2021 NFL Mock Draft: 2 Rounds
Round 1 Picks 1-16
The 2021 NFL Draft appears to be more top heavy at quarterback than 2020.
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: May 4, 2020.
New England Patriots: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
- Trevor Lawrence was the top recruit in my HS Football Page for 2018 which I archived. I had Lawrence graded higher than the next quarterback that most experts had graded higher than Lawrence. Lawrence is my favorite prospect to enter the NFL since Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck.
- The 6-6 220 lb Trevor Lawrence has everything you want a blue chip quarterback prospect to have. Trevor Lawrence had 3,280 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns, 4 interceptions, and a 65.2 completion percentage in his true freshman year where he led Clemson to a National Championship. Lawrence had 3,665 passing yards, 36 passing touchdowns, 8 interceptions, and a 65.8 completion percentage as a sophomore in 2019.
- Trevor Lawrence has the leadership, attitude, short accuracy, and medium accuracy that you want. Lawrence has the short accuracy, medium accuracy, and deep accuracy that you want a quarterback to have along with the arm. Incredible arm strength and pinpoint accuracy by this pocket quarterback makes Lawrence a special talent. He can read up to all six progressions as well. He can make 1-step, 3-step, 5-step, and 7-step drops.
- Trevor Lawrence can play in a west coast offense, shotgun spread offense, balanced run first offense, or a vertical offense. He can play in any offensive scheme. If he can react better under pressure without dropping his foot back, you are looking at a special player for whoever lands Lawrence.
- I was not a fan of Jarrett Stidham coming out of Auburn. This draft has four quarterbacks that I can see being great starters and only four. Those quarterbacks are Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Brock Purdy, and Trey Lance. I have a third round grade on my fifth best quarterback and unlike in previous years where I have a second or third round guy as a potential starter, I have no quarterbacks with potential grades of 85 or higher outside of the four quarterbacks that I mocked in the first round who I have 90 potential grades on or higher. Stidham will have to get New England to the playoffs in order to keep his job because I feel guys like Kyle Trask and Jamie Newman are backups after watching their film from 2019.
- Add me @DraftUtopia if you upload film and would like to join our film team. We are looking for new film editors to do film cuts for Draft Utopia as well.
Previous Pick: B.J. Goodson, FS, Texas
Jacksonville Jaguars: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
- The 6-3 227 lb Justin Fields gives Jacksonville a franchise quarterback if Gardner Minshew II and Jake Luton fail to get Jacksonville out of last place in the AFC South with the talent around these Jaguar quarterbacks.
- Justin Fields had 3,273 passing yards, 41 passing touchdowns, a 67.2 completion percetange, 484 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, 3,757 total yards, 51 total touchdowns, and 3 interceptions in his first season as a starter in 2019. Fields outplayed Lawrence in the first half of the season, but Lawrence outplayed Fields in the second half before Clemson rallied back to defeat Ohio State in the 2020 College Football Playoff.
- Justin Fields has the leadership, attitude, short accuracy, and medium accuracy that you want. Fields has the short accuracy, medium accuracy, and deep accuracy that you want a quarterback to have along with the arm. Incredible arm strength and pinpoint accuracy by this pocket quarterback makes Fields a special talent. He can read up to all six progressions as well. He can make 1-step, 3-step, 5-step, and 7-step drops.
- Justin Fields can play in a west coast offense, shotgun spread offense, balanced run first offense, or a vertical offense. He can play in any offensive scheme. Fields seemed calmer in the pocket than Lawrence, and he also is a great duel threat. He's a more durable version of Tua Tagovailoa and he's taller too. At one point some scouting outlets had Fields not Lawrence as the top ranked quarterback in the HS class of 2018 before Fields transferred from Georgia to Ohio State.
Previous Pick: JaTarvious Whitlow, RB, Auburn
Washington Redskins: Penei Sewell, LT, Oregon
- Saahdiq Charles was described as a follower and not a leader. If Washington is picking this high in the 2021 NFL Draft, they will give Alex Smith or Dwayne Haskins one more year at quarterback and get a blue chip blindside prospect at the left tackle position hoping that protection will be what their quarterback needs. They can also move Charles inside to either left guard to replac Ereck Flowers who signed with Miami or right guard to replace Brandon Scherff who will be a Free Agent in 2021 while upgrading two positions on the offensive line.
