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2021 NFL Mock Draft: Steelers, 49ers, Panthers all trade up for QBs; Dolphins land WR and RB for Tua

2021 NFL Mock Draft: Steelers, 49ers, Panthers all trade up for QBs; Dolphins land WR and RB for Tua, Dot News

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2021 NFL Mock Draft: Steelers, 49ers, Panthers all trade up for QBs; Dolphins land WR and RB for Tua

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

There was some discussion this week on the ol’ Twitter machine about some NFL teams having Zach Wilson ranked higher than Trevor Lawrence. And perhaps those teams exist — but it’s hard to envision the Jaguars doing anything but taking Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick.

BYU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

2nd

We still don’t know what the Jets have planned for Sam Darnold; perhaps they trade down for another QB, or trade down with designs on keeping Darnold and surrounding him with better players. For now we’ll continue to have them taking Wilson here.

Oregon

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 330 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Last year, the Bucs traded up one spot to get right tackle Tristan Wirfs, who went on to have an outstanding rookie campaign all the way to the Super Bowl. This week, we have the Bengals moving up two spots to get Sewell, who will bookend Jonah Williams and protect Joe Burrow, who missed part of last season after tearing his ACL.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 228 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Panthers got a first-hand look at Mac Jones at the combine, but instead, they trade up for the higher-upside Fields, who has unlimited potential but is still growing into the position. Fields could spend a year learning behind Teddy Bridgewater before taking over the starting job in 2022.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

DeVante Parker was a reliable target during the season, but there’s not much depth behind him. Ja’Marr Chase is our WR1 and his presence would give Tua Tagovailoa another downfield go-to threat.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 305 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

It’s still unclear why the Eagles all but gave up in their Week 17 game to go from the No. 9 to the No. 6 spot in the draft, especially if they aren’t eyeing a QB. (This, of course, makes us think they’re eyeing a QB.) As it stands, with Chase off the board, we get current starting QB Jalen Hurts some much-needed help along the offensive line. Slater can play all five O-line positions and should be a Day 1 starter.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’10»

/ 182 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola are all headed for free agency, and while the Lions will almost certainly try to keep Golladay, who was injured for much of the 2020 season, adding a home-run threat like Waddle would certainly brighten Jared Goff’s spirits.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

1st

Falcons fans get increasingly angry with every mock in which we have them targeting a QB, so this week we have Atlanta trading down and landing arguably the best pass catcher in this class, tight end Kyle Pitts. The team currently has one TE under contract (Hayden Hurst through 2021) and adding a playmaker like Pitts fills an obvious need with an elite player.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 244 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

Josey Jewell is coming off a strong season, but he’s the only off-ball linebacker currently under contract in Denver. Parsons has top-5 talent and could get pushed down the board if there are runs on QBs and offensive linemen.


Trey Lance


QB

NFL Draft

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 226 lbs

The 49ers trade up for the most athletic QB in this class, Trey Lance. Kyle Shanahan said in recent weeks that Jimmy Garoppolo is his QB for 2021, but that doesn’t mean the team can’t (or won’t) plan for the future. Lance has the athleticism and arm strength to be a legit NFL QB, he only lacks experience. But if anyone can get the most out of his abilities it’s Shanahan, who did just that with Robert Griffin III during his rookie year in Washington back in 2012.

USC

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

5th

The Giants need pass rush help, but bolstering the offensive line may take priority. Andrew Thomas got better as the year progressed, but Vera-Tucker proved in 2020 that he can play either guard or tackle and excelled while doing it.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

1st

Farley remains our CB1 and the Cowboys have a gaping hole in the secondary. The team could also look to address pass rusher or offensive line here too.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 214 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

5th

Maybe Big Ben returns for another season, maybe he doesn’t. Either way, the Steelers are looking for their next franchise QB and will have to trade up to get him. Two decades ago Jones, a traditional pocket passer, would’ve been a top-5 pick. In 2021, he’ll be valued less than the more athletic QBs in this class but has a chance to be as good if not better.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Vikes have needs along the offensive and defensive lines, but it’s hard to pass on Smith here. Yes, he’s undersized, but he also plays like someone who weighs 30 pounds more than his listed 175.

