4th Annual, 32-Person Mock NFL Draft

For the fourth consecutive year we’ve gathered 32 of our favorite NFL Draft writers, podcasters and analysts for our annual 32-person, first-round mock draft.

We’ve linked you to the Twitter page of each selector, so feel free to let them know what you think about their pick, or leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.

Highlighted players have 2021 NFL Draft Player Profiles so be sure to check those out as we break down the players as both NFL Draft prospects and how they’ll factor into dynasty league rookie drafts.

Here it is… your favorite mock draft of every offseason!

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Pick made by John Shipley of Jaguar Report

Lawrence is the easy pick at No. 1 overall. The Jaguars can’t wait on a quarterback whose development will take time – they’ve waited too long to find their franchise passer. Lawrence is as pro ready as they come and his steady leadership will be crucial in the Jaguars’ new era under the Urban Meyer regime

2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
Pick made by Eliot Crist of FTN Network

Wilson wouldn’t be who I’d take, but he is going to be the pick. Currently listed at -2000 to be the second-overall pick, Wilson possesses playmaking ability the Jets sorely need. His greatest strength is his arm talent; he has the ability to flick his wrist and the ball can go anywhere on the field. His deep ball will match up well with Denzel Mims and Corey Davis, but his desire to bail on the pocket and handle pressure will require a serious offensive line upgrade

3. San Francisco 49ers: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota St.
Pick made by John Chapman of 49ers Rush Podcast

Lance is the youngest of all draftable quarterbacks and has run a similar system to the 49ers for North Dakota State. He has the strongest arm and is the most dangerous mobile QB in this draft. Add to the fact that he never turns the ball over and called all of his own protections and audibles at the line of scrimmage. Lance and the 49ers could run the NFC West for over a decade with Kyle Shanahan at the helm

Listen to John preview Trey Lance, Trevor Lawrence and Kyle Trask w/ the guys on the Loaded Box Podcast

4. Atlanta Falcons: Penei Sewell, OL, Oregon
Pick made by Walter Cherepinsky of Walter Football

The Falcons have been linked to Trey Lance, with new general manager Terry Fontenot rumored to be interested in him. With Lance off the board, the Falcons could land the top non-quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft class. That would be Penei Sewell, who would provide the Falcons with two upgrades on the offensive line. Sewell would be stationed at tackle, while Kaleb McGary could move inside to provide better guard play

5. Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
Pick made by Ryan Roberts of Coast to Coast Scouting

With Penei Sewell off the board, it puts a damper on the “protect Joe Burrow at all costs” initiative. So let’s add a weapon. Chase is very familiar with Burrow during his time at LSU. He is a dynamic pass catcher who can add plenty of fuel to the fire along with Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd. A ton of analysts love Rashawn Slater and some would argue for him in this spot, but No. 5 is a bit too rich. It’s a deep offensive line class with plenty of starting options to choose from in round two and beyond

6. Miami Dolphins: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Pick made by Ian Wharton of Complex Sports

Miami clearly moved back up to No. 6 to land a playmaker without worrying about which of the top three or four would still be on the board. Pitts is a rare prospect who can play tight end and receiver. Miami can still get a third receiver later on to compliment a now-loaded unit

7. Detroit Lions: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio St.
Pick made by Ryan Miner of Loaded Box

I highly doubt Fields falls this far in the draft, but with the Lions going into a rebuild, I’m pretty sure they’d be a potential trade partner for a team looking to trade into the top 10 for a quarterback. Since we’re not doing trades in this mock, I’ve put a spin on it where it makes sense for the Lions to select Fields at No. 7. Sure the Lions traded Matthew Stafford for Jared Goff and the team will build around Goff for the time being, but even if the Lions decide to move on from Goff after just one year, his dead cap hit in ’22 is just $10 million. Moving on from Goff after one year may be the route to go if they take Fields as the former Ohio State signal caller and D’Andre Swift would be a dynamic duo for years to come. If the Lions can also cash in on one of the options in this year’s deep receiver class outside of the first round, they’d have a solid offensive core with Fields at the forefront

