NFL mock draft 2021: Jets settle for second-best QB after Jaguars take Trevor Lawrence; Eagles land DeVonta Smith Golas Core

NFL mock draft 2021: Jets settle for second-best QB after Jaguars take Trevor Lawrence; Eagles land DeVonta Smith
27 December 2020 - 3:26 pm

NFL mock draft 2021: Jets settle for second-best QB after Jaguars take Trevor Lawrence; Eagles land DeVonta Smith,

The No. 1 choose within the 2021 NFL draft has lastly modified fingers in the course of the 2020 NFL season. Due to the Jets’ first win of the season over the Rams in Week 15, the one-win Jaguars now are within the driver’s seat to be on the clock first subsequent April.

The event is well-timed with the tip of school soccer’s common season and the start of bowl season main into the Faculty Soccer Playoff semifinals. A whole lot of prime professional expertise can be on the sphere when Trevor Lawrence and Clemson face Justin Fields and Ohio State, and whereas DeVonta Smith and Alabama battle Notre Dame.

This is how we see the picks from 1-32 enjoying out now. The highest 18 picks are primarily based on the present draft order, based on Tankathon. The underside 14 relies on SN’s projected end of the present playoff groups by Tremendous Bowl 55.

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NFL mock draft 2021

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-13)

  • Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson (6-6, 220 kilos)

With Gardner Minshew exhibiting his limitations, the Jaguars will leap on this generational expertise, a can’t-miss QB prospect within the echelon of Andrew Luck and Joe Burrow. Lawrence is not only a nice passer and athlete; he is an completed chief and winner, identical to these different two. Whether or not it is Doug Marrone and Jay Gruden working their offense once more (unlikely) or a brand new teaching workers, Lawrence can take their offense to new explosive heights as a no brainer first choose for their new GM.

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2. New York Jets (1-13)

  • Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State (6-3, 233 kilos)

Fields bought his desired second school beginning season, albeit abbreviated, to assist construct his inventory and push Lawrence, confirming the dynamic twin risk has his eyes laser-focused on the draft after thriving in Ryan Day’s pro-friendly offense. Fields will get to point out off his speeding and passing prowess head-to-head towards Lawrence on the largest stage. Let’s hope the Jets are sensible and pair him with an offensive-minded coach who’s much more constant and competent than Adam Gase.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (3-10-1)

  • Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon (6-5, 325 kilos)

The Bengals have made some investments of their offensive, line together with first-round deal with Jonah Williams from 2019, however they should higher shield franchise quarterback Joe Burrow when he can come again from his large knee harm. Sewell’s sturdy, sturdy presence can be a fantastic slot in entrance of Burrow and in addition assist their working recreation.

4. Carolina Panthers (4-10)

  • Zach Wilson, QB, BYU (6-3, 210 kilos)

Wilson has had an distinctive season together with his accuracy and downfield passing to shortly emerge as a risk to be the third QB off the board after Lawrence and Fields. Teddy Bridgewater has fared fairly properly because the bridge QB in Carolina, however there’s additionally a sign they’ve a restricted ceiling with him and may take into consideration changing him by 2022 with a longer-term answer. Wilson can be a robust, cerebral match for Joe Brady’s offense.

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5. Atlanta Falcons (4-10)

  • Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech (6-2, 207 kilos)

The Falcons have been an absolute mess at cornerback with a number of the worst downfield protection within the NFL and want a possible large shutdown nook, stat. Farley was one of many first prime prospects to decide out for his closing school season. He has nice dimension and stable all-around protection expertise for the place. 

6. Miami Dolphins (from Texans for Laremy Tunsil)

  • Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU (6-1, 208 kilos)

The Dolphins have Preston Williams and Mike Gesicki to assist DeVante Parker, however they may a extra transcendent versatile receiver to be their go-to man. Chase, opting out of LSU’s season, is coming off a giant closing season with Burrow (84 catches, 1,780 yards, 20 TDs) and can be a superb extra large playmaker to pair with Tua Tagovailoa.

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7. Philadelphia Eagles (4-9-1)

  • DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama (6-1, 175 kilos)

The Eagles took a large receiver within the first spherical in 2020 (Jalen Reagor) however they want a real dominating big-play No. 1 within the vein of DeAndre Hopkins or Stefon Diggs. Smith has picked up from he left off final season to turn out to be Heisman Trophy-worthy. He has 98 catches for 1,511 yards and 17 TDs in 11 video games this season.

8. Dallas Cowboys (5-9)

  • Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama (6-2, 203 kilos)

Surtain, together with his pedigree, dimension and ball-hawking expertise, has the potential to be a real shutdown participant. The Cowboys’ secondary has been terrible with out Byron Jones and Surtain can be a superb complement to fellow Alabama product Trevon Diggs. Jerry Jones must concentrate on shoring up the again finish first.

