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2021 NFL Mock Draft: Patriots, Washington trade up for QBs, first eight picks are on offense

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Lawrence has reportedly had the Jaguars’ playbook for weeks. Guessing that’s because the team plans on drafting him on Thursday night. Call it a hunch.

BYU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

2nd

It’s somewhat interesting that we’ve all just penciled Wilson in at No. 2 but this appears to be the direction the Jets are going.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 214 lbs

We have no idea what happens here but Kyle Shanahan was at his best when he was calling plays for Matt Ryan. That doesn’t mean he isn’t having visions of doing even more with a talent like Trey Lance, we just don’t know because the 49ers have been tight-lipped about their intentions.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

The Falcons appear to be ready to continue rolling with Matt Ryan so trading down may be option No. 1, but Atlanta could stay put and take Pitts if the price proves too steep for teams looking for a QB.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Bengals need to protect Joe Burrow, but we’ve heard that they could instead take Ja’Marr Chase. Perhaps the thinking is that they can just circle back early in Round 2 to get offensive line help. Put another way: Cincy prefers WR1 plus OT5 over, say, OT1 plus WR5.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 182 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Dolphins shipped Ereck Flowers back to Washington, perhaps indicating that they’ll target offensive line here … except the team signed D.J. Fluker this offseason. We still think they’ll go with a game-changing talent like Jaylen Waddle, giving Tua Tagovailoa a much-needed deep threat.

Oregon

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 330 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

If we’re the Lions we’re taking Justin Fields all day long, but new GM Brad Holmes — who came from the Rams — may think that Jared Goff can make it work (related: if Goff couldn’t make it work in Sean McVay’s system then we don’t have high hopes for him in Detroit). If that’s the case, the Lions could entertain trade offers — this feels like the most likely spot to get the most trade-up action from QB-needy teams — or go about protecting Goff. We have them doing the latter.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 228 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

3rd

We got a trade, y’all. The Patriots filled every need on their roster in free agency except quarterbacks. Yes, Cam Newton signed a one-year deal but, well, it was a one-year deal. A seven-win season didn’t sit well with Bill Belichick and he’s going after his next franchise QB here.

South Carolina

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

4th

Some teams like Horn more than Patrick Surtain II, so it won’t be a huge surprise if he goes off the board first. The Broncos traded for Teddy Bridgewater, just like Jason La Canfora reported last week, which presumably puts them out of the QB race, at least in this spot. Instead, Horn gives coach Vic Fangio a playmaker in the secondary.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 203 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Surtain and the Cowboys have been a popular marriage in a lot of mock drafts and the Alabama cornerback is as close to a sure thing as you’re going to get from this class.

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 272 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

1st

It’s almost impossible to know what GM Dave Gettleman might do here though we do know he’s partial to big guys — which would explain why he might choose to pass on DeVonta Smith. This EDGE class isn’t expected to start going off the board until the middle of the round but Kwity Paye has the athletic traits to go slightly higher than that, and New York has to get better at getting after the QB.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Eagles traded out of No. 6, presumably because they’re out of the QB market. They’d love to get a cornerback here but with Horn and Surtain gone, they give Jalen Hurts a big-play weapon, reuniting him with former Alabama teammate, DeVonta Smith — who, by the way, would be the first WR drafted if he weighed 186 instead of 166.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 305 lbs

We’d imagine the Chargers would be ecstatic about Slater still being on the board here. There have been reports that Justin Herbert would love to reunite with former Oregon teammate Penei Sewell but Slater is OL1 on some teams’ boards.

North Dakota State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 226 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

4th

Washington has Ryan Fitzpatrick and Taylor Heinicke but neither is considered the long-term answer at QB. Lance, who could be off the board by No. 3, will garner plenty of interest should he slip outside the top 10.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

5th

Carolina forgoes a QB at No. 8, trades down to the middle of the round, stockpiles picks and still gets a much-needed cornerback in Greg Newsome II, who is coming off an impressive 2020 campaign at Northwestern.

