New Years 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1)

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There is just something about mocking out drafts that I just really enjoy.  Professional sports, fantasy sports or even action figures (that is a deep cut, if you get that reference you have been a reader since Day 1), I like to try and map out how the draft will play out.  Very special thank you to PPF.com and their mock draft simulator.  I can mock out the NFL 2021 Rookie Draft with ease, so I have decided to write up my New Year 2021 NFL Mock Draft.  

These are the rules…

1.  I will put myself in the shoes off all 18 non-playoff teams and make the selection I would make.

2.  No trades.  Later versions of my NFL Mock Drafts will include trade…probably and 

3.  No talking about mock drafts, just kidding tell everyone you know to check this mock out.  With that, let's just dive right on in, shall we?

                        Photo courtesy of twitter.com
 


1.       Jacksonville Jaguars select:                                Trevor Lawrence    QB          Clemson

Sometimes the best option is just the most obvious.  The only perceived crack in Sunshine’s armor has been his not-so-great games to finish the last two years.  To me, that is a matter of perspective, and I don’t see that as a reason why the Jags don’t bring him in to be their franchise quarterback.  Lawrence has the arm.  He has the size and he actually has a little bit of speed.  I see the next Justin Herbert type prospect when I see Lawrence, and after what I just saw from Turbo Herbert, I’ll take that at 1/1.

 

2.       New York Jets select:                                           Micah Parsons     LB           Penn State         

I think ultimately that I would keep the 23-year-old Sam Darnold and build around him, but since rule number 2 states I cannot make trades, I will just reach at pick 2.  In my opinion, Fields is the # 2 prospect in the class so if he isn’t the pick than a trade would be optimal.   Micah Parsons is an absolute savage on the defensive side of the ball and someone worth building a unit around.  He was one of the best defensive players in the country as a sophomore in 2019 highlighted by 109 tackles.  He opted out of the 2020 campaign, but he is ready to enter the 2021 draft.  New York’s defense has some solid pieces but overall was a doormat.  Parsons can start to change that.  The Jets also have a second first round pick in 2021 at the end of the round.  That is where they can take a defensive back, offensive lineman, or a wide receiver.   Parsons is a beast and will improve whatever defense he goes to. 

 

3.       Miami Dolphins via Houston Texans select:        Justin Fields        QB          Ohio State

Tua Tagovailoa isn’t the guy.  I am sorry to say that the Dolphins swung and missed at quarterback.  Mainly because they could have selected Justin Herbert.  Tua just doesn’t look like a guy who will find it.  It is sad to say because he had so much talent, but the injuries sustained at Alabama seem to have taken too much of a toll.  Trade Tua for as much as you can and celebrate having a Top 3 pick.  If Justin Fields is available at pick 3, you can’t pass up on the young signal caller from Ohio State.  If it weren’t for Trevor Lawrence, Fields would be the consensus 1/1 pick.  And who knows if he keeps playing like this, he just threw for six touchdowns against Clemson, maybe he changes that narrative.  It is always hard to admit you were wrong, but the Dolphins have the chance to swallow their pride and take their future quarterback while their team is on the raise.  Oh, and we will see them again in round 1.

 

4.       Atlanta Falcons select:                                           Kwity Paye        EDGE     Michigan

The Falcons have enough talent to keep me from completely burning down the walls and rebuilding.  Atlanta’s offense is still pretty high level, but their defense has been a major issue.  They have a good linebacker in Dion Jones, they have a decent group of safeties, and they have invested in the cornerback position over the last few years, so a pass rusher seems like a solid fit.  Page will have as good a chance as anyone to be the first edge rusher drafted so he is the pick here for me. 

 

5.       Cincinnati Bengals select:                                     Pensei Sewell        LT            Oregon

Cincinnati has seemingly found their franchise quarterback in Joe Burrow.  The next step is keeping him upright and Sewell is the best lineup in the 2021 draft.  If Justin Fields is gone before the Dolphins pick than Pensei would be the best pivot.  This kid is good, like really really good.  2020 showcased a slew of very talented offensive tackles and Sewell would have been near the top of the group as well.  If the big man from the University of Oregon is available, he is a no brainer for the Bengals.

 

6.       Philadelphia Eagles select:                                   Ja’Marr Chase    WR         LSU

Jalen Hurts showed enough flashes for me to believe he could be the quarterback of this team.  It is time to flood this offense with talent and let Hurts run wild.  Ja’Marr Chase is an absolute alpha receiver.  Matching him with Miles Sanders. Dallas Goedert and Jalen Reagor are the nucleus for a high-flying unit.  Davonte Smith was the runner up here, but Chase seems like the #1 WR to take in 2021.   The Eagles passed on a LSU Tiger wideout in 2020, and that seems like a total mistake one year in.  This time the Eagles get their tiger.

 

7.       Detroit Lions select:                                                Zach Wilson        QB          BYU

I have nothing but respect for Matthew Stafford, but his era in Detroit is over.  The Lions will not be returning a ready to win team in 2021 and that alone makes Wilson the best pick for them.  The quarterback from BYU has turned heads this year.  His season was so good he is turning the second best QB choice to a coin flip for some.  Wilson did not go into the season as a potential Top 5 selection, but his play has put him right there.  He threw for over 3,600 yards and 33 touchdowns.  He looks the part, and if he is available for the Lions at 7 it is time to make him the new face of the Detroit Lions.  Don’t count the Lions out from trading higher up in the draft. 

 

8.       Carolina Panthers select:                                      Patrick Surtain II    CB           Alabama             

This Carolina Panthers team has a lot of talented players on the roster and Teddy Bridewater gives them the best chance at winning in 2021.  Pat Surtain is the best cornerback in the country and has played lights out all season.  Surtain is the prototypical big bodied, athletic cornerback that can change the way teams play against you.  Make it back-to-back high-end round 1 defensive players for Carolina.

 

9.       Denver Broncos select:                          Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah    LB         Notre Dame

Drew Lock is simply not the answer, but I don’t know if Trey Lance is either.  Denver has had success bringing in veterans to win now and given their solid offensive weapons that would be the route heading into 20201.  With Von Miller returning and Bradley Chubb still on the roster the Broncos will have a serious pass rush.  The defensive backs aren’t bad, getting old but more than capable of helping the Broncos win in 2021.  Bringing in a linebacker that can use his athleticism to make plays in the second level would be very beneficial for the Broncos.

 

10.   Dallas Cowboys select:                                          Jaycee Horn            CB           South Carolina

The sexy pick would be selecting Kyle Pitts, but Dalton Schultz showed that he is more than capable of producing for the Cowboys.  And on top of that Blake Jarwin will be healthy in 2021.  The defensive unit started to show glimpses of hope to end the season highlighted by Trevon Diggs.  Selecting Jaycee Horn will give the Cowboys a 1-2 punch at cornerback that will prove to be very difficult for opposing offenses.  Horn is 6’1”, 205 pounds and can be as lock down of a cornerback you will find in the college ranks.  If you want to see maybe the most dominant tape every laid down by a defensive back, check out what Jaycee Horn did when he faced off against Auburn.  With all the talent that will be healthy in 2021, taking a potential shutdown corner will be a big deal in the big D.

That is part one of my New Year 2021 NFL Mock Draft.  Most of you reading this is asking yourself, “where is the Patriots first pick?”  Well looks like you will have to come back for part two…


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