Analysis

Way-too-early 2021 NFL mock draft

It’s never to early to start prepping for the NFL Draft. Even though the draft ended just a week ago, teams are already working towards building player profiles for the 2021 NFL Draft. To decide the order for the draft I used the Super Bowl Odds from each team, and as it goes, the team with the worst odds to win receives the 1st selection all the way down to the favorites. 

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence (QB) Clemson 
  • This is obvious right? He would have been the 1st pick since his freshman year, if possible. He is one of the cleanest products since Andrew Luck. He has all the traits, tools and skills needed to be one of the top QB’s in the NFL. 
  1. Washington Redskins – Penei Sewell (OT) Oregon  Sewell was drawing comparisons from former All-Pro Jason Peters. If a non QB needy team lands the #1 pick they could still select Sewell and I wouldn’t bat an eye. 
  1. Cincinnati Bengals – Ja’marr Chase (WR) LSU 
  • We all know just how hyped the 2020 class of WRs were heading in and this year is going to be better. Ja’marr Chase is my #3 prospect and the Bengals give Joe Burrow his favorite option in college to pair with Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate. He is the best WR prospect to come out since Julio and Odell. 
  1. Carolina Panthers – Justin Fields (QB) Ohio State
  • If the Panthers are selecting here then something went wrong with Bridgewater’s comeback. If that is the case the Panthers should look into finding his long term replacement in Fields. Fields has all the tools to succeed in the NFL with speed, arm strength, and awareness. The best dual threat QB in the draft. 
  1. New York Jets – Justyn Ross (WR) Clemson 
  • Ross is a near identical clone to former teammate and 2nd round selection Tee Higgins. At 6’4 Ross has the catch radius, hands, and 50/50 catch rate that you covet in a big body receiver. He also possesses more speed and a better route tree than Higgins. 
  1. Miami Dolphins – Walker Little (OT) Stanford   
  • Although selecting Austin Jackson in the 1st last year was smart, the Dolphins double dip to protect Tua. Walker Little was going to be a top pick last year if not for injury. Possibly the top Tackle off the board last year this is the perfect landing spot for him to protect Tua. Allows versatility between Jackson and Little at either Tackle spot. 
  1. Detroit Lions – Gregory Rousseau (EDGE) Miami 
  • Rousseau is a freak. Bringing comparisons from Calais Campbell after his redshirt sophomore season in which he nabbed 15.5 sacks. He brings a blend of speed, strength, bend, length and technique that will make him haunt NFC North QB’s for the next decade. 
  1. New York Giants – Davanta Smith (WR) Alabama
  • Last year the Broncos lucked into Jerry Jeudy at 15. This year Davanta Smith, who is a clone of Jeudy will go to the Giants to give them their true #1 receiver to pair with Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Saquon Barkely, Evan Engram, Russell Shephard, and an improving O-line.  
  1. Miami Dolphins (via. Houston) – Jaylen Waddle (WR) Alabama  
  • If Davanta Smith was a clone of Jeudy then Waddle’s blazing speed is a clone of Jalen Ruggs. Reportedly tying with Ruggs in a footrace means he runs fast, like 4.3 speed which can ruin gameplans. This also happens to be one of Tua’s former teammates that will help in his development. 
  1. Atlanta Falcons – Shaun Wade (CB) Ohio State
  • Wade is a well rounded corner who can play well in man and zone. He has the length and size you want to play corner with the versatility to slide in on some passing downs. 
  1. Arizona Cardinals – Patrick Surtain II (CB) Alabama
  • My top rated corner finally comes off the board to Arizona. After a slight fall, At 6’2 and 205 lbs. He has the size speed technique and physical and genetic traits you want in a true shutdown corner. 
  1. Denver Broncos – Alex Leatherwood (OT)  Alabama
  • The Garret Boles era in Denver is ending. Although not a terrible player, they have to upgrade that O-line if they want to compete in the AFC West. Leatherwood possesses the strength, hands, and technique to be a starting tackle from day one. 
  1. Chicago Bears – Jamie Newman (QB) Georgia 