8. Carolina Panthers: Rashawn Slater, OL, Northwestern
Pick made by Mikey Ostrowski of Loaded Box

Slater is a freak athlete and very well might be the 1B to Sewell’s 1A (hell, he’s the top-ranked OL for some out there). Grabbing a top offensive lineman in the draft is something I’ve wanted Carolina to do for YEARS, and I think 2021 is finally that year. Trading for Sam Darnold has opened up a world of opportunity for Carolina at No. 8 and I’m very excited to see how it shakes out at the end of April

9. Denver Broncos: Micah Parson, LB, Penn St.
Pick made by Benjamin Allbright of KOA News Radio

In the scenario as it is currently laid out, I’d say the Broncos go Parsons or a cornerback. We’ll go with Parsons here over Patrick Surtain and Jaycee Horn, IF (and it’s a big if) we’re sold on his off-field

Listen to Ben discuss 2021 NFL Draft prospects with the guys on the Loaded Box Podcast

10. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Pick made by Kevin Hanson of Eat Drink and Sleep Football

With Mac Jones still on the board, perhaps the Cowboys could have tried to move back a few picks (to No. 15 in exchange for New England’s pick?) and still get one of the top-two corners in the draft. Either way, there’s a strong chance that Dallas will use this pick to upgrade a pass defense that allowed a passing touchdown every 15.09 pass attempts faced (second-most in the NFL) last season and lost Chidobe Awuzie in free agency this offseason. The reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Surtain has an NFL pedigree (father was a three-time Pro Bowl CB and his high school coach) with outstanding size (6-2, 208), length and ball skills that new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will covet

11. New York Giants: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
Pick made by Matt Hicks of NFL Draft Bible on Sports Illustrated

The Giants have a few needs to fill early in the 2021 NFL Draft. They focus on the EDGE position, a critical element of their defensive attack, and select the highlight-athletic Ojulari. He should make a quick impact by causing chaos in opposing backfields. Look for the Giants to take advantage of the depth of the wide receiver class and target a big-bodied wideout like Terrace Marshall with the 42nd-overall selection

Listen to Matt preview Ja’Marr Chase, Rondale Moore, Kadarius Toney, Dyami Brown & D’Wayne Eskridge w/ the guys on the Loaded Box Podcast

12. Philadelphia Eagles: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
Pick made by Brandon Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation

There isn’t a world where the Eagles pass on the Heisman Trophy winner – at a huge position of need, no less – and that works out well for them. Howie Roseman overthought it when he took Jalen Reagor over Justin Jefferson last year. He should try not to do that this year and just take an excellent player in Smith at No. 12 overall

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13. Los Angeles Chargers: Christian Darrisaw, OL, Virginia Tech
Pick made by Ben Morgan of Loaded Box

In my latest personal mock draft I have the Chargers moving up to No. 7 to land Kyle Pitts, but since we’re not including trades in this 32-person mock, I’m going to go the route of adding protection up front for Justin Herbert. With Sewell and Slater off the board, Darrisaw appears likely to be the third offensive lineman selected in this year’s draft, and who could blame the Chargers as they look to protect the merchandise (Herbert) for the next decade plus. Adding Jaycee Horn at No. 13 was tempting, but Darrisaw is the pick

14. Minnesota Vikings: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC
Pick made by Zack Patraw of NFL Draft Bible on Sports Illustrated

The Vikings have been notorious for struggling to protect their quarterback for the past few years. They have other holes to fill, such as cornerback, safety, defensive tackle and linebacker depth. Still, with the lack of overall depth of talent on the current offensive line, it’s the highest priority for the Vikings to draft a player such as Vera-Tucker. He can play tackle or guard in the NFL. It’s best that he starts at tackle in the NFL, and if he struggles in that aspect, he can be kicked inside to guard and be a vital asset for many years

Listen to Zack preview DeVonta Smith, Terrace Marshall, Rashod Bateman, Seth Williams and Elijah Moore w/ the guys on the Loaded Box Podcast

15. New England Patriots: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Pick made by Andrew Erickson of Pro Football Focus

The Patriots added to their receiver room with the acquisitions of Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne in free agency, but that doesn’t sway them from addressing the position in the draft. They need an explosive playmaker and Alabama’s Waddle fits that mold to a tee. He is the best slot receiver in the class and offers dimensions as a returner on special teams like nobody else

