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2021 NFL Mock Draft: Patriots have Jaylen Waddle fall in lap, Panthers pick Trey Lance, Saints go QB

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Urban Meyer was very involved in Trevor Lawrence’s Pro Day for a reason. It would be a surprise if he were not the No. 1 overall pick.

BYU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

3rd

New York begins the Robert Saleh era with a new quarterback. The Jets are able to flip Sam Darnold for some additional picks to continue their rebuild.

Oregon

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 330 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Miami adds Penei Sewell early, which allows them to move Austin Jackson to right tackle and Robert Hunt slides inside to guard. One pick upgrades multiple positions.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 228 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Atlanta gives a vote of confidence to the hometown grown quarterback to begin the Arthur Smith era. Matt Ryan can be the present, but Fields is the future.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

1st

A.J. Green is not going to be in Cincinnati much longer, which leaves Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins at the position. Joe Burrow utilized C.J. Uzomah before his injury and Kyle Pitts would take the offense to a whole new level.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

1st

It is hard to imagine Philadelphia taking a wide receiver in the first round in consecutive years. Caleb Farley would give them a lockdown cornerback opposite Darius Slay.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

Detroit is slated to lose the entire wide receiver room to free agency, which creates a need at the position. Ja’Marr Chase would be an elite option for Jared Goff or whoever is under center.


Trey Lance


QB

NFL Draft

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 226 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

4th

Joe Brady was phenomenal with Joe Burrow and Carolina hopes that he works his magic with Trey Lance as well. Lance will need some time to develop, so forcing him to play early would not be ideal.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 244 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

Micah Parsons is a very talented linebacker who gives Vic Fangio another defensive building block. A future with Von Miller is uncertain, but Bradley Chubb should be around for quite some time.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 203 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Dallas adds the shutdown cornerback that the team has lacked since allowing Byron Jones to walk in free agency.

Miami (FL)

• Soph

• 6’7″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

1st

New York needs to supply some edge pressure to draw some double teams away from that really talented defensive tackle rotation. Gregory Rousseau has been off the map since last season but the talent is evident.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 305 lbs

San Francisco’s offensive line was a disappointment in 2020. Rashawn Slater has the capability of starting at all five positions and should from Day 1.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 314 lbs

Los Angeles adds blindside protection for Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert. Christian Darrisaw is a really poised player who inspires confidence as an immediate impact player.

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 272 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

Minnesota needs to go shopping at the thrift store with its salary cap situation but, in this case, the Vikings do not compromise talent in the process. Kwity Paye is not a perfect player but put him in a defined role and he will have a chance to succeed.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 182 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

2nd

We may not know who will be throwing passes out of New England’s offense next season but that person would certainly benefit from having a wide receiver like Jaylen Waddle.

USC

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

5th

Alijah Vera-Tucker offers a lot of positional flexibility and that makes him invaluable to an offense. An offensive line without holes enables an offense to reach its full potential.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

3rd

After parting ways with Tyrell Williams, Las Vegas turns to Henry Ruggs’ former teammate to provide a spark on offense.

Tulsa

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Brian Flores finds an active thumper to provide enforcement on his defense. Zaven Collins is a filled-out linebacker who can clean up the turnovers created by that defensive front.

South Carolina

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

44th

POSITION RNK

4th

Washington continues to assemble pieces on defense. Jaycee Horn is a honing device for footballs and should capitalize on the manic pressure created by a bevy of former first-round picks.

Michigan

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

7th

Chicago can save some salary cap space and upgrade the tackle position by bringing in Jalen Mayfield. I am of the belief that he can hang on the edge but, in a worst-case scenario, he slides inside to play guard.

Penn State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 253 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

80th

POSITION RNK

8th

Jayson Oweh gives Indianapolis a high-upside edge rusher who can one day take over for Justin Houston.

Georgia

• Fr

• 6’3″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

58th

POSITION RNK

7th

The player changes but the position remains the same. Defensive-minded head coach Mike Vrabel desperately wants to ratchet up the pressure on opposing offenses this season.

Miami (FL)

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

40th

POSITION RNK

4th

New York added a potential franchise quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick and now has a cornerstone edge rusher to place next to Quinnen Williams.

Oklahoma State

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

109th

POSITION RNK

18th

Pittsburgh landed a steal in offensive guard Kevin Dotson last draft. The Steelers can add another key piece to a youthful offensive line by taking the physical Teven Jenkins with this pick. The Steelers get back some of the attitude that they have been lacking.

Alabama

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Jacksonville has taken three front-seven players in as many drafts. The selection of Christian Barmore will carry some expectations for that talented but young defensive line.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

4th

Cleveland would likely investigate moving up to land a pass rusher in the first round but, letting the cards play out as they may, the Browns take a linebacker who is more like a safety to make Joe Woods’ defense more versatile.

TCU

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

39th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Ravens made the decision to move on from Earl Thomas last offseason and they re-invest in the position a year later.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 214 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

5th

I have mocked Mac Jones to the Saints for awhile. They are essentially the only team in the first round that I would feel comfortable taking him. It is the best situation for him to succeed.

Florida

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

81st

POSITION RNK

10th

Green Bay does not take wide receivers in the first round and all that jazz. Kadarius Toney is a great, dynamic talent that the Packers can not let fall any farther. Aaron Rodgers had arguably his best season despite essentially playing with one arm tied behind his back.

Texas

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 253 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

5th

Buffalo took A.J. Epenesa last year. The hope is that either Joseph Ossai or Epenesa steps up opposite Jerry Hughes and ideally the other eventually takes over for Hughes.

Missouri

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 232 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

3rd

Kansas City took Willie Gay last year but there is room for Nick Bolton to come in and start. The Chiefs can move on from some veterans and start preparing for the future.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 305 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

128th

POSITION RNK

1st

Mock drafts for Tampa Bay are essentially this: pick one free agent who could walk this offseason and replace that player. In this case, Ndamukong Suh chases the bag, which creates a gap on the Bucs defense. Daviyon Nixon is a player that I have grown to like the more and more I have watched him.




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