Felix Davila Mock Draft 1.0

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The 2021 NFL Draft is fast approaching, and it is officially crunch time for NFL teams to gather intel on prospects and build their big boards. In the spirit of this favorite season for draftniks, it’s time for another mock draft from Around The Block. In this mock, there are no trades. The selections are made purely off of a combination of my personal big board, team needs and the rumors spinning around the player/team connections. I have spent the entirety of this winter and spring evaluating players to grade and rank as much of this class as I can, which works perfectly for this two-round simulation. These picks are going off of what I would do (hence WWID). Without further ado, here are the selections:

Round One

1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence | Quarterback | Clemson

  • This is a no-brainer that really doesn’t need an explanation. Lawrence has phenomenal arm talent, a solid athletic profile and the poise to handle the spotlight right away as arguably the most talented quarterback the Jags have ever had.

2. New York Jets – Zach Wilson | Quarterback | BYU

  • Again, another no-brainer. While I do not see Wilson as the second-best quarterback, the Jets will be enticed by his particular arm talent, as making plays off script and off platform is a trademark of his game. And given that the NFL is a copycat league and teams will be searching for the next Patrick Mahomes or Aaron Rodgers-like passer, Wilson at second overall makes sense.

3. San Francisco 49ers – Justin Fields | Quarterback | Ohio State

  • SHOCKER! Fields is one of the most talented players in the entire draft class. He has an incredible athletic profile and great arm talent despite a sort of loopy delivery. And more than anything, he’s tough as nails. Never mind the stereotypes that Dan Orlovsky perpetuated, Fields demonstrates solid mental processing and understanding of opposing defenses. And considering Fields has spent ample time with Kyle Shanahan’s proteges at the QB Collective training group, the 49ers have all the intel they need to know Fields is a better prospect than Mac Jones. Plus, do you really give up that much capital to grab a player who isn’t even as talented as another Jones who was a former top ten selection that caused a stir?

4. Atlanta Falcons – Trey Lance | Quarterback | North Dakota State

  • There were reports that the Falcons are considering every avenue when looking at this pick. Albert Breer reported that they’re considering grabbing a quarterback, grabbing the best player available, or trading back. Since there are no trades, that leaves Kyle Pitts being a logical choice (best player and head coach Arthur Smith is a former tight ends coach) or taking a quarterback. Here, the Falcons go quarterback to let Lance sit behind the veteran Matt Ryan and groom him into their future starter. Again, the NFL is a copycat league, so doing what Green Bay and Kansas City did with their current passers could be a logical step. Lance has every tool desired of a quarterback and then some, so I cannot imagine Atlanta wanting to miss out on his potential.

5. Cincinnati Bengals – Penei Sewell | Offensive tackle | Oregon

  • I cannot see Cincinnati ignoring their strongest need, which is to fortify their porous offensive line. While Rashawn Slater has received billing as a top offensive tackle prospect, I think Sewell is such a strong, young player that already showed dominance despite last playing at 19 years old. That suggests he is still ascending, and his polish is remarkable considering that. Adding Sewell gives the Bengals a lockdown starter at left tackle and gives Jonah Williams flexibility to move to guard if necessary.

6. Miami Dolphins – Kyle Pitts | Tight end | Florida

  • Kyle Pitts is potentially the best player in this entire draft. He is extremely fluid, quick and nuanced as a route runner. His highlights feature amazing grabs in traffic, in contested catch situations, and wide open after burning a defensive back. That is the type of talent Tua Tagovailoa needs to succeed heading into his second year. Sure, Mike Gesicki is on the roster, but he’s a free agent in 2022, meaning the Dolphins need to potentially replace him soon anyways. Pitts provides a genuine mismatch and every down threat to enhance their offense.

7. Detroit Lions – Ja’Marr Chase | Wide receiver | LSU

  • All I can think about is new head coach Dan Campbell and his “biting kneecaps” remark when looking at this pick. Considering Jared Goff needs weapons, Chase is the pick here. While he isn’t my top ranked wide receiver, he is one tough ass player. He’s physical, a bully off the line of scrimmage who makes up for any lack of separation by winning at the catch point. Adding in his 4.3 speed means if Goff delivers a strike to him early, he can take it to the house. Chase fits that aggressive, hard nosed mentality that Campbell said he wants to instill in the Motor City.

8. Carolina Panthers – Rashawn Slater | Offensive tackle | Northwestern

  • Now that the Panthers acquired Sam Darnold in a trade, they don’t have to use this pick to grab Mac Jones or any other quarterback. Instead, they look to fortify their offensive front with one of the most talented yet versatile hog mollies in the draft. Slater is a tenacious player more than anything and possesses excellent athleticism for the position to handle the arc combined with a solid anchor. Considering his experience handling both tackle spots, teams should let him play there even with length concerns. The Panthers are getting what I think is a quality offensive lineman who can start day one, even if he were to slide into guard for some silly reason.

9. Denver Broncos – Micah Parsons | Linebacker | Penn State

  • The Broncos went into the offseason clearly needing to upgrade their defensive backfield, but they addressed that position heavily by signing free agents Kyle Fuller and Ronald Darby. There’s an argument to be made that they could pick another cornerback here, but the value of getting Parsons when the linebacker group is devoid of quality starting talent is too good to pass up. Parsons possesses impressive athleticism to handle coverage responsibilities, but he’s a monster in the backfield when necessary. His pass rush experience will be an amazing compliment to Von Miller and Bradley Chubb.

10. Dallas Cowboys – Patrick Surtain II | Cornerback | Alabama

  • The Cowboys defense was absolute trash last season. That’s no exaggeration. With Dak Prescott extended, the offense should fire on all cylinders much better than it did for the duration of 2020, so this pick can easily go defense. Surtain is a polished cornerback with very few flaws in his game. Adding him to immediately start opposite former ‘Bama teammate Trevon Diggs would give them a massive upgrade to handle the talented receivers in the NFC East.

11. New York Giants – Jaylen Waddle | Wide receiver | Alabama

  • The Giants’ spending spree to add quality starters all over helps them focus on simply grabbing the best guy available here. Considering Joe Judge’s Alabama connection and the Paul Schwartz report that the Giants are infatuated with Waddle, he’s the pick here. He possesses exceptionally rare speed and change of direction ability and could be a massive upgrade as a return man, unless Big Blue is hesitant to put him in harm’s way given his previous injury. His speed is so rare, that he can maintain it throughout the entirety of his routes, which is a coveted trait. His presence would also work well to bring variance to the Giants offense to include jet sweeps, screens, or swing passes that get him the ball early and in space. Even with the addition of Kenny Golladay, this lets the Giants add to their weapons and provide depth at a position that features multiple players with injury history.

12. Philadelphia Eagles – DeVonta Smith | Wide receiver | Alabama

  • Philly found some talent in Travis Fulgham, who stepped in admirably. Young Jalen Reagor could hit his stride this season and the team did lose veterans Alshon Jeffrey and DeSean Jackson. This makes receivers a true priority. If the Eagles are truly riding with Jalen Hurts as the starting quarterback, then they have to set him up for success with weapons that will be reliable targets and create separation. Smith will absolutely take the pressure off of the younger members of their receiving corps. Size concerns do not matter as much when you win as consistently off the line of scrimmage and understand how to create separation even when not possessing speed like Waddle’s. Smith also has a wild catch radius, making him a prime X-receiver for Philadelphia.

