NFL free agency is under way and it is time to look ahead to the NFL Draft. Here is the 2021 NFL Mock Draft April 6.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars- Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Jacksonville has a slam dunk pick with Trevor Lawrence at number one overall. He is the perfect prospect to build a team around for the future.
2. New York Jets- Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
A new head coach next season will have to decide between Sam Darnold and a new quarterback. Most new coaches want someone they drafted, so they will go with a quarterback for now.
3. San Francisco 49ers- Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
The rumors are saying that this pick will either be Trey Lance or Mac Jones. Trading up this far is a reach for someone like Jones, who doesn’t have the same physical tools as Lance. Lance has the size, athleticism and arm strength that teams covet.
4. Atlanta Falcons-Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
The Falcons haven’t made any moves with Matt Ryan yet, but that could be coming. If they want to start their rebuild, Fields is an in-state prospect who could pay off in the long run.
5. Cincinnati Bengals- Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
Cincinnati fans are debating whether to take Chase or an offensive lineman here. Both cases have their merits, but quarterback Joe Burrow may want to reunite with his college teammate, which will necessitate a second round pick on an offensive lineman.
6. Miami Dolphins (via PHI)- DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
The Dolphins are going to want to get Tua Tagovailoa some more weapons to utilize this season. With this pick, they can get his former teammate who is an expert in creating separation.
7. Detroit Lions- Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Detroit lost their big name wide receivers for next season. The Lions have to get Jared Goff someone dynamic to throw to this season.
8. Carolina Panthers- Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Now that the Panthers have Sam Darnold and Teddy Bridgewater, they need to get them weapons to be successful. Pitts can provide a unique matchup problems for defenses.
9. Denver Broncos- Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
The Broncos can improve their defense with a great athlete in the middle like Parsons, who had a great pro day.
10. Dallas Cowboys- Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Dallas’ defense was awful this season and they need to improve it any way they can. With Caleb Farley being injured, Surtain looks like he will be the first cornerback taken.
11. New York Giants- Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
After signing Kenny Golladay in free agency, the Giants will likely go with defense or offensive line with this pick. They can make sure Daniel Jones is protected for the future by taking Slater, who could move into guard if needed.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA)- Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
While the Eagles would likely prefer to get Jalen Hurts a weapon to use, they also need help at corner across from Darius Slay.
13. Los Angeles Chargers- Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
Justin Herbert has been playing well, but the Chargers need to get him an offensive line to protect the future.
14. Minnesota Vikings- Gregory Rousseau, Edge, Miami
The Vikings traded for Yannick Ngakoue and traded him away already. They need more edge rushing help for the 2021 season.
15. New England Patriots- Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
While the Patriots brought back Cam Newton, they still need a quarterback of the future. Jones can sit and learn behind Newton until he is ready to play.
16. Arizona Cardinals- Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Arizona let Kenyan Drake walk in free agency. Chase Edmonds is a capable starter, but they may want to add more to the position.
17. Las Vegas Raiders- Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
The Raiders’ defense needs improvements all over, but specifically in the secondary and can get good value here.
18. Miami Dolphins- Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
After passing on a offensive lineman earlier, the Dolphins can get a solid value here in Darrisaw.
19. Washington Football Team- Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Washington did a fantastic job of filling needs in free agency and now can get a rangy linebacker/safety hybrid in Owusu-Koramoah.
20. Chicago Bears- Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State
The Bears had to cut Kyle Fuller because of limited cap room. Now they can get a corner to plug in with Jaylon Johnson and Desmond Trufant.
21. Indianapolis Colts- Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT/OG, USC
Now that Anthony Castonzo has retired, the Colts need a left tackle. They should take a tackle in the first round.
22. Tennessee Titans- Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
Corey Davis is now a Jet, so the Titans need to get a wide receiver in this deep draft class.
23. New York Jets- Azeez Ojulari, Edge, Georgia
The Jets signed Carl Lawson in free agency, but need another pass rusher on the other side from him.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers- Kwity Paye, Edge, Michigan
After allowing Bud Dupree to walk in free agency, the Steelers need to add another pass rusher across from T.J. Watt.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars- Trevon Moehrig-Woodard, S, TCU
The Jaguars took C.J. Henderson last season, but they need more help in their secondary
26. Cleveland Browns- Jaelan Phillips, Edge, Miami
Cleveland still hasn’t signed a good pass rusher across from Myles Garrett.
27. Baltimore Ravens- Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
Baltimore addresed their need at guard in free agency, but still need to get Lamar Jackson more wide receivers to work with.
28. New Orleans Saints- Greg Newsome, CB, Northwestern
New Orleans doesn’t have good corners right now and should add one with their first round pick.
29. Green Bay Packers- Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
The Packers failed to get Aaron Rodgers weapons this offseason, but should look into it during the 2021 NFL Draft.
30. Buffalo Bills- Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State
The Bills got Josh Allen a weapon this offseason and it paid off. They should continue to add weapons to help Allen grow even more as a passer.
31. Kansas City Chiefs- Ronnie Perkins, Edge, Oklahoma
Kansas City has the offense to be successful for years, but can get a good edge rusher to improve the defense.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama
Tampa Bay doesn’t have many holes on their roster, but could improve on the interior of the defensive line.
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