2021 NFL Mock Draft during Super Bowl 2021 week: Panthers target Senior Bowl QB, Lions get Jared Goff help – CBS Sports

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

There are few certainties in life but we feel pretty confident that the Jags are taking Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick. (If Houston and Jacksonville swing a deal for Deshaun Watson, disregard, though we don’t think that’ll happen either.)

BYU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Zach Wilson does a lot of things well, and had a breakout 2020 season, but do the Jets think he’s worth the No. 2 overall pick? If not, they could choose to stick with Sam Darnold and fill another position of need (offensive line, for example), or trade out of the pick altogether and look for a QB later in Round 1.

Oregon

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 330 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Dolphins rookies Austin Jackson and Robert Hunt saw plenty of playing time in 2020 but Sewell is one of the best players in this draft class and immediately upgrades the O-line.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 228 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Fields has special physical tools but he’s not yet NFL ready — at least for a starting job. Matt Ryan will likely return for 2021, which means that Fields can learn from the bench before taking over the job in ’22.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 305 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Same as last week. We were tempted to go with a receiver here but the WR class is a relatively deep one and Slater remains one of our favorite players in this class. He was solid at tackle in 2019 (he opted out in 2020), and has the versatility to play guard and even center. And at the end of the day, priority No. 1 is protecting Joe Burrow.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Eagles really wanted that No. 6 pick and with it they take Chase, a game-changing WR for Carson Wentz and first-year coach Nick Sirianni.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

2nd

So Matthew Stafford is headed for the Rams and in exchange, the Lions get a slew of draft picks and Jared Goff. Is Goff the long-term answer? Almost certainly not. In fact, Detroit could still choose to take a QB here but for now we have them targeting the best WR in this class, Smith, who will add depth on a roster in which both Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones are headed for free agency.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 214 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

5th

The Panthers need a quarterback and what better option than the one who starred during Senior Bowl week with Carolina’s coaching staff watching closely? Jones continued to impress, even though an ankle injury kept him out of the Senior Bowl game, and there’s every reason to believe he’s destined to hear his name called in Round 1.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

1st

Bryce Callahan was a bright spot in the secondary in 2020 but he, along with four other CBs, will have his contract expire next spring. Farley, who opted out for 2020, is our CB1.

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 272 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Cowboys season clearly didn’t go as expected and much of that can be traced to a ton of injuries, starting with Dak Prescott. And despite being in the NFC East playoff race until late, that doesn’t change the fact that the pass rush needs to get better and Paye, who has improved greatly from the 2019 season, is a freak athlete and legit first-round talent.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

1st

We love Pitts and all he brings to an offense but we also understand that Giants fans might have some trepidation about taking a tight end in Round 1 after the Evan Engram experiment didn’t exactly go as planned.


Trey Lance


QB

NFL Draft

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 226 lbs

Kyle Shanahan said in recent weeks that Jimmy Garoppolo is his QB for 2021 but that doesn’t mean the team can’t (or won’t) plan for the future. And now that Matthew Stafford is headed for L.A., San Francisco turns to the draft. Trey Lance has the athleticism and arm strength to be a legit NFL QB, he only lacks experience. But if anyone can get the most out of his abilities it’s Shanahan, who did just that with Robert Griffin III during his rookie year in Washington back in 2012.

Miami (FL)

• Soph

• 6’7″

/ 265 lbs

Rousseau opted out of the 2020 season but he racked up 15.5 sacks last season. For the Chargers, Melvin Ingram is 31 years old and will be a free agent in a few weeks barring a new deal.

Alabama

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Vikings need help along the defensive line and in the secondary as well, but with two edge rushers already off the board, addressing the interior with Barmore, our DT1, makes sense in the middle of Round 1. Barmore flashed throughout the ’20 season but got red hot over Alabama’s final four games.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 182 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Waddle is a high-upside speed demon who is also a threat in the return game. The Patriots desperately need to get better at wideout and Waddle solves that problem on Day 1.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 203 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Patrick Peterson and Dre Kirkpatrick will be free agents in a few weeks and Surtain, who has been Alabama’s best cornerback the last two seasons, would be a good fit in Arizona in 2021.

