2021 NFL Draft: Mocking the Top 10
Well NFL Draft fans here we are. It is time for the biggest event outside of the Super Bowl. The 2021 NFL Draft is upon us. By now you have seen so many mock drafts that your eyes are crossing trying to determine which way your team is going to go. Well, let me throw another one at you. I only do one per year because I wait and take into consideration all the free agency moves, trades, and all the other goodies that happen leading up to the draft. Thus, without further ado, here is my look at the top 10 in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence, QB – Clemson
The Jaguars have not had a franchise QB since Blake Bortles. Even he was questionable when it came to the word “franchise.” Nonetheless, the Jags have a solid opportunity to right the ship with this selection. Lawrence has all the tools. He is mobile, he has the arm strength to make all the throws, and he is a leader. I believe that Urban Meyer took this job knowing he was getting this player at the top.
New York Jets – Zach Wilson, QB – BYU
I have seen some “experts” say that Wilson could be better than Lawrence when it is all said and done. That remains to be seen. However, the Jets are starting anew. Head Coach Robert Saleh is looking to put his mark on this franchise. It will start on Thursday with the selection of Wilson as the number two pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
San Francisco 49ers – Mac Jones, QB – Alabama
Jones fits the Kyle Shanahan mold. He is big. Jones is not mobile in the sense that he will look to run. Although he is mobile enough to change the pocket and extend plays. The young man also has a great sense of throwing receivers open. He sees the spot and puts his receiver in the advantage. There has been some talk about Trey Lance in this spot. In the end, it will ultimately be Shanahan that wins out and the selection will be Jones.
Atlanta Falcons – Kyle Pitts, TE – Florida
Pitts is probably the best overall player in this draft. The 6’6” 240 behemoth of a man is very athletic. He can run routes like a WR. Teaming him with Austin Hooper in Atlanta will make the Falcons’ offense extremely lethal. While I think Atlanta would do better by trading out of this spot, Pitts should be the pick.
Cincinnati Bengals – Penei Sewell, OL – Oregon
Sewell can play both tackle positions and even a little at guard. He is a very versatile athlete. He comes in at 6’6” and weighs 330lbs. The Bengals need to protect their franchise QB, Joe Burrow, who went out last season with a torn ACL. This draft is deep at other positions the Bengals should be targeting and thus protecting the franchise is of utmost importance.
Miami Dolphins – Ja’Marr Chase, WR – LSU
Chase is the best WR in this draft. His route running is exceptional. Also, he can add the element of speed to the Dolphins pass game that they do not quite have. I look for the Dolphins to give Tua Tagovailoa a weapon with the 6th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Trade – New England Patriots, Trey Lance, QB – NDSU
Lance will be the 4th QB taken in this yrs draft. While he has all the intangibles, he still needs a little bit of time to develop. New England has Cam Newton for another season. Putting Lance behind Newton will set him up for success. It will also give Josh McDaniels his future QB for when he takes over for Bill Belichick. Whenever that is.
(Patriots Send 15, 46, and a 2022 3rd to the Lions)
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Carolina Panthers – Rashawn Slater, OT – Northwestern
Slater has made a strong climb on boards as of late. With Sewell being selected by the Bengals at 5, Slater is the next best thing. The Panthers recently traded with the Jets for QB Sam Darnold. Thus, taking them out of the QB talk. Giving him some blindside protection will offer him longevity as a Panther.
Denver Broncos – Micah Parsons, LB – Penn State
Parsons would be the best pick for Denver in this situation. Adding him to that defense alongside Von Miller and Bradley Chubb would give the Broncos one of the best LB groups in the league. The team could look to go QB here, however, moving on from Drew Lock could prove to be a mistake. Defense wins championships and Denver improves theirs.
Dallas Cowboys – Patrick Surtain II, CB – Alabama
This is probably the most mocked player to the same team in this year’s draft. The Cowboys desperately need help on the defensive side of the ball. Surtain is the best CB available. Denver could also look at Surtain when it comes to their pick at 9. If that is the case then Jaycee Horn could be the pick here. Either way, I see the Cowboys going CB at 10.
There could be more than one trade in the top 10 portion of the 2021 NFL Draft. Nonetheless, I only included one. The possibilities of 5 QBs going in the top 10 wide open. I could see a team like the Chicago Bears trying to jump up and take Justin Fields or Trey Lance. It is all a crapshoot when you put together these things.
Please be sure to tune in and watch the 2021 NFL Draft from Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, April 29 at 8 pm Est.
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