a strong defensive sort out possibility in Osa Odighizuwa out of UCLA. With Josh Allen and Ok’Lavon Chaisson, plainly an edge rusher isn’t an enormous want, but when Carlos Basham Jr. continues to be knocking round on the high of the third come April 30 (I don’t suppose he will likely be), you may’t let his slide proceed.

2) New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, Brigham Younger

The commerce of Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers dispelled any lingering doubt that the Jets would use the No. 2 general choose on a quarterback. All through latest weeks, it has develop into obvious that the quarterback will likely be BYU’s Zach Wilson. Though stranger issues have occurred on draft night time, the Jets look like “all-in” on Wilson, as Professional Soccer Community’s Chief Draft Analyst and NFL Insider Tony Pauline repeatedly reported.

No quarterback, really no prospect, on this 2021 NFL Draft class has seen the identical meteoric rise as Wilson over the previous 12 months. Not even thought of a top-50 quarterback by some analysts heading into the 2020 faculty soccer season, he’s even generated dialogue as the very best QB within the class. That’s insanely wealthy for me. Nevertheless, there’s no denying his entertaining model of soccer makes him a fascinating choice.

The important thing for the Jets’ entrance workplace is to make sure they don’t fail him in the identical manner that the group failed Darnold. Ultimately, they safe a beginning proper sort out in Teven Jenkins and the second-best operating again within the class in Travis Etienne. The three picks over Rounds 3 and 4 are used to make important upgrades to the protection.

3) San Francisco 49ers (from Texans through Dolphins): Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

The San Francisco 49ers traded with the Miami Dolphins to maneuver up from the twelfth spot with securing their face of the franchise in thoughts. Who that face could also be has develop into one of many nice debates of the 2021 NFL Draft. For a strong week, Mac Jones appeared — unbelievably — to genuinely be the quarterback that the 49ers mortgaged their future for.

I select the phrase unbelievably as a result of, properly, it was unbelievable — inconceivable — to me that Jones can be the No. 3 general participant, not to mention quarterback on this class. Groups attain for quarterbacks on a regular basis. That’s the character of the enterprise. Nevertheless, reaching for a quarterback when there’s a higher quarterback out there appears simply UNBELIEVABLE!

That’s why the 49ers use the third general choose on this 4-Spherical 2021 NFL Mock Draft to pick Justin Fields. So far as I’m involved, the Ohio State quarterback is the second-best quarterback within the class. I’ll go one step additional and say I truthfully imagine he’s the third-best general participant on this class.

That’s how a lot I imagine in Fields. He’s a quarterback who’s correct, clever, and might drive a ball downfield whereas possessing unbelievable athleticism to have the ability to prolong performs when every thing begins to interrupt down. Add in an present relationship with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, and it looks like a match made in heaven.

4) Atlanta Falcons: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

For many individuals, the 2021 NFL Draft begins with the No. 4 choose and the Atlanta Falcons. There are such a lot of choices for them right here.

Do they take the very best participant out there in Florida tight finish Kyle Pitts? They’re a major candidate to commerce again with a group that’s determined for a quarterback. Nevertheless, the value of developing from the center of the primary spherical is probably prohibitive. Taking Penei Sewell can be a lovely possibility, albeit one which doesn’t appear to be gaining a lot traction — definitely from a media perspective.

As a substitute, they create historical past on this 2021 4-Spherical NFL Mock Draft by deciding on North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance. By no means earlier than have 4 quarterbacks been chosen with the primary 4 picks within the draft.

This pairing appears virtually good for each events. Matt Ryan might have a great two years left in him, which might permit Lance to sit down and be taught. The Falcons need to hope that they’re not within the place to take a quarterback this early anytime quickly.

Ignore all of the nonsense you hear about stage of competitors and inexperience the place Lance is worried. The child has a cannon for an arm, and his potential to create magic together with his legs makes him a real dual-threat quarterback.

5) Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

In case you watched poor Joe Burrow almost have his profession ended by the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive line and nonetheless don’t need to use the No. 5 general choose on Penei Sewell, I don’t actually know what to let you know. Sure, there’s a deep class of offensive sort out expertise, however none are nearly as good as Sewell. If you will get the second-best participant in your entire draft with the fifth general choose, you do it.

Sewell is athletic, sturdy, and dominant. He’s demonstrated that he’s equally adept in move safety or run blocking. Plug him in at left sort out, swap Jonah Williams to proper sort out, and also you’ve probably received the bookends of a ten-year offensive line. Furthermore, they should make additions to the inside of the offensive line too. Due to this fact, they use their fourth-round choose on this 2021 NFL Mock Draft on Ole Miss offensive guard Royce Newman.

The most important argument to not deciding on Sewell with the No. 5 choose is that they need to take a move catcher. It’s a legitimate argument, but when there’s a place group deeper in expertise than offensive sort out, it’s huge receiver. I’ve paired Burrow with former LSU teammate Terrace Marshall Jr. within the second spherical right here, however there are a number of pass-catching choices for them all through the seven rounds.

