Nate's Final 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Three Rounds)
1. Jacksonville Jaguars - Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson - This is as clear cut as it possibly can be. Head Coach Urban Meyer has already stated that Lawrence is the pick here. He’s a generational talent and a type of pick you can’t miss on. Remember how highly suggested Andrew Luck was? That’s where we place Lawrence.
2. New York Jets - Zach Wilson, QB, BYU - Like the Lawrence pick, I think this one is locked into place as well. All signs point towards the Jets taking Wilson. I’m a firm believer that Justin Fields is the second best quarterback in this class, but I can see the argument where the Jets would give that edge to Wilson.
3. San Francisco 49ers - Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State - This is where the draft gets interesting. We’ve seen each of Lance, Mac Jones and Justin Fields mocked here ever since the 49ers’ traded up. I have belief that the pick is Lance. Why? Arm talent. Of the three options, Lance far-and-away has the superior arm. Kyle Shanahan is a believer that if the quarterback has arm talent, he can make them great. The 49ers also have Jimmy Garappolo under contract for two more years, although his dead cap hit is very small. They can sit Lance for a season behind Garappolo and groom him as an heir apparent. Lance needs some time to develop as his college career was limited to one game. The 49ers are one of few teams who have that ability.
4. Atlanta Falcons - Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida - The Falcons, despite picking fourth, don’t have an awful roster. Adding Kyle Pitts to the likes of Julio Jones (if he remains on the Falcons,) and Calvin Ridley would construct one of the best receiving corps in the entire league. If the Falcons are going to remain with Matt Ryan and try to make the most out of the last few years of his career, they have to give him every possible chance to succeed. We saw what Austin Hooper was turned into two seasons ago in Atlanta. Now imagine a generational talent such as Pitts in this offense.
5. Cincinnati Bengals - Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon - This is also a clear cut pick. The Bengals need to protect Joe Burrow. Burrow is coming off a torn ACL. They could go receiver here, especially with A.J. Green leaving the team, but they need to protect their golden boy. Sewell is far-and-away the best tackle prospect in this draft. In terms of flare, a receiver here such as JaMarr Chase would be the sexy pick, but the Bengals need to think beyond that and keep Burrow up-right.
6. Miami Dolphins via Philadelphia Eagles - Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU - The Dolphins are already winners of this draft and it hasn’t even started. They traded back from three with the 49ers, adding draft capital, then spending less draft capital to move up to six with the Eagles. They’re still able to get their choice of receiver in the class even with moving back in the draft. I’m as big of a Chase fan as you will find. He too is a generational talent in my eyes. We saw what Justin Jefferson did a year ago in Minnesota. Chase is better than Jefferson, which was evident when the two both caught passes from Burrow.
7. Detroit Lions - DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama - Now, the Lions are in an odd situation. They moved on from former franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford and brought in Jared Goff. They’re in a bit of a rebuild without fully going rebuilt. They can go one of many directions here with the status of their roster, but finding a new franchise-type receiver would be a good route. I’m no DeVonta Smith fan. His slender frame really sets me off, but he is a Heisman winning wide receiver. That can’t be ignored. He does play bigger than his 6-foot-1, 175 pound measurables suggest. He’s extremely shifty and elusive. The Lions let both Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones walk this off-season. They need someone to catch the ball.
8. Carolina Panthers - Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern - The Panthers brought in Sam Darnold, which I think is a really good move. They have a decent roster to be a semi-competitive football team. One thing the Jets never gave Darnold to succeed (outside of offensive weapons) was a competent offensive line. Slater is very good. He’s got great measurables being 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds. His skill set is led by great fundamentals and functional athleticism.
9. Denver Broncos - Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State - News broke on Wednesday that the Denver Broncos have traded for Teddy Bridgewater. Knowing the Denver Broncos and General Manager John Elway, they’re going to use Bridgewater as their new starting quarterback. This takes the speculation away that the Broncos will take a quarterback in this draft. With that being said, they’ll take a generational linebacking talent out of what was formerly known as linebacker-U, Penn State. Parsons is elite and brings the ideal skill set to be an interior linebacker in the NFL. The Broncos need to get back to having a stout defense if they plan to succeed with Bridgewater.
10. Dallas Cowboys - Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech - The Cowboys get their choice at defensive back and take the Virginia Tech product. Farley is as good of a corner prospect coming out of college as you can find. He has the height and length at 6-foot-2. The Cowboys’ secondary was like swiss cheese for the past few seasons, holey. They need to sure it up and with the chance to get the best in the draft, they shouldn’t look elsewhere.
