2021 NFL Mock Draft - 3/28/2021
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence - QB (Clemson)
Jacksonville Jaguars

Nothing in Free Agency could have changed the situation with the first pick.  The pick is QB Trevor Lawrence.

Trevor Lawrence
2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson - QB (BYU)
New York Jets

After his pro day, Zach Wilson likely solidifed himself as the #2 selection for the Jets.

Zach Wilson
3. San Francisco 49ers: Trey Lance - QB (North Dakota State)
San Francisco 49ers

While Zach Wilson was throwing darts all over the field at his pro day, the 49ers were blowing up everyone's phones as they traded up from the 12th pick with the Miami Dolphins.  The 49ers are expected to take a QB and the current speculation is North Dakota State QB Trey Lance.  Lance has only played in 17 games with only one of the games taking place during the 2020 season so the team must be fairly confident in Lance fulfilling his vast potential.

Trey Lance
4. Atlanta Falcons: Justin Fields - QB (OSU)
Atlanta Falcons

History could be made if four QBs are taken with the first four picks of the 2021 draft.  In this scenario, Atlanta does not mess around and takes the Ohio State QB. History is made.

Justin Fields
5. Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell - OT (Oregon)
Cincinnati Bengals

One of the biggest winners of the Miami/San Francisco trades and four QBs going off the board is the Cincinnati Bengals, who get the pick of the best non-QB prospects.  Many will want the sexy WR selection, pairing Franchise QB Joe Burrow with former LSU running mate WR Ja'Marr Chase. When you're a team with one of the worst performing offensive lines in the league with a QB rehabbing a torn ACL, you do not get sexy.  You get someone who can help protect The Franchise.

Penei Sewell
6. Miami Dolphins: Ja'Marr Chase - WR (LSU)
Miami Dolphins

Miami trades back into the 6th spot after trading back to 12 and still drafts the player they were likely to target at #3; dynamic #1 WR Ja'Marr Chase. Chase has the ability to open up the Miami offense and gives Miami a true weapon to utilize.

Ja'Marr Chase
7. Detroit Lions: DeVonta Smith - WR (Alabama)
Detroit Lions

After free agency, the Lions were left without their top two receivers in Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr.  The Heisman winner could be the perfect player to step in and start the WR rebuild with new QB Jared Goff.

DeVonta Smith
8. Carolina Panthers: Kyle Pitts - TE (Florida)
Carolina Panthers

Carolina gets left behind in the QB arms race.  They will likely need to trade into the top 5 or reach out to the Jets and 49ers about acquiring one of their signal callers.  Trading back and taking Mac Jones is another possibility but if the Panthers stay put, they should get the best weapon available to help their future QB.  Pitts has elite traits and will be a mismatch nightmare for any defense he goes up against.

Kyle Pitts
9. Denver Broncos: Micah Parsons - LB (PSU)
Denver Broncos

The Broncos went into Free Agency and fill huge holes at cornerback and now focus on likely the best impact linebacker in college football.  Parsons ran a 4.39 forty-yard dash at his pro day and is a true sideline to sideline linebacker with an elite ability to blitz and rush the passer.

Micah Parsons
10. Dallas Cowboys: Rashawn Slater - OT (NW)
Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys ran into huge OL depth issues last year and just paid huge money to Dak Prescott.  When you get the chance to take a top OT who can also kick inside to guard and provide some protection to your huge investment, you do it.

Rashawn Slater
11. New York Giants: Azeez Ojulari - EDGE (Georgia)
New York Giants

After filling needs on the offensive side of the ball by signing Kenny Golladay, the Giants should be looking to improve their pass rush and Ojulari fits as a rising athletic edge defender.

Azeez Ojulari
12. Philadelphia Eagles: Jaylen Waddle - WR (Alabama)
Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles moved out of 6 and are still in a position to provide some dynamite to their offense for QB Jalen Hurts.  Cornerback is also a possibility here with all of the top corners still on the board.

