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NFL mock draft 2021: Jets jump on Justin Fields; Dolphins, Patriots pick WR help; 49ers find next QB

With a lot of the 2021 NFL first-round draft order officially set with 18 non-playoff groups understanding the place all of them might be choosing in April, it is time for a particular re-creation of Sporting Information mock draft.

Whereas ready for the playoffs to play out among the many 14 groups nonetheless alive for Tremendous Bowl 55 to fully decide the second half of picks. it is time to concentrate on eager about what groups who’re already on the clock might be pondering.

From the no-brainer on the high to some difficult picks simply outdoors the highest 10, this is a fast early-January have a look at how Nos. 1-18 may play out. The up to date draft order comes courtesy of Tankathon:

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NFL mock draft 2021

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-14)

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

Lawrence did not have the perfect end to his faculty profession, however he lived up expectations of being a generational expertise on the place, the second in a row after Joe Burrow. He is an amazing chief and winner on high of being a strong-armed passer and succesful powerful runner. Lawrence will clear up the Jaguars QB mess, hooked up to a brand new coach, doubtlessly former huge faculty winner City Meyer. Lawrence can have success straight away with the Jaguars having a good offensive line and high younger ability gamers comparable to James Robinson, D.J. Chark and Laviska Shenault Jr.

2. New York Jets (2-14)

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

Fields wasn’t having probably the most standout second season for the Buckeyes in Massive 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. Sam Darnold could have not gotten the fairest shake with issues round him beneath now fired Adam Gase, however regardless, he does not have the kind of ceiling Fields does. Fields can shortly assist New York play meet up with the Payments (Josh Allen) and maybe go the Dolphins (Tua Tagovailoa) along with his immense pure bodily expertise.

MORE: Why Trevor Lawrence is a much better fit with Jaguars than Jets

3. Miami Dolphins (from Texans for Laremy Tunsil)

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

Chase opting out of LSU’s mess of post-Joe Burrow season was resolution to protect his inventory because the unquestioned greatest wideout within the class, regardless that he has some powerful competitors for that standing from an Alabama duo. Chase posted 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 TDs throughout the nationwide championship season and may be a part of former teammate Justin Jefferson in lighting up the NFL as a flexible playmaker. The Dolphins might use him as a real big-play go-to man for Tagovailoa to assist DeVante Parker, very like Jefferson performed effectively off Adam Thielen as a rookie.

4. Atlanta Falcons (4-12)

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

The Falcons want to take a position closely of their go protection (once more) within the 2021 draft. They should hit on somebody who can get after the quarterback and dominate bodily and athletically in opposition to offensive tackles. Paye is a freak of nature and has shortly shot up draft boards. It is exhausting not to consider a mix of Ziggy Ansah and Jason Pierre-Paul in that sense.

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5. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)

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

Defending Burrow higher whereas additionally boosting the working sport up entrance must be a precedence for Zac Taylor’s workforce. Sewell is the precise form of rock the Bengals want and so they should not hesitate to leap on him if he is on the board. After Lawrence to the Jaguars, his availability would make Sewell the simplest decide within the first spherical.

6. Philadelphia Eagles (4-10-1)

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

The Eagles obtained some flashes from Alex Singleton however in any other case had a obtrusive defensive weak point at linebacker, struggling each in cleansing up in opposition to the run and second-level go protection. They will keep in state to get a rangy playmaker in Parsons, going for matching worth with want vs. going vast receiver. Parsons is a hard-tackling and well-covering cleanup man within the Luke Kuechly game-changing mould.

MORE: The biggest busts in NFL Draft history

7. Detroit Lions (5-11)

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

The Lions obtained a pleasant closing stretch from Marvin Jones Jr. with Kenny Golladay (hip) on the shelf for a lot of the season, however Jones can also be heading into his age 32 season as a free agent. It is sensible to consider a high-level alternative who can kind an amazing new mixture with Golladay for Matthew Stafford (or whoever else is likely to be at QB for a brand new coach). Smith has picked up from he left off final season to change into Heisman Trophy-worthy. He has 105 catches for 1,641 yards and 20 TDs in 12 video games this season.

