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NFL mock draft 2021: Jets, Patriots, Dolphins construct on busy free company; 49ers guess on Mac Jones; Bears miss prime QBs

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With NFL free company arriving with the brand new league 12 months, what groups are doing with signings, re-signings, non-signings and releases early are taking their cumulative impact on their 2021 NFL Draft plans. Whereas some crew wants are being stuffed, others stay and new ones are rising.

Determining one piece of the offseason puzzle is useful to know what course every crew could be going vs. one other once they’re on the clock. That is positively brought on extra shakeup in Sporting Information’ newest mock draft, with some large professional days (see Alabama, Ohio State) forward.

For now, how SN sees the picks taking part in out from No. 1 by way of No. 32 on April 29:

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NFL mock draft 2021

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-15)

  • Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson (6-6, 220 kilos)

Lawrence lived as much as expectations of being a generational expertise on the place, the second in a row after Joe Burrow. He is an amazing chief and winner on prime of being a strong-armed passer and succesful robust runner. Lawrence will clear up the Jaguars QB mess, connected to a brand new coach, large school winner City Meyer. Lawrence can have success instantly with the Jaguars having a good line and strong ability gamers reminiscent of James Robinson, Marvin Jones, D.J. Chark and Laviska Shenault. Overlook that discuss Meyer taking another person, particularly one other QB.

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2. New York Jets (2-14)

  • Zach Wilson, QB, BYU (6-3, 210 kilos)

Wilson had an distinctive season together with his accuracy and downfield passing to emerge because the draft class’ second-best QB prospect after Lawrence. Wilson could be a powerful, cerebral match for Mike LaFleur’s offense changing Sam Darnold because the face of the franchise. Darnold ought to nonetheless be thought-about firmly on the buying and selling block and it is wanting much less possible the Jets will probably be aggressive sufficient to make a commerce for Deshaun Watson. Why would they, once they can get a high-upside passer with out sacrificing any additional first-rounders?

3. Miami Dolphins (from Texans for Laremy Tunsil)

  • Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU (6-1, 208 kilos)

The Dolphins took a flier on Will Fuller to be their outdoors deep menace reverse DeVante Parker however they nonetheless might use a extra dependable all-around receiver who can dominate operating routes inside or outdoors. Chase posted 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 TDs throughout the nationwide championship season and might be part of former teammate Justin Jefferson in lighting up the NFL as a flexible playmaker. He can rapidly emerge as Tua Tagovailoa’s true go-to man.

4. Atlanta Falcons (4-12)

  • Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State (6-4, 226 kilos)

Lance has climbed again up boards together with his huge upside. As extra groups look again on his positive professional day and see tapes of his statistically good lone season as a starter (2,786 yards passing, 28 TDs, no INTs, 1,100 yards dashing, 14 TDs) it is more durable to disregard the spectacular bodily and athletic abilities, together with blazing velocity. Lance is uncooked and inexperienced and wishes some polish in lots of areas, however the dual-threat instruments may be blended collectively properly. It is no accident that Lance integrated components of the Falcons’ playbook below Arthur Smith throughout his exercise. Matt Ryan is not going wherever in 2021, however Atlanta could make an amazing stash for his near-future successor.

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5. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)

  • Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon (6-5, 325 kilos)

The Bengals went after Joe Thuney for offensive line assist in free company however weren’t aggressive sufficient to signal the brand new Chief. Getting Joe Burrow one other big-time playmaker at large receiver or tight finish will probably be tempting however upgrading the cross safety is important and the run blocking for Joe Mixon might use an enormous enhance, too. Sewell nonetheless is the very best all-around sort out on this class together with his easy agility for cross safety and rock-like stature for the operating sport.

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6. Philadelphia Eagles (4-11-1)

  • DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama (6-1, 175 kilos)

The Eagles have been quiet in free company in serving to Jalen Hurts however they will hit a house run by reuniting him with certainly one of his greatest Alabama targets to be the No. 1 “X” and let Jalen Reagor settle into extra of the “Z” outdoors deep menace mode. Smith is seen extra because the No. 2 or No. 3 wideout on this class due to concern about his body, but it surely’s arduous to disregard his Heisman Trophy-worthy dominant manufacturing, particularly when it peaked throughout the Faculty Soccer Playoff video games. He can have the identical large influence as Chase and former teammate Jaylen Waddle.

