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2021 NFL Mock Draft: Dolphins get Tua Tagovailoa a major weapon, Jets secure a QB and RB in Round 1

by Ryan

The Jaguars also draft the new face of their franchise

By Pete Prisco

Mock draft season begins for me when the NFL season ends. So this is the first of several mocks for me in the coming months, far fewer than the 5,000 or so that our NFL Draft Analyst Ryan Wilson will do.

Doing a mock before free agency is always tough since a lot of holes for these teams will be filled and many others created. That’s why I want you to take this one less seriously than a mock that might be coming in six weeks or so.

One thing that won’t change is the top pick in the draft. The Jacksonville Jaguars will take Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who threw last Friday for pro scouts. He is a can’t-miss type of prospect, a generational talent who could quickly turn Jacksonville into a contender.

Lawrence will have surgery on his non-throwing left shoulder, but he is expected to be ready for training camp.

That camp will be for the Jaguars. Lock that pick up.

As for the rest of this mock, it’s hard to place guys. I have the New York Jets taking BYU quarterback Zach Wilson with the second-overall pick for now, but that might not be the case come draft day. There are still a lot of quarterback moves to be made with veteran players, moves that will impact the draft.

So don’t hold me to this Mock No. 1. It’s just the beginning.

There is still a lot that will happen before any of these mocks can come close to being right, especially the first one.

NFL Mock Draft

Round 1

Round 1 – Pick 1

Trevor Lawrence QB

Clemson • Jr • 6’6″ / 220 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

This is the easiest pick by far. When they draft this kid, the fate of the franchise changes for the next decade. He’s that good.

 

Round 1 – Pick 2

Zach Wilson QB

BYU • Jr • 6’3″ / 210 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

2nd

New coach usually means a new quarterback. Wilson can really spin it and he’s athletic, which means he would fit the new system.

  From Houston Texans

Round 1 – Pick 3

Ja’Marr Chase WR

LSU • Jr • 6’0″ / 208 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

They pass on Devonta Smith to take a player who opted out last year. He’s got good size and he can run. Scouts and coaches I talked with say he’s the best receiver in this class.

Round 1 – Pick 4

Patrick Surtain II CB

Alabama • Jr • 6’2″ / 203 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

2nd

They have a nice, young corner in A.J. Terrell, last year’s first-round pick, so why not add another? They need pass-rush help in the worst way, but there isn’t one here worth taking. They could trade out.

Round 1 – Pick 5

Penei Sewell OL

Oregon • Jr • 6’6″ / 330 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

They need to get better in front of Joe Burrow. Sewell didn’t play last year, but he is outstanding and that could mean Jonah Williams moves to the right side.

Round 1 – Pick 6

Christian Darrisaw OL

Virginia Tech • Jr • 6’5″ / 314 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Their line was a disaster last year, so they need help in the worst way. They could also go corner here as well. But Darrisaw is a guy scouts love maybe more than draft media.

Round 1 – Pick 7

Devonta Smith WR

Alabama • Jr • 6’1″ / 175 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

4th

They will likely lose Kenny Golladay in free agency, so they need a young speed player outside. The big concern with Smith is size, but he can fly.

Round 1 – Pick 8

Justin Fields QB

Ohio State • Jr • 6’3″ / 228 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

3rd

They didn’t get what they expected out of Teddy Bridgewater last year, and they inquired about Matt Stafford. That tells you they are looking for an upgrade.

Round 1 – Pick 9

Micah Parsons LB

Penn State • Jr • 6’3″ / 244 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

He opted out last year and has some off-field issues, but he is a playmaking linebacker who would be a big-time upgrade inside for Denver. They also could consider a corner here.

Round 1 – Pick 10

Caleb Farley CB

Virginia Tech • Jr • 6’2″ / 207 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

1st

He opted out last year, but he has the skill set and cover skills to upgrade the Cowboys secondary. The Cowboys added Trevon Diggs last year, so adding another here would give them a nice pair of cover players.

Round 1 – Pick 11

Jaylen Waddle WR

Alabama • Jr • 5’10” / 182 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

2nd

I know picking a receiver isn’t the Dave Gettleman way, but they need a playmaker to help Daniel Jones. Waddle can fly.

Round 1 – Pick 12

Trey Lance QB

NFL Draft • Soph • 6’4″ / 226 lbs

Projected Team

San Francisco

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

4th

Lance would be a nice fit in Kyle Shanahan’s scheme with his ability to move. He is raw so maybe he could spend a year working behind Jimmy Garoppolo.

Round 1 – Pick 13

Rashawn Slater OL

Northwestern • Jr • 6’3″ / 305 lbs

Projected Team

L.A. Chargers

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

They have to get better up front to protect Justin Herbert. Slater is another player who sat out last season, but his 2019 tape is impressive.

