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Tom Clapham’s Mock Draft 2.0

It’s that time again, where I predict who goes where in an attempt to not only be right in my own speculation, but in order to also beat Adam and Alex and take my rightful place as the Undrafted Draft king.

Moves continue to be made this offseason, with cuts, tags and extensions coming from seemingly nowhere, a lot of teams will look a lot different this coming season. Through the draft process, these teams will change, and we get a deeper insight into each teams plans for the offseason and what will happen on April 29th.

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It is customary for draft night through up some sure things, some surprises and there is always room for one more trade, let’s just in and check out the players and where they will call home in 2021.

For a full mock draft in order, click here.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence

It is almost insulting at this point that the media surrounding the draft are trying to us anyone, but Lawrence will go first overall, however it is still coming up. He is an elite prospect and someone who will bring a real change to the Jags.

2. Zach Wilson – New York Jets

The BYU prospect fell off a little in the expectations of his ability at the next level, as questions about his previous level of competition have come up time and time again. Will he be able to produce on the highest level having faced an easier level of opponents in College? Well, those same detractors are now back on the train, and Wilson is heading to Met Life Stadium.

3. Micah Parsons – Philadelphia Eagles (Via Miami)

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Many analysts have Parsons as their best player available full stop, and it is easy to see why. He is a complete Linebacker, capable of playing all three positions and who projects to play early and often. Here I have the Eagles making a play to trade above his other potential home in Atlanta to grab the best player available.

4. Justin Fields – New England Patriots (Via Atlanta)

Missing out on Parsons means Atlanta can move back and they find an unlikely trade partner in New England. Now we all know Belichick loves to move out of the first round, however we also know he loves winning, something he struggled to do last year. The resigning of Cam Newton, while not something I agree with makes sense. The former MVP is probably on his way to retirement, but as a tutor for Justin Fields there are not many better

5. Penei Sewell – Cincinnati Bengals

The best Offensive Lineman in the draft on most boards, Sewell, without any senior season tape is still projected to be first off, the board. Following an awful and premature ending to his season Joe Burrow will want to come back strong and what better way than with some premium protection.

6. Kyle Pitts – Miami Dolphins (Via Philadelphia)

Miami has a great Tight End in Mike Gesicki, this is true, however imagine, Gesicki and Pitts in a two Tight End set, the matchup is a pure nightmare. Pitts is a big Wide Receiver lets get that straight first off, and he is also the best Receiver in the draft. It is brave but making this pick shows intent to surround your young Quarterback with weapons to give him the best chance to thrive.

7. Ja’Marr Chase – Detroit Lions

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The Lions look they are slowly becoming a mess, trading away their Franchise Quarterback was a big step, and receiving Jared Goff in return has some potential to it, but they are likely to be releasing most of their pass catchers this offseason. Chase gives them the reset they need, and hopefully helps the transition to a new focus.

8. Trey Lance – Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers have a Teddy Bridgewater shaped problem, and that problem is that he might be the best backup Quarterback in all of football. In bits, Bridgewater is extremely capable, but the Panthers need to start again. Enter Trey Lance, the Quarterback who for me might have the highest ceiling in the whole draft, yes that does include T-Law.

9. Christian Darrisaw – Denver Broncos

Darrisaw is not my second-best Offensive Tackle, however he goes here as he is more purely suited to one of the outside two spots on the O Line. Denver have questions on some of their team and they might not even be here come draft night. If though they are, it is likely they will have chased a free agent Quarterback and protecting him will be a premium.

10. Trevon Moehrig – Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys need help in their secondary and for the most part I have been working out which one the top 3 Cornerbacks would go here. I have however changed my mind, as I think the Cowboys need Safety help as much as they need to fix their Corners. I had them previously taking Caleb Farley as he can play both, however if you want a Safety, go get one who naturally fits the bill.

11. Patrick Surtain II – New York Giants

For me, he is the best Cornerback in the draft, and he only slides out of the top 10 because of the teams above New York in the draft not needing the player or the position. Surtain can start from day 1 and will immediately bring some bite to a frail Giants defense.

12. Caleb Farley – San Francisco 49ers

Farley is the best Defensive Back in the draft; however his versatility hurts him a little here. With the Cowboys going Safety, and the Giants going Cornerback, the 49ers select Farley as a Defensive Back in the hopes he can help put them over the edge and into playoff contention.

13. Samuel Cosmi – Los Angeles Chargers

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Justin Herbert was electric in his Rookie season, outperforming all the other Quarterbacks so much that people already have him pegged as a perennial playoff contender. It is important the Chargers stop any chance of a second season slump, therefore Taking Cosmi as another body up front is a no brainer.

