2021 NFL Mock Draft First Round via PFN’s Mock Draft Simulator v 11.0
We did it. It’s officially draft week. After months of preparation and waiting, the teams fly to Cleveland to shape the future of their franchises during the 2021 NFL Draft. For the last time, let’s turn on the NFPs Free project simulator and put him through a mock NFL first round draft in 2021.
Mock 2021 NFL First Round Draft | Choice 1-16
Jaguars launch 2021 NFL Draft with a pick we all know will happen.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
The Jaguars aren’t going to spoil this, and the other 31 teams have already Trevor Lawrence crossed out their boards. Jacksonville acquires their QB of the future, and Urban Meyer receives the player he believes can lead them to the Promised Land.
Besides, I have a conspiracy on this, so grab your tin hats. Lawrence’s marriage was a sham. Complete false. Error from all points of view. It was nothing but a red so the Jaguars could send him a playbook disguised as a “wedding gift.” I’m yours, Urban Meyer.
2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
following Sam Darnold’s trade with the Carolina Panthers, the New York Jets are stranded for a QB at No. 2 overall. All signs point to Robert Saleh and Joe Douglas being infatuated with Zach wilson. He did a show at BYU Pro Day and forced all other QBs to change their scoresheet in the process.
Despite only having a year of stellar strip to assess, despite being one of the best in the draft class, Wilson can lead the football and throw shots off the platform with ease. While I don’t think he’s the best QB yet on the board, the Jets believe in him, and that’s all that matters.
3. San Francisco 49ers (from Texans via Dolphins): Trey Lance, QB, NDSU
You are not doing a franchise modifying trade with the “take that falls” plan. No, you have a player in mind when betting on the farm. John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan moved all in and positioned themselves to change the franchise.
In a recent report (April 26) by Tony Pauline, chief editorial analyst for PFN and NFL insider, Mac Jones and Trey Lance are the two QBs Shanahan is targeting. PFN draft simulator turns this into reality as it selects Trey Lance by NDSU.
In terms of raw talent, Lance has the highest ceiling and one of the lowest floors. There is no pitch on the ground Lance can not do, as evidenced by his film. The speed is effortless and his athleticism is impressive. I think we forget he was a freshman in 2019 which makes the guys look silly on the court.
4. Atlanta Falcons: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
Should Atlanta pick a QB? Maybe not, but the talent of Justin fields is undeniable. There’s no pitch Fields can’t, and he could easily become the top flagger in this draft class. He threw a blistering 4.40 40 times on his professional day, then wowed scouts with incredible throws that showcased his arm. If anyone still has a question, ask Brent Venables how good Fields is, and I think he’ll be fine with that choice.
5. Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
The Bengals have two options here, and both revolve around Joe Burrow. They can either select a wide receiver in Ja’Marr Chase or protect him with Penei Sewell. After seeing his knee and subsequently his rookie season collapse, it would be blatant for Cincinnati not to add more protection to Burrow.
6. Miami Dolphins (Eagles): Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
There won’t be a reunion in Miami this year, as Miami passes Tua Tagovailoa’s former WR and arguably selects the most dominant receiver in the class with Ja’Marr Chase.
If you want that prototypical X-receiver that plays point-of-capture bully after stealing lunch money from the line of scrimmage, Chase is your man. For Tua, this could be just what he needs as he learns to trust his WRs and initiate a contested capture if necessary.
7. Detroit Lions: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
The NFL finally got its answer to DeVonta Smithits weight, and honestly, was anyone really surprised? Does it even change anything? I don’t think so at all. Either you believe in Smith or you don’t, and the difference between 175 and 166 pounds is negligible.
The Lions were going to pick whichever was theirs, and catching a reigning Heisman Trophy winner and second wide receiver in the table would be crazy another year. Other than his weight, no arguments can be made about his ball skills.
Smith will fluctuate between Z and inside the slot. He’s the top road runner in this draft class and has a catch radius that can’t be overlooked. The Lions have the worst WR body in the NFL heading into the draft, and this selection goes a long way to changing that narrative.
8. Carolina Panthers: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
At least he’ll save money on moving expenses by staying in the state. In his first year, Matt Rhule devoted all of his picks to defense and continues the trend in 2021 by picking perhaps the best CB in the draft with Jaycee Horn.
