My favourite time of year. When I get to speculate, and come up with conspiracy theories as to why this guys gonna go there, or that guys gonna land here, or this teams gonna make this trade. Three solid months of me totally making scenarios up in my head. No but seriously, I’ve put a lot of time into my first mock draft, it’s been a long time coming… and here it is:
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1. Jacksonville Jaguars. Trevor Lawrence – QB Clemson
For this to even be in doubt, Justin Fields needed to go out and win the National Championship with style. Jags don’t overthink this. Urban Meyer and Trevor Lawrence makes them a very interesting college football style football team for years to come.
2. Houston Texans (Trade with NY Jets). Justin Fields. QB Ohio State
The Jets receive: Deshaun Watson AND Brandin Cooks in a blockbuster.
The Texans receive: Jets 2nd overall pick, 23rd overall pick (belonging to Seahawks, moved to Jets in Jamal Adams trade), a 4th round pick & a 6th round pick. Yep.
(Based on the Jets trading for Deshaun Watson)
The Texans move their unhappy franchise quarterback on and start fresh with a new GM, new head coach, and Deshaun Watson 2.0. This time, learn from the mistakes, don’t give out the ugly 4 year contract and allow the player to have all of the power. Including the no trade clause and input on GM/head coaching hires.
Justin Fields has all the tools to become a very good dual threat modern day quarterback in the NFL, and his playing style is not dissimilar to Deshaun’s. Watson was the slightly more polished talent coming out of college, but I believe in Justin Fields, and should reignite some excitement for a new beginning in Houston.
3. Detroit Lions (Trade with Miami). Zach Wilson. QB BYU
The Texans trade with New York forces the hand of these QB needy teams sitting behind Atlanta in the draft, who hold the four pick. So as a result the Lions need to call Miami and get themselves up the board in case the available QB pool starts to dissolve in front of them.
The Lions receive: 3rd overall pick, 6th round pick
The Dolphins receive: Lions 7th overall pick, 3rd round pick, 5th round pick
The Lions take Zach Wilson out of BYU, who burst onto the scene this season and dragged BYU right up the rankings. With dual threat ability and a great arm, the new era in Detroit starts here. OC Anthony Lynn is a strong coach, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him bring vet Tyrod Taylor over to Detroit to help nurture yet another rookie QB.
4. Atlanta Falcons. Micah Parsons. LB Penn State
The Falcons find themselves in a best talent available situation, after three QBs are picked ahead of them, and their position is too high to reach for somebody like Kyle Trask or Trey Lance.
Parsons is a total stud and a plug and play linebacker in a defence that struggled all season long. A key piece added, and the Falcons hang onto Matt Ryan for now. I believe Kyle Trask might fall into their hands in the early stages of round two.
5. Cincinnati Bengals. Penei Sewell. OT Oregon
Whilst I love the idea of reuniting Ja’Marr Chase with LSU team mate Joe Burrow in Cincy, the Bengals can’t quite believe their luck here that the offensive tackle stud is still available.
The Bengals need serious offensive line help and this will be very important for them to address as Joe Burrow returns from a nasty knee injury. Sewell is a stud, and the Bengals simply can’t pass here.
6. Philadelphia Eagles. Devonta Smith. WR Alabama
The Eagles have the pick of the litter at six, while everybody scraps around for QBs at the top. It’s pivotal that they start rebuild their weaponry on offence, after a couple of poor seasons at receiver, with Alshon Jeffery & DeSean Jackson unable to stay healthy.
The Eagles get a total stud in Devonta Smith, who’ll offer them all sorts of firepower, to pair with whoever takes on the starting role at QB in Philly. Smith plus Reagor from last years draft gives the Eagles a new look offence.
7. Miami Dolphins (Trade with Lions). Ja’Marr Chase. WR LSU
The Dolphins trade back from three and as a result miss out on Sewell.
But, either Smith or Chase will serve as a great addition for a team lacking in offensive weapons last season, which didn’t help rookie Tua Tagovailoa. Ja’Marr Chase is a fantastic wide receiver, capable of doing it all, and can either take on the number 1 role, or serve as an excellent compliment to Devante Parker. First receiver off the board is a toss up for me between Chase and Smith. The Dolphins will be fine with the Eagles having first dibbs.
8. Carolina Panthers. Trey Lance. QB NDSU
I’ll be honest. This feels high for the Panthers. But that being said, Trey Lance could learn a lot from the professionalism of Teddy Bridgewater.
This pick will be a slow burner, with no expectance to see Trey Lance this season. The Panthers gave head coach Matt Rhule a strong contract, over the course of 7 years, so they can afford to be patient with the rebuild of their franchise.
Trey Lance coming out of the same college as Carson Wentz, in division two, chosen here as a project to light up the league in 2022.
9. Denver Broncos. Patrick Surtain II. CB Alabama
The Broncos need to rebuild the secondary that once got them to a super bowl in the Aqib Talib, Chris Harris days.
Surtain is better suited to man coverage, with three years as a starter for ‘Bama under his belt. Son of Patrick Surtain, a very successful NFL corner for the Miami Dolphins & Kansas City Chiefs, Surtain II has all the tools to follow in his fathers footsteps, and achieve great things in the NFL.
