Pickard’s 2021 NFL Mock Draft 4.0

Pickard’s 2021 NFL Mock Draft 4.0

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The NFL Draft is less than one week away. Let’s run through another two-round mock draft, complete with nine trades that could shake up the league.

Click here for Version 1.0 from February.
Or here for Version 2.0 from before free agency.
And here for Version 3.0 from after free agency.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Lawrence will go No. 1, aligning with projections that were tied to him before he even took a snap at Clemson.

Click here for our scouting report on Lawrence.

2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

The Jets’ trade of Sam Darnold confirmed they will select a quarterback here. All signs point to the BYU product being the pick here.

Click here for our scouting report on Wilson.

3. San Francisco 49ers (via MIA): Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

A recent rumor of Mac Jones to the 49ers seemed to gain an unjustified amount of traction, essentially brainwashing the NFL community. Justin Fields and Trey Lance are very much in play here, with the former making the most sense.

Click here for our scouting report on Fields.

4. Los Angeles Chargers (via ATL): Penei Sewell, T, Oregon

LAC acquires picks No. 4 and 2022 third-round from ATL for picks No. 13, 2022 first-round, and 2023 second-round

The Chargers can make a deep run this year with a stacked and healthy roster. Trading up to snag Sewell, who protected Justin Herbert’s blindside at Oregon in 2019, is a match made in heaven.

Click here for our scouting report on Sewell.

5. Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Sewell is off the board, so trading back or snagging the next-best lineman are both options for the Bengals. However, Joe Burrow’s relationship with former teammate Ja’Marr Chase will prompt Cincinnati to select the receiver if Sewell is taken.

Click here for our scouting report on Chase.

6. Miami Dolphins (via PHI): Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

With Chase and Sewell both drafted, the Dolphins will turn their focus to bolstering their receiving corps with one of the best tight end prospects we’ve ever seen.

Click here for our scouting report on Pitts.

7. Detroit Lions: Rashawn Slater, T, Northwestern

With the Bengals and Dolphins snagging receivers, the path is open for Detroit to bolster its offensive line. Slater is a very talented prospect and will help protect Jared Goff. He doesn’t fill the pass-catching need, but that can be addressed later given the deep receiver class.

Click here for our scouting report on Slater.

8. Washington Football Team (via CAR): Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

WFT acquires pick No. 8 from CAR for picks No. 19, 2022 first-round, and 2022 second-round

Washington is unwilling to splurge for a quarterback in the top few picks, but if Lance falls to No. 8, they’ll likely be all over a trade-up. The North Dakota State product can spend some time developing behind Ryan Fitzpatrick before taking over as the Football Team’s franchise starter.

Click here for our scouting report on Lance.

9. Denver Broncos: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

With the top four quarterbacks taken, Denver will turn its attention to defense. Cornerback is an option, but with Parsons still available, adding him to their already strong defensive core would be a fabulous outcome.

Click here for our scouting report on Parsons.

10. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

Surtain is the best cornerback in the draft, and Dallas certainly needs secondary help. We never know what Jerry Jones will do, but Surtain checks all the boxes for the Cowboys. Trading back is not out of the question, either, but would the Dallas brass really be willing to do that?

11. New York Giants: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

The Giants don’t have a poor receiving corps by any means, especially after signing Kenny Golladay. With that said, they have the opportunity to give Daniel Jones yet another weapon with the consensus No. 2 receiving prospect. Waddle would fill in quite nicely and make this offense truly explosive.

Click here for our scouting report on Waddle.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA, SF): DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

The Eagles could go a lot of directions here, but it’s no secret that the onus is on Philadelphia to bolster its offense and provide support for second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts. Smith has his fair share of size concerns, but it’s not every year that the Heisman winner drops to No. 12.

Click here for our scouting report on Smith.

13. Chicago Bears (via ATL, LAC): Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

CHI acquires picks No. 13 from ATL for picks No. 20 and 2022 first-round

The Bears pounce on an opportunity to leapfrog the Patriots and land someone they hope can become their franchise quarterback. Chicago isn’t afraid to make waves and land its ideal guy. Jones could start for the Bears right out of camp.

