TA's 2021 NFL Mock Draft 3.0
As we get closer to the NFL Draft, 3 weeks away now, it's time to really hone in on my Mock Draft and once again prove why TA's Mock Draft is the only Mock Draft you should be monitoring leading up to the NFL draft. If you want to know exactly who your team will be selecting, CSBS is the place to be. Don't go to that fraud Mel Kiper's mock draft, over the last 10 years he averages just 4 correct picks per draft, brutal. Todd McShay, who is a little better, averages 6 correct picks per draft. These guys get paid to do this while I just do it for fun but damn do I put those two clowns to shame. What does TA average you ask? 12. Over the last 10 years I've averaged 12 correct picks per Mock Draft with a high of 16 back in 2014. All it takes is doing a little research, talking to a few sources, I would think Kiper and McShay would have more sources than me but maybe not. A lot can change in the weeks leading up to the NFL Draft but CSBS and TA (Follow me on Twitter @NFLDraftTA) will be all over it and should be your go-to spot to find out who your team will be selecting three weeks from tonight.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson - Lawrence has always been and will always be the number one pick.
New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU - It's been pretty obvious that Wilson is the guy here but the trade of Darnold last week makes it all but official.
San Francisco 49ers: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama - This is probably too high for Mac but the 49ers traded up for a QB and it sounds like Mac Jones is their guy.
Atlanta Falcons: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State - I'm not sure it will be the Falcons selecting Fields here but someone will. The draft starts at number 4 and teams who need a QB will be calling Atlanta. Falcons could also make this pick and get their successor to Matt Ryan.
Cincinnati Bengals: Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU - The Bengals get Joe Burrow the best receiver in this draft and a player he's very familiar with.
Miami Dolphins: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon - Dolphins get the best offensive lineman in this draft at #6, unreal. They've had o-line issues for a while and need to protect Tua if you want him to have a chance.
Detroit Lions: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama - The Lions lost Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, they need to replace those guys and give Goff some weapons.
Carolina Panthers: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida - Now that the Panthers addressed their QB position, they look to give him a target. Pitts is a stud. He's one of the best weapons in this draft.
Denver Broncos: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State - If Lance falls to Denver at #9 they won't be able to help themselves. He might be an upgrade over Lock at some point but I think he's a reach in the top 10.
Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama - Surtain is the best CB in the draft and CB is one of the Cowboys biggest need, seems like a perfect marriage.
New York Giants: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State - Parsons is a great fit in the Giants defense and arguably the best defensive player in this draft.
Philadelphia Eagles: DeVonta Smith , WR, Alabama - After trading back it appears the Eagles are all in on Jalen Hurts so they go and get him an explosive weapon.
Los Angeles Chargers: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern - The Chargers got their franchise QB last year, now they need to protect him.
Minnesota Vikings: Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan - The Vikings need to rebuild their defensive line and Paye is a good place to start.
New England Patriots: Jaelan Phillips, Edge, Miami - Belichick attended Miami's pro day to see standout pass rushers, Phillips and Gregory Rousseau. Phillips had the standout pro day and may have opened Belichick's eyes. While Rousseau might be the better all around player right now, Phillips might have a higher ceiling. If a QB slips to #15 I could see Belichick taking one but I'm not sure he will trade up high to get one. He might trade up a few spots if one slips to the 12-14 range.
Arizona Cardinals: Caleb Farley, CB, Virgina Tech - Cardinals draft their replacement for Patrick Peterson.
Las Vegas Raiders: Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami - The Raiders need to continue to add playmakers to the defense. Rousseau is an athletic freak and would be a nice addition to the Raiders.
Miami Dolphins: Jeremiah Owusa-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame - It's pretty clear Brian Flores wants to get younger and more athletic at LB. JOK is a good one.
Washington Football Team: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa - The WFT is in major need of a LB. Collins is a riser and would be a nice fit on the WFT defense.
Chicago Bears: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech - Offensive line is a big need for the Bears and Darrisaw falling to #20 could be a steal for the Bears.
Indianapolis Colts: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida - Colts will need to add some weapons around Wentz if they want him to have a chance. They could also lose TY Hilton in free agency.
Tennessee Titans: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina - Titans cut Butler and lost Jackson in free agency, they need a CB.
New York Jets: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama - Adding Wilson and Najee Harris could make the Jets an offense to watch in a few years. Harris is a good RB that the Jets have a 50/50 chance of ruining.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Landon Dickerson, C, Alabama - Steelers need a C and Dickerson is the best in this draft. There are better overall offensive lineman still available but the Steelers go Center.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU - Moehrig is rising fast. Jags get a versatile playmaker on defense.
Cleveland Browns: Jayson Oweh, Edge, Penn State - Browns could use some help getting after the QB and Oweh is moving up some people's boards.
Baltimore Ravens: Azeez Ojulari, Edge, Georgia - Versatile LB who can play all over the Ravens defense and replace Matt Judon.
New Orleans Saints: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota - More than ever the Saints need to load up on offense if they want to have any chance of succeeding with Winston.
Green Bay Packers: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern - A suddenly rising CB. The Packers need help in the secondary and Newsome could be a sleeper.
Buffalo Bills: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson - Sort of a surprise pick here but Bills could do better at RB and Etienne is one of the best RB's in this class.
Kansas City Chiefs: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT, USC - Obvious need for the Chiefs, wouldn't be surprised if they trade up to get one of the higher ranked offensive tackles.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State - Buccaneers defense played well in the playoffs and Super Bowl but their weakness throughout the season was in the secondary. Samuel brings a solid cornerback to the roster that should crack the rotation early and help improve this secondary.