14. Gregory Rousseau – Minnesota Vikings

Rousseau is a big game player, and it is something the oft average Vikings seem to be lacking. He is excellent at chasing down the ball carrier and loves the backfield. Minnesota grab a player ready for the NFL.

15. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons are coming towards a full rebuild, and so by trading out of the 4th spot, they have the opportunity to get more picks in the later rounds. Here they take Owusu-Koramoah to start that process. He is a high ceiling player, who can build his legacy while the team pick up some much-needed capital.

16. Rashawn Slater – Arizona Cardinals

1st order of business protect Kyler Murray, the Cardinals are so much better with him on the field, that protecting him at all costs is a must. Bringing in who I predict is the best overall Offensive Lineman in the draft making sense, especially since he can play both Tackle and Guard.

17. Alijah Vera-Tucker – La Vegas Raiders

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The Superbowl showed us just how important an Offensive Line can be, and Vera-Tucker would be a very good addition to any Offensive Line. He projects at Guard for the next level but has experience at both Tackle and Guard.

18. Najee Harris – Miami Dolphins

First Running Back off the board and Miami fills a huge need. Last year, no one needed to account for Miami’s ground game, so they could just game plan in the air. Miami still ended with 10 wins, with a powerful runner like Harris, the Dolphins are destined to make the next step.

19. DeVonta Smith – Washington Football Team

Every year a potential top 5 pick slides and we do not know why, it is never their ability and it is usually rumoured to be based on a preconceived notion which does not ring true. This year the honour goes to DeVonta Smith. He will slide because teams think he is too slim built for the NFL.

20. Travis Etienne – Chicago Bears

This feels like it could be a bit of a reach, but the Bears would benefit from some new blood at Running Back. Chicago picks a player who can start to get to work from day one and someone who is ready for the next level.

21. Jalen Mayfield – Indianapolis Colts

The Colts traded for Carson Wentz in the hopes Frank Reich can help him regain his Superbowl run form. Keeping him protected and upright is a key factor in this, and Mayfield can help to protect him.

22. Christian Barmore – Tennessee Titans

The Titans Defense last year was poor and they know they need an immediate fix. Christian Barmore is a big bodied Defensive Lineman who can crush anyone in his path. Tennessee seem to lack the Defense to compete in the playoffs, Barmore helps to change that attitude.

23. Jaylen Waddle – New York Jets

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While his teammate fell due to his build, Waddle slides due to his injury this past season. Without the full tape of the senior season, it seems that teams will pass on him, looking elsewhere first, as it is a deep Receiver pool this year.

24. Creed Humphrey – Pittsburgh Steelers

Last year, the Steelers ended the season playing football like the team about to pick first in the draft, then in the Offseason, their veteran Centre decided to retire. With this all happening so fast, the Steelers replace what they have lost and immediately bring in the replacement in Creed Humphreys.

25. Rashod Bateman – Jacksonville Jaguars

This big bodied Wide Receiver is the perfect fit for Jags as he would add to their young, dynamic pass catchers. For T-Law to succeed he needs players ready to play and Bateman is a plug and play player.

26. Azeez Ojulari – Cleveland Browns

Cleveland had some serious promise this season and were extremely close to a Championship game, but just could not keep the pace with the Defending Champion Chiefs. Adding an edge rushing Linebacker to get after the Quarterback will help them take those steps.

27. Kwity Paye – Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens are incredible on Offense in terms of teams really struggling to game plan against them. I do feel like a player such as Kwity Paye would immediately improve the Defense.

28. Mac Jones – New Orleans Saints

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It is official, the rebuild is on… At least in my opinion it is. Drew Brees still contemplates retirement, Winston is not the answer, so why not draft a champion. Jones would this year’s college playoff final, and he is on his way to a first round pick.

29. Kadarius Toney – Green Bay Packers

What do you do when every team you play against double teams your best Wide Receivers? You bring in a player who is able to play anywhere he is needed, including from the backfield. Toney once he has the ball in his hands is nearly impossible to stop.

30. Jaycee Horn – Buffalo Bills

Horn is one of the biggest sliders of the day, however he does land with Buffalo, opposite Tre’Davious White. A great situation for a Rookie? yes and no. He plays alongside an elite Cornerback learning from him; however he will get targeted so much, he will need to put up or shut up.

31. Alex Leatherwood – Kansas City Chiefs

I had the Chiefs taking Leatherwood last draft as their starting Left Tackle Eric Fisher was injured for at least all of training camp. I kept him for that reason and because the Chiefs just cut both starting tackles. We saw how important protecting the Franchise stars this last season, so if you want to win any this year Kansas, invest in that line.

32. Zaven Collins – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

A team with serious repeat Superbowl aspirations are somehow able to add one of the best players in College Football to their ranks with Collins slides all the way to 32.

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