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The 2021 Undrafted Fans Draft

We have done our Mock Drafts as writers. This time we handed the reigns to our fans for the first annual Undrafted Fans Draft. It never hurts to see what the fans of teams think their teams should do and what they want them to. This article covers the first round and a future article will cover rounds 2 and 3.

We decided we would cover all eventualities, if teams want to trade they can and there would be no veto. Whatever was agreed goes but we would want answers as to why they were done. This lets us inside the minds of the guys we write for.

The take up on this was amazing, so thank you to everyone who was involved. Trying to keep up through the first round took some doing! I suppose that should have been expected, put 30 guys in a chat and let them run their own team, who wouldn’t be excited by that! It was so successful that this will become a yearly thing and part of our Draft buildup.

So here we go, gloves off, lets kick this thing off, over to you Mr Clapham…

Round 1

1 . Jacksonville Jaguars (GM – Tom Clapham) – Trevor Lawrence (QB – Clemson)

So I mean, T-Law to the Jags seems like a no-brainer, however other QB’s are talented. With Lawrence the Jaguars get a great Quarterback, with a winning attitude and crucially he would be an excellent starting point for the new wave of the franchise.

Tom Clapham (Jaguars GM)

We didn’t have to wait long for our first trade.

TRADE: The New York Jets trade the 2nd pick to the Denver Broncos, who send the 2021 9th and 71st picks as well as their 2022 1st in return.

2. Denver Broncos (GM – Rick Houghton) – Zach Wilson (QB – BYU)
Zach Wilson
Is he the next Mahomes? – (Image Credit – Bleacher Report)

After a fantastic Free Agency, the Broncos Defence went from a need to a luxury. By trading up we managed to snag arguably the better Quarterback for relatively low cost. Wilson will come in as QB1, with a supporting cast of Sutton, Jeudy, Fant and Gordon. Lock will have to battle for his place.

Rick Houghton (Broncos GM)

Almost as soon as the second pick was in we had another trade.

TRADE: The Miami Dolphins trade the 3rd pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who send the 2021 25th, 33rd and 4th round picks as well as DJ Chark in return.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars (GM Tom Clapham) – Kyle Pitts (TE – Florida)

Kyle Pitts brings it all to the table, he can catch, he can block and he is a match-up nightmare. He is capable of playing outside, inside or with his hand on the ground. He and Lawrence can accompany each other to the Hall of Fame.

Tom Clapham (Jaguars GM)
4. Atlanta Falcons (GM – Adz Bristo) – Justin Fields (QB – Ohio State)

The Falcons don’t need much else offense wise. If they have a good year with the new HC they won’t get this pick again and Matt [Ryan] is coming towards the end of his career. Fields is the best athlete at QB in the Draft and mobility in the offense will help the Falcons moving forwards.

Adz Bristo (Falcons GM)
5. Cincinatti Bengals (GM – DE Pryce) – Ja’Marr Chase (WR – LSU)

The Bengals lack strength and depth at the Wide Receiver position. They bring in Chase to revive the incredible connection that he had with Burrow two years ago at LSU

DE Pryce (Bengals GM)
6. Philadelphia Eagles (GM – Jordan Cox) – DeVonta Smith (WR – Alabama)

I picked Smith because of the Alabama connection to Hurts. They’ve worked out together this off-season. Chase would have been my first choice as I think he’s more of an all round weapon, similar to Reagor but a more refined product to start with. Smith gives us something different, a more technically gifted player who, in combination with Reagor, Fulgham and Goedert, gives Hurts as much chance to succeed as a starter as possible.

Jordan Cox (Eagles GM)

I am sure that DeVonta Smith will be thrilled to hear he was his new teams second choice…

7. Detroit Lions (GM – Murray Pugh) – Jaylen Waddle (WR – Alabama)
Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) celebrates with Xavier Williams (9) after scoring a touchdown against Auburn during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Having lost Marvin Jones Jr and Kenny Golladay the Lions need their next WR1, Waddle can be that. A deep threat with over half of his touchdowns in college being 50+ yards. Waddle has drawn comparisons to Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill. Also losing Jamal Agnew the Lions are in need of a return man. Waddle has averaged 24.4 yards per return in college, scoring on both punt and kick-off returns.