  • The last 3 drafts #1 overall selections were transfer QB’s. With vast talent improvements, this season can solidify him as a round 1 prospect. With a strong enough arm and accuracy, Newman can move up boards this year. 
  1. Cleveland Browns – Micah Parsons (LB) Penn State
  • Parsons is an elite athlete who had 109 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, five sacks, five pass breakups and four forced fumbles as a sophomore.
  1. Tennessee Titans – Xavier Thomas (EDGE) Clemson
  • Oozing with raw physical traits, Thomas can be a problem in the NFL with proper coaching and learning of techniques. 
  1. Las Vegas Raiders – LeBryan Ray (DE/DT) Alabama
  • Mike Mayock loves bluechip players from bluechip programs. Versatility and potential are Ray’s calling cards that get him selected along with strong play. 
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars (via LA Rams) – Samuel Cosmi (OT) Texas 
  • Predominantly playing on the right side and dominating, Cosmi will slide to the left during his likely final season in Austin. 
  1. Minnesota Vikings – Marvin Wilson (DT) Florida State
  • After losing Linval Joseph and Everson Griffin on their D-line this offseason, the Vikings look to replenish the room with size, strength, speed and talent. 
  1. Los Angeles Chargers – Trey Smith (G/T) Tennessee
  • Protecting new franchise QB Justin Herbert has to be their top priority. Getting a player who can play on either the interior or as a tackle helps improve that. 
  1. Pittsburgh Steelers – Najee Harris (RB) Alabama
  • James Conner has not been the answer many thought he would be a couple years ago. Najee Harris comes in and gives them a big, strong, fast and quick do it all running back. 
  1. Indianapolis Colts – Rashad Bateman (WR) Minnesota 
  • Bateman is a big receiver 6’2 and 210 lbs.  with excellent hands who was eighth in the country with 20.3 yards per catch. My sleeper receiver so far in this class.
  1. New England Patriots – Richard Lecounte (S) Georgia 
  • This is a Bill Belichick Special. Coverage safety with ballhawk skills to replace Patrick Chung.
  1. Buffalo Bills – Paulson Adebo (CB) Stanford
  • Matching Adebo opposite of Tre White will help complete this defense. Although new to the position, Adebo has all the traits to succeed with more time. 
  1. Green Bay Packers – Rondale Moore (WR) Purdue 
  • If you refuse to get Aaron Rodgers help, get your new QB in Jordan Love some help early on. 
  1. Philadelphia Eagles – Andre Cisco (S) Syracuse 
  • After losing Malcolm Jenkins to the Saints, they need to replenish that secondary. Cisco is a playmaking Safety that can help fill the void.  
  1. Seattle Seahawks – Israel Mukuamu (CB/S) South Carolina
  • Where have you heard this before: Long, rangy, athletic corner with ball skills. Oh right, it’s Seattle. 
  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jaylen Mayfield (OT) Michigan
  • This is both a pick for Tom Brady and the future of the team. Regardless of who takes over, secure them two top Tackles in back to back drafts. 
  1. Dallas Cowboys – Pat Freiermuth (TE) Penn State
  • Dallas finally completed their offensive juggernaut with the top Tight End in the class. A Secure over the middle target for Dak similar to Jason Witten in his rookie season.
  1. New Orleans Saints – Trey Lance (QB) North Dakota State
  • Finally the Saints invest in Drew Brees replacement in the draft. Lance comes from the same school as Wentz with better accuracy and decision making. He will fit seamlessly into the Saints. 
  1. San Francisco 49ers – Travis Etienne (RB) Clemson
  • The NFL better hope this does not happen. This biggest homerun hitting back goes to the most dominant running team outside of maybe Baltimore. Goodluck. 
  1. Baltimore Ravens – Jay Tufele (DT) Utah 
  • Realizing the Calais Campbell is older and may be a one year rental, invest in that D-line like they seem to always do. 
  1. Kansas City Chiefs – Creed Humphrey (C/G) Oklahoma 

Getting Mahomes more protection after somehow skirting around it. Getting the top Center who can play guard is tremendous value for the chiefs who pick in the Championship spot again.

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