Click here for our scouting report on Jones.

14. Minnesota Vikings: Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, USC

Barring any drastic changes, it seems like the Vikings will only consider two players here: Vera-Tucker and Michigan edge-rusher Kwity Paye. Which of the two they get remains a toss-up, but the former is the consensus No. 1 guard and Kirk Cousins would benefit from some protection.

Click here for our scouting report on Vera-Tucker.

15. New England Patriots: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

This might be a reach, which would betray Bill Belichick’s approach of drafting the best player available. With that said, if there’s anyone who could tap into all of Owusu-Koramoah’s potential and versatility, it’s the longtime Patriots head coach.

Click here for our scouting report on Owusu-Koramoah.

16. Arizona Cardinals: Jaycee Horn, CB, USC

The Cardinals are looking for their Patrick Peterson replacement, and Jaycee Horn could be that guy. He deserves to be off the board earlier, so snagging him at No. 16 would be considered a steal.

Click here for our scouting report on Horn.

17. Las Vegas Raiders: Christian Darrisaw, T, Virginia Tech

Darrisaw is a vicious tackle prospect who would probably go top-10 if the draft weren’t so quarterback-heavy. He’s a perfect fit for the Raiders, who needed help entering this offseason and then created an even bigger void by trading Trent Brown.

Click here for our scouting report on Darrisaw.

18. Miami Dolphins: Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan

Paye is a ferocious pass-rusher who has been mocked as high as No. 4 this offseason. His stock has fallen lately, but he doesn’t deserve to be on the board at No. 18. If he’s available, Miami will snag him and consider their first round an instant win.

Click here for our scouting report on Paye.

19. Carolina Panthers (via WFT): Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

Injury concerns have run rampant in regards to Farley, dropping him to the consensus No. 3 cornerback. The fears are justified, but he’s still a very promising prospect. If the Panthers exit the first round with Farley, an extra first-round pick, and an extra second-rounder, they should feel plenty good about themselves.

Click here for our scouting report on Farley.

20. Atlanta Falcons (via CHI): Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami

Phillips is one of the most exciting and explosive defensive prospects. His stock continues to grow as the draft approaches, so Atlanta should feel fortunate that they could land him, two first-round picks, and a second-round pick after trading back.

Click here for our scouting report on Phillips.

21. Indianapolis Colts: Dillon Radunz, T, North Dakota State

Radunz is a nasty run blocker who could be a starter in the NFL right away. Indianapolis could go in a few directions here, though replacing Anthony Castonzo and protecting Carson Wentz seems like the way to go.

Click here for our scouting report on Radunz.

22. Tennessee Titans: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

Not only did the Titans lose Corey Davis this offseason but they said goodbye to Jonnu Smith, too. They’ll make up for their losses in the passing game by snagging Bateman, the Minnesota product who widely ranks as the consensus No. 4 receiver.

Click here for our scouting report on Bateman.

23. New York Jets (via SEA): Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia

Ojulari is a talented athlete with an aggressive motor. He will provide plenty of youth and burst in the Jets’ defense while playing for defensive mastermind Robert Saleh. Snagging the best edge-rusher available seems like a no-brainer when New York is on the clock for the second time.

Click here for our scouting report on Ojulari.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

There’s some speculation that Harris may slip into the start of the second round. That’s fair analysis, but you also have to reach for your guys. Harris was terrific at Alabama and fills a major need for the Steelers, who let James Conner depart for Arizona.

Click here for our scouting report on Harris.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR): Teven Jenkins, T, Oklahoma State

Jenkins brings versatility and an experienced track record in college, making him a safe pick in the first round and a strong weapon to protect Lawrence. The Oklahoma State product has the potential to make opponents look absolutely silly.

Click here for our scouting report on Jenkins.

26. Cleveland Browns: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami

One of the bigger question marks in the draft is Rousseau, who opted out of the 2020 college season. He’d likely be projected much higher if not for the run on quarterbacks. The Miami product is absolutely ferocious and put up impressive numbers at Miami, albeit over a smaller sample size.

