What will the first round of 2021 be like? NFL Draft shake according to Pro Football Network’s Free NFL Simulated Draft Simulator? In this 2021 first-round NFL draft mock, we look at where the best players might finish and what needs teams choose to address.
2021 NFL First Round Drill | Selections 1-16
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Based on expectations, the Jaguars take on the best available quarterback to begin their rebuilding. Trevor lawrence he’s been considered an elite NFL prospect since he was a 17-year-old high school player in Georgia. He has excellent physical tools, great soccer acumen, natural precision and elite aesthetics.
Urban Meyer has a no-brainer with the first overall pick, and it’s hard to imagine a reality where Jacksonville will go anywhere else with this pick.
Expect Lawrence to be the starter from Day 1 and the offensive rookie favorite of the year. I also wouldn’t be entirely surprised if the Jaguars were fighting for a playoff spot next season. The Jaguars kick off this 2021 First Round NFL Mock Draft by selecting their franchise QB.
2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
Despite the above First-round pick Sam Darnold remains on Jets roster, it seems more and more likely that New York will accept BYU QB, Zach Wilson. Wilson was one of the most exciting players in all of college football last season. It led BYU to its highest national ranking since 1996.
Wilson has a knack for big plays. He loves to push the ball across the field, buy time with his legs, and impressively place the ball where only his boys can catch it. However, I am concerned about his ability to win from his pocket, and I think he has the lowest ceiling of the top four quarterbacks.
3. Miami Dolphins (via Houston Texans): Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
The Dolphins are commonly tied to a catcher with the third pick, but I don’t think Sewell’s talent can be underestimated, and the signing of Will Fuller puts the catcher on the back burner. Sewell is an elite offensive tackle prospect who possesses commanding playing strength and required athletic ability, yet he will be one of the youngest prospects in the entire draft class.
Penei Sewell He never played a college football game in his twenties and is projected as an elite offensive tackle in the NFL. With Tua Tagovailoa currently the expected franchise quarterback, it might make sense to move Sewell to right tackle and protect Tua’s blind side as Austin Jackson continues to develop on the left side.
4. Atlanta Falcons: Trey Lance, QB, NDSU
It’s not yet clear what the Falcons will do with the fourth pick, but the quarterback is still an option. The Falcons could decide that one of the quarterbacks available to them is too good to risk passing it on as a long-term contingency plan for Matt Ryan.
Trey lance He has arguably the highest ceiling of any quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft. He has a world-class arm, is a superbly developed running back, and hits “wow” regularly. Concerns about your level of competence and experience are justified. Still, a team like Atlanta is a perfect situation for Lance to sit down for a season and learn the inner workings of the NFL behind an accomplished pro at Matty Ice.
5. Cincinnati Bengals: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
With Penei Sewell off the board, this is my favorite pick for Cincinnati. They have a niche at tight end and could use another talented receiving option for Joe Burrow. I’m sure the Bengals will also consider Rashawn Slater, Christian Darrisaw, Ja’Marr Chase and even get back to trading.
However, unless a massive commercial package is offered, Kyle Pitts It would be a perfect fit in Cincinnati. He is the best player available and plays in a position of need for the team.
6. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
This selection will be a point of discussion. Will the Eagles roll with Jalen Hurts, or will they take the quarterback who drops them in the 2021 NFL Draft? The sim decided to send Fields to them this time, and I don’t blame him. Justin fields it’s my QB2, and personally it’s not close. I think he’s the most accurate passer in the class and has the physical tools to dominate the NFL both as a passer and as a running back.
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He is risk averse and at the same time willing to push the ball down the field. The Eagles will still have some work to build a contender around them, but Fields is an excellent franchise quarterback to start rebuilding.
7. Detroit Lions: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
After losing Kenny Golladay to the Giants in free agency, the Lions select a prospect with similar abilities in Ja’Marr Chase. Chase dominates defensive backs at the point of capture, outscoring them and using his elite hands to knock down disputed balls. He is a decent size and average to slightly above average athletic ability. He has some work to do developing as a road runner, but he shows elite flashes of vertical separation despite not possessing breakneck speed.
With new head coach Dan Campbell coming from the Saints, it might also make sense to see Detroit deploy Chase the way the Saints use Michael Thomas.
