NFL mock draft 2021: Jets, Patriots, Dolphins build on busy free agency; 49ers bet on Mac Jones; Bears miss top QBs

NFL mock draft 2021 Jets Patriots Dolphins build on busy

With NFL free company arriving with the brand new league 12 months, what groups are doing with signings, re-signings, non-signings and releases early are taking their cumulative impact on their 2021 NFL Draft plans. While some staff wants are being crammed, others stay and new ones are rising.

Figuring out one piece of the offseason puzzle is useful to know what course every staff is perhaps going vs. one other once they’re on the clock. That’s undoubtedly precipitated extra shakeup in Sporting News’ newest mock draft, with some huge professional days (see Alabama, Ohio State) forward.

For now, how SN sees the picks taking part in out from No. 1 by means of No. 32 on April 29:

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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 a fantastic chief and winner on top of being a strong-armed passer and succesful powerful runner. Lawrence will clear up the Jaguars QB mess, hooked up to a brand new coach, huge faculty winner Urban Meyer. Lawrence can have success straight away with the Jaguars having an honest line and stable ability gamers resembling James Robinson, Marvin Jones, D.J. Chark and Laviska Shenault. Forget that discuss 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’ 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. Darnold ought to nonetheless be thought of firmly on the buying and selling block and it is trying much less doubtless the Jets can 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. Miami Dolphins (from Texans for Laremy Tunsil)

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

The Dolphins took a flier on Will Fuller to be their exterior deep risk reverse DeVante Parker however they nonetheless may use a extra dependable all-around receiver who can dominate operating routes inside or exterior. Chase posted 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 TDs throughout the nationwide championship season and may be a part of former teammate Justin Jefferson in lighting up the NFL as a flexible playmaker. He can rapidly emerge as Tua Tagovailoa’s true go-to man.

4. Atlanta Falcons (4-12)

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

Lance has climbed again up boards along with his huge upside. As extra groups look again on his wonderful professional day and see tapes of his statistically good lone season as a starter (2,786 yards passing, 28 TDs, no INTs, 1,100 yards speeding, 14 TDs) it is tougher to disregard the spectacular bodily and athletic expertise, together with blazing pace. Lance is uncooked and inexperienced and desires some polish in lots of areas, however the dual-threat instruments could be blended collectively properly. It’s no accident that Lance included parts of the Falcons’ playbook below Arthur Smith throughout his exercise. Matt Ryan is not going wherever in 2021, however Atlanta could make a fantastic stash for his near-future successor.

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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 vast receiver or tight finish can be tempting however upgrading the go safety is significant and the run blocking for Joe Mixon may use an enormous increase, too. Sewell nonetheless is one of the best all-around sort out on this class along with his easy agility for go safety and rock-like stature for the operating sport.

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6. Philadelphia Eagles (4-11-1)

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

The Eagles have been quiet in free company in serving to Jalen Hurts however they’ll hit a house run by reuniting him with one in all his greatest Alabama targets to be the No. 1 “X” and let Jalen Reagor settle into extra of the “Z” exterior deep risk mode. 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 onerous to disregard his Heisman Trophy-worthy dominant manufacturing, particularly when it peaked throughout the College Football Playoff video games. He can have the identical huge affect 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 degree, from flashing as a deep risk to ending properly within the crimson zone. The Lions must overhaul at vast 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 choice they want for brand spanking new quarterback Jared Goff as Waddle can play properly off the receiving expertise of operating 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 ability positions right here, however there is a sturdy indication coach Matt Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady desire 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 along 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.

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9. Denver Broncos (5-11)

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

The Broncos will take into consideration quarterback if both Lance or Fields drops, however their different huge want traces up shut with one of the best participant out there worth. Denver did spend to land former Washington starter Ronald Darby, however may use a powerful second choice on the again finish of Vic Fangio’s protection. Farley was one of many first top prospects to decide out for his closing faculty season. He has nice measurement and stable all-around protection expertise to the purpose he can develop right into a sound shutdown participant.

10. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)

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

Jerry Jones can not help himself typically with luxurious picks. He simply did go that route within the 2020 draft by taking vast receiver CeeDee Lamb, who was rolling to an enormous rookie season principally figuring out of the slot till Dak Prescott went down. The Cowboys have every kind of wants, from offensive line to defensive position to secondary. But Pitts may make their passing offense devastating with Lamb, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup. Remember the Buccaneers simply received a Super Bowl by being loaded on the ability positions with top QB play.

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 fitted to proper sort out and so they want to consider changing growing old left sort out Nate Solder sooner somewhat than later. Slater, who opted out of his closing season with the Wildcats, is rapidly 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 12 months Chase Young in a university matchup. He backed that up with a formidable professional day exhibiting off wonderful pace and quickness for his body.

12. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)

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

The 49ers have not indicated they’re transferring on from Jimmy Garoppolo in 2021, however they nonetheless have a straightforward out from his contract this 12 months and subsequent to make the change for a youthful QB with larger upside and successful pedigree who can deal with all the psychological and bodily elements of their various, balanced offense. Jones’ sturdy pocket passing, fast decision-making and ample athleticism ought to have nice attraction to Kyle Shanahan as a long-term resolution. He has Matt Ryan MVP-like potential within the scheme.

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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 taking part in 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 large 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 choosing 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 may go in different instructions, together with offensive line and go rush, however they in the end go for one of the best participant out there 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 turning into an unrestricted free agent and never a lot depth at at cornerback, this decide would make sneaky good sense if Surtain is offered from Bill Belichick’s favourite faculty protection of excellent pal Nick Saban. Surtain, along with his pedigree, measurement and ball-hawking expertise, 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 go 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 really want to play to spice up his inventory after posting 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in his lone vital and closing season below defensive-minded head coach Manny Diaz. He can be a fantastic match with defensive coordinator Vance Joseph.

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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 in addition added former Seahawk Quinton Jefferson to their defensive position rotation. But they nonetheless may 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 approach. 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 a wide range of schemes and alignments and has potential each in stopping the run and in protection. Brian Flores would love his type 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 enrich Terry McLaurin in Curtis Samuel. So they’ll focus, if Jones is not out there, on shoring up go safety, a pair seasons faraway from Trent Williams, who’s taking part in and incomes at an elite degree for the 49ers. Darrisaw has standout athleticism that may assist him develop right into a easy and nimble long-term go protector within the NFL.

20. Chicago Bears (8-8)

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

The Bears are disillusioned 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 in addition has some center of the field-stretching capacity.

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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’ll 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 go safety properly on the left facet on the subsequent degree. 

22. Tennessee Titans (11-5)

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

Horn, the son of former NFL vast receiver Joe Horn, is getting the due he deserves as a big-time nook. His huge two-interception sport in opposition to Auburn fueled an upset as he was one of the best participant on the sphere. 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 acquired 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 stable 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 persistently 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 switch growing old free agent Alejandro Villanueva on the left facet however are desperately hurting on the correct facet, which is Jenkins’ ideally suited place for his go safety and run blocking expertise.

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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 defensive position 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 focus on cleansing up higher on the second degree 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 in opposition to the run. The Browns may use him inside for each an improved go 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 go rush gutted. They must 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 switch breakout go rusher Trey Hendrickson, wo signed with the the Bengals, with an excellent complementary power for Cameron Jordan. Phillips leaped into first-round consideration together with former teammate Rousseau as extra groups have been impressed along with his standout athleticism for the place. He has a pleasant wingspan and will get after it in opposition to each run and go. 

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 in opposition to go and run of their 3-4. He explodes as an athlete and may make a whole lot of performs along 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 expertise who’s getting extra buzz for a terrific mixture of measurement and pace 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 can be a seamless improve with rapid 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 along 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)

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

The Buccaneers have not re-signed Leonard Fournette or signed James White, leaving a key void for a dynamic receiver out of the backfield to enrich the onerous early-down operating of Ronald Jones. Etienne was a shock return to Clemson however boosted his inventory as an all-around again with 1,506 scrimmage yards and 16 TDs. He can be an enormous additional asset within the passing sport for Tom Brady. He can get taken forward of the higher all-around Najee Harris due to receiving expertise in relation to particular staff want.

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