Mock Draft season is upon us, and I feel like a couple of the Undrafted crew have got the drop on me. I am behind in the process, and so it’s time for me to open up the fault and start the speculation. Teams are preparing themselves for a very unique offseason, and while free agency is still around the corner. The questions remain, who is going where on Draft day.
The draft, more and more, is becoming a spectacle. Players need to hit big quickly and they are judged from day one in the league. So, with this in mind, let’s dive straight into the Mock Draft. If you want to check out my mock draft click here, and for a more detailed explanation, carry on reading.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence
At this point, it does not really feel like a question of if Trevor Lawrence will be the number one pick and it more feels like it is a done deal. Expect the Jaguars to be sending out their playbook soon. Questions were posed around the playoffs if a player like Justin Fields could usurp him, but I think it is very much T-Law’s destiny to be the number 1 overall pick.
2. New York Jets – Justin Fields
Had he won the National Championship, he might be pushing Lawrence for that top spot, but since he came up short and was not super impressive in the loss, he finds himself at number 2. He might well be a more dynamic playmaker than his more famous fellow Quarterback, but name value carries he into second place here. A potential franchise QB will not fall outside the top 5, and with the Jets at 2, expect them to pull the trigger.
3. Detroit Lions (Via Miami) – Zach Wilson
The most important position in football, whether correct or not, is going to go early and often in this draft and based on that we have our first trade. Detroit have initiated their intentions to trade their long time Franchise signal caller with Matt Stafford looking for a new home this offseason. Wilson gives them a relatively similar player to fit that Stafford mould, while looking to the future of the franchise. The reason for the trade is to jump ahead of our next pick to secure the BYU product.
4. Atlanta Falcons – Trey Lance
The Quarterback with first round potential who could be a star, however, could equally fall apart at the highest level. A player with incredible potential, someone who could rival the great Trevor Lawrence and a man with the hopes to surpass his alumni teammate Carson Wentz. Matt Ryan is slowing down but should have enough in the tank to help mentor this diamond in the rough.
5. Cincinnati Bengals – Penei Sewell
The Bengals get to pick the best player available after the run-on Quarterbacks in Penei Sewell. The Oregon Ducks Offensive Tackle is regarded as the best Offensive Lineman in the draft by a decent margin and is touted to be the blindside protector for Burrow for years to come. Locking up this position in the NFL is so important, and Sewell seems to be ready to fall right into their lap.
6. Philadelphia Eagles – Micah Parsons
The Eagles will be extremely excited to see Micah Parsons fall to number 6 and be available for their pick here. The best defensive player in the draft is electric and can play outside or inside in the different formations the NFL will throw at him. The Eagles are looking at picking a lively player who will upgrade their team immediately.
7. Miami Dolphins (Via Houston & Detroit) – DeVonta Smith
The pick the Dolphins got in the Laremy Tunsil trade last year was flipped to the Lions so they could move up to number 3. Miami was happy to bring in more picks and move to 7, knowing that they would have the pick of receivers awaiting them. Miami picks the reigning Heisman trophy winner in DeVonta Smith. There is a possibility that they look to Ja’Marr Chase here, but with Smith playing all season, whereas Chase opted out, Smith gets the nod here.
8. Carolina Panthers – RaShawn Slater
Slater goes higher than he would if not for his excellent versatility. He projects at Offensive Guard in the NFL; however he has played Tackle in college and is therefore able to play across the line. The Panthers, I predict, will look to Free Agency to upgrade, therefore Linemen to protect the new starter in Carolina is key.
9. Denver Broncos – Christian Darrisaw
Denver had some bright spots in a season severely affected by the Quarterback position and Covid-19. They have weapons on Offense, and a capable Quarterback in Drew Lock. Bringing in a player like Christian Darrisaw to help protect him and give him more time to find those receivers immediately makes this team better.
10. Dallas Cowboys – Caleb Farley
I do not believe that Farley is the best Cornerback in this draft, however he is the most adaptable. He comes into the league named as a Cornerback, however Dallas pulls the trigger here because of his ability to player at both Cornerback and Safety. The fact the Cowboys know they can get him on the field early and often makes him a great value pick.
