Ronnie Harter’s Mock Draft 4.0

This NFL off-season has been filled with a ton of excitement. Three teams in the Top 12 have made trades to move around in terms of draft position and we had a Sam Darnold to Carolina trade earlier this week.

Now, we are getting a much clearer picture of what will happen at what should be a very eventful NFL Draft. Rumors are flying around about teams trading down as well as trading up. Some of those are featured in version 4.0 of my NFL Mock Draft.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB – Clemson

    This is the biggest lock of the draft. No explanation needed here other than Urban Meyer kicks off his NFL coaching career with the QB of the future in Jacksonville.

  2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB – BYU

    All the buzz seems to point towards Zach Wilson for the Jets here at 2. I am not the biggest fan of Wilson (#4 QB on my board) but he fits well into the system OC LaFleur is bringing over from San Francisco.

  3. San Francisco 49ers (via Miami): Mac Jones, QB – Alabama

    My most recent Mock had the 49ers going with Trey Lance but there seems to be a lot of smoke surrounding Mac Jones and the 49ers. He is QB5 on my board but this is another QB that fits well into a certain system.

  4. Denver Broncos (via Atlanta): Trey Lance, QB – North Dakota State

    Denver receives: #4
    Atlanta receives: #9, #40, 2022 1st-Rd Pick

    Denver doesn’t seem to trust Drew Lock to be their future QB and they have a roster that is ready to win now. Lance has a much higher upside and can step in right away and be the QB the Broncos need right now.

  5. Cincinatti Bengals: Kyle Pitts, TE – Florida

    The Bengals could easily go the OL route with Penei Sewell or Rashawn Slater but Kyle Pitts is too good to pass up here at 5. Pitts will give Burrow a much needed weapon going forward.

  6. Miami Dolphins (via Philadelphia): Ja’Marr Chase, WR – LSU

    Miami can go in multiple different ways here at 6. Waddle, Sewell & Slater are all available here but Miami goes with Chase who is arguably the best receiver in this draft and gives Tua a much-needed #1 WR.

  7. Detroit Lions: Justin Fields, QB – Ohio State

    Even though Detroit acquired Jared Goff this off-season, they can’t let Fields go past them at 7. Long-term, Fields gives the Lions the best chance to win. Goff has a large cap hit ($30M) after this year but having a QB on a cheap contract and lots of cap room even after Goff’s cap hit, this is an easy decision.

  8. Carolina Panthers: Rashawn Slater, OL – Northwestern

    It really wouldn’t surprise me if Slater were drafted before Penei Sewell. They are on the same tier and Slater possesses the versatility to play at all 5 OL spots. Carolina really needs some protection for their new QB in Darnold and Slater gives you that.

  9. Atlanta Falcons (via Denver): Penei Sewell, OL – Oregon

    Atlanta receives: #9, #40, 2022 1st-Rd Pick

    Denver receives: #4

    For Atlanta to be able to trade back and gain more draft capital while getting a player of Sewell’s caliber at 9 is a win-win for them. Shoring up their OL in the new Arthur Smith system will be very important for their success going forward.

  10. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain ll, CB – Alabama

    The Cowboys had a horrendous defense last year but it was very apparent in the defensive backfield. Surtain is arguably the top CB in the draft and will join his former Alabama teammate Trevon Diggs in Dallas.

  11. New York Giants: Kwity Paye, EDGE – Michigan

    Paye is an explosive pass-rusher with versatility in being able to be hand-in-dirt or a stand-up EDGE rusher. Giants really shore up their defense here as they mostly addressed their offense in free agency.

  12. Philadelphia Eagles: Jaycee Horn, CB – South Carolina

    Philly has a lot of different needs to address but they go with Jaycee Horn to go opposite of and learn under Darius Slay. There is versatility in Horn’s game in press and zone coverage which fits well in the Eagles’ new Cover 2 defense.

  13. Los Angeles Chargers: Christian Darrisaw, OT – Virginia Tech

    L.A. dramatically improved their OL in free agency (signed Matt Feiler, Corey Linsley & Oday Aboushi) and finish it off with Darrisaw to plug in at Left Tackle. Protecting Justin Herbert should be the Chargers’ main focus going forward.

  14. Minnesota Vikings: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL – USC

    Vera-Tucker lined up at Left Tackle for USC but can slide inside to Left Guard for the Vikings. He has risen up the draft boards dramatically due to his athleticism and versatility in terms of scheme fit and position along the Line.

  15. New England Patriots: Micah Parsons, LB – Penn State

    There are a ton of character concerns with Parsons but that has never stopped New England in the past. He has a ton of ability and is versatile enough to play at any LB spot for the Patriots.

  16. Arizona Cardinals: Greg Newsome ll, CB – Northwestern

    Newsome was thought to be a Day 2 player but after an outstanding Pro Day, he has risen dramatically to a likely Day 1 guy. His film speaks for itself but the athleticism really stood out on Newsome and he goes to Arizona who need another CB after signing Malcolm Butler.

