Austin Morris’s Too Early 2021 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Round 1 (No Trades)

We are halfway through the NFL season and with that, it is time for a mock draft. So without a further ado, let’s get into it.

1.New York Jets (0-9)–Trevor Lawrence, QB,  Clemson

It’s no secret to anyone who follows football. The New York Jets have been playing some atrocious football this season. Sitting at number one they have to take the guy that the entire football world has had their eyes on for the past three years, Trevor Lawrence. If anyone can help turn a franchise around it is Lawrence. He is the ultimate package and probably will end up being a generational talent. 

2. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7)–Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

Will quarterbacks really go at one and two? I believe it is possible. Justin Fields is an impressive quarterback who is going to be fun to watch. He can do it all. Throw on the run, scramble, extend plays, stand in the pocket; you name it he can do it. Jacksonville has been in desperate need of a quarterback since the failure of Blake Bortles. Easy selection for the Jaguars.

3. Dallas Cowboys (2-7)–Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

The Cowboys have a lot of needs. There is no doubt about that. If this were a mock with trades I would say that America’s team would likely trade back at this spot to gain picks. But at face value, the Cowboys would need to take the best available here. In my opinion it is too early to take a corner, pass rusher, or interior defensive lineman. So, if they don’t trade they should take best player available. Which is Penei Sewell out of Oregon. Ladies and gentlemen this is a bad dude. He is a plug and play guy who could have an impact on an offensive line that has dealt with its fair share of issues recently. 

4. Washington Football Team(2-7)–Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

The Washington Football Team have a lot of issues going on. Rivera seems to have faith in Kyle Allen; for some odd reason. Washington definitely needs some targets for whoever they have throwing the ball. So to give another weapon besides Terry McLaurin, I have Washington taking Ja’Marr Chase. Chase is a phenomenal receiver that can do it all. He can catch, route run, and get things done after the catch. He would be a perfect receiver to play alongside McLaurin.

5. LA Chargers (2-7)–Patrick Surtain II, CB, Bama

The LA Chargers have had a lot of injuries this season, specifically on the defensive side of the ball. They picked up Chris Harris in the offseason last year, but there is still a lot of weakness at the corner position. They have needs on their offensive line but picking any other lineman besides Sewell at this spot is a reach in my book. Surtain is one of the best corners in the Draft and would be a great addition to the Chargers defense.

6. Miami Dolphins (2-7)–Jaylen Waddle, WR, Bama

The Dolphins need help at the wide receiver position. They have Devante Parker and that is about it. What better scenario then for the Dolphins to give Tua and old target of his from Alabama. Waddle has soared up the boards this season. His route running, consistent catching, and ridiculous speed make him a much coveted wide receiver. Waddle and Parker would make a crazy combo.

7. Cincinnati Bengals (2-6-1)–Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami

The Bengals need help with their offensive line. For the pick they are at, there’s not one worth to get. So the next need that needs help is with their pass rush. Gregory Rousseau from Miami would be a good player for this up and coming team. Rousseau is a raw pass rusher but his athleticism and size give him a huge upside. He can play anywhere that his team would need him to play. Great help for a struggling defensive line.\

8. New York Giants (3-7)–Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

Courtesy: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Giants have a lot of issues on both sides of the ball. However, the Giants are sticking with Daniel Jones at the quarterback position. Defensively they need a lot of help. Micah Parsons out of Penn State is one of the best players in this Draft. He is a freakish athlete who can fly from field to field. He has also drawn comparisons as a mixture of Bobby Wagner and Luke Keuchly. Perfect addition to a weak linebacker core. 

9. Carolina Panthers (3-7)–Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

The Carolina Panthers have had a frustrating season. So many close games that have resulted in losses. Their secondary has been a huge point of concern. Donte Jackson is the number one corner and he has dealt with injuries all season. The rest of the cornerback position is weak as well. Caleb Farley is an incredible corner who does well with man coverage. While not a perfect corner, his ability to cover in man and his athleticism makes him a much desired corner in the NFL. This would be a great talent and great depth to a defense just missing a few pieces.

10. Atlanta Falcons (3-6)–Trey Lance, QB, NDSU

There are going to likely be a lot of changes coming to this Atlanta Falcons team in the 2021 offseason. Quarterback is a need that the Falcons have. While it may not be an urgent need, at the end of the day it is a need. Eventually they will have to find their replacement for Matt Ryan. Trey Lance out of North Dakota State is a fun prospect to watch. He can run, he can throw, and he makes smart decisions with the football. This is going to likely be a long rebuild for the Falcons, but a good prospect like Lance would be a great addition.