10. Dallas Cowboys. Samuel Cossmi. OT Texas
Cossmi can play on either side, having played both right tackle and left tackle for a consistent period in college. He started 34 of 35 games, and brings a wealth of experience with him to the next level.
Cossmi will help the Cowboys desperate need to start to rebuild that offensive line that was once the best in the league. In the last couple of years the retirement of centre Travis Fredericks and injury problems with tackle Tyron Smith have caused consistency issues on the line. Drafting Cossmi allows them to move guard Zack Martin back inside, and plug Cossmi in at right tackle.
11. New York Giants. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. LB Notre Dame
I feel like i’m slightly higher on this guy than some.
The Giants need to take best talent available here. Receiver, although it would be nice, is not the biggest issue the Giants have right now. Adding power and versatility to their average defence will help tremendously.
Owusu-Koromoah is a baller, somebody I cannot wait to see in the NFL. Plays hard, seeks out run plays, and has the speed to cover if need be. Experience playing as a third safety, able to cover receivers. Would become a very strong asset for the Giants, and a leader on that defence.
12. San Francisco 49ers. Caleb Farley. CB Virginia Tech
The Niners still have a strong roster. Plagued by injuries, they find themselves a lot higher in the draft than they really should be. With Richard Sherman moving on, the Niners will immediately plug the gap with one of the top corners in the draft.
Farleys upside is crazy. A high school quarterback. Beginning college football life as a receiver, Farley has only two years of experience as a corner back. But still very deserving of a spot in the top half of the first round. I feel like he’ll only continue to improve, and will fit right in in San Francisco.
13. LA Chargers. Rashawn Slater. OT/IOL Northwestern
Another strong roster in a higher draft position than it should be. Slater’s versatility is perfect for the Chargers, who have gaps to fill on their line. Slater played left tackle in college, but the belief is that he might be stronger on the interior.
Picking him up gives the Chargers the ability to plug him in and decide where he fits best. A very solid pick up for a team building a line for their new franchise QB
14. Minnesota Vikings. Kwity Paye. EDGE Michigan
This feels like best player available for the Vikings, as their main needs are on the interior of both the offensive and defensive lines. A trade down might be possible, bit Kwity Paye can offer a strong compliment to Danielle Hunter, and his athletic ability will help to give any offensive line a headache.
One of my favourite players in this years draft, he’d be a steal at 14 for me.
15. New England Patriots. Kyle Pitts. TE Florida
It’s just the perfect fit. Pitts could really be the next great tight end in New England. I’d struggle to find an NFL team that gets the best out of a tight end quite like the Patriots.
In need of a solution at QB, a sure handed versatile tight end in Kyle Pitts is a great weapon to add for whoever takes over as signal caller for the Patriots. Simply couldn’t be stopped for the Gators. Creates constant mismatches. I love the fit.
16. Arizona Cardinals. Joseph Ossai. EDGE Texas
Joseph Ossai is an out and out athlete. Which is something that will fit very well for a defence like the Cardinals. With the likes of Budda Baker, and a growing Isaiah Simmons flying around, adding an athletic pass rusher would strengthen that defence even further.
In a versatile system, picking Ossai allows the Cardinals to move him around the defence, either firing off from defensive end, of playing as a stand up edge line backer.
17. Detroit Lions (Trade with Raiders). Jaylen Waddle. WR Alabama
The Lions get the 21 pick among other pieces from Indianapolis during the offseason, in exchange for Matt Stafford. In need of rebuilding, they make a trade here with the Raiders, and fulfil a desperate need to add some talent back into the wide receiver room.
Lions receive: 17th overall pick
Raiders receive: 21st overall pick and 4th round pick
The Lions added Zach Wilson already, and here find themselves in a position to sneak up and get the third wide receiver off the board, who really isn’t too far behind the other two in terms of talent. Injuries cost Waddle playing time in 2020, and thus his draft stock might have slid a little. But he’s a reliable talent with excellent post catch ability. Can make guys miss. Stop on a dime. Worth moving up a few spots to get him.
18. Miami Dolphins. Christian Darrishaw. OT Virginia Tech.
The Dolphins still get another tackle to pair with last years pick in Austin Jackson. Darrishaw, a senior, has great experience going into the league and will help the Dolphins improve the protection of Tua, as well as provide a valuable asset in blocking for the run game. Miami will look to add more talent at the running back position early in the 2nd round, and get a key blocker for that guy right here.
19. Washington Football Team. Rashod Bateman. WR Minnesota
Washington will be a little upset that Darrishaw went off the board right in front of them, but can now turn their attention to adding wide receiver talent to pair with Terry McLaurin. I feel like Washington will address the QB situation in free agency, and that will now allow them to pick up talent with their pick.
For the first time in several years they go offence in round 1 and add a great vertical receiver, and a solid one two punch with McLaurin and Bateman.
20. Chicago Bears. Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL USC
The Bears will be making moves on the offensive side of the ball this season. Trubisky likely on his way out, the Bears will need to start off the new era by adding some protection up front.
