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NFL Mock Draft 2021 1.0 – Adam Pelletier

NFL Mock Draft 2021 1.0 - Adam Pelletier

Justin Fields is QB02 in the NFL Mock Draft 2021 1.0 – Adam Pelletier

It is finally here! The NFL draft is mere weeks away so let the NFL Mock Draft madness begin. SGPN will be bringing you mock drafts on a weekly basis from our talented football staff. For the purposes of the research that went into this mock draft, team needs were identified via The Draft Network’s guide. Updated depth charts were found over at Ourlads and many scouting reports were read over at the Pro Football Network.

Looking at this talented draft class was especially challenging as you have to evaluate players who may be a year removed from meaningful football. However, that means that there will likely be value available up and down the draft. Several players with fringe first-round grades fell into the mid-second round. Similarly, several potential second-rounders slipped out of this mock. Look for more expert analysis in the weeks ahead and see what #DegenNation thinks will happen as we get deeper into draft season.

Remember that all selections are based on what the experts think teams SHOULD do, not what they MIGHT do. This is an advice piece to identify your team’s best path forward based on all the information available. Read accordingly and let Adam have it on Twitter.

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Two Round Mock Draft

NFL Mock Draft Round 1


Trevor LawrenceQBClemson
The Jags do not overthink it here. Lawrence looks like the most "can't miss" prospect since Andrew Luck. Duuval needs hope and Larence can deliver the spark and hope the Jaguars need. His arm and other intangibles will make him invaluable to new coach Urban Meyer.

Penei SewellOTOregon
Sure the buzz is that the Jets will go with a quarterback, but former first-rounder Sam Darnold is still young and has flashed potential. Sewell looks like a surefire starter and anchor on the outside of the offensive line. Pairing Sewell with 2020 first-rounder Mekhi Becton will set the Jets up for success. With two young tackles, Darnold will finally get a chance to prove he can be the guy.

via MIA via HOU
Justin FieldsQBOhio State
Fields just showed up and dominated his pro day catapaulting himself into the conversation of being the top quarterback available. With blistering speed, athleticism, and an arm that looks even better than advertised, Fields is poised to be a breakout quarterback. Landing with the 49ers provides Fields the coaching and weapons to be an instant success. Fields narrowly beats out Zach Wilson thanks to off the charts athleticism.

Rashawn SlaterOTNorthwestern
Similarly to the Jets, the Falcons need to rebuild across their roster. Unlike New York though Atlanta has a bevy of talent on offense and a solid quarterback in Matt Ryan. They have to invest in keeping him and his successor upright. Slater looks like a strong anchor at the tackle position and is the #2 Tackle off the board.

Christian DarrisawOTVirginia Tech
This is a classic reach pick, but the Bengals have to protect Burrow. There is a chance eitherthe Falcons or Jets take a quarterback and Slater or Sewell fall to the Bengals. They cannot afford to go with anything but a lineman here. Joe Burrow took a beatin last year and the former Hokies' tackle should provide some security for Joe Cool.

via PHI
DeVonta SmithWRAlabama
Miami is on the verge of being relevant in the increasingly hyper-competitive AFC. To take the next step they will need a quarterback and Tua might be that guy. He also might not be, but in order to know for sure they need to provide him weapons. DeVonta looks like a reliable slot option who can open things up for DeVante Parker and Will Fuller.

Ja'Marr ChaseWRLSU
Despite opting out of the 2020 season, Chase had one of the most dominant receiver seasons ever in 2019. His 1780 yards and 20 touchdowns on 84 catches put him in elite company all time. The Lions let Kenny Golladay walk in free agency and they need to rebuild their receiving corps. Chase is the kind of receiver you can build an offense around for years to come.

Zach WilsonQBBYU
Thanks to some logic at the top half of the draft, Wilson slid out of the top half of the draft. This gives the Panthers the chance to draft a potential franchise quarterback. Wilson appears to have the ability to make all the throws, move in and out the pocket, and the leadership Carolina needs. There are already a ton of weapons on the Carolina roster and Wilson could be the man to escalate their offense to elite levels.