Click here for our scouting report on Rousseau.

27. Baltimore Ravens: Liam Eichenberg, T, Notre Dame

After trading Orlando Brown Jr. to the Chiefs, Baltimore could use some help at the tackle position. Eichenberg is dominant in the running game, which is exactly where the Ravens will need him most.

Click here for our scouting report on Eichenberg.

28. New Orleans Saints: Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

Samuel is a talented athlete with great instincts and stellar footwork. His NFL bloodline coupled with proven success in college should make him a late Day 1 pick. He also, of course, fits a major area of need for the Saints.

Click here for our scouting report on Samuel.

29. Green Bay Packers: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern

Newsome is durable and lengthy, and he currently projects as a late first-round pick. He could fall to Day 2, but it’s hard to see a team like the Packers passing on him if he’s the best cornerback available.

Click here for our scouting report on Newsome.

30. Buffalo Bills: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

This is a hard pick to forecast as Buffalo could go defense (specifically linebacker or cornerback) here. However, Brandon Beane recently said he does “not think either one of our backs are home run hitters,” so it was only fitting to give them one of the scariest runners set to go pro this year.

Click here for our scouting report on Etienne.

31. Baltimore Ravens (via KC): Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU

The Ravens need receiving help even after adding Sammy Watkins in free agency. Marshall’s name has been attached to injury rumors, but it appears that the concerns are more of a worst-case scenario type and not too serious. If this is the case, it’s hard to imagine Baltimore passing on him with their second pick in the first round.

Click here for our scouting report on Marshall.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Levi Onwuzurike, DL, Washington

The Buccaneers really need some defensive line depth to help reset the financial clock in the trenches going forward. Onwuzurike can learn from Ndamukong Suh in 2020 before taking over for him next year.

Click here for our scouting report on Onwuzurike.

33. Detroit Lions (via JAX): Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

DET acquires pick No. 33 from JAX for picks No. 41 and 104

Detroit passed on a receiver in the first round under the impression that they could land one later one. That’s exactly what happens here as the Lions trade up to get Florida’s Toney. He could be a big-play threat in an offense quarterbacked by Jared Goff.

Click here for our scouting report on Toney.

34. New York Jets: Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia

Stokes showed off his blazing speed a few weeks ago, prompting a frenzy over his name that ultimately resulted in some people giving him a first-round value. That’s not too far off, but it’s more likely that he’ll go early in Day 2. If the Jets don’t sign Richard Sherman soon, they’ll probably use this pick on the best cornerback still available.

Click here for our scouting report on Stokes.

35. Atlanta Falcons: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

Moehrig is the best safety in the draft and will turn heads once in the NFL. He should be a mid-Day 1 prospect but has gone criminally underrated and likely won’t hear his name called until the second round. Moehrig is a perfect addition for the Falcons, who saw their safety room start to break apart and disperse elsewhere this offseason.

Click here for our scouting report on Moehrig.

36. Miami Dolphins (via HOU): Jalen Mayfield, T, Michigan

Mayfield projects as a right tackle and could even go in the first round. He’ll be a wonderful addition for the Dolphins, protecting Tua Tagovailoa‘s blindside and keeping the Alabama product safe during his second pro season.

Click here for our scouting report on Mayfield.

37. Kansas City Chiefs (via PHI): Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

KC acquires pick No. 37 from PHI for picks No. 58 and 2022 second-round

The Chiefs traded out of the first round to get Orlando Brown Jr. but now trade back up into the early second round so they can snag Collins. The Tulsa product is very talented linebacker prospect who really deserves to be drafted on Day 1.

Click here for our scouting report on Collins.

38. Cincinnati Bengals: Samuel Cosmi, T, Texas

After missing out on Sewell earlier, the pressure is fully on Cincinnati to get protection for Joe Burrow here. Cosmi is a talented player who doesn’t have to start right away but can rather develop behind Jonah Williams or Riley Reiff.

Click here for our scouting report on Cosmi.

