2021 First Round Mock Draft

The 2021 NFL Draft is next Thursday, and it has earned a lot of hype of late, which is right on cue. Led by Trevor Lawrence, this draft is considered to be one of the most top-heavy drafts of the 20th century, and the first few rounds are loaded with talent. This draft isn't without its fair share of speculation, as there are many big questions left to be answered. Will the 49ers take a quarterback third overall? Could Tua and one of his Bama Baddies reunite on Saban's former team? Does Matt Ryan get a brand new weapon to add to his collection? AJ and I (LJ) will be answering all of these questions and more in today's piece. AJ was assigned to the even picks, I was assigned to the odd picks, we selected the Eagles pick together, and all teams will be locked into their picks.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars Select Clemson Quarterback,

Trevor Lawrence

(Picked by LJ)

It has been widely known for three years now that Trevor Lawrence is the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck, and the top player in his class. Urban Meyer and the Jags won't pass up on this golden opportunity. -LJ Nesler

2. New York Jets Select Ohio State Quarterback,

Justin Fields

(Picked by AJ)

Keep in mind this is a mock based off of what we would do, not what we predict to happen. It seems like the consensus QB2 and second overall pick is Zach Wilson but I don't understand why. He personally is my QB4 in this class behind Lawrence, Fields, Lance and I wouldn't take him if I was the Jets. I would take the quarterback who has been getting criticized for these dumb narratives that aren't true at all, for example "he only throws to the first read" and "his work ethic isn't good". Makes no sense, he is better than Wilson in every single way...take Justin Fields New York. -AJ Chasan

3. San Francisco 49ers Select BYU Quarterback,

Zach Wilson

(Picked by LJ)

The 49ers traded the 12th pick, two additional firsts, and a third rounder to move up to the third overall pick, and John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan didn't give all of that up just to draft a tight end or an offensive tackle. They are going all in on Zach Wilson as their franchise guy. The Wilson and Shanahan duo could make a lot of noise in a loaded NFC West. -LJ Nesler

4. Atlanta Falcons Select Florida Tight End,

Kyle Pitts

(Picked by AJ)

The goal here if you are Atlanta should be to move out of this pick. You have your franchise quarterback and you can get a haul from a team in the real draft looking to snag the last of the four top QB's. But since there is no trades in this mock, lets take the second best player in this class in Kyle Pitts. If the Falcons stay at this pick, then the selection should be very easy. -AJ Chasan

5. Cincinnati Bengals Select Oregon Offensive Tackle,

Penei Sewell

(Picked by LJ)

If Cincinnati wants to keep the former first overall pick Joe Burrow from getting harassed, it is a no brainer pick to select Oregon tackle Penei Sewell, who is considered a generational talent. The Bengals already have good skill players, now it's time to get some help on the o-line. -LJ Nesler

6. Miami Dolphins Select Alabama Wide Receiver,

Jaylen Waddle

(Picked by AJ)

A controversial pick and to be honest, I don't understand why. Miami needs to add a playmaker and the consensus pick here seems to be Ja'Marr Chase. But let's look at the type of receivers who succeed with Tua, guys who are fast and win with timing, route running, and explosiveness. Ja'Marr Chase isn't that. He gets the job done with physicality, toughness , and a little bit of route running but not enough to like him over Jaylen Waddle here. We get the fastest, most explosive player, and the most underrated route runner in this class and a WR who has former chemistry with Tua. Plus that coaching staff is going to love him on special teams. Win win pick here if you ask me. -AJ Chasan

7. Detroit Lions Select LSU Wide Receiver,

Ja'Marr Chase

(Picked by LJ)

The Lions lost Kenny Golladay to the Giants in free agency, and the receiving room was already weak before the loss of their top dog. If Goff is to succeed in Detroit, he must be surrounded by weapons, and the 2019 Biletnikoff Award winner Ja'Marr Chase is a great start. -LJ Nesler

8. Carolina Panthers Select Northwestern Offensive Tackle,

Rashawn Slater

(Picked by AJ)

If I am Carolina I am praying Pitts falls here. Because if he does that needs to be the pick. But since he's not, we need to protect Sam Darnold and get him an elite tackle prospect in Slater. DeVonta Smith is tempting here but be smart and take the tackle. -AJ Chasan

