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On the morning of the 2021 NFL Draft, the mock madness is all over. With the first round officially underway tonight at 8 p.m. ET, there’s no more studying, no more mocks, no more projections or predictions — just the good ol’ NFL Draft.

But, to get a head start, take a look at what some NFL experts predict for tonight’s first round. There are a lot to pick from.

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Everyone has an NFL mock draft now. Just ask your next Uber driver or Target cashier if they’ve got a mock draft. They absolutely do, and don’t be surprised when they tell you as much when they’re bagging up your toilet paper and oat milk.

This year, there are a number of intriguing storylines heading into the first round: How many QBs will go in the top 10? Will DeVonta Smith slide? Will the Patriots trade up?

Here’s what some of the experts are saying about the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft:

Vinnie Iyer’s mock draft (Sporting News)

Iyer’s latest mock draft was released on Draft Day, April 29:

Pick No.TeamPlayerPositionSchool
1Jacksonville JaguarsTrevor LawrenceQBClemson
2New York JetsZach WilsonQBBYU
3San Francisco 49ers (via MIA from HOU)Mac JonesQBAlabama
4Atlanta FalconsKyle PittsTEFlorida
5Cincinnati BengalsJa’Marr ChaseWRLSU
6Miami Dolphins (from PHI)Jaylen WaddleWRAlabama
7Detroit LionsPenei SewellOTOregon
8Carolina PanthersPatrick Surtain IICBAlabama
9Denver BroncosTrey LanceQBNorth Dakota State
10Dallas CowboysJaycee HornCBSouth Carolina
11New York GiantsRashawn SlaterOTNorthwestern
12Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA from 49ers)DeVonta SmithWRAlabama
13Los Angeles ChargersAlijah Vera-TuckerOLUSC
14Minnesota VikingsJaelan PhillipsEDGEMiami
15New England PatriotsJustin FieldsQBOhio State
16Arizona CardinalsGreg Newsome IICBNorthwestern
17Las Vegas RaidersMicah ParsonLBPenn State
18Miami DolphinsKwity PayeEDGEMichigan
19Washington Football TeamChristian DarrisawOTVirginia Tech
20Chicago BearsTeven JenkinsOTOklahoma State
21Indianapolis ColtsGregory RousseauEDGEMiami
22Tennessee TitansElijah MooreWROle Miss
23New York Jets (from SEA)Azeez OjulariEDGEGeorgia
24Pittsburgh SteelersNajee HarrisRBAlabama
25Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)Jeremiah Owusu-KoramoahLBNotre Dame
26Cleveland BrownsChristian BarmoreDTAlabama
27Baltimore RavensKadarius ToneyWRFlorida
28New Orleans SaintsCaleb FarleyCBVirginia Tech
29Green Bay PackersZaven CollinsLBTulsa
30Buffalo BillsJayson OwehEDGEPenn State
31Baltimore Ravens (from Chiefs)Trevon MoehrigSTCU
32Tampa Bay BuccaneersLevi OnwuzurikeDTWashington

Noteworthy:

— Justin Fields ends up in a dream scenario but the NFL’s worst nightmare: He slides all the way down to No. 15, where Bill Belichick awaits with open arms.

— The Giants add to their hog mollies, selecting Rashawn Slater out of Northwestern with the No. 11 pick. The Giants took Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas with the No. 4 overall selection in 2020.

— Rather than opting for offensive line help to mitigate the loss of Orlando Brown, the Ravens decide to shore up the back end with safety Trevon Moehrig, and the front end with shifty wideout Kadarius Toney.

You can read SN’s full seven-round mock draft here .

Mel Kiper’s mock draft (ESPN)

Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft was released on April 29 and features trades:

