Printed: Apr 08, 2021 at 07: 03 AM
Correct about a weeks far from the 2021 NFL Draft, it be time to roll out my first mock of the 12 months. Trades non-public already very much impacted Spherical 1 … and I’m supplying two more juicy swaps below. Plus, a sixth quarterback sneaks into the first 32 selections.
In the tip, I deem Wilson frequently is the man. His 2020 advertising and marketing campaign numbers were gaze-popping, but it be his toughness and fearlessness over the course of his whole college career that actually impresses folks spherical the league.
The 49ers made a decisive commerce to gain to No. 3 overall. I actually conclude no longer deem they’ve made a choice on who the QB will seemingly be yet, but they wished the pliability to originate that different over the following couple of weeks. I will describe you this: Mac Jones‘ title didn’t pop up out of nowhere. And I gain no longer deem it be a smoke hide hide. He has the general traits Kyle Shanahan is shopping for.
New England Patriots
This might maybe maybe be a commerce that rocks the NFL, but I gain no longer deem it be too crazy. The Patriots gain no longer envision having a prefer as high as they currently conclude (15th) anytime soon, and right here’s their 12 months to originate a huge switch within the occasion that they are ever going to gain their blue-chip QB to manufacture. Fields became a extremely recruited player who performed on the ideal of stages. This 12 months’s first- and 2d-rounder (No. 46) plus subsequent 12 months’s first and third might maybe maybe seemingly be ample for New England to gain Atlanta to switch support 11 spots.
The Bengals can no longer depart harmful if issues play out this vogue. Penei Sewell, Rashawn Slater and Kyle Pitts all might maybe maybe be amazing selections for Cincinnati. But Stir racked up 84 catches, 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns in a season with Joe Burrow at LSU. Allow them to thrive collectively for years to shut support in Cincy.
Most mock drafts non-public Penei Sewell coming off the board before Slater, but about a groups non-public knowledgeable me it might maybe perhaps most likely maybe be the flawed device spherical. Miami took offensive linemen with early picks final 12 months, but I deem they’ll continue to build there and shield the QB.
Pitts isn’t always in fact falling out of the high eight. Too many groups are intoxicated by him. I’ve purchased the Cardinals as aggressors — as they’ve been all offseason — with Steve Keim bringing in yet one other weapon for Kyler Murray. Arizona presents up this 12 months’s first-rounder, subsequent 12 months’s first and subsequent 12 months’s third to switch up from No. 16.
Now that the QB space has been addressed — for the time being — the Panthers can gaze to add one of the most animated player on their board. Sewell is a high abilities and might maybe maybe be a mammoth price at eighth overall.
The QB carousel goes spherical and spherical, and it looks Denver restful does no longer non-public a brand new one. Lance might maybe maybe depart as high as No. 3 or live on hand until the center of Spherical 1. I deem Denver makes many of of sense if he’s on hand right here.
The predominant defensive player off the board, and it be a cornerback to a group in determined need of encourage there. Surtain might maybe maybe be half of his faded Crimson Tide teammate, Trevon Diggs, in Dan Quinn’s defensive backfield.
The Giants were aggressive and proactive in free company, but they restful non-public holes to bear. As powerful as giving Daniel Jones one other weapon is a priority, Parsons suits what they need on protection and might maybe maybe honest be a straight away standout in every depart and shuffle protection.
May seemingly seemingly seemingly also the Eagles in fact depart with a WR within the first spherical a 12 months after taking a WR within the first spherical? Certain. Perambulate’s medicals will near in and we are going to thought the set up he’s at successfully being-lustrous, but I received’t be shocked if Howie Roseman and Co. depart ahead and take hold of the gifted wideout (and faded Jalen Hurts teammate) to pair with Jalen Reagor.
The Chargers made two big O-line signings in free company — C Corey Linsley and OG Matt Feiler — but I gain no longer deem they’re essentially performed there. The aim is to provide protection to Justin Herbert at all prices. Darrisaw is a like a flash-rising prospect who can play across the offensive front.
Paye improved yearly on the college level and might maybe maybe play all three downs. He’s as polished as any of the QB hunters in this class. Minnesota wishes depart-shuffle encourage ASAP.
Certain, they’ve Deion Jones. But the division rival Bucs non-public Devin White and Lavonte David, and how’s that knowing? Owusu-Koramoah is a wild-card prospect — he goes to be enjoying at 220-230 kilos — but he suits the bill for the 2021 LB prototype. Atlanta wishes deal of defensive encourage.
