NFL free company did shake up what groups are pondering once they’re on the clock for the primary of the 2021 NFL draft. But the Dolphins determined to create a lot greater shockwaves by making large pre-draft trades with the 49ers and the Eagles on the identical time.
Miami, which was selecting No. 3 general, ended up at No. 6 when the mud settled from the 2 strikes. San Francisco jumps up from No. 12 to No. 3, with Philadelphia now selecting No. 12 general. That includes solely three groups, however that new draft order will throw off the best-laid plans of many groups selecting from No. 4 on down.
For now, this is how SN sees the picks enjoying out from No. 1 by way of No. 32 on April 29:
NFL mock draft 2021
1. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-15)
- Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson (6-6, 220 kilos)
Lawrence lived as much as expectations of being a generational expertise on the place, the second in a row after Joe Burrow. He’s an important chief and winner on prime of being a strong-armed passer and succesful powerful runner. Lawrence will clear up the Jaguars QB mess, connected to a brand new coach, huge faculty winner Urban Meyer. Lawrence can have success straight away with the Jaguars having an honest line and strong talent gamers resembling James Robinson, Marvin Jones, D.J. Chark and Laviska Shenault. Forget that discuss Meyer taking another person, particularly one other QB.
2. New York Jets (2-14)
- Zach Wilson, QB, BYU (6-3, 210 kilos)
Wilson had an distinctive season with his accuracy and downfield passing to emerge because the draft class’ second-best QB prospect after Lawrence. Wilson could be a powerful, cerebral match for Mike LaFleur’s offense changing Sam Darnold because the face of the franchise. Darnold ought to nonetheless be thought of firmly on the buying and selling block and it is trying much less doubtless the Jets might be aggressive sufficient to make a commerce for Deshaun Watson. Why would they, once they can get a high-upside passer with out sacrificing any additional first-rounders?
3. San Francisco (from Texans by way of Dolphins)
- Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State (6-4, 226 kilos)
The 49ers have talked up that they are nonetheless rolling with Jimmy Garoppolo but it surely’s laborious to see them buying and selling up 9 spots for a place aside from quarterback, particularly when sort out, large receiver and tight finish aren’t key wants. They’re doubtless going excessive upside with a youthful possibility who might sit a 12 months to develop if wanted, making Lance the very best guess. Lance has climbed again up boards with his his large upside. As extra groups look again on his high-quality professional day and see tapes of his statistically sensible lone season as a starter (2,786 yards passing, 28 TDs, no INTs, 1,100 yards speeding, 14 TDs) it is more durable to disregard the spectacular bodily and athletic abilities, together with his blazing velocity. Lance is uncooked and inexperienced and desires some polish in lots of areas, however the dual-threat instruments could be blended collectively properly for Kyle Shanahan.
4. Atlanta Falcons (4-12)
- Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU (6-1, 208 kilos)
The Falcons are good candidates to commerce down for some defensive assist at cornerback or edge rusher, and so they might nonetheless take into consideration stashing a QB behind Matt Ryan, however that probability could be lesser with Lance gone. Staying put, going for the very best participant obtainable could be superior for Ryan, as they will slot in Chase in between Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley in Arthur Smith’s offense. Chase posted 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 TDs through the nationwide championship season and may be a part of former teammate Justin Jefferson in lighting up the NFL as a flexible playmaker.
5. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)
- Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon (6-5, 325 kilos)
The Bengals went after Joe Thuney for offensive line assist in free company however weren’t aggressive sufficient to signal the brand new Chief. Getting Joe Burrow one other big-time playmaker at large receiver or tight finish might be tempting however upgrading the move safety is significant and the run blocking for Joe Mixon might use a giant increase, too, because it’s laborious to belief the mix of Jonah Williams and newcomer Riley Reiff. Sewell nonetheless is the very best all-around sort out on this class with his easy agility for move safety and rock-like stature for the working sport.
