afootballaddict.com’s 2021 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 – Post Free Agency

Free Agency has passed and now that some of the dust has settled the NFL Draft picture has become a tad more clear. The 49ers made a big jump up to No. 3 while the Dolphins simultaneously traded back up to No. 6 with Philadelphia. What do the Dallas Cowboys do with the 10th overall pick? Who should the Bengals take, Ja’Marr Chase or Penei Sewell? I break down three rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft below and what exactly I think NFL teams should do come draft week.

Buffalo Bills

1ST ROUND

1. Jacksonville Jaguars, Trevor Lawrence, Quarterback
2. New York Jets, Zach Wilson, Quarterback
3. San Francisco 49ers (MIA) Justin Fields, Quarterback
TRADE

The Denver Broncos have traded the No. 9, No. 40, & No. 199 picks in the 2021 NFL Draft and Von Miller for the Atlanta Falcons No. 4 overall pick and a condential pick. That is right, Von Miller is part of this trade too. I believe Von Miller can be considered the same as a second round pick due to being in the final year of his deal. Atlanta refuses to blow up their roster and start a rebuild meaning they still have faith at a potential Super Bowl run. Von Miller is also in the stage of his career that doesn’t line up with Denver’s timeline.  

4. Denver Broncos (ATL), Trey Lance, Quarterback

The Denver Broncos have been peeking at the quarterback market all offseason. Denver has been in Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson, and even the Matthew Stafford trade rumors and where there is smoke there is fire.Whether it is trading for a veteran quarterback or drafting a new one, the Broncos have been a consistent name in the pool.

5. Cincinnati Bengals, Penei Sewell, Offensive Tackle
6. Miami Dolphins (PHI), Devonta Smith, Wide Receiver
7. Detroit Lions, Rashawn Slater, Offensive Line
TRADE

Now that Carolina has traded for Sam Darnold they can check quarterback off their to-do list for now. A team that still can’t do that is the New England Patriots. Four of the five 1st round quarterbacks are already off the board, and that puts New England in a tricky spot. Ultimately I think they make the decision to send the No. 15, No. 46, & No. 120 picks in the 2021 draft and their ‘22 1st round pick for Carolina’s 8th overall pick. 

8. New England Patriots, Mac Jones, Quarterback
9. Atlanta Falcons (DEN), Patrick Surtain, Cornerback

10. Dallas Cowboys, Micah Parsons, Outside Linebacker

Dan Quinn has been very quiet about how his scheme will be looking in 2021. We know it’ll be some form of hybrid scheme most likely, and that’s where Micah Parsons comes into play. He is someone that can play in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense, and still provide an upgrade to a team lacking in defense. Micah Parsons, Leighton Vander Esch, and Jaylon Smith would be one of the best linebacker trios in the NFL. 

11. New York Giants, Ja’Marr Chase, Wide Receiver
12. Philadelphia Eagles(MIA/SF), Jaylen Waddle Wide Receiver 
13. Los Angeles Chargers, Kyle Pitts, Tight End/Wide Receiver 
14. Minnesota Vikings, Gregory Rousseau, Edge Rusher 
15. Carolina Panthers (NE) , Caleb Farley, Cornerback
16. Arizona Cardinals, Wyatt Davis, Offensive Guard
17. Las Vegas Raiders, Christian Darrisaw, Offensive Line
TRADE

The Baltimore Ravens are in need of an upgrade at wide receiver, and that’s what they are gonna get. Miami sends the 18th pick in the draft in exchange for Baltimore’s 27th pick, the 105th pick and a ‘22 conditional 3rd round pick. They move up eight spots to jump ahead of the Bears and Colts to select the perfect guy for their offense. The Dolphins were still able to address the wide receiver position earlier, and are now in a very similar spot once again. With the Ravens being wide receiver thirsty, it is best to just take on even more assets and move down a few spots. 

18. Baltimore Ravens (MIA), Rashod Bateman, Wide Receiver

19. Washington Football Team, Teven Jenkins, Offensive Tackle

20. Chicago Bears, Sam Cosmi, Offensive Line

Could this be the Bears next Spencer Long? He has a heck of a mean streak to his game and will be nasty in the run game. He can probably play right tackle in the NFL but I would like him more as offensive guard. Either way I think Cosmi gives the Bears some much needed offensive line depth.

