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Faessler’s 2021 3-Round NFL Mock Draft

April 23, 2021 kyle-faessler 12 min read
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Faessler’s 2021 3-Round NFL Mock Draft

April 23, 2021 Kyle Faessler 12 min read

By: Kyle Faessler

Round 1

1 Jacksonville Jaguars

QB Trevor Lawrence – Clemson

This pick has been on the card since the clock hit zero at the 2019 CFP Championship Game. The only real question was who was going to be here and it’s Jacksonville and new HC Urban Meyer that won the Tank for Trevor sweepstakes.

2 New York Jets

QB Zach Wilson – BYU

After trading Sam Darnold, the Jets have positioned themselves to select a new signal-caller under first-year head coach Robert Salah. Wilson meets the modern requirements for the position as passer and improviser, but it will be interesting to see how he acclimates to the NFL after having played relatively lesser competition as a Cougar.

3 San Francisco 49ers

QB Mac Jones – Alabama

Fans may not be giving enough credit to the steady 2021 National Champion and former backup to two NFL starters, and it almost seems like Jones’ hand in the success has been overlooked. The Niners are going to be heavily scrutinized after trading up regardless of who they take here but the smoke seems to be signaling their intention to take Jones here and Shanahan being in Tuscaloosa with Lynch only fans those flames.

4 Atlanta Falcons

TE Kyle Pitts – Florida

New GM Terry Fontenot ideally would want to trade out of this pick to fill more pressing needs on the defense, but I don’t foresee a deal coming into place. Atlanta restructured Matt Ryan’s contract and hinted at surrounding him with more talent which would be more than accomplished by taking Pitts.

5 Cincinnati Bengals

WR Ja’Marr Chase – LSU

Even with the history and chemistry between Chase and Burrow, this pick is far from a no-brainer given the Bengals’ offensive line problems. However, the Bengals need to do what’s best from a value standpoint and I don’t see Duke Tobin having any second thoughts about giving Joe the guy he threw twenty touchdowns to en route to winning the Heisman and National Championship Trophies.

6 Miami Dolphins

OT Rashawn Slater – Northwestern

Slater probably is not the prospect Miami fans had in mind when they saw the Fins jump back into the number six spot, but he’s going to be a plug-and-play starter on the offensive line at either tackle or guard. Slater opted out of the 2020 season but showcased his abilities in 2019, highlighted by a great performance against the former number two overall pick Chase Young and should be a versatile and reliable contributor from day one.

*Detroit trades the 2021 7th Overall Pick to Washington for the 2021 19th Overall Pick/2021 51st Overall Pick/2022 1st Round Pick

7 Washington Football Team

QB Trey Lance – North Dakota State

With youth across the defense and at the playmaking positions offensively, Washington is in a great position with the addition of the ultimate bridge quarterback (Ryan Fitzpatrick) to add a developmental passer. Lance is an unprecedented prospect as it comes to his makeup and small sample size but is well worth the gamble if he’s able to go to a situation like Washington’s where he can be properly developed.

8 Carolina Panthers

CB Patrick Surtain II – Alabama

For better or for worse, the Panthers’ recent history has seen them allow their corners to leave Charlotte and they haven’t been able to find a long-term solution alongside Donte Jackson. In a division that features a number of the league’s top receiving threats, getting a high floor, consistent, and a technically sound player like Surtain II should allow their defense to continue to put the Joe Brady’s offense in a position to win games.

*Denver trades the 2021 9th Overall Pick/2021 253rd Overall Pick to Minnesota for the 2021 14th Overall Pick/119th Overall Pick/2022 1st Round Pick

9 Minnesota Vikings

QB Justin Fields – Ohio State

Kirk Cousins’ contract has just one year remaining after this upcoming season and Minnesota doesn’t appear to be in a position to gather talent to push for contention in 2021. Fields would bring an element to the team that Cousin’s just doesn’t have and would be the long-term solution for the Vikings that very well could push for playing time as early as this season.

10 Dallas Cowboys

CB Jaycee Horn – South Carolina

For a guy who’s trained with Jalen Ramsey pre-draft, tested off the charts at his pro-day, and drawn high praise from Richard Sherman; it doesn’t seem like he’s getting too much love. New DC Dann Quinn witnessed Horn’s near-perfect RAS performance in Columbia and is getting a guy who should instantly help fix one of the league’s leakiest pass defenses from last year.

