2021 Mock Draft – Vesely

By: Tyler Vesely, TGIS Prez

Round 1

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Pick: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

I believe there should have been more of a debate between Lawrence and Zach Wilson, but you can’t go wrong with either. Jaguars snag their QB of the future.

2. New York Jets

Pick: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

The Jets had the difficult decision to make between retaining Sam Darnold or take their chances with Zach Wilson. They decided back in early April that Wilson was their man.

3. San Fransisco 49ers

Pick: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Here is where the NFL draft gets interesting. The 49ers traded a boatload of picks to go up to get their quarterback. But is their quarterback Mac Jones or Trey Lance? Kyle Shanahan will love what Mac Jones can bring to his offense.

4. Atlanta Falcons

Pick: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

The Falcons should seriously consider taking Justin Fields at this spot as Matt Ryan is turning 36 years old and has shown a decline in play. However, from all insider sources, the Falcons are going to build around Ryan. An offense with Julio, Calvin Ridley, and Pitts should be fun.

5. Cincinnati Bengals

Pick: Jamarr Chase, WR, LSU

Jamarr Chase or Penei Sewell? The Bengals have the luxury of deciding between two premier players at areas of need. I believe the Bengals will reunite Chase and Burrow and focus on the offensive line in the 2nd round.

6. Miami Dolphins

Pick: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

The Dolphins lacked playmakers at the receiver position last year. That changes after they pick Jaylen Waddle who fits perfectly along side Devante Parker and recently signed Will Fuller.

7. Detroit Lions

Pick: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

Lions need to upgrade their entire roster. Might as well take a franchise left tackle and worry about upgrading the receivers later (Tyrell Williams, Breshaud Perriman, Quintez Cephus, and Geronimo Allison isn’t going to get it done).

8. Carolina Panthers

Pick: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

Are the Panthers go all in on Sam Darnold or bring in a backup plan? I would build around Darnold, but I’m thinking Carolina goes with Justin Fields as too good to pass up.

9. Denver Broncos

Pick: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

After trading for Teddy Bridgewater the Broncos have finished bringing in competition for Drew Lock. The trade frees up the Broncos to boost their offensive line with Rashawn Slater.

10. Dallas Cowboys

Pick: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

The Cowboys secondary was awful last year. Particularly, they have a hole at corner opposite Trevon Diggs. Look for the Cowboys to reunite the 2019 Alabama corners as the Cowboys starters in 2021.

11. New York Giants

Pick: Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Devonta Smith at this spot is too good to pass up. It would give Daniel Jones another weapon for an offense that really needs it.

12. Philadelphia Eagles

Pick: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

The Eagles need more talent at the cornerback position behind Avante Maddox and Darius Slay. Picking Horn can free up the decision to move Maddox to nickel with Horn and Slay as outside corners. That is a pretty solid starting secondary…

13. Los Angeles Chargers

Pick: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

The Chargers are reportedly excited about Trey Pipkins at left tackle. So instead of reaching for a tackle, they can draft a major impact player at the linebacker spot (even with them drafting Kenneth Murray last year).

14. Minnesota Vikings

Pick: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, USC

After losing Riley Reiff the Vikings offensive line is a mess. Alijah Vera-Tucker started at left tackle for USC and has the talent to play anywhere on the line. This will give the Vikings flexibility and talent to continue to protect Kirk Cousins.

15. New England Patriots

Pick: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota St.

The Patriots get their longterm quarterback as Lance falls down to this spot. I believe a team, like the Patriots, could trade up for Trey Lance (but I don’t project trades). Trey Lance can take a year to get comfortable behind Cam Newton.

16. Arizona Cardinals

Pick: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

I know the Cardinals took Simmons last year, but this is another scheme diverse linebacker who projects to fill a future need for the Cardinals. Collins plays between 260 and 270 pounds, but is still one of the more athletic linebackers in the draft. Collins gives the Cardinals another really good player in their front seven.

17. Las Vegas Raiders

Pick: Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama

Mike Mayock loves big school players. After releasing Maurice Hurst, Barmore can slide right in as a pass rushing interior defensive lineman.

18. Miami Dolphins

Pick: Kwitty Paye, EDGE, Michigan

After releasing Kyle Van Now and trading Shaq Lawson, it is time for the Dolphins to get another edge rusher. Kwitty Paye is a perfect compliment to current Dolphins defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah.

