The 2021 NFL draft is less than three weeks away, and the rumor is going faster than you might think.
Of course, most of these rumors have nothing to do with the overall No. 1 pick (almost certainly Trevor Lawrence) or even the No. 2 for that matter (probably Zach Wilson), so genuine draft starts from No. 3 and beyond.
With that, let’s look at NESN.com’s NFL 2021 Mock Draft 1.0.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
3. San Francisco 49ers: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
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4. Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Adding Pitts to a passing game that already includes Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley constitutes a very dangerous group.
5. Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
The Bengals could choose to go after their top-ranked lineman to protect Joe Burrow, but reuniting the second-year QB with his college team-mate should also make him happy.
6. Miami Dolphins: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
The Dolphins double the speed factor they received with Will Fuller’s offseason addition.
7. Denver Broncos: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
The Broncos switch from No. 9 to No. 7 with Detroit and essentially jump the Panthers to get John Elway to a quarterback with plenty of potential.
8. Carolina Panthers: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
Sewell would be a great value in the eighth overall and he would help the Panthers as they look to protect newly acquired quarterback Sam Darnold.
9. Detroit Lions: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
The Lions are trading down the Broncos and still get the quarterback they want to replace Jared Goff.
10. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
The Cowboys desperately need defensive help, and that’s a great way to help that effort get the best cornerback available.
11. New York Giants: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
The Giants double-dipped at the receiver after landing top-ranked wonderful Kenny Golladay in free agency.
12. Philadelphia Eagles: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
It’s a deep draw at the cornerback position, and it’s a position of need for Philly.
13. Los Angeles Chargers: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
Priority # 1 for chargers should be to protect Justin Herbert. Slater to fall to them would be a home run.
14. Minnesota Vikings: Kwity Paye, Edge, Michigan
Paye is without a doubt the best pas-rusher in the draft.
15. New England Patriots: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
The cost of acting up turns out to be too much for New England, and with all five QBs in the first round off the table, Bill Belichick lands a versatile playmaker in his defense.
16. Arizona Cardinals: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
Farley is among the top corners of the draft, and the Cardinals are taking a chance on a high potential after a good medical report.
17. Las Vegas Raiders: Tevin Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
The Raiders made some bizarre moves to influence the strength of their O-Line, and maybe when one after Jenkins will help rebuild.
18. Miami Dolphins: Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami
Rousseau helps Miami’s top seven while staying right where he played his college ball.
19. Washington Football Team: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Washington has weapons in conflict with Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, Antonio Gibson, etc. It’s about giving them – and veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick – some help up front.
20. Chicago Bears: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
The Bears find their replacement for Kyle Fuller with Newsome, who can immediately help Chicago’s secondary.
21. Indianapolis Colts: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
Carson Wentz arrives in Indianapolis and gets another weapon to join runner-up Michael Pittman Jr. in 2020
22. Tennessee Titans: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
Jadeveon Clowney did not exactly go out with the Titans, who have had to make some financially driven cuts on defense this offseason, so they decide to increase their pass rush.
23. New York Jets: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Harris joins Wilson for a rookie-led backfield to give New York a sign of new life.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC
The Steelers choose not to draft Ben Roethlisberger’s possible replacement in Round 1 and instead grab someone who wants to protect him.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Owusu-Koramoah mates with Myles Jack to give the Jags a co-quarterback of defense.
26. Cleveland Browns: Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky
Davis is a freak athlete and has the physical tools to be a stud in Cleveland.
27. Baltimore Ravens: Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State
The Ravens should be looking to get help despite grabbing Sammy Watkins in free agency, but when Matt Judon signed with the Patriots this offseason, they pick Oweh here to help put the edge.
28. New Orleans Saints: Elijah Moore, WR, Mississippi
Moore enters New Orleans and immediately makes life easier for star Michael Thomas.
29. Green Bay Packers: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
The Packers could benefit greatly from a WR2 for pairing with Davante Adams, while Aaron Rodgers was delighted with the process.
30. Buffalo Bills: Phillips, DE, Miami
The bills do not have many offensive holes, so Buffalo chooses to add some help from seven.
31. Kansas City Chiefs: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
Chiefs gave ex-patriot Joe Thuney the bag this offseason, and by choosing Mayfield, they prove that priority # 1 is to protect superstar QB Patrick Mahomes.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
Barmore joins the defending Super Bowl champions, returning all 22 starters but can still use some enforcement on the defensive line.
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