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2021 NFL First Round Mock Draft

With the draft less than a week away, the team at Garage Door Sports wanted to create a 2021 NFL Mock Draft with the thoughts of host Kyle Varty and those of our colleagues Hayley McGoldrick, Jordan McDonald and Wade Zanchetta on the first round.

*All picks were in before Sunday, April 25th.*

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15NEFieldsJonesSurtain IIJones
20CHIBatemanRousseauNewsome IINewsome II
23NYJHarrisMoehrigFarleySamuel Jr.
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26CLEBarmoreNewsome IIMoehrigCollins
28NOCollinsSamuel Jr.BatemanToney
30BUFDavisEtienneSamuel Jr.Ojulari

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

This one is a slam dunk. Lawrence is considered the best prospect since Andrew Luck and the Jaguars have a need for the position. Even with a top-heavy quarterback class, don’t expect the commissioner to announce a different name come draft day. – McDonald

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

With the trade of Sam Darnold, the Jets need a new franchise QB. Wilson’s release and field vision will be a nice addition for the new coaching staff.- Zanchetta

3. San Francisco 49ers: Justin Fields, QB, OSU

If you think the 49ers traded for Mac Jones, I choose to believe you have never watched college football. Justin Fields should be QB2 realistically, but people choose to value Indiana and Northwestern games (which really speak more to Ohio State’s secondary and OL than Fields but go off) than a CCU LOSS. Fields is a dual threat, can read multiple options and has a football brain that you can’t teach. San Fran. will reach that next level again with Fields. – McGoldrick

4. Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

Atlanta gets arguably the best prospect in this draft and he can be a game changer. I can see QB here too, but Matt Ryan is still an elite QB, and his cap hit is too big to cut. Instead, they give him another weapon. I could also see a trade down and gain more help for that defence. – Varty

5. Cincinnati Bengal: Penei Sewell, OL, Oregon – Zanchetta

6. Miami Dolphins: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Miami’s WR room is in need of help. Their top two WR’s on the depth chart are either suspended or questionable due to injury. Chase is fresh and young, and obviously taking a QB when they are now fully in on Tua Tagovailoa wouldn’t make sense in my opinion. – McGoldrick

7. Detroit Lions: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

After losing both Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones in the off-season the Lions need to get new QB Jared Goff some weapons. His top options right now are Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman and that just doesn’t cut it. – Varty

8. Carolina Panthers: Rashawn Slater, OL, Northwestern

Slater is a technically sound left tackle who will be able to secure the end of the line immediately. He proved he was able to hold down the top end pass rushers in 2019 leaving no doubt he is among the top prospects. – Zanchetta

9. Denver Broncos: Trey Lance, QB, NDSU

Drew Lock is running out of time to prove himself and the Broncos will be looking for a Tua situation where they can test him out before benching, trading or releasing their current QB1. – McGoldrick

10. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

Alabama DB’s transfer well to the NFL and Surtain’s combo of size and speed will help fill the void left by Byron Jones. – Zanchetta

11. New York Giants: Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan

Though Michigan can’t do many things well, creating defenders is one they can. The Giants have a need on the defensive side, seeing as Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley and Kenny Golladay have things covered for the offence. If Smith falls this far though, I think NYG would grab him. – McGoldrick

12. Philadelphia Eagles: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

This one is a toss-up between Parsons and Jaylen Waddle, but I think the Eagles will elect to take the defensive player and take advantage of deep receiver class later in the draft. Both positions are a need for the Eagles, who are currently in a rebuild, which means they can give Parsons an opportunity to grow into a leader on this defense. – McDonald

13. Los Angeles Chargers: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

The Chargers would be thanking their lucky stars if they could take a player of Waddle’s abilities at this spot. He would greatly improve the offense and help Justin Herbert tread through any sophomore bumps. Plus, it will make things easier if the team decides to move on from Mike Williams in the next offseason. – McDonald

14. Minnesota Vikings: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC

Never count out Mike Zimmer from taking another first-round cornerback here. Although, it would make more sense to take Vera-Tucker instead. It’s no secret how poor the Vikings offensive line has been and taking the best interior lineman in this draft will make Kirk Cousins’ job easier and contribute towards the #LetDalvinCook campaign. – McDonald

15. New England Patriots: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

In the first year without Tom Brady, the Patriots select a cerebral quarterback who can learn the complex scheme of Josh McDaniels quickly and try to return to the playoffs. – Zanchetta

16. Arizona Cardinals: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

The Cardinals lost Patrick Peterson, so replacing him with Horn is a good option to fix the current issue they have at CB1. With adding J.J. Watt they obviously mean business, and Horn is going as early as 8 in some drafts, so he is regarded highly in this talented class. – McGoldrick

