2021 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 – Raj Garcha

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence  QB  Clemson

No surprises here. Jacksonville get their franchise QB to pair with their new HC Urban Meyer.

2. New York Jets– Zach Wilson QB BYU

Again, no surprises here. Having been ahead in the Lawrence sweepstakes for much of last season, Saleh brings in the 2nd best QB in the draft. Expect Wilson to be the day 1 starter and help break the long curse of inept QB play at the Meadowlands.

3. San Francisco 49ers – Justin Fields  QB  Ohio State

The sensible pick here for the Niners. Shanahan has known Fields since high-school and has made reference of wanting a dual threat QB. Do not be surprised for Fields to be the day 1 starter in the Bay Area, and potentially be the QB Shanahan thought he had when OC for RG3’s rookie season in Washington

4. Denver Broncos – Trey Lance  QB North Dakota State

Broncos trade picks 9, DEN 2022 1st

Broncos move up to grab their franchise QB. Drew Lock isn’t the answer, with the offense having been ranked 27th last year and with the numerous weapons on offense and solid defense, Broncos are a QB away from challenging at the AFC top table. Elway has longed for his QB, and despite being a raw prospect, Lance could finally be the guy to fill the Manning void in Denver.

5. Cincinnati Bengals – Ja’Marr Chase WR LSU

OT should be the pick here, but the chance to pair the greatest QB-WR duo in college football history is too hard to pass on. Chase fills the void left by AJ Green to become WR1 in Cincinnati.

6. Miami Dolphins – Kyle Pitts  TE  Florida

Miami has the luxury of having the best non-QB prospect in this draft fall to them at 6. Pitts gives Tua the ultimate weapon, allowing the Dolphins to adopt 12 personnel and be a force to reckon with in the AFC.

7. Los Angeles Chargers – Penei Sewell  OT  Oregon

LAC trade picks 13, 47

Justin Herbert gets his LT from college and the Chargers O-Line now looks one of the strongest units in the AFC. Sewell, at 20 years old, provides a scary proposition for the Chargers in being their elite bookend tackle for the next decade.

8. Arizona Cardinals – Jaycee Horn  CB  South Carolina

Cardinals trade picks 16, 2022 1st – receive pick 113

Arizona trade up to get their Patrick Peterson replacement. Covering the best receivers in the SEC, Horn goes into a CB room to compete with Malcom Butler and Byron Murphy to be the premier outside CB.

9. Atlanta Falcons – Patrick Surtain  CB  Alabama

Falcons receive picks 9, 2022 DEN 1st

Falcons acquire a 1st next year to make their QB move to replace Matt Ryan in 2022. In the meantime, Surtain comes in to give the porous Falcons defense a much-needed secondary boost in order to stop the abundance of receiving talent in the NFC South.

10. Dallas Cowboys – Rashawn Slater  OT  Northwestern

Jerry Jones understands the need to protect his new $40m per year QB investment, and redoing the O-line to get back to much vaunted line of 5 years back. Tyron Smith and Zack Martin are in their 30’s and coming of injuries in 2020. Slater can start at guard and move to tackle further in his career.

11. New York Giants – Kwitty Paye  DE  Michigan

Dave Gettleman never moves back, and here he picks up the pass rusher to fit in Patrick Graham’s scheme. Paye will need developing, however the raw materials are certainly there from an athletic standpoint. Expect dividends from this pick in Year 2 and beyond.

12. Philadelphia Eagles – Jaylen Waddle  WR  Alabama

The Eagles pair a former Alabama QB with the Alabama’s explosive receiver in Waddle. Look for Waddle to repeat the impact of Deshaun Jackson in Philly, providing the elite speed and monster yards after catch ability the Eagles offense desperately crave.

13. Detroit Lions – Devonta Smith  WR  Alabama

Lions receive picks 13, 47

Dan Campbell gets his first piece of his knee-cap biting team by selecting a player with legs like twigs. However that shouldn’t worry anyone in the Motor City, as Smith’s Heisman season showed, the Slim Reaper’s exceptional route running and separation ability can defy the his slender physique and 166lbs frame.

14. Minnesota Vikings – Jaelan Phillips  DE  Miami

Zimmer acquires his Everson Griffen replacement by selecting one of the best pass rushers in this class. The Hurricanes DE must defy his injury concerns, however if healthy, can prove to be a force to be reckoned with opposite Danielle Hunter.

15. New England Patriots – Micah Parsons  LB  Penn State

Belichick has a tendency to ignore off field character issues in players should the talent outweigh the character concerns. Parsons’ three down explosive LB ability should be a perfect fit for a Patriots defense that requires speed in order to eclipse the Bills and Dolphins in the AFC East.

16. Carolina Panthers – Christian Darrisaw OT Virginia Tech

Panthers trade pick 113 – receive 16, AZ 2022 1st round pick

Panthers acquire capital in case Darnold isn’t the man for Carolina, whilst protecting him with the 3rd best tackle in this year’s draft. Darrisaw will be the Day 1 starter at LT for Rhule and Joe Brady.