Round 1 – Pick 14

Azeez Ojulari LB

Georgia • Fr • 6’3″ / 240 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

58th

POSITION RNK

7th

This team needs to get an explosive edge player to go with Danielle Hunter. Ojulari is that type of player, although he would need to beef up some in their scheme.

Round 1 – Pick 15

Kyle Pitts TE

Florida • Jr • 6’6″ / 240 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

1st

He would give whoever plays quarterback a big-time weapon in the passing game. Josh McDaniels will have a lot of fun creating matchup issues with Pitts.

Round 1 – Pick 16

Jaycee Horn CB

South Carolina • Jr • 6’1″ / 205 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

44th

POSITION RNK

4th

The son of former NFL receiver Joe Horn opted out halfway through last season. He has impressive cover skills and the Cardinals need help at corner, especially with Patrick Peterson possibly on his way out.

Round 1 – Pick 17

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB

Notre Dame • Jr • 6’1″ / 215 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

4th

They spent money in free agency at linebacker last year and it didn’t work out. This kid has a chance to be a Devin White-style of player.

Round 1 – Pick 18

Zaven Collins LB

Tulsa • Jr • 6’4″ / 260 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

We know how Brian Flores likes players with versatility. Collins has that and more. He has good size and can run.

Round 1 – Pick 19

Mac Jones QB

Alabama • Jr • 6’3″ / 214 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

5th

He was special last season, and this is a position of need for Washington. WFT made calls on Matt Stafford, so even with Taylor Heinicke re-signed, they need help.

Round 1 – Pick 20

Jalen Mayfield OL

Michigan • Jr • 6’5″ / 320 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

7th

They will likely let Bobby Massie go after June 1 since he’s been injury-plagued and hasn’t lived up to the contract. Mayfield can step in and play right tackle but he can also play guard.

Round 1 – Pick 21

Alijah Vera-Tucker OL

USC • Jr • 6’4″ / 315 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

5th

With Anthony Castonzo retiring, they need a left tackle. Vera-Tucker mostly played guard in college, but impressed moving to left tackle last season.

Round 1 – Pick 22

Jaelan Phillips DL

Miami (FL) • Jr • 6’5″ / 266 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

40th

POSITION RNK

4th

They have to address edge rush in a big way. Phillips could help immediately after showing well for the Hurricanes last season.

  From Seattle Seahawks

Round 1 – Pick 23

Travis Etienne RB

Clemson • Sr • 5’10” / 205 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

1st

I wouldn’t take a back here, but they need a home-run threat and he would fit in the new offense. He has the ability to rip off long runs with his game-breaking speed.

Round 1 – Pick 24

Teven Jenkins OL

Oklahoma State • Sr • 6’6″ / 320 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

109th

POSITION RNK

18th

They had major issues on the offensive line last season and left tackle Alejandro Villanueva is a free agent who didn’t play that well last season. Jenkins would help get the run game back on track.

  From Los Angeles Rams

Round 1 – Pick 25

Kadarius Toney WR

Florida • Sr • 6’0″ / 193 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

81st

POSITION RNK

10th

The Jaguars could sign Curtis Samuel as a free agent, which would change this pick. But Toney is an Urban Meyer-style of player. They could go interior defense here as well.

Round 1 – Pick 26

Christian Barmore DL

Alabama • Soph • 6’5″ / 310 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

2nd

He showed off his skills in the national championship, but he hasn’t always played to that level. Even so, I think he could be a big help inside for the Browns.

Round 1 – Pick 27

Joseph Ossai LB

Texas • Jr • 6’4″ / 253 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

5th

They have free-agent decisions to make on Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue. The Ravens love to let guys walk and then draft to replace, so this would make sense.

Round 1 – Pick 28

Kwity Paye DL

Michigan • Sr • 6’4″ / 272 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

They are going to lose Trey Hendrickson in free agency, so they need to get help opposite Cam Jordan.

Round 1 – Pick 29

Rondale Moore WR

Purdue • Soph • 5’9″ / 180 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

4th

Can you imagine this Tyreek Hill-type of player in their offense? It’s time to give Aaron Rodgers more speed.

Round 1 – Pick 30

Levi Onwuzurike DL

Washington • Jr • 6’3″ / 293 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

3rd

They had all kinds of problems stopping the run last year, which means they need to get better inside. This kid impressed at the Senior Bowl.

Round 1 – Pick 31

Gregory Rousseau EDGE

Miami (FL) • Soph • 6’7″ / 265 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

1st

They didn’t get enough edge pressure all season long. Frank Clark was a disappointment and that unit needs help. Playing with leads means you need guys like Rousseau to influence the quarterback.

Round 1 – Pick 32

Samuel Cosmi OL

Texas • Jr • 6’7″ / 309 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

32nd

POSITION RNK

8th

They showed the importance of the offensive line in the Super Bowl. Donovan Smith is the weak link at left tackle and he’s in the final year of his deal.

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