April 9th Mock Draft

An updated mock draft to reflect potential implications of the Sam Darnold trade, as well as a few minor changes. To learn about updates more easily, follow me on Twitter at @draftexaminer.

1.Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
2.New York Jets – QB Zach Wilson, Brigham Young
3.San Francisco 49ers – QB Mac Jones, Alabama
4.Atlanta Falcons – TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
5.Cincinnati Bengals – WR Ja’Marr Chase, Louisiana St.
6.Miami Dolphins – WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama
7.Detroit Lions – WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
8.Carolina Panthers – OT Penei Sewell, Oregon
9.Denver Broncos – QB Justin Fields, Ohio St.
10.Dallas Cowboys – CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
11.New York Giants – OT Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
12.Philadelphia Eagles – QB Trey Lance, North Dakota St.
13.Los Angeles Chargers – OT Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech
14.Minnesota Vikings – CB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
15.New England Patriots – DE Kwity Paye, Michigan
16.Arizona Cardinals – LB Micah Parsons, Penn St.
17.Las Vegas Raiders – OT Alijah Vera-Tucker, Southern California
18.Miami Dolphins – LB Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
19.Washington Football Team – LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame
20.Chicago Bears – WR Kadarius Toney, Florida
21.Indianapolis Colts – DE Jaelan Phillips, Miami (FL)
22.Tennessee Titans – LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa
23.New York Jets – RB Travis Etienne Jr., Clemson
24.Pittsburgh Steelers – OT Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma St.
25.Jacksonville Jaguars – DB Trevon Moehrig, Texas Christian
26.Cleveland Browns – DE Gregory Rousseau, Miami (FL)
27.Baltimore Ravens – OC Landon Dickerson, Alabama
28.New Orleans Saints – CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
29.Green Bay Packers – DL Christian Barmore, Alabama
30.Buffalo Bills – RB Najee Harris, Alabama
31.Kansas City Chiefs – OT Samuel Cosmi, Texas
32.Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OC Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma

QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson

QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson* (6’6”, 220)

Background:

Three-year starter who burst on the scene as a freshman, passing for 3,280 yards (65.2%, 8.3 YPA), 30 touchdowns, and four interceptions, sharing quarterback duties with Kelly Bryant for four games before taking over as the full-time starter and leading his team to an undefeated season, culminating in a national championship win over Alabama. Followed that up with 3,665 yards (65.8%, 9.0), 36 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions, adding 103-563-9 (5.5) rushing and going undefeated until the title game, which Clemson ended up losing to Louisiana St. Missed two games after testing positive for Covid this past year, but still compiled 3,153 passing yards (69.2%, 9.4), 24 touchdowns, and five interceptions, with another eight rushing touchdowns. Lost the second game of his career, the Sugar Bowl against Ohio St., before declaring for the draft.

Positives:

College resume is impeccable, with a 34-2 career record. Has ideal height for the position. A true dual-threat; excellent athlete who can carry the ball on designed runs and options, or escape the pocket and extend the play or pick up first downs with his legs. Deadly on draws. Can make defenders miss in the open field, and outrun them to pick up huge gains in space. When throwing from the pocket, is relaxed in his dropback, and light on his feet. Climbs well vs. outside pressure and will take a hit to deliver a throw. Has experience manipulating linebackers and safeties with his eyes, and going through progressions. Makes anticipatory throws; doesn’t need to see his receivers open to attempt a pass. Confident enough to trust his receivers to come down with contested catches in tight coverage. That said, generally avoids taking unnecessary risks with the ball; knows when to check it down or throw it away. Has a quick release, and is capable of modifying his arm angle as needed. Very accurate passer who uses appropriate touch, creating easy catches and opportunities for yards after contact. Possesses the arm talent to generate zip and muscle throws into tight windows, and to complete throws out toward the sidelines and down the field. Able to uncoil, transfer weight, and stick the ball on receivers at the intermediate level. Can complete passes rolling out to both his left and right; even makes some cross-body throws downfield. While fleeing pass rushers, keeps his eyes downfield, scanning for targets.