- The 6-6 324 lb Penei Sewell was not only the top run blocker in the PAC 12 as a true freshman. Bradlee Anae called Sewell his toughest opponent as Sewell has the pass blocking by protecting quarterback Justin Herbert's blindside, the run blocking by run blocking for C.J. Verdell, and the zone blocking that you expect from the top left tackle prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Previous Pick: Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami FL
Atlanta Falcons: Gregory Rosseau, RE, Miami FL
- The 6-7 253 lb Gregory Rosseau can line up at 4-3 right end, 4-3 defensive tackle, and 4-3 left end. He can also line up as a 3-4 right outside linebacker or a 3-4 left outside linebacker. Not only does he display the speed off the edge, he has the rip moves, swim moves, and uppercut moves.
- Gregory Rosseau had 19.5 tackles for a loss and 15.5 sacks in 2019. Rosseau gives Atlanta a blue chip 4-3 right end that can anchor their pass rush for years to come. Rosseau had the most sacks by a Miami Hurricane since Greg Mark in 1989 and the most tackles for a loss since Calias Campbell had 20.5 tackles for a loss in 2006.
Previous Pick: Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma
Detroit Lions: Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU
- Detroit loses Kenny Golloday, Marvin Jones, and Danny Amendola to Free Agency in 2021. Left tackle Taylor Decker is also a Free Agent in 2021. Detroit also failed to address right tackle in the 2020 NFL Draft.
- If Detroit has their choice between every wide receiver and the offensive tackles in this draft they should take Ja'Marr Chase out of LSU who won the 2019 Billetnikoff Award or Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross since both are blue chip receiver prospects. The offensive tackles in next years draft are good, but none of the offensive tackles outside of Sewell are as good as the wide receivers or current starting left tackle Taylor Decker for that matter.
- The 6-1 200 lb Ja'Marr Chase had 84 receptions, 1,780 receiving yards, and 20 receiving touchdowns in 2019. As long as he reaches 1,000 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns without Joe Burrow he should be the first receiver drafted because not only does he have elite speed, he can run all 30 routes. If he improves on what he did without Burrow he could enter the conversation with the other top 5 players as the top prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Previous Pick: C.J. Verdell, RB, Oregon
Miami Dolphins: Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson
- Miami should use this pick to get a piece to compliment Tua Tagovailoa since Tua will be the starter by 2021 after serving the beginning of his rookie season as the backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick. The 6-4 205 lb Justyn Ross had 46 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards, and 9 receiving touchdowns as a freshman in 2018. Ross had 66 receptions, 865 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns in 2019. Ross has good speed and can run all 30 routes on tape like Chase. Ross will be the go-to-guy for Trevor Lawrence with Tee Higgins now in Cincinnati.
Previous Pick: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Carolina Panthers: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
- Carolina will either go quarterback or cornerback at 7. Right now I still believe its too early to give up on Teddy Bridgewater after one season even though I've seen Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Brock Purdy, and Trey Lance mocked to Carolina in different mock drafts.
- Carolina drafted Troy Pride Jr. in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft and Stantley Thomas-Oliver in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft. I loved both of those picks since I had a third round grade on Troy Pride Jr. and a fourth round grade on Stantley Thomas-Oliver. However Corn Elder, is the projected starter next to Donte Jackson at cornerback at the moment. Carolina will have to draft a cornerback at 7 if neither one of their rookies can beat out Corn Elder for a starting cornerback spot.
- The 6-2 203 lb Patrick Surtain II had 7 deflections from pass breakups after being a five star recruit after being my top ranked cornerback. Patrick Surtain II had 8 delfections from pass breakups in 2019 improving on his 2018 season as he has the man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage to play in the NFL. Understands cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes. With Trevon Diggs gone, Patrick Surtain II is now Alabama's top ranked cornerback as well as the top cornerback prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft.
- Carolina does need a quarterback, but they also have so many other team needs and getting a blue chip player like Patrick Surtain II takes precedent. However, I will make it up to Panther fans by giving you guys North Carolina Tar Heel Sam Howell when our 2022 NFL Mock Draft comes out later this Summer.