21. Indianapolis Colts, Kwity Paye, Edge Rusher
22. Tennessee Titans, Jaycee Horn, Cornerback
23. New York Jets (SEA), Trevon Moehrig, Safety
24. Pittsburgh Steelers, Landon Dickerson, Center
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (LAR), Alex Leatherwood, Offensive Line
26. Cleveland Browns, Richie Grant Jr, Safety
27. Miami Dolphins (BAL), Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Outside Linebacker/Safety
28. New Orleans Saints,  Jaylen Twyman, Defensive Tackle
29. Green Bay Packers, Kadarious Toney, Wide Receiver
30. Buffalo Bills, Christian Barmore, Defensive Tackle
31. Baltimore Ravens (KC), Elijah Molden, Defensive Back
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Azeez Ojulari, Edge Rusher

2ND ROUND

33. Jacksonville Jaguars, Shaun Wade, Cornerback

Urban Meyer’s familiarity with Shaun Wade was too much to pass up. I like someone like Greg Newsome more but Wade could fit in Jacksonville’s defensive plans better due to Meyer’s past with him. Shaun Wade was committed to the Buckeyes for two years before signing his NLI, and got his Ohio State offer back in 2014. 

34. New York Jets, Najee Harris, Running Back
35. Atlanta Falcons, Creed Humphrey, Center

36. Miami Dolphins (HOU), Travis Etienne, Running Back

Even though they return Myles Gaskin, and signed Malcolm Brown, I still have the Dolphins going running back early. Travis Etienne is one of the most explosive weapons in this years draft. I think he would immediately step in and compete for the starting job in Miami. If not the Dolphins now have one heck of a three-headed monster in the backfield.

37. Philadelphia Eagles, Brevin Jordan, Tight End
38. Cincinnati Bengals, Greg Newsome II, Cornerback
39. Carolina Panthers, Elijah Moore, Wide Receiver
40. Atlanta Falcons (DEN), Chazz Surratt, Outside Linebacker
41. Detroit Lions, Rondale Moore, Wide Receiver
42. New York Giants, Jamin Davis, Outside Linebacker
43. San Francisco 49ers, JaQuan Bailey, Defensive End
44. Dallas Cowboys, Asante Samuel Jr, Cornerback
45. Jacksonville Jaguars (MIN), Levi Onwuzurike, Defensive Tackle

Jacksonville has the chance to not just add talent to the roster, but flip the culture of the locker room too. The Jaguars defensive line needs a lot of help, and their interior defensive line might be the worst unit on the team. Onwuzurike can bring some pressure from the interior that is missing currently. Taven Bryan has not done much to keep the Jaguars from looking else where after being drafted 31st overall.

46. Carolina Panthers (NE), Dillon Randunz, Offensive Tackle
47. Los Angeles Chargers, Liam Eichenberg, Offensive Tackle
48. Las Vegas Raiders, Trey Smith, Offensive Guard
49. Arizona Cardinals, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Wide Receiver
50. Miami Dolphins, Nick Bolton, Linebacker
51. Washington Football Team, Jevon Holland, Safety
52. Chicago Bears, Terrace Marshall Jr, Wide Receiver
53. Tennessee Titans, Marvin Wilson, Defensive Tackle
54. Indianapolis Colts, Pat Freiermuth, Tight End
55. Pittsburgh Steelers, Javonte Williams, Running Back

Now that James Conner is gone the Steelers need to bulk up their RB depth once again. Benny Snell will be a solid player for them, along with McFarland but Javonte Williams might take the lead role if drafted.

56. Seattle Seahawks, Josh Myers, Offensive Lineman
57. Los Angeles Rams, Jayson Oweh, Defensive End
58. Kansas City Chiefs (BAL), Paulson Adebo, Cornerback 
59. Cleveland Browns, Joseph Ossai, Edge Rusher 
60. New Orleans Saints, Tutu Atwell, Wide Receiver
61. Buffalo Bills, Eric Stokes, Cornerback
62. Green Bay Packers, Jalen Mayfield, Offensive Tackle
63. Kansas City Chiefs, Ronnie Perkins, Defensive End
64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chuba Hubbard, Running Back

3RD ROUND

65. Jacksonville Jaguars, Cameron McGrone, Linebacker
66. New York Jets, Walker Little, Offensive Tackle
67. Houston Texans, Seth Williams, Wide Receiver

Until Deshaun Watson is officially traded Houston should draft as if he is playing in 2021. They failed to land anymore depth in the offseason so I would say wide receiver is a big need currently. With that being said losing Will Fuller is a big hit for their offense, and must find a replacement for him. Seth Williams was one of the more under appreciated receivers in the SEC. He averages over 16 yards a reception even with suspect quarterback play at Auburn.

