2021 NFL Mock Draft: Eagles replace Carson Wentz, Raiders grab QB and five WRs go in first round


Clemson

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

There are few certainties in life, but we feel pretty confident that the Jags are taking Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick. Now the question becomes if Urban Meyer can turn things around in the next few years.

Oregon

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 330 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

The Jets could decide to grab a QB here but it makes more sense that they’ll stick with Sam Darnold (for now, anyway) and try to trade down where they could still land a QB. And if they stay put, bolstering the offensive line with a player of Penei Sewell’s stature would be the safest pick.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 305 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Slater is one of our favorite players in this class and it won’t surprise us if he slides into the top five; he was dominant at times for Northwestern in 2019 (he opted out in 2020) and he can also play guard and even center.

BYU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

2nd

As it stands, Wilson is our QB2 in terms of upside (though we think Mac Jones is behind only Trevor Lawrence in terms of being NFL-ready in 2021) and the new coach Arthur Smith may want to start preparing for life after Matt Ryan, who will be the starter in ’21.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Bengals would love to get Sewell or Slater but with them both already off the board they’ll “settle” for the best WR in college football. There are questions about Smith’s size — some NFL teams care, other don’t — but he plays like the biggest dude on the field. He can take over games with his route running and playmaking ability.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 228 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Fields has a chance to be special, he just needs time to grow into the job. And with it sounding like Carson Wentz is going to be traded, new coach Nick Sirianni could be intrigued by Fields’ skill set, even with Jalen Hurts entering Year 2.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola are all headed to free agency, and while the Lions will almost certainly try to keep Golladay — who was injured for much of the 2020 season — adding Chase makes too much sense not to happen. And perhaps now more than ever with the team trading for QB Jared Goff.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 214 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

5th

Same as last week in part because the Panthers need a quarterback, and in part because what better option than the one who was a star during Senior Bowl week with Carolina’s coaching staff watching closely? Jones continued to impress, even though an ankle injury kept him out of the Senior Bowl game, and there’s every reason to believe he’s destined to hear his name called in Round 1.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

1st

Bryce Callahan was a bright spot in the secondary in 2020 but he, along with four other CBs, will have his contract expire next spring. Farley, who opted out for 2020, is our CB1.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 244 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

Micah Parsons is one of the best pure athletes in this draft class, and the Cowboys have plenty of needs on defense — though edge rusher or cornerback could also be a consideration here.

USC

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

5th

The Giants need pass rush help but bolstering the offensive line may take priority. Andrew Thomas got better as the year progressed, but Vera-Tucker proved in 2020 that he can play either guard or tackle and excelled while doing it.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 182 lbs

Wide receivers usually get pushed down as we get closer to the draft but my goodness, imagine Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, George Kittle and Jaylen Waddle on the field together with Kyle Shanahan dialing up the plays.

Georgia

• Fr

• 6’3″

/ 240 lbs

Ojulari is one of the best players in this class and he’s still flying under the radar. That will change in the coming weeks. For the Chargers, Melvin Ingram is 31 years old and will be a free agent in a few weeks barring a new deal — Ojulari would be a good choice to replace him.

Alabama

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Vikings need help along the defensive line and in the secondary as well, but with two edge rushers already off the board, addressing the interior with Barmore, our DT1, makes sense in the middle of Round 1. Barmore flashed throughout the ’20 season but got red hot over Alabama’s final four games.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Patriots need a QB but instead, they recommit to the tight end position and take Pitts, who plays a lot like Darren Waller.

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 272 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

Chandler Jones will be a free agent after the 2021 season, and the Cardinals could use an explosive young pass rusher. Paye is just scratching the surface on what he can do — once experience catches up with athleticism, he could be dominant.


Trey Lance


QB

NFL Draft

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 226 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

4th

There was a report last week that the Raiders might be willing to move on from Derek Carr, presumably with the plan of landing Deshaun Watson. But even if that doesn’t happen, Vegas and Jon Gruden might be in the market for a young QB. Lance has all the physical tools to compete at a high level, he just needs experience — and experience against top-flight talent after playing at FCS program North Dakota State.

