Alex Simpson’s 2021 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

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Now that the Super Bowl is in the books, it’s time for my newest mock draft with the full draft order for all 32 teams. Team needs will change throughout the offseason with trades and free agency, but for now, this is where things stand. I’d also like to reiterate that this is an NFL mock draft where I put players in spots that I think they could end up, and not what I personally would do with each selection.

2021 NFL Mock Draft

First Round

1 | JAX | Trevor Lawrence | QB | Clemson

This is a no-brainer. Trevor Lawrence comes in to turn around the Jacksonville Jaguars.

2 | NYJ | Zach Wilson | QB | BYU

The draft starts here with the second pick. Do the Jets trade Sam Darnold? Or do they keep the pick and either make a selection or trade down? In this scenario, they move on from Darnold and select his replacement.

3 | MIA (via HOU) | Ja’Marr Chase | WR | LSU

The Dolphins need to give Tua Tagovailoa more weapons on the perimeter. The defense has drastically improved under head coach Brian Flores. Thanks to Houston, they now have the opportunity to do the same with their offense.

4 | ATL | Justin Fields | QB | Ohio State

The former Ohio State quarterback returns home to sit and learns under Matt Ryan for a season. It’s no guarantee they’ll be in a position to draft another talented signal-caller anytime soon, so they secure their guy of the future here.

5 | CIN | Penei Sewell | OT | Oregon

If the Bengals wish to make life easier on Joe Burrow, this is a must. Cincinnati secures one of their bookends with the former Outland Trophy winner. Sewell will give Burrow more time in the pocket and will open up massive running lanes for star running back Joe Mixon.

6 | PHI | Caleb Farley | CB | Virginia Tech

The Eagles really need an improvement in their secondary opposite of Darius Slay. Caleb Farley has great ball skills and athleticism that would force the other team to throw into tight windows way more often than they would like.

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7 | DET | Jaylen Waddle | WR | Alabama

The Lions got a nice start to their rebuild when they traded Matthew Stafford to the Rams. With Jared Goff under center, you have a chance to rejuvenate his career. In order to do so, it’s imperative that you put better playmakers around him.

8 | CAR | Trey Lance | QB | North Dakota State

Teddy Bridgewater is still under contract for a couple more years. He’s the perfect guy for Trey Lance to learn under until he’s ready. Lance needs some time to transition from North Dakota State to the speed of the NFL game, so this works great for both players.

9 | DEN | Patrick Surtain II | CB | Alabama

Surtain is the most well-rounded and pro-ready defensive back in this class. He is the perfect blend of size, instincts, and physicality that Vic Fangio looks for his number-one corner. In a difficult division to win, this is a very big pick.

10 | DAL | Kyle Pitts | TE | Florida

If Dallas re-signs Dak Prescott, they will have all of the receivers in the world for him to throw to. Kyle Pitts is a special prospect and a matchup nightmare. If Mike McCarthy and Kellen Moore can utilize Pitts’ strengths, plenty of defensive coordinators will lose sleep trying to figure out how to slow him down.

11 | NYG | Micah Parsons | LB | Penn State

One of the most talented players in the draft falls to the Giants and it’s a classic Dave Gettleman pick. Joe Judge has coached up his defense and decides to fortify that side of the ball. Parsons is an off-ball linebacker with all of the athleticism and versatility in the world to be a chess piece for Judge.

12 | SF | Jaycee Horn | CB | South Carolina

Richard Sherman said he’s going to hit free agency. Jaycee Horn is a physical corner that will give your best receiver trouble releasing into his route all game long.

13 | LAC | Rashawn Slater | OT | Northwestern

The Chargers have needs all over their offensive line and Slater falls right into their laps. Slater is very polished coming out of Northwestern and has the versatility to play any of the five spots along the offensive line.

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14 | MIN | Kwity Paye | EDGE | Michigan

Kwity Paye is a traditional hand-in-the-dirt defensive end that uses his strength, speed, and hands to disrupt the opposition. As good as he is rushing the passer, he’s even better against the run. He made Bruce Feldman’s Freaks List back in the summer and should test off the charts at Michigan’s pro day.

15 | NE | DeVonta Smith | WR | Alabama

The Patriots get incredible value here with Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith. Some draft experts have Smith as their number-one ranked wide receiver in the class. Their entire receiver room needs to be revamped and Smith would fit right in with his talent, work ethic, and dedication to the game.

16 | ARI | Azeez Ojulari | EDGE | Georgia

With Haason Reddick awaiting a big payday, it’s becoming increasingly likely that he hits the open market. Azeez Ojulari is a high upside pass rusher that put together some impressive production in the SEC (15 sacks in 21 games). The former Georgia standout won’t even turn 21 years old until June.

17 | LV | Gregory Rousseau | EDGE | Miami

Rousseau stormed onto the scene as a redshirt freshman with 15.5 sacks on his way to being named a Third-Team All-American. He opted out of the 2020 season but his rare blend of size, speed, and strength will certainly leave some teams hoping he falls to them.

18 | MIA | Najee Harris | RB | Alabama

The Dolphins certainly have other needs that are more important than running back but Najee Harris is special. At 6’2 and 230 pounds, he has the power, vision, elusiveness, and receiving prowess to become one of the best running backs in the league.

19 | WAS | Christian Darrisaw | OT | Virginia Tech

The quarterback situation in Washington is really up in the air. There are several different routes they could take to address it. Here, they decide to add a mauling left tackle in Christian Darrisaw to help protect whoever ends up being their next signal caller.

20 | CHI | Alijah Vera-Tucker | OT/OG | USC

There are currently rumors floating about that link Carson Wentz to Chicago. If they do look to bring in a veteran quarterback, they need to surround him with talent on the offensive side of the ball. Alijah Vera-Tucker offers versatility, having moved from left guard to left tackle this season at USC.

21 | IND | Mac Jones | QB | Alabama

Philip Rivers‘ retirement comes as no surprise and Jacoby Brissett is set to become a free agent. Chris Ballard and Frank Reich could decide add a veteran to compete with 2020 draft pick Jacob Eason. However, they could also decide to draft Alabama’s star quarterback Mac Jones, which they do here. His combination of accuracy, decision making, and football character lands him in Indianapolis.

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22 | TEN | Joseph Ossai | EDGE | Texas

Jadeveon Clowney hasn’t worked out as Tennessee had hoped. Their pass rush was non-existent for large portions of the year. Joseph Ossai played as an off-ball linebacker at Texas before primarily becoming a pass rusher, where he proved to be much more dominant. With the salary cap decreasing for 2021, addressing this need through the draft should be the way to go.

23 | NYJ (via SEA) | Jaelan Phillips | EDGE | Miami

The Jets are another team that could really use pass rush help. Joe Douglas will prioritize the premier positions early in the draft and does so by taking former five-star recruit Jaelan Phillips. Phillips has an insane motor and constantly pressures the quarterback.

24 | PIT | Jalen Mayfield | OT | Michigan

Pittsburgh needs an upgrade along the offensive line. Big Ben said he wants to play for one more season but he needs more time to throw the ball. He was only sacked 13 times but was the fastest QB from snap to release in 2020. They didn’t have much of a running game either. Mayfield can step in and play at left or right tackle and make an immediate impact in his first year.

25 | JAX (via LAR) | Samuel Cosmi | OT | Texas

Priority number one will be protecting their new franchise quarterback. Samuel Cosmi is an athletic tackle with length. With added mass in his lower half, he could develop into one of the better tackles in the league.

26. | CLE | Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah | LB | Notre Dame

The Browns have the versatile Owusu-Koramoah fall to them near the end of the first round and they couldn’t be happier. He could fill a variety of roles and be the dominant second level player that Cleveland is missing on defense.

27 | BAL | Rashod Bateman | WR | Minnesota

The Ravens need help at receiver in the worst way. They really need someone that can create separation and is reliable when the ball is thrown his way. Bateman is one of the more polished route runners in the class and could be their number-one receiver as a rookie.

28 | NO | Terrace Marshall Jr | WR | LSU

A Jameis Winston and Terrace Marshall pairing would be amazing to see. Michael Thomas is a great receiver but the Saints need a deep threat to open up things underneath.

