We’re almost in December and the end of the football season is approaching. All NFL teams are hoping to improve their roster during the offseason and draft the missing pieces that will lead their teams to glory. In this 2021 NFL Mock Draft we will take a look at the most urgent needs of every team and predict which player they will draft during the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland. Who are going to be next year’s NFL star rookies, and where will they go?
Our 2021 NFL Mock Draft
- New York Jets: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
This is a no brainer. Sam Darnold has thrown just 3 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in 6 games this season and it’s clear that he is not the franchise quarterback the Jets expected them to be when they drafted him as the third overall pick in 2018. Trevor Lawrence, however, has all the abilities to become the franchise quarterback that the Jets are seeking. With his arm size and pass accuracy he has tremendous arm talent, throwing the Clemson to a National Championship as a true freshman in 2018. He is also a very physically gifted talent, standing tall at 6’6″ and rushing for 563 yards and 9 touchdowns in his 2019 season. The Clemson Junior is without a doubt the biggest talent in this draft and for that reason the number one pick in our 2021 NFL Mock Draft
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
As the Minshew Mania is starting to fade away, the Jacksonville Jaguars should start moving away from Minshew and start looking for their franchise quarterback. That’s why we project the Jaguars to draft Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields in our 2021 NFL Mock Draft. Justin Fields threw 41 touchdowns and 3 interception last year in his first season as starter for Ohio State. Justin Field started off this season strong aswell throwing 11 TDs and no interceptions in his first three games with completion percentages of 95.2%, 82.4% and 85.7%. He did display a poor performance against Indiana last week, throwing 3 interceptions and relatively low completion percentage of 60.0%. Nevertheless, Justin Fields has a fantastic arm which makes him the second overall pick in our 2021 NFL Mock Draft
- Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
The Bengals drafted Joe Burrow as the number one overall pick in the 2020 draft, and the rookie quarterback has already had a big impact on this Bengals offense. This despite the fact that the offensive line gives him very little time to throw. The Bengals allowed Joe Burrow to get sacked 37 times this season, which resulted in a season ending injury for Joe Burrow against Washington. This will undoubtedly make the Bengals realize that they need to protect Joe Burrow, which is why we have Cincinnati drafting Oregon Tackle Penei Sewell. Penei Sewell is an exceptional talent, in the running game aswell as in the passing game. At 325lbs, Penei Sewell has a very strong body with a lot of room for improvement considering that he only just turned 20 years old.
- Dallas Cowboys: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn. State
At an average of 32.6 PPG, the Cowboys defense has allowed the most points of any team in the NFL, by a big margin. (The jets are the second worst at 30.2 PPG, a 2.4 point difference). It is obvious that Dallas needs to improve their defense in the upcoming draft. We have them selecting Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons in our 2021 NFL Mock Draft. Parsons is lightning quick and combined with his incredible instincts, his pass coverage is on another level. Micah Parsons is also a good pass rusher, combining for a total of 5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles in his 2019 Sophomore season.
- Los Angeles Chargers: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
The Chargers pick Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain in our 2021 NFL Mock Draft. The Chargers have struggled defensively this season and need an injection of young defensive talent. Drafting Patrick Surtain would give the Chargers an elite addition to their secondary which will come in use against the many talented receivers in the AFC West.
- New York Giants: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
The Giants offense has performed very poorly this season and some kind of offensive injection is necessary for the Giants. LSU Receiver Ja’Marr Chase would be the perfect fit for the Giants who whill make a big impact on the Giants offense in his rookie season. Chase set the season record for receiving yards in 2019, catching 84 passes for a total of 1780 yards. Ja’Marr Chase isn’t the biggest or fastest receiver prospect, but his route running and catching ability is exceptional.
- Atlanta Falcons: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami
The Falcons need edge rushing has been a problem for a while, which is why the Falcons draft Gregory Rousseau in our 2021 NFL Mock Draft. Gregory Rousseau had a monster year in 2019, recording 15.5 sacks in his redshirt freshman season. Rousseaua has a great burst and with his height, 6’5″, he has an amazing tackle radius.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
The Eagles need to improve their secondary. There’s a gap in the Eagles roster at the cornerback position, and Caleb Farley would be the perfect addition next to Darius Slay. Caleb Farley is excellent at mirroring the receiver route, not allowing for any seperation. He is also a tall cornerback at 6’2″ and physically gifted.