6) Miami Dolphins: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

The 2021 NFL Draft needs to be about surrounding Tua Tagovailoa with expertise. There are a number of methods to try this, and the Dolphins have a considerable armory of picks to make sure that all bases are lined. Probably the most urgent want is to offer their quarterback with a move catcher, and though the temptation is to offer them a large receiver, there’s a convincing argument that Kyle Pitts is the very best move catcher within the class.

No tight finish had extra touchdowns than Pitts in 2020, and the Florida offense was nowhere close to as potent within the video games when he was lacking. Pitts provides Miami a participant who will be utilized in some ways, serving to the offense develop into much less predictable. He additionally provides them choices additional down the road relating to Mike Gesicki’s contract negotiations, however that’s a dialog for one more day.

Later picks on this 2021 4-Spherical NFL Mock Draft look to enhance the safety for Tua. Moreover, the Dolphins use an early-round choose on a cornerback for the second consecutive 12 months. This may occasionally appear peculiar and pointless. Nevertheless, we reported again in March that there’s an expectation that that is precisely what Miami will do.

7) Detroit Lions: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, Louisiana State

Regardless of receiving Jared Goff within the commerce that noticed Matthew Stafford depart from the Detroit Lions, there’s a sturdy risk that if a quarterback falls into their laps at No. 7, they pull the set off. Nevertheless, the urgent want within the first spherical is huge receiver. Right here, they safe former Biletnikoff Award winner Ja’Marr Chase out of LSU.

Having sat out the 2020 faculty soccer season, it’s simple to overlook that Chase led the nation in receiving yards and touchdowns as a sophomore. His potential as a move catcher has by no means been in query. Nonetheless, following an unbelievable professional day efficiency, it’s secure to say that there are only a few questions on his athletic potential.

With Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. gone, Chase is available in and instantly is the WR1 for the Lions.

8) New England Patriots (from Panthers): Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

PROJECTED TRADE: New England trades choose 15, 120, 177, plus their 2022 first-round choose to the Carolina Panthers for choose 8.

In case you’ve learn my 2021 4-Spherical NFL Mock Drafts during the last eight months, then firstly, thanks. Secondly, you’ll know that I don’t often embody trades. Nevertheless, I’ve made an additional particular exception for this choose proper right here. The New England Patriots have taken a rare method to free company — by their requirements — and I can’t assist however really feel that there’s one thing out of character popping out of New England come April 29.

Though Cam Newton has been retained for one more 12 months, it’s a good assumption that he isn’t the franchise’s long-term future. With the highest 4 quarterbacks already off the board — and quarterback arguably their largest want — they strike to get forward of groups just like the Washington Soccer Group and Chicago Bears, who could possibly be aggressive in shifting up within the draft.

Very similar to BYU’s Wilson, Alabama’s Mac Jones has seen an outstanding rise in his draft inventory. He led a stellar Crimson Tide offense all the way in which to a nationwide championship whereas placing up some unbelievable numbers. Jones lacks the best athletic profile that the NFL covets on the quarterback place. Nevertheless, he might comfortably are available and function a Patriots offense that has relied closely on the run recreation within the final two seasons.

9) Denver Broncos: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

In case you imagine in Drew Lock, then the Denver Broncos’ largest want within the 2021 NFL Draft is at inside linebacker. It may be argued that edge rusher and security are different defensive wants. Deciding on out of the No. 9 spot, they’re in an excellent place to have their choose of the defensive expertise on this class.

Micah Parsons makes numerous sense right here for Denver, and if it wasn’t for some off-the-field issues, I feel they’d dash to the rostrum as quick as Parsons can full the 40-yard sprint. Nevertheless, these issues do exist, and it’s conceivable {that a} slide comes on draft day. It is probably not far, and we’ll get into that shortly, however I feel there’s sufficient of a priority for the Broncos to show to a different possibility right here.

That possibility is Notre Dame’s Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. At 6’1″ and 215 kilos, JOK blurs the normal traces between security and linebacker. Aggressive tackling whereas displaying wonderful protection potential, if the Broncos work out his optimum use, he could be a chief on protection for years to return.

10) Dallas Cowboys: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

One of many worst defenses within the NFL final season, this 2021 4-Spherical NFL Mock Draft seeks to offer the Dallas Cowboys a whole defensive overhaul. It begins on the cornerback place, the place second-year Trevon Diggs leads the depth chart. Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley was my CB1 earlier than his again surgical procedure and can be the choose right here, however that’s simply too dangerous for the Cowboys at choose 10.

I actually just like the match with the Cowboys and Jaycee Horn. At 6’1″, he clearly has the best dimension that NFL groups covet, and he’s demonstrated his potential to be disruptive within the passing recreation. Nevertheless, it’s the way in which that Horn performs the sport that makes him a transparent favourite to be the choose right here. A bodily cornerback who isn’t shy about initiating contact — and trash discuss — Horn will be the bully that Dallas must boss their secondary.

Picks to deal with clear wants at security, defensive sort out, linebacker, and offensive sort out come inside the first 4 rounds.

