Suspense is in the air, as the NFL Draft is coming up this Thursday. So, that means it’s time for my final mock draft. Before we begin, I must clarify that this mock isn’t based on my predictions, it’s based on what I would do if I were each team. Also, I made no trades myself, as I learned my lesson that those are too hard to predict last year. My mock starts off with two non-surprises, but it gets interesting after that. Enjoy the article and enjoy the Draft!!
1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
2. New York Jets – Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
3. San Francisco 49ers (from Houston Texans) – Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
This is where the Draft really begins. The Niners will have the choice between Lance, Justin Fields, and Mac Jones. Lance has always been my favorite of those three, and I also believe he’d fit in Kyle Shanahan’s offense well and be able to expand it.
4. Atlanta Falcons – Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
If the Falcons stay put, this should be their pick. Matt Ryan is still a solid quarterback, and it’d be hard for them to move on from him in the foreseeable future. By all measures, Pitts is a generational talent who would flourish in Atlanta.
5. Cincinnati Bengals – Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
The question is, will the Bengals take Sewell or Joe Burrow’s college teammate, Ja’Marr Chase? I’d go with Sewell because his ceiling is so high and the Bengals have to protect Joe Burrow. Chase would be a good pick, but after seeing Burrow tear his ACL last season, I feel like Sewell should be the guy.
6. Miami Dolphins (from Philadelphia Eagles) – Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
The Dolphins need playmakers, and Chase certainly fits that billing. Chase, Will Fuller, and DeVante Parker would make for a great receiver trio in Miami.
7. Detroit Lions – Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
Fields seems like a Lion to me in every way. Dan Campbell prioritizes toughness, and Fields showed he has that when he played through multiple games while injured in college. On top of that, new Offensive Coordinator Anthony Lynn developed Justin Herbert, who has similar strengths and weaknesses to Fields, well in 2020.
8. Carolina Panthers – Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
The most versatile lineman in the Draft goes to Carolina here. He could play left tackle or left guard for the Panthers.
9. Denver Broncos – Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
The Broncos are a quarterback away from competing. A trade up for a signal-caller would be ideal for them, but Jones would also be very good. Jones would bring the accuracy and decision-making that Drew Lock never had.
10. Dallas Cowboys – Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
This is a match made in Heaven. Surtain’s former running mate at corner, Trevon Diggs, has done well in Dallas. Having Surtain and Diggs in the same secondary would be a win for the ‘Boys.
11. New York Giants – Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Dave Gettleman continues to add playmakers to his roster here. Getting Saquon Barkley back and then picking up Kenny Golladay and Jaylen Waddle would make for an elite group of skill players for the GMen.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (from San Francisco 49ers) – DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
Smith’s slight frame could make him fall a bit, but the Eagles shouldn’t let him slide any further. He has chemistry with Jalen Hurts from their time spent at Alabama.
13. Los Angeles Chargers – Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
Brandon Staley requires big-time corners, as he most recently worked with Jalen Ramsey. Horn has the tools to be a shutdown CB in the NFL.
14. Minnesota Vikings – Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami
The Viking’s defense is missing one key piece; a defensive end to work opposite Danielle Hunter. Phillips is technically sound and very explosive.
15. New England Patriots – Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
This would be a dream scenario for the Pats, but it’s definitely plausible. There are some character concerns with Parsons, but he’s just so talented that I don’t think Belichick could pass up on him.
16. Arizona Cardinals – Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL, USC
The Cardinals will target a corner here, but with Surtain and Horn gone, I don’t see a fit. So, they continue to improve Kyler Murray’s protection with AVT. After all, Murray’s injury pretty much derailed Arizona’s 2020 season, so keeping him clean should be a priority for the Cards.
17. Las Vegas Raiders – Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
The Raiders lost their right tackle, Trent Brown, this offseason, and they don’t have a sufficient replacement for him. Darrisaw’s run-blocking prowess would be valuable for the Raiders.
