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The NFL Draft is right around the corner. In the recent weeks, Pro Days have been the best opportunity for teams and scouts to get eyes on prospects. Without a conventional combine, scouts have been tasked with getting as much information as they can by building relationships with schools and their coaches. I don’t think we have seen the last of trades before the draft. Expect some teams to make moves between now and the draft to help their chances of landing the prospect they want. However, here is my Mock Draft 3.0 with the order as it is right now.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence QB Clemson
This is set in stone. Jaguars new head coach Urban Meyer has already said that Lawrence will be a Jaguar. He’s been the top prospect in this class since his high school days so everyone is hoping his success continues into his professional career.
2. New York Jets – Zach Wilson QB BYU
The Jets sent their former 3rd overall pick in 2018 to the Carolina Panthers for a handful of future draft picks. Sam Darnold hasn’t been the answer New York has been looking for so far. Drafting this high allows them to grab any QB they want outside of Lawrence in a class that is very top heavy in talent. Wilson seems to be who they are targeting.
3. San Francisco 49ers – Justin Fields QB Ohio State
The 49ers moved up to the 3rd pick in this year’s draft with a trade that cost them future draft picks. There is plenty of speculation with what their plan is, but it seems to be QB. Jimmy Garoppolo has been pretty good in his time with San Francisco, leading them to a Super Bowl appearance. However, head coach Kyle Shanahan is looking for a playmaker at this position and moving up in the draft allows them to grab Fields early.
4. Atlanta Falcons – Kyle Pitts TE Florida
Pitts has been listed by some as the most talented prospect in this draft. He dominated the SEC and blew people away at his Pro Day. The Falcons have noted that they are interested in trading this pick, however adding Pitts to this offense could be a huge upgrade. Matt Ryan still has 2-3 years left of his prime so adding talented pieces around him could boost this team back to where they once were.
5. Cincinnati Bengals – Rashawn Slater OT Northwestern
Slater has seen his name explode up draft boards even after opting out of the 2020 college season. His Pro Day numbers and what he showed on film in 2019 has teams chomping at the bit to add him to their offensive line. The Bengals saw their franchise QB go down with injury last year so adding a piece like Slater is required.
6. Miami Dolphins – Ja’Marr Chase WR LSU
The Dolphins could use another playmaker on offense to help their first round pick from last year. Tua didn’t prove a whole lot last season, but he was coming off a very serious injury. Adding Chase, who some say is the best WR prospect since Julio Jones, would give Tua a target who can go up and win 50/50 balls. Chase had a phenomenal 2019 season that proved what he was capable of and backed it up with a great Pro Day.
7. Detroit Lions – DeVonta Smith WR Alabama
The Lions lost Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr to free agency. Their WR room is pretty depleted even though they have added a couple guys. The former Heisman trophy winner would add a dynamic playmaker to this offense that is sure to be behind in a lot of games in 2021. Smith’s ability to get open would help Jared Goff settle into this new role with Detroit.
8. Carolina Panthers – Penei Sewell OT Oregon
The Panthers added former Jet Sam Darnold to their QB room. The offense still has Christian McCaffrey, DJ Moore, and Robby Anderson so the immediate need is protection. Sewell is one of the best OT prospects in the last decade. He didn’t test as high as some expected at his Pro Day, but his film and ability is still enough to get the job done.
9. Denver Broncos – Patrick Surtain II CB Alabama
It was recently announced that the Broncos made an offer for Matthew Stafford before he was dealt to Los Angeles. Denver hasn’t been impressed with what Drew Lock has produced so I expect them to search for a QB in this draft. With 4 of them off the board so far, the Broncos will try to patch some other holes. Surtain II is a great talent coming from Alabama. He should be able to step in right away and help this defense.
10. Dallas Cowboys – Jaycee Horn CB South Carolina
Dallas was slated to have one of the top offenses in 2020 before Dak Prescott went down with injury. They should return to form in 2021 if everyone stays healthy. Their defense needs the most help especially the secondary. Jaycee Horn brings tenacity and experience (son of former WR Joe Horn) that will help a struggling Dallas defense.
11. New York Giants – Jaylen Waddle WR Alabama
The Giants signed Kenny Golladay this offseason to give Daniel Jones a big bodied deep threat. The rest of their current receiving core isn’t anything too exciting so adding a breakaway playmaker like Waddle will help. He’s coming off an ankle injury, but should be plenty healthy by the start of the 2021 NFL season.