11 New York Giants

EDGE Azeez Ojulari – Georgia

The G-Men ranked thirty-first in the NFL in offensive PPG and YPG as well as in sack percentage but didn’t invest nearly as much in free agency into their front seven. If I had to guess, Gettleman has been waiting to address that side of the ball in the draft and Ojulari physically is everything you want in a 3-4 edge rusher and has the college production combined with strong leadership qualities to make him the pick here.

12 Philadelphia Eagles

OT Penei Sewell – Oregon

The Boo Birds could be out in full force if Philly doesn’t take one of the Bama wideouts, but the reality is last year this offensive line was a huge reason they weren’t competitive. Yes, the Eagles will get back a lot of the guys that were injured, but Sewell is a generational talent and I would argue his availability alone could be an upgrade over the unproven Dillard or the oft-injured Johnson.

13 Los Angeles Chargers

WR Jaylen Waddle – Alabama

GM Tom Telesco isn’t shy about going best player available and has the roster set up to be able to take one of the elite receiver prospects in the draft. In their first real season with fans at SoFi Stadium, they’ll make sure they have their share of the LA spotlight by putting the most electric player in the draft on the Bolts.

14 Denver Broncos

LB Jamin Davis – Kentucky

All signs point to Denver addressing the defensive side of the ball in the draft this year given the disparity of cap space allocated to the offense. With tape that shows flashes of Darius Leonard and pro-day numbers reminiscent of Roquan Smith, Davis is a naturally perfect fit for Vic Fangio’s defense, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him go much earlier than many people believe.

15 New England Patriots

WR DeVonta Smith – Alabama

Outgoes Edelman, in comes the Heisman-winning Smith to silence the doubters about being an undersized wideout in the NFL. DeVonta would be one of the ultimate “Patriot picks” and there’s no doubt Belichick would love to have another ultra-tough, ultra-competitive route-runner in his system.

*Arizona trades the 2021 16th Overall Pick/2021 160th Overall Pick to Kansas City for the 2021 31st Overall Pick/2021 94th Overall Pick/2022 2nd Round Pick

16 Kansas City Chiefs

LB Micah Parsons – Penn State

After getting chased around by Jason Pierre-Paul and company in Miami last February, the Chiefs have to realize that they lack that difference-maker in the second level of the front seven that can change a game. Parsons is an athletic specimen with instincts that could make him an elite outside linebacker in the NFL.

17 Las Vegas Raiders

DT Christian Barmore – Alabama

The plan this offseason in Vegas had to have been to fix this defense that in all honesty was a huge reason this team sputtered down the stretch. Barmore is a massive interior disrupter who’s going to be a three-tech stud on the Raiders line who comes in the same mold as a number of recent first-rounders drafted from the Nick Saban defensive line factory.

18 Miami Dolphins

LB Zaven Collins – Tulsa

A modern unicorn at the linebacker position, the reigning Bronco Nagurski award winner is likely a lot higher on NFL boards than the public believes. Collins could be an absolute monster in Flores’ defense and his scheme diverse traits should allow him to play across the front seven as a disruptor or in coverage.

19 Detroit Lions

DE Kwity Paye – Michigan

New GM/HC tandem of Holmes and Campbell has stressed a desire to marry new-age analytics with old-school toughness in Detroit. A trade back checks that first box and taking the Liberian-born immigrant that plays the game with max-effort and high character more than checks the second.

20 Chicago Bears

WR Kadarius Toney – Florida

It’s been a decade since Chicago used a Day One Pick on a tackle and I don’t foresee Ryan Pace bucking that trend. One of the aspects of Matt Nagy’s offense that has been mostly non-existent for the Bears is the Tyreek Hill-like explosive playmaker and Kadarius Toney is a YAC slot nightmare for opposing defenses.

*Indianapolis trades the 2021 21st Overall Pick to Green Bay for the 2021 29th Overall Pick/2021 62nd Overall Pick

21 Green Bay Packers

CB Greg Newsome II – Northwestern

GM Mike Gutekunst has traded up every year in charge and hinted at doing the same in his offseason press conference. Green Bay got exposed at corner (aka Kevin King) in the playoffs for not having a capable number two to play alongside Jaire Alexander and Newsome’s numbers fit what the Packers look for plus he gets rave reviews from scouts for his speed/size/ball skills combination making him a worthy trade-up target.

22 Tennessee Titans

WR Rashod Bateman – Minnesota

With Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith no longer in the picture, the Titans are paper-thin right now with pass-catchers. Bateman’s not a burner, but he’s built to be an instant-impact receiver in the NFL with to great hands, the ability to create separation, and incredible contested catch ability which should instantly bolster their receiver room.

