After taking some time to decompress from the 2020 NFL Draft season, I’m ready to get after 2021! This year’s draft gave us a Heisman winner and national champion taken number one, a franchise changing pass rusher taken second, and a generational defensive back taken third, and all three of them happen to be former Ohio State Buckeyes (the fan in me had to point that out). Next year features some incredibly talented quarterbacks, another strong and deep wide receiver class, and talent all over the offensive and defensive side of the ball. With that being said, here’s my first mock draft of the 2021 cycle!
The Patriots wide receiving core was subject to a lot of heavy criticism in 2019 and the team hasn’t made many changes to the group this offseason. The Patriots are coming back with mostly the same cast of characters as five of their top six reception leaders from 2019 remain on the roster. The only noteworthy additions have been Marqise Lee, Damiere Byrd and a host of undrafted free agents.
As the NFL offseason hits mid-May, a number of marquee free agents remain unsigned. While Cam Newton has received a lot of buzz in New England as someone who could mentor a young up-and-comer at his position already on the Patriots roster, there’s another, more realistic option for the Patriots out there who could do some mentoring of his own.
Happy Draft Day! Even after months of speculation, big boards, and mock drafts, I still have no idea what is going to happen tonight thanks to Covid-19. Pro Days were cancelled, teams couldn’t meet in person with players, and, most importantly, teams weren’t able to have their doctors meet with players. Outside of the first …