2021 NFL Mock Draft 3-4-21

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Welcome to version 2.0 of our 2021 NFL mock draft. For the 202o edition go here. For our final 2020 MLB mock draft go here, the latest NBA mock is linked here and the NHL can be found at this link. Far as we know, we’re the only independently owned, mom and pop shop style website that makes a mock draft for all four major sports. Also, here is the link to a list of 70 of the worst NFL Draft cliches, buzzwords and other pointless word salad.

Team needs were very seldom, if ever, taken into account at this point. Some player/pick descriptions are included, the rest will be added in future additions. If you are interested in Super Bowl betting or line odds, you can check out www.fanduel.com to learn more. Also, be sure to check out the hottest Tom Brady RC at Gold Card Auctions!

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  1. Jacksonville Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson 

We’ve all known for at least a couple years now that the Christian zealot QB who resembles Mitch Kramer from “Dazed and Confused” (and/or Sunshine Ronnie Bass in “Remember the Titans”) was going to be the #1 overall pick in this draft. He’s definitely been ready since 2019, but hey, rules and stuff.

Jags are rebuilding again, and this is the right signal caller building block for them.

2. NY Jets, Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

Crazy efficient and productive; he also showed his guts and moxie in the Sugar Bowl win over Clemson. The Jets are the new Browns, seemingly always rebuilding, always seem to be in need of a new quarterback

3. Miami, Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

Bluest of all the non-QB blue chips in this draft, he seems to be a top 5 lock. Not exactly the team’s top need, especially given recent dradt history, but still too good a prospect to pass up.

4. Atlanta, Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

New regimes mean new quarterbacks, even if those signal callers are more future-oriented in mind

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5. Cincinnati, Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

The native of Harrisburg earned the Big Ten Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year award and was a second-team All-American

For the second-straight season, Parsons is leading the Nittany Lions in tackles with 85. He also has 10.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, three pass breakups and three quarterback hurries.

6. Philadelphia, DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

The first Heisman trophy at the receiver position in forever, he was a man among boys almost every time that he took to the field this past season. Can’t pass up on drafting this guy.

7. Detroit, Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami

Blue chip edge prospect goes to a team with an absolutely atrocious front seven

8. Carolina, Patrick Surtain, CB, Alabama

Bama blue-chipper boasting big bloodlines

9. Denver, Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

Big time playmaker who creates mismatches easily. Next Gronk? This is definitely a best available kind of selection.

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10. Dallas, Kwity Paye, Edge, Michigan

I don’t know if Kwity Paye is a mobile app centered around Bitcoin, or the heavily auto-tuned pop star with the #1 song in the nation right now.

But in all seriousness, he’s perfect for what Dallas might need and should do here- go defensive best player available and beef up the front seven.

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11. NY Giants, Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

With Daniel Jones and this guy, perhaps they’ll get their pitch and catch of the future. This postition group, at big blue, is terribly thin right now. What the Giants need to do, going forward, is help develop Jones along, and the best way to do that is get a true number one receiver next to him.

12. San Francisco, Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

Name sounds like the quarterback character in every high school movie, but he’s real, and it’s time for the Niners to find their next potential franchise signal caller.

This is as good as spot as any to do it.

13. LA Chargers, Rashawn Slater, OL, Northwestern

It’s rare these days to see a first rounder come out of NU, but Slater certainly fits the bill, and the Chargers can use another pass protector for their new direction at quarterback.

He had a breakout season in 2019, allowing zero sacks, one quarterback hit and five quarterback pressures over the course of 11 games. Pro Football Focus graded Slater as the No. 2 returning offensive tackle in Power Five football and the top returner in the Big Ten.

He has since officially declared for the draft. In the 2020 offseason Slater drew national recognition, earning Preseason All-America distinction from Athlon Sports and Phil Steele.

14. Minnesota, Dylan Moses, ILB, Alabama

Vikes need more help in the defensive front seven and this is a pick that could make sense.

15. New England, Wyatt Davis, OL, Ohio State

OSU is right up there with the blue bloods of the SEC in producing a ton of NFL Draft prospects.

16. Arizona, Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse

Best DB available selection could be in the cards at #16

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17. Las Vegas, Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State

Buckeyes are seriously giving FSU and LSU a run for their money as so-called “DBU” in recent years.

18. Miami, Joseph Ossai, OLB Texas

Fins need more help at the linebacker position.

19. Washington, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame 

The versatility of JOK will be his best asset when NFL scouts look at his film. In 2019, Owusu-Koramoah led the Irish with 70 tackles and 13.5 tackles for loss. He added 5.5 sacks, four pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. 

Owusu-Koramoah reflects the defensive players needed to handle the new NFL offenses focused on “pace and space.” NFL defenses need players who have the skill set to stay on the field in all down and distance scenarios. JOK’s athleticism and versatility are similar to other hybrid defenders like Derwin James, Isaiah Simmons, and Shaq Thompson. 

For more on JOK, and the other ND players on defense who are NFL Draft prospects go here.