Pick No.TeamPlayerPositionSchool
1Jacksonville JaguarsTrevor LawrenceQBClemson
2New York JetsZach WilsonQBBYU
3San Francisco 49ers (via MIA from HOU)Mac JonesQBOhio State
4Atlanta FalconsKyle PittsTEFlorida
5Cincinnati BengalsJa’Marr ChaseWRLSU
6Miami Dolphins (via PHI)DeVonta SmithWRAlabama
7New England Patriots (mock trade with DET)Trey LanceQBNorth Dakota State
8Carolina PanthersPenei SewellOTOregon
9Denver BroncosJustin FieldsQBOhio State
10Dallas CowboysPatrick Surtain IICBAlabama
11New York GiantsJaylen WaddleWRAlabama
12Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA from SF)Jaycee HornCBSouth Carolina
13Los Angeles ChargersRashawn SlaterOLNorthwestern
14Minnesota VikingsChristian DarrisawOTVirginia Tech
15Detroit Lions (mock trade with NE)Micah ParsonsLBPenn State
16New York Jets (mock trade with ARI)Alijah Vera-TuckerOLUSC
17Las Vegas RaidersJeremiah Owusu-KoramoahLBNotre Dame
18Miami DolphinsKwity PayeDEMichigan
19Washington Football TeamTrevon MoehrigSTCU
20Chicago BearsElijah MooreWROle Miss
21Indianapolis ColtsJaelan PhillipsDEMiami
22Tennessee TitansGreg Newsome IICBNorthwestern
23Arizona Cardinals (mock trade with NYJ)Najee HarrisRBAlabama
24Pittsburgh SteelersTravis EtienneRBClemson
25Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)Kadarius ToneyWRFlorida
26Cleveland BrownsJamin DavisLBKentucky
27Baltimore RavensZaven CollinsLBTulsa
28New Orleans SaintsCaleb FarleyCBVirginia Tech
29Green Bay PackersRashod BatemanWRMinnesota
30Buffalo BillsTyson CampbellCBGeorgia
31Los Angeles Chargers (via mock trade with BAL)Asante Samuel Jr.CBFlorida State
32Tampa Bay BuccaneersChristian BarmoreDTAlabama

Noteworthy:

— Of course, all eyes are on the QBs, and Kiper has the Patriots trading up to secure Trey Lance at No. 7. Lance’s high ceiling and Belichick’s likely desire to keep Lance on the bench for a season while Cam Newton starts is a seemingly perfect fit for both parties.

— The Jets trade up to No. 16 to select USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker, giving No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson some protection. At No. 23, the Cardinals take running back Najee Harris.

— The Packers finally get Aaron Rodgers the receiver he so desperately wants, grabbing Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman at No. 29.

Todd McShay’s mock draft (ESPN)

McShay’s latest mock draft was released on draft day, April 29:

Pick No.TeamPlayerPositionSchool
1Jacksonville JaguarsTrevor LawrenceQBClemson
2New York JetsZach WilsonQBBYU
3San Francisco 49ers (via MIA from HOU)Trey LanceQBNorth Dakota State
4Atlanta FalconsKyle PittsTEFlorida
5Cincinnati BengalsJa’Marr ChaseWRLSU
6Miami Dolphins (from PHI)Jaylen WaddleWRAlabama
7Detroit LionsPenei SewellOTOregon
8Carolina PanthersRashawn SlaterOTNorthwestern
9Denver BroncosJustin FieldsQBOhio State
10Dallas CowboysPatrick Surtain IICBAlabama
11New York GiantsKwity PayeDEMichigan
12Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA from 49ers)DeVonta SmithWRAlabama
13Los Angeles ChargersAlijah Vera-TuckerOLUSC
14Minnesota VikingsJaelan PhillipsDEMiami
15New England PatriotsMac JonesQBAlabama
16Arizona CardinalsJaycee HornCBSouth Carolina
17Las Vegas RaidersTrevon MoehrigSTCU
18Miami DolphinsJeremiah Owusu-KoramoahLBNotre Dame
19Washington Football TeamMicah ParsonsLBPenn State
20Chicago BearsChristian DarrisawOTVirginia Tech
21Indianapolis ColtsElijah MooreWROle Miss
22Buffalo Bills (mock trade with TEN)Travis EtienneRBClemson
23New York Jets (from SEA)Greg Newsome IICBNorthwestern
24Pittsburgh SteelersNajee HarrisRBAlabama
25Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)Teven JenkinsOTOklahoma State
26Cleveland BrownsChristian BarmoreDTAlabama
27Baltimore RavensLiam EichenbergOTNotre Dame
28New Orleans SaintsKadarius ToneyWRFloriday
29Green Bay PackersJamin DavisILBKentucky
30Buffalo BillsCaleb FarleyCBVirginia Tech
31Kansas City ChiefsRashod BatemanWRMinnesota
32Tampa Bay BuccaneersZaven CollinsOLBTulsa

Noteworthy:

— John Elway and Denver finally have a long-term solution at the QB position, as McShay has Justin Fields going to the Broncos at No. 9. Elway has been searching for the next great QB after Peyton Manning for years.