11) New York Giants: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

There was an expectation that the New York Giants would handle their pass-rush points in free company. Nevertheless, a splash signing by no means materialized, and it figures to be their largest want heading into the 2021 NFL Draft. With no true standout move rusher, the eleventh general choose feels a bit of early to take an out of doors linebacker to meet that edge-rush want.

I feel the Giants might simply commerce again from this spot to accrue some extra capital. Moreover, they may take a large receiver regardless of splashing the money on Golladay in free company. Though these eventualities are properly inside the realms of risk, there’s each likelihood that New York takes an opportunity on probably the very best defensive prospect within the class.

Take away the off-field issues, and Micah Parsons is completely dominant on the sphere. He examined out of this world on the Penn State Professional Day, and his faculty tape testifies to his dominant capabilities. A former highschool defensive finish, his potential to hurry the passer can be extremely valued for a group that desperately must create extra strain.

12) Philadelphia Eagles: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Whether or not you imagine that Jalen Hurts is the long run on the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback place or not, their commerce down to select 12 takes them out of the quarterback arms race. Due to this fact, for the second consecutive season, huge receiver figures to be their largest want heading into the 2021 NFL Draft.

Jaylen Waddle is the explosive, speedy, game-changing huge receiver that the Eagles hoped they had been getting in Jalen Reagor. He combines velocity, fingers, and the flexibility to make a person miss within the open area to win in some ways. I truthfully imagine that Waddle is the very best receiver on this class, however Chase’s higher match for Detroit means Philadelphia will get a steal at No. 12.

There was additionally a consideration to taking a cornerback with this choice. Nevertheless, they handle to safe a first-round expertise within the second spherical later on this 2021 4-Spherical NFL Mock Draft.

13) Los Angles Chargers: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

The Los Angeles Chargers made a sensible begin to their offensive line rebuild by snagging former Inexperienced Bay Packers middle Corey Linsley in free company. In the meantime, there’s nonetheless loads of work to do to make sure that they hold Justin Herbert upright in 2021. Fortunately, they’re in a great place in a draft class completely riddled with offensive line expertise.

Regardless of lacking the 2020 faculty soccer season, Rashawn Slater has extraordinarily spectacular tape from the 2019 season. He’s insanely sturdy and aggressive whereas additionally being versatile and athletic. Though it isn’t my opinion, some analysts imagine that Slater is a greater prospect than Oregon’s Sewell.

The controversy over whether or not he performs sort out or guard within the NFL rages on even now. Nonetheless, given the Chargers’ wants at each spots, it’s a redundant argument.

14) Minnesota Vikings: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

The unsure scenario surrounding final 12 months’s first-round choice, Jeff Gladney, forces a change of path for the Minnesota Vikings. Clearly, their largest want heading into the 2021 NFL Draft is at defensive finish. Nevertheless, with a secondary that struggled for big swathes of 2020 and will probably be and not using a participant that confirmed distinctive promise, they swoop to safe a substitute.

Patrick Surtain II has NFL dimension, bloodlines, and athleticism. He has demonstrated the flexibility to create turnovers in a number of methods, whereas the truth that groups would actively search to keep away from throwing on him talks to how good he really is. His father was the forty fourth general collection of the Dolphins in 1998 earlier than teaching his son and a number of other prospects on this class at American Heritage Excessive College.

With the cornerback place secured early on, the Vikings can handle the offensive line and move rush later on this 2021 4-Spherical NFL Mock Draft.

15) Carolina Panthers (from Patriots): Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

Following the commerce out from No. 8 on this 2021 4-Spherical NFL Mock Draft, the Panthers take away themselves from the quarterback arms race. Properly, no less than within the early phases. The welcome that the Panthers have afforded Darnold since his arrival in Carolina means that they see him as a possible long-term reply on the quarterback place.

If that’s the case, they should help him in a manner that the Jets didn’t do. There are already many pass-catching choices, in order that help comes within the type of serving to Darnold exorcise ghosts. For that motive, the collection of Virginia Tech offensive sort out Christian Darrisaw makes good sense. He presents a transparent improve over present left sort out Greg Little.

The collection of Darrisaw helps extra than simply Darnold, nonetheless. The 6’5″ behemoth has anchored a Virginia Tech offensive line that helped the Hokies have probably the greatest speeding offenses within the nation. Darrisaw carving open speeding lanes for Christian McCaffrey is a very terrifying prospect for any protection that has to face Carolina within the coming years.

16) Arizona Cardinals: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

What could possibly be higher than having your former Heisman-winning quarterback throwing passes to DeAndre Hopkins? Properly, how about having him throw to Hopkins and the primary Heisman-winning huge receiver since 1991? With Larry Fitzgerald doubtless retiring, the Arizona Cardinals must encompass Kyler Murray with the weapons to run Kliff Kingsbury’s offense to its full potential.

We might spend all day, and let’s be sincere, we’ve spent your entire offseason discussing the problems that encompass DeVonta Smith when it comes to his slight physique. He might not have the body of his former teammate Jerry Jeudy or the velocity of one other Alabama first-round huge receiver in Henry Ruggs III. Nonetheless, Smith has the catch potential to make highlight-reel performs along with possessing the elusiveness to make performs after the catch.

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