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NFL mock draft 2021: Justin Fields falls to Falcons after Jets skip QB; Saints, Browns get consolation prizes

The 2021 playoffs are all the way down to 4 groups and two video games — the AFC and NFC championship video games. For everybody else, the 2020 season is completed and the lengthy offseason is already right here.

That makes it one other good week o broaden our newest Sporting Information first-round 2021 NFL mock draft. Now we all know picks No. 1 by No. 28, with 4 groups eradicated from Tremendous Bowl 55 rivalry over the weekend’s divisional spherical.

Here is breaking down all of the projected choices, primarily based on the updated draft order in accordance 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 an ideal chief and winner on high of being a strong-armed passer and succesful robust runner. Lawrence will clear up the Jaguars QB mess, connected to a brand new coach, huge faculty winner City Meyer. Lawrence can have success immediately with the Jaguars having a good line and high younger ability gamers resembling James Robinson, D.J. Chark and Laviska Shenault Jr. Neglect that speak about Meyer taking another person, particularly one other QB.

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2. New York Jets (2-14)

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

The Jets, with defensive-minded Robert Saleh as head coach, might now stick to Sam Darnold as their franchise quarterback however want to present him some youthful playmaking assist with Breshad Perriman headed again to free company. Smith picked up from the place he left off final season to develop into Heisman Trophy-worthy and emerged as the most effective wideout within the class together with his monster first-half efficiency within the School Soccer Playoff championship sport towards Ohio State. He ended up with has 105 catches for 1,856 yards and 23 TDs in 13 video games in his remaining season.

3. Miami Dolphins (from Texans for Laremy Tunsil)

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

The Dolphins can take into consideration extensive receiver right here, too, however Sewell additionally is sensible as boosted move safety for Tua Tagovailoa and a rock for the operating sport, too. He could be the most effective obtainable participant at this spot and somebody they may use to push their offense ahead throughout.

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 method to the offense. Fields wasn’t having probably the most standout second season for the Buckeyes in Huge Ten play, however he saved his absolute NFL-loving finest for lighting up Clemson and outplaying Lawrence with a blinding all-around efficiency within the School Soccer Playoff semifinal.

5. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)

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

If Sewell goes off the board earlier than their flip, the Bengals must keep away from reaching for move safety for Joe Burrow and as a substitute reunite him with a go-to man who can substitute A.J. Inexperienced to flank Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd. Chase posted 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 TDs throughout the nationwide championship season and may be part of former teammate Justin Jefferson in lighting up the NFL as a flexible playmaker. 

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6. Philadelphia Eagles (4-11-1)

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

The Eagles had every kind of secondary points away from veteran Darius Slay in 2020 and wish an enormous shakeup at cornerback to assist their protection below a brand new coach. Surtain, together with his pedigree, dimension and ball-hawking abilities, has the potential to be a real shutdown participant. 

7. Detroit Lions (5-11)

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

The Lions had been a large number defensively below now fired Matt Patricia and wish somebody to dominate towards run and move on the second stage. They’ll get a rangy playmaker in Parsons, going for matching worth with want vs. going extensive receiver. Parsons is a hard-tackling and well-covering cleanup man within the Luke Kuechly game-changing mould.

8. Carolina Panthers (5-11)

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

Wilson has had an distinctive season together 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 will take into consideration changing him by 2022 with a longer-term answer. Wilson could be a robust, cerebral match for Joe Brady’s offense.

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9. Denver Broncos (5-11)

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

The Broncos have an unsure future with Von Miller and must pair one other younger influence participant with Bradley Chubb who can get after the quarterback and dominate bodily and athletically towards offensive tackles. Paye is a freak of nature and has rapidly shot up draft boards. It is onerous not to consider a mixture of Ziggy Ansah and Jason Pierre-Paul in that sense.

10. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)

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

The Cowboys’ secondary has been terrible with out Byron Jones and Farley could be a great complement to Trevon Diggs. Jerry Jones must deal with shoring up the again finish first within the means of fixing the protection. Farley was one of many first high prospects to choose out for his remaining faculty season. He has nice dimension and stable all-around protection abilities for the place.

11. New York Giants (6-10)

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

Waddle, like his Crimson Tide teammate Smith, is a extremely expert all-around receiver the Giants may use to run routes and get open all over the place exterior for Daniel Jones. They need to take into consideration shifting on from Golden Tate within the slot, placing Sterling Shepard and there and have Darius Slayton complement Waddle effectively as a deep menace.

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12. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)

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

Lance is slowly climbing again up boards together with his large 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 dashing, 14 TDs) it is more durable to disregard the spectacular bodily and athletic abilities 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 operating would add a brand new harmful factor to Kyle Shanahan’s scheme and he has the top, fast launch and accuracy to deal with the passing precision of all of it.