Tulsa

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Cardinals would love a cornerback, but the top three are gone, and wide receiver could be an option too — but again, the top three are off the board — so they turn to defense. The team has been linked to Collins in recent days so we have Arizona bolstering its defense in Round 1 for the second straight year.

TCU

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

1st

We’ll repeat what we’ve been saying on a weekly basis: any prospect that plays on the defensive side of the ball is a good start. Moehrig is the best safety in this class — he can patrol centerfield, play in the slot, and be an asset in run support.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 244 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Dolphins could target an edge rusher (only one is off the board) or even a running back (reuniting Tua and Najee Harris) but they take Micah Parsons, who is a top-five talent whose maturity concerns could see him slip to the middle of the round.

USC

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Vikings have their pick of offensive linemen not named Sewell or Slater and they take Alijah Vera-Tucker, who played left tackle last season but will likely kick inside in the NFL. Wherever he ends up, he’ll give Minnesota position flexibility along the O-line.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 314 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Bears could try to trade up for a QB or wait to get one in Round 2. Here they could target offensive line or wide receiver and we have them going with O-line to protect current QB1 Andy Dalton.

Oklahoma State

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

5th

Anthony Castonzo announced his retirement this offseason and Jenkins — who plays with an edge — is athletic, has great feet, and moves well in space. He can also man the left or right tackle positions.

Georgia

• Soph

• 6’3″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Titans had 19 sacks last season. Even with the addition of Bud Dupree, Tennessee has to upgrade the group and Ojulari is coming off a solid season for the Bulldogs.

Wake Forest

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 285 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

46th

POSITION RNK

6th

We love Basham and think he deserves to be in the first-round conversation. The Jets get a QB at No. 2, bolster their pass rush here, and can add more offensive playmakers with their second-round pick and two third-rounders.

Alabama

• Sr

• 6’2″

/ 230 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Steelers’ run game stunk last season. Harris, who has drawn comparisons to Le’Veon Bell, would obviously be an upgrade but the team still has to address plenty of needs, including offensive line, cornerback, linebacker, and — at some point — quarterback.

Alabama

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Jags could go O-line, running back, safety, or cornerback here but with five picks inside the top 100 they target D-line. Barmore had an impressive final month of the season at Alabama and he’s only going to get better.

Kentucky

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 234 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

43rd

POSITION RNK

4th

Our colleague Pete Prisco thinks Davis is the best linebacker in this class and while we’re not willing to go that far, he’s a legit first-round talent who has only been a starter for one year at Kentucky. The upside is enormous.

Penn State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 253 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

35th

POSITION RNK

5th

Jaelan Phillips is still on the board, and as a top-15 talent he would obviously make sense here for sure, but we wonder if his history of concussions could see him fall outside the top 32. Oweh has only been playing football since his junior year in high school but his measurables are off-the-charts impressive.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

1st

Farley underwent a back procedure last month that could scare some teams off from taking him in the top half of the round. But the Saints have needs in the secondary and if Farley is healthy, this pick becomes a steal.

Minnesota

• Soph

• 6’2″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

5th

The Packers have to draft a WR at some point and we feel Bateman — who was wholly impressive in 2019 but wasn’t quite the player last year during the pandemic — will return to his dominating form, especially with Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball.

Georgia

• Soph

• 6’2″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

39th

POSITION RNK

6th

We’ve been high on Campbell for months, and some NFL teams like him in this range. We’ll find out together on Thursday night if he finds his way into Round 1, though the Bills could be targeting a running back here.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Jason La Canfora has reported that the Ravens are taking calls about trading down. But if they stay put it would be hard to pass on JOK, who can play linebacker or safety. The biggest issue is making sure he has a well-defined role, which will allow him to flourish sooner rather than later.

Washington

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 262 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

50th

POSITION RNK

7th

Tryon opted out in 2020 but, man, he has some special traits. We think there’s a chance he sneaks into Round 1 though it’s hard to identify one need the Bucs currently have.




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