Nagy may add a quarterback in the offseason, perhaps somebody like Jameis Winston or Sam Darnold. Vera-Tucker provides that protection on the inside.
21. Las Vegas Raiders (Trade with Detroit). Gregory Rousseau. EDGE Miami
Rousseau opted out of the 2020 season and has just one year of college tape under his belt. However, his ceiling and potential will be very attractive to Mike Mayock and Gruden, who’ll be looking to add a stud in the pass rush game.
Rousseau has serious upside, as he’s yet to develop his pass rushing moves, and wins more on pure athleticism and length. He’s 6 foot 6 and helps to seal the edge in the run game. Tremendous potential, and a good fit for the Raiders.
22. Miami Dolphins (Trade with Tennessee). Najee Harris. HB Alabama
Dolphins receive: 22nd overall pick, 7th round pick
Titans receive: Dolphins 2nd round pick (37th), and a 5th round pick.
The Dolphins trade back into the first round to pick up one of the top two running backs before the playoff teams get the chance. Najee Harris is a perfect addition to further support Tua, and the Dolphins end their work in the first round with a stud receiver, a young tackle, and a new franchise running back.
Last season they missed out on Jonathan Taylor, Clyde, JK Dobbins, and others. This season they lead the charge taking the first running back of the night.
23. Houston Texans (Trade with NY Jets). Jaycee Horn. CB South Carolina
The Texans use the second pick they got from the Jets to add a corner who can play on the outside opposite Bradley Roby. They desperately need corner help, Roby was about all they had last season, and then he got suspended.
Horn, son of the legendary Joe Horn, has three years of SEC football experience to help him as he transitions into the NFL. The Texans start their rebuild with their new franchise QB early on, and a bonus corner here.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers. Mac Jones. QB Alabama
The Steelers just added Dwayne Haskins on a years contract, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be looking for a quarterback in the draft.
Mac Jones has done everything he needs to do to prove himself as a capable quarterback. Patient in college, he waited for his chance, and went off and won a National Championship with his team. A good fit for a passing system, he can sit and learn from Big Ben, with no pressure to play. Unless ben retires of course…
25. Jacksonville Jaguars. Alex Leatherwood. OT Alabama
Alabama prospect. 5 star talent. Alex Leatherwood is a nice add here for the Jaguars to protect their new franchise quarterback and golden boy Trevor Lawrence.
26. Cleveland Browns. Carlos Basham Jr. EDGE Wake Forest
Carlos Basham’s highlight tape is a great watch. Forced fumbles galore. Basham is a little raw, but I love the idea of pairing him with Myles Garrett and seeing how high he can climb. Great potential, and a talent i’d expect to see off the board on day one.
With the Browns likely to move on from Olivier Vernon, Basham can step into that role.
27. Baltimore Ravens. Wyatt Davis. IOL Ohio State
The Ravens head out and grab the long term replacement for Marshall Yanda at right guard. Wyatt Davis should take over the role fairly quickly, and will help protect Lamar for the long term.
28. New Orleans Saints. Asante Samuel Jr. CB Florida State
Asante Samuel Jr, son of yet another pro bowl talent, Asante Samuel. He’ll follow his father into the NFL at the cornerback position.
Samuel Jr will be a great compliment to Marshon Lattimore on the Saints defence. He’s a great man coverage corner, who would need to improve his zone coverage ability, but will join a strong defence and work his way into the line up fairly quickly.
29. Green Bay Packers. Rondale Moore. WR Purdue.
The Packers quite infamously dodged giving Aaron Rodgers any talent to work with last year. They won’t make the same mistake twice. Rondale Moore is a highlight reel, and he’s done it all. From special teams to deep balls to long yards after catch, he’s a very exciting talent at the next level.
However, he’s missed some time with injuries. If he can stay healthy, he’s be a steal here, but the injury list will have caused him to drop this far.
30. Buffalo Bills. Eric Stokes. CB Georgia
With Josh Norman nearing retirement, if not there already at the end. ofthis season, the Bills will need to add another corner to their secondary.
Eric Stokes isn’t as polished as the corners already off the board, but does offer a sticky option across from Tre’Davious White. He has technique to improve on, but still a very solid pick here at the back of the first round.
31. Kansas City Chiefs. Kadarius Toney. WR Florida
The Chiefs should be extremely excited about this. Toney is literally perfect for their offence. A high school quarterback, he’s done literally everything on the offence while at Florida.
The most improved player on the Gators roster this season, Toney started flying up draft boards. Here the Chiefs get a guy who can roll into town and do everything in the book of trick plays that KC run. Reverses. WR throws. Screen catches for big yardage, and he’s one of the best talents at making a man miss. Some of his cuts and the ability to stop on a dime are ridiculous. Great fit for the Chiefs.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jay Tufele. IDL USC
Jay Tufele is a monster on the defensive line and a great add to slot into the interior along side Vita Vea. Vea is more of a machine, heavy nose tackle, where as Jay Tufele has more athleticism, and can take advantage of one on one blocks.
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