Murray Pugh (Lions GM)
8. Carolina Panthers (GM – Sam Jordan-Turner) – Penei Sewell (OT – Oregon)

This pick was one I didn’t expect to be able to make, Sewell was not supposed to fall this far. I’m more than happy that it did as it covers both a positional need for the Panthers and also fits the Best Player Available mantra that teams should follow in a Draft where possible.

Sam Jordan-Turner (Panthers GM)

I think that is the first big surprise today (trades aside), Sewell is a lock for the top 5 in a lot of people’s predictions. It does mean the Quarterback position is kicked down the road for a year or two, or is it……perhaps they really are making a huge push for DeShaun Watson!

9. New York Jets (GM – Lawrence Tuckett) – Najee Harris (RB – Alabama)

In keeping with the “sticking with Sam” mentality that informed the trade down from 2nd, what says “you’re our guy” more than trading down from 2? Grabbing a stud RB at 9. He might actually be a better dude off the field than on the field which is a rarity given just how talented he is on the field. He is a big runner, will excel in the Shanahan style passing game. Easy. I need this dude in the locker room. Would’ve genuinely considered taking him at 2 if I thought I wouldn’t get him here.

Lawrence Tuckett (Jets GM)

Big move form the Jets, RB so early in the Draft could change a few team’s tactics moving forwards.

10. Dallas Cowboys (GM – Liam Ormerod) – Caleb Farley (CB – Virginia Tech)

I was hoping that Kyle Pitts would fall to me here but I knew it was an outside shot at best. In taking Caleb Farley the Cowboys get a Defensive leader from Day 1, important for team who has lost a couple over the past few years.

Liam Ormerod (Cowboys GM)
11. New York Giants (GM – James Roberts) – Rashawn Slater (OT – Northwestern)

Facing Chase Young twice a year is no fun, that’s before you consider the other Defensive Line players just on that team! If Slater can tame Young in college then he can carry that on twice a year in the NFC East.

James Roberts (Giants GM)
12. San Francisco 49ers (GM – Ethan Crafter) – Trey Lance (QB – North Dakota State)
The Big Decision, it’s a risk… – (Image Credit – 49ers Webzone)

With Jimmy G’s time in San Francisco coming to an end either this year or next, in all likelihood, I had one eye to the future. Lance can serve as QB2 immediately and I expect him to replace Garoppolo in due course. There are also at this stage not many good back-ups to choose from in the league left.

Ethan Crafter (49ers GM)
13. Los Angeles Chargers (GM – Ethan King) – Alijah Vera-Tucker (IOL – USC)

A simple choice for me, the Chargers need to improve their O-Line if they want Herbert to survive for long in the NFL. Vera-Tucker offers Day 1 starter potential.

Ethan King (Chargers GM)
14. Minnesota Vikings (GM – Mike Flynn) – Kwity Paye (Edge – Michigan)

I took Paye because the Vikings were in and around the bottom 5 for all the QB pressure stats last year. He should round out a pretty good front 4 for them this year after their Free Agent pick ups and getting players back from injury.

Mike Flynn (Vikings GM)
15. New England Patriots (GM – Luke Scanlon) – Mac Jones (QB – Alabama)

The Pats finally select the heir to Tom Brady. Mac Jones is exactly what New England looks for in a QB, high football IQ distributor of the ball. Belichick loves Alabama players and Jones will be no exception. Whilst you can argue that he was surrounded by first round talent at Alabama, he’ll be walking into a very good O-Line situation, two top Tight Ends, an emerging Receiver in Jackobi Meyers and a decent Running Back stable.

Luke Scanlon (Patriots GM)
16. Arizona Cardinals (GM – Matt Stanulewicz) – Patrick Surtain II (CB – Alabama)

Draft need was a Cornerback. Farley was gone and I don’t think Horn is a day 1 starter, in fact I rate Samuel higher than him from what I’ve seen. Surtain has the size, speed and skills to be a Day 1 starter, not polished but experience will sort that out. Therefore I am picking the best on the board for my main position of need.

Matt Stanulewicz (Cardinals GM)

TRADE: The Raiders trade out of the 17th spot. The Dallas Cowboys are coming back into the first round and send Amari Cooper, Jourdan Lewis, and the 44th pick for the please. The Raiders have also sent a 2021 3rd and 6th to Dallas. Amari Cooper back in Oakland…..I bet he has something to say about that!

