The San Francisco 49ers, after agreeing to a blockbuster trade-up, took a blowtorch to each and every 2021 NFL mock draft created previously. Normal supervisor John Lynch despatched two long term first-round alternatives and a 2022 third-round select to the Miami Dolphins to change their 2021 No. 12 general select for Miami’s No. three general select, all however making sure that head trainer Kyle Shanahan may have a brand new rookie quarterback on his roster this upcoming season.
The Dolphins proceeded to commerce a 2022 first-round select, a 2021 fourth-round select and the No. 12 variety in 2021 to the Philadelphia Eagles for the No. 6 select and a fifth-rounder. Miami reenters the top-end large receiver marketplace (Ja’Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle, DeVonta Smith) with the second one commerce, whilst Philly trades six draft order spots for a long term first-rounder to assist construct round second-year signal-caller Jalen Hurts (for now).
Let’s stoke the flames a little bit. Right here’s a brand new two-round 2021 NFL mock draft with the above trades mirrored within the draft order.
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1. Jacksonville Jaguars — QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
The flurry of trades this previous Friday certainly not affects the Jaguars’ variety at No. 1 general. Trevor Lawrence is the most obvious selection for City Meyer and corporate — and that is the reason been the case for the reason that crew secured the No. 1 general variety in December.
2. New York Jets — QB Zach Wilson, BYU
More than one analysts have mentioned the Jets are locking into former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson because the No. 2 general select in April. The Athletic’s Dane Brugler mentioned an NFL scout texted him all the way through BYU’s Professional Day on Friday: “Draft begins at three. Wilson going 2.”
Thankfully for Jets enthusiasts, Wilson is the best-case situation for the crew. Making a bet at the elusive fourth-year breakout from Sam Darnold isn’t New York’s fastest trail to relevance once more. Wilson is PFF’s No. 2 general participant and quarterback within the 2021 NFL Draft and a significantly better prospect than Darnold was once even earlier than his profession derailed into a chain of “wow” throws on Twitter and helpless optimism.
PFF’s Mike Renner additionally just lately when put next Wilson and Ohio State’s Justin Fields in an editorial for PFF.com, by which he mentioned:
“The one method I’d pass Fields over Wilson is that if I had an offensive coordinator who wanted a dashing danger on the quarterback place. In a different way, Fields’ problems with protecting onto the ball mixed with Wilson’s elite off-platform skill and arm skill in the end offers the BYU quarterback the nod.”
PFF’s Seth Galina additionally praised Wilson in his article evaluating the previous Cougars quarterback to some other important pre-draft riser in Joe Burrow, calling out Wilson’s notable arm skill as a key separator between the 2 potentialities. And no quarterback in school soccer posted a better grade than Wilson in 2020.
three. San Francisco 49ers (by way of Miami Dolphins) — QB Justin Fields, Ohio State
The 49ers didn’t commerce two long term first-round alternatives and a long term third-round select to provide Jimmy Garoppolo some other large receiver or upload to the secondary. With all indicators pointing to Lawrence and Wilson being the primary two avid gamers off the board, common supervisor John Lynch knew it was once his time to strike and safe his subsequent favourite quarterback prospect. And whilst there’s been some hypothesis that the 49ers will take both North Dakota State’s Trey Lance and even former Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, PFF’s select at No. three general could be Ohio State’s Justin Fields.
The worries with Fields’ processing and his tendency to carry the ball too lengthy within the pocket are legitimate, however the prospect of his building in the ones spaces coupled along with his confirmed athletic skill and accuracy must be too just right for San Francisco to move on. Fields is PFF’s No. three general participant and No. three quarterback prospect within the 2021 magnificence. He’s additionally the one quarterback on this magnificence with two years of 90.Zero-plus PFF grades (2019-20).
four. New England Patriots (by way of Atlanta Falcons) — QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
Invoice Belichick didn’t spend north of $130 million in assured cash this offseason — the second-most of any NFL crew in one offseason in league historical past — to look at his Patriots play themselves right into a worse select in 2022 with out their quarterback of the longer term at the roster. New England wore its checkbook skinny understanding it will probably manage to pay for to take action with Cam Newton making backup cash on a one-year deal and a rookie contract on the quarterback place pending.
