This will be my first of 3-5 NFL Mock Drafts before Draft Day. There will certainly be some controversy, and things people may not agree with. Let me know what you think about my Mock, and if there is anything you would change. Without further ado, let's get into it. **Note there will be NO trades in this mock.
1st Jacksonville Jaguars Last in AFC South (1-15)
Jaguars Select : Trevor Lawrence QB Clemson, Jr.
Lawrence has been the consensus #1 pick for months now, and I don't expect that to change at all. Lawrence in 35 games at Clemson throw for 10,098 yards, as well as having 943 on the ground while throwing for 90 TDS and rushing for 18. Lawrence as a freshman took down Alabama in the National Championship game, then lost in the same game his sophomore season, and in his junior and final season with Clemson, lost to Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl. Lawrence had a great collegiate career, and should transfer that into the NFL.
2nd New York Jets Last in AFC East (2-14)
Jets Select : Penei Sewell OT Oregon, Jr.
Many people believe the Jets should go QB, and replace Sam Darnold, but I simply disagree. Why not help him out, and grab Sewell who is one of the best offensive line prospects we've seen in years. The speed and agility the man possess's at 6'6 325 pounds. Sewell has great power and is a force not only in the pass game, but is just as dominant while run blocking. Sewell also won the Outland Trophy as a sophomore, which had never been done before. He has the potential to be the next great LT in the NFL.
3rd Miami Dolphins (Via Houston) 2nd in AFC East (10-6)
Dolphins Select : Ja'Marr Chase WR LSU, Jr.
Chase was apart of the 2019-2020 LSU team, and was Joe Burrow's favorite target. Chase racked up over 1700 yards 20 TDS and 84 catches on his way to winning the Biletnikoff Award, awarded to the nations top WR. Everyone expected Chase to be just as dominant in 2020, but he instead opted out of the season to focus on the NFL Draft. If Chase can prove to do what he did in 2019, the Dolphins would've found another weapon for Tua.
4th Atlanta Falcons Last in NFC South (4-12)
Falcons Select : Zach Wilson QB BYU, Jr.
Yes I know what you're thinking. Wilson over Fields??? Yes, that's what I think. Wilson led a BYU team that steamrolled every team they played, before and after their loss to Coastal Carolina. Wilson threw for near 3700 yards, 37 TDS and just 3 INT, while running for 254 more yards and 10 more TDS. Wilson had arguably the best game of his season in the Boca Raton bowl against UCF. The reason I chose to go Wilson over Fields is that up to the Clemson game, Fields had a few not so impressive starts against Northwestern and Indiana.
5th Cincinnati Bengals Last in AFC North (4-11-1)
Bengals Select : Rashawn Slater OL Northwestern, Sr.
Slater didn't play in 2020, after deciding to sit out after the Big Ten had originally chose to cancel the season. Slater can play all across the offensive line, and if he fails at T can move back inside to G or even C. At 6'4 308 pounds Slater has good mobility and is very quick for his size. Slater in my #2 OT and #4 OL in the draft, and I think with Sewell off the board, it makes sense for the Bengals to get some blocking from Burrow.
6th Philadelphia Eagles Last in NFC East (4-11-1)
Eagles Select : Devonta Smith WR Alabama, Jr.
Smith broke out in 2020, winning the Heisman after having 1600 yards, 20 TDS, and 105 catches, while also having a rushing TD and a return TD. Smith is also a finalist for the Biletnikoff award along with Florida TE Kyle Pitts and Ole Miss WR Elijah Moore. Smith is a very explosive player that runs very well. For an Eagles offense that has lacked offensive weapons, Smith should slide in and should provide an instant spark.
7th Detroit Lions Last in NFC North (5-11)
Lions Select : Jaylen Waddle WR Alabama, Jr.
Considering the spot where the Lions are with their WR with Gollady, Jones and Amendola all hitting free agency, it makes sense to me for the Lions to take the electric Jaylen Waddle. Waddle is lightning quick and has big play ability. Waddle was overshadowed by WRS by the likes of Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs, and Devonta Smith for his first 2 seasons and was primarily used as a return man where he averaged 24 yards per return in 2019. This season Waddle started out to a great season having 557 yards and 7 TDS in his first 5 games, before fracturing his ankle. The uncertainty of the Lions WR makes Waddle an easy choice for me.