16. Arizona Cardinals: Jaycee Horn, CB, S. Carolina
Pick made by DJ Premo of Loaded Box

I could absolutely see the Cardinals either taking the top running back or trading back here to get more picks and still get the running back they like. However, that is not an option in this draft. The Cardinals long-term needs come at cornerback after losing Patrick Peterson. The addition of Malcolm Butler is a short-term fix. Horn has gone against some of the top wide receivers in college football and that should help him make an immediate impact in the NFL

17. Las Vegas Raiders: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Pick made by Mitchell Renz of Chat Sports

Owusu-Koramoah is the perfect sideline-to-sideline linebacker for a Gus Bradley defense. JOK is an incredible do-it-all linebacker that can pass rush when needed, tackle and cover. Linebacker isn’t the Raiders’ biggest need, but JOK is the best player left on the board

18. Miami Dolphins: Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
Pick made by Matt Infante of Pro Football Network

There are a number of edge defenders that could be selected in this spot, but for Miami, I think Paye is an ideal fit in Brian Flores’ defense. His ability to play all over the line — hand in the dirt or in a two-point stance; inside or outside — will be put to good use by Flores as a chess piece in his defense

19. Washington Football Team: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
Pick made by Dan Thury of Beer Fueled Fantasy Football

If the draft board fell this way for the WFT, they would be doing cartwheels up to the podium. While Jones may not be the most popular prospect at quarterback, he is easily better than what’s left and you can’t bank on WFT finishing in an opportune position to land a potential franchise QB next season. Jones set the record for the highest single-season college QBR, completion percentage, and was in charge of the best offensive in college football in 2020. Ryan Fitzpatrick likely starts week one, but we know it’s just a matter of time until Jones sees the field

20. Chicago Bears: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
Pick made by Denny of NFL Mock Draft Database

The Chicago Bears have four glaring needs that they will hope to address in this draft: QB, OT, CB and WR. I don’t think any of the top-five quarterbacks fall to them at No. 20, and with it being a very deep offensive-line class, I would feel comfortable waiting until the second round to fill that position. So when I found myself on the clock with both Caleb Farley and Newsome available for the Bears I had a decision to make. Do I take the former CB2 and risk the potential injury concerns? Or do I take the healthy one from Northwestern? I decided to play it safe and take Newsome knowing that I could plug him at the starting corner spot opposite of last year’s second-round pick, Jaylon Johnson. The Bears will need to replace the departed Kyle Fuller, and by grabbing one of the top-four CB’s in this year’s draft, they feel great entering the second round

Listen to Denny discuss our latest mock drafts and how they stack up to the hundreds of mocks he’s added to his database this offseason

21. Indianapolis Colts: Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami
Pick made by Zach Hicks of Stampede Blue

The Colts have a major need at defensive end in this draft. While he may be a bit of a risk due to past injuries, it’s hard to ignore his talent. The most polished pass rusher in this draft class and a truly elite athlete, Phillips is well worth the risk in the back half of the first round for the Colts

Listen to Zach preview Najee Harris, Michael Carter, Kenneth Gainwell, Chuba Hubbard and Trey Sermon w/ the guys on the Loaded Box Podcast

22. Tennessee Titans: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
Pick made by Kris Hopper of Beer Fueled Fantasy Football

While some may be tempted to think wide receiver here to replace the departed Corey Davis, the Titans don’t win because of their passing game. They play defense, they run the football, and they do just enough in the passing game. The Titans’ secondary was 28th last year in passing yards allowed and lost arguably their best CB in Adoree’ Jackson. Farley helps to replace that athleticism and helps to fix one of the major deficiencies on this roster

23. New York Jets: Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky
Pick made by Andy Singleton of Expand the Boxscore

With so many needs in New York, there is almost any pick the Jets can make here that will (hopefully) help them immediately. Having a shiny new quarterback would make you think he should be surrounded by new weapons. Well, he kinda already is via free agency. The second-most glaring need for the Jets has long been an edge rusher. So, why middle linebacker Jamin Davis? Because he is a freak specimen who is shooting up draft boards based on his versatility and explosive play making. If* C.J. Mosley returns, and if* Jarrad Davis reemerges, then Jamin has fantastic role models to learn the position from, and could provide a boost (in my opinion) from the outside. If either, or neither, Mosley or Jarrad Davis works out, Jamin Davis is an immediate plug and play. Sign me up for all of the helium

