2021 NFL Mock Draft Monday: First April Mock Draft

Three-round 2021 NFL mock draft.
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The month of the 2021 NFL Draft has finally arrived. As player evaluations are finalized and pro days come to an end, it is an exciting exercise to consider possible routes teams will try and fill holes in their roster and add young talent. This three-round mock draft should point out expected picks and potential draft-day surprises.

ROUND 1

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

The Jaguars are looking to bring in a franchise passer to grow alongside first-time NFL head coach Urban Meyer. Lawrence is the best quarterback prospect to enter the NFL in recent years.

2. New York Jets

Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

While the specific player that will be selected with this pick is still unclear, the Jets are expected to bring in a franchise signal-caller to work with new head coach Robert Saleh. Wilson’s undeniable talent outweighs concerns with his decision-making and processing. He can become a top-tier NFL quarterback.

3. San Francisco 49ers

Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

The 49ers are rumored to be set on a quarterback with their recently-acquired third-overall selection. Lance arguably has the highest upside of any passer in this class. Additionally, he is more NFL-ready than the perception.

4. Atlanta Falcons

Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

The Falcons enjoyed success during the Matt Ryan era. That said, new head coach Arthur Smith will likely bring in a young signal-caller to build around. Although he is the fourth passer off the board, Fields is far from a consolation prize. In fact, he may be the second-best quarterback in this class.

5. Cincinnati Bengals

Penei Sewell, T, Oregon

There are various rumors surrounding the Bengals’ fifth selection. Many believe they will add quarterback Joe Burrow’s top college target, Ja’Marr Chase. Instead, Cincinnati chooses to protect its young franchise passer after an injury prematurely ended his rookie season. Sewell is the best offensive lineman in this class. He can contribute right away and will help keep Burrow on his feet for years to come.

6. Miami Dolphins

Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

The Dolphins’ first pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, Tua Tagovailoa, had an average rookie season. To help him develop, Miami adds the draft’s top pass-catcher. Pitts is an excellent athlete and receiver. What’s more, he is an underrated blocker.

7. Detroit Lions

Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

The Lions lost several key receivers in free agency. To remedy this, Detroit adds a speed element to its wide receiver room that it currently lacks. Waddle is an immediate three-level threat with top-notch run-after-catch ability.

8. Carolina Panthers

Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Although incumbent starter Teddy Bridgewater had a serviceable year for Carolina, the team must add a young passer to build around moving forward. The Panthers coached Jones at the Senior Bowl and are reportedly interested in the Crimson Tide quarterback. The Alabama product has starter potential.

9. Denver Broncos

Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

The Broncos currently lack starting-caliber play at the second level of their defense. What’s more, the team has several expiring contracts at linebacker after the 2021 season. Parsons is a raw player. That said, he is an incredible athlete with the potential to become a defensive centerpiece in the league.

10. Dallas Cowboys

Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

The Cowboys’ defensive backfield was arguably its biggest weakness in 2020. To remedy this, the organization adds the draft’s top defensive player. Horn is scheme-versatile and an underrated athlete. He should start immediately in Dallas.

11. New York Giants

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

The Giants filled multiple holes in free agency. As a result, they have the leeway to add one of the draft’s most versatile players. Owusu-Koramoah is an athletic linebacker/safety hybrid who will fit in with Patrick Graham, the team’s creative defensive coordinator. He will join various other “position-less” players in New York to form an exciting defense.

12. Philadelphia Eagles

Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

The Eagles reportedly traded back from the sixth pick because they felt their top target would already be taken. In this scenario, though, Chase is still available. Philadelphia brings in a sure-handed, athletic receiver who will only get better with experience and NFL coaching. Chase is also excellent after the catch.

13. Los Angeles Chargers

Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

The Chargers severely lack high-level cornerback play. Surtain is an NFL-ready defender who will start immediately at the next level. Los Angeles brings in a top-10 player at a position of need.

14. Minnesota Vikings

Christian Darrisaw, T, Virginia Tech

The Vikings currently have holes and expiring contracts across their offensive line. Darrisaw fills multiple roster spots. Although he has starter potential at guard, the Virginia Tech product should be a high-level player at left tackle early in Minnesota.

15. New England Patriots

Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

The Patriots’ biggest weakness in 2020 was their lack of pass-catchers. Bateman is one of the draft’s top receivers. Although many are concerned after his lighter-than-expected Pro-Day weigh-in, the Minnesota product’s 33-inch arms will help him in contested catch situations. What’s more, Bateman’s game is predicated on his excellent route-running. He also answered questions about his speed by running a 4.39 40-yard dash.