Jaylen Waddle
13. Los Angeles Chargers: Patrick Surtain II - CB (Alabama)
Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers went into Free Agency shoring up their offensive line for QB Justin Herbert.  Now they can focus their attention on the other side of the ball and snag the draft's top corner.  Surtain is a heady player possessing great size (6'2 208) with speed (4.42) and burst (39 vert, 10'11" broad) to match.

Patrick Surtain II
14. Minnesota Vikings: Christian Darrisaw - OT (Va Tech)
Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings released tackle Riley Rieff and did not sign his replacement.  Darrisaw is a coveted LT who should be able to fit in nicely with the Minnesota rushing attack.

Christian Darrisaw
15. New England Patriots: Mac Jones - QB (Alabama)
New England Patriots

The Patriots went gangbusters in free agency, lining up the team with veteran talent and also resigned Cam Newton to a team-friendly deal.  Cam is a bridge QB for the Patriots and a likely backup given Mac Jones can step in at some point as a rookie.  Jones was a one-year starter at Alabama and he crushed it.  He also recently threw at Alabama's first pro day and plans to throw again on March 31st.  He is starting to get top 10 buzz.

Mac Jones
16. Arizona Cardinals: Jaycee Horn - CB (South Carolina)
Arizona Cardinals

Horn is flying up draft boards and his amazing pro day did nothing to cool it off.  He has likely moved into the #2 corner slot and is in conversations with Patrick Surtain as the #1 overall corner in the draft.  

Jaycee Horn
17. Las Vegas Raiders: Alijah Vera-Tucker - IOL (USC)
Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders used FA to sign additions to their defense but there are still holes to fill along their offensive line.  Vera-Tucker has played tackle and guard at USC but his length will likely keep him on the interior for Las Vegas.

Alijah Vera-Tucker
18. Miami Dolphins: Kwity Paye - EDGE (Mich)
Miami Dolphins

Miami looks to bolster their pass rush with the aggressive and powerful DE from Michigan.  While Paye's play did not always result in sacks, he was a big factor in pressuring and disrupting opposing offenses.

Kwity Paye
19. Washington Football Team: Teven Jenkins - OT (Okla St)
Washington Football Team

The Washington Football Team added some nice pieces this offseason (Curtis Samuel, William Jackson III) but still need to address their future QB situation and the offensive line, specifically OT.  While there is not a QB worthy of this selection, there are plenty of tackles still on the board.

Teven Jenkins
20. Chicago Bears: Rashod Bateman - WR (Minn)
Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears signed Andy Dalton to be their QB1 and while that may be disappointing to Bears fans, Dalton is better than what they've had behind center for nearly 40 years.  That said, Dalton needs weapons to be effective and lining up Rashod Bateman opposite Allen Robinson is a great 1-2 punch for Dalton.  Bateman is a true WR1 and could be the future of their WR corp should the team part ways with Robinson in 2022.

Rashod Bateman
21. Indianapolis Colts: Greg Newsome II - CB (NW)
Indianapolis Colts

The Colts had no answer for Bills WR Stefon Diggs and must get better in the secondary if they want to contend.  Enter corner Greg Newsome.  Newsome is a long and physical corner who had a great season at Northwestern.  The big issue with him is injury history as he has dealt with those in some form for three seasons. 

Greg Newsome II
22. Tennessee Titans: Kadarius Toney - WR (Florida)
Tennessee Titans

The Titans addressed their woeful defense in the offseason by signing Bud Dupree and Denico Autry to multi-year deals and look to replace Corey Davis on offense with the electric Kadarius Toney out of Florida.

Kadarius Toney
23. New York Jets: Najee Harris - RB (Alabama)
New York Jets

The Jets follow up their selection of Zach Wilson with a new backfield mate in Alabama RB Najee Harris.  Harris is a powerful runner who can make plays out of the backfield and possesses the ability to put an offense on his back when needed.  

