Updated: 6 days ago
With Free Agency coming to a screeching halt and the NFL Draft just around the corner, the analysts at The Tactician have assembled our first mock drafts of the year. From the bottom of the league teams that are looking to find their future face of the franchise, and the teams that are only a few pieces away from being a Super Bowl-caliber team, here are my picks for the 1st Round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Lawrence has been a QB phenom since high school and continuously exceeds expectations. The Jaguars are looking to finally acquire the future of the franchise.
2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
After putting on a show at his Pro Day, Zach Wilson could be a great pick for the Jets and could be a great replacement for the extremely underwhelming Sam Darnold.
3. San Francisco 49ers: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
The 49ers will be looking to break the Ohio State Quarterback Curse and select the extremely talented Justin Fields.
4. Atlanta Falcons: Penei Sewell, OL, Oregon
The Falcons aren’t done with Matt Ryan just yet. The Falcons will choose to protect Matt Ryan rather than choosing his replacement.
5. Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
It’s going to be a Tiger reunion in Cincinnati. The Bengals adding another weapon for Joe Burrow will be crucial and they will focus on protecting him in the next few rounds.
6. Miami Dolphins: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Tua needs a weapon and Pitts is the perfect solution. Kyle Pitts displayed freakish stats at his Pro Day and Miami will not want to pass on this guy and will add a versatile playmaker to the arsenal.
7. Detroit Lions: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
After trading for Jared Goff the Lions will look to get him a new weapon after losing Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay to free agency. The Lions aren’t going to mess around and will fill their WR needs with the 2nd best wide receiver in this draft.
8. Carolina Panthers: Trey Lance, QB, NDSU
The Panthers will double down on Quarterback after the trade for Sam Darnold and select the mobile gunslinger out of NDSU.
9. Denver Broncos: Micah Parsons, LB, PSU
The Denver Broncos allowed the 5th most rushing touchdowns this past season and desperately need to beef up the second line of defense. Despite the reports coming out saying Parsons' draft stock is lowering due to character issues, the Broncos will select the big and mobile ILB out of Penn State
10. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Patrick Surtain II will look to continue his father’s legacy of being a beastly NFL cornerback. The Dallas Cowboys need to build up their secondary and will pick arguably the best cornerback in this year’s draft.
11, New York Giants: Rashawn Slater, OL, Northwestern
The Giants got the weapons in free agency, but now its time to protect Daniel Jones. They will pick up the jack of all trades on the offensive line. Rashawn Slater can line up anywhere and will fill a big hole in the Giant’s needs category.
12. Philadelphia Eagles: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
There are rumors that the Eagles are “very high” on Jaycee Horn. The Eagles will address their need at CB and get Jalen Hurts some weapons in the next few rounds.
13. Los Angeles Chargers: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC
Vera-Tucker has proven he can dominate at guard and tackle. The Chargers will need to protect the Rookie of the Year in Herbert and give the Chargers a fighting chance in the AFC West.
14. Minnesota Vikings: Kwity Paye, DL, Michigan
Kwity Paye is too good of an athlete to fall any lower and the Vikings will take advantage of taking the best player available.
15. New England Patriots: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
The Patriots are going to go after a QB and Mac Jones will be the best available at this time. The Patriots need to plan for the future at QB with Cam Newton only being on a one year deal.
16. Arizona Cardinals: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
The Cardinals were a middle of the pack defense and are just a few pieces away from being an elite defense. After losing Patrick Peterson, the Cardinals will look to replace him and select the stud out of Virginia Tech.
17. Las Vegas Raiders: Jayson Oweh, EDGE, PSU
The Raiders need to improve their pass-rushing and will pick the freakishly athletic edge player from Penn State. Gruden and Co. will look to tap into Jayson Oweh’s potential that he has barely scratched the surface of.
18. Miami Dolphins: Christian Darrisaw, OL, Virginia Tech
After getting Tua a weapon in Kyle Pitts, the Dolphins will shift focus to protecting him. Tua will not last in the NFL if he has to keep running for his life every play. The Dolphins will select the big lineman out of Virginia Tech.
19. Washington Football Team: Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama
Devonta Smith is going to fall in this year's draft. With major question marks surrounding his size, the Heisman Trophy winner will fall right into Washington’s lap and team up with Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel.
20. Chicago Bears: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
The Bears need an offensive lineman who will be ready to start right away. The gritty big man from Oklahoma State will be the perfect fit.
21. Indianapolis Colts: Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest
Basham can play just about any position on that defensive front and will be a perfect fit for the Colts. Basham will be an instant improvement for that defense.
22. Tennessee Titans: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
After losing Adoree Jackson the Titans will need to find a sure replacement at cornerback. Newsome will look to make an impact immediately on the defense that allowed the 4th most passing yards last season.
23.New York Jets: Samuel Cosmi, OL, Texas
After selecting their hopeful franchise QB in Zach Wilson, they will need to focus on protecting him.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
Pittsburgh sure loves their edge defenders and will pick up the beast from Georgia. Ojulari will be a perfect fit in that scheme and be a perfect replacement for the recently lost Bud Dupree.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
Trevor Lawrence needs some targets and Moore will be perfect for that offense. This year’s draft will enforce a scary Jacksonville offense.
26. Cleveland Browns: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Owusu-Koramoah will fall no more and become the main inside guy for the Cleveland Browns. The lackluster second line of defense will gain a huge improvement with the versatile and athletic linebacker from Notre Dame.
27. Baltimore Ravens: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami
After losing Judon and Ngakoue the Ravens will immediately need to address the edge need. Rousseau is coming off a 15.5 sack season during his Sophomore campaign and will immediately help patch up the pass rush game.
28. New Orleans Saints: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
Collins is a lethal athlete and will be the perfect 3-down linebacker the Saints need. Collins is very explosive which makes him an excellent blitzer which will fit the Saints’ defense perfectly.
29. Green Bay Packers: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
Barmore sliding into the Green Bay Packer’s lap should be the team’s dream come true. Barmore would line up perfectly next to Kenny Clark and would make an instant improvement for their lackluster run defense.
30. Buffalo Bills: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
The Buffalo Bills offense is scary but needs a true RB1 to take some weight off of Josh Allen’s shoulders. Najee Harris is easily the best RB in this year's draft in my eyes and will be a huge asset to Allen’s arsenal.
31. Kansas City Chiefs: Creed Humphrey, OL, Oklahoma
After watching Patrick Mahomes run for his life during the Super Bowl, the Chiefs need to beef up and build depth for that offensive line even after picking up free agent Joe Thuney.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jalen Mayfield, OL, Michigan
The Bucs are sitting pretty after winning a Super Bowl and re-signing all their guys in free agency. The Bucs will play it safe and continue to add to the offensive line with the beast from Michigan.