11. New York Giants - Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State - Let’s throw a little twist in this mock draft. Daniel Jones was competent his rookie season but his sophomore season was far from impressive. The Giants shored up their offensive line last year and had somewhat decent weapons. I know the loss of Saquan Barkley took a lot from that offense, but only 11 touchdowns in 14 games played isn’t going to do it. With Fields falling down this draft board, why not hit the reset button and take who I believe to be the second best quarterback in this draft. They added the likes of Kenny Golladay via free agency as well. Getting an upgrade at quarterback with Barkley returning, this offense could be dangerous.
12. Philadelphia Eagles via San Francisco 49ers - Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama - The Eagles have to go wide receiver, right? The best on the board at 12 is Alabama’s Waddle. He’s speedy, shifty and elusive. I believe him to be the second best receiver in this draft. With Jalen Hurts planned to be the starting quarterback of the future, getting a weapon who can run the screen, short slants or get open while Hurts scrambles makes a lot of sense to me.
13. Los Angeles Chargers - Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech - The Chargers are in a similar boat to the Bengals. They need to improve their offensive line to protect their star rookie quarterback. The Chargers have done a great job in the past few seasons to improve the interior of their offensive line and now it’s time they upgrade the outside. With the best option to do so on the board being Darrisaw, it seems to be a no-brainer to me.
14. Minnesota Vikings - Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami - The Vikings are in position to take the top pass-rusher in the draft. To me, that’s Miami’s Jaelan Phillips. Phillips is long at 6-foot-5. With 26-year-old Danielle Hunter on one end, adding the likes of Phillips would create a one-two punch of the future. Phillips has the best potential of edge-rushers in this draft to become a star. The Vikings added to their secondary with Patrick Petterson. Getting that next star pass-rusher really boosts that defense.
15. New England Patriots - Mac Jones, QB, Alabama - Do I think Jones will be there at 15? Probably not. But with the chance that he is, the Patriots should look to bring him in. They brought Cam Newton back on a one-year deal and Jarrett Stidham is not the quarterback of the future. Jones feels like the ideal Patriots’ system quarterback. Stands tall in the pocket, can deliver the ball anywhere on the field. It seems like a match made in heaven.
16. Arizona Cardinals - Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama - The Cardinals let Patrick Peterson go their off-season so they need to find his replacement. Now, you can’t really replace Peterson, but Surtain II is a nice fill in. Like Farley, he has the ideal height and length at 6-foot-2. The Cardinals’ are set offensively for the time being so improving that defense playing in the NFC West is a must.
17. Las Vegas Raiders - Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State - The Raiders lost something like four starting offensive lineman from a season ago. It’s obvious that this is what they need to target in the draft. I do like the potential of Alijah Vera-Tucker landing here but Teven Jekins has been rising up my board. He’s a monster of a man at 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds. Jenkins may not become a stud left-tackle but as a permanent piece at right-tackle for whichever team selects him, you can’t go wrong at 17.
18. Miami Dolphins - Najee Harris, RB, Alabama - The Dolphins are making their second first round selection at 18. With taking their receiver of the future already, they can look to add another weapon to their offense. I love what the Dolphins’ have done in building their defense over the past few seasons so going all in to improve their offense and give Tua Tagovailoa every chance to succeed is a must. I personally believe Travis Etienne to be the best runningback in the draft but I think Harris’ big frame fits the Dolphins better.
19. Washington Football Team - Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT, USC - With all of the first round quarterback talent off the board, Washington will have to look to improve another position if they are to stay put at 19. I really like Vera-Tucker. I’m not sure his size (6-foot-4 and 308 pounds) is ideal to be an offensive tackle in the NFL, but his skillset and versatility can’t be ignored. There's an opportunity for him to bulk up a little bit. You can increase weight, but you can’t teach his type of skill set. He played both tackle and guard at the college level. He could very well be a long-term guard in the NFL.
20. Chicago Bears - Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue - The Bears are in the same situation as the Washington Football Team. I do like the potential of Andy Dalton with their current roster, but his ceiling is very limited. They’ll have to look to give him some more weapons to succeed. Allen Robinson is back on the franchise tag. I do like Darnell Mooney as well, but finding the modern day swiss-army knife can really boost this offense. Moore is just that, a player who can do it all with the ball in his hands. From screens, to end-arounds and more, Moore is set to have a great NFL career.
21. Indianapolis Colts - Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina - I can see a world where Horn is the first cornerback taken off the board, which makes this selection here at 21 one of the biggest steals in the draft. He too has the length to be an NFL corner at 6-foot-1. He has NFL blood as his father was a four-time Pro-Bowl wide receiver. He played his first year in college in the slot but spent the last two on the outside, where he’ll make a living in the NFL. Along with his length, he has a very stout structure. He can’t be moved around, which is something that sets him apart from the likes of Farley and Surtain II.
