The (*10*) will be outlined by quarterbacks going off the board early and sometimes. For the eighth time since 1967, QBs are set to go 1-2 to begin the choice course of. San Francisco is expected to make it three in a row and there is a probability both Atlanta (or one other group buying and selling up) take a fourth consecutive QB to open the evening.
There’s little thriller on who will go proper off the highest, with the Jaguars locked into their decide and Jets simply as set. But from the 49ers on, it will get quite a bit tougher to determine where each QB will land. There’s additionally amount with that high quality, as there’s an opportunity as many as 12 quarterbacks in all get drafted over seven rounds.
Here are Sporting News’ projections for these dozen QB choices:
NFL QB mock draft 2021
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
- Jaguars, No. 1 general, first spherical
Jacksonville’s league-worst file received it the lottery for brand new coach Urban Meyer. Lawrence already has endeared himself to his new fan base, who’re excited to see his uncommon arm expertise, athleticism and championship pedigree go to work as a professional. The Jaguars could have left this door ajar a number of months in the past, however now the case is slammed shut. They needs to be thrilled about his excessive flooring and countless ceiling.
Zach Wilson, BYU
- Jets, No. 2 general, first spherical
Wilson can also be near a certain factor for the Jets, in need of a 100% assure. There was hypothesis New York would attempt to make it work with Sam Darnold utilizing a brand new teaching employees, scheme and personnel, however his commerce to Carolina confirmed the group’s love for Wilson’s mix of accuracy, arm and character. There’s a miniscule probability the Jets change to a different QB and Wilson falls a decide later to the 49ers.
Mac Jones, Alabama
- 49ers, No. 3 general, first spherical
The 49ers’ quarterback alternative has been laborious to determine ever since they made the aggressive transfer up with the Dolphins. The cause is that Kyle Shanahan’s offense can arrange any QB to achieve alternative ways with a passing-friendly baseline. Jones falls extra in step with early prized pupils Kirk Cousins and Matt Ryan, with the sprint of underrated athleticism Jimmy Garoppolo has.
But Shanahan may additionally see an opportunity to usher in addditional dashing factor on high of fast, correct passing with Ohio State’s Justin Fields or North Dakota State’s Trey Lance. Jones’ excessive flooring and San Francisco’s antsy feeling to improve from Garoppolo straight away suggests he is the popular alternative over the boom-or-bust Fields and the extra developmental Lance.
Trey Lance, North Dakota State
- Falcons, No. 4 general, first spherical
The Falcons are enamored with two luxurious picks who aren’t rapid wants in Lance and Florida tight finish Kyle Pitts. Lance can be a pleasant younger stash, groomed to suceed Matt Ryan in a season or two. Pitts would give Ryan a extra harmful receiving corps with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. Atlanta ought to assume about buying and selling down to draw one other group to commerce up for Lance or Fields. The Patriots and Washington needs to be Lance-leaning; put the Broncos and Bears extra within the Fields camp. In a way, there is a strong probability a QB goes right here to some group.
Justin Fields, Ohio State
- Broncos, No. 9 general, first spherical
The Broncos want to observe how issues develop after Lawrence and Wilson go to know whether or not to leap up and guarantee they will have their remaining alternative of the 5 first-round quarterbacks. As they want extra an instantaneous improve of a younger starter over Drew Lock, Fields makes extra sense than Lance, assuming Jones goes to the 49ers. Fields additionally suits with the present construction and scheme of Denver’s offense below Pat Shurmur.
Kyle Trask, Florida
- Washington Football Team, No. 51 general, second spherical
There are some who assume Trask will sneak into the underside of Round 1 because the sixth QB taken. Others assume he is a borderline second-rounder with one or two prospects forward of him. Another group thinks he is a Day 3 man. Trask’s knock, very similar to Jones, is the shortage of dynamic athleticism, however he is a assured, robust pocket passer who maximized premium weapons, led by Pitts and large receiver Kadarius Toney. Trask can develop effectively for Scott Turner with Ryan Fitzpatrick serving as the best bridge mentor. The Bears, who decide one spot later, also needs to be inquisitive about Trask after lacking out on the first-round run.
Jamie Newman, Georgia
- Vikings, No. 143 general, fourth spherical
With Newman and among the sleeper quarterbacks to comply with on this checklist, all it takes is one group liking their developmental upside sufficient to take a spherical or two or three earlier. Minnesota additionally has picks at Nos. 78, 90, 119, 125 and 134 to think about this stash behind Kirk Cousins transitioning between Days 2 and three. Newman as soon as was thought to have first-round potential earlier than, however with him not taking part in one other 12 months after his Wake Forest switch, he could not enhance his inventory. He can go this excessive due to an intriguing measurement, energy and athleticism combine, however he wants loads of work to be trusted in an expanded passing capability.
Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
- Patriots, No. 177 general, fifth spherical
Mond is an skilled school starter with an excellent baseline of accuracy and effectivity. He additionally is sweet sufficient of a runner to be a twin risk within the NFL. He simply must develop his throwing movement and arm energy to have an opportunity at growing right into a starter. Should the Patriots not get a QB in Round 1, he can be the best mid-to-late spherical goal primarily based on their adjusted slyle of offense with Cam Newton.
Davis Mills, Stanford
- Buccaneers, No. 217 general, sixth spherical
Mills has seen a meteoric late rise on some boards, to the purpose some assume he is worthy of a late first-rounder to mid second-rounder. The Buccaneers have flexibility within the draft and it would not be stunning in the event that they stashed his upside behind Tom Brady in Round 3 (No. 95) or Round 4 (No. 137). Mills is constructed like Brady and appears the a part of a assured pocket passer. MIlls is brief on taking part in expertise coming off damage, nevertheless, and desires time to develop the psychological features of his sport to match his bodily instruments, together with an arm with which he could make all of the throws.
Feleipe Franks, Arkansas
- Bears, No. 221 general, sixth spherical
Franks, a giant and tall passer, flashed once more for an additional SEC program after dropping the beginning job to Trask at Florida. Franks has a powerful arm and is aware of when to place zip or contact on the ball. He may lengthen move performs as a cell QB and run effectively, too. Franks must sharpen his decision-making and settle higher when seeing the sphere. The bodily abilities are there to benefit consideration for a group reminiscent of Chicago that misses out on QBs earlier.
Sam Ehlinger, Texas
- Cowboys, No. 238 general, seventh spherical
Dallas needs to be available in the market to develop a brand new QB behind Dak Prescott after seeing the restrictions of Cooper Rush, Ben DiNucci and Garrett Gilbert behind him, particularly with Andy Dalton gone to the Bears. Ehlinger was an skilled and productive starter in Austin, utilizing his toughness, quickness and smarts to effectively make performs as a passer and runner. He wants discover stability of realizing when to examine down but in addition bettering as a deep passer within the NFL.
Shane Buechele, SMU
- Steelers, No. 254 general, seventh spherical
Buechele, the son of former MLB third baseman Steve, who performed for the Rangers, was Ehlinger’s teammate at Texas earlier than dropping the beginning job and searching for signficiant taking part in time elsewhere within the Lone Star State. The Steelers want to consider a QB stash, however they will wait till later for a developmental backup with Ben Roethlisberger hoping to play a pair extra seasons. Buechele would not have Big Ben measurement and would not stand out in a single space, however he does many little issues effectively as a pocket passer together with his smarts in studying defenses.