23 New York Jets

G Alijah Vera-Tucker – USC

This pick is going to go on the card even faster than New York’s first one. The Jets desperately need answers at the guard spot and Vera-Tucker, who was a high-level tackle at USC, projects favorably in the NFL at guard and is far and away the top interior lineman prospect in the draft giving the Gang Green an insurance policy on the Lamborghini they took with pick number two.

*Pittsburgh trades the 2021 24th Overall Pick to Philadelphia for the 2021 37th Overall Pick/2021 70th Overall Pick/2021 224th Overall Pick

24 Philadelphia Eagles

WR Terrace Marshall Jr. – LSU

After notoriously passing up on Justin Jefferson last season, Philly uses some of their league-most 11 draft picks to make sure they get their guy. Marshall played third fiddle to Chase and Jefferson at LSU, but the 6’3’’ speedster shined through shaky quarterback play this past year and is one of my favorite players in the entire draft.

25 Jacksonville Jaguars

LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – Notre Dame

New DC Joe Cullen arrives in Duval from Baltimore with the desire to build a defense that can adapt to attack the specific weaknesses of their opponents on a week-to-week basis. Insert the reigning Butkus-winning hybrid linebacker who has the ability to play as a box safety and we could be witnessing a Derwin James-like impact player in the middle of the field for the Jacksonville defense.

26 Cleveland Browns

DT Levi Onwuzurike – Washington

It’s crazy to say, but Cleveland may have one of the best rosters on paper in the entire league. GM Andrew Berry has done an excellent job filling the remaining holes on the roster and after moving on from Sheldon Richardson, the Browns should feel comfortable slotting the terrific run-defender Onwuzurike into the front four.

27 Baltimore Ravens

C Creed Humphrey – Oklahoma

After the departure of longtime center Matt Skura to Miami this offseason, Baltimore finally shores up the position with the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year. Humphrey posted a ridiculous RAS score at his Pro-Day and should give the Ravens instant reliability at Center.

28 New Orleans Saints

RB Najee Harris – Alabama

Sean Payton certainly doesn’t like being conventional, but he does like playing Kamara in the slot so adding a running back here is a sneakily intriguing pick for the Saints. A combo in the backfield of Najee and Kamara would take pressure off of whoever ends up filling Drew’s shoes under center and would be among the best committees in the entire league Week One.

29 Indianapolis Colts

OT Christian Darrisaw – Virginia Tech

Most that follow mock drafts would be shocked to see Darrisaw to the Colts all the way at pick twenty-nine, but with the offensive line class being so deep teams could decide to wait on other prospects and take guys they view as value picks later. If that ends up being the case, Indianapolis could luck out here and end up with a high-quality prospect at a low pick.

30 Buffalo Bills

DE Jaelan Phillips – Miami FL

Phillips is an interesting case study of a prospect considering he medically retired in 2018 at UCLA before coming back and dominating with Miami in 2020, but should he put the pieces together he could be going awfully low at pick thirty. With aging rushers on the edge in Buffalo, it’s time to look for eventual replacements and Phillips could continue to develop into his skillset.

31 Arizona Cardinals

CB Caleb Farley – Virginia Tech

Offseason back surgery is going to scare a lot of teams out of this pick, but Farley got the green light from the NFL medical teams that evaluated players this week. The Cards have a pretty significant need at corner and Farley is among the best in the draft so the gamble on his health right now is well-worth the payout if he can put the injury history behind him.

32 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

EDGE Jayson Oweh – Penn State

The Bucs have little depth behind Barrett and Pierre-Paul and given the major impact they had down the stretch with those guys it’s important they bring in someone that could be groomed as well as provide coverage. Oweh flashed ridiculous traits at his pro-day and is already a great run-stopper but could greatly benefit from learning from a coach like Todd Bowles and behind a player like JPP.