8th Carolina Panthers 3rd in NFC South (5-11)
Panthers Select : Kyle Pitts TE Florida, Jr.
The Junior TE played in just 8 games, but his impact was felt when he played. 770 yards and 12 TDS and solidifying himself as Kyle Trask's favorite option. Pitts is 6'6 240 pounds. His athleticism for his size is off the charts. The way he moves for being that big just isn't fair. I think Matt Rhule will give Bridgewater 1 more season to prove himself, and will go the route of adding more fire to an offense that already includes Christian McCaffery, Robby Anderson, and DJ Moore.
9th Denver Broncos Last in AFC West (5-11)
Broncos Select : Kwity Paye DL Michigan, Sr.
With Von Miller looking like he has played his last game in a Broncos uniform, they should look to replace him with Kwity Paye. While Paye doesn't have the flashy stats as some of the other top picks in the draft, he passes the eye test. Paye is 6'4 272 pounds and is very quick and agile for a man that size. With Von Miller likely gone, Paye would have some very big shoes to fill.
10th Dallas Cowboys 3rd in NFC East (6-10)
Cowboys Select : Patrick Surtain II CB Alabama, Jr.
Surtain is the best coverage corner in this draft class. Nobody looks his way and when they do, it's not great. Surtain won SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2020. Surtain was targeted just 43 times last season, and gave up just 18 catches for 250 yards, as well as have 10 pass breakups and a pick 6. The Cowboys secondary got torched last season, and adding Surtain alongside other Alabama CB Trevon Diggs, will benefit that secondary greatly.
11th New York Giants 2nd in NFC East (6-10)
Giants Select : Gregory Rousseau EDGE Miami, So.
I know the Giants don't need another edge defender, but with a talent like Rousseau I don't think the Giants can pass on him. Rousseau in his sophomore campaign registered 15.5 sacks and 19.5 TFL, a monster season by college standards, and was named ACC Rookie of the Year. Rousseau can beat anyone with his speed/quickness and showed the ability to line up anywhere on the defense, whether it be a 3 shade on a guard, over center, or sometimes standing up on the edge. Rousseau didn't play in the 2020 season due to COVID, which is why he isn't a top 10 pick, but the sky is the limit for him.
12th San Francisco 49ers Last in NFC West (6-10)
49ers Select : Caleb Farley CB Virginia Tech, Jr.
With the teams top 5 depth charted CBS hitting FA, the 49ers need to replenish their CB depth and youth, and Farley is JUST the guy. Farley is another guy who sat out of the 2020 season due to COVID and prepared for the NFL Draft. In his sophomore season Farley had 4 interceptions and 12 pass breakups in 10 games before missing the final 2 games of the season due to injury. Farley is probably at his best when in press coverage, whether it be man or zone coverage. Farley has very good initial jam sets and does a good job varying between his 1 hand and his 2 hand.
13th Los Angeles Chargers 3rd in AFC West (7-9)
Chargers Select : Christian Darrisaw OT Virginia Tech, Jr.
The Chargers found their QB of the future in Justin Herbert, and now need guys to block for him. Christian Darrisaw is a great fit with what the Chargers need. Darrisaw wins his blocks but simply being faster than his opponents. Darrisaw has the potential to be a solid starting OT for years to come, which is what Herbert needs.
14th Minnesota Vikings 3rd in NFC North (7-9)
Vikings Select : Jaycee Horn CB South Carolina, Jr.
The Vikings defense was nothing short of awful, and it started in the secondary. Horn is a very physical CB, which could either help him or draw a lot of defensive PI/Holding calls. Horn has a lot of positives, but a knock on him is if he's stuck on an island against a pure speed guy as he isn't one of the fastest guys out there. Horn would join a group of Mike Hughes and 2019 first rounder Jeff Gladney and try to turn it around.
15th New England Patriots 3rd in AFC East (7-9)
Patriots Select : Justin Fields QB Ohio State, Jr.
