Ronnie Harter’s Mock Draft 1.0

My first Mock of the season

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence – QB, Clemson
    There isn’t much to say here about Lawrence. He has it all and is arguably the best draft prospect of all time. Urban Meyer kicks off his NFL coaching career with the franchise QB he needs.
  2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson – QB, BYU
    Really went back and forth with Wilson and Fields here at 2. I think Fields is QB2, but I think Wilson will end up being the guy most teams have 2nd on their board after Lawrence. He has the ability to escape in and out of the pocket, rocket of an arm with the ability to make all the throws, and has the poise of a franchise QB.
  3. Carolina Panthers (via Miami): Justin Fields – QB, Ohio State
    Carolina trades No.(s) 8, 39, 113, & CAR 2022 1st to Miami for 3.
    A perfect fit for Joe Brady’s offensive scheme, Fields will be able to showcase all of his abilities. Plenty of mobility, arm strength is an A+, and great touch on deep throws. Panthers get their QB of the future.
  4. Atlanta Falcons: Penei Sewell – OT, Oregon
    Falcons have to go with the best player available and that player is Penei Sewell. Sewell has the perfect elite blend of size and athleticism, the protoypical guy you would want in a Franchise Cornerstone Left Tackle. He may be the best OL I have seen coming out of college since Quenton Nelson.
  5. Cincinnati Bengals: Rashawn Slater – OL, Northwestern
    The Bengals need Offensive Line help as bad as anyone in the league. With Burrow coming off a devastating knee injury in just his rookie year, the Bengals go with Slater who is able to play anywhere along the line. Slater possesses great functional strength and is a great athlete as well. He would immediately become their best Lineman and provide instant help for Burrow.
  6. Philadelphia Eagles: Ja’Marr Chase – WR, LSU
    The Eagles have been needing WR help for a long time. Jalen Reagor was never anyone I was high on, but a player like Chase will compliment Reagor’s strengths well. I think a lot of people forgot just how dominate Chase was in his 2019 season. He set the SEC record in TD’s and Receiving Yards. Good sized player, an underrated athlete (was a track star in High School), and possesses elite traits in blocking, route running, and hands.
  7. Washington Football Team (via Detroit): Trey Lance – QB, North Dakota State
    Washington trades No.(s) 19, 51, 82, & 2022 WSH 1st  to Detroit for 7
    Another trade and this time the Lions trade down with Washington. The Lions wanted Jared Goff and seem happy to have him be their guy for the next couple years and beyond. Meanwhile, the Football Team needs a QB capable of taking their team to the next level and Trey Lance can be that guy. They already have a nice defense, good running game, and real solid Wideouts. Lance is someone who has great mobility and ability to run RPO’s and he has good accuracy and touch on his deep throws. Those traits gives Washington the QB with big play ability they need.
  8. Miami Dolphins (via Carolina): Devonta Smith – WR, Alabama
    Carolina trades No.(s) 8, 39, 113, & CAR 2022 1st to Miami for 3.
    Carolina misses out on the QB of the future in the 1st Round, but they do address their 2nd biggest need at Corner. He would immediately become their best CB and would be a nice duo with Donte Jackson opposite of him.
  9. Denver Broncos: Patrick Surtain ll – CB, Alabama
    The Broncos just cut AJ Bouye last week and have a big hole to fill in their defensive backfield. They go with Surtain who is the best CB in this draft and provides Denver the ability to play both man and zone coverage. There may be some concern with giving up the deep ball, but his fundamentals make up for that possible deficiency.
  10. Dallas Cowboys: Kyle Pitts – TE, Florida
    There is nothing Jerry Jones loves more than offensive firepower. Only other thing he might love more is screwing Dak Prescott over in terms of paying him what he deserves, but this will give the Cowboys an All-Around elite Tight End to go with Dalton Schultz who came along really nicely last year.
  11. New York Giants: Caleb Farley – CB, Virginia Tech
    Farley has an argument of being the best CB in this draft. His press-man skills and elite athleticism is a deadly combination for opposing Receivers. They don’t have much Cornerback help outside of James Bradberry so Farley would come in and start right away.
  12. San Francisco: Jaycee Horn – CB, South Carolina
    The 49ers top 4 Cornerbacks are all set to become free agents this offseason, leaving a lot of questions at the position. It may be a bit of an overdraft to some, Jaycee Horn is an elite level player. He has the ability to play press or zone coverage and line up with the opposing team’s No. 1 guy.
  13. Los Angeles Chargers: Christian Darrisaw – OT, Virginia Tech
    The Chargers need all of the help they can get along the O-Line. Darrisaw has the upside of a long term All-Pro Left Tackle and provides the Chargers a long term solution at the position for Justin Herbert.
  14. Las Vegas Raiders (via Minnesota): Kwity Paye – EDGE, Michigan
    Washington trades No.(s) 19 & 51 to Minnesota for 14
    One of the more explosive players on the defensive side of the ball, Paye brings not only the ability to rush the passer at a high level, but he is also an exceptional run defender. Las Vegas gets the EDGE they need right away.
  15. New England Patriots: Mac Jones – QB, Alabama
    Though I am not the biggest fan of Mac Jones, I do think New England is a good fit for him. They already have a nice defense (they do have quite a few opt-outs coming back in 2021), good running game, and a real solid Offensive Line. He will run into problems with the lack of Receivers on the team so it will be on Belichick and crew to be able to find that for Jones.
