With the 2021 NFL Draft just days away this is our final Mock Draft. This time we are including trades!
Who trades up to take their QB? Which team trades back into the first round? Who moves up to grab a cornerback? Scroll down to take a look!
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Who is your team taking?
Jacksonville Jaguars – QB – TREVOR LAWRENCE – Clemson
Shall we just move on?
New York Jets – QB – ZACH WILSON – BYU
You have heard this one before and it feels as good as done. His fit in the big market that is New York and his fit in to the Jets scheme makes to much sense. Pencil it in.
San Francisco 49ers (via MIA & HOU) – QB – TREY LANCE – NDSU
The 49ers have kept us guessing to who they may be drafting. After making a trade up from #12 with the Miami Dolphins the only thing we really know is that this will be for a quarterback. Most of the talk has been between Mac Jones and Justin Fields, but don’t write off Trey Lance!
4. – TRADE!
Denver Broncos – QB – JUSTIN FIELDS – Ohio State
In this Mock Draft we have the Atlanta Falcons trading the #4 overall pick to the Denver Broncos. If the Falcons are to trade the pick, the Broncos make the most sense. It would mean that the Falcons don’t have to drop that far and still have a shot at one of the premier prospects in this draft class.
As for the Broncos, they should be happy with where they are as a roster. The one thing missing though? The Quarterback. If Denver are to really compete they need a serious upgrade at quarterback and if they are to make the jump to contenders, they need a difference maker under center. Whichever quarterback is left here will have the Broncos interested. But, with Justin Fields on the board, Denver wont hesitate to make the jump.
Cincinnati Bengals – TE – KYLE PITTS – Florida
Protect Joe Burrow or provide him with a weapon? It is a real predicament for Cincinnati. It may come down to who is the rarer talent. A Kyle Pitts does not come around to often and after Riley Reiff signed in free agency, The Bengals may opt to take a talent that will be the envy of the entire NFL.
Miami Dolphins (via PHI) – WR – JA’MARR CHASE – LSU
Ja’Marr Chase is a significant upgrade over what the Dolphins already have and drafting the best receiver in this draft means Tua will be surrounded by talent to make a jump going into his second season.
Detroit Lions – OT – PENEI SEWELL – Oregon
If Penei Sewell drops in to the laps of the Lions, they will be rubbing their hands together. The Lions may be in the market to trade down, but they simply can’t pass up a prospect of Sewell’s caliber. Detroit are not in a position to be picky. They have needs everywhere and adopting a ‘best player available’ philosophy and gaining a player like Sewell will set them on course.
Carolina Panthers – CB – PATRICK SURTAIN II – Alabama
This may not be the flashy pick, but the Panthers are on record as stating they are going to look to address the cornerback position in this years draft. Drafting 8th overall in this years draft, this may be the best position for them to address their need going forward. Surtain has the highest floor of any cornerback in this years class and should be an instant starter for the Panthers, who get their lockdown corner.
Atlanta Falcons – OL – RASHAWN SLATER – Northwestern
After trading with the Broncos, this would leave Atlanta still in a position to get one of the premier players. If Surtain was on the board he would absolutely be in the question. Instead the Falcons look to sure up the offensive line. Matt Ryan was sacked 41 times last season, so providing him with more protection while also improving the running game, should open up the Falcons to bigger and better things. With the Falcons having issues at tackle and at left guard specifically, Slater has the versatility to play anywhere across the o-line.
Dallas Cowboys – CB – JAYCEE HORN – South Carolina
The Cowboys simply have to go defence here. It may not be the extravagant pick that Jerry Jones likes, but it is the correct one. Jaycee Horn will fill a major need at cornerback. With Dan Quinn taking over as defensive coordinator, getting the cornerback with the best athletic testing to sure up that secondary in Dallas fits perfectly.
New York Giants – LB – MICAH PARSONS – Penn State
The key to this pick is now Giants defensive line coach Sean Spencer. Spencer was an assistant at Penn State who knows first hand just how much quality Micah Parsons possesses. The Giants have not drafted a linebacker in the first round since they drafted Carl Banks back in 1984; but Parsons is different and Parsons is special. The Giants get the best defensive player in this draft.
Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA & SF) – WR – JAYLEN WADDLE – Alabama
This situation isn’t ideal for the Eagles. They would have like to have picked up one of the top corners in Surtain and Horn. They may have also liked a sniff at Parsons, but he is off the board also. In the midst of a mini rebuild it makes sense for the Eagles to add a offensive weapon while drafting possibly the best player available.