Alijah Vera-TuckerOLUSC
Denver already has Drew Lock on the roster and like the Jets and Dolphins, they need to know if he can be their guy. They already have a stacked offensive skill group around him, but need line help. Vera-Tucker played tackle at USC, but could kick inside as a guard in the NFL. Either way he provides talent up front and could give Lock the time to develop into an NFL quarterback.

Patrick Surtain IICBAlabama
Thanks to an early offensive line run, the best corner in this year's draft falls to the Cowboys at pick 10. Surtain is reunited with his college teammate Trevon Diggs as Dallas recreates the 2019 Tide defense that held opponents under 200 yards per game passing. Surtain has the talent to make an impact right away, something that Dallas desperately needs.

Micah ParsonsLBPenn State
The New Jersey Giants were one of the stingier defenses in the NFL during the 2020 season. With a revamped offense featuring Kenny Golladay and a healed Saquon Barkley, they can get stronger on defense. Parsons is an athletic freak who will improve an already fromidable defense.

via MIA via SF
Jaycee HornCBSouth Carolina
The rebuild is under way in Philadelphia. Sure, they could go with Trey Lance or Mac Jones here, but Jalen Hurts seems like a talented enough player to hold them over. That means they can focus on defense and Jaycee Horn looks like an absolute beast in the measurables and on film. Horn can be a building block corner for a new Eagles' defense.

Caleb FarleyCBVirginia Tech
The Chargers' defense has strengths up front and Farley could be someone that secures the backend of their defense. They were good against the pass in 2020, but the AFC West is as pass-happy as they come and the Chargers need reinforcements on the backend. Farley has the size and talent to lock up larger targets in coverage.

Azeez OjulariEDGEGeorgia
Ojulari had a strong regular season performance, but absolutely broke out in Georgia's bowl game. His three sacks showed how he can take over and dominate from start to finish. The Vikings had an anemic pass rush in 2020 and need help desperately. Ojulari is young, but could be that difference maker.

Trey LanceQBNorth Dakota
New England desperately needs a long term solution at the quarterback position. Lots of people have Mac Jones tied to New England, but he had one of the most underwhelming pro days in recent memory. Sure you can comp Jones to Brady in some ways, but Belichik understands how the NFL is evolving and knows Lance is the future.

Kyle PittsTEFlorida
Arizona needs weapons for Kyler Murray to compliment Deandre Hopkins. Kyle Pitts is graded as one of the top weapons available in this years draft and his next level athleticism will enable the Cardinals to move him around the formation. He has the skills and abilities to create mismatches all over the field as a big-bodied receiver.

Kwity PayeEDGEMichigan
Las Vegas has to get their defense together and new coordinator Gus Bradley will want to beef up the defensive line. Paye has not posted monster sack numbers like Ojulari and Rousseau, but his consistent pressure and ability to set the edge will fit well with Bradley's scheme.

Jeremiah Owusu-KoramoahLBNotre Dame
Unless Miami wants to double down on receiver, their next biggest need is a linebacker to help anchor their defense. Miami is stacked on their defensive line and they have a strong secondary. Owusu-Koramoah has the athletic profile to range sideline-to-sideline and clean up plays. As Miami plays a 3-4 style, both Rousseau and Phillips are not good schematic fits.

Jaylen WaddleWRAlabama
Washington has a dominant defense and could go add a player like Greg Newsome to cement their secondary. However, Jaylen Waddle sliding this far changes their plans. Waddle is a speedy and dominant player who will take pressure off of Terry McLaurin. This move will help the WFT offense reach its full potential.

Mac JonesQBAlabama
Chicago's defense might need help, but Ryan Pace needs to do something to save his job. Mac Jones has the buzz of being a winner and a guy who can produce. The Bears have receivers to make any quarterback look good and Jones might just be good enough to help Chicago take that next step.

Greg Newsome IICBNorthwestern
The Colts were a highly talented defense in 2020 and Newsome can improve their defense even more. Newsome is a big and talented corner who can shut down receivers on the outside. With a new corner in the fold, Indy could take a massive step forward in 2021.