17. Las Vegas Raiders – Teven Jenkins  OT  Oklahoma St

Raiders rebuild their offensive line having torn down the unit during the off season. Jenkins projects to be an elite RT, opposite Kolton Miller, and Las Vegas forego repairing the defense in order to keep Derek Carr safe in the pocket.

18. Cleveland Browns – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah  LB  Notre Dame

Cleveland trade picks 26, 110, 169

The Browns get their missing piece at LB to provide them with one of the most formidable rosters in the league. Look for Koramoah to be the explosive thumper who can act as the modern day hybrid safety/line-backer.

19. Washington Football Team – Rashod Bateman  WR  Minnesota

With Ryan Fitzmagic finally being a secure starter, he gets a weapon to line-up alongside Terry McLaurin. Bateman provides threats at both the short, intermediate and vertical levels and instantly becomes WR2 in Washington.

20. Chicago Bears – Mac Jones  QB  Alabama

Despite declaring Andy Dalton as the starter during the off-season, Nagy and Pace have one final swing for the fences and get their QB. Jones has limitations as an athlete, however his IQ and pocket presence should be an upgrade over the known commodity that is Dalton.

21. Indianapolis Colts – Alijah Vera Tucker  OT  USC

Indianapolis get their Anthony Costanzo replacement on the Offensive Line. Vera Tucker and Quenton Nelson may split reps in the offseason to see who plays LT and LG in the regular season, however Wentz now has no excuses in getting back to his previous form with a fortress O-Line.

22. Tennessee Titans – Jayson Oweh  DE  Penn State

Vrabel upgrades his pass rush by bringing in the freakish Oweh, whose pro-day wowed observes with his athleticism and explosiveness. He will have to remedy his zero sack season with Penn St in 2020, however with the right coaching and situation, Oweh could prove to be the explosive pass rush the Titans desperately need.

23. New York Jets – Caleb Farley  CB  Virginia Tech

With their 2nd first round pick, Robert Saleh fills a big hole in the secondary by selecting Caleb Farley of Virginia Tech. The back issue may raise some doubts, however Farley’s college production should not be ignored; and him dropping to 23 is a perfect pick up to improve the Jets defense.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Azeez Ojulari  DE  Georgia

Resisting the temptation to draft a RB, the Steelers instead select their Bud Dupree replacement with Ojulari. Competing with Alex Highsmith, Ojulari will look to grab the OLB spot and provide the pass rush opposite TJ Watt and maintain the Steelers with a formidable defense.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars – Samuel Cosmi  OT  Texas

Urban Mayer upgrades the O-Line by selecting Cosmi in order to protect Lawrence to play either RT or LT. The Jags should take a look at the Bengals last year; it is imperative to protect the franchise’s biggest asset.

26. Miami Dolphins – Najee Harris  RB  Alabama

Miami receive picks 26, 110, 169

Miami get the RB their offense desperately needs and pair Tua with his best friend in college. Providing the Miami offense with a power runner and effective pass catcher from the backfield, Tua should have no excuses to take the leap in 2021.

27. Baltimore Ravens – Creed Humphrey  C  Oklahoma

The Ravens upgrade the interior O-Line with the draft’s best center. Humphrey would be an instant fit in the Ravens run heavy scheme, provide Lamar Jackson with an athletic and powerful lynchpin in the middle of the line.

28. New Orleans Saints – Greg Newsome  CB  Northwestern

Saints decide to go CB rather than LB with Newsome. Injury history is his biggest concern, however his ability to play in both man and zone coverage and possessing the ideal measurables to play corner at the next level give the Saints an extremely powerful secondary.

29. Green Bay Packers – Elijah Moore  WR  Ole Miss

Packers finally give Rodgers a weapon to provide the offense a final push towards another ring. Elijah Moore is an explosive slot receiver, who will no doubt thrive in a loaded receiver core in Lambeau. The Packers finally get their Randall Cobb replacement.

30. Buffalo Bills – Asante Samuel Jnr  CB  FSU

Buffalo pair Asante Samuel Jnr opposite Tre White to give the Bills a scary secondary. Despite being listed at 5’10, Samuel can play on the outside as well as in the slot. Plays bigger than his size and brings toughness and excellent man coverage capabilities.

31. Baltimore Ravens– Spencer Brown  OT  Northern Iowa

The shock of Round 1. Brown’s pro-day and RAS score will no doubt have boosted his position on team’s draft boards. At 6’8, he replaces Orlando Brown at RT and despite only having FCS experience, don’t be surprised if his athleticism and mobility quickly translate to him becoming a high-quality tackle in this league.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Zaven Collins  LB  Tulsa

The Super Bowl champions draft the best player available by grabbing Collins to ultimately take over from Lavonte David in the future. Learning from White and David provides the Tulsa LB to develop his skills as a three-down line backer, adept in coverage, pass rush and defending the run.

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