7. Detroit Lions (5-11)

  • Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama (5-10, 182 kilos)

Waddle is a extremely expert all-around pure pass-catcher. He can run all of the routes at a excessive degree, from flashing as a deep menace to ending effectively within the crimson zone. The Lions have to overhaul at large receiver with Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr. and Danny Amendola all not re-signed. Former Jet Breshad Perriman for the skin is not sufficient. This is the No. 1 choice they want for brand spanking new quarterback Jared Goff as Waddle can play effectively off the receiving abilities of operating again D’Andre Swift and tight finish T.J. Hockenson.

8. Carolina Panthers (5-11)

  • Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State (6-3, 233 kilos)

The Panthers can take into consideration offensive line and different offensive ability positions right here, however there is a sturdy indication coach Matt Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady need a extra dynamic, youthful improve to Teddy Bridgewater. Fields wasn’t having essentially the most standout second season for the Buckeyes in Large Ten play, however together with his immense bodily expertise, he saved his absolute NFL-loving greatest for lighting up Clemson and outplaying Lawrence with a stunning all-around efficiency within the Faculty Soccer Playoff semifinal. Lance additionally would get consideration right here ought to he fall; much less so for Alabama’s Mac Jones.

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9. Denver Broncos (5-11)

  • Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech (6-2, 207 kilos)

The Broncos will take into consideration quarterback if both Lance or Fields drops, however their different large want traces up shut with the very best participant accessible worth. Denver did spend to land former Washington starter Ronald Darby, however might use a powerful second choice on the again finish of Vic Fangio’s protection. Farley was one of many first prime prospects to decide out for his remaining school season. He has nice dimension and strong all-around protection abilities to the purpose he can develop right into a sound shutdown participant.

10. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)

  • Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida (6-6, 246 kilos)

Jerry Jones can not help himself generally with luxurious picks. He simply did go that route within the 2020 draft by taking large receiver CeeDee Lamb, who was rolling to an enormous rookie season largely understanding of the slot till Dak Prescott went down. The Cowboys have all types of wants, from offensive line to line of defense to secondary. However Pitts might make their passing offense devastating with Lamb, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup. Keep in mind the Buccaneers simply received a Tremendous Bowl by being loaded on the ability positions with prime QB play.

11. New York Giants (6-10)

  • Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern (6-4, 315 kilos)

The Giants did draft Andrew Thomas final 12 months, however he is higher fitted to proper sort out and so they want to consider changing getting older left sort out Nate Solder sooner slightly than later. Slater, who opted out of his remaining season with the Wildcats, is rapidly rising up the boards once more together with his all-around ability set getting extra consideration. He held greater than his personal vs. Washington defensive rookie of the 12 months Chase Younger in a university matchup. He backed that up with a powerful professional day exhibiting off positive velocity and quickness for his body.

12. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)

  • Mac Jones, QB, Alabama (6-3, 214 kilos)

The 49ers have not indicated they’re transferring on from Jimmy Garoppolo in 2021, however they nonetheless have a simple out from his contract this 12 months and subsequent to make the change for a youthful QB with increased upside and successful pedigree who can deal with all the psychological and bodily facets of their various, balanced offense. Jones’ sturdy pocket passing, fast decision-making and ample athleticism ought to have nice enchantment to Kyle Shanahan as a long-term resolution. He has Matt Ryan MVP-like potential within the scheme.

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13. Los Angeles Chargers (7-9)

  • Alijah Vera-Tucker, G/OT, USC (6-4, 300 kilos)

The Chargers have made offensive line upgrades a precedence in entrance of Justin Herbert by signing heart Corey Linsley and proper guard Matt Feiler. There’s extra indication that Vera-Tucker can deal with taking part in left sort out within the NFL full-time due to his potential to spherical out as a nimble all-around blocker. He is usually a enormous improve for Los Angeles there reverse former Packers proper sort out Bryan Bulage.

