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NFL mock draft 2021: Projecting where Alabama, Ohio State players will land in first round

The 2020 NFL season is into the the 2021 NFL divisional playoffs. The faculty soccer season has reached its finish with the Faculty Soccer Playoff championship recreation.

That makes it one other good time to broaden our newest Sporting Information first-round 2021 NFL mock draft. Now we all know picks No. 1 by No. 24, with six groups eradicated from the playoffs over the weekend. We additionally know there will probably be loads of prime professional expertise on show between Alabama and Ohio State on Monday night time.

Here is breaking down all of the projected picks, based on the updated draft order in accordance with Tankathon:

MORE: Alabama vs. Ohio State players in the NFL

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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 perfect end to his school profession, however he lived up 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, connected to a brand new coach, doubtlessly former large school winner City Meyer. Lawrence can have success straight away with the Jaguars having a good offensive line and prime younger talent gamers reminiscent of 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 essentially 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 stunning 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 rapidly assist New York play meet up with the Payments (Josh Allen) and maybe cross 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 a great choice to protect his inventory because the unquestioned greatest wideout within the class, despite the fact that he has some robust competitors for that standing from an Alabama duo. 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. The Dolphins may use him as a real big-play go-to man for Tagovailoa to assist DeVante Parker, very like Jefferson performed properly off Adam Thielen as a rookie.

4. Atlanta Falcons (4-12)

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

The Falcons want to speculate closely of their cross protection (once more) within the 2021 draft. They should hit on somebody 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.

5. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)

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

Defending Burrow higher whereas additionally boosting the operating recreation up entrance needs to be a precedence for Zac Taylor’s group. Sewell is the precise form of rock the Bengals want they usually should not hesitate to leap on him if he is on the board. After Lawrence to the Jaguars, his availability would make Sewell the best choose within the first spherical.

6. Philadelphia Eagles (4-11-1)

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

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

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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 many 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 a terrific 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 develop 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 can be a powerful, cerebral match for Joe Brady’s offense.

9. Denver Broncos (5-11)

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

The Broncos had shaky cornerback play with getting old A.J. Bouye as their greatest exterior choice. They will even take into consideration additional boosting their edge cross rush, however additionally they will not cross up on some shutdown potential for the secondary. Farley was one of many first prime prospects to choose out for his ultimate school season. He has nice dimension and strong all-around protection expertise for the place. 

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10. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)

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

Surtain, along 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 a great complement to fellow Alabama product Trevon Diggs. Jerry Jones must deal with shoring up the again finish first within the technique of fixing the protection.

11. New York Giants (6-10)

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

The Giants are robust 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 really want to play to spice up his inventory after posting 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in his lone vital and ultimate 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 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 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 talent expertise, together with George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk. Lance’s operating would add a brand new harmful aspect to Kyle Shanahan’s scheme and he has the top, 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 talent gamers to assist him. However it’s crucial they enhance their edge cross 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 cross 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 sort out and likewise changing so-so Riley Reiff with an improve who may also help each Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook dinner properly. Slater, who opted out of his ultimate season with the Wildcats, is rapidly rising up the boards once more along 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.

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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 huge receivers apart 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 searching for playmakers to spice up whoever his subsequent QB will probably 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 have to be extra lively and versatile on the second stage 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.

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 sphere to play properly off DeAndre Hopkins. Pitts, a large receiver hybrid, can be perfect, 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 pink zone pressure.

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18. Miami Dolphins (10-6)

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

The Dolphins must get extra athletic and shore up their inside cross safety whereas additionally getting an asset with appreciable upside as a run blocker. Davis might 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 dashing assault earlier than deciding to choose in again into what could possibly be a national-championship successful season.

19. Washington Soccer Workforce (7-9)

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

Washington may wait on QB within the draft and assume extra about Taylor Heinicke as a possible starter in 2021 after his playoff efficiency. They should additionally get a great complementary receiver reverse Terry McLaurin. 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 choose 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.

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20. Chicago Bears (8-8)

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

Jones has been the entire package deal in main the Tide, having a Joe Burrow-style breakout along 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 enchantment as an enormous psychological and bodily improve over Mitchell Trubisky. If Jones is not out there, the Bears ought to search for completely different offensive assist as an alternative of going for Florida’s Kyle Trask.

21. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)

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

The Colts want to consider a alternative for 32-year-dold potential retiree Anthony Castonzo, who ended his season with battling robust knee and ankle accidents. Mayfield has stood out on movie along with his dimension, size and power and might develop right into a clean blocker a la the Broncos’ Garett Bolles.

22. Tennessee Titans (11-5)

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

The Titans want extra pass-rush juice after ending thirtieth within the NFL in sacks — solely forward of the Bengals and Jaguars. They need to additionally contemplate exterior linebacker of their 3-4, however they will get loads of additional pop up entrance right here to flank Jeffery Simmons. Barmore has stood out as a inside terror for the Tide. He had an enormous CFP semifinal recreation towards Notre Dame and has racked up 7 sacks and three compelled fumbles in his ultimate school season. Barmore combines power and energy with nice method. His late-season surge makes him worthy of a back-end first-rounder.

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 slightly due to groups addressing different positions forward of them.  Horn, the son of former NFL huge receiver Joe Horn, is getting the due he deserves as a big-time nook. His large two-interception recreation towards Auburn fueled an upset as he was the perfect participant on the sphere in that recreation. This Horn has good dimension, size, athleticism and physicality to comprise wideouts.

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 recreation confidently along with his arm, accuracy and athleticism, which obtained him into the first-round dialog. The Steelers could desire Lance or Jones and might go after both in a commerce up, however regardless they should think about using this choose to one way or the other change Ben Roethlisberger, retirement or not. Together with his raised effectivity and sensible use of various weapons, Trask can be a terrific match with their offensive teaching.

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