12. Philadelphia Eagles – Terrace Marshall Jr WR LSU
The Eagles are desperate for a playmaker to help this offense. The WR room is slim pickings right now. At one point last year they were starting practice squad WRs. Terrace Marshall Jr tested through the roof at his recent Pro Day. A lot of his numbers match those of his former teammate Ja’Marr Chase. Marshall Jr would provide Jalen Hurts with a talented target.
13. Los Angeles Chargers – Christian Darrisaw OT Virginia Tech
The Chargers have found their franchise QB in Justin Herbert. Protecting him should be the most important next steps for this team. With a new coaching staff coming in, Darrisaw would provide a big body to bolster this offensive line. LA returns a number of playmakers in 2021 including some defensive stars who missed last year due to injury.
14. Minnesota Vikings – Alijah Vera-Tucker IOL USC
Even though Minnesota is losing their offensive coordinator, their scheme won’t change much. They also lost some talent on the offensive line in the offseason. Adding Vera-Tucker to the interior of the o-line will allow Minnesota to continue to run Dalvin Cook as many times as they’d like.
15. New England Patriots – Trey Lance QB North Dakota State
The Patriots signed Cam Newton to another contract, but everyone knows he isn’t the future for this team. Trey Lance is considered a top talent in this draft and might not make it this long depending on trades. New England needs a playmaker at QB who doesn’t turn the ball over. Lance threw 28 TDs and 0 INTs in his last full season as a starter so he could fill this need. Having Cam Newton on the roster could give Lance a year to develop before being thrown to the wolves.
16. Arizona Cardinals – Travis Etienne RB Clemson
Arizona let Kenyan Drake go to free agency after a year plus with the team. As of today, their only RB worth noting is Chase Edmonds who didn’t show a ton in his opportunities as a lead back in 2020. Etienne spent 4 years at Clemson where he improved every part of his game. He could step into this dynamic offense and help Kyler Murray by catching the ball out of the backfield.
17. Las Vegas Raiders – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB Notre Dame
Las Vegas has had one of the weirder off seasons out of all the teams. They basically got rid of their whole offensive line and added former Cardinal Kenyan Drake to the backfield. Jon Gruden has always made interesting decisions in the draft, but this one makes some sense. Owusu-Koramoah brings a punch to this defense. He played 4 years in college and was a unanimous All-American in 2020.
18. Miami Dolphins – Jaelan Phillips EDGE Miami
With their 2nd pick in round one, Miami will add to the defense with the former top high school recruit. Phillips struggled with injuries during his collegiate career which caused him to drop on draft board. His last season at Miami and his performance at his Pro Day has him shooting right back up draft boards. He’s explosive and can wreak havoc in backfields on day one.
19. Washington Football Team – Teven Jenkins OT Oklahoma State
Washington is a team to watch when it comes to trading up. Their defense is solid, but there are questions at QB. They might make a move between now and this pick to move up for one of the four QBs already taken. The other position that needs to be addressed is the offensive line. Jenkins is the best option here to help protect whoever may be behind center for this offense.
20. Chicago Bears – Greg Newsome II CB Northwestern
The 2021 CB group is spectacular and Newsome II is definitely part of that. He ran an unofficial 4.38 second 40 yard dash at his Pro Day. The Bears want to get back to having a defense that can win games so adding Newsome II could help lock up some of the WRs they have to face. Plus Chicago has had plenty of opportunities to see him considering the location.
21. Indianapolis Colts – Samuel Cosmi OT Texas
With the retirement of Anthony Castonzo, the Colts need to replace a huge piece of the offensive line. There have been a couple OTs taken already in the draft, but Cosmi is no slouch. He could step in and help provide protection for the new QB Carson Wentz. They also have a very promising young RB in Jonathon Taylor who could flourish with the proper protection.
22. Tennessee Titans – Rashod Bateman WR Minnesota
Corey Davis had a great season in 2020, but decided to test free agency. The Titans also lost their offensive coordinator to the Atlanta Falcons. Ryan Tannehill needs another weapon opposite of AJ Brown. There has been some scrutiny with Bateman based on his height and weight, but his film shows that he is a dynamic playmaker no matter how tall he is.
