Mock Draft 1.0 (Oates)

By Harris Oates, Editor-In-Chief

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Trevor Lawrence | Clemson, QB

This one is as obvious as it gets. The Jaguars land one of the most prolific quarterback prospects in the history of the NFL Draft and finally have a star to build around for the first time in Jaguars history.

Penei Sewell | Oregon, OT

There are too many questions surrounding the QB position with the Jets right now, so this pick is ultimately as wash as of now. If all else holds with their roster, then Sewell could pair nicely with Becton to form one of the best offensive lines in the league and would finally give Darnold a chance.

Ja’Marr Chase | LSU, WR

Like the Jets, the Dolphins also have some trade rumors involving the QB position as well. If they stay with Tua and keep the pick, then Chase at 3 could give their offense some long awaited explosiveness.

Azeez Ojulari | Georgia, Edge

This may seem like a stretch, but the edge class is one of the hardest to rank this early in the process. The Falcons have missed on many over the years and the hometown hero could finally become the sack machine they have been looking for.

Rashawn Slater | Northwestern, OT

With Sewell off the board the Bengals would be wise to invest in a long term tackle solution for Joe Burrow. Slater fits well here and would be a Day 1 starter.

Devonta Smith | Alabama, WR

The Eagles invested in Raegor last season, but take another shot on another small-framed WR. Smith has the playmaking ability that all NFL teams are looking for in the WR position and will immediately become the Eagles WR1.

Justin Fields | Ohio State, QB

The Lions are another team desperate for a QB as they are rumored to be cutting ties with Matthew Stafford this offseason. Pending a trade, they will look to find his replacement immediately and fill the hole with one of the most dynamic playmakers in the draft.

Zach Wilson | QB, BYU

As the run on QBs has begun, the Panthers take Wilson to be their franchise QB. Wilson is one of the most impressive passers in the class and dazzles with his accuracy and timing.

Gregory Rousseau | Miami, Edge

With Von Miller’s future appearing very cloudy, the Broncos look to add youth to their defensive line. Rousseau projects as a top 10 pick on our Big Board due to his raw talent and athleticism. Despite sitting out last year, Rousseau had 15.5 sacks in 2019.

Kyle Pitts | Florida, TE

The Cowboys had an injury riddled season, headlined by the season ending ankle injury suffered by Dak Prescott. Emerging TE Blake Jarwin also missed the majority of the season with a torn ACL. Jarwin should bounce back, but by adding Pitts the Cowboys add an extra element in the passing game.

Jaylen Waddle | Alabama, WR

I also like Bateman here, but Waddle brings more of a do it all athlete that can lineup all over the field. The Giants are all in on Daniel Jones and award him with one of the draft’s most impressive playmakers.

Caleb Farley | Virginia Tech, CB

The 49ers had some success with their veteran corners Richard Sherman and Jason Verrett, but add youth with the do-it-all cornerback out of Virgina Tech.

Christian Darrisaw | Virginia Tech, OT

The Chargers found their QB last year, now it is time to find his long term protection. Darrisaw checks every box necessary to become on of the best lineman in the league.

Daviyon Nixon | Iowa, IDL

The Vikings had one of the weakest interior defensive lines in the league and add the dominant Big 10 tackle. Nixon fits the scheme perfectly and can play anywhere on their defensive line.

Joseph Ossai | Texas, Edge

The Patriots have far too many holes to fill to be sure on this one, but elect not to draft a quarterback. Ossai should immediately make an impact and strengthen the pass rush.

Patrick Surtain II | Alabama, CB

The Cardinals capitalize on the sliding Surtain and find some of the best value in the entire draft. Surtain will train to become the long term solution as the career of Patrick Peterson slowly drifts away.

Alijah Vera-Tucker | USC, IOL

Mayock has mostly missed on his 1st Round picks, but capitalizes on a significant need here. Alijah Vera-Tucker can fill their biggest hole at LG, which should help tremendously with the young career of Josh Jacobs.

Micah Parsons | Penn State, LB

The Top 10 prospect falls further than anyone in this class, but after recently scares regarding character concerns have been brought to light he falls to 18. Parsons is a boom or bust candidate who could turn the Dolphins into one of the best defenses in the league.

Trey Lance | North Dakota State, QB

The WFT takes their shot on their future once again. They missed on Haskins at 15, but I like Lance a lot more at 19.

Samuel Cosmi | Texas, OT

The Bears just miss out on Trey Lance, but take the constellation prize of beefing up the protection. Cosmi is another talented member of this offensive line class who should start right away.

Teven Jenkins | Oklahoma State, OT

Yet another offensive lineman goes following the run and the Colts look to replace the Anthony Castonzo sized hole at Left Tackle.

Kwity Paye | Michigan, Edge

Many may argue that Paye will go over Ojulari and Rousseua, but I am not sold on him yet. Paye falls to the Titans who are in desperate need of a pass rush.

Travis Etienne | Clemson, RB

The Jets found decent success in their young RBs, but nothing that can compete with Travis Etienne.

Wyatt Davis | Ohio State, IOL

The Steelers lost C Marquise Pouncey to retirement, so take a shot on adding depth to the interior offensive line. Davis likely won’t play center, but can be a key build block in establishing a rebuild of this offense.

Jaycee Horn | South Carolina, CB

The Jaguars have failed to replace Ramsey since he left and add a tremendous amount of talent with Jaycee Horn. Horn is a do it all player with tremendous potential to becoming a lockdown cornerback.

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah | Notre Dame, LB

The Browns had an impressive 2020 run, but need help on defense. Owusu-Koramoah may be a bit undersized, but brings everything else you are looking for to become the core of your defense.

Zaven Collins | Tulsa, LB/Edge

The versatile defensive playmaker brings the needed flashiness the Ravens lacked in 2020. Collins played LB, but has the size of an edge rusher and likely will play all over the field. Collins at 27 is a steal.

Rashod Bateman | Minnesota, WR

The Saints already have one franchise receiver in New Orleans but add Bateman because he is too good to pass up at 28.

Elijah Moore | Ole Miss, WR

The Packers did Rodgers dirty last offseason, but look to do anything to keep him in Green Bay for the immediate future. Moore can play most of his snaps in the slot and gives the Packers a much more well rounded option than Allen Lazard.

Eric Stokes | Georgia, CB

The Bills pass d regressed in 2020 and was one of the few areas that kept them out of the Super Bowl. Buffalo looks to give Tre White a sidekick in the secondary by investing in the well rounded Georgia corner.

Nick Bolton | Missouri, LB

The one area of weakness this team had was their inside linebackers and Nick Bolton is just across the state. Bolton has been one of the best LBs in college football and should take over as the leader of this defense a few years down the road.

Jaelan Phillips | Miami, Edge

I am not a gambling man, but I won’t pick against Tom Brady in the Super Bowl. The Bucs had one of the best defenses in the league, but look at add youth to their edge rush to learn behind and eventually take over for JPP.

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