If Detroit trades out of No. 7, scoops up some extra picks and restful will get Smith, I might maybe maybe thought that as a Day 1 house shuffle. The Alabama product has elite ball abilities, received in big spots and is a gamer in every sense of the word. The Lions expose farewell to their high two wideouts in free company, and Golden Tate a 12 months before that. Insert the Heisman winner.
This might maybe maybe seemingly be higher than other mock drafts non-public Newsome going, but I deem groups are higher on the Northwestern CB than the comfort of our “draft media” world. He’s excellent, tough and brings a professionalism to the field. The Raiders will seemingly be desirous to continue their offseason pattern: beefing up the protection.
The Dolphins had some success with a running support by committee final season, but Harris is a lower above. He’d be joining his college teammate, Tua Tagovailoa, in Miami’s quest to recount its first AFC East crown since 2008.
I had Moehrig as a high-10 prospect within the draft before the tip of the NFL season. That does no longer imply he’ll depart within the high 10, but I deem he’s that gifted. A conclude-it-all safety who can play some CB if you would esteem — he’s excellent, gifted and might maybe maybe be a terrific addition to the support live of Ron Rivera’s D.
I deem the Bears are going to conclude every part they are able to to gain more offensive firepower in this draft. Toney is as exhausting a player to address as there is in this draft class. He’s tough, he’s competitive and he’s a ultimate complement to (or eventual alternative for) WR1 Allen Robinson.
Horn gave up splendid eight catches on passes thrown in his course final 12 months, per Pro Football Focal point. He has a first price build and competitive spirit. This protection’s tone is made up our minds by Darius Leonard. Horn would match that fireplace on the support live.
Phillips became the standout defensive player at Miami’s first price day, but he’s in fact all about upside and attainable. He affords burning run and a desire for excellence — he wishes to be coached. I gain no longer deem the Bud Dupree and Denico Autry signings imply the Titans are performed upgrading their bad depart shuffle from a season ago.
Moore is a beast and a nightmare to address after the opt. He’s neither a burner nor a sizable bodily specimen, but he suits every part the Jets have to be. Possess Deebo Samuel, with his skill to withhold the ball, opt the ball and in total be a DC’s headache week in and week out.
The ACL lumber within the SEC Championship Sport will terror off deal of groups, but when Pittsburgh wishes the rest, it be a mode to all of a sudden address an sick shuffle sport. Dickerson is presupposed to be healthy by the launch of the season. Will he be the rest shut to Maurkice Pouncey? In any case no longer … yet.
City Meyer knows how well-known the depart shuffle is to constructing a champion. The Jags performed final season with the 2d-fewest sacks (18) within the NFL. Oweh is a one-12 months starter, but ran an absurd 4.36 40-yard shuffle at his first price day, can stress the QB and might maybe maybe honest additionally be a straight away contributor to a protection that might maybe maybe recount one.
Rousseau didn’t non-public the lights-out first price day all people wished to thought, but he restful has the lights-out attainable. He’s set up on a ton of weight since he purchased to Miami and is splendid scratching the ground. A 2020 opt-out who’s a exhausting review with splendid one beefy 12 months of college football, Rousseau’s upside remains enthralling, especially within the support live of Spherical 1.
The Ravens non-public a monumental, younger defensive backfield. They’re no longer performed along with to it. Farley, who’s entirely on hand at this point on tale of successfully being concerns, combines 4.4 run with exact NFL dimension. Wink Martindale and the Ravens’ D will obtain a mode to originate him shine even brighter than he did in college.
Collins is a 6-foot-5 gazelle at LB, in a position to quilt in condominium and additionally gain to the QB. The Saints are in a fork-in-the-avenue length as a franchise, with questions at a lot of areas. Collins is the create of impact player who can encourage in 12 months 1.
Joe Barry is the new DC and his specialty is LB play. I’m no longer sure GB’s protection didn’t omit Blake Martinez roaming the center in big games final 12 months. Bolton isn’t always in fact going to leap off the page with gaze-popping athleticism, but all people says he’ll be the QB of whichever protection he joins.
Samuel can play a few positions within the defensive backfield and had an prominent season in 2020, giving up splendid 179 yards in eight games, per PFF. He additionally had an spectacular first price day to support up the stable career in Tallahassee.
LSU has been so loaded with abilities the previous few years that Marshall’s title has virtually long gone below the radar in NFL draft circles. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder scored 23 touchdowns in 19 games over the final two seasons.
I gain no longer know the set up Mills goes exactly, however the fun spherical the league is that he in total is a first-spherical prefer and might maybe maybe honest in all likelihood be the sixth quarterback selected. I’m going to throw him to Tampa Bay, the set up he can be taught from an attractive exact QB1.