Our 2021 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 of course is an early mock draft that may or may not be anywhere close to the final version. For our 2021 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 we use the current NFL draft order. This may or may not be the final order which of course could influence picks. For some of the teams we use team needs as well as our own subjective player rankings. Some players for our 2021 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 may be placed on a team due to where I think they will land in the 2021 draft. Last year we did very well with our mock draft and hope to continue that trend. Let us know what you think about our early 2021 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 and keep in mind we are very early in the process.
1. Giants – Trevor Lawrence (QB)
Whether you think this will happen or not Lawrence is the first overall pick. Teams will trade into this spot and although I am not predicting trades it is hard for anyone to pass up Lawrence. He has size, the arm, the accuracy and the ability to make throws on the run. He is your number 1 hence he will land at number 1 in our 2021 NFL Mock Draft.
2. Falcons – Micah Parsons (LB)
Parsons is a player I am super high on. He has quality size, the instincts you want to see and an incredible ability to hit the hole and make the tackle. He is top 5 worthy and could be a leader for this Falcons defense.
3. Jets – Penei Sewell (OT)
The Jets are so intriguing. Currently they hold the 3rd pick and I don’t know if that’s enough to move on from Darnold. But this team needs a culture change from top to bottom. I would not be surprised if they take a QB yet I cannot have them pass up Sewell. He has the size, length and athleticism to be a star right away. Pairing him with Becton would sure up the future of these tackles.
4. Dolphins (HOU) – Jamar Chase (WR)
Chase broke out big time in 2019 helping LSU win the national championship. He has the speed and separation skills to beat any cornerback. His route running is very good and he has an ability to make people miss in the open field. He will be a huge playmaker for Tua in the future.
5. Cowboys – Gregory Rousseau (DE)
The Cowboys defense has been roasted so far this season. The currently are 27th in sacks and have not generated much pressure. Rousseau showed a ton of ability to get off blocks, develop quality pass rushing moves and with this he recorded 15.5 sacks. The year off could hurt his development but with a whacky year for now I like him here.
6. Washington – Justin Fields (QB)
Fields had an incredible year in 2019. He has a strong arm, is incredibly accurate and can make plays with his feet. With Washington moving on it seems from Haskins Fields could be in play here.
7. Chargers – Alex Leatherwood (OT)
Leatherwood has incredible size, quickness and athleticism. His technique still needs refinement yet I fully believe he is NFL ready. He has a ton of upside and a skill set to be a star.
8. Dolphins – Dylan Moses (LB)
Moses consistently has shown an ability to make plays all over the field. He is a leader and has quality size and athleticism for a linebacker. His injury last year was tough yet he still could be an early pick with his performance this season.
9. Detroit – Marvin Wilson (DT)
Wilson has an ability to stuff the run and pass rush. He has quickness and athleticism you want to see on the interior line. Wilson is very strong as well and can boost this defensive line. I like him for this Lions defense.
10. Broncos – Patrick Surtain 3rd (CB)
Surtain has all the makings of an elite cornerback. He is quick, has good awareness and is very physical. He has a knack for making plays and I love him in this spot for Denver.
11. Jaguars – Kyle Pitts (TE)
Pitts is going to be elite at the next level. He has excellent hands, good route running ability and could be a dynamic mismatch for most teams. Jaguars need another playmaker like him for Minshew who I believe they will stick with for now.
12. Vikings – Carlos Basham (DE/DT)
Basham is as versatile as they come on the defensive line. He is athletic, has good size and can disrupt both in the run and pass game. The Vikings could use him in many different ways to improve this defensive line.
13. Bengals – Sam Cosmi (OT)
Cosmi has been a superstar tackle at Texas. Any given team would be lucky to draft him but I expect the Bengals go after another tackle. He has length, athleticism and the raw talent you would like to see. He could develop into a starter from day 1.
14. Panthers – Caleb Farley (CB)
The Panthers went all defense last year and I was torn of who to put here. I looked at tackle but felt I needed to see some more from the next tier of tackles. Farley has the size, speed and athleticism you like to see with his skill set. I like him to be a solid first round pick.
15. Cardinals – Jay Tufele (DT)
Tufele was very disruptive for the Trojans last year. He has quality size and is very good against the run. We also saw him have an ability to pass rush. Another upside player that makes sense for this team to me.
16. Raiders – Joe Tyron (DE)
Tyron has the ability to be a special pass rusher. He has quality size and a very good ability to pass rush. He may need a bit more development but Gruden has been shown to take risk on guys like him.
