With the NFL season wrapped up, we are officially in Mock Draft Season. There are tons of rumors going on about potential trades; hell, there could be one happening while you are reading this! For the sake of my first mock draft, I will keep it trade-free. I will note each team’s selections where I think there is a strong chance of a potential trade.
1) Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
This pick has been locked up since the Jets decided to win back-to-back games at the end of the season. The Jaguars and new head coach Urban Meyer luck into a generational quarterback talent that is Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence is an exceptional prospect who had a great career at Clemson. Eager to see how the Jaguars will build around their new franchise quarterback.
2) New York Jets: QB Zack Wilson, BYU
The Jets have publicly said that they do like Sam Darnold, but I think it’s smoke and mirrors to find a trade partner. New head coach Robert Saleh and GM Joe Douglas will decide to trade Darnold and select Wilson as their new savior. The Jets have a second pick in the first round of the draft and will look to help Wilson in a way Darnold was never helped.
3) Miami Dolphins(Via Texans) Devonta Smith, WR Alabama
The Dolphins seem to be content on moving forward with Tua as their Quarterback of the future. Adding another young playmaker to help him develop makes a ton of sense. This selection is a prime spot for a desperate team to trade up and land a quarterback. The Dolphins can trade down in the top 10 and still get one of the three best Wide Receivers in the draft. However, if they stay at three, I think they draft Heisman winner and Tuas former teammate Devonta Smith to help their young Quarterback develop and add another playmaker to their offense.
4) Atlanta Falcons: Justin Fields, QB Ohio St.
The Falcons are another team with a new head coach and GM in 2021. Reports are they are planning on keeping Matt Ryan, but I think new head coach Arthur Smith hand picks his young quarterback here even if they do. The Falcons need to get a promising QB behind Matt Ryan, and they lucked into a top 5 pick and need to address that position.
5) Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT Oregon
Joe Burrow was running for his life all season before he, unfortunately, tore his ACL. Burrow looked like the real deal, and the Bengals need to protect him. This pick is a no-brainer.
6) Philadelphia Eagles: Jamarr Chase, WR LSU
The Eagles have moved on from Carson Wentz and are putting the franchise on Jalen Hurts shoulders. The Eagles have many needs, but they need to get more help on offense if they move forward with Hurts. Chase sat out this year due to covid but was an electrifying playmaker in 2019 and one the Eagles desperately need, especially when building around Hurts. The Eagles could shock everyone and throw the entire NFL Draft sideways if they decide to start over again and select a quarterback here.