9. Denver Broncos Select North Dakota State Quarterback,

Trey Lance

(Picked by LJ)

Denver already has a solid roster with great skill position players, but the quarterback position is still a mystery. The Broncos were linked to the Wentz trade talks, but the trail went cold. Now the Mile High City will get another North Dakota State product in the likes of Trey Lance. -LJ Nesler

10. Dallas Cowboys Select Alabama Cornerback,

Patrick Surtain II

(Picked by AJ)

Second easiest pick I made during this mock. At some point Dallas needs to get a true impact player on this defense in the first round, cause that Dallas defense stinks. An elite corner prospect in Surtain will absolutely help that defense. -AJ Chasan

11. New York Giants Select Alabama Wide Receiver,

DeVonta Smith

(Picked by LJ)

The Giants are giving Daniel Jones all the ammunition he needs to break out in 2021, with the additions of Kenny Golladay, and now 2020 Heisman winner DeVonta Smith. The Giants now have a dangerous trio at receiver with Golladay, Smith, and Darius Slayton. -LJ Nesler

12. Philadelphia Eagles Select Penn State Linebacker,

Micah Parsons

(Picked by AJ )

The Eagles just miss out on Smith in this situation. Jaycee Horn in this situation is very tempting but the best defensive prospect in this class is available in Parsons and that ultimately becomes the pick. An elite college linebacker against the run, pass, and as a rusher becomes a cornerstone of the Eagles defense for a decade. -AJ Chasan

13. Los Angeles Chargers Select Virginia Tech O-Tackle,

Christian Darrisaw

(Picked by LJ)

The Chargers got their guy at the quarterback position with Justin Herbert, and they have some top tier weapons around him, but the offensive line is a glaring weakness. Darrisaw is a guy that can come in right away and be the cornerstone on the Chargers line for the next ten years. -LJ Nesler

14. Minnesota Vikings Select USC Guard/Tackle,

Alijah Vera-Tucker

(Picked by AJ)

Not too many holes on this roster but the interior of the offensive line is one that needs to be addressed. Vera-Tucker is a great guard prospect and definitely fills that need for Minnesota. -AJ Chasan

15. New England Patriots Select Alabama Quarterback,

Mac Jones

(Picked by LJ)

The Pats are all in on Cam Newton, but if Mac Jones were to fall to 15, I highly doubt Belichick can pass him up. Jones could go to New England and sit behind Newton for a bit, and get handed the keys to the franchise after a couple years. -LJ Nesler

16. Arizona Cardinals Select South Carolina Cornerback,

Jaycee Horn

(Picked by AJ)

Patrick Peterson's replacement. Great in man and above average in zone Horn will be an instant impact on this defense. Horn is one of the more NFL ready players in his draft with all the 1st round WR's he faced at South Carolina and will be a huge advantage for him at the next level. -AJ Chasan

17. Las Vegas Raiders Select Oklahoma State Tackle,

Teven Jenkins

(Picked by LJ)

The Raiders had an underwhelming run game in 2020, and Jenkins could fix that the second he steps foot onto Vegas. Jenkins would be a day one starter, and a potential ten year franchise piece at either tackle position. -LJ Nesler

18. Miami Dolphins Select Miami Edge Rusher,

Jaelan Phillips

(Picked by AJ)

This to me is pure value. Phillips to me has been criminally underrated throughout this draft process. Being able to grab the best edge in the draft at pick 18 is a huge win for Miami. -AJ Chasan

19. Washington Selects Northwestern Cornerback,

Greg Newsome II

(Picked by LJ)

Washington has the best young defensive line in football, but in a receiver stacked division with Dallas and New York, Washington can't rely on their front alone. Greg Newsome would be the top corner from day one, and he would be in a friendly situation with a gruesome front seven. Newsome would be a home run value pick for Rivera and company. -LJ Nesler

20. Chicago Bears Select Alabama Tackle,

Alex Leatherwood

(Picked by AJ)

Watch out for this team possibly moving up for a QB on draft night. Bateman here almost was the pick but the Bears take Leatherwood, improve there line, and look to take a WR later in a loaded class. -AJ Chasan

