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NFL mock draft 2021: Jets settle for second-best QB after Jaguars take Trevor Lawrence; Eagles land DeVonta Smith

The No. 1 decide within the 2021 NFL draft has lastly modified palms throughout the 2020 NFL season. Due to the Jets’ first win of the season over the Rams in Week 15, the one-win Jaguars now are within the driver’s seat to be on the clock first subsequent April.

The event is well-timed with the tip of faculty soccer’s common season and the start of bowl season main into the School Soccer Playoff semifinals. Quite a lot of high professional expertise might be on the sector when Trevor Lawrence and Clemson face Justin Fields and Ohio State, and whereas DeVonta Smith and Alabama battle Notre Dame.

This is how we see the picks from 1-32 taking part in out now. The highest 18 picks are primarily based on the present draft order, according to Tankathon. The underside 14 relies on SN’s projected end of the present playoff groups by way of Tremendous Bowl 55.

MORE: Explaining the Jets vs. Jaguars NFL Draft tiebreaker

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NFL mock draft 2021

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-14)

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

With Gardner Minshew displaying his limitations, the Jaguars will bounce on this generational expertise, a can’t-miss QB prospect within the echelon of Andrew Luck and Joe Burrow. Lawrence is not only a nice passer and athlete; he is an achieved chief and winner, similar to these different two. Whether or not it is Doug Marrone and Jay Gruden operating their offense once more (unlikely) or a brand new teaching workers, Lawrence can take their offense to new explosive heights as a no brainer first decide for his or her new GM.

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

2. New York Jets (2-13)

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

Fields received his desired second faculty beginning season, albeit abbreviated, to assist construct his inventory and push Lawrence, confirming the dynamic twin menace has his eyes laser-focused on the draft after thriving in Ryan Day’s pro-friendly offense. Fields will get to point out off his speeding and passing prowess head-to-head towards Lawrence on the largest stage. Let’s hope the Jets are sensible and pair him with an offensive-minded coach who’s much more constant and competent than Adam Gase.

3. Miami Dolphins (from Texans for Laremy Tunsil)

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

The Dolphins have Preston Williams and Mike Gesicki to assist DeVante Parker, however they may a extra transcendent versatile receiver to be their go-to man. Chase, opting out of LSU’s season, is coming off an enormous remaining season with Burrow (84 catches, 1,780 yards, 20 TDs) and can be a wonderful further large playmaker to pair with Tua Tagovailoa.

4. Atlanta Falcons (4-11)

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

The Falcons have been an absolute mess at cornerback with among the worst downfield protection within the NFL and want a possible large shutdown nook, stat. Farley was one of many first high prospects to decide out for his remaining faculty season. He has nice dimension and stable all-around protection expertise for the place. 

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5. Cincinnati Bengals (4-10-1)

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

The Bengals have made some investments of their offensive, line together with first-round sort out Jonah Williams from 2019, however they should higher shield franchise quarterback Joe Burrow when he can come again from his large knee harm. Sewell’s sturdy, sturdy presence can be a fantastic slot in entrance of Burrow and in addition assist their operating sport.

6. Philadelphia Eagles (4-10-1)

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

The Eagles took a large receiver within the first spherical in 2020 (Jalen Reagor) however they want a real dominating big-play No. 1 within the vein of DeAndre Hopkins or Stefon Diggs. Smith has picked up from he left off final season to develop into Heisman Trophy-worthy. He has 98 catches for 1,511 yards and 17 TDs in 11 video games this season.

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7. Detroit Lions (5-10)

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

The Lions have had among the worst linebacker play within the NFL and should handle their run-stopping and protection points there. Parsons is a rangy, hard-tackling and well-covering cleanup man within the Luke Kuechly mould. Forward of his opt-out from convention play, he had 109 complete tackles, together with 5 sacks, in 2019 for the Nittany Lions.

8. New York Giants (5-10)

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

Paye tapped into his large pass-rushing upside with two sacks in 4 video games this season earlier than being curbed by a lower-body harm. The Giants are sturdy up the center defensively and look higher at cornerback, however they’re in determined want of punching their outdated calling card on the sting.