18. Miami Dolphins – Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
I see Collins becoming the next Kyle Van Noy for the Dolphins. Van Noy, who plays off the edge and did a variety of things for Miami, was released this offseason. Collins has all the tools necessary to play outside linebacker for Brian Flores’s defense.
19. Washington Football Team – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Owusu-Koramoah would dominate behind Washington’s defensive front. His aggressive, versatile style would translate to instant success with the Football Team.
20. Chicago Bears – Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
The Bears are a quarterback and some offensive linemen away from having a very good offense. Obviously, none of the top QB options are available, and Jenkins would still be a nice fit.
21. Indianapolis Colts – Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
Paye would be a steal for Indy. He has all the tools to become a great defensive end, and he’d be well-equipped to do so on the Colts.
22. Tennessee Titans – Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
Moore to the Titans makes too much sense. At Ole Miss, he was teammates with A.J. Brown, and the Titans could really use a receiver anyway. Moore would have a huge impact on Tennessee’s offense.
23. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks) – Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
Robert Saleh values smart corners who are versatile, such as Richard Sherman who he had in San Francisco. Newsome fits that mold in every aspect.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
The Steelers have holes across their O-Line, so at least Cosmi would fill that left tackle slot. He’s super athletic and would fit well in Pittsburgh’s pass-first offense.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
After quarterback, the Jags’ biggest hole is at safety. Moehrig’s range is his best attribute that makes him a top-25 prospect.
26. Cleveland Browns – Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
At his peak, Barmore is easily a first-round talent. He does have his lows, but he fits with the Browns very well and fills their biggest need.
27. Baltimore Ravens – Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State
Oweh is raw, but his athleticism gives him so much potential. He’d have the chance to learn from seasoned pass-rushers like Pernell McPhee and Tyus Bowser in Baltimore.
28. New Orleans Saints – Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
Farley is a risk for any team because of his injuries, but if any team can afford it, it’s the Saints. If Farley reaches his full potential, the Saints will have a dynamic corner duo in him and Marshon Lattimore.
29. Green Bay Packers – Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky
The Packers must do something to remedy their front seven issues. In 2020, they were very weak at linebacker, and opponents routinely gashed them on the ground. Davis is a steady tackler who has a ton of upside.
30. Buffalo Bills – Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
Etienne would take this Bills offense to the next level. Having a home-run hitter like him in their backfield would enable them to score at any point in a game.
31. Baltimore Ravens (from Kansas City Chiefs) – Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
I’m not the biggest fan of Bateman, but he’s a nice fit for the Ravens. He could become the elite contested ball receiver Lamar Jackson hasn’t had yet.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington
Like Jayson Oweh, Tryon is mostly a projection, but his power could vault him into the first round. With Jason Pierre-Paul’s contract expiring in 2022, Tampa could use some depth on the edge.
33. Jacksonville Jaguars – Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State
Urban Meyer always produced top-tier secondary talent, so we keep adding to the Jaguars’ defensive back group here. Samuel, C.J. Henderson, and Shaquill Griffin would make for a great corner trio.
34. New York Jets – Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami
The Jets could use Rousseau in many ways. If Robert Saleh ends up using a 4-3 or a 3-4 scheme, Rousseau could fit in either. If anyone can get the best out of Rousseau, it’s Saleh.
35. Atlanta Falcons – Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina
The Falcons continue to build on their offense with Williams. Arthur Smith’s offense requires a tone-setting runner, and that’s precisely what Williams is.
36. Miami Dolphins (from Houston Texans) – Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Harris, who was Tua Tagovailoa’s teammate at Alabama, reunites with his former QB here. I don’t see how the Dolphins could possibly pass up on this opportunity in the second round.
37. Philadelphia Eagles – Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame
The Eagles’ offensive line is getting older, and that showed last season. They’ll have at least two starters coming back from significant injuries, so having Eichenberg would provide nice insurance for Philly.
