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My first NFL mock draft was strictly based on the draft order at the time. My last release was over one month ago. I have made a couple changes and also added a couple trades that makes the top-10 picks very interesting.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
Common sense pick here.
2. Houston Texans via trade with New York Jets: OT Penei Sewell, Oregon
(The Jets receive QB Deshaun Watson in exchange for both 2021 first round picks, QB Sam Darnold, WR Denzel Mims)
This is a big trade. The Jets find a suitor for Sam Darnold and are able to receive their franchise quarterback in Deshaun Watson. They select Sewell to solidify their offensive line at the tackle spots.
3. Carolina Panthers via trade Miami Dolphins (via Houston): QB Justin Fields, QB Ohio State.
(The Dolphins and Panthers swap first rounders (picks 3 and 8) and the Dolphins also get a third)
The Panthers felt the need to trade up before Atlanta to select their guy at the quarterback spot.
4. Atlanta Falcons: QB Zach Wilson, BYU
The Falcons didn’t have to move up, they stay put and get their guy to be the successor of Matt Ryan.
5. Cincinnati Bengals: OT Rashawn Slater, North Western
The Bengals need desperate help at OT, especially after the injury to Joe Burrow. This should help to alleviate some pressure off of Burrow and the offense.
6. Philadelphia Eagles: WR JaMarr Chase, LSU
First wide receiver off the board and he goes to Philly where the need for play makers is huge. This helps out second year quarterback Jalen Hurts.
7. Detroit Lions: LB Micah Parsons, Penn State
The Lions select a very talented defensive player maker in Parsons who can help amplify they Lions defense.
8. Miami Dolphins via trade Carolina Panthers: WR Devonta Smith, Alabama
The Dolphins select the Heisman trophy winner who should help Tua and the Dolphins offense to create some sparks in the receiving game.
9. Denver Broncos: EDGE Kwity Paye, Michigan
Broncos give Lock another shot (or they sign a veteran), and they amplify their pass rush with Paye.
10. Dallas Cowboys: CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
The Cowboys defense struggled last year on defense, and after losing Byron Jones corner was a hole to fill. They do so with drafting Surtain.
11. New York Giants: TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
The Giants are lacking a true number one receiver on their offense. Pitts comes into the draft as a tight end, but I see him playing a role as a wide receiver. Pitts helps Jones and the Giants to spice up their receiving core and to have more success on offense.
12. San Francisco: CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
Richard Sherman isn’t getting any younger, and Farley is a physical corner that can matchup well on defense. He would be a vital part of the 49ers defense.
13. Los Angeles Chargers: WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
The Chargers don’t pass on this pick. They give Herbert another weapon to throw to in the Chargers offense.
14. Minnesota Vikings: EDGE Gregory Rousseau, Miami
Minnesota has lacked a pass rush and traded away their best one in Ngakoue. Rousseau can help in that department and bring more pressure on opposing quaterbacks.
15. New England: QB Trey Lance, North Dakota St.
The Patriots actually spend a first round pick on a quarterback of the future, not very Tom Brady ish.
16. Arizona Cardinals: EDGE Joseph Ossai, Texas
Very talented pass rusher that can be utilized across from JJ Watt.
17. Las Vegas Raiders: OT Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech
When you give Carr time to throw, he can do some great things. Darrisaw is a very underrated tackle in this draft, I think he will do some good things for the offense.
18. Miami Dolphins: OT Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
Another good tackle, and the Dolphins find someone to keep Tua on his feet. They have been committing to a young offensive line, and they continue with this pick.
19. Washington Football Team: QB Mac Jones, Alabama
Their last first round quarterback didn’t pan out so well, but Mac Jones will be a much better option. After plans to release Alex Smith, it seems like the right pick in this situation.
20. Chicago Bears: WR Rashod Batemen, Minnesota
Allen Robinson may be out the door, Batemen is very underrated in this draft behind the top-heavy receivers in the draft. He is a hidden gem in the first.
21. Indianapolis Colts: WR Kadarius Toney, Florida
Toney has great speed and route running ability. A solid weapon for newly acquired quarterback Carson Wentz.
22. Tennessee Titans: LB Nick Bolton, Missouri
Very good line backer will good coverage skills and tackling. Bolton should help the Titans defense in the middle of the field.
23. Houston Texans vis trade New York Jets (via Seattle): CB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
The Texans defense only had 3 interceptions all year. That is very bad. They need help at corner and Horn is a great fit.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: OT Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC
Big Ben is set to return for another season, it is important to give him valuable protection to stay upright and healthy.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (via LA Rams): OG Wyatt Davis, Ohio State
Some interior protection for Trevor Lawrence, and can open up some run lanes for RB James Robinson.
26. Cleveland Browns: EDGE Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
Solid pass rusher added to Cleveland’s pass rush. Myles Garrett will have a partner in crime to wreak havoc on their opposing quarterback.
27. Baltimore Ravens: WR Rondale Moore, Purdue
Small but fast wide receiver that would be a spark in Baltimore’s offense. With Moore lined up next to Brown, it’s an offense that can be dynamic.
28. New Orleans Saints: LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame
Solid linebacker added to a Saints defense that has been very good the last few seasons. Line backer seems to be the one spot they could use more depth.
29. Green Bay: WR Terrace Marshall Jr, LSU
The Packers give Rogers a weapon outside of Devonte Adams. This was a pick that should have happened last year but they selected QB Jordan Love instead…this year they help Rogers out who’s coming off a solid year.
30. Buffalo Bills: RB Najee Harris, Alabama
The Bills run game struggled in 2020. Harris would give the a huge spark and make the run game much harder to stop. Very physical running back with some quickness. Very similar to Derrick Henry.
31. Kansas City Chiefs: OL Tevin Jenkins, Oklahoma State
Protecting Mahomes is a must, and we witnessed that in the Super Bowl. Cheifs add some quality and depth to the offensive line
32. Tampa Bay: EDGE Jaelan Phillips, Miami
We saw how good the Bucs pass rush can be in the Super Bowl. Some guys like JPP are getting older, it’s important to get some guys to fill those voids when the time comes. Phillips is a talented pass rusher that can do some damage in this league.
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Dylan Davis is a graduate of the State University of New York at Canton, where he obtained a B.A.A in Sport Management. He is a former athlete of football and baseball and sports fan for much of his life. Dylan creates content for 366 Sports and New York Giants 366, and is also a host on his own show, “The J&D Sports Show”.