2021 NFL First Round Draft With Trades
- Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence – QB – Clemson
Done talking about this. Moving on.
- New York Jets – Zach Wilson – QB – BYU
With Sam Darnold shipped out, it looks that Wilson is the favorite to land the open spot. He is the #2 favorite.
- San Francisco 49ers Via Dolphins Via Texans – Justin Fields – QB – Ohio State
Fields doesn’t have a bad reputation and has a solid tape. Jimmy G odd year or not, the time is gone. You don’t trade two first-round picks for a non-quarterback.
- Chicago Bears Via Falcons – Trey Lance – QB – North Dakota State
The Bears need a quarterback. They regret trading for Nick Foles and Andy Dalton is their stop gap as Lance is sitting behind Dalton as Lance learns the new system. The pressure is on Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy because their jobs are on the line and could be cut lose right around the time Americans are cutting the turkey in November.
- Cincinnati Bengals – Penei Sewell – OT – Oregon
With all of the moves made, even in the Falcons don’t trade down, I have Sewell going here as a lock because Joe Burrow can’t get hurt again. Last year’s Bengals O-Line was called lazy by fans. One crazy fan said they were so lazy they couldn’t go to the courthouse as plaintiff. Ummm… yeah. It’s bad.
- Miami Dolphins – Ja’Marr Chase – WR – LSU
The guy that played in front of ROY runner up Justin Jefferson is the top WR talent. Sorry Tua, your former teammate and Heisman winner isn’t a better talent than Chase. Dolphins see this. They need a receiver. Their top target in Parker right now isn’t cutting it.
- Detroit Lions – DeVonte Smith – WR – Alabama
With Jones and Galladay leaving in free agency and already having a great tight end, I would start with receiver, so Jared Goff has someone to throw to. Smith is the second best on the board.
- Carolina Panthers – Kyle Pitts – TE – Florida
With all of the recent moves the Panthers made defensively, I think it is time to go offense with a new quarterback recently on the team and Curtis Samuel leaving in free agency. Pitts is a big explosion that head coach Matt Rhule will have fun with.
- Denver Broncos – Rashawn Slater – OT – Northwestern
Now secondary was a huge boost. Then my original pick in Caleb Farley dropped in the rankings. Let’s get this settled. It doesn’t matter if Drew Lock, Matt Jones, or any other guy behind center is there. The O-Line if not attended to will be bad for three years in a row. In a division with great pass rush. I won’t go QB. But I think this is Lock’s last chance.
- Dallas Cowboys – Patrick Surtain II – CB Alabama
No change on here. Reason being is the weapons in the NFC East are getting better. Cowboy defense was almost historically bad. If JerryWorld is smart, again, this is the play.
- New York Giants – Christian Darrisaw – OT – Virginia Tech
Similar situation with Daniel Jones. Want him and Saquon to do well? Give them protection. End of story. Without it they will underperform. With Daniel Jones possibly getting his last shot, he deserves a chance. With added protection watch out for deep balls from Jones. Giant fans hope anyways.
- Philadelphia Eagles – Jaylen Waddle – WR – Alabama
They need another wide receiver. Reagor doesn’t have the trust at the moment. Zach Ertz may or may not be traded. Even though it seems Jalen Hurts seems like a scrambler type, give him the proper tools to try and put it together. Wide receiver and next round see what is left of a very deep O-Line draft.
- Los Angeles Chargers – Jaycee Horn – CB – South Carolina
The Chargers dumped Desmond King for a late round draft pick because they thought they couldn’t resign him. Which was wrong because he is a Texan for a 1 year 3.5 million dollar deal leaving Charger fans floored. After King left there was a hole at the position. With the O-Line attended to in free agency, they need a corner again. The second best man who boosted his draft pick is available. Fans will be raving about this one if it happens. They will be hyped. And remember, you have to keep Patrick Mahomes honest with the deep ball. This should be a no brainer.
- Minnesota Vikings – Trevon Moehrig – S – TCU
The Vikings are in a jam. The head coach’s proclaimed worst defense he ever had and then last year’s rookie arrested for a situation I won’t go into. Start with the secondary with a division with Rodgers, Goff, and who knows who will start for the Bears the next year or two.
- New England Patriots – Mincah Parsons – LB – Penn State
Parsons dropped on the list because of draft needs. Bill Belichick teams are known for great defense. This is a superb talent. One Bill can’t pass. He doesn’t develop wide receivers, the quarterback situation is pulling names out of a hat with bringing Cam Newton back with Jimmy G rumors, and history shows he takes them in later rounds.
