Cory Bonini's 2021 NFL mock draft 4.0

Cory Bonini's 2021 NFL mock draft 4.0

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Cory Bonini's 2021 NFL mock draft 4.0

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Here’s my final 2021 NFL mock draft. I’ve projected a pair of trades inside of the top 10, each denoted with an asterisk.

We published more mock drafts and player profiles than ever before this year, so be sure to check our 2021 NFL Draft Central page to keep track of all of the offerings.

2021 NFL Mock Draft notables

  • In the last release, a projected Chicago-Atlanta trade gave the Bears their quarterback of the future. In recent weeks, I’ve come around to the idea of the Falcons taking Florida TE Kyle Pitts here. The offense will find ways to get him involved early on, and new head coach Arthur Smith is a former tight ends coach, so you know he’ll be excited to see what he can do with the phenom.
  • That doesn’t mean the Bears won’t make a deal to get into the top 10 for a passer. Carolina lessened its need for a cornerback after signing veteran A.J. Bouye, and I don’t see quarterback being a realistic option after the Sam Darnold trade — if for no reason other than politics. There is still a need for receiver help and a tight end upgrade, but both can wait. The Panthers and Bears swap No. 1 picks, in addition to Carolina picking up future choices for going down to No. 20, which enables Chicago to land North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance to learn in the short term behind Andy Dalton. Provided the GM and coaching staff survives, here’s their chance to get it right after whiffing on Mitchell Trubisky.
  • I have the New England Patriots mocked for a trade with the Detroit Lions to get into the No. 7 spot to select Justin Fields, leapfrogging other quarterback-needy franchises that may be looking at dealing with Carolina for the eighth pick. Fields can learn for a year behind Cam Newton and then take over in 2022. Josh McDaniels’ system is notoriously complex, and there’s no need to throw Fields to the wolves in the upcoming season’s opening few weeks. If Newton struggles or gets hurt, then all bet are off as to when we’ll see the Ohio State product. I believe McDaniels will indeed replace Bill Belichick one day, and the current OC will have a say in which player he prefers to mold his playbook around.
  • The trade sends Detroit down to 15, where they can still land the best receiver remaining. It could be DeVonta Smith, if the Philadelphia Eagles find Jaylen Waddle to be a better fit for their plans. Waddle could “fall” a few spots and give Detroit the playmaker it likely would have chosen at No. 7.
Pick
Team
Pos
Player School
1
Jacksonville Jaguars
QB
Trevor Lawrence Clemson
2
New York Jets
QB
Zach Wilson BYU
3
San Francisco 49ers (via MIA>HOU)
QB
Mac Jones Alabama
4
Atlanta Falcons
TE
Kyle Pitts Florida
5
Cincinnati Bengals
OT
Penei Sewell Oregon
6
Miami Dolphins (via PHI)
WR
Ja’Marr Chase LSU
7
New England Patriots* (via DET)
QB
Justin Fields Ohio State
8
Chicago Bears* (via CAR)
QB
Trey Lance North Dakota State
9
Denver Broncos
LB
Micah Parsons Penn State
10
Dallas Cowboys
CB
Patrick Surtain II Alabama
11
New York Giants
EDGE
Jaelen Phillips Miami (Fla.)
12
Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA>SF)
WR
DeVonta Smith Alabama
13
Los Angeles Chargers
OT
Christian Darrisaw Virginia Tech
14
Minnesota Vikings
OT
Rashawn Slater Northwestern
15
Detroit Lions* (via NE)
WR
Jaylen Waddle Alabama
16
Arizona Cardinals
EDGE
Kwity Paye Michigan
17
Las Vegas Raiders
LB
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Notre Dame
18
Miami Dolphins
RB
Najee Harris Alabama
19
Washington Football Team
CB
Caleb Farley Virginia Tech
20
Carolina Panthers* (via CHI)
OT
Dillon Radunz North Dakota State
21
Indianapolis Colts
DE
Gregory Rousseau Miami (Fla.)
22
Tennessee Titans
CB
Jaycee Horn South Carolina
23
New York Jets (via SEA)
RB
Travis Etienne Clemson
24
Pittsburgh Steelers
OG/OT
Alijah Vera-Tucker USC
25
Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR)
S
Trevon Moehrig TCU
26
Cleveland Browns
WR
Kadarius Toney Florida
27
Baltimore Ravens
EDGE
Zaven Collins Tulsa
28
New Orleans Saints
CB
Greg Newsome II Northwestern
29
Green Bay Packers
OT
Jalen Mayfield Michigan
30
Buffalo Bills
EDGE
Azeez Ojulari Georgia
31
Kansas City Chiefs
OG/C
Landon Dickerson Alabama
32
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
LB
Nick Bolton Missouri

*projected trade

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