Here we go folks, the inaugural 2021 Mock Draft that is sure to change in proportion with the amount of beer I consume during the Covid pandemic.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
DDDDDUUUUVVVVAAAALLLL! I’m going chalk at #1 overall and that’s largely because Justin Fields just doesn’t get me excited (insert joke) the way Trevor Lawrence does. He’s my top QB prospect since the late Andrew Luck and boasts everything teams look for at the position. His size, mobility, arm strength and accuracy make him a near lock at #1. The question after this becomes, will Trevor Lawrence ever throw anyone’s groceries in the lake?
- Washington Redskins: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
I said not AS excited and yes, sadly, the Redskins have found a way to be here again. It’s hard for me to envision a scenario where Haskins doesn’t faceplant and the Redskins finishing second last should seal his fate. At #2 overall they hit the reset button and choose dual-threat QB Justin Fields. I think he fits what Ron Rivera wants to do with this team and think he takes another big step forward at Ohio State this year.
- Cincinati Bengals: Gregory Rousseau, DE, University of Miami
The fit for this pick is borderline perfect. I’m of the belief that Burrow will be good enough to get this team back to the playoffs within a few years and what better addition than the freak of an athlete that Gregory Rousseau is. On tape, Rousseau is terrorizing and his length/versatility combo is going to make Zac Taylor salivate.
- Miami Dolphins: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
The dolphins could go a number of different ways on this pick and free agency will play a big part in that decision. Having said that, even the most blindly optimistic phins fan wouldn’t be able to tell you that Williams and Parker are all the team needs. Tua turns out to be made of a more resilient type of glass and the next job in Miami is to give him a real weapon. Can we take a moment to just appreciate this stat line Chase dropped last year 84-1780-20(!!!!).
- New York Giants: Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson
Another year, another disappointment for giants fans. The giants chose not to address wide receiver in this year’s draft and I think they come to realize they should have, sooner rather than later this year. They need a true #1 and get an abolute stud in Justyn Ross. He can take over games (Anyone remember the 2019 Title game?) and blends incredible size, speed and catch radius. If Ross’ ball skills can’t help Daniel Jones, nothing can.
- Carolina Panthers: Penei Sewell, OT Oregon
Is it unfair to have Sewell falling this far? Probably. To illustrate just how good Sewell could be this year, some are projecting him to be in the race for the Heisman. At 6’6/330 with room to add, Sewell possesses explosive power and could easily be a top-3 pick by the draft.
- Chicago Bears: Walker Little, OT, Stanford
I’m really interested to see how Little’s health holds up after undergoing season-ending knee surgery last year. Provided there are no setbacks, he should be coming off the board in the top-10 and the Bears take him at 7 to shore up their offensive line. Remember, Little was pegged as a first round talent in the 2020 draft and dominating one more season in the Pac-12 won’t change that. If Nick Foles plays like the bag of milk some think he is, I could see the Bears moving up or possibly going with a Jamie Newman type here.
- New York Jets: Israel Mukuamu, CB, South Carolina
I’m not sold on the Jets’ corners and you shouldn’t be either. For the sake of Jets’ fans, even the ones wearing paper bags on their heads, another season of mediocrity frees them from the Gase chamber. At 8 overall they get a monster corner (6’4/200) in Mukuamu who dominated against stout WR competition in the SEC last year.
- Detroit Lions: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama
Do we get another season of Matt Patricia’s ineptitude in Detroit? My guess right now would be no, but then again, we’re talking about the Lions. Are Decker and Vaitai the answer at tackle? Again, I’m going to go with my gut and go with a negative on that one, hoss. Leatherwood would have been a day 2 pick in this year’s draft and now returns with a chance to dominate in the SEC and vault up draftboards. The Lions get a nice building block here.
- Miami Dolphins (From Texans): Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
Content with their defenses performance, the Dolphins continue to address their offense and do so this time by upgrading their line. Mayfield looked good at Michigan last year and this pick is presuming he takes another step forward this year. There are still a ton of intriguing players on the board here for Miami but protecting Tua becomes their main concern.
