2021 NFL Mock Draft: 49ers, Washington trade up for QBs, Jets deal to pair Heisman winner with Zach Wilson

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

This is as close to a sure thing as you’re going to find.

BYU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

2nd

We’ll reiterate what we’ve been saying for weeks: The Jets are still weighing what to do with Sam Darnold, according to reports, and we’ve gone back and forth here — either Zach Wilson or Penei Sewell — but whatever happens here starts with Darnold. Wilson is coming off a spectacular 2020 season but New York could also trade down to stockpile picks and players as part of a rebuild that includes their current franchise QB.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 228 lbs

Fields probably needs a year on the bench, but we love the idea of pairing up his abilities with Kyle Shanahan, who got the most out of former No. 2 overall pick RG3 when the two were together in Washington. And Fields is already a more complete player than RG3.

Oregon

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 330 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

Things will almost certainly change, but heading into free agency the Falcons have four offensive linemen under contract who took NFL snaps last season. Sewell is one of the best prospects in this class and he can play right away, especially if the plan is to move forward with Matt Ryan for 2021 and possibly 2022.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Bengals would love to get offensive line help but they have a ton of cap space and can do that through free agency. Plus, with Sewell off the board, they instead take arguably the best pass catcher in this draft class. Pitts is listed as a tight end but he can line up anywhere and is a matchup nightmare for corners, safeties and linebackers.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

Chase consistently wins at the line of scrimmage, plays with the type of physicality you rarely see in college wideouts, and is at his best in contested-catch situations. However the QB situation resolves itself in Philly, Chase immediately improves the WR corps.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 244 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

Parsons opted out, but he’s a player who didn’t hurt his draft stock by doing so. He might end up being the best off-ball linebacker to come out in the last 4-5 years.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 214 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

5th

The Panthers need a quarterback and while they — along with many other teams — were at Trey Lance’s pro day last week, a better option could be the one who starred during Senior Bowl week with Carolina’s coaching staff watching closely. Jones isn’t the athlete of Lawrence, Wilson, Fields or Lance, but all he does is makes plays, and there’s a good argument that he was better at Alabama than his predecessor, Tua Tagovailoa.

Trey Lance

QB

NFL Draft

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 226 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Football Team re-signed Taylor Heinecke but moved on from Alex Smith. And while Heineke played well in the postseason, he’s probably not the long-term answer. Which is why the team trades up for Lance, who checks every box — both physical and mental — except that he just hasn’t played a lot of football.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

1st

This might be one of our most popular draft prospect-NFL team pairings. Farley remains our CB1 and the Cowboys have a gaping hole in the secondary. The team could also look to address pass rusher or offensive line here.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 305 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Giants need pass rush and could choose go with one of the Alabama wideouts too. But we know Dave Gettleman likes big guys and bolstering the offensive line may take priority. Andrew Thomas got better as the year progressed and Slater, who opted out in ’20, can play all five O-line positions.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 182 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Dolphins trade down and still get the most dynamic downfield target in this class. Waddle’s 2020 campaign was interrupted by an ankle injury, but he’s one of the fastest people on the planet who is already a more polished route runner.

USC

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 315 lbs

Forrest Lamp is a free agent and the remaining guards on the roster will either be restricted or unrestricted free agents after the ’21 season. The team also parted ways with Trai Turner last week. Vera-Tucker can play either guard or tackle and is a Day 1 starter.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Jets have a ton of cap space and draft picks and after taking their franchise QB at No. 2, they trade up to get the Heisman Trophy winner at No. 14.

Georgia

• Fr

• 6’3″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Patriots didn’t have much of a pass rush to speak of last season; Michigan alums Chase Winovich (5.5 sacks, led the team) and Josh Uche will continue to get better, but Ojulari is an immediate impact player who can set the edge against the run and get after the QB in passing situations.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 203 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Patrick Peterson and Dre Kirkpatrick will be free agents this week and Surtain, who has been Alabama’s best cornerback the last two seasons, would be a good fit in Arizona in 2021.

Alabama

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

4th

Maliek Collins and Jonathan Hankins are free agents and Barmore, who wasn’t a starter until the 2020 season, has first-round talent.

Miami (FL)

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Phillips, who retired from football in 2018 because of injuries, transferred to the U and was just about unstoppable in 2020. If there are no medical concerns, he could be one of the first edge rushers drafted.

South Carolina

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

35th

POSITION RNK

5th

The Broncos trade down and still get a top-flight cornerback. Horn, the son of former NFL WR Joe Horn, plays with an edge. He might be the most physical CB in this class.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 314 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Bears need a quarterback, but with five already off the board they turn to the offensive line. Darrisaw, who had a strong season for the Hokies, is an athletic offensive lineman who may eventually move inside to guard.

Texas

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 309 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

56th

POSITION RNK

11th

Anthony Castonzo has announced his retirement and Cosmi, who reinforced just how athletic he is at his pro day last week, has been solid throughout his Longhorns career and can play either tackle position.

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 272 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

1st

Paye is long on physical tools, but the reason he could fall in the eyes of NFL teams is that he’s still growing into the position. That said, he still upgrades a Titans pass rush that managed a paltry 19 sacks in 2020.

Washington

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 293 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

32nd

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Vikings trade down, get a couple of picks and still land a playmaking interior defensive lineman. Onwuzurike might have the quickest first step of any DL in the class and that, with his pure power, makes him an interesting early round prospect.

Oklahoma State

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

5th

Big Ben is coming back for at least another season and with the offense line in shambles, the Steelers go about addressing that in Round 1. Jenkins, who can line up on the left or the right side, plays with an edge that will appeal to Pittsburgh as they try to re-establish the run game.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

69th

POSITION RNK

4th

Newsome is one of the most complete CBs in the class and that was re-confirmed when he blew the doors off his recent pro day performance. The Jaguars could go with OL or DL here, but they also need to upgrade the secondary.

TCU

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Browns have some young promising players on defense but they’ve struggled to stay healthy. Moehrig is the best safety in the class who can play deep centerfield and in the slot if needed.

Minnesota

• Soph

• 6’2″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

6th

Bateman had an up-and-down 2020 season after a lights-out 2019 campaign, but he could work his way into the bottom of the first round. The Ravens’ young wideouts have improved down the stretch, but Bateman plays with the polish of a 10-year NFL vet.

Georgia

• Soph

• 6’2″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Saints have four CBs on the roster headed for free agency and they released Janoris Jenkins last week. Marshon Lattimore and Patrick Robinson are still on multi-year deals, but you can never have enough big-play corners. Campbell is long, physical and is only going to get better with experience.

Tulsa

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

4th

Collins had four sacks, four interceptions (including two pick-sixes) and two forced fumbles during a breakout ’20 season. At 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, he looks more like a defensive end but moves with the fluidity of the modern day inside linebackers that have become so prevalent around the league.

Penn State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 253 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

1st

Mario Addison was tied for the team lead with five sacks and while there’s also needs at linebacker and along the offensive line, Oweh, who didn’t start playing football until high school, is just scratching the surface on his ability.

Michigan

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

6th

You have to imagine OL is a priority for Kansas City after the team cut ties with Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz. Jalen Mayfield is an athletic offensive tackle who moves well in space and would seem to fit an offense that features a mobile quarterback.

Clemson

• Sr

• 5’10”

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Bucs have some things to sort out in free agency, including what to do with Playoff Lenny Fournette. A defensive tackle or an edge rusher makes sense here, but Travis Etienne is coming off back-to-back strong seasons, a lights-out pro day, has elite contact balance and is a pass-catching threat coming out of the backfield.

Published: 2021-03-15 11:59:42

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