NFL Mock Drafts 2021: Compare Mel Kiper, Daniel Jeremiah, Todd McShay & other experts

Is there a draft in here?

This is 2021. Of course there is. In fact, there is a draft everywhere.

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 that when they’re bagging up your toilet paper and oat milk.

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See, everyone’s got a mock draft. But, truthfully, there are people — experts, if you will — who know a little bit more about the NFL draft, the ins and outs, needs of teams and knowledge of prospects than your average barstool GM.

This year, there are a number of intriguing storylines heading into the first round: How many QBs will go in the first round? How many in the top 10? How many Alabama players will be selected?

Here’s what some of the experts are saying about this year’s first round:

Vinnie Iyer’s mock draft (Sporting News)

Iyer’s latest mock draft was released on April 5.

Pick No.TeamPlayerPositionSchool
1Jacksonville JaguarsTrevor LawrenceQBClemson
2New York JetsZach WilsonQBBYU
3San Francisco 49ers (via MIA from HOU)Trey LanceQBNorth Dakota State
4Atlanta FalconsJa’Marr ChaseWRLSU
5Cincinnati BengalsPenei SewellOTOregon
6Miami Dolphins (from PHI)DeVonta SmithWRAlabama
7Detroit LionsJaylen WaddleWRAlabama
8Carolina PanthersJustin FieldsQBOhio State
9Denver BroncosMac JonesQBAlabama
10Dallas CowboysCaleb FarleyCBVirginia Tech
11New York GiantsRashawn SlaterOTNorthwestern
12Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA from 49ers)Kyle PittsTEFlorida
13Los Angeles ChargersAlijah Vera-TuckerOLUSC
14Minnesota VikingsMicah ParsonsLBPenn State
15New England PatriotsPatrick Surtain IICBAlabama
16Arizona CardinalsGregory RousseauEDGEMiami
17Las Vegas RaidersChristian BarmoreDTAlabama
18Miami DolphinsAzeez OjulariOLBGeorgia
19Washington Football TeamChristian DarrisawOTVirginia Tech
20Chicago BearsKadarius ToneyWRFlorida
21Indianapolis ColtsSam CosmiOTTexas
22Tennessee TitansJaycee HornCBSouth Carolina
23New York Jets (from SEA)Kwity PayeEDGEMichigan
24Pittsburgh SteelersTeven JenkinsOTOklahoma State
25Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)Jeremiah Owusu-KoramoahLBNotre Dame
26Cleveland BrownsNick BoltonOLBMissouri
27Baltimore RavensJayson OwehEDGEPenn State
28New Orleans SaintsJaelan PhillipsEDGEMiami
29Green Bay PackersZaven CollinsLBTulsa
30Buffalo BillsGreg NewsomeCBNorthwestern
31Kansas City ChiefsJalen MayfieldOTMichigan
32Tampa Bay BuccaneersLevi OnwuzurikeDTWashington

Noteworthy:

— Iyer has ‘Bama DT Christian Barmore going mid-first to the Raiders at No. 17. Barmore seems to be a puzzling prospect, with some slotting him into the late first to second.

— Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley, not Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II, is the first cornerback off the board at No. 10 to the Cowboys.

— Gregory Rousseau, not ‘Canes teammate Jaelan Phillips, is the first EDGE player off the board, going to Arizona at 16.

Mel Kiper’s mock draft (ESPN)

Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft was released on March 23, well before the 49ers and Eagles trades that have upended the top of the draft.

Pick No.TeamPlayerPositionSchool
1Jacksonville JaguarsTrevor LawrenceQBClemson
2New York JetsZach WilsonQBBYU
3Carolina Panthers (mock trade)Justin FieldsQBOhio State
4Atlanta FalconsTrey LanceQBNorth Dakota State
5Cincinnati BengalsKyle PittsTEFlorida
6Philadelphia EaglesJa’Marr ChaseWRLSU
7Detroit LionsDeVonta SmithWRAlabama
8Miami Dolphins (via Carolina from Houston)Jaylen WaddleWRAlabama
9Minnesota Vikings (mock trade)Penei SewellOTOregon
10Dallas CowboysPatrick Surtain IICBAlabama
11New York GiantsKwity PayeDEMichigan
12San Francisco 49ersCaleb FarleyCBVirginia Tech
13Los Angeles ChargersRashawn SlaterOLNorthwestern
14Denver Broncos (mock trade)Micah ParsonLBPenn State
15New England PatriotsMac JonesQBAlabama
16Arizona CardinalsJaycee HornCBSouth Carolina
17Las Vegas RaidersJamin DavisLBKentucky
18Miami DolphinsJaelan PhillipsDEMiami
19Washington Football TeamChristian DarrisawOTVirginia Tech
20Chicago BearsAlijah Vera-TuckerOLUSC
21Indianapolis ColtsGregory RousseauDEMiami
22Tennessee TitansKadarius ToneyWRFlorida
23New York Jets (from SEA)Jeremiah Owusu-KoramoahLBNotre Dame
24Pittsburgh SteelersPittsburgh SteelersOTOklahoma State
25Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)Trevon MoehrigSTCu
26Cleveland BrownsZaven CollinsOLBTulsa
27Baltimore RavensTerrace Marshall Jr.WRLSU
28New Orleans SaintsTutu AtwellWRLouisville
29Green Bay PackersGreg Newsome IICBNorthwestern
30Buffalo BillsNajee HarrisRBAlabama
31Kansas City ChiefsLiam EichenbergOTNotre Dame
32Tampa Bay BuccaneersChristian BarmoreDTAlabama

Noteworthy:

— Kiper had the Jets taking a QB before the Sam Darnold trade. Zach Wilson seems to be the consensus No. 2 pick off the board now. When you’ve got Kiper, you’ve got America.