20. Chicago, Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

Tall, fast, productive, exciting. Look for this dude to ROW THE BOAT into the first round. Ski-U-Mah!

And as you might have heard, the Bears need some help in their air attack. Highly likely the Bears might take an O lineman here too. Given that Ryan Pace is still in charge, because the Bears higher ups don’t really care too much about rising above mediocrity, this pick will likely get screwed up.

Bateman would be a great pick, so I am giving Pace and company way too much credit here.

21. Indianapolis, Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama 

Some would say he’s under-sized, but no one questions his desire and ambition. Definitely over-shadowed by the Heisman winner this season.

22. Tennessee, Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida State

We’re betting that Wilson, by far the biggest star on a Seminoles team that is basically Florida State in name only, wishes he had left last year. He and new head coach Mike Norvell didn’t exactly get off to the best start, and right now Wilson is looking at a very long and brutal season, when he could’ve been making millions in the NFL instead, had he decided to leave early like most observers thought he would.

Go here for more on Wilson and FSU.

23. NY Jets, Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

Value pick who may not even slide this low.

24. Pittsburgh, Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

Without a doubt, the best RB prospect in this class. Likely the best overall back in college football too.

25. Jacksonville, Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa

The silent majority of people might agree with this potential selection projection.

26. Cleveland, Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama

Versatile, quick and powerful prospect

27. Baltimore, Jaylen Twyman, DT, Pittsburgh

It’s been a decade and a half since Baltimore have taken a DL in the first round, but it’s definitely a need this time around, so hey, why nit?

28. New Orleans, Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

A game-changer in two phases, and a workout warrior to boot, his combine will end up being just as impressive as his on field production. Here’s a link to more on the challenges that come with trying to defend Rondale. He keeps the same colors and goes to the NFL franchise that is synonymous with the biggest Purdue product NFL star of all time.

Moore is definitely a blue chip prospect that will catch on no matter where he lands.

29. Green Bay, Samuel Cosmi, OL, Texas

Big pass protector with a tremendous upside.

30. Buffalo, Pat Freiermuth, TE Penn State

The team’s 2019 Most Valuable Offensive Player, he’s caught a pass in 25-straight games. Freiermuth has 15 career touchdown receptions, tied with Mike Gesicki (2014-17) for the PSU record for tight ends. That number puts him in a tie for ninth all-time at Penn State with current assistant head coach Terry Smith (1988-91), Joe Jurevicius (1994-97) and Mike Gesicki (2014-17).

A second team All-American pick by a couple different outlets last season, much will be expected of him this season.

31. Kansas City, Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame

Fighting Irish may have replaced Wisconsin (or some of your traditional SEC powers) as O-line U in recent years. At least on draft night. South Bend as certainly been a pro OL factory in the 2010s and look for this to continue well into the 2020s, starting with Eichenberg.

In 2019, Eichenberg allowed zero sacks and was ranked first on the team in pass-blocking and run-blocking grades by Pro Football Focus. He struggles with speed on the outside and appears to lack lateral mobility in pass protection. He’s is a powerful player and aggressive at the point of attack.

When he can get his hands on defenders, he’s impressive at driving them off the line of scrimmage.

Eichenberg is projected to go in the second or third round and will likely be the first Irish player to come off the board. To move up to the first round Eichenberg has a few things he’ll need to improve.

Go here for more on Eichenberg, and the other ND players on offense with NFL Draft prospects.

32. Tampa Bay, Creed Humphrey, OL Oklahoma

Bucs could use some help up front.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank, partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” has regularly appeared in WGNSports IllustratedChicago Tribune and SB NationFollow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. I think the Packers with taking J. Love in 2019 addressed a QB of the future for them

  2. Pirates Cowboys Fan says

    I can’t put any credence in a mock draft that would have the Cowboys drafting a wide receiver at pick #9. They have 3 very good WRs already and used first round picks in 2019 and 2020 to draft WRs. With the needs they have on defense that was an insanely bad pick.

  3. I love this site’s Packer pick, Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota. But I honestly can’t see GM Gutekunst taking a WR in Round One. My guess, he’ll take a defensive tackle like Jay Tufele or LaBryan Ray to help out Kenny Clark.

  4. Owusu-Koramoah is a nice player but there other equal valuer players available in this mock draft that SF would probably consider before Owusu-Koramoah, Trey Lance, Rashawn Slater, Jaycee Horn and Caleb Farley come to mind. So if the draft falls like this the likely pick is Lance. Were I the 9er GM (please note I am not) I would go with a trade down a few slots and hope one of these guys was available and be happy for the extra 2nd or 3rd round pick. I would use my day 2 picks on best need player available C/T/G, CB, edge or safety and day 3 picks on best small school players available or “top rated” players who slide down the draft.

  5. you get paid for this dribble … NYG will go OLor DF in first, Wash just resigned Center, so why draft one … Moses has not played like a 1st rnd pick … cannot cover … what the heck are you thinking … it seems obvious that you are not!

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