The 2021-NFL draft will take place from April 29 – May 1 in Cleveland Ohio on multiple sports channels available in the United States (ESPN, ABC, NFL Network). With this year’s battle of COVID-19 going on, many players have opted-out of the 2020-NCAA football-season to declare for the draft.
Here’s a list of the “Top-15” Prospects for the 2021-Mock Draft:
(courtesy of Chris Trapasso www.cbssports.com)
1. NY Jets – Trevor Lawrence – QB, Clemson – The Jets are currently 0-9 on the season and while I still believe Sam Darnold can be the Jets Franchise QB, it is inevitable that NY will want to move on at QB. Lawrence has been the unquestioned number one-overall pick since the season has started, so why would the Jets pass up on the electrifying man from Clemson? Plus, his long hairstyle rocks.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Justin Fields – QB, Ohio State – It looks like the “Minshew Mania” lovefest in Jacksonville is heading for an eternal crash-landing. The man who rocked the “Mustache” and became a cultural phenom for NFL-fans on Halloween, will be replaced by Fields as the transfer from Georgia almost defeated Trevor Lawrence in the 2020-CFP semi-final last December. Don’t think that Fields can’t have as good of a career as Lawrence, once they both reach the NFL.
3. New York Giants – Ja’Marr Chase – WR, LSU – The Giants must have a tendency of drafting LSU receivers especially early in the draft. If I’m correct, they drafted one specific receiver from LSU who now is on the Cleveland Browns. Oh right, OBJ. It only makes sense that the Giants will want to draft Chase out of LSU.
4. Cincinnati Bengals – Penei Sewell – OL, Oregon – The Bengals already drafted their potential franchise quarterback in Joe Burrow with the #1-overall pick in the 2020-NFL draft. Logically you would want to provide him with some more protection upfront. Sewell is currently the top-offensive lineman prospect, and unless there is a high-riser in the later mocks, this is the perfect security blanket for Burrow and the entire Bengals offense.
5. Miami Dolphins – Kwity Paye – DL, Michigan – Head Coach Brian Flores has his team soaring with confidence after 4-straight wins. Even though the Dolphins are on a hot-streak thanks to Tua, with a record of (5-3), other analysts think that their honeymoon with the rookie-quarterback will be over by the end-of-the-season. If that’s the case, then Paye is the ideal defensive-lineman that Miami can shore up with its front-4.
6. Atlanta Falcons – Gregory Rousseau – DL, Miami (FL) – If the Dolphins decide to pass-up on this hometown kid, then it makes sense that a professional team from Florida’s neighboring state of Georgia would make Rousseau the #6-overall choice in the 2021-NFL draft.
7. Washington Football Team – Trey Lance – QB, North Dakota State – I call this selection of Lance; Carson Wentz 2.0. If Washington wants to go anywhere (although no team is really going anywhere in that NFC-East division), then they will have to have a franchise-quarterback. It looks like Dwayne Haskins has left the building. Maybe we can call them the Washington Lances?
💪 @treylance09 did his thing in his only game of the season
Where would you take him in the upcoming NFL draft? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/3nL8fe0nNe
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 3, 2020
8. LA Chargers – Samuel Cosmi – OL, Texas – Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert has had a solid first-year as a pro, but he can always use more blocking down the road. Cosmi has a good frame at 6-7, 310-pounds, and will be key in protecting Herbert’s blindside for the future. He also has the ability to catch touchdowns as seen here on a trick play against West Virginia in 2019.
9. Denver Broncos – Alex Leatherwood – OL, Alabama – I don’t think Drew Lock will have any bias should Denver select the lineman from Alabama. Lock went to Missouri, but he will take anybody who will help him be better protected in the pocket. Leatherwood stands at 6 ft. 6 inches tall and weights 312lbs. He is also considered to be the best left-tackle prospect in all of college football.
10. Dallas Cowboys – Patrick Surtain II – DB, Alabama – Hopefully the Cowboy’s current rookie corner Trevon Diggs is trying to recruit his former college teammate to pair-up with him in Big-D. Surtain is cut-out of the same mold, as he is a solid cover-corner and also excels in zone coverage. If you grew up watching the Miami Dolphins in the early 2000s, then you may remember his father, Patrick Surtain Sr. He has the bloodlines, as well as the attitude to be a solid defensive-back in the NFL. This is what Surtain had to say about Alabama’s defense heading into the 2020 college football season:
11. Carolina Panthers – Micah Parsons – LB, Penn State – Parsons opted-out of his 2020-campaign to declare for the 2021-NFL draft. Still, he had a productive two-years in college and hopefully, he can become the next Luke Kuechly in Carolina.
12. Detroit Lions – Caleb Farley – DB, Virginia Tech – Farley opted-out on Aug 3 due to COVID-19, to prepare for April. Who knows, maybe he might have gone higher in the first-round had he decided to play.
13. New England Patriots – Jaylen Waddle – WR, Alabama – If the Patriots decide to pass-up on a quarterback with this pick, it will be most likely due-to-the-lack of receivers surrounding Cam Newton this season. Waddle has a great-burst of speed and athleticism along with the ability to catch vertically down the field. He successfully had surgery on his lower right leg, and is foreseeing coming back healthier and more improved for the draft. Taking Waddle here would help Newton tremendously, should he want to return to the Patriots next season.
“Jaylen can come back quite well and even at a higher level after recovery from this injury.”@drprovencher says there’s reason to be hopeful for Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury today. pic.twitter.com/HOkZqgNWvX
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 25, 2020
14. Minnesota Vikings – Zach Wilson – QB, BYU – Kirk Cousins has shown flashes of great play at quarterback for the Vikings, but has yet to lead his team to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, the clock maybe striking midnight for Cousins as they are off to a disappointing 3-5 start. If the Vikings don’t make the playoffs this year, then Wilson should be their new quarterback come April.
15. Miami Dolphins – Wyatt Davis – OL, Ohio State – With Coach Flores already beefing-up its defensive-line by taking Kwity Paye at #5, this is where the Dolphins use their (second) first-round pick to beef-up their offensive-line. Davis comes from a winning-program, and is a very smart lineman. Plus, he will be a nice blocker for Tua.