2021 NFL mock draft: Blockbuster trades shake up top picks in 2021 NFL Draft

Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields headline a loaded 2021 NFL Draft class. Unsurprisingly, both elite talents go back-to-back in our 2021 NFL mock draft.

By Matt Johnson

2021 NFL mock draft: The first two rounds of the NFL Playoffs are in the books and with 28 teams eliminated from contention for Super Bowl LV, their focus shifts to the 2021 NFL Draft. With the latest draft order set for the top-28 picks, we dive into our latest 2021 NFL mock draft.

While there are few guarantees in the NFL Draft, there is one thing for certain this year. Trevor Lawrence will be a member of the Jaguars in a few months, becoming the next star quarterback to be taken with the No. 1 overall pick. After that, every pick’s possibilities become fascinating and will be one of the biggest storylines this offseason. 

Quarterbacks define draft classes, there’s more to love about the 2021 NFL Draft. If your NFL team needs a stud edge rusher who can create pressure, a No. 1 receiver, or just more talent on both sides of the ball, it can be found here.

Tankathon’s live standings determine our draft order for the mock draft with our draft picks made through The Draft Network’s mock simulator. With much of the season in the books, it’s time to talk more about the 2021 NFL Draft.

Let’s dive into our latest 2021 NFL mock draft, with alternating picks made by Matt Johnson and Matt Fitzgerald

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2021 NFL Draft: Picks by team

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

2021 NFL mock draft: Jacksonville Jaguars
Dec 19, 2020; Charlotte, NC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) on the field after winning the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

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Hiring Urban Meyer doesn’t change anything for the Jacksonville Jaguars. While there’s no denying he has a close relationship with Justin Fields, talent is what matters. Trevor Lawrence is a generational talent, the kind of player an organization spends an entire year tanking so they can land. There’s a reason he draws Andrew Luck comparisons. Put him in this offense, with James Robinson, Laviska Shenault and D.J. Chark; great things will happen. The No. 1 pick is a lock. – Matt Johnson

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2. TRADE: Detroit Lions: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

2021 NFL mock draft: Detroit Lions
Dec 22, 2020; Boca Raton, Florida, USA; Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson (1) scores a touchdown against the UCF Knights during the first half at FAU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

2021 NFL DRAFT TRADE: The Detroit Lions trade the No. 7 overall pick, No. 41 overall pick, 2022 first-round pick, 2022 second-round pick to the New York Jets for the No. 2 pick.

For the love of all that is good and wholesome, Detroit finally starts over at quarterback and mercifully allows Matthew Stafford to seek greener pastures after a dozen years of service. What Wilson gives the Lions is a dynamic, dual-threat playmaker who has a lightning-quick release, isn’t a “see it” thrower like Justin Fields, and is well worth the steep cost incurred by moving up in the draft. The threat Wilson presents as a runner should give Detroit’s long-dormant rushing attack some juice, and his presence will be a draw for free agents as the Lions rebuild under new GM Brad Holmes. — Matt Fitzgerald

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3. TRADE: Carolina Panthers: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

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Jan 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) reacts against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2021 CFP National Championship Game. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

2021 NFL DRAFT TRADE: Carolina Panthers send No. 8 overall pick, No. 73rd overall pick, 2022-first and second-round picks to Miami Dolphins for pick 1.03.

Whether it happens this offseason or next, the Carolina Panthers are going to lose offensive coordinator Joe Brady. He is one of the NFL’s sharpest minds on the offensive side of the ball and his absence will be felt. With that in mind, Carolina needs a more talented quarterback to elevate this offense in the post-Brady era. Justin Fields’ performance in the College Football Playoff Semifinal was ridiculous, flashing his absurd potential. He must still work on things, like progressing through his heads, but he can blossom into a perennial Pro Bowl quarterback. Put him in this offense with Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel and Robby Anderson. Yeah, that’s a recipe for becoming the new kings of the NFC South. As for the cost, this is worth it to acquire a potential franchise quarterback. – Matt Johnson

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4. Atlanta Falcons: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