Negatives:

Offense was a little bit simplistic; operated out of the shotgun and scheme was predicated primarily on run/pass options and half-field reads, so there might be an adjustment period when he reaches the pros. Has great escapability but can sometimes be a little bit late to recognize blitzes. Needs to do a better job of protecting his body by sliding down at the end of rushing attempts; combination of tough/aggressive playing style and thin build could cause some injury concerns given the volume and size of the hits he takes. Underwent offseason surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. Attempts more off-platform throws than you’d like. Overthrows the deep ball a little bit.

Summary:

The odds-on favorite to go number one overall, and for good reason. There’s plenty to love about his game, and very few concerns; a rare case of a high-upside, high-floor prospect at the game’s most important position. While there may be a little bit of a learning curve for him at the pro level, coming as he does from a somewhat simplified offensive scheme, all indications are that he will provide Urban Meyer and the Jaguars with a long-term franchise quarterback as long as he can protect his body.

April 5th Mock Draft

First official mock draft of 2021. Click on a player’s name to access their scouting report.

UPDATE: Check back later this week for an update following the Panthers’ trade for Sam Darnold!

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
  2. New York Jets – QB Zach Wilson, Brigham Young
  3. San Francisco 49ers – QB Mac Jones, Alabama
  4. Atlanta Falcons – TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
  5. Cincinnati Bengals – WR Ja’Marr Chase, Louisiana St.
  6. Miami Dolphins – WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama
  7. Detroit Lions – WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
  8. Carolina Panthers – QB Justin Fields, Ohio St.
  9. Denver Broncos – QB Trey Lance, North Dakota St.
  10. Dallas Cowboys – CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
  11. New York Giants – OT Penei Sewell, Oregon
  12. Philadelphia Eagles – DE Kwity Paye, Michigan
  13. Los Angeles Chargers – OT Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
  14. Minnesota Vikings – OT Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech
  15. New England Patriots – CB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
  16. Arizona Cardinals – LB Micah Parsons, Penn St.
  17. Las Vegas Raiders – OT Alijah Vera-Tucker, Southern California
  18. Miami Dolphins – LB Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
  19. Washington Football Team – LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame
  20. Chicago Bears – WR Kadarius Toney, Florida
  21. Indianapolis Colts – DE Jaelan Phillips, Miami (FL)
  22. Tennessee Titans – LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa
  23. New York Jets – RB Travis Etienne Jr., Clemson
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers – RB Najee Harris, Alabama
  25. Jacksonville Jaguars – DB Trevon Moehrig, Texas Christian
  26. Cleveland Browns – DE Gregory Rousseau, Miami (FL)
  27. Baltimore Ravens – OC Landon Dickerson, Alabama
  28. New Orleans Saints – CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
  29. Green Bay Packers – DL Christian Barmore, Alabama
  30. Buffalo Bills – DE Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma
  31. Kansas City Chiefs – OT Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma St.
  32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OC Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma

2021 NFL Draft Scouting Reports

Quarterback:

Justin Fields, Ohio St.

Mac Jones, Alabama

Trey Lance, North Dakota St.

Zach Wilson, Brigham Young

Running Back:

Travis Etienne Jr. Clemson

Najee Harris, Alabama

Wide Receiver:

Rashod Bateman, Minnesota

Ja’Marr Chase, Louisiana St.

Terrace Marshall Jr., Louisiana St.

Elijah Moore, Mississippi

Rondale Moore, Purdue

DeVonta Smith, Alabama

Kadarius Toney, Florida

Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

Tight End:

Kyle Pitts, Florida

Offensive Tackle:

Samuel Cosmi, Texas

Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech

Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame

Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma St.

Jalen Mayfield, Michigan

Penei Sewell, Oregon

Rashawn Slater, Northwestern

Alijah Vera-Tucker, Southern California

Offensive Guard:

Center:

Landon Dickerson, Alabama

Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma

Defensive Tackle:

Christian Barmore, Alabama

Defensive End:

Jayson Oweh, Penn St.

Kwity Paye, Michigan

Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma

Jaelan Phillips, Miami (FL)

Gregory Rousseau, Miami (FL)

Linebacker:

Zaven Collins, Tulsa

Jamin Davis, Kentucky

Azeez Ojulari, Georgia

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame

Micah Parsons, Penn St.

Cornerback:

Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech

Jaycee Horn, South Carolina

Greg Newsome II, Northwestern

Asante Samuel Jr., Florida St.