23. New York Jets – Najee Harris RB Alabama
The Jets already grabbed their new QB earlier in this round. As of today, they haven’t signed any of the big named RBs to help the backfield. Harris is another experience RB that should be NFL ready coming into camp. He spent 4 years at Alabama an possesses elite tools to help the young QB. There should be no issue with him being an immediate three down back.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Landon Dickerson IOL Alabama
Dickerson has made a name for himself as a leader of the Alabama program. Every scout and coach raves about his leadership and talent. He might have gone earlier in this draft if it wasn’t for the injury he suffered in 2020. During both Alabama Pro Days, he was able to work out a little bit and proved to coaches that he should be ready by training camp. The Steelers lost Maurkice Pouncey to retirement and they need someone to replace him. Big Ben only has a season or two left in him and he definitely can’t move around like he used to.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevon Moehrig S TCU
The Jaguars once had the most feared secondary in all of football. All those pieces have moved on and they haven’t recovered. Moehrig is a solid piece to start rebuilding the secondary. The former Jim Thorpe and 2nd Team All-American has improved every year in college and will get plenty of experience early in his career.
26. Cleveland Browns – Azeez Ojulari EDGE Georgia
The Browns have been in contact with Jadeveon Clowney recently so we know they are looking for someone to pair with Myles Garrett on this defense. Either way, Ojulari provides explosiveness and sideline to sideline speed that will help set the edge for this Browns defense. He comes from the SEC where he played against a number of current NFL players in his career. With some work, Ojulari could be dangerous.
27. Baltimore Ravens – Kwitty Paye EDGE Michigan
Baltimore has been looking for another WR to help the struggling passing game for the Ravens. A lot of the big names are already off the board so they grab the best player available. Paye has a nonstop motor and plays through the whistle. If Baltimore can control the clock with their run game, their defense will be able to pin their ears back and rush the passer at will.
28. New Orleans Saints – Zaven Collins LB Tulsa
Zaven Collins had a great 2020 campaign by taking home a number of awards. He’s a big body (6050 and 259lbs) linebacker that would help an aging Saints defense. His improvement since his freshman year at Tulsa is impressive considering he only got opportunities as a sophomore due to injuries. Even with Drew Brees retiring, the Saints believe in what they currently have in their QB room so defense is the move.
29. Green Bay Packers – Christian Barmore IDL Alabama
The Packers haven’t taken an offensive skill player to help Aaron Rodgers in previous drafts and they won’t here either. This doesn’t mean Barmore is a bad pick. He comes from Alabama and can cause a ton of issues for opponents offensive lines. His ability to take on blocks and move his feet will put a ton of pressure on opposing offenses which will allow the Packers to control the clock.
30. Buffalo Bills – Jayson Oweh EDGE Penn State
Buffalo could use a RB here because what they currently have isn’t cutting it. That being said, Josh Allen was success slinging the ball around the field and the Bills were just a few plays away from playing for the Super Bowl. Adding Oweh to this defense who tested out of this world at his Pro Day will help this Bills defense control the line of scrimmage. The 20 year reign of New England controlling this division has come to an end and Buffalo looks to exceed their 2020 run.
31. Kansas City Chiefs – Elijah Moore WR Ole Miss
Elijah Moore was overshadowed early in his career by current NFL WRs AJ Brown and DK Metcalf. Moore could be just as good as these two, but in a different way. Joining a high powered offense like KC would allow Moore to produce huge numbers if he’s given the opportunity. The Chiefs lost veteran WR Sammy Watkins to free agency so adding Moore just reloads the WR room.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Javonte Williams RB North Carolina
The Buccaneers are returning 22 of 22 starters from their Super Bowl winning 2020 season. This is the first time in history that something like this is happening. That being said, they need to start reloading their young players. Williams had a very impressive 2020 season for UNC where he ran for over 1,100 yards and caught 25 passes. He probably won’t start the season getting a ton of reps, but if things go right he could be a solid pick up for years to come.