11. Denver Broncos (3-6)–Dylan Moses, LB, Bama

The Broncos need a corner and they need an inside linebacker. While Shaun Wade is on the board I feel like the player they will go after will be Dylan Moses out of Alabama. Moses is a beast of a linebacker who has made quite the bounce back season after missing 2019 with a season ending injury. This would be an incredible pick up for a Denver defense that needs some help with their linebacking core.

12. San Francisco 49ers (4-6)–Creed Humphrey, IOL, Oklahoma

The 49ers have had quite the depressing year, considering the fact that they went from a Super Bowl caliber team to the bottom of their division. It has been a year of injuries on both sides of the ball that has really hurt their team. They really have an issue with their offensive line and a lot of uncertainties surrounding that. It seems inevitable that they will let some guys go off of their offensive line, specifically on the interior. Creed Humphrey is a center that would be an excellent addition to this lineup. Humphrey is a huge value for a team in need. He is a great leader, great blocker, and will likely be a consistent center in the league for a long time.

13. Detroit Lions (4-5)–Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

The Detroit Lions have some very promising pieces on their team. Hockensen has been a fantastic tight end and De’Andre Swift has been a consistent and solid running back. Not to mention Jeff Okudah has showed a lot of promise. But there is a lot of depth missing at the receiver position. Bateman is a solid receiver and is one of the best in the nation. He consistently catches the ball, has terrific route running, and can do whatever you need him to do. This would be a solid pick for a Detroit team with a lot of potential

14. Minnesota Vikings  (4-5)–Wyatt Davis, IOL, Ohio State

The Minnesota Vikings have had an interesting year. Inconsistent play from their quarterback, incredible play by Dalvin Cook, and their rookie wide receiver, Justin Jefferson blowing up on the scene. The Vikings need a lot of help on their interior offensive line. Wyatt Davis out of Ohio State would be a great boost. Davis is an aggressive and mean offensive guard. He is great in tight spaces and in open spaces. Davis would be a great addition to help continue the great runs for Cook and a help to protect Cousins in the pocket. 

15. New England (4-5)–Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State

This is a New England team we are not used to. Cam Newton at the quarterback position and a whole slew of receivers that none of us have really heard of. The tight end position has been pretty much non-existent as well. Pat Freiermuth has been an awesome tight end for the Nittany Lions. This would be a match made in heaven. A kid from Massachusetts who has drawn a lot of comparisons to one of the greatest tight ends to ever play the game? What could be better to help fill a missing piece to a New England offense who honestly needs some weapons.

16. Chicago Bears (5-5)–Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

Courtesy: PatriotsWire-USA Today

Man what an interesting Bears team this season. A stout defense and an offense that has weapons, but just can’t get them going. The issues seem to stem from play calling and the quarterback position. Zach Wilson has been a quarterback that has flown up the draft boards this season. His play style of running and gunning fits with the direction the NFL is going with guys like Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray, and Josh Allen. The guys who can scramble but also throw the ball accurately for 60 yards. Wilson is the type of guy who can do this. He is electric and if used right would be a huge help for a promising Bears team. 

17. Cleveland Browns  (6-3)–Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

The Browns really need help with their defense. Aside from Myles Garrett at EDGE, Denzel Ward at corner, and Ronnie Harrison at safety, there is a lot lacking on the defensive side of the ball. The linebacker position itself is a really weak spot. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah has been a guy who has been catching a lot of attention this season. While he is a little bit under a solid weight for a linebacker, he is a consistent tackler who flies around the field like a mad man. This is a guy who can play on their team and really have an impact.

18. Tennessee Titans (6-3) –Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama

The Titans have a lot of good things going for them this season, they are just in a highly contested division that has them outside of the Wild Card at the time of writing this article.  The Titans declined the fifth year option for wide receiver Corey Davis. It is uncertain if he will stay or if he will test the waters of free agency. That is why I have the Titans taking Devonta Smith out of Alabama. Smith is a consistent receiver. While he won’t overwhelm you with athleticism like his counterpart, Jaylen Waddle, he is a consistent receiver who will not drop passes. This would be a great guy to put alongside A.J. Brown.

19. Philadelphia Eagles (3-5-1)–Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State

The Philadelphia Eagles have the 19th pick here, simply because they are atop their division. It has not been a good year at all. Offensively they have dealt with injuries to their receiving core and their defense has struggled for the majority of the year. Their secondary specifically needs a great deal of help. Shaun Wade is a physical and athletic corner who has all the traits to be a solid corner at the NFL level. 

20. Arizona Cardinals (6-3)–Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

The Cardinals have been playing some good football this year. Kyler Murray has been playing out of his mind and the offense has been clicking. The defense has some issues specifically in the secondary. Jaycee Horn just recently declared for the Draft. Horn is a great man on man corner who is perfect to help with a secondary who needs a hand in a division with so many great wide receivers.