— The Lions could go any number of directions, but Kiper has Detroit selecting wide receiver DeVonta Smith with the No. 7 pick, giving quarterback Jared Goff a No. 1 target this upcoming season. Detroit let wideouts Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones walk in free agency.

— Liam Eichenberg is a bit of a surprise going this high (No. 31 to the Chiefs), but Kansas City certainly needs the offensive line help.

Todd McShay’s mock draft (ESPN)

McShay’s latest mock draft was released on April 1, but was updated to include the Sam Darnold trade and what it could mean for the rest of the NFL draft.

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)DeVonta SmithWRAlabama
7Detroit LionsJaylen WaddleWRAlabama
8Carolina PanthersPatrick Surtain IICBAlabama
9Denver BroncosTrey LanceQBNorth Dakota State
10Dallas CowboysJaycee HornCBSouth Carolina
11New England Patriots (mock trade)Justin FieldsQBOhio State
12Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA from 49ers)Micah ParsonsILBPenn State
13Los Angeles ChargersPenei SewellOTOregon
14Minnesota VikingsRashawn SlaterOLNorthwestern
15New England PatriotsJeremiah Owusu-KoramoahILBNotre Dame
16Miami Dolphins (mock trade)Alijah Vera-TuckerGUSC
17Las Vegas RaidersTrevon MoehrigSTCu
18Arizona Cardinals (mock trade)Caleb FarleyCBVirginia Tech
19Washington Football TeamChristian DarrisawOTVirginia Tech
20Chicago BearsKadarius ToneyWRFlorida
21Indianapolis ColtsKwity PayeDEMichigan
22Tennessee TitansGreg Newsome IICBNorthwestern
23New York Jets (from SEA)Travis EtienneRBClemsons
24Pittsburgh SteelersNajee HarrisRBAlabama
25Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)Teven JenkinsOTOklahoma State
26Cleveland BrownsGregory RousseauDEMiami
27Baltimore RavensTerrace Marshall Jr.WRLSU
28New Orleans SaintsElijah MooreWRMississippi
29Green Bay PackersJamin DavisILBKentucky
30Buffalo BillsJaelan PhillipsDEMiami
31Kansas City ChiefsAzeez OjulariOLBGeorgia
32Tampa Bay BuccaneersZaven CollinsOLBTulsa

Noteworthy:

— John Elway and Denver finally have a long-term solution at the QB position, as McShay has Trey Lance 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 Steelerd at No. 24, alleviating pressure on the Steelers offense, which suffered on the ground last year.

— Everyone’s worst nightmare confirmed: Bill Belichick gets his hands on a future franchise quarterback, with the Patriots trading up to 11 to grab a falling Justin Fields.

Daniel Jeremiah’s mock draft (NFL Network)

DJ’s latest mock draft was released on April 6.

Pick No.TeamPlayerPositionSchool
1Jacksonville JaguarsTrevor LawrenceQBClemsons
2New York JetsZach WilsonQBBYU
3San Francisco 49ers (via MIA from HOU)Mac JonesQBAlabama
4Atlanta FalconsTrey LanceQBNorth Dakota State
5Cincinnati BengalsKyle PittsTEBengals
6Miami Dolphins (from PHI)Ja’Marr ChaseWRLSU
7Detroit LionsJustin FieldsQBOhio State
8Carolina PanthersRashawn SlaterOTNorthwestern
9Denver BroncosPenei SewellOTOregon
10Dallas CowboysKwity PayeEDGEMichigan
11New York GiantsDeVonta SmithWRAlabama
12Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA from 49ers)Patrick Surtain IICBAlabama
13Los Angeles ChargersJaycee HornCBSouth Carolina
14Minnesota VikingsJaelan PhillipsEDGEMiami
15New England PatriotsMicah ParsonsLBPenn State
16Arizona CardinalsJaylen WaddleWRAlabama
17Las Vegas RaidersJeremiah Owusu-KoramoahLBNotre Dame
18Miami DolphinsGregory RousseauEDGEMiami
19Washington Football TeamAlijah Vera-TuckerOLUSC
20Chicago BearsGreg Newsome IICBNorthwestern
21Indianapolis ColtsChristian DarrisawOTVirginia Tech
22Tennessee TitansCaleb FarleyCBVirginia Tech
23New York Jets (from SEA)Azeez OjulariEDGEGeorgia
24Pittsburgh SteelersTeven JenkinsOTOklahoma State
25Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)Trevon MoehrigSTCU
26Cleveland BrownsJamin DavisLBKentucky
27Baltimore RavensJayson OwehEDGEPenn State
28New Orleans SaintsAsante SamuelCBFlorida State
29Green Bay PackersLandon DickersonCAlabama
30Buffalo BillsJoe TryonEDGEWashington
31Kansas City ChiefsKelvin JosephCBKentucky
32Tampa Bay BuccaneersElijah MooreWRMississippi

Noteworthy:

— Jared who? Jeremiah has the Lions selecting Ohio State passer with the No. 7 overall pick. Detroit, of course, traded Matthew Stafford for Jared Goff (and more) this offseason. The Goff Era in the Motor City might be over before it even begins.

— After letting All-Pro center Corey Linsley walk in free agency, the Packers reinforce the offensive line with Landon Dickerson at No. 29. Another year

— Five is the magic number, as in five first-round QBs. Jeremiah takes it a step further: five quarterbacks will be selected in the top 10, the first time that will have happened in NFL Draft history.

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