33. Jacksonville Jaguars – Kadarius Toney WR Florida
34. New York Jets – Jamin Davis LB Kentucky
35. Atlanta Falcons – Liam Eichenberg OT Notre Dame
36. Miami Dolphins – Pat Freiermuth TE Penn State
37. Philadelphia Eagles – Jevon Holland S Oregon
38. Cincinnati Bengals – Rondale Moore WR Purdue
39. Carolina Panthers – Nick Bolton LB Missouri
40. Denver Broncos – Mac Jones QB Alabama
41. Detroit Lions – Caleb Farley CB Virginia Tech
42. New York Giants – Joe Tryon EDGE Washington
43. San Francisco 49ers – Eric Stokes CB Georgia
44. Dallas Cowboys – Ronnie Perkins EDGE Oklahoma
45. Jacksonville Jaguars – Michael Carter RB North Carolina
46. New England Patriots – Nico Collins WR Michigan
47. Los Angeles Chargers – Kelvin Joseph CB Kentucky
48. Las Vegas Raiders – Levi Onwuzurike IDL Washington
49. Arizona Cardinals – Asante Samuel Jr CB Florida State
50. Miami Dolphins – Kenneth Gainwell RB Memphis
51. Washington Football Team – Aaron Robinson CB UCF
52. Chicago Bears – Creed Humphrey IOL Oklahoma
53. Tennessee Titans – Elijah Molden CB Washington
54. Indianapolis Colts – Ifeatu Melifonwu CB Syracuse
55. Pittsburgh Steelers – Daviyon Nixon IDL Iowa
56. Seattle Seahawks – Alex Leatherwood OT Alabama
57. Los Angeles Rams – Wyatt Davis IOL Ohio State
58. Baltimore Ravens – Amari Rodgers WR Clemson
59. Cleveland Browns – Baron Browning LB Ohio State
60. New Orleans Saints – Dyami Brown WR North Carolina
61. Buffalo Bills – Jabril Cox LB LSU
62. Green Bay Packers – Jaylen Mayfield
63. Kansas City Chiefs – Dillon Radunz OT North Dakota State
64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Brevin Jordan TE Miami
65. Jacksonville Jaguars – Tommy Tremble TE Notre Dame
66. New York Jets – Gregory Rousseau EDGE Miami
67. Houston Texans – Quinn Meinerz IOL Wisconsin-Whitewater
68. Atlanta Falcons – Richie Grant S UCF
69. Cincinnati Bengals – Carlos Basham Jr EDGE Wake Forest
70. Philadelphia Eagles – Jamar Johnson S Indiana
71. Denver Broncos – Tyson Campbell CB Georgia
72. Detroit Lions – Paulson Adebo CB Stanford
73. Carolina Panthers – Joseph Ossai EDGE Texas
74. Washington Football Team – Olaijah Griffin CB USC
75. Dallas Cowboys – Jackson Carman OT Clemson
76. New York Giants – Brady Christensen OT BYU
77. Los Angeles Chargers – Janarius Robinson EDGE Florida State
78. Minnesota Vikings – Josh Meyers IOL Ohio State
79. Las Vegas Raiders – Pete Werner LB Ohio State
80. Las Vegas Raiders – Spencer Brown OT Northern Iowa
81. Miami Dolphins – Tommy Togiai IDL Ohio State
82. Washington Football Team – Tylan Wallace WR Oklahoma State
83. Chicago Bears – D’Wayne Eskridge WR Western Michigan
84. Philadelphia Eagles – Ben Cleveland IOL Georgia
85. Tennessee Titans – Amon-Ra St. Brown WR USC
86. New York Jets – Stone Forsythe OT Florida
87. Pittsburgh Steelers – Trey Smith IOL Tennessee
88. Los Angeles Rams – Chazz Surratt LB North Carolina
89. Cleveland Browns – Payton Turner EDGE Houston
90. Minnesota Vikings – Robert Rochell CB Central Arkansas
91. Cleveland Browns – Chatarius Atwell WR Louisville
92. Green Bay Packers – Benjamin St-Juste CB Minnestoa
93. Buffalo Bills – Frank Darby WR Arizona State
94. Kansas City Chiefs – James Hudson OT Cincinnatti
95. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Davis Mills QB Stanford
96. New England Patriots – Jaret Patterson RB Buffalo
97. Los Angeles Chargers – Hamsah Nasirildeen S Florida State
98. New Orleans Saints – Qunicy Roche EDGE Miami
99. Dallas Cowboys – Jordan Smith EDGE UAB
100. Tennessee Titans – Tyree Gillespie S Missouri
101. Detroit Lions – Marlon Tuipulotu IDL USC
102. San Francisco 49ers – Ar’Darius Washington S TCU
103. Los Angeles Rams – Keith Taylor Jr CB Washington
104. Baltimore Ravens – Andre Cisco S Syracuse
105. New Orleans Saints – Tyler Shelvin IDL LSU
106. Jacksonville Jaguars – Kylin Hill RB Mississippi State
107. New York Jets – Trill Williams CB Syracuse
108. Atlanta Falcons – Hunter Long TE Boston College
109. Houston Texans – Seth Williams WR Auburn
110. Cleveland Browns – Deonte Brown IOL Alabama