17. Las Vegas Raiders: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

Owusu-Koramoah is a hard-hitting player who is capable of more than just average linebacker duties. His versatility and playmaking skills are exactly what the Raiders should covet in a prospect, as well as addressing a defense that gave up the third-most points per game last season. – McDonald

18. Miami Dolphins: Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)

The Dolphins will probably look to upgrade defensively with this pick. They could use another pass rusher and there will be a wide selection available. Phillips has a tremendous upside and some consider him as a top ten talent overall in this draft. His injury history is something that may scare teams away but look for the Dolphins to take the Miami U product at this spot if he’s available. – McDonald

19. Washington Football Team: Teven Jenkins, OL, Oklahoma State

Washington seems to be intent on running with Taylor Heinicke or Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter going into the year so they need to protect them badly and Jenkins could be the guy after a solid collegiate career. Also watch out for a WR here to help Scary Terry McLaurin. – Varty

20. Chicago Bears: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern

With cornerback Kyle Fuller gone, pretty much everyone assumes the Bears take a replacement here. I personally think they need to fix whatever their QB room has been doing for the last few years (Andy Dalton and Nick Foles?????) but I guess I don’t know anything. – McGoldrick

21. Indianapolis Colts: Christian Darrisaw, OL, Virginia Tech

Anthony Castonzo’s retirement leaves a void the Colts will look to fill right away with hopes of winning the division this season. – Zanchetta

22. Tennessee Titans: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

Farley is considered by some to have the highest ceiling for cornerbacks in this draft. However, a back injury has caused his stock to drop and could fall in the draft because of it. The Titans were bogged down by a defense that gave up 27 points per game last season and departed with Adoree Jackson, so they could use another young cornerback to strengthen that secondary. – McDonald

23. New York Jets: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

Zack Wilson gets some help in the backfield and a threat in Harris, who proved himself and can be a playmaker for a team who is looking good after two picks on day one. – Varty

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Wyatt Davis, OL, OSU

The Steelers are clearly all in on their current offence with players like Ben Roethlisberger and Juju Smith-Schuster re-signing. Time to get some OL in there and Davis will serve and protect, especially if former teammate Dwayne Haskins is in there. Davis is definitely one of the top OL available, but a few shaky games in the season definitely didn’t improve his stock. – McGoldrick

25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevon Moehrig-Woodard, S, TCU

I originally had Kadarius Toney in this spot to give Lawrence another weapon, but I think the biggest need here is to address their secondary and add a safety in a thin draft. Moehrig is too good to pass up at this point and slides in well. – Varty

26. Cleveland Browns: Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama

With the loss of Sheldon Richardson this offseason the Browns need to shore up that inside defensive line, so they take Barmore as a big man up front. A D-Line of Barmore, Jadeveon Clowney, Myles Garrett and Malik Jackson is scary. – Varty

27. Baltimore Ravens: Jayson Oweh, DE, Penn State

Oweh is a fascinating prospect with his length and freakish athleticism. The Ravens are in dire need for pass rushers after letting Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue leave in free agency. Oweh has the tangibles to make an impact on that defensive line right away. – McDonald

28. New Orleans Saints: Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

In order to compete with the passing offences in the NFC, New Orleans needs to find a corner to play across from Marshon Lattimore. The Florida State prospect brings top end ball skills and speed to match it making receivers struggle to haul in many receptions. – Zanchetta

29. Green Bay Packers: Landon Dickerson, OL, Alabama

The Packers lost David Bakhtiari last year to an ACL injury and it crushed that O-Line and Aaron Rodgers. Plus, they lost Corey Linsley in the offseason, so they need a replacement/backup plan for Rodgers’ backside and the line in general. – Varty

30. Buffalo Bills: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

Not a huge fan of running backs in the first round, but at the end of the round it gives an extra year on the rookie deal. With Etienne, the Bills get an all-around back who can take the rushing burden off Josh Allen. – Zanchetta

31. Baltimore Ravens: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

As many have stated, the Ravens are mostly solid with little things they could fix up, and the WR is one of them. Being able to address both offence and defence in the same round is huge, so picking up someone like Moore who is very complete as a player and can improve his percentage with Lamar Jackson as his QB seems like a good idea to me. – McGoldrick

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami (FL)

This is a throw-a-dart-at-the-wall pick, the Bucs could really go anywhere with this pick but Jason Pierre-Paul is not getting any younger and you can never have too many edge rushers. Plus, Ndamukong Suh and William Gholston are free agents after this year so they need depth. – Varty