29 | GB | Eric Stokes | CB | Georgia

On paper, the Packers need a receiver. As long as they have Aaron Rodgers, though, they probably won’t feel pressured to spend an early pick at the position. Fortunately, there is a much bigger need to fill here. Kevin King has been largely disappointing this season, especially in the conference championship game. Bring in the Georgia ballhawk Eric Stokes to be the number-two corner and Green Bay’s defense is far better on the back-end instantly.

30 | BUF | Nick Bolton | LB | Missouri

Assuming Matt Milano is gone, Bolton would be the perfect replacement. A rangy linebacker that hits like a ton of bricks. He has a nose for the ball and was a constant force to be reckoned with in college football’s premier conference.

31 | KC | Kadarius Toney | WR | Florida

After watching the Super Bowl, people will tell you how bad the offensive line was. What they forget is that Eric Fisher and All-Pro Mitchell Schwartz were injured and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif opted out prior to the season. Those three starters are back in 2021. Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson are both upcoming free agents. With Mahomes taking up a bigger portion of the salary cap next year, it’s unlikely those receivers come back. Kadarius Toney is explosive and can make you miss in a phone booth. He also creates a ton of separation, something Kansas City struggled with against Tampa Bay.

32 | TB | Christian Barmore | IDL, Alabama

With the last pick in the first round of our 2021 NFL mock draft, it’s time for the champs to step up to the podium. Barmore exploded onto the scene towards the end of the 2020 season. Even in a limited role, he frequently defeated blockers and pressured the quarterback. He didn’t have many sacks but he forced plenty of bad throws. Interior defenders that can rush the quarterback are hard to find. Barmore showed he could do that at a high level, despite playing a limited role, just what Tampa needs.

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2021 NFL Mock Draft

Second Round

33. JAX: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

34. NYJ: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

35. ATL: Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina

36. MIA (via HOU): Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

37. PHI: Jabril Cox, LB, LSU

38. CIN: Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

39. CAR: Trey Smith, IOL, Tennessee

40. DEN: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

41. DET: Levi Onwuzurike, IDL, Washington

42. NYG: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

43. SF: Wyatt Davis, IOL, Ohio State

44. DAL: Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse

45. JAX (via MIN): Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss

46. NE: Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State

47. LAC: Elijah Molden, CB, Washington

48. LV: Daviyon Nixon, IDL, Iowa

49. ARI: Creed Humphrey, IOL, Oklahoma

50. MIA: Landon Dickerson, IOL, Alabama

51. WAS: Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse

52. CHI: Nico Collins, WR, Michigan

53. TEN: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC

54. IND: Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State

55. PIT: Alex Leatherwood, OT/OG, Alabama

56. SEA: Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State

57. LAR: Patrick Jones II, EDGE, Pittsburgh

58. BAL: Richie Grant, S, Central Florida

59. CLE: Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest

60. NO: Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina

61. BUF: Aaron Robinson, CB, Central Florida

62. GB: Marlon Tuipulotu, IDL, USC

63. KC: Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State

64. TB: Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame

2021 NFL Mock Draft

Third Round

65. JAX: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

66. NYJ: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern

67. HOU: Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami

68. ATL: Victor Dimukeje, EDGE, Duke

69. CIN: D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan

70. PHI: Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina

71. DEN: Cam McGrone, LB, Michigan

72. DET: Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama

73. CAR: Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami

74. WAS (via SF): Seth Williams, WR, Auburn

75. DAL: Jay Tufele, IDL, USC

76. NYG: Hamilcar Rashed Jr., EDGE, Oregon State

77. NE: (Forfeited)

78. LAC: Josh Myers, IOL, Ohio State

79. MIN: Osa Odighizuwa, IDL, UCLA

80. ARI: Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis

81. LV: Jackson Carman, OT/OG, Clemson

82. MIA: Bobby Brown, IDL, Texas A&M

83. WAS: Davis Mills, QB, Stanford

84. CHI: Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina

85. IND: Tutu Atwell, WR, Louisville

86. TEN: Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State

87. NYJ (via SEA): Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson

88. PIT: Kyle Trask, QB, Florida

89. DET (via LAR): Jevon Holland, S, Oregon

90. CLE: Marvin Wilson, IDL, Florida State

91. MIN (via BAL): Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame

92. CLE (via NO): Keith Taylor, CB, Washington

93. GB: Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State

94. BUF: Hunter Long, TE, Boston College

95. KC: Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa

96. TB: Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington

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