  17. Las Vegas Raiders: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB – Notre Dame

    JOK is one of the most versatile players in this draft and with Gus Bradley coming in as the new DC for the Raiders, he will need a versatile piece on defense similar to a Derwin James like he had with the Chargers. Owusu-Koramoah plays LB but can play Safety in certain packages.

  18. Indianapolis Colts (via Miami): Jaylen Waddle, WR – Alabama

    Indianapolis receives: #18 & #156
    Miami receives: #21 & #54

    It’s hard to believe Waddle falls this far but for now this is where I’ve got him. An absolute steal for the Colts who do need to address Left Tackle with Anthony Castonzo retiring but Waddle is way too good for Indy to pass up at 18.

  19. Washington Football Team: Jamin Davis, LB – Kentucky

    Davis is the biggest riser on draft boards this season. He was not talked about much until Pro Day came around and he did not disappoint. He showed off his elite athleticism and solidified his spot as a high draft pick.

  20. Chicago Bears: DeVonta Smith, WR – Alabama

    DeVonta Smith is another player who has fallen a bit on boards due to size concerns. He is still a very elite prospect who can be an elite WR and a return specialist as well. The Bears need as much help as they can get, especially on offense with Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace on the hot seat.

  21. Miami Dolphins (via Indianapolis): Najee Harris, RB – Alabama

    Miami receives: #21 & #54
    Indianapolis receives: #18 & #156

    Miami addressed WR with the 6th pick and now they address RB which is a major position of need. There will be a lot of familiarity there with Harris since Tua played with Najee for a couple years at Alabama. Harris is not only capable of being a work-horse RB but is a really pass-catching back as well.

  22. Tenneessee Titans: Caleb Farley, CB – Virginia Tech

    The Titans have lost almost all of their DB’s from last year and go with Farley, who has a lot of upside but has fallen due to some medical issues with his back. Still, he has good value here at 22 and gives the Titans a potential #1 CB.

  23. New York Jets: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE – Miami (FL)

    With Robert Saleh coming in as HC the Jets will need to shore up their EDGE position with some good players and depth. Getting a guy like Rousseau, who is another EDGE in this draft with versatility, addresses both of those things for New York.

  24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Teven Jenkins, OT – Oklahoma State

    Jenkins is an absolute mauler at Right Tackle and with the Steelers needing some major OL help, he fits in perfectly for the Steelers. They can still use another IOL but Jenkins is a great start.

  25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Rashod Bateman, WR – Minnesota

    The Jaguars get a weapon for Lawrence to work with in Bateman who has the highest floor of all receivers in the draft. He had an oustanding Pro Day where he got to showcase his great athleticism to go with his on-field play.

  26. Cleveland Browns: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR – LSU

    Marshall has not been talked about much as a top-flight WR but he had a breakout year for LSU in 2020 and showed why he was such highly-touted recruit out of high school. The Browns are thin on depth at WR and can use someone like Terrace Marshall for the future.

  27. Baltimore Ravens: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE – Georgia

    With Matthew Judon signing elsewhere in free agency, the Ravens really need a replacement and go with Ojulari. He had a pretty disappointing Pro Day but his film suggests that his on-field play will be just fine.

  28. New Orleans Saints: Zaven Collins, LB – Tulsa

    The Saints have lost Kwon Alexander and Alex Anzalone this off-season. They go with Collins here who can fill multiple spots at LB and has really good athleticism for his size.

  29. Green Bay Packers: Samuel Cosmi, OT – Texas

    Cosmi played a lot of snaps at both Tackle spots but will slide in at Right Tackle for the Packers. They cut Ricky Wagner and never did anything to fill in that spot in the long-term. Cosmi is a nice athlete and has the upside to be a franchise cornerstone Tackle.

  30. Buffalo Bills: Jaelan Phillips, EDGE – Miami (FL)

    If Phillips didn’t have durability concerns, we would likely see him as the first EDGE off the board. Still, he is too good to leave on the board at 30 for a team like Buffalo who missed out on JJ Watt in free agency.

  31. Kansas City Chiefs: Liam Eichenberg, OT – Notre Dame

    We all saw the Chiefs’ struggles during the Super Bowl with a lack of protection for Mahomes. Although Eichenberg isn’t a prospect with a high ceiling, he is most certainly someone that can be a solid OL for years to come.

  32. Tampa Bay Buccanneers: Landon Dickerson, IOL – Alabama

    Ryan Jensen is in the last year of his contract with Tampa Bay and go with Dickerson who can be their long-term answer at Center. He’s another guy who doesn’t have a lot of upside but a solid player for years to come.