Previous Pick: Palaie Gaoteote, ROLB, USC
Cincinnati Bengals: Samuel Cosmi, RT, Texas
- The 6-7 310 lb Samuel Cosmi is versatile enough to play left tackle or right tackle. Cosmi started at right tackle in 2018 and moved to left tackle in 2019. Cosmi has the strength to maintain blocks for 5-7 seconds in pass protection. He plays too aggressive at times which leads to holding penalties see his game against Kansas State.
- Cincinnati needs a bookend right tackle that compliments their 2019 first round pick Jonah Williams. Samuel Cosmi fits the bill as someone who can play right tackle next to Williams if Jonah stays healthy in 2020 or he can supplant Williams of the left tackle job forcing Jonah to move to right tackle. Either way Joe Burrow will have two bookend offensive tackles which is what he needs in order for the Bengals to take off after having a very strong 2020 NFL Draft.
Previous Pick: Penei Sewell, LT, Oregon
Los Angeles Chargers: Alex Leatherwood, LT, Alabama
- Los Angeles has Tyrod Taylor starting over Justin Herbert on their depth chart at the moment. I'm okay with that since the Chargers do not have a left tackle to protect Justin Herbert's blindside. The 6-6 310 lb Alex Leatherwood gives Herbert a quality blindside left tackle allowing Bryan Bulaga to compliment Leatherwood at right tackle. Leatherwood pass blocked for Tua Tagovailoa at left tackle in 2019 and was a run blocker for Najee Harris. He also zone blocks effectively.
Previous Pick: Liam Eichenberg, LT, Notre Dame
Jacksonville Jaguars: Walker Little, LT, Stanford
- The 6-7 315 lb Walker Little was a five star recruit in High School. He has proven to be an effective pass blocker, run blocker, and zone blocker. Jacksonville uses this first round pick from the Rams to get a blindside to replace Cam Robinson here. It also helps that Little is the only first round left tackle available on the board so now Justin Fields has Walker Little and Jawaan Taylor as his bookend tackles.
- Jacksonville has gone with at least one SEC player in the first round dating back to 2017, but if they end up with Lawrence or Fields it most likely means David Caldwell is fired meaning a new GM will get a chance to right the ship in Jacksonville.
Previous Pick: Richard LeCounte, FS, Georgia
Miami Dolphins: Richard LeCounte, FS, Georgia
- Miami uses this pick from Houston to get a safety prospect. Richard LeCounte is considered the top safety in the 2021 NFL Draft. He takes up a lot of space and range on film. The 5-11 190 lb safety had 7 deflections from pass breakups, 4 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries, and 2 forced fumbles in 2019. He did everything well in terms of playing man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage. He can play in cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes.
Previous Pick: Thayer Munford, LT, Ohio State
Las Vegas Raiders: Micah Parsons, ROLB, Penn State
- You guys thought we'd mock Derek Carr's replacement here. That's adorable. We're going with a 4-3 right outside linebacker here because Tanner Muse the safety they moved to linebacker is great at run stuffing and effective in coverage whether its man, zone, or press. I just see Muse as a very good high end backup rather than a starter since he's a third string linebacker on the Raiders right now. I'm going with Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons here.
- Micah Parsons was a five star recruit three years ago when I set up a HS page for the class of 2018. Parsons was a pass rusher coming out of High School before transitioning to linebacker at Penn State.
- The 6-3 244 lb Micah Parsons 48 solo tackles, 35 assisted tackles, and 83 total tackles in limited action as a true freshman in 2018. Parsons had 52 solo tackles, 57 assisted tackles, 109 total tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 5 sacks, and 5 deflections from pass breakups. Parsons showed the versatility to play 4-3 right outside linebacker, 4-3 middle linebacker, 4-3 left outside linebacker, 3-4 right outside linebacker, and 3-4 left outside linebacker with his versatility.
