Writer Shawn Stevenson and Editor Pete Smith mock the entire first round of the 2021 NFL Draft discussing each selection in detail on the podcast. In this mock draft they will be making draft selections as if they were the general managers for each franchise. Shawn made all odd number selections and Pete made all even number selections.
Pick No. 1 (Jacksonville Jaguars): Trevor Lawrence, QB – Clemson
This draft pick has been a lock the moment Lawrence declared for the NFL Draft and Urban Meyer was hired as the new head coach.
Pick No. 2 (New York Jets): Zach Wilson, QB – BYU
Wilson has been projected to the Jets for months and once the front office traded Sam Darnold, this seems to be a guaranteed lock.
Pick No. 3 (San Francisco 49ers): Justin Fields, QB – Ohio St.
Many believe this is where the draft really begins and the projected pick for many analysts is Mac Jones. Yet given Fields talent, intangibles, and ceiling this pick is better to provide an upgrade over Jimmy Garoppolo.
Pick No. 4 (Atlanta Falcons): Trey Lance, QB – North Dakota St.
This may be the first surprise of the draft as the Falcons stay pat and grab the best remaining quarterback prospect. Four quarterbacks in the first four picks, WOW!
Pick No. 5 (Cincinnati Bengals): Kyle Pitts, TE – Florida
Pitts falling in the Bengals lap at five is a dream scenario as Joe Burrow gets a new weapon on offense and arguably the best overall prospect in the draft.
Pick No. 6 (Miami Dolphins): Ja’Marr Chase, WR – LSU
Pick No. 7 (Detroit Lions): Penei Sewell, OT – Oregon
Pick No. 8 (Carolina Panthers): Jaycee Horn, CB – South Carolina
Pick No. 9 (Denver Broncos): Micah Parsons, LB – Penn St.
Pick No. 10 (Dallas Cowboys): Patrick Surtain, CB – Alabama
Pick No. 11 (New York Giants): Jaylen Waddle, WR – Alabama
Pick No. 12 (Philadelphia): Devonta Smith, WR – Alabama
Pick No. 13 (Los Angeles Chargers): Rashawn Slater, OT – Northwestern
Pick No. 14 (Minnesota Vikings): Kwity Paye, EDGE – Michigan
Minnesota is in a spot to potentially take the first edge rusher off the board. Currently the consensus is that Kwity Paye will be the first off the board.
Pick No. 15 (New England Patriots): Mac Jones, QB – Alabama
The Patriots have been rumored to trade up in the top ten to draft a quarterback and in this scenario Mac Jones slides to Bill Belichick. Is Cam Newton now in a training camp competition?
Pick No. 16 (Arizona Cardinals): Greg Newsome, CB – Northwestern
Three corners are now off the board and the Cleveland Browns have to consider moving up to take a top cornerback or address another area of need.
Pick No. 17 (Las Vegas Raiders): Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB – Notre Dame
Pick No. 18 (Miami Dolphins): Azeez Ojulari, EDGE – Georgia
Pick No. 19 (Washington Football Team): Christian Darrisaw, OT – Virginia Tech
Pick No. 20 (Chicago Bears): Teven Jenkins, OT – Oklahoma St.
Pick No. 21 (Indianapolis Colts): Rashod Bateman, WR – Minnesota
Pick No. 22 (Tennessee Titans): Caleb Farley, CB – Virginia Tech
Farley has endured a tough draft season as his stock is falling due to back injury concerns for a player with top 10 talent. The Titans take a flyer and now this becomes a worse scenario for the Browns looking to upgrade their cornerback room.
Pick No. 23 (New York Jets): Jaelan Phillips, EDGE – Miami
Pick No. 24 (Pittsburgh Steelers): Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG – USC
Pick No. 25 (Jacksonville Jaguars): Terrace Marshall, WR – LSU
Pick No. 26 (Cleveland Browns): Elijah Moore, WR – Mississippi
After the top four corners are off the board, Andrew Berry has three intriguing options in this scenario. Draft the best player available, draft a rotational edge rusher, or trade back. Pete Smith has the Browns staying pat and getting a receiver with tons of speed and playmaking ability.
Pick No. 27 (Baltimore Ravens): Jayson Oweh, EDGE – Penn St.
Pick No. 28 (New Orleans Saints): Asante Samuel Jr., CB – Florida St.
Pick No. 29 (Green Bay Packers): Rondale Moore, WR – Purdue
Pick No. 30 (Buffalo Bills): Joseph Ossai, EDGE – Texas
Pick No. 31 (Baltimore Ravens): Dillon Radunz, OT – North Dakota St.
Pick No. 32 (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Trevon Moehrig, S – TCU
Listen to the entire mock draft with commentary on each selection on the BrownsDigest Podcast.