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2021 NFL Mock Draft: San Francisco, New England add quarterbacks after early run on the position

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Has Jacksonville started negotiating with Trevor Lawrence’s representatives yet?

BYU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Jets are rebuilding and one of the most important assets in a rebuild is money. Sam Darnold is still on his rookie contract but the end is near. By drafting Zach Wilson, New York starts the clock over with five more years of a quarterback on his rookie deal. As part of the decision, they can flip Darnold for at least a second-round pick. At this point, I would not be opposed to Washington taking a chance on him. San Francisco has been regarded as the most likely suitor, however.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 228 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

3rd

If anyone lands Deshaun Watson, it will be Carolina. I do not see Watson playing another down for the Texans but banking on Houston operating as a functional team is a losing wager. The hope was that a change at general manager would right the course but I do not like what they have done in free agency. In the event that the Panthers do not get Watson, they move up and select the next best option: Justin Fields.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 305 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

2nd

I have been stubborn in my belief that Atlanta will take a quarterback but I’ve moved off that after seeing Matt Ryan’s contract restructure. It was done in a manner that suggests he will be on the team for at least two more years. I think not taking a quarterback is the wrong decision but it is not my call. Rashawn Slater has five-position flexibility along the offensive line and could strengthen a unit that allowed Ryan to be sacked fifth-most in 2020.

Oregon

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 330 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

Penei Sewell is still young and developing. Cincinnati has to target its offensive line in the draft now because it struck out in free agency. By bringing in Sewell, Cincinnati can slide Jonah Williams inside or flip him to right tackle. Either way, the team is upgrading two positions in its protection of Joe Burrow.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

Zach Ertz is going to be traded at some point: it is just time for both parties to move on. Philadelphia has been looking to upgrade its pass attack and everyone’s mind immediately races to wide receiver. The Colts spent a modest 21% of snaps in 12 personnel (1 running back, 2 tight ends) last season but they did not have two performers like Dallas Goedert and Pitts. I think the Eagles could find a lot of success working off play-action in 12 personnel with Miles Sanders in the backfield.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

Ja’Marr Chase is the first wide receiver off the board to a Detroit team that has essentially shown everyone the door. The Lions signed Tyrell Williams but Marvin Jones is gone and Kenny Golladay will soon be. Jared Goff needs more weapons in the passing game.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 182 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Miami is able to move back and take one of the top wide receiver prospects, who happens to have a relationship with Tua Tagovailoa. Jaylen Waddle is more than just speed.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 244 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

It was a bit of a surprise to see Denver keep Von Miller at that price but it keeps a potentially special second unit intact this season. Bradley Chubb, Micah Parsons and Miller are a group to be reckoned with but the defensive line in front of them needs to be patched as well.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 203 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

2nd

With Kyle Pitts off the board, Dallas is not torn to make a difficult decision. The secondary has to be the move here and Patrick Surtain II is a smooth criminal. He is really polished in his game and can make an immediate impact.

Miami (FL)

• Soph

• 6’7″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

36th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Gregory Rousseau went into a tunnel when he opted out. No one has seen him enough to alter his evaluation since he went into that tunnel. I have a gut feeling he comes out on the other side a much better player. He could be a special player by adding some refinement to that natural athletic ability.


Trey Lance


QB

NFL Draft

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 226 lbs

Kyle Shanahan knows there is a ceiling on his offense with Jimmy Garoppolo, who has not been able to stay healthy. By bringing in Trey Lance, he adds more mobility and even more versatility to play designs.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 314 lbs

Los Angeles’ effort to build up the offensive line with the additions of Corey Linsley and Matt Feiler is admirable. The interior offensive line has certainly improved but Christian Darrisaw would give them a pair of reliable bookends as well.

