NFL mock draft 2021: Carson Wentz alternate adjustments plans for Colts, Bears, Broncos; Eagles journey on falling Justin Fields

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With some readability on a pair of of the altering quarterback scenarios within the NFL, it be time for one more fresh Sporting News 2021 mock draft.

Indianapolis joined Detroit in getting a quiet-young 2016 first-round starter with the alternate for Carson Wentz from Philadelphia. Those must no longer doubtlessly the most challenging three teams going away from taking a QB early from a situation neighborhood that has 5 principal first-round prospects.

This version additionally shakes up the functionality locations for many extra of doubtlessly the most proficient offensive skill gamers within the class. The Colts, Lions and Eagles all enact earn advantage for his or her QBs in varied solutions. One mammoth tight stop, two high running backs, 5 good wide receivers  — alongside with 5 sturdy offensive linemen — additionally all stir on this mock.

Right here’s how SN sees the picks having fun with out from No. 1 via No. 32 on April 29:

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NFL mock draft 2021

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-15)

  • Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson (6-6, 220 kilos)

Lawrence did no longer have doubtlessly the most challenging cease to his college profession, but he lived as a lot as expectations of being a generational skill on the location, the 2d in a row after Joe Burrow. He’s a glorious chief and winner on high of being a noteworthy-armed passer and succesful complicated runner. Lawrence will tidy up the Jaguars QB mess, hooked as a lot as a fresh coach, mammoth college winner Metropolis Meyer. Lawrence can have success correct away with the Jaguars having a correct line and high young skill gamers such as James Robinson, D.J. Chark and Laviska Shenault Jr. Neglect that talk about Meyer taking somebody else, especially one more QB.

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2. Novel York Jets (2-14)

  • Zach Wilson, QB, BYU (6-3, 210 kilos)

Wilson had an unprecedented season alongside with his accuracy and downfield passing to emerge because the draft class’ fresh 2d-most challenging QB prospect after Lawrence. Wilson would be a noteworthy, cerebral match for Mike LaFleur’s offense replacing Sam Darnold because the face of the franchise. The Jets are taking a understand less most likely to stay with Darnold within the fresh regime, altering to a rookie draft lift or a mammoth-name old college. If the Jets enact alternate for Deshaun Watson , then there would be a correct chance Wilson goes with this lift to the Texans.

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3. Miami Dolphins (from Texans for Laremy Tunsil)

  • Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon (6-5, 325 kilos)

The Dolphins can preserve in thoughts wide receiver and tight stop here to advantage Tua Tagovailoa but one scheme or the other cannot stir unpleasant going with touchdown an elite left take care of to advantage preserve him correct for a in point of fact long time. Sewell quiet is possibly the most challenging all-around take care of on this class alongside with his gentle agility for journey protection and rock-savor stature for the running sport.

4. Atlanta Falcons (4-12)

  • Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech (6-2, 207 kilos)

The Falcons have hinted they could possibly perhaps possibly also simply draft a quarterback within the future, nonetheless it would no longer create valuable sense in doubtlessly the main round as they’re quiet locked into Matt Ryan and could possibly perhaps possibly command extra secondary advantage to present a improve to A.J. Terrell on the abet stop of their rebuilding defense. Farley turned into one of doubtlessly the main high prospects to make a choice out for his closing college season. He has good size and sturdy all-around protection skills to the point he can create into a sound shutdown participant.

5. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)

  • Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida (6-6, 246 kilos)

The Bengals must earn extra routine, diverse playmakers for Joe Burrow with Tee HIggins and Tyler Boyd keeping the long flee intellectual at beginning air and slot receiver. Pitts, a wide receiver hybrid, would be splendid. He posted 770 yards and 12 TDs on most challenging 43 catches, a uncommon field-stretcher for the location besides to a dominant crimson zone force. He would be mammoth journey-catching enhance from free agent C.J. Uzomah, headed to free company after an damage-curbed season.

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6. Philadelphia Eagles (4-11-1)

  • Ja’Marr Breeze, WR, LSU (6-1, 208 kilos)

The Eagles did command a first-rounder on Jalen Reagor final 12 months, but they’ve masses of varied points at wideout for fresh starting QB Jalen Hurts and could possibly perhaps possibly command Breeze as their correct stir-to “X” beginning air to counterpoint Reagor as a rapid “Z.” Breeze posted 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 TDs for the length of the national championship season and can join susceptible teammate Justin Jefferson in lighting up the NFL as a flexible playmaker. 