39. Carolina Panthers: Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State

The Panthers already have an explosive-looking offense with Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, and Robby Anderson. Adding Freiermuth to the mix would give newcomer Sam Darnold yet another talented receiving threat after the Ian Thomas experiment failed to work out post-Greg Olsen.

Click here for our scouting report on Freiermuth.

40. Los Angeles Rams (via DEN): Landon Dickerson, G, Alabama

LAR acquires pick No. 40 from DEN for picks No. 103, 141, and 2022 second-round

This is a fairly steep price to pay, but Dickerson is affordable and good at what he does. The guard (and occasional center) is an aggressive player who always plays through the whistle in puts in full effort.

Click here for our scouting report on Dickerson.

41. Jacksonville Jaguars (via DET): Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

Getting a shiny new toy for your shining new quarterback can never hurt. Moore could see his value drop due to a lack of durability, but if he’s available here, he should be the pick.

Click here for our scouting report on Moore.

42. New York Giants: Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington

Tryon is an athletic and agile pass-rusher who could make a huge difference in the Giants’ defense. He’s both fluid and talented and also fits an area of need for New York.

Click here for our scouting report on Tryon.

43. San Francisco 49ers: Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State

Davis is your physical, beastly player who sees someone in his way and quite frankly doesn’t care. A true mauler, the young guard should have an immediate impact in the 49ers’ system.

Click here for our scouting report on Davis.

44. Dallas Cowboys: Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State

The Cowboys need offensive line help yet ultimately draft a second defensive player here due to how the draft board fell. Oweh might not be an immediate starter, but he plays with the length and tools necessary to develop into a starter early in his career.

Click here for our scouting report on Oweh.

45. Jacksonville Jaguars (via MIN): Jevon Holland, S, Oregon

Holland is an athletic player who plays with impressive control, allowing him to go out and be a playmaker. After three consecutive picks spent on offense, the Jaguars take a defensive weapon who could have an impact immediately out of the gate.

Click here for our scouting report on Holland.

46. New England Patriots: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida

Nasirildeen has terrific skills on the field, boasting everything from agility and athleticism to versatility and intelligence. A torn ACL cost him all but two games in 2020, hurting his draft stock. Still, he would be a great fit for the Patriots, who recently lost Patrick Chung to retirement.

Click here for our scouting report on Nasirildeen.

47. Los Angeles Chargers: Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina

Don’t look now, but Brown has slowly risen up draft boards. He’s not a first-round prospect, but he has pretty much solidified the fact that he’ll land somewhere in the second round. The UNC product would be an exciting weapon to pair with Justin Herbert, complementing Keenan Allen and Mike Williams in an electric offense.

Click here for our scouting report on Brown.

48. Las Vegas Raiders: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri

Bolton provides explosiveness with a fierce trigger. Once projected to go in the back half of the first round, the Missouri product now seems more like a Day 2 pick. He’ll be a valuable addition for whoever gets him, with linebacker-needy Las Vegas among the most ideal ladning spots.

Click here for our scouting report on Bolton.

49. Baltimore Ravens (via ARI): Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas

BAL acquires pick No. 49 from ARI for picks No. 94, 210, and 2022 second-round

The Ravens lost Matt Judon this offseason and would benefit from adding a younger pass-rusher here. Not only does Ossai bring talent and potential, but he also resets the financial clock for the Ravens, who are up against the cap but eager to be competitive for quite some time.

Click here for our scouting report on Ossai.

50. Miami Dolphins: Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina

The Dolphins need that workhorse, Derrick Henry-like back that can fight for the tough yards. Williams isn’t Henry, but he has drawn plenty of comparisons to Nick Chubb. The North Carolina product would fit very nicely in the Miami system.

Click here for our scouting report on Williams.

51. Washington Football Team: Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky

Washington seems really content with their roster outside of quarterback. After addressing the signal-caller position in Round 1, they are left with a plethora of options at No. 51. Davis’s stock has been rising drastically, with some analysts expecting him to sneak into the first round. Regardless, he’s a good fit for the Football Team and their ever-strengthening defense.

Click here for our scouting report on Davis.