38. Cincinnati Bengals – Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
If the Bengals go with Sewell with their first-rounder, they could still give Joe Burrow one of his former teammates, Terrace Marshall. With his size, Marshall has loads of potential, and his chemistry with Burrow would give him a head start in Cincy.
39. Carolina Panthers – Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
Toney would fill Curtis Samuel’s shoes well for Carolina. Like Samuel, he does it all from the slot.
40. Denver Broncos – Jabril Cox, LB, LSU
Vic Fangio loves rangy linebackers. If the Broncos don’t take Micah Parsons or another LB in the first, Cox is a nice plan B.
41. Detroit Lions – Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
If the Lions take their franchise QB, they’ll have a ton of work to do on the rest of the offense. So, we’ll start by building the offensive line with Mayfield.
42. New York Giants – Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
Ojulari could fall a bit due to knee concerns, but he’d be a steal for the Giants here. His speed and cornering abilities will be very valuable to an NFL squad.
43. San Francisco 49ers – Landon Dickerson, IOL, Alabama
The Niners have a decent offensive line, but, once he’s healthy, Dickerson would improve it. He could play at either guard spot, and when Alex Mack retires or leaves, Dickerson could play center.
44. Dallas Cowboys – Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State
The Cowboys are reportedly interested in Kyle Pitts, but I can’t see them pulling the trigger on a trade up for him. So, they settle for the next best things here, Pat Freiermuth. He would make waves as both a receiver and a blocker early on for the ‘Boys.
45. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Minnesota Vikings) – Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama
The Jags O-Line is filled out for 2021, but they’ll have a few expiring contracts in 2022. Leatherwood played both guard and tackle at Alabama, so he could slide in wherever is most convenient for the Jaguars.
46. New England Patriots – Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse
Right now, the Patriots secondary is a strength, but Stephon Gilmore and J.C. Jackson are both in the last year of their contracts. Melifonwu has the traits, and learning behind Gilmore would greatly benefit him.
47. Los Angeles Chargers – Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State
The Chargers can wait for a tackle until the second because of the sheer depth of this class. Radunz is an intriguing player who could play left tackle or left guard in L.A.
48. Las Vegas Raiders – Richie Grant, S, UCF
Grant is the type of safety that the Raiders could use. His skill set would complement that of Raiders strong safety, Jonathan Abram, well.
49. Arizona Cardinals – Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia
The Cards address their CB need here with Campbell. He has good size and smooth hips, he just has to turn those tools into production to be elite.
50. Miami Dolphins – Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma
It just keeps getting better for the Dolphins, as they nab a long-term option at center. Humphrey is as solid as they come and should start for an NFL team from the start of next season.
51. Washington Football Team – Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina
Brown is a field-stretcher to say the least. Brown, Terry McLaurin, and Curtis Samuel would make for a speed receiving core.
52. Chicago Bears – Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
Moore is one of the most mysterious prospects in the Draft. He has a limited route tree, but I think he’d develop well behind Allen Robinson.
53. Tennessee Titans – Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky
Joseph is one of the fastest cornerbacks in this class. His physical tools could propel him to a vital role in Tennessee.
54. Indianapolis Colts – Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
The Colts have had one of the best linebacker groups as of late, but they lost middle ‘backer Anthony Walker in free agency. Bolton is a tough, gritty player who would fit in well on that Colts defense.
55. Pittsburgh Steelers – Quinn Meinerz, C, Wisconsin-Whitewater
The Steelers keep adding to that O-Line with Meinerz. Although Meinerz comes from a small school, he showed that he can dominate opponents at the Senior Bowl.
56. Seattle Seahawks – Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson
It feels like the Seahawks have to go with an offensive lineman to keep Russell Wilson happy. Sliding Carman into that right tackle spot would do Seattle a lot of good.
57. Los Angeles Rams – Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State
The Rams defense was fantastic last season, but their linebacker group could use a face lift. Browning would be a step in the right direction for the Rams in the post-Brandon Staley era.
