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NFL mock draft 2021: Deshaun Watson looms large for Jets, Dolphins; Cowboys, Patriots make luxury picks

Super Bowl 55 is nearly right here, which suggests the ultimate first-round draft order for the 2021 NFL Draft will turn into official with both the victorious Buccaneers or profitable Chiefs selecting final. Within the newest Sporting Information mock draft version earlier than the massive recreation, there are many shakeups within the prime 30 picks, beginning immediately with No. 2.

With the Senior Bowl within the books, some prospects noticed their shares enhance, whereas others leveled out. Extra of that fluctuation will come when groups study gamers extra in depth throughout the center of the pre-draft course of, stamped by the satellite tv for pc model of the NFL Scouting Mix.

Right here an entire breakdown of all of the projected Spherical 1 picks, primarily based on the updated draft order in keeping with Tankathon:

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NFL mock draft 2021

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-15)

  • Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson (6-6, 220 kilos)

Lawrence did not have the most effective end to his faculty profession, however he lived as much as expectations of being a generational expertise on the place, the second in a row after Joe Burrow. He is a terrific chief and winner on prime of being a strong-armed passer and succesful robust runner. Lawrence will clear up the Jaguars QB mess, hooked up to a brand new coach, large faculty winner City Meyer. Lawrence can have success immediately with the Jaguars having an honest line and prime younger talent gamers equivalent to James Robinson, D.J. Chark and Laviska Shenault Jr. Overlook that speak about Meyer taking another person, particularly one other QB.

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2. New York Jets (2-14)

  • Zach Wilson, QB, BYU (6-3, 210 kilos)

Wilson had an distinctive season together with his accuracy and downfield passing to emerge because the draft class’ new second-best QB prospect after Lawrence. Wilson could be a robust, cerebral match for Mike LaFleur’s offense changing Sam Darnold because the face of the franchise. The Jets are wanting much less more likely to follow Darnold within the new regime, altering to a rookie draft choose or a big-name veteran. If the Jets do trade for Deshaun Watson, then there could be a good likelihood Wilson goes with this choose to the Texans.

3. Miami Dolphins (from Texans for Laremy Tunsil)

  • Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU (6-1, 208 kilos)

The Dolphins would have a troublesome early determination in the event that they maintain this choose and contemplate taking Chase vs. reuniting DeVonta Smith with Tua Tagovailoa. They should spherical out their receiving corps reverse DeVante Parker figuring out they’ve the oft-injured Preston Williams. Parker, Chase and tight finish Mike Gesicki could be a harmful trio creating matchup nightmares. Chase posted 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 TDs through the nationwide championship season and might be a part of former teammate Justin Jefferson in lighting up the NFL as a flexible playmaker. 

4. Atlanta Falcons (4-12)

  • Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State (6-3, 233 kilos)

Fields has immense pure bodily expertise to make new offensive-minded head coach Arthur Smith take into consideration discovering Matt Ryan’s successor for a run-heavier strategy to the offense. Fields wasn’t having essentially the most standout second season for the Buckeyes in Large Ten play, however he saved his absolute NFL-loving greatest for lighting up Clemson and outplaying Lawrence with a blinding all-around efficiency within the Faculty Soccer Playoff semifinal.

5. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)

  • Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon (6-5, 325 kilos)

Sewell nonetheless is the most effective all-around sort out on this class together with his clean agility for go safety and rock-like stature for the operating recreation. The Bengals will probably be tempted by a large receiver and that also may be the course ought to Chase, Joe Burrow’s former go-to man stay accessible right here, However it’s arduous to go up on Sewell with holding Burrow upright in Yr 2 and past being a excessive precedence.

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6. Philadelphia Eagles (4-11-1)

  • DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama (6-1, 175 kilos)

Smith is falling on some boards due to concern about his body, however it’s arduous to disregard his Heisman Trophy-worthy dominant manufacturing, particularly when it peaked through the Faculty Soccer Playoff video games and put him into the dialog for greatest wideout within the class. The Eagles did use a first-rounder on Jalen Reagor final yr, however they’ve loads of different points at wideout for Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts and will use Smith as their true go-to “X” exterior to enhance Reagor as a speedy “Z.”

7. Detroit Lions (5-11)

  • Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama (5-10, 182 kilos)

Waddle, like his Crimson Tide teammate Smith, is a extremely expert all-around receiver the Lions may use to run all of the routes and get open in all places exterior for Jared Goff. Waddle could be a terrific substitute for getting old free agent Marvin Jones Jr., assuming the Lions carry again large field-stretching youthful free agent Kenny Golladay. Golladay, Waddle and tight finish T.J. Hockenson could be an excellent basis for Anthony Lynn’s new-look passing offense.

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8. Carolina Panthers (5-11)

  • Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State (6-4, 226 kilos)

The Panthers can take into consideration offensive line and different offensive talent positions right here, however there is a robust indication coach Matt Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady desire a extra dynamic, youthful improve to Teddy Bridgewater. Lance has climbed again up boards together with his huge upside. As extra groups see tapes of his statistically sensible lone season as a starter (2,786 yards passing, 28 TDs, no INTs, 1,100 yards speeding, 14 TDs) it is more durable to disregard the spectacular bodily and athletic expertise. 

9. Denver Broncos (5-11)

  • Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech (6-2, 207 kilos)

The Broncos may also weigh their choices to spice up their edge go rush to help Bradley Chubb, figuring out that Von Miller is older and coming off a season misplaced to damage. However the exterior of the secondary units as much as be a extra urgent concern for defensive-minded Vic Fangio. Farley was one of many first prime prospects to choose out for his remaining faculty season. He has nice dimension and strong all-around protection expertise to the purpose he can develop right into a sound shutdown participant.

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10. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)

  • Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida (6-6, 246 kilos)

The Cowboys may use some cornerback assist, too, however this curveball of going for one more an offensive talent luxurious choose cannot be dominated out for Jerry Jones in “greatest participant availablle” mode. Dallas figures to lock up Dak Prescott and has high quality weapons for him in Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and 2020 first-rounder CeeDee Lamb. However as a lot as Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz have flashed, neither is a matchup nightmare tight finish. The Cowboys want somebody as impactful as prime Jason Witten, and Pitts, a large receiver hybrid, could be perfect. He posted 770 yards and 12 TDs on solely 43 catches, a uncommon field-stretcher for the place in addition to a dominant purple zone drive.

11. New York Giants (6-10)

  • Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami (6-6, 260 kilos)

The Giants will take into consideration broad receiver and offensive line, too, however after relying a lot on inside pass-rushing for his or her much-improved entrance seven, may go for essentially the most dependable edge rusher within the class. Rousseau, who opted out of the Hurricanes season, did not really want to play to spice up his inventory after posting 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in his lone important and remaining season underneath defensive-minded head coach Manny Diaz. He could be a terrific match with Patrick Graham.

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12. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)

  • Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama (6-2, 203 kilos)

There is a rising likelihood the 49ers go in a unique course at quarterback, like providing up Jimmy Garoppolo in a commerce for Kirk Cousins. They do have a serious difficulty looming of their protection with a slew of cornerbacks headed to free company, led by veteran chief Richard Sherman. That traces up properly with this choice. Surtain, together with his pedigree, dimension and ball-hawking expertise, has the potential to be a real shutdown participant.

13. Los Angeles Chargers (7-9)

  • Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern (6-4, 315 kilos)

The Chargers can not go into one other season with Sam Tevi and oft-injured getting old Bryan Bulaga as the highest tackles for second-year franchise QB Justin Herbert. The most effective offensive lineman accessible makes nice sense right here, extra for outdoor than inside. Slater, who opted out of his remaining season with the Wildcats, is rapidly rising up the boards once more together with his all-around talent set getting extra consideration. He held greater than his personal vs. Washington defensive rookie of the yr Chase Younger in a university matchup.

