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NFL mock draft 2021: 49ers, Eagles’ trades with Dolphins trigger shakeup; Cowboys, Broncos profit

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NFL free company did shake up what groups are considering once they’re on the clock for the primary of the 2021 NFL draft. However the Dolphins determined to create a lot larger shockwaves by making large pre-draft trades with the 49ers and the Eagles on the similar time.

Miami, which was choosing No. 3 total, ended up at No. 6 when the mud settled from the 2 strikes. San Francisco jumps up from No. 12 to No. 3, with Philadelphia now choosing No. 12 total. That includes solely three groups, however that new draft order will throw off the best-laid plans of many groups choosing from No. 4 on down.

For now, this is how SN sees the picks taking part in out from No. 1 via No. 32 on April 29:

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NFL mock draft 2021

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-15)

  • Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson (6-6, 220 kilos)

Lawrence lived as much as expectations of being a generational expertise on the place, the second in a row after Joe Burrow. He is an awesome chief and winner on high of being a strong-armed passer and succesful robust runner. Lawrence will clear up the Jaguars QB mess, hooked up to a brand new coach, massive school winner City Meyer. Lawrence can have success instantly with the Jaguars having a good line and strong ability gamers comparable to James Robinson, Marvin Jones, D.J. Chark and Laviska Shenault. Overlook that speak about Meyer taking another person, particularly one other QB.

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2. New York Jets (2-14)

  • Zach Wilson, QB, BYU (6-3, 210 kilos)

Wilson had an distinctive season together with his accuracy and downfield passing to emerge because the draft class’ second-best QB prospect after Lawrence. Wilson can be a robust, cerebral match for Mike LaFleur’s offense changing Sam Darnold because the face of the franchise. Darnold ought to nonetheless be thought-about firmly on the buying and selling block and it is trying much less probably the Jets shall be aggressive sufficient to make a commerce for Deshaun Watson. Why would they, once they can get a high-upside passer with out sacrificing any further first-rounders?

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3. San Francisco (from Texans via Dolphins)

  • Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State (6-4, 226 kilos)

The 49ers have talked up that they are nonetheless rolling with Jimmy Garoppolo however it’s arduous to see them buying and selling up 9 spots for a place apart from quarterback, particularly when deal with, vast receiver and tight finish aren’t key wants. They’re probably going excessive upside with a youthful choice who might sit a 12 months to develop if wanted, making Lance the most effective guess. Lance has climbed again up boards together with his his large upside. As extra groups look again on his advantageous professional day and see tapes of his statistically good lone season as a starter (2,786 yards passing, 28 TDs, no INTs, 1,100 yards dashing, 14 TDs) it is tougher to disregard the spectacular bodily and athletic abilities, together with his blazing velocity. Lance is uncooked and inexperienced and wishes some polish in lots of areas, however the dual-threat instruments may be blended collectively properly for Kyle Shanahan.

4. Atlanta Falcons (4-12)

  • Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU (6-1, 208 kilos)

The Falcons are good candidates to commerce down for some defensive assist at cornerback or edge rusher, and so they might nonetheless take into consideration stashing a QB behind Matt Ryan, however that probability can be lesser with Lance gone. Staying put, going for the most effective participant accessible can be superior for Ryan, as they will slot in Chase in between Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley in Arthur Smith’s offense. Chase posted 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 TDs throughout the nationwide championship season and may be a part of former teammate Justin Jefferson in lighting up the NFL as a flexible playmaker.

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5. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)

  • Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon (6-5, 325 kilos)

The Bengals went after Joe Thuney for offensive line assist in free company however weren’t aggressive sufficient to signal the brand new Chief. Getting Joe Burrow one other big-time playmaker at vast receiver or tight finish shall be tempting however upgrading the move safety is significant and the run blocking for Joe Mixon might use an enormous increase, too, because it’s arduous to belief the mix of Jonah Williams and newcomer Riley Reiff. Sewell nonetheless is the most effective all-around deal with on this class together with his easy agility for move safety and rock-like stature for the operating sport.

