NFL mock draft 2021: Deshaun Watson looms large for Jets, Dolphins; Cowboys, Patriots make luxury picks

Super Bowl 55 is nearly right here, which implies the ultimate first-round draft order for the 2021 NFL Draft will develop into official with both the victorious Buccaneers or profitable Chiefs selecting final. In the most recent Sporting News mock draft version earlier than the large recreation, there are many shakeups within the prime 30 picks, beginning instantly with No. 2.

With the Senior Bowl within the books, some prospects noticed their shares enhance, whereas others leveled out. More of that fluctuation will come when groups study gamers extra in depth throughout the center of the pre-draft course of, stamped by the satellite tv for pc model of the NFL Scouting Combine.

Here an entire breakdown of all of the projected Round 1 picks, based mostly on the updated draft order in response to Tankathon:

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NFL mock draft 2021

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-15)

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

Lawrence did not have one of the best end to his school profession, however he lived as much as expectations of being a generational expertise on the place, the second in a row after Joe Burrow. He’s an incredible 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 school winner Urban Meyer. Lawrence can have success instantly with the Jaguars having an honest line and prime younger ability gamers reminiscent of James Robinson, D.J. Chark and Laviska Shenault Jr. Forget that speak about Meyer taking another person, particularly one other QB.

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2. New York Jets (2-14)

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

Wilson had an distinctive season along with his accuracy and downfield passing to emerge because the draft class’ new second-best QB prospect after Lawrence. Wilson can be a powerful, cerebral match for Mike LaFleur’s offense changing Sam Darnold because the face of the franchise. The Jets are wanting much less more likely to follow Darnold within the new regime, altering to a rookie draft choose or a big-name veteran. If the Jets do trade for Deshaun Watson, then there can be a good likelihood Wilson goes with this choose to the Texans.

3. Miami Dolphins (from Texans for Laremy Tunsil)

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

The Dolphins would have a troublesome early determination in the event that they preserve this choose and take into account taking Chase vs. reuniting DeVonta Smith with Tua Tagovailoa. They must spherical out their receiving corps reverse DeVante Parker realizing they’ve the oft-injured Preston Williams. Parker, Chase and tight finish Mike Gesicki can be a harmful trio creating matchup nightmares. Chase posted 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 TDs through the nationwide championship season and might be a part of former teammate Justin Jefferson in lighting up the NFL as a flexible playmaker. 

4. Atlanta Falcons (4-12)

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

Fields has immense pure bodily expertise to make new offensive-minded head coach Arthur Smith take into consideration discovering Matt Ryan’s successor for a run-heavier strategy to the offense. Fields wasn’t having essentially the most standout second season for the Buckeyes in Big Ten play, however he saved his absolute NFL-loving greatest for lighting up Clemson and outplaying Lawrence with a blinding all-around efficiency within the College Football Playoff semifinal.

5. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)

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

Sewell nonetheless is one of the best all-around sort out on this class along with his clean agility for cross safety and rock-like stature for the working recreation. The Bengals will probably be tempted by a large receiver and that also may be the course ought to Chase, Joe Burrow’s former go-to man stay obtainable right here, But it is onerous to cross up on Sewell with holding Burrow upright in Year 2 and past being a excessive precedence.

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6. Philadelphia Eagles (4-11-1)

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

Smith is falling on some boards due to concern about his body, but it surely’s onerous to disregard his Heisman Trophy-worthy dominant manufacturing, particularly when it peaked through the College Football Playoff video games and put him into the dialog for greatest wideout within the class. The Eagles did use a first-rounder on Jalen Reagor final yr, however they’ve loads of different points at wideout for Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts and will use Smith as their true go-to “X” exterior to enhance Reagor as a speedy “Z.”

7. Detroit Lions (5-11)

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

Waddle, like his Crimson Tide teammate Smith, is a extremely expert all-around receiver the Lions might use to run all of the routes and get open in every single place exterior for Jared Goff. Waddle can be an incredible substitute for getting older free agent Marvin Jones Jr., assuming the Lions carry again huge field-stretching youthful free agent Kenny Golladay. Golladay, Waddle and tight finish T.J. Hockenson can be basis for Anthony Lynn’s new-look passing offense.

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8. Carolina Panthers (5-11)

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

The Panthers can take into consideration offensive line and different offensive ability positions right here, however there is a robust indication coach Matt Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady need a extra dynamic, youthful improve to Teddy Bridgewater. Lance has climbed again up boards along with his large upside. As extra groups see tapes of his statistically good lone season as a starter (2,786 yards passing, 28 TDs, no INTs, 1,100 yards dashing, 14 TDs) it is more durable to disregard the spectacular bodily and athletic abilities. 

