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NFL Mock Drafts 2021: Compare Mel Kiper, Daniel Jeremiah, Todd McShay & other experts

Is there a draft in here?

This is 2021. Of course there is. In fact, there is a draft everywhere.

Everyone has an NFL mock draft now. Just ask your next Uber driver or Target cashier if they’ve got a mock draft. They absolutely do, and don’t be surprised when they tell you that when they’re bagging up your toilet paper and oat milk.

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See, everyone’s got a mock draft. But, truthfully, there are people — experts, if you will — who know a little bit more about the NFL draft, the ins and outs, needs of teams and knowledge of prospects than your average barstool GM.

This year, there are a number of intriguing storylines heading into the first round: How many QBs will go in the first round? How many in the top 10? How many Alabama players will be selected?

Here’s what some of the experts are saying about this year’s first round:

Vinnie Iyer’s mock draft (Sporting News)

Iyer’s latest mock draft was released on April 5.

Pick No.
Team
Player
Position
School
1
Jacksonville Jaguars
Trevor Lawrence
QB
Clemson
2
New York Jets
Zach Wilson
QB
BYU
3
San Francisco 49ers (via MIA from HOU)
Trey Lance
QB
North Dakota State
4
Atlanta Falcons
Ja’Marr Chase
WR
LSU
5
Cincinnati Bengals
Penei Sewell
OT
Oregon
6
Miami Dolphins (from PHI)
DeVonta Smith
WR
Alabama
7
Detroit Lions
Jaylen Waddle
WR
Alabama
8
Carolina Panthers
Justin Fields
QB
Ohio State
9
Denver Broncos
Mac Jones
QB
Alabama
10
Dallas Cowboys
Caleb Farley
CB
Virginia Tech
11
New York Giants
Rashawn Slater
OT
Northwestern
12
Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA from 49ers)
Kyle Pitts
TE
Florida
13
Los Angeles Chargers
Alijah Vera-Tucker
OL
USC
14
Minnesota Vikings
Micah Parsons
LB
Penn State
15
New England Patriots
Patrick Surtain II
CB
Alabama
16
Arizona Cardinals
Gregory Rousseau
EDGE
Miami
17
Las Vegas Raiders
Christian Barmore
DT
Alabama
18
Miami Dolphins
Azeez Ojulari
OLB
Georgia
19
Washington Football Team
Christian Darrisaw
OT
Virginia Tech
20
Chicago Bears
Kadarius Toney
WR
Florida
21
Indianapolis Colts
Sam Cosmi
OT
Texas
22
Tennessee Titans
Jaycee Horn
CB
South Carolina
23
New York Jets (from SEA)
Kwity Paye
EDGE
Michigan
24
Pittsburgh Steelers
Teven Jenkins
OT
Oklahoma State
25
Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
LB
Notre Dame
26
Cleveland Browns
Nick Bolton
OLB
Missouri
27
Baltimore Ravens
Jayson Oweh
EDGE
Penn State
28
New Orleans Saints
Jaelan Phillips
EDGE
Miami
29
Green Bay Packers
Zaven Collins
LB
Tulsa
30
Buffalo Bills
Greg Newsome
CB
Northwestern
31
Kansas City Chiefs
Jalen Mayfield
OT
Michigan
32
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Levi Onwuzurike
DT
Washington

Noteworthy:

— Iyer has ‘Bama DT Christian Barmore going mid-first to the Raiders at No. 17. Barmore seems to be a puzzling prospect, with some slotting him into the late first to second.

— Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley, not Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II, is the first cornerback off the board at No. 10 to the Cowboys.

— Gregory Rousseau, not ‘Canes teammate Jaelan Phillips, is the first EDGE player off the board, going to Arizona at 16.

Mel Kiper’s mock draft (ESPN)

Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft was released on March 23, well before the 49ers and Eagles trades that have upended the top of the draft.

