UPDATED: April 29, 2021
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
The Jaguars land one of the top quarterback prospects in draft history. Trevor Lawrence has all the tools to succeed in the NFL. He has superb arm strength, pinpoint accuracy, and is a threat as a scrambler. Assuming the Jaguars provide Lawrence with the right weapons, they should be in for a quick turnaround.
2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
Zach Wilson leapfrogged Justin Fields early in the draft process and never gave up the number two spot. Wilson’s mobility and talent throwing on the run makes him an ideal scheme fit for the Jets’ offense. He has great arm talent and demonstrated the rare ability of calmness in the face of pressure.
3. San Francisco 49ers: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
The Mac Jones rumors have never relented and I’m inclined to believe what I first heard. It sounds as if the 49ers will defer to Kyle Shanahan (which they should) and select the prospect he likes best at three (internet rumors tell me Mac Jones). Jones has the tools to step in right away for San Francisco. He displays good pocket mobility, accuracy, and touch on his throws.
4. Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
If the Falcons decide to stay at four, I’d be surprised if they passed on the top offensive player on the board. Kyle Pitts is a game-changing player who is a matchup nightmare against most defenders he lines up against. He has terrific athleticism, versatility, and an insane catch radius. Arthur Smith would be overjoyed to have such a dynamic player in his offense.
5. Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
The Bengals provide Joe Burrow with a familiar face. Ja’Marr Chase is a strong receiver who can handle the most physical corners. Chase displays crisp route running and catches the ball cleanly. He’s unafraid of going across the middle and routinely makes tough catches in heavy traffic.
6. Miami Dolphins: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
The Dolphins spent several early picks on their offensive line last year, so they pass on Sewell and provide Tua Tagovailoa with another weapon to throw to. Jaylen Waddle is a dynamic receiver with incredible leaping ability. Waddle can be moved around on offense and is dangerous in the open field.
7. Detroit Lions: Penei Sewell, OL, Oregon
The Lions are likely to do some reshuffling of their offensive line and would leap at the chance to select Penei Sewell. Sewell has freakish athleticism, great measurables, and the strength to embarrass opposing defenders. With a little more experience and refinement of technique, he can become a premier tackle.
8. Carolina Panthers: Rashawn Slater, OL, Northwestern
The Panthers opt towards strengthening their offensive line after the Sam Darnold trade. Rashawn Slater is a technically sound lineman with supreme athleticism. His hand fighting and anchor allow him to thrive in both run and pass blocking.
9. Denver Broncos: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
I refuse to believe the Teddy Bridgewater trade drastically changes Denver’s draft plans. Or so I hope for their sake. Justin Fields is an athletic quarterback with great arm talent. He has incredible accuracy and I’m most impressed with the consistency of his ball placement.
10. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Dallas needs some serious help on defense. Patrick Surtain isn’t the flashiest corner in the class, but he’s proven himself to be a disciplined defensive back. He has the strength, athleticism, and instincts to handle any type of receiver.
11. New York Giants: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Micah Parsons offers versatility to one of the premier defensive coordinators in the league. Parsons has elite athleticism and instincts. He’s a strong wrap-up tackler who shines as a run stopper. He hits gaps with precision and would come in handy on passing downs as a blitzer.
12. Philadelphia Eagles: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
The Eagles need a corner to play opposite of Darius Slay. Jaycee Horn is an aggressive defensive back who is always around the ball. Horn’s size, strength, and ripping ability make him a pass deflection machine. With a little more discipline, he could become the top corner of the 2021 class.
13. Los Angeles Chargers: Christian Darrisaw, OL, Virginia Tech
If the Chargers are smart, they’ll ensure Justin Herbert has a strong offensive line in front of him. Christian Darrisaw is an experienced tackle who is terrific in run and pass blocking. He has powerful hands and is quick to establish leverage which halts defenders in their tracks.
14. Minnesota Vikings: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC
The Vikings have holes all across the interior of their offensive line. Alijah Vera-Tucker is perhaps the most versatile lineman in the draft. He has superb athleticism and his quick feet give him the upper hand against speed rushers. Vera-Tucker’s also not afraid to get nasty and his aggressive style aids him well in run blocking.
15. New England Patriots: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
While Cam Newton isn’t the same quarterback he used to be, he would be a great mentor for Trey Lance. Lance perhaps has the highest upside in the class after Trevor Lawrence. He has an elite arm, great mobility, and pocket presence. Some more time improving his ball placement and accuracy can make him an even better player.
