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2021 NFL Mock Draft: Panthers trade for Deshaun Watson and Texans go QB, Bengals pick Ja’Marr Chase

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Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

The Jaguars are starting their rebuilding process in the best way imaginable — with Lawrence on a rookie contract.

BYU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Jets have the most ammunition to make a trade for Watson, but will he accept a trade to Gang Green? In this scenario, he doesn’t, and GM Joe Douglas is completely fine drafting Wilson at No. 2.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

3rd

There will be QB chatter for the Dolphins here, but they stand pat with Tagovailoa for another season and give him the Heisman winner at receiver.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 203 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

2nd

If the Falcons don’t surprise and go quarterback, right now, they seem like the easiest team to peg — outside of Jacksonville — in the top 5.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

How about a receiver for the Bengals? Even with Sewell staring them in the face, Cincinnati can’t pass on the opportunity to pair Burrow with his former LSU teammate.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 228 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Second week in a row with this selection, because I’m starting to love it. Fields and Hurts battle it out over the summer, and the competition raises the level of play for each passer.

Oregon

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 330 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

New Lions GM Brad Holmes spent the past few years with the Rams when Andrew Whitworth’s impact at left tackle was gigantic. Holmes has that in mind when picking Sewell for Jared Goff.


Trey Lance


QB

NFL Draft

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 226 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

4th

This would be a smart selection for Houston. Sign a free agent quarterback to be your bridge in 2021 to Lance starting in 2022. The North Dakota State product is raw but very naturally talented.

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 272 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Broncos could be in the veteran QB market this offseason, but if they don’t bring back Von Miller, they’re going to have a hole opposite him on their defensive line.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 305 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Instead of picking a defensive prospect they don’t have valued at No. 10 overall, the Cowboys refortify the offensive line with the fundamentally sound Slater.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 182 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Waddle gives Daniel Jones another electric weapon to pair with the incendiary Darius Slayton.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 240 lbs

How amazing would a Pitts and George Kittle TE duo be in Kyle Shanahan’s offense?

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 314 lbs

Darrisaw is a freaky mover and packs a powerful but balanced punch in pass protection. An ideal pick for the future of Justin Herbert.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 244 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

I need to see Parsons paired with Eric Kendricks in Mike Zimmer’s scheme in Minnesota.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 214 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

5th

Bill Belichick drafts a quarterback from Alabama coached by his buddy, Nick Saban. The environment around Jones needs to get better in New England before he can play even remotely close to how he did with the Crimson Tide.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Cardinals have to address their cornerback room, and Farley would represent fine value here.

Alabama

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Raiders defense has to get better up front, and Barmore next to Maurice Hurst would be a fun pass-rushing defensive tackle duo.

USC

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

4th

Vera-Tucker would give the Dolphins a young, highly talented blocker who can play tackle or guard in front of Tagovailoa.

Minnesota

• Soph

• 6’2″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

5th

As a deceptively smooth possession target, Bateman would be the perfect complement to speedster Terry McLaurin in Washington.

Alabama

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 312 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

144th

POSITION RNK

24th

Leatherwood has a high floor at left tackle thanks to a complete skill set and the amount of reps he got in the SEC at Alabama.

Florida

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

119th

POSITION RNK

20th

Toney will be an amazing underneath option in Frank Reich’s West Coast system.

Miami (FL)

• Soph

• 6’7″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

1st

Rousseau is a little bit of a project but at 6-7 and around 265 pounds, he’s a freaky specimen. Tennessee has to get more ferocious up front.

Georgia

• Fr

• 6’3″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

97th

POSITION RNK

9th

Ojulari has the foundation to be an All-Pro in the NFL. He’s lightning quick off the snap and can bend. With some more strength and a few more moves at the point of attack, and he’ll be well on his way.

Oklahoma State

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

144th

POSITION RNK

24th

Jenkins is the dark horse Round 1 pick of another quality tackle class. The redshirt senior is NFL-ready with his feet and hand work.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 335 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

39th

POSITION RNK

10th

The Jaguars go with Lawrence’s collegiate left tackle to protect him in the pros.

Miami (FL)

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

103rd

POSITION RNK

9th

Phillips and Myles Garrett on opposing ends of the defensive line would give Cleveland two rare athletes attacking the passer.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

65th

POSITION RNK

9th

Marshall would give the Ravens size and speed at the receiver position. All smiles for Lamar Jackson.

Tulsa

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

3rd

With Collins and last year’s second-round pick, Zack Baun, the Saints would have two hybrid off-ball linebackers who effectively rush the quarterback.

Wake Forest

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 285 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

56th

POSITION RNK

6th

Assuming Aaron Rodgers is retained, the Packers have some big financial decisions to make this offseason. In this scenario, Basham might have to replace Preston Smith up front.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Owusu-Koramoah is a super-twitchy safety/linebacker with elite striking ability and coverage skills. A fantastic Matt Milano replacement in Buffalo.

Ohio State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 313 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

62nd

POSITION RNK

8th

How about another first-round offensive line to fill out Tampa’s stellar blocking unit?

Stanford

• Sr

• 6’7″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

117th

POSITION RNK

20th

We haven’t seen Little on a football field since early 2019, but he was a big recruit and looked the part of a future first-round pick before going down with injury at Stanford. Good long-term tackle option for Kansas City.

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