Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Lawrence is a generational talent and is the obvious pick here.
2.New York Jets
Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
If I’m the Jets or any other team, I am taking Justin Fields but everyone else is on the Zach Wilson train, so expect him to head to New York.
3.San Francisco 49ers
Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
San Francisco should not have traded up from number 12 to draft Mac Jones. Fields makes an immediate case to start and help the 49ers get back to the Super Bowl in 2022.
Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
The best tight end graded ever by ESPN’s draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. and the best skill position player in the draft makes Atlanta’s receiving corps that much better than it already is. This is a loaded quarterback draft, so the Falcons should think about getting someone later in the draft who will replace Matt Ryan in a few years.
Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
If Cincinnati does not pick up Sewell, the best offensive lineman in the draft, I honestly do not know what they are doing.
Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
Chase may be a few years removed from a record-breaking Biletnikoff award winning season and a national championship for LSU. Since, he opted out of the 2020 college football season, but he fits well into Miami’s offensive system. Dolphins help QB Tua Tagovailoa out a lot here by adding a playmaker.
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Waddle goes ahead of his Alabama teammate De’Vonta Smith, but either would be wide receiver 1 in a pretty bad Lion receiving room.
De’Vonta Smith, WR, Alabama
The 2020 Heisman Trophy winner heads to Carolina to join former Jets QB Sam Darnold and talented receiver DJ Moore in Charlotte. This Panthers offense is underrated in becoming one of the best offenses in the NFL.
Micah Parsons, ILB, Penn State
While Denver could definitely draft a QB here, teaming the best linebacker in the draft up with Von Miller, who just signed a new contract to stay put at Mile High, would be a good move.
Patrick Surtain Jr., CB, Alabama
Of course there are many talks about Jerry Jones moving up to take star-studded tight end Kyle Pitts but the smart move is to take Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr.
11.New York Giants
Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
Although many mock drafts don’t have the Minnesota wide receiver going this high, Daniel Jones needs more playmakers on the outside and he gets one here.
Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
With Parsons and Surtain off the board, the Eagles help improve their secondary with this pick.
13.Los Angeles Chargers
Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
The Chargers need to protect Justin Herbert to even have a chance of competing with the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West so they take Slater here.
Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Minnesota might want to trade up to get Sewell or Slater because their offensive line was not very good in 2020. But, because there are no mock trades in my mock draft, they will settle for Virginia Tech’s Darrisaw here.
15.New England Patriots
Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
This might be the one of the top five QBs Bill Belicheck least wants, but if he is still on the board, the Patriots need help in the passing game and Lance will more than improve that if given the opportunity.
Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
The Cardinals are set on offense but could use some help in the secondary, so they take Farley here.
17.Las Vegas Raiders