- Las Vegas Raiders: Patrick Surtain Jr., CB, Alabama
It saddens me as I type in Las Vegas Raiders and I’m sure Kenny Stabler is rolling over in his grave as he reads this. Regardless, Gruden will be licking his little mutton chops at the fact that Surtain is still available at 11th overall. Surtain has been stellar through his first two seasons in the SEC and has the versatility to match up with any type of receiver. He’s also shown an uncanny ability to create turnovers in his collegiate career and his ball skills are among the best in the class.
- Arizona Cardinals: Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida State
Many thought Wilson could leave for the pros in 2020 but his decision to return to school and dominate the interior of the SEC for one more year will solidify his place among draftboards. Boasting tremendous size at 6’5/315, Wilson has proved to not only be a stout run stuffer but has shown and received excellent grades for his pass-rushing ability. I don’t envision a scenario where he falls much lower than 12 and the Cardinals defense suddenly looks a lot less soft.
- Jacksonville Jaguars (From Rams): Jaylen Twyman, DT, Pitt
You could plug a couple different DT’s into this slot and I wouldn’t argue with it but after watching Twyman on several occassions in 2019, I think he’s the second one off the board. Twyman gives the Jags a very solid front 4 and has drawn some (albeit lofty) comparisons to former Pitt standout Aaron Donald. Twyman should be able to build off his 2019 stats this year as the Pitt D takes a step forward and his deceptive quickness in the interior could make him very disruptive at the NFL level.
- Tennessee Titans: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
I went back and forth over Moore and Pitts for this pick but I think with Corey Davis on the outs the Titans select one of the most dynamic receivers in this draft. Moore can absolutely fly, make plays in space and has a nose for the endzone. Go watch some of this kid’s tape. The thought of pairing him with AJB is far too tantalizing to pass up.
- Los Angeles Chargers: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
Cosmi is a mammoth (6’7/315) and many have him as a consensus top-5 tackle going into the 2020 season. Protecting Justin Herbert and not forcing him to do too much will be key to his development and Cosmi helps solve that for the Chargers.
- Atlanta Falcons: Richard LeCounte, S, Georgia
I’m not overly high on the edge-rushing talent in this class or I would have likely slotted one here. Instead, the Falcons get a heck of a player in LeCounte who excels in coverage and flies around the field. Going into the 2019 season many had him among the top-5 safeties in a strong safety class and he takes hold of the #1 spot in this year’s. I expect him to make an immediate impact at the NFL level.
- Denver Broncos: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
After going with one of the most offensively focussed drafts I’ve seen in my life, the Broncos now turn their attention to the defensive side of the ball. Micah Parsons is my top linebacker in the class right now and could very well go in the top 10. The fact that he falls to Denver here is an absolute gift that will have master Elway grinning from ear to ear.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
I’m still a believer in Darius Slay so I have the Eagles passing on Shaun Wade here. With an offense that needs no more weapons, the Eagles must continue to shore up their defense. By adding who some consider to be the best linebacker in the class they do just that with Dylan Moses. Coming off a torn ACL, Moses should be all systems go for the 2020 season and let’s not forget he was viewed as a consensus day 2 pick or better if he declared for the 2020 draft.
- New England Patriots: Trey Lance, QB, NDSU
I’ve seen Jamie Newman’s name tossed around quite a bit in this spot but after watching the Patriots’ draft play out this year I think they wind up going with Trey Lance in 2021. Perhaps not as well known due to playing in the FCS, Trey Lance is a dual-threat QB who showed incredible efficiency last year with the Bison. Provided he takes another step forward this year, he’ll be my third QB off the board and could rise a lot higher than 19th.
- Minnesota Vikings: Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State
The Vikings could probably use an edge rusher more here, but the fact that Shaun Wade is still on the board is too tempting to pass up. The cornerback producing machine that is now Ohio State produces another beauty in Wade. Wade boasts the size, speed and tenacity that teams love and he should slide right into the starting lineup alongside the recently drafted Gladney.