Atlanta is pot-committed to Matt Ryan for 2 years after restructuring his contract all the way through unfastened company. In line with Over the Cap, the Falcons tackle $65 million in useless cash if Ryan is traded previous to June 1. And the crew takes on $40.Five million in useless cash if it trades him earlier than June 1, 2022.
Whilst it’s engaging to stick put at No. four and safe the finest non-quarterback within the magnificence, Atlanta could be silly not to promote the select to the absolute best bidder having a look to return up for Lance and even Jones. Including no less than two long term top-50 alternatives to transport down 11 spots on this scenario is best than any unmarried non-quarterback variety at No. four general, and that comes with Kyle Pitts, Ja’Marr Chase, Penei Sewell, and many others.
New England will wish to surrender a large number of draft capital to do it, nevertheless it doesn’t have a lot of a call. The Patriots most probably gained’t be drafting within the height 15 once more within the Belichick generation, particularly after making improvements to up to they did this offseason. They’re in an overly identical spot as San Francisco in that each groups have too just right of coaches to ever draft within the height 5 but in addition too middling of quarterbacks to ever pass the overall distance.
Get competitive, wager on Belichick and upload a cost-controlled rookie contract at quarterback to steadiness the unfastened company selections and provides the crew a high-ceiling prospect at crucial place in soccer.
Five. Cincinnati Bengals — TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
Whilst there’s a probability a crew is determined sufficient to inquire in regards to the Bengals’ select at No. Five in an try to safe Mac Jones, I be expecting there to be a calmer marketplace for the previous ‘Bama quarterback’s products and services. And if that’s the case and the crew’s telephone isn’t ringing with trade-down gives, Cincinnati must dash the cardboard in for Florida tight finish Kyle Pitts.
Pitts and previous Oregon offensive take on Penei Sewell are identical in that they’re each arguably the finest potentialities we’ve noticed at their respective positions in five-plus years. You’ll’t pass mistaken with both participant at No. Five general, however the larger have an effect on within the wins column (and Joe Burrow’s building) comes with including Pitts as a weapon for the offense than securing Sewell’s products and services as an improve over both former first-round select Jonah Williams or newly signed veteran Riley Reiff.
Pitts can right away be the Bengals’ height receiving choice and a top-five tight finish within the NFL as a rookie — he’s that just right.
6. Miami Dolphins (by way of Philadelphia Eagles) — WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
I disagree with the worth of buying and selling a long term first-round select to transport up simply six spots and draft a large receiver, however we’re taking part in with the playing cards Miami dealt. And whilst the content material that may apply a Mac Jones variety at No. 6 for Miami would mild the web on hearth, a near-lateral transfer at quarterback doesn’t really feel with regards to as precious as taking the category’ height receiver prospect in Chase.
The Dolphins wish to do the whole lot of their energy to reply to the urgent multi-million greenback query: Is Tua Tagovailoa the man? Becoming him with as many guns as imaginable is the quickest monitor to answering that.
Similar: It is too early to write down off Tua Tagovailoa, however the Miami Dolphins must nonetheless draft a height quarterback by way of Kevin Cole
7. Detroit Lions — OT Penei Sewell, Oregon
I’d come with a kneecap shaggy dog story right here if the bit wasn’t already performed out in January. Plus, the simpler shaggy dog story available is the sheer state of Detroit’s roster.