13. Los Angeles Chargers – Christian Darrisaw | Offensive tackle | Virginia Tech

  • This pick seems to be the most obvious one outside of Lawrence at the top. The Chargers have a very promising roster, but their priority has to be protecting their young franchise signal caller in Justin Herbert. Darrisaw has the physical traits desired for a starting left tackle, along with the athleticism. I think people are sleeping on his potential to be one of, if not, the best tackle of this class.

14. Minnesota Vikings – Alijah Vera-Tucker | Offensive lineman | Southern California (USC)

  • Similar to the Chargers, the Vikings need to protect Kirk Cousins in order to ensure their offense can fire on all cylinders. In addition, they need to bolster the blocking for Dalvin Cook in order to further their efforts. Getting a versatile offensive lineman who has experience in multiple spots gives the Vikings the best flexibility for fielding a quality front. Not to mention, “AVT” is a very talented player who deserves this high of consideration considering the fit.

15. New England Patriots – Jaycee Horn | Cornerback | South Carolina

  • This is an absolute steal of a pick for the Patriots. Horn is my top ranked cornerback in this class due to his combination of physical traits and tenacious mentality that allows him to play with confidence on every snap, even if he’s allowed a big play. Given the questions that have swirled around Stephon Gilmore’s future in New England long-term, Horn is a great pick up that will not have the pressure to be a top corner just yet. In what is a passing league, you can never have enough quality cover guys. Plus, Belichick will no doubt be enamored with the younger Horn’s pedigree.

16. Arizona Cardinals – Greg Newsome | Cornerback | Northwestern

  • The Cardinals were very active players in free agency, grabbing weapons for their offense and landing JJ Watt. But after losing Patrick Peterson, they still are lacking a bonafide top cornerback. Greg Newsome comes with injury concerns, but if his medicals check out, he’s one of the most fluid and intelligent defensive backs in this class. He flashes sticky man skills and is very aware in zone situations. With Surtain gone, Horn going right before them, and Farley’s back injury/lack of playing time, the Cardinals decided to go with Newsome.

17. Las Vegas Raiders – Zaven Collins | Linebacker | Tulsa

  • The Raiders need to fortify the middle of their defense, which has not played up to its potential since Jon Gruden took over. And while a heat-seeking missile of a player like Jeremiah Owusu-Karamoah remains on the board, the Raiders have a history of fixating on a prospect’s physical talents and frame to drive their selections. From Henry Ruggs’s speed, to Clelin Ferrell’s traditional 4-3 defensive end body, even back to Kolton Miller’s uber-athletic profile, the team has swung over and over for athletic talent over supposed polish or ceiling. Collins exceeds the physical archetype of the linebacker position with rare athleticism, so I can easily see Gruden and Mike Mayock fawning over him. His ability to fly around the field and football intelligence pop off the tape, still giving the Raiders an upgrade inside.

18. Miami Dolphins – Najee Harris | Running back | Alabama

  • After missing out on grabbing one of Tua’s former teammates earlier, Harris fills a massive void in the backfield by reuniting with one of his college quarterbacks. Harris is the most complete back in the class, possessing decent speed, nice wiggle, and fantastic ability as a receiver and pass blocker, all at around 230 pounds. That’s a rare physical specimen for the position and fills a huge hole in their offense that will help take pressure off of Tua while adding a prospect that can handle “bellcow” duties.

19. Washington Football Team – Jeremiah Owusu-Karamoah | Linebacker | Notre Dame

  • The Raiders taking Collins helps Washington find a solid defender. “JOK” is a ball of energy that flies around the field and sets the tone for the defense. Considering that Washington’s pass rush is already fearsome, their linebacking corps could use an infusion of that type of talent. JOK handles almost everything asked of him very well, and will no doubt rack up plenty of tackles with that fierce defensive line wreaking havoc in front of him.

20. Chicago Bears – Mac Jones | Quarterback | Alabama

  • I’m not that high on Mac Jones, particularly because his ceiling is not nearly as great as the previous four players taken at his position. The hype he’s been given is absurd but, in this mock, he’s more reasonably treated with a small tumble to Chicago. The Bears have nothing but aging veterans at the position, and decide to go after a younger, promising arm that can possibly develop into their future signal caller without having to give up massive money or draft capital in a trade up. Considering Matt Nagy, even with a horrendous quarterback room in his previous three seasons, has technically never led Chicago to a losing season, grabbing Jones to sit behind or compete with Andy Dalton gives him the best room of passers he’s had in his tenure.

21. Indianapolis Colts – Samuel Cosmi | Offensive tackle | Texas

  • After acquiring Carson Wentz, the Colts need to ensure they protect their investment at the position after long-time left tackle Anthony Castonzo retired. While this may be a bit rich for Cosmi to some, he’s graded out as an early day two pick for me, with plenty of quickness in his lower half and a frame that is lean and long, much like the retired Castonzo when he was drafted. Cosmi has time to develop into a solid left tackle but his experience all along the line gives him a chance to start anywhere that’s best for his growth.

22. Tennessee Titans – Kwity Paye | EDGE | Michigan

  • Tennessee could go a number of directions here including nabbing a receiver. But given the depth of the class at the position and the fact that Paye is suffering a minor fall, it makes perfect sense to grab a prospect that fits their defensive mold exceptionally well. Paye is a surprisingly gifted athlete considering his stout build. He’s a fearsome competitor with intentional hands and a solid deck of pass rush moves. More than that, his athleticism allows him to play pretty well in space and his strength makes him an easy player to slide inside to diversify the pass rush. Titans fans will be lucky to have a player like Paye who possesses a relatively high floor.

23. New York Jets – Jaelan Phillips | EDGE | Miami (FL)

  • With the Titans grabbing the first edge rusher off the board, the Jets consider themselves fortunate because they get probably the most talented pass rusher and best 4-3 defensive end in this draft. Phillips is a physical freak for the position, built already like an NFL quality end and boasting an assortment of pass rush moves that make him likely the most polished at his position from the start. Despite his health concerns (several concussions), the Jets can take that gamble given the plethora of draft picks they have in the next two years. And considering new head coach Robert Saleh and defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich will be employing a 4-3 scheme, Phillips slides in as an immediate starter that can create chaos next to former top pick Quinnen Williams.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Teven Jenkins | Offensive tackle | Oklahoma State

  • Now that Ben Roethlisberger is returning under center, the Steelers have to do everything they can to load their offense to protect him. With the departure of left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, there is a glaring hole at the tackle position that screams the need for help. Teven Jenkins fits perfectly. A massive human with ideal athleticism, Jenkins has played primarily right tackle with a sprinkle of starts on the left side. He possesses the anchor, the short area quickness and the tenacity that fits Pittsburgh’s play and the ability to slide over to the left side. Jenkins is one of my favorite players in this class and I believe has a chance to be the best tackle when it is all said and done.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars – Asante Samuel Jr | Cornerback | Florida State

  • Sure, there’s plenty of talent at this position that should warrant attention from the Jaguars, but their recent signing of Shaquill Griffin in free agency and their drafting CJ Henderson last year suggests they are locked in at their perimeter corners. But the NFL is a passing league, so corners are a luxury. That’s why Asante Samuel Jr is grabbed here. He has excelled on the outside in Tallahassee and demonstrated sticky coverage with tenacity through the catch point and excellent route recognition. But given how he’d fit with Jacksonville; he can become a dominant slot cornerback at the NFL level. Samuel being grabbed here gives them an immediate starter in nickel packages that is also a very willing contributor against the run. He’d round out the secondary very well.

