Seven-round 2021 NFL mock draft, Round 5: 49ers add offensive weaponry

EDITOR'S NOTE: This mock draft was updated following the Kansas City Chiefs' acquisition of Orlando Brown in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens.

If the great Charles Dickens were still with us today, he would probably write a novel about the NFL draft. (OK, maybe not, but please roll with me here.)

His story would probably revolve around a grumpy old man who reads NFL mock drafts and complains about them.

"Every idiot that goes about writing mock drafts should be boiled in his own pudding," the character might say.

But then one night, three spirits would appear to show the curmudgeon the light. One would be the "Ghost of Things that SHOULD Be", a second the "Ghost of Things that WOULD Be" and finally the "Ghost of Things that COULD Be."

The first spirit would explain that mock drafts are usually not a vision of what the writer believes each team should do. The apparition would explain that these projections are not meant to indicate there is but only one player at each pick that is the correct one for the team to select.

The second specter appears to explain that any prediction, whether attempting to forecast football game results, economic activity or the weather, is modelled on past events. Therefore, mock drafts are attempting to show what would be -- if teams followed patterns from previous years. The kindly presence will then explain that there are always variations between past and future events -- so no mock draft will be 100 percent accurate.

The third ghost will then come to the aged football fan, explaining that mock drafts represent only one of many different scenarios that could unfold on draft weekend given each franchise's player evaluations and short- and long-term needs.

After hearing the guidance of the ghosts, our ill-tempered protagonist sings a new tune, exclaiming that he will "honor mock drafts in my heart, and try to keep them there all offseason! I will know that mock drafts are not what SHOULD or WOULD be, but only what COULD be!"

Please enjoy the following seven-round mock in that vein. Keep in mind that this projection does not benefit from the 11th-hour information that will trickle out leading up to Round 1. It does offer some scenarios as food for thought, and gives a general road map on where players might fall.

Want to create your own mock for the 2021 NFL Draft? Check out PFF’s draft simulator to play out countless scenarios for every team spanning all seven rounds.

Pick
145
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
Shi Smith
South Carolina · WR


Pick
146
New York Jets
New York Jets
Robert Hainsey
Notre Dame · OG


Pick
147
Houston Texans
Houston Texans
Cameron Sample
Tulane · Edge
Pick
148
Jay Tufele
USC · DT



Pick
149
Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
Chris Evans
Michigan · RB


Zach Davidson
Central Missouri · TE


Pick
151
Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
Tyree Gillespie
Missouri · S
Pick
152
Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
Tommy Doyle
Miami (Ohio) · OT


Pick
153
Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
Nick Niemann
Iowa · LB



Pick
154
Matt Bushman
BYU · TE



Pick
155
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
Josh Palmer
Tennessee · WR



Pick
156
Shaka Toney
Penn State · Edge
Pick
157
Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
Noah Gray
Duke · TE
Pick
158
Talanoa Hufanga
USC · S



Pick
159
Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers
Tay Gowan
UCF · CB



Caden Sterns
Texas · S
Pick
161
Andre Cisco
Syracuse · S
Tyler Shelvin
LSU · DT
Pick
163
Washington Football Team
Washington Football Team
Monty Rice
Georgia · LB
Pick
164
Marquiss Spencer
Mississippi State · DT
Pick
165
Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
Frank Darby
Arizona State · WR
Pick
166
Jose Borregales
Miami · K
Chuba Hubbard
Oklahoma State · RB
Evan McPherson
Florida · K
Pick
169
Curtis Robinson
Stanford · LB
Seth Williams
Auburn · WR


Pick
171
Nick Eubanks
Michigan · TE
Kene Nwangwu
Iowa State · RB
D'Ante Smith
East Carolina · OT
Pick
174
Josh Imatorbhebhe
Illinois · WR
Thomas Graham Jr.
Oregon · CB


Pick
176
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sam Ehlinger
Texas · QB


Pick
177
New England Patriots
New England Patriots
Ben Mason
Michigan · FB

COMPENSATORY SELECTION

Cameron McGrone
Michigan · LB

COMPENSATORY SELECTION

Pick
179
Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
Joshua Kaindoh
Florida State · Edge

COMPENSATORY SELECTION

Jack Anderson
Texas Tech · OG

COMPENSATORY SELECTION

Christian Elliss
Idaho · LB

COMPENSATORY SELECTION

Pick
182
Jamie Newman
Wake Forest · QB

COMPENSATORY SELECTION

Pick
183
Darren Hall
San Diego State · CB

COMPENSATORY SELECTION

Pick
184
Deonte Brown
Alabama · OG

COMPENSATORY SELECTION

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