The end of the season marks the time to bring you our first NFL 2021 Mock Draft of the year!
With the Super Bowl done, we can now say it is officially draft season!
We have been bringing you scouting reports on the top prospects over the last few months, but with the season over and the draft order set, it is time to bring you our 2021 mock draft 1.0.
Here is our first mock draft of the season and we are excited to see all the twist and turns over the next couple of months.
***This mock drafts does not include trades that will inevitably occur come Draft Day***
As always, we will keep you updated here at Ninety-Nine Yards right up until draft day. Let us know your opinions on twitter @NinetynineYards.
Who is your team taking?
Jacksonville Jaguars – QB – TREVOR LAWRENCE – Clemson
Water is wet. Trevor Lawrence is a Jaguar. NEXT.
New York Jets – QB – ZACH WILSON – BYU
The draft starts with the Jets. There are multiple ways they could go here, but finding a new QB in Zach Wilson and pressing the reset button seems a sensible idea.
Miami Dolphins (via HOU) – OT – PENEI SEWELL – Oregon
In a pick acquired from Houston, the Dolphins select the best player available and build the offensive line to protect Tua Tagovailoa. Receiver could be a possibility, but, with multiple picks in the top 100, Miami can address those needs with later picks. If Miami is to succeed, keeping Tua from getting further injuries is imperative and Penei Sewell is the best tackle in this class.
Atlanta Falcons – LB – MICAH PARSON – Penn State
The Falcons are hard to predict. Do they trade back? Maybe. Are they in the QB market? Possibly, but Matt Ryan still has years left in him and the offence is not the problem. How often are the Falcons in a position to pick the best defensive player in the entire draft? Not very often, and if Atlanta are truly in win now mode, then they start by getting a versatile, explosive playmaker on defence in Micah Parsons.
Cincinnati Bengals – OL – RASHAWN SLATER – Northwestern
Cincinnati are desperate for help on the offensive line. The city is pleading for Sewell, but with him off the board early, the Bengals get the next best lineman who also offers versatility across the line.
Philadelphia Eagles – CB – PATRICK SURTAIN II – Alabama
Eagles fans will be upset by this. It’s understandable, they need a receiver and badly. But, they also need a corner. The drop off from the top receiver to the receivers available on day 2 isn’t severe. Whereas the drop off at the corner position is drastic. Get your lockdown corner now and draft a receiver on day 2.
Detroit Lions – QB – JUSTIN FIELDS – Ohio State
After trading Matthew Stafford to the LA Rams, the Lions are rolling with Jared Goff as their QB. New GM Brad Holmes may have faith in Goff’s ability, but Fields has the high ceiling and talent to be Detroit’s QB of the future.
Carolina Panthers – QB – TREY LANCE – NDSU
Lance’s potential is one the highest of all the QBs in this class. With Teddy Bridgewater being the starter for the immediate future, Carolina take their future franchise QB to sit for at least the first year.
Denver Broncos – CB – CALEB FARLEY – Virginia Tech
If Denver is to succeed in the high powered AFC West, then they need to start slowing teams down. Farley will be a day 1 starter in the Broncos secondary.
Dallas Cowboys – TE – KYLE PITTS – Florida
The Cowboys have a pretty dull TE room and there is no offence in the NFL that wouldn’t benefit from having Kyle Pitts. Dallas get another explosive playmaker to convince Dak to sign that new contract.
New York Giants – WR – JA’MARR CHASE – LSU
This may feel late for the first receiver to come off the board, but the same situation happened last year. The big 3 receivers came off the board between picks 12-17. Don’t be surprised if that happens again in an historic WR class. Chase is the best receiver in the class and fills a huge need for the Giants.
San Francisco 49ers – CB – JAYCEE HORN – South Carolina
San Francisco has a long line of free agents in their secondary, leading into next season and they fill their need here with a premier corner. Horn is one of the best cornerbacks in this class and possesses great ball skills and athleticism. He instantly makes the 49ers secondary younger and better.
LA Chargers – OT – CHRISTIAN DARRISAW – Virginia Tech
The Chargers found their franchise QB in last year’s draft in Justin Herbert. The aim now is to keep him upright. Darrisaw is an instant starter on the offensive line and brings size, reliability and quickness.
Minnesota Vikings – EDGE – KWITY PAYE – Michigan
Kwity Paye fills an instant need on defence for the Vikings. Minnesota simply couldn’t get after the quarterback this past year and Paye gives them production and versatility from day 1. Paye may not have the highest ceiling of all defensive ends in this class, but his floor is. He improves the Vikings’ defence immediately while still being able to develop over the coming years.
New England Patriots – QB – MAC JONES – Alabama
The Patriots are desperate to find their answer at the QB position. They may have invested some later round picks in recent years, but they haven’t selected a QB in the first round since Drew Bledsoe in 1993. Mac Jones is a polarising prospect, But, his vision, pocket presence, decision making along with his ability to pick defences apart and take care of the football may be enough for someone to take a chance in the first round. If the Patriots don’t strike at QB here, then Mac Jones will be off the board by the next time they make a pick, then who knows where they go for the position.
Arizona Cardinals – EDGE – GREGORY ROUSSEAU – Miami
Rousseau may not have played in 2020, but he is the top EDGE rusher in this class. With him opting out of the 2020 season it is easy to forget how dominant he was in 2019; he had 15.5 sacks in 13 games! His upside is huge and is a steal at 16 if he gets this far. The Cardinals do have Chandler Jones to play off the edge, but coming off an injury and 1 year remaining on his contract, Rousseau could be his successor as well as providing instant results.