26. Cleveland Browns – Rashod Bateman | Wide receiver | Minnesota

  • One of the most polished wide receivers in this draft, Bateman is a fantastic route runner who flashed consistently in his career despite lacking quality play from under center. He possesses soft hands, excellent speed, and an understanding on how to attack leverage in opposing corners to help create separation. Given the Browns’ playoff push and lack of a dominant perimeter receiver, adding one is ideal. And with Odell Beckham Jr returning from injury, Baker Mayfield now has a fantastic tandem of receivers with Jarvis Landry and Donovan Peoples-Jones bringing up the rear. Bateman could go much earlier, and I would not be surprised. Excellent pick and fit for Cleveland.

27. Baltimore Ravens – Terrace Marshall Jr | Wide receiver | LSU

  • Another receiver! The Ravens have a solid roster and possess only two glaring needs that I can see in edge rusher and receiver. But while there’s a handful of players that could help fill the former need, the latter is what is necessary for the offense to grow further and help Lamar Jackson regain his MVP-caliber play. Marshall boasts excellent speed, body control, play strength, and vertical ability that makes him an ideal X-receiver and threat to every level for Lamar. He’s explosive, and it’s obvious after he posted an insane 9.76 relative athletic score (per Kent Lee Platte).

28. New Orleans Saints – Caleb Farley | Cornerback | Virginia Tech

  • The fall finally ends for Farley. While his back injury doesn’t seem to be a major concern long-term, it could scare off teams from using an earlier first round pick on him. Fortunately for the Saints, they can afford to make this pick. Farley is a supreme physical talent for the position, and demonstrates excellent fluidity, speed, and feel for handling both man and zone coverage. He’s been listed as the top corner by some, so this is an absolute steal of a pick. Farley immediately can line up across from Marshon Lattimore and create a dynamic duo to handle the talented pass catchers in the division.

29. Green Bay Packers – Kadarius Toney | Wide receiver | Florida

  • A small run on receivers begins to take shape. Kadarius Toney is an electric player in space that demonstrates solid agility and ability to create separation. Given the lack of pass catching talent behind Davante Adams, Toney would be a tremendous addition that could immediately dominate in the slot. Elijah Moore could be another spectacular choice here, but I’m banking on teams loving Toney given his excellent week at the Senior Bowl and solid testing at his Pro Day.

30. Buffalo Bills – Gregory Rousseau | EDGE | Miami (FL)

  • The other Hurricane is off the board. Buffalo was a surprising powerhouse of a team in 2020 and they have few glaring needs or holes on their roster. However, they do not possess a clear top pass rusher on their roster, with AJ Epenesa possibly their best option long-term. After opting out last year, a lack of polish, and agility in short areas, Rousseau seems to be less of the top ten pick darling he was earlier this year. But that bodes well for Buffalo, who believed in a player who experienced a similar fall in the aforementioned Epenesa. Rousseau has tremendous potential and falling to a playoff roster with a great coach like Leslie Frazier on defense could be a perfect fit.

31. Kansas City Chiefs – Alex Leatherwood | Offensive tackle | Alabama

  • The most important thing the Chiefs can do is protect Patrick Mahomes and we all saw what happens when they can’t do that (rewatch the Super Bowl if you need a refresher). Given their investments on the offensive line recently, they’ll need to secure a tackle that provides them a long-term answer with a high ceiling. Leatherwood is seen by some as undeserving of first round consideration, but he is an absolutely impressive physical talent that has the resume to back up this spot. His versatility, his tenacity, and athleticism provide excellent promise and most of his flaws are seemingly correctable. This gives the Chiefs a starter at left tackle, but a long-term interior presence if he doesn’t work out.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Christian Barmore | Interior defensive lineman | Alabama

  • Back-to-back Crimson Tide players. The Buccaneers got Ndamukong Suh to return but he’ll be 34 years old this season. Across from him are Vita Vea, their nose tackle who missed time due to injury, and William Gholston, who is a free agent in 2022 like Suh. Adding Barmore is an ideal, long-term option that provides them a young, fiery talent who is a bully upfront. One of the most aggressive and tenacious players in this draft, Barmore plays fast and physical for his size and would help generate even more of a pass rush in Todd Bowles’ scheme.


33. Jacksonville Jaguars – Elijah Moore | Wide receiver | Ole Miss

34. New York Jets – Eric Stokes | Cornerback | Georgia

35. Atlanta Falcons – Azeez Ojulari | EDGE | Georgia

36. Miami Dolphins – Creed Humphery | Center | Oklahoma

37. Philadelphia Eagles – Ifeatu Melifonwu | Cornerback | Syracuse

38. Cincinnati Bengals – Pat Freiermuth | Tight end | Penn State

39. Carolina Panthers – Levi Onwuzurike | Interior defensive lineman | Washington

40. Denver Broncos – Liam Eichenberg | Offensive tackle | Notre Dame

41. Detroit Lions – Jalen Mayfield | Offensive tackle | Michigan

42. New York Giants – Jayson Oweh | EDGE | Penn State

43. San Francisco 49ers – Tyson Campbell | Cornerback | Georgia

44. Dallas Cowboys – Carlos Basham Jr. | EDGE | Wake Forest

45. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dillon Radunz | Offensive tackle | North Dakota State

46. New England Patriots – Dyami Brown | Wide receiver | North Carolina

47. Los Angeles Chargers – Joseph Ossai | EDGE | Texas

48. Las Vegas Raiders – Landon Dickerson | Center | Alabama

49. Arizona Cardinals – Travis Etienne | Running back | Clemson

50. Miami Dolphins – Joe Tryon | EDGE | Washington

51. Washington Football Team – Trevon Moehrig | Safety | TCU

52. Chicago Bears – Spencer Brown | Offensive tackle | Northern Iowa

53. Tennessee Titans – Brady Christensen | Offensive tackle | BYU

54. Indianapolis Colts – Rondale Moore | Wide receiver | Purdue

55. Pittsburgh Steelers – Javonte Wililams | Running back | North Carolina

56. Seattle Seahawks – Payton Turner | EDGE/DL | Houston

57. Los Angeles Rams – Wyatt Davis | Offensive Guard | Ohio State

58. Baltimore Ravens – Jevon Holland | Safety | Oregon

59. Cleveland Browns – Elijah Molden | Defensive back | Washington

60. New Orleans Saints – Jamin Davis | Linebacker | Kentucky

61. Buffalo Bills – Brevin Jordan | Tight end | Miami (FL)

62. Green Bay Packers – Stone Forsythe | Offensive tackle | Florida

63. Kansas City Chiefs – Amon-Ra St. Brown | Wide receiver | Southern California

64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Janarius Robinson | EDGE | Florida State

Seth Steere’s “WWID” Mock Draft

The 2020 NFL Draft is just a shade over two weeks away and it couldn’t get here soon enough. Takes and narratives have been flying as of late, making it a bit exhausting keeping up with the draft; so why not make it even more exhausting by putting a mock draft out there.

