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2021 NFL Mock Draft: Falcons find their next Matt Ryan, Broncos again in the market for a franchise QB – CBS Sports

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

The only question facing the Jets is if they’ll win a game this season. As it stands, they’re clear frontrunners to land Trevor Lawrence.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 228 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Same as last week and last month because the Jags hold the No. 2 overall pick, Justin Fields is the second-best player in this draft and Jacksonville desperately needs a QB.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 203 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Cowboys could take offensive tackle Penei Sewell here — he’s a top-5 player — but they currently have La’el Collins and Tyron Smith. This may be a tad too high for Surtain but Dallas desperately needs help in the secondary.

Oregon

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 330 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Football Team needs a quarterback but with Lawrence and Fields off the board they take Sewell, who is a Day 1 starter.

Miami (FL)

• Soph

• 6’7″

/ 265 lbs

Rousseau opted out of the 2020 season but he racked up 15.5 sacks last season. For the Chargers, Melvin Ingram is 31 years old and in the final year of his current deal.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 244 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

Kamu Grugier-Hill and Elandon Roberts will be free agents next spring and Parsons has the type of freakish athleticism that we’ve come to expect in NFL linebackers — Kenneth Murray, Patrick Queen, Devin White and Devin Bush just to name first-rounders from the last two drafts — and he’ll impact the Dolphins D from Day 1.

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 272 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

49th

POSITION RNK

7th

The Bengals have to upgrade their pass rush and while Joe Burrow would love Jaylen Waddle or Ja’Marr Chase here, this class is much deeper at wideout than edge rusher. Paye is freakishly athletic and he’s just scratching the surface on his potential.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Giants pass defense ranks 28th, according to Football Outsiders and Caleb Farley, who opted out of the 2020 season, is a physical corner with legit ball skills.

BYU

• Soph

• 6’3″

/ 203 lbs

Teddy Bridgewater has been really good but if the Panthers don’t consider him the long-term answer, they could draft his replacement with plans on letting Wilson take over the job in 2022.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 214 lbs

Jones reminds us a lot of Matt Ryan and if the Falcons and Ryan decide to part ways, Jones, who is having a breakout season, would make a lot of sense here.


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NFL Draft

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 226 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Vic Fangio says this is Drew Lock’s team but Lock, the second-year QB, is coming off a four-interception performance and he’s struggled for much of 2020. If Denver isn’t sold on him, Lance would be a great Plan B.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 182 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

5th

The Vikings have needs on the other side of the ball too, but even with Justin Jefferson’s emergence, Kirk Cousins misses Stefon Diggs. Waddle is the most athletic player in this entire draft class.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 305 lbs

Slater was dominant at left tackle during the 2019 season, and he played right tackle the two seasons before that. He also has the versatility to line up inside and, in fact, his future may be inside at guard.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola are all in the final year of their deals. And while the Lions will almost certainly keep Golladay, adding Chase makes too much sense not to happen.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Patriots need a QB but five are already off the board. Instead, they recommit to the tight end position and take Pitts, who plays a lot like Darren Waller but may be a better athlete.

Alabama

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Bears would also love to land a QB but they’ll need to trade up to do it. In the meantime, they have Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman (who opted out before the season) under contract for multiple years but the defensive line could used depth. Barmore plays better each week for the Crimson Tide; he was a part-time player a year ago and has the type of potential that could see him work his way into the first-round conversation.

Texas

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 253 lbs

Ossai has been dominant for the Longhorns and he’d provide Myles Garrett, one of the best pass rushers in the league, some much needed help on the other side.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

4th

Corey Davis hasn’t lived up to his first-round billing but AJ Brown has drastically outplayed his second-round status. The knock on Smith is that he’s only 175 pounds but he’s as tough as they come and he’s been the best wideout on the Crimson Tide roster the last two years.

Georgia

• Soph

• 6’2″

/ 185 lbs

For the second straight year the Eagles have been beset by injuries. They have needs on both sides of the ball but after Darius Slay there isn’t a lot of depth at cornerback. Tyson Campbell is a high-upside CB with all the tools NFL teams look for in cornerbacks.

Ohio State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 313 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Jets would love a skill-position player here for Trevor Lawrence but protecting the franchise is the more prudent move. Davis is the best interior lineman in this class and he’d immediately upgrade New York’s O-line.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

35th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Patrick Peterson, Dre Kirkpatrick and Johnathan Joseph are in the final year of their current deals, and Kendrick, who is still learning the position, has been a standout on the Tigers defense through the first half of the ACC calendar.

Purdue

• Soph

• 5’9″

/ 180 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Moore is an electric playmaker who is also a threat in the return game. As Tua gets more comfortable as the Dolphins starter it makes sense to surround him with players with game-changing talent.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 311 lbs

This is Darrisaw’s first appearance in our mock draft but he’s been impressive all season for the Hokies — and most recently over the weekend against Miami edge rusher Quincy Roche. Anthony Castonzo still has two years left on his deal but there’s not much depth behind him.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 259 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

2nd

We’ve usually had the Ravens taking a center here, or even a wide receiver. And while we know Mark Andrews is a touchdown machine, why not get Lamar Jackson another athletic playmaking tight end? Instead of trying to force the narrative that Jackson can wing the ball all over the field, why not focus on what he does best, which includes short and intermediate routes to his tight ends?

Alabama

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 312 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

42nd

POSITION RNK

10th

Cam Robinson is in the final year of his deal and Leatherwood, who returned for his senior season and has been solid, could slide into the starting role opposite right tackle and 2019 second-rounder Jawaan Taylor.

Penn State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 253 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

63rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Raiders have just 11 sacks on the season, which is tied for 2nd fewest in the league — and Maxx Crosby is responsible for six of those sacks, the highest percentage of any player. Oweh is an athletic marvel who is only going to get better.

USC

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

60th

POSITION RNK

8th

Injured Vita Vea will be back in 2021 but there won’t be much depth behind him and adding an interior presence like Tufele will only make an already young and physical defense even more so.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

36th

POSITION RNK

4th

Owusu-Koramoah is listed as a linebacker but you can find him all over the field. He can come off the edge and has the athleticism, speed and change of direction to be an asset in coverage.

Minnesota

• Soph

• 6’2″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Bateman isn’t as athletic as Will Fuller (who is) but Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams can’t do it alone. Bateman came into the 2020 season as one of the best pass catchers in college football and he would give Rodgers something the Packers QB didn’t get in the 2020 draft: a wideout.

Alabama

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Moses has been tentative at times this season as he recovers from an ACL injury that kept him on the sidelines for 2019. But when he returns to form he’s one of the best defensive players in this class.

Florida

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 239 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

59th

POSITION RNK

5th

Same as last week, and now that Drew Brees will be sidelined for at least a week with a rib injury, identifying the next in line for the job seems as important as ever. Trask, who has put up huge numbers this season, would be an intriguing option. He’s relatively short on experience though you wouldn’t know it to watch him, he gets rid of the ball quickly and accurately, and he rarely makes mistakes. We’re guessing Sean Payton would welcome the chance to work with Trask in New Orleans.

Michigan

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

39th

POSITION RNK

8th

Mayfield is an athletic tackle who needs to anchor better against pass rushers but who can dominate in the run game. He’d give the Steelers depth should they lose some of their offensive linemen to free agency in the spring.

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