- Arizona Cardinals – Christian Barimore – DT – Alabama
I would normally go O-Line here. But the team addressed it with moves. Nothing flashy, but they didn’t neglect it. Then Barimore, Watt, Chandler, and Simmons on pass rush? That could be a real unit.
- Las Vegas Raiders – Caleb Farley – CB – Virginia Tech
A draft need that needs help. It might be a reach for some. But Gruden will see him as an asset that needs attending to. Especially when you play Mahomes and Herbert twice a year. It’s Farley or burnt toast.
- Miami Dolphins – Kwity Paye – Edge – Michigan
The Dolphins with a handful of needs could use some pass rush. Some might still have Paye a little higher. But this low in the first round would be a blessing for Miami. They shouldn’t pass it up.
- Washington – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – LB – Notre Dame
A wide receiver taken in free agency that’s respectable, the quarterback situation is being figured out with small deals, and based by the rankings of who is left, I don’t think they should reach for an offensive tackle. Take next best available for a position of real need. Linebacker. Ron Rivera is going to love this guy. He will help with the defense that had arguably a top three pass rush last year.
- Atlanta Falcons Via Bears – Jayson Oweh – Edge – Penn State
This is the only trade I have because I don’t see any other team trading for a quarterback in a year in which Covid affected games, scouting, and the elements of this process. The Falcons will likely be in a rebuild in a year or two pending on this year. Matt Ryan is solid. The running game can wait. They need a defensive overhaul. In this case, best on the board to them is pass rush. Start there and work from there.
- Indianapolis Colts – Rashad Bateman – WR – Minnesota
The Colts could just use one more weapon. Pending if Hilton stays healthy. The O-Line is fine and the Colts defense is still good. But Wentz could use some additional support. He has one of the best rushing units in the NFL. Now receivers to be consistent.
- Tennessee Titans – Greg Newsome II – CB – Northwestern
They have a lot of needs because the front office keeps dropping the ball. They just lost two corners to free agency and that is the first priority. Time to get it done.
- New York Jets Via Seahawks – Jaelan Phillips – Edge – Miami
They could help their pass rush just a bit. It needs work. With a quarterback drafted, a few free agent signings to bolster tools around, they need a pass rusher and another corner they will be able to pick up in the later rounds. This is the way to go.
- Pittsburgh Steelers – Mac Jones – QB – Alabama
Some people are criticizing some actions of Jones. But the Steelers have put up with things in the past. From all steroid teams to dancing on logos they can handle it. Big Ben is on his last limbs, everyone knows Rudolph isn’t the answer, and Dwayne Haskins is just to fill the depth chart unless he gets over himself and proves the world wrong and becoming the first Ohio State quarterback to perform unless Justin Fields beats him to it. With a rebuild over the horizon start with quarterback. And hopefully Big Ben isn’t rude about it this time around.
- Jacksonville Jaguars Via Rams – Walker Little – OT – Stanford
This guy is not little. At all. He is a huge offensive tackle that hopefully protects Lawrence for a long time.
- Cleveland Browns – Nick Bolton – LB – Missouri
The defense needs work but there isn’t that dependable linebacker. Boltan might be that Lamar QB spy or help with the rush defense. It’s a good pickup to help this team go deeper.
- Baltimore Ravens – Azeez Ojulari – Edge – Georgia
The Ravens have just a few needs, but with their edge rushers gone to free agency it is time for one to fill the role. A.O. should be able to compensate for those who left and have promising years ahead compare to the ones who just left with the tail end of their careers.
- New Orleans Saints – Asante Samuel Jr – CB Florida State
No change here. Especially after Lattimore’s trouble. Secondary just needs that one piece and then they could go receiver later on.
- Green Bay Packers – Terrance Marshall Jr – WR – LSU
The third of the LSU trio. Can’t go wrong here. Packers need a wide receiver, and it is about time they pull the trigger. Enough of the Packers versus Rodgers drama. Enough of the future when it has been win now for the last few years. Get it done!
- Buffalo Bills – Gregory Rousseau – Edge – Miami
You can argue the Bills are the second best team in the AFC. As well as just a pass rusher away of being complete as well.
- Kansas City Chiefs – Teven Jenkins – OT – OSU
Chiefs needs an O-Line guy regardless. Pro day says Jenkins is a better talent than the others that are in this big lineman draft. Though concept is the same.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jamar Johnson – S – Indiana
With the whole squad from the Super Bowl coming back this is a hard decision. But they aren’t worried about quarterback or defensive tackle right now. Try out a safety to develop slowly in a nickel or dime formation and go from there. If not, they could always trade down. But who would pay the price?