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6. Miami Dolphins (from Eagles)

  • DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama (6-1, 170 kilos)

The Dolphins knew they might nonetheless get a high wideout for Tua Tagovailoa by transferring across the board, thus going to No. 12 after which again up there thanks tot he Eagles. Why not go after a prolific former teammate with whom he already has good chemistry to play effectively off DeVante Parker and Will Fuller? Smith is seen extra because the No. 2 or No. 3 wideout on this class due to concern about his body, however it’s arduous to disregard his Heisman Trophy-worthy dominant manufacturing, particularly when it peaked throughout the Faculty Soccer Playoff video games. He can have the identical massive influence as Chase and former teammate Jaylen Waddle.

7. Detroit Lions (5-11)

  • Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama (5-10, 182 kilos)

Waddle is a extremely expert all-around pure pass-catcher. He can run all of the routes at a excessive stage, from flashing as a deep risk to ending effectively within the purple zone. The Lions must overhaul at vast receiver with Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr. and Danny Amendola all not re-signed. Former Jet Breshad Perriman for the surface is not sufficient. Here is the No. 1 choice they want for brand spanking new quarterback Jared Goff as Waddle can play effectively off the receiving abilities of operating again D’Andre Swift and tight finish T.J. Hockenson.

8. Carolina Panthers (5-11)

  • Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State (6-3, 233 kilos)

The Panthers can take into consideration offensive line and different offensive ability positions right here, however there is a robust indication coach Matt Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady need a extra dynamic, youthful improve to Teddy Bridgewater. Fields wasn’t having essentially the most standout second season for the Buckeyes in Massive Ten play, however together with his immense bodily expertise, he saved his absolute NFL-loving finest for lighting up Clemson and outplaying Lawrence with a blinding all-around efficiency within the Faculty Soccer Playoff semifinal. Lance additionally would get consideration right here ought to he fall; much less so for Alabama’s Mac Jones.

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9. Denver Broncos (5-11)

  • Mac Jones, QB, Alabama (6-3, 217 kilos)

The Broncos have taken a more in-depth have a look at Jones simply as their confidence in going ahead into 12 months 3 with Drew Lock is fading. Cornerback can also be much less of a necessity with the pickups of Ronald Darby and Kyle Fuller in free company. Now they do not have to leap the Panthers to go QB. Jones’ robust pocket passing, fast decision-making and ample athleticism ought to have nice attraction to George Paton and John Elway as lastly a long-term answer. He can do what’s wanted to excel in Pat Shurmur’s scheme, reuniting with vast receiver Jerry Jeudy and in addition inheriting a high receiving tight finish in Noah Fant.

10. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)

  • Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech (6-2, 207 kilos)

With the Broncos going away from cornerback, the Cowboys can fell good about addressing their key defensive want for Jerry Jones in new coordinator Dan Quinn’s protection, particularly when it traces up with the most effective participant accessible. Farley was one of many first high prospects to choose out for his last school season. He has nice measurement and strong all-around protection abilities to the purpose he can develop right into a sound shutdown participant.

11. New York Giants (6-10)

  • Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern (6-4, 315 kilos)

The Giants did draft Andrew Thomas final 12 months, however he is higher fitted to proper deal with and so they want to consider changing getting older left deal with Nate Solder sooner somewhat than later. Slater, who opted out of his last season with the Wildcats, is rapidly rising up the boards once more together with his all-around ability set getting extra consideration. He held greater than his personal vs. Washington defensive rookie of the 12 months Chase Younger in a university matchup. He backed that up with a powerful professional day exhibiting off advantageous velocity and quickness for his body.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (from 49ers via Dolphins)

  • Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida (6-6, 246 kilos)

The Eagles are certain to maneuver on from Zach Ertz in some unspecified time in the future within the offseason and offensive-minded coach Nick Sirianni might use one other playmaker for Jalen Hurts as a superb complement to Dallas Goedert. Pitts is a blinding pass-catcher and his athleticism may very well be utilized in a good hybrid function, including some big-play skill to 2020 first-rounder Jalen Reagor for Hurts. Philadelphia will hope it may make this seamless pivot from wideout at No. 6 to a unique fashion of dynamic receiver right here.

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13. Los Angeles Chargers (7-9)

  • Alijah Vera-Tucker, G/OT, USC (6-4, 300 kilos)

The Chargers have made offensive line upgrades a precedence in entrance of Justin Herbert by signing middle Corey Linsley and proper guard Matt Feiler. There’s extra indication that Vera-Tucker can deal with taking part in left deal with within the NFL full-time due to his potential to spherical out as a nimble all-around blocker. He generally is a enormous improve for Los Angeles there reverse former Packers proper deal with Bryan Bulage.

