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Chornobroff’s 2021 NFL Mock Draft #2

It is Saturday, December 23 at 2:15 a.m. when I start this mock draft. The world around me is in the Christmas spirit and I’m on a phone call with a group of friends quietly listening to them talk about Big East basketball. Me doing a mock draft right now isn’t an insult to my friends, they’re a second family to me and there’s a good chance they read this, so I love you guys, but my mind just happened to drift to the NFL Draft and I somehow ended up deciding to spend hours doing a mock draft. So, Merry Christmas and feel free to criticize any pick I make.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars Trevor Lawrence QB Clemson-  This is as obvious as it gets and up until the Rams decided to look like Jeff Fisher was back at head coach it was the Jets obvious choice. The NFL has been waiting for Trevor Lawrence for years now and if the Jaguars don’t mess this up and keep losing they will be the ultimate winners. 
  2. New York Jets Penei Sewell OT Oregon- This pick should be traded, but with the year not yet finished and so much in flux I don’t feel comfortable projecting trades just yet, meaning I give the Jets the best player available. Sewell is a once in a generation prospect with movement and recovery skills that will leave any coach in awe. He should enter the league as a top-10 to 15 tackle and he still has room to grow. Having Mekhi Becton and Sewell on the same offensive line should keep Sam Darnold well protected and be crucial to allowing the Jets offense to flourish. 
  3. Cincinnati Bengals Caleb Farley CB Virginia Tech- The Bengals should pay a king’s ransom for the second overall pick to take Sewell if somebody doesn’t trade up to take a quarterback. If that doesn’t work, Farley is a more than quality option at this slot. He’s my top-ranked corner and has the potential to be a Pro-Bowl to All-Pro quality corner. Farley opted out of the season this year, but his 2019 tape screams star. Farley and William Jackson III would be an amazing cornerback combo. If Farley’s as good as I think he is and he ends up in Cincinnati their cornerback duo could match up against almost any receiving core in the AFC. 
  4. Carolina Panthers Zach Wilson QB BYU- Teddy Bridgewater is not the long term future, the team has started to bottom out since my last mock draft and with the way the board has fallen they have the right to take the draft’s second best signal caller and this year’s biggest riser in Zach Wilson. Wilson has a Cam Newton like swagger, a great arm and knows how to make his own plays. Wilson is confident, not arrogant, something I love to see in a QB and is a modern-day dual-threat. Wilson could start day-one, but allowing the sometimes erratic and jumpy signal caller to learn from Teddy Bridgewater for a season before taking the reigns of the franchise is an ideal scenario for Head Coach Matt Rhule and company. 
  5. Atlanta Falcons Micah Parsons LB Penn State- Parsons may be the best linebacker prospect to enter the draft since Luke Kuechley almost a decade ago. Parsons has wreaked havoc on the Big Ten with his amazing athleticism and play recognition skills. He’s athletic and refined enough to be an effective pass-rusher from the linebacker spot and the side-to-side athleticism to contain the run and get into the backfield as seen by his 14.0 tackles for loss in 2019. Parsons needs some refinement in coverage, but he’s got the athletic upside to not only cover tight ends, but slot receivers too if need be. The Penn State superstar would be a great addition to a Falcons defense in desperate need of starpower behind defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. 
  6. Miami Dolphins Ja’Marr Chase WR LSU-  The Laremy Tunsil trade keeps on giving to the Miami Dolphins, this time allowing them to select the 2019 Biletnikoff Award winner. In an offense that had Clyde Edwards-Helaire, possible first round pick in this year’s draft Terrace Marshall and Justin Jefferson, Chase was the best receiver the offense had to offer. This is an extremely deep receiver draft, considering the fact that Chase has sat out an entire year it’s not hard to understand why he’s fallen down some draft boards, but in my eyes he’s still the best talent at the position and the right pick here. 
  7. Philadelphia Eagles Devonta Smith WR Alabama-  Whoever lines up under center for Philadelphia next year will need a number one receiver. The injury prone nature of this receiving core is a cause for concern no matter who the signal caller is. Even though they drafted Jalen Reagor in the first round only a year ago, I think giving the likely starter Jalen Hurts some familiarity doesn’t hurt, even if the two playing together is a distant memory. Smith and Reagor  along with Greg Ward Jr. give the Eagles a lot of youth and potential at the position and Smith gives the team a player who craves the ball in his hands in the biggest moments. 