Simply put, if this happens and Fields slips through the cracks and the Patriots scoop him up at 15, the league may be watching the Patriots rise back up to glory. Since Fields transferred out of Georgia to Ohio State, he seems to had found himself a home there. In his sophomore season Fields threw for 3200 yards and 41 passing TDS, while adding another 10 TDS and 500 yards rushing. This past season, Fields found himself at somewhat of a disadvantage with the Big Ten playing a shortened season, and the Buckeyes only playing 6 games before the CFP. Fields looked great against the weaker competition OSU played, but against Indiana and again in the BIG10 Championship game, he struggled. Fields definitely has the potential to be a top QB in the league one day, but there are a lot of question marks surrounding his play against high level defenses.
16th Arizona Cardinals 3rd in NFC West (8-8)
Cardinals Select : Alijah Vera-Tucker IOL USC, Jr.
The Cardinals offensive line is one of the worst groups in the NFL, and with Kyler Murray back there it makes them look a little better than they truly are. Vera-Tucker is very good in the run game as he comes off the ball hard to strike his defender. He is just as good in the passing game with his athleticism making him an easy mover with a great kick slide set. Tucker boosted his draft stock and is a top 3 IOL in this draft.
17th Los Vegas Raiders 2nd in AFC West (8-8)
Raiders Select : Wyatt Davis IOL Ohio State, Jr.
At 6-foot-4, 315 pounds, Davis is an athletic freak who possesses unmatched length for an interior lineman. Davis has smooth feet for his size, and was a key part of Ohio State's rushing success. Davis gives out crushing blows every time he is tasked with pulling around the edge without any warning he's coming. It's very rare that there are IOL drafted in the first round, let alone 2 back to back.
18th Miami Dolphins 2nd in AFC East (10-6)
Dolphins Select : Micah Parson ILB Penn State, Jr.
Parsons is one of the best ILB prospects in recent memory. Parsons has sideline to sideline range and speed, paired with being a reliable tackler. He also has the ability to cover backs and tight ends in the pass. With a Dolphins defense that lacks playmaking ability from their LBS, Micah Parsons should make this extremely talented team that much better.
19th Washington Football Team 1st in NFC East (7-9)
Football Team Selects : Mac Jones QB Alabama, Jr.
With Haskins being cut, we all know Alex Smith and Kyle Allen aren't a longterm fix at QB. Jones got his shot last season when Tua went out and Jones took the reigns and the rest was history. He picked up where he left off and threw for 4K yards and 36 TDS to just 4 INT, and had a 77% completion %, which was #1 in the nation. Jones doesn't have the running ability of the other 3 QBS taken before him, but he makes up for it with his accuracy. Jones is a pretty safe pick in my opinion, and can turn into a solid QB in the future.
20th Chicago Bears 2nd in NFC North (8-8)
Bears Select : Jalen Mayfield OT Michigan, So.
Mayfield started all 13 games in his sophomore season at RT for Michigan. Mayfield has a large athletic body, and shows off his agility despite being 6'5 320 pounds. He's great at offsetting power rushes and can anchor well with his lower body. Mayfield would probably slide in either at RG or RT for the Bears as that side is particularly weak.
21st Jacksonville Jaguars (Via Rams) Last in AFC South (1-15)
Jaguars Select : Pat Freiermuth TE Penn State, Jr. I'm a big believer that young QBS need a good TE to be able to flourish in their first few seasons in the NFL. With the 2nd pick in the 1st round I have the Jags taking one, in Pat Freiermuth. Freiermuth only played in 4 games in 2020 before a shoulder injury would end his season. Freiermuth isn't a blocking TE, but is more of a big WR at 6'5 260 with his ability to create miss matches against smaller DBS and slower LBS. With the Jaguars lacking a clear #1 TE, Freriermuth should slide in nicely alongside Lawrence.
22nd Indianapolis Colts 2nd in AFC South (11-5)
Colts Select : Rondale Moore WR Purdue, Jr.
Moore had a breakout freshman season having 1400 scrimmage yards and 14 TDS, while adding another 660 return yards. Since then, injuries have kept him out as he's played just 7 games in the last 2 seasons. Moore has big play ability when he's able to stay healthy and be on the field, which the Colts are missing in their passing attack.
23rd Cleveland Browns 3rd in AFC North (11-5)
Browns Select : Joseph Ossai EDGE Texas Jr.
With Oliver Vernon getting older, the Browns will need someone to replace him, and who better left on the board than Joseph Ossai. Ossai this past season had 15.5 TFL and 5.5 sacks in just 9 games. Ossai has a long frame at 6'3 245. It's clear that he needs to improve against the run, and is very lackluster in pass coverage which is what you'd expect from a 3-4 edge rusher.