Patrick Surtain II, Alabama

Safety:

Trevon Moehrig, Texas Christian

OC Landon Dickerson, Alabama

OC Landon Dickerson, Alabama (6’6”, 325)

Background:

Originally attended Florida State, where he started the first seven games of the year at right guard before sustaining a season-ending knee injury. Saw his sophomore season at left guard end due to an ankle injury just four games in, then medically redshirted after sustaining a season-ending ankle injury two games into his junior year; had been playing right tackle. Transferred to Alabama, where he started four games at right guard and nine games at center as a junior and then the first eleven games at center during his redshirt senior year before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Nevertheless, he was named last year’s Rimington Award winner as college football’s top center.

Positives:

Has thirty-seven games of experience under his belt, split pretty evenly between center and guard. Very highly regarded for his intelligence and leadership skills; comes across like a veteran in interviews. Massive offensive lineman who really looks the part. Has very impressive functional strength; able to move opponents off of their spot as a drive blocker, and can knock defenders off-balance or to the ground with powerful shoves/punches. Devastating when he engages at the second level. Works hard to sustain through the whistle, with consistent leg drive; can often be seen five or ten yards downfield. Really understands positioning, doing a great job of keeping himself between an opponent and the ballcarrier. Capable of executing zone concepts, pulling, and leading in the screen game because of his motor. Anchors easily against power in the passing game. Keeps his head on a swivel, seeking out work.

Negatives:

Injury history is a major concern, having sustained four season-ending injuries in five seasons. May not be ready at the beginning of his rookie season, as he is currently recovering from the last of those injuries, a torn ACL. Lateral quickness is just average. Can get out over his toes a little bit when trying to reach opponents. More of a shover than someone who locks onto an opponent’s pads. Works hard to get into space but doesn’t have elite mobility.

Summary:

A positionally and schematically versatile offensive lineman with excellent size, power, technique, intelligence, and leadership. Isn’t an elite athlete in terms of overall mobility, but checks pretty much every other box when he’s on the field. Unfortunately, durability is a major concern and may prevent him from making the type of rookie impact he would otherwise be capable of. A first-round type of talent who might slip unless teams are comfortable enough with his medicals.

OT Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma St.

OT Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma St. (6’5”, 310)

Background:

Redshirted, then started three of twelve games played the following year, one at right tackle and two at right guard. Became the team’s full-time starter at right tackle the following year, starting ten games there and three at the left tackle position. Reprised his starting role in each of the two following seasons, starting nine games at right tackle and three at left tackle as a junior and six games at right tackle with one start at left tackle before opting out.

Positives:

Has thirty-five starts under his belt between three different positions, mostly at right tackle. Has a very powerful, thick, wide build for a pro offensive lineman. On-field temperament is really going to endear him to pro offensive line coaches; plays with nastiness, physicality, and toughness. Overall hand placement is very good, with a strong grip to sustain through the whistle. Has a powerful shove to knock opponents off-balance. Loves to finish snaps by putting opposing defenders in the dirt, and is capable of dominating in a phone booth when he gets his legs driving. Destroys opponents when working double-teams. Has enough short-area quickness to chip one opponent and recover to block another. Looks lighter on his feet in pass protection than his build would suggest, with some ability to bend at the knees. Gets good extension with his arms to lock out defenders. Anchors easily against power.

Negatives:

Typically when dealing with first-round picks at the tackle position, you like to have seen them playing primarily on the blindside. A little bit on the short side for a pro tackle and could be considered as a candidate to slide inside. Could potentially be viewed as an inline-only option by some zone teams. Not the rangiest player when it comes to getting out in space and leading the way in the screen game or on tosses. Legs can sometimes go dead on contact. Pad level can get a little bit higher than you’d like at times. Doesn’t get a ton of depth with his kickslide to protect the edge against speed.

Summary:

An experienced, powerful, nasty offensive lineman who plays with the type of consistency and technique you’d expect from a three-year starter, and who has played three different spots along the line over the course of his time with the Cowboys. Easy to recommend to an inline/power team looking for an overpowering guard or right tackle, but becomes a little bit riskier when projecting him to a zone scheme or the left tackle position. Has a pretty good chance of coming off the board in the latter half of the first round.