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Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Patrick Surtain II (2) reacts during the first quarter during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Arthur Smith hire is a little befuddling. Not really a fiery type of leader, and more of a schematic guru. What Smith should do is take pressure off quarterback Matt Ryan by better establishing the run. Atlanta obviously needs the most help on defense, and after drafting A.J. Terrell in the first round last year, the Falcons pair him with another No. 1-caliber cover man in Surtain. The Alabama star boasts NFL lineage and the advanced technique to be one of the game’s premier lockdown corners early in his career. — Matt Fitzgerald

5. Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

2021 NFL mock draft: Cincinnati Bengals
Apr 20, 2019; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Penei Sewell (58) points the scoreboard after the Oregon spring game at Autzen Stadium. Mighty Oregon beat Fighting Ducks 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

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Quarterbacks coming off the board early in the 2021 NFL Draft is the dream scenario for Cincinnati. Joe Burrow is still the unquestioned face of this franchise, but that won’t be the case if the Bengals can’t protect him in the future. Sewell is the best offensive tackle in the draft class, grading as Pro Football Focus’ top lineman in 2019. After dedicating a year to prepare for the NFL, Sewell should be ready to anchor the left side in Cincinnati. – Matt Johnson

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6. Philadelphia Eagles: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

2021 NFL mock draft: Miami Dolphins
Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (1) against the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

So. Many. Good. Receivers. Even though Chase opted out this season, he still gets the nod here for Philadelphia. You can bet Eagles GM Howie Roseman is kicking himself for drafting Jalen Reagor over Justin Jefferson in 2020, and he shouldn’t overthink this one and pass on an LSU wideout again. Chase had 1,780 yards receiving and 20 touchdown grabs in his final year with the Tigers. His route-running, ability to track downfield throws, size, speed and instincts for the position put him above Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith in this spot, although it’s rather close. — Matt Fitzgerald

7. TRADE: New York Jets: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

2021 NFL mock draft: New York Jets
Dec 5, 2020; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) makes a one-handed touchdown catch over LSU Tigers cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. (24) during the second quarter at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets really couldn’t ask for much more than this in a 2021 NFL draft mock. If the organization is going to give Sam Darnold another season, he deserves an offense that will actually support him. Look at Kyle Shanahan’s scheme in San Francisco, it thrives when there are receivers who can be moved around the field, used in motion and who create plays in space. DeVonta Smith, the best player in college football this year, showed that in the national championship game.  — Matt Johnson

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8. TRADE: Miami Dolphins: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

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Oct 17, 2020; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) catches a pass after Georgia defensive back Tyson Campbell (3) fell. Waddle turned the catch into a 90 yard touchdown during the second half of Alabama’s 41-24 win over Georgia at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr/The Tuscaloosa News via USA TODAY Sports

Well, Tua Tagovailoa doesn’t get the man he completed the national championship-winning touchdown to as a true freshman at Alabama (DeVonta Smith). However, the Dolphins signal-caller does pick up another former teammate in Waddle, who’s the best pure-speed deep threat in this class. Tagovailoa was trigger-shy in taking downfield shots last season, which was one of his strengths in college. Look for him to cut it loose in Year 2. Waddle would help those efforts immensely, because he can absolutely blow the top off a defense. — Matt Fitzgerald

9. Denver Broncos: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

2021 NFL mock draft: Denver Broncos
Jan 11, 2020; Frisco, Texas, USA; North Dakota State Bison quarterback Trey Lance (5) scrambles from James Madison Dukes safety D’Angelo Amos (24) in the third quarter at Toyota Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

With John Elway stepping down as general manager and George Paton coming in, we can start talking about the Denver Broncos drafting a quarterback. Drew Lock was horrendous this season, finishing with the highest rate of bad throws (22.9%), the worst quarterback rating under pressure (26.2) and the lowest quarterback rating (64.1) on play-action passes this season. He isn’t the answer at quarterback. Trey Lance offers tantalizing potential and actually is the kind of player an offense can be built around. Frankly, this decision was easy. – Matt Johnson

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10. Dallas Cowboys: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

2021 NFL mock draft:Dallas Cowboys
Nov 16, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies defensive back Caleb Farley (3) returns an interception for a touchdown against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the second quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