7. Detroit Lions (5-11)

  • DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama (6-1, 175 kilos)

The Lions will need some wide receiver advantage for Jared Goff in some earn as they could possibly perhaps possibly also simply no longer be in a situation to re-signal both high Kenny Golladay and getting older Marvin Jones Jr.. Any individual who can complement T.J. Hockenson and D’Andre Swifte successfully within the passing sport would be splendid. Smith is falling on some boards thanks to distress about his frame, nonetheless it be noteworthy to ignore his Heisman Trophy-principal dominant manufacturing, especially when it peaked for the length of the College Football Playoff video games and build him into the dialog for many effective wideout within the class.

8. Carolina Panthers (5-11)

  • Justin Fields, QB, Ohio Remark (6-3, 233 kilos)

The Panthers can deem about offensive line and varied offensive skill positions here, but there is a noteworthy indication coach Matt Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady desire a extra dynamic, youthful enhance to Teddy Bridgewater. Fields wasn’t having doubtlessly the most standout 2d season for the Buckeyes in Worthy Ten play, but alongside with his mammoth bodily skill, he saved his absolute NFL-loving most challenging for lighting up Clemson and outplaying Lawrence with a stunning all-around performance within the College Football Playoff semifinal.

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9. Denver Broncos (5-11)

  • Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota Remark (6-4, 226 kilos)

The Broncos are already at a crossroads with Drew Lock and could possibly perhaps possibly simply be tempted to replace him here ought to Lance, challenging to John Elway, continue to exist the board here, pushing them away from taking cornerback or edge-speeding advantage for Vic Fangio’s defense. Lance has climbed abet up boards alongside with his large upside. As extra teams understand tapes of his statistically neutral correct lone season as a starter (2,786 yards passing, 28 TDs, no INTs, 1,100 yards speeding, 14 TDs) it be extra difficult to ignore the impressive bodily and athletic skills. 

10. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)

  • Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami (6-6, 260 kilos)

The Cowboys must advantage DeMarcus Lawrence better up front especially with the chance of shedding both Tyrone Crawford and Aldon Smith. Rousseau, who opted out of the Hurricanes season, did no longer in actuality must play to rob his stock after posting 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in his lone principal and closing season under defensive-minded head coach Manny Diaz. He would be a glorious match with fresh defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

11. Novel York Giants (6-10)

  • Jaylen Accelerate, WR, Alabama (5-10, 182 kilos)

Accelerate, savor his Crimson Tide teammate Smith, is a extremely expert all-around receiver the Giants could possibly perhaps possibly command to flee the total routes and earn beginning in each and each situation beginning air for Daniel Jones. He could possibly perhaps possibly with out issues remove over because the “X” stir-to man in Novel York, with Sterling Shepard sliding abet into his most challenging situation because the “Y” within the slot and Darius Slayton settling into the mammoth-play chance “Z”.

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12. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)

  • Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama (6-2, 203 kilos)

There is a rising chance the 49ers stir in a particular route at quarterback, either sticking with Jimmy Garopolo or trading for a old college enhance. They enact have a fundamental tell looming in their defense with a slew of cornerbacks headed to free company, led by old college chief Richard Sherman. That lines up successfully with this chance. Surtain, alongside with his pedigree, size and ball-hawking skills, has the functionality to be a correct shutdown participant.

13. Los Angeles Chargers (7-9)

  • Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern (6-4, 315 kilos)

The Chargers cannot stir into one more season with Sam Tevi and oft-injured getting older Bryan Bulaga because the pinnacle tackles for 2d-12 months franchise QB Justin Herbert. The most challenging offensive lineman on hand makes good sense here, extra for beginning air than inner. Slater, who opted out of his closing season with the Wildcats, is at as soon as rising up the boards again alongside with his all-around skill quandary getting extra attention. He held extra than his hang vs. Washington defensive rookie of the 12 months Breeze Younger in a college matchup.

​14. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)

  • Alijah Vera-Tucker, G/OT, USC (6-4, 300 kilos)

The Vikings must target a flexible offensive lineman who can advantage enhance the left aspect of their line. Vera-Tucker has separated from Ohio Remark’s now injured Wyatt Davis as doubtlessly the most challenging inner prospect on this class, as he can round out into a full blocker, additionally able to having fun with beginning air for a in point of fact long time with a petite bit extra polish.

