Way Too Early Mock Draft 1.0

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Noah Birdsall

This is my first top ten mock of the 2020 season, this mock has the projected 1-10 picks (made during week 4) throughout the first round in the 2021 NFL draft.

 

 

 

1)  York Jets: Trevor Lawrence QB Clemson

I dont think any GM in their right mind would be passing up on Trevor Lawrence. The talent and poise he has is unbeatable. I’m not saying I don’t think Sam Darnold can still turn his career around at some point, I’m just saying that Trevor Lawrence is the best player in this draft and is still getting better. If the Jets have the 1st overall pick, they are going Trevor Lawrence

 

2) New York Giants: Penei Sewell OT Oregon 

There are multiple options sitting here at 2 for the Giants. A lot of defensive talent and 2 more Quarterbacks. I think Sewell goes here because of the amount of pure talent and skill he has. Outside of Trevor Lawrence, in my opinion Sewell is the 2nd best overall player. I have the Giants going with the OT because they need to provide more protection for Saquon and Danny Jones. Securing up both tackle spots with selecting Andrew Thomas last year in 2019 and Penei Sewell this year is one of the best things you can do for a young QB who you want to develop. 

 

3) Washington Football Team: Justin Fields QB Ohio State

With QB Dwayne Haskins not showing too many signs of development, I think that picking their QB of the future here can make sense. Justin Fields can be both a threat with his legs and his arm. Also not to mention that in 2019 Justin Fields put up far better stats per game than Haskins in 2017/2018 (who did play far less games) at Ohio State. 

4) Miami Dolphins: Gregory Rousseau Edge Miami

The big thing here with the first of Miami’s first round picks is that they need all the talent they can get. Rousseau I have seen go both super early, but some fall out of the top ten. As a pass rusher he is very good, last year was his first time playing significant snaps and he definitely proved himself with 15.5 sacks last season.  I think Miami goes Rosseau here because they need a star pass rusher, and I 100% think that he can be that.

 

5) Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Marr Chase WR LSU

I think getting the band back together in Cincinnati makes perfect sense. In the 2019/20 season Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Burrow led the LSU Tigers to a national championship. Chase’s 1780 yards and 20 touchdowns was one of the main reasons that Burrow was so elite. With AJ Green getting older, I feel like Cincinnati needs that one more piece to push them over the hump into playoff contention (and also help Burrows development). With the already established connection between Burrow and Chase I feel like this is just a match made in heaven.

 

6) Denver Broncos: Patrick Surtain Jr CB Alabama 

The Broncos are in desperate need of defensive backs after losing Chris Harris Jr. The defense just isn’t the same with a shutdown corner. They already have a very good and proven defense (if they can stay healthy) outside of corners. Going with Patrick Surtain Jr, In my opinion the best corner in this class is a perfect fit for the Broncos. Surtain Jr is a part of a bloodline that has had a lot of success in the NFL. His father played for the Dolphins from 1998–2004 and was selected to the Pro Bowl three times in 2002, 2003, and 2004, then was Traded to the Chiefs in 2005. I think this bang for your buck pick for the Broncos at 6. 

 

7) Jacksonville Jaguars: Caleb Farely CB Virginia Tech

The Jaguars pairing up Caleb Farley with first rounder CJ Henderson from 2020 is a very exciting and interesting thought. The Jags would pair up 2 young elite level players at one of the most important positions in football. They would have 2 lockdown corners very similar to the year that they made it to the AFC Championship game with Jalen Ramsey and AJ Bouye. 

 

8) Carolina Panthers: Micah Parsons LB Penn State University

The Panthers went all defense with their draft last year, they got some very quality players too. They still need that one linebacker that’s able to do everything similar to Luke Kuechly. Micah Parsons would definitely be able to do that and more for the Panthers. Adding Parsons would make this defense something to look out for going into next season.

 

9) Miami Dolphins (Via Hou): DeVonta Smith WR Alabama

After picking up the future cornerstone of their defense, the Dolphins look to add more star power to their team. DeVonta Smith, one of the most productive receivers with Tua Tagovailoa with Alabama. This pick is very similar to the Bengals picking JaMaar Chase. You’re getting your very young QB a receiver that they have already had success with in the past. Not to mention pairing up DeVonta Smith and Devante Parker could be something scary with Tua throwing to them next season.

 

10) Atlanta Falcons: Pat Friermuth TE Penn State University

The Falcons offense has been missing something this season. Matt Ryan doesn’t look as elite as he normally does and it looks like almost everyone on that offense has taken a step back this year. Losing out on Austin Hooper clearly is hurting the dynamic in Atlanta. Picking Friermuth would help Matt Ryan out and also take so much pressure off Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Todd Gurley. Pat would help ATL in the run game, while also being a big vertical receiving tight end.