How good is Farley? Well, considering Surtain recorded Pro Football Focus’ best grade among 394 qualifying college cornerbacks in 2020 and Farley could still be drafted ahead of him pretty much says it all. The Hokies star is still relatively new to the position after initially arriving at Virginia Tech to play receiver. Because of that, he’s able to quickly identify route concepts and has excellent ball skills, with tons of upside to explore. Dallas badly needs help anywhere on defense, and Farley is the best player available in this mock scenario. — Matt Fitzgerald

11. New York Giants: Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan

2021 NFL mock draft: New York Giants
Nov 2, 2019; College Park, MD, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive lineman Kwity Paye (19) and linebacker Jordan Glasgow (29) prior to the snap during the 2g against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Judge wants to win football games in the trenches and with discipline on both sides of the ball. Under defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, this defense showed a lot of those traits in 2020. With that said, this front seven is still in need of more talent along the edge. Paye, a breakout star of the college football season, can bend the edge as a pass rusher and seal off outside running lanes. He is a three-down player and would be a fantastic addition to New York’s brand of football. – Matt Johnson

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12. San Francisco 49ers: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

2021 NFL mock draft: 2021 NFL Draft
Dec 1, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Chase Young (2) rushes the line (2) in the first half against Northwestern Wildcats lineman Rashawn Slater (70) in the Big Ten conference championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Even if Trent Williams returns at left tackle, San Francisco needs help in the trenches. With the top quarterbacks off the board, Slater fits the 49ers’ needs really well, because he projects favorably to slide inside at guard or play either tackle spot in the event Williams walks. Between Williams, Slater and Mike McGlinchey, head coach Kyle Shanahan should be able to get his injury-stricken team back on track in 2021, probably with a new veteran quarterback to replace Jimmy Garoppolo— Matt Fitzgerald

13. TRADE: Miami Dolphins: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

2021 NFL mock draft: Miami Dolphins
Nov 9, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Micah Parsons (11) celebrates after sacking the Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan (not pictured) in the second half at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

2021 NFL DRAFT TRADE: Miami Dolphins send 18th overall pick and 72nd overall pick (acquired via Carolina) for 13th overall pick

Miami easily could have been patient, letting the 2021 NFL Draft unfold and taken whoever fell to the No. 18 overall pick. Instead, with the help of their first draft-day blockbuster, the Dolphins jump up to No. 13 overall. Parsons is a top-10 talent in this draft class, offering incredible athleticism and instincts for the position. Plug him into Brian Flores’ defense, the missing piece for Miami’s front seven, this unit will destroy opponents in 2021. – Matt Johnson

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14. Minnesota Vikings: Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas

2021 NFL mock draft: Minnesota Vikings
Oct 31, 2020; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Texas Longhorns linebacker Joseph Ossai (46) waits on the snap during the third quarter of the game agains the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Texas won 41-34. Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

Try to name one of the Vikings’ edge-rushers from 2020. You can’t. Everson Griffen left town, and Danielle Hunter wasn’t in action, leaving not much left at the key defensive end position in coach Mike Zimmer’s defense. Minnesota’s front seven is riddled with uncertainty, so in this case, the team goes with Ossai, whose build and versatility as an edge player or off-ball linebacker is similar to that of longtime Vikings cornerstone Anthony Barr. — Matt Fitzgerald

15. New England Patriots: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

2021 NFL mock draft: New England Patriots
Dec 19, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Florida Gators tight end Kyle Pitts (84) catches the ball against Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Brian Branch (14) during the first quarter in the SEC Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Belichick has never spent a first-round pick on a quarterback. While it’s possible that streak could end in the 2021 NFL Draft, there’s little shot of history being made if Mac Jones is the option. Instead, the Patriots draft a top-10 talent and arguably the best tight end prospect to enter the NFL in years. No matter who is throwing him the football, Kyle Pitts will shine in New England’s offense. – Matt Johnson

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16. Arizona Cardinals: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

2021 NFL mock draft: Arizona Cardinals
Sep 14, 2019; Columbia, SC, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (4) and South Carolina Gamecocks defensive back Jaycee Horn (1) exchange words at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Peterson is hitting free agency, so that means the Cardinals need insurance at the cornerback spot, not to mention a longer-term player to fortify that position in the secondary. Horn fits the bill as a hard-nosed, physical cover man who played against the best in the SEC and would fit well in Arizona, as coordinator Vance Joseph likes to play man and bring pressure when possible. — Matt Fitzgerald