  8. Dallas Cowboys Patrick Surtain II CB Alabama-  For the second straight pick a member of the Crimson Tide projects to hear his name called. Instead of adding insurance to their defense in the first round of last year’s draft, America’s team added wide receiver CeeDee Lamb from Oklahoma, meaning it’s time to add to a lackluster and disappointing secondary. Surtain, the son of a Pro Bowl corner has all the technique and intelligence to be a trusted corner at the next level, not to mention he gets to reunite with his collegiate position partner Trevon Diggs in Dallas. Diggs has great upside and many see Surtain as a very safe pick, he would be a great move for a defense in need of secondary talent. 
  9. Los Angeles Chargers Rashawn Slater OT Northwestern-  If Slater had never opted out of this season he may be the consensus second overall tackle, in fact some have him as their highest rated offensive tackle in the draft. Slater is a fantastic prospect and he had some fantastic film against Chase Young and Ohio State in 2019. The Chargers are hoping to win games instead of collapsing at the end of them next year and already have their superstar quarterback in place. All that is left is to build around Justin Herbert and Slater or any offensive tackle is a great start for that. 
  10. New York Giants Kwity Paye Edge Michigan-  General Manager Dave Gettleman has fans optimistic for the future, while some may be clamoring for Justin Fields at this spot it shouldn’t hurt to give Daniel Jones one more year to fix his issues. Paye is a hyper-athletic workhorse of a pass-rusher who has the upside to be a matchup nightmare, but at the very least will be another reliable piece to a stout defense. You can argue that Paye is the best prospect on the board right now and he happens to fit a need. 
  11. Detroit Lions Justin Fields QB Ohio State-  It seems the Matthew Stafford era may be coming to an end in Detroit and having Fields sitting on the board right here is the perfect situation to find his successor. Fields doesn’t have Stafford’s natural arm-strength, but he’s an accurate passer and a legitimate dual-threat who has performed on college football’s biggest stages and seems to be  well respected as a leader for the Buckeyes. Having big game experience, maturity and leadership intangibles are a huge plus for a Lions team in transition and trying to find a culture. 
  12. San Francisco 49ers Trey Lance QB North Dakota State- Surprise! I’m not shocked if you raised your eyebrows at this pick, but Jimmy Garrapolo does not seem to be the answer in San Francisco and his contract is expendable this offseason, giving the team a clear outlet to move on. Lance would be on a much cheaper contract than Garoppolo, meaning the team will have more cap room to build around him and he’s got significantly more natural talent. Lance is the great unknown of this QB class, but his upside is real and there’s not many better coaches to fulfill that upside than Kyle Shanahan.
  13. Denver Broncos Jaycee Horn CB South Carolina-   Horn comes with an attitude and confidence that is reminiscent of some of the league’s best corners. He’s extremely aggressive and the only player I’ve seen shut down Auburn wide receiver Seth Williams for an entire game. Horn is aggressive and plays with a toughness that could carry him towards being the star that shadows an opposing teams top receiver. With all the big quarterbacks off the board Denver maynot be in a position to move on from Drew Lock, but getting Horn should solidify the secondary. 
  14. Minnesota Vikings Samuel Cosmi OT Texas-  Cosmi is one of my draft crushes and somebody who I think has the ability to be a franchise tackle for the next decade and a perfect fit for Minnesota. They have Riley Reiff, an unrestricted free agent left tackle this offseason and a developmental prospect in Ezra Cleveland from last year’s draft as the two main options for the future on the offensive line. Cosmi can play both left and right tackle at a high-level making him an ideal plug and play starter for the Vikings at whichever spot they may need. 
  15. New England Patriots Kyle Pitts TE Florida- The Patriots lived off of two tight-end sets with Rob Gronkoswki and Aaron Hernandez in the early 2010’s. Both players were matchup nightmares and Pitts is the next matchup nightmare at the position to come to New England. The Florida tight-end has the athleticism to beat linebackers and the catch radius to be a problem for any corner. The 6-foot-5 specimen would be a fun piece for Josh McDaniels to play with in his quest to revitalize the Patriots offense. 
  16. Chicago Bears Christian Darrisaw Offensive Tackle Virginia Tech-  The Bears are in purgatory as an organization in my opinion. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has played well enough to where some on the Bears want him back for another year and with Allen Robinson set to hit free agency, the makeup of this offense is a complete unknown. Whatever the team and this offensive unit looks like, Darrisaw is a great offensive tackle prospect and a much needed addition to a unit that will definitely need it. 
