Following the completion of the Senior Bowl, it’s time for my second mock draft.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence QB Clemson
This pick is a forgone conclusion. No need to dive in further.
2. New York Jets – Zach Wilson QB BYU
Having usurped Fields as the consensus QB2 in the 2021 class, he’s a fit here for a QB needy team. With MLF 2.0 leading the Jets’ offense, expect a transition to the Shanahan scheme. It doesn’t require an elite QB but reaches new heights with a quarterback who can deliver the ball downfield. Wilson has a special arm; right up there with Lawrence.
3. Miami Dolphins (HOU) – Ja’Marr Chase WR LSU
With Devante Parker locked up through 2024, the addition of Ja’Marr Chase would provide Tua Tagovailoa with a reliable 1-2 at the all-important wide receiver position. Chase would immediately push Parker for WR1 duties
4. Atlanta Falcons – Penei Sewell OT Oregon
Penei Sewell and Jake Matthews would give the Falcons one of the top tackle combinations in the league. Sewell is a generational talent and well worth a top-5 selection.
5. Carolina Panthers via Bengals – Justin Fields QB Ohio St
Justin Fields has a lot of elite traits but can stand to improve in other areas. Any time spent with Joe Brady would allow Fields to make those improvements. He wouldn’t be expected to start right away with incumbent Teddy Bridgewater on contract for two more years, though Fields may be talented enough to grab the job in year one. If the Panthers don’t make the move up, Fields will be gone by pick #8.
6. Philadelphia Eagles – Micah Parsons LB Penn St
The Eagles’ defense took a step forward this year but remains average because of terrible play from their linebacker group. Micah Parsons not only fills a need but is arguably the top linebacker prospect since Luke Keuchly.
7. Detroit Lions – DeVonta Smith WR Alabama
With Jared Goff on his way in and Matthew Stafford on his way out (potentially Kenny Golladay as well), this is a new-look offense. If Goff plays at the top of his game, the Lions may be able to get back to 6-10. If he doesn’t expect the Lions to be picking near the top of the 2021 NFL Draft. DeVonta Smith will be a step in the right direction for this franchise
8. Cincinnati Bengals via Panthers – Kyle Pitts TE Florida
After trading down with the Panthers, the Bengals pulled themselves out of elite prospect territory but are still in position to select a generational talent in Kyle Pitts. Pitts would provide elite receiving skills for the tight end position, pairing nicely with Drew Sample who should be relegated to blocking duties. Joe Burrow approves this pick.
9. Denver Broncos – Patrick Surtain Jr CB Alabama
In year one without Chris Harris Jr, the Broncos’ CB group struggled as a whole. Bryce Callahan rebounded nicely from a 2019 season-ending injury but on the other side, the combination of Michael Ojemudia and A.J. Bouye isn’t scaring anybody. Patrick Surtain Jr would be an upgrade over both players, especially in man coverage.
10. Dallas Cowboys – Caleb Farley CB Virginia Tech
The Cowboys’ pass-defense has not been the same since losing Byron Jones. A lockdown outside corner would go a long way in the re-build of this defense. Caleb Farley can fill that void. He has every natural trait that we look for in a shutdown corner – length, athleticism, speed, and ball skills.
11. New York Giants – Sam Cosmi OT Texas
This doesn’t mean the end of Andrew Thomas’ career, just the end of his time at tackle. Even with all of the resources thrown at the offensive line, the Giants continue to struggle to keep their QB upright. Questions remain about Cosmi’s practical strength but he should still be able to slide into a starting role at left tackle.
12. Houston Texans via 49ers – Trey Lance QB North Dakota St
The Texans picking at #12 means they’ve traded Deshaun Watson to San Francisco. It also means that the Texans are in the market for a new franchise QB. Lance has the potential to be an elite talent.
13. Los Angeles Chargers – Jaylen Waddle WR Alabama
Justin Herbert may be the next generation at the QB position but he still needs help. Players like Jaylen Waddle don’t come around every year. He may be the only thing this offense is missing.
14. Minnesota Vikings – Gregory Rousseau EDGE Miami
The Vikings have lost a good portion of their edge room in back to back seasons. Rousseau should step in and immediately provide decent pass-rushing production while he smooths out his edges against the run.
15. New England Patriots – Mac Jones QB Alabama
I hate that this pick because it makes a lot of sense and could vault the Patriots back into playoff contention. I have Jones as my QB6 but this pick is more about fit than anything else. Jones has the accuracy and mental capacity to have a Pro Bowl rookie season with New England.
16. Arizona Cardinals – Christian Barmore IDL Alabama
The Cardinals’ defense was up and down in 2020, largely due to inconsistent play upfront. Barmore should be able to slide into a starting role and be at least average both against the run and the pass, with the potential to be elite.