17. Las Vegas Raiders: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

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Nov 14, 2020; Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA; Tulsa Golden Hurricane linebacker Zaven Collins (23) gets ready for a play during the game against the Southern Methodist Mustangs at Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium. Tulsa won 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

Changes are coming to this defense. Jon Gruden has had his way with decisions in recent drafts, but the 2021 NFL Draft should be Mike Mayock’s time to make some calls. As a result, that means addressing a defense that needs a lot of help. Cory Littleton, one of the big signings in the 2020 NFL season, looked lost when on the field. Collins is a versatile linebacker with a physical style and size that Las Vegas will love. – Matt Johnson

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18. TRADE: Los Angeles Chargers: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

2021 NFL mock draft: Los Angeles Chargers
Sep 7, 2019; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns left tackle Samuel Cosmi (52) in the first half against the Louisiana State Tigers at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

At starter at both tackle positions during his time with the Longhorns, Cosmi is an ideal protector for young franchise quarterback Justin Herbert. Although Cosmi still has plenty of room for improvement in refining his pass blocking techniques, he’s a nimble athlete who should help the Chargers better balance out their offense with an improved run game. LA ranked 18th in rushing offense this last season.

19. Washington Football Team: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

2021 NFL mock draft: Washington Football Team
Sep 7, 2019; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies running back Keshawn King 935) celebrates his first touch down with Christian Darrisaw (77) in the first period against the Old Dominion Monarchs at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lee Luther Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Mac Jones gets some consideration here, but spending a top-20 pick on him still feels too rich. Instead, Washington can spend its offseason finding another long-term solution at quarterback and the No. 19 overall pick can be devoted to helping whoever that is. Darrisaw is a beast of an offensive tackle, with The Draft Network’s Joe Marino comparing him to Jake Matthews. If Washington can get that level of play out of Darrisaw for the next five-plus years, it should be happy. – Matt Johnson

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20. Chicago Bears: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC

2021 NFL mock draft: Chicago Bears
Dec 18, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Southern California Trojans offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker (75) during the Pac-12 Championship against the Oregon Ducks at United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Oregon defeated USC 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

When the offense finally got rolling and helped Chicago into the playoffs, it was more to do with tailback David Montgomery emerging as a breakout star than anything else. That’s why the Bears need to keep getting tougher in the trenches, and find an upgrade at quarterback outside the draft, because they’re too far back to trade up for one of the top prospects. Vera-Tucker plays angry and eager to dole out punishment, with the potential to move from left tackle to guard and become one of the best interior pass blockers in all of football, too. — Matt Fitzgerald

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21. Indianapolis Colts: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

2021 NFL mock draft: Indianapolis Colts
Nov 21, 2020; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) warms up before the Kentucky game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via USA TODAY Sports

Even if Philip Rivers returns to the Indianapolis Colts in 2021, this team needs to find its quarterback of the future. Making the playoffs meant being knocked out of range for the top options. Jones has elevated himself into top-25 consideration. Jones isn’t a great quarterback prospect, but he is NFL-ready and has the arm strength to open this offense up for vertical throws. Frank Reich can scheme a game plan that fits Jones’ skills, putting the Colts in a position to take advantage of all their great talent. – Matt Johnson

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22. Tennessee Titans: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami

2021 NFL mock draft: Tennessee Titans
Oct 26, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) is chased by Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman Gregory Rousseau (15) during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Oh, would Mike Vrabel be all over this. A lackluster pass rush was Tennessee’s glaring issue this season, and Rousseau directly addresses it. The Hurricanes star had 19.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks in 2019 before opting out of his final year. He’s still raw, but the good news is Rousseau can rush from inside or the edge. Even as he adjusts to the pro game, he’ll present immediate value in subpackages as an interior pass-rusher. — Matt Fitzgerald

23. New York Jets (via SEA): Najee Harris, running back, Alabama

2021 NFL mock draft: New York Jets: 2021 NFL Draft
Jan 1, 2021; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris (22) stiff arms Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Drew White (40) in the third quarter during the Rose Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