  17. Las Vegas Raiders Azeez Ojulari Edge Georgia-  Ojulari is a player who impressed me with his natural abilities in 2019 and I thought he was going to be a great value pick with his upside if he didn’t rise up draft boards in 2020, but he has done exactly that. An extremely productive 2020 season has rocketed the redshirt sophomore into the first round and into the top-20 in this mock. He checks all the natural boxes as an edge rusher with a lot of upside to grow. He has the natural ability to win at the point of attack and has a good inside move, but some coaching and refinement can make Ojulari a superstar and fantastic value at this pick. 
  18. Baltimore Ravens Gregory Rousseau Edge Miami-  Going into the season Rousseau was a potential top five pick, but his opting out, plus the rise of players like Ojulari and Paye, even the rise of his own teammate Jaelan Phillips has led to him falling on a lot of boards. Rousseau had only one year of production, but his natural talent speaks for itself, which is the same logic Baltimore had to use a year ago when selecting LSU linebacker Patrick Queen in the first round, despite him not starting a lot of games and that seems to be working out pretty well. The Ravens have Yannick Ngakoue hitting free agency this year and Calais Campbell next year, and selecting the 6-foot-5 pass rusher will help fill their voids. 
  19. Washington Football Team Jaylen Waddle WR Alabama- Washington needs a quarterback of the future, but it seems like Head Coach Ron Rivera is to good at his job to let them be in a position for that to happen, so this pick may be used to trade up for a quarterback or acquire a veteran, even though I see no problem with another year of Alex Smith. Smith isn’t the dynamic dual-threat that is getting more common in the NFL, so somebody else needs to make plays in the open field and create extra yards and that is Waddle’s specialty. The franchise has surrounded Smith with an elite wide-receiver in Terry McLaurin, a dynamic receiving back in Antonio Gibson and adding Waddle into the fold would give Washington a lot of potential. 
  20. Arizona Cardinals Joseph Ossai Edge Texas- Whether or not Ossai is the best player on the board at this point is up for debate, but the Cardinals will definitely need an edge rusher with both Haason Reddick and Markus Golden hitting free agency at the end of the season and Ossai is the best combination of scheme fit and talent available at the position. He plays with a tenacity to get to the quarterback and has the ability to chase players in space. Like Golden and Reddick when they came in the league, Ossai is a raw athlete with an extremely high ceiling if he is refined. 
  21. Miami Dolphins Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB Notre Dame-  A first round of Ja’Marr Chase and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah would have the Dolphins leaving the draft with Super Bowl aspirations. Owusu-Koramoah is the best player on a Notre Dame team that finds itself in the College Football Playoff. The redshirt junior is a freak athlete with great instincts. Owusu-Koramoah has rare instincts and ability in coverage for the linebacker position. His speed flies off the tape and gives him three-down ability and matchup fluidity at the next level. On top of all the athletic traits that makes him a great prospect, Owusu-Koramoah just knows how to make plays. This would be a great step towards fortifying a defense that hopes to be back among the AFC’s elite next year. 
  22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jaelen Phillips Edge Miami- You don’t win championships without taking on any risk and there may be no bigger boom or bust in this draft than Jaelen Phillips. Phillps is a 6-foot-5 former five-star recruit who came to the Hurricanes after transferring from UCLA. He’s been extremely productive this year and has obvious first-round talent, but his lack of production and a bad injury history combine for some warning signs that are bound to scare some teams off. But if Phillips pans out he can be a team’s best pass-rusher and consistently get double-digit sacks. 
  23. Indianapolis Colts Eric Stokes CB Georgia-  The Colts are going to need a corner, Xavier Rhodes will likely be getting a significant pay increase after a great performance for Indianapolis this season and Rock Ya-Sin just doesn’t seem to have worked out. Drafting Stokes gets the Colts a corner with underrated ball skills, great size and unique length. Stokes might not scream superstar, but he plays press coverage with extreme confidence and uses his naturally gifted frame to good use. Stokes doesn’t have the highest ceiling at the position, but he seems to be a safe pick for general manager Chris Ballard as he searches to bring Indianapolis its first Super Bowl since Peyton Manning’s prime. 
  24. Cleveland Browns Zaven Collins LB Tulsa-  The Browns have one of the best built rosters in football and have finally found the right head coach, but the team still has a hole at linebacker and Collins would be an amazing fit. Sure, he didn’t play at Notre Dame or Penn State like the two players selected ahead of him at the position, but Collins isn’t far off talent wise. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner is used in a number of different ways, even being lined up at corner on a rare occasion during his time at Tulsa. His versatility combined with rare athleticism for a 6-foot-4 260 pound frame makes him a great pick at this spot, there are natural  competition concerns from playing at a school like Tulsa. But, Collins has the athletic upside to be a strong pass rusher, to go along with his already above-average play recognition and coverage instincts. There’s a chance we look back at Collins as the best LB in this draft, it will just take him some time to reach that ceiling. 