    Round Two

  33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Alex Leatherwood, OL – Alabama

  34. New York Jets: Elijah Moore, WR – Ole Miss

  35. Atlanta Falcons: Pat Freiermuth, TE – Penn State

  36. Miami Dolphins: Jayson Oweh, EDGE – Penn State

  37. Philadelphia Eagles: Trevon Moehrig, S – TCU

  38. Cincinnati Bengals: Creed Humphrey, IOL – Oklahoma

  39. Carolina Panthers: Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB – Syracuse

  40. Atlanta Falcons (via Denver): Joseph Ossai, EDGE – Texas

  41. Detroit Lions: Asante Samuel Jr., CB – Florida State

  42. New York Giants: Eric Stokes, CB – Georgia

  43. San Francisco 49ers: Wyatt Davis, IOL – Ohio State

  44. Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Mayfield, OT – Michigan

  45. Jaksonville Jaguars: Christian Barmore, IDL – Alabama

  46. New England Patriots: Richie Grant, S – UCF

  47. Los Angeles Chargers: Kelvin Joseph, CB – Kentucky

  48. Las Vegas Raiders: Trey Smith, IOL – Tennessee

  49. Arizona Cardinals: Travis Etienne, RB – Clemson

  50. Miami Dolphins: Levi Onwuzurike, IDL – Washington

  51. Washington Football Team: Dillon Radunz, OT – North Dakota State

  52. Chicago Bears: Tyson Campbell, CB – Georgia

  53. Tennessee Titans: Dyami Brown, WR – North Carolina

  54. Miami Dolphins (via Indianapolis): Baron Browning, LB – Ohio State

  55. Pittsburgh Steelers: Javonte Williams, RB – North Carolina

  56. Seattle Seahawks: Spencer Brown, OT – Northern Iowa

  57. Los Angeles Rams: Josh Myers, IOL – Ohio State

  58. Baltimore Ravens: Kadarius Toney, WR – Florida

  59. Cleveland Browns: Jay Tufele, IDL – USC

  60. New Orleans Saints: Elijah Molden, CB – Washington

  61. Buffalo Bills: Rondale Moore, WR – Purdue

  62. Green Bay Packers: Aaron Robinson, CB – UCF

  63. Kansas City Chiefs: Nico Collins, WR – Michigan

  64. Tampa Bay Buccanneers: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR – USC

    Round Three

  65. Jacksonville Jaguars: Hunter Long, TE – Boston College

  66. New York Jets: Michael Carter, RB – North Carolina

  67. Houston Texans: Alim McNeill, IDL – NC State

  68. Atlanta Falcons: Pete Werner, LB – Ohio State

  69. Cincinnati Bengals: Walker Little, OT – Stanford

  70. Philadelphia Eagles: Jabril Cox, LB – LSU

  71. Denver Broncos: Nick Bolton, LB – Missouri

  72. Detroit Lions: Tommy Togiai, IDL – Ohio State

  73. Carolina Panthers: Brevin Jordan, TE – Miami (FL)

  74. Washington Football Team: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S – Florida State

  75. Dallas Cowboys: Carlos Basham Jr., DL – Wake Forest

  76. New York Giants: Quinn Meinerz, IOL – Wisconsin-Whitewater

  77. Los Angeles Chargers: Ronnie Perkins, EDGE – Oklahoma

  78. Minnesota Vikings: Jevon Holland, S – Oregon

  79. Las Vegas Raiders: Daviyon Nixon, IDL – Iowa

  80. Las Vegas Raiders: Jackson Carman, OL – Clemson

  81. Miami Dolphins: Ben Cleveland, IOL – Georgia

  82. Washington Football Team: Benjamin St. Juste, CB – Minnesota

  83. Chicago Bears: Brady Christensen, OL – BYU

  84. Philadelphia Eagles: Amari Rodgers, WR – Clemson

  85. Tennessee Titans: Talanoa Hufanga, S – USC

  86. New York Jets: Aaron Banks, IOL – Notre Dame

  87. Pittsburgh Steelers: Davis Mills, QB – Stanford

  88. Los Angeles Rams: Stone Forsyth, OT – Florida

  89. Cleveland Browns: Rashad Weaver, EDGE – Pittsburgh

  90. Minnesota Vikings: Trill Williams, CB – Syracuse

  91. Cleveland Browns: Keith Taylor, CB – Washington

  92. Green Bay Packers: Tutu Atwell, WR – Louisville

  93. Buffalo Bills: Kenneth Gainwell, RB – Memphis

  94. Kansas City Chiefs: Dylan Moses, LB – Alabama

  95. Tampa Bay Buccanneers: Payton Turner, EDGE – Houston

    Compensatory Picks

  96. New England Patriots: Ihmir Smith-Marsette – Iowa

  97. Los Angeles Chargers: Ar’Darius Washington, S – TCU

  98. New Orleans Saints: Kellen Mond, QB – Texas A&M

  99. Tennessee Titans: Marlon Tuipulotu, IDL – USC

  100. Tennessee Titans: Jordan Smith, EDGE – UAB

  101. Detroit Lions: Cameron McGrone, LB – Michigan

  102. San Francisco 49ers: Elerson Smith, EDGE – Northern Iowa

  103. Los Angeles Rams: Quincy Roche, EDGE – Miami (FL)

  104. Baltimore Ravens: James Wiggins, S – Cincinnati

  105. New Orleans Saints: D’Wayne Eskridge, WR – Western Michigan

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