​14. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)

  • Micah Parsons, ILB, Penn State (6-3, 245 kilos)

Parsons’ inventory is not falling; it is the very fact the groups choosing forward of the Vikings aren’t completely comfy going for this place over different wants. He stays a hard-tackling and well-covering cleanup man, a rangy playmaker within the Luke Kuechly game-changing mildew. Minnesota might go in different instructions, together with offensive line and cross rush, however they in the end go for the very best participant accessible who can sustain the defensive youth motion and star inside or outdoors, particularly with an Anthony Barr out in 2022.

15. New England Patriots (7-9)

  • Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama (6-2, 203 kilos)

The Patriots will not be reaching for a quarterback and addressed a number of offensive and defensive positions in free company. With Stephon Gilmore getting older, J.C Jackson turning into an unrestricted free agent and never a lot depth at at cornerback, this decide would make sneaky good sense if Surtain is on the market from Invoice Belichick’s favourite school protection of excellent good friend Nick Saban. Surtain, together with his pedigree, dimension and ball-hawking abilities, has the potential to be a real shutdown participant.

16. Arizona Cardinals (8-8)

  • Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami (6-6, 260 kilos)

The Cardinals misplaced breakout cross rusher Haason Reddick in free company to the Panthers so they should get a brand new younger complement to Chandler Jones. Rousseau, who opted out of the Hurricanes season, did not really want to play to spice up his inventory after posting 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in his lone vital and remaining season below defensive-minded head coach Manny Diaz. He could be an amazing match with defensive coordinator Vance Joseph.

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17. Las Vegas Raiders (8-8)

  • Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama (6-3, 310 kilos)

The Raiders invested extra on the sting with Yannick Ngakoue and in addition added former Seahawk Quinton Jefferson to their line of defense rotation. However they nonetheless might use a beefy space-eater within the inside who can disrupt the backfield and put their linebackers in higher place to make large performs upfield. Barmore combines energy and energy with nice approach. His late-season surge makes him worthy of a back-half first-rounder.

18. Miami Dolphins (10-6)

  •  Azeez Ojulari, OLB, Georgia (6-3, 240 kilos)

The Dolphins have a pass-rushing void of their hybrid scheme after Kyle Van Noy was round for just one season. Ojulari has jumped into first-round consideration as a result of he is a singular pass-rusher who can match quite a lot of schemes and alignments and has potential each in stopping the run and in protection. Brian Flores would love his model of play.

19. Washington Soccer Group (7-9)

  • Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech (6-5, 314 kilos)

Washington goes with Ryan Fitzpatrick as a bridge QB and added a playmaking wideout to enhance Terry McLaurin in Curtis Samuel. To allow them to focus, if Jones is not accessible, on shoring up cross safety, a pair seasons faraway from Trent Williams, who’s taking part in and incomes at an elite degree for the 49ers. Darrisaw has standout athleticism that may assist him develop right into a easy and nimble long-term cross protector within the NFL.

20. Chicago Bears (8-8)

  • Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida (5-11, 190 kilos)

The Bears are disillusioned in Anthony Miller and look intent to improve the slot between Allen Robinson and speedy second-year participant Darnell Mooney, which can also be a key place to assist new beginning QB Andy Dalton have success. Toney is dynamic after the catch and in addition has some center of the field-stretching skill.

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21. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)

  • Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas (6-6, 314 kilos)

Now that the Colts have landed Wentz as their new beginning quarterback, they will focus first on changing 32-year-old retiree Anthony Castonzo with one other potential rock at left sort out. Cosmi has nice athleticism for his dimension and groups are beginning to be comfy that he’s nimble sufficient to deal with cross safety effectively on the left aspect on the subsequent degree. 

22. Tennessee Titans (11-5)

  • Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina  (6-1, 205 kilos)

Horn, the son of former NFL large receiver Joe Horn, is getting the due he deserves as a big-time nook. His large two-interception sport in opposition to Auburn fueled an upset as he was the very best participant on the sector. This Horn has good dimension, size, athleticism and physicality to include wideouts.

23. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks)

  • Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan (6-4, 272 kilos)

The Jets obtained one sturdy all-around edge presence in signing former Bengal Carl Lawson in free company, however that is not sufficient for Robert Saleh and Jeff Ulbrich as they attempt to overhaul the protection right into a strong entrance 4 that may higher get after the quarterback.They need to just like the outside-inside versatility of this prospect. Paye is a freak of nature athletically and simply wants some polish to be a persistently backfield-disrupting chess piece.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)

  • Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State (6-5, 310 kilos)

Jenkins appeared a bit uncooked early within the course of to many, however his pure palms, energy and footwork have proven he has an excellent mix of agility and energy for the NFL. The Steelers have tabbed Zach Banner to switch getting older free agent Alejandro Villanueva on the left aspect however are desperately hurting on the suitable aspect, which is Jenkins’ superb place for his cross safety and run blocking abilities.

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25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)

  • Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame (6-2, 216 kilos)

The Jaguars made some defensive investments in free company with Roy Robertson-Harris for his or her line of defense and Shaquill Griffin for cornerback. In addition they have untapped edge pass-rush promise in previous first-rounders Josh Allen and Okay’Lavon Chaisson. Now they should concentrate on cleansing up higher on the second degree of their defensive rebuild. Owusu-Koramoah covers like a defensive again and has room to develop right into a bodily run stopper.

26. Cleveland Browns (11-5)

  • Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington (6-3, 290 kilos)

Onwuzurike has emerged because the second-best defensive sort out on this class for comparable backfield-disrupting attributes as Barmore. He has nice quickness and athleticism for his dimension however he additionally maintains his big-body energy in opposition to the run. The Browns might use him inside for each an improved cross rush and run-stuffing.

27. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)

  • Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State (6-5, 257 kilos)

The Ravens misplaced each Matthew Judon and Ngakoue in free company,  leaving their edge cross rush gutted. They should elevate Jaylon Ferguson right into a extra common function and get him assist, stat. Oweh is the basic freakish athlete within the Jason Pierre-Paul mode who has the potential to be an explosive and productive rusher for a very long time, even when he should produce situationally at first.

28. New Orleans Saints (12-4)

  • Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami (6-5, 226 kilos)

The Saints want to switch breakout cross rusher Trey Hendrickson, wo signed with the the Bengals, with an excellent complementary pressure for Cameron Jordan. Phillips leaped into first-round consideration together with former teammate Rousseau as extra groups have been impressed together with his standout athleticism for the place. He has a pleasant wingspan and will get after it in opposition to each run and cross. 

29. Inexperienced Bay Packers (13-3)

  • Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa (6-4, 260 kilos)

Collins can play inside or outdoors and the Packers want extra second-level floor protection in opposition to cross and run of their 3-4. He explodes as an athlete and might make a number of performs together with his agility, quickness and vary. 

30. Buffalo Payments (13-3)

  • Greg Newsome, CB, Northwestern (6-0, 192 kilos)

Newsome is a great, instinctual nook with pure ballhawk abilities who’s getting extra buzz for a terrific mixture of dimension and velocity that may enable him to be constant in outdoors protection, particularly in a protection with zone ideas. The Payments nonetheless have Levi Wallace reverse Tre’Davious White, however he is a shaky picked-on presence. Newsome could be a seamless improve with speedy beginning potential.

31. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (14-2)

  • Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan (6-5, 319 kilos) 

The Chiefs are overhauling their offensive line with tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz gone and Joe Thuney and Kyle Lengthy signed. That is the subsequent step, touchdown somebody who blossom defending Patrick Mahomes’ blind aspect in little time.. Mayfield has stood out on movie together with his dimension, size and energy and might develop right into a easy blocker a la the Broncos’ Garett Bolles.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5)

  • Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson (5-10, 205 kilos).

The Buccaneers have not re-signed Leonard Fournette or signed James White, leaving a key void for a dynamic receiver out of the backfield to enhance the arduous early-down operating of Ronald Jones. Etienne was a shock return to Clemson however boosted his inventory as an all-around again with 1,506 scrimmage yards and 16 TDs. He could be an enormous additional asset within the passing sport for Tom Brady. He can get taken forward of the higher all-around Najee Harris due to receiving abilities in relation to particular crew want.

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