17. Patriots – Jaylon Waddle (WR)
The Patriots are always so difficult to predict in the draft. This year though they need a playmaker who could stretch the field. Their receiving core is the weakest part of this team right now and they have to add more talent. I like Waddle as a playmaker for this unit.
18. 49ers – Andre Cisco (S)
Cisco is the perfect type of safety for this 49ers defense. He is a ballhawk in pass coverage and has the ability to strip fumbles any given play. With the 49ers pass rush he could have the ability to be a disruption on the back end and lead this defense.
19. Eagles – Devonta Smith (WR)
The achilles heel of this team has been their receiving core. Yes they drafted Reagor last year but they are going to need another playmaker opposite of him. Jackson and Jeffery just won’t cut it. I like Smith as has very good hands and ball control. Look for him to go to a team in this area.
20. Saints – Trey Lance (QB)
I chose Trey Lance for the Saints. Currently he is my quarterback 2 but I do not know if teams will draft him like one. Yes they have Winston but I think they need to look towards the future. He may not be as polished but his rushing ability reminds me very much so of Cam Newton. He has good arm strength, quality size and a huge ceiling. I like this kid to develop into a star one day. When it is all said and done this kid could be a top 10 pick.
21. Bucs – Travis Etienne (RB)
Etienne is an explosive playmaker who can help this team win now. He has quickness, explosiveness and the ability to break away tough runs. I believe the Bucs will move on from Ronald Jones and use Etienne in a way similar to CEH for the Chiefs.
22. Browns – Wyatt Davis (OG)
The Browns should look to improve this offensive line. Davis is a terrific interior lineman. He has the strength you like to see and is a great run blocker. He needs to improve a little with his pass blocking.
23. Colts – Pat Freiermuth (TE)
The Colts could use help at the tight end position. Mo Alie-Cox has looked good but Freiermuth could become a star. He has quality size, some quickness to him and is a weapon in the passing game. I like him to help out the Colts pass attack.
24. Ravens – Tamorrion Terry (WR)
Enough messing around. The Ravens need another receiver for this offense. Terry may not be the highest graded receiver left but he has size that is lacked with Hollywood. Terry is athletic enough to where he could make plays down the field for this team.
25. Jaguars – Jalen Mayfield (OT)
Mayfield has the quickness and athleticism you like to see in a tackle. He may not have one particular strength but he is good on all levels. Teams will be able to rely on him to hold up and that is what the Jaguars need. I expect him to go in the mid to late first round.
26. Bears – Rondale Moore (WR)
The Bears figure to be stuck with Foles for one more year to me. They currently are in the playoffs so perhaps they look to strengthen their receiving core. Moore is one of my favorite prospects. He has elite speed and explosiveness that can help him score on any given play. To pair him with Robinson would be very good for this team.
27. Steelers – Kyle Trask (QB)
He is your wild card quarterback. I believe he will rise up boards a ton. He has excellent size and has shown impressive pocket ability. He has been accurate and also has shown great decision making. The Steelers need a quarterback of the future and I believe it to be him. Look for him to rise though as we get closer to the draft.
28. Titans – Deonte Brown (OG)
A team like the Titans could always improve their offensive line. Brown is a very steady pass blocker. He comes with some off the field issues but his play on the field is what will get him drafted.
29. Chiefs – Walker Little (OT)
Little is a very sound tackle that should fall in the first round. He has quality length and strength that makes it tough for teams to beat him on the edge. Little also has shown an ability to play well on the ground game. This would be a quality choice for the Chiefs.
30. Jets (Seahawks) – Paulson Adebo (CB)
I was very high on Adebo last year rankings him as a first round prospect. He has tremendous size and has the ability to play the ball in the air. He could develop into a true cover corner for this team. They Jets have many holes but getting a smart shutdown corner could help this defense even more.
31. Packers – Shaun Wade (CB)
Of course this team needs a wide receiver but they will not draft one. Wade however is a very solid cornerback. He has a very good skill set and has a ton of upside. We have to see him as the star corner this year and he potentially could rise.
32. Bills – Trey Smith (OG)
Smith could be a sneaky first round selection. For the past few years he has been a very good guard for Tennessee. He has a good skill set and can dominate the point of attack. He has had some health concerns in the past but if he stays healthy expect him to rise up draft boards.
We hope you enjoyed our 2021 NFL Mock Draft 1.0. We will update our mock draft for midseason and put out our big board very soon.