LA Chargers – OT – CHRISTIAN DARRISAW – Virginia Tech
The Chargers need a franchise left tackle. With the top two off the board, Christin Darrisaw makes the most sense. Darrisaw is an aggressive, strong tackle who has the ability to protect Justin Herbert for the next decade.
Minnesota Vikings – OL – ALIJAH VERA-TUCKER – USC
The Vikings need to consider improving the offensive line. At multiple positions. Alijah Vera-Tucker has the diverse skillset to be an improvement to what is already in Minnesota, whether that is inside or at tackle. Whether Vera-Tucker fills in at guard before pushing out to tackle is for the Vikings to decide, but get him in camp and let him fight it out with Ezra Cleveland.
New England Patriots – LB – ZAVEN COLLINS – Tulsa
Zaven Collins is exactly the type of linebacker that the Patriots like. He combines instincts, intelligence and size; and the size has just got bigger! Those instincts are exactly what the Pats will buy into. The ‘do your job’ mantra will allow Collins to slot into the linebacker group in New England.
Arizona Cardinals – CB – CALEB FARLEY – Virginia Tech
The Cardinals are desperate to improve their cornerback room. Farley possesses all the attributes to be a shutdown corner and will prove to be tremendous value for the Cardinals. So much of Farley’s landing spot will come down to his medical evaluation after undergoing back surgery, but all we are hearing is that he will be ready to go for the start of the season. If Arizona are confident in their medical examination, Farley will be an excellent pick.
Las Vegas Raiders – LB – JEREMIAH OWUSU-KORAMOAH – Notre Dame
Who knows what the Raiders do on draft night! They always seem to do something unexpected. There are a lot of needs to fill in Las Vegas, but some can be addressed later in the draft. The Raiders do, however, need to add a playmaker to their linebacker core.
Owusu-Koramoah is a 3 down linebacker who is immensely versatile. Fantastic in coverage, Owusu-Koramoah can cover the slot and his explosive traits are bound to be sort after in Sin City.
18. – TRADE!
Chicago Bears – QB – MAC JONES – Alabama
Here the Miami Dolphins trade their second 1st round pick to the Chicago Bears.
Worried that Washington in front of them may be tempted to take Mac Jones, The Bears jump up 2 spots to select their Quarterback.
Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy are fighting for their jobs. They put it all on the line to go and get a serviceable QB and hope his decision making takes them to the next level.
Washington Football Team – WR – DEVONTA SMITH – Alabama
Devonta Smith’s fall ends now! Wide receiver may not be the biggest need in Washington, but Smith is too good of a talent for them to pass up. Washington have young and exciting playmakers on both sides of the ball. Here they get another one.
Miami Dolphins – OT – TEVEN JENKINS – Oklahoma State
With Tua being a left handed quarterback, getting a supremely talented right tackle to protect his blind side is essential. Jenkins is a nasty dominant right tackle, who will help sure up that offensive line. Miami got their playmaking receiver earlier in the draft. Rounding it off by protecting Tua with Teven Jenkins would be a fantastic start to their 2021 Draft.
21. – TRADE!
Green Bay Packers – CB – GREG NEWSOME II – Northwestern
The Indianapolis Colts trade the 21st pick with the Green Bay Packers. As we said in a previous article, the Colts GM Chris Ballard has only picked twice in the first round. But, they have made a success of trading down, making 10 selections in the second round and hitting on most of them.
On the other hand the Packers have traded up to make a first round selection in the last 3 drafts. Why not make it four! For the Packers they need to make sure they get a lockdown corner. They may look at those drafting ahead of them and think they need to jump a few of those teams to get an instant impact player. If the Packers hold still then Newsome will be gone by the time they pick.
Greg Newsome complements Jaire Alexander perfectly. He is a well rounded solid corner who is adaptable to most schemes.
Tennessee Titans – WR – RASHOD BATEMAN – Minnesota
The Titans have a huge hole to fill at wide receiver with Corey Davis leaving in free agency. Bateman is a top caliber receiver who has exceptional route running. He has the potential to put up a season like we have seen from Justin Jefferson and he could be a pick that we look back on and think ‘how did he last this long!?‘
New York Jets (via SEA) – EDGE – KWITY PAYE – Michigan
With their second pick in the first round, the Jets decide to pounce on a top edge defender. With no real elite talent in this edge class and no real stand out, we may see most fall into the 20s on draft night. Armed with 21 picks over the next 2 draft cycles, the Jets can afford to take some swings. Paye will fit in to the work hard, play hard ethic instilled by Robert Saleh. Paye is a freaky athlete and has the potential to do some damage.