Najee Harris
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jalen Mayfield - OT (Mich)
Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers will need to bolster their offensive line if they want to contend with AFC North rivals.  QB Ben Roethlisberger needs a clean pocket to make an impact and Mayfield is one piece of the puzzle.

Jalen Mayfield
25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevon Moehrig - S (TCU)
Jacksonville Jaguars

Urban Meyer continues to build up his defense with the playmaking safety out of TCU.

Trevon Moehrig
26. Cleveland Browns: Jaelan Phillips - EDGE (Miami (FL))
Cleveland Browns

The Browns look to add pieces around DE Myles Garrett to improve their overall pass rush.  Philips had a great season with The U but a history of concussions (which caused him to initially retire from football) could give some teams reason to pass on him.

Jaelan Phillips
27. Baltimore Ravens: Joseph Ossai - EDGE (Texas)
Baltimore Ravens

With the top receivers gone in the first round and pass rushing talent still available, the Ravens decide to focus on their defense with Texas' Joesph Ossai. 

Joseph Ossai
28. New Orleans Saints: Caleb Farley - CB (Va Tech)
New Orleans Saints

Caleb Farley is having his 2nd back surgery in the past year which I think will cause him to slide.  The Saints need help in the secondary and with Marshon Lattimore's recent off-field arrest, the Saints may be willing to roll the dice with a corner of Farley's size and skill.

Caleb Farley
29. Green Bay Packers: Terrace Marshall - WR (LSU)
Green Bay Packers

Will Green Bay finally invest in their offense?  If they're planning to move past Aaron Rodgers in a year or two, they may want to start acquiring some depth.  The next QB will likely need more than Davante Adams around him to make an impact.  Marshall stepped into the WR1 role at LSU after Justin Jefferson's departure and Ja'Marr Chase's decision to opt-out because of Covid.  He did not miss a beat and cemented himself as a late 1st round - early 2nd round prospect.  

Terrace Marshall
30. Buffalo Bills: Gregory Rousseau - EDGE (Miami (FL))
Buffalo Bills

The Bills look to get back to the AFC Championship and take the next step.  Part of that plan should be to mimic Tampa Bay and bring the pressure to AFC quarterbacks, namely Patrick Mahomes.  Rousseau is a bit of a raw talent and needs reps but could be part of a nice rotation in Buffalo where his initial goal would be to disrupt offenses on 3rd down as he gains experience.

Gregory Rousseau
31. Kansas City Chiefs: Liam Eichenberg - OT (Notre Dame)
Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs gutted their offensive line and started filling in the holes from the inside-out.  They still need help at tackle and Eichenberg, who as the ability to play all 5 positions, should be a day 1 starter at left or right tackle.

Liam Eichenberg
32. Tampa Bay Buccs: Christian Barmore - IDL (Alabama)
Tampa Bay Buccs

The champs add to their Super Bowl defense with the interior pass rusher from Alabama.  Barmore only started one season and while he had a great season, he still needs some refinement in the run game.

