The final mock draft is finally here!
In this version, I’ve also provided a few alternative options, to give you an idea of who the team may be choosing between while they’re on the clock. These different options are players who have a reasonable chance to be available and are likely on the team’s radar, but may or may not be on the board in this scenario.
Pick #1 Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Previous Mock Draft Selection: Lawrence
The Jaguars have made no effort to hide their affection for Lawrence. This has been locked in for months.
Other options: none
Pick #2 New York Jets – Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
Previous pick: Wilson
According to the NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala, Wilson has been in touch with former Jets quarterbacks Josh McCown, Chad Pennington, and Mark Sanchez to learn about what it’s like playing for the franchise. The Jets have likely already given him an indication he’s the selection at No. 2.
Other options: QB Trey Lance | QB Justin Fields
Pick #3 San Francisco 49ers – Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
Previous pick: Jones
Perhaps the 49ers will shock us, but when there’s strong agreement on a selection near the top, the consensus pick is usually correct.
Other options: QB Trey Lance | QB Justin Fields
Pick #4 Atlanta Falcons – Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Previous pick: Pitts
In early April, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported head coach Arthur Smith wants to try to win now with Matt Ryan. Convincing owner Arthur Blank he can still win with his expensive face of the franchise was probably an easy task, even if GM Terry Fontenot was arguing in favor of drafting a quarterback. Adding Pitts would allow Atlanta to make one more run with Matt Ryan, before tearing it down and rebuilding in a couple years.
Other options: QB Trey Lance | QB Justin Fields | OT Penei Sewell
Pick #5 Cincinnati Bengals – Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
Previous pick: Chase
Adding another downfield weapon for Joe Burrow, while addressing the offensive line on Day 2 seems to be the plan for Cincinnati.
Other options: TE Kyle Pitts | OT Penei Sewell
Pick #6 Miami Dolphins – Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Previous pick: DeVonta Smith, WR
The Dolphins have to figure out what they have in Tua Tagovailoa, so they’ll use this pick to make him more comfortable and hope he takes significant strides in Year 2.
Other options: TE Kyle Pitts | OT Penei Sewell | WR DeVonta Smith
Pick #7 Detroit Lions – Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
Previous pick: Kwity Paye, EDGE (after a trade down)
With only six draft picks, we should probably assume the rebuilding Lions are trying to trade down. But if Sewell is on the board, there’s a strong case to be made for improving the offensive line now, before adding a young quarterback in 2022.
Other options: Trade down | QB Justin Fields | WR Jaylen Waddle
Trade: Pick #8 New England Patriots – Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
Previous pick: Fields
We know Bill Belichick needs to find his long-term quarterback solution. In recent years he’s watched his friend Nick Saban evolve as an offensive coach with spectacular results. Perhaps Belichick sees Fields as the quarterback to do for him, what Tua Tagovailoa did for Saban’s evolution.
Other options (if they stay at #15): WR DeVonta Smith | LB Micah Parsons | LB Zaven Collins
Pick #9 Denver Broncos – Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
Previous pick: Trey Lance, QB
Upon being hired in Denver, new GM George Paton stated a desire from the beginning of offseason to bring in a veteran to compete with Drew Lock. Wednesday’s acquisition of Teddy Bridgewater, probably makes Paton feel comfortable moving forward without a quarterback in this year’s draft.
Other options: QB Trey Lance | Trade Down | LB Micah Parsons
Pick #10 Dallas Cowboys – Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Previous pick: Surtain
Arguments can be made in favor of Surtain or Jaycee Horn, but either way this pick is likely to be a cornerback.
Other options: CB Jaycee Horn | OT Rashawn Slater | Trade Down
Pick #11 New York Giants – Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Previous pick: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE
Giants defensive line coach Sean Spencer recruited Micah Parsons to Penn State and coached him for two years. Based on that connection, no team is better equipped to determine if Parsons is worth the risk despite off-field troubles in the past. Assuming Spencer signs off on him, this feels like an easy choice for Dave Gettleman.
Other options: WR DeVonta Smith | EDGE Kwity Paye | EDGE Azeez Ojulari
Pick #12 Philadelphia Eagles – Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
Previous pick: Jaylen Waddle, WR
The Eagles will likely be faced with a decision to make between cornerback and wide receiver. Having already invested in receiver last year (Jalen Reagor) and a steeper dropoff on Day 2 at cornerback, Jaycee Horn might be their guy.