Aside from the first two picks, which appear to be written in sharpie at this point (hopefully, we don’t have to wait the full time for the teams to bring up the cards), this mock draft will be a “what would I do” (WWID) mock draft.

Disclaimer: There are no trades.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

The Jacksonville Jaguars staff has been pretty open about who they will be selecting in the upcoming draft and barring anything flying out of left-field there is a solid chance that Lawrence will find himself playing in the Florida next season. Lawrence has been on the NFL’s radar ever since he led Clemson to an undefeated season as a freshman.

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

Similar to the Jaguars, it appears the Jets are pretty set in stone with who they’ll will be picking with their first selection in the first round. Wilson may have the flashiest play of all the quarterbacks in this class and with the Jets recently trading away Sam Darnold they seem prepared to hand over the reins to Wilson at the start of the new season.

3. San Francisco 49ers – Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

If we were to follow the lead of the media, Mac Jones would be the pick here, but it’s a good thing they are not. One could argue that Justin Fields has the highest ceiling of all the quarterbacks in this class. He is currently the most accurate of the “top-4” and has elite athleticism for the position. Let’s all remember how excited Sean McVay was when he got to call plays for John Wolford when Jared Goff got hurt last season. One would be hard pressed to believe Kyle Shanahan isn’t drooling at the mouth to call plays for Fields.

4. Atlanta Falcons – Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

The Atlanta Falcons recently reconstructed Matt Ryan’s contract making people believe that he is the quarterback of the future. Perhaps he will be, but there isn’t a high possibility they will be drafting this high in the future. When you have the opportunity to take a QB, especially one with Lance’s ability, you have to take it. Giving Lance a year or two behind Ryan may even be best for his career and he gives new head coach Arthur Smith a future whenever they or Ryan decide to part ways.

5. Cincinnati Bengals – Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

There has been a pretty big stir in the “Draft Twitter-sphere” as to what direction the Bengals should take with their selection between Ja’Marr Chase and Sewell. In recent history we’ve seen talented wide receivers who have contributed early on and with where they will be selecting in the second round, they’ll be in position to get a talented wide receiver. Getting one of the better offensive tackle prospects we’ve seen in recent years should be at the top of their list.

6. Miami Dolphins – Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

Kyle Pitts is an absolute unicorn and Tua Tagovailoa needs someone he can turn to over the middle of the field. Yes, the Dolphins already have a talented tight end in Mike Gesicki, but Pitts is much more than a tight end. He can line up in any alignment and he will be a mismatch. He is too big and strong for corners and too shifty and athletic for any linebackers who are forced to cover him. Pitts legitimately has the toolkit to be one of the best tight ends we’ve ever seen and you can’t pass that up if you’re Miami.

7. Detroit Lions – Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Drafting for the Lions is rather tough, they need help on both sides of the ball at nearly every position. If a quarterback falls they could certainly go that way even with Goff’s massive contract, but instead they elect to go with one of, if not the best play-makers in this class. Waddle is dangerous from the slot and will give the Lions some much-needed juice on offense.

8. Carolina Panthers – Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

For some, Rashawn Slater may be the pick here, but Darrisaw is the better player. Even with Sewell in the class, no one makes playing the tackle position look as easy as Darrisaw does. He is super smooth in pass-pro and dangerous when he gets out in space on the second level. Darnold was running for his life with New York his first 3 seasons, but with Darrisaw manning down the left-side things are likely to change.

9. Denver Broncos – Greg Newsome, CB, Northwestern

Greg Newsome in the top-10? Absolutely.

Newsome is not only a great scheme fit for Vic Fangio’s zone-heavy defense, but he is also the best cornerback in a very deep and top-heavy class. Newsome not only has the athleticism to be a top corner, but he is also an exceptionally technical player. Newsome may be a surprise pick, but he’s the right pick.

10. Dallas Cowboys – Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

The Cowboys need help in the secondary, but when a tackle prospect with Slater’s talent, it makes it rather tough to pass up on. Slater may be best suited at guard, but he possesses the athletic ability to play out on the edge. Slater will likely start off his career at the guard position, but a transition to tackle could certainly be in his future when Tyron Smith steps away.

11. New York Giants – Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

Another team that was extremely tough to slot a player, but ultimately Parsons is the selection here for the Giants. Parsons put up bonkers numbers at his pro-day and quickly put himself back on the map after opting-out of the season. Parsons not only can play linebacker, but he can also drop down and rush the passer, which is also a place of need for New York. If he reaches his potential he could be the ultimate chess piece on the Giants defense.

12. Philadelphia Eagles – Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

The best receiver in the draft falls to 12 and the Eagles sprint to the podium with the pick. The Eagles were depleted at the position last year, mostly due to injuries, but even with everyone back and healthy they still hold one of the weaker receiver groups in the NFL, but Chase will help to give them a boost and will likely be their best receiver on the team, even as a rookie.

13. Los Angeles Chargers – Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

New head coach Brandon Staley, formerly the defensive coordinator for the Rams, was able to find as much success as he did because of Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey was able to shadow the best receiver on the opposing team and drafting Horn will give him that same type of corner. For South Carolina, Horn aligned up all over the field and will likely be given that same assignment with the Chargers.

14. Minnesota Vikings – Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT/iOL, USC

The Vikings offensive line hasn’t been great for several seasons, but drafting a player like Vera-Tucker who will not only give them versatility up front, but a true piece they can build around. Vera-Tucker played at left tackle in his last season for the the Trojans, but will likely be sliding into guard which is where Minnesota needs the most help.

15. New England Patriots – DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Another first round receiver for Belichick and the Patriots, but we can all agree that Smith is a much more polished prospect that N’Keal Harry was coming out of Arizona State. Smith’s frame caused him to fall maybe a tad more than he should, but now Cam Newton and Co. have someone they trust. Yes, the Patriots went out of their way to spend big money on the position in free agency, they may be losing Julian Edelman for the season and Smith may be best suited to start in the slot early on his career.

16. Arizona Cardinals – Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

For years, the Cardinals were looking for a corner to put on the opposite side of Patrick Peterson, but with his departure they now need to replace him making that need a bit more pressing. Surtain, who has both the size and athleticism that most teams look for in the position, is a great pick for Arizona they are quite lucky he fell all the way to number 16, especially with the numbers he put up at his pro day.

17. Las Vegas Raiders – Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

During free agency it appeared the Raiders didn’t care about the offensive line position letting go of several starters, but perhaps they were looking ahead to what is one of the deepest and most talented tackle classes we have seen in a long-time. What we have seen from Gruden is that he loves himself some smash-mouth football and what prospect fits that better than Teven Jenkins? Not many.

