Football is almost back ladies and gentlemen! In preparation for what looks to be a wild, chaotic season, I have decided to post my mock draft 1.0. Because who doesn’t love a good mock draft? The draft order for this draft came from the 2021 Super Bowl odds. So they are subject to change. Anyway, hope everyone enjoys and feedback is appreciated!
- Jacksonville- Trevor Lawrence (QB Clemson)The Gardner Minshew era will come to an end if Jacksonville does end up picking first overall like many analysts are predicting. The best way to replace a cult hero is to replace him with one of the highest rated QB prospects of all time. Lawrence has all the tools you are looking for in a starting NFL QB; big frame at 6’6″ 220lbs, an arm that can make every throw at the pro level, national champion winning mentality, and great hair. Lawrence has shown that he is able to do it all. He has made every throw with relative ease Sure Lawrence had a down year this past season, but that shouldn’t take away from the fact he is still an elite talent.
- Washington- Penei Sewell (OT Oregon)The Washington Football Team is in the midst of a massive rebuild. Dwayne Haskins has had moments where he has looked like a legitimate starter at this level, if you choose to build around Haskins he needs to be kept upright. With the loss of Trent Williams the best move would be to insert the 6’5″ 325lb monster, Penei Sewell. Sewell is by far the top OT prospect in this class. Sewell is a mauler in the run game. He constantly is driving back opposing lineman or linebackers into the second level. In the passing game once Sewell gets his hands on someone, that’s it. A knock on Sewell is that he needs to improve his lower body strength. However, Sewell is also on 20, so that shouldn’t be an issue long term. Washington, Haskins needs a new best friend, don’t mess this up.
- Cincinnati- Ja’marr Chase (WR LSU)Joe Burrow to Ja’marr Chase for the touchdown! Sound familiar? With AJ Green set to hit free agency in 2021, Cincinnati will need a new number 1 wide receiver and weapon for their new franchise QB in Joe Burrow. Insert Ja’marr Chase. In 2019 the Biletnikoff winner had 20 touchdown receptions. Adding a weapon of this caliber AND someone who already has chemistry with Joe Burrow, it is too good to pass up. A move like this would make the Bengals receiver core one of the best in the league with Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, and Ja’marr Chase.
- Carolina- Trey Lance (QB NDSU)The Carolina Panthers just signed Teddy Bridgewater over the offseason for a 3yr $63 million contract. But we are still going to draft a QB here. Lance dominated FCS play at North Dakota State in his first year as a starter. Between his legs and arm he accounted for 42 touchdowns (28 passing, 14 rushing) while throwing zero interceptions. Lance has all the traits you are looking for in terms of the new mold of QB that is taking over the league, he is athletic, throws well on the move, can make every throw, very accurate, and just a natural leader for this Bison team. There are plenty of questions that do come with Lance, most of which are based around the lower level of play that NDSU is in. And this is where Teddy Bridgewater comes back into play, having a guy like Teddy to mentor and help Trey Lance develop into an NFL starter is crucial.
- NYJ- Gregory Rousseau (Edge Miami)This is a Jets team that needs a lot of help across the board, but with this pick I am picking the number one edge on my board Gregory Rousseau out of Miami. Rousseau has that dream size for an NFL edge at 6’7″ 260lbs. He puts that size and length to his advantage and just bullies tackles. One of the only knocks I see on Rousseau is that he relies on most of his physical traits to get the job done. Rousseau is also the first player on this mock that has decided to opt out of the upcoming NCAA season, if there even is a season… Some scouts may view that as an issue, I however do not. Rousseau has all the raw talent in the world and I think would be the perfect center piece to lead this Jets defense for years to come.
- Miami- Devonta Smith (WR Alabama)Similar to the Ja’marr Chase piece, we are reuniting a young franchise QB with a familiar weapon from college. Devonta Smith was the Crimson Tide’s leading receiver in both yards and receiving touchdowns (1256 yds and 14 TD’s). Smith is a quick smooth route runner who makes magic happen when the ball is in his hands. There are some concerns considering Smith’s frame. Scouts and analysts are concerned that he will not be able to add weight to his frame. Devonta Smith would a new dimension to this young Miami roster and would be Tua Tagoviloa’s future number 1 target.
- NYG- Micah Parsons (LB Penn State)Joe Judge is needing to rebuild this Giants team. There is a solid young core on offense, so in this mock they are taking the best defensive player on the board. Micah Parsons has all the traits of an elite off the ball linebacker. He is explosive, he has pass rush ability, he can cover, he does it all. Parsons would be able to be a plug and play piece for Judge’s defense that I personally am very excited to see. Oh I forgot to mention that Parsons ran a 4.41 40yd dash as a freshman.
