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Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
Patrick Surtain · CB

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

 

Surtain is a big, long, fast cornerback with the ability to mirror and match pass routes. He can strangle the catch point and is exactly what the Falcons need as a top-tier CB1.

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https://www.nfl.com/news/lance-zierlein-2021-nfl-mock-draft-1-0-patriots-49ers-select-qbs-in-round-1?campaign=Twitter_nfl_cfb   Pick 4 Atlanta Falcons

Felt kinda desperate to give Fields to Belichik tbh

If you went back in time every year and released the exact draft as it happened as a mock in February or March, you would be told you sucked at your job and had the most unrealistic mock ever made eac

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Pick
1
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
Trevor Lawrence · QB

School: Clemson | Year: Junior

 

This pick should be set in stone as the Jaguars hit reset with a brand new face of the franchise.

 
Pick
2
New York Jets
New York Jets
Zach Wilson · QB

School: BYU | Year: Junior

 

If the Jets don't love a quarterback in this spot, it will make sense to see if there are any takers for a trade. If there aren't, starting over at QB would make sense. Wilson has significant arm talent.

 
Pick
3
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
DeVonta Smith · WR

PICK ACQUIRED FROM THE HOUSTON TEXANS

 

School: Alabama | Year: Senior

 

It is imperative for the Dolphins to add a playmaker to pair with Tua Tagovailoa and give the offense some much-needed explosiveness.

 
Pick
4
Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
Patrick Surtain · CB

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

 

Surtain is a big, long, fast cornerback with the ability to mirror and match pass routes. He can strangle the catch point and is exactly what the Falcons need as a top-tier CB1.

 
Pick
5
Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
Kyle Pitts · TE

School: Florida | Year: Junior

 

I understand the Bengals need offensive line help, but they also have the 38th overall pick and loads of cap space to address that area. Pitts has a chance to be a generational talent and a relentless nightmare for opposing defenses.

 
Pick
6
Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
Micah Parsons · LB

School: Penn State | Year: Junior

 

Parsons, who opted out of the 2020 season due to the pandemic, is scary talented with outstanding body composition, rare speed and excellent open-field tackling ability. He'll help tighten up the Eagles' porous linebacker corps.

 
Pick
7
Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
Ja'Marr Chase · WR

School: LSU | Year: Junior

 

The Lions could go in a number of directions here, including cornerback or linebacker, but with almost an entire receiving corps set to hit free agency, Chase could serve as a splashy WR1 for their new QB.

 
Pick
8
Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
Rashawn Slater · OT

School: Northwestern | Year: Senior

 

While some believe Oregon's Penei Sewell has the higher potential upside, Slater is a low-risk, high-yield lineman who has five-position flexibility up front, a great deal of play strength and pro polish to his game.

 
Pick
9
Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
Caleb Farley · CB

School: Virginia Tech | Year: Junior (RS)

 

My guess is that we may see the Broncos address linebacker and maybe pass rush in free agency, which would give them the opening to add a big, talented CB like Farley to contend with the division's explosive, young QBs.

 
Pick
10
Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
Penei Sewell · OT

School: Oregon | Year: Junior

 

Tyron Smith turned 30 in December and hasn't played 14 or more games in a season since 2015. Sewell could give the Cowboys flexibility up front, playing either right tackle or guard until it's time to take over on the left edge for the seven-time Pro Bowler.

 
Pick
11
New York Giants
New York Giants
Jaylen Waddle · WR

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

 

Finding another weapon for Daniel Jones is essential, and Waddle has game-breaking explosiveness on all three levels of the field with an ability to back safeties off the line of scrimmage for Saquon Barkley.

 
Pick
12
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
Trey Lance · QB

School: North Dakota State | Year: Sophomore (RS)

 

Lance could go higher with a run on quarterbacks. If he's available at 12th overall, he might be too enticing to pass up. His background and skill set fit perfectly within Kyle Shanahan's offense.

 
Pick
13
Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers
Christian Darrisaw · OT

School: Virginia Tech | Year: Junior

 

While he he plays with low-burn energy at times, Darrisaw's tape can be like watching a young Russell Okung, and that is exactly what the Chargers need.

 
Pick
14
Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
Alijah Vera-Tucker · OT

School: USC | Year: Junior (RS)

 

One of the most surprising developments from the 2020 college season was Vera-Tucker's play at left tackle after transitioning from guard. Needless to say, he'll offer guard/tackle flexibility at the next level and would be an instant upgrade on the Vikings' O-line.

