2021 NFL Draft: UPDATED First Round Drill after Jets traded Sam Darnold to Panthers, targeting Zach Wilson; Justin Fields falls when Carolina passes to QB


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. JetsQB 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. GiantsOT / 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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