58. Kansas City Chiefs (from Baltimore Ravens) – Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
Recently, the Chiefs have been known for their stellar skill position play, but they now find themselves depleted in that area after Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Wallace is a sneaky good route-runner who would help Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.
Holland is a versatile piece that could play slot corner or deep safety for Baltimore. With DeShon Elliott on an expiring contract, it’d be smart for the Ravens to pursue some depth at safety.
59. Cleveland Browns – Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas
I’ve gone on record saying Ossai is one of my favorite players, but finding a fit for him could be a challenge. His skillset doesn’t really match that of a straight pass-rusher, so putting him at SAM LB for the Browns would be a good role for him.
60. New Orleans Saints – Jevon Holland, S, Oregon
The Saints continue to revitalize their secondary here. Marcus Williams is on the franchise tag, so adding Holland would be a smart move for New Orleans.
61. Buffalo Bills – Elijah Molden, CB, Washington
Molden pretty much just played slot corner in college, but the Bills start three cornerbacks. Molden is a perfect fit for Buffalo.
62. Green Bay Packers – Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington
We continue to remodel the Packers’ front seven here. Onwuzurike could take Green Bay’s pass rush to the next level.
63. Kansas City Chiefs – Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest
After trading for Orlando Brown Jr., the Chiefs keep improving their trenches. Basham has the size and college production to look like a solid NFL defensive end.
64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana
Yet another luxury pick here for the Bucs. Free safety Jordan Whitehead’s contract will expire in 2022, so Johnson could step right into that role if need be.
65. Jacksonville Jaguars – Ronnie Perkins, EDGE, Oklahoma
66. New York Jets – Wyatt Davis, IOL, Ohio State
67. Houston Texans – Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
68. Atlanta Falcons – Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse
69. Cincinnati Bengals – Aaron Banks, IOL, Notre Dame
70. Philadelphia Eagles – Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF
71. Denver Broncos – Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis
72. Detroit Lions – Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC
73. Carolina Panthers – Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State
74. Washington Football Team (from San Francisco 49ers) – Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
75. Dallas Cowboys – Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa
76. New York Giants – Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina
77. New England Patriots – Forfeited
78. Los Angeles Chargers – Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami
79. Minnesota Vikings – Brady Christensen, OT, BYU
80. Las Vegas Raiders (from Arizona Cardinals) – Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson
81. Las Vegas Raiders – James Hudson, OT, Cincinnati
82. Miami Dolphins – Walker Little, OT, Stanford
83. Washington Football Team – Stone Forsythe, OT, Florida
84. Chicago Bears – Nico Collins, WR, Michigan
85. Philadelphia Eagles (from Indianapolis Colts) – Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan
86. Tennessee Titans – Robert Hainsey, OT, Notre Dame
87. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks) – Demetric Felton, RB, UCLA
88. Pittsburgh Steelers – Benjamin St.-Juste, CB, Minnesota
89. Los Angeles Rams – Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame
90. Cleveland Browns – D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan
91. Minnesota Vikings (from Baltimore Ravens) – Tommy Togiai, DT, Ohio State
92. Cleveland Browns – Alim McNeill, DT, NC State
93. Green Bay Packers – Seth Williams, WR, Auburn
94. Buffalo Bills – Payton Turner, EDGE, Houston
95. Baltimore Ravens (from Kansas City Chiefs) – Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State
96. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Josh Palmer, WR, Tennessee
97. New England Patriots – Cade Johnson, WR, South Dakota State
98. Los Angeles Chargers – Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State
99. New Orleans Saints – Hunter Long, TE, Boston College
100. Dallas Cowboys – Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
101. Tennessee Titans – Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
102. Detroit Lions (from Los Angeles Rams) – Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina
103. San Francisco 49ers – Tre Brown, CB, Oklahoma
104. Los Angeles Rams – D’Ante Smith, OT, East Carolina
105. Baltimore Ravens – Josh Myers, IOL, Ohio State
106. New Orleans Saints – Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama