Justin Fields lands in San Francisco, Lineman dominate the 1st round
With the NFL draft coming up this month, our group of analysts has put together mock drafts about what picks they think each team will take. In this mock draft, I talk about what player each team will pick and give my explanations about why each team should take them. 1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson This pick has been set in stone for the past season. Trevor Lawrence has been spectacular during his career at Clemson and labeled as a generational talent. Urban Meyer gets his Franchise QB in year one to lead the Jaguars. 2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU With Sam Darnold in Carolina, Robert Saleh and the coaching staff need to rebuild and that starts by selecting BYU sensation Zach Wilson. After a stellar 2020 season and exceptional pro day, Wilson is the #2 Qb in this class. 3. San Francisco 49ers: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio St After an injury-ridden 2020 for Jimmy Garropolo, the 49ers will be searching for their next signal-caller in Ohio St star Justin Fields. Similar to 2012, Kyle Shanahan and the Washington Redskins traded up to select dynamic QB Robert Griffin who flourished in Shanahan’s system. 4. Atlanta Falcons: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon The Falcons pass on the top quarterbacks in this class to draft the most imposing lineman in college football. The Falcons have a potent offensive attack and have been proven winners with Matt Ryan and can continue that by adding protection. 5. Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU A pair of LSU playmakers will reunite in Cincinnati, as the top WR prospect Chase can make an impact on day 1 with his big-play potential and ability to consistently make contested catches. 6. Miami Dolphins: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern The Dolphins filled their void at receiver after signing Will Fuller, they have put together a solid core of pass catchers with DeVante Parker and Mike Gisecki. The dolphins should look to bolster their offensive line after allowing 34 sacks last season and ranking 21st in rushing yards per game, which should lead them to versatile lineman Rashawn Slater. 7. Detroit Lions: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama After acquiring Jared Goff through trade and losing their top 2 pass catchers from last season the Detroit Lions should look for an explosive playmaker like Waddle to stretch the field. 8. Carolina Panthers: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida The Panthers have an offense full of playmakers but have the opportunity to select a receiving threat like no other in TE Kyle Pitts. His catch radius, athleticism, and route running ability make him the best TE in this class with the potential to be the next star in Carolina. 9. Denver Broncos: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn St The Broncos have one of the premier defenses in the NFL with excellent pass rushers and an experienced secondary but can vastly improve the center of their defense with Parsons. Parsons possesses prototypical size/athleticism and pairs it with a relentless motor making him a can't miss prospect 10. Dallas Cowboys: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama The Cowboys struggled defensively last season, allowing the 2nd most rushing yards per game and tied for the 3rd most passing TDs allowed. That being said, pairing Demarcus Lawrence with interior force Christian Baremore should solidify their unit. 11. New York Giants: Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL, USC The Giants lost star lineman Kevin Zeitler in FA and should look to protect their young QB now that they have addressed their WR room. 12. Philadelphia Eagles: Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama After moving trading back from the 6th pick to 12th the Eagles still have an opportunity to pick one of the top playmakers in this year's class. Regardless of Smith’s size, his ability to create separation is second to none, and has proven himself against the top CBs in the country. 13. Los Angeles Chargers: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama The Chargers Head coach, Brandon Staley coordinated the best secondary in the NFL last season with the LA Rams and would look to strengthen that unit after letting pro bowl CB Casey Hayward walk. 14. Minnesota Vikings: Tevin Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma St The Vikings released their starting LT this past offseason and should be looking to improve this group. The Vikings offense has very few holes and adding a powerful run-blocking tackle to the mix should improve that side of the ball. 15. New England Patriots: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama After slipping out of the top ten, Mac Jones finds a home in New England behind Cam Newton. The Patriots would be an ideal landing spot for the QB to develop under a former MVP. 16. Arizona Cardinals: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina Arizona needs to fill the void left by pro bowl CB Patrick Peterson and select top CB prospect Jaycee Horn. Horn played elite competition in the SEC over his career at South Carolina and matches that experience with solid production. 17. Las Vegas Raiders: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech The Raiders disassembled their offensive line, releasing pro bowl center Rodney Hudson, RG Gabe Jackson, and trading RT Trent Brown. Drafting an offensive tackle seems like the move for Vegas. 18. Miami Dolphins: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama Miami needs to improve their rushing attack after an underwhelming 2020 season where they ranked 22nd in rushing yards. Paired with their first pick, the Dolphins will have a much-improved run game. 19. Washington Football Team: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame Ron Rivera’s defenses typically have a prototypical LB similar to Shaq Thompson in Carolina, Owusu has the ability to make plays on the edge, off-ball, and in the slot. 20. Chicago Bears: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech Kyle Fuller’s departure in Chicago leaves a huge need for a defense that ranked 12th in passing yards allowed last season. After losing a top CB the Bears would insert one of the more complete prospects in the draft with solid production at VT despite opting out of last season. 21. Indianapolis Colts: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas The Colts longtime OT Anthony Costanzo recently retired and the Colts have an opportunity to strengthen a unit that has been atop the league in recent years. 22. Tennessee Titans: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern After releasing their starting cornerbacks the Titans will aim to reconstruct their secondary after addressing their pass-rushing needs in free agency. 23. New York Jets: Jaelan Philips, DE, Miami Philips is one of the more complete defensive ends in the class with his mix of size, speed, and strength. He had an extremely productive season at Miami not only rushing the passer but making plays behind the line of scrimmage against the run, registering 15.5 TFLs and 8 sacks 24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson The Steelers parted ways with starting running back James Conner and are in a perfect position to draft a complete 3 down back who can carry the load on the ground and as a receiver. 25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU The Jaguars addressed one of their safeties in FA signing Rayshawn Jenkins but can add another versatile coverage specialist who is also a textbook tackler to further revamp their secondary. 26. Cleveland Browns: Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami The Browns have few weak spots on their roster and do not have any obvious needs but can look to strengthen a unit that produced 38 sacks last season. Rousseau has tremendous upside but is a raw prospect who opted out after one spectacular season. 27. Baltimore Ravens: Azeez Ojulari, Edge, Georgia The loss of starting edge rushers Matthew Judon and Yannick Ngakoue in FA leaves the Ravens with a glaring need for an edge rusher. The Ravens have an aggressive blitz-heavy defense that aims to create pressure and drafting pass-rushing specialist Azeez Ojulari fills this need perfectly. 28. New Orleans Saints: Rashad Bateman, WR, Minnesota Emmanuel Sanders signed with the Bills in FA and which has the Saints without a viable #2 wide receiver to relieve the pressure off of Michael Thomas. Bateman is a great fit with his ability to make acrobatic catches as a red zone threat and capability to stretch the field vertically. 29. Green Bay Packers: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue The Green Bay Packers have a tremendous offense headlined by MVP Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, and Davante Adams but still lack another trustworthy receiver. Insert Rondale Moore, one of the most electric players in college football who can take any reception for a touchdown and produce in the return game as well. 30. Buffalo Bills: Carlos Basham Jr, DE, Wake Forest The Bills have constructed one of the most balanced teams in the NFL but lack a true edge threat. Mario Addison and Jerry Hughes combined for only 9.5 sacks last year which calls for concern. Bringing in Basham upgrades their pass-rushing attack but also improves their run defense as he is a force in the run game, accumulating 35.5 TFLs during his college career. 31. Kansas City Chiefs: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa Anthony Hitchens centers the chiefs defense and Zaven Collins offers a significant upgrade with his infusion of size, athleticism, and coverage ability. 32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Wyatt Davis, IOL, Ohio St For a team that returns nearly every key player from the super bowl run, the Bucs have the most complete roster in the NFL and can only improve so much. Adding a lineman who is regarded as one of the best interior players to help protect 43-year-old Tom Brady.