USC

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

4th

Minnesota needs another edge rusher but opts to take the best player available, which happens to be an offensive lineman. Vera-Tucker is better suited to play inside but could play tackle in a pinch.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 214 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

5th

New England has invested heavily in the offensive skill talent but quarterback remains a concern. Bill Belichick had his first taste of disappointment in quite some time and it was not met favorably. Mac Jones would give the coach a quarterback that he can trust to get the ball out quickly and make the right decisions on the field. In this scenario, Jimmy Garoppolo would also be available. Jones offers more upside at a reduced rate.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

1st

Patrick Peterson signed with the Vikings on Wednesday so that creates a void at the position. Arizona has gone all in this offseason and now adds a really good player on defense.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Tyrell Williams and Nelson Agholor are gone so that clears a path for the team to add another wide receiver like Smith. Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden are drawn toward college football’s elite programs such as Ohio State, Clemson and Alabama. For the second consecutive year, a Crimson Tide pass-catcher joins the Raiders.

TCU

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

1st

Miami has done a great job of addressing needs through free agency and trades to the point where little is a necessity. Safety is one area where it could improve and Trevon Moehrig offers the versatility to fill a few roles.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

3rd

William Jackson was paid as a boundary cornerback so there is room for a rangy defender in nickel packages like Owusu-Koramoah.

Oklahoma State

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

5th

Teven Jenkins fortifies the offensive line and brings an attitude to the unit. Realistically, Chicago is not going to be much of a threat downfield in the current state so it is imperative that the running game is on point.

Florida

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

5th

T.Y. Hilton is a free agent and Indianapolis has little in the passing game beyond Michael Pittman. Toney would give Carson Wentz another weapon.

South Carolina

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

35th

POSITION RNK

5th

Tennessee has parted with Malcolm Butler and Adoree Jackson. Tennessee was looking for more physicality at the position and Jaycee Horn embodies that trait. At times, he is a little too aggressive downfield.

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 272 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

1st

New York signed Carl Lawson but the work is not done. They double down with Paye and turn the defensive line into a strength with Quinnen Williams.

Michigan

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

6th

Maurkice Pouncey retired, Alejandro Villanueva is a free agent and Matt Feiler signed with the Chargers. An already unimpressive offensive line could need three starters. Mayfield can play on the edge or inside.

Alabama

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

4th

Jacksonville strengthens the interior defensive line with Barmore. He is another piece to a defensive line that already features two young edge rushers: Josh Allen and K’Lavon Chaisson.

Miami (FL)

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Cleveland found the free agent edge-rush market to be too rich for its blood. Although the Browns signed Takk McKinley, they still need a reliable long-term fit at the position. Phillips is still developing as a player but learning opposite Myles Garrett will certainly make life easier.

Georgia

• Fr

• 6’3″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Baltimore is typically drawn toward length but it needs pass-rush help after losing Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue. The Ravens could press their luck with Jaylon Ferguson, Tyus Bowser and Pernell McPhee but Ojulari is too good to pass up.

Kentucky

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 234 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

44th

POSITION RNK

6th

New Orleans adds Davis to provide some speed and athleticism alongside a thumper in veteran Demario Davis.

Tulsa

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

4th

Collins can run and drop into coverage. He is a well-rounded player that will strengthen Green Bay’s defense up the middle. If the right wide receiver had been available, I would have considered that position as well.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

69th

POSITION RNK

4th

Levi Wallace was not tendered and Josh Norman is in the twilight of his career. Buffalo does not have many options outside of Tre’Davious White. Newsome can play the field or boundary.


Spencer Brown


OL

NFL Draft

• Sr

• 6’9″

/ 321 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

105th

POSITION RNK

17th

Brown is not a popular pick in the first round but I’m buying stock. With his athleticism, the sky is the limit. Kansas City has backed itself into a corner after parting ways with Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher. The interior offensive line has been significantly upgraded with Joe Thuney and Kyle Long but there is work to be done on the edge.

North Carolina

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

49th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Tampa Bay has essentially retained all of its key players and are prepping for another run to the Super Bowl. A running back of Williams’ caliber would add another dimension of play-making ability to that offense.




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