NFL DRAFT 2021 PLAYER PROFILES

MOCK NFL DRAFTS
Pick Team Pos Player
#1
Jaguars
QB
There is little debate over Jacksonville's pick and that is because Trevor Lawrence is entrenched there. The real intrigue begins a pick later.
#2
Falcons
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Jets
QB
Atlanta moves up a few spots to secure a quarterback. Matt Ryan will be 36-years-old when the Falcons take the field next. He may have some time left but it is doubtful that Arthur Smith took the job knowing that he would be in an unenviable position in two years. Teams are not afforded the chance to pick early enough to take an elite quarterback option early and Atlanta can ill afford to throw it away. Long-term success is at stake.
#3
Lions
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Dolphins
QB
Justin Fields
Ohio State
Detroit has made the decision to move on from Matthew Stafford and the heir apparent is not on the roster. They are within striking distance of landing a top quarterback in the draft but they have to be aggressive. The Lions surrender the No. 7 overall pick, a second round pick and a 2022 fourth round pick to move up for the right to select Justin Fields.
#4
Jets

Falcons
WR
Tylan Wallace
Oklahoma State
Joe Douglas comes from an executive tree that values offensive line play. If the team is going to move forward with Sam Darnold, they need a strong supporting cast around him. Rashawn Slater could slide in at right tackle and stabilize that unit.
#5
Bengals
OT
Cincinnati watches as the action unfolds in front of them before selecting their top target -- Oregon's Penei Sewell. The addition allows them to move Jonah Williams inside, which is an immediate upgrade at two spots.
#6
Eagles
WR
Philadelphia has some big changes to make and that includes clearing up the wide receiver room. Ja'Marr Chase can be a big part of that offense moving forward with or without Carson Wentz.
#7
Dolphins
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Lions
WR
The conversation of Miami moving on from Tua Tagovailoa has already started after one season. The Dolphins have two choices: 1.) pull the plug and succumb to the idea or 2.) surround Tagovailoa with talent and give him a fair chance to succeed.
#8
Panthers
TE
Kyle Pitts
Florida
In this scenario, I am envisioning Carolina trades for Matthew Stafford. Detroit picks up a second round pick after parting with theirs in the trade up for Justin Fields. Kyle Pitts comes in to give that offense another mismatch.
#9
Broncos
LB
Micah Parsons
Penn State
Denver capitalizes on the quarterback rush and takes one of the best talents available regardless of position. Micah Parsons went from a bit overrated to underrated nationally. It will be interesting to see how far he can rise back up the board.
#10
Cowboys
CB
Dallas adds a top cornerback prospect to a secondary that desperately needs help. Patrick Surtain II is the best player available at a critical position of need.
#11
Giants
DE
Kwity Paye
Michigan
New York adds a qualified pass rusher to supplement the strong interior defensive line. If the Giants can consistently apply pressure up front, it will make life easier on the back end for James Bradberry and a pair of safeties taken in the early rounds.
#12
49ers
WR
Sweet mercy, imagine Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, George Kittle and DeVonta Smith on the field together with Kyle Shanahan dialing up the plays. You'd be hard-pressed to come up with a reason why Jimmy Garoppolo wouldn't put up huge numbers.
#13
Chargers
OL
Forrest Lamp will be a free agent in a few weeks and the remaining guards on the roster will either be restricted or unrestricted free agents after the '21 season. Vera-Tucker can play either guard or tackle and is a Day 1 starter.
#14
Vikings
WR
Yes, the Vikes have needs along the offensive and defensive lines but it's hard to pass on Chase here, especially since it would reunite him with Justin Jefferson, one of the NFL's best rookies in 2020.
#15
Patriots
QB
Justin Fields
Ohio State
There's a lot to like about Fields' game but there are also reasons for concerns, which is why he could drop out of the top 10. Landing in New England could be the perfect thing for Fields' NFL career, where he'd play in Josh McDaniels' offense and be part of a team that should again be competitive in 2021.
