The Jets traded quarterback Sam Darnold to the Panthers on Monday.
So they won’t be cut down from the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. They’ll surely take BYU quarterback Zach Wilson there. And it looks like the Panthers won’t select a quarterback, like Ohio State’s Justin Fields, in eighth place.
In light of Darnold’s shift, here’s our latest full first-round mock draft projection:
1. Jaguars – QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
There is no doubt about this.
two. Jets – QB Zach Wilson, BYU
Will it fare better than Sam Darnold?
3. 49ers (from Dolphins / Texans) – QB Trey Lance, State of North Dakota
The 49ers traded to get a quarterback. The only question: will it be Lance or Justin Fields?
4. Hawks – TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
One of the most talented players in this draft, but the Falcons will need a new quarterback at some point.
5. Bengals – CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
Something surprising here, as some analysts consider Patrick Surtain to be the best cornerback in this draft.
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6. Dolphins (from Eagles) – WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama
Size will be a concern in the NFL for the Heisman Trophy winner.
7. Lions – OT Penei Sewell, Oregon
Some protection for new Lions quarterback Jared Goff.
8. Panthers – Pass rusher Kwity Paye, Michigan
It is not necessary to bring Fields here now, after the exchange with Darnold.
9. Broncos – QB Justin Fields, Ohio State
Something surprising, since the Broncos decide to disconnect Drew Lock.
10. Jeans – Edge Hunter Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
Paye would be the preferred option, if available.
eleven. Giants – OT / G Rashawn Slater, Northwest
The catcher is also an option for the Giants, but they just signed Kenny Golladay. The line is still a huge problem.
12. Aguilas (of the 49ers) – WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
Another surprise here as the Eagles pass Ja’Marr Chase to take Waddle. Howie Roseman will regret this?
13. Chargers – WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
Justin Herbert will be delighted with this choice, as he should be.
14. Vikings – CB Patrick Surtain, Alabama
Defensive-minded head coach Mike Zimmer is in the hot seat, and Surtain will help shore up his secondary.
15. Patriots – WR Kadarius Toney, Florida
No quarterbacks in this year’s draft for the Patriots. Maybe next year.
16. Cardinals – OT Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
The Cardinals are all-in this season. They’ll need more of Kyler Murray and his line.
17. Raiders – C Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
Definitely the best downtown prospect available this year.
18. Dolphins – Pass rusher Jaelan Phillips, Miami
Have you surpassed your compatriot Gregory Rousseau?
19. Washington – LB Micah Parsons, Penn State
He’s got a top 15 talent, but he just doesn’t play in a position that’s safe to be carried that high.
20. Bears – CB Tyson Campbell, Georgia
Don’t discount Jaycee Horn here, as the Bears attempt to replace Kyle Fuller.
21. Colts – OT Teven Jenkins, State of Oklahoma
Some protection for the Colts’ new quarterback Carson Wentz.
22. Titans – DL Christian Barmore, Alabama
Some help for the middle of Tennessee’s defensive line.
23. Jets (of Seahawks) – CB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
Joe Douglas basically has to stop at cornerback this year.
24. Steelers – QB Mac Jones, Alabama
The eventual replacement for Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh?
25. Jaguars (from Rams) – RB Najee Harris, Alabama
A weapon for Lawrence, as he will start from day 1.
26. Brown – LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame
He’s not a sexy pick, but he’ll help the Browns defense in a big way.
27. Crows – Pass rusher Jayson Oweh, Penn State
His draft stock is apparently increasing, but he had no sacks last season.
28. Saints – WR Rondale Moore, Purdue
Another talented receiver who is concerned about size, as he’s only 5ft 9in.
29. Packers – OT Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech
This won’t make as many waves as the Packers who drafted Jordan Love at the end of Round 1 last year.
30. Invoices – Pass rusher Gregory Rousseau, Miami
Many questions around you. Limited tape as he opted out of last season. But it is a talent.
31. Bosses – OL Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC
He can play multiple places down the line, an asset the Chiefs could use.
32. Buccaneers – CB Greg Newsome, Northwest
Todd Bowles gets another piece for his quietly dominant defense.
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