The 2021 NFL Draft is quickly approaching, bringing with it the end of mock draft season. This may be good news to some as, and I’m sure many of us feel this way, the exercise becomes quite tiresome this time of year. However, it’s a fun way to past the time until Thursday. So, considering most of you have skipped over this and gone straight to your teams picks anyway, here is the final predictive 2021 NFL Mock Draft.
NOTE: These selections were made using The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Simulator. They are predictive of who the teams would take and not who Jason would take.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence
The easiest pick of the entire mock by far, this one has been set in stone for quite a while now. The best quarterback prospect in years, Trevor Lawrence promises to bring legitimacy to a franchise that has lacked direction for many years now. A truly franchise altering selection.
TOE-TAP TIGERS TOUCHDOWN!
Trevor Lawrence to Amari Rodgers for a 27-yd TD!
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) October 4, 2020
2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson
After trading Sam Darnold, this selection became somewhat of a formality. The biggest riser of the entire college football season, Zach Wilson possesses special ability out of structure. While he does face a large jump in competition, his arm talent and creativity give him Pro Bowl potential.
— Jason Willis (@JWillisScouting) November 1, 2020
3. San Francisco 49ers: Mac Jones
This is where the Draft really starts. With the choice of any of the three quarterbacks left, Jones seems to be the favorite in this spot. After a 2020 season in which he helped lead Alabama to a National Championship, Jones is similar to Kirk Cousins who Kyle Shanahan has had success with in the past.
4. Atlanta Falcons: Trey Lance
Quarterback, North Dakota State
While the Falcons are currently tied to QB Matt Ryan for at least the next two years, they likely will never be picking this high again due to that fact. Giving Trey Lance a year to sit and learn would be beneficial as he already is a great fit for coach Arthur Smith’s offense.
5. Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell
Offensive Tackle, Oregon
The Bengals simply must protect Joe Burrow. While pairing him with former college teammate Ja’Marr Chase is tempting, he is no use if Burrow is constantly on his back.
6. Miami Dolphins: Kyle Pitts
Tight End, Florida
After adding Will Fuller in free agency to pair with Devante Parker, the Dolphins add the best pass catcher in the draft. He and Mike Gesicki form one of the best TE duos in the league, and Tua Tagovailoa has no more excuses.
All Kyle Pitts does is score touchdowns.
He now has SEVEN in a little over eight quarters this season. pic.twitter.com/wa1awrgZ2G
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) October 10, 2020
7. Detroit Lions: Ja’Marr Chase
Wide Receiver, LSU
For a roster bereft of talent, Chase gives them a blue chip talent on offense. After allowing Kenny Golladay to leave in free agency, he instantly becomes the WR1 for Anthony Lynn’s offense.
8. Carolina Panthers: Rashawn Slater
Offensive Tackle, Northwestern
With Cameron Irving currently penciled in as the starter at left tackle, the Panthers need help along the offensive line. Luckily for them, Slater is still available and would be the starting LT from day one.
9. Denver Broncos: Justin Fields
Quarterback, Ohio State
With rumors swirling that the NFL is not high on Justin Fields, the Broncos are lucky to nab him here at nine. Simply, adding Fields to an offense as loaded at the skill positions as this one is would be scary. He should become a Rookie of the Year contender.
WOW! JUSTIN FIELDS LET IT FLY FOR A 56-YARD TOUCHDOWN 🎯 pic.twitter.com/9z8zy0qEJC
— ESPN (@espn) January 2, 2021
10. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II
After watching is defense get shredded last season, Jerry Jones selects the corner with the best pedigree in the whole class. Already the best cornerback on the whole team, Surtain will take his lumps early like all rookies but should develop into a fine player for America’s Team.
11. New York Giants: Devonta Smith
Wide Receiver, Alabama
Another Alabama player in the first round, this time the Heisman Trophy winner finds a home. While very slight for the position, Smith has some of the best hands in the Draft combined with impeccable route running ability. If he can last in the NFL at his weight, he and Kenny Golladay form a formidable duo.
