Moorhead’s 2021 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

The 2020 NFL season is over. That means it is officially it is mock draft season. I did one before the season ended to kind of show where my mind was starting at the time. Now that the season is over, prospects can be determined going forward, and man am I excited to talk about some of these guys. You know how it works by this point with my mock drafts. The picks first and then reasons why they were picked after. Here we go!

1.) Jacksonville JaguarsTrevor Lawrence (QB/Clemson)
2.) New York JetsZach Wilson (QB/BYU)
3.) Miami DolphinsDeVonta Smith (WR/Alabama)
4.) Atlanta FalconsJustin Fields (QB/Ohio State)
5.) Cincinnati BengalsPenei Sewell (OT/Oregon)
6.) Philadelphia EaglesJa’Marr Chase (WR/LSU)
7.) Detroit LionsJaylen Waddle (WR/Alabama)
8.) Carolina PanthersMicha Parsons (LB/PSU)
9.) Denver BroncosPatrick Surtain II (CB/Alabama)
10.) Dallas CowboysCaleb Farley (CB/Virginia Tech)
11.) New York GiantsKwity Paye (DE/Michigan)
12.) San Francisco 49ersTrey Lance (QB/North Dakota State)
13.) Los Angeles ChargersChristian Darrisaw (OT/Virginia Tech)
14.) Minnesota VikingsGregory Rousseau (DE/Miami)
15.) New England PatriotsKyle Pitts (TE/Florida)
16.) Arizona CardinalsJaycee Horn (CB/South Carolina)
17.) Las Vegas RaidersJeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (LB/Notre Dame)
18.) Miami DolphinsNajee Harris (RB/Alabama)
19.) Washington Football TeamWyatt Davis (OT/Ohio State)
20.) Chicago BearsRashod Bateman (WR/Minnesota)
21.) Indianapolis ColtsMac Jones (QB/Alabama)
22.) Tennessee TitansPatrick Jones (DE/Pitt)
23.) New York JetsTravis Etienne (RB/Clemson)
24.) Pittsburgh SteelersRashawn Slater (OT/Northwestern)
25.) Jacksonville JaguarsPat Friermuth (TE/PSU)
26.) Cleveland BrownsAzeez Ojulari (LB/Georgia)
27.) Baltimore RavensRondale Moore (WR/Purdue)
28.) New Orleans SaintsDylan Moses (LB/Alabama)
29.) Green Bay PackersZaven Collins (LB/Tulsa)
30.) Buffalo BillsJayson Oweh (DE/PSU)
31.) Kansas City ChiefsAlex Leatherwood (OT/Alabama)
32.) Tampa Bay BuccaneersJalen Mayfield (OT/Michigan)

Why Who Drafted Who?

1.) Jacksonville – Why Trevor Lawrence?

This kid is the prime of the future of the NFL. The Jaguars would have to be stupid to pass up on him as Urban Meyer comes to coach them. A lot can be done, but it has to start with this pick. Trevor Lawrence has to be taken by the Jacksonville Jaguars here.

2.) New York (J) – Why Zach Wilson?

A lot of people are still saying that Justin Fields should be here, but I think BYU’s Zach Wilson will be the one that the Jets lean towards. He possesses the abilities necessary to be a great quarterback in the NFL. While Fields might be the more interesting option, the Jets need to be smart here and go with the best option available; Wilson under center.

3.) Miami – Why DeVonta Smith?

The Heisman winner will reunite with former Alabama quarterback Tua (if the Dolphins don’t trade for Watson first). The Dolphins are in need of some weapons to give Tua the ability to succeed in the NFL. I believe he is their quarterback, and putting him with a name he is familiar with is a sound strategy especially when I believe he is the best wide receiver in this draft class.

4.) Atlanta – Why Justin Fields?

This is where Fields needs to go. He has the best opportunity to learn under Matt Ryan for a year. He desperately needs to throw a deep ball, and that is basically all Matt Ryan does is throw deep bombs to receivers. Julio Jones will mostly be out after his rookie season, but the kid can adapt the ways of Atlanta and change the style like Lamar did for Baltimore. It’s a great fit for him.

