Welcome to my first mock draft of the 2021 NFL draft season. After hours and days of high intense research, I present to you my first round mock. The more I thought about it, I decided I did not want to be like the rest of the mock drafts. I want to go for some crazy picks. Predicting the same players and picks like everyone else is super boring. I was always taught it is okay to be different. I went with some crazy picks, and if any of them come true, I will be the first to say "I told you so!" I predict some huge moves on Day 1 of the draft, and here is your first look at my madness.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars- Trevor Lawrence QB Clemson
This is an easy pick. Not only is Trevor Lawrence the best prospect in this draft, but he is also the biggest name player in this draft. The Jaguars shocked the world when they hired Urban Meyer as their next head coach, the only thing to keep up with the hype in Jacksonville is to select Lawrence.
2. New York Jets- Zach Wilson QB BYU
Buckle up, because the craziness of the NFL draft starts right now. In the first of many shocks, the Jets take Zach Wilson. Sam Darnold is not the future of this franchise. If the Jets hold onto this pick, they almost have to go QB. I see a lot of Joe Burrow in Wilson. He makes throws effortlessly and with so much ease. When compared to other QB's he can be overlooked due to his opposition. The Jets screwed themselves with not going winless in 2020, and they continue to shock the world by taking Zach Wilson.
3. Miami Dolphins- DeVonta Smith WR Alabama
It seems Miami is going to roll with Tua longterm. Give him some time to fully heal from injuries caused at Alabama, he can be a very dominate QB. The one thing he is missing is a consistent downfield threat. After his 2021 National Championship performance where he set records for catches and TD receptions ,while also racking up 200+ yards, Miami needs to jump on the Devonta train. No way they let him fall past 3, and I am sure they would love to reunite the two players involved in the game-winning play from the 2018 National Championship game.
4. Atlanta Falcons- Caleb Farley CB Virginia Tech
The Falcons need to find Matt Ryan's replacement soon. However, their offense was not really the issue last season. Matt Ryan has some fire left in the tank. If the Falcons had a decent defense last season, I could very well have seen them in the playoffs. Their defense needs major help, and that is why they take Farley. His speed, ball skills, and size make him an ideal Top 10 pick. The Falcons could get a lockdown corner right here and will make a great addition to their defense.
5. Cincinnati Bengals- Penei Sewell OT Oregon
This pick is easier than the Trevor Lawrence pick. Week 11 showed the Bengals what their #1 priority this offseason needs to be. They need to protect Joe Burrow at all costs. This draft is stacked at Tackle. Take the best overall OT here and imagine how great Burrow will do with time in the pocket. Sewell is the best non-playmaker in this draft, they'd be foolish to pass over him.
6. Philadelphia Eagles- Jaylen Waddle WR Alabama
Howie Roseman is still in charge, so therefore the Eagles will probably do something stupid here. Do they take Justin Fields? Do they take Kyle Pitts? Do they take a kicker? The two biggest areas of concern is linebacker and wide receiver. Last draft, the obvious pick was for them was Justin Jefferson and instead they drafted Jalen Reagor. Howie is going to do that again this draft and take a hurt Waddle over Ja'Marr Chase.
Could very well see the Eagles taking Justin Fields here simply because why not add another QB into the mix. If they do draft a QB here, I will march down to the Nova Care Center and demand Howie gets fired and Jeffrey Lurie sells the team!
7. Detroit Lions- Justin Fields QB Ohio State
With reports of Matthew Stafford and Detroit parting ways this offseason, the Lions will need to replace him. Between Fields and Wilson, one of them will ultimately fall to them at 7. In this case it is Justin Fields. Even if Wilson falls, Detroit will not be upset. Fields is going to fit in great with Detroit. With the youth of him ,Swift ,and Hockenson, Fields will make a great addition. Maybe Detroit will actually win a Thanksgiving Day game!
8. Carolina Panthers- Micah Parsons LB Penn State
The Panthers really really really missed Luke Kuechly last season. Their defense was extremely poor and especially at the LB position. There is a lot of talk of Parson's falling because of his character and off the field issues. Well he did fall because he very well could have been picked at 3 or 4. Parsons is the best defensive player in this draft. He can drop back into coverage and be a lockdown corner or rush the pocket and make sacks like Aaron Donald. Carolina will get a steal with him at 8.
9. Denver Broncos- Patrick Surtain II CB Alabama
Denver really needs to address their offensive line. That needs to be addressed in this draft. The draft is stacked at OT, so they will address that later. I see them addressing their CB position first. Surtain comes from a football family and it clearly translate. They have the chance to get an incredible corner here, and they should hit on that.