12. Philadelphia Eagles: Jaycee Horn
Cornerback, South Carolina
With a total lack of talent across from Darius Slay, the Eagles nab a a confident play maker to fill the void. While he will likely be penalized a ton early in his career, he has a high ceiling as a press man defender.
13. Los Angeles Chargers: Christian Darrisaw
Offensive Tackle, Virginia Tech
Protecting the Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert should be priority number one for the Chargers. Luckily for them, they are the beneficiaries of a truly stacked offensive tackle class. Darrisaw slides in as a starter immediately and helps take the offense to another level.
14. Minnesota Vikings: Kwity Paye
After the loss of Everson Griffin and the potential trade of Danielle Hunter, the Vikings have large holes at pass rusher. Kwity Paye is an athletic freak who would pair nicely with Hunter if they are able to convince him to stay.
15. New England Patriots: Jaylen Waddle
Wide Receiver, Alabama
While they are a candidate to trade up for a quarterback in real life, we are not doing trades in this mock so they stay pat (pun intended) and take the Alabama speedster. Jaylen Waddle gives the Patriot offense a much needed jolt of excitement. He provides game breaking speed New England has not had in a long time.
JAYLEN WADDLE 90-YARD TOUCHDOWN 💨
— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) October 18, 2020
16. Arizona Cardinals: Zaven Collins
With the team reportedly high on the prospects of making Collins a pass rusher and pairing him with Chandler Jones, they go that direction here. A replacement for Hassan Reddick, they are somewhat similar players with their ability to drop back into coverage as well.
17. Las Vegas Raiders: Teven Jenkins
Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma State
After trading away right tackle Trent Brown, the Raiders replace with with another mammoth tackle. The Raiders are sure to love his physicality and his constant effort and make him the pick here.
18. Miami Dolphins: Micah Parsons
Linebacker, Penn State
With head coach Brian Flores leading the way, the Dolphins are in the midst of a culture change. This allows them to get one of the steals of the entire draft in Micah Parsons, who simply would not be here if not for some disturbing off field incidents. If he can prove those days are behind him, he gives Miami an elite player on a quickly ascending defense.
19. Washington Football Team: Alijah Vera-Tucker
Offensive Line, USC
A prospect capable of playing both tackle and guard, AVT gives Washington some much needed help in the trenches. He will be a starter wherever they decided to put him.
20. Chicago Bears: Caleb Farley
Cornerback, Virginia Tech
A likely top ten pick were it not for the nagging injuries, the Bears take a swing at Farley to fill a big need. If healthy, he and second year pro Jaylon Johnson form a formidable young cornerback duo in the Windy City.
21. Indianapolis Colts: Jaelan Phillips
EDGE, Miami (Fl.)
One of the most polarizing players in the class, Phillips could very well be one concussion away from another forced retirement. When healthy however, he is as good of a pass rush prospect as you will ever see and the Colts are well positioned to take a risk of this nature.
22. Tennessee Titans: Azeez Ojulari
Although they added Bud Dupree in free agency, fellow pass rusher Harold Landry will hit free agency next off season. Should Tennessee choose not to extend him, Ojulari gives them suitable replacement option.
23. New York Jets: Greg Newsome
With their second pick of the first round, Gang Green fills their biggest need on defense with Greg Newsome. With the starters at corner currently scheduled to be Blessaun Austin and Bryce Hall, Newsome has a path to start right away.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Najee Harris
Running Back, Alabama
A pick that just feels like one the Steelers would make, this does fill a need after the loss of James Connor. Harris would help the aging Steelers make one last push before becoming the face of the offense as a whole.
Najee Harris oh my god. Stiff arm. Hurdle. Touchdown. On 4th down. Incredible play. pic.twitter.com/TabiNibewk
— Fed Scivittaro (@MeshPointScout) September 14, 2019
25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevon Moehrig
The Jaguars return and fill a huge need with one of the best safeties in the entire draft. Moehrig is easily the best safety on the team from day one and gives the defense a valuable “chess piece” style player.
