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NFL first-round mock draft: Post Super Bowl edition

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With Super Bowl LV in the books, NFL teams now have their sights set on the offseason, including the NFL draft. Here’s our latest 2021 NFL mock draft, as of February 9, 2021.

 

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1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

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Lawrence might already be getting fitted for his new uniform by the Jaguars. The Clemson star could be the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck, with every physical quality scouts like and the track record to back up the pure talent. He will also get time to develop under new Jags head coach Urban Meyer. He finished 2020 completing more than 69% of his passes for 3,153 yards and 24 touchdowns in 10 games, and he also contributed eight rushing scores.

 

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2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

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The Jets haven’t closed the door on keeping former first-round pick Sam Darnold, but a new start for both team and player might be for the best. Wilson is a potential replacement, coming off a brilliant season in which he completed 73.5% of his passes for 3,692 yards and 33 touchdowns. He also shows above-average mobility.

 

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3. Miami Dolphins (via Texans): DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Miami Dolphins (via Texans): DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

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The reigning Heisman Trophy winner has significantly helped his stock in the past season, and Miami could be in the market for wideout help after relatively disappointing seasons from their wideout corps. Smith had an insane 117 catches for 1,856 yards and 24 total touchdowns in 2020.

 

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4. Atlanta Falcons: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

Atlanta Falcons: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

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Atlanta invested in a cornerback last year (A.J. Terrell), but they still need help at the position. Farley opted out of the 2020 season as a potential first-round pick who had four interceptions in his final college season.

 

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5. Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

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Sewell is one of the best offensive line prospects in years, and Cincinnati’s need for offensive line help couldn’t be greater. He’d be a perfect blindside protector for Joe Burrow, shifting former first-round pick Jonah Williams to the right side.

 

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6. Philadelphia Eagles: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Philadelphia Eagles: Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

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If the Eagles are going to move ahead of 2020 draftee Jalen Hurts, they need to get him some help. Chase opted out of the 2020 season, but he was an incredible prospect before then. Chase had an amazing 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2019 opposite Vikings star Justin Jefferson.

 

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7. Detroit Lions: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Detroit Lions: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

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Waddle missed much of 2020 with an ankle injury, but was able to return for the National Championship. If healthy, he has potential to be the steal of the draft, and Detroit could have a need with their top three wideouts now unrestricted free agents.

 

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8. Carolina Panthers: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

Carolina Panthers: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

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It seems unlikely Fields would fall this far, with a team likely to trade up for his services. Carolina is in the running with likely desire to fine a long-term answer at quarterback, after Teddy Bridgewater looked like a stopgap in 2020. The versatile Fields was highly productive over the last two seasons, finishing last year with 22 touchdown passes and five rushing scores over eight games.

 

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9. Denver Broncos: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

Denver Broncos: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

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It’s become clear over the last two seasons that Drew Lock probably isn’t the answer at quarterback in Denver, so it would be an upset if the team didn’t address the situation this offseason. Lance is a great prospect but could use some development time, coming from FCS power North Dakota State.

 

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10. Dallas Cowboys: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

Dallas Cowboys: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

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Jerry Jones never met an offensive weapon he didn’t love, and Pitts has a chance to be an elite pass-catching tight end. Injury issues limited him to eight games in 2020, but he still had 43 catches for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns.

 

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11. New York Giants: Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)

New York Giants: Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)

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The Giants pass rush improved last season, but they could still use more talent up front. Rousseau opted out of 2020 but had 15.5 sacks in 2019 for the Hurricanes.

 

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12. San Francisco 49ers: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

San Francisco 49ers: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

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With Trent Williams’ pending free agency, left tackle is a major concern for San Francisco. Slater had an outstanding career at tackle for the Wildcats but could also kick inside to guard, if needed.

 

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13. Los Angeles Chargers: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, USC

Los Angeles Chargers: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, USC

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Protecting young Justin Herbert should be a priority for the Chargers, and they could lose some offensive line depth this offseason. Vera-Tucker could help at either guard or tackle.

 

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14. Minnesota Vikings: Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan

Minnesota Vikings: Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan

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The absence of Danielle Hunter in 2020 exposed Minnesota’s lack of pass-rushing depth. Paye should help Minnesota immediately, with 8.5 sacks in 16 games over the last two years.

 

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15. New England Patriots: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

New England Patriots: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

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Whether Bill Belichick goes the veteran route or has his sights set on the draft, it’s clear that quarterback will be addressed in New England this offseason. Jones did a lot to help his stock in 2020 and the Senior Bowl, and his great accuracy (77.4% in 2020) could make the transition easier.