- Detroit Lions: Kwity Paye, EDGE, Miami
We have Detroit drafting Kwity Paye as the 9th overall pick in our mock draft. Kwity Paye is a talented power rusher who would be a great addition to the Detroit EDGE rushing, an area that the Lions need to improve on.
- Carolina Panthers: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Ian Thomas has been disappoiting for Carolina Panthers, only totalling 562 yards and 4 touchdowns in his first 3 seasons, more than half of which in his rookie year. Ian Thomas has regressed since then and should be replaced by another tight end. Florida’s Kyle Pitts is by far the biggest tight end talent this season and would be a great fit for the Panthers. He caught 24 passes for 414 yards so far this season for Florida, including 8 touchdown catches. While his blocking technique has a lot of room for improvement, his route running and catching ability is very good making him a top 10 prospect in this 2021 NFL Mock Draft.
- Miami Dolphins: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
The Dolphins receiving corps might not be bad, however it lacks the speed and seperation that a player like Jaylen Waddle could bring to Miami. Tua Tagovailoa and Jaylen Waddle already have a connection from their time at Alabama and they could do some serious damage in the AFC East.
- Minnesota Vikings: Christian Darrisaw, IOL, Virginia Tech
The Vikings have struggled with the Guard position, and while last year’s second round pick Ezra Clevelands has shown some positive signs, the Vikings will need to improve on this position. Darrisaw is a tall and athletic offensive lineman with a great hand placement technique.
- New England Patriots: Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama
The Patriots have very little receiver talent and desperately need a quality injection on this position. Devonta Smith isn’t the fastest or most physical receiver, however he has shown to be able to get open without any effort and has an elite catching ability. The Alabama receiver has already caught over 1000 yards and 12 touchdowns in his first 8 games of the season.
- San Francisco 49’ers: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
Jimmy Garoppolo has been disappointing for the 49’ers this season and we have San Francisco drafting Zach Wilson to replace Jimmy in our 2021 NFL Mock Draft. With his arm strength and accuracy, Wilson has led BYU to an undefeated 9-0 record. The Cougars score an average of 48 points per game, and Zach Wilson’s 2724 passing yards, 26 passing TDs and 8 rushing TDs played a big part in this offense domination
- Denver Broncos: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
The Broncos have very limited depth on the cornerback position and A.J. Bouye has performerd poorly after he came back from his injury. The Broncos need extra talent on the cornerback position and will therefor daft Jaycee Horn, cornerback from South Carolina, in our 2021 NFL Mock Draft. Jaycee Horn is relatively tall and strong cornerback and excels in both man- and zone-coverage.
- Chicago Bears: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
The Bears need to find their franchise QB and North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance might be that player for them. Trey Lance has shown to be both an accurate passer aswell as a mobile quarterback. He put up big numbers in his 2019 season, throwing 28 touchdowns and rushing for an extra 14 touchdowns.
- Miami Dolphins: Wyatt Davis, IOL, Ohio State
The Dolphins offensive line have failed to really protect rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who got sacked 6 times in the Dolphins loss against the Broncos. Miami has already strengthened their receiving corps in our 2021 NFL Mock Draft, and it’s only logical that the Dolphins will use their other draft pick to give Tua some extra protection. Wyatt Davis would be the perfect candidate for this role. Davis is an excellent pass protector and will have an immediate impact on the Dolphins O-Line.
- Baltimore Ravens: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
Marquise Brown hasn’t exactly lived up to the expectations people had after his 2019 rookie season and it is clear to see that the Ravens could use some receiver talent. Bateman has good speed, has shown to be great at catching the ball and has been excellent in running after the catch.
- Washington Football Team: Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
It has become cleary that Dwayne Haskins isn’t the franchise quarterback Washington expected him to be when they drafted him in 2019, and he has now even been demoted to third-string quarterback. That’s why two years after drafting Dwayne Haskins in the first round, Washington will draft Florida QB Kyle Trask in our 2021 NFL Mock Draft. Kyle Trask has had an incredible season in 2020 and is currently favorite to win the Heisman trophy. He threw 4 or more TDs in every one of his first 6 games and is currently at 34 TDs and 2810 yards after 8 games.
