Welcome to another year of the NFL Draft season. Unlike last season, when some professional days and in-person visits were postponed due to the coronavirus, and draft week took place virtually, things are getting closer to normal. Front desk staff and coaches can visit on professional days to observe and chat with prospects. The three-day draft festival will take place in person in Cleveland.
Last year’s draft was all about wide receivers. This year, it’s all about the quarterbacks. You could say that every year, but QB-hungry teams in the Top 15 are already turning in search of their next QB1.
Here’s the first of our two mock drafts from the first round:
Trevor Lawrence, quarterback, Clemson
Urban Meyer’s first draft class is about the quarterback. You will probably take the best of this draft.
2. New York Jets
Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
The Jets could change this selection. If not, they have a replacement for Sam Darnold.
3. San Francisco
Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
A big change allowed the 49ers to move up and get their new QB1.
Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
The Falcons could trade, possibly with the Panthers. Matt Ryan is on notice.
Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
After the quarterbacks, the player with the best skill position is available.
JaMarr Chase, WR, LSU
Tua needs someone to pitch to. A colleague from the SEC could be on the way.
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
When he’s healthy, he’s great, but recovering from a broken ankle raises questions.
Penei Sewell, T, Oregon
Finding a quarterback is a must for the Panthers, but the offensive line is vital.
Rashawn Slater, T, Northwest
Improving the offensive line is the first step to rebuilding.
Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
The best corner of the draft? Probably.
11. New York Giants
Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
A 4.39 40 in his professional day hush up any character problems.
Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
A talented corner that must handle talent in the NFC East.
13. Los Angeles Chargers
Alijah Vera-Tucker, T / G, USC
A versatile lineman who should be a Day 1 starter.
Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami
Mike Zimmer needs some improvements in defense.
15. New England
DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
His weight, 170 pounds, does not bother Cam Newton.
Samuel Cosmi, T, Texas
Protection is important to QB Kyler Murray.
17. Las Vegas
Christian Darrisaw, T, Virginia Tech
This man is ready to play Week 1. Substance over flash for Da Raiders.
Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
Improving defense and finding another receiver are essential.
Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
So you thought Ryan Fitzpatrick was the future?
Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
Back surgery pushes him down some draw boards.
Jaelan Phillips, DL, Miami
A good pass rusher and a rising talent.
Teveon Jenkins, T, Oklahoma State
Rejuvenating a little on the O line can work wonders.
23. New York Jets
Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
If they keep this selection, finding a corner helps D.
Josh Myers, C, Ohio State
Major rebuilding along the offensive line begins here.
Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
You got the QB, now get the RB in year 1 for Urban.
Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwest
Time to get more depth and talent in high school.
Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
Size was not a concern for Gary Patterson, why should it be for the Ravens?
28. New Orleans
Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
This might be a scope in this place, but he’s got talent.
29. Green Bay
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Good versatility; you can move it to different places.
Azeez Ojulari, OLB, Georgia
He could go a little higher, because he has excellent fast passing skills.
31. Kansas City
Liam Eichenberg, T, Notre Dame
If you watched the Super Bowl, you know why a tackle is needed.
32. Tampa Bay
Elijah Moore, WR, Mississippi
Tom Brady needs more weapons, now he will have one.
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