— Najee Harris — who recently told McShay “kiss my ass” — ends up with the Steelers at No. 24, helping boost the run game of Pittsburgh, which was one of the league’s worst in 2020.

— The Packers could use a receiver, but they don’t take one, instead grabbing Jamin Davis out of Kentucky with the No. 29 pick.

Todd McShay and Mel Kiper combined mock draft

McShay and Kiper combined for a mock draft on April 20 (days before the blockbuster Chiefs-Ravens trade), with the analysts alternating picks. Kiper kicks it off with the first pick:

Pick No.TeamPlayerPositionSchool
1Jacksonville JaguarsTrevor LawrenceQBClemson
2New York JetsZach WilsonQBBYU
3San Francisco 49ers (via MIA from HOU)Justin FieldsQBOhio State
4Atlanta FalconsKyle PittsTEFlorida
5Cincinnati BengalsPenei SewellOTOregon
6Miami Dolphins (from PHI)Ja’Marr ChaseWRLSU
7New England Patriots (from DET)Mac JonesQBAlabama
8Carolina PanthersRashawn SlaterOTNorthwestern
9Denver BroncosTrey LanceQBNorth Dakota State
10Dallas CowboysPatrick Surtain IICBAlabama
11New York GiantsDeVonta SmithWRAlabama
12Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA from 49ers)Jaylen WaddleWRAlabama
13Los Angeles ChargersChristian DarrisawOTVirginia Tech
14Minnesota VikingsAlijah Vera-TuckerOLUSC
15Detroit Lions (from NE)Micah ParsonLBPenn State
16Arizona CardinalsJaycee HornCBSouth Carolina
17Las Vegas RaidersTrevon MoehrigSTCU
18Miami DolphinsJeremiah Owusu-KoramoahLBNotre Dame
19Washington Football TeamJamin DavisLBKentucky
20Chicago BearsCaleb FarleyCBVirginia Tech
21Indianapolis ColtsJaelan PhillipsDEMiami
22Tennessee TitansElijah MooreWROle Miss
23New York Jets (from SEA)Greg Newsome IICBNorthwestern
24Pittsburgh SteelersNajee HarrisRBAlabama
25Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)Kadarius ToneyWRFlorida
26Cleveland BrownsKwity PayeDEMichigan
27Baltimore RavensTerrace Marshall Jr.WRLSU
28New Orleans SaintsRashod BatemanWRMinnesota
29Green Bay PackersTeven JenkinsOTOklahoma State
30Buffalo BillsZaven CollinsLBTulsa
31Kansas City ChiefsLandon DickersonCAlabama
32Tampa Bay BuccaneersJalen MayfieldOTMichigan

Noteworthy:

— Elijah Moore is quite the riser, ending up at 22 to the Titans. Moore is one of the fastest- and highest-rising wideouts in this draft cycle.

— Trevon Moehrig gets some love here, with Kiper selecting the safety to go to the Raiders at No. 17. He’s the only first-round safety in this draft.

— The Patriots get their man: This mock features the Pats trading up to No. 7 overall to select Alabama QB Mac Jones.

Daniel Jeremiah’s mock draft (NFL Network)

DJ’s latest mock draft was released on April 28, draft eve.

Pick No.TeamPlayerPositionSchool
1Jacksonville JaguarsTrevor LawrenceQBClemson
2New York JetsZach WilsonQBBYU
3San Francisco 49ers (via MIA from HOU)Mac JonesQBAlabama
4Atlanta FalconsKyle PittsTEFlorida
5Cincinnati BengalsPenei SewellOTOregon
6Miami Dolphins (from PHI)Ja’Marr ChaseWRLSU
7Denver Broncos (from DET)Justin FieldsQBOhio State
8Carolina PanthersPatrick Surtain IICBAlabama
9Detroit LionsRashawn SlaterOTNorthwestern
10Dallas CowboysJaycee HornCBSouth Carolina
11New England Patriots (from NYG)Trey LanceQBNorth Dakota State
12Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA from 49ers)DeVonta SmithWRAlabama
13Los Angeles ChargersJaylen WaddleWRAlabama
14Minnesota VikingsJaelan PhillipsEDGEMiami
15New York Giants (from NE)Micah ParsonsLBPenn State
16Arizona CardinalsZaven CollinsLBTulsa
17Las Vegas RaidersAlijah Vera-TuckerOLUSC
18Miami DolphinsKwity PayeEDGEMiami
19Washington Football TeamJeremiah Owusu-KoramoahLBNotre Dame
20Chicago BearsGreg Newsome IICBNorthwestern
21Indianapolis ColtsJoe TryonEDGEWashington
22Tennessee TitansElijah MooreWRMississippi
23New York Jets (from SEA)Travis EtienneRBClemson
24Pittsburgh SteelersTeven JenkinsOTOklahoma State
25Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)Christian DarrisawOTVirginia Tech
26Cleveland BrownsJamin DavisLBKentucky
27Baltimore RavensJayson OwehEDGEPenn State
28New Orleans SaintsTyson CampbellCBGeorgia
29Green Bay PackersDillon RadunzOTNorth Dakota State
30Buffalo BillsAsante Samuel Jr.CBFlorida State
31Baltimore Ravens (from KC)Liam EichenbergOTNotre Dame
32Tampa Bay BuccaneersNajee HarrisRBAlabama