This is where things get interesting for the Jets. Hiring Robert Saleh would lend to the belief that this team needs to invest its first-round picks on defense. However, Saleh showed in San Francisco that he can get greatness out of a lot more than just first-round selections. So, we give offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur the all-purpose back his offense needs. With Harris running defenders over and catching passes out of the backfield, New York’s play-action attack will be beautiful. – Matt Johnson

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24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

2021 NFL mock draft: Pittsburgh Steelers
Nov 30, 2019; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Chase Young (2) rushes on Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield (73) in the second half at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

An unimaginative offense and failure to adjust resulted in the Steelers parting ways with play-caller Randy Fichtner. It appears as though Ben Roethlisberger will be back for 2021, so Pittsburgh must find a way to run the ball after finishing dead last in rushing yards per game this season. Mayfield’s mauling presence would be a big help to those efforts. — Matt Fitzgerald

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR): Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

2021 NFL mock draft
Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood (70) against the Clemson Tigers in the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

With a head coach and quarterback in place, Jacksonville can turn its attention to protecting Trevor Lawrence. Offensive tackle stands out as a need for the Jaguars, especially after the season Jawaan Taylor had on the right side. The beauty of Leatherwood is the versatility he offers, with experience at tackle and on the interior offensive line. He might need some time to develop, but the talent to be a reliable starter on the right side is there.

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26. Cleveland Browns: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

2021 NFL mock draft: Cleveland Browns
Dec 19, 2020; Charlotte, NC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) with the ball as Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (6) defends in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

As was the case in last week’s mock, the positional need and fit work out well here for Cleveland without any trading up. The Browns’ only viable linebacker who’s slated to be on the 2021 roster is Sione Takitaki, who’s showing improvement but is still a work in progress in pass coverage. Owusu-Koramoah is definitely strong against the run, but for the Browns, he’d be a revelation as dropper in coverage, who’d make up for the potential loss of B.J. Goodson or Malcolm Smith. 

27. Baltimore Ravens: Terrace Marshall Jr, WR, LSU

2021 NFL mock draft: Baltimore Ravens
Oct 10, 2020; Columbia, Missouri, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. (6) catches a pass as Missouri Tigers defensive back Jaylon Carlies (17) defends during the second half at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Very difficult call here at receiver once again, but while Rashod Bateman is a trendy pick, Marshall’s slightly superior top-end speed and positional versatility give him the nod here. Overshadowed by Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase at LSU, Marshall had 731 yards receiving and 10 TDs in only seven games in 2020 — without those two wideouts to draw coverage. And it’s not like Joe Burrow was throwing Marshall the ball, either. If Lamar Jackson gets another weapon like Marshall to pair with Marquise Brown, look out for Baltimore’s passing attack to be truly scary next season. — Matt Fitzgerald

28. New Orleans Saints: Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia

2021 NFL mock draft: 2021 NFL Draft
Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Eric Stokes (27) runs with the ball after making an interception during the annual Florida Georgia rivalry game at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. Nov. 7, 2020. The Florida Gators beat the Bulldogs 44-28. Gators vs Georgia 68

The New Orleans Saints are in an unprecedented cap situation. Set to enter the 2021 NFL offseason nearly $100 million over the salary cap, New Orleans will be shedding talent. Janoris Jenkins is among the top cut candidates and Marshon Lattimore will likely bolt in free agency next offseason for a team that can afford to pay him. So, Stokes fits a need and the value is right as one of the best players available. Add him to this secondary as Jenkins’ replacement and this pass defense can hold its own in 2021. – Matt Johnson

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29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

2021 NFL mock draft: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dec 19, 2020; Charlotte, NC, USA; Clemson Tigers running back Travis Etienne (9) with the ball as Notre Dame Fighting Irish safety Kyle Hamilton (14) defends in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve sent a left tackle to the Buccaneers in recent mock drafts, but Donovan Smith is playing really well as of late and it may save him from being cut. If that’s the case, the Buccaneers can grab the player who will help Tom Brady win a Super Bowl. Forget about Leonard Fournette, Etienne will be the home-run hitter in this rushing attack. One of the league’s best offenses becomes even more unstoppable. – Matt Johnson

30. Buffalo Bills: Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

2021 NFL mock draft: Buffalo Bills
Florida State Seminoles defensive back Asante Samuel Jr. (26) after Clemson does not complete the pass as the Florida State Seminoles take on the Clemson Tigers in college football at Doak S. Campbell Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. Credit: Alicia Devine/Democrat via Imagn Content Services, LLC