10. Dallas Cowboys- Kwity Paye DE Michigan
Since Ja'Marr Chase is available, I am sure Jerry Jones will draft him. However, the smart thing for him to do, is to select a defensive player. Dallas' defense was horrible. They were absolutely horrible. Have I mentioned how bad their defense was? It does not really matter what player they pick, as long as they play defense. Best defensive player available should be their strategy. At this point in my mock, Paye was the best available defensive player.
11. New York Giants- Ja'Marr Chase WR LSU
Dave Gettleman is as shocked as anyone that Chase fell this far. He almost is required to pick him at 11. Some experts have him as the best receiver in this draft. One thing Daniel Jones is missing, is that down field WR threat. Chase will be able to expand the field for the Giants, and give Jones a big time receiver. The Giants have other areas of concerns, but Chase is too good to pass up.
12. San Francisco 49ers- Jaycee Horn CB South Carolina
People seem to forget, the 49ers were playing in a Super Bowl a season ago. The injury bug hit San Francisco harder than any other team in football. I do not see them trying to shake things up drastically right now but reload. They are super thin at corner, and Horn will help fill the void. He is the best corner in this draft when he lines up out wide, and can help them shut down a division full of big name receivers.
13. Los Angelas Chargers- Rashawn Slater OT Northwestern
The Chargers have found their brand new QB of the future last draft. They also had really good performances from Herbert's offensive weapons in Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler. They do need some help at tackle, and after what happened to Joe Burrow in Cincinnati, the Chargers need to do the same thing. You can not risk Herbert getting a serious injury when the opportunity to protect him is right in front of you.
14. Minnesota Vikings- Azeez Ojuilari DE Georgia
The Vikings desperately need to improve their defensive line. They already have solid offensive weapons in Jefferson ,Thielen, and Cook. They could easily take a QB to replace Cousins. They should take Ojuilari to help provide a much needed addition to their defensive line.
15. New England Patriots- Kyle Pitts TE Florida
A lot of people expect Bill to go QB here. I honestly do not feel he drafts a QB at all. I fully expect them to trade for a QB this offseason. This team still has potential to make a run in the AFC. Since by the draft they will have their new QB, why not provide him with Kyle Pitts. This man is going to be a star in the NFL, and Patriots have had some pretty good TE's over the years.
16. Arizona Cardinals- Christian Darrisaw OT Virginia Tech
Arizona's defense needs some attention in this draft. However, the more I watched the Cardinals, the more I feel their defensive players are still growing and improving. The Cardinals are a dark horse for the Super Bowl, and I feel all additions to the defense will be through free agency. Therefore, when in doubt protect your franchise QB at all costs. I am a big advocate of protecting the QB should always be a team's number 1 priority.
17. Las Vegas Raiders- Zaven Collins LB Tulsa
Jon Gruden loves surprising picks. He decides to take Zaven Collins much higher than people predict. I love Collins and I feel he should be taken higher than this. NCAA's defensive player of the year can drop back in coverage and blitz the QB as good as anyone. This man is going to have a long career with multiple Pro Bowl and All-Pro seasons (mark my words and circle this day.)
18. Miami Dolphins- Najee Harris RB Alabama
Myles Gaskin had a really solid rookie campaign. However, injuries caused him to play in only 7 games. I can not see him being the long term first option. This draft is focused on getting Tua some more weapons. I was really torn between Harris and Etienne. I ended up letting the only Dolphins fan I know decide. My friend Ryan (Ryanpaul1414) picked Harris. The connection between Najee, Tua, and DeVonta will prove to be a dynamic trio.
19. Washington Football Team- Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB Notre Dame
There is a lot of chatter of Washington taking a QB here, but here is my big prediction of the offseason, Matthew Stafford will be the QB for the Football Team next season. This pick would more than likely end up in Detroit. It just happens to be they both need a LB. So either Detroit or Washington will get a stud LB. He is capable of being the best player on the field and will be an instant impact player.
20. Chicago Bears- Rashod Bateman WR Minnesota
Not sure who will be the QB for the Bears in 2021, but in any scenario the QB needs a stud receiver. Allen Robinson is a free agent this offseason, and I can not see him sticking around. The Bears need a new receiver to replace him, and the best receiver available is Bateman. Bateman is not getting the same attention as the receivers before him and he will prove he should have been taken much higher.