Noteworthy:

— Where’s Caleb? Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley has had a rough go of it between back surgery and a COVID-positive test prior to the NFL Draft, and now he falls out of the first round completely.

— Travis Etienne goes in the first round — to the New York Jets. The Jets opt to give Wilson help, but not on the offensive line, one of the team’s weakest units.

— Dave Gettleman finally gets his trade back, swapping picks with the Patriots, who move up to No. 11 and select quarterback Trey Lance.

Peter King’s mock draft (NBC Sports)

Peter King, who actually had the most accurate mock of the 2020 NFL Draft, released his first and final mock draft on April 26:

Pick No.TeamPlayerPositionSchool
1Jacksonville JaguarsTrevor LawrenceQBClemson
2New York JetsZach WilsonQBBYU
3San Francisco 49ers (via MIA from HOU)Mac JonesQBAlabama
4Atlanta FalconsKyle PittsTEFlorida
5Cincinnati BengalsJa’Marr ChaseWRLSU
6Miami Dolphins (from PHI)Jaylen WaddleWRAlabama
7Detroit LionsPenei SewellOTOregon
8Carolina PanthersJustin FieldsQBOhio State
9Denver BroncosTrey LanceQBNorth Dakota State
10Dallas CowboysPatrick Surtain IICBAlabama
11New York GiantsMicah ParsonsLBPenn State
12Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA from 49ers)Jaycee HornCBSouth Carolina
13Los Angeles ChargersRashawn SlaterTNorthwestern
14Minnesota VikingsAlijah Vera-TuckerOLUSC
15New England PatriotsDeVonta SmithWRAlabama
16Arizona CardinalsGreg Newsome IICBNorthwestern
17Las Vegas RaidersCaleb FarleyCBVirginia Tech
18Miami DolphinsJaelan PhillipsEDGEMiami
19Washington Football TeamChristian DarrisawOTVirginia Tech
20Chicago BearsRashod BatemanWRMinnesota
21Cleveland Browns (from IND)Jeremiah Owusu-KoramoahLBNotre Dame
22Baltimore Ravens (from TEN)Kwity PayeEDGEMichigan
23New York Jets (from SEA)Gregory RousseauEDGEMiami
24Pittsburgh SteelersNajee HarrisRBAlabama
25Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)Jayson OwehEDGEPenn State
26Indianapolis Colts (from CLE)Sam CosmiOTTexas
27Tennssee Titans (from BAL)Elijah MooreWRMississippi
28New Orleans SaintsTyson CampbellCBGeorgia
29Green Bay PackersJamin DavisLBKentucky
30Buffalo BillsTravis EtienneRBClemson
31Baltimore Ravens (from Chiefs)Landon DickersonOLAlabama
32Tampa Bay BuccaneersChristian BarmoreDTAlabama

Noteworthy:

— While many think there are four first-round cornerback prospects, King believes there are five, with the Saints selecting Georgia’s Tyson Campbell with the No. 28 overall pick. Campbell joins Patrick Surtain II, Greg Newsome II, Caleb Farley and Jaycee Horn as first-round DBs.

— A pair of first-round trades here: The Browns trade up to No. 21 to select Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, leaving the Colts to select Sam Cosmi at No. 26. Also, the Ravens use one of their two first-rounders to move up to No. 22 to select Kwity Paye out of Michigan, and the Titans select wideout Elijah Moore at 27.

— Another year of no help for Aaron Rodgers: King has the Packers selecting linebacker Jamin Davis at No. 29, opting not to go wideout.





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