Carson Zorn’s 2021 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

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Carson Zorn, Sports Writer

The 2021 NFL Draft is tonight, and with that comes my final mock draft of the season. This will likely be my most accurate mock draft of the three, and will include trades. That being said, just because it will likely be the most accurate in no way means it’s going to be 100% accurate. I honestly have no clue what any of these GMs are thinking. But mock drafts are fun, and I like writing them, so here we go.

 

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

There’s not too much more that can be said about this pick. Trevor Lawrence has been the number one pick in this draft since January 1st, 2019.

 

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

Again, all signs are pointing to this being the pick for the Jets. Wilson is an extremely talented QB that can jump right into a starting lineup in week one.

 

3. San Francisco 49ers: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

The rumors are that the 49ers have it narrowed down to either Lance or Alabama QB Mac Jones with this pick. How Justin Fields isn’t the pick puzzles me, and while many believe Mac Jones will be the pick, I just can’t bring myself to have the 49ers pick him. He just does not deserve to go top five in the draft. So, I gave the 49ers Lance, and I’m very interested in what they will do with this pick tonight.

 

4. Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

While the Falcons could trade back, or maybe even grab Justin Fields here, I think they’ll go with the versatile weapon out of Florida, whose addition to the Atlanta offense gives them a top-five receiving core in the league. 

 

5. Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Either the Bengals are going to legitimately draft Chase tonight, or they have pulled off one of the greatest smokescreens in history. I think they really will pick Chase, and the more I think about it, the more sense this pick makes. Though, they have to take an O-Lineman in the second round if they make this pick.

 

6. Miami Dolphins: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

The rumors are that the Dolphins have Waddle as the WR1 on their board, so I think they take him at six. While their O-Line is probably even worse than the Bengals, I think the Dolphins are even more worried about getting Tua weapons so he will develop properly, and that is exactly what they do with this pick.

 

MOCK TRADE: The Los Angeles Chargers move up to Pick #7, the Detroit Lions move down to Pick #13 (Specific trade details not available)

 

7. Los Angeles Chargers: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

If Sewell somehow makes it through both the Bengals and the Dolphins, the Chargers need to do whatever it takes to get him. Sewell is one of the best O-Line prospects in the past decade, and would go a long way to keeping QB Justin Herbert safe.

 

MOCK TRADE: The New England Patriots move up to Pick #8, the Carolina Panthers move down to Pick #15 (Trade specifics not available)

 

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

If Fields starts to fall, and it’s honestly crazy to me that he might, the Patriots need to make this move. Cam Newton is not the answer at QB, and neither is trading for Jimmy Garoppolo. Fields is the long term solution at QB for the Patriots, if they can manage to get him.

 

9. Denver Broncos: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

With the best QBs off the board, the Broncos have the opportunity to draft their Von Miller replacement. Parsons is quite possibly the best defensive player in this draft, and while QB is an extremely pressing need, (because neither Bridgewater or Lock are all that great) grabbing Parsons here should be an easy pick for the Broncos. 

 

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

This is the most obvious non-QB pick in this entire draft. The Cowboys secondary needs improvement, and Surtain would instantly make an impact in that secondary. 

 

11. New York Giants: Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama

The Giants’ front office will be jumping for joy when the Heisman winning WR out of Alabama falls to them at 11. Signing Kenny Golladay was a step in the right direction, but adding Smith is like taking a leap in the right direction. If Smith is here, the Giants shouldn’t hesitate to take him.

 

12. Philadelphia Eagles: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

The Eagles have a lot of needs on their team, and one of them is the secondary. Horn is the second best corner in the draft, and has a high ceiling. This would be a great pick for the Eagles, as long as they grab a receiver in the second round.

 

13. Detroit Lions: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

While this may be a bit of a reach, the Lions really need a good WR. Their current WR1 is Tyrell Williams, which is not a good spot for a team to be in. Taking Bateman ensures that Jared Goff has more people to throw to than just T.J. Hockenson.

 

MOCK TRADE: The Washington Football Team trades up to Pick #14, the Minnesota Vikings trade down to pick #19 (Trade Specifics Not Available)

 

14. Washington Football Team: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

While Ryan Fitzpatrick is a serviceable starter, the Football Team needs a new face of the franchise, and luckily for them in this mock, Mac Jones started to fall. The Football Team jumps up to prevent any other team from doing so, and takes a National Championship winning QB. While I think Mac Jones is the fifth best QB in this class, I don’t necessarily think he’s terrible. With the weapons surrounding him, and the elite defense, he could easily guide Washington to consistent 10-win seasons minimum.