15. Novel England Patriots (7-9)

  • Micah Parsons, ILB, Penn Remark (6-3, 245 kilos)

Parsons’ stock is no longer any longer in actuality falling; it be the truth the teams selecting sooner than the Patriots now fully cannot in actuality feel comfy going for this situation over some evident necessities. That is no longer any longer to insist Parsons is a luxurious lift for Novel England — the group could possibly perhaps possibly command a 2d-stage anchor to raise together all of Bill Belichick’s young front seven reinforcements, especially with a free-agent mess ahead. Parsons is a difficult-tackling and successfully-covering cleanup man, a rangy playmaker within the Luke Kuechly sport-altering mildew.

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16. Arizona Cardinals (8-8)

  • Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame (6-2, 216 kilos)

The Cardinals are comely correct within the edge journey flee with Chandler Jones and Haason Reddick, but need extra rangy 2d-stage advantage in opposition to both journey and flee. Owusu-Koramoah covers savor a defensive abet and has room to develop into a bodily flee stopper.

17. Las Vegas Raiders (8-8)

  • Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan (6-4, 272 kilos)

The Raiders must preserve deem about upgrading their journey flee with a participant who’s additionally versatile ample as a mammoth athlete to earn to the quarterback from the inner. Paye is a freak of nature and has fleet shot up draft boards. It’s noteworthy no longer to mediate a combination of Ziggy Ansah and Jason Pierre-Paul in that sense.

18. Miami Dolphins (10-6)

  • Zaven Collins, OLB, Tulsa (6-4, 260 kilos)

The Dolphins, after going for offensive take care of first, can be tempted to deem receiver or tight stop for Tagovailoa here, but they could possibly perhaps possibly also simply additionally a high-impact playmaker on the 2d stage of their defense. Collins explodes as an athlete and can create a range of plays alongside with his agility, quickness and fluctuate. Brian Flores would favor deploying his skill quandary.

19. Washington Football Crew (7-9)

  • Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida (5-11, 190 kilos)

Washington could possibly perhaps possibly in actuality be brooding about rolling with young Taylor Heinicke or one more old college bridge chance whereas it upgrades its offense in other places for now, with take care of and wide receiver high on the radar. Toney is dynamic after the pick and additionally has some heart of the sphere-stretching skill. He would be an splendid mammoth-play slot complement to Terry McLaurin.

20. Chicago Bears (8-8)

  • Mac Jones, QB, Alabama (6-3, 214 kilos)

The Bears cannot stick to Nick Foles anymore and Mitchell Trubisky is a free agent. They mustn’t have a range of resources to enhance QB in other places, so they could possibly perhaps possibly also simply as successfully faucet into a rising prospect with championship pedigree. Jones’ sturdy pocket passing must have good entice be Chicago’s long-term respond within the offense of Matt Nagy and John DeFilippo.

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21. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)

  • Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech (6-5, 314 kilos)

Now that the Colts have landed Wentz as their fresh starting quarterback, they’ll focal point first on replacing 32-12 months-archaic retiree Anthony Castonzo with one more doable rock at left take care of. Darrisaw has build himself into sturdy first-round consideration with standout athleticism that could possibly perhaps advantage him create into a delicate and nimble long-term journey protector within the NFL.

22. Tennessee Titans (11-5)

  • Azeez Ojulari, OLB, Georgia (6-3, 240 kilos)

The Titans’ journey flee turned into a bugaboo and it worth them in front of their old college journey defense within the tip with Jadeveon Clowney no longer providing ample unhurried free-company answers. Ojulari has jumped into first-round consideration because he is a varied journey-rusher who can match a fluctuate of schemes and alignments and has doable both in stopping the flee and in protection. Mike Vrabel and Shane Bowen would favor his form of play.

23. Novel York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks)

  • Najee Harris, RB, Alabama (6-2, 230 kilos)

After fielding a multitude of a backfield in 2020, the Jets can stir for a feature chance to advantage Wilson or one more QB. Harris had a noteworthy Senior Bowl week of practices showing off his running energy and versatility. He confirmed up in honest form and proved succesful he can take care of a 3-down workhorse role alongside with his receiving skills, quickness and smarts.