RB Travis Etienne Jr., Clemson

RB Travis Etienne Jr., Clemson (5’10”, 205)

Background:

Has been an important part of Clemson’s team since his freshman season, a year in which he carried the ball 107 times for 766 yards (7.2) and 13 touchdowns. Put together two excellent seasons after that, finishing his sophomore year with a line of 204-1,658-24 (8.1) and then enjoying a similar junior line of 207-1,614-19 (7.8), seeing his receptions escalate from 12 as a sophomore to 37 as a junior and bringing him over 2,000 total yards on the year. This past year, ran 168-914-14 (5.4), catching 48-588-2 (12.3).

Positives:

Highly productive back who has shown that he is capable of carrying a full load, having touched the ball over 200 times in each of his final three seasons. Comes from a shotgun offense built around run-pass options, but has extensive experience running between the tackles. Has a desirable on-field temperament. Patient when waiting for lanes to develop, but wastes no time getting upfield when he has a hole. Makes smooth cuts in the backfield to find lanes. Reaches his top speed quickly and plays the game with a physical style, refusing to shy away from contact and fighting for additional yardage. Navigates through congestion well and weaves through space very well in the open field. Has the ability to spin off of would-be tacklers in a phone booth. Contact balance is impressive. Has made big strides as a receiver and could potentially be an every-down option. Very dangerous when he finds an open lane on a swing pass, with impressive top-end speed and the ability to make defenders miss one-on-one.

Negatives:

Effectiveness as a runner dropped off fairly significantly as a senior. On the smaller side for a pro running back, which could create concerns given the amount of tread on his tires and his physical running style. Can run a little bit upright at times, letting defenders into his body. On delayed releases, would like to see him stay in as a blocker longer. In general, doesn’t sustain his blocks very long in blitz pickup.

Summary:

Has been a major part of Clemson’s offense for his entire career, combining speed, explosiveness, and physicality with impressive receiving skills and establishing himself as a total package who could theoretically develop into an every-down starter at the pro level. Is a little bit smaller than a typical feature back, and his hard running style might worry some teams, but still stands a pretty good chance of coming off the board in the first round, offering immediate value as a runner and receiver while he develops his blocking.

RB Najee Harris, Alabama

RB Najee Harris, Alabama (6’2”, 230)

Background:

Touched the ball 67 times as a freshman (61 on the ground), totaling 415 yards and three touchdowns. Saw his role expand the following year, finishing with a line of 117-783-4 (6.7) rushing and adding four receptions. Became the team’s priamry ballcarrier as a junior, breaking out to the tune of 209-1,224-13 (5.9), with another 27-304-7 receiving. Put together a monster senior season to finish his career, rushing for 251-1,466-26 (5.8) and catching 43-425-4 (9.9).

Positives:

Was probably college football’s most dominant running back this past season and has three productive years under his belt. Very big, well-built back with a thick lower body; looks the part of a feature back. Overall feel for the game is very good; vision and decision-making are both strengths, doing a good job of recognizing cutback opportunities. Able to shuffle and find lanes or bounce runs outside when the blocking isn’t there; very rarely gets caught in the backfield for a loss, even on snaps where the blocking is poor, making penetrators miss. Was able to outrun defenders to the edge when running off-tackle or carrying the ball on sweeps; speed and explosiveness are both solid. Has a nice repertoire of jump-cuts and stutter-steps to keep defenders off-balance. Punishing player who gets behind his pads and exacts a price from defenders who attempt to tackle him. Picks up a lot of yards after contact, doing a good job of fighting for more and consistently falling forward at the end of runs. Works in a nice stiff-arm. Has pretty reliable hands as a receiver, often being sent out on swing patterns or making delayed releases into the backfield.

Negatives:

Played behind an offensive line which cleared some big holes for him to run through. Was asked to carry a big load in each of the past two seasons. Might be a little bit taller than some teams like. More likely to gain yardage after contact than to run over defenders outright. Blocking leaves something to be desired; needs to improve balance, stay upright more consistently through contact, and get extension with his arms, often ducks his head and throwing his body at opponents instead of engaging with his arms from his seat.

Summary:

Checks pretty much all of the boxes as a running back, offering excellent size and bulk, plus vision and feel, the ability to shuffle into lanes when running between the tackles and to get upfield when executing one-cut assignments, a powerful style to punish defenders, and soft hands in the receiving game. Will need to improve his blocking, but stands a pretty solid chance of coming off the board in the first round.

WR Terrace Marshall Jr., Louisiana St.

