2021 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Week 5 Breakdown

Kristopher Knox@@kris_knoxFeatured ColumnistOctober 12, 2020

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence throws a pass against Ohio State during the second half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Another NFL Sunday has passed, and the collective football world moves one step closer to the 2021 NFL draft.

The New York Jets and New York Giants again lost in Week 5, setting themselves up for a neck-and-neck New Jersey race for the No. 1 pick next spring. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence remains the top prize in the college realm, as the Tigers signal-caller had yet another stellar outing over the weekend.

Lawrence finished 29-of-41 for 292 yards and three touchdowns against Miami while rushing for 34 yards and an additional score.

Lawrence, Ohio State's Justin Fields and North Dakota State's Trey Lance should all be top picks in a draft that could determine the near future for several NFL franchises. Not every-team in the early-pick mix is currently desperate for a signal-caller, of course, and the Jets and Giants will have tough decisions to make regarding their own quarterbacks. However, there's little doubt that Lawrence and Co. will headline the pre-draft drama moving forward.

What might the first round of the 2021 NFL draft look like? Here, you'll find a look at the current selection order—from Tankathon—and mock selections for every prospect in the first round.


2021 NFL Mock Draft

1. New York Giants: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

2. Atlanta Falcons: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

3. New York Jets: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

4. Washington Football Team: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

5. Minnesota Vikings: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

6. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

7. Miami Dolphins (from Houston): Gregory Rousseau, Edge, Miami

8. Los Angeles Chargers: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

9. Detroit Lions: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

10. Denver Broncos: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

11. Philadelphia Eagles: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

12. Cincinnati Bengals: Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State

13. Miami Dolphins: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

14. San Francisco 49ers: Jordan Davis, DL, Georgia

15. New Orleans Saints: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

16. New England Patriots: Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State

17. Arizona Cardinals: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

18. Indianapolis Colts: Jaylen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

19. Dallas Cowboys: Dylan Moss, LB, Alabama

20. Carolina Panthers: Walker Little, OT, Stanford

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

22. Las Vegas Raiders: Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama

23. Kansas City Chiefs: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

24. Cleveland Browns: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

25. Chicago Bears: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

26. Baltimore Ravens: Trey Smith, OG, Tennessee

27. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams): Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest

28. Tennessee Titans: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

29. Green Bat Packers: Jevon Holland, S, Oregon

30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford

31. Buffalo Bills: Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse

32. New York Jets (from Seattle): Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State


New York Giants: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Lawrence is likely to be the top pick in next year's draft. He has proved himself on college football's biggest stage, plays the game's most important position and has all the physical tools a pro franchise covets.

The biggest question right now is whether the Giants would be willing to turn the page on 2019 first-round pick Daniel Jones after just two seasons.

Given what we've seen from Jones thus far, the answer is still unclear. Jones and the Giants put forth a spirited effort against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5, but the Duke product is still a work-in-progress.

Jones had a season-best 80.6 passer rating against Dallas, but he remains a bit of a disappointment. For the year, he has passed for 1,111 yards with just two touchdowns and five interceptions. Unless he shows dramatic improvement down the stretch, it's hard to envision New York passing on Lawrence as Jones' replacement.


2. Atlanta Falcons: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

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For the Giants, replacing the quarterback may seem like a premature decision. For the Atlanta Falcons, it may seem like a downright unexpected one. Matt Ryan is 35 but remains one of the better veteran passers in the NFL.

However, the Falcons are moving on from head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff after this year's 0-5 start.

"As everyone knows, this is a results business, and I owe it to our fans to put the best product we can on the field," owner Arthur Blank said as part of a statement Sunday night (h/t Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com).

The firing of Quinn and Dimitroff means that a new regime will be in charge of next year's draft. That regime could want its own (younger) gunslinger under center, which is where Justin Fields comes into play. The Ohio State quarterback is widely regarded as a prospect on par with Lawrence.

Atlanta would then have to choose whether to trade or release Ryan or to use him as Fields' mentor. Either way, though, drafting the Buckeye would potentially set the franchise up for another decade-plus of NFC South relevance.


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