9. Los Angeles Chargers (5-9)

  • Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida (6-6, 246 kilos)

The Chargers may not be capable of afford to re-sign Hunter Henry long run they usually may additionally take into consideration extra distinctive 12 personnel to assist Justin Herbert take the subsequent step as a passer in Yr 2. Both method, Pitts, as the very best participant out there right here, wants consideration. Pitts posted 770 yards and 12 TDs on solely 43 catches, a uncommon field-stretcher for the place in addition to dominant crimson zone drive.

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10. New York Giants (5-9)

  • Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan (6-4, 272 kilos)

Paye tapped into his huge pass-rushing upside with two sacks in 4 video games this season earlier than being curbed by a lower-body harm. The Giants are sturdy up the center defensively and look higher at cornerback, however they’re in determined want of punching their previous calling card on the sting.

11. Detroit Lions (5-10)

  • Micah Parsons, ILB, Penn State (6-3, 245 kilos)

The Lions have had a number of the worst linebacker play within the NFL and should tackle their run-stopping and protection points there. Parsons is a rangy, hard-tackling and well-covering cleanup man within the Luke Kuechly mildew. Forward of his opt-out from convention play, he had 109 complete tackles, together with 5 sacks, in 2019 for the Nittany Lions.

12. San Francisco 49ers (6-9)

  • Mac Jones, QB, Alabama (6-3, 214 kilos)

Jones is having himself a giant Heisman Trophy worthy season changing Tagovailoa in Tuscaloosa. He has been the whole package deal in main the Tide, having a Burrow-style breakout together with his accuracy, large arm and downfield manufacturing, racking up jaw-dropping passing totals within the course of. His sturdy pocket passing ought to have nice attraction as an improve to Jimmy Garoppolo for Kyle Shanahan.

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13. Denver Broncos (5-9)

  • Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami (6-6, 260 kilos)

The Broncos, with quarterback on the backburner, want to consider getting youthful on the sting to assist Bradley Chubb with Von Miller coming of a season misplaced to an ankle harm earlier than his age 32 season, the ultimate yr of his contract. Rousseau, who opted out of the Hurricanes season, did not really want to play to spice up his inventory after posting 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in his lone important and closing season below defensive-minded head coach Manny Diaz.

​14. Minnesota Vikings (6-9)

  • Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State (6-4, 315 kilos)

The Vikings have been hurting at guard subsequent to first-round heart Garrett Bradbury. Davis might be an elite NFL inside blocker and already has confirmed loads in the way in which of paving the way in which for the Buckeyes’ prolific speeding assault earlier than deciding to decide in again into the season.

15. New England Patriots (6-8)

  • Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama (5-10, 182 kilos)

Waddle performed solely 4 video games earlier than his season-ending ankle harm and he nonetheless posted 25 catches for 557 yards and 4 TDs. The Patriots have had a tough time with huge receivers besides for Jakobi Meyers and wishes a giant hit on the place. Tapping into Nick Saban and Alabama is usually good for Invoice Belichick.

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16. Chicago Bears (7-7)

  • Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern(6-4, 315 kilos)

This is an opportunity to look proper as much as Evanston to fill an vital blocking want for David Montgomery and whoever the QB can be in Chicago in 2020. The Bears want an athletic, versatile lineman to contemplate on the left aspect and Slater, who will stay out of his closing season with the Wildcats, is shortly rising up the boards once more together with his all-around talent set getting extra consideration.

17. Las Vegas Raiders (7-8)

  • Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama (6-3, 310 kilos)

The Raiders drafted properly at defensive finish and cornerback and invested closely in linebacker in free company, though the returns have been restricted. The lacking ingredient is a linchpin up entrance towards the run. Barmore combines energy and energy with nice method and is somebody rethink this excessive up the board.

18. Baltimore Ravens (9-5)

  • Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota (6-2, 210 kilos)

The Ravens have too many speedy deep threats and never one constant, dependable route-running go-to man all around the subject. Marquise Brown wants a greater complement. Bateman, who opted again in for some time in 2020, put up 60 catches for 1,201 yards and 11 TDs working reverse Buccaneers draft choose Tyler Johnson in 2019. With out Johnson, he completed with 36 catches for 472 yards and a pair of TDs in 5 video games this season.

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19. Washington Soccer Crew (6-8)

  • Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech (6-5, 314 kilos)

WFT will contemplate a first-round quarterback however successful the division would change issues up with being in superb place to take action for Ron Rivera. Darrisaw has entered the first-round combine of late with standout athleticism that may assist him develop right into a clean and nimble long-term go protector within the NFL.

