New Years 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 2)

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Now I imagine this is the section most of you were hoping to see mainly because this portion will have the New England Patriots first round selection in it.

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11.          New York Giants select:                      Jaylen Waddle                  WR         Alabama

Coming off of the season that NYG just had, there isn’t enough panic towards the quarterback position.  The defense has its bright spots, but the receiving core is quite bad.  Jaylen Waddle would bring so much speed to the team.  If Waddle were never hurt, he could have been the first wide receiver selected.  A healthy Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram, and Jaylen Waddle would be a good offensive nucleus going forward.  Waddle can take this offense into the next level when it comes to overall speed.  Time to see if Daniel Jones can be a competitive NFL quarterback. 

12.          San Francisco 49ers select:                  Caleb Farley                 CB           Virginia Tech

As the SF team builder, it would be so tempting to select a quarterback here.  Especially with Trey Lance, Kyle Trask and one of my favorite quarterbacks in the 2021 Draft - Mac Jones.  But I believe that the 49ers roster is ready to compete, and I don’t think any of those quarterbacks are ready to step in and lead a ball club.  With a roster as solid as San Fran, the safe pick is one of the nations most talented cornerbacks.  Caleb Farley is a 6-foot-2 wide receivers nightmare.  The 49ers’ DB room is getting long in the tooth, and bringing in a talented player like Farley would keep the 49ers defense amongst the best in the league. 

13.          Los Angeles Chargers select:              Christian Darrisaw           LT            Virginia Tech

If I were the head of Football Ops for LAC, I would also be tasked with selecting a new head coach.  I won’t dive in, but let’s say I brought in a respected offensive mind…not the Clapper, Jason Garrett.  The ultimate temptation would be to pick playmakers like DeVonta Smith, Kyle Pitts, Amon-Ra St. Brown, or Rondale Moore to bring into the Justin Herbert mix.  The Chargers offense is on the cusp of being one of the most electric in the entire league but, much like the San Francisco scenario, I’m practicing safety.  Christian Darrisaw has one of the highest PFF grades for offensive tackles in the country.  Yes, bringing in more weapons is enticing, but I believe the weapons that are already in LA are top notch.  Led by RB Austin Ekeler and WR Keenan Allen, Herbert can produce.  Not to mention Jalen Guyton, Tyron Johnson and Donald Parham showed promise in 2020.  Keeping Turbo upright is the most important aspect in the evolution in this offense.             

14.          Minnesota Vikings select:                         Gregory Rousseau           Edge      Miami

The edge rusher from the U is an easy choice here at 14.  Rousseau is a perfect fit in this Vikings’ defensive unit and if he didn’t choose to opt out of the 2020 season than he could have been selected a lot higher.  Minnesota’s defense was not up to snuff in 2020, and taking a potentially dangerous edge rusher is a puzzle like fit in the 2021 draft. 

15.          New England Patriots select:                     DeVonta Smith                 WR         Alabama

With the lack of offensive weapons, any rookie quarterback taken in round 1 would be essentially thrown to the wolves.  Personally, I think selecting a developmental QB in day 2 and get a more competent veteran for 2021 is the most optimal solution for the Patriots.  Given where the Pats first round draft pick sits there isn’t a good chance that either of top 2 quarterbacks are obtainable.  Drafting my early number 3 QB Mac Jones here could be foolish.  He is a very safe QB prospect, but he needs weapons and New England has essentially none.  Trey Lance is super talented but has a lot of questions that need to be answered, and to me he is not a good fit in NE.  I could be lured into drafting Kyle Pitts given his college pedigree and he could develop with the rest of the offense.  Ultimately, I would like to give the tight ends drafted last year one more chance at contributing.  

DeVonta Smith is my favorite wide receiver in this year’s draft.  All the kid does is win whenever the ball goes his way.  He is the perfect offensive piece for Bill Belichick to start to rebuild around.  His game reminds me of Stefon Diggs with a more accomplished college resume, and Pats Nation just saw how good Diggs can be.  Smith is uncoverable one-on-one and can dominate games in which he is playing.  He is a serious contender for the Heisman Trophy this year and will only be available here at 15 because he isn’t 190-200 pounds.  Smith’s 2020 season is just bonkers.  He caught 105 balls for 1,641 yards and scored 20 receiving touchdowns.  He also added one rushing and one punt return TD.  There are a bunch of very good wide receivers in the 2021 NFL Draft, and if I was running the show in New England, I would take a chance on one of these prospects.  And would you look at that my favorite wide receiver is available for my favorite NFL team in my New Year Mock Draft.  Would you look at that…

16.          Arizona Cardinals select:                              Kyle Pitts                             TE           Florida

The Cardinals are a team that appears to be ready to be very competitive in 2021.  Larry Fitzgerald is retiring, and the offense hasn’t had a playmaker at TE in a long time.  Kyle Pitts would add a new dynamic to this offense that could be categorized as just silly.  Pitts is one of the greatest draft prospects in history.  There has never been a tight end that has flashed as bright as the soon to be former Gator.  The Cardinals defense has a good nucleus that just doesn’t need another first-round player, the offensive line is solid, why not add a prolific prospect to insert into an offense that is highlighted by Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins.  Kyle Pitts heading to Arizona would be a very sexy pick and an uber fun pairing. 

17.          Las Vegas Raiders select:                           Nick Bolton                        LB           Missouri

The Raiders have many holes to fill.  In 2020 the front office decided to make a bunch of additions to the offensive side of the ball via the draft.  After Las Vegas’ bad defensive season it is time to bring in a big-time difference maker on defense.  Nick Bolton is all over the field.  He can pressure the quarterback and make tackles all over the place in the second level.  If one of the top corners are available at 17 it would be smart to look deeply at taking one.  But with all my top d-backs gone, Nick Bolton is the right fit to help out this defense going forward.

18.          Miami Dolphins select:                             Samuel Cosmi                   LT            Texas

See there is still a very good offensive tackle available at 18 and now he will be protecting a superior quarterback prospect thanks to my selection at 3.  Obviously, Samuel Cosmi isn’t as touted a prospect as Sewell but Cosmi is very talented.  Given the pick capital and the available budget it would make sense to bring in a wide receiver and or a running back to help Fields and the offense later in the draft or through free agency.  I was conflicted in which tackle was the better selection.  Samuel Cosmi just edged out Rashawn Slater as the right selection for the Fins at pick 18.

I have to admit I really enjoyed mocking out the top 18 picks.  Throughout the entire draft process you can expect many different mocks being released here on the Boston Sport Syndicate.  Stay tuned folks…


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