Horn thrives in press coverage and is the size and length to stop any receiver. If he chooses to play the bump and run, he can move forward with the fastest players in the NFL with a speed of 4.39 to 40 yards. Carolina have an offense that should be better in 2021 and have a defense to keep them in games.
9. Denver Broncos: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
Given the rumors that surround him Mac Jones third overall, the Broncos are delighted to see him drop to 9th in this first round of NFL Mock Draft led by the PFN Mock Draft Simulator. The jury is on Drew Lock Trajectory, and bringing Jones increases the pressure on Lock to perform in 2021.
ten. Dallas Cowboys: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Oh man. Honestly, it’s just funny. After seeing CeeDee Lamb fall to their knees, the PFN Mock Draft simulator decides that the Cowboys attack isn’t explosive enough and adds Kyle pitts in this mock NFL first round draft of 2021.
It is well documented that Jerry Jones is infatuated with Pitts – who could blame him. What is arguably more fascinating here is not who they choose but who they convey in Patrick Surtain II.
11. New York Giants: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Dave Gettleman could go a few ways with this choice. I could easily see him become Kwity Paye, but giving Daniel Jones another weapon is too tempting. You will be hard pressed to find a wider receiver more revolutionary than Jaylen waddle in this year’s 2021 NFL Draft.
Waddle can do it all. He lined up all over the field while in Alabama and is a dangerous returner. He destroys angles and has a speed that rivals Tyreek Hill. Its acceleration out of breaks is just as elite as its second and third gears.
12. Philadelphia Eagles: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Philadelphia needs the help of a catcher, but given the depth of the class, they choose to hold back for now. Patrick Surtain falling into their knees is a dream scenario for the Eagles. When they moved up from 6th to 12th, the Eagles went straight into the sweet spot to target a cornerback.
Surtain is a high profile, high ceiling player who enjoys stopping an opposing team’s WR1. He’s also a safe choice who might be just what Howie Roseman needs at this point in his tenure.
13. Los Angeles Chargers: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
The Chargers left free agency as one of the most improved franchises and are now filling another gap with Rashawn slater. Many analysts believe Slater is the No.1 tackle in this class. Slater is a mauler rather than a finesse guy. He underwent a baptism by fire in the Big ten after clashes against Nick Bosa, Rashan Gary, Chase Young, Yetur Gross-Matos, AJ Epenesa and Paye. He also has the skills to move around indoors if needed.
14. Minnesota Vikings: Christian Darrisaw, Occupational Therapist, Virginia Tech
The Vikings are in an interesting position in the 2021 NFL Draft. It’s a team that I have seen trading and that we don’t often talk about. I think that makes sense, especially since the Vikings traded their second-round pick last year and may be looking to recoup that draft capital.
Christian darrisaw is a plug-and-play left tackle and would help keep the Vikings from having to shuffle the line. Last season Darrisaw won second-team AP All-American honors and was a first-teamACC selection. He’s a smooth blocker in pass protection, but he’s even better on the descent and reaching the second level of the running game. At 6’5 ″, 314 pounds, Darrisaw is challenging physics – guys his height shouldn’t be able to move like he does.
15. New England Patriots: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
Although a little raw, Greg Newsome has a huge cap due to its combination of length, physicality, and speed. After a nice presentation at Northwest Pro Day, including a 4.39-40-yard scorecard, Newsome posted a 9.65 Relative athletic score (RAS).
He is a fluid athlete with lower body flexibility and hip quickness to observe receptors on all types of roads and has shown his ability to be successful in both man and area coverage. . Durability is a concern for Newsome, given he’s missed 14 games in three seasons, but the PFN Draft Simulator uses Newsome’s cap to help fill a need.
16. Arizona Cardinals: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
The Cardinals have an attack that could explode in 2021, provided Kyler Murray has time to get the ball back. Teven Jenkins played both tackle positions and also guard at college at Oklahoma State. He started 35 of 37 games in three years and played in an Air Raid offensive plan. At 6’6 ″, 320 pounds, Jenkins is a destroyer of men. His only goal in life is to make yours miserable and be the meanest man on the pitch.