8. Carolina Panthers: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
After Patrick Surtain IIIn solid pro day testing, he appears poised to break into the top 10. With Carolina losing the top four quarterbacks and Kyle Pitts, taking her best cornerback makes sense. The Panthers desperately need more defensive backfield talent, and Surtain could be the CB1 Matt Rhule is looking for in his defense.
Surtain is a high IQ player who always plays with a level head and possesses the size, length and great speed to be an elite cornerback.
9. Denver Broncos: Gregory Rousseau, DL, Miami
Gregory RousseauNormally considered an EDGE, it could be used across the defensive front in Denver’s 3-4 defense. With Von Miller seemingly nearing the end of his Broncos tenure, Rousseau could rotate as a rotating pass rusher both on the inside and on the edge until he’s ready to take the full-time outside linebacker job against Bradley Chubb.
Rousseau did not play in 2020 after finishing second in the nation in sacks last year, behind only an eventual second overall pick and Defensive Rookie of the Year Chase Young. Here, the Broncos are betting higher and hope it becomes what it can be.
10. Dallas Cowboys: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
It seems that the race for CB1 has been reduced to two players: Patrick Surtain II (selected eighth overall in this drill) and Jaycee’s Horn. Horn has the ideal attitude and mindset to be a CB1. He is extremely confident and talkative. Horn loves to get under the skin of receivers and sticks to them like glue from start to finish.
He exceeded expectations for his pro day tryouts and fulfills a massive need for a Cowboys team preparing to compete in an enhanced NFC East in 2021.
11. New York Giants: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
The simulator’s shocking first pick is the Giants taking Christian Darrisaw. While the 11th pick has good value overall for Darrisaw, the Giants already have two quality young tackles they have long hoped to become starters. However, if they see Darrisaw as a dramatic improvement over Thomas at left tackle, the selection might make sense.
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Left tackle is one of the premium positions in the league, and it’s essential to make sure he’s comfortable with who he sends each week. In this situation, one of Thomas or Peart is likely to move to protect.
12. San Francisco 49ers: Christian Barmore, IDL, Alabama
San Francisco continues to bet on the defensive line, although the trenches are already a strong point of the team. Christian barmore he now joins Kinlaw, Bosa and Armstead as first-round players selected by the 49ers on the defensive line. San Francisco lost several key starters in the secondary, so doubling the passing run could be their plan to fill some gaps in coverage.
You can never have too many pass chasers, and San Francisco now has one of the scariest and deepest passing attacking units.
13. Los Angeles Chargers: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
While I expect the Chargers to meet here, namely Rashawn Slater, it’s hard for me to fault the sim for giving them my highest rated receiver in the 2021 NFL Draft. DeVonta Smith he was the best college football player last year and was rightfully named the Heisman Trophy winner.
The only real blow to his game is that he weighs 170 pounds, which, to be fair, would make him one of the wildest outliers in NFL history. However, Smith is a baller, and the Chargers surround Justin Herbert with one of the best receiving trios in the NFL, if not the best.
14. Minnesota Vikings: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
In an age of space-based offense, it’s a requirement to have players who can lock themselves into the men’s coverage in both the secondary and their linebacker unit. Here, the Vikings invest a lot in the idea of versatility, adding Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah to a room that already has Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr.
With Barr as SAM, Kendricks as MIKE and JOK as WILL, the Vikings could realistically execute their base defense without sacrificing any coverage capabilities. Not a likely outcome, but it certainly interests me.
15. New England Patriots: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
With the New England pick, they continue their trend of improving offensive weapons around Cam Newton. I enjoy what they have done this offseason and I think they will be competitive in the AFC East. With the Rashod Bateman selection, New England gets that true No. 1 catcher they’ve been missing for years.
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Bateman is instantly the most talented receiver the Patriots have had since Randy Moss dominated at Foxborough. Newton could have a massive season if this election comes true.
16. Arizona Cardinals: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Scoring more points than the opponent is the only method with a 100% success rate to win soccer matches. The sim knows this, and that’s why it chose to give Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray possibly the most dynamic player in the 2021 NFL Draft. Jaylen waddle he would excel playing with DeAndre Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald.
Operating like the Z, dominating from underneath, creating yards after the catch, and taking the top off the defense multiple times per game, Waddle would be a perfect fit for Arizona’s attack. With this selection, the Cardinals now have one of the deadliest offenses in the NFL. Arizona makes one of the scariest selections in the 2021 NFL First Round Mock Draft.