Mock Draft 4.0 (Hicks)


By Sawyer Hicks, Senior Analyst

1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence | Clemson, QB

Lawrence is elite in every aspect as a prospect and will be a longtime starter in the NFL. If Urban can’t find success with Lawrence, then someone else will.

2. New York Jets – Zach Wilson | BYU, QB

Things are starting to become concrete in the top 5 and Wilson is the guy for the Jets. Barring some crazy trade back or John Elway-type situation, Wilson will be the week 1 starter for the New York Jets.

3. San Francisco 49ers – Trey Lance | North Dakota State, QB

The Mac Jones hype is all just a smoke screen and the 49ers instead take the mysterious FCS Super Star to inherit the star studded offense after learning behind Jimmy G.

🚨TRADE ALERT🚨

The Atlanta Falcons trade 4th overall pick to the Denver Broncos in exchange of the 9th overall pick a 2022 1st Round pick, and a 2022 3rd Round pick.

4. Denver Broncos – Justin Fields | Ohio State, QB

Drew Lock’s hands are far too tiny to be a franchise QB and he has been one of the lowest floor players in the entire league. The Falcons taking a QB at 4 is probably just a smokescreen created by the team in order to drive the price of this pick higher to QB needy teams like the Broncos.

5. Cincinnati Bengals – Ja’Marr Chase | LSU, WR

82% of the Bengals’ offensive sets featured 3 wide receivers and Joe Burrow completed over 76% of his passes the last time he had Ja’Marr Chase on the field. This chemistry is too good to pass up at 5 and Chase will have a better career than any other offensive weapon in this class.

6. Miami Dolphins – Kyle Pitts | Florida, TE

Tua has struggled to throw it outside the numbers and could benefit by adding another big target to throw to across the middle. Pitts is more than a standard tight end and can lineup all over the field and hopefully become the much needed security blanket for one of the weakest QBs in the league from a year ago.

7. Detroit Lions – Penei Sewell | Oregon, LT

The Lions are in a full blown rebuild and likely won’t win many games, but can at least give Jared Goff a chance as their future guy. Sewell is one of the best OL prospects of all time and an absolute steal at 7th overall.

🚨TRADE ALERT🚨

The Carolina Panthers trade 8th overall pick to the New England Patriots in exchange of the 15th overall pick and a 2022 2nd Round Pick.

8. New England Patriots – Mac Jones | Alabama, QB

The Patriots aren’t tied to any particular QB on their roster and benefit from taking one of the highest football IQs in this class. The Belichick-Jones combo is a match made in heaven and too good for the Patriots to not want to move into the top 10 to secure him.

9. Atlanta Falcons – DeVonta Smith | Alabama, WR

The Falcons add a third Alabama WR to their lineup and give Arthur Smith another element to his pass heavy offense. Smith can learn behind two of the best route runners in NFL history and possibly surpass Ridley as the team’s future number 1.

10. Dallas Cowboys – Micah Parsons | Penn State, LB

The Cowboys have several great, young LBs, but have struggled with injuries over the recent years. Parsons is a game changer and worth taking even if it means the Cowboys would be passing on more evident needs.

11. New York Giants – Rashawn Slater | Northwestern, OT

The Giants have many glaring holes on their offensive line and could use Slater either inside or on the outside. Slater brings the versatility that can majorly improve this offense in the pass and run game.

12. Philadelphia Eagles – Jaylen Waddle | Alabama, WR

The Eagles are another team that probably won’t be winning many games in 2021, but could certainly improve in the pass game by adding Jaylen Waddle. He can play in any receiver position, but also adds a spark in the return game.

13. LA Chargers – Christian Darrisaw | Virginia Tech, OT

Herbert is clearly the future in LA, but the Chargers must improve the offensive line immediately or they could hinder his potential development.

14. Minnesota Vikings – Gregory Rousseau | Miami, Edge

The best Vikings teams always had incredible defensive lines…and that is certainly not the case right now. Rousseau had a disappointing Pro Day, but is a raw prospect that would bring an extremely high ceiling to the Vikings defense.

15. Carolina Panthers – Patrick Surtain II | Alabama, CB

The Panthers lack any depth in their secondary and probably have one of the weakest groups in the league. With Donte Jackson approaching the end of his contract the Panthers must add a starting calibre CB to complete in the NFC South.

