Nason’s Way Too Early 2021 Mock Draft

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!

(Draft order courtesy of The Draft Network)

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
  2. Washington Redskins: QB Justin Fields, Ohio State
  3. Cincinnati Bengals: OT Penei Sewell, Oregon
  4. Carolina Panthers: WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
  5. New York Jets: Edge Gregory Rousseau, Miami
  6. New York Giants: LB Micah Parsons, Penn State
  7. Detroit Lions: QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
  8. Miami Dolphins: OT Samuel Cosmi, Texas
  9. Miami Dolphins: WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
  10. Denver Broncos: OT Walker Little, Stanford
  11. Atlanta Falcons: QB Jaime Newman, Georgia
  12. Arizona Cardinals: WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama
  13. Chicago Bears: OT Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
  14. Las Vegas Raiders: DL Marvin Wilson, Florida State
  15. Cleveland Browns: LB Dylan Moses, Alabama
  16. Tennessee Titans: WR Justyn Ross, Clemson
  17. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
  18. Minnesota Vikings: Edge Xavier Thomas, Clemson
  19. Los Angeles Chargers: CB Shaun Wade, Ohio State
  20. Pittsburgh Steelers: QB Brock Purdy, Iowa State
  21. Indianapolis Colts: TE Pat Freiermuth, Penn State
  22. New England Patriots: WR Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
  23. Buffalo Bills: Edge Quincy Roche, Miami
  24. Green Bay Packers: WR Rondale Moore, Purdue
  25. Philadelphia Eagles: CB Paulson Adebo, Stanford
  26. Seattle Seahawks: OT Jalen Mayfield, Michigan
  27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DL Tyler Shelvin, LSU
  28. Dallas Cowboys: TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
  29. New Orleans Saints: WR Sage Surratt, Wake Forest
  30. San Francisco 49ers: IOL Wyatt Davis, Ohio State
  31. Baltimore Ravens: IOL Trey Smith, Tennessee
  32. Kansas City Chiefs: IOL Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma

Notes:

The Quarterbacks: 

The 2021 class has a ton of star power at the top, starting with Trevor Lawrence, who is the greatest prospect I have seen in recent memory, and will surely go number one unless a team with an established franchise quarterback is picking there. Justin Fields and Trey Lance are college stars and make up a strong 2nd tier of signal callers for this year, and Newman and Purdy offer traits and production that will intrigue teams and will keep them in 1st round conversations. This class is leaps and bounds better and deeper than the 2020 class.

The Pass Catchers: 

The 2020 wide receiver class was historically talented and deep, but the tight end class left a lot to be desired. The 2021 wideout class features some studs at the top, starting with LSU star Ja’Marr Chase, the Alabama duo of Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith, Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman, and Clemson’s Justyn Ross, and there are a lot more after that. The tight end position features 3 studs in Pat Freiermuth, Kyle Pitts, and Miami’s Brevin Jordan. If your team needs offensive weapons, 2021 will be good to them.

The Linemen:

Pass protection will be at a premium as well. This class will be headlined by Penei Sewell, a surefire top 3 pick who is the best left tackle prospect in recent memory. Samuel Cosmi, Walker Little, Alex Leatherwood add to the talented depth at the position, and the guards/centers start strong with Wyatt Davis, Trey Smith and Creed Humphrey.

 

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2 thoughts on “Nason’s Way Too Early 2021 Mock Draft”

  1. Jonathan C Flynn

    Every year we get a QB who is the best prospect ever. I know we all have opinions.

    1. That does happen, but Lawrence is leaps and bounds ahead of most of those guys. He ranks up there with the greatest prospects ever, including Andrew Luck and John Elway. Can’t miss prospect and a potential hall of famer.

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