Welcome to the third of several mock drafts. This 2021 NFL mock draft will include trades. Stay tuned for more mock drafts as prospects rise and fall.
2021 NFL Mock Draft 3.0, Including Trades: Part I
No. 1: Jacksonville Jaguars, Trevor Lawrence, Quarterback, Clemson
Nothing changes here. Jacksonville gets their guy.
No. 2: New York Jets, Zach Wilson, Quarterback, BYU
No. 3: Carolina Panthers, Justin Fields, Quarterback, Ohio State
The Miami Dolphins send the No.3 pick to Carolina for a package that includes the No.8 pick.
The Panthers trade up for a quarterback instead of dealing for Watson. Fields would be in a great position to sit for 2021 and start in 2022.
No. 4: Atlanta Falcons, Kyle Pitts, Tight End, Florida
Atlanta has many weapons but Julio Jones is not getting younger. Pitts adds a dynamic threat to the Atlanta offense. Do not be fooled by “tight end” next to Pitts’ name; he is much more.
No. 5: Cincinnati Bengals, Ja’Marr Chase, Wide Receiver, LSU
Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Burrow reunite in Cincinnati. In this scenario, Cincinnati will address their offensive line woes in free agency.
No. 6: Chicago Bears, Trey Lance, Quarterback, North Dakota State
The Philadelphia Eagles send the No.6 pick to Chicago for a package that includes the No.20 pick.
Chicago makes a big splash for Lance, trading up 14 spots to get the North Dakota State quarterback.
No. 7: Detroit Lions, Micah Parsons, Linebacker, Penn State
Dan Campbell and the Lions begin to repair the defense. Parsons will be the defensive quarterback for a decade.
No. 8: Miami Dolphins, Penei Sewell, Offensive Tackle, Oregon
Miami trades down and still is in a position to land a generational tackle prospect. Sewell will fit in at left tackle, sliding Austin Jackson to right tackle. Jackson will kick Robert Hunt into right guard. Sewell is one player, but it improves three spots for the Miami offensive line.
No. 9: Denver Broncos, Patrick Surtain, Cornerback, Alabama
Rinse, wash, repeat. Surtain is a perfect fit in the Vic Fangio defense.
No. 10: New England Patriots, DeVonta Smith, Wide Receiver, Alabama
The Dallas Cowboys send the No.10 pick to New England for a package that includes the No.15 pick.
New England desperately needs weapons, so no one better to get than the 2020 Heisman trophy winner.
No. 11: New York Giants, Jaylen Waddle, Wide Receiver, Alabama
The Giants add juice to their wide receiver room with the acquisition of Waddle.
No. 12: Houston Texans, Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
With J.J. Watt gone, Houston will look to rebuild the defense. Paye is a high upside start.
No. 13: Baltimore Ravens, Rashawn Slater, Offensive Tackle, Northwestern
The Los Angeles Chargers send the No.13 pick to Baltimore for a package that includes Orlando Brown.
As Orlando Brown goes the opposite way, the Ravens add a talent tackle out of Northwestern.
No. 14: Minnesota Vikings, Christian Darrisaw, Offensive Tackle, Virginia Tech
Nothing to see here. Minnesota makes the same selection, strengthening their offensive line.
No. 15: Dallas Cowboys, Caleb Farley, Cornerback, Virginia Tech
Dallas makes the same selection, but they get extra draft picks from New England.
No. 16: Arizona Cardinals, Rashod Bateman, Wide Receiver, Minnesota
Arizona adds another strong receiver to their receiver room. Bateman will make for a great No.2 option in next to DeAndre Hopkins.