2021 NFL Mock Draft: Week 2

This draft cycle will be tougher to predict than most, thanks to an imbalance of games and numerous opt outs. But the show must go on.

I am going to try to do a weekly mock draft. This Week 2 order is based on record (1) and point differential (2). I am not going to go with the “yes, I know so and so team will not be picking here” and blah blah. Let’s just pretend, okay?

Pick #TeamPlayerNameAnalysis
1QB Trevor Lawrence, ClemsonFROM HOU.
Unlike other mocks, I am not going to get cute with this. Trevor Lawrence will be the first overall pick. Whether by trade or not. Other than the Bengals, I do not see a young, bad team who would not benefit by taking the best prospect at the position since Andrew Luck. The Dolphins would be a very interesting case. Who knows if Tua Tagovailoa will even be able to recover from his injury, or how good he will be. Miami could either go the Arizona route and upgrade after one season, or receive an absolute haul for this pick.
2OT Penei Sewell, OregonI am a huge believer in drafting elite offensive lineman early. Unlike other positions, it seems harder to find quality starters late. Penei Sewell would have been OT1 had he been eligible for the 2020 draft. Despite an opt out, scouts have plenty of tape to go on. It would be a huge surprise if he is not a star. The Eagles cannot count on draft bust Andre Dillard. Sewell and Lane Johnson would be a dynamic bookend duo.
3WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSUSam Darnold has struggled, but the Jets have done him absolutely no favors, with bad coaching and terrible roster construction. Unless Trevor Lawrence is available, hopefully what will likely be a new regime will work at getting him some legitimate talent on offense. Ja’Marr Chase might have been the best player on the historic 2019 LSU offense, and is the top wide receiver option in this class.
4QB Justin Fields, Ohio StateKirk Cousins is basically stealing money from the Minnesota organization at this point. If the team can draft one of the top three quarterbacks in this draft, they should pounce at the opportunity. Justin Fields was a top recruit who has been as good as advertised at his second college stop.
5OLB Micah Parsons, Penn StateMicah Parsons is simply a beast. Put him at any linebacker spot, or put him at defensive end, and let him make plays. The Lions seem to be one of those teams that always need a difference maker on defense. Parsons could be just that.
6QB Trey Lance, North Dakota StateI hesitate to put Trey Lance in my 2021 mocks because history has never seen a prospect like him. One year Division 2 quarterbacks just do not declare for the draft. However, the fact that North Dakota State was able to schedule one game in 2020 seems like a safe bet it is a Trey Lance showcase for NFL scouts. Despite the lack of experience, the NFL is so hungry for quarterbacks that he should still be a top ten pick. He would be able to learn behind Teddy Bridgewater for a year before taking over as Carolina’s starting quarterback in 2022.
7CB Patrick Surtain II, AlabamaAlabama cornerbacks have been a mixed bag in the NFL, but Patrick Surtain II has the strength, experience and bloodlines to be a CB1 at the next level. That is exactly what a talent deficient Giants secondary needs.
8DE Gregory Rousseau, MiamiMake no mistake; Gregory Rousseau was a monster in 2019. 15.5 sacks as a first year redshirt freshman. It would have been great to see an encore season, but Rousseau has taken the year off to prep for the draft. He is still very raw despite the numbers, but that talent is real. As teams continue to pass, others will try to add players to stop him. The Falcons never have enough on defense to keep up.
9WR Jaylen Waddle, AlabamaPreston Williams, DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki are a nice trio of pass catchers for the Dolphins, but adding a lightning quick slot man like Jaylen Waddle could put this offense over the top. As a bonus, he is familiar with Tua Tagovailoa. Too many teams with young quarterbacks fail to provide them with weapons. Miami should not make that mistake.
10CB Shaun Wade, Ohio StateBeing the lead dog in the Ohio State secondary is basically a ticket to the first round of the draft. Shaun Wade is right there with Surtain as CB1. There was a point where Cincinnati took a cornerback in the first round on a yearly basis, but the secondary is still weak.
11OT Alex Leatherwood, AlabamaThe Broncos offensive line is bad. That is not a good combination with a young quarterback with durability concerns. Alex Leatherwood’s lack of quickness on the outside may necessitate an eventual move to guard, but I think he could stick as a blindside protector. Like I said earlier, you have to reach for offensive line talent.
12DT Christian Barmore, AlabamaNo one under-performs quite like the Browns. The roster wins championships in Madden NFL 21, but not in real life. Cleveland should probably go defense here, best player available style. Christian Barmore was a rock as a part time player for Alabama and could explode with additional snaps.
13WR Rashod Bateman, MinnesotaTerry McLaurin is a stud on the outside, but Dwayne Haskins and the Football Team do not have much else. Rashod Bateman is not an athletic freak, but is perhaps the best route runner and technician in this class. Another plus, he is hoping to opt back in to the season for the Gophers, giving scouts more to work with.
14OT Samuel Cosmi, TexasSince the Chargers cannot draft a better doctor to protect their quarterbacks from injury, offensive line will have to do. Samuel Cosmi is a very good athlete and has All Pro potential. Honeslty, I just wanted to make that bad joke.