#16
Cardinals
CB
Jaycee Horn
South Carolina
Patrick Peterson, Dre Kirkpatrick and Johnathan Joseph will be free agents this spring, and Horn is a physical, athletic playmaking cornerback who would add depth at the position.
#17
Raiders
DE
The Raiders managed just 21 sacks in 2020 (that ranked 25th overall). By comparison, Rousseau had 15.5 sacks during his breakout 2019 season for the Hurricanes. He opted out in 2020, and is still learning the position, but his upside is too intriguing to pass up.
#18
Dolphins
WR
Assuming Waddle's still here, the Dolphins 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.
#19
Football Team
WR
Quarterbacks are off the board, as are the two top offensive linemen, so instead Football Team gets a playmaker in Toney, who was special during the '20 season for the Gators. In Washington he'll join Terry McLaurin and Antonio Gibson, two young stars in the making.
#20
Bears
DT
The Bears would also love to land a QB, but they'll need to trade up to do it. In the meantime, they have Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman (who opted out before the season) under contract for multiple years, but the defensive line could used depth. Barmore finished the season strong for the Crimson Tide and he's the best defensive tackle in this draft class.
#21
Colts
OT
Christian Darrisaw
Virginia Tech
Darrisaw had an impressive season for the Hokies and finding an offensive tackle becomes all the more urgent with the news that Anthony Castonzo has retired.
#22
Titans
LB
Ojulari plays on a Georgia defense loaded with players likely to get drafted and he might end up being the best of the group. Extremely active off the edge, Ojulari regularly finds himself in the backfield as a disruptive presence.
#23
Jets
DE
Jayson Oweh
Penn State
Defensive tackle Quinnen Williams led the Jets with seven sacks, and Carlos Basham was next with three. Put another way: New York needs to get better at getting after the QB. Oweh has all the physical tools to make the jump to the NFL, he just needs more experience.
#24
Steelers
DE
Phillips, who shined at the U last season, has the potential to be special. He has an injury history that could affect his draft stock but in terms of on-field production, there was a lot to love about his game in 2020.
#25
Jaguars
OT
Teven Jenkins
Oklahoma State
It's not a sexy pick, but it's a necessary one after the Jags use their first first-rounder on Lawrence. Jenkins, who plays with an edge, and 2019 second-rounder Jawaan Taylor will serve as bookends on the O-line and protect the team's latest franchise passer.
#26
Browns
LB
Owusu-Koramoah is listed as a linebacker but you can find him all over the field -- and he may eventually end up at safety at the next level. He can come off the edge and has the athleticism, speed and change of direction to be an asset in coverage.
#27
Texans
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Ravens
DE
Carlos Basham Jr.
Wake Forest
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. Basham looks the part and is coming off an impressive career at Wake Forest.
#28
Saints
LB
For the season Collins had four sacks, four interceptions (including two pick-sixes) and two forced fumbles. At 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, he looks more like a defensive end but moves with the fluidity of the modern day inside linebackers that have become so prevalent around the league.
#29
Packers
WR
The Packers have neglected the position for long enough. And while Aaron Rodgers almost convinced us that all he needs is Davante Adams, the NFC Championship Game reinforced that Green Bay needs a legit No. 2 WR and Moore offers that and then some.
#30
Bills
CB
Tre White is one of the best CBs in the NFL but there's not much depth behind him. Taron Johnson is coming off a good season but has just one year left on his current deal and Campbell would add a long, physical playmaker to a secondary that improved over the course of the 2020 season
#31
Buccaneers
RB
Najee Harris
Alabama
The Bucs don't need a running back, but Harris had such an impressive 2020 season for Alabama that we can only imagine how Bruce Arians would find ways to use him in Tampa Bay.
#32
Chiefs
LB
Ossai might have the highest motor in this draft class and in KC he'll give the Chiefs defense a much-needed boost off the edge.