9. Carolina Panthers (5-10)

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

Wilson has had an distinctive season together with his accuracy and downfield passing to shortly emerge as a menace to be the third QB off the board after Lawrence and Fields. Teddy Bridgewater has fared fairly effectively because the bridge QB in Carolina, however there’s additionally a sign they’ve a restricted ceiling with him and will take into consideration changing him by 2022 with a longer-term resolution. Wilson can be a powerful, cerebral match for Joe Brady’s offense.

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10. Denver Broncos (5-10)

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

The Broncos, with quarterback on the backburner, want to consider getting youthful on the sting to assist Bradley Chubb with Von Miller coming of a season misplaced to an ankle harm earlier than his age 32 season, the ultimate yr of his contract. 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 beneath defensive-minded head coach Manny Diaz.

11. Dallas Cowboys (6-9)

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

Surtain, together with his pedigree, dimension 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 can be an excellent complement to fellow Alabama product Trevon Diggs. Jerry Jones must deal with shoring up the again finish first.

12. Los Angeles Chargers (6-9)

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

The Chargers won’t have the ability to afford to re-sign Hunter Henry long run and so they may additionally take into consideration extra distinctive 12 personnel to assist Justin Herbert take the subsequent step as a passer in 12 months 2. Both approach, Pitts, as one of the best participant accessible right here, wants consideration. Pitts posted 770 yards and 12 TDs on solely 43 catches, a uncommon field-stretcher for the place in addition to dominant crimson zone power.

​13. Minnesota Vikings (6-9)

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

The Vikings have been hurting at guard subsequent to first-round heart Garrett Bradbury. Davis will be an elite NFL inside blocker and already has confirmed lots in the best way of paving the best way for the Buckeyes’ prolific speeding assault earlier than deciding to decide in again into the season.

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14. San Francisco 49ers (6-9)

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

Jones is having himself an enormous Heisman Trophy worthy season changing Tagovailoa in Tuscaloosa. He has been the whole bundle in main the Tide, having a Burrow-style breakout together with his accuracy, large arm and downfield manufacturing, racking up jaw-dropping passing totals within the course of. His sturdy pocket passing ought to have nice attraction as an improve to Jimmy Garoppolo for Kyle Shanahan.

15. New England Patriots (6-8)

  • 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 extensive receivers aside from Jakobi Meyers and wishes an enormous hit on the place. Tapping into Nick Saban and Alabama is usually good for Invoice Belichick.

MORE: What should the Patriots do at QB in 2020?

16. Las Vegas Raiders (7-8)

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

The Raiders drafted effectively at defensive finish and cornerback and invested closely in linebacker in free company, though the returns have been restricted. The lacking ingredient is a linchpin up entrance towards the run. Barmore combines energy and energy with nice method and is somebody rethink this excessive up the board.

17. Arizona Cardinals (8-7)

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

The Cardinals are weak in cornerback protection behind a rejuvenated Patrick Peterson, inside and outside.  Horn, the son of former NFL extensive receiver Joe Horn, is getting the due he deserves as a big-time nook. His large two-interception sport towards Auburn fueled an upset as he was one of the best participant on the sector in that sport. Horn has good dimension, size, athleticism and physicality. 

18. Indianapolis Colts (10-5)

  • Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas (6-7, 300 kilos)

The Colts want to consider a alternative for 32-year-dold potential retiree Anthony Castonzo, who’s now battling a knee harm. Cosmi is a large prospect for the place with nimble toes to match.

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19. Washington Soccer Workforce (6-9)

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

WFT will think about a first-round quarterback however successful the division would change issues up with being in best place to take action for Ron Rivera. Darrisaw has entered the first-round combine of late with standout athleticism that may assist him develop right into a clean and nimble long-term cross protector within the NFL.

20. Chicago Bears (8-7)

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

This is an opportunity to look proper as much as Evanston to fill an necessary blocking want for David Montgomery and whoever the QB might be in Chicago in 2020. The Bears want an athletic, versatile lineman to contemplate on the left facet and Slater, who will stay out of his remaining season with the Wildcats, is shortly rising up the boards once more together with his all-around talent set getting extra consideration.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams for Jalen Ramsey)

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

Ought to the Jaguars make investments so extremely in Lawrence as their franchise quarterback, they want to consider addressing left sort out, too, with Cam Robinson set to develop into a free agent. Mayfield has stood out on movie together with his dimension, size and energy and may develop right into a clean blocker a la the Broncos’ Garett Bolles.

