NFL Draft HUB
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
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
2. Jets – Zach Wilson, QB | BYU
3. 49ers – Justin Fields, QB | Ohio State
4. Falcons – Kyle Pitts, TE | Florida
5. Penei Sewell, OT | Oregon
6. Dolphins – Ja’Marr Chase, WR | LSU
7. Lions – Jaylen Waddle, WR | Alabama
8. Panthers – Rashawn Slater, OL | Northwestern
9. Broncos – Trey Lance, QB | NDSU
10. Cowboys – Patrick Surtain II, CB | Alabama
11. Giants – Micah Parsons, LB | Penn St.
12. Eagles – DeVonta Smith, WR | Alabama
13. Chargers – Christian Darrisaw, OT | Virginia Tech
14. Bears (via trade w/ Vikings) – Mac Jones, QB | Alabama
15. Patriots – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB | Notre Dame
|16||MIA||Jaycee 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.|
|17||LV||Trevon 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.|
|18||MIA||Greggory 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.|
|19||WAS||Alijah 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.|
|20||MIN*||Caleb Farley||Despite 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.|
|21||IND||Kwity 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.|
|22||TEN||Greg 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.|
|23||NYJ||Azeez 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.|
|24||PIT||Najee 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.|
|25||JAX||Teven 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|
|26||CLE||Jaelen Phillips||The 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.|
|27||BAL||Rashod 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.|
|28||NO||Zaven 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.|
|29||GB||Landon Dickerson||With 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.|
|30||BUF||Eric Stokes||The 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.|
|31||BAL||Jalen 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.|
|32||TB||Christian 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.|