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2021 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

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Welcome to the 2021 NFL Draft Hub, brought to you by NoLimitJumper. This is your guide to the upcoming NFL draft, which includes big boards, sleepers, positional breakdowns, and everyone’s favorite … mock drafts! NLJ draft writers include Zeke Palermo, Dylan Herrick, Rami Marinoff, Aiden Hawkins, James Macey, & Brandon Rosenthal.

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Mock Draft 1.0

By Dylan Herrick

The 2021 NFL Draft is going to be a marquee event for the NFL in a few short months. As J.J. Watt joins the Cardinals and Carson Wentz joins the Colts, we are finally starting to see the league take shape for the 2021 season. The NFL Mock Draft will be hard to predict early, but here’s my rough outline. 

1. Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence, QB | Clemson

Trevor Lawrence | Quarterback

This is the no brainer for the NFL mock draft. Slam dunk, number one pick. Jacksonville can finally see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. 

2020 Stats
GPTDINTYDS
102453,153
  • Age: 21
  • College: Clemson
  • Class: Junior
  • Height: 6’6″
  • Weight: 220 lbs.
2. Jets – Zach Wilson, QB | BYU

Zach Wilson | Quarterback

The Jets completely control the rest of the draft board. They could go Wilson, Fields, Sewell, or a receiver. I think they go with the confident Wilson, who is athletic and exciting.

2020 Stats
GPTDINTYDS
123333,692
  • Age: 21
  • College: BYU
  • Year: Junior
  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 209 lbs
3. 49ers – Justin Fields, QB | Ohio State

Justin Fields | Quarterback

The 49ers traded up with Miami and are almost definitely looking to draft a quarterback. There are reports that they are seriously considering Mac Jones. I personally think that is ridiculous, and San Francisco will take Justin Fields at 3. 

2020 Stats
GPTDINTYDS
82262,100
  • Age: 21
  • College: Ohio State
  • Class: Junior
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 228 lbs
4. Falcons – Kyle Pitts, TE | Florida

Kyle Pitts | Tight End

Atlanta has a plethora of options at the number four pick. Those include a quarterback (Lance), offensive line, trading down, or Pitts. I think taking Pitts is most likely because they fill the tight end hole. If the Falcons want one last chance of making a run, Pitts is the answer.  

2020 Stats
GPRECYDSTD
84377012
  • Age: 20
  • College: Florida
  • Year: Junior
  • Height: 6’6″
  • Weight: 239 lbs
5. Penei Sewell, OT | Oregon

Penei Sewell | Tackle

Three words: PROTECT. JOE. BURROW. 

Awards
2019 John Outland Trophy
  • Age: 20
  • College: Oregon
  • Class: Junior
  • Height: 6’6″
  • Weight: 325 lbs.
6. Dolphins – Ja’Marr Chase, WR | LSU

Ja’Marr Chase | Wide Receiver

May break rookie receiving records; draft position depends on workouts/combine

2020 Stats
GPTDINTYDS
102453153
  • Age: 21
  • College: LSU
  • Class: Junior (Sat out 2020 season)
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 195 lbs
  • Awards: 2019 Fred Biletnikoff Award
7. Lions – Jaylen Waddle, WR | Alabama

Jaylen Waddle | Wide Reciever

With the numerous concerns that teams have with the fragile Devonta Smith, I think the Lions take Waddle, who resembles Tyreek Hill just enough for teams to take him ahead of the Heisman winner. 

2020 Stats
GPRECYDSTD
5285914
  • Age: 22
  • College: Alabama
  • Class: Junior
  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 182 lbs.
8. Panthers – Rashawn Slater, OL | Northwestern

Rashawn Slater | Guard

The Panthers picked up Sam Darnold to compete with Teddy Bridgewater, although many assume he will come in and start right away. No matter who is behind center, the Panthers need the huge Slater to protect him. 

  • Age: 21
  • College: Northwestern
  • Class: Junior
  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 305 lbs.
9. Broncos – Trey Lance, QB | NDSU

If no teams trade up and Lance does fall to nine, the Broncos would be getting a steal. Elway would get his franchise guy, who has a low floor, but an elite ceiling. 

2019 Stats
CMP/ATTYDSTDINT
192/2872,786280
  • Age: 21
  • College: North Dakota State
  • Class: Sophomore
  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 226 lbs

FEATURED ARTICLE

Trey Lance – Capable NFL Quarterback?

The 2021 NFL Draft is shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable drafts in recent years. The quarterback market is completely overflowing with talented players, which could lead to many potential draft-day trades. Not only does this make the draft extremely hard to predict, but it might force many talented prospects to fall. Trey Lance could be one of those prospects. Trevor Lawrence is the unanimous number one slam dunk pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars. But after that, there is not really another guarantee. Deshaun Watson wanting out and Russell Wilson’s possible discomfort could see the Jets dishing out their pick for a superstar. Teams will also be looking … Continue Reading Trey Lance – Capable NFL Quarterback?

10. Cowboys – Patrick Surtain II, CB | Alabama

Patrick Surtain II, Cornerback

Surtain is the most polished and physical corner in the draft, and he could instantly change the dynamic in Dallas’ secondary. Surtain is one of the most disciplined college corner in the last ten years, and he could be a superstar.

2020 Stats
GPINTPDTKL
1311238
  • Age: 21
  • College: Alabama
  • Class: Junior
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 202 lbs
11. Giants – Micah Parsons, LB | Penn St.

Micah Parsons | Linebacker

The Giants take just the second defensive player of the draft, and arguably the one with the most potential. Although Christian Darrisaw could be a suitable option, I think the Giants go defense and address the o-line in the later rounds. 

