NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Lions Select Jared Goff Replacement; Patriots Stay Put

The real decisions will start at No. 3 overall

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The 2021 NFL Draft is less than three weeks away, and the rumor mill is turning faster than you can believe.

Of course, most of those rumors have nothing to do with the No. 1 overall pick (almost definitely Trevor Lawrence) or even No. 2, for that matter (likely Zach Wilson), so the real draft will start at No. 3 and beyond.

With that, let’s take a look at NESN.com’s NFL 2021 Mock Draft 1.0.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Yawn.

2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
Another yawn.

3. San Francisco 49ers: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
It’s not a question about whether the 49ers are going after a quarterback. They will. It’s just, well, who?

4. Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Adding Pitts to a passing game already featuring Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley makes for a very dangerous group.

5. Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
The Bengals could opt to go for their top-ranked lineman to protect Joe Burrow, but reuniting the second-year QB with his college teammate should make him happy, too.

6. Miami Dolphins: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
The Dolphins double down on the speed factor they received with Will Fuller’s offseason addition.

7. Denver Broncos: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
The Broncos trade up from No. 9 to No. 7 with Detroit, essentially jumping the Panthers, to get John Elway a quarterback with plenty of potential.

8. Carolina Panthers: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
Sewell would be a great value at eighth overall, and he would help the Panthers as they look to protect newly acquired quarterback Sam Darnold.

9. Detroit Lions: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
The Lions trade down with the Broncos and still get the quarterback they want to replace Jared Goff.

10. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
The Cowboys desperately need defensive help, and getting arguably the best cornerback available is a good way to aid that effort.

11. New York Giants: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
The Giants double dip at receiver after landing top-ranked wideout Kenny Golladay in free agency.

12. Philadelphia Eagles: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
It’s a deep draft at the cornerback position, and it’s a position of need for Philly.

13. Los Angeles Chargers: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
Priority No. 1 for the Chargers should be to protect Justin Herbert. Slater falling to them would be a home run.

14. Minnesota Vikings: Kwity Paye, Edge, Michigan
Paye is arguably the best pass rusher in the draft.

15. New England Patriots: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
The cost of trading up proves too much for New England, and with all five first-round QBs off the board, Bill Belichick lands a versatile playmaker for his defense.

16. Arizona Cardinals: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
Farley is among the top corners in the draft, and the Cardinals take a chance on high potential after a good medical report.

17. Las Vegas Raiders: Tevin Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
The Raiders made some bizarre moves to impact the strength of their O-Line, and perhaps reaching for Jenkins will aid the rebuild.

18. Miami Dolphins: Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami
Rousseau helps Miami’s front seven while staying right where he played his college ball.

19. Washington Football Team: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virgina Tech
Washington has weapons on offense with Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, Antonio Gibson, etc. It’s about giving them — and veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick — some help up front.

20. Chicago Bears: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
The Bears find their replacement for Kyle Fuller with Newsome, who can immediately help Chicago’s secondary.

21. Indianapolis Colts: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
Carson Wentz arrives in Indianapolis and is granted another weapon to join 2020 second-rounder Michael Pittman Jr.

22. Tennessee Titans: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
Jadeveon Clowney didn’t exactly pan out with the Titans, who have had to make some financially driven cuts on defense this offseason, so they decide to boost their pass rush.

23. New York Jets: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Harris joins Wilson for a rookie-led backfield to give New York a sign of new life.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC
The Steelers opt against drafting Ben Roethlisberger’s eventual replacement in Round 1 and instead grab someone who will protect him.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Owusu-Koramoah pairs with Myles Jack to give the Jags a co-quarterback of the defense.

26. Cleveland Browns: Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky
Davis is a freak athlete and has the physical tools to be a stud in Cleveland.

27. Baltimore Ravens: Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State
The Ravens should be looking for receiving help despite grabbing Sammy Watkins in free agency, but with Matt Judon signing with the Patriots this offseason, they select Oweh here to help set the edge.

28. New Orleans Saints: Elijah Moore, WR, Mississippi
Moore enters New Orleans and immediately makes life easier for star wideout Michael Thomas.

29. Green Bay Packers: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
The Packers could greatly benefit from a WR2 to pair with Davante Adams, while also making Aaron Rodgers happy in the process.

30. Buffalo Bills: Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami
The Bills don’t have many offensive holes, so Buffalo elects to add some front-seven help.

31. Kansas City Chiefs: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
The Chiefs gave ex-Patriot Joe Thuney the bag this offseason, and by selecting Mayfield, they prove priority No. 1 is protecting superstar QB Patrick Mahomes.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
Barmore joins the defending Super Bowl champions, who return all 22 starters but still could use some enforcements on the defensive line.

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