Dan Campbell’s Lions are one among Vegas’ favorites to pick out No. 1 general in 2022. With Jared Goff changing Matthew Stafford and Kenny Golladay now suiting up for the New York Giants, Detroit’s offense is easily on its approach to being a bottom-five unit within the NFL this season. Give Spencer Rattler, Sam Howell, Kedon Slovis or the sphere a preventing probability in 2022 and upload the finest non-quarterback on this magnificence.
eight. Carolina Panthers — QB Mac Jones, Alabama
Carolina may were the most important loser of the 49ers-Dolphins commerce. Whilst the early offseason rumors had been chock filled with Panthers trade-up situations or Deshaun Watson jersey swaps, Friday’s trades and greater than 15 civil complaints involving Watson have jointly blurred the Panthers’ long term underneath middle.
An in-division commerce between Carolina and Atlanta is not likely, even supposing the Panthers are keen to ship the farm to return as much as No. four general. There’s nonetheless hope that one of the vital 4 preferrred potentialities makes it to Cincinnati at No. Five general, however the much more likely situation is the fifth-best quarterback within the magnificence — which is Jones, in PFF’s opinion — nonetheless being at the board for Carolina at No. eight to in the end choose.
Jones isn’t a straight forward improve over present starter Teddy Bridgewater, however he’s now not an evident downgrade, both. Plus, he’s going to come considerably less expensive. The Panthers can manage to pay for to spend huge in unfastened company as soon as Bridgewater’s contract is off the books in hopes of establishing a supporting forged just right sufficient for Jones to win with within the NFL.
nine. Denver Broncos — LB Micah Parsons, Penn State
The Broncos’ greatest want is quarterback, but when Carolina and New England goal signal-callers early within the draft, it is most probably 5 may have come off the board earlier than Denver’s variety at No. nine general. Vic Fangio and corporate would don’t have any selection however to go into the 2021 season with Drew Lock because the starter and take the finest participant to be had within the first around.
Fangio can get the finest out of Parsons on the subsequent degree and must put him able to make a direct have an effect on at off-ball linebacker.
10. Dallas Cowboys — CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
Patrick Surtain II most probably solidified his spot as the end cornerback to return off the board within the 2021 NFL Draft along with his Professional Day. His 87.Zero PFF grade in 2020 additionally led all school cornerbacks with no less than 400 defensive snaps.
11. New York Giants — WR Devonta Smith, Alabama
DeVonta Smith’s reported weight (170 kilos) mustn’t stay the Giants from pulling the cause at the Heisman Trophy winner if he falls into their laps at No. 11 general. And whilst the crew did simply cost a fortune for former Detroit Lions receiver Kenny Golladay, Smith is an speedy improve over Darius Slayton or Sterling Shepard — one that will have the benefit of taking part in a rotational position break up between the outdoor and the slot.
Very similar to Miami’s scenario with Tua Tagovailoa, New York must do the whole lot it will probably to look if Daniel Jones may also be “the man” for the franchise earlier than making the verdict to both transfer on from him or be offering an extension. Including Smith is a step in that course.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (by way of Miami Dolphins by way of San Francisco 49ers) — CB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
Horn’s mixture of athleticism and physicality is unusual for the cornerback place. He allowed simply 8 catches on 24 objectives for 116 yards within the seven video games he performed in 2020.
13. Los Angeles Chargers — OT Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
A former three-star recruit, Slater earned 75.Zero and 76.6 PFF grades taking part in proper take on for Northwestern as a real freshman and sophomore in 2017 and 2018, respectively. His PFF grade jumped to 90.Zero in his first season beginning at left take on for the Wildcats in 2019. He right away fills a necessity for the Chargers, irrespective of whether or not he performs take on or inside offensive line on the subsequent degree.
14. Minnesota Vikings — Edge Kwity Paye, Michigan
Paye is a unprecedented athlete who gained’t remaining deep into the primary around if he exams in addition to anticipated on the 2021 NFL scouting mix. He additionally produced the fourth-best PFF pass-rush win fee (26%) of any Energy 5 edge defender within the nation in 2020.