 
Pick
15
New England Patriots
New England Patriots
Justin Fields · QB

School: Ohio State | Year: Junior

 

It's hard to project where the QBs will land this year, as I expect grades to vary greatly by team. But Fields is a talented quarterback with big-game experience who will have a chance to compete for snaps immediately in New England.

 
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Pick
16
Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
Azeez Ojulari · Edge rusher

School: Georgia | Year: Sophomore (RS)

 

Finding an impactful defender up front should be one of the Cardinals' priorities. Ojulari is twitchy and powerful and has a game that should translate well in the NFL.

 
Pick
17
Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah · LB

School: Notre Dame | Year: Junior (RS)

 

The Notre Dame product is one of the most exciting defenders in this draft class. He's athletic and sticky in coverage, while possessing blazing pursuit speed and scary pass-rush potential.

 
Pick
18
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
Gregory Rousseau · Edge rusher

School: Miami | Year: Sophomore (RS)

 

With just one full year of tape to his name and a good chunk of his sack production coming from an inside alignment, Rousseau might be a bit of a risk. But he is very long and has traits that GM Chris Grier and coach Brian Flores should love.

 
Pick
19
Washington Football Team
Washington Football Team
Elijah Moore · WR

School: Ole Miss | Year: Junior

 

This is a tough pick to project, as many of the elite position players at areas of need will be gone. Fortunately for Washington, Moore is flying well under the radar. He's a very consistent, high-volume slot receiver with excellent hands and toughness.

 
Pick
20
Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
Teven Jenkins · OT

School: Oklahoma State | Year: Senior (RS)

 

Jenkins is a rock-steady tackle with experience on both sides of the line, though he'll likely line up at right tackle in the NFL. He plays with a nasty demeanor and has excellent hand and core strength.

 
Pick
21
Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
Jayson Oweh · Edge rusher

School: Penn State | Year: Sophomore (RS)

 

The Colts could go with a cornerback here, but they covet elite length and explosiveness off the edge. Oweh might be too tempting to pass on despite his need for pass-rush polish.

 
Pick
22
Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans
Kwity Paye · Edge rusher

School: Michigan | Year: Senior

 

Finding a pass rusher is critical for the Titans' future success. Paye has a rare combination of size (6-foot-4, 272 pounds) and short-area quickness that, with a more focused rush plan, could cause O-linemen fits at the next level.

 
Pick
23
New York Jets
New York Jets
Travis Etienne · RB

PICK ACQUIRED FROM THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

 

School: Clemson | Year: Senior

 

A three-down rusher with a winning background, Etienne runs with great urgency and competitiveness. Improving the ground game could have a huge impact on the success of a young QB, if the Jets do indeed take a passer at No. 2 overall.

 
Pick
24
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
Zaven Collins · LB

School: Tulsa | Year: Junior (RS)

 

The Steelers need a running back, but GM Kevin Colbert doesn't draft RBs this early. He does, however, seem to love taking linebackers in Round 1, and Collins' rare combination of size, range and coverage will be appealing.

 
Pick
25
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jaycee Horn · CB

PICK ACQUIRED FROM THE LOS ANGELES RAMS

 

School: South Carolina | Year: Junior

 

The son of former NFL receiver Joe Horn, Jaycee has prototypical size (6-1, 200) and length. He's best in press coverage, but has the eye discipline and athleticism to play in any scheme.

 
Pick
26
Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
Christian Barmore · DT

School: Alabama | Year: Sophomore (RS)

 

The Browns need help in the secondary, but adding a talented interior rusher with the ability to play the run is a worthwhile choice.

 
Pick
27
Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
Trevon Moehrig · S

School: TCU | Year: Junior

 

Moehrig is a ball-hawking safety who would represent an immediate upgrade in the Ravens' back end. He can play high, low or over the slot, which only increases his value.

 
Pick
28
New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
Tyson Campbell · CB

School: Georgia | Year: Junior

 

Campbell, a former high school sprint champ, has outstanding length and long speed and exciting upside, but might need some time to gain the polish required to cover in the NFL.

 
Pick
29
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
Landon Dickerson · OL

School: Alabama | Year: Senior (RS)

 

This could be a perfect fit thanks to Dickerson's ability to play guard or center. However, the number of career injuries are mounting (suffered season-ending ligament damage in December), and his medicals will be a focus. Great leader and great fit if healthy.

 
Pick
30
Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
Najee Harris · RB

School: Alabama | Year: Senior

 

The Bills took a big step forward in 2020, but they need more balance in their offense. The physical three-down runner with talent as a receiver out of the backfield could immediately upgrade not just the running game but the offense overall.

