While nothing is certain in NFL Draft season, a few things are. Adam Schefter will get too much
air time on NFL Network, Mel Kiper’s hairline will recede for every 100 mock drafts he creates
in a given week, and a team will inevitably REACH for a quarterback in the first round. Below,
Questionable Lock presents the first mock draft of the NFL 2021 Offseason.
#1. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: QB Trevor Lawrence
- This pick is all but locked in. Clemson superstar QB Trevor Lawrence will join former OSU
legend Urban Meier and a talented supporting cast in Duval this Spring. Lawrence’s 6’6 foot
frame, ridiculous arm strength, and quickness in the pocket makes him the surest QB prospect
since Andrew Luck. Watch out for the Jacksonville Jaguars next Fall.
#2. NEW YORK JETS: QB Justin Fields
- There are a ton of plays for the Jets with this pick. While trading down and sticking with Sammy D may be the safest option, the Jets need to do something drastic to change their disastrous franchise image and the toxicity in the locker room left by Adam “I’ll trade you to the Browns” Gase. While hiring Robert Saleh is a surefire way to start this revamping, picking Justin Fields will inject the franchise with much needed, new energy.
#3. MIAMI DOLPHINS: OT Penei Sewell
- While Deshaun Watson may be hoping to bask in the Florida sunshine with more money in his bank, the Dolphins stick with Tua here and get him some much-needed protection. While the Alabama connection in picking Tua’s old teammate and recent Heisman trophy winner Devonta Smith (WR) could easily occur, the Dolphins would be foolish to pass up on a prospect that would ultimately bolster Tua’s chances at becoming this team’s franchise QB. Surely, the Dolphins have seen the success of their former QB Ryan Tannehill behind a real offensive line in Tennessee, so why not give the league’s third highest selling player jersey in Tagovailoa another try.
#4: ATLANTA FALCONS: EDGE Gregory Rousseau
- The Atlanta Falcons are changing things up for once. The hiring of new head coach Arthur Smith and new general manager Terry Fontenot is the start of a new chapter for a team that has been soul-searching since their devastating defeat in SuperBowl LI. While the Falcons offense struggled throughout the season, the team’s biggest weakness was on the defensive side of the football. Despite the Falcons leading by 16+ points in three different games this season, they still managed to lose all three. Opting out of the 2020 CFB season, the Falcons rely on impressive tape from this DE’s previous year in which he led the Hurricanes defense with 15.5 sacks and 34 solo tackles.
#5: CINCINNATI BENGALS: WR Ja’Marr Chase
- With Sewell off the board, this is strong TRADE DOWN territory for the Bengals here. Make no mistake: the Bengals need an offensive line to protect franchise QB Joe Burrow, but because trades are omitted in this mock the Bengals take the best available option to appease their franchise cornerstone. Instead of reaching for the next best available offensive lineman in Rashawn Slater, the Bengals take Burrow’s friend, teammate, and game-changing college wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase. While Chase opted out of the 2020 CFB season, he recorded 20 receiving touchdowns and 1,777 receiving yards on the season with Burrow as his QB.
#6: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: WR Devonta Smith
- If the Heisman winner falls this far, then the Eagles need to take him. The Eagles have missed on many wide receivers and have botched many draft picks in recent years. This was summed up by a now-viral video of the Vikings front office scoffing at Philly’s decision to pass up on rookie-phenom receiver Justin Jefferson. With Pederson out the door, the Eagles have one last chance to try and salvage QB Carson Wentz’s career. Enter Devonta Smith. If Wentz truly is broken, then the Eagles should at least give Jalen Hurts a chance to play with his former superstar teammate.
#7: DETROIT LIONS: LB Micah Parsons
- Lions new Head Coach Dan Campbell has already been dubbed the “dude” in Detroit. From a stature standpoint, Campbell has qualities that could make anyone run through a theoretical wall for him. With question marks surrounding the future of Matt Stafford in the Motor City, the Lions would be wise to start building around a game-changing body like Penn State’s Micah Parsons. The best player available at this point, Parsons has the ability to transform the identity of a defense, especially for a defense with little identity at all at this point. Parsons embodies the new-age linebacker that comes at a premium in the league now-a-days and his 2019 tape ( opted out of 2020 CFB season ) will certainly be enough to justify taking him within the top 10.
#8: CAROLINA PANTHERS: QB Zach Wilson
- While Matt Rhule’s offense showed some flashes in 2020, the loss of star back Christian McCaffrey created a one-dimensional dilemma for the team in which the Panthers over-relied on QB Teddy Bridgewater. While Teddy B. has his moments, he does not seem like the bonafide franchise QB that Rhule intends to install with six years left on his deal. Insert BYU standout Zach Wilson. Wilson’s 33 passing TDs and 10 rushing TDs led BYU to an 11-1 surprise season that gave the program an identity, similar to what Rhule achieved at Baylor. Instead of throwing him to the fire, Wilson can adapt to NFL defenses by sitting and learning under Bridgewater in a seemingly perfect bridge quarterback situation.
#9: DENVER BRONCOS: CB Caleb Farley
- With Patty Maholmes in their division, the Broncos need to find a solid cornerback to solidify their secondary. While Denver ranked in the middle of the pack (16th) in terms of opposing passing yards per game, current DBs A.J. Bouye and Bryce Callahan have been plagued by injuries. With questionable third options, the Broncos take Virginia Tech stud Caleb Farley over Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II. In 2019, Farley recorded 20 total tackles and 4 interceptions in 10 games. For one of the better defensive programs in the NFL, head coach Vic Fangio needs to turn around this unit before his seat burns out from underneath him.
#10: DALLAS COWBOYS: OL Rashawn Slater
- The Dallas Cowboys were one of the most uninspiring teams in 2020. After the loss of QB Dak Prescott, it seemed like the heart and soul of the team were ripped out from “America’s team.” While there seems to be questions surrounding both sides of the ball in Dallas, the Cowboys need to reinforce an offensive line that tanked in terms of production during the 2020 season. With an aging and often injured Tavis Frederick, this offensive line needs a plug and play, versatile starter like Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater. While Dallas could go corner here, the Cowboys would be wise to bolster this once great unit if they hope to revive the efficiency and therefore justify the enormous contract that comes with RB Ezekiel Elliot.
#11 NY GIANTS: TE Kyle Pitts
#12 SF 49ERS: CB Patrick Surtain II
#13 LA CHARGERS: OL Alijah Vera-Tucker
#14 MINN VIKINGS: DT Christian Barmore
#15 NE PATRIOTS: QB Trey Lance
#16 AZ CARDINALS: CB Jaycee Horn
#17 LV RAIDERS: DE Kwity Payne
#18 MIA DOLPHINS: WR Jaylen Waddle
#19 WSH FBT: OL Wyatt Davis
#20 CHI BEARS: QB Mac Jones
#21 IND COLTS: OL Samuel Cosmi
#22 TENN TITANS: DE Jaelan Phillips
#23 NY JETS: DE Jayson Oweh
#24 PITT STEELERS: RB Najee Harris
#25 JAX JAGUARS: CB Derion Kendrick
#26 CLE BROWNS: LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
#27 BAL RAVENS: WR Rashod Bateman
#28 NO SAINTS: LB Zaven Collins
#29 TB BUCS: DL Patrick Jones II
#30 BUFF BILLS: CB Tyson Campbell
#31 GB PACKERS: LB Joseph Ossai
#32 KC CHIEFS: OL Christian Darrisaw