17. Las Vegas Raiders – Ra’Shawn Slater OT/IOL Northwestern
We’re still not sure what position Slater will be playing but we know he can play. Slater’s technique on the edge was almost flawless. If he meets height and length thresholds, he’ll be a day-one starter at left tackle.
18. Miami Dolphins – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB/S Notre Dame
JOK’s frame will limit his usage a little but there’s nobody in this draft class that can cover and stop the run like him. He can shutdown a tight end, operate in space, move out to slot, or come screaming off the weakside to rush the passer. JOK is the modern-day multi-tool.
19. Washington Football Team – Kyle Trask QB Florida
I have a higher grade than most on Kyle Trask. He doesn’t have elite arm talent but can still deliver the ball with pace and accuracy to every level of the field. WFT is lucky that a franchise QB falls to them at 19.
20. Chicago Bears – Rondale Moore WR Purude
A-Rob is probably on his way out. That leaves a huge void at a position group that already lacked depth. Moore doesn’t come in to replace Robinson but to offer a great scheme fit with his RAC ability. If the Bears’ 2021 offense looks anything like it did in 2020, Moore will shine.
21. Indianapolis Colts – Kwity Paye EDGE Michigan
I may have had Rousseau selected 7 spots ahead of Paye but that gap between the two players is much slighter than that. Flip a coin to decide which player is taken first. Paye has shined during his time in Michigan and is guaranteed to be selected in the first round, potentially in the top 10.
22. Tennessee Titans – Carlos Basham Jr EDGE Wake Forest
We were surprised by the lack of length from Boogie Basham’s Senior Bowl measurables but we were not surprised by how dominant he was during the three days of practice. He’ll have to answer questions about why he disappeared during some stints with the Demon Deacons. After its’ all said and done, Basham has earned a first-round grade and fills a huge need along the Titans’ defensive line.
23. New York Jets (SEA) – Travis Ettiene RB Clemson
Between Travis Ettiene and the Wilson selection at #2, the Jets offense is trending up. Ettiene has elite receiving skills and is a surprisingly powerful runner. My comp for him right now is Christian McCaffrey. Who wouldn’t want the next CMC?
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Wyatt Davis IOL Ohio St
Ben Roethlisberger is reportedly coming back but the Steelers offensive line will need to improve to keep him upright. There are holes at everything but LT. Davis is a plug and play starter along the interior.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (LAR) – Christian Darrisaw OT Virginia Tech
Darrisaw falling to the Jaguars at #25 is huge. Darrisaw would walk in and immediately compete with Cam Robinson for LT duties. This selection would go a long way in protecting the #1 overall pick, Trevor Lawrence.
26. Cleveland Browns – Zaven Collins LB Tulsa
Collins improved his stock from likely draft pick to likely first-round draft pick. He was incredible this season, in every facet of the game. He’ll walk into an every-down role with the Browns, who are desperate for new life in the middle of their defense.
27. Baltimore Ravens – Alijah Vera-Tucker IOL/OT USC
Much like the situation with Ra’Shawn Slater, we’re not sure what position Tucker will play but we know he can play. The Ravens did nothing to replace Marshall Yanda and the offense suffered because of it. Vera-Tucker should slide right into the Yanda-sized hole at LG.
28. New Orleans Saints – Trevon Moehrig S TCU
The Saints are one of those teams that can focus on BPA, unless they decide to get aggressive in securing their QB of the future. With 6 QBs already selected, the Saints missed their chance. They’ll focus instead at adding competition to their S group. Marcus Williams will be a free agent and Malcolm Jenkins is getting old. Moehrig has elite coverage skills for the safety position.
29. Green Bay Packers – Jevon Holland S/Slot Oregon
Holland can play safety or slot at the next level. While he doesn’t have elite athleticism, he does have elite read and react skills and he’s the top slot corner in this class. He’d be an upgrade over Chandon Sullivan who disappointed in his first season in a ‘starting’ role.
30. Buffalo Bills – Nick Bolton LB Missouri
Plug Bolton in and allow Tremaine Edmunds to play with more freedom. Edmunds has had too much on his plate and has struggled because of that. Bolton is the green-dot wearing every-down defender that the Bills need right now.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Kadarius Toney WR Florida
Toney has serious RAC ability; in the same vein as Rondale Moore. With the Bucs potentially losing Chris Godwin and/or Antonio Brown, they may look to address the position again, with Kadarius Toney.
32. Kansas City Chiefs – Rashod Bateman WR Minnesota
The Chiefs simply can’t afford to pay everybody, especially with Mahomes’ extension. They’ll likely lose Sammy Watkins but Bateman will be a nice replacement. Bateman has Davante Adams-esque athletic ability and skill set. Imagine pairing him with Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill.