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2021 NFL Mock Draft: Eagles, Patriots trade up for QBs, Panthers get Deshaun Watson, Bears add Sam Darnold – CBS Sports

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Don’t overthink it. The Jags need a new face of the franchise, and Lawrence is the consensus top QB of the class, if not the last few classes. Urban Meyer gets his guy for Jacksonville’s major face lift.

BYU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Some Jets players and coaches may like Sam Darnold, but is Joe Douglas really going to pass on the chance to finally get his own guy with such a premium pick? Wilson has the pizzazz to be a play-maker from Day One.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 228 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Eagles don’t pick this high very often, and they know it. They’ve also been more willing to stock up at QB than almost any team (sometimes to their detriment). With Carson Wentz out the door and Jalen Hurts still an unknown, Howie Roseman goes big for the dynamic Fields — his second swing at unearthing a top rookie QB.


Trey Lance


QB

NFL Draft

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 226 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

4th

Can Arthur Smith breathe new life into Matt Ryan in 2021? It’s very possible. But it’s hard to see an entirely new regime ignoring the future of its QB room with a rare top-five selection here. Lance’s upside is worth the gamble.

Oregon

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 330 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Protecting Joe Burrow is priority No. 1. Sewell has room to grow, but he at least gives Cincy a bona fide blocker up front.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

Miami gets the best of both worlds: additional picks from a trade down with Philly, plus the best wide receiver in the class. Tua Tagovailoa would be thrilled.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 244 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

A receiver makes sense, especially if/when Kenny Golladay departs. But Dan Campbell is going to have a hard time passing on a tough, athletic defender like Parsons. He’d help reshape a defense desperately in need of a new leader.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Texans use their first pick from the major Deshaun Watson haul to get a shiny new toy for their overhauled offense. Pitts gives them an instant upgrade at both TE and out wide — a perfect weapon for whomever the long-term QB ends up being.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

1st

Denver is in dire need of secondary help. Farley fills it. Vic Fangio gets himself a new outside starter.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 305 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Cowboys need to re-invest up front, where guys like Tyron Smith just aren’t holding up anymore. They tend to do well developing in the trenches, and Slater has the makings of a future Pro Bowl bookend.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 182 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Dave Gettleman is going to be drooling at OL and DL prospects, but he’s also got to help Daniel Jones. Waddle would give New York an explosive weapon unlike any other currently on the roster.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The 49ers move down to collect more picks as they battle cap-strapped turnover. The Patriots, meanwhile, finally infuse some talent on the offensive side of the ball with a trade up for arguably the best route-running wideout of the class.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 314 lbs

Justin Herbert needs better protection. Darrisaw, while not a perfect OT prospect, makes a lot of sense as a long-term bookend.

USC

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

5th

Minnesota is going to be hunting for edge help, but it also needs to address the offensive front. (Don’t we say this every year?) Vera-Tucker would be a rock-solid addition either inside or outside.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 203 lbs

After trading down with New England, the 49ers snag the consensus No. 2 corner in the draft, plugging Surtain in as a natural successor to Richard Sherman.

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 272 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

Chandler Jones is aging on a big deal, and Haason Reddick could cash in elsewhere. In other words, the Cardinals need pass rushers. In Paye, they get a big, elite-upside option they can move around.

Miami (FL)

• Soph

• 6’7″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

1st

Clelin Ferrell might give Mike Mayock pause when it comes to gambling on first-round pass rushers, but the reality is the Raiders need help there. Rousseau’s potential makes him one of the highest-upside defenders of the class.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Dolphins could easily invest in the trenches, but Brian Flores cares a lot about his play-making defense, too, and Owusu-Koramoah offers the kind of rangy athleticism that can be moved all around the field.

Florida

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

81st

POSITION RNK

10th

We’re not of the belief Washington covets another immobile QB with Alex Smith gone. So Mac Jones is off the board. Instead, Ron Rivera and Co. give Terry McLaurin a promising running mate.

Michigan

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

7th

They add Sam Darnold via trade to fill their desperate need for a QB. Now, they get some help up front, where Mayfield can compete for a starting job on the outside.

South Carolina

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

44th

POSITION RNK

4th

Xavier Rhodes finished strong on his one-year deal in 2020, but the Colts still need long-term pieces at corner. After presumably filling offensive needs in free agency, they shore up the secondary here.

Miami (FL)

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

40th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Titans are clearly after a defensive chess piece after whiffing on Vic Beasley and experimenting with Jadeveon Clowney. In Phillips, they get a guy who can line up both inside and outside.

Minnesota

• Soph

• 6’2″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

5th

What’s better than adding Zach Wilson as your new star QB? Getting him *and* a play-making receiver to throw to in 2021!

Clemson

• Sr

• 5’10”

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Steelers feel like an organization more likely to invest at OT here, but they’re also entering a do-or-die year with Big Ben back under center. Etienne would be an instant (and more dynamic) fill-in for James Conner.

TCU

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

39th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Another offensive weapon for Trevor Lawrence would be nice, but Moehrig is too good to pass up. He could start immediately at the back end of a young secondary.

Tulsa

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Browns need more of a pass-rushing presence opposite Myles Garrett, but Collins is the kind of athlete you can count on at the middle of a defense.

Penn State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 253 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

80th

POSITION RNK

8th

With Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue testing free agency, the Ravens are on the lookout for long-term edge help.

Alabama

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Don’t rule out a WR here. As for Mac Jones, maybe the Saints believe he’s a perfect quick-strike arm for their offense. But Barmore is also their kind of pick — a plug-and-play big man for the middle of their vaunted defense.

Oklahoma State

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

109th

POSITION RNK

18th

A LB would be smart, as would a WR. But adding an immediate starter at right tackle would also do wonders for Aaron Rodgers and Co.

Georgia

• Fr

• 6’3″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

58th

POSITION RNK

7th

A corner feels like a real possibility, but a pass-rushing D-line presence is also high up on the wish list.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 214 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

5th

You thought the Patriots were done?! They go big once again to move up and secure their QB of the future — a smart, if unspectacular, Alabama product who’ll have a brand new WR (Crimson Tide teammate DeVonta Smith) to throw to.

Washington

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 262 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

65th

POSITION RNK

7th

The Bucs re-invest in their defense as they look to bulldoze their way toward another title.

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