26. Cleveland Browns: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
Linebacker, Notre Dame
With a lack of difference makers at LB JOK gives the Browns defense versatility, speed and aggressiveness. While slightly undersized for the position at the NFL level, he is plenty physical enough to start in the NFL.
27. Baltimore Ravens: Rashod Bateman
Wide Receiver, Minnesota
With their first pick of the first round, the Ravens get Lamar Jackson a much needed pass catcher. Bateman profiles well as the WR1 in an offense that lacks a receiver capable of playing physically.
28. New Orleans Saints: Christian Barmore
Defensive Tackle, Alabama
With one of the most loaded rosters in the entire NFL, the Saints are in a good position to take a swing on a player like Barmore. If he can build on the flashes he showed in the College Football Playoffs, the Saints will have a star on their hands.
29. Green Bay Packers: Landon Dickerson
The seventh Alabama player selected, Dickerson will be tasked with replacing an All-Pro in Corey Linsley. His ability to do this is totally predicated on his ability to stay healthy.
30. Buffalo Bills: Jayson Oweh
EDGE, Penn State
One of the best athletes in the entire class, Oweh falls due to lack of production in college. The Bills however have a need at the position and have a good enough roster that they should take a chance on a player with his upside.
31. Baltimore Ravens: Sam Cosmi
Offensive Tackle, Texas
After trading away right tackle Orlando Brown, the Ravens grab Cosmi to hold down the right side. A great fit for Cosmi as his biggest weaknesses are in his vertical pass set and he would be going to the most run heavy team in the league.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Rondale Moore
Wide Receiver, Purdue
A true luxury pick, the Buccaneers are simply gearing up for another ride with Tom Brady. Moore is sure to add another spark to an offense that is already loaded with skill position talent.
Let us never forget the time that Rondale Moore ran over Ohio State.pic.twitter.com/u3GsJ4ttdc
— Connor O'Gara (@cjogara) August 6, 2020
33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Alex Leatherwood, OT (Alabama)
34. New York Jets: Joe Tryon, EDGE (Washington)
35. Atlanta Falcons: Eric Stokes, CB (Georgia)
36. Miami Dolphins: Elijah Moore, WR (Ole Miss)
A perfect fit out of the lot for the rebuilt Miami Dolphins offense, Moore would complete the WR room in a big way.
37. Philadelphia Eagles: Terrance Marshall Jr., WR (LSU)
38. Cincinnati Bengals: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE (Miami)
A potential steal this late, if Rousseau is able to truly harness his athletic gifts the sky is the limit.
39. Carolina Panthers: Pat Friermuth, TE (Penn State)
40. Denver Broncos: Jamin Davis, LB (Kentucky)
41. Detroit Lions: Liam Eichenberg, OT (Notre Dame)
42. New York Giants: Joseph Ossai, EDGE (Texas)
43. San Francisco 49ers: Creed Humphrey, C (Oklahoma)
44. Dallas Cowboys: Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE (Wake Forest)
45. Jacksonville Jaguars: Kadarius Toney, WR (Florida)
Toney would be an incredibly fun pairing with Trevor Lawrence. He and Laviska Shenault would give the offense a slot of versatility.
46. New England Patriots: Baron Browning, LB (Ohio State)
47. Los Angeles Chargers: Wyatt Davis, G (Ohio State)
48. Las Vegas Raiders: Cameron McGrone, LB (Michigan)
49. Arizona Cardinals: Travis Etienne, RB (Clemson)
A position they likely thought hard about in round one, Etienne is a better player than James Connor already and forms a video game like pairing with Kyler Murray.