17. Dallas Cowboys (GM – Liam Ormerod) – Micah Parsons (LB – Penn State)
Generational talent at 17, seems unfair! – (Image Credit – The Athletic)

I picked Parsons because he was the best player available on Defence. It was criminal that he had fallen so far and I couldn’t let him get away.

The Trade was because Lamb should be the WR1 and the Cowboys need help on Defence. Lewis was part of it as I didn’t want him now that Caleb Farley is here, Farley, Awuzie and Diggs makes me a happy GM

Liam Ormerod (Cowboys GM)

At this stage no one had the heart to tell Liam that Chidobe Awuzie was now a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, he would get there in his own time…

18. Miami Dolphins (GM – Alex Buck) – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (LB – Notre Dame)

Owusu-Koramoah is an extremely versatile outside linebacker/safety hybrid, and if the Dolphins can figure out how best to utilise him he could be a great weapon for them for years to come. I like the fit for Miami here at 18.

Alex Buck (Dolphins GM)
19. Washington Football Team (GM – Matt Beverington) – Christian Darrisaw (OT – Virginia Tech)

This pick is part of a long term plan for Washington. I want to get a few more pieces in place this year as part of thee squad with the aim then of adding the final piece, the next franchise QB in the coming year or 2

Matthew Beverington (Washington GM)
20. Chicago Bears (GM – Michael Cotton) – Rashod Bateman (WR – Minnesota)

Long term I do not see Allen Robinson in Chicago for much longer. He will be gone after this year. Rashod Bateman is one of my biggest sleepers in the Draft this year and I am happy to be able to take him hear to become the Bears WR1 for the next few years.

Michael Cotton (Bears GM)
21. Indianapolis Colts (GM – James Davies) – Liam Eichenberg (OT – Notre Dame)

With Anthony Constanzo retiring we have a huge hole at the end of our O-Line. I see Liam Eichenberg has Day 1 starting potential and the hope is he will anchor Wentz’s blindside for years to come.

James Davies (Colts GM)
22. Tennessee Titans (GM – Antonio Ierubino) – Azeez Ojulari (Edge – Georgia)
Georgia Bulldog’s Ojulari – (Image Creidt – 11Alive)

I had Ojulari going a lot higher than pick 22 which made my decision to use my pick on an edge rusher even easier. A position the Titan’s needed to address after their defensive failures last year.

Ojulari weighed in at 249 pounds and ran a 4.63 40-yard dash. He’s not the biggest or fastest of the edge rushers in this draft class. He might, though, be the most well-rounded. HIs agility is what stands out to me the most. He can easily change direction, and redirect himself to the ball handler seamlessly. If you combine his terrific speed with brute force off the edge, you’re looking at a player who can cause havoc in the backfield. He can also, though, flip his hips and drop off the line to play in space.

I look forward to seeing what Ojulari will bring to the team and how he will compliment Simmons upfront.

Antonio Ierubino (Titans GM)

As part of the Trade that saw Jamaal Adams go to Seattle, the Seahawks gave up their first round pick to the Jets.

23. New York Jets (GM – Lawrence Tuckett) – Jalen Mayfield (OT – Michigan)

Again, this pick is mainly to help Sam Darnold. With Becton from last year, we would now have two potential long term book-end tackles on the O-Line. Always good to help move guys off the Ball for Harris as well.

Lawrence Tuckett (Jets GM)
24. Pittsburgh Steelers (GM – Freddy Harper-Davis) – Asante Samuel Jr (CB – Florida State)

We lost Steven Nelson and Joe Haden is ageing so we need a new young guy into the Cornerback room to add a new lease of life. Plus the Steelers love NFL bloodlines so Samuel made a lot of sense.

Freddy Harper-Davis (Steelers GM)
25. Miami Dolphins (GM Alex Buck) – Kadarius Toney (WR – Florida)

Toney is going to be a nightmare for defensive coordinators if he continues his route running dominance and slippery style of play from his Gator days. An inside weapon for Tua shouldn’t be overlooked and adds another great option for the Dolphins offensively.

Alex Buck (Dolphins GM)

TRADE: The Browns have sent the 26th pick along with the 90th pick to the cowboys in return for Leighton Van Der Esch. Interesting move to say the least, very Browns-y…

26. Dallas Cowboys (GM – Liam Ormerod) – Gregory Rousseau (Edge – Miami)

He gives much needed help rushing the passer opposite Lawrence. If had didn’t opt out I think he would have gone in the top 10.