Pick No.
Team
Player
Position
School
1
Jacksonville Jaguars
Trevor Lawrence
QB
Clemson
2
New York Jets
Zach Wilson
QB
BYU
3
Carolina Panthers (mock trade)
Justin Fields
QB
Ohio State
4
Atlanta Falcons
Trey Lance
QB
North Dakota State
5
Cincinnati Bengals
Kyle Pitts
TE
Florida
6
Philadelphia Eagles
Ja’Marr Chase
WR
LSU
7
Detroit Lions
DeVonta Smith
WR
Alabama
8
Miami Dolphins (via Carolina from Houston)
Jaylen Waddle
WR
Alabama
9
Minnesota Vikings (mock trade)
Penei Sewell
OT
Oregon
10
Dallas Cowboys
Patrick Surtain II
CB
Alabama
11
New York Giants
Kwity Paye
DE
Michigan
12
San Francisco 49ers
Caleb Farley
CB
Virginia Tech
13
Los Angeles Chargers
Rashawn Slater
OL
Northwestern
14
Denver Broncos (mock trade)
Micah Parson
LB
Penn State
15
New England Patriots
Mac Jones
QB
Alabama
16
Arizona Cardinals
Jaycee Horn
CB
South Carolina
17
Las Vegas Raiders
Jamin Davis
LB
Kentucky
18
Miami Dolphins
Jaelan Phillips
DE
Miami
19
Washington Football Team
Christian Darrisaw
OT
Virginia Tech
20
Chicago Bears
Alijah Vera-Tucker
OL
USC
21
Indianapolis Colts
Gregory Rousseau
DE
Miami
22
Tennessee Titans
Kadarius Toney
WR
Florida
23
New York Jets (from SEA)
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
LB
Notre Dame
24
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
OT
Oklahoma State
25
Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)
Trevon Moehrig
S
TCU
26
Cleveland Browns
Zaven Collins
OLB
Tulsa
27
Baltimore Ravens
Terrace Marshall Jr.
WR
LSU
28
New Orleans Saints
Tutu Atwell
WR
Louisville
29
Green Bay Packers
Greg Newsome II
CB
Northwestern
30
Buffalo Bills
Najee Harris
RB
Alabama
31
Kansas City Chiefs
Liam Eichenberg
OT
Notre Dame
32
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Christian Barmore
DT
Alabama

Noteworthy:

— Kiper had the Jets taking a QB before the Sam Darnold trade. Zach Wilson seems to be the consensus No. 2 pick off the board now. When you’ve got Kiper, you’ve got America.

— The Lions could go any number of directions, but Kiper has Detroit selecting wide receiver DeVonta Smith with the No. 7 pick, giving quarterback Jared Goff a No. 1 target this upcoming season. Detroit let wideouts Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones walk in free agency.

— Liam Eichenberg is a bit of a surprise going this high (No. 31 to the Chiefs), but Kansas City certainly needs the offensive line help.

Todd McShay’s mock draft (ESPN)

McShay’s latest mock draft was released on April 1, but was updated to include the Sam Darnold trade and what it could mean for the rest of the NFL draft.

Pick No.
Team
Player
Position
School
1
Jacksonville Jaguars
Trevor Lawrence
QB
Clemson
2
New York Jets
Zach Wilson
QB
BYU
3
San Francisco 49ers (via MIA from HOU)
Mac Jones
QB
Alabama
4
Atlanta Falcons
Kyle Pitts
TE
Florida
5
Cincinnati Bengals
Ja’Marr Chase
WR
LSU
6
Miami Dolphins (from PHI)
DeVonta Smith
WR
Alabama
7
Detroit Lions
Jaylen Waddle
WR
Alabama
8
Carolina Panthers
Patrick Surtain II
CB
Alabama
9
Denver Broncos
Trey Lance
QB
North Dakota State
10
Dallas Cowboys
Jaycee Horn
CB
South Carolina
11
New England Patriots (mock trade)
Justin Fields
QB
Ohio State
12
Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA from 49ers)
Micah Parsons
ILB
Penn State
13
Los Angeles Chargers
Penei Sewell
OT
Oregon
14
Minnesota Vikings
Rashawn Slater
OL
Northwestern
15
New England Patriots
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
ILB
Notre Dame
16
Miami Dolphins (mock trade)
Alijah Vera-Tucker
G
USC
17
Las Vegas Raiders
Trevon Moehrig
S
TCU
18
Arizona Cardinals (mock trade)
Caleb Farley
CB
Virginia Tech
19
Washington Football Team
Christian Darrisaw
OT
Virginia Tech
20
Chicago Bears
Kadarius Toney
WR
Florida
21
Indianapolis Colts
Kwity Paye
DE
Michigan
22
Tennessee Titans
Greg Newsome II
CB
Northwestern
23
New York Jets (from SEA)
Travis Etienne
RB
Clemsons
24
Pittsburgh Steelers
Najee Harris
RB
Alabama
25
Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)
Teven Jenkins
OT
Oklahoma State
26
Cleveland Browns
Gregory Rousseau
DE
Miami
27
Baltimore Ravens
Terrace Marshall Jr.
WR
LSU
28
New Orleans Saints
Elijah Moore
WR
Mississippi
29
Green Bay Packers
Jamin Davis
ILB
Kentucky
30
Buffalo Bills
Jaelan Phillips
DE
Miami
31
Kansas City Chiefs
Azeez Ojulari
OLB
Georgia
32
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Zaven Collins
OLB
Tulsa

