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

NFL Mock Drafts 2021: Compare Mel Kiper, Daniel Jeremiah, Todd McShay, Peter King & 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 the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft:

Vinnie Iyer’s mock draft (Sporting News)

Iyer’s latest mock draft was released 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 LionsTrey LanceQBNorth Dakota State
8Carolina PanthersPenei SewellOTOregon
9Denver BroncosJustin FieldsQBOhio State
10Dallas CowboysPatrick Surtain IICBAlabama
11New York GiantsRashawn SlaterOTNorthwestern
12Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA from 49ers)Caleb FarleyCBVirginia Tech
13Los Angeles ChargersDeVonta SmithWRAlabama
14Minnesota VikingsMicah ParsonsLBPenn State
15New England PatriotsAlijah Vera-TuckerOLUSC
16Arizona CardinalsJaelan PhillipsEDGEMiami
17Las Vegas RaidersJeremiah Owusu-KoramoahOLBNotre Dame
18Miami DolphinsKwity PayeEDGEMichigan
19Washington Football TeamKadarius ToneyWRFlorida
20Chicago BearsTeven JenkinsOTOklahoma State
21Indianapolis ColtsChristian DarrisawOTVirginia Tech
22Tennessee TitansSam CosmiOTTexas
23New York Jets (from SEA)Greg Newsome IICBNorthwestern
24Pittsburgh SteelersNajee HarrisRBAlabama
25Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)Azeez OjulariOLBGeorgia
26Cleveland BrownsChristian BarmoreDTAlabama
27Baltimore RavensGregory RousseauEDGEMiami
28New Orleans SaintsJaycee HornCBSouth Carolina
29Green Bay PackersZaven CollinsLBTulsa
30Buffalo BillsJoseph OssaiEDGETexas
31Baltimore Ravens (from Chiefs)Jalen MayfieldOTMichigan
32Tampa Bay BuccaneersLevi OnwuzurikeDTWashington

Noteworthy:

— A little bit of a slide for Justin Fields, but not too far down: Fields lands at No. 9 to the Denver Broncos, who will have to find a suitor for Drew Lock.

— 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.

— Justin Herbert gets a new toy with Heisman winner DeVonta Smith falling to No. 13 overall. 

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 13 and features trades:

Pick No.TeamPlayerPositionSchool
1Jacksonville JaguarsTrevor LawrenceQBClemson
2New York JetsZach WilsonQBBYU
3San Francisco 49ers (via MIA from HOU)Mac JonesQBOhio State
4Miami Dolphins (mock trade with ATL)Kyle PittsTEFlorida
5Cincinnati BengalsPenei SewellOTOregon
6Atlanta Falcons (mock trade with MIA)Trey LanceQBNorth Dakota State
7Detroit LionsJa’Marr ChaseWRLSU
8Carolina PanthersDeVonta SmithWRAlabama
9Denver BroncosMicah ParsonsLBPenn State
10New England Patriots (mock trade with DAL)Justin FieldsQBOhio State
11New York GiantsJaylen WaddleWRAlabama
12Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA from SF)Patrick Surtain IICBAlabama
13Los Angeles ChargersRashawn SlaterOLNorthwestern
14Minnesota VikingsChristian DarrisawOTVirginia Tech
15Dallas CowboysJaycee HornCBVirginia Tech
16Arizona CardinalsCaleb FarleyCBVirginia Tech
17Las Vegas RaidersAlijah Vera-TuckerOLUSC
18Miami DolphinsKwity PayeDEMichigan
19Washington Football TeamJeremiah Owusu-KoramoahLBNotre Dame
20Chicago BearsTeven JenkinsOTOklahoma State
21Indianapolis ColtsJaelan PhillipsDEMiami
22Tennessee TitansElijah MooreWROle Miss
23New York Jets (from SEA)Gregory Newsome IICBNorthwestern
24Pittsburgh SteelersNajee HarrisRBAlabama
25Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)Trevon MoehrigSTCU
26Cleveland BrownsJamin DavisLBKentucky
27Baltimore RavensTerrace Marshall Jr.WRLSU
28New Orleans SaintsZaven CollinsOLB/DETulsa
29Green Bay PackersRashod BatemanWRMinnesota
30Buffalo BillsAzeez OjulariOLB/DEGeorgia
31Kansas City ChiefsJayson OwehOLBPenn State
32Tampa Bay BuccaneersChristian BarmoreDTAlabama

Noteworthy:

— Of course, all eyes on the QBs, and Kiper has the Patriots trading up to secure a falling Justin Fields at No. 10 — the NFL’s worst nightmare.

— The Detroit Lions could go in any direction, but in this mock they take Ja’Marr Chase as the first WR off the board.

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

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 Steelers 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.

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:

— High, high praise here for Jamin Davis, who goes all the way to Washington at No. 19. Davis is a polarizing prospect, with some expecting him to be a Day 2 pick.

— Trevon Moehrig gets some love here, with Kiper selecting the safety to go 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 6.

Pick No.TeamPlayerPositionSchool
1Jacksonville JaguarsTrevor LawrenceQBClemson
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 Justin Fields 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 ‘Bama lineman Landon Dickerson at No. 29.

— 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.

Peter King’s mock draft (NBC Sports)

Peter King, who actually had the most accurate mock of the 2020 NFL Draft, released his 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.