9. Denver Broncos (5-11)

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

The Broncos will even weigh their choices to spice up their edge cross rush to help Bradley Chubb, realizing that Von Miller is older and coming off a season misplaced to damage. But the surface of the secondary units as much as be a extra urgent concern for defensive-minded Vic Fangio. Farley was one of many first prime prospects to choose out for his ultimate school season. He has nice dimension and strong all-around protection abilities to the purpose he can develop right into a sound shutdown participant.

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10. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)

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

The Cowboys might use some cornerback assist, too, however this curveball of going for one other an offensive ability luxury choose cannot be dominated out for Jerry Jones in “best player availablle” mode. Dallas figures to lock up Dak Prescott and has fantastic weapons for him in Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and 2020 first-rounder CeeDee Lamb. But as a lot as Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz have flashed, neither is a matchup nightmare tight finish. The Cowboys want somebody as impactful as prime Jason Witten, and Pitts, a large receiver hybrid, can be ideally suited. He posted 770 yards and 12 TDs on solely 43 catches, a uncommon field-stretcher for the place in addition to a dominant pink zone drive.

11. New York Giants (6-10)

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

The Giants will take into consideration broad receiver and offensive line, too, however after relying a lot on inside pass-rushing for their much-improved entrance seven, also can go for essentially the most dependable edge rusher within the class. 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 important and ultimate season beneath defensive-minded head coach Manny Diaz. He can be an incredible match with Patrick Graham.

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12. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)

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

There’s a rising likelihood the 49ers go in a distinct course at quarterback, like providing up Jimmy Garoppolo in a commerce for Kirk Cousins. They do have a serious subject looming of their protection with a slew of cornerbacks headed to free company, led by veteran chief Richard Sherman. That strains up effectively with this choice. Surtain, along with his pedigree, dimension and ball-hawking abilities, has the potential to be a real shutdown participant.

13. Los Angeles Chargers (7-9)

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

The Chargers can not go into one other season with Sam Tevi and oft-injured getting older Bryan Bulaga as the highest tackles for second-year franchise QB Justin Herbert. The greatest offensive lineman obtainable makes nice sense right here, extra for exterior than inside. Slater, who opted out of his ultimate season with the Wildcats, is shortly rising up the boards once more along with his all-around ability set getting extra consideration. He held greater than his personal vs. Washington defensive rookie of the yr Chase Young in a school matchup.

​14. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)

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

The Vikings noticed their edge rush develop into a multitude with out injured Danielle Hunter and will use a flexible lineman to proceed the rebuild of Mike Zimmer’s protection, now extra targeted on the entrance. Paye is a freak of nature and has shortly shot up draft boards. It’s onerous not to consider a mix of Ziggy Ansah and Jason Pierre-Paul in that sense.

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15. New England Patriots (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 Patriots now completely can not really feel comfy going for this place over some evident requirements. That’s to not say Parsons is a luxury choose for New England — the workforce might use a second-level anchor to carry collectively all of Bill Belichick’s younger entrance seven reinforcements, particularly with a free-agent mess forward. Parsons is a hard-tackling and well-covering cleanup man, a rangy playmaker within the Luke Kuechly game-changing mildew.

16. Arizona Cardinals (8-8)

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

The Cardinals might use an inside line increase for Kyler Murray and their run-heavy assault. Vera-Tucker has separated from Ohio State’s now injured Wyatt Davis as one of the best such prospect on this class, as he can spherical out into an entire blocker, additionally able to enjoying exterior, with extra polish.

17. Las Vegas Raiders (8-8)

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

The Raiders invested in free brokers Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski final yr however that is not sufficient on the second degree, as they nonetheless had basic points in former defensive coordinator Paul Guenther’s scheme. They want one other key playmaker within the Ok.J. Wright molde for Gus Bradley’s scheme. Owusu-Koramoah covers like a defensive again and has room to develop right into a bodily run stopper.

18. Miami Dolphins (10-6)

  • Najee Harris, RB, Alabama (6-2, 230 kilos)

Harris had a powerful Senior Bowl week of practices exhibiting off his working energy and flexibility. He confirmed up in wonderful form and proved succesful he can deal with a three-down workhorse position along with his receiving abilities, quickness and smarts. The Dolphins bought season from Myles Gaskin when wholesome in a featured position, however Harris can be a substantial general improve.

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19. Washington Football Team (7-9)

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

Jones was the entire package deal in main the Crimson Tide to a nationwide championship, having a Burrow-style breakout along with his accuracy, huge arm and downfield manufacturing, racking up jaw-dropping passing totals within the course of to make essentially the most of prime receivers. Jones’ robust pocket passing ought to have nice enchantment to be Washington’s long-term answer in Scott Turner’s robust, QB-friendly offensive system.