The pedigree is strong with Samuel, too, and somewhere else in the AFC East, Bill Belichick quietly weeps as he watches the son of one of his best players ever go to a division rival. Buffalo already gets excellent safety play and has a legitimate top-flight cornerback in Tre’Davious White. Whether Samuel starts opposite White on the outside or plays in the slot, he’ll improve the Bills’ defensive backfield at either spot. — Matt Fitzgerald

31. Green Bay Packers: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

2021 NFL mock draft: Green Bay Packers
Oct 24, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman (0) catches a pass in the first half against the Michigan Wolverines at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

In most scenarios, the Green Bay Packers should take the best available lineman or cornerback with their first-round pick. When a player of Bateman’s skill level becomes available, though, you can’t pass on him and that’s especially true this late in the 2021 NFL Draft. Imagine adding a wide receiver like Allen Robinson as Green Bay’s No. 2 receiver; that’s the potential Bateman offers. He’d instantly become a favorite of Aaron Rodgers and with defenses so focused on Davante Adams, Bateman could have a 1,000-yard rookie season. – Matt Johnson

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32. Kansas City Chiefs: Wyatt Davis, iOL, Ohio State

2021 NFL mock draft: Kansas City Chiefs
Sep 7, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Wyatt Davis (52) against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Running the ball, particularly in the red zone, has been problematic for the reigning Super Bowl champions. Davis regressed a bit in 2020, yet he showed impressive form particularly in the Big Ten Championship Game, when he helped Trey Sermon rack up 331 yards on the ground against Northwestern’s hard-nosed defense. The guard spot is wide-open in Kansas City for 2021, and Davis is someone who’d most likely start in Week 1 for the Chiefs as long as he’s recovered from the injury he suffered in the national championship game. — Matt Fitzgerald

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  • 4th round pick (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 5th round pick (Cleveland/Los Angeles Rams)
  • 6th round pick
  • 7th round pick (Buffalo Bills/Carolina Panthers)

Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 draft picks

  • 1st round pick
  • 2nd round pick
  • 3rd round pick
  • 4th round pick
  • 5th round pick (Steelers/Baltimore Ravens)
  • 6th round pick (Steelers/Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 7th round pick (Miami Dolphins)
  • 7th round pick (Baltimore Ravens)

Baltimore Ravens 2021 draft picks

  • 1st round pick
  • 2nd round pick
  • 4th round pick
  • 6th round pick

Houston Texans 2021 NFL draft picks

  • 3rd round pick
  • 4th round pick (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 4th round pick
  • 5th round pick
  • 6th round pick (New Orleans Saints)
  • 6th round pick (Miami Dolphins)
  • 6th round pick
  • 7th round pick

Jacksonville Jaguars 2021 draft picks

  • 1st round pick
  • 1st round pick (Los Angeles Rams)
  • 2nd round pick
  • 2nd round pick (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 3rd round pick
  • 4th round pick
  • 4th round pick (Los Angeles Rams)
  • 5th round pick
  • 5th round pick (Cleveland Browns)
  • 7th round pick
  • 7th round pick (Tennessee Titans)

Tennessee Titans 2021 draft picks

  • 1st round pick
  • 2nd round pick
  • 3rd round pick
  • 4th round pick
  • 5th round pick
  • 7th round pick (Kansas City Chiefs)

Indianapolis Colts 2021 draft picks

  • 1st round pick
  • 2nd round pick
  • 3rd round pick
  • 4th round pick
  • 5th round pick
  • 6th round pick
  • 7th round pick

Denver Broncos 2021 NFL draft picks

  • 1st round pick
  • 2nd round pick
  • 3rd round pick
  • 4th round pick
  • 5th round pick
  • 6th round pick
  • 7th round pick
  • 7th round pick (Cleveland Browns)
  • 7th round pick (New York Giants)

Los Angeles Chargers 2021 draft picks

  • 1st round pick
  • 2nd round pick
  • 3rd round pick
  • 4th round pick
  • 5th round pick
  • 6th round pick
  • 6th round pick (Jacksonville Jaguars/Tennessee Titans)
  • 7th round pick