Miami (FL)

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

103rd

POSITION RNK

9th

The Raiders managed just 21 sacks in 2020 (that ranked 25th overall) and Phillips is a high-energy tone-setter off the edge. There are injury questions (he retired from the game in 2018) but if he’s healthy, he’s a terror.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 244 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

Does Parsons fall this far? Only if there are off-field concerns. In terms of his on-field abilities, he’s a top-5 pick (and we’ve had him going in the top 5 in previous mock drafts). Talking to folks around the league, there is little concern that Parsons opted out for the 2020 season because he is such a special talent. Kamu Grugier-Hill and Elandon Roberts are soon-to-be free agents and Parsons has the type of freakish athleticism that we’ve come to expect in NFL linebackers — Kenneth Murray, Patrick Queen, Devin White and Devin Bush just to name first-rounders from the last two drafts — and he’ll impact the Dolphins ‘D’ from Day 1.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 314 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

5th

Football Team obviously needs a long-term answer at QB after dumping Dwayne Haskins, but after winning the division and making the playoffs they’ll likely have to trade up to get one. For now they’re staying put upgrading the o-line with one one the most athletic lineman in this class.

USC

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Bears might have played their way into the status quo; that playoff appearance meant the return of Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy while Mitchell Trubisky remains a question mark. And if QB isn’t an immediate need, fixing the o-line would be a good place to start. Vera-Tucker moved from guard to tackle in 2020 and would be a likely Day 1 starter.

Florida

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

119th

POSITION RNK

20th

The Colts need a QB and a left tackle but with TY Hilton and Zach Pascal headed for free agency, they’ll need to restock the roster at WR too. Toney is an elite playmaker coming off a huge 2020 season and an impressive week of practice at the Senior Bowl.

Washington

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 293 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Onwuzurike opted out in 2020 but flashed consistently during his one day of practice at the Senior Bowl. He needs to play with more consistency but he has the type of potential that could translate to a difference-maker in the middle of the defense.

Georgia

• Fr

• 6’3″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

97th

POSITION RNK

9th

Defensive tackle Quinnen Williams led the Jets with seven sacks, and Tarell Basham was next with three. Put another way: New York needs to get better at getting after the QB. Ojulari was arguably the best defender on a Georgia unit that will have a lot of guys hear their name called this April.

Wake Forest

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 285 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

56th

POSITION RNK

6th

Basham is a physical freak who reinforced the notion during Senior Bowl week. Consistency will be the key to his success but he has all the physical tools to dominate.

South Carolina

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

43rd

POSITION RNK

4th

The Jags landed CJ Henderson in the first round of the 2020 draft and they go back to the SEC to find Horn, who is one of the most physical CBs in this draft class.

Tulsa

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

37th

POSITION RNK

5th

For the season Collins had four sacks, four interceptions (including two pick-sixes) and two forced fumbles. At 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, he looks more like a defensive end but moves with the fluidity of the modern day inside linebackers that have become so prevalent around the league.

Penn State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 253 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

75th

POSITION RNK

8th

Yannick Ngakoue and Matt Judon will be free agents in a few weeks and even if one (or both) returns the Ravens need to get better off the edge. Oweh has all the physical tools to make the jump to the NFL he just needs more experience.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Owusu-Koramoah is listed as a linebacker but you can find him all over the field — and he may eventually end up at safety at the next level. He can come off the edge and has the athleticism, speed and change of direction to be an asset in coverage,

Georgia

• Soph

• 6’2″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

55th

POSITION RNK

8th

Campbell is a long cornerback who can match up against an NFL team’s No. 1 wideout. He’s still learning the position, which means his best football is still in front of him.

Alabama

• Sr

• 6’2″

/ 230 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

44th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Do the Bills *need* a running back. Well, no. They have Devin Singletary and Zack Moss but Harris is a dual threat who can get yards on his own, both as a runner and a receiver. And if we’ve learned anything from the 2020 season, Josh Allen elevates his game when he’s surrounded by playmakers.

Iowa

• Soph

• 6’3″

/ 309 lbs

Nixon is an explosive interior defensive lineman who has a knack for finding his way into the backfield and being disruptive vs. both the pass and the run. And while he won’t replace Ndamukong Suh, adding depth for the soon-to-be free agent makes sense here.

Purdue

• Soph

• 5’9″

/ 180 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Chiefs didn’t need Clyde Edwards-Helaire a year ago and they certainly don’t need Rondale Moore here, but what’s better than one Tyreek Hill? Two of them. Moore isn’t Hill — no one is — but he flashes many of the same explosive traits, and with Sammy Watkins, DeMarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle headed for free agency, the Chiefs could be looking for a fresh crop of wideouts to run roughshod over the rest of the league.

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