5.) Cincinnati – Why Penei Sewell?

Protect Joe Burrow!!!! He is the best tackle in the draft!!!! That is all…

6.) Philadelphia – Why Ja’Marr Chase?

Chase was the number one wideout two seasons ago in LSU with Joe Burrow and Justin Jefferson. If it wasn’t for him sitting out, and Smith breaking out this season, he would easily be considered the number one receiver in the draft class. Philadelphia has to make up for not taking Justin Jefferson by taking Chase. It seems only right for 2021.

7.) Detroit – Why Jaylen Waddle?

Waddle is another conversation for a great receiver in this draft class. Before the trade, I had them taking a quarterback, but now with Goff officially the quarterback of the Lions, they have to give him a weapon with Kenny Golladay most likely not returning. With Smith and Chase gone, Waddle is the clear cut option for Goff to find some success in Detroit.

8.) Carolina – Why Micha Parsons?

I know a lot of people think that Carolina needs a quarterback. They do, but not right now. What they need to do is replace the linebacker role that Kuechly left behind when he retired. The defense did great last year with some new rookies leading the charge. Bridgewater has two years left on his deal. Draft a quarterback in 2022, and have him learn then. Until then, be smart and draft Penn State’s Parsons.

9.) Denver – Why Patrick Surtain II?

The Broncos just cut Bouye, so they need some more help in the secondary. Enter one of the top tier corners in this draft class; Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II. He instantly fills a hole that can help Denver’s defensive struggles especially in a position that suffered a lot of injuries with most of their corners being sent to injured reserve.

10.) Dallas – Why Caleb Farley?

The other top tier corner besides Surtain is Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley. The kid has been killing it, and honestly I believe Surtain is a bit better, but deciding between these two can go either way. It does seem like no matter who gets picked, Denver and Dallas are going to get great guys to fill these roles.

11.) New York (G) – Why Kwity Paye?

Some argue this should be a weapon for Daniel Jones, but Barkely is coming back and he still has a great deal of weapons to work with. What they need is an edge rusher, and Michigan’s Kwity Paye is the best edge rusher in this class in my honest opinion. He’d be a great fit in the big apple.

12.) San Francisco – Why Trey Lance?

Some people have Mac Jones going here, and I get that considering Lance only played one game last season. However, I believe Lance is a better prospect whereas Jones I believe is more of a system quarterback. Take that as you will, but San Francisco needs to draft one here to follow in the steps of Jimmy Garoppolo if he is not their long term solution.

13.) Los Angeles (C) – Why Christian Darrisaw?

Darrisaw has been shooting up draft boards as the second best tackle in this draft class behind Sewell. It would be wise for the Chargers to take a tackle here to protect their franchise quarterback Justin Herbert. The kid played great last year after taking over for Tyrod and having protection in the form of Darrisaw would be an instant help to him.

14.) Minnesota – Why Gregory Rousseau?

Rousseau even though he sat out this past season, but when he played for Miami he was a force to be reckoned with. Minnesota’s defense was in shambles compared to when they were dominant. Having Rousseau only makes their defense that much stronger.

15.) New England – Why Kyle Pitts?

The time has come for New England to finally get a playmaker. A name to replace Gronk. A target for Stiddham to throw to. Cam will be elsewhere and Stiddham is going to need to throw someone the ball. This Florida Gator is ferocious on the field and a big part of Kyle Trask’s success.

16.) Arizona – Why Jaycee Horn?

With the unlikeliest of the Cardinals bringing back Patrick Peterson, they have to find a corner to try either develop or attempt to fill those big shoes. With the two big ones off the board, they will select Jaycee Horn as that man.

17.) Las Vegas – Why Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah?

Vegas finally gets a linebacker they can depend on in Notre Dame’s Owusu-Koramoah. The kid is strong and knows how to hit people in just the right ways. That’s Jon Gruden’s style man; smash mouth style.

18.) Miami – Why Najee Harris?