15MLB Dylan Moses, AlabamaIndications are that Dylan Moses is completely recovered from his 2019 injury. He should be the latest in a long line of first round Alabama linebackers. The Saints are very solid on paper but Moses would find a spot in the starting lineup.
16OG Wyatt Davis, Ohio StateIt takes a real special interior lineman to be drafted in the teens, and Wyatt Davis is just that. A complete guard, he could even find his way to tackle if a team needs it. The Jaguars need to build up the offensive line, and Davis would be an asset wherever he lines up.
17TE Kyle Pitts, FloridaCam Newton looks like he could stick around in New England for a few years. Upgrading a pathetic receiving group should be priority number one. The Patriots drafted a few recent tight ends, but none would be a potential matchup nightmare like Kyle Pitts, who is basically an oversized receiver.
18OG Trey Smith, TennesseeI seem to value offensive lineman more than most mock drafters, but I have explained why several times. Trey Smith has fully recovered from his early health issues, and has shown why he was such a highly ranked recruit. Capable of playing any position on the line, he would be a great fit at guard in San Francisco.
19DE Carlos Basham Jr., Wake ForestWhile scouts may like more upside in their top ten picks, if Carlos Basham Jr. continues to terrorize opposing offenses, he may force his way into that conversation. Basham Jr. surprisingly returned to school for his senior season and continues to rack up the sacks and tough defensive plays. The Cowboys defensive line would love an addition like that.
20HB Travis Etienne, ClemsonI know, I know. It is blasphemy to put running backs in the first round of mock drafts. The position is still well represented on Thursday nights, and Travis Etienne is simply NFL made. The Buccaneers are all in with Tom Brady, and Etienne could be his Kevin Faulk/Dion Lewis.
21CB Caleb Farley, Virginia TechI would have liked to have seen Caleb Farley play one more year, but he has the size and talent to be a shutdown corner in the NFL, and could wind up going much higher than this. The Colts are a talented team, but the secondary still leaves a bit to be desired.
22WR Rondale Moore, PurdueRondale Moore is a top ten talent, but he will be nearly two years removed from on the field activity by the time the NFL Draft rolls around. Boy, that freshman season was spectacular, though. Imagine Moore in a Tennessee offense with AJ Brown, Jonnu Smith and Derrick Henry. Ryan Tannehill would be a happy man.
23QB Tanner Morgan, MinnesotaThere are enough teams in need of quarterback help that someone other than the top three should break into the first round. Tanner Morgan has been that guy for me, and I am excited to see how he performs when the Big Ten season gets underway. The Bears could have had Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes, but instead took a guy that just does not have what it takes.
24FS Jevon Holland, OregonThe Bills have one of the most complete rosters in the NFL, so they could be after the best player available here. Jevon Holland is quite a ball hawk, and would be a fun chess piece to add to one of the best secondaries in football.
25OLB Quincy Roche, MiamiQuincy Roche was a beast for Temple in 2019, and the step up in competition has not slowed him down a bit. In fact, he could be at op ten pick once all is said and done. Teams always need pass rushing, and the Raiders are no exception. He would be a fun addition to an up and coming team.
26FS Paris Ford, PittsburghThe Steelers are set at safety with two former first round picks, but the secondary could still use a bit of help. Paris Ford is listed as a safety, but should be listed as “playmaker”. Already up to a couple of interceptions, the Steelers coaching staff is good enough to figure out how to get him on the field.
27OLB Chazz Surratt, North CarolinaFROM SEA. Other than offense, defense and special teams, the Jets roster seems to be in good shape. They should take the best player available for all of the wrong reasons. Chazz Surratt had a night to remember against Syracuse and is one of the best playmaking defenders in college football.
28C Creed Humphrey, OklahomaCreed Humphrey is versatile to play any interior line spot for Arizona, but should immediately step in and hike the ball to the guy who won a Heisman behind him in 2018.
29CB Israel Mukuamu, South CarolinaThe Chiefs may continue to go offense in the draft to appease their half a billion dollar man, but I think Israel Mukuamu is great value here. Mukuamu has a monster frame (6’4) but does not sacrifice much speed. He is one of my favorite sleepers in this draft.
30DT Marvin Wilson, Florida StateSomehow Marvin Wilson is both experienced and inconsistent, which limits his draft ceiling. This is a good spot for him, if he can put it all together the Jaguars have a nice replacement for Calias Campbell and the other defensive lineman they lost.
31OG Rashawn Slater, NorthwesternThe best player in this draft that no one has ever heard of, Rashawn Slater is yet another interior lineman to go in the first round of this mock. He has a boatload of experience and will be able to step right in at guard and help keep Aaron Rodgers upright.
32FS Andre Cisco, SyracuseThe unexpected release of Earl Thomas has left the Ravens a bit thin in the secondary. Andre Cisco continues to pick off passes at an impressive rate and is one of quite a few impressive safeties in this class.

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