22. Cleveland Browns (10-5)

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

The Browns have to more healthy, extra lively and versatile on the second stage to assist their protection all-around. Owusu-Koramoah covers like a defensive again and has room to develop right into a bodily run stopper.

23. Miami Dolphins (10-5)

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

The Dolphins have to get extra atlhletic and shore up their inside cross safety whereas additionally getting an asset with appreciable upside as a run blocker. Vera-Tucker’s uncooked expertise will be refined effectively, particularly if he bulks a bit to enhance the ability a part of his sport.

24. Baltimore Ravens (10-5)

  • Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota (6-2, 210 kilos)

The Ravens have too many speedy deep threats and never one constant, dependable route-running go-to man everywhere in the area. Marquise Brown wants a greater complement. Bateman, who opted again in for some time in 2020, put up 60 catches for 1,201 yards and 11 TDs working reverse Buccaneers draft decide Tyler Johnson in 2019. With out Johnson, he completed with 36 catches for 472 yards and a pair of TDs in 5 video games this season.

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25. Tennessee Titans (10-5)

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

Collins explodes as an athlete and may make a whole lot of performs together with his agility, quickness and vary. Mike Vrabel would love his second-level versatility to assist with the cross rush and protection.

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26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-5)

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

The Bucs tried their finest to resolve operating again woes within the passing sport 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. Etienne, who stunned by returning to Clemson, has racked up 1,406 scrimmage yards and 15 TDs this season, including to his dazzling profession numbers with the Tigers. He is a particular again for the fashionable NFL offense, with a few of each Alvin Kamara and Dalvin Cook dinner in his sport.

27. New York Jets (from Seahawks for Jamal Adams)

  • Trey Smith, G, Tennessee (6-6, 325 kilos)

With Fields probably on the best way and a few promise within the backfield, the Jets needs to be an efficient all-around operating crew with a brand new coach within the vein of Ravens’ and Cardinals’ offenses. Smith is a powerful and highly effective run blocker who has proved he can match any scheme effectively.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3) 

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

The Steelers is perhaps getting another season from Ben Roethlisberger to present them time to shine this prospect with large bodily upside. Regardless of Lance’s one-game showcase for the Bison not going as deliberate in 2020, one can not ignore the spectacular bodily and athletic expertise he displayed in his first full season of motion (2,786 yards passing, 28 TDs, zero INTs, 1,100 yards speeding, 14 extra TDs). 

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29. New Orleans Saints (11-4)

  • Kyle Trask, QB, Florida (6-5, 230 kilos)

Trask has been as much as the duty main a scorching Gators passing sport confidently together with his arm, accuracy and athleticism to get into the first-round dialog. He is raised his effectivity and appears like a fantastic slot in Sean Payton’s offense as Drew Brees’ true all-around successor vs. Taysom Hill.

30. Buffalo Payments (11-3)

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

The Payments have to replenish their cross rush for Sean McDermott with some younger juice. Ossai has been the latest quickest riser on the place as an amazing upfield athlete with excessive motor who relentlessly goes after quarterbacks.

31. Inexperienced Bay Packers (12-3)

  • Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue (5-9, 180 kilos)

The Packers have made it work by committee with out upgrading extensive receiver reverse Davante Adams for Aaron Rodgers. They should give him a harmful short-to-intermediate receiver with home-run after-catch expertise. Moore, who opted again in to make extra large performs for the Boilermakers in 2020, is a flexible athlete and an explosive play ready to occur.

32. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (14-1)

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

The Chiefs have to maintain contemplating the second stage of their protection with a bodily run stopper with excessive vitality to rack up tackles. They.can keep in state to seize this dynamic early entry who can play both inside as a near-future alternative for Anthony Hitchens or present a rapid strong-side improve over pending free agent Damien Wilson.

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