Harris rises in draft capital here for me. Just imagine it. You stick with Tua for the Dolphins and not only draft Smith as his wideout, but a former Alabama running back in Harris as well. This trio would make even the toughest of defenses cry in pain.

19.) Washington – Why Wyatt Davis?

Signing Tyler Heineke to a two-year deal makes me think they won’t draft a quarterback, but instead look in free agency. Cam Newton has been rumored to land here with Ron Rivera, so get a guard that can transfer to tackle if needed. Wyatt Davis out of Ohio State is that guy.

20.) Chicago – Why Rashod Bateman?

With Chicago likely losing Allen Robinson in free agency, they’ll have to look to get a wideout in this draft class. Bateman is a fine product from Minnesota and he slides all the way to Chicago due to teams having other needs.

21.) Indianapolis – Why Mac Jones?

Rivers is retired, and we don’t know if Jacoby Brissett is coming back either, so the Colts have a big decision to make in quarterback selection. They might get a veteran, but even so they should take advantage and draft Alabama’s Mac Jones. He might be a system quarterback in my opinion, but they don’t know what’s going to happen. Better play it safe than sorry.

22.) Tennessee – Why Patrick Jones?

Tennessee is in need of a defensive edge. Look no further than Pitt’s Patrick Jones. The kid is talented and should finally give Tennessee the need to finally get some sacks and pressure on the opposing quarterbacks.

23.) New York Jets – Why Travis Etienne?

The Jets are gonna make some moves here. A big one should be addressing their run game. Their main back is old man Frank Gore. That just won’t cut the mustard fellas. Time to bring in some youth and speed in the form of Clemson’s Travis Etienne.

24.) Pittsburgh – Why Rashawn Slater?

Pittsburgh needs offensive line help and some help to their run game. With the two main running backs off the board, they’ll get a big help on the offensive line from Rashawn Slater from Northwestern. He sat out this past season, but he was a brick wall when he played.

25.) Jacksonville – Why Pat Friermuth?

It’s not a popular pick, but I’m still rolling with it. Trevor Lawrence will need a playmaker aside from Robinson and Chark to throw to. “Baby Gronk” from Penn State should be a great one for Lawrence. Pat Friermuth is a great option for the Jaguars.

26.) Cleveland – Why Azeez Ojulari?

Cleveland did wonders this past season actually making the playoffs for the first time in how long. Seems only yesterday this was an 0-16 team. With little needs to fill in my mind, they’ll get linebacker and select Azeez Ojulari from Georgia.

27.) Baltimore – Why Rondale Moore?

Baltimore needs some mouths on the receiving front. The best wideout in my opinion on the board is Purdue’s Róndale Moore. For some reason, the kid looks like he belongs in Baltimore, so here is hoping he is the next Raven.

28.) New Orleans – Why Dylan Moses?

New Orleans is going to have some issues with cap space going forward, so they are going to have to cut and adapt to survive. If they stay in the first round, I see them taking linebacker Dylan Moses from Alabama.

29.) Green Bay – Why Zaven Collins?

With a lot of receivers gone, the Packers have to address the other issue, their run attack. Bringing in some free agents was a good call for them, but they’ll need names to develop later down the line. I would have them take Tulsa’s Zaven Collins, a linebacker to help stop the run game.

30.) Buffalo – Why Jayson Oweh?

Buffalo did great things this season making it to the AFC Championship game against the Chiefs. They crumbled under situations, but they have a chance to change that by drafting a Penn State defensive end; Jayson Oweh.

31.) Kansas City – Why Alex Leatherwood?

If the Super Bowl taught us something is that the problem in the Chief’s armor lies in its structure. Patrick Mahomes was running for his life out there. Granted he was less than 100%, and he had his main offensive line down, but this was ugly to see. They need to take a lineman here, and it just so happens that Alex Leatherwood falls to them here.

32.) Tampa Bay – Why Jalen Mayfield?

The Bucs have a lot to fix going into the next season, but the priority should be to still protect Brady. If they lose him to injury, it will be over for them. Michigan’s Jalen Mayfield is a great add to an offensive line that already drafted Tristan Wirfs last year. Putting them together would be a great pairing.

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