Las Vegas Raiders 2021 draft picks

  • 1st round pick
  • 2nd round pick
  • 3rd round pick
  • 4th round pick
  • 5th round pick (Miami Dolphins)
  • 6th round pick (Least favorable of Raiders/Washington Football Team, following COVID-19 penalty)
  • 7th round pick: (Chicago Bears/Raiders)

Kansas City Chiefs 2021 draft picks

  • 1st round pick
  • 2nd round pick
  • 3rd round pick
  • 4th round pick
  • 5th round pick
  • 7th round pick

New York Giants 2021 NFL draft picks

  • 1st round pick
  • 2nd round pick
  • 3rd round pick
  • 4th round pick* — If don’t re-sign Leonard Williams before start of 2021 league year
  • 5th round pick* — If re-signs Williams, thus sending 2021 fourth-round pick to Jets.
  • 6th round pick (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 6th round pick

Dallas Cowboys 2021 draft picks

  • 1st round pick
  • 2nd round pick
  • 3rd round pick
  • 4th round pick
  • 5th round pick (Detroit Lions)* — Conditional, or becomes 6th round pick
  • 6th round pick (Detroit Lions)* — Becomes 5th if conditions met
  • 7th round pick

Washington Football Team 2021 draft picks

  • 1st round pick
  • 2nd round pick
  • 3rd round pick (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 3rd round pick
  • 4th round pick
  • 5th round pick
  • 7th round pick
  • 7th round pick (Chicago Bears/Las Vegas Raiders)

Philadelphia Eagles 2021 draft picks

  • 1st round pick
  • 2nd round pick
  • 3rd round pick
  • 5th round pick (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 5th round pick
  • 6th round pick
  • 7th round pick

Atlanta Falcons 2021 NFL draft picks

  • 1st round pick
  • 2nd round pick
  • 3rd round pick
  • 4th round pick
  • 5th round pick
  • 6th round pick

Carolina Panthers 2021 draft picks

  • 1st round pick
  • 2nd round pick
  • 3rd round pick
  • 4th round pick
  • 5th round pick
  • 6th round pick

New Orleans Saints 2021 draft picks

  • 1st round pick
  • 2nd round pick
  • 4th round pick
  • 5th round pick* — Goes to San Francisco 49ers if Kwon Alexander meets certain snap conditions

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2021 draft picks

  • 1st round pick
  • 2nd round pick
  • 3rd round pick
  • 4th round pick
  • 5th round pick
  • 7th round pick
  • 7th round pick (Pittsburgh Steelers)

San Francisco 49ers 2021 NFL draft picks

  • 1st round pick
  • 2nd round pick
  • 4th round pick
  • 5th round pick
  • 5th round pick (New Orleans Saints)* — Conditional on Kwon Alexander’s snaps
  • 7th round pick
  • 7th round pick (New York Jets)

Arizona Cardinals 2021 draft picks

  • 1st round pick
  • 2nd round pick
  • 3rd round pick
  • 5th round pick
  • 7th round pick

Seattle Seahawks 2021 draft picks

  • 2nd round pick
  • 4th round pick
  • 5th round pick
  • 6th round pick

Los Angeles Rams 2021 draft picks

  • 2nd round pick
  • 3rd round pick
  • 6th round pick
  • 7th round pick

Chicago Bears 2021 draft picks

  • 1st round pick
  • 2nd round pick
  • 3rd round pick
  • 5th round pick
  • 6th round pick
  • 7th round pick (Atlanta Falcons)

Detroit Lions 2021 draft picks

  • 1st round pick
  • 2nd round pick
  • 3rd round pick
  • 4th round pick
  • 5th round pick* — Conditional trade with Dallas Cowboys, could become 6th
  • 6th round pick*

Minnesota Vikings 2021 draft picks

  • 1st round pick
  • 3rd round pick
  • 3rd round pick (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 4th round pick (Chicago Bears)
  • 4th round pick (Buffalo Bills)
  • 4th round pick
  • 5th round pick
  • 5th round pick (Baltimore Ravens/Pittsburgh Steelers)

Green Bay Packers 2021 draft picks:

  • 1st round pick
  • 2nd round pick
  • 3rd round pick
  • 4th round pick
  • 5th round pick
  • 6th round pick