Carson Zorn’s 2021 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

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Carson Zorn, Sports Writer

The NFL draft is now only two days away, and fans are anxiously awaiting to see who their team will select. If you haven’t read my Mock Draft 1.0,  you can check it out here. But, you’re not here for some long introduction, so let’s just jump right into the mock draft. (There will be trades in this mock draft)

 

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

The only pick in the draft that seems to be locked in, there is no doubt that the Jaguars will take Lawrence here. They need a new franchise QB, and Lawrence is the consensus top QB in this draft. This is a no brainer. 

 

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

After trading away Sam Darnold, there’s almost no question that the Jets are going to take a QB at this pick, and while I think Justin Fields is a better QB, all the buzz is that Wilson is the Jets’ favorite, so I think they take him, and get a new face of the franchise. 

 

3. San Francisco 49ers: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

While I think he is actually a terrible pick for the 49ers here with Fields and Lance on the board, this seems to be the consensus rumor for the 49ers pick. While my mind may change by my next mock on Thursday, this is what I’m going with for now.

 

4. Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

While the Falcons will likely find it hard to pass up on QB Justin Fields here, QB is nowhere near a big need for them. They need to grab a weapon that will instantly improve their offense, and selecting Pitts would 100% do that.

 

5. Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

While I legitimately believe that the Bengals will take WR Ja’Marr Chase here, I had to do at least one mock where I gave them Sewell. Sewell is one of the best O-Line prospects of the past 10 years, and while passing on him for Chase isn’t as bad of a decision as everyone makes it out to be, taking Sewell is a great option for the Bengals at 5.

 

6. Miami Dolphins: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

The Dolphins need to get Tua weapons if he is going to develop properly, and Chase is the best WR in this class, this is a no brainer.

 

7. Detroit Lions: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

The Lions top WR is currently Tyrell Williams, and while he isn’t awful, he should no way be a WR1. In order for the Lions to even be watchable this year, they need to get a dynamic WR, and that is exactly what Smith is.

 

MOCK TRADE: Panthers Trade Pick #8 to the Patriots, Panthers move back to Pick #15 and receive Pick #46 and a 2022 Second Round Pick

 

8. New England Patriots: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

If Justin Fields begins to fall, the Patriots NEED to trade up to get him. I have no clue why Fields is getting so much hate, and is starting to slip down draft boards, but grabbing Fields, even if they have to give up some picks, makes the Patriots an instant playoff contender.

 

9. Denver Broncos: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

Let’s face it Broncos fans: Drew Lock is not the answer at QB. The Broncos need to move on, and they can by drafting Trey Lance, who, in my opinion, has the highest ceiling of any QB in this draft.

 

1o. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

The Cowboys’ secondary was shredded relentlessly last year. Drafting Surtain is a big step in the right direction to fixing that secondary.

 

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

While signing Kenny Golladay was a big improvement for the Giants’ WR room, it could still use some more playmakers. If Waddle indeed falls out of the top 10, the Giants need to take him.

 

12. Philadelphia Eagles: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

While the Eagles really need a WR, there is a big dropoff in receiver talent at this point, and drafting any of the remaining receivers would be a reach. So, in this mock, they shore up their Linebacker core by drafting the best LB in the draft.

 

13. Los Angeles Chargers: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

The Chargers need to protect their QB of the future, Justin Herbert, and they already got a great head start on improving their O-Line in free agency. Drafting Slater here would make their O-Line one of the best in the NFL, and would guarantee Herbert’s safety in the pocket.

 

14. Minnesota Vikings: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT, USC

The Vikings are one of the more confusing teams to pick for, but O-Line seems to be a solid choice for them. They are one of the most run heavy offenses in the NFL, and need to continue to open up lanes for Dalvin Cook to run through, and getting a top O-Line prospect is a great way to do that.

 

15. Carolina Panthers: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

After trading back with the Patriots, the Panthers grab an Offensive Tackle to shore up the Left Tackle position. QB is no longer a need for them…as long as the Sam Darnold experiment works out.

 

16. Arizona Cardinals: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

The Cardinals just seem to love to throw their RB room into chaos every couple of weeks, and adding Harris to a backfield that includes James Conner and Chase Edmonds does improve the backfield, but also makes the snap share very hard to predict. If anything, they could have Harris develop behind Conner for a year, and then cut Conner loose (by not resigning him) after this season.