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Pick made by Dylan Mazzola of Loaded Box

Harris would be a nice fit offensively for Pittsburgh. The Steelers are no stranger to taking a running back in the early rounds of the draft, let alone in the first round, as Harris would become the sixth first-round running back selected in team history. Pittsburgh is a WR factory anyway, so with their running back situation being a hot mess, Harris makes sense here

25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
Pick made by Jordan de Lugo of Generation Jaguar

The Jaguars addressed the cornerback group and the defensive line in free agency. Moehrig is my top safety and top player still on the board. With his addition to the defense, the Jaguars will find more consistent play on the back end and more playmaking

26. Cleveland Browns: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
Pick made by Jake Burns of Orange and Brown Report

With several notable names off the board at defensive positions of interest, this one comes down to best player available and that is far and away Bateman. He’s a very nuanced receiver who understands release, route variances, and how to separate throughout. He’s a nice fit for the 2021 Browns and years beyond

27. Baltimore Ravens: Terrace Marshall Jr, WR, LSU
Pick made by Ryan Cearfoss of NFL Draft Bible on Sports Illustrated

“Real chalk because it makes sense.” – Ryan

I was going to ask for Ryan to provide another couple of sentences as to why Marshall would be a good fit in Baltimore, but I honestly think he may have summed it up in six words. If Marshall is on the board when the Ravens are on the clock, I don’t think anyone will be surprised if it’s a slam-dunk pick

28. New Orleans Saints: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
Pick made by Brenden Ertle of Canal St. Chronicles

Collins is a tall, strong linebacker that will pair great next to Demario Davis as a day-one starter. Linebacker is a large need for the Saints and Collins mixed into the young and speedy Saints’ defense would be a perfect match

29. Green Bay Packers: Teven Jenkins, OL, Oklahoma St.
Pick made by Andy Herman of Pack-A-Day Podcast

Green Bay needs a long-term right tackle, and drafting Jenkins will allow Billy Turner to fill in for David Bakhtiari at left tackle until he’s (Bakhtiari) healthy, which will allow Turner to kick back inside to guard

30. Buffalo Bills: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
Pick made by Elvin Ryan of Fantasy Pros

78 fricking touchdowns. His nose for the endzone is unmatched by anyone in the class. It’s also an area where running backs Devin Singletary and Zach Moss struggled in 2020. He is the ultimate missing puzzle piece for an already potent Bills’ offense

31. Kansas City Chiefs: Jalen Mayfield, OL, Michigan
Pick made by John Laub of NFL Draft Bible on Sports Illustrated

The entire country watched the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulverize quarterback Patrick Mahomes in Super Bowl LV. The Kansas City offensive line collapsed late in the 2020 season and it could not protect its franchise signal caller in the biggest game of the year. The Chiefs must upgrade the front five, and Mayfield is a plug-and-play starter from the first day of training camp despite limited experience. At 6’5″, 319 lbs, the former Michigan star is a nimble athlete who dominates the line of scrimmage. Mayfield likely needs to start on the right side of the o-line until he eventually slides over to the left side for Kansas City

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama
Pick made by Ian Glendon of Full Press Buccaneers

The Buccaneers are the defending Super Bowl champions and have no glaring need as they return ALL of their starters from a year ago. That gives them the luxury of truly being able to draft whoever they want. In this case it’s Alabama defensive lineman, Christian Barmore. With Ndamukong Suh back for another year, Barmore can spell him for a season and take a more prominent role in year two. For now, he adds depth to one of the deepest rosters in the league

If you plan on doing some drinking during this year’s draft, be sure to check out our 2021 NFL Draft Drinking Game, and definitely check out our 2021 NFL Draft podcast episodes as we’ve recently covered the draft’s top QB’s, RB’s, WR’s and reviewed our latest mock drafts!

Ben Morgan is a co-host and blogger for the Loaded Box Podcast. Check out his article archive and find more from the Loaded Box on Twitter & Facebook

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