18. Miami Dolphins – Kwity Paye, Edge, Michigan

The first edge to come off the board is all the way at pick 18, and for good reason. This class, for the most part is extremely raw and with many, you’re betting on the upside. Paye, however has a high floor because of how good he is a a run defender, but he also has the potential to be a very good pass-rusher. He has insane tools, and some of the best bend in the class and if he Dolphins can tap into that potential, this pick will be viewed as a steal in 5 years.

19. Washington Football Team – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB/S, Notre Dame

Washington had one of the best defenses in football and with this pick, their defense gets even better. Owusu-Koramoah brings a ton of versatility and speed to the second level of this defense. Whether or not they elect to keep him in the box or use him as a safety, he will make this team better and faster.

A faster defense, is a scarier defense.

20. Chicago Bears – Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

The Bears get a more athletic version of Andy Dalton with the 20th pick. Mac may not be the most “toolsy” quarterback, but he can get the job done. Even with some of the best weapons in football last year with the Cowboys, Dalton didn’t look very impressive and with even worse skill players around him, he’s probably not going to get any better. Jones likely won’t start right away, but one wouldn’t be surprised if he was starting half-way through the season, possibly even sooner.

21. Indianapolis Colts – Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

For some, Leatherwood is a guard, but with how smooth he is in pass-pro the Colts will keep him at tackle and pair him up with Quinton Nelson. Carson Wentz is the new quarterback for the Colts and we saw how poorly he did last year when his offensive line continued to get injured. Not only does Leatherwood help Wentz, but he also is going to give an added boost to one of the better run games in the NFL.

22. Tennessee Titans – Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

Earlier this week Adam Schefter came out and tweeted that Farley did well at his medicals and is still likely to be a first-round pick, which is good news for the Titans because they need help at corner. In three years, if he is able to stay on the field and healthy, Farley could feasibly be the best corner in his class with his blend of size, speed, and ball skills the biggest question, though is can he stay healthy.

23. New York Jets – Jaelan Phillips, Edge, Miami

Similar to Farley, Phillips has injury questions to answer at his medical checks, but being that is up to the doctors and we may never know that information until the draft depending on where he is selected the Jets take a chance on the best edge rusher in this class. If it weren’t for the medical concerns, Phillips would have been a no-brainer for the top-10 in this mock draft and likely the NFL Draft as well.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

Although drafting a running back in the first-round doesn’t always present the best value the Steelers cannot start the season with Benny “3.6 yards-per-carry” Snell with an aging Ben Roethlisberger. Harris is a going to be bring a similar presence as Snell, big running backs who aren’t afraid to do the dirty work between the tackles, but he is much more finesse and can make people miss, something Snell cannot. Harris, in addition brings elite receiving skills out of the backfield.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars – Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

With Lawrence being the first pick in the draft, the Jaguars are going to need to keep the man protected in the pocket and Cosmi, who is one of the better athletes at the position can help to do that. Cam Robinson isn’t the future, but he can continue to start while Cosmi cleans up some of the footwork issues he showed on film at Texas. Once he cleans things up, his ceiling is extremely high.

26. Cleveland Browns – Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

Yes the Browns needs help at corner, but with Bateman falling all the way the 26, they simply cannot pass it up. Fielding OBJ, Jarvis Landry, and Bateman on the field at the same time will help to spread things out for one of the better rushing offenses in the league and if Odell, continues to struggle to stay healthy he gives them some more depth at receiver.

27. Baltimore Ravens – Azeez Ojulari, Edge, Georgia

The Ravens recently let Matt Judon explore free agency, but quickly fill that gap with Georgia edge rusher Azeez Ojulari. Not only is Ojulari one of the more gifted edge-rushers in this class, but he’s a great scheme fit as well. In college he was about of a 3-4 front and will be playing in the same front with Baltimore.

28. New Orleans Saints – Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU

When Michael Thomas went down with an injury last season, the Saints receiving corp did not look so hot. With either Jameis Winston or Taysum Hill taking over behind the center, they’re going to need much more help than Drew Brees did. Marshall didn’t find himself getting as much love as Chase and Justin Jefferson last season, and with a much less talented team this year, he has yet to show exactly how good he can be, but he will get that opportunity with Sean Payton calling the plays.

29. Green Bay Packers – Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss

The Packers should’ve given Aaron Rodgers help at receiver last year in the draft, but instead decided to draft their quarterback of the future despite coming off an NFC Championship loss. Coming away with the same results this last season, they will need to rethink their draft strategy and what better way to start than by drafting Elijah Moore. Moore will help to alleviate some of the stress off Davante Adams and gives Rodgers someone he can trust over the middle and deep down the field.

30. Buffalo Bills – Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

Asante Samuel doesn’t appear to be a popular first round pick in other mock drafts, but the Bills are desperate for a cornerback to line-up of opposite of Tre White and Samuel is the perfect fit. Buffalo runs a ton of off-coverage and is primarily in a zone scheme which is what Samuel did extremely well in college. Some worry about his size, but it won’t be as large of an issue if he plays off the line-of-scrimmage.

31. Kansas City Chiefs – Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

The Chiefs need help at tackle, but with the way the board fell, there just isn’t a ton of value at the position, so they pivot and go for the best player at a position of need. Collins is absolute massive for a linebacker coming in just under 6-foot-5 and weighing in at 259-pounds. Collins may struggle early on in pass coverage, but he has phenomenal read-and-react skills and has also flashed the ability to rush the passer.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Christian Barmore, iDL, Alabama

With the Buccaneers returning all twenty-two starters from last season, they don’t really have too many huge needs, however with Ndamukong Suh, getting both older and signing a one-year deal, they find themselves getting the best replacement they can with Barmore. Similar to Suh, Barmore is an absolute game-wrecker, however, he is a bit raw. Playing behind Vita Vea and Suh will give him time to develop.

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

Ronnie Harter’s 3-Round Mock Draft

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Not only did we have a wild Free Agency period in the NFL but this past week there were a flurry of trades involving teams in the Top-12 of the 2021 NFL Draft. We begin to see what a lot of the teams will be doing come Draft time with their picks.

In this Mock Draft, we see some aggressive and interesting trades and some surprising picks as well.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB – Clemson

    This is the least surprising pick of the entire draft. Lawrence is not only the best QB in this draft but the best to have ever come through the draft process. Urban kicks off his NFL Head Coaching career with the QB for the foreseeable future in Jacksonville.

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

    The Jets say they like Sam Darnold but with a new staff in place, it makes sense that they start over with a new QB. Even though Wilson is QB4 on my board, there is no denying that he has some real talent. It’ll be interesting how he does playing real competition on a consistent basis as he struggled playing up to competition in 2020.

  3. San Francisco 49ers (via Miami): Trey Lance, QB – North Dakota State

    San Francisco made a huge splash last week by trading up to #3 from 12. This all but signals that the 49ers are ready to take the next step towards winning a Super Bowl. In a Kyle Shanahan offense, Lance has the opportunity to maximize his potential with not only his ability to make every throw but as well as being a very good runner.