8. Carolina Panthers (5-11)

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

Wilson has had an distinctive season along with his accuracy and downfield passing to emerge because the draft class’ third-best QB prospect after Lawrence and Fields. Teddy Bridgewater did OK because the Panthers’ bridge QB out of necessity, however there’s additionally a sign they’ve a restricted ceiling with him and may take into consideration changing him by 2022 with a longer-term answer. Wilson could be a powerful, cerebral match for Joe Brady’s offense.

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9. Denver Broncos (5-11)

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

The Broncos had shaky cornerback play with growing old A.J. Bouye as their greatest outdoors possibility. They may also take into consideration additional boosting their edge go rush, however in addition they will not go up on some shutdown potential for the secondary. Farley was one of many first high prospects to choose out for his closing faculty season. He has nice measurement and stable all-around protection expertise for the place. 

10. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)

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

Surtain, along with his pedigree, measurement and ball-hawking expertise, has the potential to be a real shutdown participant. The Cowboys’ secondary has been terrible with out Byron Jones and Surtain could be complement to fellow Alabama product Trevon Diggs. Jerry Jones must concentrate on shoring up the again finish first within the technique of fixing the protection.

MORE: The biggest steals in NFL Draft history

11. New York Giants (6-10)

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

The Giants are sturdy up the center defensively and look significantly better at cornerback, however they’re in determined want of punching their outdated calling card on the sting beneath Dave Gettleman. Rousseau, who opted out of the Hurricanes season, did not actually need to play to spice up his inventory after posting 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in his lone important and closing season beneath defensive-minded head coach Manny Diaz.

12. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)

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

Lance is slowly climbing again up boards along with his huge upside. As extra groups see tapes of his one 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 he displayed in his first full season of motion. The 49ers can get out of Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract and must shoot for the QB ceiling to higher dominate with their array of offensive ability expertise, together with George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk. Lance’s working would add a brand new harmful ingredient to Kyle Shanahan’s scheme and he has the pinnacle, fast launch and accuracy to deal with the passing precision of all of it.

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13. Los Angeles Chargers (7-9)

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

The Chargers know they’ve a doubtlessly particular QB in Justin Herbert and have some fairly good ability gamers to assist him. However it’s crucial they enhance their edge go safety to their already established younger franchise passer. Darrisaw has entered the first-round combine of late with standout athleticism that may assist him develop right into a easy and nimble long-term go protector within the NFL.

​14. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)

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

The Vikings want to consider saving cash at left deal with and in addition changing so-so Riley Reifff with an improve who might help each Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Prepare dinner properly. Slater, who opted out of his closing season with the Wildcats, is shortly rising up the boards once more along with his all-around ability set getting extra consideration. He held greater than his personal vs. Washington defensive rookie of the 12 months Chase Younger in a university matchup.

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15. New England Patriots (7-9)

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

Waddle performed solely 4 video games earlier than his season-ending ankle harm and he nonetheless posted 25 catches for 557 yards and 4 TDs. The Patriots have had a tough time with vast receivers aside from Jakobi Meyers and wishes an enormous hit on the place. Tapping into Nick Saban and Alabama is often good for Invoice Belichick and he cannot afford to overlook once more in search of playmakers to spice up whoever his subsequent QB might be.

16. Las Vegas Raiders (8-8)

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

The Raiders invested at linebacker with big-money offers for Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski in free company, however nonetheless should be extra lively and versatile on the second degree to assist their struggling protection all-around. Owusu-Koramoah covers like a defensive again and has room to develop right into a bodily run stopper.

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17. Arizona Cardinals (8-8)

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

The Cardinals obtained some fairly good play from Dan Arnold down the stretch for Kyler Murray, however with Larry Fitzgerald getting ready to retirement, they want a real younger go-tog man in the course of the sector to play effectively off DeAndre Hopkins. Pitts, a large receiver hybrid, could be best, with the potential of being to Murray what Mark Andrews is for Lamar Jackson. Pitts 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.

18. Miami Dolphins (10-6)

  • Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State (6-4, 315 kilos)

The Dolphins have to get extra athletic and shore up their inside go safety whereas additionally getting an asset with appreciable upside as a run blocker. Davis may be an elite NFL inside blocker and already has confirmed a lot in the way in which of paving the way in which for the Buckeyes’ prolific speeding assault earlier than deciding to choose in again into what could possibly be a national-championship profitable season.

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