The blockbuster trades of Matthew Stafford to the Rams, Jared Goff to the Lions, and Carson Wentz to the Colts made me feel the time is right to come out with the second edition of my 2021 NFL mock draft here on TWSN. (Here is a link to my first “Marrero Mock Draft: https://twsn.net/nfl/marrero-mock-draft-1-0/)
This draft prediction, like my first one, will not include any trades.
Let’s get right into it:
- Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
I still believe that this the obvious “no-brainer” pick to jumpstart the Urban Meyer era in Jacksonville.
- New York Jets – QB Zach Wilson, BYU
Wilson’s stock has continued to rise since the “Marrero Mock Draft 1.0” was released, so I am confident of his staying here at 2. His dynamic playmaking, athleticism, and limitless potential may be too much for the NY Jets to pass on.
- Miami Dolphins (via the Houston Texans) – WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama
Despite the headline news of DeVonta Smith making it clear that he believes Mac Jones was a better college quarterback than Tua Tagovailoa was, I think the Heisman winner is still destined for South Beach. Brian Flores and Co. are in dire need of skill players on the offensive end and are in play of drafting possibly the best.
- Atlanta Falcons – QB Justin Fields, Ohio State
This is a win-win for both Fields and the Falcons. The former Ohio State QB will have time to develop and learn the NFL game sitting behind Matt Ryan for at least a year.
- Cincinnati Bengals – OT Penei Sewell, Oregon
Arguably the ultimate value pick of the draft here at 5 for Cincy, as they get themselves a franchise tackle to protect QB Joe Burrow.
- Philadelphia Eagles – WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
With Carson Wentz now gone, the Eagles find themselves in a unique position here at 6. I for one believe the smart decision would be to give Jalen Hurts a chance to be the starter this season and give him the necessary help to find success. Should the LSU star receiver be available here, the Eagles should not think twice before bringing him in.
- Detroit Lions – WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
Now that Detroit finds themselves with Jared Goff taking the starting QB position, they need to give him some reinforcements to work with. Assuming Kenny Golladay gets tagged and traded, as well as Marvin Jones leaving in free agency, the Lions are going to need receivers badly. Waddle has WR1 potential and proved as much during his time playing for the Crimson Tide.
- Carolina Panthers – QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
Now that Detroit found their new starting QB, Carolina is left with the possibility of drafting their next franchise guy. Lance comes into a great situation, where he can learn from an experienced veteran in Teddy Bridgewater.
- Denver Broncos – LB Micah Parsons, Penn State
Denver gets younger defensively by bringing in the best linebacker prospect of the draft.
- Dallas Cowboys – CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
Jerry Jones addresses the Cowboys’ biggest need defensively and takes a real playmaker in an effort to make their defense more respectable.
- New York Giants – TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
Given that Smith, Chase, and Waddle were all taken in the top 10, the Giants need to make a unique decision regarding bringing in a pass-catcher. In drafting Florida’s Kyle Pitts, they bring in a versatile and tall weapon that can slot in at both tight end and receiver. Pitts would allow QB Daniel Jones to feel much more confident slinging the ball down the field.
- San Francisco 49ers – CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
With Dallas taking Caleb Farley, Alabama’s star corner can land in a phenomenal spot. Richard Sherman’s inevitable departure from the team during free agency, in addition to needing overall reinforcements in the secondary makes this the smart pick for San Francisco.
- Los Angeles Chargers – EDGE Gregory Rousseau, Miami
The Chargers are banking on raw potential and athleticism by picking Rousseau over the likes of Kwity Paye here. Many forget he was second in the country in sacks behind just Chase Young in 2019, so the value is there for Rousseau.
- Minnesota Vikings – LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame
Minnesota, desperate to get their defense back on track, takes one of the breakout players of the season.
- New England Patriots – EDGE Kwity Paye, Michigan
Yes, I understand the argument for drafting a quarterback here, but I find it hard to believe Bill Belichick passes up the opportunity to take arguably the best pass rusher in the draft.
- Arizona Cardinals – OT Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
This is a real sleeper pick at 16. Slater has the potential to reach Penei Sewell-type talent and is a real asset for a Cardinals team trying to sure up protection for QB Kyler Murray.
- Las Vegas Raiders – DT Christian Barmore, Alabama
Vegas adds some star power to their struggling defensive line.
- Miami Dolphins – RB Najee Harris, Alabama
It is truly hard to see Miami pass on a genuine every-down running back here at 18. This pick fills a major hole on the offense.
- Washington Football Team – OT Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech
With Washington in the mix for possibly trading for a quarterback, I see them drafting a starting tackle to address a dire need.
- Chicago Bears – QB Mac Jones, Alabama
Da’ Bears are in a strange place with regard to their QB room. Nick Foles looks to be the favorite for the starting job come next season, but he is clearly not the guy that can guide this franchise to glory. Mac Jones is the right pick to make here, as he will have time to develop into this offense.
- Indianapolis Colts – CB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
Now that the offense seems to be settled for next year after the trade for Carson Wentz, the Colts will look to improve their already stellar defense here by improving the secondary.
- Tennessee Titans – EDGE Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
Titans address a major need here at 22.
- New York Jets – RB Travis Etienne, Clemson
Frank Gore isn’t the answer for the Jets’ backfield woes, so the Jets take their preferred RB early.
- Pittsburgh Steelers – OL Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC
The Steelers focus on fixing their offensive line by taking one of the better interior linemen of this class.
- Jacksonville Jaguars – OT Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
Jags begin giving Trevor Lawrence the protection he needs, by taking NFL-ready tackle Alex Leatherwood.
- Cleveland Browns – CB Ifeatu Melifonwu, Syracuse
The Browns have a clear need for CB help and Melifonwu’s stock is rising by the day. This seems like the right situation for player and team.
- Baltimore Ravens – WR Terrace Marshall Jr., LSU
The Ravens give QB Lamar Jackson the big receiver he needs to improve his passing game.
- New Orleans Saints – LB Nick Bolton, Missouri
With Mac Jones now off the board, the Saints will commit to QB Jameis Winston as the starter going into next season. This decision will allow New Orleans to address another need by bringing in a linebacker on a defense that needs a little injection of youth.
- Green Bay Packers – WR Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
In what could be one of the steals of the draft, the Packers finally give Aaron Rodgers the added pass catching depth he needs to continue his success.
- Buffalo Bills – EDGE Jaelan Phillips, Miami
Bills add to their already strong defensive line with one of the surprise prospects of this past season.
- Kansas City Chiefs – CB Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State
Chiefs inject some life to their beatable secondary, in hopes of getting right back to the Super Bowl.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – EDGE Joseph Ossai, Texas
The Bucs are destined to lose one of their star edge-rushers to free agency, which forces them to take one here. Ossai will look to be an instant impact player for Tampa Bay.