16. Arizona Cardinals: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
The Cardinals are in win-now mode and love to find a talented receiver to play alongside DeAndre Hopkins. DeVonta Smith may be undersized but after a couple minutes of watching you quickly forget this. His out-of-this-world speed paired with his route running make him a matchup nightmare for corners.
17. Las Vegas Raiders: Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama
The Raiders have some holes along their interior line and may snap up one of the few premier defensive linemen at 17. Christian Barmore is a space-eater who does a great job establishing leverage and pushing his blocker into the lap of the quarterback. If he develops his pass rush game he should become an even better defender.
18. Miami Dolphins: Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami
The Dolphins struggled to get consistent pressure from their EDGE rushers. Jaelan Phillips — while an injury risk — is the most complete pass rusher in the class. He has a great set of moves, athleticism, and flexibility — all of which help him win against blockers.
19. Washington Football Team: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
The Washington Football Team could use a replacement for Kevin Pierre-Louis. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is a versatile linebacker who is effective in both coverage and as a blitzer. JOK is an instinctive defender with great athleticism and is not afraid to use the hitstick on ball carriers.
20. Chicago Bears: Teven Jenkins, OL, Oklahoma State
The Bears have a pressing need at right tackle. Teven Jenkins is perhaps the most aggressive blocker in the draft. Jenkins is routinely praised for his work ethic and offers versatility. He’s a particularly potent run blocker but can be relied on in the passing game.
21. Indianapolis Colts: Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
The Colts have little in terms of pass rushers. Kwity Paye is an athletic and intelligent defender who mainly thrives in run defense. However, his power and speed suggest with a little development of his countermoves he could quickly become a premier EDGE rusher.
22. Tennessee Titans: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
The Titans would be overjoyed to grab someone like Caleb Farley at 22. Farley will have to overcome his injury concerns, but there is no denying his talent. He has the size, length, and ballhawking nature you want out of a corner. He’s a high effort defender who routinely rips the ball out the receiver’s grasp.
23. New York Jets: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
Jamison Crowder is getting older and will be a free agent in 2022, so the Jets may want to find another receiver to pair with Denzel Mims and Corey Davis. Rashod Batemen is a terrific route runner with a killer first step. He’s not afraid to go across the middle and displays great concentration on heavily contested balls.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Samuel Cosmi, OL, Texas
The Steelers have several pressing needs along their offensive line. Samuel Cosmi has great size, athleticism, and a wonderful work ethic. Cosmi is a stout run blocker and can move quickly to his second-level assignment. Some cleaning up of his technique will make him a strong pass blocker.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
Trevon Moehrig would be a day one starter for the Jaguars at safety. Moehrig is an aggressive defender who can set the tone for his defense. He’s experienced in pass coverage and routinely stepped up and made difficult tackles in one-on-one situations.
26. Cleveland Browns: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
After a good free agency, the Browns continue to improve their defense in the draft. Azeez Ojulari is a high upside pass rusher. He has great athleticism and a never-ending motor. He’s an intelligent run defender and capable of disengaging with blockers to make the tackle.
27. Baltimore Ravens: Creed Humphrey, OL, Oklahoma
The Ravens will likely use one of their first-round picks to address their brutal center situation. Creed Humphrey is a high character prospect with great intelligence and a strong work ethic. He has a strong anchor and neutralizes the toughest defensive linemen.
28. New Orleans Saints: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
Greg Newsome helps strengthen a depleted Saints secondary. Newsome has incredible length and strength. He can handle the most physical receivers and does a great job shadowing them. He has great instincts and is quick to break on passes. Scouts have raved about his scheme versatility as well.
29. Green Bay Packers: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
Terrace Marshall would provide Aaron Rodgers with a big-bodied receiver. Marshall has reliable hands and does a great job adjusting to off-target throws. Marshall is a solid route runner and uses his size to eat up extra yardage after the catch.
30. Buffalo Bills: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami
The Bills could use more consistent pressure from their EDGE rushers. Gregory Rousseau has incredible size and athleticism. His quick initial step has linemen playing catch-up. Similar to many EDGE rushers in this class, he will need to develop an effective set of pass rush moves and rely a little less on his physical tools to succeed.
31. Baltimore Ravens: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
Zaven Collins makes a young Ravens linebacking corps even stronger. Collins is a versatile defender who is talented in pass defense and is an effective blitzer. He’s an incredible run defender who made several impressive tackles in one-on-one situations versus more elusive runners.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State
Jayson Oweh could be a potential replacement for the aging Jason Pierre-Paul. Oweh blew scouts away with his size and athleticism. He has a strong combo of a speed and bull rush. If he can learn to finish with more consistency, he can reach his full potential.