50. Miami Dolphins: Payton Turner, EDGE (Houston)
51. Washington Football Team: Davis Mills, QB (Stanford)
52. Chicago Bears: Kyle Trask, QB (Florida)
53. Tennessee Titans: Jevon Holland, S (Oregon)
54. Indianapolis Colts: Asante Samuel Jr., CB (Florida State)
55. Pittsburgh Steelers: Quinn Meinerz, G (Wiconsin-Whitewater)
56. Seattle Seahawks: Kelvin Joseph, CB (Kentucky)
57. Los Angeles Rams: Dillon Radunz, OT (North Dakota State)
58. Kansas City Chiefs: Nick Bolton, LB (Missouri)
59. Cleveland Browns: Levi Onwuzirike, DT (Washington)
60. New Orleans Saints: Dyami Brown, WR (North Carolina)
The Saints desperately need production across from Michael Thomas and Brown fills that need in the form of a game breaking deep threat.
61. Buffalo Bills: Javonte Williams, RB (North Carolina)
62. Green Bay Packers: Amari Rodgers, WR (Clemson)
63. Kansas City Chiefs: Jackson Carman, OL (Clemson)
64: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Milton Williams, DL (Louisiana Tech)
65. Jacksonville Jaguars: Brevin Jordan, TE (Miami Fl.)
66. New York Jets: Jalen Mayfield, OT (Michigan)
67. Houston Texans: Dayvion Nixon, DT (Iowa)
68. Atlanta Falcons: Ronnie Perkins, EDGE (Oklahoma)
69. Cincinnati Bengals: Nico Collins, WR (Michigan)
70. Philadelphia Eagles: Jamar Johnson, S (Indiana)
71. Denver Broncos: Brady Christensen, OT (BYU)
72. Detroit Lions: Aaron Robinson, CB (UCF)
73. Carolina Panthers: Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB (Syracuse)
74. Washington Football Team: Jabril Cox, LB (LSU)
75. Dallas Cowboys: Elijah Molden, DB (Washington)
76. New York Giants: Pete Werner, LB (Ohio State)
77. Los Angeles Chargers: Tyson Campbell, CB (Georgia)
78. Minnesota Vikings: Richie Grant, S (UCF)
79. Las Vegas Raiders: Tommy Toigai, DT (Ohio State)
80. Las Vegas Raiders: Spencer Brown, OT (UNI)
81. Miami Dolphins: Michael Carter, RB (North Carolina)
82. Washington Football team: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR (USC)
83. Chicago Bears: Tylan Wallace, WR (Oklahoma State)
84. Philadelphia Eagles: Josh Meyers, IOL (Ohio State)
85. Tennessee Titans: Tommy Tremble, TE (Notre Dame)
86. New York Jets: Janarius Robinson, EDGE (Florida State)
87. Pittsburgh Steelers: Paulson Adebo, CB (Stanford)
88. Los Angeles Rams: Chazz Suratt, LB (North Carolina)
89. Cleveland Browns: Dwayne Eskridge, WR (Western Michigan)
90. Minnesota Vikings: Ben Cleveland, G (Georgia)
91. Cleveland Browns: Quincy Roche, EDGE (Miami)
92. Green Bay Packers: Benjamin St. Juste, CB (Minnesota)
93. Buffalo Bills: Walker Little, OT (Stanford)
94. Baltimore Ravens: Rashad Weaver, EDGE (Pitt)
95. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kenneth Gainwell, RB (Memphis)
96. New England Patriots: Kellen Mond, QB (Texas A&M)
97. Los Angeles Chargers: Divine Deablo, S (Virginia Tech)
98. New Orleans Saints: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S (Florida State)
99. Dallas Cowboys: Kenny Yeboah, TE (Ole Miss)
100. Tennessee Titans: Stone Forsythe, OT (Florida)
101. Detroit Lions: Marlon Tuipulotu, DL (USC)
102. San Francisco 49ers: Hunter Long, TE (Boston College)
103. Los Angeles Rams: Ar’Darius Washington, S (TCU)
104. Baltimore Ravens: Tyree Gillespie, S (Missouri)
105. New Orleans Saints: Olijah Griffin, CB (USC)