21. Indianapolis Colts Select Georgia Edge Rusher,

Azeez Ojulari

(Picked by LJ)

The Colts are a team with minimal weaknesses, and they are in a win now mode after acquiring former second team All-Pro, Carson Wentz. Ojulari is a big time edge rusher that could form a scary trio with DeForest Buckner and Darius Leonard. -LJ Nesler

22. Tennessee Titans Select Virginia Tech Cornerback,

Caleb Farley

(Picked by AJ)

Some would call this a reach, I would call it value. Farley due to injury has fell throughout the draft process but is still an elite CB prospect. And in a position of need this is a first rounder well spent for Tennessee. -AJ Chasan

23. New York Jets Select Notre Dame Linebacker,

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah

(Picked by LJ)

Owusu-Koramoah is a perfect fit for Robert Saleh's high flying wide-nine. Koramoah would be that sideline to sideline backer that would be a do it all player for Saleh to build his defense around. -LJ Nesler

24. Pittsburgh Steelers Select Alabama Running Back,

Najee Harris

(Picked by AJ)

I don't ever recommend taking running backs this early. But this just feels right. Can't tell you why, but it does. Najee to Pittsburgh. -AJ Chasan

25. Jacksonville Jaguars Select Texas Offensive Tackle,

Samuel Cosmi

(Picked by LJ)

With the Jaguars selecting Trevor Lawrence at the first overall pick, it's time to get him his franchise tackle with former Texas star Samual Cosmi. Cosmi can play both tackle positions, and he would be a versatile piece for Urban Meyer to add to an already solid line that features Brandon Linder, Andrew Norwell, Cam Robinson, and Jawaan Taylor. -LJ Nesler

26. Cleveland Browns Select Michigan Edge Rusher,

Kwity Paye

(Picked by AJ)

"They just signed Clowney why go edge round 1?". This pick was purely BPA due to the Browns roster virtually having zero holes on paper. Paye in this front 7 would be insane. Please make it happen Cleveland. -AJ Chasan

27. Baltimore Ravens Select Minnesota Wide Receiver,

Rashod Bateman

(Picked by LJ)

Bateman would be an electrifying addition to an explosive run based team in Baltimore. Bateman would pair up with third year receiver from Oklahoma, Hollywood Brown, and the duo would help balance out an offense that features Lamar Jackson and J.K. Dobbins out of the backfield. -LJ Nesler

28. New Orleans Saints Select Tulsa Linebacker,

Zaven Collins.

(Picked by AJ)

LJ hated this pick in our mock but I loved it. On tape he just looks like a Dennis Allen type of linebacker. Scrappy in how he plays and great against the run. He to me is the perfect compliment to Demario Davis and would be great in New Orleans. -AJ Chasan

29. Green Bay Packers Select LSU Wide Receiver,

Terrace Marshall, Jr.

(Picked by LJ)

Marshall would join a star powered offense in Green Bay, giving Matt LaFleur yet another explosive offensive star to incorporate into his offense. Is it possible for the Packers offense to get even better next year? Because Marshall can bring a whole other level to Green Bay. -LJ Nesler

30. Buffalo Bills Select Penn State Edge Rusher,

Jayson Oweh

(Picked by AJ)

Similar to the Browns with Paye, this pick is purely value. Oweh adds more pass rush to an above average Bills defense and makes the job of Tre White and crew a little bit easier. -AJ Chasan

31. Baltimore Ravens Select Michigan Tackle,

Jalen Mayfield

(Picked by LJ)

Baltimore recently traded star tackle Orlando Brown Jr. to Kansas City for the Chiefs first round pick along with additional picks. The Ravens already acquired a receiver in Rashod Bateman earlier in the draft, and now they get an offensive tackle to replace Brown. -LJ Nesler

32. Tampa Bay Bucs Select Alabama Defensive Tackle,

Christian Barmore

(Picked by AJ)

The ultimate value pick. Tampa legitimately has no holes as they are returning all 22 starters from last year off the Super Bowl win. They add to a pass rush that folded the potent KC offense in the Super Bowl and makes the best front seven in football even scarier. Have fun NFC offensive lines. -AJ Chasan
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