16. Arizona Cardinals

Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern

The Cardinals are sorely lacking cornerback talent. Newsome is a high-level athlete with excellent feet, burst, fluidity, physicality and length. While he is completely scheme-versatile, he will thrive immediately in off-man and zone coverage.

17. Las Vegas Raiders

Rashawn Slater, T, Northwestern

The Raiders need help at multiple positions on the offensive line. Slater has the potential to be a starter at either tackle or guard spot and center. His ability to fill multiple positions at a high level is intrinsically valuable in the team-building process.

18. Miami Dolphins

Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

The Dolphins were rumored to be interested in several running backs in free agency. Instead of adding a pricey veteran, Miami brings in the draft’s top back. Harris has a rare combination of size, quick feet, power and pass-catching ability. He will be an impact player early in his career.

19. Washington Football Team

Samuel Cosmi, T, Texas

Washington must address the tackle position to succeed in 2021. Cosmi fits both need and value with this pick. He is an impressive athlete who should only improve with experience and NFL coaching. He could be a long-term starter in Washington.

20. Chicago Bears

Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

While the Bears have a massive hole at quarterback, none currently meet the value attributed to the 20th pick. Instead, Chicago brings in a hyper-athletic cornerback. Farley can develop into a star in the NFL. While the injury concerns surrounding him are valid, he is worth the risk.

21. Indianapolis Colts

Gregory Rousseau, 4-3 DE, Miami

The Colts desperately need to address the tackle position this offseason. That said, there are several starting-caliber tackles still available in free agency. In this scenario, Indianapolis chooses to bring in a pass protector and add a high-ceiling defensive end. Gregory Rousseau’s length and athleticism can make him a difference-maker in the NFL.

22. Tennessee Titans

DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

In this scenario, the Titans are the beneficiaries of draft math that has seen very few receivers taken to this point. Smith is an NFL-ready pass-catcher whose athleticism, refined skillset and hands can make him an impact player early in his career. Concerns about his size are valid. That said, his success in the SEC indicates that he may be an outlier among past small NFL receivers.

23. New York Jets

Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State

The tight-end position is an underrated hole on the Jets’ depth chart. While he is not often mocked in the first round, Freiermuth is worth this selection thanks to his ability both as a blocker and as a receiver. New head coach Robert Saleh was previously with the 49ers, where he saw George Kittle take the league by storm. Freiermuth is not Kittle; that said, there is a dropoff in tight-end talent after the Penn State product. New York chooses to fill a need with its second pick in the first round.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers

Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma

In 2020, the Steelers proved they are contenders in the AFC. In fact, they were arguably the team to beat across the entire league through the first half of the season. To build on a strong 2020, the organization adds an NFL-ready center to immediately bolster its offensive line. Humphrey complemented his excellent career at Oklahoma with strong showings at the Senior Bowl and his Pro Day. He should start early and provide stability to a position group that does not have any players rostered beyond 2021.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars

Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama

The Jaguars are in the middle of an overhaul. Barmore is one of the best players available in this scenario. A high-upside defensive tackle, the Alabama product can develop into a star in the NFL.

26. Cleveland Browns

Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

The Browns have a strong roster. That said, Collins will serve as a much-needed influx of talent at the defense’s second level. The Tulsa product has a rare combination of size and movement skills. He is one of the draft’s best coverage linebackers and should contribute immediately.

27. Baltimore Ravens

Azeez Ojulari, 3-4 OLB, Georgia

Although the Ravens need a wide receiver, the team bets on the possibility that starting-caliber pass-catchers will be available later in the draft. After all, it is a deep class at wide receiver and the draft math to this point indicates that strong prospects should be available in Rounds 2 and 3. Instead, Baltimore fills a need with 3-4 outside linebacker Ojulari. The bendy pass rusher is an underrated run defender. He should contribute immediately.

28. New Orleans Saints

Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

In recent years, the Saints have funneled a disproportionately high number of targets to one receiver. While Michael Thomas is a talented pass-catcher, Moore complements his skillset well and could be a scary fit in head coach Sean Payton’s offense. Although New Orleans recently lost long-time quarterback and face of the franchise Drew Brees, Moore can thrive with either of the team’s two most likely replacements: Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston. He is an underrated route-runner who thrives with the ball in his hands. He also has the speed to function as a deep threat.