2020 Stats
GPTKLFFSACK
1310945
  • Age: 21
  • College: Penn State
  • Class: Junior
  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 244 lbs.
12. Eagles – DeVonta Smith, WR | Alabama

DeVonta Smith | Wide Receiver

The Eagles, like the Dolphins, were able to trade back and still get their new WR1 in the Heisman winner. Smith has his concerns and flaws, but his strengths may allow him to mask those weaknesses. The Eagles get an exciting playmaker for Jalen Hurts.

2020 Stats
GPRECTDYDS
13117231,856
  • Age: 22
  • College: Alabama
  • Class: Senior
  • Height: 6’1″
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
13. Chargers – Christian Darrisaw, OT | Virginia Tech

Christian Darrisaw | Tackle

The Chargers need to protect Herbert as well, and they take the massive Darrisaw to do so. They could use this pick on a playmaker, but the offensive line is more desperate. 

  • Age: 21
  • College: Virginia Tech
  • Class: Junior
  • Height: 6’5″
  • Weight: 315 lbs.
14. Bears (via trade w/ Vikings) – Mac Jones, QB | Alabama

Mac Jones| Quarterback

The Bears trade up here and take their quarterback of the future, leaving New England out to dry. Jones has been projected in the top ten or even top five picks, but I think a middle first will work just fine. Although I do think he will be a bust, the Bears may get a glimmer of hope from their new QB1. 

2020 Stats
GPTDINTYDS
134464,500
  • Age: 21
  • College: Alabama
  • Class: Junior
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 214 lbs
15. Patriots – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB | Notre Dame

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah | Linebacker

If the Patriots are not willing to trade up for a quarterback, then they will miss out on an elite one altogether. This leaves them to take the most versatile player in the draft. The Notre Dame linebacker can not only make plays in the box, but his athleticism outside of the box will allow Bill to continue with his creative defensive schemes. 

2020 Stats
GPTDINTYDS
82262,100
  • Age: 21
  • College: Ohio State
  • Class: Junior
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 228 lbs
#TeamPlayerInfo
16MIAJaycee Horn Arizona could really use secondary help, and Horn can provide that. Horn and Farley should both be available here, yet the Cardinals go with Horn, who displayed elite athleticism at his pro day, where Farley was unable to participate. 
17LVTrevon Moering The Raiders could go with many different options at 17, including trading back, but I think they improve the weak safeties. Defensive and offensive linemen are not as abundant as earlier in the round, so the Raiders take the best safety available. 
18MIAGreggory Rosseau Najee Harris will be tempting here for Miami, but after already taking one playmaker, I think the Dolphins will choose to beef up the defensive line instead, taking the freakishly sized Rosseau.  
19WASAlijah Vera-Tucker Washington adds help on the offensive line with Vera-Tucker. Unless they trade up to take a quarterback or offensive tackle, Vera-Tucker is the most versatile and athletic player left for the offensive line. 
20MIN*Caleb FarleyDespite signing the veteran Patrick Peterson, Minnesota still needs help at the cornerback position. With the unfortunate news of  Jeff Gladney, it is apparent that the Vikings improve the secondary, and Farley is an absolute steal at 20. 
21INDKwity Paye The Colts are contenders this season, not only to win the division, but to make a conference championship. They will need to improve upon their great defense even more, specifically their weak spot, which is edge rushers. Paye provides a quick and simple fix to that solution. 
22TENGreg Newsome II The Titans can either go CB, WR, or OT with their 22nd pick. They will go corner because of their run-heavy offense though, leaving A.J. Brown to become one of the best receivers in the NFL.  
23NYJAzeez Ojulari The Jets could go Najee Harris, which would be both exciting and smart for the Jets’ future. However, they need help in the box more. Don’t be surprised to see NY take running back second round, but the explosive Georgia edge rusher will be somone they can’t pass up on. 
24PITNajee Harris The Steelers offense was stagnant without a run game last season, and adding Najee Harris can make not only the run game explosive, but also improve the passing game. 
25JAXTeven Jenkins The Jaguars needed secondary help, and they got it in free agency. They now need drastic changes on the offensive line, and Jenkins will help protect their new golden boy quarterback
26CLEJaelen PhillipsThe Browns have a plethora of edge rush options here, but I think they go with Phillips, who has the most potential of any of them left on the board. 
27BALRashod Bateman Baltimore needs to get Lamar Jackson a WR1 that isn’t named Marquise Brown. Bateman has great hands, solid route running, and NFL size. 
28NOZaven Collins Collins is a versatile linebacker that can line up anywhere. He is big, athletic in coverage, and can disrupt plays in the backfield. The linebacker will be able to improve New Orleans’ defense immediately. The Saints could also go WR here, but they are farther than people think from competing, so I think they ensure the defense. 
29GBLandon DickersonWith the departure of Corey Lindsley, the Packers need to replace the gaping hole they have at the center position. Aaron Rodgers again misses out on adding a playmaker in the first round, but expect the Packers to go wide receiver and defense-heavy for the rest of the draft. 
30BUFEric StokesThe loss to the Chiefs is still probably ringing in the ears of Buffalo. The Bills need help containing the receiving corps of Kansas City, which means they need fast, athletic members of the secondary. Stokes ran a lightning-quick 40, and is physical enough to be an NFL corner. 
31BALJalen Mayfield Being able to protect Lamar Jackson on the offensive line is super important, especially with the departure of Orlando Brown to KC. Mayfield is talented with tons of potential to bolster the offensive line.
32TBChristian Barmore Tom Brady keeps on winning. I don’t see it very likely that Barmore will fall this far, but if it happens Tampa will be celebrating. Barmore is phenomenal, but there aren’t many other fits for the defensive lineman, Tampa can sure up the run defense with the Alabama stud though. 

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