6. Miami Dolphins (from Eagles)
- DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama (6-1, 170 kilos)
The Dolphins knew they might nonetheless get a prime wideout for Tua Tagovailoa by shifting across the board, thus going to No. 12 after which again up there thanks tot he Eagles. Why not go after a prolific former teammate with whom he already has good chemistry to play nicely off DeVante Parker and Will Fuller? Smith is seen extra because the No. 2 or No. 3 wideout on this class due to concern about his body, but it surely’s laborious to disregard his Heisman Trophy-worthy dominant manufacturing, particularly when it peaked through the College Football Playoff video games. He can have the identical huge influence as Chase and former teammate Jaylen Waddle.
7. Detroit Lions (5-11)
- Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama (5-10, 182 kilos)
Waddle is a extremely expert all-around pure pass-catcher. He can run all of the routes at a excessive stage, from flashing as a deep menace to ending nicely within the purple zone. The Lions have to overhaul at large receiver with Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr. and Danny Amendola all not re-signed. Former Jet Breshad Perriman for the surface is not sufficient. Here’s the No. 1 possibility they want for brand spanking new quarterback Jared Goff as Waddle can play nicely off the receiving abilities of working again D’Andre Swift and tight finish T.J. Hockenson.
8. Carolina Panthers (5-11)
Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State (6-3, 233 kilos)
The Panthers can take into consideration offensive line and different offensive talent positions right here, however there is a sturdy indication coach Matt Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady need a extra dynamic, youthful improve to Teddy Bridgewater. Fields wasn’t having essentially the most standout second season for the Buckeyes in Big Ten play, however with his immense bodily expertise, he saved his absolute NFL-loving greatest for lighting up Clemson and outplaying Lawrence with a stunning all-around efficiency within the College Football Playoff semifinal. Lance additionally would get consideration right here ought to he fall; much less so for Alabama’s Mac Jones.
9. Denver Broncos (5-11)
- Mac Jones, QB, Alabama (6-3, 217 kilos)
The Broncos have taken a more in-depth have a look at Jones simply as their confidence in going ahead into Year 3 with Drew Lock is fading. Cornerback can be much less of a necessity with the pickups of Ronald Darby and Kyle Fuller in free company. Now they do not have to leap the Panthers to go QB. Jones’ sturdy pocket passing, fast decision-making and ample athleticism ought to have nice attraction to George Paton and John Elway as lastly a long-term resolution. He can do what’s wanted to excel in Pat Shurmur’s scheme, reuniting with large receiver Jerry Jeudy and likewise inheriting a prime receiving tight finish in Noah Fant.
10. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)
- Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech (6-2, 207 kilos)
With the Broncos going away from cornerback, the Cowboys can fell good about addressing their key defensive want for Jerry Jones in new coordinator Dan Quinn’s protection, particularly when it strains up with the very best participant obtainable. Farley was one of many first prime prospects to choose out for his ultimate faculty season. He has nice measurement and strong all-around protection abilities to the purpose he can develop right into a sound shutdown participant.
11. New York Giants (6-10)
Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern (6-4, 315 kilos)
The Giants did draft Andrew Thomas final 12 months, however he is higher suited to proper sort out and so they want to consider changing getting older left sort out Nate Solder sooner relatively than later. Slater, who opted out of his ultimate season with the Wildcats, is shortly rising up the boards once more with his all-around talent set getting extra consideration. He held greater than his personal vs. Washington defensive rookie of the 12 months Chase Young in a university matchup. He backed that up with a powerful professional day exhibiting off high-quality velocity and quickness for his body.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (from 49ers by way of Dolphins)
Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida (6-6, 246 kilos)
The Eagles are sure to maneuver on from Zach Ertz sooner or later within the offseason and offensive-minded coach Nick Sirianni might use one other playmaker for Jalen Hurts as an excellent complement to Dallas Goedert. Pitts is a stunning pass-catcher and his athleticism might be utilized in a good hybrid position, including some big-play skill to 2020 first-rounder Jalen Reagor for Hurts. Philadelphia will hope it may make this seamless pivot from wideout at No. 6 to a special fashion of dynamic receiver right here.
13. Los Angeles Chargers (7-9)
Alijah Vera-Tucker, G/OT, USC (6-4, 300 kilos)
The Chargers have made offensive line upgrades a precedence in entrance of Justin Herbert by signing heart Corey Linsley and proper guard Matt Feiler. There’s extra indication that Vera-Tucker can deal with enjoying left sort out within the NFL full-time due to his potential to spherical out as a nimble all-around blocker. He is usually a big improve for Los Angeles there reverse former Packers proper sort out Bryan Bulage.
14. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)
- Micah Parsons, ILB, Penn State (6-3, 245 kilos)
Parsons’ inventory is not falling; it is the very fact the groups selecting forward of the Vikings aren’t completely comfy going for this place over different wants. He stays a hard-tackling and well-covering cleanup man, a rangy playmaker within the Luke Kuechly game-changing mildew. Minnesota might go in different instructions, together with offensive line and move rush, however they finally go for the very best participant obtainable who can sustain the defensive youth motion and star inside or exterior, particularly with an Anthony Barr out in 2022.
15. New England Patriots (7-9)
Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama (6-2, 203 kilos)
The Patriots will not be reaching for a quarterback and addressed a number of offensive and defensive positions in free company. With Stephon Gilmore getting older, J.C Jackson changing into an unrestricted free agent and never a lot depth at at cornerback, this choose would make sneaky good sense if Surtain is offered from Bill Belichick’s favourite faculty protection of excellent buddy Nick Saban. Surtain, with his pedigree, measurement and ball-hawking abilities, has the potential to be a real shutdown participant.
16. Arizona Cardinals (8-8)
Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami (6-6, 260 kilos)
The Cardinals misplaced breakout move rusher Haason Reddick in free company to the Panthers so they should get a brand new younger complement to Chandler Jones. Rousseau, who opted out of the Hurricanes season, did not actually need to play to spice up his inventory after posting 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in his lone vital and ultimate season beneath defensive-minded head coach Manny Diaz. He could be an important match with defensive coordinator Vance Joseph.
17. Las Vegas Raiders (8-8)
- Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama (6-3, 310 kilos)
The Raiders invested extra on the sting with Yannick Ngakoue and likewise added former Seahawk Quinton Jefferson to their line of defense rotation. But they nonetheless might use a beefy space-eater within the inside who can disrupt the backfield and put their linebackers in higher place to make huge performs upfield. Barmore combines power and energy with nice method. His late-season surge makes him worthy of a back-half first-rounder.
18. Miami Dolphins (10-6)
- Azeez Ojulari, OLB, Georgia (6-3, 240 kilos)
The Dolphins have a pass-rushing void of their hybrid scheme after Kyle Van Noy was round for just one season. Ojulari has jumped into first-round consideration as a result of he is a novel pass-rusher who can match quite a lot of schemes and alignments and has potential each in stopping the run and in protection. Brian Flores would love his fashion of play.
19. Washington Football Team (7-9)
Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech (6-5, 314 kilos)
Washington goes with Ryan Fitzpatrick as a bridge QB and added a playmaking wideout to enhance Terry McLaurin in Curtis Samuel. So they will focus, if Jones is not obtainable, on shoring up move safety, a pair seasons faraway from Trent Williams, who’s enjoying and incomes at an elite stage for the 49ers. Darrisaw has standout athleticism that may assist him develop right into a easy and nimble long-term move protector within the NFL.
20. Chicago Bears (8-8)
- Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida (5-11, 190 kilos)
The Bears are upset in Anthony Miller and look intent to improve the slot between Allen Robinson and speedy second-year participant Darnell Mooney, which can be a key place to assist new beginning QB Andy Dalton have success. Toney is dynamic after the catch and likewise has some center of the field-stretching skill.
21. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)
- Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas (6-6, 314 kilos)
Now that the Colts have landed Wentz as their new beginning quarterback, they will focus first on changing 32-year-old retiree Anthony Castonzo with one other potential rock at left sort out. Cosmi has nice athleticism for his measurement and groups are beginning to be comfy that he’s nimble sufficient to deal with move safety nicely on the left facet on the subsequent stage.
22. Tennessee Titans (11-5)
- Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina (6-1, 205 kilos)
Horn, the son of former NFL large receiver Joe Horn, is getting the due he deserves as a big-time nook. His huge two-interception sport towards Auburn fueled an upset as he was the very best participant on the sector. This Horn has good measurement, size, athleticism and physicality to comprise wideouts.
23. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks)
- Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan (6-4, 272 kilos)
The Jets received one sturdy all-around edge presence in signing former Bengal Carl Lawson in free company, however that is not sufficient for Robert Saleh and Jeff Ulbrich as they attempt to overhaul the protection right into a strong entrance 4 that may higher get after the quarterback.They ought to just like the outside-inside versatility of this prospect. Paye is a freak of nature athletically and simply wants some polish to be a constantly backfield-disrupting chess piece.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)
Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State (6-5, 310 kilos)
Jenkins appeared a bit uncooked early within the course of to many, however his pure arms, power and footwork have proven he has an excellent mix of agility and energy for the NFL. The Steelers have tabbed Zach Banner to exchange getting older free agent Alejandro Villanueva on the left facet however are desperately hurting on the fitting facet, which is Jenkins’ superb place for his move safety and run blocking abilities.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)
- Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame (6-2, 216 kilos)
The Jaguars made some defensive investments in free company with Roy Robertson-Harris for his or her line of defense and Shaquill Griffin for cornerback. They even have untapped edge pass-rush promise in previous first-rounders Josh Allen and K’Lavon Chaisson. Now they should give attention to cleansing up higher on the second stage of their defensive rebuild. Owusu-Koramoah covers like a defensive again and has room to develop right into a bodily run stopper.
26. Cleveland Browns (11-5)
Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington (6-3, 290 kilos)
Onwuzurike has emerged because the second-best defensive sort out on this class for related backfield-disrupting attributes as Barmore. He has nice quickness and athleticism for his measurement however he additionally maintains his big-body power towards the run. The Browns might use him inside for each an improved move rush and run-stuffing.
27. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)
- Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State (6-5, 257 kilos)
The Ravens misplaced each Matthew Judon and Ngakoue in free company, leaving their edge move rush gutted. They have to elevate Jaylon Ferguson right into a extra common position and get him assist, stat. Oweh is the basic freakish athlete within the Jason Pierre-Paul mode who has the potential to be an explosive and productive rusher for a very long time, even when he should produce situationally at first.
28. New Orleans Saints (12-4)
- Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami (6-5, 226 kilos)
The Saints want to exchange breakout move rusher Trey Hendrickson, wo signed with the the Bengals, with an excellent complementary pressure for Cameron Jordan. Phillips leaped into first-round consideration alongside with former teammate Rousseau as extra groups have been impressed with his standout athleticism for the place. He has a pleasant wingspan and will get after it towards each run and move.
29. Green Bay Packers (13-3)
- Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa (6-4, 260 kilos)
Collins can play inside or exterior and the Packers want extra second-level floor protection towards move and run of their 3-4. He explodes as an athlete and may make a whole lot of performs with his agility, quickness and vary.
30. Buffalo Bills (13-3)
- Greg Newsome, CB, Northwestern (6-0, 192 kilos)
Newsome is a great, instinctual nook with pure ballhawk abilities who’s getting extra buzz for a terrific mixture of measurement and velocity that may permit him to be constant in exterior protection, particularly in a protection with zone ideas. The Bills nonetheless have Levi Wallace reverse Tre’Davious White, however he is a shaky picked-on presence. Newsome could be a seamless improve with speedy beginning potential.
31. Kansas City Chiefs (14-2)
- Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan (6-5, 319 kilos)
The Chiefs are overhauling their offensive line with tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz gone and Joe Thuney and Kyle Long signed. This is the following step, touchdown somebody who blossom defending Patrick Mahomes’ blind facet in little time.. Mayfield has stood out on movie with his measurement, size and power and may develop right into a easy blocker a la the Broncos’ Garett Bolles.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5)
- Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington (6-3, 290 kilos)
With the Bucs re-signing Leonard Fournette, working again can now be tabled right here. But though in addition they re-signed defensive sort out Ndamukong Suh (6-4, 307 kilos), he is again on a one-year deal for his age 34 season. Here’s somebody to groom inside to exchange him as a starter within the rotation subsequent to beefy Vita Vea. Onwuzurike is extraordinarily energetic and athletic inside for a person of his measurement. He combines that with toughness and method required to complete performs.