Charles Davis 2021 NFL mock draft 2.0: Ja'Marr Chase reunites with Joe Burrow in Cincinnati

With the 2021 NFL Draft set to kick off on Thursday in Cleveland, here's my final projection for how the first round might look. As you can see, I went the mock-purist route and decided against forecasting any trades, but we all know there will be some swaps (although perhaps not as many as usual) once the picks start rolling in.

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Trevor Lawrence
Clemson · QB

Finally! Let's make it official. Lawrence and new head coach Urban Meyer have one common goal: compete for titles -- the sooner, the better.  

Pick
2
Zach Wilson
BYU · QB

This young man is doing his homework about what it takes to succeed in the Big Apple, and he can't wait to take on the challenge.

Trey Lance
North Dakota State · QB

Easily the most intriguing QB in the draft, in my opinion. Can he be the next Josh Allen? I believe so.

Kyle Pitts
Florida · TE

Trevor Lawrence is understandably The Guy in this year’s draft, as the top-rated QB, but Pitts is arguably the best overall player. The Falcons pass on a QB in order to embrace his talents.

Playmaker extraordinaire for QB Joe Burrow. The Bengals' top-rated OT is still a strong possibility here, but I think they look to improve the O-line with their next pick. 

Jaylen Waddle
Alabama · WR

Get the ball in his hands any way possible and watch the Dolphins' offense open up and begin to get scary.

Pick
7
Micah Parsons
Penn State · LB

The best linebacker in the draft and, arguably, the best overall defender in the draft.

Justin Fields
Ohio State · QB

This could easily be a spot for an OT, but Fields' talent and potential might be too much for this franchise to ignore, even with new QB Sam Darnold in town. That said, a team interested in moving into this spot for Fields could make Carolina an offer it can't refuse.

Jaycee Horn
South Carolina · CB

Horn believes he's the best corner in the draft, and he very well could be correct.

Pick
10
Rashawn Slater
Northwestern · OT

Yes, the Cowboys have screaming needs on defense, but they also have invested heavily in QB Dak Prescott and need to begin the process of upgrading their offensive line. Slater can start at guard until it's time to move out to left tackle.

Pick
11
Kwity Paye
Michigan · Edge

If one of the top WRs falls this far (or Penn State LB Micah Parsons is available), this pick could change, but the Giants need a top-ranked pass rusher, too.

Patrick Surtain II
Alabama · CB

Of course the Eagles would also like a top WR, but CB Darius Slay needs a counterpart on the other side, and Surtain is terrific.

Penei Sewell
Oregon · OT

Once thought to be a lock to Cincinnati at No. 5, this tremendous talent gets another opportunity to protect his college QB, Justin Herbert

I tend to lean toward defense with the Vikings and coach Mike Zimmer, but Vera-Tucker is too good to pass up for a team with O-line needs in a few spots ... all of which the USC product can play (one at a time, of course).

Mac Jones
Alabama · QB

There's plenty of chatter about the Pats trading up for a QB, and they might have to in order to secure Jones’ services. In this scenario, they stick and pick this ultra-accurate thrower.

DeVonta Smith
Alabama · WR

Smith could slip a bit due to concerns about his size, but Kyler Murray happily welcomes a new weapon to join DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green.

Defense, defense, defense for the Raiders. (Some OL, too.) Moehrig is the best safety in the draft. He'll enable new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley to move Johnathan Abram to a pure strong safety role, helping to recreate the early makings of what he had in Seattle with Earl Thomas at FS and Kam Chancellor at SS.

Pick
18
Jaelan Phillips
Miami · Edge

Phillips resurrected his college career after transferring from UCLA to Miami. Now he gets a chance to stay in town and fill the Dolphins’ need for more pass rush off the edge.

Christian Darrisaw
Virginia Tech · OT

Pick, plug and play. Darrisaw becomes the immediate starter at LT.

Pick
20
Greg Newsome II
Northwestern · CB

The Bears hit well with CB Jaylon Johnson last year. Newsome's speed and athleticism would pair nicely at the opposite corner.

Teven Jenkins
Oklahoma State · OT

The Colts invested valuable assets to make Carson Wentz their new starter. They make this pick to help maximize the QB's opportunities to succeed.

Elijah Moore
Mississippi · WR

Ascending star wideout A.J. Brown gets his former college teammate to help make defenses pay for stacking the line against monster RB Derrick Henry.

Pick
23
Caleb Farley
Virginia Tech · CB

If not for the injury concerns, this young man would potentially be the first defender off the board. New Jets coach Robert Saleh will have big plans for him.

Najee Harris
Alabama · RB

Feels like a Steelers pick straight out of central casting to me, as I see plenty of Franco Harris in Najee's game. But there will be heavy discussion about adding OL help in this spot, too.

Kadarius Toney
Florida · WR

New coach Urban Meyer wants the Jags to be the fastest team in the NFL. Toney stays in state and helps first overall pick Trevor Lawrence score points.

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
Notre Dame · LB

Defensive coordinator Joe Woods will have big plans on how to deploy this flier who arrives with a boom.

Rashod Bateman
Minnesota · WR

A fast, sturdy target who won't mind working the inside portion of the field in tandem with TE Mark Andrews, thereby increasing QB Lamar Jackson's efficiency.

Zaven Collins
Tulsa · LB

The Saints are always lauded for their offense, but they have become consistent Super Bowl contenders by constantly upgrading their defense. Collins' speed and playmaking ability fit well in New Orleans.

Landon Dickerson
Alabama · C

Concerns about past injuries may come into play, but Dickerson's a Day 1 starter who would allow Pro Bowler Elgton Jenkins to permanently settle in at guard, where he's dominant.

Pick
30
Gregory Rousseau
Miami · Edge

Buffalo invests in the pass rush with a former Hurricane who has enticing upside.

Jayson Oweh
Penn State · Edge

His lack of sacks in 2020 (zero) will be heavily debated, but the Ravens’ terrific defensive staff, led by defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale, will be happy to work with his 4.37 speed in order to pressure QBs.

Jamin Davis
Kentucky · LB

The Buccaneers could go in any direction they choose, but they remember that their defense led the way in the Super Bowl. Davis' speed, smarts and ball-hawking are exactly what the organization seeks. 

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