​14. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)

  • Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan (6-4, 272 kilos)

The Vikings noticed their edge rush turn into a multitude with out injured Danielle Hunter and will use a flexible lineman to proceed the rebuild of Mike Zimmer’s protection, now extra centered on the entrance. Paye is a freak of nature and has rapidly shot up draft boards. It is arduous not to consider a mixture of Ziggy Ansah and Jason Pierre-Paul in that sense.

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15. New England Patriots (7-9)

  • Micah Parsons, ILB, Penn State (6-3, 245 kilos)

Parsons’ inventory is not falling; it is the actual fact the groups selecting forward of the Patriots now completely can not really feel snug going for this place over some evident requirements. That is to not say Parsons is a luxurious choose for New England — the workforce may use a second-level anchor to carry collectively all of Invoice Belichick’s younger entrance seven reinforcements, particularly with a free-agent mess forward. Parsons is a hard-tackling and well-covering cleanup man, a rangy playmaker within the Luke Kuechly game-changing mould.

16. Arizona Cardinals (8-8)

  • Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, USC (6-4, 300 kilos)

The Cardinals may use an inside line enhance for Kyler Murray and their run-heavy assault. Vera-Tucker has separated from Ohio State’s now injured Wyatt Davis as the most effective such prospect on this class, as he can spherical out into an entire blocker, additionally able to enjoying exterior, with extra polish.

17. Las Vegas Raiders (8-8)

  • Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame (6-2, 216 kilos)

The Raiders invested in free brokers Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski final yr however that is not sufficient on the second degree, as they nonetheless had basic points in former defensive coordinator Paul Guenther’s scheme. They want one other key playmaker within the Ok.J. Wright molde for Gus Bradley’s scheme. Owusu-Koramoah covers like a defensive again and has room to develop right into a bodily run stopper.

18. Miami Dolphins (10-6)

  • Najee Harris, RB, Alabama (6-2, 230 kilos)

Harris had a robust Senior Bowl week of practices exhibiting off his operating energy and flexibility. He confirmed up in glorious form and proved succesful he can deal with a three-down workhorse position together with his receiving expertise, quickness and smarts. The Dolphins obtained an excellent season from Myles Gaskin when wholesome in a featured position, however Harris could be a substantial total improve.

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19. Washington Soccer Crew (7-9)

  • Mac Jones, QB, Alabama (6-3, 214 kilos)

Jones was the entire package deal in main the Crimson Tide to a nationwide championship, having a Burrow-style breakout together with his accuracy, large arm and downfield manufacturing, racking up jaw-dropping passing totals within the course of to benefit from prime receivers. Jones’ robust pocket passing ought to have nice attraction to be Washington’s long-term answer in Scott Turner’s robust, QB-friendly offensive system.

20. Chicago Bears (8-8)

  • Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama (6-3, 310 kilos)

The Bears ought to keep away from reaching a bit of for quarterback and contemplate each offensive sort out and defensive sort out extra ought to the draft play out like this in entrance of them. Barmore, perfect as a brand new constructing block for the Bears’ 3-4, stood out as a inside terror for the Tide. He had an enormous Faculty Soccer Playoff run in opposition to Notre Dame and Ohio State to spice up his inventory. Barmore combines power and energy with nice method. His late-season surge makes him worthy of a back-half first-rounder.

21. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)

  • Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech (6-5, 314 kilos)

The Colts have to discover a new beginning quarterback both in draft or free company, too, however in addition they have to exchange 32-year-old retiree Anthony Castonzo with one other potential rock at left sort out. Darrisaw has put himself into robust first-round consideration with standout athleticism that may assist him develop right into a clean and nimble long-term go protector within the NFL.

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22. Tennessee Titans (11-5)

  • Azeez Ojulari, OLB, Georgia (6-3, 240 kilos)

The Titans’ go rush was a bugaboo and it price them in entrance of their weak go protection ultimately with Jadeveon Clowney not offering sufficient late free-agency solutions. Ojulari has jumped into first-round consideration as a result of he is a novel pass-rusher who can match quite a lot of schemes and alignments and has potential each in stopping the run and in protection. Mike Vrabel and Shane Bowen would love his fashion of play.

23. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks)

  • Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas (6-3, 245)

The Jets, after pondering offense first with their No. 2 total choose, should handle their go protection right here with both cornerback, security or pass-rushing assist, and the latter would possibly find yourself being the precedence primarily based on the worth of gamers accessible. Ossai has been the current quickest riser on the place as an amazing upfield athlete with excessive motor who relentlessly goes after quarterbacks.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)

  • Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina (6-1, 205 kilos)

The Steelers have getting old corners exterior in Steven Nelson and Joe Haden and each sub-package gamers, Mike Hilton and Cameron Sutton, are free brokers. Horn, the son of former NFL broad receiver Joe Horn, is getting the due he deserves as a big-time nook. His large two-interception recreation in opposition to Auburn fueled an upset as he was the most effective participant on the sector. This Horn has good dimension, size, athleticism and physicality to include wideouts.

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25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)

  • Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU (6-1, 208 kilos)

This security class is deep with a variety of equally valued prospects however Moehrig has managed to face out from the remaining as a ballhawking presence, robust run supporter and strong single cowl man. The Jaguars want to consider cornerback, too, however they’d shaky security play final season, too and will use an lively, impactful cleanup man within the mould of Derwin James or Jessie Bates.

26. Cleveland Browns (11-5)

  • Zaven Collins, OLB, Tulsa (6-4, 260 kilos)

The Browns have Myles Garrett anchoring their line of defense and Denzel Ward main their secondary. They might use some complementary items there, however in addition they had been brief on playmaking on the second degree. Collins explodes as an athlete and might make a variety of performs together with his agility, quickness and vary. Joe Woods would love his talent set.

27. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)

  • Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State (6-5, 257 kilos)

The Ravens may additionally contemplate broad receiver assist for Lamar Jackson right here but additionally have an enormous pass-rush difficulty to handle with Matthew Judon heading to free company. Oweh is the basic freakish athlete within the Jason Pierre-Paul mode who has the potential to be an explosive and productive rusher for a very long time, even when he should produce situationally at first.

28. New Orleans Saints (12-4)

  • Nick Bolton, OLB, Missouri (6-0, 232 kilos)

The Saints have a reasonably good edge go rush and a second-level drive in Demario Davis, however they may some assist each upfield and getting round in protection. Bolton, together with his nice pace and quickness made to fly across the discipline, can present that. He is also a really sound tackler to maintain boosting their robust run protection.

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29. Inexperienced Bay Packers (13-3)

  • Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida (5-11, 190 kilos)

The Packers obtained loads of large performs from Allen Lazard and Marques Valdez-Scantling to enhance Davante Adams, however they’ve a transparent want for a high-level devoted slot receiver with Jarvis Landry-like potential to higher work the center of the sector for Aaron Rodgers. Toney is dynamic after the catch and in addition has some center of the field-stretching potential.

30. Buffalo Payments (13-3)

  • Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan (6-5, 319 kilos)

The Payments want to handle offensive line in some type as a excessive precedence with sort out Darryl Williams being the larger free-agent concern over guards Jon Feliciano and Brian Winters, as Cody Ford coming back from damage can shore up a kind of spots. Mayfield has stood out on movie together with his dimension, size and power and might develop right into a clean blocker a la the Broncos’ Garett Bolles.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5)

  • Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson (5-10, 205 kilos)

The Bucs did OK to resolve their operating again woes within the passing recreation by including Leonard Fournette, Ke’Shawn Vaughn and LeSean McCoy behind Ronald Jones, however Tom Brady actually may use a extra versatile weapon within the James White mould for his second yr with the Buccaneers. Etiennie was a shock return to Clemson however boosted his inventory behind Harris as an all-around again with 1,506 scrimmage yards and 16 TDs.

32. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (14-2)

  • Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU (6-3, 200 kilos)

With Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson hitting free company in 2021, this could a coup for Patrick Mahomes. LSU retains churning out the big-time NFL broad receivers, with Chase going earlier and Justin Jefferson being an immediate first-round hit for the Vikings. Marshall has a terrific mixture of dimension and pace and might line up anyplace as a big-time complementary route runner to Tyreek Hill. 

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