111. Cincinnati Bengals – D’Ante Smith OT East Carolina
112. Detroit Lions – Kellen Mond QB Texas A&M
113. Carolina Panthers – Trey Sermon RB Ohio State
114. Denver Broncos – Divine Deablo S Virginia Tech
115. Dallas Cowboys – Cameron McGrone LB Michigan
116. New York Giants – Victor Dimukeje EDGE Duke
117. San Francisco 49ers – Hamilcar Rashed Jr EDGE Oregon State
118. Los Angeles Chargers – Jay Tufele IDL USC
119. Minnesota Vikings – Cameron Sample EDGE Tulane
120. New England Patriots – Alim McNeill IDL NC State
121. Las Vegas Raiders – Patrick Jones II EDGE Pittsburgh
122. New England Patriots – Shaun Wade CB Ohio State
123. Philadelphia Eagles – Kenny Yeboah TE Ole Miss
124. Washington Football Team – Aaron Banks IOL Notre Dame
125. Minnesota Vikings – Joshua Bledsoe S Missouri
126. Tennessee Titans – Robert Hainsey OT Notre Dame
127. Indianapolis Colts – Dez Fitzpatrick WR Louisville
128. Pittsburgh Steelers – Israel Mukuamu CB South Carolina
129. Seattle Seahawks – Dayo Odeyingbo EDGE Vanderbilt
130. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jaylen Twyman IDL Pittsburgh
131. Baltimore Ravens – Marvin Wilson IDL Florida State
132. Cleveland Browns – Kyle Trask QB Florida
133. New Orleans Saints – Ambry Thomas CB Michigan
134. Minnesota Vikings – Derrick Barnes LB Purdue
135. Green Bay Packers – Osa Odighizuwa IDL UCLA
136. Kansas City Chiefs – David Moore IOL Grambling
137. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Chuba Hubbard RB Oklahoma State
138. Dallas Cowboys – Kendrick Green IOL Illinois
139. New England Patriots – Jamie Newman QB Georgia
140. Pittsburgh Steelers – Walker Little OT Stanford
141. Los Angeles Rams – Adetokundo Ogundeji EDGE Notre Dame
142. Green Bay Packers – Monty Rice LB Georgia
143. Minnesota Vikings – Dazz Newsome WR North Carolina
144. Kansas City Chiefs – Tre Brown CB Oklahoma
145. Jacksonville Jaguars – Rodarius Williams CB Oklahoma State
146. New York Jets – JaCoby Stevens S LSU
147. Houston Texans – Daelin Hayes EDGE Notre Dame
148. Atlanta Falcons – Brenden Jaimes OT Nebraska
149. Cincinnati Bengals – Talanoa Hufanga S USC
150. Philadelphia Eagles – Dylan Moses LB Alabama
151. Carolina Panthers – James Wiggins S Cincinnati
152. Denver Broncos – Rhamondre Stevenson RB Oklahoma
153. Detroit Lions – Richard LeCounte III S Georgia
154. New York Jets – Kylen Granson TE SMU
155. San Francisco 49ers – Marco Wilson CB Florida
156. Miami Dolphins – Charles Snowden LB Virginia
157. Minnesota Vikings – Tedarrell Slaton IDL Florida
158. Houston Texans – Kary Vincent Jr CB LSU
159. Los Angeles Chargers – Chris Evans RB Michigan
160. Arizona Cardinals – Javian Hawkins RB Louisville
161. Buffalo Bills – Caden Sterns S Texas
162. Las Vegas Raiders – Trey Hill IOL Georgia
163. Washington Football Team – Jamien Sherwood S Auburn
164. Chicago Bears – Adrian Early OT Oklahoma
165. Indianapolis Colts – Rashad Weaver EDGE Pittsburgh
166. Tennessee Titans – Chauncey Golston EDGE Iowa
167. Las Vegas Raiders – Bryce Thompson CB Tennessee
168. Minnesota Vikings – John Bates TE Boise State
169. Cleveland Browns – Tony Fields II LB West Virginia
170. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jonathon Cooper EDGE Ohio State
171. Baltimore Ravens – Thomas Graham Jr CB Oregon
172. San Francisco 49ers – Anthony Schwartz WR Auburn
173. Green Bay Packers – Darrick Forrest S Cincinnati
174. Buffalo Bills – Sadarius Hutcherson IOL South Carolina
175. Kansas City Chiefs – Bobby Brown III IDL Texas A&M
176. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Marlon Williams WR UCF
177. New England Patriots – Elerson Smith EDGE Northern Iowa
178. Green Bay Packers – Pooka Williams RB Kansas
179. Dallas Cowboys – Brady Breeze S Oregon
180. San Francisco 49ers – Khalil Herbert RB Virginia Tech
181. Kansas City Chiefs – Miller Forristall TE Alabama
182. Atlanta Falcons – Shi Smith WR South Carolina
183. Atlanta Falcons – Shakur Brown CB Michigan State
184. Baltimore Ravens – Joshua Ross LB Michigan