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 help him. But it surely’s crucial they enhance their edge move 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 clean and nimble long-term move protector within the NFL.

​14. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)

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

The Vikings can be wanting principally at offensive line and defensive position early within the draft with some points associated to age on each fronts. 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 remaining season below defensive-minded head coach Manny Diaz. He could be an ideal match with Mike Zimmer.

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15. New England Patriots (7-9)

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

The Patriots want extra dynamic and dependable pass-catchers for whoever takes over beginning QB in 2021 and that is too nice of a prospect to move up right here. Pitts, a large receiver hybrid, could be best. He posted 770 yards and 12 TDs on solely 43 catches, a uncommon field-stretcher for the place in addition to a dominant crimson zone pressure.

16. Arizona Cardinals (8-8)

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

The Cardinals may use an inside line increase for Kyler Murray and their run-heavy assault. Vera-Tucker is beginning to edge out 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 with extra polish.

17. Las Vegas Raiders (8-8)

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

The Raiders must get extra disruptive inside up entrance to assist their linebackers within the operating sport and likewise complement ends Clelin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby higher within the move rush.Barmore has stood out as a inside terror for the Tide. He had an enormous School Soccer Playoff run towards 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.

18. Miami Dolphins (10-6)

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

Brian Flores tapped into former Patriots for linebacker assist in 2020, however he wants one other versatile pressure to take his protection to the subsequent stage. Owusu-Koramoah covers like a defensive again and has room to develop right into a bodily run stopper.

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19. Washington Soccer Group (7-9)

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

Jones was the whole bundle in main the Crimson Tide to a nationwide championship, having a Joe Burrow-style breakout together with his accuracy, huge arm and downfield manufacturing, racking up jaw-dropping passing totals within the course of to take advantage of high receivers. Jones’ sturdy pocket passing ought to have nice attraction to be Washington’s long-term answer in Scott Turner’s sturdy, QB-friendly offensive system.

20. Chicago Bears (8-8)

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

The Bears additionally want to consider quarterback early however addressing move safety can be an ideal thought. Slater, who opted out of his remaining season with the Wildcats, is rapidly rising up the boards once more together 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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21. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)

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

The Colts should take into consideration a alternative for 32-year-old retiree Anthony Castonzo first. Mayfield has stood out on movie together with his dimension, size and power and may develop right into a clean blocker a la the Broncos’ Garett Bolles.

22. Tennessee Titans (11-5)

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

The Titans’ move rush was a bugaboo and it value them in entrance of their weak move protection ultimately with Jadeveon Clowney not offering sufficient late free-agency solutions. Ossai has been the current quickest riser on the place as an amazing upfield athlete with excessive motor who relentlessly goes after quarterbacks.

23. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks)

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

The Jets want to leap on Horn right here for big-time protection assist exterior ought to he drop a bit of due to groups addressing different positions forward of them.  Horn, the son of former NFL extensive receiver Joe Horn, is getting the due he deserves as a big-time nook. His huge two-interception sport towards Auburn fueled an upset as he was the most effective participant on the sphere in that sport. This Horn has good dimension, size, athleticism and physicality to comprise wideouts.

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24. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)

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

Trask was as much as the duty main a scorching Gators passing sport confidently together with his arm, accuracy and athleticism, which bought him into the first-round dialog. The Steelers might favor Lance or Jones and may go after both in a commerce up, however regardless they should think about using this decide to by some means substitute Ben Roethlisberger, retirement or not. Along with his raised effectivity and sensible use of numerous weapons, Trask could be an ideal match with their offensive teaching.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)

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

The Jaguars have Chark as a No. 1 for Lawrence and there is a probability Shenault mans the slot in 12 months 2 with Keelan Cole and Chris Conley heading into free company. Right here they’ll goal the best route-running possession No. 2 for the skin reverse Chark. 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 couple of TDs in 5 video games this season.

26. Cleveland Browns (11-5)

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

The Browns have Myles Garrett anchoring their defensive position and Denzel Ward main their secondary. They might use some complementary items there, however additionally they had been brief on playmaking on the second stage Ojulari has jumped into first-round consideration as a result of he is a singular pass-rusher who can match a wide range of schemes and alignments and has potential each in stopping the run and in protection. Joe Woods is used to that kind of linebacker from his 49ers days.

27. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)

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

The Ravens want to higher complement the skin velocity of Marquise “Hollywood” Brown for Lamar Jackson so it is value going again into the primary spherical to get a complementary high-level slot receiver with Jarvis Landry-like potential to interchange Willie Snead. Toney is dynamic after the catch and likewise has some center of the field-stretching potential.

28. New Orleans Saints (12-4)

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

The Saints must get extra versatility and velocity for the second stage to higher help their sturdy defensive entrance. Dennis Allen ought to love this prospect’s ability set. Collins explodes as an athlete and may make a variety of performs together with his agility, quickness and vary.

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