  4. Detroit Lions (via Atlanta): Justin Fields, QB – Ohio State

    Detroit Lions acquire No. 4 from the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for No.(s) 7, 41, 2022 2nd-Round Pick & 2023 2nd-Round Pick.

    Both the Lions and Falcons restructured their QB’s contracts, but the Lions will still have a lot of Cap Space to work with after the 2021 season while the Falcons will be in cap purgatory, making it easier for the Lions to part ways with Goff. New Lions GM Brad Holmes comes from the Rams who are known to be aggressive and he brings the same mentality to Detroit as they trade up for Justin Fields. They are in a “rebuild/retool” and will need a Franchise QB going forward and Fields is the perfect player to lead that with his great talent on the field and his leadership qualities.

  5. Cincinatti Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT – Oregon

    The Bengals still need to address their OL and they go with the best option available in Sewell. He would give Burrow elite protection for years to come and he will need it coming off a season-ending knee injury. Sewell might be the best OL to come out of college since Quenton Nelson.

  6. Miami Dolphins (via Philadelphia): Kyle Pitts, TE – Florida

    Miami has a real chance to solidify their team this off-season with the number of picks that they have. They signed Will Fuller to go with DeVante Parker, Albert Wilson, and now with the 6th pick, they draft Kyle Pitts. This surrounds Tua with the playmakers necessary for him to be able to succeed.

  7. Atlanta Falcons (via Detroit): Rashawn Slater, OL – Northwestern

    Atlanta Falcons acquire No.(s) 7, 41, 2022 2nd-Round Pick & 2023 2nd-Round Pick from the Detroit Lions in exchange for No. 4.

    The Falcons have a pretty good O-Line but they shore it up for the foreseeable future by getting Rashawn Slater. He has the ability to line up anywhere on the Offensive Line and provides extra protection for Matt Ryan and what should be a great offense under new Head Coach Arthur Smith.

  8. Houston Texans (via Carolina): Ja’Marr Chase, WR – LSU

    Houston Texans acquire No.(s) 8, 39, 113, 2022 & 2023 1st-Round picks from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for QB Deshaun Watson.

    Amid all of the Sexual Assault allegations, the Panthers still pull the trigger on trading for Deshaun Watson. They have spent all off-season clearing cap space and have not used much of it and there is only one reason for that: Deshaun Watson. For Houston, drafting Chase will give them a #1 WR after trading away DeAndre Hopkins a couple years ago. Hopefully they don’t mess this one up either.

  9. Denver Broncos: Jaycee Horn, CB – South Carolina

    Denver did a nice job addressing their CB needs by signing Kyle Fuller and Ronald Darby in free agency. Another CB isn’t a major need here but after the performance Jaycee Horn had at his pro day, it will be hard to pass him up here at 9. Horn has every attribute you want in a top Cornerback and he will help solidify the Broncos secondary going forward.

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

    The Cowboys could really use some Offensive Line help here but Pat Surtain is too good of a player to pass up, especially at another position of need. Dallas’ defense last year was one of the worst of all-time and their Defensive Backfield definitely did not help with that issue. Surtain and Horn have been battling lately over CB1 title but both guys are worthy of that title. Surtain joins his former Alabama teammate, Trevon Diggs, in Dallas to try and improve the defense on a win-now ready team.

  11. New York Giants: Jaylen Waddle, WR – Alabama

    New York had a great offseason addressing needs on both sides of the ball, but did especially great at WR & TE. Drafting Waddle here gives Daniel Jones another weapon to work with that even he can’t mess up.

  12. Philadelphia Eagles (via Miami): DeVonta Smith, WR – Alabama

    Being able to trade back and still get a top-flight WR while gaining more draft capital is more than what Philly could have asked for here at 12. Smith is coming off a season where he won the Heisman Trophy but none of that has seemed to matter to a lot of teams. Concerns about his size has Smith sliding down a lot of draft boards but he doesn’t go past Philly who pairs him up with his former QB Jalen Hurts.

  13. Los Angeles Chargers: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL – USC

    The Chargers signed Corey Linsley, Oday Aboushi, & Matt Feiler to provide some protection for Joe Burrow and now take Vera-Tucker to put him at the Left Tackle spot. There are some questions where he fits best but Vera-Tucker made his name known at the Left Tackle spot and will stay for the future.

  14. Washington Football Team (via Minnesota): Mac Jones, QB – Alabama

    Washington Football Team acquires No. 14 from the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for No.(s) 19 & 51.

    I won’t believe that Mac Jones goes in the top 10 until I actually see it so until that happens, Washington trades up in front of New England to draft Jones. Washington went all out in free agency by signing guys like Curtis Samuel, Adam Humphries, and a lot more on Defense as well. Even though Taylor Heinicke signed a 2-Year extension and the team also signed Ryan Fitzpatrick, neither guy is the long-term solution going forward like Jones would be. I am not the biggest fan of Jones but the weapons currently on this team fit his abilities the best.

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

    Micah Parsons has Top-10 talent but there are certainly some red flags that have dated back to his high school days. That doesn’t stop Belichick from drafting Parsons and adding him to a loaded defensive roster. The Patriots had a great off-season by addressing a ton of holes they had on Offense and with guys who opted out last year coming back on defense this year, New England can use the draft to build more depth on Defense.

  16. Arizona Cardinals: Caleb Farley, CB – Virginia Tech

    The Cardinals signed Malcolm Butler recently as they desperately needed some CB help but they still need some more help there. Farley has some questions due to his medicals but he still has a lot of talent to give to a team. He has really good athleticism and versatility in multiple schemes on defense that will allow him to start on Day 1 for Arizona.

  17. Las Vegas Raiders: Christian Darrisaw, OT – Virginia Tech

    Vegas had a really puzzling free agency period as they traded away most of their Offensive Line who was arguably the best unit in all of Football last year. Christian Darrisaw is a mauler at Left-Tackle and is the type of player Gruden looks for at that position.

  18. Miami Dolphins: Najee Harris, RB – Alabama

    Another 1st-Round pick for Miami and they go with Najee Harris as he instantly becomes their top guy at Running Back. Harris has the ability to be the Derrick Henry-like player for the Dolphins and easing the pressure off of Tua as they look to continue to build their offense to match thier defense.

  19. Minnesota Vikings (via Washington): Gregory Rousseau, EDGE – Miami (FL)

    Minnesota Vikings acquire No.(s) 19 & 51 from the Washington Football Team in exchange for No. 14.

    Danielle Hunter wants out of Minnesota and there isn’t anyone else worth mentioning at EDGE for the Vikings. Rousseau opted-out of the 2020 season but in 2019 had a breakout year with 15.5 sacks and still possesses all of the ability needed in an elite EDGE defender.

  20. Chicago Bears: Samuel Cosmi, OT – Texas

    Cosmi is an elite athlete and is probably better than most of the Offensive Lineman for the Bears already. Chicago needs a lot of help on their line and they go with Cosmi who can play either Tackle spot so the Bears can plug and play him whenever and at whicever spot right away.

  21. Indianapolis Colts: Jalen Mayfield, OT – Michigan

    Colts are needing a Left Tackle with Anthony Castonzo retiring. Jalen Mayfield mainly played at Right Tackle for Michigan but can flip sides over to Left Tackle. He is a very raw prospect but still possesses a pretty high floor and is a mauler along the line.