52. Chicago Bears: Jackson Carman, T, Clemson

Carman protected Trevor Lawrence‘s blindside at Clemson and will now be tasked with doing the same for a fellow draft pick in Mac Jones. The tackle likely won’t start immediately, but he does project as a key depth piece with starter-level upside after Chicago cut Bobby Massie this offseason.

Click here for our scouting report on Carman.

53. Tennessee Titans: Brevin Jordan, TE, Florida

Losing Jonnu Smith hurts bad. As much as Anthony Firkser has shown flashes of being a No. 1 tight end, it’s evident that the Titans need more solidification in the passing game. Jordan, much like teammate Kyle Pitts, looked very impressive in college and has the makings of a high-quality playmaker at the NFL level.

Click here for our scouting report on Jordan.

54. Indianapolis Colts: Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse

After focusing on the trenches in the first round, the Colts look to the secondary with the 54th pick. Melifonwu is athletic, rangy, and physical, but he could get better in the intelligence department. Still, his pure skills make him a very intriguing prospect who would be a solid part of the Indianapolis defense.

Click here for our scouting report on Melifonwu.

55. Pittsburgh Steelers: Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma

At this point, it seems like it is just assumed that the Steelers will take Humphrey. Of all the matches made in heaven, this one just makes sense the most.

Click here for our scouting report on Humphrey.

56. Seattle Seahawks: Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest

Basham is a powerful player who stood out in the stat sheets at Wake Forest. He has some room for improvement but would ultimately give the Seahawks an aggressive, fast-paced pass-rusher to help terrorize opposing offenses.

57. Los Angeles Rams: Spencer Brown, T, Northern Iowa

After trading up for a guard, Los Angeles reaches for a tackle here. Brown is a smooth and intelligent prospect who looks the part of an NFL player. Of course, he’s also cheap, which is critical for the cap-stricken Rams.

Click here for our scouting report on Brown.

58. Philadelphia Eagles (via KC): Richie Grant, S, USC

Grant, a versatile safety, impressed at USC and boasts both good ball skills and athleticism. He’s not the best positional fit for the Eagles, but he does fill the void left by Jalen Mills, who inked a deal with the Patriots in their mid-March spending spree.

Click here for our scouting report on Grant.

59. New England Patriots (via CLE): Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M

NE acquires pick No. 59 from CLE for picks No. 139 and 2022 second-round

Belichick will probably wait for a quarterback until the fifth round, but it’s fun to fantasize. Mond has really good mechanics and poise, which can go a long way in New England’s system. He has his flaws, but he would certainly compete for the starting job out of camp.

Click here for our scouting report on Mond.

60. New Orleans Saints: Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss

The Saints will almost certainly draft a receiver in the first two rounds. Moore is a dynamic player with speed and could do some really neat things both catching the ball from Jameis Winston and running hectic trick plays with Taysom Hill.

Click here for our scouting report on Moore.

61. Buffalo Bills: Ronnie Perkins, EDGE, Oklahoma

This pick doesn’t scream match made in heaven, but the Bills could use help on the edge and Perkins fits their scheme. He is powerful with solid hands but can’t be trusted to start right away thanks to some concerns about his intelligence and ability to process what he sees.

Click here for our scouting report on Perkins.

62. Green Bay Packers: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC

The Packers are expected to draft a wide receiver. St. Brown is the best pass-catcher available here. His brother, Equanimeous St. Brown, already plays for Green Bay. This pick just makes sense.

Click here for our scouting report on St. Brown.

63. New Orleans Saints: Kyle Trask, QB, Florida

NO acquires pick No. 63 from KC for picks 2022 second-round and fifth-round

Sean Payton seems to love his duo of Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill, but there’s no reason not to bring in competition here. Trask might not win the starting job, but there is reason to hope that he could develop into their eventual starter once Winston and Hill’s contracts expire.

Click here for our scouting report on Trask.

64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami

Roche might not have even been a top-two edge-rusher at his own school, but he should come off the board on Day 2. He is a balanced defender with good mechanics and could be a true force in the Buccaneers’ system.

Click here for our scouting report on Roche.

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