Teven JenkinsOTOklahoma State
The Titans need to establish the run early and often. Constant investment in their offensive line is the key to their success and that should continue with this pick. Jenkins was All-Big 12 in three straight years and a consistent starter in Stillwater. That kind of consistency is what you look for on the line.

via SEA
Gregory RousseauEDGEMiami
The Jets bolster the defensive side of the ball with this pick. Rousseau had an absolutely insane 2019 season and could be an elite game-wrecking talent off the edge. Robert Saleh needs playmakers upfront and the long Rousseau fits that mold.

Samuel CosmiOTTexas
Pittsburgh has one to two more years of Big Ben as their quarterback. In order to get the most out of him they need to invest in the offensive line and keep him upright. Additionally they have to better establish the running game. Cosmi is a massive tackle at 6-6 and can be that anchor the Steelers need.

via LAR
Christian BarmoreDTAlabama
Jacksonville addressed the quarterback position at 1.01 and now they solidify the center of their defense as well. Barmore was a mountain in the middle of the Tide defense. The Jags have some talent on the defensive side of the ball and Barmore is the kind of player who can anchor a defensive line.

Jaelan PhillipsEDGEMiami
Phillips stepped in as the primary edge rusher for the Hurricanes in 2020 and put up gaudy numbers. His 15.5 sacks were a team best and he has the physical profile to be a disruptive force off the edge. Cleveland is set on offense, but by adding a player like Phillips they can turn their defense into a dominant force.

Jayson OwehEDGEPenn State
With the departure of Matt Judon, the Ravens have to go get another edge rusher. Jayson Oweh was a reliable producer at Penn State and he has the athleticism to project as a solid asset. He does not have to be the best player on the defense, but stepping into a talented defense can let him blossom.

Rashod BatemanWRMinnesota
New Orleans is turning over the reigns of their offense to Jameis/Taysom and they need to add some more affordable weapons. A talented receiver like Bateman gives them an uber-talented weapon for whoever their next quarterback is. More importantly, he is affordable in the long-term.

Kadarius ToneyWRFlorida
If the Packers do not take a receiver here Aaron Rodgers will burn Lambeau to the ground. If Bateman falls to them, great. If they have to settle for Toney or reach for Marshall, good. No matter what, they have to keep him happy.

Joseph OssaiEDGETexas
The Bills are not a team without many needs at the moment. They are set at receiver. Set on the offensive line. Solid in the secondary as well. Their biggest need right now is the need for a disruptive edge rusher. Ossai has the potential to be a massive breakout star. He is an athletic freak who has not been playing football long. He has growth ahead of him and learning from the talented veterans and coaches in Buffalo could grow him into the game-wrecker Buffalo has needed.

Alex LeatherwoodOTAlabama
Kansas City has to improve their line. Patrick Mahomes got absolutely killed in the Super Bowl. Leatherwood has been a key part of one of the best lines in college football and continue his team success in KC. The Chiefs have to get younger on the line and have to invest heavily to protect their franchise player.

Landon DickersonOLAlabama
The end of the first round sees two offensive linemen go off the board. Dickerson has the versatility to play multiple positions and that will be music to Brady's ears. Tom needs a clean pocket to make plays to the Buccaneers playmakers. Dickerson is able to come in and start for Tampa on day one.

NFL Mock Draft Round 2


Trevon MoehrigSTCU
Moehrig is a talented safety who can make plays in coverage and clean up plays with solid tackling. He will pair nicely with the Jags early pick of Barmore on the defensive line.

Najee HarrisRBAlabama
Harris falls out of the first round, but lands in a surprisingly strong situation with the Jets. He is a bruising back who is a capable receiver as well who can take some pressure off of Darnold.

Nick BoltonLBMissouri
Bolton is not huge, but he is quick and can make plays in pursuit. The Falcons need to add talent defensively and Bolton will be a nice addition.

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Jalen MayfieldOTMichigan
The Dolphins need to bolster their offensive line and Mayfield is a big bodied tackle who can protect Tua.

Creed HumphreyOLOklahoma
Philadelphia has to protect Jalen Hurts better than they proteceted Wentz. Humphrey played with Hurts at Oklahoma and can help anchor the offensive line in Philadelphia for years to come.