  22. Tennessee Titans: Kwity Paye, EDGE – Michigan

    Another Michigan player off the board at 22 with Kwity Paye going to Tennessee. The Titans had the worth pass rush last year and with Paye able to playing hand in dirt or standing up, he is the perfect EDGE for the Titans with his good moves and athletic ability.

  23. Green Bay Packers (via New York Jets): Teven Jenkins, OT – Oklahoma State

    Green Bay Packers acquire No. 23 from the New York Jets in exchange for No.(s) 29 & 62.

    Green Bay makes an aggressive move by trading up to 23 and taking Teven Jenkins to play Right Tackle. Aaron Rodgers recently said that the Packers needs to show more of a commitment to him and they do that by getting him more protection. Jenkins has a really fun tape as he tends to maul a lot of defenders and has risen up draft boards since the process has started.

  24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Creed Humphrey, IOL – Oklahoma

    Maurkice Pouncey retired after the 2020 season leaving a huge void at Center. Creed Humphrey is arguably the best player at the position and with Big Ben getting older he will need as much protection as he can possibly get.

  25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR – LSU

    The Jaguars get their WR1 to go along with Trevor Lawrence for the future. Terrace Marshall was overshadowed in 2019 by Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson but in 2020 broke out and would have been talked about more if it weren’t for a COVID season. Marshall has a lot of ability and is really good as a 50/50 Wide Receiver which fits really well with Trevor Lawrence’s ability.

  26. Cleveland Browns: Rashod Bateman, WR – Minnesota

    I contemplated going with Greg Newsome at this spot but with questions about OBJ’s durability and not having a true #2 with #1 WR ability, the Browns go with Rashod Bateman. He has the highest floor of all Receivers in the draft and is perfect for a playoff team ready to take the next step.

  27. Baltimore Ravens: Trevon Moehrig, S – TCU

    Baltimore could easily go with an EDGE here after losing Matthew Judon but they need a safety next to Deshon Elliott and Trevon Moehrig is the guy. Moehrig really pops on his film with his aggressiveness and versatility that fits perfectly in the Ravens’ defensive scheme.

  28. New Orleans Saints: Greg Newsome ll, CB – Northwestern

    Newsome has been shooting up a lot of draft boards and goes to the Saints at 28. There are questions about Marshon Lattimore as he was recently arrested on felony gun charges and it doesn’t help that he is due for an extension soon. New Orleans needs to find somone at the Cornerback spot going forward that is able to be the main guy there and Newsome is just that.

  29. New York Jets (via Green Bay): Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB – Notre Dame

    New York Jets acquire No.(s) 29 & 62 from the Green Bay Packers in exchange for No. 23.

    Robert Saleh gets a really interesting playing in Owusu-Koramoah who can play Weakside Linebacker and box safety due to his athleticism and versatility. Saleh has shown in the past with the 49ers that he has a great knack for putting players in a position to succeed and getting the best out of them. JOK needs to be in a specific scheme that allows him to play multiple roles.

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

    Buffalo was one of the finalists for JJ Watt before he signed with the Cardinals and never really addressed the EDGE spot after that. In comes Jaelen Phillips who was the former No. 1 recruit out of high school that has battled injuries before transferring to Miami (FL) and having a breakout year. He’s a super-athlete with a lot of versatility standing up or hand in dirt but he has to stay healthy for the Bills.

  31. Kansas City Chiefs: Alex Leatherwood, OL – Alabama

    We all saw what happened in the Super Bowl. Patrick Mahomes is on his way to being an all-time great QB but there is only so much he could do without much protection. The Chiefs signed Joe Thuney and Kyle Long do address the Interior part of the line and now they need to address the Tackle spots after releasing Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz. They go with Leatherwood who had an excellent Pro Day and has versatility to play anywhere on the Line (besides center) and does so at a pretty high level. He comes in to provide Mahomes the protection needed to win another Super Bowl.

  32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE – Georgia

    The Bucs were able to re-sign everyone from the Super Bowl team so they look to add more depth to their team. Azeez Ojulari is a nice prospect to learn behind Shaq Barrett off the EDGE. Not to mention he can also replace Jason Pierre-Paul once he becomes a free agent after the 2021 season. Ojulari did not have the best Pro Day but he still has a lot of raw talent and a knack for getting to the QB.

    Round 2:

  33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Landon Dickerson, IOL – Alabama

  34. New York Jets: Kadarius Toney, WR – Florida

  35. Atlanta Falcons: Zaven Collins, LB – Tulsa

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

  37. Philadelphia Eagles: Pat Freiermuth, TE – Penn State

  38. Cincinnati Bengals: Elijah Moore, WR – Ole Miss

  39. Houston Texans (via Carolina): Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB – Syracuse

  40. Denver Broncos: Liam Eichenberg, OT – Notre Dame

  41. Atlanta Falcons (via Detroit): Joseph Ossai, EDGE – Texas

  42. New York Giants: Baron Browning, LB – Ohio State

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

  44. Dallas Cowboys: Dillon Radunz, OT – North Dakota State

  45. Jacksonville Jaguars: Christian Barmore, IDL – Alabama

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

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

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

  49. Arizona Cardinals: Travis Etienne, RB – Clemson

  50. Miami Dolphins: Rondale Moore, WR – Purdue

  51. Minnesota Vikings (via Washington): Josh Myers, IOL – Ohio State

  52. Chicago Bears: Eric Stokes, CB – Georgia

  53. Tennessee Titans: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR – USC

  54. Indianapolis Colts: Asante Samuel Jr., CB – Florida State

  55. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kelvin Joseph, CB – Kentucky

  56. Seattle Seahawks: Carlos Basham Jr., DL – Wake Forest

  57. Los Angeles Rams: Spencer Brown, OT – Northern Iowa

  58. Baltimore Ravens: Nico Collins, WR – Michigan

  59. Cleveland Browns: Levi Onwuzurike, IDL – Washington

  60. New Orleans Saints: Dyami Brown, WR – North Carolina

  61. Buffalo Bills: Elijah Molden, CB – Washington

  62. New York Jets (via Green Bay): Tyson Campbell, CB – Georgia

  63. Kansas City Chiefs: Ben Cleveland, IOL – Georgia

  64. Tampa Bay Buccanneers: Jay Tufele, IDL – USC

    Round 3

  65. Jacksonville Jaguars: Alim McNeill, IDL – North Carolina State

  66. New York Jets: Javonte Williams, RB – North Carolina

  67. Houston Texans: Daviyon Nixon, IDL – Iowa

  68. Atlanta Falcons: Davis Mills, QB – Stanford

  69. Cincinnati Bengals: Brevin Jordan, TE – Miami (FL)

  70. Philadelphia Eagles: Jabril Cox, LB – LSU

  71. Denver Broncos: Pete Werner, LB – Ohio State

  72. Detroit Lions: D’Wayne Eskridge, WR – Western Michigan

  73. Carolina Panthers: Walker Little, OT – Stanford

  74. Washington Football Team: Jackson Carman, OL – Clemson

  75. Dallas Cowboys: Tommy Togiai, IDL – Ohio State

  76. New York Giants: Aaron Robinson, CB – UCF

  77. Los Angeles Chargers: Jevon Holland, S – Oregon

  78. Minnesota Vikings: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S – Florida State

  79. Las Vegas Raiders: Michael Carter, RB – North Carolina

  80. Las Vegas Raiders: Jamin Davis, LB – Kentucky

  81. Miami Dolphins: Nick Bolton, LB – Missouri

  82. Washington Football Team: Trill Williams, CB – Syracuse

  83. Chicago Bears: Tylan Wallace, WR – Oklahoma State

  84. Philadelphia Eagles: Talanoa Hufanga, S – USC

  85. Tennessee Titans: James Hudson, OT – Cincinnati

  86. New York Jets: Hunter Long, TE – Boston College

  87. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kenneth Gainwell, RB – Memphis