15. Atlanta Falcons (by way of New England Patriots) — WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
Waddle is arguably a greater receiver prospect than Henry Ruggs III was once popping out of Alabama in 2020. An explosive, dynamic athlete, Waddle ranks within the height 5 in yards consistent with course run (three.64) and yards after the catch consistent with reception (11.Five) over the last two seasons. Including him to play inside of and break up outdoor reps with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley would give Matt Ryan each and every explanation why to steer a top-flight offense in 2021.
16. Arizona Cardinals — Edge Jaelan Phillips, Miami (Fla.)
Jaelan Phillips was once thought to be the No. 1 general recruit through the 247Sports activities Composite popping out of Redlands East Valley Top College. He racked up 218 tackles, 30.Five sacks and two interceptions in his junior and senior seasons mixed en path to being tagged as a five-star recruit.
Alternatively, Phillips suffered 3 serious concussions early in his UCLA profession that resulted in him retiring from soccer forward of the 2019 season. He ultimately returned to the sport to play for Miami (Fla.) in 2020 and grew to become in one of the vital higher seasons of any pass-rusher within the nation. The concussion issues will force all the dialog surrounding Phillips, however there is not any arguing he is some of the purely proficient defensive potentialities within the magnificence.
17. Las Vegas Raiders — OT Christan Darrisaw, Virginia Tech
Darrisaw was once one of the vital larger school soccer breakouts in 2020. A former three-star recruit out of Maryland, he advanced his grade from 68.6 beginning at left take on in 2018 as much as 95.6 taking part in the similar place in 2020. The 6-foot-Five, 350-pounder earned himself some cash this season, evidently.
18. Miami Dolphins — Edge Jayson Oweh, Penn State
Certainly one of a number of developmental edge potentialities on this magnificence, Oweh is athletic and flexible for the location however lacks high-end school manufacturing. He earned simply an 81.eight PFF pass-rushing grade in 2019 and an 80.three PFF pass-rushing grade in 2020. Alternatively, he’s a venture value making an investment within the again finish of the primary around for a Titans crew in determined want of a few juice alongside the threshold.
19. Washington Soccer Workforce — OT Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State
Jenkins advanced his PFF grade in each and every of his previous 3 seasons at Oklahoma State, running all of the method as much as 92.Zero in 2020. He’s a highway grader within the run sport and a brick wall towards bull-rush sorts in move coverage. Activate his tape towards Texas’ Joseph Ossai, and you can briefly perceive the hype.
20. Chicago Bears — Edge Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
Ojulari is the finest natural velocity rusher within the 2021 magnificence and must select up wins alongside the outdoor edge early in his NFL profession. The previous Georgia standout has freaky explosiveness and the bend to show the nook and end on the quarterback. He earned a 91.7 pass-rushing grade that ranked moment amongst all FBS edge defenders in 2020.
21. Indianapolis Colts — WR Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
Bateman is not a freak athlete with high-end height velocity, however he is nonetheless one of the vital preferrred natural separators on this magnificence as a result of his skill to get off the road of scrimmage and win with environment friendly route-running. The previous Minnesota standout led the rustic in yards consistent with course from an out of doors alignment as a sophomore in 2019.
22. Tennessee Titans — WR Elijah Moore, Ole Leave out
Shedding Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith in the similar offseason must put Tennessee in a main place to focus on a large receiver at No. 22 general, and Elijah Moore could be an enormous worth for Ryan Tannehill and corporate. Moore was once some of the productive receivers within the nation for Lane Kiffin at Ole Leave out, completing the 2020 season with the third-highest PFF receiving grade within the nation (92.four).