29. Green Bay Packers

Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

The Packers have famously failed to give Aaron Rodgers a first-round receiver to this point. That trend ends here, as the team adds Toney. The Florida product is incredibly flexible and twitchy. His rare athleticism makes him a dangerous route-runner and ball-carrier.

30. Buffalo Bills

Jaelan Phillips, 4-3 DE, Miami

The Bills need to add a starter at cornerback across from Tre’Davious White. However, Buffalo bets that a corner will be available in Rounds 2 and 3 in a deep class at the position. Instead, the team adds an NFL-ready pass rusher. Phillips is a borderline elite athlete with first-round talent. Although he has serious injury concerns, Buffalo is a Super Bowl contender in 2021 and needs production as soon as possible. The Bills take the risk on a gifted and skilled player.

31. Kansas City Chiefs

Teven Jenkins, T, Oklahoma State

Earlier this offseason, the Chiefs released both starting tackles (Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz) from the 2020 campaign. To fill the resulting hole, Kansas City would be wise to take the best tackle available with this pick. Jenkins is an athletic and physical offensive lineman who can start for the Chiefs immediately.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, USC

The Buccaneers have expiring contracts at multiple offensive line positions after the 2021 season. Vera-Tucker has guard-tackle versatility and can fill several roster spots. Although his best fit is at guard, the USC product’s best film in college was at tackle. Regardless, he should serve as a valuable step towards maintaining success in Tampa Bay.

ROUND TWO

33. Jacksonville Jaguars

Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

34. New York Jets

Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan

35. Atlanta Falcons

Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State

36. Miami Dolphins

Josh Myers, C, Ohio State

37. Philadelphia Eagles

Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan

38. Cincinnati Bengals

Anthony Schwartz, WR, Auburn

39. Carolina Panthers

Ar’Darius Washington, FS, TCU

40. Denver Broncos

Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse

41. Detroit Lions

Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri

42. New York Giants

Trey Smith, G, Tennessee

43. San Francisco 49ers

Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

44. Dallas Cowboys

Andre Cisco, FS, Syracuse

45. Jacksonville Jaguars

Alex Leatherwood, OL, Alabama

46. New England Patriots

Davis Mills, QB, Stanford

47. Los Angeles Chargers

Quincy Roche, 3-4 OLB, Miami

48. Las Vegas Raiders

Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State

49. Arizona Cardinals

Jackson Carman, G, Clemson

50. Miami Dolphins

Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky

51. Washington Football Team

Elijah Molden, CB, Washington

52. Chicago Bears

Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State

53. Tennessee Titans

Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

54. Indianapolis Colts

Jalen Mayfield, T, Michigan

55. Pittsburgh Steelers

Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina

56. Seattle Seahawks

Landon Dickerson, C, Alabama

57. Los Angeles Rams

Spencer Brown, T, Northern Iowa

58. Baltimore Ravens

Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC

59. Cleveland Browns

Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia

60. New Orleans Saints

Daviyon Nixon, DL, Iowa

61. Buffalo Bills

Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State

62. Green Bay Packers

Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

63. Kansas City Chiefs

Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU

64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jayson Oweh, 4-3 DE, Penn State