Pittsburgh Steelers – EDGE – JAELAN PHILLIPS – Miami
The Steelers have reportedly done a lot of work on this year’s Edge defender class. After losing Bud Dupree in free agency it is a position they need to improve on. The Steelers have historically looked for value with their first round selections, and although they have other needs at running back and on the offensive line, the Steelers opt to have an excellent prospect at a valued position. Pittsburgh simply have to take the value here in an edge class that will drop off in quality by the next time they are on the clock.
Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR) – WR – KADARIUS TONEY – Florida
The Jaguars could really go anywhere with their second pick. New head coach Urban Meyer has spoken about building through the trenches. But, at #25 they will have to assess the value available, knowing that they draft again in just 8 picks time at the top of the second round.
Urban Meyer has ties to the Florida program and taking the Gator playmaker makes sense. Although receiver is not the biggest of needs, Toney adds another dimension to the Jags offence and is the type of talent Meyer would love to add.
It would also not be a surprise if Jacksonville took a serious look at Tight End Pat Freiermuth here to fill a pressing need on their roster. Ultimately, they may decide that they will be able to pick him up with pick #33 as they start to stack the offence for Trevor Lawrence.
Cleveland Browns – DT – CHRISTIAN BARMORE – Alabama
The Browns are in the unusual position of being ready to contend. After losing both Larry Ogunjobi and Sheldon Richardson, Cleveland need a difference maker at the defensive tackle position. Barmore is the top defensive tackle in this class. He is excellent defending the run and is extremely disruptive. He will make an instant impact on a Browns team looking for success now.
Baltimore Ravens – WR – AZEEZ OJULARI – Georgia
The Ravens have always valued production and Ojulari was extremely productive for the Georgia Bulldogs in 2020. Having lost both Judon and Ngakoue to free agency, adding an explosive playmaker to the defensive front will be a priority.
New Orleans Saints – CB – ERIC STOKES – Georgia
The Saints need help in their secondary and a search for a corner to place along side Marshon Lattimore is a priority in this draft. Stokes’s unbelievable blazing speed and his versatility to slot inside or out should be valued highly. Although this is a deep cornerback class, the Saints may be looking to address the position early to guarantee a day 1 starter.
Indianapolis Colts – OT – SAMUEL COSMI – Texas
After trading the 21st pick to the Packers, the Colts look to address the o-line. The Colts certainly have a need at tackle after the retirement of long time servant Anthony Castonzo. Being able to trade down and still land Cosmi would prove a canny piece of business from the Colts. Cosmi is blessed with pure athleticism and would slot straight into the offensive line in Indianapolis.
Atlanta Falcons – EDGE – GREGORY ROUSSEAU – Miami
The Buffalo Bills trade the 30th pick to the Atlanta falcons, who trade up from a few spots back in the second round to secure an edge rusher.
The Bills will be happy they can address some of their needs on day 2 and will be happy to pick up some extra selections without having to move to far back. The Falcons on the other hand, afraid that those drafting between now and when they are next on the clock in the second round decide to get aggressive and take their guy.
Longing for an impact pass rusher for what feels like decades, the Falcons have no choice but to keep throwing capital at the position. Rousseau has taken a huge hit over this off season. Once regarded as one of the top defensive prospects, his stock has continued to drop. Although, his pro day didn’t go to plan, Rousseau has the length and production to be a success in the NFL. Now playing with a chip on his shoulder, the Falcons secure a playmaker on the defensive line whose best years are ahead of him.
Baltimore Ravens (via KC) – WR – ELIJAH MOORE – Ole Miss
Picking for the second time by the way of the Kansas City Chiefs in the trade for Orlando Brown, The Ravens look to add a weapon for Lamar Jackson. Moore is brilliant and explosive from the slot, but his ability to play outside is underrated. Lamar Jackson needs a weapon to throw to between the hashes and Moore is one of the best in this draft class with the ball in his hands.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT – LEVI ONWUZURIKE – Washington
Tampa Bay really can’t go wrong no matter who they pick. There is no real hole on their roster. The Bucs could look to the future and with contracts expiring after this season. Onwuzurike would be a luxury pick that you could bed in for a season before letting him fly in 2022.