With the NFL Draft just two weeks away, it's time to make predictions about who will be selected and when. With that said, some decisions are a foregone conclusion, such as Trevor Lawrence to the Jaguars and Zach Wilson to the Jets.
After Jimmy Garoppolo's terrible play throughout the season, the 49ers are most likely to take a quarterback in the third round. The NFL Draft is wild; picks are often exchanged, and surprising picks are made. With that in mind, here is my NFL 2021 first-round mock draught.
1: Jacksonville Jaguars
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Lawrence has been a lock for this pick since he first stepped onto the field as a freshman. It was simply a matter of who would choose him. Fortunately for the Jaguars, they received the first overall pick, which might pave the way for a decade of success.
2: New York Jets
Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
This is another obvious choice, but it was surprising at the start of the season. Wilson showed superstar ability, and some have even referred to him as a generational talent. Chris Simms even ranked him higher than Lawrence, but I'm not convinced. Wilson has a slight flaw in my opinion: he didn't play against many good teams in 2021.
3: San Francisco 49ers (from Texans through Dolphins)
Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
There's been a lot of speculation recently about whether the Niners may draught Alabama quarterback Mac Jones. B.S., I say. They're not going to move up for the third overall pick to grab him. "Kyle Shanahan and the @49ers are going to choose Justin Fields," stated Joe Thomas, a former pro bowl linebacker. With his speed and pinpoint accuracy, Fields fits right in with Shanahan's scheme.
This selection might go one of two ways. 1. The Falcons either trade back and select a cornerback like Patrick Surtain or stay put and select a blue-chip player like Pitts. Pitts is a once-in-a-generation talent who, if he lives up to expectations, will be a future Hall of Famer.
5: Cincinnati Bengals
Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
The Bengals will either choose Sewell or Ja'marr Chase, which is the best choice for keeping Joe Burrow alive. They made the proper choice by selecting Sewell, another generational star. The Bengals desperately need o line help, and Sewell provides it right away.
6: Miami Dolphins (Via Philadelphia)
Ja'marr Chase, WR, LSU
Ja'marr Chase did not play in the 2020-2021 season, although he would have been the first wide receiver off the board if he had been eligible last year. Chase provides Tua with another weapon and instantly improves the Dolphins receiver core.
7: Detroit Lions
DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
The Heisman Trophy winner is eventually released to join a squad in severe need of wide receivers. The Lions make the proper decision by signing a future superstar after their wide receiver core was decimated in free agency.
8: Carolina Panthers
Rayshawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
The Panthers won't have to worry about drafting a quarterback in the future after dealing for Sam Darnold. They already provide a loaded offense for Sam Darnold, but adding Slater to the mix makes them even more dangerous. The Panthers need need an offensive tackle, and Rayshawn Slater is ready to start right now.
9: Denver Broncos
Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota St.
The Broncos are looking for a new quarterback now that the best offensive tackles are gone. They aren't sold on Drew Lock, and to be honest, neither am I. Lance is a natural athlete who has the potential to be a future superstar.
10: Dallas Cowboys
Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Surtain can go in and be dependable and consistent from day one, which is exactly what the Cowboys need in the secondary. Surtain is the finest cornerback in the class, so the Cowboys take a safe bet and draught their future cornerback.