Mock Draft 2.0 (Hicks)

By Sawyer Hicks, Senior Analyst | Mock can be found on the Walter Football Mock Database

Trevor Lawrence | Clemson, QB

Lawrence remains the top QB and overall prospect. There might be some questions about his non-throwing shoulder…but that is highly unlikely. Lawrence remains a lock.

Justin Fields | Ohio State, QB

Fields is not getting the respect that he deserves and he could be the Justin Herbert of this draft. He put up incredible numbers in college and will be the face of whatever team drafts him for years to come. Although he is not at Lawrence’s prospect level, he will excel at the next level.

Zach Wilson | BYU, QB

There are multiple high-end QBs in this draft and the Dolphins will be extremely tempted to pass on Wilson here. The rumor is that some teams have Wilson graded higher than Lawrence, which could be a smoke screen… but it could also mean the Dolphins have found the next Mahomes. The Dolphins take Wilson here and look to move Tua for whatever they can get.

Penei Sewell | Oregon, LT

The Falcons will not have many different avenues to upgrade their roster because they have multiple high-priced veterans currently on the roster, so they will have to hit in the draft. Sewell might be the most surefire prospect; he dominated in 2019 at Oregon and has an amazing skillets. The Falcons give Matt Ryan another year in the new offense to see what he can do, which will allow the team to look for a QB next year if he fails.

Devonta Smith | Alabama, WR

The Bengals are tempted to take Chase here, but they choose the better overall receiver in Smith. He will unlock the offense under Burrow, assuming the QB returns fully healthy.

Ja’Marr Chase | LSU, WR

Chase and Smith are neck and neck for the top receiver in this draft, so it could go either way. The Eagles receiving core was pitiful last year, and in addition Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson are off the roster.

Micah Parsons | Penn State, LB

The Lions need all of the help that they can get on defense, so they take the best defensive player in the draft with Parsons. Although there are some off the field issues that have arisen, he is a risk worth taking to help turn around the sorry Lions defense.

Caleb Farley | Virginia Tech, CB

Although this isn’t the most popular pick (passing on Kyle Pitts or Mac Jones), Farley would immediately help the Panthers secondary. They need a true lockdown corner and Farley will be that for this team. He is a plug and play type of player that will start Day 1.

Trey Lance | North Dakota State, QB

While more and more reports coming out about how Drew “Small Hands” Lock is available to be traded, the Broncos see an obvious Josh Allen comparison in Lance. This pick finally gives Elway his franchise answer at QB.

Rashawn Slater | Northwestern, OT

Slater is the next best offensive lineman prospect behind Sewell and helps the Cowboys get back to their roots of powerful lineman and a strong run game. Slater would be able to start immediately, anywhere on the line.

Jaylen Waddle | Alabama, WR

Waddle possesses a profound ability to make plays anywhere across the field. We think that if Daniel Jones gets an elite receiver to throw to, then he will take a Josh Allen like leap this upcoming season.

Patrick Surtain II | Alabama, CB

This team has questions across their defense with Robert Saleh’s departure, but they take the best secondary prospect available with this pick. Surtain II would be an immediate help to the team due to his high IQ and lockdown coverage abilities and certainly would help with the departure of Richard Sherman.

Kyle Pitts | Florida, TE

The Chargers are now trying to give their franchise QB Herbert as many weapons as possible to help challenge the Chiefs. Herbert gets his Darren Waller with this selection.

Gregory Rousseau | Miami, Edge

The Vikings dominant defense from a couple of years ago was built around their defensive ends and their ability pass rush. If the first edge falls this far, the Vikings would jump for joy by landing a huge foundational piece for their defense.

Mac Jones | Alabama, QB

Belichick experienced how badly he needs a new quarterback and drafting Jones allows him to get a high IQ player who can make the right reads for his offense. Sound familiar to a former Patriots’ quarterback that just won the Super Bowl?

Azeez Ojulari | Georgia, Edge

Ojulari came on strong at the end of last year for Georgia, showing everyone why he deserves to be a top edge rusher selected. Adding pass rushing depth behind Haason Reddick immediately makes the Cardinals a scary team to face for opposing quarterbacks.

Jaycee Horn | South Carolina, CB

Although the Raiders selected Gareon Conley in the first last year, many considered it a reach. By selecting Horn with this choice he will fare very well getting thrown into the fire of playing against the dangerous AFC West passing attack.

Christian Darrisaw | Virginia Tech, OT

The Dolphins take a Tackle here to protect their new asset Wilson as much as possible after experiencing how frail and fragile a QB can be. Wilson, like Tua, had a few injuries throughout his college career, but nothing that creates too much concern.

Rashod Bateman | Minnesota, WR

Putting Bateman on the opposite side of Scary Terry is a dangerous duo that could light up defenses. In addition, finding a QB in free agency could help really open up this offense.

Dillon Radunz | North Dakota State, OT

As the Bears continue to look for a QB, they should try to build around their run game. Montgomery is starting to come out of his shell and Radunz helps immediately because of his powerful, physical play.

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah | Notre Dame, LB

Colts go for best player available with this choice. Letting Darius Leonard, one of the best NFL defenders, mentor and guide this LB/Safety hybrid with his “tough love” mentality would be huge for his development as well.

Quincy Roche | Miami, Edge

The Titans desperately need help getting to the quarterback and in every mock that I have done, I have them taking a player that can apply pressure. Roche may seem like a reach, but the Titans have been known for taking shots in the 20s and the edge class is some murky water to find the top guys.  

Travis Etienne | Clemson, RB

The Jets have been abysmal at the running back position for years and this selection gives them our highest rated running back while also giving them a true three down workhorse to turn to in the pass game as well.

Najee Harris | Alabama, RB

 With James Conner likely gone, the Steelers will need a young, powerful running back to feed, especially with Big Ben’s decline in play. With the pick of Harris, the Steelers turn to having a smash mouth type of offense in 2021.

Alex Leatherwood | Alabama, OT

With the Jaguars recent investment with the #1 overall pick Lawrence, they hope a top tackle like Leatherwood will be able to help protect him for the next decade.

Nick Bolton | Missouri, LB

The Browns take Bolton here as a traditional inside linebacker, who has one of the best overall skillsets and can help contribute immediately.

Christian Barmore | Alabama, DL

The Ravens have questions all across their defense due to some key players’ contracts expiring. They have also shown an ability to continuously be able to hit on their 1st Round selections and they continue that trend with Barmore falling in this mock.

Elijah Moore | Ole Miss, WR

Regardless of who will be playing quarterback for them this year, they need to add talent to their wide receiver group. Emmanuel Sanders won’t be back in 2021, so adding a prospect with pure slot experience and the ability to play outside will work wonders.

Dyami Brown | UNC, WR

The Packers finally give Rodgers some receiving help here and take a worthy player to be opposite of Davantae Adams and to learn under his tutelage.

Javonte Williams | UNC, RB

Back to back UNC players are taken in the back end of the 1st Round. The Bills have realized that they need a true, every-down running back that can create a dynamic duo with franchise quarterback Josh Allen. Williams gives them this and more as an elite, do-it-all running back prospect.

Zaven Collins | Tulsa, LB

Collins is one of the best linebackers in coverage and also has flashes of potential as a pass rusher, and would be an incredible snag for the Chiefs if he falls this far.

Jabril Cox | LSU, LB

Although this is higher than most projections for Cox, he is going to be a quality pro. He has had success everywhere he has been and will add to the dominant Buccaneers defense as a versatile LB/Safety hybrid.

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