- The Raiders have Cory Littleton as their middle linebacker and Nick Kwiatkoski as their left outside linebacker. They failed to get a starting 4-3 right outside linebacker in 2020. Tanner Muse is a safety, that played as an undercover edge rusher on both sides which is the only reason the Raiders moved him to linebacker after rewatching his highlights. Muse would line up as an edge rusher in situations and make plays whether it was a tackle for a loss or a sack so I see the Raiders using him as a depth player until 2022 because by then the Raiders can move on from Kwiatkoski and save $7-million in cap space if he doesn't pan out and you will have a better idea of who Tanner Muse is and how close he is to reaching his potential by that point.
- With Micah Parsons at 4-3 right outside linebacker, Cory Littleton at 4-3 middle linebacker, and Tanner Muse taking over for Kwiatkoski in 2022 after learning the playbook in his rookie season and then getting that experience as a situational depth player in his second year, the Raiders will have a very good linebacker core that can make things easier for their secondary.
Previous Pick: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
Chicago Bears: Brock Purdy, QB, Iowa State
- The 6-1 210 lb Brock Purdy is a team captain on Iowa State. Lawrence is a team captain on Clemson and Fields was a team captain on Ohio State. Chicago gets Purdy my clear cut third best quarterback in this draft as a replacement to Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles.
- Brock Purdy had 3,982 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns, 8 rushing touchdowns, 35 total touchdowns, and 9 interceptions in his second full season as a starter at Iowa State. Purdy can play in a balanced run first offense, he did this when he had David Montgomery during his freshman year. Purdy can also play in a shotgun spread offense and a vertical offense.
- Brock Purdy has the arm strength, short accuracy, medium accuracy, and deep accuracy just like Lawrence and Fields. He can make 1-step, 3-step, 5-step, and 7-step throws in the pocket or on the run. He does not have the football IQ that Mahomes or Mayfield had, but he has better footwork than either one of those Big 12 quarterbacks heading into his draft year. I don't think he has as much upside as those guys, but Purdy should be successful at the next level.
- Brock Purdy is a guy I have a 91 potential grade on. That's the grade I gave Tua Tagovailoa and Purdy is more durable than Tua. Also Iowa State has a cupcake schedule and there is an outside chance they may go 12-0 and make the 2020-2021 College Football Playoff. Purdy would also be re-united with David Montgomery the running back he played with at Iowa State if Chicago took Purdy at 13.
Previous Pick: Cade Mays, LG, Georgia
Cleveland Browns: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
- Cleveland gets a nickel cornerback to push both Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams here. Ironically, the best player on the board is Stanford cornerback Paulson Adebo.
- The 6-1 192 lb Paulson Adebo redshirted in 2017. Paulson Adebo had 20 deflections from pass breakups and 4 interceptions in 2018. Adebo had 10 deflections from pass breakups and 4 interceptions in 2019.
- Paulson Adebo has superb man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage. He can play in a cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4 scheme at the next level.
Previous Pick: Sadarius Hutcherson, LG, South Carolina
Green Bay Packers: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
- The 6-2 210 lb Rashod Bateman was a great number two receiver next to Tyler Johnson the last two seasons and now will play next to DaVante Adams in Green Bay.
- Rashod Bateman had a Minnesota freshman record 51 receptions, 704 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns next to Tyler Johnson as a true freshman in 2018. Bateman had a Minnesota sophomore record 60 receptions, 1,219 receiving yards, and 11 recieving touchdowns in 2019. Bateman will be Tanner Morgan's go-to-guy in 2020.
- Rashod Bateman can run all 30 routes effectively. Unlike Tyler Johnson, he's clean off the field making him an ideal player for Green Bay at 15.
Previous Pick: Tuf Borland, 3-4 MLB, Ohio State
Seattle Seahawks: Andre Cisco, FS, Syracuse
- Seattle continues to rebuild their defense. After securing their pass rush to compliment their corners. Seattle finally goes after a decent safety.
- The 6-0 206 lb Andre Cisco is second behind Paulson Adebo in deflections heading into the 2020 Season. He also leads the FBS with 12 interceptions among active defensive backs.
- Andre Cisco can play man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage. He can play in cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes. Cisco gives Seattle a free safety with Pro Bowl talent for the first time since they had Earl Thomas in his prime years.
Previous Pick: Caden Sterns, FS, Texas
Other 2021 NFL Mock Drafts