Noteworthy:

— John Elway and Denver finally have a long-term solution at the QB position, as McShay has Trey Lance going to the Broncos at No. 9. Elway has been searching for the next great QB after Peyton Manning for years.

— Najee Harris — who recently told McShay “kiss my ass” — ends up with the Steelers at No. 24, alleviating pressure on the Steelers offense, which suffered on the ground last year.

— Everyone’s worst nightmare confirmed: Bill Belichick gets his hands on a future franchise quarterback, with the Patriots trading up to 11 to grab a falling Justin Fields.

Daniel Jeremiah’s mock draft (NFL Network)

DJ’s latest mock draft was released on April 6.

Pick No.
Team
Player
Position
School
1
Jacksonville Jaguars
Trevor Lawrence
QB
Clemson
2
New York Jets
Zach Wilson
QB
BYU
3
San Francisco 49ers (via MIA from HOU)
Mac Jones
QB
Alabama
4
Atlanta Falcons
Trey Lance
QB
North Dakota State
5
Cincinnati Bengals
Kyle Pitts
TE
Bengals
6
Miami Dolphins (from PHI)
Ja’Marr Chase
WR
LSU
7
Detroit Lions
Justin Fields
QB
Ohio State
8
Carolina Panthers
Rashawn Slater
OT
Northwestern
9
Denver Broncos
Penei Sewell
OT
Oregon
10
Dallas Cowboys
Kwity Paye
EDGE
Michigan
11
New York Giants
DeVonta Smith
WR
Alabama
12
Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA from 49ers)
Patrick Surtain II
CB
Alabama
13
Los Angeles Chargers
Jaycee Horn
CB
South Carolina
14
Minnesota Vikings
Jaelan Phillips
EDGE
Miami
15
New England Patriots
Micah Parsons
LB
Penn State
16
Arizona Cardinals
Jaylen Waddle
WR
Alabama
17
Las Vegas Raiders
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
LB
Notre Dame
18
Miami Dolphins
Gregory Rousseau
EDGE
Miami
19
Washington Football Team
Alijah Vera-Tucker
OL
USC
20
Chicago Bears
Greg Newsome II
CB
Northwestern
21
Indianapolis Colts
Christian Darrisaw
OT
Virginia Tech
22
Tennessee Titans
Caleb Farley
CB
Virginia Tech
23
New York Jets (from SEA)
Azeez Ojulari
EDGE
Georgia
24
Pittsburgh Steelers
Teven Jenkins
OT
Oklahoma State
25
Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)
Trevon Moehrig
S
TCU
26
Cleveland Browns
Jamin Davis
LB
Kentucky
27
Baltimore Ravens
Jayson Oweh
EDGE
Penn State
28
New Orleans Saints
Asante Samuel
CB
Florida State
29
Green Bay Packers
Landon Dickerson
C
Alabama
30
Buffalo Bills
Joe Tryon
EDGE
Washington
31
Kansas City Chiefs
Kelvin Joseph
CB
Kentucky
32
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Elijah Moore
WR
Mississippi

Noteworthy:

— Jared who? Jeremiah has the Lions selecting Ohio State passer with the No. 7 overall pick. Detroit, of course, traded Matthew Stafford for Jared Goff (and more) this offseason. The Goff Era in the Motor City might be over before it even begins.

— After letting All-Pro center Corey Linsley walk in free agency, the Packers reinforce the offensive line with Landon Dickerson at No. 29.

— Five is the magic number, as in five first-round QBs. Jeremiah takes it a step further: Five quarterbacks will be selected in the top 10, the first time that will have happened in NFL Draft history.

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