ROUND THREE

65. Jacksonville Jaguars

Richie Grant, S, UCF

66. New York Jets

Benjamin St-Juste, CB, Minnesota

67. Houston Texans

Seth Williams, WR, Auburn

68. Atlanta Falcons

Shaka Toney, 4-3 DE, Penn State

69. Cincinnati Bengals

Jay Tufele, DL, USC

70. Philadelphia Eagles

Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State

71. Denver Broncos

Levi Onwuzurike, DL, Washington

72. Detroit Lions

Alim McNeil, DL, North Carolina State

73. Carolina Panthers

Quinn Meinerz, G, Wisconsin-Whitewater

74. Washington Football Team

Chazz Surratt, LB, UNC

75. Dallas Cowboys

Tre’ McKitty, TE, Georgia

76. New York Giants

Joseph Ossai, 4-3 DE, Texas

77. Los Angeles Chargers

D’Ante Smith, T, East Carolina

78. Minnesota Vikings

Elijah Moore, WR, Mississippi

79. Las Vegas Raiders

Darius Stills, DL, West Virginia

80. Las Vegas Raiders

Dillon Radunz, T, North Dakota State

81. Miami Dolphins

Dyami Brown, WR, UNC

82. Washington Football Team

Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami

83. Chicago Bears

James Hudson II, T, Cincinnati

84. Philadelphia Eagles

Tyree Gillespie, SS, Missouri

85. Tennessee Titans

Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama

86. New York Jets

Osa Odighizuwa, DL, UCLA

87. Pittsburgh Steelers

Jabril Cox, LB, LSU

88. Los Angeles Rams

Tyler Shelvin, DL, LSU

89. Cleveland Browns

Carlos Basham Jr., 4-3 DE, Wake Forest

90. Minnesota Vikings

Payton Turner, 4-3 DE, Houston

91. Cleveland Browns

Tommy Togiai, DL, Ohio State

92. Green Bay Packers

Tony Fields II, LB, West Virginia

93. Buffalo Bills

Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky

94. Kansas City Chiefs

Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford

95. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis

96. New England Patriots

Joshuah Bledsoe, FS, Missouri

97. Los Angeles Chargers

Dax Milne, WR, BYU

98. New Orleans Saints

Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF

99. Dallas Cowboys

Jaylen Twyman, DL, Pittsburgh

100. Tennessee Titans

Liam Eichenberg, T, Notre Dame

101. Detroit Lions

Jevon Holland, FS, Oregon

102. San Francisco 49ers

Bryan Mills, CB, NC Central

103. Los Angeles Rams

Keith Taylor, CB, Washington

104. Baltimore Ravens

Kary Vincent Jr., CB, LSU

105. New Orleans Saints

Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M

PICKS BY TEAM

New York Giants: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Trey Smith, Joseph Ossai

Dallas Cowboys: Jaycee Horn, Andre Cisco, Tre’ McKitty, Jaylen Twyman

Washington Football Team: Samuel Cosmi, Elijah Molden, Chazz Surratt, Brevin Jordan

Philadelphia Eagles: Ja’Marr Chase, Cameron McGrone, Shaun Wade, Tyree Gillespie

New England Patriots: Rashod Bateman, Davis Mills, Joshuah Bledsoe

New York Jets: Zach Wilson, Pat Freiermuth, Kwity Paye, Benjamin St-Juste, Osa Odighizuwa

Buffalo Bills: Jaelan Phillips, Pete Werner, Kelvin Joseph

Miami Dolphins: Kyle Pitts, Najee Harris, Josh Myers, Jamin Davis, Dyami Brown

Chicago Bears: Caleb Farley, Hamsah Nasirildeen, James Hudson II

Minnesota Vikings: Christian Darrisaw, Elijah Moore, Payton Turner

Green Bay Packers: Kadarius Toney, Tyson Campbell, Tony Fields II

Detroit Lions: Jaylen Waddle, Nick Bolton, Alim McNeil, Jevon Holland

Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, Anthony Schwartz, Jay Tufele

Cleveland Browns: Zaven Collins, Eric Stokes, Carlos Basham Jr., Tommy Togiai

Pittsburgh Steelers: Creed Humphrey, Javonte Williams, Jabril Cox

Baltimore Ravens: Azeez Ojulari, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Kary Vincent Jr.

New Orleans Saints: Rondale Moore, Daviyon Nixon, Aaron Robinson, Kellen Mond

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Alijah Vera-Tucker, Jayson Oweh, Kenneth Gainwell

Atlanta Falcons: Justin Fields, Wyatt Davis, Shaka Toney

Carolina Panthers: Mac Jones, Ar’Darius Washington, Quinn Meinerz

Houston Texans: Seth Williams

Tennessee Titans: DeVonta Smith, Asante Samuel Jr., Dylan Moses, Liam Eichenberg

Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, Christian Barmore, Travis Etienne, Alex Leatherwood, Richie Grant

Indianapolis Colts: Gregory Rousseau, Jalen Mayfield

Los Angeles Rams: Spencer Brown, Tyler Shelvin, Keith Taylor

Seattle Seahawks: Landon Dickerson

Arizona Cardinals: Greg Newsome II, Jackson Carman

San Francisco 49ers: Trey Lance, Trevon Moehrig, Bryan Mills

Los Angeles Chargers: Patrick Surtain II, Quincy Roche, D’Ante Smith, Dax Milne

Las Vegas Raiders: Rashawn Slater, Baron Browning, Darius Stills, Dillon Radunz

Kansas City Chiefs: Teven Jenkins, Terrace Marshall Jr., Paulson Adebo

Denver Broncos: Micah Parsons, Ifeatu Melifonwu, Levi Onwuzurike

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