  88. Los Angeles Rams: Tommy Tremble, TE – Notre Dame

  89. Cleveland Browns: Rashad Weaver, EDGE – Pittsburgh

  90. Minnesota Vikings: Amari Rodgers, WR – Clemson

  91. Cleveland Browns: Cameron McGrone, LB – Michigan

  92. Green Bay Packers: Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR – Iowa

  93. Buffalo Bills: Tutu Atwell, WR – Louisville

  94. Kansas City Chiefs: Chazz Surratt, LB – North Carolina

  95. Tampa Bay Buccanneers: Quinn Meinerz, IOL – Wisconsin-Whitewater

    3rd-Round Compensatory Picks

  96. New England Patriots: Benjamin St. Juste, CB – Minnesota

  97. Los Angeles Chargers: Aaron Banks, IOL – Notre Dame

  98. New Orleans Saints: Quincy Roche, EDGE – Miami (FL)

  99. Dallas Cowboys: Jordan Smith, EDGE – UAB

  100. Tennessee Titans: Paulson Adebo, CB – Stanford

  101. Detroit Lions (via Los Angeles Rams): Brady Christensen, OL – BYU

  102. San Francisco 49ers: Keith Taylor, CB – Washington

  103. Los Angeles Rams: Joe Tryon, EDGE – Washington

  104. Baltimore Ravens: Payton Turner, EDGE – Houston

  105. New Orleans Saints: James Wiggins, S – Cincinnati

Kyle Pitts Should be The First “Pass Catcher” Drafted

(Kyle Pitts, Evan Lapek / Getty Images)

The 2021 NFL Draft is stacked from top to bottom with talented receivers. Whether you’re targeting a player like Jaylen Waddle or Ja’Marr Chase early in the first round or a later round prospect like Josh Palmer or Shi Smith; you’ll be getting a talented prospect who can contribute in the passing game.

However, their is a pass catcher who has the potential to be better than them all and he’s not even a wide receiver: Florida tight end, Kyle Pitts. Tight ends like Pitts don’t come around often, and when they do you better draft them early because it’s going to be several years before we see another tight end prospect who compares.

At this point it seems like we can find extremely talented wide receiver prospects in every draft. Last year it was between CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, and Henry Ruggs — all were drafted in the top 20 — as to who would be the first guy drafted. This year we are having a similar argument with Waddle, Chase, and the Heisman winner, DeVonta Smith. It doesn’t stop there though, as we look ahead to next year, we could be having this same conversation about George Pickens, Chris Olave, and whatever guy that is likely to insert his name into the discussion.

Unlike the receiver position, tight end hasn’t had the same kind of luck. Drafting tight ends in the first round hasn’t exactly worked out in the past (Eric Ebron, O.J. Howard, and Jermaine Gresham to name a few) but Pitts is a much different prospect. Pitts is a mismatch wherever you line him up on the field. If you line him inline where he’ll be attacking linebackers he quicker and more agile. If you put him on the outside against receivers, he’s too big and still has the agility to compete even with some of the better cornerback prospects in the SEC.

In the clip above, you’ll see Kyle Pitts taking on Alabama corner, Patrick Surtain, who has a good argument for the best corner in the class. It doesn’t just end here though, he’s also put up reps against other top corners like Kelvin Joseph and Tyson Campbell and has came away with similar results.

His ability to compete on the outside makes him a nightmare for opposing defensive coordinators. He has the athleticism to threaten corners in off-coverage and the ability to turn on the afterburners when securing the catch. Here’s Pitts running away from Joseph, who is expected to put up great numbers at the combine.

One can have all the talent in the world, but if you can’t catch the ball as a “receiver” than there isn’t much hope for you, as we’ve seen with Ebron. This, however, is not the case for Pitts; one could argue he has the best hands in the class. On 66 targets this season — only played in 8 games — Pitts did not drop a single pass. He isn’t just making easy catches either, he is consistently going outside of his frame to reel in the ball.

Perhaps the most exciting factor about Pitts from a viewers perspective is that he hasn’t even truly tapped into all his potential. During the season Pitts weighed in at a listed at 239-pounds and with his frame, he may have the chance to put on 15 or so more pounds which would help him a ton when lined up as an inline tight end, working through contact and as a blocker as well.

There’s an argument out there that Pitts isn’t a blocker. While this may have some merit, it isn’t 100-percent the truth. He may not be the blocker that T.J. Hockenson was coming out of Iowa, but he is certainly serviceable and that will do when you bring to the table what Pitts brings. Once he can learn to use his length to his advantage he’ll have no trouble out-leveraging players, especially with added mass.

Not only does Pitts body have room to grow, but so does he as a player. When the NFL season starts next year (as long as there are no delays) he will only be 20 years old. If you’re in to break-out age, then you should be a fan of Kyle Pitts. There isn’t much he needs to improve on, which makes it all the more wild that he still has room to grow as a player.

Despite the fact that Pitts isn’t a receiver shouldn’t stop you from valuing him like one. He will allow your offense to be multiple, you can come out in 22 personnel (2 running backs and 2 tight ends) and have the ability to motion out of it if the defense is heavy in the box or run the ball if they stay light because of the threat that Pitts brings as a receiver.

When Pitts is on the field and on your team he will cause opposing teams to plan strictly for him. There aren’t many players in the league who can cover a 6-foot-6, 239-pound man who can move like he’s 4-inches shorter and 30-pounds lighter.

Derwin James’ don’t grow on trees.

There’s a decent chance Pitts may struggle the first year or two — as do all tight ends, it tends to be one of the tougher positions to adjust to in the NFL — if you use him like a traditional tight-end, lining him up on the line-of-scrimmage and having him run his routes from a three-point stance. Nonetheless, if you can get an offensive coordinator who can be a bit creative with him, there shouldn’t be a huge adjustment period for Pitts at the next level, i.e. letting him work outside and in the slot.

Pitts is not on the best pass catcher in this class, but one could argue he is the best prospect in this year’s draft, yes, better than Trevor Lawrence. There isn’t a perfect comparison for Pitts, but the easiest is Darren Waller of the Las Vegas Raiders. That’s though, is part of what make him a truly special prospect.

Don’t be the team that regrets passing on him 5 years down the road.