 

15. Carolina Panthers: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

The Panthers have a couple needs on the offensive side of the ball, but they are trending in the right direction. Drafting Slater would shore up the Left Tackle position, and protect Sam Darnold as he attempts to restart his career.

 

16. Arizona Cardinals: Christian Barmore, DI, Alabama

The more I think about it, the more sense this makes for the Cardinals. Their Nose Tackle position could use some improvement, and that’s exactly what Barmore is. A great improvement over who the Cardinals already have.

 

17. Las Vegas Raiders: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

The Raiders completely obliterated their O-Line in the offseason, and effectively made it the number one need for their team. Darrisaw is a great first step in fixing that O-Line.

 

18. Miami Dolphins: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT, USC

The Dolphins O-Line could use quite a bit of improvement, and Vera-Tucker is a great prospect to fix that line. Drafting Vera-Tucker gives the Dolphins a lot of options on the O-Line including putting him or Robert Hunt at guard. This would be a steal for the Dolphins at 18.

 

19. Minnesota Vikings: Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan

While the Vikings’ needs on O-Line may be more pressing, their Edge Rusher talent isn’t all that great (Except for Hunter), and they could use some help getting to the Quarterback. Paye is one of, if not the best, Edge Rushers in this draft, and this would be a great pick for the Vikings if they do trade back.

 

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

The Bears really need a QB, but every QB left in the draft would be an extreme reach here. So, they grab a corner to fill the hole left by Kyle Fuller.

 

21. Indianapolis Colts: Jayson Oweh, DE, Penn State

The Colts could go WR or OT here, but I think grabbing an Edge Rusher would add a whole other layer to their already fantastic defense. Oweh is somewhat unproven, but his upside is through the proof.

 

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

Farley was once considered to potentially be the best CB in this draft, but after a back surgery his draft stock has dropped. The Titans need to take a risk here because their secondary is really not that good, and they could really use a truly great corner.

 

23. New York Jets: Azeez Ojulari, DE, Georgia

The Jets made a great move by signing DE Carl Lawson this offseason, and adding Ojulari on the other side of the defensive line would give the Jets an elite Edge Rusher core. While it may be appealing to go for an offensive weapon here, adding a DE is a great idea for the Jets.

 

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

The Steelers really need a run game, and drafting Harris would give them a great running game starting week one. This would be a no brainer pick for the Steelers.

 

25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

The Jaguars’ secondary needs some help, and Moehrig is the best safety in this draft. Snagging him at 25 would be a steal for the Jaguars.

 

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

This pick just makes too much sense for the Browns. They need a bit of improvement to the linebacking core, and Owusu-Koramoah would instantly make that core better. He has amazing talent and if he is here at 26, the Browns need to take him.

 

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

The Ravens need a WR1, and that is exactly what Marshall can be for them. He is an extremely talented WR with great upside and a safe floor. This is a great pick for the Ravens.

 

28. New Orleans Saints: Elijah Moore, WR, Mississippi

There are some rumors that the Saints are trying to trade all the way up into the top 10, but I think the price might be too high for them. So taking a WR to give Jameis Winston more than just Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara to throw to is a good idea for the Saints. 

 

29. Green Bay Packers: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

If the Green Bay Packers want to keep Aaron Rodgers happy (which they really need to do) they HAVE to take a WR in the first round. Moore is the best receiver on the board at this point, and would fit well with the Packers offense.

 

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

The only glaring need the Bills have is at the Edge position. Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison aren’t getting any younger, and they need a young DE to pair up with A.J. Epenesa for the future. If Phillips does indeed fall this far, the Bills shouldn’t hesitate to take him.

 

31. Baltimore Ravens: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

The Ravens are in need of an OT after trading away Orlando Brown, and luckily for them, this is an extremely deep O-Line class. Jenkins could slide in as an instant starter for the Ravens.

 

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Elijah Molden, S, Washington

It’s really hard to predict who the Buccaneers will take, because they don’t have any pressing needs. They could draft almost any position, but I just gave them Molden because he is a great Safety that could play a key role on that defense.

 

Thank you for reading my third and final mock draft. It’s been so fun scouting, and I hope you all have enjoyed my three mocks. Be sure to watch the NFL Draft tonight at 8pm EST.