23. New York Jets (by way of Seattle Seahawks) — CB Greg Newsome II, Northwestern
Northwestern’s Greg Newsome II is an ideal are compatible for Robert Saleh’s zone-heavy protection. He has nice click-and-close skill along side high-end balls talents that are meant to translate to early manufacturing in New York.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers — Edge Gregory Rousseau, Miami (Fla)
Rousseau is some distance from a sophisticated prospect, however the former Miami defender is a high-end athlete with ridiculous dimension and period for the location (6-foot-6, 260 kilos). He earned a 76.2 PFF grade taking part in up and down the road of scrimmage for the Hurricanes in 2019 and will right away step in as a chess piece in Pittsburgh’s protection whilst he develops his pass-rushing talent set.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (by way of Los Angeles Rams) — S Tre’von Moehrig, TCU
The Jaguars wish to proceed to speculate draft capital within the secondary. Sidney Jones is the one Jacksonville defender with 100-plus snaps at outdoor cornerback and a PFF grade above 61.Zero. Rookie C.J. Henderson must proceed to get well with revel in so long as he can keep wholesome, however the remainder of the intensity chart is a little bit of a large number.
Moehrig (6-foot-2, 202 kilos) is the finest unfastened protection prospect within the 2021 magnificence and must be coveted for his bodily equipment and ball manufacturing come April’s draft.
26. Cleveland Browns — DI Christian Barmore, Alabama
Barmore’s consistency at Alabama is one explanation why to be all for him as a high-end prospect, however his performances within the Red Tide’s bouts with Notre Dame and Ohio State within the School Soccer Playoff are one of the vital preferrred we have noticed from any defensive take on on this magnificence.
Purchasing into the excessive finish and proceeding to expand Barmore (RS So.) on the subsequent degree is a profitable funding for the Browns at No. 26, particularly understanding the loss of intensity within the 2021 defensive take on magnificence.
27. Baltimore Ravens — WR Terrace Marshall Jr., LSU
Terrace Marshall Jr. is a big-bodied large receiver who can play within the slot or at the outdoor on the subsequent degree. He can right away be what the Ravens was hoping Miles Boykin would become over the last two seasons.
28. New Orleans Saints — CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
These days PFF’s top-ranked cornerback and No. 14 general participant within the 2021 magnificence, Farley is a fluid athlete with all of the equipment vital to dominate at outdoor cornerback within the NFL. Ahead of opting out of the 2020 season and mentioning for the draft, the 6-foot-2, 207-pounder earned a 90.Five PFF protection grade that ranked 1/3 amongst Energy 5 cornerbacks in 2019.
Whilst Farley may really well be the finest cornerback to return out of the 2021 magnificence, issues along with his again damage and his sheer loss of revel in at outdoor cornerback may result in him being to be had for the Saints at No. 28.
29. Inexperienced Bay Packers — LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame
An elite athlete with one of the vital preferrred natural explosiveness within the magnificence, Owusu-Koramoah can briefly develop into one of the vital league’s preferrred protection linebackers if he continues to expand on the place. He excelled in protection whilst taking part in the majority of his snaps break up between the field and slot cornerback positions.
30. Buffalo Expenses — OT Dillon Radunz, North Dakota State
Radunz is a huge riser up draft forums coming off his stellar efficiency on the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl. He additionally earned 79.1 and 87.2 pass-blocking grades in his 2018 and 2019 seasons, respectively. The Expenses have already got starters at each left and proper take on in Daryl Williams and Dion Dawkins, however getting more youthful and less expensive at a top rate place whilst including intensity is a superb use of draft capital for a crew with few holes and a soon-to-be extremely paid quarterback.
31. Kansas Town Chiefs — OT Sam Cosmi, Texas
Probably the most higher athletes at his place, the 6-foot-7, 309-pound Cosmi earned 82.Zero-plus PFF pass-blocking grades in all 3 of his years at Texas. He additionally posted a 90.Five PFF general grade in 2020.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — OT Walker Little, Stanford
Walker Little could be coveted as one of the vital preferrred avid gamers on this magnificence if he did not leave out just about all the 2019 season and decide out of the 2020 season. He is a former five-star recruit with ridiculous athleticism for his dimension. Tristan Wirfs was once a house run for the Bucs a yr in the past, and Little may well be precisely that as a developmental piece at the back of Donovan Smith whilst the veteran performs out the remainder of his contract.