Other options: CB Patrick Surtain | WR DeVonta Smith | WR Jaylen Waddle
Pick #13 Los Angeles Chargers – Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Previous pick: Rashawn Slater, OT
The Chargers rebuilt their interior offensive line in free agency but Trey Pipkins remains a question mark at left tackle and Bryan Bulaga may not have a future with the team beyond 2021.
Other options: CB Jaycee Horn | OT Rashawn Slater | OT Alijah Vera-Tucker
Pick #14 Minnesota Vikings – Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT, USC
Previous pick: Jaelan Phillips, EDGE
Darrisaw might be a more obvious fit, but between Vera-Tucker and last year’s second-round pick Ezra Cleveland, the Vikings should be able to figure out the best fit at left tackle with the other landing at guard.
Other options: OT Christian Darrisaw | Trade Up (for Slater/Sewell) | Trade Down
Trade: Pick #15 Chicago Bears – Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
Previous pick: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT (at No. 20)
GM Ryan Pace is on the hot seat. Trading up for a quarterback would likely buy him some time, even if it’s not his ideal choice.
Other options (if they stay at #20): WR Rashod Bateman | OT Teven Jenkins | CB Greg Newsome
Pick #16 Arizona Cardinals – DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
Previous pick: Christian Barmore, DT
If one of the top cornerbacks or receivers starts to slide, assume they’ll land in Arizona.
Other options: CB Jaycee Horn | WR Jaylen Waddle | LB Zaven Collins
Pick #17 Las Vegas Raiders – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Previous pick: Christian Darrisaw, OT
Jon Gruden must be sick of watching Travis Kelce dominate the Raiders twice per season. Owusu-Koramoah would greatly improve their pass-defense and Mike Mayock would happily sign off on a Notre Dame guy.
Other options: OT Christian Darrisaw | OT Teven Jenkins | LB Micah Parsons
Pick #18 Miami Dolphins – Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
Previous pick: Micah Parsons, LB
Miami needs to replace pass-rush production from the losses of Shaq Lawson and Kyle Van Noy. And it’s possible none of the edge-rushers will be off the board yet, allowing them to snap their top player at the position.
Other options: LB Micah Parsons | EDGE Jaelan Phillips | EDGE Azeez Ojulari
Pick #19 Washington Football Team – Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky
Previous pick: Zaven Collins, LB
Ron Rivera, a former linebacker, can’t feel good about looking at this depth chart of Cole Holcomb, Jon Bostic, and Khaleke Hudson. Jamin Davis is a project, but Rivera would likely be excited for the opportunity to work with his raw athleticism and groom him into a star.
Other options: LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah | OT Alijah Vera-Tucker | OT Christian Darrisaw
Trade: Pick #20 Carolina Panthers – Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
Previous pick: Penei Sewell, OT (at No. 8)
New GM Scott Fitterer comes from Seattle, where they value draft capital and often trade down. In this scenario Carolina trades down twice, first with New England and then Chicago. These moves would allow the Panthers to stockpile picks, either setting themselves up to build around Sam Darnold, or giving them the ammunition needed to secure the quarterback of the future in 2022. As for Toney, he would fit naturally into Curtis Samuel’s old role and the coaches are already familiar with him from the Senior Bowl.
Other options (if they stay at #8): OT Penei Sewell | OT Rashawn Slater | QB Justin Fields
Pick #21 Indianapolis Colts – Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
Previous pick: Jenkins
The Colts need a left tackle, but head coach Frank Reich has stated he’s willing to move Braden Smith over from the right side. Jenkins primarily played on right tackle at Oklahoma State.
Other options: OT Sam Cosmi | OT Liam Eichenberg | EDGE Azeez Ojulari
Pick #22 Tennessee Titans – Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
Previous pick: Caleb Farley, CB
Elijah Moore’s speed would add a new element to the Titans offense, potentially even offering an upgrade over what Corey Davis brought to the table in recent years.