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24. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)

  • Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina (6-1, 205 kilos)

The Steelers have getting older corners beginning air in Steven Nelson and Joe Haden and both sub-package gamers, Mike Hilton and Cameron Sutton, are free brokers. Horn, the son of susceptible NFL wide receiver Joe Horn, is getting the due he deserves as a mammoth-time nook. His mammoth two-interception sport in opposition to Auburn fueled an upset as he turned into doubtlessly the most challenging participant on the sphere. This Horn has correct size, size, athleticism and physicality to maintain wideouts.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)

  • Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama (6-3, 310 kilos)

Barmore, splendid as a fresh building block for the Jaguars’ fresh gruesome 3-4 defense under susceptible Ravens assistant Joe Cullen, stood out as a inner terror for the Tide. He had a mammoth College Football Playoff flee in opposition to Notre Dame and Ohio Remark to rob his stock. Barmore combines strength and energy with good methodology. His unhurried-season surge makes him principal of a abet-half of first-rounder.

26. Cleveland Browns (11-5)

  • Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn Remark (6-5, 257 kilos)

The Browns must address their journey-flee distress reverse Myles Garrett with Olivier Vernon and Larry Ogunjobi about to create their defensive line thinner in free company. The relationship of getting older J.J. Watt apart, Oweh is the classic freakish athlete within the Pierre-Paul mode who has the functionality to be an explosive and productive rusher for a in point of fact long time, despite the indisputable truth that he must earn situationally in the beginning.

27. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)

  • Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU (6-1, 208 kilos)

The Ravens had the depraved breakup with Earl Thomas after having Eric Weddle give them correct play on the tip of his profession. They’re old college at one of the most safeties with DeShon Elliott flanking Chuck Clark. This safety class is deep with a range of equally valued prospects but Moehrig has managed to face out from the relaxation as a ball-hawking presence, sturdy flee supporter and sturdy single conceal man. He’s an arresting, impactful cleanup man within the mildew of Derwin James or Jessie Bates.

28. Novel Orleans Saints (12-4)

  • Nick Bolton, OLB, Missouri (6-0, 232 kilos)

The Saints have a comely correct edge journey flee and a 2d-stage force in Demario Davis, but they could possibly perhaps possibly also simply some advantage both upfield and getting around in protection. Bolton, alongside with his good coast and quickness made to stir with the journey across the sphere, can provide that. He additionally is a in point of fact sound tackler to preserve boosting their sturdy flee defense.

29. Green Bay Packers (13-3)

  • Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan (6-5, 319 kilos)

The Packers must mediate the conclude to future of Aaron Rodgers’ journey protection with correct take care of shaky reverse locked-up elite left take care of David Bakthiari, with Rick Wagner released and an enhance wished from Billy Turner. Mayfield has stood out on movie alongside with his size, size and strength and can create into a delicate blocker a la the Broncos’ Garett Bolles.

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30. Buffalo Bills (13-3)

  • Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson (5-10, 205 kilos)

The Bills have finished a correct job of engaged on offensive line and wide receiver upgrades to rob Josh Allen, but they must mediate cleaning up running abet where Devin Singletary and Zack Moss have shown flashes but restricted dynamic skill sets as later-round picks within the previous two drafts. Etienne turned into a surprise return to Clemson but boosted his stock gradual Harris as an all-around abet with 1,506 scrimmage yards and 16 TDs. He could possibly perhaps possibly also also be a large additional asset within the passing sport for Allen.

31. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (14-2)

  • Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU (6-3, 200 kilos)

With Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson hitting free company in 2021, this is able to a coup for Patrick Mahomes, who wants a sport-altering third target gradual Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. LSU keeps churning out the mammoth-time NFL wide receivers, with Breeze going earlier and Jefferson being an instantaneous first-round hit for the Vikings. Marshall has a glorious mixture of size and coast and can line up wherever as a mammoth-time complementary route runner to Hill.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5)

  • Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami (6-5, 226 kilos)

The Buccaneers are sure to remove a hit from their sturdy all-around defensive with take care of Ndamukong Suh, edge rusher Shaquil Barrett and inner linebacker Lavonte David all free brokers. To that stop, for now, they ought to see for doubtlessly the most challenging-upside participant on hand for Todd Bowles’ 3-4 front. Phillips has a glorious wingspan as an athlete who will get after it in opposition to both flee and journey. 

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