Las Vegas Raiders – LB – JEREMIAH OWUSU-KORAMOAH – Notre Dame
This is a pick you are going to see a lot! That’s because Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (JOK) is a perfect fit for the Raiders. He is an athletic linebacker who can play safety if needed. He brings the physicality and no nonsense play we have come to expect from the Raiders. JOK is an explosive and dynamic player who will play all three downs in the NFL.
Miami Dolphins – WR – DEVONTA SMITH – Alabama
Don’t be a surprise if Smith ended up this low come draft day. In a historic receiver class, don’t be that surprised if teams value other positions because they can get their receiver with later picks. Here the Dolphins round up a big night for them, grabbing the Heisman winner with their second 1st round pick, reuniting Smith with Tua down in Miami.
Washington Football Team – WR – JAYLEN WADDLE – Alabama
Back to back Alabama WRs! Waddle would be a steal for Washington if they are able to get him. Their defence has shown it is good enough, now Washington needs to focus on getting points on the board. Waddle is explosive, and pairing him with Terry McLaurin gives Washington a pretty good wide receiver duo. Waddle has pace to burn and it really wouldn’t be shocking if he was the first receiver off the board.
Chicago Bears – OL – ALIJAH VERA-TUCKER – USC
The Bears do need an upgrade at the QB position if they are to compete for championships. But, it will be extremely difficult for them to get that in this spot. Instead they take their second biggest deficit. The offensive line. Alijah Vera-Tucker gives versatility to the O-line having played both tackle and guard to a high standard at USC,
Indianapolis Colts – EDGE – AZEEZ OJULARI – Georgia
The Colts defence is great. But, their pass rush off the edge was far to inconsistent. Pair that with pending free agents, the Colts will look to address an immediate issue. Ojulari adds the ability to get after the quarterback which will take the defence in Indianapolis to the next level.
Tennessee Titans – EDGE – JAYSON OWEH – Penn State
It is vital that the Titans add pass rush this off season. If they want to challenge at the top it is essential. Oweh is not a polished prospect, but his athletic upside and insane measurables will entice an NFL team. With some better coaching, Oweh could be a contributor for years to come in Tennessee.
New York Jets (via SEA) – RB – TRAVIS ETIENNE – Clemson
The anti drafting a RB in round 1 noise is LOUD. That’s reasonable and logical. They probably will be able to get one of the top RBs at the top of the second round. But, if there is one they really like, then they will need to get him here because of team needs behind them. Etienne is the top back in this class and the Jets get their QB/RB tandem of the future.
Pittsburgh Steelers – OT – SAMUEL COSMI – Texas
The Pittsburgh O-line wasn’t horrendous last year, but it needs to be better. If Roethlisberger returns as expected, then he needs more time in the pocket. The Steelers have a ton of expected free agents across the line and Cosmi will fill a need and improve on what’s already there. Cosmi has a big upside and can be effective on all three levels.
Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR) – OT – JALEN MAYFIELD – Michigan
Jacksonville have already drafted their future franchise QB in Trevor Lawrence at #1. Now they have to protect him. If Lawrence is to develop into the QB he can be, he will need to be given time to make plays. Mayfield will be a day 1 starter at either left or right tackle and will be a protector for Lawrence for the foreseeable future.
Cleveland Browns – LB – ZAVEN COLLINS – Tulsa
We know the type of linebackers Cleveland like to draft. They value size and speed. Collins has both. The Browns get an athletic middle linebacker who will slot straight in.
Baltimore Ravens – WR – RASHOD BATEMAN – Minnesota
If the Ravens are to improve on offence, then they are going to need to surround Lamar Jackson with more weapons. Bateman is a different kind of weapon to that already in Baltimore. He is physical, has brilliant route running and is fantastic in contested catch scenarios.
New Orleans Saints – WR – KADARIUS TONEY – Florida
For the Saints, this may come down to best available player. But this pick is more than that. Yes, the Saints need to get younger and better in the secondary, but they will be confident of picking up one of the top safeties in round 2. Toney won’t be around when the Saints pick again, so instead New Orleans gets a playmaker who will make this offence more dynamic and explosive. Just imagine the plays Sean Payton will be able to create!
Green Bay Packers – LB – NICK BOLTON – Missouri
The Packers have kicked the can down the road for far to long. Historically, it is a position the Green Bay don’t value to highly, but the time is now to find the solution at the linebacker spot. Bolton is a leader in the second level and will bring added athleticism and strength to bolster the Packers defence.
Buffalo Bills – OG – WYATT DAVIS – Ohio State
The Bills run game was poor in 2020. But, a run game is more than just your running backs. A good line is arguably even more important than the player in the backfield. Davis is a strong, powerful guard who is an immediate starter in Buffalo.
Kansas City Chiefs – C – CREED HUMPHREY – Oklahoma
The Super Bowl may have shown the need for the Chiefs to add depth at the tackle position, but it’s at center that the problem could be. The Chiefs have multiple starters and backups across the line expected to become free agents. Humphrey is a well rounded prospect and allows KC get both younger and cheaper.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT – CHRISTIAN BARMORE – Alabama
The Buccaneers are of course drafting from a position of strength, but Ndamukong Suh is only playing on a 1 season deal and he will be 34 by the time the 2021 season comes around! Barmore is the top defensive tackle in this draft and adds further horsepower to an already dominant defensive front.