20. Chicago Bears (8-8)

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

The Bears ought to keep away from reaching somewhat for quarterback and take into account each offensive sort out and defensive sort out extra ought to the draft play out like this in entrance of them. Barmore, ideally suited as a brand new constructing block for the Bears’ 3-4, stood out as a inside terror for the Tide. He had an enormous College Football Playoff run towards Notre Dame and Ohio State to spice up his inventory. Barmore combines energy and energy with nice approach. His late-season surge makes him worthy of a back-half first-rounder.

21. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)

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

The Colts must discover a new beginning quarterback both in draft or free company, too, however additionally they must substitute 32-year-old retiree Anthony Castonzo with one other potential rock at left sort out. Darrisaw has put himself into robust first-round consideration with standout athleticism that may assist him develop right into a clean and nimble long-term cross protector within the NFL.

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22. Tennessee Titans (11-5)

  • Azeez Ojulari, OLB, Georgia (6-3, 240 kilos)

The Titans’ cross rush was a bugaboo and it value them in entrance of their weak cross protection in the long run with Jadeveon Clowney not offering sufficient late free-agency solutions. Ojulari has jumped into first-round consideration as a result of he is a singular pass-rusher who can match a wide range of schemes and alignments and has potential each in stopping the run and in protection. Mike Vrabel and Shane Bowen would love his fashion of play.

23. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks)

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

The Jets, after considering offense first with their No. 2 general choose, should handle their cross protection right here with both cornerback, security or pass-rushing assist, and the latter may find yourself being the precedence based mostly on the worth of gamers obtainable. Ossai has been the latest quickest riser on the place as an amazing upfield athlete with excessive motor who relentlessly goes after quarterbacks.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)

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

The Steelers have getting older corners exterior in Steven Nelson and Joe Haden and each sub-package gamers, Mike Hilton and Cameron Sutton, are free brokers. Horn, the son of former NFL broad receiver Joe Horn, is getting the due he deserves as a big-time nook. His huge two-interception recreation towards Auburn fueled an upset as he was one of the best participant on the sector. This Horn has good dimension, size, athleticism and physicality to comprise wideouts.

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25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)

  • Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU (6-1, 208 kilos)

This security class is deep with quite a lot of equally valued prospects however Moehrig has managed to face out from the remainder as a ballhawking presence, robust run supporter and strong single cowl man. The Jaguars want to consider cornerback, too, however that they had shaky security play final season, too and will use an lively, impactful cleanup man within the mildew of Derwin James or Jessie Bates.

26. Cleveland Browns (11-5)

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

The Browns have Myles Garrett anchoring their line of defense and Denzel Ward main their secondary. They might use some complementary items there, however additionally they had been quick on playmaking on the second degree. Collins explodes as an athlete and might make quite a lot of performs along with his agility, quickness and vary. Joe Woods would love his ability set.

27. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)

  • Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State (6-5, 257 kilos)

The Ravens might additionally take into account broad receiver assist for Lamar Jackson right here but in addition have an enormous pass-rush subject to deal with with Matthew Judon heading to free company. Oweh is the traditional 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)

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

The Saints have a reasonably good edge cross rush and a second-level drive in Demario Davis, however they might some assist each upfield and getting round in protection. Bolton, along with his nice pace and quickness made to fly across the subject, can present that. He is also a really sound tackler to maintain boosting their robust run protection.

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29. Green Bay Packers (13-3)

  • Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida (5-11, 190 kilos)

The Packers bought loads of huge performs from Allen Lazard and Marques Valdez-Scantling to enhance Davante Adams, however they’ve a transparent want for a high-level devoted slot receiver with Jarvis Landry-like potential to higher work the center of the sector for Aaron Rodgers. Toney is dynamic after the catch and in addition has some center of the field-stretching skill.

30. Buffalo Bills (13-3)

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

The Bills want to deal with offensive line in some kind as a excessive precedence with sort out Darryl Williams being the larger free-agent concern over guards Jon Feliciano and Brian Winters, as Cody Ford coming back from damage can shore up a kind of spots. Mayfield has stood out on movie along with his dimension, size and energy and might develop right into a clean blocker a la the Broncos’ Garett Bolles.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5)

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

The Bucs did OK to resolve their working again woes within the passing recreation by including Leonard Fournette, Ke’Shawn Vaughn and LeSean McCoy behind Ronald Jones, however Tom Brady actually might use a extra versatile weapon within the James White mildew for his second yr with the Buccaneers. Etiennie was a shock return to Clemson however boosted his inventory behind Harris as an all-around again with 1,506 scrimmage yards and 16 TDs.

32. Kansas City Chiefs (14-2)

  • Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU (6-3, 200 kilos)

With Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson hitting free company in 2021, this might a coup for Patrick Mahomes. LSU retains churning out the big-time NFL broad receivers, with Chase going earlier and Justin Jefferson being an immediate first-round hit for the Vikings. Marshall has an incredible mixture of dimension and pace and might line up anyplace as a big-time complementary route runner to Tyreek Hill. 

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