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NFL Mock Draft: Five quarterbacks taken in top 12, six overall in first round of final 2021 mock

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Projecting Trevor Lawrence to New York became boring until they won and Jacksonville overtook them for No. 1 overall. Now, it has become boring projecting Lawrence to the Jaguars. It all comes to an anti-climactic end Thursday night.

BYU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

2nd

Zach Wilson to New York continues to be the play.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 214 lbs

My head tells me Mac Jones but my gut tells me Trey Lance.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

I finally moved off my projection that a quarterback will be taken at No. 4 overall and I am already second guessing it. My head tells me that it will be Kyle Pitts but my mind still says Atlanta or another team will take a quarterback here.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

To make this clear, Ja’marr Chase would be Cincinnati’s pick, not my own. He is a good player but I am a believer in fortifying the offensive line before concerning oneself with skill talent.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 182 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Despite Ja’marr Chase and Kyle Pitts being off the board, Miami stays put and selects Jaylen Waddle to pair with his former quarterback – Tua Tagovailoa.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 228 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

3rd

New England still stands out to me as a team in the quarterback market. Decisions made by Bill Belichick this offseason lead me to believe that the team is going to be aggressive in its pursuit of a new starting quarterback.

Oregon

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 330 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Penei Sewell is a home run for Carolina. It must upgrade the offensive talent around Sam Darnold if he is going to have a chance to succeed.

North Dakota State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 226 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Teddy Bridgewater trade should not remove Denver from the quarterback market. They can move on from Drew Lock and retain Bridgewater to serve as a bridge to Lance in this scenario.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 203 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Dallas taking a cornerback seems like a foregone conclusion and Patrick Surtain II is the safest option.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 305 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Dave Gettleman’s inclined to add a big body. Rashawn Slater is capable of playing tackle but could be a really good interior lineman.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Five quarterbacks in the top 10 means that Devonta Smith slides down the board. Howie Roseman looks smart for trading back and still getting one of the best players at his position.

USC

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 315 lbs

Alijah Vera-Tucker is more highly regarded than Christian Darrisaw and Teven Jenkins. Los Angeles does not stray from its board by adding a versatile lineman with experience at guard and tackle.

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 272 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

1st

Kwity Paye gives Minnesota a potentially competent pass rusher opposite Danielle Hunter. The Yannick Ngakoue experiment did not work out so they throw another dart at the board.

South Carolina

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

4th

Detroit moves back to add additional 2022 draft capital while still selecting one of the more highly regarded defensive players in this draft. A run on quarterbacks pushes other positions down.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 314 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Indianapolis moves up a few spots to take left tackle Christian Darrisaw. It costs them little to fill a huge need.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 244 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

It is not hard to envision Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock taking Micah Parsons. Linebacker is a position of need and Parsons is a top 10 caliber talent.

Alabama

• Sr

• 6’2″

/ 230 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

1st

Miami adds Tua Tagovailoa’s former teammate to take some pressure off of the quarterback. Harris is the first running back off the board.

Kentucky

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 234 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

43rd

POSITION RNK

4th

Jamin Davis is a more traditional off-ball linebacker and that fits the current personnel grouping well. Washington already has a stellar defensive front.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah could be a versatile piece in a mock Vic Fangio defensive scheme.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

5th

Arizona is able to move back and still get a quality player at a position of need.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

1st

There were reports that New Orleans was attempting to get ahead of Tennessee to take Caleb Farley. In this exercise, its efforts fell short.

Ole Miss

• Jr

• 5’9″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

33rd

POSITION RNK

7th

New York adds some wide receiver help to assist Zach Wilson. The move would presumably allow the Jets to clear over $11 million in salary cap space by releasing Jamison Crowder.

North Carolina

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

40th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Pittsburgh takes Javonte Williams, a former high school linebacker, with Najee Harris off the board.

TCU

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

1st

A reasonable train of thought leads one to believe that Jacksonville is going to target speed at wide receiver or more defensive backs. Trevon Moehrig has been a popular choice in projections.

Florida State

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 184 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Cleveland adds a cornerback to compete with Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams. Ward and Williams have struggled to stay healthy so Samuel offers some insurance.

Miami (FL)

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

3rd

Baltimore adds length to its edge rush unit. Jaelan Phillips is a potential top 10 talent but there are questions about his past at UCLA. The Ravens have a history of getting the most out of this position.

Minnesota

• Soph

• 6’2″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

5th

New Orleans adds a big slot receiver. Rashod Bateman is able to create separation after the catch.

Tulsa

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Green Bay punts on the opportunity to add a wide receiver and elects to upgrade the interior defense with the selection of Zaven Collins.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

63rd

POSITION RNK

11th

Buffalo has a need at cornerback and, despite a run on the position removing some of the top targets, they are still able to get a quality player to plug opposite Tre’Davious White.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

38th

POSITION RNK

8th

Baltimore is likely to trade back and target a wide receiver like Terrace Marshall Jr. in the second round. In this particular exercise, I have them staying put and taking the pass catcher.

Stanford

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 214 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

61st

POSITION RNK

6th

Tampa Bay has zero immediate needs so they make a luxury pick by picking the potential heir apparent to Tom Brady.




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