21. New York Jets {from Seattle}–Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

The Jets have their second pick in the 2021 NFL Draft from Seattle which was acquired in the Jamal Adams trade. The Jets have their quarterback so why not get his running back as well? They need a run game considering that they sent Bell away to the Chiefs. Etienne is an explosive back who shattered so many records within the ACC. To me he is worth spending a first round pick on. There is no doubt he can be an impact player in the NFL.

22. Miami Dolphins  (6-3)–Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan

The Dolphins have their second pick of the first round here. I feel with the second pick the Dolphins will address their need for a pass rusher. Kwity Paye out of Michigan has exploded into the conversation as one of the top pass rushers in the nation. He can adapt to whatever their system needs so it seems as if he would be the perfect fit.

23. Indianapolis Colts (6-3)–Dillon Radunz, OT, NDSU

The Colts have surprised a lot of people for playing as well as they have this season. Their defense doesn’t need much help but their offense needs some offensive line help. The tackle position is a priority need for them. Dillon Radunz is a monster offensive tackle who has quite the mean streak. He has been a shut down guy for years at North Dakota State. This is the perfect fit for a team who needs to work on protecting their passer. 

24. Baltimore Ravens (6-3)–Paris Ford, S, Pittsburgh

Courtesy: Cardiac Hill

The Ravens have had a much more difficult season it seems than last season. Defensively they need help at the safety position in this draft. Paris Ford is probably the best safety in this class right now. He is a hard hitting and a ball hawk. He is aggressive and is one of those players who is always around the ball. Ford is an absolute tone setter. In a defense that needs help being aggressive and needs that tone, this would be a great addition. 

25. Jacksonville Jaguars {from LA Rams}–Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

The Jaguars get their second pick of the Draft. An offensive weapon would be fantastic, and who better to fit that spot than Kyle Pitts out of Florida? Pitts is an absolute monster at the position. While blocking is not his strong suit, catching the ball is. He is a huge target who can go up for the jump balls. For a team with a new quarterback this is a great target to create mismatches.

26. Las Vegas Raiders (6-3)–Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami

The Raiders of Las Vegas have been a fun team to watch this year. There is so much talent and promise on this young team. Defensively they are really lacking a pass rusher. Quincy Roche has been a strong and impressive pass rusher for Miami. He is versatile and can fit in any type of defense he needs to. This would be a helpful addition to a young Raiders defense. 

27. Tampa Bay Bucs (7-3)–Jay Tufele, IDL, USC

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a strong team this season. The Bucs are set on the offensive side of the ball, and defensively they are solid too. They need some help on their interior defensive line that is aging. Jay Tufele out of USC is a solid interior lineman in this draft. Tufele is explosive enough to where he will have a significant impact on the pass rush. He also has the right traits to aid in the run game. This would be a solid pick up for a team that doesn’t have a lot of missing pieces.

28. Buffalo Bills (7-3)–Eric Stokes, CB, UGA

The Buffalo Bills have exploded out to be the top team in the AFC East. One of their biggest needs this season is at the cornerback position. Aside from Tre’Davious White they don’t have much solid depth at the position. Eric Stokes out of Georgia has come out to be a nice corner in this draft. He primarily plays press coverage so he doesn’t get many targets. But he has great length and athleticism to cover any receiver. This would be a great addition to give White some help.

29. Green Bay Packers (7-2)–Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

Will this be the year that Green Bay actually gives Aaron Rodgers a receiver? I think they will. Rondale Moore would be a great complement to Davante Adams. Moore is a small receiver but he is a weapon that when used by the right offense is super deadly. Moore is quick and shifty. He is a reliable receiver who would be a solid second target for Rodgers to throw to. 

30. Kansas City Chiefs (8-1)–Trey Smith, OL, Tennessee

The former Super Bowl champs don’t need much to add to their team. An offensive lineman would be a great addition. Trey Smith is a terrific interior lineman that can both anchor and do well in the open space. For a team as creative as the Chiefs, this would be a nice boost to an already stacked team in this draft.

31. New Orleans Saints (7-2)–Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU

The Saints are a team that have been impressive even with a good bit of injuries to their team this year. Aside from Michael Thomas there is not the best talent available. Terrace Marshall is a receiver who is a strong receiver with good hands that would be a huge help for them in this draft.

32. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-0)–Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

Courtesy: Inside NU

The Steelers are the best team in football at the moment. The biggest need for them lies on the offensive line. Rashawn Slater is an impressive offensive tackle who can play wherever he is needed. He can pass protect or he can help in the run. This is a solid offensive lineman.

Overall this is a very rough guess at what the first round will look like. By the end of the year the draft will take more shape and we will know who will have the first few picks of the 2021 NFL Draft. Hope you enjoyed this mock draft and keep your eyes out for more.


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