1) Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB Clemson
The Jacksonville Jaguars offense this season ranked 25th in passing and with the dismissal of GM David Caldwell, the Jaguars first order of business will be securing a franchise quarterback. With two first-round picks, they should be able to secure starting-caliber quality at positions of need. This mock draft has them starting at QB.
Lawrence has been long considered consensus QB1 of this 2021 NFL Draft class from the moment he exploded onto the college football scene. Just as predicted, he led Clemson to a National Championship as a true freshman. With arm strength, accuracy, and surprising mobility for a 6’6”, 220-pound quarterback, Trevor Lawrence has all the traits to succeed in the NFL.
2) New York Jets: Zach Wilson QB BYU
The biggest question coming in this year’s draft was will the Jets trade Darnold or keep him? That question was answered this week with the Darnold traded to the Panthers. I’ll tell you one thing, the Jets need a QB and with the 2nd pick, Zach Wilson is your guy! Wilson’s accuracy, mobility, and confidence have wooed Jets general manager Joe Douglas (who didn’t pick Darnold) and coach Robert Saleh to select the BYU product at No. 2.
3) SF 49ers: Trey Lance QB NDSU
The Niners made a huge trade this week with the Miami Dolphins, trading for the 3rd pick. Now, there is no question they will take a QB. In 2017, the 49ers missed out on Deshaun Watson, there for the taking but Lynch decided to go with defense. This year, Trey Lance is the guy and the 49ers won’t make the same mistake again.
Lance has physical tools, he’s big and athletic with a strong arm. The issue: Lance and North Dakota State played in just one game this season. Also, the level of competition in 2019, when Lance was dominant (in a run-heavy scheme), will raise concerns about his readiness to see the field in the NFL at any point in 2021.
4) TRADE -> Chicago Bears (via Falcons): Justin Fields QB Ohio State
The HUGE question in Chicago is, who’s under center? I have the Bears going for Justin Fields. Three months ago. Fields was projected to be a top-three QB in this year’s draft. I see Fields falling to Chicago by trade is a blessing from the football gods. Fields will be an excellent NFL starter because of his toughness and athleticism — and he can step in right away if needed.
5) Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell OT Oregon
Joe Burrow’s injury in the pocket last year was simply confirmation that the Bengals need to improve the offensive line. Not just in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Bengals will most likely add in free agency too. But starting with the draft, Penei Sewell has everything that you want in an offensive tackle and then some. Athletic, strong, and dominant, maybe reminiscent of Anthony Munoz? Anyways, Sewell is equally as impressive in pass blocking and run blocking. Sewell is not only the best offensive tackle in this 2021 NFL Draft class but also the best offensive tackle prospect in recent memory.
6) Miami Dolphins (via Philadelphia): Ja’Marr Chase WR LSU
Miami filled the need at QB why not draft an elite receiver? Chase gives the Dolphins a dynamic offensive weapon. They need a receiver with speed and ball skills and as my number one receiver in this year’s draft, Chase checks those boxes.
7) TRADE -> Patriots (via Detroit): Mac Jones QB Alabama
The return of Cam Newton on a one-year deal hasn’t quieted down the rumors that the Patriots are still in the market for a quarterback. Jones might be worth the Pats trading up to make sure they don’t miss out. They have just about a month to get that done if they’re sold that Jones can be their quarterback for the foreseeable future.