Other options: CB Greg Newsome | CB Caleb Farley | EDGE Azeez Ojulari
Pick #23 New York Jets – Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
Previous pick: Greg Newsome, CB
I’ve barely given consideration to running backs in previous versions, but there’s been buzz around Etienne and Najee Harris from a number of teams. Maybe some of the rumors are smokescreens, but smokescreens can be effective. There are three clear starting running backs in this class but that might be it. If the Jets covet Etienne (the best fit due to his speed), they’ll feel pressure to do so now rather than risk missing out in Round 2.
Other options: OT Teven Jenkins | CB Greg Newsome | CB Caleb Farley
Pick #24 Pittsburgh Steelers – Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Previous pick: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama
If Pittsburgh believes it needs a starting running back from this class, waiting until the late second round is not an option.
Other options: OT Teven Jenkins | OT Alex Leatherwood | RB Javonte Williams
Pick #25 Jacksonville Jaguars – Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
Previous pick: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB
As an 18-year-old freshman, Rondale Moore was the best player on the field against Urban Meyer’s Ohio State squad in 2018 during Purdue’s shocking upset. There’s little doubt that left a lasting impression. Moore would help Meyer fulfill his quest of fielding the fastest team in the league.
Other options: LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah | EDGE Jayson Oweh | WR Rashod Bateman
Trade: Pick #26 Miami Dolphins – Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina
Previous pick (for Browns): Rashod Bateman, WR
The Browns have filled all their holes with serviceable starters, allowing for some flexibility on draft day. If Miami (or any other RB-needy team) sees Etienne and Harris off the board, they’ll likely realize it’s now or never to land their starting running back.
Other options (for Browns): CB Greg Newsome | EDGE Azeez Ojulari | CB Asante Samuel Jr.
Pick #27 Baltimore Ravens – Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
Previous pick: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR
Baltimore covets versatility on defense, making Zaven Collins the ideal fit. The 270-pound athlete with experience blitzing and dropping in coverage has Adalius Thomas-like potential in their defense.
Other options: WR Rashod Bateman | EDGE Kwity Paye | EDGE Azeez Ojulari
Pick #28 New Orleans Saints – Greg Newsome, CB, Northwestern
Previous pick: Elijah Moore, WR
The Saints had questions at cornerback to begin with, but Marshon Lattimore’s legal issues only further add to their problems in the secondary. Newsome has comparable athletic traits to Lattimore, likely placing him high on their board.
Other options: WR Elijah Moore | CB Caleb Farley | CB Tyson Campbell
Pick #29 Green Bay Packers – Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
Previous pick: Christian Barmore, DT Alabama
Has Brian Gutekunst taken some time to self-evaluate over the last year? If so, he’ll realize providing Aaron Rodgers with more weapons, rather than planning for life without Rodgers, is the path to take. Bateman is an ideal outside weapon who can stretch the field.
Other options: WR Kadarius Toney | WR Rondale Moore | DT Christian Barmore
Pick #30 Buffalo Bills – Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State
Previous pick: Greg Rousseau, DE, Miami FL
Many players I’ve linked to the Bills in the past (Greg Rousseau, Jaelan Phillips, Caleb Farley) are in danger of sliding out of the first round due to poor workouts and/or injury concerns. Jayson Oweh is a project with elite athletic traits and Buffalo would be an ideal landing spot, where he could play behind Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison in 2021.
Other options: EDGE Azeez Ojulari | OT Alex Leatherwood | RB Travis Etienne
Pick #31 Baltimore Ravens – Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
Previous pick: none (acquired this week from Kansas City)
Matt Judon’s departure weakened Baltimore’s pass-rush, but Ojulari would be an ideal replacement. He has injury concerns hanging over his draft stock, but with two first-round selections, maybe Baltimore is one of the teams more likely to roll the dice on one of the talented players sliding due to injuries.
Other options: EDGE Jaelan Phillips | DT Christian Barmore | OT Alex Leatherwood
Pick #32 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Levi Onwuzurike, DL, Washington
Previous pick: Jayson Oweh, EDGE
With virtually everyone returning, this selection will mostly be a pick for the future. Levi Onwuzurike would have an opportunity to learn behind Ndamukong Suh, while playing a reserve role in the rotation as a rookie.
Other options: EDGE Jayson Oweh | EDGE Jaelan Phillips | WR Rondale Moore