- Las Vegas- Dylan Moses (LB Alabama)The Raiders did well this past off-season and addressed the Linebacker position with the addition of Cory Littleton, but that’s not enough. So insert Dylan Moses, the rangy backer out of Alabama would be a great addition to this team that Mayock and Gruden are building. Moses is a smart cerebral backer who would be a leader of this defense for years to come. He is athletic enough to cover tight ends like Noah Fant and Travis Kelce, both of which he would play twice a year. This would be a smart move for a team that needs help containing the high powered offenses of the AFC West.
- Miami- Alex Leatherwood (OT Alabama)Once again Miami is drafting a Crimson Tide player. With Devonta Smith we gave Tua his future number 1 reciever, but this time we are drafting the left tackle of the future. Leatherwood would bring some familiarity for the young QB. What Leatherwood brings to the table is a strong physical blocker who is great with his hands. However there are some issues in his game that could use some work, sometimes Leatherwood gets a little top heavy and loses his balance, so quicker edge rushers can break his form. Leatherwood’s skillset does allow him to kick inside if need be though. All in all though, Leatherwood would be a great addition to this young Miami roster and would be a great piece of this offensive line.
- Detroit- Marvin Wilson (DT Florida State)This pick could go so many different directions that all hinge on if Matt Patricia still has a job. He is currently the coach still, so we will just grab a monster play maker for that Detroit defense in Marvin Wilson. Patricia already hopefully grabbed his lockdown corner of the future, now he gets the game wrecking Marvin Wilson. Similar to both Derrick Brown and Javon Kinlaw in last years class, Wilson takes over games from the middle of the defensive line. Wilson clocks in at a massive 6’5″ and 311lbs, and boy does he know how to use it. Wilson has a dominant swim and club combo which when paired with his incredible athleticism makes him a force to be reckoned with and is too good to pass up at number 10 for a Detroit team that needs all the play makers it can get.
- Jacksonville- Rashod Bateman (WR Minnesota)With Jacksonville’s first pick they grabbed themselves a franchise QB in Trevor Lawrence, with the other first round pick they are going to take Rashod Bateman, the wideout from Minnesota. Bateman would be incredible opposite of DJ Chark in the Jags offense. Bateman would give the Jags a long term elite receiver duo for Lawrence to work with throughout his career. Bateman brings a solid route tree and good yards after the catch ability. He runs smooth routes and has great ability over the middle. In the new era of the NFL, the Jags need more firepower to keep up, Bateman provides that.
- LAC- Creed Humphrey (Center Oklahoma)With Mike Pouncey’s contract expiring at the end of the 2020 season, the Chargers will need a new starting center. Insert Creed Humphrey, the best center prospect in this draft class. Creed Humphrey is an elite pass protector and one of the smartest offensive lineman in this upcoming class. The Chargers will need to keep Justin Herbert upright in order to maximize his success and Humphrey is a crucial part to that plan.
- Denver- Caleb Farley (CB Virgina Tech)
The Aquib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. duo is gone from Denver, and even though they added AJ Bouye in the offseason, they need more help. Caleb Farley is someone that can help shore up this Denver secondary. Farley is the best corner in this draft class. He is one of the closest things to a complete prospect in this draft class. Farley does everything well, he can mirror almost every receiver’s routes, he is physical enough to hold his own against the games best. The only reason he slips this far, is due to his injury history, he missed games in both 2017 and 2019.
- Atlanta- Quincy Roche (Edge Miami)The Falcons added Dante Fowler Jr. and Marlon Davidson this offseason to help shore up the defensive line play. However with Takk McKinley’s 5th year option being declined, they will need help again. Quincy Roche can be that help. Roche is an incredible pass rusher who knows how to use his lean frame and athleticism to get to the quarterback. Roche constanlty puts opposing tackles on their heels with an incredible variety of pass rushing moves. Roche would bring the pass rush help Atlanta needs to compete in the NFC.
- Arizona- Josh Myers (IOL Ohio State)In the NFC West there are incredible pass rushers across the division, in order to compete you need solid offensive line play. The Cardinals did not always have that last season, so they are going to be adding Josh Myers to help bolster the offensive line. Kyler Murray is the key piece to this Kliff Kingsbury offense, so you have to keep him up right obviously. Myers can do that, Myers was a key piece on an elite Ohio State offensive line that led the way for both JK Dobbins and Justin Fields to dominate the NCAA last year. Myers is an fairly athletic lineman who has great lateral movements and good hands.