 

17. Las Vegas Raiders: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

While the Raiders really need O-Line help, their secondary could also use quite a bit of improvement, and if Horn somehow slips to them at 17, they shouldn’t hesitate to make him the pick.

 

18. Miami Dolphins: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

Something that nobody is talking about is the fact that the Dolphins O-Line is actually pretty bad. While PFF grades aren’t everything, the grades on each of their O-Line members are pretty bad. While Jenkins is not a top tier tackle in this draft, he is still absolutely poised to be a starter in the NFL.

 

19. Washington Football Team: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

Adding Bateman to an offense that includes Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel at WR, combined with Antonio Gibson at RB makes the team that needs a new name a strong contender to win their division again. Although, I could see them trading up if a top QB starts to slide.

 

20. Chicago Bears: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern

While there are pressing needs on O-Line and at QB for the Bears, they need to replace the void left by the release of Kyle Fuller on the defense, and Newsome is a fantastic way to do that. He is a CB with a safe floor and relatively high ceiling, which is exactly what the Bears need. 

 

21. Indianapolis Colts: Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan

While taking a WR might seem appetizing for the Colts, they can’t let Paye slide past them. He is a fantastic edge rusher that will add a whole other layer to that already stout defense.

 

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

Farley’s draft stock has slipped so much that some think he may not even be drafted in the first round. But with such a pressing need at Corner, the Titans have to take him if he’s here at 22.

 

23. New York Jets: Jayson Oweh, DE, Penn State

The Jets have one of the best D-Lines in the NFL, and adding Oweh to be on the opposite side of Carl Lawson at the edge rusher spot would only make that D-Line even better. A receiver or running back is also a strong possibility here.

 

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

The Steelers need a run game, and they need it now. Etienne was incredible in college, and will be incredible in the NFL, the Steelers would be making a great pick if they take Etienne here.

 

25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

While grabbing an offensive weapon for Trevor Lawrence may be tempting, the Jaguars shouldn’t forget that their defense isn’t all that great either. One area that needs to be improved is the secondary, and given that Moehrig is the best Safety in this draft, the Jaguars should grab him at 25.

 

26. Cleveland Browns: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

Every time I do a mock draft JOK falls to 26, and every time he does I have the Browns take him. It makes so much sense for them to take him if he is here, as their LB core could use a bit of improvement. If they draft Koramoah, the Browns will wake up Friday morning feeling dangerous.

 

27. Baltimore Ravens: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU

After trading with the Chiefs, the Ravens have more flexibility with what they can do with this pick. As much as the Ravens try to sell Hollywood Brown as a WR1, he just isn’t, and they need some new talent in the WR room. Drafting Marshall gives the Ravens an instant starter at the WR position, and a young player with a lot of upside. 

 

28. New Orleans Saints: Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

The Saints are still in a cap space nightmare, and will eventually have to cut some of their stars loose, some of which might be in the secondary. Drafting Samuel gives them probably the best insurance plan they could have at the CB position.

 

29. Green Bay Packers: Elijah Moore, WR, Mississippi

If the Packers plan to move forward with Aaron Rodgers as their starting QB, they NEED to keep him happy, and the best way to do that is to get him a true WR2 in Moore.

 

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

The Bills don’t have too many holes that need filled, that’s why they’re picking at 30, but one glaring need is at the Edge Rusher position. They need to be able to get to the opposing team’s QB more consistently, and adding Phillips will allow them to do so.

 

31. Baltimore Ravens: Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State

After trading Orlando Brown Jr. to the Chiefs, the Ravens need a new starting OT, and Radunz would be the best one available at this point. There are rumors that the Ravens could sign a veteran OT, but this Radunz pick would still be great even if they did that, because then he has a year to develop.

 

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Christian Barmore, DI, Alabama

The Buccaneers maintained every single one of their starters from last year, and those starters won a Super Bowl, so they’re pretty good. Getting Barmore to pair with Vita Vea would make the Buccaneers’ Defensive Line nearly unstoppable.

 

Well that is my Mock Draft 2.0, I hope you enjoyed reading. Check back Thursday afternoon for my third and final mock draft, which will probably be the most accurate one. Round one of the NFL Draft is Thursday, April 29th at 8pm EST.