Alabama

• Sr

• 6’2″

/ 230 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

41st

POSITION RNK

2nd

That’s right, Najee Harris is a running back … going in the top 20 … in 2021. He’s been that good and it’s one more weapon (from Alabama, incidentally) for Tua, who enters Year 2 needing to show improvement from an up-and-down rookie campaign.

Tulsa

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Football Team is in the market for a QB but five are already off the board. Instead, Washington settles for one of the biggest draft risers of the 2020 season. Collins is a 260-lb linebacker — a throwback in terms of measurables — who moves like Roquan Smith or Devin White. He also has a nose for the ball, with two pick-sixes during the ’20 campaign.

Florida

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

81st

POSITION RNK

10th

The Bears made the playoffs, effectively putting themselves of the running for one of the top QBs in this class, which is why, by the time you read this, Carson Wentz has probably been traded to Chicago. Whomever ends up under center needs weapons and Toney is coming off an explosive campaign for the Gators.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 203 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

2nd

This is LOW for Surtain, who is a top-15 player, but with a run on QBs, WRs and offensive linemen, Surtain gets pushed down. This is great news for the Colts; Xavier Rhodes was on a one-year deal and there’s a need in the secondary.

Miami (FL)

• Soph

• 6’7″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Titans had 19 sacks this season. By comparison, Rousseau racked up 15.5 sacks last season but opted out in 2020. He’s new to the position and the question is whether he can come close to replicating that type of production at the next level.

Miami (FL)

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

40th

POSITION RNK

4th

Defensive tackle Quinnen Williams led the Jets with seven sacks, and Tarell Basham was next with three. Put another way: New York needs to get better at getting after the QB, and Phillips is a high-energy tone-setter off the edge. There are injury questions (he retired from the game in 2018) but if he’s healthy, he’s a terror.

South Carolina

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

44th

POSITION RNK

4th

Joe Haden and Steven Nelson are both entering the final year of their current deals and 2019 third-rounder Justin Layne hasn’t yet made the jump to substantial playing time. Horn, son of Joe Horn, is a physical corner who had a successful 2020 season against some of the best wideouts in the country.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 314 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Darrisaw has both the strength and the athleticism to be a standout left tackle, and he’ll be a nice bookend to 2019 second-round right tackle Jawaan Taylor.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 305 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

128th

POSITION RNK

1st

Nixon is an explosive interior defensive lineman who has a knack for finding his way into the backfield and being disruptive vs. both the pass and the run.

Wake Forest

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 285 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

56th

POSITION RNK

6th

Yannick Ngakoue and Matt Judon will be free agents in a few weeks and even if one (or both) returns, the Ravens need to get better off the edge. Basham looks the part and is coming off an impressive career at Wake Forest.

Missouri

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 232 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

3rd

Bolton is a hard-hitting middle-of-the-field spark plug with sideline-to-sideline speed who would provide some much needed depth at the position in New Orleans.

Purdue

• Soph

• 5’9″

/ 180 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

4th

The Packers have neglected the position for long enough. And while Aaron Rodgers almost convinced us that all he needs is Davante Adams, the NFC Championship Game reinforced that Green Bay needs a legit No. 2 WR and Moore offers that and then some.

Georgia

• Soph

• 6’2″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

54th

POSITION RNK

7th

Tre White is one of the best CBs in the NFL but there’s not much depth behind him. Taron Johnson is coming off a good season but has just one year left on his current deal. Campbell would add a long, physical playmaker to a secondary that improved over the course of the 2020 season.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Chiefs barely use linebackers, which makes Owusu-Koramoah even more enticing because his best position in the NFL is probably as a hybrid-safety-type player. He has off-the-charts athleticism with the ability to make plays at all three levels.

Washington

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 293 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Onwuzurike opted out in 2020, but flashed consistently during his one day of practice at the Senior Bowl last week. He needs to play with more consistency but he has the type of potential that could translate to a difference-maker in the middle of the defense. And while he won’t replace Ndamukong Suh, adding depth for the soon-to-be free agent makes sense here.





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