- Chicago- Justin Fields (QB Ohio State)The Mitch Trubisky experiment is finally coming an end in Chicago, as they grab Justin Fields from Ohio State. Fields is considered by some to be the best QB in all of college football. He is a dynamic playmaker who uses his athleticism to make plays. His arm is capable of any throw on the field. Fields does have the same concern as Trubisky in the sense of them both only being a one year starter at the collegiate level. However that is not something that will seem to hold him back, as he finished 3rd in the Heisman voting in his first year as a starter.
- Cleveland- Jaylen Twyman (DT Pittsburgh)The Browns are a team that do not have many holes. I am a firm believer that a dominant pass rush makes the defense better, so we are going to add Jaylen Twyman to add a pass rushing presence from the inside of the DLine. Twyman had 10.5 sacks last season at Pitt. He often gets compared to fellow Pitt standout Aaron Donald, but I don’t like that. He strikes me as more of a Grady Jarrett type of player. He is disruptive and has a quick first step. Twyman is a little on the smaller size listed at 6’2″ and 290lbs, however that is not really an issue in today’s game.
- Tennessee- Jaycee Horn (CB South Carolina)The Malcolm Butler experiment in Tennessee needs to come to an end. Butler has struggled since moving to Nashville, and Tennessee should move on. To replace Butler you need a corner who can handle his own at the pro level. Hello, Jaycee Horn. Horn has been a starter at the University of South Carolina and played against elite talent in the SEC. Horn is a physical bump ‘n run corner who uses his length and athleticism to hang with some of the more physical receivers in the game. He is incredibly aggressive in coverage, sometimes to a bit of a fault. But regardless Horn is a pro caliber player who could be a long term starter for this Titans defense.
- Minnesota- Hamilcar Rashed Jr. (Edge Oregon State)Long time Vikings edge rusher Everson Griffen just recently signed with the Dallas Cowboys, so now we have Mike Zimmer drafting his replacement in Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Rashed Jr. is an athletic edge from Oregon State, who uses his speed and length to be a disruptive force. He is a little raw in his technique, but his strength, speed, length, and prototypical length make him a first round talent.
- Buffalo- Patrick Surtain II (CB Alabama)Buffalo just added Josh Norman this off season to play opposite of Tre’davious White, that just seems to be a short term move. In this mock we have the Bills grabbing a corner to replace Norman in Patrick Surtain Jr. Surtain Jr. is a good CB who plays a physical game against WR’s. His speend and length allow him to stay with any WR and keep them in his pocket. Surtain Jr. is smart with his hand placement and timing and doesn’t get too handsy with WR’s. This move would allow Buffalo to have one of the top CB duos in the NFL.
- Pittsburgh- Jamie Newman (QB UGA)
Big Ben is not getting any younger. The Steelers great is 38 years old, and Mason Rudolph has not seemed to be the answer as QB of the future, so here we have them adding another QB to the crowded QB room. Jamie Newman is the QB that should win the UGA job, Newman is a grad transfer who just left Wake Forest. So this pick is assuming Newman wins the job. Newman is a big armed, big framed, athletic QB. He is a tough QB who isn’t afraid to take a hit in the pocket. Newman does struggle with some accuracy issues, but if Newman could sit a year behind Big Ben, it could prove to be a great move for a franchise that has not addressed the QB position since 2004.
- NYJ- Jaylen Waddle (WR Alabama)The Jets have not done Sam Darnold any favors in terms of getting him help since they drafted him in 2018. They added Denzel Mims in the second round this past draft however that will not be enough. Here we have the Jets adding the explosive Jaylen Waddle. Waddle was the fourth wide receiver in a loaded Alabama receiving core, even then we still got to see his potential as an elite WR prospect. Waddle is an elite talent when the ball is in his hands. He has incredible speed and explosiveness that give him the ability to anything to the house. Darnold needs weapons around him and Waddle is the definition of an offensive weapon.
- Philadelphia- Hamsah Nasirildeen (Safety Florida State)Philly improved their secondary after adding Darius Slay this off season. But I still feel like they need another playmaker on the back end, Hamsah Nasirildeen could be that guy. He is a physical monster in the secondary at 6’4″ 215lbs. Nasirildeen would be an immediate chess piece in this Jim Schwartz defense. He has been used as deep lying safety, in the box safety, slot man, and a pass rusher. He is a versatile piece that will only improve as a part of this Philly defense.
- New England- Sage Surratt (WR Wake Forest)New England is undergoing a new look on offense as Tom Brady is gone and it is now Cam Newton’s team, or maybe Jarrett Stidham’s, we don’t really know… But what we do know is that the receiving core in New England needs some help. N’Keal Harry struggled in his first season, Julian Edelman is getting older, and the Sanu trade seems to be a massive flop for the Pats, so picking another WR seems to be the best move for a team struggling. Sage Surratt is a big bodied WR who set multiple records at Wake Forest this past season. Surratt is a surehanded redzone target who uses his frame and basketball background to box out most opposing corners. He is not blazing fast, but he is strong enough to bully CB’s around mid-route or even when he is blocking. Surratt would be a welcome addition to a roster that needs to reload on offense.
- Indianapolis- Paulson Adebo (CB Stanford)Right now one of the Colts starting corners is Xavier Rhodes. That should not be a thing, but it is. Any defense starting Xavier Rhodes at CB needs an upgrade at CB, so we have the Colts taking Paulson Adebo who stayed back for his senior year instead of declaring last year. Adebo is a good corner who has very solid technical skills in regards to staying with his man. He is primarily an outside guy who uses his solid length and ball skills to make plays. He isn’t super aggressive or physical with corners which could be due to his lack of top speed.
- Green Bay- Rondale Moore (WR Purdue)Green Bay is finally adding an offensive weapon to this roster in Rondale Moore. Moore is a YAC monster and would be an offensive swiss army knife for this Matt Lafluer offense. Moore is incredibly explosive when the ball gets in his hands, and often looks like a player in a video game with the way he makes plays. He can lineup in the backfield, the slot, the outside, and even return kicks and punts. He slides this far in my mock due to the fact he is listed at 5’9″, so some teams may view that as an issue, but Green Bay needs weapons, and that is exactly what Moore is.
- Dallas- Shaun Wade (CB Ohio State)After letting Byron Jones walk in FA, the Cowboys have a hole at CB. Yes they drafted Trevon Diggs last year, but they still need some more help. Hello Shaun Wade, the Buckeye corner was a shock to see go back for his senior season, but that may just be a blessing for the Cowboys. Wade is an elite defensive presence who usually lines up in the slot. However Wade’s physical skills give him a chance to also excel on the outside for a team that needs help in the secondary. Wade plays a physical game and likes to bump and annoy WR’s. Wade slides this far due to my concerns with his ball skills, and ability to be a true number one CB since he shared the field with Jeff Okudah last season.
- Tampa- Travis Etienne (RB CLemson)My clear cut RB1 in this class goes to Tampa, to be apart of this new look Tampa offense. Ronald Jones has not really worked out in Tampa and the Super Bowl window is very limited with Brady and co. Etienne is an elite runner who displays great breakout speed and power. He is incredibly difficult to bring down once he gets going. Etienne has scored 62 total touchdowns in his collegiate career, so he knows how to get into the endzone.
- San Francisco- Aidan Hutchinson (Edge Michigan)
The Niners traded Deforest Buckner this past offseason and replaced him with Javon Kinlaw. But we know how much San Francisco loves their defensive line, so we have them taking Aidan Hutchinson from Michigan to replace Solomon Thomas on that loaded defensive line. Hutchinson plays across the defensive line so he will be a welcome asset to this team that is already a Super Bowl favorite in some people’s eyes.
- Baltimore- Chris Olave (WR Ohio State)When looking at Baltimore’s receiving core, there is Marquise Brown and that’s really it. The group is young but there still is no real standout talent. Chris Olave would be a welcome addition to this receiving core. Olave is a smooth route runner, who can change direction on a dime. In order to compete with the Chiefs in the AFC, you need more weapons. Olave would give Lamar another piece to push for a Super Bowl.
- New Orleans- Pat Freiermuth (TE Penn State)The Drew Brees Super Bowl window is closing. They need to surround Brees with as much as help as they can. Yes they drafted Adam Trautman last year, but he was incredibly raw and may take a little long to develop. Plus with Drew Brees’ declining arm it would be beneficial to run multiple TE sets. Freiermuth, nicknamed “Baby Gronk”, Freiermuth is a true game changer at the position. He is a good blocker with soft hands who can create mismatches across the field.
- Kansas City- Dillon Radunz (OT NDSU)Patrick Mahomes just got paid a $500 million contract. If you pay someone that kind of money you need to keep him upright. Radunz is one of the many NDSU players that will play at the next level. He is an above average left tackle prospect who knows how to play in a spread style offense. His pass blocking technique is above average due to his great body control. There is a concern that he isn’t the greatest at moving defenders when he is run blocking. Joining the Chiefs would let Radunz sit a year behind Eric Fisher while he adjusts to the pro game and it would give KC a cheaper option at left tackle than extending Eric Fisher. For a team that just won the Super Bowl and paid Mahomes, Jones, and Kelce, a cheaper player with a similar skill set makes sense.