2021 NFL MOCK DRAFT - R1
Draft order is based on current Superbowl betting odds, post 2020 NFL Draft.
17. CARLOS BASHAM JR, DE - WAKE FOREST
Jacksonville Jaguars (FROM LAR) // Jacksonville own this pick thanks to the Jalen Ramsey trade to the Rams. They attempted to replace him with CJ Henderson in the 2020 draft. Here, they looks to start building their edge rushing presence after the inevitable trade of Yannick Ngakoue. Basham Jr needs to add a bit more consistency, but has the chance to be a first rounder if he can match his speed and explosiveness with production.
18. KYLE PITTS, TE - FLORIDA
Tennessee Titans // The Titans steered away from picking any major playmakers in the 2020 draft, but the argument remains as to whether or not Jonnu Smith is a true number 1 tight end. Pitts is a receiving weapon and has excellent atleticism that makes him a weapon at all levels of offense.
19. JEVON HOLLAND, S - OREGON
Indianapolis Colts // The Colts add an exciting defensive back who boasts instinctive ball skills to an emerging secondary. It is unclear as to what Holland's true position is yet, but the added versatility should appeal to many secondary-needy teams within the middle of the first round. A big year and he could go higher.
20. RESHOD BATEMAN, WR - MINNESOTA
Buffalo Bills // The Bills signed Stefon Diggs this off season, but Buffalo need to keep adding help for Josh Allen. Diggs will stretch the field and be relied upon to make the plays when it matters most but Allen needs a bigger, possession target. Bateman has reliable hands, good size and decent speed and will be a first round pick if he can show some YAC ability.
21. PATRICK SURTAIN II, CB - ALABAMA
Pittsburgh Steelers // Joe Haden is past it and Steven Nelson is only average. Here Pittsburgh gain a young leader and running mate for Minkah Fitzpatrick in the secondary. This pick could easily change depending on Ben Roethlisberger's future. A Quarterback of the future may be needed.
22. TYLER SHELVIN, DT - LSU
Minnesota Vikings // Size, power, run stuffing ability. May go higher than this but if he falls to the Vikings here, he can be an anchor on the DL for years to come.
23. DEVONTA SMITH, WR - ALABAMA
Green Bay Packers // DeVonta Smith finally provides Aaron Rodgers with a dynamic target that he must crave. Very quick and will be a reliable target underneath, as well as the ability to be an explosive threat downfield. Smith should be in line for a huge season alongside Jaylen Waddle with Jerry Jeudy now in the NFL.
24. LABRYAN RAY, DT - ALABAMA
Seattle Seahawks // Ray possesses the athletic upside that the Seahawks look for, but would also be seen by some as a reach at this juncture. With some off the field red flags and an injury history, some teams will not want to take a chance. That has never put off the Seahawks in the past though and they will be enamoured, seeing him as an intriguing 3 or 5-tech prospect at the next level.
25. PAT FREIERMUTH, TE - PENN STATE
Dallas Cowboys // One of the top options at tight end. Freiermuth has the ability to lineup in a multitude of ways; inline, out wide and will be a prime red zone target for Dak Prescott. He is an instant upgrade over Blake Jarwin and immediately becomes the Cowboys' best tight end since prime Jason Witten.
26. JALEN MAYFIELD, OT - MICHIGAN
New England Patriots // This pick is in a world where Jarrett Stidham proves that there is life after TB12 and proves he has the ability of a franchise QB. If so; Mayfield offers an athletic tackle of the future for New England who has tantalising upside. If not; then a trade up for a QB could be on the cards.
27. SETH WILLIAMS, WR - AUBURN
Philadelphia Eagles // On an upward trajectory that could see him sneak into the first frame. Williams offers a nice, big compliment to the smaller Jalen Reagor for a new look Philly wideout corps.
28. CREED HUMPHREY, OG - OKLAHOMA
Tampa Bay Buccaneers // Running back is a potential option here but the Bucs clearly want to make a success of Ronald Jones II. This is an investment into protecting Tom Brady, as well as paving the way in the run game for the likes of Jones II and newly acquired Ke'Shawn Vaughn.
29. RONDALE MOORE, WR - PURDUE
New Orleans Saints // New Orleans signed Emmanuel Sanders in the off season to be Drew Brees' number two target, but Sanders is on the back nine of his career. Moore offers the extreme speed of an ideal WR3 in this offense and can learn behind veteran campaigners Michael Thomas and Sanders whilst becoming a serious weapon for Brees from day 1.
30. ANDRE CISCO, S - SYRACUSE
San Francisco 49ers // Cisco is a ball-hawk and offers a potential upgrade on both Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt. Having said that, his versality could see him man the slot at the next level. Either way, Cisco offers enough upside for a club to take him early and find a way to get him on the field often.
31. DEONTE BROWN, OG - ALABAMA
Baltimore Ravens // A big bodied mauler in the run game should be appealing to Baltimore after the retirement of Marshall Yanda. Brown will allow them to keep their run game identity and could creep into the back end of the first frame.
32. ISRAEL MUKUAMU, CB - SOUTH CAROLINA
Kansas City Chiefs // The Chiefs finally get the shutdown corner that they have been crying out for. With the length and playmaking production that teams crave for their secondary, Mukuamu may be a riser over the next 12 months and go way higher than this come draft day.