19. Washington Football Team

Pick: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

Coach Ron Rivera called out the linebacking unit for being too hesitant. JOK is anything but hesitant as a big hitter on defense. JOK gives the Football team a compliment to current linebackers Cole Holcomb and Jon Bostic.

20. Chicago Bears

Pick: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

The Bears lost Bobby Massie at right tackle. Teven Jenkins fits perfectly to slide right in. Jenkins is one of the best run blockers in the draft and will give the Bears an instant upgrade.

21. Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

The Colts need a left tackle after Anthony Castonzo retired. Christian Darrisaw fits in perfectly to protect Carson Wentz.

22. Tennessee Titans

Pick: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern

The Titans lost both Malcolm Butler and Adoree Jackson leaving them increbly thin at cornerback. Getting Newsome here is solid considering other draft experts put him in the same category as Horn and Surtain (not me).

23. New York Jets

Pick: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

The Jets got their franchise quarterback with their first pick and now they have to protect him. Alex Leatherwood gives the Jets an immediate upgrade as a player with position flexibility at either guard or tackle.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pick: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

The Steelers need a play making running back after struggling to run the ball last year. This is the area where Najee Harris will go as a do-it-all guy who instantly improves an offense.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars

Pick: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

The Jaguars talent at safety is severely lacking. Moehrig provides an immediate upgrade as one of the cleanest players in the draft.

26. Cleveland Browns

Pick: Jaelen Phillips, EDGE, Miami

The Browns have a one year deal with Jadaveon Clowney and need a long term option outside of Myles Garrett. Grabbing Phillips this late would be a great pick.

27. Baltimore Ravens

Pick: Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss

Baltimore is in the wide receiver market after missing on a few free agent wide receivers. Elijah Moore is widely regarded the number four wideout in the draft and would fit Baltimore’s offense as a small receiver who can get open quick.

28. New Orleans Saints

Pick: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

After losing Janoris Jenkins, the Saints need to reload at cornerback. Caleb Farley has some medical concerns with his back, but has top 15 talent in this draft.

29. Green Bay Packers

Pick: Richie Grant, S, Central Florida

Green Bay’s new defensive coordinator Joe Barry loves hybrid safeties. Richie Grant fits that role as someone that can cover man-to-man or ballhawk from the free safety position.

30. Buffalo Bills

Pick: Travis Etienne Jr., RB, Clemson

The Bills have Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, but they are best as complimentary running backs. Travis Etienne gives them a home run threat out of the backfield who also excels as a receiver.

31. Baltimore Ravens

Pick: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia

Ravens lost three outside linebackers off last years team. Ojulari provides them a needed pass rusher for the defense.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pick: Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington

The Bucs really don’t have a huge area of need. Joe Tryon gives them a pass rusher of the future behind Shaquans Barrett and JPP.

Round 2

33. Jacksonville Jaguars

Pick: Levi Onwuzurike, DL, Washington

34. New York Jets

Pick: Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia

35. Atlanta Falcons

Pick: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami

36. Miami Dolphins

Pick: Landon Dickerson, C, Alabama

37. Philadelphia Eagles

Pick: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri

38. Cincinnati Bengals

Pick: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

39. Carolina Panthers

Pick: Elijah Molden, CB, Washington

40. Denver Broncos

Pick: Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky

41. Detroit Lions

Pick: Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina

42. New York Giants

Pick: Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma

43. San Fransisco 49ers

Pick: Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse

44. Dallas Cowboys

Pick: Daviyon Nixon, DL, Iowa

45. Jacksonville Jaguars

Pick: Jabril Cox, LB, LSU

46. New England Patriots

Pick: Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State

47. Los Angeles Chargers

Pick: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

48. Las Vegas Raiders

Pick: Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota St.

49. Arizona Cardinals

Pick: Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina

50. Miami Dolphins

Pick: Walker Little, OT, Stanford

51. Washington Redskins

Pick: Davis Mills, QB, Stanford

52. Chicago Bears

Pick: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford

53. Tennessee Titans

Pick: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

54. Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami

55. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pick: Quinn Meinerz, C, Wisconsin-Whitewater

56. Seattle Seahawks

Pick: Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State

57. Los Angeles Rams

Pick: Brady Christensen, OT, BYU

58. Baltimore Ravens

Pick: Jevon Holland, S, Oregon

59. Cleveland Browns

Pick: Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF

60. New Orleans Saints

Pick: Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU

61. Buffalo Bills

Pick: Patrick Jones II, EDGE, Pittsburgh

62. Green Bay Packers

Pick: D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan

63. Kansas City Chiefs

Pick: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pick: Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

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