 
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Pick
31
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jaelan Phillips · Edge rusher

School: Miami | Year: Junior (RS)

 

A long-limbed edge rusher with exciting athletic talent and size, Phillips would help bolster a Bucs pass rush that could lose Shaq Barrett and Ndamukong Suh to free agency. Due to a lengthy injury history, his medical reports will garner plenty of attention.

 
Pick
32
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
Greg Newsome II · CB

School: Northwestern | Year: Junior

Adept in press-man and zone coverages, Newsome is a long outside corner. He has the ability to tilt contested catches in his favor on both short and deep passes.

 

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Just now, falcons007 said:

I would Grab Surtain, you can never have enough CB. CB is one positions rookies can make an immediate impact. 

But it’s also arguably the most difficult position to adjust to going from college to the pros. Terrell was graded as the top rookie CB I believe, and he didn’t even play spectacular. Every other first round CB struggled mightily. I’m not saying we shouldn’t take a CB in the first, just saying that we probably shouldn’t expect them to come out and be a legit #1 from the get go. 

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3 minutes ago, Atlantafan21 said:

But it’s also arguably the most difficult position to adjust to going from college to the pros. Terrell was graded as the top rookie CB I believe, and he didn’t even play spectacular. Every other first round CB struggled mightily. I’m not saying we shouldn’t take a CB in the first, just saying that we probably shouldn’t expect them to come out and be a legit #1 from the get go. 

AJ had a good season and some of struggles with out good safety play. I am all for drafting Surtain and pair him up with AJ, may be get Desmond King for slot and a good FS in FA.  A strong secondary will give more options on mixing up the front seven. Pees can get creative upfront.

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1 minute ago, falcons007 said:

AJ had a good season and some of struggles with out good safety play. I am all for drafting Surtain and pair him up with AJ, may be get Desmond King for slot and a good FS in FA.  A strong secondary will give more options on mixing up the front seven. Pees can get creative upfront.

Terrell definitely had some highs and lows to his season. Stretches where he looked like he could be a good CB but also times he consistently got picked on. Having a good safety definitely would help him. Overall, I think he can be a solid-good #2. Surtains actually not my preferred corner, but I wouldn’t mind him, albeit I’m not a big fan of taking any CB in the top 5. King and a FS would be nice, but considering our cap situation, chances are we can only get one. In that case I would prefer a FS over a nickel corner. Pees will definitely have his hands full with our front seven and particularly our pass rush because there doesn’t look to be much help coming this offseason barring something huge. 

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People are obsessed with giving the Jets and Bills a running back.  I don’t know how someone watched the Bill guards get manhandled in the run game against the interior of the Chiefs all game and that made you say “they sure could use a running back...that’ll fix the run game”. Singletary is fine, the blocking was atrocious.

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9 minutes ago, falcons007 said:

Could happen. It happens every draft, guys projected in top 5/top 10 fall further. Some outside first round.

If you went back in time every year and released the exact draft as it happened as a mock in February or March, you would be told you sucked at your job and had the most unrealistic mock ever made each time with many “no way this team passes on this player” or “no way this player falls that far”.  Fans read a few mock drafts and think they are suddenly experts.

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8 minutes ago, Rings said:

If you went back in time every year and released the exact draft as it happened as a mock in February or March, you would be told you sucked at your job and had the most unrealistic mock ever made each time with many “no way this team passes on this player” or “no way this player falls that far”.  Fans read a few mock drafts and think they are suddenly experts.

Yep. Happens every year. Right about now, if you take 2017 draft. Mahomes was a project pick at 2-3 rounds. Takk was top 10 pick among many others who went much later. Some of the guys went much earlier. 

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15 minutes ago, Atlantafan21 said:

Terrell definitely had some highs and lows to his season. Stretches where he looked like he could be a good CB but also times he consistently got picked on. Having a good safety definitely would help him. Overall, I think he can be a solid-good #2. Surtains actually not my preferred corner, but I wouldn’t mind him, albeit I’m not a big fan of taking any CB in the top 5. King and a FS would be nice, but considering our cap situation, chances are we can only get one. In that case I would prefer a FS over a nickel corner. Pees will definitely have his hands full with our front seven and particularly our pass rush because there doesn’t look to be much help coming this offseason barring something huge. 

AJ will grow in to his second season. There wasn’t much of off-season or any preseason for rookies. I hope they do get a FS first in the FA and may be NB. Pees would have to simulate the pressure which would mean the DBs should hold their end. 

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27 minutes ago, Mister pudding said:

Sewell 10th... wow

I'm already hearing that he doesn't have clean film. His top 10 status isn't the slam dunk some had believed. Slater's not certain to be a tackle, but his stock is in the same range as Sewell's.

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