  16. Arizona Cardinals: Gregory Rousseau – EDGE, Miami (FL)
    Another prospect that sat out the 2020 season due to COVID concerns, Rousseau is a guy that can be JACK linebacker or a hand in the dirt Defensive End. With Markus Golden set to become a free agent, it’ll be important for the Cardinals to have some elite pass rushers on their defense in the event Golden is not re-signed.
  17. Minnesota Vikings (via Las Vegas): Alijah Vera-Tucker – OG, USC
    Vikings need immediate help at Left Guard and Vera-Tucker brings that. Exceptional athlete with the ability to fit on any team.
  18. Miami Dolphins: Micah Parsons – LB, Penn State
    Parsons went from a Top 5 pick to falling towards the back end of the 1st due to rumors of a locker room incident in college. On the field, Parsons brings a unique blend of athleticism, blitzing ability, and size. His best fit long term is at SAM and would be a perfect fit for Brian Flores’ defense.
  19. Detroit Lions (via Washington): Jaylen Waddle – WR, Alabama
    Washington trades No.(s) 19, 51, 82, & 2022 WSH 1st to Detroit for 7
    Waddle is the 2nd best WR in the draft IMO. Before his gruesome Ankle Injury and unnecessary appearance in the Title Game, Waddle gives the Lions Tyreek Hill like abilities on Offense. He can play in the slot, outside as an X or Y receiver, and running jet sweeps or plays out of the backfield. Not to mention that he also has great ability as a Kickoff returner.
  20. Chicago Bears: Jalen Mayfield – OT, Michigan
    The Bears need a ton of help on the O-Line. Mayfield will immediately be a starter for Chicago on Day 1 at either Tackle spot bringing great athleticism and great functional strength.
  21. New York Jets (via Indianapolis): Rashod Bateman – WR, Minnesota
    Indianapolis trades No. 21 to New York for Sam Darnold
    Jets move on from Darnold for Zach Wilson while the Colts get the QB of the future on a team ready to win it all. When it comes to Bateman, he has one of the higher floors of the Receivers in this class. Exceptional route runner and ability to win the 50/50 balls, he will fit well with a guy like Wilson who can make all the throws necessary on the field.
  22. Tennessee Titans: Azeez Ojulari – EDGE, Georgia
    Tennessee has had one of the worst pass rushes in the league over the past couple years. Ojulari’s athleticism allows him to get to the QB with ease. Instant impact guy for the Titans.
  23. New York Jets: Najee Harris – RB, Alabama
    I’m personally against drafting a Running Back in the 1st round since they don’t bring as much value as they used to, but Najee Harris can really help fortify the Jets offense. A true power back with the ability to be a great pass catcher, Harris brings nice versatility the Jets need.
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Landon Dickerson – OC, Alabama
    Pittsburgh already needed help on the O-Line, but it became a bigger issue with Maurkice Pouncey retiring last week. Dickerson comes in as the starter from Day 1 and although not the best athlete, he is very strong at the point of attack and possesses a nice punch.
  25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Samuel Cosmi – OT, Texas
    With Cam Robinson set to become a free agent, Cosmi provides the Jaguars with the upside to be a franchise Left Tackle. Even if they re-sign Robinson, Cosmi can provide much needed depth on the Line.
  26. Cleveland Browns: Ifeatu Melifonwu – CB, Syracuse
    Melifonwu has been one of the fastest risers of the draft season and deservedly so. He showed out and had an amazing week during the Senior Bowl and his film pops off the screen. Good fit in the Browns scheme and gives the Browns a nice duo with Denzel Ward and Melifonwu.
  27. Baltimore Ravens: Zaven Collins – LB, Tulsa
    Zaven Collins is a big Linebacker who can rush the passer, play in coverage, and play in space. Can be a nice replacement for Matt Judon who will likely be out of the Ravens’ price range in free agency.
  28. Detroit Lions (via New Orleans): Christian Barmore – DT, Alabama
    Detroit trades No.(s) 41, 72, & 2022 3rd to New Orleans for 28
    Saints trading down from their pick here makes a ton of sense with their major salary cap issues. The Lions new GM comes from an aggressive front office in the Rams and they trade up to help shore up their horrid defense. Barmore gives the Lions an interior presence with tremendous upside that they have been lacking since Ndamukong Suh left.
  29. Green Bay Packers: Teven Jenkins – OT, Oklahoma State
    Ricky Wagner was a disaster for the Packers at Right Tackle so the Packers go with Jenkins who has versatility along the line. Good punch and gets great movement against defenders in the pass and run game.
  30. Buffalo Bills: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – LB, Notre Dame
    This is a perfect Matt Milano replacement who is set to become a free agent. Best fit at WILL, JOK has great instincts, athleticism, and versatility.
  31. Kansas City Chiefs: Alex Leatherwood – OT/OG, Alabama
    As we saw in the Super Bowl, the Chiefs O-Line needs depth badly. Although any team would struggle with 3 starters out, it’s going to be important to add depth. Leatherwood has played mainly Left Tackle, but projects better as a Guard which is fine with Eric Fisher already at Left Tackle.
  32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jaelan Phillips – EDGE, Miami (FL)
    Tampa could use another Receiver with Chris Godwin becoming a free agent, but Shaq Barrett is an unrestricted free agent that may be too costly. 2020 was the first year Phillips was healthy and he showed why he was a former top recruit in the country. Great athlete, good power, and good length which is a perfect blend in this Todd Bowles defense.

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