2021 NFL Mock Draft: Steelers, Panthers trade up for QBs as five go off the board in first 10 picks


Clemson

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Urban Meyer is now the Jags’ new head coach and it’s only a matter of time before Trevor Lawrence joins him in Jacksonville. And before you ask, no, there’s no way — none — that Meyer thinks about Ohio State QB Justin Fields here.

BYU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

3rd

This could just be a placeholder until the Jets send the pick to Houston in a deal for Deshaun Watson, but for now, New York targets Zach Wilson as its next franchise quarterback. Ideally (again, assuming Watson isn’t in the plans), the Jets’ best option would be to a) trade down or b) target an offensive lineman like Penei Sewell. But QB-needy teams fall in love all the time and it’s a stretch to think that Sam Darnold will magically elevate every aspect of his game in 2021.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 228 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Panthers can lean on Teddy Bridgewater for one more season, which is best-case scenario for Fields, who has a chance to be special but isn’t yet ready to be an NFL starter.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 214 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

5th

NFL teams seem to like Jones more than media folks so this may seem way too high for the Alabama QB. While he’s no real threat to run, he does everything else at a high level. Matt Ryan will be back for the ’21 season for the Falcons and Jones can take over in Year 2.

Oregon

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 330 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

This would make the Bengals — and Joe Burrow — incredibly happy; the offensive line was a weekly issue for Cincy and protecting Burrow is at the top of the to-do list. Sewell is the second-best player in this class and has a chance to be a starter for the next decade.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Eagles need a new head coach but it appears Carson Wentz’s job is safe (for now, anyway). Assuming the quarterback for next season is currently on the roster, finding a downfield playmaker is a priority. And no one was more explosive during the 2020 college season than Smith.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola are all headed for free agency in a few months. And while the Lions will almost certainly keep Golladay, who has been injured for much of this season, adding Chase makes too much sense not to happen.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 182 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Dolphins trade down, accumulate picks, and still get one of the most dynamic players in the class. Waddle’s 2020 campaign was interrupted by an ankle injury, but he’s one of the fastest people on the planet who is already a more polished route runner than Henry Ruggs, a former teammate who was the first wideout drafted a year ago.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

1st

Bryce Callahan was a bright spot in the secondary in 2020, but he, along with four other CBs, will have his contract expire next spring. Farley, who opted out for 2020, is our CB1.


Trey Lance


QB

NFL Draft

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 226 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

4th

Two years ago, the Steelers traded up to No. 10 for Devin Bush. This time they’re looking a franchise QB to replace Big Ben, who appears likely to return for ’21. Lance is short on experience, but long on everything else NFL QBs are evolving into.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 244 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

The Giants have needs along the offensive line, but the defense could use some upgrades too. Micah Parsons has opted out of the 2020 season, but he’s the No. 1 LB in this class.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 203 lbs

San Francisco has five cornerbacks headed for unrestricted free agency (including Richard Sherman and Jason Verrett) and two more as exclusive rights free agents. Surtain was Alabama’s best CB the last two seasons and and is coming off a strong junior campaign.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 240 lbs

Pitts could end up being the best pass catcher in this draft. And if so, why not give Justin Herbert another weapon, especially since Hunter Henry is currently playing on the franchise tag?

USC

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Vikings have needs at edge rusher but also along the interior offensive line and Vera-Tucker, who is a stud on the interior but starred at tackle this season for USC, has the versatility to line up anywhere.

Tulsa

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

37th

POSITION RNK

5th

The Patriots drafted Kyle Dugger last year in Round 2 and Collins, who plays linebacker, possesses that type of freakish athleticism.

Miami (FL)

• Soph

• 6’7″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

1st

Chandler Jones will be a free agent after the 2021 season and the Cardinals could use an explosive young pass rusher. Rousseau had 15.5 sacks last season, but few of them came off the edge. The good news is that as a converted WR he’s still new to the position and he’s only going to get better.

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 272 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Raiders’ defense is a mess and they have to get better at getting after the QB. Paye, meanwhile, is an athletic marvel who showed vast improvement from the ’19 to ’20 seasons.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 305 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Slater is one of our favorite players in this class; he was dominant at times for Northwestern in 2019 (he opted out in 2020) and he can also play guard and even center.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 314 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

5th

The Football Team obviously needs a long-term answer at QB after dumping Dwayne Haskins, but after winning the division and making the playoffs, they’ll likely have to trade up to get one. For now they’re staying put and upgrading the O-line with one one the most athletic lineman in this class.

Florida

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

119th

POSITION RNK

20th

The Bears made the playoffs, effectively putting themselves out of the running for one of the top QBs in this class. And GM Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy are returning for ’21, though Mitchell Trubisky’s future remains up in the air. Whomever ends up under center needs weapons and Toney is coming off an explosive campaign for the Gators.

Oklahoma State

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

144th

POSITION RNK

24th

Anthony Castonzo announced his retirement last week and Jenkins, who plays with an edge, is athletic, has great feet and moves well in space. He can play either tackle position.

Penn State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 253 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

75th

POSITION RNK

8th

Oweh is a freakish athlete just scratching the surface on his potential, which fits exactly what the Titans need after managing just 19 sacks during the regular season.

Alabama

• Sr

• 6’2″

/ 230 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

44th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Najee Harris has been that good and it’s one more weapon (from Alabama, incidentally) for Tua after the team took Devonta Smith at No. 3.

South Carolina

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

43rd

POSITION RNK

4th

The Cowboys trade down, stockpile picks and still get one of the most physical cornerbacks in the class, filling a huge need in the process.

Alabama

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Barmore was our DT1 coming into the season, took a while to get going, and then saved his best football for the final month of the season. He was absolutely dominant in ‘Bama’s run to the championship.

Georgia

• Fr

• 6’3″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

97th

POSITION RNK

9th

The Browns were middle of the road in getting after the quarterback and there is little depth behind Myles Garrett. Ojulari had a standout season for the Bulldogs and while he hasn’t drawn the national attention of Kwity Paye or Jaelan Phillips, he’s a legit terror off the edge.

Texas

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 253 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

4th

Yannick Ngakoue and Matt Judon will be free agents in a few weeks and even if one (or both) returns, the Ravens need to get better off the edge. Ossai is coming off an impressive 2020 season.

Georgia

• Soph

• 6’2″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

55th

POSITION RNK

8th

The Saints have four CBs on the roster headed for free agency and even though Marshon Lattimore, Janoris Jenkins and Patrick Robinson are still on multi-year deals, you can never have enough big-play corners. Campbell is long, physical and is only going to get better with experience.

Clemson

• Sr

• 5’10”

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

1st

A defensive tackle or an edge rusher makes sense here, but Travis Etienne is coming off back-to-back strong seasons, has elite contact balance and is a pass-catching threat coming out of the backfield.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Owusu-Koramoah is a tweener, which is why some NFL teams view him as a safety and not a linebacker. Above all else he’s an athlete, and Sean McDermott and Leslie Frazier will find ways to get him on the field.

Missouri

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 232 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Packers need help in the middle of their defense and Bolton is a sideline-to-sideline spark plug.

Wake Forest

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 285 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

56th

POSITION RNK

6th

Basham is a physical specimen who will be dominant once he puts it all together. In K.C. he’ll give the Chiefs’ defense a much-needed boost off the edge.





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