WR Terrace Marshall Jr., Louisiana St.* (6’3”, 200)

Background:

Five-star recruit despite missing most of his senior season of high school with an ankle injury. Caught twelve passes as a freshman, then enjoyed a strong sophomore season line of 46-671-13 (14.6) despite playing behind Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase. Posted 48-731-10 (15.2) this season before leaving the team in November and declaring for the draft.

Positives:

Has excellent size for a pro boundary receiver. Has experience taking snaps both inside and outside; continued to line up in the slot often this past season even after Justin Jefferson left school. Many of his patterns are shorter in/out routes, with a lot of his work coming over the middle of the field. Does a good job of maintaining inside positioning. when working between the numbers. Adds some window dressing at the stem and is capable of changing speeds to keep opponents off-balance. Not a pure possession receiver, being able to threaten downfield and track the ball over his shoulder against man coverage as well. Top-end speed overall is very good. Presents a big catch radius, both because of his size/length, and because he’s able to go up and get high throws or adjust to passes away from his frame. Has a flexible body and the agility to weave through traffic and make some defenders miss. Racked up a ton of touchdowns and could be a real weapon in the red zone. Capable of being a physical blocker who can overwhelm opponents with his size and power.

Negatives:

Production was a little bit inconsistent on a game-to-game basis. A little bit on the lanky side for his size. Tends to go through his routes a little bit high; would like to see him drop his hips a little bit more. Given that his size is more consistent with that of an outside receiver at the pro level, would like to see him do a little bit more work near the sidelines, winning on the outside. More of a smooth accelerator with build-up speed than an explosive player. Made two focus drops over the middle during the games reviewed. Not one of the most physical receivers with the ball in his hands. Effort when stalking is inconsistent. Left the team in the middle of the season.

Summary:

A very tall, long-limbed receiver who has the toughness to work over the middle of the field and the length and flexibility to adjust to passes away from his frame. Based on pure tools alone, could develop into a team’s top option, but will need to pay more attention to detail and become more consistent to reach his full potential, sinking his hips into the route stem, blocking with more intensity, and improving his focus.

WR Rondale Moore, Purdue

WR Rondale Moore, Purdue** (5’7”, 180)

Background:

Burst onto the scene with a monster freshman season, posting 114-1,258-12 (11.0); also ran the ball 21-213-2. However, was limited to a total of just seven games over the two subsequent seasons, finishing with a combined 64-657-2 over those campaigns before declaring for the draft.

Positives:

Considered a weight-room warrior. Lined up both inside and outside at the college level (predominantly the former), although not usually on the line of scrimmage. The team clearly made an effort to get the ball into his hands in different ways – reverses, screens, hitches, etc. Good suddenness at the line. Able to vary his speeds to keep defenses off-guard as he works his way downfield. Fast enough to threaten down the seams and take advantage safeties sitting on the underneath routes. Capable of improvising when the play breaks down. Settles into soft spots underneath the defense to present easy throws. Able to work over the middle. Very creative, elusive player who can regularly make opponents miss in the open field. Doesn’t waste time getting upfield once he’s got the ball in his hands. Willing to get physical with opponents and throw down stiff-arms to gain additional yardage after the catch. Has extensive experience returning kicks and some experience returning punts, demonstrating good vision and the ability to weave through traffic for chunks. Pro day workout was excellent.

Negatives:

Measured in at just 5’7″ at his pro day, which may limit him to the slot. A lot of his production came on hitches, screens, and other manufactured touches underneath the coverage. Has the toughness to potentially mix things up with more physical receivers, but didn’t see him take a lot of snaps where he was lining up on the line of scrimmage and releasing against press. Route tree was fairly straightforward, using the shorter stuff to set up throws downfield. Saw some drops and double-catching on tape. Not the most aggressive when it comes to seeking out opponents as a stalk blocker. Missed most of his 2019 campaign with a lower-body injury and most of his 2020 season with a hamstring injury, so durability is a concern, especially given his physical style of play. Big plays as a returner can be offset by mistakes in judgment (see Nevada 2019).

Summary:

Essentially put together one outstanding campaign at the college level, then produced pretty well in limited time over the next two seasons. Projects as a slot receiver and return specialist who can use his agility and toughness to make plays with the ball in his hands and create yardage after the catch, but who will need to stay healthy, further develop his route tree, and prove he can win against press/man coverage.