Pop’s 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Bengals Get Lucky, Lions Protect Wentz & Patriots Replace Cam Newton

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Trevor Lawrence | QB | Clemson
This new era for the Jaguars features; a new head coach, a new quarterback and many draft choices. Trevor Lawerence is undoubtedly worthy of the number one pick and is the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck.

2. New York Jets

Zach Wilson | QB | BYU
The Jets will probably decide to pick Wilson over Fields. A new optimistic Jets era starts. Jets have many draft choices; this draft could provide the Jets are-build and make them competitive in the division.

3. San Francisco 49ers (from HOU via MIA)

Trey Lance | QB | North Dakota State
We know the Niners are picking a quarterback, and there are rumours about Mac Jones, but the Niners are taking Trey Lance.

4.Denver Broncos

Justin Fields | QB | Ohio State
Falcons trade down and get Broncos picks 9 and 40 from 2021 and a first-round pick next year. The Broncos are confident that they now have a franchise quarterback.

5. Cincinnati Bengals

Kyle Pitts | TE | Florida
They could have taken Sewell, but adding Kyle Pitts is just too alluring. Plenty of offensive line choices will be available for Bengals later on in the draft.

6. Miami Dolphins (from PHI)

Penei Sewell | OT | Oregon
Keeping Tua upright and protected is what the Dolphins need. In taking Sewell, they will be set at left tackle many years to come. They can still get a top wide receiver later in the first round.

7. Detroit Lions

Ja’Marr Chase | WR | LSU 
The Lions decided to replace Golladay with their first pick.  Chase is an exceptional wide receiver with speed. He will have an immediate impact.

8. Carolina Panthers

Rashawn Slater | OT | Northwestern
Panthers believe that Sam Darnold can be a franchise quarterback. They need to protect him. Picking a plug and play offensive lineman with the skills to be an all-pro is something that they cannot pass on.

9. Atlanta Falcons

Patrick Surtain II | CB | Alabama
The Falcons have many needs, and after trading down, they still walk away with a shutdown corner.

10. Dallas Cowboys

Jaycee Horn | CB | South Carolina
Sorry, Jerry Jones you’ll have to overpay for Kyle Pitts when he becomes a free agent. Nothing is lost in having to pick Horn as he may prove to be as good Surtain the in the future.

11. New England Patriots

Mac Jones | QB | Alabama
Finally, Gettleman trades down. The Giants get this year picks 15, 46, and a first-round pick for next year. Patriots get a player they feel can be the future franchise Quarterback.

12. Philadelphia Eagles

DeVonta Smith | WR | Alabama
The Eagles have a lot of needs and a lot of draft capital. They could afford to pick the best wide receiver in the draft. Smith will make an impact as of the first snap of the season.

13. Los Angeles Chargers

Christian Darrisaw | OT | Virginia Tech
Chargers don’t want to make a mistake and of not protecting their quarterback. This is not a flashy move, but protecting Hebert will help the Chargers win more games.

14. Minnesota Vikings

Kwity Paye | EDGE | Michigan
The Vikings have a lot of needs, and this is the start. You can’t go wrong a selecting a talented and robust edge player.

15. New York Giants

Jaylen Waddle | WR | Alabama
Giants need offensive lineman, edge rushers and backup running backs. These needs will have to wait because they are taking Waddle, who can break a game wide open. Remember, Odell Beckham Jr!

16. Arizona Cardinals

Greg Newsome II | CB | Northwestern
Newsome has the size and ability to be a shutdown corner. As difficult as it is for a first-year player to play this position right away, I think Newsome can.

17. Las Vegas Raiders 

Micah Parsons | LB | Penn State
Parsons is the most talented defensive player in the draft and is slipping due to some concerns about his maturity. I think that Parsons will thrive with the Raiders.

18. Miami Dolphins

Rashod Bateman | WR | Minnesota
Bateman is a top-notch wide receiver in a year when this group is solid. Tua will be better once he is protected and now has an elusive target that can get open quickly.

19. Washington Football Team

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah | LB | Notre Dame
Owusu-Koramoah is a dynamic linebacker who will be playing behind a talented defensive line. This addition will make the Redskins defence very tough to beat.

20. Chicago Bears

Teven Jenkins | OT | Oklahoma State
Among many other needs, the offensive line needs to be fixed, the addition of Jenkins is a step in the right direction.

21. Indianapolis Colts

Alijah Vera-Tucker | OL | USC
The Colts have a solid roster, but adding a versatile offensive lineman will fill a hole, improve their offensive line and help keep Wentz protected.

22. Tennessee Titans

Georgia EDGE Azeez Ojulari
Last year the Titans were good, but not good enough. Bringing an edge player of this calibre will improve an already good defence.

23. New York Jets

Caleb Farley | CB | Virginia Tech
The Jets are taking a risk with Farley’s health. The upside is very high because he has all the makings of a shutdown corner.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers

Travis Etienne | RB | Clemson
The Steelers have other needs, but Etienne will add a spark to an offence that at times lulled into mediocrity last season.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars 

Trevon Moehrig | S | TCU
Jaguars have many needs but can’t pass up on this safety that can strengthen and an integral piece to the rebuilt defence.

26. Cleveland Browns

Zaven Collins | LB | Tulsa
A great value pick here; Collins is an underrated small school star player. He will solidify an already strong defence.

27. Baltimore Ravens

Joseph Ossai | EDGE | Texas
The Ravens lost some defensive players through free agency; Ossai is an excellent fresh replacement that will give the already strong Ravens defence an another spark.

28. New Orleans Saints

Asante Samuel Jr. | CB | Florida State
Saints need a corner, and Samuels is available. Samuel might lack a bit of height but is still an excellent player. 

29. Green Bay Packers

Dillon Radunz | OT | North Dakota State 
A weapon for Rodgers will come in later rounds, as it is more important to protect him first.

30. Buffalo Bills

Jaelan Phillips | EDGE | Miami (FL)
A bit of a gamble due to concussion issues. This pick is a steal if Phillips can find a way to stay healthy.

31. Baltimore Ravens

Kadarius Toney | WR | Florida
Toney will give a versatile and explosive receiver that can also carry the ball and return kicks. This selection makes the Ravens very difficult to beat.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Najee’ Harris | RB | Alabama
Harris is a rugged and dynamic running back…More weapons for tom Brady.

Pop’s Mock Draft NFC East View

The New York Giants
Coach Judge’s influence on the organization was evident in last year’s draft. Although Gettleman has never traded down, Judge comes from an organization that proved that there could be advantages to trading down. I think it will happen. Besides having needs on the offensive line and at the Edge, the Giants need to have another solid running back. I wouldn’t be surprised if they use an earlier choice to draft a running back.

Philadelphia Eagles
Eagles have many draft choices, and a successful draft can make them competitive in the divisions. I don’t think they will be drafting a Quarterback, even if one of the top five falls on their lap. Given that they have so many needs, they can draft the best player available at 12, and since this draft has a lot of depth in key positions, then they can use their multitude of draft choices to strengthen their week spots.

Washington Football Team
It has been suggested that the WFT would trade to get Trey Lance. I don’t think they will, but instead built up the rest of the roster as they are a few players away from having a contending team. If they discover they don’t have a solid Quarterback, they will be on the QB market next year. 

Dallas Cowboys 
Cowboys have a lot of firepower on offence, and they are not going to give up a King’s ransom to get Kyle Pitts. I think they’ll stick to rebuilding their defence and adding some pieces to the offensive line.

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