  25. Jacksonville Jaguars Liam Eichenberg OT Notre Dame-  If this offensive tackle class wasn’t so deep Eichenberg may have found himself competing for a spot in the top half of the first round. At 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds, Eichenberg wows you with his natural build and his NFL level intelligence. The Jaguars need to do everything possible to make sure Trevor Lawrence’s rookie season doesn’t end the same way as this year’s first overall pick Joe Burrow’s and selecting Eichenberg, a player who projects to be a very reliable tackle at the next level is a great step towards that goal. 
  26. New York Jets Asante Samuel Jr. CB Florida State-   If Asante Samuel Jr. was 6-foot-1 instead of 5-10 this pick would be a no-brainer. Samuel has great feel for the game and has a high I.Q. Unlike his father, Samuel is not an elite ballhawk, which combined with his height may cause him to slip into the second round. But the Jets need secondary help and Samuel is a great talent with high upside who can be a building block in the secondary. 
  27. Tennessee Titans Rashod Bateman WR Minnesota- The Titans have one of the league’s most consistent and fluid offenses and Corey Davis has been a huge reason for that, but he is set to hit free agency and likely depart the team. Getting another receiver on a rookie contract to partner with A.J. Brown gives the Titans a lot of room to maneuver in restocking a once stout defense, while giving quarterback Ryan Tannehill one of the draft’s most dynamic deep threats. A lot of similarities can be seen between Bateman and Davis, making him an even more seamless fit in this Tennessee offense. 
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers Mac Jones QB Alabama- Trading this pick for Sam Darnold would not be a bad option, but if they hold on to it I believe Jones would be good enough to bring this team to a Super Bowl. The Steelers already have the league’s best defense, even when it is injury riddled, a group of dynamic young receivers and talent in the backfield, but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s best days are behind him, years of playing through injuries and big hits have finally caught up to the future Hall of Fame inductee. Jones doesn’t have a superstar upside, but he processes the game well, makes smart decisions and has great touch on his deep ball. Like Roethlisberger, Jones isn’t a standout athlete, but he does have experience at the biggest stages in college football and an ability to get the ball where it needs to be. 
  29. New Orleans Saints Shaun Wade CB Ohio State- Does being from DBU count for anything? In my opinion it counts for something, but even if Wade wasn’t from Ohio State he would be a first round pick. He has been somewhat disappointing this season, but he still profiles as a starter on the outside and an elite presence in the nickel. Wade would be a great partner for former Buckeye Marshon Lattimore in the secondary. He can start tomorrow as a slot corner for the Saints, while being given the time to develop into the high-end outside corner he has the potential to be. 
  30. Buffalo Bills Dylan Moses LB Alabama- While you can say Nick Bolton may be the better linebacker prospect, I believe Moses is the better fit to go along with starter Tremaine Edmunds. Moses is a versatile linebacker who’s got good natural athleticism when at full health. We haven’t seen the best of Moses in a while because of a knee injury, but some things take time to recover from and he may need to re-adjust before finding his peak form again. If he does, getting Moses at 30 will be a steal considering he was a top-20 talent before the injury. Moses and Edmunds would be a high-upside linebacker duo, if schemed together they can be dangerous.
  31. Green Bay Packers Elijah Moore WR Ole Miss-  I know, I know, another surprise, but Moore is among the NCAA’s leaders in receiving yards and touchdowns and matched up well against both Jaycee Horn and Patrick Surtain II. Not too many players can say that and Moore has a knack for being clutch in the biggest moments for Ole Miss. Plenty of other receivers may have more hype surrounding them, but I’ve watched a good amount of Ole Miss football and Moore has never failed to impress. I still haven’t mentioned that the Packers don’t have an issue with a risky pick. Moore may be a surprise, but he’s a great talent and could quickly become one of Aaron Rodgers favorite targets. 
  32. Kansas City Chiefs Wyatt Davis OG Ohio State- The Chiefs are great at finding value late in the first round and they do it once again with Wyatt Davis. Improving the offensive line that protects your $500 million quarterback and opens up running lanes for your first round pick in the previous draft is never a bad idea. Doing it by selecting a player who has the talent to be selected in the late teens at the 32nd overall pick and fills an obvious need makes this pick an absolute home run for the defending Super Bowl Champions. Football is won in the trenches and not many players in the country are more dominant in the trenches than Davis.

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