- Cleveland Browns: Jay Tufele, DT, USC
Adding the extremely athletic Tufele to their defensive front proves too tantalizing for the Browns to pass on as their offense puts together a solid season. His ability to play well against both the pass and the run make him an easy choice here for the Browns provided he continues to progress this season in the PAC-12.
- Seattle Seahawks: Jevon Holland, CB, Oregon
The Seahawks chose not to meaningfully address CB in the 2020 draft and do so here with a player who has been rising up draftboards in Jevon Holland. Holland is a proven ballhawk (pun?) that should slide immediately into the starting lineup in Seattle as he possesses the size and strength to do battle with the top receivers in the NFL.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Cade Mays, OT, Tennessee
Mays is a versatile prospect who recently transferred over from Georgia. His ability to play multiple positions should help boost his draft stock and his potential is definitely there. This once great Steelers line needs reinforcements and Mays is just that.
- Dallas Cowboys: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
A season-ending injury last year may have forced Adebo to return to Stanford for one year but assuming he has a clean bill of health he should find his way back into the latter half of the first round. The Cowboys landed Diggs in the second round in 2020 and pairing him with Adebo gives them a stout, young secondary to go along with their loaded offense.
- Buffalo Bills: Trey Smith, OG/OT, Tennessee
The second Tennessee lineman to come off the board in the first round is standout and ultra good guy Trey Smith. Smith overcame blood clots in his lungs to earn first-team All-SEC honors and can be moved all over the offensive line. The Bills have had difficulty with talented pass rushes and adding Smith should help give Allen more time to go through his progressions.
- Green Bay Packers: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
How funny was the Packers 2020 draft? Now that they’ve likely chased Rodgers out of town LaFleur goes out and drafts the WR he should have last year. Bateman is an excellent route runner who boasts size and plus YAC ability. Pairing him with Davante is a scary receiver duo that should set Jordan Love (or Rodgers) up to move the ball with ease.
- Indianapolis Colts: Jamie Newman, QB, Georgia
The Colts address a major need here and select their QB of the future. It’s likely that Newman sits part or all of his first season barring a meltdown from Phil the Thrill (which is actually, quite probable) and Reich is able to groom him into the role of franchise QB. The thought of pairing his rushing ability with Jonathan Taylor and that offensive line has me drooling.
- San Franciso 49ers: Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State
Shanahan gets himself an absolute stud RB here at the back end of the first round and finally addresses the one skill position they never truly had set. Hubbard rushed for over 2000 yds in 2019 and if he gets anywhere near the same kind of volume he could do once again accomplish that feat. His 3-down skillset in this offense must have fantasy players giddy.
- Baltimore Ravens: Deonte Brown, OG, Alabama
Having watched Fluker in Seattle I’m not sold on his long-term status in Baltimore. Instead, they opt for a potential steal at 29 landing Deonte Brown. Brown has been very solid during his time at Alabama and has a golden opportunity to boost his draft stock during the 2020 campaign.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma
The Bucs could certainly use an upgrade over Jensen at Center and they get exactly that with one of the best centers in the class in Creed Bratton…I mean Humphrey. Creed (Clearly, I love writing that name) will be one of the best returning interior lineman in the country during the 2020 season and has legitimate chance to find his way into the middle of the first round.
- Kansas City Chiefs: Xavier Thomas, DE, Clemson
Xavier Thomas is an explosive pass rusher who the Chiefs will be more than happy to select at 31. Pairing him up with Chris Jones along the defensive line gives the Chiefs a much more intimidating pass rush and hopefully relieves a bit of the pressure on the offense. By the end of Clemson’s season there’s a strong possibility Thomas will be getting mocked considerably higher.
- New Orleans Saints: Jacoby Stevens, S, LSU
Ooooooh lawd. Jacoby Stevens somehow slides to the Superbowl champion saints at 32 and Drew the brew rides off into the sunset. Stevens creates mayhem on the defensive side of the ball and utilizes the ball skills he developed as a WR extremely well. Bring on the era of Taysom Hill!
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