16. Arizona Cardinals – Alijah Vera-Tucker | USC, IOL

The Cardinals run game between the tackles was non-existent in 2020 and would add a powerful run stuffer here with Vera-Tucker.

17. LV Raiders – Jaelan Phillips | Miami, Edge

Phillips is a high risk prospect, but could prove to be one of the best edge rushers in the league if he can reach his true potential. The Raiders are no stranger to making risky picks in the 1st round, but if Mayock hits here he may bail himself out from being on the hot seat.

18. Miami Dolphins – Rashod Bateman | Minnesota, WR

Bateman is a very underrated guy in this class who had the misfortune of poor quarterbacking this past season. He has a great catch radius and hands that draw tons of comparisons to elite guys such as Allen Robinson and Kenny Golladay.

19. Washington Football Team – Jaycee Horn | South Carolina, CB

The WFT has decent depth in their secondary, but Horn is too good of a prospect for the defensive minded Ron Rivera to pass on at 19. He has seen his stock jump as high as anyone else in this class and would be a bargain here, especially considering that the receivers Kenny Golladay, Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Jaylen Waddle are all now in the division.

20. Chicago Bears – Caleb Farley | Virginia Tech, CB

The Bears missed out on Jaycee Horn by one slot, but still land another top tier CB prospect at 20. Farley has questions about his medical history, but he is an elite athlete who has the potential to become a top CB in the league.

21. Indianapolis Colts – Kwity Paye | Michigan, Edge

Kemoko Turay and Ben Banogu are currently slated as starters for the Colts D-Line…considering the fact that neither of those two played over 100 snaps on the line last year leads us to thinking they will take the best end available here.

22. Tennessee Titans – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoa | Notre Dame, LB

The LB/Safety hybrid will play in a niche role, but would fit perfectly in the Titans scheme. The Titans clearly have emphasize defense in Free Agency and would add another element by taking the athletic freak out of Notre Dame.

23. New York Jets – Azeez Ojulari | Georgia, Edge

The Jets still have many different holes left to fill, but would add a true pass rusher with Azeez Ojulari here. Despite this class being a weak edge group, there still is unrelenting depth.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Najee Harris | Alabama, RB

This match is too good to pass up and the Steelers would immediately add the long term RB of the future with Najee Harris. The blue collar runner fits the Steelers organization perfectly and could immediately take the load off of Big Ben’s shoulders.

Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevon Moehrig | TCU, DB

The Jags have struggled against the pass mightily ever since they traded Jalen Ramsey, but land a versatile playmaker here with Moehrig. He can play as a free safety or even roll down as a corner.

26. Cleveland Browns – Levi Onwuzurike | Washington, DT

The Browns brought in several defensive lineman in free agency, but are in desperate need of an interior lineman to play next to Myles Garrett long term. Onwururike has flown up boards lately and may not even make it to 26, but would be a steal here for the Browns.

27. Baltimore Ravens – Kadarius Toney | Florida, WR

Toney would fit the Ravens scheme perfectly and despite spending most of his college career playing in the slot, there is a high probability that he can move outside in the NFL. The high YAC receiver would work wonders for the run heavy, lateral offense.

28. New Orleans Saints – Kyle Trask | Florida, QB

The Saints have been rumored to love Kyle Trask and possibly target him in the 2nd, but with so many QB needy teams picking between 28 and 60 they take their shot on the future of New Orleans.

29. Green Bay Packers – Christian Barmore | Alabama, DT

Barmore can lineup next to Frank Clark in either of the end positions due to his versatility and pass rushing skillset. He played inside in the 4-3 scheme at Alabama, but certainly has the skillset to fit perfectly for the Packers.

30. Buffalo Bills – Zaven Collins | Tulsa, LB

The Bills defense took a step back in 2020, but can legitimize their defense by adding a playmaker to their front 7. Collins is one of the best linebacker prospects in coverage, but also has the ability to help in the pass rush.

31. Kansas City Chiefs – Teven Jenkins | Oklahoma State, OT

The Chiefs Offensive Line was probably the biggest reason why they couldn’t beat the Bucs, but by adding Teven Jenkins they land a day 1 starter. Jenkins has the elite frame and quick feet for such a massive prospect.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Asante Samuel Jr. | Florida State, CB

Brady played several years with Asante Samuel Sr., but would be teammates with the son of the former NFL great. The Bucs D is as solid as any team in the league, but would have a Day 1 starter that could take over as the slot corner.

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