68. Atlanta Falcons, Dylan Moses, Linebacker
69. Cincinnati Bengals, Nico Collins, Wide Receiver
70. Philadelphia Eagles, Paddy Fisher, Linebacker
71. Denver Broncos, Cade Mays, Offensive Line
72. Detroit Lions, Errol Thompson, Linebacker
73. Carolina Panthers, Kenneth Gainwell, Running Back
74. Washington Football Team (SF), Kyle Trask, Quarterback
75. Dallas Cowboys, Brady Christensen, Offensive Tackle
76. New York Giants, Kelvin Joseph, Cornerback
77. New England Patriots (FORFEITED) 
78. Los Angeles Chargers, Joe Tryon, Defensive Lineman
79. Minnesota Vikings, Kellen Mond, Quarterback

Whether you are a fan of Kellen Mond or not drafting him in the middle of the third round is a very risk free selection. The Minnesota Vikings currently have a very weak backup plan behind Kirk Cousins. While he might be one of the more durable quarterbacks in the NFL right now it wouldnt be a bad idea to bring in another quarterback.

80. Arizona Cardinals, Baron Browning, Linebacker
81. Las Vegas Raiders, Caden Sterns, Safety
82. Miami Dolphins, Deonte Brown, Offensive Guard
83. Washington Football Team, Sage Surratt, Wide Receiver
84. Chicago Bears, Jabril Cox, Outside Linebacker
85. Philadelphia Eagles (IND), Andre Cisco, Safety
86. Tennessee Titans, Spencer Brown, Offensive Tackle
87.  New York Jets (SEA), Patrick Jones, Edge Rusher
88. Pittsburgh Steelers, Alim McNeil, Defensive Tackle
89. Detroit Lions (LAR),  Ifeatu Melifonwu, Cornerback
90. Cleveland Browns, Osa Odighizuwa, Defensive Tackle
91. Minnesota Vikings (BAL), Quinn Meinerz, Offensive Lineman
92. Cleveland Browns (NO), Dyami Brown, Wide Receiver
93. Buffalo Bills, Tommy Kraemer, Offensive Lineman

The Buffalo Bills could use some extra pieces on the offensive line. Cody Ford has been spotty for them currently, and still has yet to earn that second contract. Tommy Kraemer is oddly similar to Cody Ford as he has great versatility on the offensive line. He could possibly play right tackle but he will make his money on the interior of the line. Before the Buffalo Bills go spending more on the running back position I think they should focus on building a great offensive line first.

94. Baltimore Ravens (KC), Jamar Johnson, Defensive Back
95. Green Bay Packers, Tamorrion Terry, Wide Receiver
96. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Paris Ford, Safety
* 97. New England Patriots, Tyler Vaughns, Wide Receiver
* 98. Los Angeles Chargers, Drake Jackson, Offensive Lineman
* 99. New Orleans Saints, Sam Ehlinger, Quarterback

If Sean Payton truly thinks what he does of Taysom Hill I think he would love Sam Ehlinger. They have very similar skill sets and I think Sam is already a better passer than Hill. Ehlinger is a great leader, and someone that will be ready to do whatever it takes for him to get better as a QB. He is built like a running back and could slid right into whatever system Payton has made for Hill.

* 100. Dallas Cowboys, Ar’Darius Washington, Defensive Back
* 101. Tennessee Titans, Josh Imatorbhebhe, Wide Receiver
* 102. Detroit Lions, Tommy Togiai, Defensive Tackle
* 103.  San Francisco 49ers, Michael Carter, Running Back
* 104. Los Angeles Rams, Aaron Robinson, Cornerback
* 105. Miami Dolphins (BAL), Cameron Sample, Defensive Lineman
* 106. New Orleans Saints, Adetokunbo Ogundeji, Edge Rusher

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