21. Indianapolis Colts- Mac Jones QB Alabama
Now that Phillip Rivers has officially announced his retirement, the Colts needs to find their new QB. If they do not trade for a QB (Watson, Wentz, Stafford,) they will almost certainly draft one here. Mac Jones had an incredible season at Alabama and has shown such pure class and maturity during his college career. A lot of people are sleeping on Jones, but I see him being the QB3 in this draft. If he comes to Indy, he will walk into a a young WR core and RB core. If they take Jones plus a solid defense and young offense, this team could be making major noise in a few seasons.
22. Tennessee Titans- Gregory Rousseau DE Miami (FL)
The biggest area of concern for the Titans this offseason is their defense. They have one of the best offenses in all of football, but their defense is why they are not considered Super Bowl hopefuls. Mike Vrabel is going to love having Rouseau in his locker room. He still needs some development. He only played one full season at Miami, but given the right system and coach, Rousseau could really benefit from Mike Vrabel.
23. New York Jets- Travis Etienne RB Clemson
The Jets have officially found their new franchise QB. They need to start surrounding Wilson with playmakers. The Jets running game was extremely poor. Even though Frank Gore will probably play for another 10 years, he is not going to be the #1 option in New York. Etienne is already a very solid RB, but give him the chance to learn and be mentored by an all-time great and he will turn out to be just as good.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers- Trey Lance QB North Dakota State
Ben Roethlisberger is not getting any younger ,and did not play very well towards the end of the season or playoffs. Mason Rudolph is 1000% not the QB of the future (Even though Cleveland fans want him to be). The Steelers find Big Ben's replacement with Lance. He falls this far that Mike Tomlin has to jump at the opportunity. An incredible dual threat QB will be a great addition to the passing game as well as introduce a new concept to Pittsburgh...running the ball. Just like Etienne, spend a season learning under a future hall of famer, and he will be set up for huge success.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars- Pat Freiermuth TE Penn State
Jacksonville has a pretty decent young core in playmakers. The one position they need is TE. His best quality is his blocking ability. His size and strength will help provide much needed protection for Trevor Lawrence. When Freiermuth is not blocking, he can provide Lawrence with another weapon in the Red Zone.
26. Cleveland Browns - Joseph Ossai DE Texas
The Browns were on the crisp of an AFC Championship appearance. Their defense needs to be addressed big time in this draft. I firmly believe they need to take the best defensive player available. Put Ossai on one side and Myles Garrett on the other side, will prove to be a nightmare for NFL offensive lines. He can also provide work as a LB, another area Cleveland desperately needs help at.
27. Baltimore Ravens- Terrace Marshall WR LSU
Lamar needs some WR help. There is no other way to put it. Mark Andrews can not be your number one receiver. When Marshall was the best option at LSU, he was able to average over 100 yards per game. Everyone saw how good he was with a solid QB in Joe Burrow. Imagine him with a MVP player in Lamar Jackson. He would be a great addition to this team and could help them make a deep run in the playoffs.
28. New Orleans Saints- Tyson Campbell CB Georgia
The Saints are hoping that either Trey Lance or Mac Jones falls to them so they can scoop up one of them. I do not think Winston is the solution in New Orleans. However, neither player falls to them. Therefore it is now Winston's job for a year and they now address their biggest area of concern CB. Their corners were not productive last season, and one of the reasons why they did not advance far in the playoffs. Campbell will look to help elevate the Saints to the next round.
29. Buffalo Bills- Alex Leatherwood OT Alabama
Welcome to the start of a lot of solid OT's being drafted. This draft has some incredible talent at the OT position, and the Bills need to address that position on multiple occasions this draft. Leatherwood has experience at both the tackle and guard positions. The one area of Buffalo's offense that needs a boost is the run game. His run blocking ability will help drive that part of their offense.
30. Green Bay Packers- Samuel Cosmi OT Texas
The Packers have a long tradition of not drafting players that help Aaron Rodgers. He is coming off an MVP season. They drafted his replacement last season. The defense needs some help, but so does the offensive line. Of all the teams in the Conference Championship games, their offensive line was very poor. Rodgers seemed rushed on a lot of throws. Like all the other aging QB's in the league. He only has a few more solid years left, protect him at all costs.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jalen Mayfield OT Michigan
The Bucs could use some help at the OT position. There are other areas of concern, but they have the chance to get stud OT and you never have enough depth on the line. Tom Brady needs all the protection he can get. He is very fragile and one bad hit could end his career. Make sure you protect the GOAT any way you can.
32. Kansas City Chiefs- Wyatt Davis OG Ohio State
Kansas City is about to get a major steal right here. Their interior offensive line needs major attention. They do not really need any other offensive help. They need to protect Mahomes at all cost. Davis is already built perfectly for an NFL offensive line. His strength and caliber of play are incredible. Mahomes will be thrilled when his name is called.