Even though many didn’t think it could be done, we finished a full NFL season during a pandemic. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are our Super Bowl champions, and Tom Brady has proved once again that he is an alien. Now it is time for my favorite part of the year, the NFL Draft.
The NFL Draft order is now set though (barring any trades that will most likely happen). We can take a lot clearer look into the future of the 2021 NFL Draft. For the first time this year afootballaddict.com is releasing a two round mock draft.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars, Trevor Lawrence, Quarterback
2. New York Jets, Justin Fields, Quarterback
3. Miami Dolphins (HOU), Penei Sewell, Offensive Tackle
If the New York Jets pass on Penei Sewell the Miami Dolphins should be jumping for joy. Penei Sewell is one of the best NFL prospects to come into the league in a decade. Even though Miami spent a lot of draft capital last year on the offensive line, Sewell gives Tua a blindside blocker for 15 years. Especially considering Tua’s injury history too, the Dolphins have to take Penei Sewell if he is available.
4. Atlanta Falcons, Micah Parsons, Linebacker
Atlanta needs to blow up their roster and start a rebuild, but they refuse to do so. Micah Parsons will be able to make the team fight for a playoff spot next year, but also be a key rebuilding piece whenever that does happen. The Falcons need tons of help on defense, and Parsons freakish talent will do wonders for that unit. He can line up where the Falcons want, and use him to fix both their linebacker and pass rusher issues.
5. Cincinnati Bengals, Rashawn Slater, Offensive Lineman
6. Philadelphia Eagles, DeVonta Smith, Wide Receiver
7. Detroit Lions, Ja’Marr Chase, Wide Receiver
8. Carolina Panthers, Zach Wilson, Quarterback
Everyone wants to know where Zach Wilson is ending up, and I have him falling slightly further than most. In the end though if a quarterback prospect like Zach Wilson is available at No. 8, they have to take him. Teddy Bridgewater is signed through 2022 but the Panthers could save $21M by releasing him after this season. Zach Wilson has all the talent in the world and could be unleashed fully with a team like Matt Rhule and Joe Brady.
9. Denver Broncos, Caleb Farley, Cornerback
10. Dallas Cowboys, Wyatt Davis, Offensive Lineman
Dallas once again dips into the Ohio State Buckeye’s draft pool. Before his injury Wyatt Davis was viewed as a steal as the 10th pick. I think it would be foolish for a team that has short term goals like the Cowboys do to pass up on a player that will make the roster immediately better. Not just better, but safer too. Dak Prescott’s injury might have been a freak accident but the damage is still something to monitor. Wyatt Davis earned a spot on the Big-Ten All Decade team even though he only played one season in that decade.
11. New York Giants, Jaylen Waddle, Wide Receiver
12. San Francisco 49ers, Jaycee Horn, Cornerback
13. Los Angeles Chargers, Alex Leatherwood, Offensive Lineman
14. Minnesota Vikings, Trey Lance, Quarterback
15. New England Patriots, Kyle Pitts, Tight End
16. Arizona Cardinals, Patrick Surtain II, Cornerback
17. Las Vegas Raiders, Gregory Rousseau, Edge Defender
18. Miami Dolphins, Trevon Moehrig, Safety
Trevon Moehrig is probably one of the most underrated players in this first round mock draft. Pro Football Focus just released a chart stating just how versatile Moehrig really is. The 2021 Jim Thorpe winner has over 120 tackles, 21 pass deflections and seven career interceptions. The Dolphins have great corners, but adding Trevon Moehrig would complete this secondary unit.
19. Washington Football Team, Christian Darrisaw, Offensive Tackle
20. Chicago Bears, Rashod Bateman, Wide Receiver
21. Indianapolis Colts, Mac Jones, Quarterback
Now out of the five quarterbacks taken in the first round, I think Mac Jones is the biggest question mark. He flashes amazing traits like a rocket arm, and great accuracy, but he has some flaws too. Putting him with a quarterback wizard like Frank Reich is exactly the help he needs to maximize his potential. Not to mention having an offensive line like the Colts do will help hid his mobility issues.
22. Tennessee Titans, Jaylen Twyman, Defensive Tackle
23. New York Jets (SEA), Najee Harris, Running Back
A first round running back? Yes. Najee Harris is a better prospect in my eyes than Clyde Edwards-Helaire or even Josh Jacobs. He is extremely close to Le’Veon Bell in my opinion, and is underrated as a receiving back. Running behind a tank like Mekhi Becton should equal great things for the Jets. Also after just selecting Justin Fields this will keep defenses from picking on him in the game plan.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers, Creed Humphrey, Offensive Lineman
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (LAR), Shaun Wade, Cornerback
Cornerback probably isn’t the Jaguars biggest need currently but it still is one. I feel like Urban Meyer would love to grab some of the kids he was able to recruit to Ohio State. Shaun Wade had a rough year this year playing on the outside but thank to Jacksonville’s No. 11 overall pick last year, C.J. Henderson, they could possibly move Wade inside again.
26. Cleveland Browns, Dylan Moses, Linebacker
27. Baltimore Ravens, Sam Cosmi, Offensive Lineman
Cosmi is a college offensive tackle that probably will have to move inside at the next level. With that being said, he should still be a stud at guard too. Sam Cosmi is a violent blocker (as shown below) that should far well in the Ravens run first offense. With Orlando Brown opting for a trade, it doesn’t help to grab someone that can play right tackle too.
28. New Orleans Saints, Chazz Surratt, Linebacker
29. Green Bay Packers, Rondale Moore, Wide Receiver
30. Buffalo Bills, Kwity Paye, Edge Rusher
31. Kansas City Chiefs, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Outside Linebacker
They might have not won the Super Bowl, but Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is a great consolation prize. The Chiefs front seven could use a major upgrade, especially with their linebackers. Koramoah is very similar to Isaiah Simmons from the 2020 NFL Draft class. They both spent a lot of snaps in coverage, and performed well at doing so.