Liam Ormerod (Cowboys GM)

TRADE: The Baltimore Ravens have dealt Orlando Brown Jr to the Miami Dolphins and in return they have received the 36th pick in the Draft ad the Dolphins 4th rounder which was acquired from Jacksonville earlier in the Draft, pick 107.

27. Baltimore Ravens (GM – Adam Hilton) – Teven Jenkins (OT – Oklahoma State)
Flying under the radar but without a doubt a first round talent – (Image Credit – Stampede Blue)

Having dealt Brown to the Dolphins there was a huge need for a Tackle to come in who would be able to start fairly quickly. Jenkins appears to have all the skills needed to be an extremely successful talent in the NFL. I was not going to make the trade had Jenkins not fallen to me as after him I think there is a slight drop in the quality of Tackle available.

If all goes to plan Jenkins and Stanley will be a fixture in Baltimore for a long time. Considering that my other concerns were Edge and Receiver, I felt that there was more depth at both positions, especially considering who has come off the board and so going Tackle in Round 1 was almost a no-brainer.

Adam Hilton (Ravens GM)
28. New Orlean Saints (GM – Huw Owen) – Jaycee Horn (CB – South Carolina)

Cornerback easily became the top priority once the team released Jenkins. Re-signing P.J. Williams will serve more for depth than filling the hole in the starting lineup. The position would still remain a priority even if the Saints landed another veteran.

I feel that Horn is a big Cornerback who is strong and physical. He packs a punch on receivers and uses his size and power to reroute them. While Horn has the size and strength, he also is very natural in coverage, smoothly running the route and preventing separation. Horn’s height and length make him capable of matching up against big receivers and defending 50-50 passes. He stays in phase and keeps receivers from getting over the top of him.

Huw Owens (Saints GM)

Personally this is my pick of the Draft so far Horn is probably closing in on a Top 15 spot in real life, especially after Farley’s surgery (which had not occurred or been reported at the time the Draft was done). To get a player of his quality at 28 is fantastic!

29. Green Bay Packers (GM – Allan King) – Jaelan Phillips (Edge – Miami)

You can never have to many good edge guys, Phillips is a great edge prospect and I felt I was in a position to take the best player available at 29. The Packers aren’t far from a Superbowl and this will help them get over that final hurdle.

Allan King (Packers GM)
30. Buffalo Bills (GM – Callum Woods) – Joseph Ossai (Edge – Texas)

I feel like the Bills need more power on the Defensive Line. using Ossai’s versatility and lining him up on the edge rather than as a Linebacker will help in both the run game and pass rush. In 9 games with Texas in 2020 he recorded 5.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss, very similar stats to his sophomore year but in 4 games less.

Callum Woods (Bills GM)
31. Kansas City Chiefs (GM – Chris Juffs) – Creed Humphrey (C – Oklahoma)

With 36 straight starts in college Humphrey comes with bags of experience. With the Chiefs having signed Joe Thuney, Humphrey can slot in next to him and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif to help him in his rookie year with confidence.

Chris Juffs (Chiefs GM)
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (GM – Stevie Probert) – Jayson Oweh (Edge – Penn State)
Sacks are the order of the day for Tampa Bay – (Image Credit – Penn State Athletics)

Sacks are the order of the Day and even though Barrett is back, pressure of the edge is important as the Superbowl showed. Oweh can come in and eventually take over for Pierre-Paul when he retires. Before then he will be able to step into the rotation and find his feet before exploding once he becomes a full time starter.

Stevie Probert (Bucs GM)

The Fallout

Well that concludes Round 1. Some interesting decisions already have been made, I think the Browns fans may want a word with their GM without a doubt. The Cowboys coming out with 3 1st round picks is great but at what price? The Ravens have started the search for a new Right Tackle and the Dolphins, well, the next few years are going to be fun to be a fan in Florida.

I will conclude this with an article next week covering rounds 2 and 3, we will get some insight into GM’s thinking again and We will do a review of the draft classes as they stand after this to see who we think won and lost in fantasy land.

If you are interested in reading over our Writer’s Mock’s to date feel free. Alex has his here, Adam has his here and Tom has his here. As always we want to hear your thoughts so hit us up on all our social’s.

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