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Way Too Early 2021 NFL Mock Draft

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Yes, I’m that guy. A 2021 Mock Draft at this point in the league year is… well, it’s exactly what it is, way too early. An early look at a draft for which we don’t even have an actual draft order. But take it for what it’s worth: it’s an introduction to the names you should be watching on Saturdays this year.

Off of the talent that caught my eyes while studying the 2020 class, I tend to think we’re headed towards another strong year at WR (not as deep, but definitely strong at the top). There’s interesting DB talent to look forward to, and better interior o-line and tight end classes!

I’ll be breaking down my top 10 picks.

Let’s look at some names we could hear in the early rounds of the draft, just under a year from today.

Way Too Early 2021 NFL Mock Draft

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1.01 – Jacksonville JaguarsTrevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Do I think the Jaguars will need a Quarterback in 2021? No. Is Trevor Lawrence better than the other shot-callers on their roster? Yes.

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1.02 – Washington RedskinsPenei Sewell, OT, Oregon

The Redskins drafted Saahdiq Charles instants after trading away Trent Williams, but a shot at the best offensive tackle to come out in the last 5 years is too good to pass up considering the need on their roster. Sewell is a big, smooth pass protector with road-grading power in the run game. He’s one of the best offensive tackles to come out in the last decade (yes, with Eric Fisher and Tyron Smith).

1.03 – Cincinnati BengalsShaun Wade, CB, Ohio State

The Bengals put together one of my favorite draft classes this year, finding outstanding value at the linebacker position with three potential starters. They even brought in Tee Higgins in the 2nd, whose ceiling is A.J. Green type of football.

Kicking Adeniji inside to guard is great value in the 6th round, he’ll protect Burrow and a promising offense. They haven’t addressed the corner position, so I went with Shaun Wade, a top talent at the position in 2021 who could’ve easily declared this year and been a top 3 cornerback.

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1.04 – Carolina PanthersMicah Parsons, LB, Penn State

I love the Panthers defensive haul this year, but they somehow haven’t addressed the linebacker position. Micah Parsons is a rare talent who constantly takes games over for the Penn State defense, making plays one after the other in every facet of the game. Derrick Brown inside, Parsons on the second level and Jeremy Chinn on the back end… The spinal cord of this defense looks really good.

1.05 – New York JetsJa’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

The Jets did amazing work on the offensive line when you put all three days together. Becton and Cameron Clark were two of the biggest maulers in the draft and they’ll get to work side by side. They drafted Denzel Mims, but I don’t expect him to be the spark this offense will need in the long run. Ja’Marr Chase can be a true WR1.

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1.06 – New York GiantsMarvin Wilson, IDL, Florida State

I like what my New York Giants have done this year, finding great tackle value on Day 2 in Matt Peart, to mold into a starting role opposite to Andrew Thomas. They grabbed Lemieux, a guard who has the ability to play every position on the offensive line and at a high level, an outstanding piece to have on the roster. The Giants should face a high turnover rate on the defensive line next season, especially on the interior. Marvin Wilson is a violent defensive tackle who can disrupt the backfield and make an impact as a run stuffer. He could’ve declared this year and been a top 50 selection.

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1.07 – Detroit LionsJustin Fields, QB, Ohio State

If Matthew Stafford suffers from injuries again and doesn’t log a full season, we’ll start having a serious conversation about the Lions’ quarterback situation. Fields to the Lions.

1.08 – Miami DolphinsJustyn Ross, WR, Clemson

I don’t think the Dolphins will pick anywhere near the top-10 next year, after putting together what is perhaps the best offseason in the NFL. But they do own the Texans pick, and who knows… The Dolphins may be in a situation where they get to give Tua Tagovailoa his weapons in 2021. Justyn Ross could be the best WR in this class.

1.09 – Miami Dolphins – Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama

Again, I don’t think they pick in the top-10, let alone twice in a row. I went best-player-available with this selection. Moses is a player to keep an eye on this season as he returns from an ACL injury that held him out of 2019. I thought he was a first-round 2020 pick before he was pushed towards the decision to remain at Alabama. He’s an instinctive and athletic linebacker with sideline-to-sideline speed for days. He has outstanding eyes when run fitting and is quick to work into gaps downhill. He showcases his length with sound wrap-up tackling.

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1.10 – Denver BroncosJackson Carman, OT, Clemson

The weapons that the Broncos brought in on the offense look absolutely electric. But they need offensive line help bad now, or they’ll just look like the Browns did last season. Give me Carman, a very solid pass protector.

2021 NFL Mock Draft

PICKTEAMPLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1.01JAXTrevor LawrenceQBClemson
1.02WASPenei SewellOTOregon
1.03CINShaun WadeCBOhio State
1.04CARMicah ParsonsLBPenn State
1.05NYJJa'Marr ChaseWRLSU
1.06NYGMarvin WilsonOTFlorida State
1.07DETJustin FieldsQBOhio State
1.08MIAJustyn RossWRClemson
1.09MIADylan MosesLBAlabama
1.10DENJackson CarmanOTClemson
1.11ATLJevon HollandSOregon
1.12ARZCreed HumphreyIOLOklahoma
1.13CHIJamie NewmanQBGeorgia
1.14LVRLiam EichenbergOTNotre Dame
1.15CLEGregory RousseauEDGEMiami
1.16TENWalker LittleIOLStanford
1.17JAXTravis EtienneRBClemson
1.18MINHamsah NasirildeenSFlorida State
1.19LACJaylen WaddleWRAlabama
1.20PITPatrick Surtain IICBAlabama
1.21INDSamuel CosmiOTTexas
1.22NETrey LanceQBNDSU
1.23BUFTrey SmithIOLTennessee
1.24GBRondale MooreWRPurdue
1.25PHIIsrael MukuamuCBSouth Carolina
1.26SEAAlex LeatherwoodOTAlabama
1.27TBXavier ThomasEDGEClemson
1.28DALRichard LeCounte IIISGeorgia
1.29NORashod BatemanWRMinnesota
1.30SFEric StokesCBGeorgia
1.31BALCarlos Basham Jr.EDGEWake Forest
1.32KCWyatt DavisIOLOhio State

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About Selyan Lonqueux

Junior NFL Draft analyst, and aspiring football coach. Active Wide Receiver across the pond, in Europe. The truth lies in the tape, the whole tape and nothing but the tape.

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