24th Tennessee Titans 1st in AFC South (11-5)
Titans Select : Patrick Jones II EDGE Pittsburgh, Sr.
Jones posted double digit TFL in his junior and senior seasons, as well as having 8.5 and 9 sack seasons. Jones has good initial pass rush moves and can ID the run quickly and efficiently. The Titans desperately need pass rush and I think if they don't move up for Rousseau and Ossai doesn't fall, Jones is their best option.
25th Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2nd in NFC South (11-5)
Buccaneers Select : Christian Barmore IDL Alabama, So
The Buccaneers don't exactly need much and could go many ways with this pick but I have them selecting disruptor Christian Barmore. When Barmore make a stand out play last season he failed to finish the play with a tackle, which was a big knock. This season with significantly more reps as a starter Barmore finished with 7 sacks from the IDL slot which is impressive, along with 7.5 TFL and 3 forced fumbles. I'm curious if the Buccaneers could figure out a way to get Suh, Vea, and Barmore on the field together in a 3-4 scheme, which would be lethal.
26th Baltimore Ravens 2nd in AFC North (11-5)
Ravens Select : Jaelan Phillips EDGE Miami, Jr.
After a lackluster sophomore campaign at UCLA, Phillips transferred to Miami and became the player he was hyped up to be recording 15.5 TFL and 8 sacks in 10 games. Phillips is a playmaker against the run and the pass which makes it difficult for defenses to scheme against him. The Ravens defense is already very good, but adding a good edge rusher could push them over the edge to being a SB contender.
27th Jets (Via Seahawks) Last in AFC East (2-14)
Jets Select : Rashod Bateman WR Minnesota, Jr.
Next up on the Jets agenda, get Darnold some damn weapons. Bateman had a breakout campaign in his sophomore season, and was expected to build off that season but cut his season short by opting out 5 games in to focus on the Draft. Bateman offers good route running and ball skills. He can play in both the slot, and next to the boundary. He doesn't have blazing speed, but can get the separation needed to get open.
28th Pittsburgh Steelers 1st in AFC North (12-4)
Steelers Select : Travis Etienne RB Clemson, Sr.
With James Connor hitting free agency, I think it's time they move on from him and bring in Travis Etienne. Etienne is a dual threat RB, being just as good in the receiving game as he is when he runs it. Somewhat of a down year for Etienne, as well in a shorter season he had 1500 scrimmage yards along with 16 total TDS. Etienne would be a big playmaker and could take the Steelers offense to the next level.
29th New Orleans Saints 1st in NFC South (12-4)
Saints Select : Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB/S Notre Dame, Jr.
Ideally, Koramoah is gone by the time the Saints pick because this guy is a freak. Koramoah has sideline to sideline range for a LB, despite being undersized at just 216 pounds he makes up for it with the explosiveness he plays with. Koramoah won the Butkus Award given out to the Nation's top LB, and will bring some young to that group of New Orleans LBS.
30th Buffalo Bills 1st in AFC East (13-3)
Bills Select : Derion Kendrick CB Clemson, Jr.
Kendrick went to Clemson to play WR, but transitioned to CB in 2019 and stuck there and learned the position and started in 2020. Kendrick showed huge improvements from 2019 to 2020 and has the ability to play in man, zone, and press coverages on the outside. Learning from Tre White would help him improve even more.
31st Green Bay Packers 1st in NFC North (13-3)
Packers Select : Terrance Marshall Jr. WR LSU, Jr.
With no Justin Jefferson and Ja'Marr Chase it was Marshall's time to shine, but he was held back with subpar QB play. He still managed double digit TDS and over 700 yards receiving. Marshall can play on the boundary as well as in the slot. He offers terrific size at 6'3, and has great ball skills, hands, and route running ability which should help him fit in with Aaron Rodgers.
32nd Kansas City Chiefs 1st in AFC West (14-2)
Chiefs Select : Nick Bolton ILB Missouri, Jr.
Bolton has had back to back seasons of 95+ tackles and 8+ TFL from his MIKE LB spot. He is a hard hitter and makes receivers think twice before coming over the middle when he's lurking in zone coverage. Bolton could bolster the Chiefs defense who're missing a true MIKE LB.
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