22. Tennessee Titans - Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU - Moehrig gets undervalues for being a safety. But that shouldn’t alarm Titans’ fans. There’s an obvious need at the position for the Nashville based team. Moehrig is best when he’s allowed to roam the field and play as a single-high safety. He’s also a ball-hawk, which is proven by his seven career interceptions at the college level. He has the wherewithal to take the shortest route to the ball and disrupt the play. The Titans need a sparkplug in the secondary and that is exactly what Moehrig is.
23. New York Jets via Seattle Seahawks - Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota - As the Jets took their franchise quarterback in Zach Wilson with the second overall pick, they now can bring him in a weapon. With the likes of Denzel Mims, Jamison Crowder and newly acquired Corey Davis, adding the big body of Bateman takes what was one of the worst receivers corps in the league a season into a competent group. Bateman is unlike most of the first round receivers in this year’s class as he is a big-body, sure handed type of receiver. He’s 6-foot-2 and comes with a stout 210 pound frame. He won’t be moved off the ball by opposing corners and cam go up and get any ball, which is ideal for a rookie quarterback to throw to.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers - Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse - As the Pittsburgh Steelers look to do what they can in the final years of Big Ben’s career, they have to improve their team’s biggest weakness via the draft and that is the secondary. I love tall and long corners, and Melifonwu is one of the tallest and longest in the draft at 6-foot-3. He’s a big undervalued playing for the Orangemen in the ACC, but he has every tool to be a starting NFL corner. He’s versatile in what he can do and is best fit to be a zone corner with his length and athleticism. He can best be described as rangy, athletic, and physical. I love this pick.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars via Los Angeles Rams - Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama - What do you do when you draft your franchise quarterback first overall? You invest in your offensive line to protect him. Sitting at 25 with their second first round selection of the draft, the Jaguars are in position to draft the 6-foot-6 Leatherwood to do so. He protected Heisman finalist Mac Jones against SEC defenses, which are obviously some of the best talent in the nation. I have no doubt Leatherwood can be a prominent starting right tackle in the NFL.
26. Cleveland Browns - Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan - Here me out. Kwity Paye playing between Myles Garrett and Jadaveon Clowney. Game changer. The Brown’s biggest weakness heading into the season was their defensive line, obviously, outside of Garrett. With adding an opposite pass rusher in Clowney, getting Paye to play in the middle or as a third edge rusher would be a great move. Paye’s versatility to play both in and outside is something that intrigues me and would love to see this trio operate together.
27. Baltimore Ravens - Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan - The Ravens traded Orlando Brown to the Chiefs, opening up money which will evidently end up going to Lamar Jackson. With that being said, they need to get creative in finding a Brown replacement via the draft and that very well could be Jalen Mayfield. Now, if you know me, I’m super high on Mayfield and that has to do with his versatility. Obviously, Brown is one of the best tackles in the league, so replacing him is nearly impossible, but with a lineman who can play both tackle and guard to move around and fill where needed on a rookie contract, I love this pick for the Ravens.
28. New Orleans Saints - Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia - With Drew Brees entering retirement, the Saints can’t afford to keep getting into shootouts with whoever ends up being their starting quarterback. They’ve been looking to get a running mate for Marcus Lattimore for some time and they have the chance in doing so with Campbell. With an already established elite corner, grabbing the NFL ready Campbell really boosts that defense. He brings elite agility and short-area quickness to the position and has the ideal NFL corner body.
29. Green Bay Packers - Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida - It makes the most sense for the Packers to finally draft a wide receiver; as it has been for the past x-amount of drafts. Now obviously, we can expect the Packers to go elsewhere with the pick being the Packers, but I would love to see Aaron Rodgers get a second option to run with Devante Adams. Tooney falls in line with the top receivers in this draft, being the quick,shifty type of receiver. He has 4.39 speed and a 40 inch vertical as well. With Adams being a dominant possession receiver, getting Toney into the team who plays a different game would add a dangerous element to the offense.
30. Buffalo Bills - Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia - There are many different ways I can see this pick going, but the team’s biggest weakness has to be pass rusher. This draft is limited in the position, but that doesn’t mean Ojulari is a slouch. He lacks the length I would like to see out of a dominant edge rusher, but as a stand-up edge rusher, he has 4.6 speed.