Christian Barmore
TFH Top 32 Player Rankings
  • Clemson
  • Jr
  • 6055
  • 213
  • 34 1/2
  • 0.00
  • 0
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • 10
  • LSU
  • Jr
  • 6003
  • 201
  • 30 3/4
  • 4.38
  • 23
  • 41.00
  • 11.00
  • 9 5/8
  • Florida
  • Jr
  • 6055
  • 245
  • 33 1/2
  • 4.44
  • 22
  • 33.50
  • 10.09
  • 10 5/8
  • Oregon
  • Jr
  • 6050
  • 330
  • ----
  • 0.00
  • 0
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • ----
  • Ohio State
  • Jr
  • 6026
  • 227
  • 32 1/2
  • 4.45
  • 0
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • 9 1/8
  • Alabama
  • Jr
  • 6020
  • 208
  • 32 1/2
  • 4.42
  • 18
  • 39.00
  • 10.11
  • 10
  • Northwestern
  • Sr
  • 6042
  • 304
  • 33
  • 4.88
  • 33
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • ----
  • Penn State
  • Jr
  • 6031
  • 246
  • 31 1/2
  • 4.39
  • 19
  • 34.00
  • 10.06
  • 11
  • BYU
  • Jr
  • 6021
  • 214
  • ----
  • 0.00
  • 0
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • 9 1/4
  • South Carolina
  • Jr
  • 6006
  • 205
  • 33
  • 4.39
  • 19
  • 42.00
  • 11.01
  • 9 1/8
  • Alabama
  • Jr
  • 5100
  • 182
  • ----
  • 0.00
  • 0
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • ----
  • Virginia Tech
  • Jr
  • 6050
  • 314
  • ----
  • 0.00
  • 0
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • ----
  • Alabama
  • Sr
  • 6010
  • 175
  • ----
  • 0.00
  • 0
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • ----
  • Alabama
  • Sr
  • 6020
  • 230
  • ----
  • 0.00
  • 0
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • ----
  • Michigan
  • Sr
  • 6024
  • 261
  • 33
  • 4.52
  • 36
  • 35.50
  • 9.10
  • ----
  • USC
  • Jr
  • 6044
  • 308
  • 32 1/8
  • 5.10
  • 36
  • 32.00
  • 8.10
  • ----
  • North Dakota State
  • So
  • 6037
  • 224
  • 31 1/2
  • 0.00
  • 0
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • 9 1/8
  • Alabama
  • Jr
  • 6030
  • 217
  • ----
  • 4.68
  • 0
  • 32.00
  • 9.08
  • ----
  • Northwestern
  • Jr
  • 6000
  • 192
  • ----
  • 4.38
  • 18
  • 40.00
  • 10.03
  • ----
  • Virginia Tech
  • Jr
  • 6020
  • 197
  • ----
  • 0.00
  • 0
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • ----
  • Georgia
  • So
  • 6022
  • 249
  • 34 3/8
  • 4.60
  • 26
  • 0.00
  • 10.07
  • 10 1/2
  • Minnesota
  • Jr
  • 6010
  • 210
  • ----
  • 0.00
  • 0
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • ----
  • Miami (FL)
  • Jr
  • 6054
  • 260
  • 33 1/4
  • 4.56
  • 21
  • 36.00
  • 10.05
  • 9 3/4
  • Clemson
  • Sr
  • 5101
  • 215
  • 31 1/8
  • 4.40
  • 18
  • 33.50
  • 10.08
  • 9 3/8
  • Alabama
  • So
  • 6041
  • 310
  • 34 5/8
  • 4.93
  • 0
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • 10
  • Oklahoma State
  • Sr
  • 6057
  • 317
  • 33 1/2
  • 5.01
  • 36
  • 32.50
  • 8.10
  • 9 1/2
  • Notre Dame
  • Sr
  • 6014
  • 221
  • 33
  • 0.00
  • 20
  • 36.50
  • 10.04
  • 8 7/8
  • Washington
  • Sr
  • 6030
  • 290
  • 33
  • 4.85
  • 29
  • 30.00
  • 9.01
  • 10 1/8
  • Tulsa
  • Jr
  • 6040
  • 260
  • ----
  • 0.00
  • 0
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • ----
  • Florida
  • Sr
  • 5115
  • 193
  • 31 1/4
  • 4.39
  • 9
  • 39.50
  • 11.04
  • 9 1/4
  • Notre Dame
  • Sr
  • 6061
  • 306
  • 32 3/8
  • 0.00
  • 33
  • 26.50
  • 8.09
  • 9 5/8
  • TCU
  • Jr
  • 6020
  • 202
  • ----
  • 4.50
  • 0
  • 33.00
  • 0.00
  • ----