 

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16. Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

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Surtain is arguably the top corner in the draft, and would be filling a huge need at cornerback in Arizona if the team allows Patrick Peterson to walk in free agency. Surtain is an elite prospect, with the pedigree to boot after his father’s 11-year NFL career that included three Pro Bowls.

 

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17. Las Vegas Raiders: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

Las Vegas Raiders: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

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The Raiders improved their linebacking corps last offseason, but it apparently wasn’t enough. Parsons opted out of 2020 after recording 109 tackles and five sacks for the Nittany Lions in 2019.

 

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18. Miami Dolphins: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, ILB, Notre Dame

Miami Dolphins: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, ILB, Notre Dame

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Miami’s defensive talent has improved rapidly, but they could still use some help at the second level. Owusu-Koramoah was a major playmaker for the second straight season at Notre Dame, with 62 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 12 games.

 

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19. Washington Football Team: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

Washington Football Team: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

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Quarterback is unsettled in Washington next season, and the team also needs help on the offensive line. Darrisaw developed into a strong first-round prospect in 2020.

 

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20. Chicago Bears: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

Chicago Bears: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

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The Bears have some big decisions to make on offense with Mitchell Trubisky and Allen Robinson. Toney’s addition would address one of those areas, as the former Florida State had a breakout year with 984 yards receiving in 11 games. His speed and versatility could give Matt Nagy a dynamic player, like he had in KC with Tyreek Hill.

 

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21. Indianapolis Colts: Azeez Ojulari, DE, Georgia

Indianapolis Colts: Azeez Ojulari, DE, Georgia

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The Colts have a potential hole to fill at defensive end with Justin Houston a free agent. Ojulari is a quick edge pass rusher who had a terrific 2020, recording 9.5 sacks in 10 games.

 

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22. Tennessee Titans: Jayson Oweh, DE, Penn State

Tennessee Titans: Jayson Oweh, DE, Penn State

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The pass rush was a problem again for the Titans, who are likely to lose Jadeveon Clowney. Oweh had 38 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss, in seven games during 2020.

 

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23. New York Jets (via Seahawks): Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

New York Jets (via Seahawks): Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

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The Jets are in a position to select the best player on the board, but the secondary is also a need. Horn, the son of former Saints wideout Joe Horn, opted out of the 2020 season after putting enough on tape to garner early first-round consideration.

 

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24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

Pittsburgh Steelers: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

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The Steelers have big cap issues, and several potential losses on the offensive line. Jenkins has emerged as a first-round prospect after a strong career at Oklahoma State.

 

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25. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Rams): Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama

Jacksonville Jaguars (via Rams): Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama

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The Jags have spent significant draft capital on the defensive line recently, but it’s still not where they’d like it to be. Barmore has a chance to be a dominant interior player, and recorded eight sacks in 11 games in 2020.

 

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26. Cleveland Browns: Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)

Cleveland Browns: Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)

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Cleveland is stacked with high-end talent, but the defensive line could become a need depending on the fate of Olivier Vernon. Phillips is a transfer from UCLA who had a breakout 2020 season with eight sacks in 10 games.

 

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27. Baltimore Ravens: Carlos Basham, DE, Wake Forest

Baltimore Ravens: Carlos Basham, DE, Wake Forest

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Baltimore could potentially lose Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue in free agency, while Calais Campbell’s play also declined in 2020. Basham recorded five sacks in six games last season, after recording 10 sacks in 2019.

 

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28. New Orleans Saints: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

New Orleans Saints: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

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The possible loss of free agent linebacker Alex Anzalone would leave a hole in an area the Saints already needed to address. Collins was a breakout playmaker for Tulsa at linebacker in 2020 with 54 tackles and four interceptions in eight games.

 

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29. Green Bay Packers: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

Green Bay Packers: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

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With the possible loss of Kevin King, Green Bay could look at a cornerback replacement in the draft. Campbell hasn’t had a nose for the ball at Georgia, but he’s been an excellent cover corner.

 

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30. Buffalo Bills: Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas

Buffalo Bills: Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas

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Buffalo could need to revamp their offensive line in the offseason with multiple free agents, including right tackle Daryl Williams. Cosmi has started in three consecutive seasons at Texas, with significant experience at right tackle.

 

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31. Kansas City Chiefs: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU

Kansas City Chiefs: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU

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The Chiefs have needs on the offensive and defensive lines, but added another weapon for Patrick Mahomes could be too hard to resist with Sammy Watkins set for free agency. Marshall finished 2020 with 48 catches for 731 yards and 10 touchdowns in only seven games.

 

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32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

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Ronald Jones had a breakout 2020 season for the Bucs, but his injury issues showed that another back wouldn’t be a bad idea. Harris is similarly versatile with a higher ceiling, finishing last season with 1,891 yards from scrimmage and 30 touchdowns.



 

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