​14. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)

  • Micah Parsons, ILB, Penn State (6-3, 245 kilos)

Parsons’ inventory is not falling; it is the actual fact the groups choosing forward of the Vikings aren’t completely snug going for this place over different wants. He stays a hard-tackling and well-covering cleanup man, a rangy playmaker within the Luke Kuechly game-changing mould. Minnesota might go in different instructions, together with offensive line and move rush, however they in the end go for the most effective participant accessible who can sustain the defensive youth motion and star inside or outdoors, particularly with an Anthony Barr out in 2022.

15. New England Patriots (7-9)

  • Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama (6-2, 203 kilos)

The Patriots will not be reaching for a quarterback and addressed a number of offensive and defensive positions in free company. With Stephon Gilmore getting older, J.C Jackson turning into an unrestricted free agent and never a lot depth at at cornerback, this choose would make sneaky good sense if Surtain is offered from Invoice Belichick’s favourite school protection of excellent good friend Nick Saban. Surtain, together with his pedigree, measurement and ball-hawking abilities, has the potential to be a real shutdown participant.

16. Arizona Cardinals (8-8)

  • Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami (6-6, 260 kilos)

The Cardinals misplaced breakout move rusher Haason Reddick in free company to the Panthers so they should get a brand new younger complement to Chandler Jones. Rousseau, who opted out of the Hurricanes season, did not actually need to play to spice up his inventory after posting 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in his lone vital and last season beneath defensive-minded head coach Manny Diaz. He can be an awesome match with defensive coordinator Vance Joseph.

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17. Las Vegas Raiders (8-8)

  • Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama (6-3, 310 kilos)

The Raiders invested extra on the sting with Yannick Ngakoue and in addition added former Seahawk Quinton Jefferson to their line of defense rotation. However they nonetheless might use a beefy space-eater within the inside who can disrupt the backfield and put their linebackers in higher place to make massive performs upfield. Barmore combines energy and energy with nice method. His late-season surge makes him worthy of a back-half first-rounder.

18. Miami Dolphins (10-6)

  •  Azeez Ojulari, OLB, Georgia (6-3, 240 kilos)

The Dolphins have a pass-rushing void of their hybrid scheme after Kyle Van Noy was round for just one season. Ojulari has jumped into first-round consideration as a result of he is a singular pass-rusher who can match quite a lot of schemes and alignments and has potential each in stopping the run and in protection. Brian Flores would love his fashion of play.

19. Washington Soccer Workforce (7-9)

  • Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech (6-5, 314 kilos)

Washington goes with Ryan Fitzpatrick as a bridge QB and added a playmaking wideout to enhance Terry McLaurin in Curtis Samuel. To allow them to focus, if Jones is not accessible, on shoring up move safety, a pair seasons faraway from Trent Williams, who’s taking part in and incomes at an elite stage for the 49ers. Darrisaw has standout athleticism that may assist him develop right into a easy and nimble long-term move protector within the NFL.

20. Chicago Bears (8-8)

  • Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida (5-11, 190 kilos)

The Bears are disenchanted in Anthony Miller and look intent to improve the slot between Allen Robinson and speedy second-year participant Darnell Mooney, which can also be a key place to assist new beginning QB Andy Dalton have success. Toney is dynamic after the catch and in addition has some center of the field-stretching skill.

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21. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)

  • Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas (6-6, 314 kilos)

Now that the Colts have landed Wentz as their new beginning quarterback, they will focus first on changing 32-year-old retiree Anthony Castonzo with one other potential rock at left deal with. Cosmi has nice athleticism for his measurement and groups are beginning to be snug that he’s nimble sufficient to deal with move safety effectively on the left aspect on the subsequent stage. 

22. Tennessee Titans (11-5)

  • Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina  (6-1, 205 kilos)

Horn, the son of former NFL vast receiver Joe Horn, is getting the due he deserves as a big-time nook. His massive two-interception sport towards Auburn fueled an upset as he was the most effective participant on the sphere. This Horn has good measurement, size, athleticism and physicality to comprise wideouts.

23. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks)

  • Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan (6-4, 272 kilos)

The Jets acquired one sturdy all-around edge presence in signing former Bengal Carl Lawson in free company, however that is not sufficient for Robert Saleh and Jeff Ulbrich as they attempt to overhaul the protection right into a strong entrance 4 that may higher get after the quarterback.They need to just like the outside-inside versatility of this prospect. Paye is a freak of nature athletically and simply wants some polish to be a constantly backfield-disrupting chess piece.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)

  • Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State (6-5, 310 kilos)

Jenkins appeared a bit uncooked early within the course of to many, however his pure fingers, energy and footwork have proven he has a superb mix of agility and energy for the NFL. The Steelers have tabbed Zach Banner to exchange getting older free agent Alejandro Villanueva on the left aspect however are desperately hurting on the precise aspect, which is Jenkins’ ideally suited place for his move safety and run blocking abilities.

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25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)

  • Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame (6-2, 216 kilos)

The Jaguars made some defensive investments in free company with Roy Robertson-Harris for his or her line of defense and Shaquill Griffin for cornerback. Additionally they have untapped edge pass-rush promise in previous first-rounders Josh Allen and Okay’Lavon Chaisson. Now they should deal with cleansing up higher on the second stage of their defensive rebuild. Owusu-Koramoah covers like a defensive again and has room to develop right into a bodily run stopper.

26. Cleveland Browns (11-5)

  • Nick Bolton, OLB, Missouri (6-0, 232 kilos)

One other linebacker, extra velocity and quickness close to the highest of this class. Bolton has a robust calling card together with his sound tackling and run-stopping abilities. The Browns landed former Colt Anthony Walker in free company to enhance their playmaking on the second stage and Bolton affords upside in move protection both from the weak or robust aspect.

27. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)

  • Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State (6-5, 257 kilos)

The Ravens misplaced each Matthew Judon and Ngakoue in free company,  leaving their edge move rush gutted. They should elevate Jaylon Ferguson right into a extra common function and get him assist, stat. Oweh is the basic freakish athlete within the Jason Pierre-Paul mode who has the potential to be an explosive and productive rusher for a very long time, even when he should produce situationally at first.

28. New Orleans Saints (12-4)

  • Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami (6-5, 226 kilos)

The Saints want to exchange breakout move rusher Trey Hendrickson, wo signed with the the Bengals, with a superb complementary drive for Cameron Jordan. Phillips leaped into first-round consideration together with former teammate Rousseau as extra groups have been impressed together with his standout athleticism for the place. He has a pleasant wingspan and will get after it towards each run and move. 

29. Inexperienced Bay Packers (13-3)

  • Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa (6-4, 260 kilos)

Collins can play inside or outdoors and the Packers want extra second-level floor protection towards move and run of their 3-4. He explodes as an athlete and may make a whole lot of performs together with his agility, quickness and vary. 

30. Buffalo Payments (13-3)

  • Greg Newsome, CB, Northwestern (6-0, 192 kilos)

Newsome is a brilliant, instinctual nook with pure ballhawk abilities who’s getting extra buzz for a terrific mixture of measurement and velocity that may enable him to be constant in outdoors protection, particularly in a protection with zone ideas. The Payments nonetheless have Levi Wallace reverse Tre’Davious White, however he is a shaky picked-on presence. Newsome can be a seamless improve with fast beginning potential.

31. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (14-2)

  • Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan (6-5, 319 kilos) 

The Chiefs are overhauling their offensive line with tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz gone and Joe Thuney and Kyle Lengthy signed. That is the subsequent step, touchdown somebody who blossom defending Patrick Mahomes’ blind aspect in little time.. Mayfield has stood out on movie together with his measurement, size and energy and may develop right into a easy blocker a la the Broncos’ Garett Bolles.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5)

  • Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington (6-3, 290 kilos)

With the Bucs re-signing Leonard Fournette, operating again can now be tabled right here. However though additionally they re-signed defensive deal with Ndamukong Suh (6-4, 307 kilos), he is again on a one-year deal for his age 34 season. Here is somebody to groom inside to exchange him as a starter within the rotation subsequent to beefy Vita Vea. Onwuzurike is extraordinarily energetic and athletic inside for a person of his measurement. He combines that with toughness and method required to complete performs.

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