31. Baltimore Ravens via Kansas City Chiefs - Zaven Collins, EDGE, Tulsa - I would love to project a receiver here to give Lamar Jackson another weapon, but with bigger needs on the team and a deep receiving class, I think they look to address the edge rusher position. I believe Collins to be the premier stand-up edge rusher of this draft. He can also get it done with his hand in the ground. The 40 time of 4.67 is not ideal, but his explosiveness makes up for that. He has 1.63 second 10-yard speed, which is great. He’s alo long with his 6-foot-5 frame. He’s exactly what the Ravens’ defense lacks.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama - The Buccaneers have an aging defensive line. They need to bring some depth and youth to the position and by doing so, they get the best inside defensive line tackle in the draft. That is, if you don’t consider Kwity Paye a true interior defensive lineman. He’s a big body at 6-foot-5, 310 pounds. He occupies a lot of space in the middle and draws double-teams, opening up lanes for the ends.
33. Jacksonville Jaguars - Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State
34. New York Jets - Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State
35. Atlanta Falcons - Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas
36. Miami Dolphins via Houston Texans - Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest
37. Philadelphia Eagles - Jevon Holland, S, Oregon
38. Cincinnati Bengals - Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
39. Carolina Panthers - Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
40. Denver Broncos - Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky
41. Detroit Lions - Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson
42. New York Giants - Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami
43. San Francisco 49ers - Elijah Molden, CB, Washington
44. Dallas Cowboys - Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa
45. Jacksonville Jaguars via Minnesota Vikings - Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
46. New England Patriots - Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
47. Los Angeles Chargers - Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State
48. Las Vegas Raiders - Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington
49. Arizona Cardinals - Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
50. Miami Dolphins - Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami
51. Washington Football Team - Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
52. Chicago Bears - Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
53. Tennessee Titans - D'Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan
54. Indianapolis Colts - Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
55. Pittsburgh Steelers - Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina
56. Seattle Seahawks - Rashad Weaver, EDGE, Pittsburgh
57. Los Angeles Rams - Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State
58. Baltimore Ravens - Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State
59. Cleveland Browns - Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF
60. New Orleans Saints - Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State
61. Buffalo Bills - Paulso Adebo, CB, Stanford
62. Green Bay Packers - Trey Smith, OT, Teneessee
63. Kansas City Chiefs - Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma
64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Patrick Jones II, EDGE, Pittsburgh
65. Jacksonville Jaguars - Levi Onwuzurike, DL, Washington
66. New York Jets - Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina
67. Houston Texans - Camryn Bynum, CB, California
68. Atlanta Falcons - Davis Mills, QB, Stanford
69. Cincinnati Bengals - Landon Dickerson, C, Alabama
70. Philadelphia Eagles - Payton Turner, DT, Houston
71. Denver Broncos - Richie Grant, CB, UCF
72. Detroit Lions - Jamar Johnson, CB, Indiana
73. Carolina Panthers - Hunter Long, TE, Boston College
74. Washington Football Team via San Francisco 49ers - Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse
75. Dallas Cowboys - Walker Little, OT, Stanford
76. New York Giants - Jabril Cox, LB, LSU
77. Los Angeles Chargers - Ar'Darius Washington, S, TCU
78. Minnesota Vikings - Deonte Brown, G, Alabama
79. Las Vegas Raiders via Arizona Cardinals - Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
80. Las Vegas Raiders - Milton Williams, DL, Louisianna Tech
81. Miami Dolphins - Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
82. Washington Football Team - Kary Vincent Jr., CB, LSU
83. Chicago Bears - Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State
84. Philadelphia Eagles via Indianapolis Colts - Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame
85. Tennessee Titans - Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame
86. New York Jets via Seattle Seahawks - Rashad Weaver, EDGE, Pittsburgh
87. Pittsburgh Steelers - Quinn Meinerz, C, UW-Whitewater
88. Los Angeles Rams - James Hudson, OT, Cincinnati
89. Cleveland Browns - Cornell Powell, WR, Clemson
90. Minnesota Vikings via Baltimore Ravens - Jamien Sherwood, S, Auburn
91. Cleveland Browns via New Orleans Saints - Osa Odighizuwa, EDGE, UCLA
92. Green Bay Packers - Alim McNeill, DL, NC State
93. Buffalo Bills - Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forrest
94. Baltimore Ravens via Kansas City Chiefs - Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC
95. Kansas City Chiefs - Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina
96. New England Patriots - Peter Werner, LB, Ohio State
97. Los Angeles Chargers - Tre Brown, CB, Oklahoma State
98. New Orleans Saints - Ronnie Perkins, EDGE, Oklahoma State
99. Dallas Cowboys - Hamilcar Rashed Jr., EDGE, Oregon State
100. Tennessee Titans - Tre McKitty, TE, Georgia
101. Detroit Lions via Los Angeles Rams - Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
102. San Francisco 49ers - Aaron Banks, G, Notre Dame
103. Los Angeles Rams - Chris Rumph II, EDGE, Duke
104. Baltimore Ravens - Jordan Smith, EDGE, Alabama
105. New Orleans Saints - Nico Collins, WR, Michigan