Pat FreiermuthTEPenn State
The Bengals are looking to improve the weapons around Joe Burrow. Freiermuth is a capable receiving tight end who can work the middle of the field.

Asante Samuel Jr.CBFlorida State
The Panthers added their franchise quarterback in round one and now potentially get their corner of the future.

Levi OnwuzurikeDTWashington
The Broncos solidified their offensive line with their first pick and now get an anchor for the defensive side of the ball.

Liam EichenbergOTNotre Dame
Detroit gave up 42 sacks last year and have to find depth and talent on their line. Eichenberg can help them move forward and keep Jared Goff protected.

Rondale MooreWRPurdue
The Giants added Kenny Golladay in the offseason and now get a shifty speedster with Moore. His elusiveness will help open up the Giants offense, that is if it can be a real offense with Danny Dimes.

Eric StokesCBGeorgia
With the departure of Richard Sherman the 49ers need another corner to bolster their defense. Stokes was a consistent producer at Georgia and could be a day one starter.

Joe TryonEDGEWashington
Dallas continues the defensive focus of their draft. Tryon is a solid edge rusher who could grow into a defensive anchor.

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Terrace Marshall Jr.WRLSU
Trevor Lawrence will need weapons and adding Marshall to Shenault and Chark will put him in a perfect situation.

Elijah MooreWRMississippi
Moore ran a blistering 4.35 40 and can be a versatile weapon for Trey Lance as he develops.

Jevon HollandSOregon
LA adds a potential cpatain for their defense in Holland. Pairing Holland with Farley gives the Chargers a strong defensive backfield.

Jamin DavisLBKentucky
Vegas adds a linebacker with length in Davis to compliment their edge rusher they picked in the first.

Javonte WilliamsRBNorth Carolina
Williams is a back who can be physical and hit open holes. With the Cardinls wide-open passing offense he should see plenty of open running lanes.

Ronnie PerkinsEDGEOklahoma
Perkins is a strong edge rusher who can elevate Brian Flores' defense from middle of the pack to a top-tier unit.

Dillon RadunzOTNorth Dakota
Radunz is a monster of a lineman. Look for Washington to anchor their line with him.

Elijah MoldenCBWashington
The Bears need to strengthen their defensive secondary and Molden has the potential to be a day one player.

Richie GrantSUCF
The Titans defense is solid, but could use a safety on the back end to clean things up. Grant could grow into that kind of player.

Ifeatu MelifonwuCBSyracuse
Melifonwu is a big and physical corner who is decent in coverage. He could be an impact player in Indy from his first start.

Travis EtienneRBClemson
Etienne has the potential to be an every down back and a home run hitter. The Steelers do not have any highly talented back on their roster yet and this just makes sense.

Michael CarterRBNorth Carolina
Carter would be an excellent compliment to Chris Carson. His receiving abilities coupled with his athleticism make him a good fit in Seattle.

Carlos Basham Jr.EDGEWake Forest
Basham is a long and athletic edge who can bring his disruptiveness to an already strong defense.

Wyatt DavisOLOhio State
There is not any player jumping off the board here for the Ravens, but Davis should be a reliable player on the offensive line.

Tyson CampbellCBGeorgia
Another UGA defensive player comes off the board as Cleveland continues to beef up their defense by adding a player who can be a reliable option at corner.

Aaron RobinsonCBUCF
The Saints add to their strong defense by adding a young corner. If Robinson elevates his game to the pro level, this could be an unbelievable value.

Quinn MeinerzOLWis-Whitewater
Meinerz was a viral sensation for his crop top and that vibe fits in with the Bills. He makes a strong addition to a vastly improved offensive line.

Daviyon NixonDTIowa
Green Bay moves to the defensive side of the ball by adding Nixon. The big Hawkeye will add tallent to a defense that needs to vastly improve.

Amon-Ra St. BrownWRUSC
The Chiefs have to replace Sammy Watkins and St. Brown could emerge as a reliable option on the outside for Mahomes.

Marvin WilsonDTFlorida State
The Bucs add a young defensive tackle to learn from Suh and keep their defense young.


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