11. New York Giants – Gregory Rousseau
This man is a scary prospect. He chases down Quarterbacks and makes them feel on edge whenever he takes the field. He is not a polished prospect by any means, but when he does hit, he is nearly unstoppable. The one thing that the Miami Hurricanes teach well is the swagger needed to be a professional and Rousseau has the confidence to back up his biggest and best plays.
12. San Francisco 49ers – Patrick Surtain II
The 49ers need a Cornerback to step into the shoes that Richard Sherman will be leaving soon. Surtain II is a player of that character, a leader who backs it up with great play. The best Cornerback in the draft will not be the first one off the board and if he plays with that chip on his shoulder, he can be a game changers.
13. Los Angeles Chargers – Samuel Cosmi
The Texas product is a huge human being at 6ft 7 and 300lbs. Justin Herbert is already a star and the sky seems to be the limit with him. With a player like Cosmi adding more protection on the Offensive Line, Herbert will have more time in the pocket to ready himself to find his playmakers.
14. Minnesota Vikings – Kwity Paye
A player with a great story, explored in his Rookie profile on our site, he is a dominant pass rusher who should excel at the next level. Minnesota plays in a division with Aaron Rodgers who they need to pressure more often and Paye would help them do this. With the potential of two new Quarterbacks with the Bears and the Lions, Paye has an opportunity to be a headache for years to come.
15. New England Patriots – Ja’Marr Chase
New England love a draft day trade, and they love to move outside of the first round, however now Brady is gone. With this change, the Draft strategy feels like it should change with it, especially on Offense. The Patriots go for some people’s top Wide Receiver in Ja’Marr Chase. If he did not opt out this season, Chase would have been a top 10 player, he slides because of this, but the Patriots should be ready to add this exceptional playmaker as a target for their new Quarterback.
16. Arizona Cardinals – Alijah Vera-Tucker
Some project Vera-Tucker at Offensive Tackle and some predict him at Offensive Guard. Me personally, I see him at Guard as I feel like this is his position in the pros. The best player at Guard in the draft, he will come immediately and contribute in the protection of Kyler Murray. His blocking at Guard will open up holes for the Running Backs and knowing his Quarterback could take off at any time, he can be ready to get to that second level in protection of his signal caller.
17. Las Vegas Raiders – Wyatt Davis
Two Offensive Guards in a row here and it is for a similar reason, opening up those interior holes for the Running Backs. We all know how good Josh Jacobs is but imagine how good he could be with that extra yard of space to work with. Derek Carr will always welcome more protection and with his running game rolling, Carr can manage the game better as a result.
18. Jacksonville Jaguars (Via LA Rams & Miami) – Rashod Bateman
Jacksonville trade up here, swapping pick 25 with the Miami Dolphins to move up to 18 to pick a big bodied, strong Wide Receiver for their new Franchise Quarterback. Bateman at 6ft 2 will be looked for a lot in Lawrence’s debut season and expect them to work out a understanding as soon as training camp begins.
19. Washington Football Team – Kyle Pitts
Washington looks a little lost at Quarterback, but they still have a wily veteran in Alex Smith. Logan Thomas had a decent season, but Kyle Pitts is a level above him. If Washington look to chase their Quarterback position in the offseason, then Pitts would be an outstanding addition for an Offensive hoping to go to the next level.
20. Chicago Bears – Mac Jones
This feels like it could be a panic pick, which is unfortunately unfair on the player, but it does feel like a reach on Mac Jones here. Now Jones is a winner and has proven he can make the throws in the big game, but the Alabama Offensive players are truly elite. Jones will have to do more with less available in the NFL, and he cannot win it all on his own. I like Jones at the next level, but not as a day one starter.
21. Miami Dolphins (Via Detroit & Indianapolis) – Najee Harris
The best Running Back in the draft will end up going higher than his value may suggest based on need. The Miami Dolphins were poor at Running Back all year, and following an upgrade at Wide Receiver, they now look to their backfield. Harris is a massive player with big play potential on every play. Expect him, Smith and Tagovailoa to get the old band back together and take the league by storm.