- Arizona Cardinals: Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
Eric Stokes would be a good addition to the Cardinals secondary, which is in need of some young talent with Patrick Peterson rapidly declining. Erick Stokes shows good route recognizition and has great agility to mirror the receiver’s route.
- Las Vegas Raiders: Joseph Ossai, LB/EDGE, Texas
The Raiders have struggled defensively and need to improve on that side of the field. We have them drafting Joseph Ossai from the Texas Longhorns. Ossai is a multipurpose player and with is speed and wingspan, he would be a gret addition in the desert of Nevada.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jay Tufele, DT, USC
Ndamukong Suh is turning 34 in January and doesn’t have a lot of time left in the NFL. Jay Tufele is a quick and explosive defensive lineman who uses his poweful hands to generate pressure. He would be the perfect player to replace the declining Suh.
- Indianapolis Colts: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
Anthony Castonzo considered retirement last year and is out for the rest of the season with an MCL injury. The time has come for the Colts to think about life after Castonzo, who will be 33 at the start of the next season. Samuel Cosmi could be that player to take over Castonzo’s position next season if he decides to retire, or sit a year behind him to get ready for that starting role.
- Cleveland Browns: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Owusu-Koramoah is talented linebacker who is great at coverage and also able to create pressure on the blitz with his length and explosiveness.
- New York Jets: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
The Jets will look at what happend to Joe Burrow and realize that they will have to give Trevor Lawrence protection. Jalen Mayfield is a big and athletic guy who excells at the run game. His pass protection could use a little improvement but with experience he has the potential to become an elite lineman.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
With Cam Robinson going into free agency, the Jaguars will need to improve their offensive line with a new pass protector. Rashawn Slater from Northwestern has looked impressive both in the run game and pass game and would be a gret addition to this Jaguars offense line, which will need to protect newly drafted quarterback Justin Fields.
- Tennessee Titans: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
The Titans are getting very few sacks and will need to improve their passrush. Azeez Ojulari could be the piece in that puzzle. Ojulari is an excellent EDGE who uses his phenomenal hand technique to win the corners and sack the corner. Ojulari has a total of 5.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles for Georgia so far this season. The edge rusher struggles a bit more in the run game and will have to improve that part of his game the coming years.
- Buffalo Bills: Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State
With Tre’Davious White the Bills have a young, talented CB1 on the roster. The cornerback position still lacks depth however, and Shaun Wade would be the perfect candidate to fill that CB2 spot. Wade has a very impressive acceleration and has good physical power and would form an excellent pair with Tre’Davious white.
- Green Bay Packers: Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame
Liam Eichenberg is a strong offensive tackle with a very strong punch power.Green Bay could be in the market for him as the Packers could use another Offensive Tackle to team up with elite tackle David Bakhtiari. Giving Aaron Rodgers some extra protection might be what the Packers need to go for another Superbowl run.
- Kansas City Chiefs: Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL, USC
The Chiefs offense is already great and that is the reason they’re winning. For that reason, the Chiefs should draft an offensive lineman to give Mahomes a clean pocket at all times. We have the Chiefs drafting Alijah Vera-Tucker, who has played both as guard and tackle for the USC Trojans. While he is not the most athletic player and relatively slow, Vera-Tucker has been very effective in both the run- and pass game and would be good addition to this Chiefs offense.
- New Orleans Saints: Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
While the Saints defense has been looking better, they could still use some defensive talent. Dylan Moses is a fantastic linebacker talent. He has incredible instincts, is a great at tackling the opponent and above all is an amazing athlete. All in all a very talented prospect at this position who has a bright future ahead of him.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
Ben Roethlisberger will be 39 in March and the Steelers don’t have anyone to replace him. Eventhough Big Ben is still throwing amazing passes, it might be wise for the Steelers to start looking for a potential replacement for when Roethlisberger retires. Alabama’s Mac Jones might be the candidate to fill this role as he is having an amazing season with the Crimson Tide. He has thrown 27TDs and 3INTs with a completion percentage of 75.7% in nine games so far. Mac Jones is a very accurate thrower and has decent arm strength.