2021 NFL Mock Draft 10-13-20

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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.  The order was taken from (or at least strongly based on) Tankathon. Some player/pick descriptions are included, the rest will be added in future additions. You will have issue with the picks, no doubt, so please be respectful and courteous in voicing your displeasure.

  1. Atlanta, 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.

And in the ATL, a house-cleaning is coming, and new regimes almost always mean new QBs.

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

Crazy efficient this past season, he just does not throw interceptions; which made his bizarre INT in the CFP semifinal Fiesta Bowl so strange and questionable. If he has another season like he did in ’19, he could challenge Lawrence for the top spot.

3. NY Jets, Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

Bluest of the all the non-QB blue chips in this draft, he seems to be a top 5 lock.

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4. Minnesota, 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.

5. Washington, Wyatt Davis, OL Ohio State

Buckeyes continue to be a NFL Draft prospect factory, resembling a SEC program that somehow resides in the Big Ten.

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6. Jacksonville, Patrick Surtain, CB, Alabama

7. Miami via Houston, Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami

Blue chip edge prospect stays in the same city

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8. 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.

9. Detroit, Dylan Moses, ILB, Alabama

Very surprising that he returned to school this season, when he could have been a very high pick this April. Detroit have needs all over the field, both sides of the ball, but I think they might go best defensive player available.

10. Denver, 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. Perfect to help develop the situation at quarterback, which frankly, needs some developing.

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

11. Philadelphia, Samuel Cosmi, OL, Texas

Big pass protector with a tremendous upside.

12. Cincinnati, Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Perfect complement for Burrow; why not get this big cat reunion party started!

13. Miami, Xavier Thomas, Edge, Clemson

Verstile prospect that can pfovide pressure from the outside.

 

15. New Orleans, 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.

16. New England, Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama 

Some would say he’s under-sized, but no one questions his desire and ambition.

17. Arizona, Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

Back to back Bama in this mock.

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18. Indianapolis, Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State

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

19. Dallas, 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. Carolina, Richard LeCounte, S, Georgia

21. Tampa, Trey Dean III, CB, Florida

22. Las Vegas, 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 silver and black to continue the franchise makeover by selecting a new signal caller.

23. Kansas City, Creed Humphrey, OL Oklahoma

24. Cleveland, Jaylen Twyman, DT, Pittsburgh

25. 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.

 

26. Baltimore, 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.

 

 

27. Jacksonville via Rams, 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.

28. Tennessee, Thomas Booker, Edge, Stanford

29. Green Bay, Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

Ballhawk with excellent NFL pedigree, guidance and connections. Feel old that Samuel’s kid is already on the verge of joining the league? I do.

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29. Baltimore, Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami

30. Pittsburgh, Dimitri Moore, ILB, Vanderbilt

31. Buffalo, Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State

 

Stood up for himself and for what’s right, and that got him a lot of national publicity. Everybody knew the Canadian track star could play, but in mid-June we learned that his character is top notch too.

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32. Jets via Seahawks, Kwity Paye, Edge, Michigan

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  1. brownsfan1 says

    So, you expect the Browns to be *worse” this year? Interesting. None of the moves impressed you?

  2. James Nixon says

    Trashing Big Ben is off limits.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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