22. Tennessee Titans – Christian Barmore
Defensive Line is something that Tennessee needs to upgrade if they want to take the next steps towards a potential Superbowl. They have an Offense that can compete with anyone in the league, but their Defense was severely lacking last year. With a player like Barmore, the Titans become immediately stronger in the trenches and can fight back against the run first teams.
23. New York Jets (Via Seattle) – Jaylen Waddle
Copying the Jaguars somewhat, the Jets go after a Wide Receiver to catch passes from their new Franchise Quarterback. Waddle is the second Wideout from Alabama in this first round, and while he is the second best of the two, he is still a top 5 Receiver in this year’s class.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Zaven Collins
The Steelers have questions to answer all over the place, first and foremost, how does an 11-0 team go 1-4 in the final five weeks of the season? Well, because of this slide, they end up picking 24th, and find Zaven Collins still on the board. An edge rusher with the ability to play Defensive End or Outside Linebacker, he is a brilliant player ready to thrive at the next level.
25. Miami Dolphins (Via Jacksonville) – Jalen Mayfield
Miami have upgraded at Wide Receiver and Running Back, they already have the Quarterback and the Tight End, the final piece, an elite Offensive Tackle. Jalen Mayfield is a really great option here at 25 for the Dolphins. Playing at either Tackle position, Mayfield can help an Offense that at times looked to stutter when it came to elite pass rushers.
26. Cleveland Browns – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
Cleveland is ready for greatness; they have a team playing angry and feeling like they are against the world in every game. Owusu-Koramoah can play on day 1 and will help to upgrade a team who sometimes look a little weaker at Linebacker. Sione Takitaki is good, but Owusu-Koramoah is better.
27. Baltimore Ravens – Kadarius Toney
A player flying up draft boards, ready to burst into the first round is Kadarius Toney out of Florida. Showing out at the Senior Bowl has pushed his draft stock into the first round for me and he only seems to be getting better. He is a playmaker on Offense and would be right at home in a Ravens team known for their trickiness. Jackson would love a player like Toney who can make a play seemingly out of nothing, something Jackson is building his career on.
28. New Orleans Saints – Jaycee Horn
Horn should not have dropped this far down the draft, a top 3 Cornerback in most circles, he should not be outside of the top 15, but for me he is still sliding when the Saints take him at 28. If/When Drew Brees retires this may change dramatically, but if they already have the Quarterback of the future in house, then it is time to go best player available.
29. Green Bay Packers – Joseph Ossai
If Horn had had been here, I would have sent him to Green Bay, however this is another pick of the best player available. Ossai is a great sideline to sideline Linebacker and can help to contribute early on a Packers team who were not that far from the Superbowl this year. Upgrading positions is always key, and the Packers have a chance to get a future star here.
30. Buffalo Bills – Azeez Ojulari
The Bills have one of the better Secondaries in the league, but they cannot do everything, case and point in the AFC Championship games when their lack of consistent pass rush left the field wide open. Ojulari would help to remedy that with an edge rusher who loves to be in the backfield terrorising Quarterbacks.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Travis Etienne
Tom Brady does not age, or at least it would seem that way. He was asked to do a lot last year and while the run game improved down the stretch, he cannot get the team out of trouble forever with his arm. Etienne would give an elite talent in the backfield ready to do the heavy lifting for Brady to carve open Defenses who commit to had to stopping Clemson player. If Brady comes back, they should jump on this pick, if he retires this could dramatically change.
32. Kansas City Chiefs – Alex Leatherwood
Like the classic saying, ‘what do you get a person who has everything’, it is difficult to see a weakness in this Chiefs team. That being said, Eric Fisher left the game against the Bills with ac suspected Achilles tear. If that is the case, then Alex Leatherwood makes a lot of sense at this pick. The Chiefs get an elite player, a potential long-term replacement for Fisher and a player who can contribute immediately.