20. Arizona Cardinals (8-7)

  • Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina (6-1, 205 kilos)

The Cardinals are weak in cornerback protection behind a rejuvenated Patrick Peterson, inside and outside.  Horn, the son of former NFL huge receiver Joe Horn, is getting the due he deserves as a big-time nook. His large two-interception recreation towards Auburn fueled an upset as he was the very best participant on the sphere in that recreation. Horn has good dimension, size, athleticism and physicality. 

21. Miami Dolphins (10-5)

  • Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, USC (6-4, 300 kilos)

The Dolphins have to get extra atlhletic and shore up their inside go safety whereas additionally getting an asset with appreciable upside as a run blocker. Vera-Tucker’s uncooked expertise might be refined properly, particularly if he bulks a bit to enhance the facility a part of his recreation.

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22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-5)

  • Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson (5-10, 205 kilos)

The Bucs tried their finest to unravel working again woes within the passing recreation by including Leonard Fournette, Ke’Shawn Vaughn and LeSean McCoy behind Ronald Jones, however Tom Brady actually may use a extra versatile weapon within the James White mildew for his second yr with the Buccaneers. Etienne, who stunned by returning to Clemson, has racked up 1,406 scrimmage yards and 15 TDs this season, including to his dazzling profession numbers with the Tigers. He is a particular again for the fashionable NFL offense, with a few of each Alvin Kamara and Dalvin Cook dinner in his recreation.

23. Indianapolis Colts (10-4)

  • Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas (6-7, 300 kilos)

The Colts want to consider a substitute for 32-year-dold potential retiree Anthony Castonzo, who’s now battling a knee harm. Cosmi is a huge prospect for the place with nimble ft to match.

24. Cleveland Browns (10-4)

  • Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, OLB, Notre Dame (6-2, 216 kilos)

The Browns have to more healthy, extra energetic and versatile on the second degree to assist their protection all-around. Owusu-Koramoah covers like a defensive again and has room to develop right into a bodily run stopper.

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25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams for Jalen Ramsey)

  • Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan (6-5, 319 kilos)

Ought to the Jaguars make investments so extremely in Lawrence as their franchise quarterback, they want to consider addressing left deal with, too, with Cam Robinson set to turn out to be a free agent. Mayfield has stood out on movie together with his dimension, size and energy and may develop right into a clean blocker a la the Broncos’ Garett Bolles.

26. Tennessee Titans (10-4)

  • Zaven Collins, OLB, Tulsa (6-4, 260 kilos)

Collins explodes as an athlete and may make a whole lot of performs together with his agility, quickness and vary. Mike Vrabel would love his second-level versatility to assist with the go rush and protection.

27. New York Jets (from Seahawks for Jamal Adams)

  • Trey Smith, G, Tennessee (6-6, 325 kilos)

With Fields probably on the way in which and a few promise within the backfield, the Jets ought to be an efficient all-around working workforce with a brand new coach within the vein of Ravens’ and Cardinals’ offenses. Smith is a robust and highly effective run blocker who has proved he can match any scheme properly.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3) 

  • Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State (6-4, 226 kilos)

The Steelers may be getting yet another season from Ben Roethlisberger to provide them time to shine this prospect with huge bodily upside. Regardless of Lance’s one-game showcase for the Bison not going as deliberate in 2020, one can’t ignore the spectacular bodily and athletic expertise he displayed in his first full season of motion (2,786 yards passing, 28 TDs, zero INTs, 1,100 yards speeding, 14 extra TDs). 

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29. New Orleans Saints (11-4)

  • Kyle Trask, QB, Florida (6-5, 230 kilos)

Trask has been as much as the duty main a scorching Gators passing recreation confidently together with his arm, accuracy and athleticism to get into the first-round dialog. He is raised his effectivity and appears like a fantastic slot in Sean Payton’s offense as Drew Brees’ true all-around successor vs. Taysom Hill.

30. Buffalo Payments (11-3)

  • Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas (6-3, 245)

The Payments have to replenish their go rush for Sean McDermott with some younger juice. Ossai has been the current quickest riser on the place as an incredible upfield athlete with excessive motor who relentlessly goes after quarterbacks.

31. Inexperienced Bay Packers (11-3)

  • Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue (5-9, 180 kilos)

The Packers have made it work by committee with out upgrading huge receiver reverse Davante Adams for Aaron Rodgers. They should give him a harmful short-to-intermediate receiver with home-run after-catch expertise. Moore, who opted again in to make extra large performs for the Boilermakers in 2020, is a flexible athlete and an explosive play ready to occur.

32. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (13-1)

  • Nick Bolton, OLB, Missouri (6-0, 232 kilos)

The Chiefs have to preserve contemplating the second degree of their protection with a bodily run stopper with excessive power to rack up tackles. They.can keep in state to seize this dynamic early entry who can play both inside as a near-future substitute for Anthony Hitchens or present a fast strong-side improve over pending free agent Damien Wilson.

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