Georgia

• Fr

• 6’3″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

58th

POSITION RNK

7th

The Patriots didn’t have much of a pass rush to speak of last season; Michigan alums Chase Winovich (5.5 sacks, led the team) and Josh Uche will continue to get better, but Ojulari is an immediate impact player who can set the edge against the run and get after the QB in passing situations.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 203 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Patrick Peterson and Dre Kirkpatrick will be free agents in a few weeks and Surtain, who has been Alabama’s best cornerback the last two seasons, would be a good fit in Arizona in 2021.

Tulsa

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Raiders defense was a disaster last season and Collins, who was a force in the middle of the field for Tulsa, has the athleticism to be a sideline-to-sideline playmaker in Las Vegas.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 314 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Colts don’t want to wait around to see if Darrisaw is still on the board at No. 21, so they trade up three spots. 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.

Purdue

• Soph

• 5’9″

/ 180 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

4th

If Moore had played more than seven games the last two seasons we’re probably talking about him as a top-10 pick. But the Football Team could certainly use him to take pressure off Terry McLaurin and Antonio Gibson — and whomever ends up under center.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

4th

Owusu-Koramoah’s best position in the NFL will probably be safety (or at least a hybrid position that doesn’t see him playing a lot of off-ball linebacker), and with Eddie Jackson as the Bears’ only safety with any meaningful snaps last season currently under contract, bolstering the secondary with a player of Owusu-Koramoah’s caliber makes sense for this defense.

Alabama

• Sr

• 6’2″

/ 230 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

41st

POSITION RNK

2nd

We’ve had Najee Harris, running back, going in the top 20 in previous drafts and have been perfectly fine with the idea. So now that Miami has traded back to No. 21 we feel even better about it. He’s been that good and it’s one more weapon (from Alabama, incidentally) for Tua, who enters Year 2 needing to show improvement over an up-and-down rookie campaign.

Penn State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 253 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

80th

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.

South Carolina

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

44th

POSITION RNK

4th

Bryce Hall and Blessaun Austin are under contract, but both graded in the bottom half among all CBs last season, according to PFF. Horn is one of the most aggressive CBs in this class and has a chance to make an immediate impact at the next level.

Miami (FL)

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 266 lbs

Melvin Ingram will be a free agent this spring and adding a player of Phillips’ caliber would fill an obvious need. And with the added bonus of trading down, L.A. could also accumulate draft capital to address needs like offensive line and tight end.

Alabama

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

26th

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.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 305 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

128th

POSITION RNK

1st

Nixon is an explosive interior defensive lineman who has a knack for finding his way into the backfield and being disruptive vs. both the pass and the run.

TCU

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

39th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Chuck Clark and DeShon Elliott held their own last season, but Elliott has one more year left on his current deal. Meanwhile, Moehrig is the best safety in the class who can play deep safety and in the slot if needed.

Florida

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

81st

POSITION RNK

10th

There’s not much depth behind Michael Thomas and Toney has the type of after-the-catch abilities to thrive in a Sean Payton offense.

Missouri

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 232 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

3rd

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

Miami (FL)

• Soph

• 6’7″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

1st

Mario Addison was tied for the team lead with five sacks and while there’s also needs at linebacker and along the offensive line, Rousseau had a 15.5-sack season in ’19 (he opted out last season) and is just scratching the surface on his ability.

Syracuse

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 213 lbs

We have a second-round grade on Ifeatu Melifonwu, but we also didn’t expect Andy Reid to take Clyde Edwards-Helaire in Round 1 a year ago. Melifonwu is a big, physical corner who plays with the agility of someone much smaller, and Kansas City could be looking to restock the secondary in the coming months.

Clemson

• Sr

• 5’10»

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Bucs have much to sort out in free agency, including what to do with Playoff Lenny Fournette. 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.

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