Round 2

33 Jacksonville Jaguars

TE Pat Freiermuth – Penn State

34 New York Jets

OT Teven Jenkins – Oklahoma State

35 Atlanta Falcons

CB Asante Samuel Jr. – Florida State

36 Miami Dolphins

WR Elijah Moore – Ole Miss

37 Pittsburgh Steelers

RB Travis Etienne – Clemson

38 Cincinnati Bengals

IOL Landon Dickerson – Alabama

*39 Indianapolis Colts

S Trevon Moehrig – TCU

40 Denver Broncos

RB Javonte Williams – North Carolina

41 Detroit Lions

OT Samuel Cosmi – Texas

42 New York Giants

G Alex Leatherwood – Alabama  

43 San Francisco 49ers

CB Tyson Campbell – Georgia

44 Dallas Cowboys

EDGE Joe Tryon – Washington

45 Jacksonville Jaguars

S Richie Grant – UCF

46 New England Patriots

CB Ifeatu Melifonwu – Syracuse

47 Los Angeles Chargers

OT Liam Eichenberg – Notre Dame

48 Las Vegas Raiders

OT Spencer Brown – Northern Iowa  

49 Arizona Cardinals

TE Brevin Jordan – Miami FL

50 Miami Dolphins

DE Carlos Basham Jr. – Wake Forest

51 Detroit Lions

WR Rondale Moore – Purdue

52 Chicago Bears

QB Davis Mills – Stanford

53 Tennessee Titans

CB Eric Stokes – Georgia  

54 Carolina Panthers

LB Nick Bolton – Missouri

55 Pittsburgh Steelers

C Quinn Meinerz – Wisconsin-Whitewater

*56 Cleveland Browns

DE Gregory Rousseau – Miami FL

57 Los Angeles Rams

EDGE Joseph Ossai – Texas

58 Baltimore Ravens

LB Baron Browning – Ohio State

59 Seattle Seahawks

IOL Kendrick Green – Illinois

60 New Orleans Saints

DE Payton Turner – Houston

61 Buffalo Bills

CB Kelvin Joseph – Kentucky

*62 Pittsburgh Steelers

G Jaylen Mayfield – Michigan

63 Kansas City Chiefs

WR Dyami Brown – North Carolina

64 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

CB Paulson Adebo – Stanford

Round 3

65 Jacksonville Jaguars

WR Tylan Wallace – Oklahoma State

66 New York Jets

CB Elijah Molden – Washington

67 Houston Texans

C Josh Myers – Ohio State

68 Atlanta Falcons

DE Ronnie Perkins – Oklahoma

69 Cincinnati Bengals

DT Milton Williams – Louisiana Tech

70 Indianapolis Colts

DE Rashad Weaver – Pittsburgh

71 Denver Broncos

OT Brady Christensen – BYU

72 Detroit Lions

DT Jay Tufele – USC  

73 Carolina Panthers

WR Amari Rodgers – Clemson

74 Washington Football Team

LB Chaz Surratt – North Carolina

75 Dallas Cowboys

OT Dillon Radunz – North Dakota State

76 New York Giants

RB Kenneth Gainwell – Memphis

77 Los Angeles Chargers

CB Robert Rochell – Central Arkansas

78 Minnesota Vikings

G Wyatt Davis – Ohio State

79 Las Vegas Raiders

S Jevon Holland – Oregon

80 Las Vegas Raiders

DT Dayvion Nixon – Iowa

81 Miami Dolphins

G Trey Smith – Tennessee

82 Washington Football Team

WR Nico Collins – Michigan

83 Chicago Bears

OT James Hudson – Cincinnati

84 Philadelphia Eagles

CB Shaun Wade – Ohio State

85 Tennessee Titans

DT Alim McNeill – NC State

86 New York Jets

WR Tutu Atwell – Louisville

87 Pittsburgh Steelers

CB Shakur Brown – Michigan State

88 Los Angeles Rams

C Drew Dalman – Stanford

89 Cleveland Browns

LB Jabril Cox LSU

90 Minnesota Vikings

OT Walker Little – Stanford

91 Seattle Seahawks

DE Dayo Odeyingbo – Vanderbilt

92 Green Bay Packers

OT D’Ante Smith – East Carolina

93 Buffalo Bills

TE Tommy Tremble – Notre Dame

94 Arizona Cardinals

G Deonte Brown – Alabama

95 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

DE Charles Snowden Virginia

96 New England Patriots

QB Kellen Mond – Texas A&M

97 Los Angeles Chargers

RB Trey Sermon Ohio State

98 New Orleans Saints

CB Aaron Robinson – UCF

99 Dallas Cowboys

DT Jaylen Twyman – Pittsburgh

100 Tennessee Titans

CB Kary Vincent Jr. – LSU

101 Detroit Lions

S Hamsah Nasirildeen – Florida State

102 San Francisco 49ers

LB Pete Werner – Ohio State

103 Los Angeles Rams

LB Monty Rice – Georgia

104 Baltimore Ravens

OT Stone Forsythe – Florida

105 New Orleans Saints

WR Cade Johnson – South Dakota State

Kyle Faessler

Kyle Faessler is a student at the University of South Carolina studying Sport Management. A native of Cincinnati, Kyle is an avid follower of MLB, NFL, NBA, NCAAF, NCAAB, as well as European and American Soccer. Kyle one day hopes to work in the industry as part of a Player/Personnel Department for a professional franchise.

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